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The Best Air Fryer For A Large Family

When it comes to air fryers, there are so many to choose from.  They come in all different shapes, sizes, and colors.  However, each air fryer is not created equal, since we all have different needs.  When it comes to finding the best air fryer for a large family, there are several things that must be seriously considered.  This guide show you the best large air fryers around, and how to pick the best one for your family.

Best Air Fryer for Large Family

Our Favorite!
Paula Deen Family-Sized Air Fryer
Big Boss Oil-less Air Fryer
Ultrean Air Fryer, Large Family Size
COSORI Air Fryer Max XL
GoWISE USA Air Fryer
Paula Deen 9.5 QT (1700 Watt) Family-Sized Air Fryer, Rapid Air Circulation System, Single Basket...
Big Boss Oil-less Air Fryer, 16 Quart, 1300W, Easy Operation with Built in Timer, Dishwasher Safe,...
Ultrean 8.5 Quart Air Fryer, Large Family Size Electric Hot Air Fryers XL Oven Oilless Cooker with 7...
COSORI Air Fryer,Max XL 5.8 Quart,1700-Watt Electric Hot Air Fryers Oven & Oilless Cooker for...
GoWISE USA GW22956 7-Quart Electric Air Fryer with Dehydrator & 3 Stackable Racks, Led Digital...
9.5 Quart
16 Quart
8.5 Quart
5.8 Quart
7 Quart
$129.99
$74.00
$129.88
$119.99
$109.78
Our Favorite!
Paula Deen Family-Sized Air Fryer
Paula Deen 9.5 QT (1700 Watt) Family-Sized Air Fryer, Rapid Air Circulation System, Single Basket...
9.5 Quart
$129.99
Big Boss Oil-less Air Fryer
Big Boss Oil-less Air Fryer, 16 Quart, 1300W, Easy Operation with Built in Timer, Dishwasher Safe,...
16 Quart
$74.00
Ultrean Air Fryer, Large Family Size
Ultrean 8.5 Quart Air Fryer, Large Family Size Electric Hot Air Fryers XL Oven Oilless Cooker with 7...
8.5 Quart
$129.88
COSORI Air Fryer Max XL
COSORI Air Fryer,Max XL 5.8 Quart,1700-Watt Electric Hot Air Fryers Oven & Oilless Cooker for...
5.8 Quart
$119.99
GoWISE USA Air Fryer
GoWISE USA GW22956 7-Quart Electric Air Fryer with Dehydrator & 3 Stackable Racks, Led Digital...
7 Quart
$109.78

The first thing you will notice is that we are looking at traditional air fryers here.

While some air fryer/oven combinations seem to have large capacities, when you take a closer look, that is not really the case.  Air fryer ovens have racks, not baskets, which mean you can put several single layers of food, but that is about it.  They are not ideal for cooking vegetables or French fries for large families.

The most important aspect to look at is the capacity of the air fryer when it comes to finding the best large air fryer.

For a family of four, a 4 or 4.2 quart air fryer should be plenty, but these range in size from 5.8 quart to a staggering 16 quarts.

Each of these air fryers also have their own unique features which may or may not be important to you.

Now, let’s take a closer look at each of these air fryers

Paula Deen Family-Sized Air Fryer 

Paula Deen 9.5 QT (1700 Watt) Family-Sized Air Fryer, Rapid Air Circulation System, Single Basket...
  • 9.5 QT FAMILY-SIZED AIR FRYER: Paula Deen's largest air fryer yet! Features a single basket design that allows you to cook large enough portions to feed everyone around your dinner table (5-10 people). Basket dimensions, with cooking insert: L:11.75 in. x W:11 in. x H:5 in. Basket dimensions, without cooking insert: L:11.75 in. x W:11 in. x H:6 in.
  • VERSATILE COOKING OPTIONS: Use the simple control knobs to set the timer (up to 60 minutes) and the recommended cooking temperature (up to 400ºF) to air fry, bake, roast, or even reheat your food. Plus, this air fryer includes 50 of Paula Deen's famous air fryer recipes to help you create a variety of delicious and healthier meals.
  • RAPID AIR CIRCULATION SYSTEM: Powered at 1700 watts, the rapid air circulation system and single basket design allows for larger portions of food to be cooked at faster cooking times. Plus, it doesn't heat up your kitchen or leave oil residue and fumes in your home.

This Paula Deen Family-Sized air fryer is relatively new to the market, and has some features the others just can’t match.

First of all, it comes in an array of colors, with one of the guaranteed to be perfect for you.

This is important since family sized air fryers aren’t small, and may need to live on your countertop.

It has a simple two knob operation, and lists some common foods and cooking times right on the unit.  If you are looking for easy use, this air fryer is a strong contender.

Best of all, it has a ceramic non-stick coating for easy cleaning.  It can be easily wiped down or even put in the dishwasher.

You really can’t go wrong with this one.

Big Boss Oil-less Air Fryer

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Big Boss Oil-less Air Fryer, 16 Quart, 1300W, Easy Operation with Built in Timer, Dishwasher Safe,...
  • Enjoy your favorite foods without the added calories! The Big Boss Air Fryer allows you to fry, bake, grill, & roast with little to no oil in this all in one countertop unit
  • Simple & easy operation with 2 dials, temperature control, timer with auto shutoff and popular food directions right on the unit.
  • The Transparent glass bowl is designed to let you see the progress of your food without the need to open the cooking chamber & the heat escape – for a much faster experience.

The Big Boss gets its name from the fact that it is the biggest boss air fryer around.

As you can see, the nice part about this air fryer is the two rack system, which allows you to cook two different foods at once.  This makes sense with an air fryer with such a large capacity.

The only downside to the Big Boss is that the main unit is glass, which may break if you drop it.  Because of its design, it is difficult to “shake the basket” which is something many people do when they are using an air fryer to make the food cook evenly.

However, these may be worth it for you if you really want that multi level cooking and 16 quart capacity.

Ultrean Air Fryer, Large Family Size

Ultrean 8.5 Quart Air Fryer, Large Family Size Electric Hot Air Fryers XL Oven Oilless Cooker with 7...
  • FRY TASTY MEALS WITH LESS OR NO OIL with ULTREAN's 360 degrees Rapid Air Frying Technology you can enjoy splatter-free cooking with up to 85% less fat or oil.
  • MULTIFUNCTIONAL ALL-IN-ONE COOKER that fries, roast, grill and can also bake your favorite meals; With BONUS Exclusive Ultrean Recipe Cookbook you'll never run out of ideas to cook for yourself or your family.
  • BIGGER COOKING CAPACITY, HASSLE-FREE COOKING which means you can prepare healthier less fat/ less grease food for 6-8 persons! With Ultrean easy cooking procedure and 7 cooking presets, you can do more while waiting for your food to be cooked.

This air fryer has a 8.5 quart capacity, and easy to read and operate digital display.

Instead of just showing you common cooking times on the unit like some other models, this Ultrean Air Fryer has a number of pre-sets for commonly cooked items.

These presets may work for you, or you may find you prefer different cooking temperatures and times.  The presets are easily adjustable to cook your food to your own personal favorite doneness.

The best feature of this air fryer is the unique design of the basket.  It has slits in the side to help the air circulate around the food better, which is very important with a large capacity air fryer.

The basket is also dishwasher safe.

COSORI Air Fryer Max XL

COSORI Air Fryer,Max XL 5.8 Quart,1700-Watt Electric Hot Air Fryers Oven & Oilless Cooker for...
  • Compared with a 4-quart round basket or even smaller one, COSORI air fryer's 5.8- Quart Square Nonstick Basket can fit a 5 lbs-6 lbs whole chicken, while small round basket can’t. Buy this XL 5. 8-Quart size, serves your family with at least 3-5 people.
  • Perfect healthy gift for food-loving dads, mothers, family and friends. Slimmer footprint fit on your countertop and save your space. It has 85% less fat than traditional deep frying methods, but deliver the same deliciously crunchy taste of fried food with little to no oil.
  • 11 functions in 1-Steak, Poultry, Seafood, Shrimp, Bacon, Frozen Foods, French fries, Vegetables, Root Vegetables, Bread, Desserts, Preheat. Just tap and go! Selection at a touch rather than keep circling to make the choice. Super easy to use!

While this is one of the smaller family air fryers we looked at with a 5.8 quart capacity, it does have a number of notable features.

First of all is the basket, that also has slits on the side like the Ultrean model.  You can also purchase an extra basket for this air fryer, which is a nice to have if you are doing a lot of cooking.

Another notable feature is the Shake alarm which lets you know when you should shake your food for the most even cooking.

If that wasn’t enough it comes with 11 preset functions, and a keep warm function which is very unique to this model.

Finally, there is also an Amazon Alexa Smart Wifi Connected version:

It does cost a little bit more, but if you love gadgets, the smart COSORI air fryer may be for you.

The only downside is the smaller capacity of 5.8 quarts when compared to the other models we looked at.

GoWISE USA Air Fryer

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GoWISE USA GW22956 7-Quart Electric Air Fryer with Dehydrator & 3 Stackable Racks, Led Digital...
  • Compared with a 5-quart air fryer basket or smaller, gowise usa’s newest air fryer comes with an extra large cooking capacity. The single basket and crisper tray Give you 7 quarts of cooking space, The perfect size for feeding The whole family or to whip up some snacks for a party. Easily cook a whole chicken or 4-5 burgers with a touch of a button without heating up the house.
  • Searching for a Gift? This air fryer is the perfect gift under the tree for everyone! Get this multifunctional air fryer for the Moms on the go, dads who love to cook, grandparents or anyone who wants to be healthier. This air fryer allows you to cook your favorite fried foods with little to no oil and without the mess that comes with deep frying!
  • Air fry, grill, and more! This extra-large air fryer is designed with 8 cooking functions, so you can save time and space. Air fry, roast, broil, dehydrate, grill, bake, reheat, or keep warm all in 1 appliance. The large control panel features a full touchscreen menu to make it easy to select a function, Set a time and temp, and start cooking with a touch of a button.

This 7 quart air fryer comes with a three tiered rack, to make cooking things like chicken tenders a breeze.  Remember, with an air fryer, you really do not want to stack breaded items on top of each other.

This rack solves this problem, and with the large size, you can easily make chicken tenders or chicken cutlets or other breaded items for the whole family in a single batch, instead of being limited to a single layer.

This rack can also be helpful when using the built in dehydrator function.

Besides the black and silver model shown, it also comes in red, and a really unique black and copper finish:

It also has a number of unique accessories like these non-stick liners  for easy cleanup.

How to Pick the Best Large Air Fryer

I have been a loyal air fryer user for over two years.  When I say loyal, I mean I use my air fryer multiple times a day.  From my experience, I know what features are nice to haves and what features really make a difference in the user experience.

Let’s take a look at these models one more time:

While you can’t go wrong with any of the air fryers on this list, there are a couple that really stand out:

If you are looking for the biggest air fryer that you can get your hands on that is the easiest to use, the Paula Deen Family-Sized air fryer is your best bet.  It has a 9.5 quart operation, and a simple two knob operation.

The Ultrean Air Fryer also has a number of advanced features like a digital display and a number of pre-sets.  The game changer for this 8.5 quart model is the slits in the side of the basket that make the air circulate better.  This translates to lowered cooking times and crispier food.

Finally the GoWISE air fryer has a respectable 7 quart capacity, but also has a few innovative features.  The three tiered cooking rack is a game changer for cooking complete meals for your family in an air dryer, and the optional basket liners make clean up a breeze.

When it comes to picking the best air fryer for a large family, all of these models will work well.  It comes down to the features and functionally of each, and what is important to you.

How to Pick the Best Broiler Pan

When it comes to using your oven, we all know it does a lot more than just baking.  I love to broil things in the oven, and for that I need the best broiler pan.  Broiling is completely different than baking and roasting, so for the best broiled food you really should the best broiler pan.

Best Broiler Pan

Norpro Stainless Steel Broil/Roast Pan Set
Wilton Non-stick Broiler Pan Set
Range Kleen Porcelain Broil and Bake Pan
Whirlpool Porcelain Broiler Pan and Grid
Handi-Foil Disposable Aluminum Foil Broiler Baking Cooking Pan
Norpro Stainless Steel Broil/Roast Pan Set
Wilton Non-stick Broiler Pan Set, 11 x 7-Inch
Range Kleen BP106X 2 PC Porcelain Broil and Bake Pan 12.75 Inch by 8.5 Inch
Whirlpool 4396923 Porcelain Broiler Pan and Grid, Black
Handi-Foil Disposable Aluminum Foil Broiler Baking Cooking Pan - HFA REF # 333 (50)
Stainless Steel
Steel and Non-Stick Steel
Porcelain
Porcelain
Aluminum Disposable
16.5" x 12"
11" x 7"
12.75" x 8.5"
20" x 15"
11.5" x 8.5"
$25.65
$15.56
$20.49
$25.50
$29.39
Norpro Stainless Steel Broil/Roast Pan Set
Norpro Stainless Steel Broil/Roast Pan Set
Stainless Steel
16.5" x 12"
$25.65
Wilton Non-stick Broiler Pan Set
Wilton Non-stick Broiler Pan Set, 11 x 7-Inch
Steel and Non-Stick Steel
11" x 7"
$15.56
Range Kleen Porcelain Broil and Bake Pan
Range Kleen BP106X 2 PC Porcelain Broil and Bake Pan 12.75 Inch by 8.5 Inch
Porcelain
12.75" x 8.5"
$20.49
Whirlpool Porcelain Broiler Pan and Grid
Whirlpool 4396923 Porcelain Broiler Pan and Grid, Black
Porcelain
20" x 15"
$25.50
Handi-Foil Disposable Aluminum Foil Broiler Baking Cooking Pan
Handi-Foil Disposable Aluminum Foil Broiler Baking Cooking Pan - HFA REF # 333 (50)
Aluminum Disposable
11.5" x 8.5"
$29.39

As you can see, many of these broiler pans look very similar.  A broiler pan has a slotted plate that goes over a larger pan.  This is to catch any juices from the food you are broiling, so the food stays crisp.

