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How to Make Over Medium Eggs Like a Real Chef

Eggs are a staple breakfast food. Depending on your preference, you can prepare them boiled, scrambled, over easy, over medium—the list goes on and on!

Today, we’ll be discussing one of my favorite ways to prepare eggs: over medium eggs.

Knowing how to make over-medium eggs perfectly can be a bit tricky. I can’t count the number of times I’ve ended up making sunny-side-up instead of over-medium. And while I do like sunny-side up, nothing beats the warm, creamy center of over medium eggs.

Make the Perfect Over Medium Eggs in 5 Easy Steps

The secret to making over medium eggs is the timing. Leave the eggs too long in the pan, and you’ll end up with over hard eggs. Leave it too little, and you’ll get over easy. Once you have that down, you’ll make the perfect over-medium eggs like a real chef.

Step 1: Get the Pan Ready

Place a medium-sized skillet or pan on your stove. For the best results, I recommend you use non-stick pan.  I prefer ceramic non-stick pans.

Turn the heat of your stove to medium-low. Leave it for about 5 minutes to ensure that it’s fully pre-heated.

Step 2: Melt the Butter

Add about a half tablespoon of butter per egg directly on the pan. Allow the butter to melt evenly and spread it throughout the pan with a silicone spatula. The butter should melt entirely in 1 to 3 minutes.

If butter isn’t readily available, you can instead use non-stick cooking spray  or a bit of oil.

Step 3: Crack the Egg

There are two ways to start cooking the egg. The first is to crack the egg directly into your buttered pan. The second is to crack the egg into a small bowl.

I prefer the second method because I find it easier than cracking it directly into a pan. Removing shells is easier this way, too.

If you’re not used to cracking shells open, you can get yourself a handy egg cracker. The egg cracker will allow you to break the eggs open without the fear of shells or dirtying your hands.

Either way, make sure you don’t break the yolk. You want the yolk in one piece, like the way it was inside the egg.

Step 4: Cook the Egg

Once your egg is on the pan, allow the underside to set. It shouldn’t take longer than 2 minutes. You’ll know your eggs are ready to flip when the egg whites don’t look liquidy anymore.

Gently shake or shimmy the pan around to get the yolks in the position you want it in. Once done, it’s time to flip the eggs!

To guarantee that the yolk doesn’t split, make sure to get the spatula directly under the yolk so you can support its weight when you flip it over.

Leave the egg to cook for another 30 seconds. Once done, turn your stove off.

Step 5: Serve the Egg

Before serving the egg, let it sit for about a minute so it can finish cooking. Then, you can either slide the egg directly into a place or use a spatula.

And that’s it! Remember to add fresh pepper using a pepper grinder and sprinkle salt to taste.

How to Make Over Medium Eggs Without Flipping

Believe it or not, you can make over medium eggs without flipping. So if you’re worried about breaking the yolk, follow these steps instead:

Step 1: Prepare the Egg

Follow steps 1, 2, and 3 as is. Once the egg’s underside has set, instead of flipping it, you’ll need to pour half a tablespoon of water in the pan around it.

Step 2: Cover Immediately

Cover the pan for about a minute. If you prefer a runnier center, leave it for 30 seconds.

Step 3: Serve the Egg

Uncover the pan and turn off the heat. Slide it into a plate and sprinkle some salt and pepper!

Over Medium Eggs in the Oven

Cooking eggs in the oven is ideal if you’re making more than 3 eggs. Instead of spending more than 10 minutes cooking a dozen eggs, over medium eggs in the oven are done in about 5 minutes.

Step 1: Preheat the Oven

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Step 2: Prepare the Pan

In this method, you can either use a sheet pan or a muffin tin. Grease the pan or tin with butter, nonstick spray, or oil.

Step 3: Crack the Eggs

Once your pan or tin is sufficiently greased, crack the eggs directly onto it. Make sure the yolks are solid and intact. Season it with salt and pepper before sliding it gently in your oven.

Step 4: Leave it to Cook

Leave your eggs to cook for about 5 minutes or until it reaches the desired consistency. I’ve found that over-medium eggs shouldn’t be cooked for any longer than 5 minutes. Yet, depending on your oven’s heat, it may take another minute or two.

Step 5: Serve the Eggs

If you used a tin, slice up the eggs and serve it on a plate. For muffin tins, gently scoop up the eggs using a small spatula.

Over Medium Eggs in Cast Iron

Using a cast iron when frying an egg can be intimidating as the egg might stick or tear when it’s time to flip or serve. But as long as you follow these steps, I guarantee you’ll get the perfect over medium egg.

Step 1: Get the Skillet Ready

Place your skillet over medium-high heat and add 1 tablespoon of butter. I use the Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron skillet because of its heat retention and even heating.

TIP: To prevent the egg from sticking, make sure to generously and evenly coat the skillet’s surface with butter.

Step 2: Crack the Egg

Crack the egg on a flat surface before adding it directly to the skillet. Again, you can use an egg cracker or crack the egg in a bowl before gently depositing it in the skillet.

Step 3: Generate Steam

Once the egg whites start to form, pour about 1 tablespoon of water around the outside edge of the egg. Turn down the heat to low and cover the skillet with a lid.

Step 4: Flip the Egg

After about 2 and a half minutes, remove the lid and flip the egg over. Then cook the egg for an additional 30 seconds uncovered.

Step 5: Serve the Egg

And you’re done! Slide it onto a plate, sprinkle salt and pepper, and enjoy.

Are Over Medium Eggs Healthy?

Eating an undercooked egg can make you sick, so it’s best to cook your eggs properly.

According to the CDC, eggs need to be cooked at least to 160°F to be safe. As such, over-medium eggs are entirely safe and healthy to eat.

How to Make Over Medium Eggs, Everything You Need!

Learning how to make over-medium eggs isn’t as difficult as some people may think. As long as you follow the steps I’ve shown you above, you’re sure to prepare the best over-medium eggs one can make!

How to Prepare Lentils

Lentils come in different types and colors. They vary in nutrition and in ways to prepare them. Yet, they’re all low in fat and high in protein as well as fibers and calcium.

Moreover, lentils are a favorite for many people because it’s inexpensive and fast to prepare. It doesn’t need soaking before cooking like lots of beans. You can also store dried lentils for as long as you want as they have a long shelf life.

Yellow, brown, and green are the main types of lentils. They differ in taste and shape. Moreover, each type works best with different cooking methods and recipes.

Want to know more about how to prepare lentils with different delicious recipes? We‘ll take you through each one step-by-step.

Let’s dive in!

How to Season Lentils

Seasoning lentils depends primarily on the dish you’re preparing and your seasoning preferences. However, there are basic seasoning tips that can never go wrong with lentils.

Salt and Pepper

Salt and pepper are the essentials to give your lentils some taste. They can be enough if you’re adding the lentils as a side to the main dish.

They may also be all you need with a green salad. Half a teaspoon of each is enough for one cup of lentils.

Onion and Garlic Powder

Onion and garlic powder match well with cooked lentils. If you’re making soup, you can add them instead of adding onions and garlic. They’re also delicious additions to salads, sauces, dippings, and fillings with lentils.

