Recently, I heard from EC reader Douglas who wrote, Would you please repeat your column that describes the best inexpensive small kitchen appliances? I want to replace my mixer and small food chopper. Thanks. Your column is great. I look forward to it every day.
After a few moments of non-productive searching, my confused self realized that while I’ve included a small kitchen appliance in a “best inexpensive” column from time to time, the column Douglas was looking for didn’t exist. Now it does. Thanks Douglas for that kick I needed and your nice comments, too.
1. FOOD PROCESSOR. The Hamilton Beach 8-Cup Food Processor is simple to use offering 2 speeds, a powerful 450-watt motor and large feed tube. Just the perfect size, too. About $22.
2. HAND MIXER. When selecting an electric mixer, consider carefully your specific need. If you use a mixer only occasionally for small jobs, my pick for best inexpensive is the KitchenAid KHM512ER 5-Speed Ultra Power Hand Mixer. About $38.
3. STAND MIXER. If you use a mixer to make and knead bread dough, to make large batches of cookies and even shred meat and poultry, my pick is the Cheftronic Stand Mixer SM-986 120V/650W 5.5qt Bowl 6 Speed Kitchen Electric Mixer Machine. This machine performs equally well to machines costing two or three times the amount. About $140.
4. BLENDER. You can spend $400 for one of the trendy power blenders like Vitamix and Blendtec—or save a lot of money with this 1000-watt Ninja Professional Blender. This machine rivals its expensive competitors and comes out on top. It’s a beauty! About $80.
5. IMMERSION BLENDER. Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender is powered by 200-watts and has two speeds. The shaft of this corded hand blender has a release button, which allows that part to go straight into the dishwasher making this a very useful and handy kitchen tool. About $30.
6. CHOPPER. The Vidalia Chop Wizard is still my pick for the best inexpensive chopper. It’s easy to use, simple to clean and produces beautiful results! About $20.
7. TOASTER. Black+Decker 2-Slice Toaster Bagel Toaster is simple, sleek and totally functional in that it will toast sliced bread as well as bagels. Highly reliable, too. About $18.
8. PRESSURE COOKER. Electric pressure cookers are taking the country by storm. Once thought to be inadequate if not dangerous, those days are gone. You won’t find a better electric pressure cooker than Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker, 6Qt/1000W. It also functions as a slow cooker. With its large, easy to use control panel with 14 Micro-Processor controlled programs, dual pressure, automatic keep-warm and three temperatures for sauté and slow cook. Every kitchen needs an Instant Pot. This model at about $100, can’t be beat.
9. SLOW COOKER. If an Instant Pot is overkill for your situation (difficult to imagine but indeed possible), a slow cooker will be ideal to meet your needs and the Hamilton Beach Set ‘n Forget Programmable Slow Cooker is my pick for best inexpensive. Its 6-quart size is ideal. About $50.
10. TOASTER OVEN. BLACK+DECKER 4-Slice Toaster Oven as four functions: baking, broiling, toasting, and keeping food warm plus a 30-minute timer. It’s simple to use, easy to clean and attractive, too. About $35.
11. COFFEE MAKER. While my first choice in coffee makers remains BUNN 13000 12-CUP coffeemaker (about $200), the Hamilton Beach Single Serve Coffee Brewer and Full Pot Coffee Maker is my current pick for best inexpensive coffee maker. This is a versatile machine in that you can make a single serving of coffee or a full pot—2 ways to brew. And it makes great coffee. Has a programmable timer and extra large capacity reservoir. The single-serving side comes with a mesh filter to hold ground coffee or pre-packaged Senseo Pods (not included). About $55.