I often broil different types of meats, but you can broil almost anything.  Broiling is simply cooking food at a very high temperature for a short amount of time, and often very close to the heating element.  That is why allowing fat to run off with the designs of these pans is so important.

When it comes to picking the best broiler pan there are a few things to keep in mind.

First of all is the size of the pan.  If you have an idea of what you would like to cook, make sure it fits in the pan!

Next is the material of the pan.  Just like grill grates come in different materials, so do pans.  Don’t miss this guide to grill grate material to learn the basics.

Finally, is ease of cleaning.

Now, let’s take a look at some broiler pans.

Norpro Stainless Steel Broil/Roast Pan Set

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Norpro Stainless Steel Broil/Roast Pan Set
  • Measures: 16.5" x 12" x 2" / 42cm x 30.5cm x 5cm
  • This two-piece stainless steel broiler pan with perforated top allows for grease to drain off, while you cook, for healthier results.
  • Made of stainless steel for strength and durability. Easy to clean.

When it comes to pans, I love Norpro stainless steel baking sheets.  Loving their broiler pan was not a stretch either.

Stainless steel is very, very easy to clean, and you do not need to worry about too much about cleaning it.  While yes, it does scratch, the scratches don’t do anything bad to your pan, unlike other cooking surfaces.

If you have not used a lot of stainless steel cookware before, you will notice over time it just looks sort of dirty and loses its luster.

When that time comes, simply use some Barkeeper's Friend to get it nice and shiny looking.

This stuff is the secret to cleaning stainless steel, and many other surfaces.

Wilton Non-stick Broiler Pan Set

Wilton Non-stick Broiler Pan Set, 11 x 7-Inch
  • Two part pan drains fat and grease from meat and fish
  • Made of steel; non-stick for easy release and quick cleanup
  • 11 x 7 in. (27.9 x 17.8 cm)

This Wilton pan is a great broiler pan in general, with a low price point.  It has a non-stick surface for easy cleaning.

The only downside is the size of this pan, it is smaller compared to some of the others on this list.

That’s why it is important to think about what you want to broil before you purchase your pan.

Range Kleen Porcelain Broil and Bake Pan

Range Kleen BP106X 2 PC Porcelain Broil and Bake Pan 12.75 Inch by 8.5 Inch
  • COOKING DONE RIGHT: Make the perfect meals with the help of the Range Kleen BP106X 2 Piece Heavy Duty Porcelain Broil and Bake Pan. Whether it is broiling meats to perfection or baking dishes, cook with ease with this 2-piece utensil.
  • MADE FROM HIGH QUALITY MATERIALS: Heavy-duty porcelain on steel grill and base, this USA made set is safe for use for up to 1025 degrees F and has OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) quality.
  • GOOD FEATURES FOR BROILING AND BAKING: The grate of the grill allows fat drippings to drain away from meats. The Range Kleen BP106X is suitable for use on an outdoor grill and perfect for fish, meats and veggies.

This porcelain broil pan is a great model, and is a good size.

The only thing to beware of is that it is made out of porcelain, and porcelain must be cleaned gently.

However, porcelain is a great conductor of heat, so it will help your food cook very nicely and get nice and brown under the broiler.

Whirlpool Porcelain Broiler Pan and Grid

Whirlpool 4396923 Porcelain Broiler Pan and Grid, Black
  • This product is a Factory Certified Accessory. These three words represent quality parts and accessories designed specifically for your appliance. Time tested engineering that meets our strict quality specifications
  • Package contains (1) Premium Broiler Pan and Roasting Rack
  • No tools required for installation

While this Whirlpool pan is also made out of porcelain, it is the biggest in size.  It is actually the replacement part for many Whirlpool ovens.

If you want to make a large amount of food (think burgers for a whole family and guests) at one time, this may be the broiler pan for you.

Handi-Foil Disposable Aluminum Foil Broiler Baking Cooking Pan

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Handi-Foil Disposable Aluminum Foil Broiler Baking Cooking Pan - HFA REF # 333 (50)
  • Top Out Dimensions: 13" x 9-5/8"
  • Top In Dimensions: 11-1/2" x 8-1/2"
  • Bottom Dimensions: 11-1/8" x 8-1/2"

We’ve talked alot about cleaning broiler pans.  If you don’t want to bother with the cleaning aspect, these Handi-Foil broiler pans are for you.  Now, while they are disposable, they also are only one piece, so you will not get as good fat drainage from this as you would with some of the two piece sets.

As someone who uses these disposable pans probably more than they should, I have not found this to be a big deal.  Most grease is still caught by the bottom grooves in the pan, and I always remove the food as soon as I take the pan out of the oven.

Picking the Best Broiler Pan

Let’s take a look at our options one more time:

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Norpro Stainless Steel Broil/Roast Pan Set
Measures: 16.5" x 12" x 2" / 42cm x 30.5cm x 5cm; Made of stainless steel for strength and durability. Easy to clean.
$25.65
Wilton Non-stick Broiler Pan Set, 11 x 7-Inch
Two part pan drains fat and grease from meat and fish; Made of steel; non-stick for easy release and quick cleanup
$15.56
Range Kleen BP106X 2 PC Porcelain Broil and Bake Pan 12.75 Inch by 8.5 Inch
COOK AND CLEAN WITH EASE: The materials are easy to clean and dishwasher safe.
$20.49
Whirlpool 4396923 Porcelain Broiler Pan and Grid, Black
Package contains (1) Premium Broiler Pan and Roasting Rack; No tools required for installation
$25.50
Sale
Handi-Foil Disposable Aluminum Foil Broiler Baking Cooking Pan - HFA REF # 333 (50)
Top Out Dimensions: 13" x 9-5/8"; Top In Dimensions: 11-1/2" x 8-1/2"; Bottom Dimensions: 11-1/8" x 8-1/2"
$29.39

If you really don’t want to deal with cleaning a broiler pan, the Handi-Foil Disposable broiler pan is the obvious choice.

If you don’t mind cleaning the broiler pan, and are looking for a balance in size and ease of use and cleaning, then the Norpro stainless steel broiler pan is the best choice.

Finally, if you are just looking for the best and biggest broiler pan you can get your hands on, the Whirlpool broiler pan is the one for you.

At the end of the day, all of these broiler pans will serve you well.  You just need to decide on the size and material that works best for you.

Tips for Using Your Broiler

I use my broiler quite a bit.  I currently have an electric oven with an electric broiler, but used to have a gas broiler.  I have not found much difference between the two.

When it comes to your broiler, there are often low, medium, and high settings.  You will find that you can get a little more granular and adjust the heat by placing your broiler pan on a specific rack.

For browning really greasy things, I have found that broiling on medium or high on the middle rack often results in much less grease splattering all over my oven than broiling on a higher rack.

If you want to just brown something, you may want to put it on higher rack on a higher setting, for a shorter amount of time.

If you are trying to cook something thoroughly, like a piece of meat, you will have better luck in the middle rack or on a higher rack setting with a lower temperature.

You will also want to flip your meat half way through cooking so that both sides are evenly browned.  When you use the best broiler pan, all of the grease will sink to the bottom of the pan, and your food won’t sit in it.

How to Find the Best Air Fryer for a Family of 4

I got my first air fryer a couple of years ago.  When it came to picking an air fryer, one of the most important things that I looked at was the size of the air fryer, which can vary quite a bit between different makes and models.  If you are looking for the best air frier for a family of for like I was, you have come to the right place.

Best Air Fryer for a Family of 4

Philips Twin TurboStar Technology XXL Airfryer
Top Pick!
Ninja Air Fryer
Ultrean Air Fryer
Secura Air Fryer
Habor IKICH Air Fryer
Philips Premium Airfryer XXL with Fat Removal Technology, Black, HD9630/96
Ninja Air Fryer, 1550-Watt Programmable Base for Air Frying, Roasting, Reheating & Dehydrating with...
Ultrean Air Fryer, 4.2 Quart (4 Liter) Electric Hot Air Fryers Oven Oilless Cooker with LCD Digital...
Secura Air Fryer 4.2Qt / 4.0L 1500-Watt Electric Hot XL Air Fryers Oven Oil Free Nonstick Cooker...
Habor IKICH Air Fryer, 4.2 Quart Oilless Hot Air Fryer(W/Cookbook) Oven Large Cooker, Auto Off,...
4 Quart
4 Quart
4.2 Quart
4.2 Quart
4.2 Quart
1725 Watt
1550 Watt
1500 Watt
1500 Watts
1500 Watts
$278.00
$99.99
$65.99
$60.43
$65.99
Philips Twin TurboStar Technology XXL Airfryer
Philips Premium Airfryer XXL with Fat Removal Technology, Black, HD9630/96
4 Quart
1725 Watt
$278.00
Top Pick!
Ninja Air Fryer
Ninja Air Fryer, 1550-Watt Programmable Base for Air Frying, Roasting, Reheating & Dehydrating with...
4 Quart
1550 Watt
$99.99
Ultrean Air Fryer
Ultrean Air Fryer, 4.2 Quart (4 Liter) Electric Hot Air Fryers Oven Oilless Cooker with LCD Digital...
4.2 Quart
1500 Watt
$65.99
Secura Air Fryer
Secura Air Fryer 4.2Qt / 4.0L 1500-Watt Electric Hot XL Air Fryers Oven Oil Free Nonstick Cooker...
4.2 Quart
1500 Watts
$60.43
Habor IKICH Air Fryer
Habor IKICH Air Fryer, 4.2 Quart Oilless Hot Air Fryer(W/Cookbook) Oven Large Cooker, Auto Off,...
4.2 Quart
1500 Watts
$65.99

When it comes to finding the best air fryer for a family of 4, the most important thing is size of course.

While you may be tempted to pick a smaller air fryer by looking at the capacity, my advice is not to.  Something that is important to understand is that an air fryer cooks better when it is less full.  When it is less full, there is more air to circulate around your food, after all, an air fryer is just a very fast convection oven.

When I looked at all of the different air fryers out there, I found that around 4 Quarts is the best size air fryer for a family of 4.  Could you get a slightly smaller one?  Of course you could, but with so many different air fryers available today, your best bet is looking at the 4 quart and slightly larger range.

Each and every one of these air fryers in this list will make enough for a family of 4.

The next thing to think about how many Watts the air fryer is.  A watt is a unit of power, so the more watts, the more powerful.  This also does translate to more electricity drawn and used.

Philips Twin TurboStar Technology XXL Airfryer

Philips Premium Airfryer XXL with Fat Removal Technology, Black, HD9630/96
  • The Philips Airfryer XXL is the healthiest way to fry, using little or no added oil to fry your favorite food. It's the only air fryer with fat removal technology that reduces and captures excess fat
  • With a 3lb/4qt capacity you can now make delicious meals for up to 6 people every day. Fits a whole chicken or 2 bags of frozen french fries with results just as crispy as deep-fried
  • The air fryer is instantly hot and ready to go in seconds, cooking 4 times faster than a conventional oven. With no preheat needed, you can save time and start cooking right away

This is one of the air fryers I own.  The first thing you may notice is the price range, and the truth is you do pay more for a Philips air fryer than many of the competitors.

I also believe you get more with a Philips air fryer than many of the others.  Remember, Philips basically pioneered the air frier, and was one of the first ones to market.

This means they are constantly adding new technologies to their air fryers, and making them work more efficiently.

You will also notice that this is the highest powered air fryer out of all the models we looked at.  Philips knows what they are doing, and their air fryers get the job done quicker than many of their counterparts.  When Philips says you don’t have to pre heat their air fryers, they really mean it!

Are a couple of minutes a big deal?  Of course not.  If budget is not a consideration, then the Philips Air Fryer XXL is for you.