Curry or Paprika

Curry and paprika may not be everyone’s favorite, but they give a unique taste to lentils. In the case of yellow lentils, their colors match so well. They’ll also result in a tasty, radiant dish. The mixture of lentils and curry is popular in Indian cuisine, so if you’re a fan of it, you’ll love this combo!

Do You Drain Lentils After Cooking?

Yes, you should. The exception is if you’re cooking lentils to make a soup or sauce, for instance. To keep your lentils a bit crunchy, you should drain them after boiling immediately. Moreover, rinse in cold water to maintain its texture and stop any further cooking.

How to Cook Lentils for Salad

Lentils can be a tasty and nutritious addition to your salads. Brown  and green lentils are usually used in salads as they tend to keep their shape after cooking.

Here’s how to cook lentils so that you can enjoy it with your bowl of salad.

Step 1: Rinse and Sift

Carefully rinse your lentils until completely clean. Afterward, sift through to make sure there is no dirt, stones, or any broken bits.

Step 2: Add Water

Add 2 ½ to 3 cups of water to each cup of lentils and bring them to a boil.

Step 3: Simmer Until Tender

After the lentils boil, allow them to simmer for 20-30 minutes. It should be tender enough to eat. In case you like it a bit crunchy, check its texture once the 20 minutes are over.

If you prefer soaking lentils first, cook them for 10 to 15 minutes.

Step 4: Drain and Rinse

Once cooked, drain your lentils completely. Rinse with cold water to prevent the heat from cooking it further.

Step 5: Season

Season your lentils separately with salt and pepper before adding to the salad. As an alternative, you can add your lentils to the salad and season everything together by adding your favorite dressing.

How to Cook Lentils in Soup

One way to enjoy the rich taste of lentils is to puree them into soups. Yellow lentils are the most famous type used to make soup. They’re smaller in size and softens faster than other types.

Here are the steps of cooking tasty and easy-to-make lentil soup.

Step 1: Rinse and Sift

Rinse and sift your lentils carefully before you start cooking.

Step 2: Add Water

In a pot, add one and a half cups of water to each cup of lentils. Place the pot on medium heat.

Step 3: Add Vegetables

Add onion, garlic, carrots, and tomatoes to the pot. You can either cut these vegetables into small bits or blend them together. The amount depends mainly on your taste preference.

Step 4: Lower the Heat and Cover

Keep the mixture on medium to high heat until it starts boiling. Once it starts boiling, lower the heat and cover the pot. Leave to cook for about 30-40 minutes.

Step 6: Add Water If Needed

Add more water if you’re aiming for a thinner texture. Yet, make sure you bring the mixture to boil again for it to cook properly.

Step 7: Season Your Soup

Season your soup with salt and pepper as you like. White pepper is preferred to keep the radiant orange color of your soup clear.

Though this is among the most popular ways to cook lentil soup, there’re many others. You can prepare lentil soups using brown or green lentils. You can also add different vegetables to your lentil soup. Furthermore, you can add meat or chicken to the soup.

How to Prepare Over Medium Eggs for Lentils

Eggs are unique additions with lentils and lentil salad. The two tastes are usually combined in many tasty recipes. Moreover, preparing over medium eggs only requires a few easy steps.

Step1: Prepare Your Utensils

All you need is a large saucepan and a slotted ladle. Also, keep ready a bowl of ice-cold water. Put the eggs in the saucepan and add water just enough to cover the eggs.

Step 2: Bring to a Simmer

Bring the water to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat and let it simmer for 5-7 minutes only.

Step 3: Put in Ice-Cold Water

Get the eggs out with your slotted ladle and immediately put in the bowl of ice-cold water. Let the eggs cool entirely before you take them out to peel and serve.

How to Prepare Lentils, the Complete Guide

Lentil soups and salads are among the most famous dishes in many different cuisines. Due to their nutrition and benefits for health, they’re worth adding to your daily diet.

Furthermore, lentils are easy to find and make, which makes them a very convenient option. Preparing a dish full of protein, fibers, iron, calcium, and low in calories is only a few steps away.

 

How to Prepare Quinoa (with 5 Easy Recipes)

Two years ago, I was at a friend’s house, waiting for dinner. I noticed that she served some kind of grains that I hadn’t seen before, and they were super tasty and fluffy.

When I asked, she told me that it’s called quinoa, and ever since then, we’ve included it in a lot of meals.

Quinoa can be prepared in a wide variety of ways. If you want to know how to prepare quinoa, then you’re in the right place.

What Is Quinoa?

Most people think that quinoa is a grain when, in reality, it’s a seed. We tend to opt for quinoa as a healthier replacement for rice. It’s wheat-free, gluten-free, and low in carbs, making it a perfect option for a healthy diet.

Besides its benefits, quinoa increases up to 3 times when cooked, so 100 grams of dry quinoa should give you 300 grams of cooked quinoa.

How Much Quinoa Per Person?

The sufficient amount of quinoa per person depends on some aspects. For example, if you’re using it in a salad, then 150 grams should be fine. However, as a side dish, from 50 to 80 grams per person, it should be okay.

How Long Does Quinoa Take to Cook?

One thing I love about quinoa is that it doesn’t take much time to cook. It only takes around 15 minutes to be ready. Quinoa seeds are like rice, so they’re cooked in boiled water or broth.

Despite being easy to cook, there are some important tips to keep in mind to get the perfect quinoa.

You need to rinse the quinoa with a mesh strainer before cooking, to remove the saponin coating. Also, you need to rinse it again after cooking, to avoid ending up with a bowl full of water and quinoa. After all, we’re not making soup.

How to Prepare Quinoa for Breakfast?

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, so I’ll give you more than one recipe to include quinoa in your breakfast. They’re all easy to prepare since I’m always late in the morning, and all the ingredients are suitable for one serving.

Dark Chocolate and Quinoa

What’s better than chocolate as a start for the day?

This is a vegan, gluten-free recipe. It can be prepared in one pot, which means less hassle in the kitchen. I couldn’t ask for more.

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup of dry Quinoa
  • ¼ cup of unsweetened almond milk
  • ¼ cup of coconut milk
  • A pinch of salt
  • ⅕ tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ⅕ tsp of maple syrup
  • A chopped square of Vegan Dark Chocolate

Steps

  • Rinse your quinoa thoroughly in a mesh strainer
  • Heat a saucepan over medium heat
  • Toast the quinoa seeds for a couple of minutes
  • Add almond milk, coconut milk, and salt
  • Stir the mixture and boil over high heat
  • Switch to low heat and let it cook for at least 20 minutes
  • When the quinoa absorbs all the liquid, that’s your sign to turn off the heat
  • Add the maple syrup and the cocoa powder and stir
  • Now add the chopped dark chocolate and any other topping you want, and voila!

Microwave Quinoa

Microwave recipes are one of my favorites because, let’s be honest, sometimes you wake up without enough energy for the stove or oven. It’s always easy to press some buttons and have your meal ready.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of quinoa
  • 2 cups of Water
  • 2-3 tbsp of milk
  • Honey for sweetening
  • A pinch of cinnamon
  • A pinch of salt
  • ¼ of a sliced banana

Steps

  • Rinse the quinoa as usual
  • Put the quinoa and water in a microwave safe bowl and cover it
  • Let it cook in the microwave for 6 minutes
  • Stir, then microwave for 3 minutes, until all the water is absorbed
  • When the quinoa is ready, take ½ cup of it and place it in another bowl
  • Store the extra quinoa in the fridge for future breakfasts
  • Add milk, honey, cinnamon, and salt
  • Mix the ingredients, and add the sliced banana as a topping. That’s it!

