Kitchen remodeling

The best appliances, upgrades—and the mistakes to avoid

Last reviewed: July 2011

We took top-performing products from our extensive tests and created three design schemes. The first is for a $5,000, do-it-yourself makeover. The next one increases the budget to $15,000, which is roughly the average spent on a kitchen remodel this year, according to the National Kitchen & Bath Association. The third, for $50,000, targets a full-scale gut renovation. Tastes vary, but the schemes will give you a sense of how far your money will go.

We also have video buying guides for the appliances and other materials you'll need in your kitchen as well as a look behind the scenes in the Consumer Reports testing labs.