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10 Small Kitchen Appliances for $100 or Less

You don't have to spend a lot to get a toaster, blender, coffee maker (and more!) that delivers

As the prices of blenders, food processors, and coffee makers continue to bubble up, it can be difficult to find an affordable gift that you know will perform reliably.

Consumer Reports has scoured the marketplace and found some top-notch kitchen gear that won’t bust your budget. Here are 10 picks—for coffee makers, toasters, blenders, knives, frying pans, and more from our tests—each for $100 or less.

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Coffee Maker
Cuisinart PerfecTemp 14 Cup Programmable DCC-3200

Cuisinart PerfecTemp 14 Cup...

This drip coffee maker sits at the top of our coffee maker ratings. The Cuisinart PerfecTemp DCC-2800 is one of the only models that can brew a full 14 cups. Brew performance was excellent, and the carafe was easy to handle. It’s programmable, with both a small-batch setting and brew-strength control.

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    Immersion Blender
    Breville Control Grip BSB510XL

    Breville Control Grip BSB510XL

    Breville’s immersion blender beat out other models in our immersion blender 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. The Breville comes with chopper and whisk attachments as well as a separate beaker.

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      Toaster
      Cuisinart CPT-440

      Cuisinart CPT-440

      This four-slot Cuisinart toaster turned out evenly browned toast, batch after batch. It also earned a score of Very Good at toasting at a range of lights and darks—ideal if your family or guests have different preferences. Special features include settings for bagels, warming and reheating, and defrosting. The Cuisinart’s sleek stainless steel housing and straightforward design should appeal to most tastes, and it looks good on a countertop.

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        Toaster Oven
        Oster TSSTTVMNDG Oven

        Oster TSSTTVMNDG Oven

        Oster is known for making inexpensive small appliances that often perform well, and the Oster TSSTTVMNDC Oven is an excellent example. It proved particularly adept in our tests for 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 it offers great value, especially considering higher-ranking models in our toaster oven ratings cost up to $550.

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          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 system, 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.

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            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 a slow-start option and doesn’t come with a dough hook.

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              Meat Thermometer
              CDN ProAccurate TCT572

              CDN ProAccurate TCT572

              The instant-read CDN ProAccurate meat 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 is a cinch to clean.

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                Kitchen Knives
                Ginsu Chikara

                Ginsu Chikara

                For some people, the name Ginsu is synonymous with hammy 1970s-era infomercials, but it’s a serious cutlery company. Its eight-piece Chikara 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 knife and santoku knife but not a slicer.

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                  Frying Pan
                  Zwilling J.A. Henckels Energy Nonstick

                  Zwilling J.A. Henckels Energy...

                  You may know Zwilling for its knives, but the company also knows how to make a great pan. This one tops our nonstick frying pan ratings. "Food cooks evenly in this pan," says Cindy Fisher, a CR tester. "And fried eggs slide out easily, without any nudging." The sturdy handle stays cool to the touch, and the nonstick coating withstood our tough durability tests (in which a machine rubs steel wool over the nonstick coating until it has worn through or for up to 2,000 strokes, whichever comes first).

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                    Blender
                    Ninja Personal Blender with Auto-iQ BL480

                    Ninja Personal Blender with...

                    For the smoothie fan on your list, this Ninja personal blender comes with a single-serve jar and sip and seal lids so that he or she can take a favorite concoction on the go. It performed very well on our icy-drink test, which means it also does well with smoothies. It also crushed our ice-crush test and our durability test, in which we repeat the ice crush test 45 times. This blender is a bit noisy, but most blenders are.   

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                      Mary H.J. Farrell

                      Knowing that I wanted to be a journalist from a young age, I decided to spiff up my byline by adding the middle initials "H.J." A veteran of online and print journalism, I've worked at People, MSNBC, Ladies’ Home Journal, Good Housekeeping, and an online Consumer Reports wannabe. But the real thing is so much better. Follow me on Twitter.