Overnight Quinoa

That’s a recipe for those days when you want to wake up and start eating right away without any preparations ahead. You can prepare it at night and leave it in the fridge.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup of cooked quinoa
  • 1 mashed banana
  • 1 tbsp of yogurt
  • ¼ cup of milk
  • A pinch of salt

Recipe

  • Get jar
  • Put all the ingredients in it and mix them
  • Close the jar and leave it in the fridge overnight
  • In the morning, add some milk if the mixture is too thick
  • Add nuts or fruits if you want

Note: The main ingredients of this jar are quinoa and yogurt. Feel free to change the banana with another fruit, or even add honey for sweetening. It’s your breakfast. Be creative.

Quinoa and Eggs

We can’t talk about breakfast without mentioning eggs. This recipe requires having cooked quinoa ahead to save some time in the morning, and a trusty nonstick pan.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of cooked quinoa
  • 40 grams of sauteed mushrooms (I add more because I love them)
  • ¼ cup of grape tomatoes
  • Oil
  • A pinch of salt
  • One egg
  • ¼ sliced avocado
  • Cilantro

Recipe

  • Add oil to a pan and cook the egg, sunny side up
  • Add some salt and let it cook
  • Don’t overcook the egg, as the runny yolk will serve as a sauce
  • In a bowl, add quinoa, mushrooms, and grape tomatoes
  • Add the egg and the avocado slices
  • Sprinkle some cilantro and start eating your rich breakfast bowl

How to Prepare Quinoa for Salad?

When it comes to salad, I always think that the more colors I add, the tastier it’ll be. This rule has never failed me before. This is a colorful quinoa salad recipe that can serve from 6 to 8 people.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of dry quinoa
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 chopped cucumber
  • 1 chopped bell pepper (or 2 if you want red and yellow together)
  • ½ cup of nuts
  • ½ cup of herbs (cilantro, mint, parsley)
  • 1 cup of cooked chickpeas

For the Dressing

I prefer basic dressings, but feel free to change the ingredients as you like.

  • ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • Salt
  • Black pepper

Recipe

  • Cook the quinoa as usual in boiled water and set aside
  • Combine all the ingredients along with quinoa in a large bowl
  • Mix the dressing in a smaller bowl and add to the salad
  • If you want, add some olives or cubes of feta cheese

How to Prepare Quinoa, Everything You Need to Know

Quinoa seeds are nutritious. They’re rich in fiber and protein, and they’re gluten-free. In addition to that, they’re a suitable ingredient if you want to lose a few pounds.

They’re quite versatile, and you can cook them in different ways until you find the recipes you like. What’s your favorite quinoa recipe?

Best Mop for Vinyl Floors

Vinyl is one of the most popular options for home floors, and it’s easy to see why. It’s versatile, low-maintenance and highly resistant to scratches and other forms of damages. It also helps that it can be made in a variety of patterns, colors and shapes.

If you’ve installed vinyl floors at home, then you’re definitely in luck! That said, it’s important to care for this type of flooring so it lasts longer. One way to keep your vinyl floor looking sharp is to use the right cleaning equipment. In the following post, we’ll focus on the best mop for vinyl floors.

The Best Mops for Vinyl Floors

Here are some of the top rated vinyl floor mops that we love.

18” Professional Microfiber Mop
ThermaPro Elite Steam Mop Cleaner
Gladwell Cordless Electric Mop
MOPNADO Deluxe Rolling Spin Mop System
Rubbermaid Reveal Spray Mop
18" Professional Microfiber Mop | Adjustable Stainless Steel Handle | 3 Premium Mop Pads + 2 Free...
PurSteam Steam Mop Cleaner 12 in 1 for Hardwood/Tiles/Vinyl - Easy-Detachable Handheld Steam Cleaner...
Gladwell Cordless Electric Mop, 3 in 1 Spinner, Scrubber and Waxer Quiet and Powerful Cleaner, Spin...
MOPNADO – Deluxe Stainless Steel Rolling Spin Mop System with 2 Replacement Microfiber Mop Heads...
Rubbermaid Reveal Spray Mop Floor Cleaning Kit, Bundles: 1 Mop, 3 Multi Surface Microfiber Wet...
18” Professional Microfiber Mop
18" Professional Microfiber Mop | Adjustable Stainless Steel Handle | 3 Premium Mop Pads + 2 Free...
ThermaPro Elite Steam Mop Cleaner
PurSteam Steam Mop Cleaner 12 in 1 for Hardwood/Tiles/Vinyl - Easy-Detachable Handheld Steam Cleaner...
Gladwell Cordless Electric Mop
Gladwell Cordless Electric Mop, 3 in 1 Spinner, Scrubber and Waxer Quiet and Powerful Cleaner, Spin...
MOPNADO Deluxe Rolling Spin Mop System
MOPNADO – Deluxe Stainless Steel Rolling Spin Mop System with 2 Replacement Microfiber Mop Heads...
Rubbermaid Reveal Spray Mop
Rubbermaid Reveal Spray Mop Floor Cleaning Kit, Bundles: 1 Mop, 3 Multi Surface Microfiber Wet...

Let’s take a closer look at each of these mops, and dive into some detailed reviews.

18” Professional Microfiber Mop

Have you been looking for a vinyl mop with a good selection of features, the 18-inch Microfiber Mop is your best bet.

It comes with a variety of cleaning tools that include 2 microfiber wet mop cleaners and a microfiber dust mop pad. The wet mops are great for clearing stains while the dust mop is useful for dusting floors or light cleaning.

The fact that both mops are made of microfiber is a huge plus. Not only does this material clean surfaces more thoroughly but it’s also machine washable and eco-friendly.

Another feature you’ll love about this mop is that it comes with an adjustable handle. To be specific, the handle extends up to 70 inches, making it possible to set it to a comfortable working height.

This handle is attached to an 18-inch wide frame, enabling you to cover more ground with a single pass.

Pros

  • Includes both dust and wet mop pads
  • Wide frame to cover a larger surface area
  • Mop pads made of microfiber for greater cleaning efficiency
  • Can be used on a variety of surfaces other than vinyl

Cons

  • No warranty offered

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ThermaPro Elite Steam Mop Cleaner

Are you in the market for the best steam mop for your vinyl floor? If you are, ThermaPro Elite by PurSteam World’s Best Steamers is an excellent choice.

Being a steam mop, this tool is not only great for cleaning but also sanitizing. Thus, you’re guaranteed to rid your floors of all bacteria.

Another feature that sets this mop apart is its exceptional triangular shape. This enables you to clean those really hard-to-reach spots. Better yet, it has a lightweight profile meaning you’re not likely to get fatigued even if you clean for hours.

The mop cleaner is also equipped with a large water tank that holds up to 250 ml. This eliminates the need to keep refilling your tank while cleaning.