Ninja Air Fryer

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Ninja Air Fryer, 1550-Watt Programmable Base for Air Frying, Roasting, Reheating & Dehydrating with...
  • Now enjoy guilt free food; Air fry with up to 75 percent less fat than traditional frying methods; Tested against hand cut, deep fried French fries
  • Wide Temperature Range: 105 degree Fahrenheit to 400 degrees Fahrenheit allows you to gently remove moisture from foods or quickly cook and crisp foods with convection heat
  • 4 quart ceramic coated nonstick basket and crisper plate fit 2 pounds of French fries

The Ninja Air Fryer is our top choice.  It is a good balance between features, functionality, and power.  Ninja made their mark on the kitchen space with their classic Ninja blender so many years ago, and are constantly expanding into new areas.

One of these areas is the air fryer.  As you can see, the Ninja Air Fryer has a high tech display, and one of the other features that many air friers do not: the dehydrate feature.

If you are a fan of making dried fruits and vegetables, the Ninja Air Fryer deserves your serious consideration!  Think nice fresh sun dried tomatoes for your pasta, or dehydrated apple chips for snacks.

It also has settings for reheat (which you can really do in any air fryer anyway), and a setting for roast to more closely mimic an oven.

The Ninja Air Fryer is also slightly more powerful than the rest of the air fryers we are going to look at.

Ultrean Air Fryer

Ultrean Air Fryer, 4.2 Quart (4 Liter) Electric Hot Air Fryers Oven Oilless Cooker with LCD Digital...
  • Enjoy Food with Less Fat, Oil- with Ultrean air fryer you can enjoy the same fried and crispy foods with less fat and grease
  • Get a multifunction cooker that saves your time and money - aside from air frying you can also grill, roast and bake your favorite food with its innovative heating system “rapid air technology” which is designed to cook your food evenly without the hassles of using hot oil or thermometer
  • Hassle-free operation - with accessible buttons and easy cooking set up; It comes with an auto switch off timer (0-30mins) and adjustable temperature setting (180°f-400°f)

This Ultrean air fryer has a 4.2 quart capacity and is powered by a 1500 watt motor.  If you are looking for something different when it comes to an air dryer, this may me the right choice for you, since it does come in more color options:

Since an air fryer is a large appliance, many people end up keeping them on their kitchen counter tops.  The color options of the Ultrean make it a great option for this.

Secura Air Fryer

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Secura Air Fryer 4.2Qt / 4.0L 1500-Watt Electric Hot XL Air Fryers Oven Oil Free Nonstick Cooker...
  • The Secure 4. 2 quart (4-liter) electric hot air fryer uses hot air in combination with high-speed air circulation
  • Extra large 4. 2 quart (4-liter) basket, more capacity than most other air fryers. Create healthier food by using less grease in your cooking with the "hot air cooking" Method
  • 60 minute cooking timer with auto-shut off when your food is done. Heating & power indicator lights

Air fryers could not be easier to operate, but if you are still a little worried about their ease of use, the Secura air fryer could be the answer for you.

As you can see, the Secure air fryer tells you right on the front how to cook some of the most common things you will make in an air fryer.

The more you use your air frier, the more you will get used to it and start experimenting, but the Secura gives you some easy guidance for when you are first getting started.

It operates with two dials, one of temperature, and the other for cooking time.

Habor IKICH Air Fryer

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Habor IKICH Air Fryer, 4.2 Quart Oilless Hot Air Fryer(W/Cookbook) Oven Large Cooker, Auto Off,...
  • Oilless Frying & Healthy: "AIR FLOW TECHNOLOGY" by IKICH no oil added and reduce 80% fat intake. Enjoy your favorite fried food by the healthy way!
  • Easy to Cook: Hassle-free button operation, let the seniors even kids(over 8-yr) can easily use air fryer. With the convenient control, Habor subverts traditional cooking methods to the simpler way, let you even your husband can't wait to cook
  • Space Saving & Large Capacity: Compact size can fit easily on the counter or be stored in the pantry while Habor Electric Hot Air Fryer has 4. 2-quart nonstick basket that fits 2 lbs of French fries, and can fit 2-5 persons

The Harbor IKICH air fryer has a sleek stainless steel front panel, and comes in both black and red:

It is also nice enough to tell you how to cook some of your favorites on the top of the control panel, for easy use.

If you don’t like the knob operation of the Secura air fryer, but really want the cooking guide on the control panel, the Harbor IKICH Air Fryer has several buttons to operate the digital display.

Similar to the Ninja, it has multiple modes that make it behave more like a regular oven than an air fryer.

Picking The Best Air Fryer for a Family of 4

When it comes to picking the best air fryer for a family of 4, remember the important things to think about: size and power.  Every one of these options will be big enough and powerful enough for your family of four.

Let’s take a look at the options again:

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Ninja Air Fryer, 1550-Watt Programmable Base for Air Frying, Roasting, Reheating & Dehydrating with...
4 quart ceramic coated nonstick basket and crisper plate fit 2 pounds of French fries; Dishwasher safe parts: Easy to clean basket, crisper plate, and multi layer rack
$99.99
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Secura Air Fryer 4.2Qt / 4.0L 1500-Watt Electric Hot XL Air Fryers Oven Oil Free Nonstick Cooker...
Accessories included with the Secure hot air fryer for Extra versatility; Recipes, toaster rack & skewers
$60.43

I love myPhilips XXL Air Fryer.  When I purchased it years ago, it was the only game in town when it came to a 4 quart air fryer, and it has paid for itself many times over.

If I was looking for another air fryer today, my top pick is the .  Ninja has a great reputation in the kitchen appliance space, and it has even more features than the Philips air fryer!

When it comes to picking an air fryer that will stand out on my kitchen counter, both the Ultrean Air Fryer and Harbor IKICH Air Fryers have options that aren’t black.  For some reason, black seems to be the standard air fryer color.

If I am looking for the most features and best value, I would pick the Harbor IKICH air fryer.

Things to Do With Your Air Fryer

After you order the best air fryer for your family of 4, you should start thinking about what to do with it!

Of course, making French fries is one of the first things you should do, but what else?  Is an Air Fryer really that amazing?

The answer is yes!

Besides the obvious thing of French fries, you should also think about making:

  • Kale chips
  • Broccoli
  • Asparagus
  • …any vegetables!!!
  • Kid size meatballs
  • Heating up pizza
  • Anything you would do in an oven, but faster!

Really, anything you would fry (except for drippy battered things) or have to cook in your oven forever, you can do in your air fryer in a fraction of time.  I hope you and your family enjoy your new air fryer.  Be sure to let us know which one you picked in the comments!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why You Need the Best Cereal Container

Cereal containers are one of those things you don’t realize you need, until you do.  Even if cereal comes in a box, I am personally a mess when it comes to opening the bag inside and I always end up with wasted cereal in the box.  Buying cereal in bags can also be more cost effective than many boxes, but the bags have a tendency to rip or to get crushed.  Today we are going to take a look at the best cereal containers.

Best Cereal Containers

Item
Top Pick!
Rubbermaid Cereal Keeper
Rubbermaid Brilliance Cereal Container
Top Pick!
OXO Good Grips POP Large Cereal Container
FineDine Extra Large Cereal Containers
Chef's Path Cereal Container Storage Set
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Rubbermaid Cereal Keeper Container, 1.5-Gallon
Rubbermaid Brilliance Pantry Airtight Food Storage Container, BPA-Free Plastic
Extra Large Cereal Containers Storage Set [2pk,168oz-21cup] Airtight Silicone Sealed Locking Lids...
OXO Good Grips Airtight POP Large Cereal Dispenser (4.5 Qt)
Cereal Container Storage Set - Airtight Food Storage Containers, 8 Labels, Spoon Set & Pen, Great...
Capacity
24 Cup
20 Cup
18 Cup or 13.5 Cup
21 Cup
17 Cup
Price
$6.98
$21.99
$18.99
$22.99
$21.97
Top Pick!
Item
Rubbermaid Cereal Keeper
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Rubbermaid Cereal Keeper Container, 1.5-Gallon
Capacity
24 Cup
Price
$6.98
More Info
Item
Rubbermaid Brilliance Cereal Container
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Rubbermaid Brilliance Pantry Airtight Food Storage Container, BPA-Free Plastic
Capacity
20 Cup
Price
$21.99
More Info
Top Pick!
Item
OXO Good Grips POP Large Cereal Container
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Extra Large Cereal Containers Storage Set [2pk,168oz-21cup] Airtight Silicone Sealed Locking Lids...
Capacity
18 Cup or 13.5 Cup
Price
$18.99
More Info
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FineDine Extra Large Cereal Containers
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OXO Good Grips Airtight POP Large Cereal Dispenser (4.5 Qt)
Capacity
21 Cup
Price
$22.99
More Info
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Chef's Path Cereal Container Storage Set
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Cereal Container Storage Set - Airtight Food Storage Containers, 8 Labels, Spoon Set & Pen, Great...
Capacity
17 Cup
Price
$21.97
More Info

There are a couple of things to think about when you are looking for the best cereal storage containers.  First of all, how many containers do you need?  Are you just looking for one container, or several?

Do you want your container to match any other dry food storage containers you are already using?

Perhaps the most important thing to look at is the capacity of the cereal container.  I noticed that every cereal container I looked at used a different measurement!  So you will see in the above table, I just translated everything to cups, since that is  a unit that is easy to think about.

Rubbermaid Cereal Keeper

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Rubbermaid Cereal Keeper Container, 1.5-Gallon
  • 1.5 Gallon cereal container for bulk foods
  • Bases and lids are BPA free
  • Superior seal on lid keeps food fresh for optimal period of time

I bought one of these Rubbermaid Cereal Keepers a while ago, since I kept ripping cereal bags.  I have not had any problems with it, and it is dishwasher safe.

I should also mention I only needed on cereal contianer, not a set.  That’s why this single option may be good for others as well.

The plastic is very strong, and not flimsy at all.  I really don’t have anything bad to say about this storage container, except the red top may not match anything else in your kitchen.

Rubbermaid Brilliance Cereal Container

Rubbermaid Brilliance Pantry Airtight Food Storage Container, BPA-Free Plastic
  • Rubbermaid Modular Food Storage Containers can hold pasta, baking ingredients, or other pantry staples; save space and keep pantry organized
  • Great for pet food; easy to clean and scoop food from, and tight lids keep out moisture and humidity
  • Lids snap tight to help keep food fresh

Also by Rubbermaid, this Brilliance Cereal Container has a lid that clamps very tightly.  If you are using other Rubbermaid Brilliance containers for dry food storage, you may want to consider this.

The only downside to this is that it does not have a spout.  If you plan on scooping cereal out of the contianer to measure out serving sizes, it is not a bad thing.

However, because it lacks a spout, it can be hard for children (or even adults!) to pour without making a mess.

OXO Good Grips POP Large Cereal Container

OXO Good Grips Airtight POP Large Cereal Dispenser (4.5 Qt)
  • Airtight seal with a single press
  • Two silicone seals keep cereal, granola and snacks fresh
  • Contoured container is comfortable to hold, even when Dispenser is full

The OXO Good Grips POP containers are some of my favorite.  These containers come in two different versions for cereal:

OXO Good Grips Airtight POP Large Cereal Dispenser (4.5 Qt)
Airtight seal with a single press; Two silicone seals keep cereal, granola and snacks fresh
$22.99
OXO Good Grips 3 Piece Airtight POP Cereal Dispenser Set
Set includes three 3.4 quart POP Cereal Dispensers; Silicone seal keeps cereal, granola and other snacks fresh
$49.95
The first version is a single version that holds 18 cups, and the second version is a three pack, which each cereal container holding 13.5 cups.
This is a great option to have based on what kind of cereal you normally buy.
One of the best features about these containers are how easy the top is to operate.  It pops open with a single hand, and then can be pushed back down.
Ease of use can be a big factor during breakfast time, and these containers are by far the easiest ones to use.

FineDine Extra Large Cereal Containers

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Extra Large Cereal Containers Storage Set [2pk,168oz-21cup] Airtight Silicone Sealed Locking Lids...
  • 4 SNAP LOCKING LIDS – The lids snap close, creating an airtight, spill-proof seal. Keep cereals, baking and pet / cat / dog food products fresh and mites free. Wide, easy to open, pouring spouts enable you to gracefully pour cereal into a bowl, while keeping it neat and mess free. The tabs lock after use.
  • BPA FREE POLYPROPYLENE - The container is crafted of BPA free, non-toxic polypropylene, that won’t leach toxins into your food. Transparent, you can always know what’s inside and how much is still there.
  • ERGONOMIC DESIGN - Perfectly sized indentions allow for easy gripping and pouring for people of all ages and hands of all sizes. Slim design will grant your pantry a uniform, tidy appearance.

If you are looking for large capacity cereal containers, and more than one of them, these FineDine Extra Large Cereal Containers may be for you.

The 21 cup capacity will hold almost any bulk bag of cereal you purchase.  The lid clamps down in four places, and it has a spout for easy pouring.  They are also very cost effective.

