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Picking the Best Activity Table for Your Baby

If you have a baby, you know they like to explore their surroundings, and well, get into just about everything once they are mobile.  Activity tables are a great way for babies to safely explore new things, and continue to develop their motor skills.  Today we are going to take a look at the best activity tables for babies.

Best Activity Tables for Babies

LeapFrog Little Office Learning Center (Frustration Free Packaging), Green
Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Around The Town Learning Table
VTech Magic Star Learning Table, Pink (Frustration Free Packaging)
Bright Starts Having a Ball Get Rollin' Activity Table
Baby Einstein Discovering Music Activity Table
LeapFrog Little Office Learning Center (Frustration Free Packaging), Green
Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Around The Town Learning Table
VTech Magic Star Learning Table, Pink (Frustration Free Packaging)
Bright Starts Having a Ball Get Rollin' Activity Table
Baby Einstein Discovering Music Activity Table
$32.29
$31.19
$39.99
$35.00
$24.39
LeapFrog Little Office Learning Center (Frustration Free Packaging), Green
LeapFrog Little Office Learning Center (Frustration Free Packaging), Green
$32.29
Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Around The Town Learning Table
Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Around The Town Learning Table
$31.19
VTech Magic Star Learning Table, Pink (Frustration Free Packaging)
VTech Magic Star Learning Table, Pink (Frustration Free Packaging)
$39.99
Bright Starts Having a Ball Get Rollin' Activity Table
Bright Starts Having a Ball Get Rollin' Activity Table
$35.00
Baby Einstein Discovering Music Activity Table
Baby Einstein Discovering Music Activity Table
$24.39

You will notice there are many similarities between these activity tables for babies, and you are right.  It really comes down to two different things when deciding on the best activity table for your baby: what do you like, and what you think they will like!

Let’s take a closer look at some activity tables.

LeapFrog Little Office Learning Center

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LeapFrog Little Office Learning Center (Frustration Free Packaging), Green
  • This first desk for little ones features a laptop, phone, globe and more with 27 electronic touch points for exciting imitative play
  • Play in Explore, Learn and Music modes to hear first words, greetings and music from around the world and role-play conversations with Scout
  • Open the laptop and start working on learning shapes and animals by pressing the buttons to reveal animals on the screen

This table is nothing but adorable.  I know my child loves to help me “work” and this is the perfect activity table for them to help with!

It comes complete with laptop and phone, and help your little one develop both their English and Spanish skills.

If your little one isn’t quite ready to stand up, the play surface can be taken off the legs fro some fun o the floor.

Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Around The Town Learning Table

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Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Around The Town Learning Table
  • 4 fun places for baby to visit: Puppy's home, the market, the zoo and the farm
  • Press the interactive phone button for fun phrases that add to the role play fun
  • 9 lights and more than 120 songs, tunes & phrases

I have to admit, we pretty much buy anything with the Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn label in our house, because we love Puppy so much!

The best part about Laugh & Learn toys is the Smart Stages feature.  This feature provides 3 levels of learning to change as your child grows, and keep them interested in the toy.

VTech Magic Star Learning Table, Pink (Also Available in Yellow)

VTech Magic Star Learning Table, Pink (Frustration Free Packaging)
  • Activity table has 6 fun activities in English and Spanish encourage your child to explore and learn
  • Learning table has a turning steering wheel to drive the bear around the activity table; flip the included electronic learning book pages to hear Nursery rhymes
  • Press the light-up music buttons on the gear toy to play music and learn about colors; pick up the pretend baby phone and press the number buttons to call animal friends

This table is unique since it comes in pink, which most don’t.

If you don’t like pink, it also comes in Yellow as shown here:

My favorite feature of this table which is unique is the steering wheel, which many children seem to love.  After all, a steering wheel is a staple activity at many playgrounds.

Bright Starts Having a Ball Get Rollin’ Activity Table

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Bright Starts Having a Ball Get Rollin' Activity Table
  • The minimum and maximum weight recommendation is 0 pounds to 26 pounds

This baby table has a feature that none other do – balls!  The balls come out on the legs when you put them inside the various activities of the table.  This is absolutely guaranteed to keep your little one captivated if they like to play with balls.

Baby Einstein Discovering Music Activity Table

Baby Einstein Discovering Music Activity Table
  • Empowers baby to make their own magical music
  • Features piano, drum, guitar and French horn
  • Piano keys teach numbers and colors

This Baby Einstein table is all about music.  If you or your little one love music, this table is for you.

It has the most variety of songs compared to the other baby activity tables, and all of the activities are based around different musical instruments.

What is Frustration Free Packaging?

If you have taken a look at ordering these baby activity tables you have noticed they all come with frustration free packaging.

Frustration free packaging means it basically comes in a plain cardboard box you just need to open.

Traditionally, as I’m sure you already know, many toys come in a box that has the front cut out to display the toy, and all sorts of things holding in the box.  Screws, zip ties, wire, you name it, I’ve seen it, and hated it.

Frustration free packaging is a nice way to get right down to playing, but usually is not as visually applying to the child as a traditional package.

Picking the Best Activity Table for Babies

You can’t go wrong with any of the activity tables we have taken a look at.  They are all engaging, and all come off of the legs for younger babies.

It really comes down to which table do you think will be most appealing to your baby, and is most appealing to you to play with along with them!

Let’s take a look at the tables one more time:

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LeapFrog Little Office Learning Center (Frustration Free Packaging), Green
  • This first desk for little ones features a laptop, phone, globe and more with 27 electronic touch points for exciting imitative play
  • Play in Explore, Learn and Music modes to hear first words, greetings and music from around the world and role-play conversations with Scout
  • Open the laptop and start working on learning shapes and animals by pressing the buttons to reveal animals on the screen
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Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Around The Town Learning Table
  • 4 fun places for baby to visit: Puppy's home, the market, the zoo and the farm
  • Press the interactive phone button for fun phrases that add to the role play fun
  • 9 lights and more than 120 songs, tunes & phrases
VTech Magic Star Learning Table, Pink (Frustration Free Packaging)
  • Activity table has 6 fun activities in English and Spanish encourage your child to explore and learn
  • Learning table has a turning steering wheel to drive the bear around the activity table; flip the included electronic learning book pages to hear Nursery rhymes
  • Press the light-up music buttons on the gear toy to play music and learn about colors; pick up the pretend baby phone and press the number buttons to call animal friends
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Bright Starts Having a Ball Get Rollin' Activity Table
  • The minimum and maximum weight recommendation is 0 pounds to 26 pounds
Baby Einstein Discovering Music Activity Table
  • Empowers baby to make their own magical music
  • Features piano, drum, guitar and French horn
  • Piano keys teach numbers and colors

Each of these items has a different appeal, but the core function is all the same.   Any of these activity tables would be great for your baby, but it really comes down to the features you care about most.

Finding the Best Cloth to Dry Your Car

When it comes to washing your car, one of the most important things to have is the best cloth to dry the car with.  I am sure you, like me, have tried to just use old towels, but they don’t leave the car looking nice after all that hard work, and they often leave lint behind.

Best Cloth to Dry Car

Item
The Absorber 34900 X-Large Chamois, Single, Color May Vary
AmazonBasics Drying Chamois Car Towel Cloth, 2 Pack
GREEN LIFESTYLE Synthetic Chamois Car Drying Towel Cloth, 26 x 17 2-Pack Shammy
VibraWipe Microfiber Cleaning Cloths, 4 Colors, 8 Pieces, Color Options Available, 14.2 in x 14.2...
Chemical Guys MIC_507_06 Professional Grade Premium Microfiber Towel, Gold (16 in. x 24 in.) (Pack...
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The Absorber 34900 X-Large Chamois, Single, Color May Vary
AmazonBasics Drying Chamois Car Towel Cloth, 2 Pack
GREEN LIFESTYLE Synthetic Chamois Car Drying Towel Cloth, 26 x 17 2-Pack Shammy
VibraWipe Microfiber Cleaning Cloths, 4 Colors, 8 Pieces, Color Options Available, 14.2 in x 14.2...
Chemical Guys MIC_507_06 Professional Grade Premium Microfiber Towel, Gold (16 in. x 24 in.) (Pack...
Dimnesions
29" x 18"
26" x 17"
26" x 17"
14" x 14"
16" x 24"
Quantity per Pack
1
2
2
8
6
Price
$10.86
$9.97
$16.11
$16.99
$15.77
Item
The Absorber 34900 X-Large Chamois, Single, Color May Vary
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The Absorber 34900 X-Large Chamois, Single, Color May Vary
Dimnesions
29" x 18"
Quantity per Pack
1
Price
$10.86
More Info
Item
AmazonBasics Drying Chamois Car Towel Cloth, 2 Pack
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AmazonBasics Drying Chamois Car Towel Cloth, 2 Pack
Dimnesions
26" x 17"
Quantity per Pack
2
Price
$9.97
More Info
Item
GREEN LIFESTYLE Synthetic Chamois Car Drying Towel Cloth, 26 x 17 2-Pack Shammy
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GREEN LIFESTYLE Synthetic Chamois Car Drying Towel Cloth, 26 x 17 2-Pack Shammy
Dimnesions
26" x 17"
Quantity per Pack
2
Price
$16.11
More Info
Item
VibraWipe Microfiber Cleaning Cloths, 4 Colors, 8 Pieces, Color Options Available, 14.2 in x 14.2...
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VibraWipe Microfiber Cleaning Cloths, 4 Colors, 8 Pieces, Color Options Available, 14.2 in x 14.2...
Dimnesions
14" x 14"
Quantity per Pack
8
Price
$16.99
More Info
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Chemical Guys MIC_507_06 Professional Grade Premium Microfiber Towel, Gold (16 in. x 24 in.) (Pack...
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Chemical Guys MIC_507_06 Professional Grade Premium Microfiber Towel, Gold (16 in. x 24 in.) (Pack...
Dimnesions
16" x 24"
Quantity per Pack
6
Price
$15.77
More Info

When it comes to picking the best cloth to dry a car, there are a couple of things to think about.

First of all is the material.  Either chamois or microfiber is a great choice.  We will talk about these materials a bit more after we take a look at our car drying cloth options.

The next thing is how many car drying cloths do you need?  Think about how many cars you want to wash in a single day, because these cloths will need to be washed between uses.

Now, let’s take a look at some options for car drying cloths.

The Absorber X-Large Chamois

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The Absorber 34900 X-Large Chamois, Single, Color May Vary
  • Single Absorber, Assorted Colors, Available in Yellow or Blue
  • Use it anywhere you would use a towel
  • Tough Lintless surface

This chamois cloth comes in a pack of one, and is 29×18 inches.

It will absorb the water from your car, and won’t leave scratches or lint behind.

If you are looking for something even bigger, it does come in an XXL size.

CleanTools 34910 XXL Assortment, 20 x 32-Inch, Single, Color May Vary from Blue and Natural, Chamois...
  • Single Absorber, Assorted Colors, Available in Yellow or Blue
  • Use it anywhere you would use a towel
  • Tough Lint less surface

You may want to buy two of the XLs instead of a single XXL so you can have someone help you!  Car washing and drying is a great activity for kids!

AmazonBasics Drying Chamois Car Towel Cloth

AmazonBasics Drying Chamois Car Towel Cloth, 2 Pack
  • Fast and easy absorption for any liquid
  • Chemical resistant - Leaves lint and streak free results
  • Machine washable - Reuse 100's of times

This chamois comes in a two pack of 26″ x 17″ cloths, means someone can help you dry off your nice clean car.

It also boasts that it can absorb nine times its weight, and simply needs to be wrung out to absorb even more water.

This is a great choice with an even better price point, which makes it easy to pick up a couple sets of these for other household uses as well.

GREEN LIFESTYLE Synthetic Chamois Car Drying Towel Cloth

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GREEN LIFESTYLE Synthetic Chamois Car Drying Towel Cloth, 26 x 17 2-Pack Shammy
  • Won't scratch and safe to use on all finishes
  • Resistant to mold, mildew, and most chemicals
  • Machine washable - Built to last

This is another pack of two that comes in the dimension of 26″ x 17″.

Once again, this chamois is very low maintenance, and comes convenient with its own storage tube.

VibraWipe Microfiber Cleaning Cloths

VibraWipe Microfiber Cleaning Cloths, 4 Colors, 8 Pieces, Color Options Available, 14.2 in x 14.2...
  • + VIBRAWIPE MICROFIBER CLOTH – Pack of 8 Pieces, 4 colors (blue, yellow, pink and green). 2 pieces for each color. Every piece VIBRAWIPE™ microfiber cleaning cloth is made from premium quality tiny micro fiber from a blend of 80% Polyester and 20% Polyamide. The size of each cloth is 14.20-inch x 14.20-inch (36cm x 36cm).
  • + VIBRAWIPE MICROFIBER CLOTH are highly absorbent,lint-free and streak-free. They can be used in many cleaning jobs from using them as your kitchen dish cloth, washcloth, dish rag, drying cloth, household cleaning cloth to dusting cloth, from cleaning your home to your automotive. They are safe to use on all hard surfaces whether wet or dry. You can even do color coding for different cleaning tasks. These cleaning cloths is an expert in your daily cleaning!
  • + With a bit of water, no need for any chemical cleaners. fold the cloths into quarters and wipe over any surface in circular directions to remove dirt. VIBRAWIPE. Microfiber Cloths are eco-friendly, help to avoid the use of chemical cleaners which are bad for the environment and your family. Over time, you will be saving money on paper towels and chemical cleaners. VIBRAWIPE™ microfiber cloths are designed to give customers the best comfortable hand feel.

Now, let’s switch gears here and take a look at some microfiber options.

These microfiber cleaning and drying cloths come in a pack of 8 and have the dimensions of 14 x 14.

While they are a bit smaller than some of their counterparts, there are more of them to make up the difference.

The great thing about these microfiber cleaning cloths is they can be used for both washing and drying your car.

Chemical Guys Professional Grade Premium Microfiber Towel

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Chemical Guys MIC_507_06 Professional Grade Premium Microfiber Towel, Gold (16 in. x 24 in.) (Pack...
  • Scratch free, lint free and swirl free
  • Long lasting microfiber
  • Effective cleaning under wet and dry conditions

This set come with 6 cloths with the dimensions of 16″ x 24″ which make them a great choice for drying of your car.

