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1. A Hamilton Beach dual breakfast sandwich maker that pops out two made-to-order BECs in five minutes flat.
Promising review: “I bought this as an anniversary gift for my parents and they loved it. They really liked how they could make two different sandwiches at one time, exactly how each of them preferred. It is so easy to clean and use.” —Janise Johnson
2. It’s a slow cooker! It’s a skillet! It’s…SUPER POT.
Promising review: “It’s only been a couple days since this arrived at my door, but somehow I don’t remember what life used to be like without it. I imagine it used to be like something out of a Mad Max movie. This Aroma hot-plate-pot-thing is awesome. I was immediately hooked after a single use. It replaces my oven, my microwave, a second oven I had, an old hot plate that I really didn’t use, a third oven, my slow cooker, the neighbors oven, my clothes dryer, my dog, and my grill.
My wife said she didn’t like it that much, so we are getting a divorce. It works out though, she took everything but my Aroma slow-cooker-heat-pot-thing, and I really think I am better off for it. I now spend my days cooking various meats and vegetables and meat-vegetable combos. To an outside observer, my life may look like it’s falling apart, but it really isn’t. I have my Aroma hot-cooker-pot-thing and that’s all I need.” —Joe S.
3. A Cuisinart 2-quart sorbet and ice cream maker for making desserts as cookie-filled or special diet–friendly as your heart desires.
Promising review: “I purchased this after much debate about whether or not I needed a two-quart ice-cream maker or just the original Cuisinart one for $49.95. I am so glad i bought this one. It is so great, easy to use, makes a lot of ice cream, and is so sleek looking. I have a tiny kitchen and every time I turn around I am buying something that will clutter my counter space, but I have to say, this I don’t mind.” —H. Woolsey
4. An Aroma 6-cup rice cooker with steamer tray attachment that can prepare a dish of healthy grains and steam veggies or protein simultaneously.
Promising review: “I made rice in this little cooker that turned out great. This morning I poached eggs in the steamer (make a ‘cup’ out of aluminum foil, spray with nonstick stuff, put an egg in and put that into steamer basket, turn on and keep an eye on it for doneness), and then made steel-cut oats by leaving the lid ajar (put a plastic egg spatula under the rim of the lid, and when the oats and water are mostly just thick and gooey, turn the cooker to warm and let the cooker finish them). This is my first rice cooker and I always wondered why anyone needed to use one, but now I see the light.” —Mary
5. A KitchenAid five-speed hand mixer with specialty slower speeds that’s as effective as it is beautiful.
Promising review: “I bought this mixer based on people saying it had a good low speed, and it does. My old mixer’s speeds were high, super-high, and bat-out-of-hell. To counter what others have said about the mixer’s high speed seeming like medium, we put it to the tachometer test. Yes, the BF has a tachometer, so we hooked it up to the mixers. In the tachometer test, the old mixer’s low speed started at 1050 rpm, with the highest speed being 1250 rpm — not a lot of range. This KitchenAid 5-Speed’s low speed was a nice mellow 260 rpm; second speed was 450 rpm, then 650, 800, and 1100 rpm respectively. The thing is, even at the high speed, it’s very quiet, and doesn’t sound like a jet engine about to take off, so I believe it *sounds* like a lower speed, but it’s more than enough to whip cream, egg whites, or whatever else you want that high speed for.” —badcat
Price: $47+. Available in 13 colors.
6. This Cuisinart Smart Stick immersion blender that comes with both whisk and chopper/grinder attachments and a 16-ounce measuring beaker.
Promising review: “I received one as a gift, and have loved it so much that I sent one to my mother-in-law, too! I use it all the time!” —Elisabeth Overton
7. An electric wine bottle opener by Oster that opens the vino floodgates in seconds.
Promising review: “I ordered this for my smokin’ hot GF back in 2012. Fast forward three years later, this $20 wine opener is still with me, and my smokin’ hot GF is now my smokin’ hot wife. I never thought either one would be with me for this long… but life is good. This bad boy probably pops open a new bottle every two days. The charging base has stayed plugged in to our wall for over three years now. We haven’t even had to replace the screw yet. I’m shocked and impressed this $20 opener has faithfully lasted this long.” —DaveyG
8. A knife that’s electric! Boogie oogie oogie woogie. Also it’s perfect for meat carving, bread cutting, veggie slicing, etc.
Promising review: “Bought this for Thanksgiving and worked great — even cut through small bones!! Love it! No regrets so far!” —Shelley Estep
9. The Instant Pot multifunctional pressure cooker with 14 built-in smart programs, including “steam,” “sauté,” “poultry,” “slow cook,” “keep-warm,” “yogurt,” and “pasteurize.”