Chef’s Path Cereal Container Storage Set

Cereal Container Storage Set - Airtight Food Storage Containers, 8 Labels, Spoon Set & Pen, Great...
  • SUPERIOR BUNDLE - Your complete cereal container bundle comes with 4 premium bpa-free food-storage canisters (9.6 x 9.3 x 3.9 inches), 4pc measuring spoon set, a chalkboard marker & 8 bonus reusable chalkboard Labels allowing you to organize your pantry like never before
  • KEEP THE CRUNCHINESS ALIVE - Imagine waking up every morning and having your favourite cereal with the same original taste each day, the 4 sided-locking lids with silicone seal ensure that no air or water enters in, keeping your cereal super fresh and dry
  • VERSATILE CONTAINERS - MANY GREAT USES: These air-tight food-safe plastic containers are not only ideal for storing cereals but they are also perfect for storing flour, brown sugar, rice, grains, pasta, coffee and even pet food

This Chef’s Path Cereal Container set comes with a whopping four containers, which is perfect if everyone in your house likes a different type of cereal!

They also come with labels and a chalkboard marker, so each container can be labeled with what is inside, or the person’s name who it belongs to!

These containers are also dishwasher safe, and also have a silicone seal on both the lid and the spout to make sure your cereal stays fresh.

Picking the Best Cereal Container

Let’s take a look at all of our options for cereal storage one more time:

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Rubbermaid Cereal Keeper Container, 1.5-Gallon
1.5 Gallon cereal container for bulk foods; Bases and lids are BPA free; Superior seal on lid keeps food fresh for optimal period of time
$6.98
Rubbermaid Brilliance Pantry Airtight Food Storage Container, BPA-Free Plastic
Lids snap tight to help keep food fresh; Containers stack for compact storage; Thick, durable container walls for everyday use
$21.99
OXO Good Grips Airtight POP Large Cereal Dispenser (4.5 Qt)
Airtight seal with a single press; Two silicone seals keep cereal, granola and snacks fresh
$22.99

Our top picks are the Rubbermaid Cereal Keeper and the OXO Good Grips POP Cereal container.  The nice part about these are they are both available in a single version.

That doesn’t mean the others aren’t great!  If you need more than one in pack, don’t forget our favorite the OXO Good Grips POP comes in a three pack.  The FineDine comes in a two pack, and theChef's Path container set comes in a four pack.with chalkboard labels.

It really comes down to which cereal container is best for what you need.

Are you looking for more than just cereal containers?  Don’t miss The Best Storage Containers for Flour, and How to Choose the Best Tupperware for Freezing.

Other Uses for Cereal Containers

These containers are useful for way more than just cereal!

These storage containers are great for any food you may want to pour.  Think things like rice, beans, and flours you may want to buy in bulk.

They are also great for pet food!

The best cereal storage contianer can store much more than cereal.  Which one you pick will likely depend on a number of factors which we talked about in this guide.  Enjoy your cereal with out the hassle and mess of a bag!

 

 

 

 

The Best Air Purifiers for Asthma

When it comes to purchasing products to help asthma, the first place I turn is the Asthma and Allergy Friendly Certification Program.  Any product listed on this site has gone through rigorous certification to be declared asthma and allergy friendly.  As someone who suffers from both asthma and allergies, I have found this program to be a great resource.   When I was searching for the best air purifiers for asthma, this is where I turned.

Best Air Purifiers Asthma

Item
Our Favorite!
Fellowes AeraMax 300
Fellowes AeraMax Baby DB5
Dyson Pure Hot + Cool
RabbitAir MinusA2 - 700 A
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AeraMax 300 Large Room Air Purifier Mold, Odors, Dust, Smoke, Allergens and Germs with True HEPA...
Fellowes AeraMax Baby DB5 HEPA Air Purifier for The Baby Room with Odor Reducing 4-Stage...
Dyson Pure Hot + Cool, HP01 HEPA Air Purifier, Space Heater & Fan, For Large Rooms, Removes...
RabbitAir MinusA2 Ultra Quiet HEPA Air Purifier - Stylish, Efficient and Energy Star (SPA-700A,...
Area Covered
300-600 sq ft
200 sq ft
300 sq ft
700 sq ft
Price
$190.41
$129.37
$459.00
$549.95
Our Favorite!
Item
Fellowes AeraMax 300
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AeraMax 300 Large Room Air Purifier Mold, Odors, Dust, Smoke, Allergens and Germs with True HEPA...
Area Covered
300-600 sq ft
Price
$190.41
More Info
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Fellowes AeraMax Baby DB5
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Fellowes AeraMax Baby DB5 HEPA Air Purifier for The Baby Room with Odor Reducing 4-Stage...
Area Covered
200 sq ft
Price
$129.37
More Info
Item
Dyson Pure Hot + Cool
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Dyson Pure Hot + Cool, HP01 HEPA Air Purifier, Space Heater & Fan, For Large Rooms, Removes...
Area Covered
300 sq ft
Price
$459.00
More Info
Item
RabbitAir MinusA2 - 700 A
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RabbitAir MinusA2 Ultra Quiet HEPA Air Purifier - Stylish, Efficient and Energy Star (SPA-700A,...
Area Covered
700 sq ft
Price
$549.95
More Info

Each and every one of these air purifiers has been certified asthma and allergy friendly.  While they do have a higher price point to many of the other air purifiers for asthma out there, be sure to pay special attention to the square footage covered.

Many of these products are also available in additional forms and sizes, which we will cover when we take a closer look.

Fellowes AeraMax 300

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AeraMax 300 Large Room Air Purifier Mold, Odors, Dust, Smoke, Allergens and Germs with True HEPA...
  • Air purifier features true HEPA filter with aerasafe antimicrobial treatment and carbon filter for four-stage filtration process that captures 99.97% of airborne particles
  • An odor Eliminator that also captures mold, dust, germs and smoke-ideal for allergy and asthma sufferers. Filter type: carbon. True HEPA with aerasafe antimicrobial treatment
  • Automatic air purifier performance with aerasmart sensor that monitors the Air quality and automatically adjusts the fan speed to keep your air purified

This is by far our favorite air purifier for asthma.  It is cost effective, and covers a large area.  I have two of them, one for upstairs, and one for downstairs.

It requires carbon filters and HEPA filters to be changed.  The carbon filters need to be changed approximately every three months, and the HEPA filters once a year.

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Fellowes Carbon Filters for AeraMax Air Purifiers - 4 Pack (9324201)
Carbon Filter removes odors, VOC's and captures large airborne particulates
$18.67

This model will sense when your air is dirty or contaminated, and kick in to clean things at a higher fan speed temporarily.  It also removes odors from the air.

The AeraMax comes in three different sizes.  We are looking at the largest size here with the AeraMax 300, but there are also the AeraMax 100 (100-200 sq ft) and AeraMax 200 (200-400 sq ft):

AeraMax 100 Air Purifier for Mold, Odors, Dust, Smoke, Allergens and Germs with True HEPA Filter and...
Recommended for small sized rooms from 100 to 200 square feet
$123.44
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AeraMax 200 Air Purifier for Mold, Odors, Dust, Smoke, Allergens and Germs with True HEPA Filter and...
Certified asthma & allergy friendly by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America; Recommended for medium sized rooms from 200 to 400 square feet
$178.93
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AeraMax 300 Large Room Air Purifier Mold, Odors, Dust, Smoke, Allergens and Germs with True HEPA...
Certified asthma & allergy friendly by the asthma and allergy foundation of America; Recommended for Large sized rooms from 300 to 600 square feet. Power supply AC 120V/60Hz
$190.41

Each AeraMax model also comes in white as shown, or in black.

It is important to note that each AeraMax model uses a different size filter.  I purchased two of the same model AeraMax to make managing filters easier.

Fellowes AeraMax Baby DB5 

Fellowes AeraMax Baby DB5 HEPA Air Purifier for The Baby Room with Odor Reducing 4-Stage...
  • AeraSmart feature automatically detects and purifies the air
  • Perfect air purifier for baby rooms from 100 to 200 square feet
  • Certified asthma & allergy friendly by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

This is a newer form of the Fellowes AreaMax, and is perfect for babies rooms and other bedrooms.  It has all the features of the above AeraMax models.

It also comes in a larger size that handles 200-400 square feet:

Fellowes AeraMax Baby DB5 HEPA Air Purifier for The Baby Room with Odor Reducing 4-Stage...
AeraSmart feature automatically detects and purifies the air; Perfect air purifier for baby rooms from 100 to 200 square feet
$129.37
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Fellowes AeraMax Baby DB55 Ultra Quiet Baby Room Air Purifier with Odor Reducing 4-Stage...
AeraSmart feature automatically detects and purifies the air; Perfect air purifier for any baby room from 200 – 400 square feet
$213.18

The big difference in this model is that it has a child lock to lock the controls so little fingers cannot change the settings, and the display and buttons can be dimmed.  Perfect for both babies and other sleepers that may be sensitive to light.

Just like the other AeraMax models, it has two filters, the carbon filter that will be changed every three months and the HEPA filter to be changed once a year.

Dyson Pure Hot + Cool HP01

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Dyson Pure Hot + Cool, HP01 HEPA Air Purifier, Space Heater & Fan, For Large Rooms, Removes...
  • The Dyson Pure Hot Cool purifies, heats, and cools you delivering multi functionality, without compromise
  • CAPTURES: The sealed HEPA filter captures 99; 97 Percent of allergens as small as 0; 3 microns makes this an ideal air purifier for allergies, pets, dust, pollen and mold spores
  • PROJECTS: Projects purified air throughout the whole room; Air Multiplier technology delivers over 77 gallons per second of smooth, yet powerful airflow; Up to 350 degree of oscillation directs airflow where you need it

While I do not have this Dyson air purifier because it was not out when I purchased mine, I am listing it here because it is certified asthma and allergy friendly.

I do however have a Dyson cool fan that I abolutely love, and would have seriously considered a Dyson pure model due to the wonderful experience I have always had with Dyson products.

This Dyson Pure does Hot and Cool, but there are many other Dyson Pure models:

For a more complete listing (because believe me, there are so many), be sure to check out Dyson’s Air Purifier shop.  The Dyson Pure Modes, either Cool or Hot + Cool come in a wide variety of colors and coverage areas.

The models that feature Dyson Link mean that your air purifier can be connected to your phone via the Dyson Link app so you can get real time data on the air you are breathing.

The filter will need to be replaced once a year, or when indicated.

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Replacement Filter, for Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Link HP02 HEPA Air Purifier, Dyson Pure Cool Link Desk...
Plus dust holding-the Active Carbon won't re-release particles back into the air.
$24.89

This filter fits the Dyson Hot + Cool HP01 as well as the Hot + Cool DP01/DP03/HP00/HP02/HP03 model.  Always make sure to check you are purchasing the filter for the correct model, no matter what air purifier for asthma you purchase.

RabbitAir MinusA2 – 700 A

RabbitAir MinusA2 Ultra Quiet HEPA Air Purifier - Stylish, Efficient and Energy Star (SPA-700A,...
  • Advanced HEPA filtration with six stages of purification and deodorization
  • 5 Year Warranty
  • Germ Defense customized filter: Effectively traps and reduces airborne bacteria, mold spores and particles that carry viruses.

The RabbitAir 700 A model covers a staggering g 700 square feet, and the 780 A model covers up to 815 square feet.

These RabbitAir models also come in a black or white finish, and the 780 A models also come with optional WiFi connectivity:

RabbitAir MinusA2 Ultra Quiet HEPA Air Purifier - Stylish, Efficient and Energy Star (SPA-700A,...
Advanced HEPA filtration with six stages of purification and deodorization; 5 Year Warranty
$549.95
RabbitAir MinusA2 Ultra Quiet HEPA Air Purifier - Stylish, Efficient and Energy Star (SPA-780A,...
Advanced HEPA filtration with six stages of purification and deodorization; 5 Year Warranty
$599.95
RabbitAir MinusA2 Ultra Quiet HEPA Air Purifier - Stylish, Efficient and Energy Star (SPA-780A,...
Advanced HEPA filtration with six stages of purification and deodorization; 5 Year Warranty
$599.95
RabbitAir MinusA2 Ultra Quiet HEPA Air Purifier w/WiFi (SPA-780N, Black, Germ Defense)
Advanced HEPA filtration with six stages of purification and deodorization; Connect to your WiFi network and control from anywhere with the Rabbit Air App
$619.95
RabbitAir MinusA2 Ultra Quiet HEPA Air Purifier w/WiFi (SPA-780N, White, Germ Defense)
Advanced HEPA filtration with six stages of purification and deodorization; Connect to your WiFi network and control from anywhere with the Rabbit Air App
$619.95

If you are looking to cover a large area, the RabbitAir is something you should seriously consider.

Your RabbitAir filters will last you about a year, and the filters are sold in packs:

As you can see, there are two options for the filter packs.  The first is a Germ Defense option, which helps keep your air free of viruses and bacteria, and the second is a Toxin Absorber which traps chemicals in the air.