You can also use them for washing your car with no issues.

Before we help you to decide the best car drying cloth, let’s take a look at the differences between the two materials we looked at, chamois and microfiber.

What is Chamois?

You may be reading this and wondering what Chamois is.

Technically speaking, Chamois is a type of leather that is very porous and absorbent.

Today the term chamois usually refers to a synthetic cloth that has been engineered to act the same way as chamois leather.

Chamois cloths are extremely durable, resistant to bacteria and staining, and absorb a great deal of water.  That is why they are so often used at car washes, and to dry off cars when they are being washed in the driveway.

Chamois vs Microfiber

So what is the big difference between Chamois and Microfiber?

Not much.  They are both synthetic materials that are extremely durable and absorbent.  They will both last for a long time, and both dry without leaving lint behind or streaking.

There is a slight difference in absorbency.  Chamois seems to absorb a bit more than microfiber, so if you are washing more than say two cars at once, you may want to go for the chamois.

Otherwise, the only difference is really in the way they feel in your hands.  Chamois is engineered to be completely smooth, and you can see and feel the fibers in microfiber.

That’s really the only difference.  Both are a great choice for drying cars or other items.

Picking the Best Car Drying Cloth

Now, let’s take a quick look at our options for drying cars again, and some of the main differentiating factors.

Sale
The Absorber 34900 X-Large Chamois, Single, Color May Vary
Single Absorber, Assorted Colors, Available in Yellow or Blue
$10.86
AmazonBasics Drying Chamois Car Towel Cloth, 2 Pack
Fast and easy absorption for any liquid
$9.97
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GREEN LIFESTYLE Synthetic Chamois Car Drying Towel Cloth, 26 x 17 2-Pack Shammy
Won't scratch and safe to use on all finishes
$16.11
VibraWipe Microfiber Cleaning Cloths, 4 Colors, 8 Pieces, Color Options Available, 14.2 in x 14.2...
+ VIBRAWIPE MICROFIBER CLOTH – Pack of 8 Pieces, 4 colors (blue, yellow, pink and green). 2 pieces for each color. Every piece VIBRAWIPE™ microfiber cleaning cloth is made from premium quality tiny micro fiber from a blend of 80% Polyester and 20% Polyamide. The size of each cloth is 14.20-inch x 14.20-inch (36cm x 36cm).
$16.99

When it comes to value, the Amazon Basics two pack of chamois can’t be beat. If you are looking for Chamois in bigger sizes, don’t forget the Absorber comes in an XXL size as well.

If you are more interested in Microfiber, The Chemical Guys microfiber cloths are much bigger than their VibraWipe counterparts.

All in all, any cloths on this list will help you dry cars and other items with ease.

Caring for Car Drying Cloths

I’m a bit of a clean freak, so I wash my car drying cloths (and car cleaning cloths for that matter) between uses.

All of these cloths will last for hundreds of washes without issue.  They dry very quickly no matter what, so a clothes drying rack can help you with this since chamois should not be put in the dryer.  Microfiber can be put in the dryer without issue,

The only downside of chamois is that it will become stiff if you let it dry all the way, which is not a big deal at all.  I let mine dry, fold them up, and they become pliable again after I begin to dry the car off and they begin absorbing moisture once more.

No matter which cloth you end up ultimately choosing, this guide is all you need to pick the best car drying cloth.

 

Finding the Best Indoor Humidity Monitor

Measuring humidity in your home is an important thing to do, especially if you have young asthma, allergies, dry skin, or a number of other conditions.  It is also very important to measure the humidity in your home if you have small children.  We are going to take a look at the best indoor humidity monitors for a number of situations.

Best Indoor Humidity Monitor

AcuRite 00613 Indoor Thermometer & Hygrometer with Humidity Gauge, 3" H x 2.5" W x 1.3" D
ThermoPro TP-60S Digital Hygrometer Indoor Outdoor Thermometer Humidity Monitor with Temperature...
Eve Degree - Connected Weather Station for tracking temperature, humidity & air pressure; IPX3 water...
Govee Wireless Thermometer Hygrometer, Mini Bluetooth Humidity and Temperature Sensor with Data...
Govee Thermometer Hygrometer, Accurate Indoor Temperature Humidity Sensor with Notification Alert,...
AcuRite 00613 Indoor Thermometer & Hygrometer with Humidity Gauge, 3" H x 2.5" W x 1.3" D
ThermoPro TP-60S Digital Hygrometer Indoor Outdoor Thermometer Humidity Monitor with Temperature...
Eve Degree - Connected Weather Station for tracking temperature, humidity & air pressure; IPX3 water...
Govee Wireless Thermometer Hygrometer, Mini Bluetooth Humidity and Temperature Sensor with Data...
Govee Thermometer Hygrometer, Accurate Indoor Temperature Humidity Sensor with Notification Alert,...
$9.88
$12.74
$69.95
$26.99
$13.99
AcuRite 00613 Indoor Thermometer & Hygrometer with Humidity Gauge, 3" H x 2.5" W x 1.3" D
AcuRite 00613 Indoor Thermometer & Hygrometer with Humidity Gauge, 3" H x 2.5" W x 1.3" D
$9.88
ThermoPro TP-60S Digital Hygrometer Indoor Outdoor Thermometer Humidity Monitor with Temperature...
ThermoPro TP-60S Digital Hygrometer Indoor Outdoor Thermometer Humidity Monitor with Temperature...
$12.74
Eve Degree - Connected Weather Station for tracking temperature, humidity & air pressure; IPX3 water...
Eve Degree - Connected Weather Station for tracking temperature, humidity & air pressure; IPX3 water...
$69.95
Govee Wireless Thermometer Hygrometer, Mini Bluetooth Humidity and Temperature Sensor with Data...
Govee Wireless Thermometer Hygrometer, Mini Bluetooth Humidity and Temperature Sensor with Data...
$26.99
Govee Thermometer Hygrometer, Accurate Indoor Temperature Humidity Sensor with Notification Alert,...
Govee Thermometer Hygrometer, Accurate Indoor Temperature Humidity Sensor with Notification Alert,...
$13.99

There are several things to think about when deciding which indoor humidity monitor is best for you.

Two of the most important are where you want to monitor the humidity, and how you want to monitor your humidity.

AcuRite 00613 Indoor Thermometer & Hygrometer with Humidity Gauge

AcuRite 00613 Indoor Thermometer & Hygrometer with Humidity Gauge, 3" H x 2.5" W x 1.3" D
  • Digital Thermometer | Monitor indoor temperature (°F/°C) & humidity
  • Hygrometer | Humidity gauge allows you to keep an eye on home health and comfort - LOW, HIGH, OK
  • Multifunctional | Fold-out stand & clip with magnetic backing for mounting to your refrigerator

This basic humidity monitor is a great choice if you want to be able to walk into a room in your home and clearly see the humidity level, as well as the temperature.

It also keeps track of the high and low humidity over a 24 hour period, so you can get a handle on any humidity fluctuations you may be dealing with.

ThermoPro TP-60S Digital Hygrometer

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ThermoPro TP-60S Digital Hygrometer Indoor Outdoor Thermometer Humidity Monitor with Temperature...
  • Buy without risk! - ThermoPro TP60S digital indoor outdoor hygrometer displays temp and humidity for both inside and outside simultaneously【1 YEAR WARRANTY! REGISTER your product after purchase and RECEIVE EXTENDED 3 YEARS Warranty】
  • Wireless humidity meter thermometer measures indoor outdoor temperature and humidity percentages, can display the readings from up to 3 outdoor remote sensors 【Additional sensor (ASIN B072BY1M2V/ B07M6SCWZR/ B07RDPYK1K) can be ordered to monitor different locations】
  • All time/24 hours MAX & MIN humidity temperature and humidity percentages records; Temperature trend arrows indicate whether it’s getting warmer or colder near remote sensor

This model allows you to also view the humidity in a room, but has an added feature of a remote sensor.

This means you can put the sensor in your child’s room for example, and view it remotely.  It is also a good choice for other areas you may not plan on entering on a regular basis but want to monitor, like storage closets.

This base unit can connect to up to 3 remote sensors, to monitor multiple areas.  It also shows the high and low humidity and temperature over a 24 hour period.

The base unit will also measure the temperature and humidity of wherever it is placed.

Eve Degree – Connected Weather Station

Eve Degree - Connected Weather Station for tracking temperature, humidity & air pressure; IPX3 water...
  • Track outdoor temperature, humidity, and air pressure
  • See temperature or humidity directly on the LCD display
  • View your data by day, month or year

This weather station boasts a very special feature, it is Apple HomeKit compatible for easy monitoring by your Apple device.

Like the other devices we evaluated, this sensor measures temperature and humidity.  As a bonus, it also can measure air pressure.

The only downside of this unit is that it cannot display temperature and humidity at the same time if that feature is important for you.

Govee Wireless Thermometer Hygrometer

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Govee Wireless Thermometer Hygrometer, Mini Bluetooth Humidity and Temperature Sensor with Data...
  • Wireless App Control: Easily monitor temperature and humidity data on Govee Home App (free downloading from App Store and Google Play) via Bluetooth. Up to 328ft connecting distance (no obstacles) enables you to monitor temp and humidity remotely. [Not WiFi Version]
  • Higher Accurate Monitor: With built-in Swiss-made SHT30 sensor, it offers higher precision monitoring than other brands. Temp is accurate within ±0.36℉ and humidity is ±2%RH. (Calibration is supported)
  • Data Storage Export: 20 days on-board and unlimited in-App storage. Temperature sensor uploads data to App when connecting to APP via Bluetooth. Alert will be sent to App when data is beyond preset range. Available to export data in CSV format for free after registered account.

This unit is able to be monitored by your Apple or Android phone.  It does not display any information, which makes it the perfect choice for hard to reach areas, or rooms you don’t want to monitor the temperature from directly, like children’s rooms.

It can also be left outside, placed somewhere or hung from the hole in the top corner.  This particular model is powered by Bluetooth, and has a battery life of about a year.

The only downside of this is you must be within 328 feet of the sensor to connect it since it does use the Bluetooth protocol.

If you prefer a model that can connect to your wireless network directly, Govee has another version that can do this:

Govee Hygrometer Thermometer, WiFi Digital Indoor Outdoor Temperature Humidity Sensor with App...
  • Wireless Temp Monitor: When humidity monitor connects with 2.4GHz WiFi network, you can remotely monitor temperature and humidity through your phone. Alert will be sent to "Govee Home" App when any change happens.
  • Indoor Outdoor Thermometer: Up to 328ft connecting distance between gateway and sensor (no obstacles) enables you to monitor temp and humidity remotely. Record thermometer and hygrometer data all around house.
  • Powerful Data Storage: Temperature humidity monitor could record 2-years data pieces. Press "Export data" button on "Govee Home" APP, data of different periods will be sent to your mail in CSV format. Easy to operate.

Govee Thermometer Hygrometer with Display

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Govee Thermometer Hygrometer, Accurate Indoor Temperature Humidity Sensor with Notification Alert,...
  • Hassle-free LCD Display: It offers real-time temperature/humidity readings and max/min records on LCD screen. 3-level comfort indicators-DRY/COMFORT/WET keep you aware of home situation with just a glance. [ Please remove the protective film before use]
  • High Accuracy: Built-in Swiss-made SHT30 sensor, it provides high precise monitoring. The temperature is accurate to ±0.5°F while humidity is ±3%RH. Up to 1s responsive speed always shows you the latest readings.
  • Monitor from Anywhere: Bluetooth-enabled feature allows you to remotely monitor temperature/humidity on Govee Home app within 80m/260ft/3149 inch (no obstacles).

If you really like the idea of the Govee thermometer, but are bothered by the lack of display, it does also come in this form.

The late and easy to read display shows both humidity and temperature over a 24 hour period, like most of the other models reviewed.

Finding the Best Indoor Humidity Monitor

When it comes to picking the best indoor humidity monitor, the most important things to think about are where you are going to place it, and how you want to access your humidity data.

If you’re just looking for something where you can walk into any room and see the humidity, the AcuRite is the best option.

If you need to keep an eye on a couple of humidity levels in your home, the  ThermoPro TP-60S Digital Hygrometer is a great option since you can scroll through the sensors in the base station.

Now, if you are looking to be a bit more advanced, the Eve Degree can’t be beat with its Apple  Home Kit integration.

If Home Kit is not a requirement, the Govee models Govee Thermometer Hygrometer, Accurate Indoor Temperature Humidity Sensor with Notification Alert,... and Govee Wireless Thermometer Hygrometer, Mini Bluetooth Humidity and Temperature Sensor with Data... display can help you monitor the humidity in those hard to view places.

What is the Range for Good Indoor Humidity?

When it comes to good indoor humidity, you are looking for a range of 30 to 60% according to HGTV.

It is importaint to get in indoor humidity monitor to take a look at this, since your indoor humidity may change range based on a number of factors.

When it is cold out in seasons like fall in and winter, humidity naturally drops.  This does not help when you are running heat, which will further dry things out.

When it is hot out in seasons like spring and summer, humidity naturally rises.  Think of those days with a high humidity and how much hotter it feels.

Humidity is a big factor in how the temperature feels too.  This is why 60 degrees in the spring may have you wearing short and flip flops, and 60 degrees in the fall may have you reaching for a sweater.

Why Indoor Humidity Is Important

If the humidity in your home is not right, you can have all sorts of problems.

As something with allergies and asthma, I have noticed that if the humidity is too low my nose dries out and bleeds, and if the humidity is too high I often have trouble breathing.

Low humidity will also wreak havoc on your skin and cause it to be dryer than it should, which is especially a problem in those cold winter months.

Besides your body, your home also cares about the humidity.  If things are too humid, things may feel damp and smell.  This is especially concerning in areas you use for storage.

If you have hardwood floors, they do not like things being too humid or too dry, or they will begin to warp.

All in all, keeping track of the humidity in your home is very important for staying comfortable in your surroundings,  and this guide is all you need to find the best indoor humidity monitor.