Promising review: “There are so many people who say the can’t cook, but I swear I’m on a whole new level of not being able to cook. But this little appliance helps expand my menu and I have learned to do so much with it! I love how easy it is and how I throw everything in and it comes out done. No stirring and not many messy dishes. I seriously can’t believe how many foods can be cooked in here! When it went on sale for Amazon Prime Day, I picked it up. I am all of a sudden a much, much better cook!” —Aundrea
10. A rapid egg cooker that boils (or poaches or cooks) up to six eggs in minutes with no need for a chaperone.
Promising review: “This little gem is NOT one of those small appliances I get and put on a shelf until the ‘some day’ that never comes. I LOVE THIS EGG COOKER, for lots of reasons. The key, to me, is I set it up for the eggs I want (add the level of the water for soft, medium or hard eggs) and — now get this — turn on the machine and WALK AWAY. I can go get ready for work and my eggs are ready for me in seven minutes or less. There is no worry about the cooker causing a problem overheating because the unit turns off by itself. If I forget I cooked some eggs for some reason, I don’t have to charge back home and turn it off.” —Julia Wolfe
11. An electric coffee grinder that delivers hassle-free, fresh-ground beans for an unbeatable home-brewing experience.
Promising review: “A little small, but other than that, it’s the best grinder ever!!! I have been using this grinder almost every day since I bought it, grinding coffee beans, toasted nuts, spices, and dried herbs in it, and it works great. Super fast, no mess, easy to clean, I love it.” —Tanya
12. A 5-in-1 Griddler with interchangeable plates for panini press, contact grill, full grill, full griddle, and half-grill/half-griddle options.
Promising review: “This Griddler is awesome! It is so easy to cook with and clean. I got it for my fiancée because he loves making grilled cheese and Cuban sandwiches! I figured we could just use it as a panini press, but let me tell you, after we made delicious grilled cheese and saw how fast and easy it was, we decided to make burgers on it. We ground our own beef and put the Griddler on ‘sear.’ It seared the beef right away, all liquids were pouring into the container, it was draining excess fat perfectly, and it took probably five to seven minutes to make the burger well done. It was juicy and delicious!” —Kate
13. A Cuisinart stainless-steel cordless electric tea kettle with exact temperature pre-settings and a 30-minute “keep warm” function.
Promising review: “This kettle is everything you could want! I use it mostly for French press coffee, but people have used it for various kinds of tea, instant oatmeal, or hot chocolate, with great success. I did a lot of research on these kettles, and I found that the one thing to avoid was kettles with plastic insides. Every single one with plastic innards had comments about plastic taste in the water. Stainless and glass interiors didn’t have this problem, but glass was more susceptible to scale buildup, so I went with stainless. This one — while not cheap — offered a great feature set, accurate temperatures, stainless interior, good controls, unobtrusive base, and pretty nice aesthetics. I can’t rate this kettle highly enough! Look no further!” —J. Portz
14. A Cuisinart 4-cup Mini-Prep food processor that can chop, grind, purée, emulsify, and blend.
Promising review: “I have a larger Cuisinart that sits on the shelf for months at a time and a 2-cup Black and Decker mini processor, which is just way too small, but I used it for years anyway. I had seen this model on a lot of TV cooking shows, but had no idea what size or brand it was. Now I am recognizing my model in use almost everyday. I finally came across this 4-cup Cuisinart, quite by accident, and I absolutely love it. I have used it more in the last few weeks than I used the 2-cup in six months. It makes excellent bread crumbs — fresh and dried — and just the right amount of salsa or tapenade in seconds. Four cups is a good size and it has a lot of power. It’s easy to use and clean.” —CANTHESPAM
Price: $38.52+. Available in four colors, for 3-cup or 4-cup capacity.
15. This rotating pizza oven with top and bottom heating elements and a removable nonstick baking pan for easy cleanup.
Promising review: “Who would every think that this simple open-air pizza oven could cook a pizza in less time than a conventional oven, with less energy? But it does. I use this for many more things other than just pizza as well. It was definitely a product worth buying and owning.” —Sandie A. Sajner
16. A 12-piece NutriBullet high-speed blender set that serves up perfectly portioned fruit, veggie, superfood, or protein shakes.
Promising review: “I use this NutriBullet every morning to make breakfast shakes. Huge step up from the cheap bullets you can get for $30–$40. Quality blade completely shreds your fruits and vegetables. Use it for protein shakes post-workout.” —MrChamberlain
17. A Presto 12-cup coffee percolator with a stainless-steel pot and interior components that keeps coffee piping hot for as long as you allow it to.
Promising review: “I thought my Hamilton Beach percolator was decent for the price… I even wrote a review about it in December 2006. One week after, that 1-year-old coffee maker was barely keeping the coffee hot. Then I visited my son in Alaska at Christmas and noticed that his 6-year-old Presto percolator was still delivering great, hot coffee in record time. I returned home, ordered my Presto 12-cup percolator and remain highly impressed. It’s lighter, easier to load, easier to pour, easier to clean, perks ultra-fast, and makes a great, hot cup of coffee.” —Valdenny
18. An at-home deep fryer with a splatter guard and cool-touch sides that fries up to six cups of crispy, golden delicious food.
