10 budget kitchen products
Fridge for less
Our top-performing refrigerator, the Haier Cabinet Depth Refrigerator HB21FC75 ($1,999) was also $700 less than its next closest competitor.
Sure it is a little smaller than it’s competition, but you get an appliance that still offers plenty of flexible storage space and compartments. Most importantly, you get a unit that holds a steady temperature — crucial for keeping food fresher longer.
The Breville Juice Fountain Compact ($100, amazon.com) promises to save you cash — and counter space to boot! Though smaller than many, this juicer boasts a wide feed chute (big enough to accommodate an entire apple) and a built-in serving pitcher, and it proved quick and efficient in GHRI tests.
At 6 pounds, the MichelleB by Fagor 5-Quart Soup Pot With Glass Lid is less than half the weight of most traditional casseroles; at $70 (amazon.com), it's also less than half the price!
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Stay-cool silicone handles and a clear glass lid make it a practical pick and it excelled in GHRI tests too.
Capable slow cooker
The top slow cooker in our most recent test is also our value pick of the bunch. The Hamilton Beach Stovetop-Safe Programmable Slow Cooker #33567 ($80, amazon.com) whips up a tasty beef stew and did a great job cooking most dishes at optimal temperatures. The nonstick insert is safe to heat on the stove and the model flips to a keep-warm setting automatically when food is ready.
A big deal
You get a lot for your money with the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Duo ($80, amazon.com).
This 14-cup food processor comes with two bowls and a spacious spout and turned in an excellent performance in GHRI tests, making short work of Parmesan cheese, pepperoni, parsley, and more.
Investing in a single-serve coffeemaker also means committing to shelling out for pods or packs for the lifetime of the appliance — unless you pick up The Scoop from Hamilton Beach ($80, amazon.com). This inexpensive model lets you measure out your favorite ground coffee and can accommodate an 8-ounce cup or 14-ounce travel mug.
Talk about a deal! You get two excellent pans for the price of the one with the Circulon Symmetry Open Skillet line ($45, amazon.com). This stellar nonstick skillet turned in an excellent cooking performance in GHRI tests, is induction safe, and comes in your choice of Chocolate or Charcoal.
Think you can't get a chef-grade kitchen knife for less than $100? Think again! Chicago Cutlery's Fusion chef's knife went cut for cut with models five times the price and will only set you back $20 (amazon.com). The blade is well made and excelled at slicing tomatoes — a feat that escaped many others in our test.
A sweet steal
Forget buying ice cream; you can pick up the Hamilton Beach 1.5-Quart Capacity Ice Cream Maker ($30, amazon.com) for the price of half a dozen pints and DIY it instead. This model churned out thick and creamy sorbet and boasts an opening in the lid so you can easily add mix-ins like berries or chocolate chips.
Wallet-friendly waffle maker
The Oster Flip ($40, amazon.com) offers the perks of more expensive waffle makers at less than half the price. A knob on top adjusts waffles' doneness, and a removable drip pan helps control messes. Plus this professional-looking cooker turned out extra-thick, evenly cooked grids in GHRI tests.