Best Low-Maintenance Kitchen Appliances

    Consumer Reports' tests reveal the suite of appliances that make cleanup a breeze

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    With families across the country cooking and eating at home more than ever, it can be hard to keep your kitchen clean and free of clutter. But the right kitchen appliances can help cut down on the amount of cleaning and maintenance you have to do.

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    Below, our experts have picked out an appliance suite from our tests that will help keep your kitchen clean and running smoothly. We feature an easy-to-wipe GE range, a Maytag dishwasher with a self-cleaning filter, and an LG refrigerator with spillproof shelves, all in matching stainless steel finishes. And if you worry about stainless steel appliances collecting smudges, we'll explain your options for a fingerprint-free finish.

    CR members with digital access can click on each model name for detailed ratings and reviews. For more models, see our complete ratings of dishwashers, ranges, and refrigerators.

    Range With an Easy-to-Wipe Smoothtop

    Dishwasher With a Self-Cleaning Filter

    Refrigerator With Spillproof Shelves

    Fingerprint-Proof Finishes

    Sick of seeing smeary fingerprints all over your stainless steel fridge and having to buff them out? Some newer models still have the silver look of stainless but with a fingerprint-proof finish, such as the LG fridge and Maytag dishwasher above, to help them stay smudge-free. You can also check out black stainless appliances; their darker finish helps resist and hide daily smudges. But be aware that different brands make slightly different shades of this dark steel, making it tricky to mix appliance brands within your kitchen.

    Editor’s Note: This article also appeared in the August 2020 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.