Finding the Best Pizzelle Maker

If you came here looking for the best pizelle maker, chances are you already know what pizelle are!  If not, let me take a moment to introduce you to this wonderful Italian treat.

Pizelle are a very thin and crispy Italian cookie that require a special press to make, almost like a waffle iron.  Usually they are favorite with anise (think black licorice), but if that isn’t for you you can also use other flavors.

Now, let’s take a look at some electric pizelle makers.

The Best Pizelle Maker

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Cuisinart WM-PZ10 Pizzelle Press, Silver
Palmer Pizzelle Maker Classic
Pizzelle Maker- Non-stick Electric Pizzelle Baker Press Makes Two 5-Inch Cookies at Once- Recipes...
CucinaPro Polished Pizzelle Maker
CucinaPro Mini Italian Pizzelle Waffle Maker Iron - Makes Four 3 1/4 Inch Pizzelle Traditional...
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Cuisinart WM-PZ10 Pizzelle Press, Silver
Palmer Pizzelle Maker Classic
Pizzelle Maker- Non-stick Electric Pizzelle Baker Press Makes Two 5-Inch Cookies at Once- Recipes...
CucinaPro Polished Pizzelle Maker
CucinaPro Mini Italian Pizzelle Waffle Maker Iron - Makes Four 3 1/4 Inch Pizzelle Traditional...
Number and Size of Cookies
Two 4"
Two 5"
Two 5"
Two 5"
Four 3.25"
Price
$49.99
$69.95
$39.95
$60.48
$39.95
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Cuisinart WM-PZ10 Pizzelle Press, Silver
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Cuisinart WM-PZ10 Pizzelle Press, Silver
Number and Size of Cookies
Two 4"
Price
$49.99
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Palmer Pizzelle Maker Classic
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Palmer Pizzelle Maker Classic
Number and Size of Cookies
Two 5"
Price
$69.95
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Pizzelle Maker- Non-stick Electric Pizzelle Baker Press Makes Two 5-Inch Cookies at Once- Recipes...
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Pizzelle Maker- Non-stick Electric Pizzelle Baker Press Makes Two 5-Inch Cookies at Once- Recipes...
Number and Size of Cookies
Two 5"
Price
$39.95
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CucinaPro Polished Pizzelle Maker
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CucinaPro Polished Pizzelle Maker
Number and Size of Cookies
Two 5"
Price
$60.48
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CucinaPro Mini Italian Pizzelle Waffle Maker Iron - Makes Four 3 1/4 Inch Pizzelle Traditional...
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CucinaPro Mini Italian Pizzelle Waffle Maker Iron - Makes Four 3 1/4 Inch Pizzelle Traditional...
Number and Size of Cookies
Four 3.25"
Price
$39.95
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All of these options are electric, because why not take advantage of modern day technology when making pizelle.

The most important think to take a look at when picking an electric pizelle maker are the size and pattern of this finished cookie.

Cuisinart WM-PZ10 Pizzelle Press

Cuisinart WM-PZ10 Pizzelle Press, Silver
  • Easy to use from start to finish & bakes two 4" pizzelle
  • Ready-to-bake and Ready-to-Eat indicator lights provide perfect timing
  • Nonstick baking plates remove pizzelle without breaking

Known for their kitchen electrics, Cuisinart does not disappoint with this pizelle press.  It makes two 4″ cookies, and features a knob to set your unit to the desired cooking darkness, and indicator lights for both power and to indicate if the pizelle is ready.

It also folds up for easy storage on the kitchen counter.  This is truly one of the best set it and forget it units for pizelle cooking, but don’t go too far as this thin Italian cookie cooks very fast.

Palmer Pizzelle Maker Classic

Palmer Pizzelle Maker Classic
  • Made in USA by Palmer manufacturing
  • Makes 2 thin 5 inches cookies
  • Cast aluminum plates

This Pizelle maker looks like it is straight out of your grandmother’s kitchen in Italy.  Yes, it does plug in, but other than that is really a classic, traditional pizelle maker.

This model makes two 5″ pizelle cookies.  It lacks bells and whistles, but after heating up for about 15 minutes it is ready to crank out those pizelle.

If you are looking for a nostalgic pizelle maker, this one is it.  It makes a great gift for those looking to re-create some Italian magic.

CucinaPro Pizzelle Maker – Non Stick

Pizzelle Maker- Non-stick Electric Pizzelle Baker Press Makes Two 5-Inch Cookies at Once- Recipes...
  • Pizzelle Baker- Makes 2 pizzelles at one time- Recipes Included!
  • Pizzelle Maker- Cookies measure at 5 inches, the perfect bit size for cones
  • Pizzelle Press- Steam guard protects hands

This non-stick pizelle maker makes two 5″ cookies.  It is a modern version of a classic, but if it is a little too modern stay tuned for our next pizelle maker.

While it doesn’t look like it, it is an electric model, and has a bracket to hold the press closed as you make your pizelle.  It does not have a built in timer, but it does have an indicator light.

According to the reviews, this pizelle maker takes about 50 seconds for the perfect pizelle, but this will vary on how you like yours, and the batter you are using.

CucinaPro Pizelle Maker – Polished

CucinaPro Polished Pizzelle Maker
  • Features a built-in steam guard helps protect hands when in use
  • Power indicator light
  • Extra-thick baking plates ensure even heat distribution 7

Like its non-stick counterpart, this pizelle maker makes two 5″ cookies.  The big difference here is that this pizelle maker does not have a non-stick coating.

This model is a clear throwback to the pizelle makers your grandmother, great grandmother, and even her grandmother used.  If you are looking for a true authentic pizelle maker, with an old time feel, this is the pizelle maker for you.

CucinaPro Mini Pizelle Maker

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CucinaPro Mini Italian Pizzelle Waffle Maker Iron - Makes Four 3 1/4 Inch Pizzelle Traditional...
  • Pizzelle Italian Waffle Iron - The Piccolo Pizzelle Baker makes 4 mini pizzelle cookies at once!
  • Pizzelle Maker - Non-stick baking grids ensure easy clean-up.
  • Pizzelle Iron - Features a steam guard to protect hands.

This mini Pizelle maker makes four 3.25″ pizelle.  This is great if you are making pizelle for large groups, or just looking for something different.

It operates jut like its other CucinaPro counterparts.  It is a fun option and something different than the norm when it comes to pizelle.

Picking the Best Pizelle Maker

When it comes to picking the best pizelle maker, it all comes down the size of the pizelle, and some features of the pizelle maker.

If you absolutely do not want a non-stick surface on your Pizelle maker, the Polished CucinaPro Pizelle Maker is the choice for you.  In fact, many seem to prefer this model over its non-stick counterpart.

If you are looking for the most authentic feel from a non-stick pizelle maker, then the Palmer Pizzelle Maker Classic is the choice for you.

If you are looking for a 4″ pizelle, look no further than the Cuisinart WM-PZ10 Pizzelle Press, Silver, which also has a number of advanced features like the ability to adjust darkness and cooking time.

For something a bit different, do not miss the CucinaPro Mini Pizelle Maker which makes four smaller pizelle.

Tips for Perfect Pizelles

If you do not have a family pizelle recipe, the first thing to start with is a good recipe.  I like this pizelle recipe from King Arthur Flour.  The first thing you will notice is that it uses vanilla extract instead of anise extract.

If you really want that classic Italian feel, you can also add anise extract which is probably something you don’t normally have on hand.

A pizelle maker is a lot like a waffle iron, and needs some time to break in.  In the beginning, be sure to lightly coat the plates with your favorite cooking oil.  Over time, you will probably not need to do this.

The good thing about pizelle is they are very thin, which means they cook fast, and you can make a ton in one batch.  Take your time to figure out the optimal cooking time for pizelle the way you like them.

Cleaning Your Pizelle Maker

It is important to note that the plates do not come out of the pizelle makers reviewed here.

You may automatically think that you need one with removable plates, but the truth is you can get by without them, unlike with some waffle irons.

Looking for the best waffle maker with removable plates?  Be sure to check out our guide!

To clean your pizelle maker, unplug it from the wall.  Completely soak a paper towel with water, wring it out, and place it so it covers the plates.  Then close it. You pizelle maker will make some steam, but give it a few minutes.

Remove the paper towel, and your pizelle maker will be clean!

Pizelle are a treat in every Italian household around the holidays, and the best pizelle maker is a great gift for every Italian cook.

Choosing the Best Air Fryer Under $100

When it comes to air fryers, I have been a loyal air fryer owner for well over two years.  I first decided to get an air fryer purely for making healthy french fries, but have since used it for much much more.  Purchasing any kitchen appliance is a big decision, and air fryers come in all different shapes, sizes, and prices.  Today we are going to take a look at the best air fryer under $100.

Best Air Fryer Under $100

Item
Cuisinart AFR-25 Air Fryer, One Size, Silver
BELLA 14538 2.6 Quart Air Convection Fryer, Black
Dash DFAF455GBAQ01 Deluxe Electric Air Fryer + Oven Cooker with Temperature Control, Non Stick Fry...
[2019] Air Fryer XL Best 5.5 QT Extreme Model 8-in-1 By (B. WEISS) Family Size Huge capacity,With...
Yedi Total Package Air Fryer XL, 5.8 Quart, Deluxe Accessory Kit, Recipes, Black
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Cuisinart AFR-25 Air Fryer, One Size, Silver
BELLA 14538 2.6 Quart Air Convection Fryer, Black
Dash DFAF455GBAQ01 Deluxe Electric Air Fryer + Oven Cooker with Temperature Control, Non Stick Fry...
[2019] Air Fryer XL Best 5.5 QT Extreme Model 8-in-1 By (B. WEISS) Family Size Huge capacity,With...
Yedi Total Package Air Fryer XL, 5.8 Quart, Deluxe Accessory Kit, Recipes, Black
Capacity
1.19 Quart***
2.6 Quart
6 Quart
5.5 Quart
5.8 Quart
Price
$97.95
$54.09
$79.99
$104.97
$99.95
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Cuisinart AFR-25 Air Fryer, One Size, Silver
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Cuisinart AFR-25 Air Fryer, One Size, Silver
Capacity
1.19 Quart***
Price
$97.95
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BELLA 14538 2.6 Quart Air Convection Fryer, Black
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BELLA 14538 2.6 Quart Air Convection Fryer, Black
Capacity
2.6 Quart
Price
$54.09
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Dash DFAF455GBAQ01 Deluxe Electric Air Fryer + Oven Cooker with Temperature Control, Non Stick Fry...
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Dash DFAF455GBAQ01 Deluxe Electric Air Fryer + Oven Cooker with Temperature Control, Non Stick Fry...
Capacity
6 Quart
Price
$79.99
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[2019] Air Fryer XL Best 5.5 QT Extreme Model 8-in-1 By (B. WEISS) Family Size Huge capacity,With...
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[2019] Air Fryer XL Best 5.5 QT Extreme Model 8-in-1 By (B. WEISS) Family Size Huge capacity,With...
Capacity
5.5 Quart
Price
$104.97
More Info
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Yedi Total Package Air Fryer XL, 5.8 Quart, Deluxe Accessory Kit, Recipes, Black
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Yedi Total Package Air Fryer XL, 5.8 Quart, Deluxe Accessory Kit, Recipes, Black
Capacity
5.8 Quart
Price
$99.95
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There are a number of considerations when picking an air fryer.  Here are the things you should think about the most:

  • Price.  What is your budget like?  These are all budget friendly options.
  • Size.  Each model has a different capacity.
  • Controls.  How is the air fryer operated?
  • Ascetics.  An air fryer is a decent sized counter top appliance.  How will it look in your kitchen?

Now let’s take a look at some of the different options.

Cuisinart AFR-25 Air Fryer

Cuisinart AFR-25 Air Fryer, One Size, Silver
  • Specially engineered motor fan and heater deliver powerful airflow and high heat for perfectly fried results; quiet operation- optimal performance with minimal noise
  • Compact design, large capacity- fits easily on any kitchen countertop and air fries up to 2. 5 lb. Of food; adjustable time (0 to 60 minutes) and temperature (warm to 450ºf) endless meal possibilities
  • Viewing window to monitor progress as food cooks

This Cuisinart Air Fryer Toaster Oven is an interesting option if you are in the market for both an air fryer and a toaster oven.

The only downside to this model is the form factor is very different than a traditional air fryer.

You will see the capacity is much lower than the others, this is because it uses an air frying baking tray type basket, vs a traditional basket.  The big difference here is the sides are lower, which means you can’t fill it up as much, and it is a little harder to mix the food when you are cooking.

But it does do the job of two kitchen counter appliances, and is nice looking on the counter top!

BELLA 14538 2.6 Quart Air Convection Fryer

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BELLA 14538 2.6 Quart Air Convection Fryer, Black
  • NO-OIL FRYING: The Bella Hot Air Fryer enables you to cook crispy golden brown treats like french fries, onion rings and chicken nuggets safely, without all the extra calories & unhealthy fats. It's like having a convection-type oven at your finger tips.
  • FAST & EASY: This powerful hot air fryer features a 2.6 quart removable dish washer safe basket that can hold up to 2.2 lbs. of food. Simply set the temperature & the timer & the ready indicator light will let you know when your cooking cycle is over.
  • SAFE & TIDY: The BELLA Air Fryer lets you look in on food while it cooks, with safe handling via cool-touch parts & an automatic shut off for safety. Our 1500-watt Circular Heat Technology ensures quick, even cooking every time without a smelly, oily mess

I have a small Bella air fryer, and have not been disappointed.  While this air fryer has a smaller capacity than some of the other models we looked at, it also has a smaller price point.

Capacity is probably the most important factor next to price when it comes to picking the best air fryer under $100.  There’s no point in picking a cheaper model if it won’t make enough!

Bella is well known in the kitchen appliance space, and I have not been disappointed with their products.

This model operates with two knobs, one for temperature and one for time.  I couldn’t be more simple!