Picking the Best Air Purifier – Asthma

Let’s take a look at our options again:

Remember, there are variations on each of these models to cover different areas, and with different features:

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AeraMax 300 Large Room Air Purifier Mold, Odors, Dust, Smoke, Allergens and Germs with True HEPA...
Certified asthma & allergy friendly by the asthma and allergy foundation of America; Recommended for Large sized rooms from 300 to 600 square feet. Power supply AC 120V/60Hz
$190.41
Fellowes AeraMax Baby DB5 HEPA Air Purifier for The Baby Room with Odor Reducing 4-Stage...
AeraSmart feature automatically detects and purifies the air; Perfect air purifier for baby rooms from 100 to 200 square feet
$129.37
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Dyson Pure Hot + Cool, HP01 HEPA Air Purifier, Space Heater & Fan, For Large Rooms, Removes...
HEATING: Can be used for long range personal heating or fast, even room heating; Certified asthma and allergy friendly and awarded the quiet Mark accreditation
$459.00
RabbitAir MinusA2 Ultra Quiet HEPA Air Purifier - Stylish, Efficient and Energy Star (SPA-700A,...
Advanced HEPA filtration with six stages of purification and deodorization; 5 Year Warranty
$549.95

My favorite model is the Fellowes AreaMax 300.  It covers a decent sized area, and is cost effective.  However, the Fellowes AeraMax models are also the most maintenance since they have two filters to replace.  The same goes for the Fellowes AeraMax Baby DB5.

Perhaps the coolest looking air purifiers for asthma are the Dyson models.  The mazon link=”B07KXBX32V” title=”Dyson Hot + Cool HP01″ /] acts as cooling fan and can also provide heat.  There are also some Dyson Pure models that can be app controlled!  However, Dyson products do come with a premium price tag.

Last but certainly not least are the RabbitAir A2 models.  If you are looking to cover a large area, these are the way to go without question.

RabbitAir A2

Why Air Purifiers for Asthma?

If you are already reading this, you probably know the importance of air purifiers for asthma.  Air purifiers remove things from the air that can trigger asthma attacks, whether they be particles, allergies, or pet dander.  Breathing clean air can go a long way to making asthma sufferers feel better.

Beyond that, air purifiers can do many other things as well, like removing cooking odors.  If you haven’t convinced everyone in your home they can benefit from an air purifier, be sure to check out the benefits of air purifiers.

Best Air Purifiers Asthma Options

When it comes to products relating to allergies and asthma, there are so many options out there that I always like to see if a product is Certified Asthma and Allergy Friendly.  In the case of best air purifiers asthma, there is a wide range of certified products that cover all different areas, and at all different price ranges.

Finding the Best Dry Food Storage Containers

Boxes of flour, half used bags of pasta, beans, and other dry goods.  Scattered throughout the kitchen.  Trying to measure out mixes and flours out of flimsy bags only to have the flour end up all over.  If you have ever accidentally dropped a half used bag of something dry, or simply had the bag break on you, you know what I am talking about. The best dry food storage containers are something you don’t even realize you need – until you do.

Best Dry Food Storage Containers

OXO Good Grips
Rubbermaid Brilliance
Chef's Path
DWËLLZA KITCHEN
Home Basics
OXO Good Grips 5-Piece Airtight Food Storage POP Container Value Set
Rubbermaid Brilliance Pantry Organization & Food Storage Containers with Airtight Lids, Set of 10...
Chef's Path Airtight Food Storage Container Set - 7 PC Set - Labels & Marker - Kitchen & Pantry...
DWËLLZA KITCHEN Airtight Food Storage Containers - 5 Piece Set - Air Tight Lid - Kitchen & Pantry...
Home Basics 4-Piece Glass Canister Cylinder Set with Clear Window (Turquoise)
$39.81
$48.34
$36.97
$29.89
$27.99
OXO Good Grips
OXO Good Grips 5-Piece Airtight Food Storage POP Container Value Set
$39.81
Rubbermaid Brilliance
Rubbermaid Brilliance Pantry Organization & Food Storage Containers with Airtight Lids, Set of 10...
$48.34
Chef's Path
Chef's Path Airtight Food Storage Container Set - 7 PC Set - Labels & Marker - Kitchen & Pantry...
$36.97
DWËLLZA KITCHEN
DWËLLZA KITCHEN Airtight Food Storage Containers - 5 Piece Set - Air Tight Lid - Kitchen & Pantry...
$29.89
Home Basics
Home Basics 4-Piece Glass Canister Cylinder Set with Clear Window (Turquoise)
$27.99

When it comes to picking the best dry food storage containers, there are a couple of things to think about.

First of all, consider the size of storage containers you would like.  Many of these options also come in different sizes, and can be purchased individually besides in the sets shown here.

Next, think about where the containers will be stored.  If they are on a shelf in plain view of your kitchen, you may want to pick something that will fit well with your kitchen aesthetic.

Finally, since these containers are reusable, the tops are very important.  You want a good strong top that won’t loosen over time or break.  You won’t find any flimsy tops in any of these storage container sets!

Looking to freeze stuff?  Don’t miss our guide to the best containers for freezing!

Now, let’s take a look at these storage containers for dry food.

OXO Good Grips

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OXO Good Grips 5-Piece Airtight Food Storage POP Container Value Set
  • Set includes: one 2.1-qt Container, one 1.5-qt Container, two 0.9-qt Containers, and one 0.3-qt Container
  • 5 Piece Value Set provides a savings of $9.96/16.61%
  • These airtight, space-saving storage containers keep your dry foods fresh and your pantry organized

I’m not going to lie, these OXO Good Grips dry food storage containers may be my favorite out there.  The seal on this top is like nothing else I have ever seen before, which make them especially good storage containers for flour.

In addition to the white plastic tops shown here, they also come with a steel top like this:

OXO SteeL POP Container – Airtight Food Storage – 4 Qt for Flour and More

If you have stainless appliances and plan on storing your containers out in the open or on top of your refrigerator, the steel top can be a nice option.

All of the OXO Good Grips containers come in a number of sizes so you can store anything you need to.

Rubbermaid Brilliance

Rubbermaid Brilliance Pantry Organization & Food Storage Containers with Airtight Lids, Set of 10...
  • Rubbermaid Modular Food Storage Containers can hold pasta, baking ingredients, or other pantry staples; save space and keep pantry organized
  • Great for pet food; easy to clean and scoop food from, and tight lids keep out moisture and humidity
  • Lids snap tight to help keep food fresh

This is another fantastic and sturdy option.  They are completely dishwasher safe, and clamp shut very securely.

One huge benefit of these dry food storage containers is that the top is also clear.  That means if you are going to store lots of little containers in a drawer for spices, it is very easy to see what is in each container.

Rubbermaid Brilliance has some of the widest variety of different shapes and sizes of the containers reviewed here.  You are sure to find the components you need with this set.


 

Chef’s Path

Chef's Path Airtight Food Storage Container Set - 7 PC Set - Labels & Marker - Kitchen & Pantry...
  • BUILD TO LAST - We have taken meticulous care to ensure that the containers you receive will last for years to come. Unlike most sellers on Amazon which have lids that easily break with use, our containers come with New and Improved Lids which are made up of High Impact Resistant and Durable ABS Plastic which means you don’t need to worry about the Lids breaking. Additionally the Lid-Lock Mechanism ensures maximum freshness and prolonged food storage.by creating 100% airtightness.
  • BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK - We provide a higher TOTAL STORING CAPACITY unlike most others on Amazon. Includes 1 Large Container (8.0 cups /1.9 liters), 2 Medium Containers (5.1 cups /1.2 liters), 2 Small Containers (3.4 cups /0.8 liter), 2 Mini Containers (2.1 cups /0.5 liters). These air tight containers come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes for all your storage needs.
  • SUPERIOR BUNDLE - Your Complete Bundle comes with 7 BPA-FREE Premium Food-Storage Canisters, a Chalkboard Marker & BONUS Reusable Chalkboard Labels allowing You to organize your pantry like never before. This set comes in a beautiful box which makes it an IDEAL GIFT for any family. Nobody else in the market provides more Value to YOU than us

These are a great storage contianer for dry goods that comes with an extra fun feature of chalkboard labels.  These labels make it easy when you are storing things that look similar, like different types of flours and cereals.

They are also klutz proof with their impact resistant locking lid.

They come in several additional shapes and sizes to add on to this set, and are BPA free.

DWËLLZA KITCHEN

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DWËLLZA KITCHEN Airtight Food Storage Containers - 5 Piece Set - Air Tight Lid - Kitchen & Pantry...
  • VARIETY OF SIZES - These Airtight Containers Come In A Variety Of Sizes, For All Your Kitchen & Pantry Dry-Storage Needs Includes 1 Large Container (7.2 Cups /1.7 Liters), 2 Medium Containers (4.2 Cups /1 Liter), 2 Small Containers (1.4 Cups /0.38 Liter), Great For Storing Flour, Sugar, Cereal, Crackers, Chips, Snacks, Pasta, Rice, Grain, Nuts, Beans, Coffee And Tea!
  • EASY TO IDENTIFY CONTENTS - Our Dried Food Storage Five Piece Set Is Made of Upgraded Clear Plastic Material, The Plastic of These Containers Is Very Crystal, So There Is No Need to Write Labels. You Can See What Is in The Pantry with Just A Glance. This Durable Plastic Will Never Alter Taste, is 100% BPA-Free, And Treats You to Hassle-Free Maintenance!
  • ENJOY YOUR MEAL WITH FRESH FOOD: Keep Your Foods Fresh with Our Very Easy to Use Airtight Lid-Lock Mechanism. No Dealing with Flimsy Pumps. Our Food Storage Containers Create an Airtight Seal by Simply Pushing Down the Ring on The Lid. Lift the Ring and Push Up Whenever You Want to Open the Containers. The Airtight Seal Is So Secure You Can Store Liquids Without Ever Worrying About Leaks!

These containers are also available in a wide variety of sizes, and feature a black air tight lid.  While the thing at the top of the lid may look like a handle, it is part of the air tight sealing mechanism.

Here are just a few more of the shapes and sizes these great containers come in:

You can’t go wrong with these containers.

Home Basics

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Home Basics 4-Piece Glass Canister Cylinder Set with Clear Window (Turquoise)
  • These canisters offer extensive storage for rice, cereal, pasta and any boxed pantry items to preserve freshness and minimize clutter
  • Glass is a healthier alternative over plastic storage; does not discolor or leach chemicals into the food
  • Offering twist on and off covers

This is the only container set in our list that does not have add on options, but is still worth mentioning.

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Home Basics 4-Piece Glass Canister Cylinder Set with Clear Window (Turquoise)
Offering twist on and off covers; Handwash only and air dry; Canisters measure 21 oz, 32 oz, 44 oz and 60 oz
$27.99
Home Basics CS44445 4 Piece Stainless Steel Canister Set with Windows
Keep your dry food fresh by keeping it in this steel canister; Made from study always stainless steel
$38.99
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Home Basics 4-Piece Glass Canister Cylinder Set with Clear Window (Red)
Offering twist on and off covers; Handwash only and air dry; Canisters measure 21 oz, 32 oz, 44 oz and 60 oz
$22.49

These dry food storage containers are the most stylish out there, and come in a teal, red, and silver finish.  They are perfect to blend in in the silver finish or provide a modern look, or give your kitchen a pop of color with red or teal.

Their unique color and appearance makes them a great candidate if you are storing them in plain sight.

The tops twist on and off, and the only downside to these is that they are not dishwasher safe.

Picking the Best Dry Food Storage Containers

There are so many options out there for dry food storage containers, but these are the five best sets out there:

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OXO Good Grips 5-Piece Airtight Food Storage POP Container Value Set
5 Piece Value Set provides a savings of $9.96/16.61%
$39.81
Rubbermaid Brilliance Pantry Organization & Food Storage Containers with Airtight Lids, Set of 10...
Lids snap tight to help keep food fresh; Containers stack for compact storage; Thick, durable container walls for everyday use
$48.34
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Home Basics 4-Piece Glass Canister Cylinder Set with Clear Window (Turquoise)
Offering twist on and off covers; Handwash only and air dry; Canisters measure 21 oz, 32 oz, 44 oz and 60 oz
$27.99

The choices really come down to aesthetic, personal preference, and the amount of add on containers available.

When it comes down to add on containers, OXORubbermaid, and DWËLLZA KITCHEN have some of the best variety out there.

Uses for Dry Food Storage Containers

Here are some of my favorite uses for dry food storage containers.

  • Dry Pasta.  Many times I don’t make a whole package, and a storage contianer keeps it fresh.
  • Rice.  My favorite rice comes in a bag, which can sometimes be a pain to pour.  Storing it in a contianer allows me to scoop out whatever amount I need.
  • Strong Spices.  I often store strong spices in small bags, then put all of the bags into a large storage container.
  • Specialized Flours.  I use many different types of gluten free flours, which come in boxes and bags.  Putting them in a storage container just makes them so much easier to work with.
  • Cereal.  I am terrible at opening boxes and bags of cereal without destroying the packaging, so I just dump the box into a storage container after I open it.

These are just a couple of different ways I use the best dry food storage containers.  Be sure to let us know your favorite things to do with these containers in the comments!