Promising review: “This bad boy really gets the job done! Price is good, and quality, size, and durability are spot-on. We like the way it looks with the rest of the appliances in our kitchen. We’re very happy with the features and the way it cooks; my wife likes the fact that she can actually peek and see what’s cooking without grease splattering all over the place. ENJOY!!” —Freddie
19. A PopLite hot air popcorn popper that spares you time, money, and contact with unhealthy chemicals found in most microwavable bags.
Promising review: “BEST POPCORN EVER! I’m a lover of popcorn and I was getting tired of doing it in a pan. I saw some friends using this and I decided to give it a try. And now my popcorn is perfect.” —Laura Carolina Jimenez zuluaga
20. A KitchenAid 5-quart stand mixer that is great and quality and whatever, but it comes in all these gorgeous candy-coated colors that I want purely because they’re pretty, and I’m a material garbage person.
Promising review: “Really wish i’d bought this mixer sooner. I’ve been wanting one for years. Spent my day yesterday making Christmas cookies and this mixer made it so much easier and faster. I chose the ‘caviar’ color, which is basically a metallic black. I was so happy with the color. Bowl fits a double batch of your basic chocolate chip cookie recipe. Love it! I will be looking for more reasons to use it.” —Amazon Customer
Price: $230+. Available in 42 colors.
21. This EatSmart Precision Pro digital kitchen scale with a three-minute auto-display shutoff that’s perfect for cooks and portion-watchers alike.
Promising review: “Looks very nice. Excellent size and excellent weight capacity! Easy-to-read large display that stays on longer than my previous scale, which is soooo nice! Only wish the display was (or could be) backlit for when the kitchen is dimmer. Great price and battery life is long. I highly recommend this kitchen scale!” —CDay
22. A KitchenAid 5-speed blender with a BPA-free pitcher and stainless steel blades for making…60 ounces of smoothie, maybe you just REALLY like smoothies.
Promising review: “Best blender for the money. This thing has changed my life.” —Brett Robb
Price: $109.65+. Available in 21 colors.
23. A Cuisinart retro-style two- or four-slice toaster with “bagel” and “defrosting” options for crispy, perfectly warmed carb slabs.
Promising review: “This toaster has been in daily service for three years and has performed well. It’s a moderately priced appliance, so I don’t expect perfection, but this unit has come pretty close. The bagel setting heats the entire bagel (not just the exterior like other toasters with bagel settings). There are lots of toasters that claim to have a ‘retro look’ but this is unique in its old-school feel. With periodic maintenance (emptying the crumb trays, using a toothbrush to clean the elements, etc.) this is a great investment.” —Karen Little
Price: $39.41+. Available in five colors, and for two slices or four slices.
24. Speaking of carb slabs, BREAD MAKER.
Promising review: “This is a crazy good machine! My first loaf came out amazing! I made a 1-pound loaf on the ‘quick’ setting. I thought there was no way this thing is going to make bread in under an hour; I got proved wrong! I just set the machine and stood there watching it, staring through the window the whole time, just like a little kid, amazed. The machine mixed quietly, kneaded, rose, then baked, and out popped this perfect-colored loaf! During mixing I had to add a little flour because the dough was too wet, but no big emergency. Knowing that I almost spent $250 for a bread maker makes me sick to my stomach after using this! There is a reason this is a top seller on Amazon and is rated so well… for $59 I feel I ripped them off! Buy it, you will love it!” —JR
25. A Crock-Pot 6-quart stainless-steel slow cooker with a stoneware liner and locking carry lid that’s perfect for transportation to tailgates and potlucks.
Promising review: “I use a Crock-Pot a minimum of once per week. I had one for several years that worked, but would get so hot (even on the ‘keep warm’ setting) that the liquid would scorch along the sides of the dish. Because it was the only Crock-Pot I had ever owned, I thought that was how they all worked. I decided to get a new one, and was looking for one with the automatic timer that would cook and then automatically switch to ‘keep warm.’ I purchased this one, expecting it to perform the same way as the last one. After cooking one meal, it was obvious how terrible my previous Crock-Pot was. This one cooks evenly, never scorches, and the casing is surprisingly lightweight! The oval shape also makes it easier for me to store. This might be one of my favorite purchases ever.” —Elw
26. A Nesco food dehydrator with five tiered trays for drying meat, fruit, vegetables, herbs, spices, and even potpourri.
Promising review: “Help, I’ve fallen for a dehydrator and can’t get up! This thing is GREAT. I’m a big fan of kale chips and I’ve used the dehydrator almost every day to make the best kale chips I’ve ever eaten. Much better than using an oven. Get it. You won’t be sorry.” —D A Brown
27. And a Black & Decker stainless-steel digital convection toaster oven with an extra-deep interior ;) and eight one-touch functions for baking, broiling, toasting, and more.
Promising review: “This toaster oven works so much better than ones I have previously owned. It’s perfect for cooking up a loaf of bread, and for cooking up side dishes during busy holidays like Thanksgiving when sometimes there just isn’t enough space in a full oven. It heats quickly and temperature seems accurate. It also looks great in my kitchen.” —Amazon Customer
The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.
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