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  • Reviews of Top 10 Utility Items for Your Kitchen
Reviews of Top 10 Utility Items for Your Kitchen
Reviews of Top 10 Utility Items for Your Kitchen
Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • Very powerful and quiet motor
  • Good capacity of the mixing bowl
  • Mixes evenly and easy to use and take out bowl to add ingredients
  • Easy to clean mixing bowl and attachments
  • Sturdy and heavy duty machine and attachments
  • Sleek design and can fit under cabinet on countertop
  • Stylish looking and comes in many colors to match the kitchen accent

    Cons

  • Quality control issues
  • Expensive
Where to Buy
Review Summary

KitchenAid Artisan Series Stand Mixer has a strong 325-watt motor that delivers the power to handle the heaviest mixtures, and mix large batches easily. The 5-quart polished stainless steel bowl with ergonomic handle is big enough to handle large batches of heavy mixtures. A unique mixing action creates a thorough blend of ingredients and eliminates the need to rotate the bowl. The beater spins clockwise as the shaft spins counter clockwise; moving the beater to 67 different points around the bowl. 10 speeds allow the user to select the right speed for the mixing job; from very high to very slow stir. It's easy to select the precise speed needed for a perfect mix. The tilt-back mixer head allows for easy access to bowl and beaters.

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Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • Great as baking liner or working surface
  • Made of non-stick fiberglass
  • Coated with food grade silicone
  • Reinforced, non-falling surface
  • Freezer and Microwave safe
  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Easy to store, flat or rolled up

    Cons

  • Absorbs food odors
  • Leaves oil traces
Review Summary

The Silpat Non-Stick Baking Mat is made of finely weaved glass coated with food grade silicone material and is reusable up to 3000 times. The non-stick mat not only eliminates the need of greasing, but also saves on time and money. The non-breakable and non-falling surface allows convenience of placing the mat directly over the oven racks. They have a multipurpose functionality of preparing, cooking and/or heating food and can tolerate heat up to 480 degree. They are easy to clean, simply wash or rinse with hot water and dish soap. The mats can easily be stored either flat or rolled up. The mats are completely freezer and microwave safe which makes baking fun and breeze.

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Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • Makes perfect latte and hot chocolate
  • Easy to clean up
  • Makes perfect froth
  • Comes with a very good recipe book
  • Automatic latte cycle with auto shut off feature
  • Brew/Heat/Froth and Heat/Froth settings
  • Inexpensive and saves a lot of money and time

    Cons

  • Cannot make espresso or drip coffee
  • Does not come with a permanent filter
  • Glass pitcher and lid are not dishwasher safe
Review Summary

Mr. Coffee® Café Latte (BVMC-EL1) makes perfect lattes and hot chocolate right at home without barista know-how. You can customize flavors and ingredients to brew them just the way you like. Simply add ground coffee or teabags to the brew basket, place milk and additional latte ingredients into the carafe and, with the touch of a button, your latte is brewed and frothed. More selection than the coffeehouse menu, the Mr. Coffee® Café Latte recipe book (included with purchase) features over 20 delicious and decadent recipes for coffee and tea-based lattes. It also makes rich hot cocoa drinks too! This machine features automatic latte cycle with auto shut off after cycle is complete.

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Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • Strong, sturdy and good quality glass bake ware
  • Dishes and bowls come with tight fitting lids
  • Glass is pre-heated oven, microwave, fridge and freezer safe, and dishwasher safe
  • Can bake and store in same container
  • Good assortment of sizes and has easy carry handles
  • Non-porous glass so does not absorb stains or odors
  • Soft contours for easy cleaning

    Cons

  • Pyrex quality is going down
  • Sometimes lids do not fit tightly
Where to Buy
Review Summary

Made in the USA, Pyrex Easy Grab 11-Piece Clear Glass Bake N' Store Set with Red Plastic Covers is a great addition to any woman’s or man’s kitchen. Pyrex glassware products are affordable, durable, odor and stain proof, and great for cooking, serving and storing. The Easy Grab series lets you easily keep an eye on how your cakes, breads, casseroles and more are cooking up. These cook-and-server dishes are versatile and can go from the oven to the table. They can also be used for dry or refrigerated storage and microwave reheating. Handles make these dishes easy to carry and soft contours make them easy to clean.