Dash DFAF455GBAQ01 Deluxe Electric Air Fryer

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Dash DFAF455GBAQ01 Deluxe Electric Air Fryer + Oven Cooker with Temperature Control, Non Stick Fry...
  • HEALTHIER FRIED FOOD: Dash deluxe air fryer uses air crisp technology (instead of oil) to help reduce added fat by 70-80%, without sacrificing the flavor of your fried food (no more residual smell hours after you’ve eaten)
  • 6 QUART CAPACITY: The PERFECT appliance for picky eaters, large families, entertaining, or those who have busy schedules. 6qt basket is larger, and makes an abundance of appetizers, desserts, chicken wings, french fries, even baked goods, and all within minutes of setting the timer - it couldn’t be easier!
  • QUICK + EASY: Short on time? Simply load the large 6 qt capacity fryer basket, set the temp, and set the timer. Your food comes out crispy, guaranteed, EVERY TIME. And in less time than it takes to pre-heat your oven, making it more energy efficient

The Dash air fryer is an interesting option because it has the largest capacity of all the air fryers we looked at.

It also comes in an array of colors.  While aqua is shown here, it also comes in black, read, and white.  It also has a dual knob operation like some of the other models we have looked at.

The other benefit of a large capacity air fryer besides making a lot of one thing, is the ability to cook whole meals for smaller groups!  This air fryer allows you to cook things like chicken and vegetables together, besides filling up the basket with French fries!

B. WEISS Air Fryer XL Best 5.5 QT Extreme Model 8-in-1 By

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[2019] Air Fryer XL Best 5.5 QT Extreme Model 8-in-1 By (B. WEISS) Family Size Huge capacity,With...
  • 80% less fat Air Fryer is the healthiest alternative to deep frying as it only requires a tablespoon of oil or less! This means, you will consume 80% less fat while still enjoying all your favorite fried, grilled, baked and roasted foods! The cookbooks include classic recipes including french fries and fried Chicken, exotic recipes, and also desserts including .
  • EASY TO CLEAN - Non-stick inner surface is easy to be cleaned with soap water. Additionally, you can put the basket in the dishwasher for your convenience.; clean the pot and tray with a soft wet cloth or non-abrasive sponge after removing the tray from the pot; dry completely before placing the tray and the pot back in the air fryer
  • New Airfryer Rapid Air Technology Electric Air fryer with Rapid Air Circulation Technology, circulates hot air around a metal cooking basket, requiring little or no oil as it fries, bakes and grills. In addition to the heated air flow, powerful direct heat from above quickly crisps the food for delicious, golden-brown results while draining excess fat.

Another large capacity air fryer, the Air Fryer XL has a 5.5 quart capacity.  The interesting thing about this model is it has a digital display versus the knobs and manual display of some of the other models.

It is also advertised as an 8 in 1 model, which is not wrong!  You can do almost anything you want with an air fryer, and this is some good marketing to remind people of that.

This model, like many other air fryers, only comes in a black finish.

Yedi Houseware Total Package Air Fryer, 5.8 Quart

Yedi Total Package Air Fryer XL, 5.8 Quart, Deluxe Accessory Kit, Recipes, Black
  • BEST VALUE & BEST OVERALL: The Yedi Houseware 5.8 Quart XL Air Fryer is ranked the best overall Air Fryer by Business Insider. It comes with everything you need and is big enough to feed the entire family! On the LED Digital Touch Screen you can manually set your desired cooking time and temperature or select from the many built-in smart preset programs.
  • INCLUDES DELUXE ACCESSORY COOKING KIT: A Divider for the cooking basket, 50 perforated parchment steaming papers, an 8 inch cake carrel, an 8 inch pizza pan, multi-purpose rack with 3 stainless steel skewers, cupcake silicone pan, and heat resistant rubber mat.
  • INCLUDES RECIPES: Included is a Recipe Book that has 100 Air Fryer recipes. In addition, the Yedi Houseware Appliances website has tons of recipes and the Yedi Houseware Instagram has new content and recipe videos uploaded every week!!!

This is another air fryer model with digital display, and a slightly higher capacity than the other model we looked at.

The shape is also somewhat different, and the best part is this air fryer comes with a great accessory pack to help you cook all sorts of things in your air fryer. This is important since the basket is round versus square.  It is less forgiving than square models when it comes to adding accessories.

This air fryer is definitely the best value for your money with the included accessories that immediately allow you to get cooking!

Picking the Best Air Fryer Under $100

Picking the best air fryer under $100 will depend on what you need!  Here is our comparison table one more time:

Item
Cuisinart AFR-25 Air Fryer, One Size, Silver
BELLA 14538 2.6 Quart Air Convection Fryer, Black
Dash DFAF455GBAQ01 Deluxe Electric Air Fryer + Oven Cooker with Temperature Control, Non Stick Fry...
[2019] Air Fryer XL Best 5.5 QT Extreme Model 8-in-1 By (B. WEISS) Family Size Huge capacity,With...
Yedi Total Package Air Fryer XL, 5.8 Quart, Deluxe Accessory Kit, Recipes, Black
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Cuisinart AFR-25 Air Fryer, One Size, Silver
BELLA 14538 2.6 Quart Air Convection Fryer, Black
Dash DFAF455GBAQ01 Deluxe Electric Air Fryer + Oven Cooker with Temperature Control, Non Stick Fry...
[2019] Air Fryer XL Best 5.5 QT Extreme Model 8-in-1 By (B. WEISS) Family Size Huge capacity,With...
Yedi Total Package Air Fryer XL, 5.8 Quart, Deluxe Accessory Kit, Recipes, Black
Capacity
1.19 Quart***
2.6 Quart
6 Quart
5.5 Quart
5.8 Quart
Price
$97.95
$54.09
$79.99
$104.97
$99.95
Item
Cuisinart AFR-25 Air Fryer, One Size, Silver
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Cuisinart AFR-25 Air Fryer, One Size, Silver
Capacity
1.19 Quart***
Price
$97.95
More Info
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BELLA 14538 2.6 Quart Air Convection Fryer, Black
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BELLA 14538 2.6 Quart Air Convection Fryer, Black
Capacity
2.6 Quart
Price
$54.09
More Info
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Dash DFAF455GBAQ01 Deluxe Electric Air Fryer + Oven Cooker with Temperature Control, Non Stick Fry...
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Dash DFAF455GBAQ01 Deluxe Electric Air Fryer + Oven Cooker with Temperature Control, Non Stick Fry...
Capacity
6 Quart
Price
$79.99
More Info
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[2019] Air Fryer XL Best 5.5 QT Extreme Model 8-in-1 By (B. WEISS) Family Size Huge capacity,With...
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[2019] Air Fryer XL Best 5.5 QT Extreme Model 8-in-1 By (B. WEISS) Family Size Huge capacity,With...
Capacity
5.5 Quart
Price
$104.97
More Info
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Yedi Total Package Air Fryer XL, 5.8 Quart, Deluxe Accessory Kit, Recipes, Black
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Yedi Total Package Air Fryer XL, 5.8 Quart, Deluxe Accessory Kit, Recipes, Black
Capacity
5.8 Quart
Price
$99.95
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You can’t go wrong with any of these great air fryers, but if you are all about capacity, the Yedi or Dash models will be your best choice.  If you want to get the best value, pick the Yedi over the dash for the accessory kit.

If you are looking for a dual purpose device, like a toaster oven and air fryer, the Cuisinart is your best choice.  It is also the only option we looked at that comes in stainless steel.

The Bella is a great option if you are looking for a smaller capacity, and the B. WEISS is a perfect option if you want the Digital display.

How Does an Air Fryer Work?

An air fryer is basically a counter top convection oven.  A convection oven is just  an oven with a fan in it to circulate the air.

The fan in an air fryer cooks food by circulating hot air around it.  That’s it!  You cook with just a tiny bit of oil, which crisps the food up like a regular fryer, without all of the fat of deep frying.

Because you are circulating air, if you pack your air fryer basket full (like I do most of the time), you will need to stop it and shake it once in a while so things cook evenly.  This may seem like a pain, but it really is not once you get used to it.

The worst case scenario is that you don’t shake your air fryer, and you need to take out the cooked food, then run it a couple of more minutes for the rest of the food to get crispy.  No big deal!

Air Fryer Tips and Tricks

Here are a couple of tips and tricks for making the most out of your air fryer.

  1. Just use a little bit of oil to coat your food.  A tablespoon or two will do it for most of the large capacity machines.  Use a bowl to coat your food evenly with oil for things you would normally deep fry like French fries.
  2. For food with bread crumbs, mix a bit of oil into the crumbs before breading your food, or just spray them lightly with oil before air frying.
  3. Make sure to shake food that is on top of each other during cooking, like French fries.  For food that is breaded, I recommend only cooking a single layer of food at a time so the breading does not get messed up.
  4. The general rule is the more full your basket is, the longer things will have to cook.
  5. If your air fryer starts to smoke, cook at a lower temperature.  Pay attention the smoke point of oil or greasy foods like chicken with skin.

The Best Air Fryer French Fry Tips

I have made hundreds of batches of french fries in my air fryer.  Here are the things I have learned.

Don’t bother soaking potatoes for 20-30 minuets.  Many recipes will tell you to do this, and it just isn’t necessary.  Rinsing the potatoes off a few times with cold water is good enough.

Russet potatoes are the best potatoes for traditional French fries.  Russets are the traditional French fry potatoes, but you can make French fries out of any potatoes you have.  Sweet potato fries are great too!

Make sure you coat them all with oil.  I use one or two tablespoons of oil when I fill my air fryer up with potatoes.  I also mix the potatoes and oil together before putting them in in a large bowl.

You don’t really need to worry about cooking temperature.  You can blast your fries at 400, or cook them at a lower temperature and turn it up to crisp them at the end.  It really doesn’t matter that much.  Sometimes I cook them at 350 then turn them up, other times I cook them at 400.

The more potatoes you cook, the longer it takes.  I can make a single small potato in about 10 minutes, but if you fill your air fryer basket, you are looking at more like 30 minutes plus.

I hope these air fryer tips are enough to get you started when you purchase the best air fryer under $100.  Be sure to let us know any questions you have in the comments!

Bona vs Swiffer – What’s the Difference?

If you have hard surfaces in your home like tile, linoleum, laminate, or hardwood you know how much of a pain they are to keep clean.  If you are busy like I am, you are looking for a quick way to get dust and other debris off of the floor.  When it comes to a hard surface, there is only one comparison to really make and that is Bona vs Swiffer.

The Bona vs Swiffer Throw Down

Both Bona and Swiffer are known for making flat mops to clean your hard surface floors.  They both come in two main flavors: dry and wet versions.  The wet versions have a built in sprayer to spray cleaning solution on the floor.  I have never had good luck with these.

Today we are going to be talking about the dry versions.  When it comes to the wet versions, I really have not been impressed at all.  If things are really dirty and grimy, I head right for my steam mop.  I’ll also tell you a couple of hacks at the end of the article to do more with your Bona or Swiffer mop.

Bona vs Swiffer

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Bona Multi-Surface Floor Premium Microfiber Mop
Sweeper Dry and Wet Floor Mopping and Cleaning Starter Kit (Update Version)
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Bona Multi-Surface Floor Premium Microfiber Mop
Sweeper Dry and Wet Floor Mopping and Cleaning Starter Kit (Update Version)
Dimensions
4" x 15"
4.5" x 10"
Price
$17.92
$16.97
Pad Attachment
Velcro
Indented Tabs
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Bona Multi-Surface Floor Premium Microfiber Mop
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Bona Multi-Surface Floor Premium Microfiber Mop
Dimensions
4" x 15"
Price
$17.92
Pad Attachment
Velcro
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Sweeper Dry and Wet Floor Mopping and Cleaning Starter Kit (Update Version)
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Sweeper Dry and Wet Floor Mopping and Cleaning Starter Kit (Update Version)
Dimensions
4.5" x 10"
Price
$16.97
Pad Attachment
Indented Tabs
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Let’s take a quick look at these two mops side by side before we go into the features of each of them.

There are two major differences between these mops.  First is the size of the cleaning pad.  As you can see, the Bona has a bigger cleaning pad, which theoretically means less time spent cleaning!

The next is the way the pads connect.  The Bona connects with velcro, and the Swiffer has indented tabs you can press the cleaning cloth into.  We will talk more about these details soon.

Bona

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Bona Multi-Surface Floor Premium Microfiber Mop
  • Comes with a one-piece 60" telescoping handle and full 360-degree swivel head base, a 4" x 15" cleaning pad that attaches to base with Velcro, and a microfiber dusting pad
  • Perfect for hardwood and hard surface floors
  • Electrostatic action hones in on dirt and allergens when used dry or wet with a cleaner

This Bona mop comes with two cleaning pads, a microfiber pad and a dusting pad.  Realistically speaking, you will need more cleaning pads than this, especially if you want to clean multiple rooms at once.

You can buy more pads directly from Bona, or a third party.  The key here is the pads are attached by velcro, which means you can’t just put any old thing on the end of your Bona mop.

Either of these pads will work great on a dusty or dirty floor.  Bona also makes hardwood floor cleaner, which works really well and does not have a scent:

Bona Free & Simple Hardwood Floor Cleaner - 36oz Spray
  • Safe for all unwaxed, unoiled, polyurethane finished wood floors
  • Removes over 93.3% of allergens from hard-surfaces
  • Hypoallergenic formula free of dyes & scents

It is also certified asthma and allergy friendly, and really gets rid of the dust and leaves floors looking great.

I actually found this cleaner, and decided to give the Bona mop a go as well after purchasing it.  The mop does work really well, and I don’t have any other complaints other than I had to go out and buy additional pads.

Swiffer

I think I actually have two Swiffers in my house, one I have made kid sized by removing the middle piece of the handle.

I just don’t have enough good things to say about Swiffer in general.  I have had one for ages and it has never failed me.

Of course you have the option of purchasing Swiffer pads for your Swiffer, which do come in wet and dry.  Several of each type are included with this starter kit.

Because of the way the pads attach to the Swiffer (you gently press them into tabs on the cleaning pad) you can literally put ANYTHING on the end of the Swiffer.

I use these silver microfiber cleaning cloths for my kitchen counter, as well as on the end of my Swiffer and for just about everything.

If you do not want to use disposable Swiffer pads, you don’t even need to go out and buy anything that says it is a reusable cleaning cloth for Swiffer.  Anything will basically fit on it.

