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10 Small Kitchen Appliances for $100 or Less

You don't have to spend a lot to find a small appliance that delivers


With the prices of blenders, food processors, and coffee makers bubbling up, it can be difficult to find an affordable gift that you know will perform reliably. Fortunately, Consumer Reports has scoured the marketplace and found some top-notch kitchen gear that won’t bust your budget. Here are 10 picks from our tests for $100 or less.

1
Coffee Maker
Cuisinart PerfecTemp DCC-2800

Cuisinart PerfecTemp DCC-2800

This Cuisinart drip coffee maker is the plain cousin to one that costs twice as much and is decorated with Swarovski elements. But this one was also a gem in our tests. First, it's one of the only models that can brew a full 14 cups. Brew performance was top-notch, matched by a carafe we found easy to handle. It's programmable, with both a small-batch setting and brew-strength control.

    2
    Toaster
    Cuisinart CPT-440

    Cuisinart CPT-440

    This 4-slot Cuisinart toaster turned out evenly browned toast, batch after batch. It was very good at toasting at a range of lights and darks—ideal if your family or guests have different preferences. It also aced toasting a single slice, leaving it nicely browned and not overdone. Special features include settings for bagels, warming and reheating, and defrosting. Its sleek stainless-steel housing and straightforward design should appeal to most tastes, and it looks good on the countertop.

      3
      Toaster Oven
      Oster TSSTTVMNDG Oven

      Oster TSSTTVMNDG Oven

      Oster is known for making inexpensive small appliances that often perform well, and this toaster oven is another example of that. It proved particularly adept in our tests at baking and broiling, and it's roomy enough to accommodate a 4-pound chicken. It's not quite as easy to use or keep clean as models that cost more, because of its fairly basic design. But if value is your top concern, this Oster is definitely worth a look.

        4
        Immersion Blender
        Breville Control Grip BSB510XL

        Breville Control Grip BSB510XL

        Breville's immersion blender beat out other models in our tests by a sizable margin. It was superb at blending frozen fruit and yogurt for a smoothie; it also did a great job in our soup purée test. It comes with chopper and whisk attachments as well as a separate beaker.

          5
          Food Chopper
          Ninja Master Prep Professional QB1004

          Ninja Master Prep Professional QB1004

          This 2.5-cup chopper is part of the Ninja Master Prep Professional QB1004, which also includes a blender container, as well as a midsized processing bowl. So you’re getting a lot for your money. The chopper aced our grating test and was very good at chopping and puréeing. The Ninja features a top-mounted motor that you push down to operate.

            6
            Hand Mixer
            KitchenAid Architect KHM7210 7-Speed

            KitchenAid Architect KHM7210 7-Speed

            KitchenAid’s seven-speed hand mixer delivers superb power for folding chocolate chips into stiff cookie dough. It's also very good at whipping—for example, when you're beating egg whites for meringue. In terms of features, we like this model’s easy-to-clean wire beaters and its separate whisk attachment. On the downside, it lacks the slow-start option that prevents splatters and it doesn’t come with a dough hook.

              7
              Kitchen Knives
              Ginsu Chikara

              Ginsu Chikara

              For some, the name Ginsu is synonymous with hammy 1970s-era infomercials, but this a serious cutlery company. Its eight-piece set offers incredible value, providing the cutting performance and handle comfort of knives costing three and four times as much. The set includes a chef’s and santoku knife but not a slicer. 

                8
                Frying Pan
                Swiss Diamond Nonstick #6424

                Swiss Diamond Nonstick #6424

                This Swiss Diamond nonstick frying pan was very good overall. Food cooked evenly, and when the pan was new, food released easily. This pan was very good at withstanding our nonstick durability test, in which steel wool is rubbed over a pan for up to 2,000 strokes. The handle is sturdy and stays cool to the touch. Cleanup was a snap. The pan is made of aluminum and comes with a lifetime warranty.

                  9
                  Meat Thermometer
                  CDN ProAccurate TCT572

                  CDN ProAccurate TCT572

                  This instant-read thermometer is simple and easy to read, with large digits and a folding probe. A backlight can assist in low light. The thermometer notes minimum and maximum temperatures and after using was a cinch to clean.

                    10
                    Blender
                    Waring Pro PBB225

                    Waring Pro PBB225

                    The top blenders in our tests cost $400 to $650, but for a lot less you can enjoy a classic blender from Waring. It's very good at making icy drinks and aced our puréeing test. Durability is excellent. It can be a bit noisy but is compact, so it won't consume a lot of countertop real estate.

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