10 Small Kitchen Appliances for $100 or Less
Consumer Reports finds that you don't have to spend a lot to get a great toaster, blender, coffee maker, and more
One hundred bucks can go a long way on the kitchen countertop. Consider the Instant Pot DUO60 7-in-1, the internet darling of a multi-cooker with CR lab results to back up the hype. And it's not the only kitchen countertop appliance that delivers on its promises and costs $100 or less.
We scoured the marketplace and our labs and found some top-notch kitchen gear that won’t bust your budget. Here are 10 sub-$100 picks for coffee makers, blenders, toasters, frying pans, and more.
The Cuisinart CPT-440 has a straightforward design and stainless finish, and rated Excellent in our full-batch tests. That means it turns out four slices of toast, all at once, that are evenly browned. As simple as that sounds, not every toaster can do that, as you'll see in our toaster ratings. Features include settings for bagels, warming, reheating, and defrosting.
Toaster ovens can be pricey. You can buy a range for the price of some models in our toaster oven ratings—up to $550. The Hamilton Beach 6-slice 31441 earned a Very Good rating in our reheating tests, so food is evenly heated throughout. This 1,440-watt toaster oven offers a temperature range up to 450° F. It's pretty basic, with bake, broil, and warming functions, but delivers.
The Ninja Master Prep Professional QB1004 chopper has a 2.5-cup capacity and features a top-mounted motor that you push down to operate. This chopper comes with a blender container as well as a midsized processing bowl; you’re getting a lot for your money. The Ninja rated Very Good in chopping, a real timesaver that turned out nicely chopped veggies and nuts in our tests, and tops our food chopper ratings.
Small but mighty, the KitchenAid Architect KHM7210-7-Speed hand mixer scored Excellent in our mixing tests, delivering enough power to fold chocolate chips into stiff cookie dough. Testers liked 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. The features & specs tab in our hand mixer ratings notes models that have these features.
The instant-read CDN ProAccurate TCT572 meat thermometer garnered an Excellent rating in our response-time tests, as you'll see in our meat thermometer ratings. It's simple and easy to read, with large digits and a folding probe. A backlight can assist in low light. This thermometer notes minimum and maximum temperatures and is a cinch to clean.
With budget toasters you sometimes have to give up handy features for better performance. But not with the 2-slicer Cuisinart CPT-122. It earned an Excellent rating in our color-range tests, serving up toast that's light, dark, or somewhere in between. It also includes settings for bagels and defrost. The trade-off comes in the plastic toaster's plain looks.
You may know Zwilling for its knives, but the company also knows how to make a pan. The Zwilling J.A. Henckels Energy Nonstick tops our nonstick frying pan ratings. "It rated Excellent in our cooking-evenness tests, serving up evenly browned pancakes," says Cindy Fisher, a CR tester. Made of stainless steel with an aluminum core, this pan can be used on an induction cooktop.
The Black+Decker 3-in-1 Digital Power Crush BL1350DP-P rated Excellent in our icy-drinks tests, meaning it will also make superb smoothies. It tops our personal blender ratings, and the 18-ounce blending jar allows you to make a smoothie and take it with you. A full-sized blender, this Black+Decker has a 6-cup capacity, and you'll see how it performed in our full-sized blender ratings. Love water that's infused with the flavor of lemons or cucumbers? Add water and your favorite fruit or veggie to the blender jar, push a button, and the infusion filter does the rest, keeping pulp and seeds out of your water.