As another Swiffer hack, I also put Lysol wipes on the end of my Swiffer if something is dirty.  You could also spray cleaner on the floor and just use a cleaning cloth on the Swiffer.

The downside of the Swiffer is it does have a smaller surface area than the Bona mop, which means more time is spent cleaning.

Bona vs Swiffer: Which is Right For You?

You can’t go wrong when it comes to Bona vs Swiffer, but here are the facts:

Besides the mop, you will also need to invest in some extra cleaning pads for the Bona.  However, these cleaning pads are washable and re-usable, making the Bona a very eco friendly solution by default, right out of the gate.

If you want to cut down on consumables, Bona is the way to go.

When it comes to Swiffer, you can purchase and use disposable cleaning pads in wet or dry, which also come in scents like Lavender and Vanilla which some may like.  You can also basically shove anything you already have on the end of a Swiffer because of the way the cloths attach to it.

If you want the convenience of disposable cleaning pads, or the ability to use what you already have, Swiffer is the way to go.

How I Use Bona and Swiffer

I have both mops, and use them both!  Here is how I use each of them.

Using Bona

I use the Bona when I’m cleaning a large open area, like rooms and hallways.  I also use the Bona hardwood floor cleaning solution when needed.  I use it exclusively on my hardwood floors because of the larger cleaning area.

Your Bona Starter Kit

Here is everything you need to get started with Bona:

Bona Multi-Surface Floor Premium Microfiber Mop
Bona Free & Simple Hardwood Floor Cleaner - 36oz Spray
Bona 3 Pack Microfiber Cleaning Pad
Microfiber Spray Mop Replacement Heads for Wet Dry Mops Compatible With Bona Floor Care System (5...
Bona Multi-Surface Floor Premium Microfiber Mop
Bona Free & Simple Hardwood Floor Cleaner - 36oz Spray
Bona 3 Pack Microfiber Cleaning Pad
Microfiber Spray Mop Replacement Heads for Wet Dry Mops Compatible With Bona Floor Care System (5...
Bona Multi-Surface Floor Premium Microfiber Mop
Bona Multi-Surface Floor Premium Microfiber Mop
Bona Free & Simple Hardwood Floor Cleaner - 36oz Spray
Bona Free & Simple Hardwood Floor Cleaner - 36oz Spray
Bona 3 Pack Microfiber Cleaning Pad
Bona 3 Pack Microfiber Cleaning Pad
Microfiber Spray Mop Replacement Heads for Wet Dry Mops Compatible With Bona Floor Care System (5...
Microfiber Spray Mop Replacement Heads for Wet Dry Mops Compatible With Bona Floor Care System (5...

Using Swiffer

When it comes to cleaning a quick mess in the kitchen, or cleaning an area with lots of things to go around, I use the Swiffer because in this case, the smaller cleaning area is an asset.  I typically use cleaning cloths and Lysol wipes on the end of my Swiffer.

Your Swiffer Starter Kit

Here is everything you need to get started with Swiffer:

Sweeper Dry and Wet Floor Mopping and Cleaning Starter Kit (Update Version)
Udderly Clean Antimicrobial Silver Microfiber Towels Ultra Cut 12 X 12 in. 25Pk
Lysol Disinfecting Wipes, Lemon & Lime Blossom, 320ct ,Packaging May Vary (Pack of 4)
Swiffer Sweeper Dry Mop Refills for Floor Mopping and Cleaning, All Purpose Floor Cleaning Product,...
Sweeper Dry and Wet Floor Mopping and Cleaning Starter Kit (Update Version)
Udderly Clean Antimicrobial Silver Microfiber Towels Ultra Cut 12 X 12 in. 25Pk
Lysol Disinfecting Wipes, Lemon & Lime Blossom, 320ct ,Packaging May Vary (Pack of 4)
Swiffer Sweeper Dry Mop Refills for Floor Mopping and Cleaning, All Purpose Floor Cleaning Product,...
Sweeper Dry and Wet Floor Mopping and Cleaning Starter Kit (Update Version)
Sweeper Dry and Wet Floor Mopping and Cleaning Starter Kit (Update Version)
Udderly Clean Antimicrobial Silver Microfiber Towels Ultra Cut 12 X 12 in. 25Pk
Udderly Clean Antimicrobial Silver Microfiber Towels Ultra Cut 12 X 12 in. 25Pk
Lysol Disinfecting Wipes, Lemon & Lime Blossom, 320ct ,Packaging May Vary (Pack of 4)
Lysol Disinfecting Wipes, Lemon & Lime Blossom, 320ct ,Packaging May Vary (Pack of 4)
Swiffer Sweeper Dry Mop Refills for Floor Mopping and Cleaning, All Purpose Floor Cleaning Product,...
Swiffer Sweeper Dry Mop Refills for Floor Mopping and Cleaning, All Purpose Floor Cleaning Product,...

Remember, pretty much anything you already have the house will also fit on your Swiffer!

There is no wrong choice when it comes to Bona vs Swiffer, they just have several different features, as detailed in this guide.  Let us know which you prefer and why in the comments.

How to Choose the Best Tupperware for Freezing

When I first became a homeowner, one of my first purchases was a deep freezer.  I love to cook (when I have the time), and a deep freezer makes it easy to make a large batch of food now to eat later.  If you like to prep meals ahead of time, making sure you have the best tupperware for freezing is one of the most important steps.

Best Tupperware for Freezing

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Glotoch Deli Soup Containers with Lids, 16 oz. Leakproof - Pack of 24 Plastic Microwaveable...
Food Storage Containers with Lids (50 Pack, 25 Ounce) - Food Containers Meal Prep Plastic Containers...
Prep Naturals Glass Meal Prep Containers - Food Prep Containers with Lids Meal Prep - Food Storage...
Arrow Reusable Plastic Storage Container Set, 10 Pack, 1 Pint/16 Ounce Each – Food, Meal Prep,...
10 Pack - SimpleHouseware 3 Compartment Food Grade Meal Prep Storage Container Boxes (36 ounces)
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Glotoch Deli Soup Containers with Lids, 16 oz. Leakproof - Pack of 24 Plastic Microwaveable...
Food Storage Containers with Lids (50 Pack, 25 Ounce) - Food Containers Meal Prep Plastic Containers...
Prep Naturals Glass Meal Prep Containers - Food Prep Containers with Lids Meal Prep - Food Storage...
Arrow Reusable Plastic Storage Container Set, 10 Pack, 1 Pint/16 Ounce Each – Food, Meal Prep,...
10 Pack - SimpleHouseware 3 Compartment Food Grade Meal Prep Storage Container Boxes (36 ounces)
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Round
Rectangle
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Plastic
Plastic
Glass
Plastic
Plastic
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$13.87
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Food Storage Containers with Lids (50 Pack, 25 Ounce) - Food Containers Meal Prep Plastic Containers...
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Prep Naturals Glass Meal Prep Containers - Food Prep Containers with Lids Meal Prep - Food Storage...
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Arrow Reusable Plastic Storage Container Set, 10 Pack, 1 Pint/16 Ounce Each – Food, Meal Prep,...
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10 Pack - SimpleHouseware 3 Compartment Food Grade Meal Prep Storage Container Boxes (36 ounces)
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10 Pack - SimpleHouseware 3 Compartment Food Grade Meal Prep Storage Container Boxes (36 ounces)
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There are a number of things to consider when you are picking the best Tupperware for freezing, like the size and shape of the container, and if it has separate sections or not.  Another consideration is what you are actually going to freeze!

Now onto taking a look at the best Tupperware for freezing.

Glotoch Deli Soup Containers with Lids

Glotoch Deli Soup Containers with Lids, 16 oz. Leakproof - Pack of 24 Plastic Microwaveable...
  • HIGH QUALITY----Food grade plastic deli containers,BPA FREE,FDA approved.Durable heavy duty .
  • EASY AND HEALTHY TO USE--- Microwaveable &Reusable & Freezer Safe( - 4℉ - 250℉ )&Dishwasher Safe(top rack recommended)
  • CONTAINERS FOR VERSATILE USES---Great for all kinds of storage uses including food, jewelry, homemade slime, arts & crafts, nails, screws and little toys!Perfect for storing soups, sauces, salads, baby food, dressings, fruit and healthy snacks. Ideal containers for meal prep, picnics and camping.

These round storage containers are a great option for freezer meal prep, especially when it comes to soups, stews, and sauces.

Because they are so economical, they can be thrown away if necessary.  I tend to throw away containers if they become badly stained after use.  They are also durable enough to be used again and again.

They also come in a number of sizes, beyond 16 oz such as 8 oz and 32 oz.  Even better, you can purchase a pack of mixed sizes to fit all of your meal prepping needs.

When it comes to large round plastic containers with lids, some prefer a screw on top versus a flat top that must be fitted to the container like this.  If you are looking for a similar twist top container, be sure to look at these options.

You will pay a little bit more for the convenience of a twist top when it comes to large round plastic containers with lids.

Twist Top Food Containers Screw And Seal Lid 16 Oz Stackable Reusable Plastic Storage Container 12... Twist Top Food Containers Screw And Seal Lid 32 Oz Stackable Reusable Plastic Storage Container 8...

Prep Naturals Rectangle Food Storage Containers with Lids

Food Storage Containers with Lids (50 Pack, 25 Ounce) - Food Containers Meal Prep Plastic Containers...
  • UNLIKE OTHER FOOD CONTAINER SETS THAT MELT, WARP OR LEAK, our freezer and microwave-safe deli container set has a sturdy, solid construction and snug lids to make sure, your food stays in the plastic storage containers. NO NASTY SURPRISE SPILLS in your meal prep lunch box, on car seats, your clothes or anywhere else. You, your car, your belongings and your food arrive where they’re supposed to, as they’re supposed to—whether just from the fridge to the counter or from home to work.
  • BPA-FREE, FREEZABLE, MICROWAVE SAFE, & STAIN RESISTANT MEANS your food storage container set will last long & save money! No plastic melting into your soup, warping from the microwave, or cracking in the freezer. Our sturdy containers withstand from -14F – 230F (-10C – 110C). And that pasta or green curry sauce? Delicious, but not pretty when colors absorb into the plastic container & won’t wash out. WHILE OTHER CONTAINERS STAIN, our storage containers keep looking good, use after use.
  • WITH THIS REUSABLE OR DISPOSABLE 50-PIECE PACK, you can use them over and over again. Get more bang for your buck! You’ll also have more than enough to send food home with guests & not worry if the kids leave one at school. Or…don’t feel like doing dishes? With a 50-piece set, you can afford to toss a few without feeling guilty. Treat them as disposable containers with lids! They’re also sturdy enough FOR STORING NON-FOOD ITEMS LIKE office supplies, hardware, or whatever you may have.

Prep Naturals really has it down when it comes to freezable storage containers.  While this set has a 25 oz capacity, there is also a 17 oz capacity if you are looking for a smaller container.

These Prep Naturals containers have wonderful reviews, are stain resistant, BPA free, and microwave safe.  Their shape naturally lends themselves to stacking in any freezer, no matter the size.

Prep Naturals Glass Meal Prep Containers

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Prep Naturals Glass Meal Prep Containers - Food Prep Containers with Lids Meal Prep - Food Storage...
  • MEAL PREP CONTAINERS 1 Compartment with SmartestLock locking lids guarantee leakproof food storage without spills.
  • PREP MEALS AT HOME, THEN EAT ON THE GO – make a lunch box with home-cooked food for the whole family and bring it to work, school or gym. You can cook your food right in the containers then save and reheat the leftovers.
  • 5 x 30oz GLASS FOOD STORAGE CONTAINERS - Biggest Set and Best Value you can find on Amazon. Perfect for meal prepping and precise portion control. Stay healthy and save time by cooking and freezing your meals for later. DIMENSIONS: 6.5” x 4.75” x 2”

If glass containers are important for you, these Prep Naturals containers cannot be beat.  They also feature a snap closure, which make them not only a perfect choice not only for freezing, but grabbing on the go as well.

Unlike plastic counterparts, these glass freezable storage containers will not stain from tomato or foods that are notorious to imprinting on glass.  The only downside is these glass storage containers are more expensive, and less come in a set.

Arrow Square Arrow Reusable Plastic Storage Container Set

Arrow Reusable Plastic Storage Container Set, 10 Pack, 1 Pint/16 Ounce Each – Food, Meal Prep,...
  • 10 x 1 PINT CLEAR CONTAINERS – these sizes are ideal and you get what you need, don't pay for container sizes that you have no use for. 0.5 quart / 16 ounces / 473 ml. Made in the USA
  • IDEAL FOR MEAL PREPPING & MEAL LEFTOVERS – store your baking / cake supplies, soup stocks or broth, loose tea / coffee, cereal, yogurt, fruit and vegetables, salad, deli meats, snacks, sauces, liquids
  • FREEZE, MICROWAVE, STORE, REHEAT – versatile and multi-use, there are many uses for these airtight containers. They are stackable and nesting, allowing you to save cupboard space. Leak-proof lids included

At 1 pint and square, these freezable containers are a great choice for a variety of foods, and have a nice portion size.  They also stack nicely just about everywhere.

They will also stack within each other for efficient storage when they are not in use, which is an important consideration when buying any large number of storage containers.

These square containers also come in 1 quart and 1.5 pint.

SimpleHouseware 3 Compartment Food Grade Meal Prep Storage Containers

10 Pack - SimpleHouseware 3 Compartment Food Grade Meal Prep Storage Container Boxes (36 ounces)
  • KEEP FOOD FRESH: Great Meal Prep Lunch Box to keep your food fresh and meal preps easy.
  • SAFETY: The container and the lid are made by FDA Approved, BPA-Free and Food-Grade Safe PP materials.
  • REUSABLE / STACKABLE / DURABLE : The container is designed to stackable in the freezer or lunch bag, with leaking-proof and air tight lid.

If you are seeking a storage container with compartment for the freezer, these SimpleHousewares containers are for you.

While this set comes with 10 containers, these containers are also available in a 6 or 30 set, making it easy to buy the containers you need.

Besides being great for the freezer, these containers are microwave safe and dishwasher safe.