A few users feel that Pyrex glass quality is going down and that soda lime glass is less durable as compared to Borosilicate glass. Sometimes lids may not fit tightly on the containers.

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Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • Easy to use and clean
  • Powerful 700 watts motor with sturdy base
  • Sealed housing for quiet operation
  • 3 button on, off and pulse for process control
  • Long dual food chute and plastic box for storing attachments
  • Dish washer safe bowls of different sizes
  • Comes in many different colors

    Cons

  • Heavy machine
  • Bit expensive
Where to Buy

$129.99

Sears

$159.99

eBay

$159.99

BestBuy
Review Summary

KitchenAid KFP750 Food Processor is a powerful and durable tool for creative cooking. This model is powered by a 700-Watt motor for the most demanding jobs and comes complete with a large 12-Cup work bowl, 4-Cup mini bowl, dual feed tube and assortment of standard accessories like two cutting blades (one for full bowl and one for mini bowl), a plastic dough blade, three slicing discs (thick, thin and grate), an adapter for the discs and a sturdy, plastic box for storing the extra parts / accessories / attachments.

The durable sealed housing creates sound barrier for quiet operation and consists of 3 buttons on, off and pulse for easy and tension free process control. The sturdy base wipes off clean easily and other removable parts – bowls, blades and discs are dish washer safe for quick and easy cleaning.

Overall, the KitchenAid KFP750 Food Processor is easy to use, compact and has good looks to match with any kitchen decor. It is backed with 1 year warranty and being highly recommended by the Americas Test Kitchen is an added advantage. This unsurpassed 700-watt food processor is perfect for cooks of any experience level! 

Specifications:

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Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • Powerful variable speed motor
  • Easy to use and clean up with dishwasher safe components
  • Leaves reasonably dry pulp
  • Large feeder compartment to hold fruits and vegetables
  • Quiet
  • Stylish looking with a well thought out design

    Cons

  • Expensive
  • Motor shuts off when very hard fruits or vegetables are put to juice
  • Does not juice parsley, wheat grass or mint
Review Summary

Breville BJE510XL is a smart juicer equipped with Multi-Speed 900-Watt Juicer to maximize juice and minimize waste. It features 5 speeds ranging from 6500 RPM to 12500 RPM for efficient juice output of all kinds of fruits, vegetables and leafy greens. It has an easy to clean micromesh filter that keeps the fibers out and the juice in. The components are dishwasher safe. The beautiful stainless steel body makes it stylish looking for any kitchen counter top. The juicer is sturdy and quiet.

Some reviewers experienced that motor shuts off when they try to juice some hard vegetables or fruits. Also, this type of juicer is not suitable for juicing things like parsley, mint or wheat grass.

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Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • Super powerful blender
  • Simple controls and LED display panel
  • Super easy to use with one touch
  • Jar is unbreakable and easy to clean
  • It is built solid and is durable
  • No need of a separate jar/blades to blend dry foods
  • Blends all kinds of fruits and vegetables

    Cons

  • Jar and blade cannot be separated for cleaning
  • The motor sounds loud
  • It is expensive blender
Where to Buy

$359.99

Amazon

$359.99

Costco

$399.97

eBay

$434.95

Blendtec
Review Summary

Blendtec Total Blender Four Side is powerful and versatile kitchen machine which can easily crush ice, make hot soups and nut butters, grind seeds, puree fruit and a whole lot more. It is also the best blenders for making smoothies. The performance is excellent with plenty of power and it is a durable product.

The blender is super easy to use with one touch program buttons. It comes with simple controls and a LED display panel. The jar is unbreakable and also claimed to be bullet proof. The cleanup is really easy. The same jar can be used for wet and dry grinding. The size is small enough to fit on the kitchen counter under cabinets.

Some users complain that it is loud and does need more than one cycle to blend sometimes based on the content. It is an expensive blender.

Overall, Blendtec Total Blender Four Side, is an excellent kitchen tool to make great smoothies, juices, soups etc. It can become a big part of your healthy lifestyle. 

