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 Houseware Total Package Air Fryer, 5.8 Quart, 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 Houseware Total Package Air Fryer, 5.8 Quart, Black
Capacity
1.19 Quart***
2.6 Quart
6 Quart
5.5 Quart
5.8 Quart
Price
$79.99
$47.58
$99.99
$99.97
$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
$79.99
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
$47.58
More Info
Item
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
$99.99
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
$99.97
More Info
Item
Yedi Houseware Total Package Air Fryer, 5.8 Quart, Black
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Yedi Houseware Total Package Air Fryer, 5.8 Quart, 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 2.5 liter 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. Overheating protection function
  • 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. 60 minutes auto shutoff timer with audible tone

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

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 Houseware Total Package Air Fryer, 5.8 Quart, 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 Houseware Total Package Air Fryer, 5.8 Quart, Black
Image
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 Houseware Total Package Air Fryer, 5.8 Quart, Black
Capacity
1.19 Quart***
2.6 Quart
6 Quart
5.5 Quart
5.8 Quart
Price
$79.99
$47.58
$99.99
$99.97
$99.95
Item
Cuisinart AFR-25 Air Fryer, One Size, Silver
Image
Cuisinart AFR-25 Air Fryer, One Size, Silver
Capacity
1.19 Quart***
Price
$79.99
More Info
Item
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
$47.58
More Info
Item
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
$99.99
More Info
Item
[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
$99.97
More Info
Item
Yedi Houseware Total Package Air Fryer, 5.8 Quart, Black
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Yedi Houseware Total Package Air Fryer, 5.8 Quart, 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

Item
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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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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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

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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:

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,...
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,...
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

Item
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...
Shape
Round
Material
Plastic
Price
$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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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...
Shape
Round
Material
Plastic
Price
$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
$44.99
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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
$44.99
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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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3
3
5
5
Core Material
Aluminum
Aluminum
Stainless Steel
Copper
Price
$44.99
$99.95
$163.73
$259.93
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Cuisinart MCP22-30HCN MultiClad Pro Skillet with Helper and Cover, 12-Inch
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Cuisinart MCP22-30HCN MultiClad Pro Skillet with Helper and Cover, 12-Inch
Layers
3
Core Material
Aluminum
Price
$44.99
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Pan
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...
Layers
3
Core Material
Aluminum
Price
$99.95
More Info
Pan
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...
Layers
5
Core Material
Stainless Steel
Price
$163.73
More Info
Pan
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
Layers
5
Core Material
Copper
Price
$259.93
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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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$49.99
$34.99
$15.99
$49.88
$29.88
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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$49.99
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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$34.99
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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$15.99
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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$49.88
Magic Bullet Blender, Small, Silver, 11 Piece Set
Magic Bullet Blender, Small, Silver, 11 Piece Set
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$29.88

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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Ninja Personal Blender for Shakes, Smoothies, Food Prep, and Frozen Blending with 700-Watt Base and...
  • 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

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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

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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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Magic Bullet Blender, Small, Silver, 11 Piece Set
  • 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
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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...
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

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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

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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Utility Knife - PAUDIN 5 inch Chef Knife German High Carbon Stainless Steel Knife, Fruit and...
  • 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.

Best Water Tables for Toddlers

Water tables are a wonderful invention for your toddler if they love water.  Personally I have been through two water tables for my toddler, because the first one just wasn’t quite the right fit.

If you pick the right water table, toddlers can spend hours splashing and playing.  It is a great for summer fun or all year round fun if you live in a warm climate.  Here is a look at the best water tables for toddlers from a parent who has been through this search!

Best Water Tables for Toddlers

Our Favorite!
Little Tikes Fountain Factory Water Table
Little Tikes Anchors Away Pirate Ship – Amazon Exclusive
Little Tikes Fish 'n Splash Water Table
Step2 Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Table | Kids Water Play Table with 13-Pc Accessory Set
Step2 Dino Dig Sand & Water Table
Little Tikes Fountain Factory Water Table
Little Tikes Anchors Away Pirate Ship – Amazon Exclusive
Little Tikes Fish 'n Splash Water Table
Step2 Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Table | Kids Water Play Table with 13-Pc Accessory Set
Step2 Dino Dig Sand & Water Table
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Little Tikes Fountain Factory Water Table
Little Tikes Fountain Factory Water Table
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Little Tikes Anchors Away Pirate Ship – Amazon Exclusive
Little Tikes Anchors Away Pirate Ship – Amazon Exclusive
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Little Tikes Fish 'n Splash Water Table
Little Tikes Fish 'n Splash Water Table
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Step2 Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Table | Kids Water Play Table with 13-Pc Accessory Set
Step2 Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Table | Kids Water Play Table with 13-Pc Accessory Set
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Step2 Dino Dig Sand & Water Table
Step2 Dino Dig Sand & Water Table
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As you can see, there are two main players in the water table space, Fisher Price and Step2, which are both known for their outdoor toys for kids.  Let’s take a closer look at each of these options.

Little Tikes Fountain Factory Water Table

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Little Tikes Fountain Factory Water Table
  • STEM hands-on learning
  • Make learning a splash with cause and effect water play; Hold 7 gallons of water
  • Build endless combinations with interchangeable pipes

This is hands down our favorite water table, we purchased it this year after a previous one just wasn’t keeping our toddler’s interest.

If your child is fascinated by the way things work, this water table for them.  It has a number of faucets and water powered gears, as well as accessory toys to play with like cups for your child to pour water though the system of tubing.

This is very much a STEM focused toy, and your child will love to learn about the way these systems work.

The only downside to this water table is that system tubing does require some assembly.