Picking the Best Tupperwear for Freezing

When it comes to picking the best tupperwear for freezing, there are a couple of key decision points:

  • What material do you want the containers made from?  While plastic is the most economical and commonly found version, there are glass versions like the Prep Naturals glass containers.
  • What shape of container are you looking for?  I have included all shapes and sizes in this guide!
  • How many containers are you looking for?  Many of these freezable tupperware containers can be purchased in different numbers, or also different combinations of sizes.

No matter what you are looking for, this guide has something for you!  Here is the comparison table one more time:

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Glotoch Deli Soup Containers with Lids, 16 oz. Leakproof - Pack of 24 Plastic Microwaveable...
Food Storage Containers with Lids (50 Pack, 25 Ounce) - Food Containers Meal Prep Plastic Containers...
Prep Naturals Glass Meal Prep Containers - Food Prep Containers with Lids Meal Prep - Food Storage...
Arrow Reusable Plastic Storage Container Set, 10 Pack, 1 Pint/16 Ounce Each – Food, Meal Prep,...
10 Pack - SimpleHouseware 3 Compartment Food Grade Meal Prep Storage Container Boxes (36 ounces)
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Glotoch Deli Soup Containers with Lids, 16 oz. Leakproof - Pack of 24 Plastic Microwaveable...
Food Storage Containers with Lids (50 Pack, 25 Ounce) - Food Containers Meal Prep Plastic Containers...
Prep Naturals Glass Meal Prep Containers - Food Prep Containers with Lids Meal Prep - Food Storage...
Arrow Reusable Plastic Storage Container Set, 10 Pack, 1 Pint/16 Ounce Each – Food, Meal Prep,...
10 Pack - SimpleHouseware 3 Compartment Food Grade Meal Prep Storage Container Boxes (36 ounces)
Shape
Round
Rectangle
Rectangle
Square
Rectangle with Compartments
Material
Plastic
Plastic
Glass
Plastic
Plastic
Price
$11.99
$19.99
$25.99
Price not available
$13.87
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Glotoch Deli Soup Containers with Lids, 16 oz. Leakproof - Pack of 24 Plastic Microwaveable...
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Glotoch Deli Soup Containers with Lids, 16 oz. Leakproof - Pack of 24 Plastic Microwaveable...
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Round
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Plastic
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$11.99
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Food Storage Containers with Lids (50 Pack, 25 Ounce) - Food Containers Meal Prep Plastic Containers...
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Food Storage Containers with Lids (50 Pack, 25 Ounce) - Food Containers Meal Prep Plastic Containers...
Shape
Rectangle
Material
Plastic
Price
$19.99
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Prep Naturals Glass Meal Prep Containers - Food Prep Containers with Lids Meal Prep - Food Storage...
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Prep Naturals Glass Meal Prep Containers - Food Prep Containers with Lids Meal Prep - Food Storage...
Shape
Rectangle
Material
Glass
Price
$25.99
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Arrow Reusable Plastic Storage Container Set, 10 Pack, 1 Pint/16 Ounce Each – Food, Meal Prep,...
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Arrow Reusable Plastic Storage Container Set, 10 Pack, 1 Pint/16 Ounce Each – Food, Meal Prep,...
Shape
Square
Material
Plastic
Price
Price not available
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10 Pack - SimpleHouseware 3 Compartment Food Grade Meal Prep Storage Container Boxes (36 ounces)
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10 Pack - SimpleHouseware 3 Compartment Food Grade Meal Prep Storage Container Boxes (36 ounces)
Shape
Rectangle with Compartments
Material
Plastic
Price
$13.87
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Tips for Freezer Meal Prep

If you are new to feezer meal prep I have a couple tips for you.

First of all, if you will be freezing liquids like soups, stews, and sauces, do not fill the container all the way!  As liquid freezes it expands, which means it has a tendency to pop the tops right of your containers, or even break them, neither of which is a good thing!

My next piece of advice is to prep things in batches.  For example, instead of deciding to make three different things on a Sunday, I would make one big batch of something and freeze it, then eat it as desired.

This is especially helpful when it comes to things like homemade marinara  sauce and homemade stocks which are very versatile and can be used in a number of recipes.

The best tupperwear for freezing is an essential tool for any meal prep.  Be sure to let us know your favorite things to prep in the comments!

Cuisinart vs All Clad: What You Need to Know

When it comes to cooking, any one who loves to cook will tell you the pots and pans they use make all the difference, myself included.  When it comes to cookware brands, two of the most popular are Cuisinart and All-Clad.  Many struggle with what the difference is between Cuisinart vs All Clad, which is why I wrote this guide.

I have owned both All Clad and Cuisinart pans for over the last decade, and cook with each of them.  Today, I am going to teach you what the differences can be.

Cuisinart vs All Clad: Cookware 101

Before we get into All Clad vs Cuisinart, let’s review some cookware basics.

When it comes to choosing cookware, there are a few things you need to really pay attention to:

  • Size.  How big of a pot or pan do you need?
  • Material.  What material is the pan made out of?
  • Cooking surface.  Do you want a non stick surface or stainless steel.
  • Price.  Of course, we are all concerned with price!

All About Cookware Material

Just like when you grill, you need to be concerned with the material you are cooking on.

What we are about to talk about for cookware applies to grill grates too!  Don’t miss this guide to grill grate material.

Even if you choose a pan with a coated or non stick surface, there will still be some sort of metal at the core of your pan, sometimes multiple types.  The job of the metal in your pot or pan is to conduct and transfer the heat from the burner to the pan to the food.

Do you have an induction cooktop? Don’t miss our guide to induction frying pans here!

The better the material inside your pan, the more evenly things will cook.  If the heat transfers well, you will have more granular control over the heat that transfers to your food.  This is a very good thing!

You will also notice the better the quality of material that is used, the more the pan will cost.

All Clad and Cuisinart: The Similarities

Both All-Clad and Cuisinart are well known household names when it comes to cookware and kitchen appliances.

All-Clad made their name in the cookware space, and later expanded into the kitchen appliance market.

On the other hand, Cuisinart is generally better known for their kitchen appliances, and expanded into the cookware space.

Both brands are staples on many wedding registries.  The downside of All-Clad is that it tends to be more expensive than Cuisinart, and often excluded from sales at department stores and nationwide brick and mortar stores.

What no one tells you is that you can find better prices online for both All-Clad and Cuisinart.

Now, let’s take a look at both brands.

All About All Clad

Founded in 1967, All-Clad makes some of the best known stainless steel cookware in the USA.  For many years, I dreamed of my first All-Clad pan for good reason, they are amazing to cook with and transfer heat wonderfully.

Since the inception of the company, All-Clad has been known for their exquisite craftsmanship, and you will know what I mean if you have ever touched an All-Clad pot or pan in person.

All-Clad may be one of the best regarded cookware brands in the world.

All About Cuisinart

Cuisinart was also founded in the United States, in the year 1973 by a MIT graduate.  It is best known for its flagship product, the food processor, which is what the company was launched upon.  Funnily enough, I also dreamed of having my very own Cuisinart food processor for many many years.

Best known for their electrics, Cuisinart also expanded to the cookware space later.  It was purchased by Conair, also known for their electrics in 1989.  Today, you can pretty much find a Cuisinart product for anything you want to do in your kitchen.

All Clad vs Cuisinart: Types of Cookware

Both All-Clad and Cuisinart make many different types of cookware.  They make stainless steel, non-stick, and anything else you can think of.  Today for our comparison, we are going to talk about the stainless steel cookware.

I love stainless steel and use it for most things.  I do not use the traditional non-stick pans made out of Teflon, because they just aren’t for me, there are too many restrictions on their use.  I prefer ceramic pans when I need a true non-stick surface.  Be sure to read about the differences between non-stick and ceramic cookware.

In fact, every home cook should own at least one stainless steel pan.  I guarantee they will become hooked.

All-Clad vs Cuisinart: The Comparison

We are going to compare a 12″ frying pan with lid for the sake of our guide today.  I chose this pan specifically because it is very versatile and a great pan for anyone, whether you are a new cook or a seasoned cook.

All-Clad D3 Stainless Cookware, 12-Inch Fry Pan with Lid, Tri-Ply Stainless Steel, Professional...
Cuisinart MCP22-30HCN MultiClad Pro Skillet with Helper and Cover, 12-Inch
All-Clad D3 Stainless Cookware, 12-Inch Fry Pan with Lid, Tri-Ply Stainless Steel, Professional...
Cuisinart MCP22-30HCN MultiClad Pro Skillet with Helper and Cover, 12-Inch
$99.95
$49.26
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All-Clad D3 Stainless Cookware, 12-Inch Fry Pan with Lid, Tri-Ply Stainless Steel, Professional...
All-Clad D3 Stainless Cookware, 12-Inch Fry Pan with Lid, Tri-Ply Stainless Steel, Professional...
$99.95
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Cuisinart MCP22-30HCN MultiClad Pro Skillet with Helper and Cover, 12-Inch
Cuisinart MCP22-30HCN MultiClad Pro Skillet with Helper and Cover, 12-Inch
$49.26
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All-Clad 12″ Frying Pan with Metal Lid

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All-Clad D3 Stainless Cookware, 12-Inch Fry Pan with Lid, Tri-Ply Stainless Steel, Professional...
  • TIMELESS PROFESSIONAL APPEAL: All-Clad D3 Stainless is the perfect choice for anyone who loves to cook. Beyond the classic stainless-steel style, you will find a well-constructed, high-performance, easy to use skillet for all, from beginner to culinary artist
  • VERSATILE FOR ALL YOUR COOKING NEEDS: This 12-inch fry pan features low, sloped sides for easy flipping and turning, and a wide flat surface for searing and browning, fitting 3-4 chicken breasts at once. Each piece is crafted with quality materials to hold and distribute heat evenly throughout the pan, so only medium heat is needed for most searing, sautéing, and simmering
  • MADE IN THE USA TO LAST A LIFETIME: The D3 Stainless collection features three alternating layers of American-made stainless-steel and aluminum, bonded together all the way to the rim. The classic stainless-steel handles stay cool on the stovetop and are permanently secured with stainless-steel rivets. Products are rigorously tested to ensure that every item with the All-Clad logo offers a lifetime of beauty and performance

This workhorse of a frying pan uses All-Clad’s 3 layer construction of an aluminum core and a stainless steel inner and outer layer.

The great part about stainless steel pans in general is that they are compatible with any cooking surface.

It is oven safe up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit.

Cuisinart 12″ Frying Pan with Glass Lid

Cuisinart MCP22-30HCN MultiClad Pro Skillet with Helper and Cover, 12-Inch
  • Provides consistent, even heat distribution along the base and side walls of cookware
  • Polished stainless steel cooking surface does not discolor, react with food or alter flavors
  • Solid stainless steel riveted stick handles stay cool on the stovetop

This particular Cuisinart pan has the same type of construction as the All-Clad, three layers with an aluminum core and stainless steel on the inner and outer layer, and as such, is also compatible with all types of surfaces, and oven safe up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit.

This Cuisinart 12″ stainless steel frying pan also features a small handle on the side called a “helper handle”.  This handle is great if you want a two handed grip to move this pan from the range to the oven, but make sure to use oven mitts or pot holders!

All Clad vs Cuisinart: The Main Difference

As you can see, the main difference between these two pans is the price, so your decision may come down to that.

I will say that I have never had an All Clad pan or pot that came with a glass lid, but may Cuisinart ones that do.

You can make a case either way for a glass versus a metal lid.  Personally, I have shattered a Cuisinart glass pot lid before somehow without doing much of anything, so that is a negative in my view.

On the other hand, some people may prefer glass since you can see what you are cooking through it.  I say it depends on the use case, and how well you know your pot or pan.

Either way, I can tell you that I have beat the living daylights out of both my Cuisinart and All-Clad stainless steel pots and pans, and never had any issues.

You can’t go wrong with either the Cuisinart stainless steel 12″ frying pan or the All-Clad D3 Stainless steel 12″ frying pan.

When All Clad Wins Over Cuisinart

The two pans we looked at today are certainly compatible.  Be sure to take a look how many layers and what the cores of the pans are if you are comparing different All Clad vs Cuisinart pans.

If a pan has more layers, or a copper core (All Clad D5 or All Clad Copper Core), it will certainly cook better than a pan with less layers or a different core.  Here you can see the Cuisinart and All Clad models we looked at, as well as the All Clad D5 and All Clad Copper Core pans compared side by side:

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Cuisinart MCP22-30HCN MultiClad Pro Skillet with Helper and Cover, 12-Inch
All-Clad D3 Stainless Cookware, 12-Inch Fry Pan with Lid, Tri-Ply Stainless Steel, Professional...
All-Clad BD55112 D5 Brushed 18/10 Stainless Steel 5-Ply Bonded Dishwasher Safe Fry Pan Saute Pan...
All-Clad 6112 SS Copper Core 5-Ply Bonded Dishwasher Safe Fry Pan / Cookware, 12-Inch, Silver
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Cuisinart MCP22-30HCN MultiClad Pro Skillet with Helper and Cover, 12-Inch
All-Clad D3 Stainless Cookware, 12-Inch Fry Pan with Lid, Tri-Ply Stainless Steel, Professional...
All-Clad BD55112 D5 Brushed 18/10 Stainless Steel 5-Ply Bonded Dishwasher Safe Fry Pan Saute Pan...
All-Clad 6112 SS Copper Core 5-Ply Bonded Dishwasher Safe Fry Pan / Cookware, 12-Inch, Silver
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$49.26
$99.95
$147.04
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Cuisinart MCP22-30HCN MultiClad Pro Skillet with Helper and Cover, 12-Inch
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All-Clad D3 Stainless Cookware, 12-Inch Fry Pan with Lid, Tri-Ply Stainless Steel, Professional...
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All-Clad D3 Stainless Cookware, 12-Inch Fry Pan with Lid, Tri-Ply Stainless Steel, Professional...
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All-Clad BD55112 D5 Brushed 18/10 Stainless Steel 5-Ply Bonded Dishwasher Safe Fry Pan Saute Pan...
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All-Clad BD55112 D5 Brushed 18/10 Stainless Steel 5-Ply Bonded Dishwasher Safe Fry Pan Saute Pan...
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$147.04
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All-Clad 6112 SS Copper Core 5-Ply Bonded Dishwasher Safe Fry Pan / Cookware, 12-Inch, Silver
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All-Clad 6112 SS Copper Core 5-Ply Bonded Dishwasher Safe Fry Pan / Cookware, 12-Inch, Silver
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As you can see, the price also increases with the number of layers.  My advice is to splurge on the pots and pans that you know you will use each and every day, versus the pots and pans you may only use once in a while.