ThermaPro Elite is highly versatile too. Other than vinyl floors, you can also use it to clean marble, ceramic, hardwood floors, traditional and porcelain tiles. Besides, this mop is fairly easy to set up. Simply install the provided attachment and you’re good to go.

Pros

  • Generous water tank to minimize frequency of refilling
  • Can be used on a variety of surfaces
  • Capable of sanitizing floors too
  • Unique triangular shape to provide easy access to different areas
  • Backed by a 2-year warranty

Cons

  • Quality of water reservoir can be improved

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Gladwell Cordless Electric Mop

While functionality should be your primary concern when looking for a vinyl mop, you should also account for design. In that regard, Gladwell- a cordless electric mop- has a really sleek and user-friendly design.

Given that it’s electric, it’s not surprising that this tool costs a bit more than a conventional mop cleaner. Best thing about this cleaning equipment being cordless is that it doesn’t constitute bulky components that tend to take up a lot of space.

Its user-friendliness is facilitated by the 180-degree rotation technology. This gives you seamless access to every square inch of your home.

Also worth pointing out is the mop’s fast-charging mechanism. With just 2 hours of charging, the cleaner will have enough juice to help you clean your floors several times.

The versatility of the Gladwell Cordless is another feature that will impress you. The mop comes with different settings, and with these a variety of functions that include spraying, mopping and waxing.

Pros

  • Has a sleek design and is available in black or blue
  • Long-lasting rechargeable battery that also charges quickly
  • Can be used to mop, wax and spray floors
  • Intuitive design providing easy access to cleaning surfaces
  • Comes with 1-year warranty

Cons

  • Expensive

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MOPNADO Deluxe Rolling Spin Mop System

Looking for a more pocket-friendly mop that still has all essential features to polish your vinyl floor? You’ll be hard pressed to find a cleaner that’s better than MOPNADO Deluxe Mop System.

A primary highlight of this mop is the dozens of attachments that it comes with- despite the fair pricing.

These include two microfiber heads, an extendable handle, scrub brush and mop plate. You’ll also get a soap dispenser and mop bucket- two accessories that you’ll rarely get from other packages. Also important to note is that the microfiber heads can rotate to 180 degrees. This is to give you easy access to hard-to-reach spots like the area under the furniture.

Taking all these features into account, it’s not surprising that this spin mop system can be used to clean different surfaces. Whether you have vinyl, laminate, hardwood or tile floors, this mop is well-suited.

The Deluxe is a well-constructed mopping device. Its handle is built using stainless steel to enhance durability. But even then, it doesn’t make the system overly heavy. Plus, the manufacturer provides a 1-year warranty.

Pros

  • Comes with a variety of accessories including a mop bucket
  • Backed by 1-year warranty
  • Sturdy stainless steel handle
  • Swiveling mop pads for easy accessibility

Cons

  • Only available in one color scheme

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Rubbermaid Reveal Spray Mop

Do you prefer to clean your home with a spray mop? If you do, the Rubbermaid Reveal Spray Mop is perfect for your vinyl floors. Contrary to standard mop-and-bucket systems, this is a complete unit consisting of an integrated liquid container.

Interestingly, it’s also one of the cheapest mops on the market. With a price tag of less than $20, you’re not likely to find a quality mop for your vinyl floor that is as affordable as this one.

According to Rubbermaid, the Reveal is an all-round mop that can be used on all types of floors including vinyl, tile, hardwood and laminate.

Better yet, it comes equipped with a microfiber pad that guarantees a thorough cleaning process. In fact, the manufacturer claims that the cleaning head can pick up at least 50% of dirt and dust.

For tough cleaning jobs, you will love the built-in scrubbing pad. Don’t worry about your vinyl floor getting scraped as the scrubber is made of a non-scratch material. This way, you’ll be able to clean even the most stubborn stains.

Pros

  • Mop includes a non-scratch pad for cleaning stubborn stains
  • A multi-surface spray mop is ideal for cleaning a variety of surfaces
  • Sports a durable and lightweight build
  • Cheap

Cons

  • Does not come with any warranty

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Features to Consider when Purchasing Mops for Vinyl Floors

Non-abrasive

If you’ve installed a high-quality vinyl floor, then it should be able to provide years of service. However, certain elements can increase the floor’s susceptibility to damage such as using abrasive materials.

To prevent this, ensure the mop for your vinyl floor doesn’t have an abrasive cleaning pad. The Rubbermaid Reveal Spray Mop is a good case in point. Though it’s equipped with a scrubbing pad to clear stubborn stains, the pad is made of non-scratch material to protect your floor. For the safest outcome, use microfiber mop pads as they’re non-abrasive.

Build quality

Mops aren’t as expensive as other cleaning tools. Still, you shouldn’t have to replace your mop every few weeks or months.

For optimal durability, look for mopping units with sturdy handles. Advisably, the handle should be made of lightweight but durable material such as stainless steel or aluminum alloy.

On the same note, look for a handle that’s extendable or adjustable. This will help you set the handle to the right height.

Absorbency

Another factor you should take into consideration is the absorption capability of the mop’s head. Usually, materials such as microfibers, cotton and blends have the best absorbency rate.

Additional Tips to Maintain Vinyl Floors

In addition to using proper cleaning equipment, there are a few other things you can do to maintain your vinyl floor. These are:

  • Sweep the vinyl floor before cleaning- this is essential to remove any loose dirt
  • Clean up spills as soon as they happen to avoid staining your floor
  • Mop regularly to keep your floor spotless
  • Invest in entryway rugs and doormats- this helps to reduce the bulk of dirt and moisture reaching your vinyl floor

Still having trouble cleaning your vinyl floors?  Are they just so dirty because they’ve been neglected?  Check out this cool floor cleaning hack.

Picking the Best Mop for Vinyl Floors

There are a couple of features you should look for when purchasing mops for your vinyl floors. The most important is that it should have a non-abrasive cleaning pad. Preferably, it should also have a strong build and adjustable handle.

Here are all of the mops we looked at one more time for Vinyl floors:

The 18” Professional Microfiber Mop is an example of a mop that checks all these boxes and then some. It has vinyl floor-friendly microfiber pads, an adjustable steel handle, and a wide frame to cover a large surface area.

If you are looking for an electric mop for your vinyl floor, then the Gladwell Cordless Electric Mop is a great choice that will make cleaning your vinyl floors.

No matter which mop you pick from this guide, you are on your way to to a much cleaner vinyl floor.