Little Tikes Anchors Away Pirate Ship – Amazon Exclusive

Little Tikes Anchors Away Pirate Ship – Amazon Exclusive
  • Fun pirate ship themed outdoor, water play table loaded with spinning features
  • Water moves with pump or by pouring water into the crows nest
  • Aim and squirt water from the water cannon

What toddler doesn’t love pirates?  Your little pirate will be fascinated with this water table shaped like a pirate ship that comes complete with an anchor they can lower and raise.

The central attraction of this water table is water fountain that spins when you pour water into it with one of the accessory cups.

If that isn’t enough this water table even has a water cannon to provide the full pirate play experience, ahoy!

Little Tikes Fish ‘n Splash Water Table

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Little Tikes Fish 'n Splash Water Table
  • Fun, durable water table with fishing game and counting play
  • Catch, collect and count your fish before releasing them with a splash!
  • Fill the fishbowl until it tips over and splashes down in a wave!

This water table is perfect for younger toddlers, and comes complete with a fishing pole and fish to catch!  It also has a net to catch the fish and the other provided sea creatures – a turtle, crab, and frog!

Like most water tables, there is also a central feature water fountain that is powered by your toddler, for a fun play experience.

This water table is by far the simplest to assemble of these options, which can be the most important features for many parents.

Step2 Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Table

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Step2 Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Table | Kids Water Play Table with 13-Pc Accessory Set
  • This kids’ water table will create a mini water park right in your backyard! Use the large bucket to scoop up water from the pond and pour into the top waterfall tray. Watch as the rainfall effect is activated as the water splashes into the pond!
  • As the waterfall drains back into the water table pond, maze-like spinners, ramps and buckets are activated! Rearrange the put-and-place maze pieces to create new waterfalls for fun cause and effect STEM play
  • Kids can make a spinning splash in the “rain” with the hand-held spinning wheel and use the side flipper to flip figures back into the pond!

This full featured water table is a sure win for any toddler.  It also comes in purple and light blue, which has a unicorn theme:

Either of these water tables can also come with an umbrella if so desired.

These water towers have the biggest central feature, with gears and spouts which are a ton of fun, and it also comes with a ton of accessories from cups to pour water, and critters to play with in the water.

With a larger size, this table is fantastic if you want to make sure multiple toddlers are having some warm weather fun.

Step2 Dino Dig Sand & Water Table

Step2 Dino Dig Sand & Water Table
  • Two-sided table features an area for sand and an area for water
  • Pour water into the top of the "volcano", and watch as the water gusts down the Ash Mountain for a water eruption!
  • The dinosaurs can get some shade and take a drink from the local watering hole under the realistic palm tree

Generally speaking, I am not a fan of combined sand and water tables, except for this one.

Why?  Simple.  Dinosaurs.  My toddler absolutely loves dinosaurs, especially digging for fossils.

Step2 does a great job of dividing sand and water play.  When playing with water, you can easily keep the sand covered by the mountain, if you don’t want the sand and water mixing.

The central water spout feature in this case is also the central sand feature, and is of course a toddler powered spout that your toddler can pour either sand or water on.

Is there a danger of mixing sand and water with a mischievous toddler?  Of course, but you can simply pull the stopper on the water side, and leave the sand uncovered to let it dry out.

The Dino water and sand fossil play is worth it if your toddler is a huge Dino fan!

Picking the Best Water Table for Toddlers

When it comes to picking the best water table for toddlers there are a few things you need to consider:

  • Ease of assembly.  Each of these water tables will need to be assembled by an adult!
  • Themes and Features.  Does your toddler enjoy a certain play theme like dinosaurs, pirates?
  • Size and shape.  These water tables come in different sizes and shapes, so it is important to decide where you are going to place it before you purchase it!
  • Sand and water mixed?  Generally I try not to mix sand and water, except for the dinosaur themed water table I mentioned here.

Now, let’s recap some of our recommendations:

If your toddler doesn’t have a particular favorite theme of play, the Little Tikes Fountain Factory water table is hands down the best pick, for the mental stimulation it provides.

Younger toddlers will best be served by the Little Tikes Fish ‘n Splash water table.

This guide also has you covered with the Little Tikes Anchors Away pirate themed water table and the Step2 Dino Dig & Sand water table if you are raising a junior pirate or paleontologist.

Finally, you can’t go wrong with either the Step2 Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Table or the Step2 Rain Showers & Unicorns Water Table.

Picking the best water table for toddlers is no easy task, believe me, I’ve been there.  This guide will help you find the perfect warm weather water table for your toddler, no matter what their interests are.

Best Induction Frying Pan

As technology continues its way to improve every aspect of our lives, cooking is no exception. Nowadays, thanks to induction cooking technology, you don’t even need an open flame to make yourself some delicious fried food, magnets will do it for you!

Of course, you can’t just use any frying pan to get the job done, it has to be compatible with induction cooking.

In this article, we’ll be helping you find the best induction frying pan among all the different brands, materials, and features. So let’s not waste time and get started!