Helpful Hints for Using Stainless Steel Cookware

Stainless steel is not a traditional non-stick surface, but you can cook on stainless steel without your food sticking.

The secret to how to prevent sticking on stainless steel is fat – think oil.  If you have a stainless steel pan, try cooking bacon in it, and it won’t stick!

Always coat your stainless pan with a layer of oil before cooking.  You must also use care in flipping food you are browning.  Food tends to stick before it is fully browned, and release once the brown crust has formed on it.

You may also notice that your stainless steel cookware begins to lose its shine and look grimy over time.  The secret to cleaning up a stainless steel pan is simple, Bar Keepers Friend.

Cookware Cleanser & Polish (1)
  • Bar Keepers Friend Cookware Cleanser & Polish is a stainless steel cleaner and degreaser for pots, pans, and bakeware. This product's powerful grease remover cuts through oil, baked on food, mineral deposits, and rust stains. Safe for use on all stainless steel cookware, including All-Clad stainless steel pots and pans, and glass lids. This versatile cleaner is also safe to use for cleaning stainless steel sinks, porcelain sinks, steel grills, and other surfaces.
  • Glass baking dishes may look dirty, even when they're clean. To make them sparkle again, you need a baked on grease remover. BKF cookware cleaner cuts through grease on stainless steel pots and pans, on glass cookware, and on steel grills and grates. Spend less time scrubbing, when you use this degreaser cleaner. Need a rust cleaner for stainless steel? BKF's cookware cleaner removes rust stains from steel surfaces and restores shine. This product can be used on a variety of household surfaces.
  • Soaking and scrubbing sometimes isn't effective at removing grime and grease from stainless steel pots and pans and glass cookware. For tough stains and residue, you need a degreaser cleaner. Bar Keepers Friend Cookware Cleaner & Polish contains powerful grease-cutting ingredients that remove burnt food and oil, making cookware look like-new again. Use it on kitchen items, and as an all-purpose stainless steel cleaner. You can even use it on porcelain tubs, sinks, and tiles.

I just sprinkle some on a stainless steel pan and add a tiny bit of water to make a paste.  I scrub it with a regular old paper towel, nothing fancy needed.  That is all it takes to keep your stainless steel pans looking brand new!

Cuisinart vs All Clad Final Words

When it comes down to it, you really can’t go wrong with either choice when it comes to Cuisinart vs All Clad cookware.  If you feel like a splurge, or are purchasing cookware or a gift, it may be nice to go for the All Clad, otherwise Cuisinart will also be a great choice.

Best Portable Smoothie Blender

Looking for a lightweight and portable blender? A high-quality blender will help not only make the most delicious smoothies wherever you are, but it can also help you cut fruit and vegetables for other purposes.

Healthy and delicious smoothies help you get your daily needs of healthy nutrients so you can stay in shape. Having the best portable smoothie blender will make preparing smoothies easy and fun. In this article, we’ll review 5 of the best products on the market and help you choose the right one.

Best Portable Smoothie Blender

Ninja Personal Blender for Shakes, Smoothies, Food Prep, and Frozen Blending with 700-Watt Base and...
Portable Blender, KACSOO 5200mAh USB Rechargable Cordless Blender for Smoothie and Shakes, 15OZ...
Oster BLSTPB-WPK My Blend 250-Watt Blender with Travel Sport Bottle, Pink
NutriBullet NBR-1201 12-Piece High-Speed Blender/Mixer System, Gray (600 Watts)
Magic Bullet Blender, Small, Silver, 11 Piece Set
Ninja Personal Blender for Shakes, Smoothies, Food Prep, and Frozen Blending with 700-Watt Base and...
Portable Blender, KACSOO 5200mAh USB Rechargable Cordless Blender for Smoothie and Shakes, 15OZ...
Oster BLSTPB-WPK My Blend 250-Watt Blender with Travel Sport Bottle, Pink
NutriBullet NBR-1201 12-Piece High-Speed Blender/Mixer System, Gray (600 Watts)
Magic Bullet Blender, Small, Silver, 11 Piece Set
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Ninja Personal Blender for Shakes, Smoothies, Food Prep, and Frozen Blending with 700-Watt Base and...
Ninja Personal Blender for Shakes, Smoothies, Food Prep, and Frozen Blending with 700-Watt Base and...
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Portable Blender, KACSOO 5200mAh USB Rechargable Cordless Blender for Smoothie and Shakes, 15OZ...
Portable Blender, KACSOO 5200mAh USB Rechargable Cordless Blender for Smoothie and Shakes, 15OZ...
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Oster BLSTPB-WPK My Blend 250-Watt Blender with Travel Sport Bottle, Pink
Oster BLSTPB-WPK My Blend 250-Watt Blender with Travel Sport Bottle, Pink
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NutriBullet NBR-1201 12-Piece High-Speed Blender/Mixer System, Gray (600 Watts)
NutriBullet NBR-1201 12-Piece High-Speed Blender/Mixer System, Gray (600 Watts)
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Magic Bullet Blender, Small, Silver, 11 Piece Set
Magic Bullet Blender, Small, Silver, 11 Piece Set
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A portable smoothie blender is convenient and makes your life a lot easier. You can use it to prepare healthy drinks that boost your energy before you start your day or help you feel refreshed after heading home. Here are our top picks.

Ninja Personal Blender

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  • 700 watt power pod with Pulse Technology
  • Nutrient & Vitamin Extraction extracts hidden nutrition from whole fruits and veggies
  • Frozen blending crush through ice and frozen fruit for cold drinks and smoothies

Ninja offers this practical and portable blender that you can use at home or in the office to prepare the healthiest smoothies. With 700-Watt power, it can blend all the fruit and veggies to help you increase your daily intake of healthy nutrients. The nutrient extraction feature guarantees that all the healthy vitamins and minerals won’t be destroyed and are adequately extracted from fruit and vegetables for the tastiest drinks.

This blender comes with 2 cups that you can use to enjoy your favorite drink. Use the lid to sip on your favorite smoothie wherever you go. It doesn’t occupy much space on the countertop so it’s an excellent choice for tight places.

The cups are BPA-free and dishwasher safe. There’s a recipe book that contains 50 recipes to help you prepare the best drinks. The hole isn’t big enough to allow smoothies to pour conveniently and can easily get clogged. Moreover, the cups are tall so you’ll need to find a special shelf to store them.

What We Like

  • Portable blender that doesn’t occupy much space.
  • Crushes ice and frozen fruit for smoothies.
  • BPA-free and dishwasher safe cups with lids.
  • Comes with a recipe book.

What We Don’t Like

  • Cups are rather tall.
  • The sipping hole is too small and gets easily clogged.
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Kacsoo Glass Portable Blender

Portable Blender, KACSOO 5200mAh USB Rechargable Cordless Blender for Smoothie and Shakes, 15OZ...
  • 【On to Go Portable Blender】: KACSOO Portable blender is ideal for tucking into a gym bag, briefcase or handbag. Keep Energy and refresh everyday, the best choice for you to have a healthy option wherever you are. It's very portable for home, office traveling, camping, Gym, Picnic
  • 【5200mAh USB Rechargable Blender】: KACSOO USB blender built-in rechargeable 5200mAh lithium-ion battery, 15-18cups of juice can be squeezed on a full charge. USB cordless blender can be recharged by laptop, power bank, car and usb adapter ect.
  • 【Safe Baby Food Grade Material Blender】: Made of premium material, BPA-Free, non-toxic and eco-friendly premium material, it provides you fresh, tasty beverage anytime you want-a fashion way for improving your everyday health

This versatile blender is the one to pack for a trip, for work or the gym. You can use it to prepare smoothies, milkshakes, protein shakes, salad dressings, and baby food wherever you are.

It is also one of the only portable smoothie blenders on the market that offers a glass container, versus a plastic one.  This alone may be a must have feature for many.

Kacsoo offers this blender that you can recharge using the USB port. A single charge will last up to a week and the red LED light turns white when it’s fully charged so you can use this blender when you’re away from home.

Fruit, veggies, and other food types can be easily crushed using the fast-moving motor that makes your job easier and delivers a silky texture. The maximum speed is 16500 rpm which is enough to crush ice, fruit, veggies, nuts, and seeds in 20 seconds. All you have to do is to press the blender for 3 seconds to get it started.

Fill the blender with water and press the button for easy cleaning. This blender is very quiet so it won’t bother others if you decide to use it in the office or at night. If the blades are blocked by food, the red and white lights will switch on.

It serves a single drink so you can’t use it to prepare enough smoothies for the whole family. The blender disconnects after 45 seconds to protect the motor, so you might need to run it multiple times to reach the desired texture.

What We Like

  • USB-rechargeable blender.
  • One charge lasts for 1 week.
  • Can be used to make baby food, smoothies, shakes, and dressings.
  • Easy to clean.

What We Don’t Like

  • Disconnects after 45 seconds.
  • Prepares a single serving.
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Oster BLSTPB-WPK My Blend 250-Watt Blender

Oster BLSTPB-WPK My Blend 250-Watt Blender with Travel Sport Bottle, Pink
  • Blend your favorite smoothie or shake right in the sport bottle
  • Dishwasher safe 20 ounce BPA free plastic sport bottle
  • Crush Ice with 400 Watts of Power, 250 blending wattsith One Touch blending

If you’re looking for a budget-friendly smoothie blender, then you need to choose this one from Oster. It comes with a sports bottle that is offered in 4 different colors. The 20-ounce bottle is dishwasher safe for maximum convenience, making this blender excellent value for money.

One-touch blending activates the motor to rotate at 250 Watts to crush ice, veggies, and fruit. The cord length is 16 inches and the fuse disconnects if the motor overheats. It cools in 15 minutes so you can resume using the blender. You’ll also receive a recipe book with the blender.

The bottle is reusable so you can use it to drink water or other healthy drinks throughout the day. The blades are made of stainless steel but they’re stuck to the plastic piece at the bottom and can’t be removed for cleaning. This blender won’t help you make baby food and other types of solid food.

What We Like

  • Affordable smoothie blender.
  • Comes with a built-in reusable sports bottle.
  • Cable disconnects to protect the motor.
  • Comes with a recipe book.

What We Don’t Like

  • Blades aren’t removable so they’re difficult to clean.
  • Doesn’t prepare baby food or blend other types of solid food.
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NutriBullet NBR-1201 12-Piece High-Speed Blender/Mixer System

NutriBullet NBR-1201 12-Piece High-Speed Blender/Mixer System, Gray (600 Watts)
  • The Nutribullet is the fastest, easiest solution for making nutrient- packed smoothies. Load it up with your favorite whole foods like nuts, berries and spinach, then push, twist and blend your way to a healthier lifestyle.
  • Powerful 600-watt motor and refined nutrient-extraction blades blend whole foods into liquid fuel for your body - in seconds.
  • Included: (1) 600W motor base, (1) Extractor blade, (1) milling blade, (1) Handled cup, (1) 24 oz cup, (1) 18 oz cup, (1) cup ring, (1) cup ring with handle, (2) Stay-Fresh re-sealable lids and recipe book o Powerful stainless steel Extractor blades use Cyclonic action to break down tough ingredients. High-performance, BPA-free plastic cups are long lasting and Durable

NutriBullet is the fastest and most potent way to prepare all your healthy smoothies. The 600-Watt motor and the nutrient-extraction blades guarantee that your drinks will be packed with healthy vitamins and minerals. You’ll receive a recipe book with the manual.

The extractor blades break down the different types of veggies, fruit, and seeds using the cyclonic action without affecting the nutrient content. It comes with 1 tall cup, 2 short cups, sealable lids, a handled lip ring, and a regular lip ring. The cups are dishwasher safe and the blades can be removed for easy cleaning.

Most smoothies can be prepared in less than 60 seconds. It can also be used to prepare baby food and salad dressings. It can leak if you overfill it or don’t put the lid correctly. Blades get blunt over time and should be replaced regularly.

What We Like

  • Strong 600-Watt motor.
  • Comes with different cups and a recipe book.
  • Nutrient-extraction blades.
  • Easy cleaning.

What We Don’t Like

  • Can leak if you don’t put the lid properly.
  • Blades should be replaced properly.
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Magic Bullet Blender

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  • The Magic Bullet chops, mixes, blends, whips, grinds and more. Cups are made out of high-impact plastic
  • Effortlessly create your favorite meals and snacks like smoothies, omelets, sauces and dips. 250 Watts high-torque power base
  • Included Recipe Book gets you started making quick, easy, and delicious dishes from appetizers to desserts. Add 1/2 cup water for smooth blend for vegetables

The Magic Bullet chops and mixes all types of fruit and veggies to prepare healthy smoothies. It can also be used to make your sauces, omelets, sauces, and dips. The 250-Watt motor is strong enough to cut through solid ingredients. You might need to add some water or milk to help make the texture silky.

This blender is quite easy to use, just fill the cup and twist it to get the blender started. It comes with a convenient flip-top to-go cup. It also comes with a tall cup and another short one.

Once you’re done, use water and liquid detergent to clean the cup. The blender comes with a book that helps you to prepare 10-second recipes. You’ll have to cut the fruit and veggies into small pieces because they might get stuck in the blades. Let things thaw a little before using the blender as it doesn’t crush ice very well.

What We Like

  • Versatile blender for all recipes.
  • One-step blending by twisting the cup.
  • Comes with three different cups, one is portable so you can use it on the go.
  • Easy to clean.

What We Don’t Like

  • Not suitable for crushing ice and frozen food items.
  • You need to add some water or milk to make the best smoothies.
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How to Choose the Best Portable Smoothie Blender

As more people are interested in conscious and healthy living, there are always new appliances offered in the market. Here are a few factors to consider while choosing the best portable smoothie blender.