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 Oven
BELLA Air Convection Fryer
Dash Deluxe Electric Air Fryer
B. WEISS Air Fryer XL
Yedi Houseware Total Package Air Fryer
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Cuisinart AFR-25, Airfryer, Silver
BELLA (14538) 2.6 Quart Air Fryer, Black
Dash DFAF455GBAQ01 Deluxe Electric Air Fryer plus Oven Cooker with Temperature Control, Non Stick...
Air Fryer XL Best 5.5 QT Extreme Model 8-in-1 By (B. WEISS) Family Size Huge capacity,With Airfryer...
Yedi Total Package Air Fryer XL, 5.8 Quart, Deluxe Accessory Kit, Recipes, Black
Capacity
1.19 Quart***
2.6 Quart
6 Quart
5.5 Quart
5.8 Quart
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Cuisinart AFR-25 Air Fryer Oven
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Cuisinart AFR-25, Airfryer, Silver
Capacity
1.19 Quart***
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BELLA Air Convection Fryer
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BELLA (14538) 2.6 Quart Air Fryer, Black
Capacity
2.6 Quart
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Dash Deluxe Electric Air Fryer
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Dash DFAF455GBAQ01 Deluxe Electric Air Fryer plus Oven Cooker with Temperature Control, Non Stick...
Capacity
6 Quart
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B. WEISS Air Fryer XL
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Air Fryer XL Best 5.5 QT Extreme Model 8-in-1 By (B. WEISS) Family Size Huge capacity,With Airfryer...
Capacity
5.5 Quart
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Yedi Houseware Total Package Air Fryer
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Yedi Total Package Air Fryer XL, 5.8 Quart, Deluxe Accessory Kit, Recipes, Black
Capacity
5.8 Quart
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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 Oven

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 2.6 Quart Air Convection Fryer

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 Air Fryer –  Deluxe Electric Air Fryer

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 (5.5 QT Extreme Model 8-in-1)

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

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:

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Cuisinart AFR-25 Air Fryer Oven
BELLA Air Convection Fryer
Dash Deluxe Electric Air Fryer
B. WEISS Air Fryer XL
Yedi Houseware Total Package Air Fryer
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Cuisinart AFR-25, Airfryer, Silver
BELLA (14538) 2.6 Quart Air Fryer, Black
Dash DFAF455GBAQ01 Deluxe Electric Air Fryer plus Oven Cooker with Temperature Control, Non Stick...
Air Fryer XL Best 5.5 QT Extreme Model 8-in-1 By (B. WEISS) Family Size Huge capacity,With Airfryer...
Yedi Total Package Air Fryer XL, 5.8 Quart, Deluxe Accessory Kit, Recipes, Black
Capacity
1.19 Quart***
2.6 Quart
6 Quart
5.5 Quart
5.8 Quart
Item
Cuisinart AFR-25 Air Fryer Oven
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Cuisinart AFR-25, Airfryer, Silver
Capacity
1.19 Quart***
More Info
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BELLA Air Convection Fryer
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BELLA (14538) 2.6 Quart Air Fryer, Black
Capacity
2.6 Quart
More Info
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Dash Deluxe Electric Air Fryer
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Dash DFAF455GBAQ01 Deluxe Electric Air Fryer plus Oven Cooker with Temperature Control, Non Stick...
Capacity
6 Quart
More Info
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B. WEISS Air Fryer XL
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Air Fryer XL Best 5.5 QT Extreme Model 8-in-1 By (B. WEISS) Family Size Huge capacity,With Airfryer...
Capacity
5.5 Quart
More Info
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Yedi Houseware Total Package Air Fryer
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Yedi Total Package Air Fryer XL, 5.8 Quart, Deluxe Accessory Kit, Recipes, Black
Capacity
5.8 Quart
More Info

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!

Perfect Air Fryer Meals for Beginners

Now that you know how to make french fries in your air fryer, here are some great meals to go along with it:

Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

Yellow Squash Tots

Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

Best Air Fryer Steak

Air fryer cooking is a great way to create quick, easy, and tasty meals.  Enjoy your new air fryer!

How to Cook Red Potatoes the Complete Guide

If you’re looking for something to cook with red potatoes, you’ve come to the right place.  We are going to take a closer look at red potatoes, and all of the different things you can do with them.  We’ll even link to some delicious red potato recipes.

What Are Red Potatoes?

Red potatoes are a delicious potato that come in two main types.  The first type is a larger potato that is about the size of your first.

Potato Red Conventional, 1 Each

The second variety is much smaller, often called baby red potatoes, or creamer potatoes.

Potato Red Creamer Organic, 24 Ounce

Besides the size, the other main difference is the skin, which is a bit more tender on the smaller variety.

Can You Eat the Skin on Red Potatoes?

The answer is a resounding yes!  There is a great deal of fiber in red potato skins, and they are very delicate.

Red potato skins are also a great source of B vitamins, potassium, and iron.

How to Cook Red Potatoes

There are so many ways to cook red potatoes!  You can use any potato recipe you have on hand with them, but here are a couple of favorites.

  • Baking or Roasting
  • Boiling (Espeically for potato salad!)
  • Stews and Soups
  • Delicate French Fries
  • Mashing
  • Air Fryer

Now, let’s take a closer look at each of these prep methods for red potatoes, and how to cook them with some general information and recipes.

Can You Make Baked Potatoes with Red Potatoes?

Yes, you can make baked potatoes with red potatoes quite easily.  The question you should ask yourself is do you want to bake them or roast them?

Traditional baked potatoes are usually prepared by being washed, seasoned, wrapped in foil, then baked.

Roasted red potatoes skip the wrapping step quite simply.

So wehere you want to make traditional baked potato with your red potatoes, or roast them directly in in a pan, they will be delicious.

How Do You Bake Red Potatoes?

There are a couple steps to roast or bake your red potatoes.

First and foremost is to preheat your oven.  For smaller potatoes or cut up potatoes preheat your oven to 400 F.  For larger potatoes, consider dropping the temperature to 375 so that you don’t brown them too much.

First, wash your red potatoes well, and consider gently scrubbing the skin.

Next you should decide how you want to season them.  Olive oil and a bit of salt are both popular options.

Then, either place your potatoes in a roasting pan, or wrap them in foil.

Most people prefer to roast them without foil.

If you are using large red potatoes and electing to roast your potatoes in pan, you may want to cut them!  Cubed and wedges are both popular options.

Here are some great baked red potato recipes.

Loaded Twice Baked Red Potatoes

GARLIC-HERB & PARMESAN ROASTED RED POTATOES

BAKED RED POTATO WEDGES RECIPE

What to Season Red Potatoes With?

When it comes to red potatoes, the seasoning possibilities are truly endless.

Here are a couple of ideas to get you started:

  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Parsley
  • Oregano
  • Lemon
  • Paprika
  • Garlic
  • Parmesan

Those are the go to red potato seasonings in my house, but there are plenty of other ideas out there.  You can also mix a multiple seasonings together like:

  • Garlic and Parmesan
  • Olive Oil, Lemon, and Parsley
  • Lemon and Oregano

You really can’t mess up when it comes to seasoning your red potatoes!

How Long to Boil Red Potatoes

First and foremost, it depends on what you are doing with your red potatoes.  You boil them differently for potato salad than you would for mashed potatoes.

For potato salad, you want to par boil your red potatoes, or boil them until you can just pierce them with a fork.  I like to leave them whole for potato salad.

Start checking your red potatoes for potato salad after they have boiled for 10 minutes.

Here is a great recipe for Red Potato Salad.

For mashed potatoes, you want to boil them until you can stick your fork all the way through.  You may also want to cut them in quarters first, which will make them cook faster.

Start checking your red potatoes for mashed potatoes after they have boiled for 15 minutes.

Here is a great recipe for Mashed Red Potatoes.

Are Red Potatoes Good for Frying?

Yes, you can fry red potatoes.

The texture is much different than the classic French fry because red potatoes are so creamy and starchy, but they are still delicious.