Best Induction Frying Pans

T-fal E93808 Professional Nonstick Fry Pan, Nonstick Cookware, 12 Inch Pan, Thermo-Spot Heat...
All-Clad E785S264/E785S263 HA1 Hard Anodized Nonstick Dishwasher Safe PFOA Free 8 and 10-Inch Fry...
Stainless Steel Skillet with Glass Cover - 12 Inch - Induction Compatible - 30 x 6.8 cm -...
Cook N Home 02404 12-Inch Frying Pan with Non-Stick Coating Induction Compatible Bottom, Large,...
T-fal G10405 Heatmaster Nonstick Thermo-Spot Heat Indicator Fry Pan Cookware, 10-Inch, Black - As...
T-fal E93808 Professional Nonstick Fry Pan, Nonstick Cookware, 12 Inch Pan, Thermo-Spot Heat...
All-Clad E785S264/E785S263 HA1 Hard Anodized Nonstick Dishwasher Safe PFOA Free 8 and 10-Inch Fry...
Stainless Steel Skillet with Glass Cover - 12 Inch - Induction Compatible - 30 x 6.8 cm -...
Cook N Home 02404 12-Inch Frying Pan with Non-Stick Coating Induction Compatible Bottom, Large,...
T-fal G10405 Heatmaster Nonstick Thermo-Spot Heat Indicator Fry Pan Cookware, 10-Inch, Black - As...
$33.48
$59.95
$26.99
$22.28
$15.90
T-fal E93808 Professional Nonstick Fry Pan, Nonstick Cookware, 12 Inch Pan, Thermo-Spot Heat...
T-fal E93808 Professional Nonstick Fry Pan, Nonstick Cookware, 12 Inch Pan, Thermo-Spot Heat...
$33.48
All-Clad E785S264/E785S263 HA1 Hard Anodized Nonstick Dishwasher Safe PFOA Free 8 and 10-Inch Fry...
All-Clad E785S264/E785S263 HA1 Hard Anodized Nonstick Dishwasher Safe PFOA Free 8 and 10-Inch Fry...
$59.95
Stainless Steel Skillet with Glass Cover - 12 Inch - Induction Compatible - 30 x 6.8 cm -...
Stainless Steel Skillet with Glass Cover - 12 Inch - Induction Compatible - 30 x 6.8 cm -...
$26.99
Cook N Home 02404 12-Inch Frying Pan with Non-Stick Coating Induction Compatible Bottom, Large,...
Cook N Home 02404 12-Inch Frying Pan with Non-Stick Coating Induction Compatible Bottom, Large,...
$22.28
T-fal G10405 Heatmaster Nonstick Thermo-Spot Heat Indicator Fry Pan Cookware, 10-Inch, Black - As...
T-fal G10405 Heatmaster Nonstick Thermo-Spot Heat Indicator Fry Pan Cookware, 10-Inch, Black - As...
$15.90

Now, let’s take a closer look at each of these induction frying pans.

T-fal E93808 Professional Nonstick Fry Pan

Kicking off our list with a widely popular product, the E93808 Professional Nonstick Fry Pan from the famous T-fal brand is one of the most reliable induction frying pans out them, especially when it comes to durability.

Its body is constructed out of gauge aluminum metal which is responsible for its quick yet even heating. The base of the pan, however, is made of stainless steel to allow for better heat distribution when used with induction cookers.

There’s a bump at the bottom which doesn’t really affect the evenness of frying. But some users don’t prefer it when cooking with liquids.

The handle of this frying pan is riveted silicon, so you can safely grab it without worrying about getting burnt. It’s also quite soft and comfortable, withstanding heat up to 400 °F.

As for the interior of this T-fal frying pan, it’s lined with a nonstick Prometal Pro layer that stays intact against scratches while being safe to throw in a dishwasher. Moreover, this pan is free of Lead, Cadmium, and PFOA.

The E93808 frying pan bears the signature T-fat Thermo-Spot indicator which disappears once the pan surface reaches the perfect cooking temperature.

The T-fal Professional Nonstick Fry Pan is available in 8-inch, 10.25-inch, and 12.5-inch sizes, with a limited lifetime warranty.

Pros

  • Soft and comfortable handle
  • Safely withstands up to 400 °F
  • Unique T-fal Thermo-Spot
  • Prometal Pro nonstick interior

Cons

  • Despite the manufacturer’s claim, we don’t recommend using metal utensils
  • The bottom bump may not be preferable for you
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All-Clad E785S264/E785S263 Hard 8 and 10-Inch Fry Pan Set

Receiving thousands of positive reviews, the HA1 Hard-Anodized Nonstick Fry Pan from All-Clad comes as a set of 2 pieces. You can choose between the 8-inch and 10-inch set or the 10-inch and 12-inch set. Either way, you’ll be getting great value for your money.

Each pan is made of thick-gauge hard-anodized aluminum, allowing for fast heating up with good distribution across the surface. The handle on the HA1 fry pan is riveted stainless steel material, which is sturdy enough to support its 5-pound weight but you’ll probably need some mittens to avoid getting burned.

The base of the All-Clad pans is wide and flat, constructed of bonded stainless steel which gives it compatibility to be used over induction cooktops.

This frying pan is warp-resistant, lined with 3 layers of professional-level nonstick coating that’s free of PFOA. It does a good job fighting off scratches while being safe to throw in your dishwasher as well as in an oven up to 500 °F.

However, the manufacturer recommends you manually clean the pan, which is pretty easy to manage.

The design of the All-Clad pan features a low-profile shape with flared sides to make it easier for you to flip and toss your food. It also comes with a limited lifetime warranty in case you face an issue.

Pros

  • Low-profile design makes flipping easy
  • Can be exposed to a maximum of 500 °F
  • Easy to clean
  • Good value for money
  • Very durable

Cons

  • The handles aren’t very comfortable
  • Can be a bit too heavy
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Utopia Kitchen Stainless Steel Skillet with Glass Cover

Landing in with hundreds of soaring reviews, the affordable yet high-quality Stainless Steel Skillet from Utopia Kitchen is a great option if you’re looking to save a few bucks without compromising on performance.

This sturdy frying pan is made entirely out of premium-grade stainless steel to ensure the efficiency and speed of heat distribution, so it’s less likely that your food will end up burnt or stuck to the surface.

It’s also treated to resist scratching, pitting, and scorching, so it can keep its shiny luster and silver color for a long period of use. Additionally, the interior coating is non-reactive to avoid staining the natural taste of your food with a metallic flavor.

The handle is pretty solid, made of stainless steel and tightly fastened with steel rivets to better support its weight, giving you a secure grip.

