11 great budget buys for your home
Robot within reach
If robotic vacuums have always seemed out of reach, consider the O'Cedar O-Duster ($40). This inexpensive 'bot uses disposable electrostatic cloths to pick up dust and pet hair. You won’t get the sophisticated electronics and special cycles of the fancy robots, but it's self-guided, offers 30- and 120-minute cycles, and runs eight hours on a single charge. You can find the O-Duster in Walmart now; it'll be available in Winn-Dixie and Target in the near future.
You can jump on the Mason jar trend with these double-walled tumblers from Aladdin ($9.99-$12.99), perfect for picnics or outdoor get-togethers. The plastic jars are stylish and dishwasher safe, and the higher-end model boasts a stainless steel lid.
At $20, the Bella Sensio Single-Cup Coffeemaker will pay for itself in a week. This colorful, compact coffeemaker takes coffee grounds (no pods needed) and features an adjustable platform for regular cups or travel mugs.
Fizz for less
Hamilton Beach's new Fizzini offers a relatively inexpensive way to make soda at home ($59.99). This compact device uses single-use carbon dioxide cartridges and lets you dial the carbonation levels up or down. Just snap the bottle into place, twist to carbonate, push to release the pressure, and you have a fresh bottle of fizzy goodness. The seven flavors include standbys like ginger ale and root beer, as well as fun flavors like apple-pear and orange-tangerine.
Fun for all
At just $24.99 a pop, you can buy an arsenal of appliances from Holstein's Mini Fun Line for just under $100. This colorful, compact collection includes an empanada maker, wafflestick maker, cupcaker, and "multi-maker" (a flat griddle surface that can be used for omelets, pancakes, paninis, and more). Each comes in yellow, green, coral, and blue, and is available now at Kohl's and on Amazon and HSN.
Zeal's Steam Stop Waterproof Oven Glove ($13-$23) may be the softest, most comfortable oven mitts we've ever tried on. They're silicone on top with a soft inner lining, and heat- and water-resistant, according to Zeal. When they start showing cooking stains, the gloves are machine washable. Both the regular oven mitts and the double oven gloves will be available in gingham, denim, and striped designs in mid-April.
Sweet (priced) treat
T-Fal's latest ice cream maker will only set you out $40, but this electric churner boasts removable parts for easier cleaning and comes with a recipe booklet. It will whip up your favorite sweet treat in 30 minutes and is available on Amazon now.
Vacu Vin's new 2-in-1 Kitchen Tool line ($6-$15) promises to help you always have the tool you need within reach. Each consists of a large tool with a smaller companion nested in the handle, so you'll always have your rind peeler handy when you're grating cheese, and your tongs will always be with your spatula. There are 10 handy combo tools in total in the new collection.
You can't beat the price of Black & Decker's latest four-slice toaster ovens. Starting at $29.99, these inexpensive appliances can bake, broil, toast, and keep warm and are big enough to hold a 9-inch pizza. They're available at Walmart and Target now; look for them in Kohl's, Macy's, and more retailers in the coming months.
Styling tool storage
Starved for counter space? The Hot Iron Holster ($24.95) can help you make the most of a minimal surface. This 100% silicone holder is intended primarily for storing hot styling tools in the bathroom (It can withstand temperatures up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.) but it can stick to any smooth surface, like a coffee table or a desk, to add some storage space for remote controls, office supplies, or anything you need to keep handy. The Holster comes in pink, purple, black, and white, and will be available on QVC and in the Container Store and SkyMall in August.