If you’re tired of the same old French fries, or trying to sneak in some nutritious potato skin into your family’s diet, making French fries out of red potatoes is a great way to do it.

Here are some great ideas when it comes to red potato French fries:

Baked Red Potato Fries

Crispy Baked Garlic Matchstick Fries

Red Potatoes in the Air Fryer

Cooking red potatoes in the air fryer is the best of both worlds, both frying and roasting!  The great part about an air fryer is that it does not require much oil at all, compared to conventional

Air Fryer Roasted Potatoes (with garlic and herbs)

Air Fryer Baby Potatoes

Want to try it yourself without a recipe?  There are a couple of things to do.

First, decide how you want to cut your potatoes.  If you are using baby potatoes, you can leave them whole, but if you are using large red potatoes consider making wedges or traditional French fries.  You can also slice the red potatoes for chip like fries.

Next, if you cut the potatoes, rinse them until the water runs clear.  You may even want to let them soak for a while, then rinse them again.

Once you have drained the water from the red potatoes, add any oil and seasonings.

We like to use olive oil and that’s about it, but any of your favorite oils and seasonings will work.

Next, set your air fryer to 400F and 20 minutes.  Check them after 10 and shake the basket.

You may need to add more time based on how many potatoes you are making and how full your air fryer basket is.

Enjoy your air fryer potatoes!  Once you get the hand of making them in the air fryer you may not make them any other way.

Red Potatoes in Stew

Many prefer to use the bite size baby red potatoes in stews, since they can be added and eaten whole!

Simply cut larger red potatoes into cubes before adding them to your favorite stew.

Here are a couple of great stew recipes:

Easy Instant Pot Beef Stew

Beef Stew with Carrots & Potatoes

How to Cook Red Potatoes in the Microwave

When it comes to cooking red potatoes in the microwave, there are two main things to think about: are you cooking baby red potatoes in the microwave and large red potatoes in the microwave.

How Long to Microwave Whole Red Potatoes

If you are making large red potatoes in the microwave, it could not be easier.  First wash your red potato, and pierce it with a fork.

Then, wrap it in plastic wrap and cook it for 5 minutes on high.  After it has cooked, let it sit for 2-3 minutes then squeeze it (wearing an oven mitt of course!).

If you can squeeze it easily, it is cooked.  If not, cook it for an additional minute at a time until you can squeeze it.

You can also cook baby red potatoes in the microwave.  You will need a microwave safe container with a lid in it, and you’ll need to add a bit of water to the container to essentially steam the red potatoes.

The Complete Guide to Cooking Red Potatoes

We’ve covered everything you need to know when it comes to how to cook red potatoes in this complete guide.

Be sure to let us know your favorite way to cook red potatoes in the comments!

Your Guide to the Best Popcorn Poppers Out There

If you’ve made microwave popcorn before, you probably know the drill. You throw the batch inside, watch it spin around itself for a few minutes, then take it out once you hear the beep.

Next? You enjoy a plate of popcorn that’s filled with fake butter and tastes like paper.

It’s now time to upgrade and get the real deal; a popcorn machine. Using it is pretty easy, and it’s faster than the pot method. Additionally, you can make a whole batch of popcorn without one drop of oil.

I’ll show you the best popcorn poppers and you can take your pick.

Our Top Pick for Popcorn Poppers

Here are absolute favorite popcorn machines.

Time for Treats Pop Air
West Bend Crazy Electric Hot Oil Popcorn Popper Machine
Salbree Microwave Popcorn Popper
Great Northern Red Roosevelt Antique Countertop Style Popcorn Popper Machine
Movie Night Popcorn Popper Machine With Cart
Time for Treats PopAir Electric Hot Air Popcorn Popper, Makes 3.5 Quarts, Red
West Bend 82707B Stir Crazy Electric Hot Oil Popcorn Popper Machine with Stirring Rod with Improved...
Original Salbree Microwave Popcorn Popper, Silicone Popcorn Maker, Collapsible Bowl BPA Free - 18...
6010 Great Northern Red 8oz Roosevelt Antique Countertop Style Popcorn Popper Machine
Movie Night Popcorn Popper Machine With Cart-Makes Approx. 3 Gallons Per Batch- by Superior Popcorn...
3.5 quart
4 quart
4 quart
45 quart
45 quart
Time for Treats Pop Air
Time for Treats PopAir Electric Hot Air Popcorn Popper, Makes 3.5 Quarts, Red
3.5 quart
West Bend Crazy Electric Hot Oil Popcorn Popper Machine
West Bend 82707B Stir Crazy Electric Hot Oil Popcorn Popper Machine with Stirring Rod with Improved...
4 quart
Salbree Microwave Popcorn Popper
Original Salbree Microwave Popcorn Popper, Silicone Popcorn Maker, Collapsible Bowl BPA Free - 18...
4 quart
Great Northern Red Roosevelt Antique Countertop Style Popcorn Popper Machine
6010 Great Northern Red 8oz Roosevelt Antique Countertop Style Popcorn Popper Machine
45 quart
Movie Night Popcorn Popper Machine With Cart
Movie Night Popcorn Popper Machine With Cart-Makes Approx. 3 Gallons Per Batch- by Superior Popcorn...
45 quart

These are the best popcorn machines on the market, and there is something for everyone on this list/

Now, let’s go through the various features so you can decide which one suits you best.

Time for Treats Pop Air

The best feature in this popcorn popper is the cold-touch safety. The body of the machine is always cold, so you won’t get burned if you accidentally touched it while it’s running. That’s why it’s ETL-certified; its safety features are unmatched.

Furthermore, the Time for Treats machine runs fast. It can pop up to 3.5 quarts of kernels in a total of 3 minutes. After popping, you can easily pour the popcorn through the plastic sprout on the body.

The machine is supported by a sturdy board base, which allows it to stay stable on your countertop. Plus, it comes with a measuring cup that you can use for melting butter and counting the kernels.

Pros

  • Easy to use and disassemble
  • ETL-certified
  • Easy to clean
  • No burnt popcorn
  • Plastic spout for easier pouring
  • Easy butter melting

Cons

  • The popcorn capacity is limited

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West Bend Crazy Electric Hot Oil Popcorn Popper Machine

The West Band operates uniquely; it’s not your typical popcorn popper. Along with the hot-air technology used to pop the corn, there’s a heating plate inside the machine. Plus, it enables you to use oil, unlike most popcorn machines.

The West Bend’s design is outstanding; it comes with a built-in butter container for easier melting. Moreover, it has a stirring rod that’s operated by the motor. It helps you get even-sized kernels.

As for the safety features, the popper has a heat-resistant handle and base. That way, you won’t have to worry about getting burnt or overheating your countertop. In fact, you won’t have the time to get burnt; the popper can finish 6 popcorn quarts in a total of 4 minutes!

Pros

  • Easy storage
  • The cover works as a serving bowl
  • Cord wrap
  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Large capacity
  • Non-stick external coating

Cons

  • The non-stick material peels off
  • Hard to clean due to the unremovable surface

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Original Salbree Collapsible Bowl

For a microwave popper, the convenience of the Salbree is unmatched. It has a collapsible design that allows you to fold it in when it’s not in use. Also, thanks to the silicone it’s made of, you can store it anywhere without taking much space.