A really impressive feature of this frying pan model is that it comes with a glass lid. This is excellent news for passionate cooks and food lovers since the close-fitting cover serves to lock in all the delicious flavors and nutrients of your meal.

The Utopia Kitchen Skillet doesn’t have a thermal indicator, but the manufacturer advises users to heat up the pan for about 2 or 3 minutes before adding cooking oil. This way you can achieve the best results.

Pros

  • Whole stainless steel construction
  • Comes with a glass lid
  • Non-reactive surface
  • The sides are high and straight to avoid making a mess
  • Decent cost

Cons

  • Not nonstick
  • The handle can be bigger
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Cook N Home 02404 Frying Pan

A solid option for shoppers on the hunt for efficiency, the 02404 Frying Pan from Cook N Home doesn’t only come at an amazing price, but it also delivers an impressive capability when it comes to heat distribution.

The body of the Cook N Home Frying Pan is made of thick-gauge aluminum that provides excellent dispersion of heat across the whole cooking surface.

It’s also pretty stylish thanks to its fun green-colored exterior as opposed to traditional black or silver pans, so it’s a great choice if you want to add some spice to your cookware collection.

The interior of this pan is coated with a nano-ceramic nonstick layer free of cadmium and lead, which makes it very easy to clean as well as pick up food without worrying about toxic compounds getting mixed in.

The 02404 Frying Pan features a soft riveted handle that you can safely touch since it maintains a cool touch during cooking, offering enough support for the 2.6-pound pan.

This induction-compatible frying pan is safe to use in ovens up to 350 °F. However, you should completely avoid metal utensils when dealing with this skillet so you don’t damage the nonstick lining.

This frying pan measures at 12 inches diameter, but it’s also available in 8 and 10-inch sizes.

Pros

  • Efficient heat distribution
  • The handle stays cool
  • Impressive nonstick action
  • Cleaning is a breeze
  • Good scratch resistance

Cons

  • Takes a bit too long to heat up
  • The sides aren’t nonstick
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T-fal G10405 Heatmaster Nonstick Thermo-Spot Fry Pan

Last but definitely not least, another product from the established T-fal brand is the G10405 Heatmaster Fry Pan which may be exactly what you’re searching for if you need a long-lasting yet budget-friendly induction frying pan.

Made of sturdy aluminum, the Heatmaster features a super durable coating consists of 3 nonstick layers infused with sapphire. It can resist scratches and abrasions caused by metal utensils, so you can feel free to use your favorite spatula or spoon on this pan for years to come.

What makes this T-fal Fry Pan compatible with induction stoves is the integrated stainless steel base which distributes heat evenly to avoid serving burnt out food.

Like all T-fal pans, the G10405 also carries unique built-in Thermo-Spot technology with red marks that disappear to let you know when the surface reaches the ideal temperature for cooking.

Additionally, this pan is easy to clean using some soapy water and a sponge, but you can also throw it in your dishwasher for safe and effortless cleaning.

This T-fal Fry Pan model is 10 inches in diameter, enduring oven temperatures up to 350 °F with a limited lifetime warranty to back you up.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Durable nonstick layer
  • T-fal Thermo-Spot indicator
  • The sides are high enough to let you scoop your food without spillage
  • Easy cleaning

Cons

  • The handle heats up
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What’s an Induction Frying Pan?

To really understand what an induction frying pan is, we’ll need to back up a bit and explain what induction cooking actually means.

Induction cooking is considered a more recent technology in the cooking world. It takes advantage of electromagnetic waves to directly heat up cookware instead of using a conventional flame produced by gas or electric-heated elements.

The way this works is by generating a magnetic current across the cooking pan to increase its temperature, once it’s placed on top of an induction cooking surface with an electric current passing through.

This means you should only use cookware that’s compatible with such a mechanism, and so, induction frying pans come to your rescue!

To put it simply, induction frying pans are pans built with special materials in a certain manner that makes them respond to induction stoves.

What to Look for in a Good Quality Induction Frying Pan?

When shopping for the best induction frying pan, there are a few points you should consider first to make sure you’re investing in a good quality product.

Body Material

The first thing you should be looking at is the material used in making the pan’s body since it generally determines how well heat is distributed across the pan.

It also affects how quickly the frying pan heats up, as well as its all-around longevity.

Ideally, you want a frying pan that’s made of aluminum or stainless steel to deliver even heat distribution over a short time as possible.

Interior Coating

The interior coating is another crucial aspect of any induction frying pan. Typically, you’ll find these pans lined with a nonstick coating that lets you scoop your food without leaving a hard-to-clean residue.

Make sure the interior coating can resist scratching and pitting, with minimal peeling tendencies.

Also, you should avoid using metal utensils on the nonstick coating to maintain its performance.

Handles

Ideally, the handles should be heat-resistant so you can safely and comfortably grab them without risking a burn. They also should be tightly mounted with enough leverage to support the pan’s weight.

Maximum Oven Temperature

Of course, you want to pay attention to the maximum oven temperature that your frying pan can handle. This directly relates to the safety of usage, so don’t overlook it.

Most induction frying pans can be safely used under temperatures up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, but some models can withstand up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

Weight

Finally, make sure you can easily maneuver the frying pan by picking a suitable weight. Induction frying pans are relatively lightweight, weighing around 1 or 2 pounds, but sometimes they can get a bit on the heavier side, weighing about 5 or 6 pounds.

Choosing the Best Induction Frying Pan

Choosing the best induction frying pan doesn’t have to be confusing.  However, we’re confident that our top 5 list and informative buying guide, can help you land the perfect deal.

That being said, if you’re looking for a durable and reliable induction frying pan, then you can safely bet your money on the T-fal E93808 Professional Nonstick Fry Pan.

But if you’re on the hunt for a more budget-friendly option with lots of value, then the Utopia Kitchen Stainless Steel Skillet with Glass Covershould be right up your alley!