The Best Juicer for Oranges and Other Citrus

Lately, I have been cooking with oranges quite a bit.  From salad dressings, to marinades, to crepes suzette, I’ve been using a lot of fresh orange juice.  Beyond oranges, I also use a lot of lemon and lime juice.  A couple years ago, I decided to find the best juicer for oranges to save my hands from squeezing fruit!

Best Juicer for Oranges

Cuisinart CCJ-500 Electric Citrus Juicer
Pohl+Schmitt Citrus Juicer
Zulay Professional Citrus Juicer
Drizom Manual Citrus Juicer
Leaderware Manual Orange Citrus Hand Juicer
Cuisinart CCJ-500 Pulp Control Citrus Juicer, Brushed Stainless, Black/Stainless, 1 Piece
Pohl+Schmitt Deco-Line Citrus Juicer Machine Extractor - Large Capacity 34oz (1L) Easy-Clean,...
Zulay Professional Citrus Juicer - Manual Citrus Press and Orange Squeezer - Metal Lemon Squeezer -...
Drizom Citrus Lemon Orange Juicer Manual Hand Squeezer with Built-in Measuring Cup and Grater, 12OZ,...
Manual Orange Citrus Hand Juicer - Metal Orange Leaderware Squeezer for Fresh Pressed Juice without...
$25.99
$49.98
$63.74
$12.99
$8.55
Cuisinart CCJ-500 Electric Citrus Juicer
Cuisinart CCJ-500 Pulp Control Citrus Juicer, Brushed Stainless, Black/Stainless, 1 Piece
$25.99
Pohl+Schmitt Citrus Juicer
Pohl+Schmitt Deco-Line Citrus Juicer Machine Extractor - Large Capacity 34oz (1L) Easy-Clean,...
$49.98
Zulay Professional Citrus Juicer
Zulay Professional Citrus Juicer - Manual Citrus Press and Orange Squeezer - Metal Lemon Squeezer -...
$63.74
Drizom Manual Citrus Juicer
Drizom Citrus Lemon Orange Juicer Manual Hand Squeezer with Built-in Measuring Cup and Grater, 12OZ,...
$12.99
Leaderware Manual Orange Citrus Hand Juicer
Manual Orange Citrus Hand Juicer - Metal Orange Leaderware Squeezer for Fresh Pressed Juice without...
$8.55

When it comes to picking the best juicer for oranges and other citrus fruits, there are a couple of things to think about.

First of all, how often will you be using it?

Next, where will you be storing it?

Finally, what are the features that are most important to you?

There are so many different types of citrus juicers out there, I have put together this guide to make sure there is something for everyone, no matter how often you cook with citrus.

Now, let’s take a look at some of the best juices for citrus fruit, including oranges!

Cuisinart CCJ-500 Electric Citrus Juicer

Cuisinart CCJ-500 Pulp Control Citrus Juicer, Brushed Stainless, Black/Stainless, 1 Piece
  • Adjustable reamer with 3 pulp control settings-low, medium, high
  • Auto-reversing universal juicer cone for more efficient juicing
  • Final-Spin feature extracts more juice from pulp

I purchased this juicer a couple of years ago, and have not been disappointed.  It remains on top of my counter, and blends in with my appliances since it has a stainless steel finish.

It also has a forward and reverse function to really squeeze all the juice out of your citrus fruits.

The built in mesh strainer is adjustable.  It catches all of the citrus seeds and lets you decide how much pulp you would like in your juice.

See that nice clear plastic piece?  If you hold that down, your juicer will spin at a very fast speed to make sure it separates all of the juice from the pulp.

Pohl+Schmitt Citrus Juicer

Pohl+Schmitt Deco-Line Citrus Juicer Machine Extractor - Large Capacity 34oz (1L) Easy-Clean,...
  • WHY THE POHL+SCHMITT CITRUS JUICER? Its unique and functional design is useful and practical. Everything you need in a compact easy to clean design. Making juice with your favorite citrus fruits has never been easier, or faster. Our 40% more powerful motor, dual purpose cones (small and big for different sizes of fruit), large 34oz juice container which is based on non-slip feet and protective cover are what make the Pohl+Schmitt Deco-Line Citrus Juicer the only juicer you need!
  • LARGE CAPACITY AND REMOVABLE JUICE CONTAINER: Large 34oz (1L) transparent juice container with handle and measure markings makes juicing for recipes easy, its sleek and modern stainless-steel design and auto-reversing juicing cones provide maximum juice extraction. The fixed filter helps you control the amount of pulp allowing you to decide the perfect mix. You can dispose of the pulp or use it in other healthy recipes.
  • HEALTH AND DIET CONSCIOUS: Put a little bit of magic in your day with the Pohl+Schmitt Citrus Juicer. Citrus juices are a very good source of vitamins & minerals. They give you the energy to keep going all day long. They help improve blood circulation and get vitamin C. Getting the right citrus juicer will keep all the nutrients intact and reduce the chances of oxidation for up to 72 hours.

This is very similar to the Cuisinart model with one important difference.  With the Pohl+Schmitt juicer, the juice goes right into the contianer.

With the Cuisinart model, you will need to place a bowl or another contianer on the counter to catch your juice.

While this is not a big deal, the juice container is very convenient if you are making a large amount of juice.  It holds up to 32 ounces, and has measuring marks right on the container.

This makes it a great candidate if you need a specific amount of juice for a recipe.

It also comes with two juice cones to accommodate different types of fruits.

Zulay Professional Citrus Juicer

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Zulay Professional Citrus Juicer - Manual Citrus Press and Orange Squeezer - Metal Lemon Squeezer -...
  • EXTRACTS THE MOST JUICE POSSIBLE Professional quality most efficient juicer squeezer. Gets the maximum amount of juice from oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruits and other fruit, with no seeds. Just pull the comfortable firm grip handle down for the fastest and easiest citrus juicing while your hands stay clean.
  • COMMERCIAL GRADE HAND PRESS EXTRACTOR Made of durable, heavy duty cast iron with ergonomic design. The citrus juicer uses leverage and gravity to get the job done with little effort. Lever action practically does the work for you. Powerful and safe crusher capabilities. Crush and squeeze a variety of small fruits and veggies in the comfort of your kitchen.
  • MORE FRUITS TO ENJOY THAN YOUR HANDHELD JUICER The 5" (5 inch) diameter cup allows it to be used with various types and sizes of fruit, it can handle most of the largest grapefruit. Easier than hand held juicers known as mexican elbows. You and your family will love the healthy and nutritious juices you can get from apples, pineapple, pomegranates, Meyer lemons, Key limes, limequats, Mexican limes, Eureka or Lisbon lemons, Rangpur or Tahiti citrus limes, from Florida, California or abroad.

If you make a lot of fresh orange juice or lemonade, this professional grade citrus juicer is definitely worth a look.

It squeezes all of the juice out of your citrus with one quick motion, and can help you get many oranges juiced fast.

Besides black, it also comes in red, and is purely mechanical, and does not require  electricity to operate.

The downside to this model is that it is large, which can make storage difficult.

Drizom Manual Citrus Juicer

Drizom Citrus Lemon Orange Juicer Manual Hand Squeezer with Built-in Measuring Cup and Grater, 12OZ,...
  • 【Premium Quality】Lemon Squeezer Citrus Juicer Manual Space Saving Kitchen Tools is made of food grade ABS material, BPA-Free and food grade stainless, Anti-Slip Non-Marking Silicone Base, to make sure that can be lasted for a long time.
  • 【Multifunctional】Our citrus hand juicer has a brand new Flip-Top design for space saving storage, which can be an egg yolk separator. Orange/Lemon/Lime Juice Squeezer .The garlic grater is not only suitable for garlic but also perfect for potato and ginger.
  • 【Multi-size Reamers】12-tooth reamer is designed to extract maximum juice, fully squeezing every lemon or lime, while 3-claw large reamer apply to extract orange and other bigger fruits.

This is another great manual option, that once again comes with a built in contianer to measure the amount of juice you need.

If you’re juicing citrus for a recipe once in a while, this is a great candidate.

As a bonus, it also has a built in greater if you plan on zesting you’re citrus.

Leaderware Manual Orange Citrus Hand Juicer

Manual Orange Citrus Hand Juicer - Metal Orange Leaderware Squeezer for Fresh Pressed Juice without...
  • HEAVY-DUTY MANUAL FRUIT PRESS - Leaderware’s manual orange juicer is made from the highest-quality aluminum. When it comes to making fresh orange juice, flimsy plastic just won’t do. This die-cast metal juice maker is built to last and can hold up under daily use at home or in a commercial setting. Our hand juicers make a great addition to any kitchen, and they’re best sellers.
  • EASY TO CLEAN - This manual juicer is dishwasher safe. Citrus can be tough on kitchenware, causing damage and corrosion because of high acidity. However, we designed our citrus juicers to be long-lasting under all kinds of pressure. This manual juicer is resistant to moisture, heat, and stains, and the enamel coating won’t rust or react to the acidity of citrus juices.
  • MAKES THE BEST ORANGE JUICE WITHOUT SEEDS - Everyone knows that juicing has a myriad of health benefits, but it can be difficult to extract juice without seeds and pulp. This manual orange juice extractor makes it easy to get all the juice out of the orange without any of the rind, pulp, or seeds. Squeeze fresh orange juice directly into your cup with Leaderware’s manual citrus juicer.

In my opinion, this is something everyone should own.  It is cost effective, and perfect for when you just need a little bit of juice for something.

I use this just about every day to squeeze half a lemon over a salad to make salad dressing.

While the electric juicers and manual juicer with a built in cup are nice, I prefer this for smaller amounts of citrus since it is so easy to clean.  I just put it right in the top rack of the dishwasher, slightly opened.

While it is orange colored, and has a large juicing area, you can juice lemon and limes with it with no problem.

Picking the Best Juicer for Oranges

Let’s take another look at our options for juicing oranges and other citrus fruits one more time:

If you are a serious citrus juicer, and use a lot of fresh citrus for cooking, an electric juicer is a must.  Trust me, your hands will thank you!

I have this Cuisinart CCJ-500 electric Juicer, and love it.  I simply place a bowl or measuring cup at the spout to collect my juice.

Another similar option is the Pohl+Schmitt electric juicer, which features a built in juice collecting cup with measurements integrated.  Some people may prefer this.

If you are making large quantities of thinks like orange juice, lemonade or limeade on a regular basis, this Zulay professional citrus juicer is something you should strongly consider.

If you find yourself juicing for a recipe occasionally, this Drizom Manual Citrus Juicer is perfect with its built in measuring cup and zester.

Finally, this easy to use and simple Leaderware Manual Orange Citrus Hand Juicer is perfect for every day use, when you just need a little bit of lemon, lime, or orange for a dressing, marinade, or recipe.

Tips for Juicing Citrus

I cook with a lot of citrus, and I have picked up a number of tips along the way.

  • Make slits in the sides of lemon or lime halves to juice them more easily, especially on a juicer that is larger and designed for larger citrus.  You don’t need dedicated juicers for each type of citrus!
  • If you end up with seeds in your juice, just dig them out with a fork!  No fancy strainers or extra pouring is really needed.
  • You can throw down a quarter of a juiced citrus skin down your kitchen garbage disposal to clean it and make it smell nice and fresh.
  • It is MUCH easier to zest whole citrus fruit.  Remember, zest, then juice!  I made this mistake the other night and it was not fun trying to zest a juiced half of an orange!

No matter how often you cook with oranges, this guide as the best juicer for oranges to fit your needs.  Remember, you can juice any type of citrus with any of these juicers, not just oranges!

 

Finding the Best Gardening Knee Pads

When it comes to outdoor activities, gardening is one of the most rewarding ones.  Whether you are growing your own fruits and vegetables, or growing flowers and plants, any gardener will tell you their favorite activity is hard on their knees.

To help with this we are going to take a look at the best gardening knee pads, some of which may surprise you.

Best Gardening Knee Pads

ProJointz Knee Pads
NoCry Knee Pads
JYSW Knee Pads
Gorrilla Grip Kneeling Pad
SpemOK Kneeling Pad
Knee Pads for Work - Professional Gel Knee Pads Heavy Duty for Construction, Flooring, Gardening and...
NoCry Home & Gardening Knee Pads - with Lightweight Waterproof EVA Foam Cushion, Soft Inner Liner,...
JYSW Knee Pads Comfortable Non-Slip, Thick Extra Foam Cushion for Scrubbing Floors, Gardening, Yoga...
Gorilla Grip Original Premium Thick Kneeling Pad, Comfortable Foam Mat to Kneel On, Knee Pad Cushion...
SpemOk Kneeling Pads for Gardening - Extra Thick Large Foam Cushion, Garden Knee Mat for Gardener,...
$19.99
$9.99
$16.99
$13.99
$59.99
ProJointz Knee Pads
Knee Pads for Work - Professional Gel Knee Pads Heavy Duty for Construction, Flooring, Gardening and...
$19.99
NoCry Knee Pads
NoCry Home & Gardening Knee Pads - with Lightweight Waterproof EVA Foam Cushion, Soft Inner Liner,...
$9.99
JYSW Knee Pads
JYSW Knee Pads Comfortable Non-Slip, Thick Extra Foam Cushion for Scrubbing Floors, Gardening, Yoga...
$16.99
Gorrilla Grip Kneeling Pad
Gorilla Grip Original Premium Thick Kneeling Pad, Comfortable Foam Mat to Kneel On, Knee Pad Cushion...
$13.99
SpemOK Kneeling Pad
SpemOk Kneeling Pads for Gardening - Extra Thick Large Foam Cushion, Garden Knee Mat for Gardener,...
$59.99

When it comes to gardening knee pads, there are a couple of thing to think about.