Furthermore, the Salbree is dishwasher-safe. That way, the cleaning process will be easier than ever. The convenience features don’t end here; the popper has two side handles, so you can easily carry it into and out of the microwave.

The Salbree has a capacity for 4 quarts of popcorn. You can add some oil to the popcorn if you like, but it works well without it. Although it doesn’t pop the kernels using hot air, the popper makes surprisingly tasty popcorn.

Pros

  • 18 colors to choose from
  • Easy storage
  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Safe silicone material
  • BPA-free
  • Low price

Cons

  • Chemical odor
  • Small capacity

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Great Northern Red Roosevelt Antique Countertop Style Popcorn Popper Machine

If you want to get the closest thing to a professional popper, look no further, the Great Northern is the one for you. Its antique design will be the perfect addition to your kitchen or home theatre.

The high price of the Great Northern is not set haphazardly. The machine can make up to 45 quarts of popcorn. Plus, it comes with stainless steel containers and high-quality glass panels for maximum protection.

The Great Northern has a drawer on its bottom for the kernels that fall through the perforations without popping. That way, you can use them to make another batch. Additionally, you can use the base as a storage space for your popcorn supplies.

Pros

  • Antique style design
  • It comes with popcorn serving bags
  • Three control switches
  • Kernel drawer
  • Popcorn scoop
  • Stainless steel construction

Cons

  • No instructions included
  • A lot of customers received defected machines

Great Northern Red 8oz Roosevelt Antique Countertop Style Popcorn Popper Machine

Movie Night Popcorn Popper Machine With Cart

The popcorn popper has it all; the sturdy construction, the sleek design, and the convenience. It arrives with a metal gearbox that’ll withstand anything you throw at it. In addition, the stainless is powder-coated for extra protection.

The cart makes it was to store and move, and a great general conversation piece.  All of your kids friends will want to come over on Friday and Saturday night for popcorn and a movie!

It is also available in a countertop model without the cart and comes in both red and black with different designs on it.

The popper comes with three control switches; light warmer, heater, and stirrer. That way, you’ll have full control over the process. Furthermore, you can make up to 45 quarts of popcorn using the Countertop. And although that’s a large amount, you’ll not hear a loud noise from the machine. The motor accounts for the quiet operation.

The popper is designed for your convenience. There’s a storage cabinet beneath it so you can store your bags, kernels, and scoops. Plus, its dimensions allow for kitchen storage.

Pros

  • Easy to clean using water
  • Storage cabinet
  • Large capacity
  • Sturdy construction
  • It comes with wheels for easy transportation
  • Fast popping

Cons

  • Sharp metal edges
  • A lot of kernels end up unpopped

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5 Things to Consider Before Buying a Popcorn Popper

In order to get the best popcorn machine on the market, there are a few aspects that you should pay attention to.

1.  The Popcorn Machine Type

All popcorn machines pop the kernels, but not all of them do it in the same way. There are five different types of popcorn poppers, so you can choose the one that fits your budget and usage.

Commercial Popcorn Poppers

These are the most expensive popcorn machines available. They’re larger than other types, and they make larger amounts of popcorn.

They’re only suitable for homes if you have a home theatre. Otherwise, they’re made for vending machines and cinemas.

Electric Popcorn Poppers

Electric poppers are ideal for home use. They’re available in various price ranges, and they have all the features you need. They also consume little energy.

The West Bend Crazy Electric Hot Oil Popcorn Popper Machine is a good option if you want to get an electric popper.

Stovetop Popcorn Poppers

The stovetop machines adapt the style of the traditional popcorn pots. However, they operate in a modern way, using stirrers and gears. They don’t require electricity to work, so they’re suitable if you want an energy-saving machine.

Professional Popcorn Poppers

These poppers operate in the same way as commercial machines, but they’re cost-effective and much smaller. They’re fit for home use and they’re usually designed to impress. The Great Northern Red Roosevelt Antique Countertop Style Popcorn Popper Machine is one of the best professional popcorn poppers.

Microwave Popcorn Poppers

These popcorn poppers are the easiest to use. They don’t require electricity or oil to work. You just pop them into the microwave and wait for the magic to happen. They’re convenient if you want a unit that won’t take storage space. If you’re looking into getting one of them, don’t miss the Salbree Microwave Popcorn Popper.

2.  Storage

A good popcorn popper won’t require much effort on your part to store it. If you have a small kitchen, you don’t have to live with a unit that’s hard to store. That’s why ease of storage is one of the aspects that you should pay attention to.

Some poppers are collapsible, and others are compact-sized. You can choose whatever fits you the most, but we recommend that you get one with a cord wrap, so it doesn’t get tangled.

3.  Popcorn Capacity

Some machines can make about 50 quarts of popcorn per batch, and others can make only 4 quarts. You should choose the capacity that suits your needs and the number of your family members, so you don’t get a large popper for nothing.

4.  Construction Material

The material of the popper will determine its price and its popping quality. Stainless Steel poppers are the best quality out there, but they’re heavy. Alternatively, silicone poppers are low-quality, but they’re lightweight and easy to store.

It’s necessary that you get a machine that’ll last for a few years. You don’t want to pay a hefty amount only to get a popper that’ll work for two months and break down. That’s why you should choose the materials wisely.

5.  BPA-Free Materials

BPA is short for Bisphenol A, which is a synthetic element that goes into the production of plastic. It’s been proven to cause a lot of health issues. That’s why we advise against getting any material that contains it.

This is especially important with popcorn poppers because they generate heat every time they’re used. You don’t want to get exposed to food made that way. The Salbree Microwave Popcorn Popper is your best choice in this case.

The Verdict

Let’s take a look at our popcorn popper machines one more time:

Time for Treats PopAir Electric Hot Air Popcorn Popper, Makes 3.5 Quarts, Red
FAST: Makes 3.5 quarts in about 3 minutes!; NO BURNS: Cool-touch body in Firehouse Red; MEASURE AND MELT: Measuring cup also melts butter while the popcorn is popping
West Bend 82707B Stir Crazy Electric Hot Oil Popcorn Popper Machine with Stirring Rod with Improved...
CONVENIENT: Vented clear cover doubles as a 6-quart capacity popcorn bowl; EASY CLEANUP: Plate is nonstick coated for easy clean up
Movie Night Popcorn Popper Machine With Cart-Makes Approx. 3 Gallons Per Batch- by Superior Popcorn...
Deluxe model with 3 control switches and 850 watts; Popcorn supply storage in base; Switches include: spot light warmer, stirrer and pot heater

The best overall popcorn machine is the West Bend Crazy Electric Hot Oil Popcorn Popper Machine. Its safety features are incomparable. Plus, it enables you to use oil and butter with your popcorn. On top of that, its price is moderate and its size is fit for kitchen countertops.

If you want to upgrade and get a professional popcorn popper, the Movie Night Popcorn Popper Machine With Cart is your best bargain. The sturdy construction will last for years. Besides, its unique design will be a nice addition to your home theatre.

Where Does Popcorn Come From?

From your new popcorn popper, of course.

All kidding aside, you may be wondering where popcorn comes from.