Gifts for Chefs Under $20

Are you looking for a gift for the special chef in your life?  As someone who loves to cook (and get presents!) here are some great gifts at a reasonable price.

Theses gifts for chefs are all things that will be immediately useful, no matter what your chef already has in their cooking arsenal.

Even better, these gifts for your favorite cook all clock at under 20 dollars (in USD) at the time of writing, although prices may fluctuate slightly.

Gifts for Chefs Under $20

Without further ado, here are some great gifts for the chef in your life under $20.

Stainless Steel Odor Absorber

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Amco 8402 Rub-a-Way Bar Stainless Steel Odor Absorber
  • Rubbing the bar removes any odor from your hands
  • Great for use after working with onions, fish, or garlic
  • To use, simply rub between your hand as you would with a real bar of soap; for use with or without water

Let’s face it, some things we use in the kitchen just stink (I’m looking at you, garlic).  This stainless steel odor absorbing bar will help your favorite chef’s hands smell nice and clean.

This is one of those things you don’t realize you need, but quickly cannot live without.

Best Chef Ever Wooden Spoon

Wedding Collectibles Best Chef Ever Wooden Spoon (14” Long) Engraved Serving Kitchen Accessory |...
  • Multipurpose Engraved Spoon – A unique and original engraved Best Chef Ever spoon. You can use these wood spoons for preparing or serving food, or as a lasting memento.
  • Giftable Engravings – These wood serving spoons automatically come with the text “Best Chef Ever” for kitchen chefs, friends, or family.
  • Beautiful Keepsake – This engraved wooden spoon can be used daily or kept to celebrate events, making it ideal for wedding, shower, stocking stuff gifts, stocking stuffer, Christmas gift, Birthday gift, Mother's Day Gift, Father's Day Gift, Hostess Gift, or House Warming Gift.

Nothing says best chef ever like an engraved wooden spoon!  Let that special someone know what a great cook they are with this awesome accessory.

This spoon can also come with a number of different sayings, and can even be customized with your favorite chef’s name.

Japanese Style Kitchen Apron

Soft Cotton Linen Apron Solid Color Halter Cross Bandage Aprons Japan Japanese Style X Shape Kitchen...
  • Bingo. z and VIVIDE both are Unauthorized seller!!!! EXCELLENT MATERIAL - Soft Cotton Linen,Comfortable and soft,After wearing it will not seem bloated.
  • FLEXIBLE SIZE - 31" Lenght, 18~25" Width, X shape style ,None Magic stick,The back is not stitched,Suggest fit size 8~12(without thick clothes)
  • SIMPLE EXTERIOR - Strong sense of design,practical effect is very special, high grade.Best gift for housewarming for your wife or mother

A standard kitchen apron just never fits me right.  I always have to do weird things to get it to stay on and cover where I need it too, no matter how adjustable it is.

This soft cotton Japanese style apron was a game changer for me.  It provides better coverage than a regular old apron, and comes in a bunch of fun different colors.

Wilton 3-Tier Collapsible Cooling Rack

Wilton 3-Tier Collapsible Cooling Rack
  • Cool dozens of cookies or other small treats on an expandable cooling rack
  • Collapsible for easy storage
  • Color: black

A cooling rack is an essential tool to any chef, and let’s face it, you can never have enough of them especially around the holidays.

This cooling rack maximizes useful space, as it is a three tiered model that collapses for easy storage.  When it comes to baking, you really can’t go wrong with any Wilton product.

Heat Resistant Gloves

Heat Resistant Gloves – For Temperatures Up To 999°F, Hand Protection For Cooking, Baking,...
  • NO MORE SKIN BURNS: You shouldn’t play with fire…unless you’ve got a pair of these premium heat-resistant gloves! These kitchen gloves were specially designed to withstand extremely high temperatures of up to 999°F so you can hold flaming hot objects, work near the fire and complete any fiery task without burning your hands!
  • FOR EVERY FLAMING HOT ACTIVITY: The fireproof gloves are essential for everyone as they can be used for any hot activity in the kitchen or the fireplace. Use them to hold hot pans and pots while cooking or baking, to safely grill your meat at your barbecue, to smoke meat or make a fire for your fireplace without risking burning your skin!
  • ULTRA-CONVENIENT DESIGN: Forget about bulky and inconvenient oven mittens that are just too hard to use! These heat-resistant gloves have a convenient design that will allow you to move with ease and use your hands with no restrictions, while still staying safe from high temperatures. The kitchen gloves also have a two-sided grip design with an anti-slip silicone surface for maximum performance.

A nice pair of heat resistant gloves is a much have for any chef, and it is one of those things you just can’t have enough of.

These gloves are thick fabric and enhanced with silicone.  You can move oven and grill racks, and grab things out of the oven with no issue.  They also give you a better grip and more range of motion than traditional oven mitts.

Cuisinart Melting Dome

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Cuisinart CMD-108 Melting Dome, 9"
  • 9-inch diameter
  • Stainless steel
  • Concentrates heat to cook evenly

This Cuisinart melting dome comes in a number of sizes, so you are bound to find one that fits your chef perfectly.

These domes are great for melting cheeses and wilting vegetables, and also can be useful to prevent against splatter for cooking greasy things like hamburgers indoors.

Blue Q Funny Oven Mitt

Blue Q I ve Got A Knife Oven Mitt
  • Blue Q
  • Pink
  • Super insulated

Blue Q is known for their sense of humor, especially when it comes to things like socks.  They also have a line of oven mitts which are hilarious, and trust me, there is one for everyone on your list.

This is one of the tamer ones in the collection.  Be sure to browse the whole collection here!  Be warned, some of them are not safe for work!