Power

The power of the motor determines how strong the blender will be. High power enables you to cut through different solid food items to finish several recipes and healthy smoothies.

However, higher power means that the blender might be a bit noisy. You don’t need very high power if you’re preparing smoothies using fresh fruit and veggies. This is best used to crush ice, nuts, and other solid food items.

Easy to Use

When you’re in a rush in the morning, you need a simple appliance that you can use to prepare healthy smoothies. Pick a blender that works by pressing a single button or twisting the cup so you can save time and effort.

Portability

Having a blender that you can use to prepare smoothies and shakes wherever you go is definitely a plus. You need to look for compact models that don’t require much space. Your blender should also come with a practical cup or bottle so you can pour in your favorite drink and enjoy your time.

The USB charging is another desirable feature because you don’t have to look for a power source for your blender. All you have to do is to recharge the smoothie blender and it can be used several times to prepare the best drinks.

Picking the Best Portable Smoothie Blender

After checking out different products on the market, we chose the Kacsoo Glass Portable Blender as the best portable smoothie blender. It recharges using a USB port so you can use it wherever you are. It’s also very easy to clean and can be used to crush ice and frozen fruit and veggies.

If you are looking to do more than just make smoothies when you purchase this portable blender, our favorite is the Ninja Personal Blender, which can handle anything you put in it.

You need to make sure that you’ve picked a high-quality model that will last for a long. Any product on our list is designed to help you prepare tasty smoothies packed with healthy nutrients to keep you in great shape.

Best Kitchen Utility Knives

Whether you’re a professional chef or a cooking enthusiast, you need to add a high-quality utility knife to your utensils arsenal. A utility knife is a versatile knife that can be used for various purposes.

The best kitchen utility knives come with thin blades. Due to their compact sizes, they’re suitable for most tasks that other bigger knives can’t tackle. In this article, we’ll share our top picks and tell you how to pick the right utility knife.

Best Kitchen Utility Knives

Mercer Culinary M23306 Millennia 6-Inch Utility Knife, Black
Splurge Worthy!
Wusthof Classic 4 1/2-Inch Utility Knife 4066-7/12
Utility Knife - PAUDIN 5 inch Chef Knife German High Carbon Stainless Steel Knife, Fruit and...
OXO Good Grips Pro 5" Serrated Utility Knife
DALSTRONG Utility Knife - Shogun Series Petty - Damascus - Japanese AUS-10V Super Steel - Vacuum...
Mercer Culinary M23306 Millennia 6-Inch Utility Knife, Black
Wusthof Classic 4 1/2-Inch Utility Knife 4066-7/12
Utility Knife - PAUDIN 5 inch Chef Knife German High Carbon Stainless Steel Knife, Fruit and...
OXO Good Grips Pro 5" Serrated Utility Knife
DALSTRONG Utility Knife - Shogun Series Petty - Damascus - Japanese AUS-10V Super Steel - Vacuum...
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Mercer Culinary M23306 Millennia 6-Inch Utility Knife, Black
Mercer Culinary M23306 Millennia 6-Inch Utility Knife, Black
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Wusthof Classic 4 1/2-Inch Utility Knife 4066-7/12
Wusthof Classic 4 1/2-Inch Utility Knife 4066-7/12
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Utility Knife - PAUDIN 5 inch Chef Knife German High Carbon Stainless Steel Knife, Fruit and...
Utility Knife - PAUDIN 5 inch Chef Knife German High Carbon Stainless Steel Knife, Fruit and...
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OXO Good Grips Pro 5" Serrated Utility Knife
OXO Good Grips Pro 5" Serrated Utility Knife
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DALSTRONG Utility Knife - Shogun Series Petty - Damascus - Japanese AUS-10V Super Steel - Vacuum...
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Utility knives are used when precise cuts are needed for various purposes, and come with a number of different features.

As a rule of thumb, you can expect most pricy knives to last longer than their cheaper counterparts, so that is something to consider.

Here are our top picks.

Mercer Culinary M23306 Millennia 6-Inch Utility Knife

Mercer Culinary M23306 Millennia 6-Inch Utility Knife, Black
  • Ergonomic handle – a combination of Santoprene for comfort and polypropylene for durability
  • Textured finger points provide slip resistance, grip, and safety. Protective finger guard.
  • Hand wash knives for blade edge and surface care

Most users love this utility knife from Mercer Culinary thanks to its practical 6-inch blade. It’s quite affordable and features an ergonomic handle made of santoprene and polypropylene for comfort and durability so you can use it for long periods.

Safety is guaranteed thanks to the finger guard and the textured finger points that prevent the knife from slipping. The blade is made of high-quality one-piece stain-free Japanese steel that withstands heavy-duty easy. It’s also easy to maintain.

This utility knife is NSF certified and can cut through bread, meat, and other types of food. However, regular maintenance is required to keep the blade in excellent shape. You should be careful while cleaning the knife because the sharp edge extends beyond the handle.

What We Like

  • A 6-inch blade that can handle various tasks.
  • Ergonomic and durable handle.
  • Finger guard and textured finger points to prevent slipping.
  • High-quality stain-free steel blade.

What We Don’t Like

  • Regular maintenance is needed.
  • Blade can cut your hand while cleaning the knife.
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Wusthof Classic 4 1/2-Inch Utility Knife

Wusthof Classic 4 1/2-Inch Utility Knife 4066-7/12
  • Blade measures 4-1/2" ; Full knife (including blade and handles) Measures approximately 10” by .8/9 by .3/5 inches
  • Precision forged from a single piece of high-carbon stainless steel
  • Full-tang, triple-riveted synthetic handle affords superior strength and balance

At a higher price, comes this remarkable utility knife from Wusthof. The blade measures 4.5 inches so it’s an excellent choice for precision jobs that a chef knife won’t be able to handle.

The blade is precision-forged from a single piece of high-carbon stainless steel so it doesn’t break or bend with repeated use. The full tang handle is triple-riveted for maximum control. It adds balance and strength to your movement while using the knife for the most precise results.

This knife is dishwasher safe, although hand washing is recommended to maintain the condition of the blade. The sharp point allows you to handle small cutting cores with great accuracy so it’s an excellent choice for deboning chicken and trimming meat.

If you have very big hands, this knife might not be comfortable to use at 4.5 inches in size.  The good news is Wusthof makes a number of bigger knives as well.

What We Like

  • High-carbon stainless steel blade.
  • Full tang triple-riveted handle for more control.
  • Sharp point for accurate cutting chores.
  • Feels balanced in the hand.

What We Don’t Like

  • While it is dishwasher safe, you may want to hand wash it for longevity.
  • Feels too small if you have big hands.
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Utility Knife – PAUDIN 5 inch Chef Knife

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  • ALL-PURPOSE KITCHEN KNIFE: This petty small knife is a multipurpose kitchen knife. This utility knife is nimble enough for almost all kinds of slicing dicing and mincing, easily to re-sharpen, clean and maintain. It truly is an ideal Gift for any Home or Professional Cook.
  • HIGH-QUALITY: This classic utility knife is made from high-quality German stainless steel. And the cutting core reaches at 56+ Rockwell Hardness. And the sharp blade will allow you to cut your food effortlessly for a long time, and the knife is finely honed for long-lasting sharpness.
  • ERGONOMIC PAKKAWOOD HANDLE: The blade of this kitchen knife is integrated with the soft and comfortable handle, creating the perfect grip; The ergonomics shape enables the right balance between the handle and the thin blade, ensuring ease of movement.

This utility knife from Paudin comes at a decent price. It’s a multipurpose knife for all slicing, cutting, chopping, and deboning purposes. You can easily re-sharpen, clean, and maintain it so it will last for a long time.

The blade is made of German stainless steel and is finely honed to guarantee sharpness for a long time. It’s also treated to resist rusting. The blade is integrated with the ergonomic handle and together they blend to provide the best grip that gives you control over various cutting chores.

Moving the knife is easy due to the balance of the blade and the handle. It doesn’t strain your hand if you use it for a long period. Moreover, it attracts attention with the elegant pattern that doesn’t get affected with regular use or cleaning.

However, you should avoid putting this knife in the dishwasherto maintain its blade. It might feel a little slippery, especially if you have wet hands or have been using oil before holding it because the handle feels so smooth.

What We Like

  • German stainless steel blade.
  • Blade is fully integrated with the handle.
  • Balanced design that doesn’t strain your hand.
  • Elegant pattern.

What We Don’t Like

  • Handle feels slippery.
  • Not dishwasher safe.
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OXO Good Grips Pro 5″ Serrated Utility Knife

OXO Good Grips Pro 5" Serrated Utility Knife
  • Serrated Utility Knife easily slices tomatoes and citrus without crushing the delicate fruit
  • Fully forged blade, bolster and tang for superior balance, strength and durability
  • German stainless steel with high carbon content for lasting sharpness and edge retention

This serrated utility knife from OXO is the best choice for cutting and slicing tomatoes and other soft fruit and veggies without crushing the body. It’s an excellent preparation knife that comes at a good price.

The blade, bolster, and tang are fully forged for maximum balance and comfort while using the knife for various chores. It also guarantees that the blade won’t accidentally break if you try to tackle something more challenging.

With a contoured handle, you can easily hold and maneuver this knife from the most precise cutting chores. The curved bolster supports the thumb and finger while cutting to prevent accidental cuts. The handle doesn’t slip even if your hands are wet or covered in oil.

Due to the design of the blade, this knife isn’t an excellent choice for deboning but it can be used for fine slicing. It tends to lose its sharpness in a few weeks, so regular sharpening is recommended.

What We Like

  • Serrated blade for slicing and cutting.
  • Fully forged blade, bolster, and tang.
  • Contoured handle that doesn’t slip.
  • Curved bolster to protect the fingers.

What We Don’t Like

  • Not suitable for deboning and other precise chores.
  • Tends to lose its sharpness.
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DALSTRONG Utility Knife

DALSTRONG Utility Knife - Shogun Series Petty - Damascus - Japanese AUS-10V Super Steel - Vacuum...
  • A Dalstrong culinary revolution combining outstanding and award-winning craftsmanship, cutting-edge breakthrough technology, awe-inspiring design, and the absolute best materials available. Peak performance never looked so good to you or your wallet.
  • Unrivaled Performance: Ruthlessly sharp scalpel like edge is hand finished to a mirror polish within a staggering 8-12°degree angle per side using the traditional 3-step Honbazuke method. Nitrogen cooled for enhanced harness, flexibility and corrosion resistance. Full tang for superb robustness and triple riveted for even more resilience.
  • Dalstrong Power: An ultra sharp AUS-10V Japanese super steel cutting core at 62+ Rockwell hardness for extraordinary performance and incredible edge retention is painstakingly sandwiched between 66 layers of premium high-carbon stainless steel, ensuring exceptional strength, durability and stain resistance. Perfectly balanced, the precisely tapered blade minimizes surface resistance for buttery smooth cut through and enhanced non-stick properties.

The blade of this Dalstrong utility knife features a scalpel-like edge that is hand-finished to mirror-polish. The traditional 3-step Honbazuke method is used to keep the blade sharp and practical to use.

It’s nitrogen cooled for enhanced flexibility and corrosion-resistance. The blade is made of 67 layers of premium high-quality Japanese stainless steel. It’s durable and stain-resistant so you can use it to cut fruit, vegetables, and various kinds of meat.

Having a tapered blade means that you won’t face much resistance while slicing and cutting. It also increases non-stick properties. The 6-inch blade cuts smoothly through different types of food so it minimizes the preparation time.

Moreover, the durable handle feels balanced and doesn’t strain your hand. The knife comes with a polymer sheath that protects the blade so it’s an excellent choice for outdoor cooking.

This knife is more expensive than other models. It features an engraved logo on the blade and the handle which looks nice but leaves room for food particles and debris to accumulate.

What We Like

  • Blade is nitrogen cooled for enhanced sharpness.
  • High-quality Japanese stainless steel.
  • Tapered blade to minimize resistance while slicing.
  • Ergonomic design for more control.

What We Don’t Like

  • Expensive model.
  • Engraved logo leaves room for debris to accumulate.
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What is a Utility Knife?

This is a general multipurpose knife that can be used for various cutting, slicing, chopping, and deboning tasks. The blade measures anything between 4 and 7 inches so it’s smaller than a Chef Knife but larger than a Paring Knife.

Most people use utility knives to cut sandwichesbecause they maintain the condition of the bread or toast and the filling. The edge can be plain or serrated.

How to Choose the Best Kitchen Utility Knives

There are lots of good kitchen utility knives on the market, so choosing the right one can be a bit confusing. Here are a few factors to think about before buying one.

Blade

Without a sharp blade, your knife will be useless. This is why you need to make sure that the blade is made of high-quality materials. High-carbon stainless steel is a good choice because it doesn’t rust.

Having a tapered or a pointy end is a plus if you want to use your knife for deboning or removing the skin. If the end is wide, the knife will be suitable for slicing and cutting.

Ergonomic Handle

The design and weight of the handle determine how easy and practical the knife will be. The blade and handle should be forged and secured together to give you more control while holding and using the knife. Some handles are too smooth so you should pay attention while using them, especially if your hands are wet.

Safety

Safety is a major concern when you’re working with a knife. Your utility knife should have some mechanism that protects the fingers while cutting and slicing.

Some knives also have textured handles. They provide a better grip and prevent the knife from sliding while you’re using it.

The Best Kitchen Utility Knife

Although shopping for a new knife can be a little difficult because there are too many options, we chose the Mercer Culinary M23306 Millennia 6-Inch Utility Knife as our top pick. The 6-inch blade is made of high-quality steel so it can help you finish all your cooking chores and the ergonomic handle is designed to resist slipping.

The only issue with this knife is that when it comes to knives, you get what you pay for.  If you buy a less expensive knife, expect to replace it in a few years.  In fact, I have gotten into the habit of doing this, and buying new knives when they break or wear out for some cases.

In other cases, I have splurged now and gotten a great return.  I have had some of my Wusthof knives for over a decade.

If you’re looking for the best kitchen utility knives, this guide has you covered no matter what your requirements are. These are practical knives that will help you take your cooking game to the next level.