First and foremost is the amount of cushion the knee pad provides, and what type of crushion it is.

Next, is how the knee pad clasps to your legs.  Knee pads are important for gardening, but I have noticed behind my knees gets sweaty and irritated after extended use.  This is why I have included some options for kneeling pads as well.

Let’s take a look at each of these.

ProJointz Knee Pads

Knee Pads for Work - Professional Gel Knee Pads Heavy Duty for Construction, Flooring, Gardening and...
  • INJURY PREVENTION - Statistics show that 60% of knee injuries are a result of wear and tear and could have been prevented by using protective equipment like kneepad.
  • LONG LASTING COMFORT & PROTECTION. We have designed our knee pads with high quality protection and comfort in mind. To help protect your knee caps, and provide shock absorption for other parts of your knee all day long.
  • MONEY BACK GUARANTEE - We 100% guarantee that you're fully satisfied with your product or return for your money back. Shop with Confidence. Protect yourself Now and click ADD TO CART

These ProJoints Knee pads are filled with gel, and will keep you comfortable on your knees for hours.

They fasten with two velcro straps, and will stay secure all day long.

While these are waterproof for an easy clean, they will take a while to dry due to the fabric component of the straps and pad.

NoCry Knee Pads

NoCry Home & Gardening Knee Pads - with Lightweight Waterproof EVA Foam Cushion, Soft Inner Liner,...
  • SERIOUS KNEE PROTECTION IN A LIGHTWEIGHT DESIGN - Made with ergonomic 0.5 inch thick high-quality EVA foam caps to cushion your knees and protect surfaces from getting scratched, these pads are sturdy enough for real work but light enough you’ll hardly know you’re wearing them.
  • SECURE FIT WITHOUT THE PINCH - Contoured to fit around your knees with a flexible and elastic neoprene strap. These pads stay in place comfortably and securely without irritating the backs of your legs.
  • EASY TO PUT ON AND TAKE OFF - With simple to adjust hook'n'loop straps, you can quickly slip the pads on or off. No buckles or difficult to manage loop closures.

These knee pads use foam as their cushion, and fasten with a single strap.

While a single strap is a little less secure, it won’t leave you as sweaty and irritated as a double strap will if that is a concern for you.

They are also fully waterproof which makes them easy to clean after kneeling in the garden.

JYSW Knee Pads

JYSW Knee Pads Comfortable Non-Slip, Thick Extra Foam Cushion for Scrubbing Floors, Gardening, Yoga...
  • COMFORT&FLEXIBILITY: Soft lining and durable EVA foam padding cushion make your knees work for hours. Elastic and flexible fabric provides supreme comfort during every activity.
  • ADJUSTABLE STRAPS AND NON-SLIP DESIGN: Adjustable non-slip easy velcro fastening system gives secure snug and fits for all-day comfort. Quick and easy to put on and take off. Also, the lap area has a non-slip silicone strip, which is not easy to slip.
  • WIDELY USED: Knee pads won’t slip, roll, mark or damage the surfaces when working on rooftops, laminate or hardwood flooring, vinyl, concrete or tile flooring, and other slick surfaces during roof or flooring installation projects. Also for dancing, volleyball, basketball, football activities.

These knee pads are made of neoprene and foam.  This makes these knee pads the most flexible out of all the options..

However, while you gain flexibility and ease of movement with their sleeve like design, you may also end up being a bit more sweaty behind the knees.

They are easy to clean and dry fast.

Gorrilla Grip Kneeling Pad

Gorilla Grip Original Premium Thick Kneeling Pad, Comfortable Foam Mat to Kneel On, Knee Pad Cushion...
  • YOU WON’T BELIEVE YOU’VE EVER LIVED WITHOUT THIS KNEELING PAD! Our Gorilla Grip Kneeling Pad Is extra comfortable! Made with ultra thick and durable 1.5” foam, the pad helps to provide support and reduce pain while kneeling so you can stay comfortable. Once you use it, you won’t know how you’ve ever lived without it!
  • VERSATILE USES: This kneeling pad is absolutely perfect for everyday tasks! It’s ideal for gardening, yoga and exercise, bathing your kids, sporting events, camping, everyday household chores, plumbing, painting and more! It’s also lightweight and includes a built-in handle, making it easy to carry from place to place.
  • BUILT TO LAST: Don’t worry about your pad breaking down over time, even when used outdoors. The high-density and durable foam of our kneeling pad was designed to withstand rocks, rubble, and moisture, so you can rest assured your pad won’t deteriorate. It’s also water resistant, so it absorbs minimal water, helping it to dry quickly.

This keeling pad is a different approach than the traditional knee pad.  It is made of lightweight foam and comes in a whole array of colors.

The benefit of one of these kneeling pads is you don’t need to worry about getting sweaty or irritated behind your keens if you are gardening in hot weather.

SpemOK Kneeling Pad

SpemOk Kneeling Pads for Gardening - Extra Thick Large Foam Cushion, Garden Knee Mat for Gardener,...
  • Extra Thick Large: Shock absorbing Kneeling Pads with unfolded size 24" x 13.5", thickness 2.4", biggest & thickest in the market
  • Comfortable Folding Garden Knee Pads Cushion with Soft Foam for knee support and pressure relief, is great for kneeling around the house or work construction
  • Portable & Lightweight: Lightweight Garden Kneeling Pad with Handles, easy to carry around the house and garden

This is another kneeling pad option made of thicker foam.  It also folds in half and zips for easy storage, and to help keep the surface you kneel on clean.

It can also double as a starting pad for hard surfaces.

Picking the Best Gardening Knee Pads

When it comes to picking the best knee pads for gardening, you really can’t go wrong with any of these options.

The best knee pads come down to your personal preference in this case, and how susceptible you are to sweating behind your knees while gardening.

Let’s take a look at these options one more time:

If you are looking for the most comfortable knee pad that provides the best support for gardening, the ProJointz Gel Knee Pads are the way to go.

If you want a knee pad with that will irritate you the least behind your knees, then the NoCry Knee Pads are the best option.

Finally, don’t forget to think about a kneeling pad instead of traditional knee pads for gardening.

The Gorilla Grip Kneeling Pad comes in a wide variety of colors, and the SpemOK Kneeling pad features a thicker foam cushion and easy zipper storage.

Other Uses for Gardening Knee Pads

Each and every option for gardening knee pads we have shown you here is easy to clean.  This means you can you use your knee pads for more than just gardening.

Here are some other ideas for using your new knee pads:

  • Kneeling on the floor to give your kids a bath.  This has to be done, and is terrible on our knees!
  • Scrubbing Floors.  Again, this is inevitable sometimes, and rough on the knees.  Be sure to take a look at this guide for steam mops for tile to help make it easier!
  • Playing on the floor.  Putting together that LEGO set on the floor?  Knee pads or a kneeling pad are a huge help, trust me!

As you can see, besides being a huge help for gardening, the best gardening knee pads have many other uses as well.  The options here are suited for many different needs and all cost effective.  Be sure to let us know your favorite uses for your knee pads in the comments.

Finding the Best Oil Diffuser for a Large Room

When it comes to using essential oils, a diffuser is one of the most important things you will purchase.  Essential oil diffusers come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and with all sorts of features.  Today we are going to take a look at the five best essential oil diffusers for large rooms.

Best Oil Diffuser Large Room

Our Favorite!
URPOWER 1000ml Essential Oil Diffuser
URPOWER 500ml Essential Oil Diffuser
Omnilight 530ml Essential Oil Diffuser
BZseed 550ml Essential Oil Diffuser
Homasy 500ml Essential Oil Diffuser
URPOWER 1000ml Essential Oil Diffuser Humidifiers Remote Control Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Diffusers...
URPOWER 500ml Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser Humidifier Room Decor Lighting with 4 Timer...
530ml Large Diffusers for Essential Oil, 18hrs Running Essential Oil Diffuser for Room, Ultrasonic...
BZseed Aromatherapy Essential Oil Humidifier 550ml 12 Hours High Output for Large Room, Home,...
Homasy Essential Oil Diffuser, 500ml Aroma Diffuser Humidifier for Large room with Timer, Fragrant...
$36.99
$27.99
$33.99
$30.99
$26.99
Our Favorite!
URPOWER 1000ml Essential Oil Diffuser
URPOWER 1000ml Essential Oil Diffuser Humidifiers Remote Control Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Diffusers...
$36.99
URPOWER 500ml Essential Oil Diffuser
URPOWER 500ml Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser Humidifier Room Decor Lighting with 4 Timer...
$27.99
Omnilight 530ml Essential Oil Diffuser
530ml Large Diffusers for Essential Oil, 18hrs Running Essential Oil Diffuser for Room, Ultrasonic...
$33.99
BZseed 550ml Essential Oil Diffuser
BZseed Aromatherapy Essential Oil Humidifier 550ml 12 Hours High Output for Large Room, Home,...
$30.99
Homasy 500ml Essential Oil Diffuser
Homasy Essential Oil Diffuser, 500ml Aroma Diffuser Humidifier for Large room with Timer, Fragrant...
$26.99

There are a couple of things to think about when you are looking at the best oil diffuser for a large room.  First and foremost is the ascetics, do you like how the oil diffuser looks?

Next is the capacity, or how much liquid the diffuser can hold.  Remember, you are going to use mostly water in your oil diffuser, with just a few drops of essential oils.

Finally, consider advanced functions like different timer settings and remote controls.

Now, let’s take a look at the best oil diffusers for large rooms.

URPOWER 1000ml Essential Oil Diffuser

URPOWER 1000ml Essential Oil Diffuser Humidifiers Remote Control Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Diffusers...
  • Note: Diffuser with white plastic cap. Color will only shows when you turn on the led lights. Wireless Remote Control - With this remote, you could be easily turn on/off the light and mist when the oil diffuser is away from your bed,the remote's max reading range is 5m.
  • Large 1000ml Water Capacity - You don't need to add water in a whole day with this large tank, set a 3-hour timer for your morning, a 6-hour timer for your afternoon, and a 9-hour timer for your night sleep.
  • Adjustable Mist Mode - There are two mist mode, adding water to max line, the oil diffuser run 10-15 hours in high mist mode and 15-20 hours in low mist mode.

This essential oil diffuser by URPOWER features the largest capacity, and the most advanced features.

It features timers for 3, 6, and 9 hours, plus a remote control that allows you to set the timer, high or low mist function, and light up of the diffuser.

It also comes in a number of different color options:

This is the most fully featured oil diffuser, and has the longest run time of 20 hours, and comes in the widest array of designs.

URPOWER 500ml Essential Oil Diffuser

URPOWER 500ml Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser Humidifier Room Decor Lighting with 4 Timer...
  • 3 in 1 FUNCTIONS: Aromatherapy Diffuser, Humidifier, Night Light. PLEASE clean it at least once a week.
  • ADVANCED Ultrasonic Diffusing technology which produces vibrations at a frequency of 2. 4 millions times per second breaks water and essential oils into extremely fine micro-particles without using heat (heat alters and destroys the properties of essential oils). ULTRASONIC diffusing feature ensures the integrity of the essential oils' beneficial molecular structure and allows for ease of healthy bodily absorption.
  • Large 500ml water capacity that can continue use up to 10 hours each time. When time is up or there is no water, it will turn off automatically. Press the "Mist" button, choose the timer from 60 mins, 120 mins, 180 mins or ON.

This diffuser is similar to the first one, but has a lower capacity, and does not have a remote control.

It does have the same high/low mist function, and timers for 1, 2, or 3 hours.

It also comes in three different designs so you can be sure to find a diffuser that looks great in your large room.

Omnilight 530ml Essential Oil Diffuser

530ml Large Diffusers for Essential Oil, 18hrs Running Essential Oil Diffuser for Room, Ultrasonic...
  • LARGE CAPACITY: The large capacity diffuser(530ml) can continuously work about 18 hours on the low-mist mode, improving environment quality and relieving stress/fatigue when you work/study, moisting/smoothing skin when you relax, sleep, do spa or yoga and keeping your health
  • TWO-IN-ONE: It can be used as both humidifier and scented diffuser for essential oils. As humidifier, it can refresh environment for study room, bedroom, living room etc.; as fragrance diffuser, it can eliminate various peculiar smells(bathroom/kitchen/pet room/hotel) after you add 2-3 drops of essential oil into it
  • MIST MODES: Timer setting for 2H/4H/8H/ON. Long press mist button and beep once for high mist, and long press mist button and beep twice for low mist. All these operations can be finished within seconds, which make your life more convenient and brilliant

This diffuser has a unique design, and appears to have a dark wood finish, although it is made of plastic.  It has a capacity of 530ml, and boasts 18 hours of run time.