Chef Socks

Urban Peacock Men's Novelty Fun Crew Socks for Dress or Casual - Multiple Patterns Multi-Pair...
  • 1 pair of stylish and fun designer novelty socks - for dress or casual!
  • Comfortable and durable 70% cotton, 25% polyester, 5% spandex blend fabric
  • Men's sock size 10-13 (generally US men's shoe size 6-12.5)

Fun socks are a preferred gift in my household.  These socks are embroidered with things like a rolling pins, whisks, and spatulas.

You can’t go wrong with these for the chef in your life!

Rustic Leather Pan Handle Holder

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Rustic Leather Hot Handle/Panhandle Potholder, Double Layered/Double Stitched, Slides On/Off Easily...
  • HANDMADE LEATHER HANDLE HOLDER LINED WITH SOFT SHEEPSKIN FOR EASY INSERTION AND REMOVAL: An indispensable tool for the kitchen, adding some class and style to your Skillet pan while preventing any nasty burns.
  • DURABLE DOUBLE LEATHER LAYER OFFERS PROTECTION UP TO 450-DEGREES: The double layered leather provides excellent insulation to prevent any burns as you take the Skillet off the fire, giving you a protection against high temperatures. Note that these Rustic Leather Pan handles are designed for levels of heat-proofing, they are not fireproof – do not place in the oven.
  • FITS ALL CAST-IRON SKILLETS: Designed to fit all Skillets, but to avoid any disappointment please consult the dimensions/measurements provided.

If the chef in your life is a fan of cast iron or other pans that tend to get super hot handles (or you put any pan in the oven), this handle holder is for you.

I can’t remember how many times I burned my hands by forgetting a pan handle was hot before I had one of these!

Antibacterial Cutting Board

IMEKO New 2019 Kitchen Ergonomic Design TPU Cutting Board - Flexible, Food Safe, BPA free Chopping...
  • New ergonomic design. Great flexibility to carry for food into cooking containers. Chop precise measurements. Non-slip. Hanging hole design for easy use. Juice grooves prevent the overflow of water or juice. Heat resistant - it can withstand temperatures up to 302 °F or 150 °C. The practical solution for every kitchen.
  • Fda approved. Bpa free. Tpu conforms to strict hygienic standards, and it is safe to be used for medical, food and baby products. It is an ideal material which is certified for US FDA, Europe EU and Germany LFGB. The food-safe material is not harmful to the preparation of your food.
  • Food safety is in your Hands. Good food hygiene is essential to make sure that the food you serve is safe to eat. Premium quality unique cutting mat is made of innovative pure tpu material is hygienic, odorless and tasteless, non-toxic. The cutting board Meets regulations for food safety.

I cannot even begin to tell you how many cutting boards I go through in a single day.  I like to change them frequently to prevent cross contamination and make sure raw meat and poultry doesn’t come into contact with anything else.

You can never go wrong getting your favorite chef another cutting board.

Picking Gifts for Chefs Under $20

When it comes to picking a gift for a chef, the key is to get something that will be useful in the kitchen.  Many chefs have a ton of kitchen gadgets, or are loyal to specific brands, so I try to avoid those types of things.

Add on trying to find a chef gift under $20, and things can get difficult, especially if you yourself do not like to cook!

Each and every item in this list is a practical and cost effective gift for a chef.

Best Apartment Grills

Outdoor grilling isn’t always feasible, especially for grilling enthusiasts that are limited to the allowances and confines of apartment living. However, grilling in an apartment or on an apartment balcony is possible if you know which grill to buy. If you are lucky to have a balcony at your apartment, we have also found some great balcony grills for the apartment. In this guide, we take a look at some of the best grills on the market that are perfect for apartment use, so you may want to stick around.

Best Apartment Grills

Product Name
George Foreman 15-Serving Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill, Silver, GGR50B
Weber 10020 Smokey Joe 14-Inch Portable Grill
Char-Broil Portable 240 Liquid Propane Gas Grill
Cuisinart CGG-180 Petit Gourmet Portable Gas Grill with VersaStand, Red
Hamilton Beach Electric Indoor Searing Grill Removable Easy-To-Clean Nonstick Plate, 6-Serving,...
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George Foreman 15-Serving Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill, Silver, GGR50B
Weber 10020 Smokey Joe 14-Inch Portable Grill
Char-Broil Portable 240 Liquid Propane Gas Grill
Cuisinart CGG-180 Petit Gourmet Portable Gas Grill with VersaStand, Red
Hamilton Beach Electric Indoor Searing Grill Removable Easy-To-Clean Nonstick Plate, 6-Serving,...
Price
Price not available
Price not available
$89.99
$121.89
$64.99
Fuel
Electric
Charcoal
Propane
Propane
Electric
Where to use it?
Indoor/Outdoor
Outdoor
Outdoor
Outdoor
Indoor/Outdoor
Product Name
George Foreman 15-Serving Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill, Silver, GGR50B
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George Foreman 15-Serving Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill, Silver, GGR50B
Price
Price not available
Fuel
Electric
Where to use it?
Indoor/Outdoor
Product Name
Weber 10020 Smokey Joe 14-Inch Portable Grill
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Weber 10020 Smokey Joe 14-Inch Portable Grill
Price
Price not available
Fuel
Charcoal
Where to use it?
Outdoor
Product Name
Char-Broil Portable 240 Liquid Propane Gas Grill
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Char-Broil Portable 240 Liquid Propane Gas Grill
Price
$89.99
Fuel
Propane
Where to use it?
Outdoor
Product Name
Cuisinart CGG-180 Petit Gourmet Portable Gas Grill with VersaStand, Red
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Cuisinart CGG-180 Petit Gourmet Portable Gas Grill with VersaStand, Red
Price
$121.89
Fuel
Propane
Where to use it?
Outdoor
Product Name
Hamilton Beach Electric Indoor Searing Grill Removable Easy-To-Clean Nonstick Plate, 6-Serving,...
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Hamilton Beach Electric Indoor Searing Grill Removable Easy-To-Clean Nonstick Plate, 6-Serving,...
Price
$64.99
Fuel
Electric
Where to use it?
Indoor/Outdoor

Now, let’s take a look at each grill.  Each of these grills can be balcony grills for your apartment, and some can only be used outdoors based on their fuel type.  There is a grill for every apartment in this guide!