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Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • Super easy to install, with adhesive or screws
  • Saves and organizes space in cabinets
  • Easily fits 5 small to medium sized pans
  • Avoids scratching of pans surface
  • Sturdy and highly durable
  • Allows easy reach or access to pans
  • Good price and quality product

    Cons

  • Hard to keep it balanced when not fixed
  • Large pans do not fit easily as claimed
Where to Buy
Review Summary

Rubbermaid FG1H4209BLA Pan Organizer Rack is a perfect stacking design to create additional storage space in kitchen. The rack can easily fit two 14" pans and three 9" pans and/or accommodate 6 large lids and 2 pans, allowing a variety of storage choice. This sturdy pan organizer rack eliminates the risk of the pans or pots getting scratched when stacked inside each other. These racks are easy to install with adhesive or with screws (included) and can be used without installation by placing it vertically in narrow cabinets. Plus, the vertical placement elevates the pans from the cabinet surface thus limiting the cabinet surface from getting rusty with iron residues, which adds up to the racks utility.

However, the racks wobbles when loaded with pans and is hard to keep it balanced when not mounted or screwed. Though it is useful for most of the users, it is not very much of a space saver and functional as per some, as it does not accommodate the 12" or larger pans.

Overall, the Rubbermaid FG1H4209BLA Pan Organizer Rack is highly recommended by users as a good kitchen organization tool. These pan organizers provide a clutter free cabinet giving a neat and organized looking kitchen at an affordable price. 

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Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • Cooks every kind of meat in every way
  • Attractive stainless exterior
  • Dishwasher safe accessories
  • Excess fat drips into the pan which reduces the fat content
  • All the controls are convenient and easy to use
  • Cooking times are consistent
  • Interior light is a nice feature as you can quickly check the appearance of the item

    Cons

  • Takes up a lot of counter space
  • Manual should have better cooking instructions
  • Steel is thin and has a slightly cheap feel
  • Reflector shield is a little hard to keep clean
Where to Buy
Review Summary

Cuisinart CVR-1000 Vertical Countertop Rotisserie with Touchpad Controls is a fast, easy, healthy and delicious way to cook your meals. This vertical countertop rotisserie comes in an eye-catching brushed stainless steel exterior with 8 pound food capacity that allows an efficient way to prepare meat. It is designed to evenly brown everything from roasts to vegetables to shish kebabs letting you make delicious food time and again. It includes an 8-piece skewer set, roasting rack, poultry tower, multi-purpose basket, and a drip tray. The non-stick interior along with 5 preset temperature settings and touchpad controls and LCD readout let you enjoy the benefits of an electric roaster by cooking some of your favorite items.

To keep the temperature consistent, it comes with a removable chrome insert that reflects heat as the rotisserie turns, and a 3-hour countdown timer with auto-shutoff ensures perfect timing. This countertop Cuisinart cooking tool includes helpful accessories as well as a recipe book with a number of delicious options to help get you started. Many reviews have appreciated the interior light feature that allows you to view food as it cooks.

With time and several trials it can whip up a perfectly cooked meal however many users would have liked the instruction manual to include more information regarding the cooking time and temperature control guidelines. Additionally many user users pointed out that the unit worked fairly well with smaller meat loads, working with bigger portions could be a little difficult as parts of meat can get too close to the heating element.

Overall, the Cuisinart vertical rotisserie is a great addition to any kitchen. Cleanup is a cinch with the polished heat reflector behind the heating elements that just slides right out and the drip tray that catches all the juices, so the grand finish is just a quick and easy wipe-down on the glass door and interior walls. It is a time saving and easy way to prepare healthy and delicious roasted entrée or sides of vegetables or seafood that keep firm in a multipurpose basket.

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Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • Easy to use and operate
  • Work well, dries salad, fruits and vegetables
  • All in One - Wash, dry, serve and store salad
  • Compact design makes it easy to store
  • Brake action and good grip in bottom
  • Affordable at moderate price

    Cons

  • Hard to clean
  • Clear plastic bowl can turn yellow after sometime
  • Big enough to spin salad for small family
Review Summary

OXO Good Grips Salad Spinner makes washing and drying leafy vegetables, fruits and potato slices simple, easy and fun. The spinner works well and dries salad very well and allows dressing to stick to salad. It comes with easy one hand operation, a built-in brake and good bottom grip to make it stable while use. Its modular design allows the basket and bowl to be used separately. This also makes it possible to use same gadget for washing, drying, serving and storing salad. Its compact design makes it easy to store.

Some reviewers say that the spinner is hard to clean and it can turn yellow after sometime of using. This spinner is suitable for small families only since it is not very big.

Overall, lot of reviewers like this salad spinner and recommend to other salad lovers.

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