It has timers for 2, 4, or 8 hours, or you can simply leave it on for as long as you desire like most other modes.

The interesting part about this oil diffuser is can also act as a night light, and has 7 different adjustable colors.

BZseed 550ml Essential Oil Diffuser

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BZseed Aromatherapy Essential Oil Humidifier 550ml 12 Hours High Output for Large Room, Home,...
  • 550ML CAPACITY, RUN OVER 10 HOURS, MORE MIST OUTPUT: Our essential oil diffuser feature 550ml capacity, even in strong mist mode still work for 9-10 hours, and weak mist runs for 10-12 hours, works well disseminating the aroma steam to your room. You can use this as an aroma diffuser and personal humidifier, ideal for apartments, office, studio, child’s room. This is real, rather than other brands claims 300ml capacity run for 10 hours.(VAPOR AMOUNT: 55ml/h VS 30ml/h)
  • TIMER SETTING AND MIST CONTROL,WATERLESS AUTO-OFF: You can change the lights to whatever you feel at the moment, constant color or rotation of 7 colors, each light has bright and dim modes. Timer set in 1H/3H/6H/continuous on. When time is up or there is no water, the cool mist humidifier will turn off automatically, no risk of burns.
  • REDUCE ALLERGIES SYMPTOMS IN WINTER DRY CLIMATE: This aromatherapy diffuser could provide a large amount of fresh air for those who suffer from Dry Cough, Itchy Nose or Eyes, Allergies Sinus Headaches, and Sleeping Problems, Dry Skin. Helps to improve breathing and sleeping, relieve allergy, reduce static electricity shocks in the dry climate. Add to cart now, great housewarming or hostess gift idea for yourself, parents, friends, business partners.

This oil diffuser has a 550ml capacity for 10 hours of runtime.  It also has 1, 3, and 6 hour timers.

It comes in four different colors, and you will be sure to find one that fits into your decor:

This also features 7 different colors, which you can set to rotate as you wish, or simply set your favorite color.

Homasy 500ml Essential Oil Diffuser

Homasy Essential Oil Diffuser, 500ml Aroma Diffuser Humidifier for Large room with Timer, Fragrant...
  • 8 COLOR ATMOSPHERE LIGHTS: Fully Light transmission plastic design lets the color looks wonderful and provide you a romantic atmosphere. Homeys Essential oil diffuser has 8 color-changing lights, you can fix a single color as you like.
  • 500ML DIFFUSER, IDEAL FOR LARGE ROOM. Homeys 500ml essential oil humidifier atomizer plate oscillates 3, 000, 000 times offering fine cool mists and long-lasting fragrance. The covering area reaches up to 480 ft², which can use in a large room. It continuously works with 8-11h in high mist and 12-20h in a low mist (sleep mode). The three-time setting for option: 1/3/6H timer.
  • LOW NOISE & SLEEP MODE. Thanks to the exclusive noise-reducing technology, the noises of bubble and fan are effectively reduced and controlled around 23dB within 1 meter, creating a perfect sleeping atmosphere. Press the “SLEEP” mode button, then the essential oil diffuser will turn to “sleep” with the light off and low mist output(25-40ml/h).

Unlike several of its counterparts this model features 8 different colors.  Because it is made of white plastic, the whole unit will glow with the color you choose for a very interesting look.  You can set your favorite color, or let it change colors.

It features timers for 1, 3, and 6 hours, and has a 500ml capacity.  The sleep functionality turns the diffuser to low mist, and will turn off the light.

It also comes in a form with a Homasy Essential Oil Diffuser, 500ml Aroma Diffuser Humidifier for Large Room with Timer, Fragrant..., versus the completely white unit.

Picking the Best Oil Diffuser for Large Room

Let’s take a look at all of the best oil diffusers one more time:

Our favorite is the one with the largest capacity and the most functionality: the URPOWER 1000ml oil diffuser.  It has a remote control, comes in a variety of finishes, and has a remote control.

The other oil diffusers also have a large variety of features and functionality.  Many come in different finishes to blend into your decor.  They are all in the same range of capacity, and many of them have the ability to set the LED color.

Keeping that in mind, our next favorite is the Homasy Essential Oil Diffuser, 500ml Aroma Diffuser Humidifier for Large room with Timer, Fragrant....  Because of its unique plastic casing, the unit will glow completely with the selected LED color for a very cool effect.

How Do These Essential Oil Diffusers Work?

There are many different forms of essential oil diffusers.  When it comes to a large room, some special considerations need to be taken.

Many oil diffusers use another type of oil to dilute the essential oil.  Since essential oils are so strong (and so expensive), we never really use more than a few drops in any situation.

The problem with adding essential oil to a base oil, the heating it, is that the essential oil does not permeate a large area.

Oil diffusers for large rooms work based on water.  They then make the oil and water mixture into a mist which permeates through the air in a large room.  This also doubles as a humidifier, and makes the air more moist, which is always a good thing.

Is your air humid enough?  Be sure to take a look at our favorite indoor humidity monitors!

The use of water is really what allows essential oils to be beneficial and cost effective in a large room.

Getting Started With Essential Oils

Essential oils are a great way to help you and others in your home feel better in a number of ways.

My favorite essential oil to get started with is always Lavender:

Lavender is great to help relax, which makes it a great to use at night in your living room or bedroom.

It is a great essential oil to get stated with with the best oil diffuser for a large room.

The Ultimate Comparison: Vitamix 5200 vs 7500

Deciding what Vitamix to buy is a big decision.  Today we are going to look at the Vitamix 5200 vs 7500.  On the surface, these two Vitamix blenders seem very similar, but there are some important differences.

Let’s take a closer look at the Vitamix 5200 and the Vitamix 7500 to help you make you decision easier.

Vitamix 5200 vs 7500

Model
Vitamix 5200
Vitamix 7500
Image
Vitamix 5200 Blender Professional-Grade, Self-Cleaning 64 oz Container, Black - 001372
Vitamix 7500 Blender, Professional-Grade, 64 oz. Low-Profile Container, Black
Weight
10.56 lbs
13 lbs
Motor Strength
2.0 HP
2.2 HP
Pulse Function?
Pitcher Type?
64 oz Classic (Tall and Narrow)
64 oz Wide (Low Profile)
Available Colors
Black, Red, White
Black, Red, White
Price
$449.95
$529.99
Model
Vitamix 5200
Image
Vitamix 5200 Blender Professional-Grade, Self-Cleaning 64 oz Container, Black - 001372
Weight
10.56 lbs
Motor Strength
2.0 HP
Pulse Function?
Pitcher Type?
64 oz Classic (Tall and Narrow)
Available Colors
Black, Red, White
Price
$449.95
More Info
Model
Vitamix 7500
Image
Vitamix 7500 Blender, Professional-Grade, 64 oz. Low-Profile Container, Black
Weight
13 lbs
Motor Strength
2.2 HP
Pulse Function?
Pitcher Type?
64 oz Wide (Low Profile)
Available Colors
Black, Red, White
Price
$529.99
More Info

As you can see, there are a number of similarities between the Vitamix 5200 and Vitamix 7500.  Before we talk about what sets them apart from each other, let’s take a closer look at each model.

Vitamix 5200

Vitamix 5200 Blender Professional-Grade, Self-Cleaning 64 oz Container, Black - 001372
  • Variable Speed Control: Easily adjust speed to achieve a variety of textures. The dial can be rotated at any point during the blend, so you’re in complete control
  • Large Batches: The size and shape of the self-cleaning 64-ounce container is ideal for blending medium to large batches. Design Feature : Radial cooling fan and thermal protection system
  • Hot Soup: The blades in the Vitamix container reach speeds fast enough to create friction heat, bringing cold ingredients to steaming hot in about six minutes

The Vitamix 5200 has a lower price point than the Vitamix 7500.  It is one of the older Vitamix models, which helps account for the lower price.

Vitamix 7500

Vitamix 7500 Blender, Professional-Grade, 64 oz. Low-Profile Container, Black
  • Variable Speed Control: Ten variable speeds allow you to refine every texture with culinary precision, from the smoothest purées to the heartiest soups
  • Pulse Feature: Layer coarse chops over smooth purées for heartier recipes, such as chunky salsas or thick vegetable soups. Electrical Ratings- 120 V, 50/60 Hz, 12 Amps
  • Low-Profile 64-ounce Container: Perfect for family meals and entertaining, while fitting comfortably under most kitchen cabinets. Cord: 6 feet. Radial cooling fan and thermal protection system

The Vitamix 7500 is more expensive than the Vitamix 5200.  It is a newer model than the Vitamix 5200.

Vitamix 5200 vs 7500 – The Differences

When it boils down to it, here are the key differences between the Vitamix 5200 and Vitamix 7500.

  • Cost.  The Vitamix 5200 is cheaper.
  • Power. The Vitamix 7500 is more powerful.
  • Weight. The Vitamix 5200 is lighter.
  • Pulse Function. The Vitamix 7500 has a pulse function.
  • Container. They both have 64 oz containers, but the containers have different form factors.

Understanding The Different Vitamix Containers

Vitamix makes many different containers for their blenders.  Today we are going to focus on the 64 oz containers, since those are the ones that come with the Vitamix 5200 and Vitamix 7500.

These containers are something to think about.  While you can purchase additional containers for your Vitamix, they are not cheap.

Vitamix 5200 – Classic 64 Ounce Container (Tall and Narrow)

The 64 oz container that comes with the Vitamix 5200 is tall and narrow.

Vitamix 15856 Container, 64-Ounce, Clear

It is 13.5 inches tall.  This is important to think about when it comes to storage for your Vitamix and its container.

Vitamix 7500 – Low Profile 64 Ounce Container (Wide)

The 64 oz container the comes with the Vitamix 7500 is shorter and wider than the classic container.

Vitamix Container, 64oz. Low-Profile

The 10 inch tall container is called the low profile continuer.  It is much easier to scrape things like thick soups and smoothies out of the wider container than the narrower one.

Why This Matters

Generally, for the best blending experience, you want to cover the blades when you use your Vitamix.

Since the low profile contianer is wider, it takes more food to cover the blades.

This is something to keep in mind if you anticipate making very small batches of things, say less than two cups.

Vitamix 5200 vs 7500: The Final Decision

Personally, I decided on the Vitamix 7500 for the following reasons:

  • Stronger motor.  While .2 HP does not seem like a lot, one of the main reasons I purchased my Vitamix when I did was to make my own rice milk.  If you have ever experienced rice milk, it is not the best.  I wanted the stronger motor to make sure it was as smooth as possible and not gritty.
  • Pulse Button.  While you can kind of fake the pulse button by turning the Vitamix on and off with the 5200, the pulse button on the 7500 feels “springy” and is very easy to pulse for very short or long time periods.

All and all, neither of these is a really big deal.  You can sort of fake the pulse on the 5200 using the on/off switch, and any Vitamix will blend things better than any blender you have ever owned before.

For me, I absolutely love to cook and I had wanted a Vitamix for a very long time.  I used this logic to justify the additional spend on the Vitamix 7500.

If you don’t care about the motor or pulse button, and are looking to save a little money, you won’t go wrong with the Vitamix 5200 either.

Essential Vitamix Accessories

No matter which Vitamix you purchase, there are some essential accessories you should know about.

Vitamix 15842 Container, 32 oz, 32 Ounce, Clear
Spill-proof vented lid with measuring cap; virtually unbreakable
$128.95
Vitamix Mini-Tamper
Compatibility: 32-ounce and 48-ounce Containers; Dimensions: 9.75 in; Weight: 3.5 oz; Material: BPA-free plastic
$11.99

Another Vitamix contianer is always nice to have on hand.  The 32oz Vitamix Container is great for when you don’t want to make a large amount of something, especially for making things like salad dressings or marinades.

You may also want to pick up the 32oz Vitamix Container Tamper if you plan on making smoothies or juices in the 32ox container.

These Vitamix Spatulas are super handy for scraping out your container.  If you notice, the corners of the containers are very sharp, and it takes some getting used to working with them.  These will help.

The Vitamix Blade Scraper  is great for getting underneath the blades in the contianer.  Remember, with a Vitamix the blades and the contianer is one unit, and the blades cannot be removed.

Vitamix 5200 vs 7500 – You Decide the Winner!

When it comes down to it, it is up to you to decide who is the winner in the Vitamix 5200 vs 7500 battle.

Let’s take a look at them again one more time:

When it comes down to it, either Vitamix will serve you well.

The Vitamix 5200 is less expensive, weighs less, and comes with a tall continuer.  It also does not have a pulse button.

The Vitamix 7500 is a bit more expensive, come with a wider and lower contianer, and has a pulse button along with a slightly higher powered motor.

Remember, when it comes to a Vitamix, there is never wrong choice!