George Foreman 15-Serving Electric Grill

George Foreman 15-Serving Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill, Silver, GGR50B
  • 15+ Servings - It’s tailgate time! The 240 square inches of circular grilling surface lets you make over 15 servings for large groups of people ,Has Temperature Indicator Light
  • George Tough Nonstick Coating - There’s a lot to love about this nonstick coating; it’s durable, easy to clean, and removes the need for butter and oil, Has Temperature Indicator Light
  • Indoor/Outdoor Removable Stand - Don’t let the weather keep you from the glory of grilling; the easy-to-remove stand takes you from patio to countertop in no time. Adjustable Temperature Control - The temperature probe lets you choose from five heat settings to get the best results on any kind of food

Since its inception in 1994, Goerge Foreman has been one of the most prominent names in the grilling industry and have sold over 100 million grilling units worldwide, which is a testament to the quality of their products since it’s a company that hasn’t been around as long as others such as Weber, which was founded back in 1893.

Goerge Foreman 15-Serving Electric grill is an apartment-approved unit that features an electric system of operation, meaning that you won’t need to use gas, propane, or charcoal. Having an electric grill is highly convenient for people that live in apartments because there are zero flare-ups or fire hazards, which is mainly the reason why grilling isn’t allowed in some complexes.

The overall dimensions of this grill without the stand are 20 x 19.5 x 11 and it weighs around 7 pounds, making it one of the most compact units on the market. And not only is it compact, but it’s also capable of providing up to 15 servings, which is quite impressive for an electric grill. We’re also quite fond of the high-quality construction and the sleek design that this grill has to offer.

The low-profile stand that’s attached to the bottom of this grill allows for elevated use, which is highly convenient for use on countertop surfaces. Further, the stand is removable, meaning you switch from the patio to the countertop with ease. Lastly, the grill boasts adjustable temperature control which allows you to choose between 5 different heat settings for optimal results.

Pros:

  • Compact and lightweight construction
  • Offers adjustable temperature control
  • Zero risks of flare-ups or fire hazards
  • Can accommodate up to 15 servings
  • Extremely easy to use and care for

Cons:

  • The unit features plastic components
  • The control dial has a subpar design
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Weber 10020 Smokey Joe 14-Inch Portable Grill

Weber 10020 Smokey Joe is a small and portable grill that you can fit almost anywhere. Since this is a charcoal grill, though, you should only use it in your apartment’s balcony. The dimensions of this grill are 17 x 14.2 x 14.5 inches, which is large enough to accommodate up to 5 burgers made with Weber’s burger press, making this an ideal grill for couples and small families.

The design of this grilling unit is simply fantastic. It’s extremely compact and lightweight at about 9 pounds, so you’ll be able to grill on the go with ease. Despite its lightness, this grill manages to remain remarkably sturdy, so you don’t have to worry about it collapsing after being knocked a few times. It’s also amazing how such a small unit can grill just about anything.

The 10020 Smokey Joe is also equipped with a porcelain-enameled lid and bowl that offer great heat-retaining capabilities and you won’t have to worry about it peeling or rusting over time. In addition, the unit features a highly durable plated steel cooking grate that does an excellent job of retaining heat as well. Not only that, but it’s extremely easy to clean too.

This grill also features aluminum dampers that are completely resistant to rust and a lid handle for convenience. The best thing about this Weber grill is its affordable price. You can literally buy this unit on any budget. Weber 10020 Smokey Joe is an ideal grill for ventilated enclosures and balconies. It’s also a perfect grill for parties and afternoon picnics.

Pros:

  • Extremely compact and lightweight
  • Features high-quality construction
  • Can accommodate up to 5 burgers
  • Great for grilling just about anything
  • It’s highly affordable on any budget

Cons:

  • The grilling rack is lacking a handle
  • The vents are inconveniently placed
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Char-Broil Portable 240 Liquid Propane Gas Grill

Char-Broil Portable 240 Liquid Propane Gas Grill
  • 240 Square inch cooking area and built to travel
  • Sturdy legs for stability on a Table or the ground, carrying handles for easy transport
  • Lid-mounted temperature gauge, painted porcelain body

When most people think about buying a new grill, the name Char-Broil is usually the first name to come to mind, thanks to their impressive catalog of high-quality cookware. This grill measures at 24.8 x 15.2 x 13.3 inches and it weighs around 28 pounds, which isn’t as lightweight as other units on this list, but definitely a lot more commodious in terms of cooking area.

This Char-Broil gas grill boasts the Piezo ignition system, which is one of the fastest and most reliable ignition systems out there. All you really need to do is push a single button and the grill will start up right away. The unit relies on propane as its fuel source. Keep in mind that it’s only compatible with 1-pound propane tanks. The tanks are connected to the side of the unit.

Now, this may not be the lightest grilling unit on our list in terms of weight, but it’s definitely one of the easiest to carry around, thanks to the equipped carry handles. Further, the weight of this unit, coupled with its 4 sturdy legs, allows for remarkable stability on any surface, be it a table or the ground. We can definitely see this as a grill that would be perfect for tailgate parties.

One of the best attributes of this unit is that it’s equipped with a lid-mounted temperature gauge that allows you to monitor the heat and control it accordingly to obtain optimal results. We feel the need to stress that this unit runs on liquid propane, which is different from just propane. All in all, this is a truly impressive grill to have in your complex’s balcony.

Pros:

  • Features a capacious cooking surface
  • Has carry handles for ease of carrying
  • Equipped with a reliable ignition system
  • One of the most stable grills on our list
  • Has a lid-mounted temperature gauge

Cons:

  • Requires a dedicated place for it to sit
  • Not easy to carry due to its hefty weight
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Cuisinart CGG-180 Petit Gourmet Portable Gas Grill

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Cuisinart CGG-180 Petit Gourmet Portable Gas Grill with VersaStand, Red
  • 160-SQUARE-INCH PORCELAIN ENAMELED COOKING GRATE: 160-square-inches of porcelain enameled grates give you a spacious cooking surface is able accommodate lots of food at one time while still distributing heat evenly and efficiently.
  • 5,500 BTU BURNER: Features a 5,500 BTU burner, a twist to start electric ignition and precision temperature gauge to give you the ultimate temperature control.
  • COMPACT ENOUGH TO TAKE ANYWHERE: The grill measures 19 x 11.5 x 10 inches and with stand. The grill weighs only 17 lbs., making it easy for transport and ideal for decks, patios and balconies, camping, tailgating and more.

CGG-180 from Cuisinart is one of the best-selling portable grills on the market, and for a bunch of good reasons. It boasts 160 square inches worth of cooking area that can accommodate a lot of food. The porcelain-enameled grate allows for even heat distribution across the entire surface of the grill for optimal cooking results. It’s perfect for serving 4 to 6 people at once.

The unit is equipped with a twist-to-start electronic ignition system and a temperature gauge that allows for easy heat monitoring and control. Another thing we like about this grill is that it’s very compact, measuring at 19 x 11.5 x 10 inches. However, it’s not really the lightest unit on our list as it weighs around 17 pounds, which isn’t very heavy but isn’t very light either.

The thing that makes this grill stand out is its ability to be used as a freestanding or a tabletop grill, thanks to its unique design. It’s great for smaller spaces like small patios and decks, which is why it’s perfect for apartments. It’s also pretty energy-efficient due to its small size. Lastly, this unit is super easy to set up, and you’ll find it even easier to clean and care for it.

Pros:

  • Used as a tabletop or freestanding grill
  • Offers great a cooking area for its size
  • Features a twist-to-start ignition system
  • It’s equipped with a temperature gauge
  • Very easy to set up, clean, and care for

Cons:

  • It gets very hot directly over the burners
  • Not easy to carry around due to its weight
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Hamilton Beach Electric Indoor Searing Grill

Hamilton Beach Electric Indoor Searing Grill Removable Easy-To-Clean Nonstick Plate, 6-Serving,...
  • LOCKS IN JUICES AND FLAVORS: Sear at 450 degrees or use adjustable temperature dial to grill at lower heat for optimal grilling results
  • ENJOY GRILLING ALL YEAR LONG: This indoor grill with hood has a high searing heat that locks in juices and flavors, and lid closes to give you signature grill marks; serves up to 6 with 118 square inch grilling surface
  • EASY TO CLEAN: Indoor grill hood, plate, and extra-large drip tray are all removable and dishwasher safe

This is yet another remarkable electric grill that would be perfect in your apartment. It boasts a high searing heat of 450 degrees that allows it to lock in flavors and juices, providing you with a very tasty meal. The grilling surface spans 118 square inches, which is enough to accommodate up to 6 people. Closing the lid will give you those grill marks everyone loves.

The dimensions of this unit are 12.4 x 16.7 x 6.8 inches and it weighs around 8 pounds, making it one of the easiest grills on our list to carry around. Thanks to its compact design, you can fit it almost anywhere in your apartment. And considering that this is an electric grill, you don’t have to worry about flare-ups, fire hazards, or squandering a lot of money on gas or charcoal.

The unit features power and preheat lights that help eliminate the guesswork while cooking. In addition, this is a unit that’s extremely easy to clean, as it features removable grids that you can just put in the dishwasher for easy cleaning. It also features adjustable temperature control for your convenience. The unit is backed by a 1-year limited warranty,

 Pros:

  • Extremely compact and lightweight
  • No risk of flare-ups or fire hazards
  • Removable, dishwasher-safe grids
  • Has adjustable temperature control
  • Comes with a 1-year limited warranty

Cons:

  • A lot of plastic used in the construction
  • It produces smoke every now and then
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Things to Consider Before Buying a Small Grill for The Apartment

Before heading out to buy a new grill for apartment use, here are a few things that you should take into consideration to ensure getting the best bang for your buck.

Cooking Surface

How many people are you looking to serve at once? If you’re only cooking for yourself and your partner, then you don’t really need that much cooking space from a grill. However, if you’re used to having large barbecues at your place, it’s important that you invest in a grill that offers enough space for the number of people you’re going to cook for.

Another important thing to make sure of when buying a grill is that it features a non-stick surface to ensure easy cleaning and maintenance. Ideally, you want to be looking for grills that feature enamel-coated or porcelain-coated grates.

Placement and Portability

Would you like a grill that can be moved with ease or would you like one that requires dedicated space? While the goal of this article is to provide information about the best grills for apartment use, we’ve made sure that the products we’ve included are great for outdoor use as well.

Temperature Gauge

Having a reliable temperature gauge built into your grill will allow you to monitor and control the grilling temperature with ease, allowing you to get the best cooking results. If the unit you’d like to buy doesn’t feature a temperature gauge, don’t sweat it, you can easily buy a separate gauge.

The Best Apartment Grills

There you have it, the market’s best grilling units for apartment use. Hopefully, the information we’ve provided today has helped you find a grill that suits both your needs and budget. Let us know which one of the above-mentioned products you think is the best.