Generally speaking, popcorn corn is a different variety than the corn almost everyone enjoys at a summer BBQ.

We all know what popcorn kernels look like, they appear to be dry kernels of corn.  The tick is that they are not completely dry, there is a tiny bit of moisture in them that “pops” when they are heated, producing the popcorn we all know and love.  You can learn more about where popcorn comes from at The Modern Farmer.

How to Season Popcorn

Popcorn can be seasoned in any way you would like, or even enjoyed plain (which is my favorite).

Good popcorn doesn’t need much else, but it can be a great vehicle for other seasonings and treats!

Here are some ideas on how to season popcorn:

  • Salt
  • Melted Butter
  • Sugar and Salt
  • Cocoa powder or drizzled chocolate
  • Caramel
  • Melted cheese

Still want some more ideas and inspiration?  Check out these easy popcorn recipes and this  home seasoning guide for popcorn.

Finding the Best Dry Food Storage Containers

Boxes of flour, half used bags of pasta, beans, and other dry goods scattered throughout the kitchen.  Trying to measure out mixes and flours out of flimsy bags only to have the flour end up all over.

If you have ever accidentally dropped a half used bag of something dry, or simply had the bag break on you, you know what I am talking about. The best dry food storage containers are something you don’t even realize you need – until you’ve already made a mess!

Best Dry Food Storage Containers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OXO Good Grips

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

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

OXO 3106300 SteeL POP Container – Airtight Food Storage – 4 Qt for Flour and More,Silver

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

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

Get more information on OXO Good Grips

Rubbermaid Brilliance

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

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

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

Get more information on Rubbermaid Brilliance

Chef’s Path

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

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

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

Get more information on Chef's Path

DWËLLZA KITCHEN

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

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

You can’t go wrong with these containers.

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Home Basics

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

Home Basics 4-Piece Glass Canister Cylinder Set with Clear Window (Turquoise)
Peak-through clear windows along the container for easily viewing contents at a glance; Transparent windows make it easy to monitor how much is left for quick refills
Home Basics CS44445 4 Piece Stainless Steel Canister Set with Windows
Keep your dry food fresh by keeping it in this steel canister; Made from study always stainless steel
Home Basics 4-Piece Glass Canister Cylinder Set with Clear Window (Red)
Peak-through clear windows along the container for easily viewing contents at a glance; Transparent windows make it easy to monitor how much is left for quick refills

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

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

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

Get more information on Home Basics

OXO Dry Food Storage

When it comes to dry food storage, OXO has a bit of a cult following.  I received a set as a gift, and I was hooked!

They look great, and are easy to use.  They also have quite an air tight seal.

The only downside is cleaning them.  I’ve messed up the top cleaning it many times, and it takes forever to dry.

It does take some getting used to for cleaning the top of the OXO pop containers.  The most important thing to note is that the top needs to be hand washed, and disassembled.

As for the clear contianer itself?  You can put those in the dishwasher no problem,

Rubbermaid Brilliance vs OXO

Another popular storage container out there are the Rubbermaid Brilliance containers, and I must admit, I really like these too.

When it comes to OXO vs Rubbermaid Brilliance, Rubbermaid wins for one reason, ease of cleaning.

Instead of the POP mechanism, the Rubbermaid Brilliance contains feature and easy to use and easy to clean snap tight lid.

Rubbermaid Brilliance Food Storage Container, Medium, 3.2 Cup, Clear, 2-Pack (2025333) vs OXO Good Grips POP Container - Airtight Food Storage - 0.6 Qt Rectangle (Set of 4) for Tea and More

Chef’s Path vs OXO

Chef’s Path also make popular food storage containers, but how does it compare when it comes down to Chef’s Path vs OXO?

The fact of the matter is these two containers are very similar.  They both feature a different type of mechanism to seal.

The OXO POP vs the Chef’s Path Clamp.  They both have the same functionality though, and the Chef’s Path lids are to be wiped down only.

While the OXO POP list are a pain to clean, they can still be hand washed.

The other benefit OXO has vs Chef’s Path is that Chef’s Path containers are generally sold in sets, while OXO has the ability to purchase individual containers or a few containers at a time.

There also is a greater variety of sizes and shapes when it comes to OXO containers vs Chef’s Path containers.

Picking the Best Dry Food Storage Containers

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

OXO Good Grips 5-Piece Airtight Food Storage POP Container Value Set
5 Piece Value Set provides a savings of $9.96/16.61%
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Rubbermaid Brilliance Pantry Organization & Food Storage Containers with Airtight Lids, Set of 10...
Lids snap tight to help keep food fresh; Containers stack for compact storage; Thick, durable container walls for everyday use
Home Basics 4-Piece Glass Canister Cylinder Set with Clear Window (Turquoise)
Peak-through clear windows along the container for easily viewing contents at a glance; Transparent windows make it easy to monitor how much is left for quick refills

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

There’s really no wrong when it comes to picking one of these storage containers.

The OXO containers are very popular, and come with a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and finishes.

A similar container is the Chef's Path, but it does not come in as wide of a variety as OXO Pop.

Both of these have a super air tight seal, but it can be annoying to clean their lids.

A similar container is the DWËLLZA KITCHEN set and options, and is very cost effective.

If you’re looking for high quality, variety of sizes and shapes, and ease of cleaning, then the Rubbermaid Brilliance containers are a great choice.

Finally, if you are just looking for something that looks nice, consider the Home Basics set.

Uses for Dry Food Storage Containers

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

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

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

Finding the Best Powerhead for Your Central Vacuum

If you have a central vacuum, you know how nice it is not to have to lug a huge heavy vacuum cleaner around the house.  You also know if that something breaks, like your powerhead, you simply need to replace that component instead of your whole central vacuum system.  Finding the best powerhead for your central vacuum is essential to the system’s operation.

Let’s take a look at several options when it comes to the powerhead for your central vacuum.

Best Powerhead for Central Vacuum

ZVac Central Vacuum Powerhead Universal Electric 14" Brush ZPH-33 with Integrated Wand for Central...
Electrolux Rugmaster BM1393 Central Vacuum Replacement Power Brush with Wand
Wessel Werk EBK 360 Power Nozzle with Integrated Wand for Central Vacuum Systems
Cen-Tec Systems 94775 CT20QD Quiet Drive Central Vacuum Nozzle with Integrated Wand, Black
Central Vacuum Electric Powerhead Nozzle for Beam, Eureka, Nutone & More
ZVac Central Vacuum Powerhead Universal Electric 14" Brush ZPH-33 with Integrated Wand for Central...
Electrolux Rugmaster BM1393 Central Vacuum Replacement Power Brush with Wand
Wessel Werk EBK 360 Power Nozzle with Integrated Wand for Central Vacuum Systems
Cen-Tec Systems 94775 CT20QD Quiet Drive Central Vacuum Nozzle with Integrated Wand, Black
Central Vacuum Electric Powerhead Nozzle for Beam, Eureka, Nutone & More
ZVac Central Vacuum Powerhead Universal Electric 14" Brush ZPH-33 with Integrated Wand for Central...
ZVac Central Vacuum Powerhead Universal Electric 14" Brush ZPH-33 with Integrated Wand for Central...
Electrolux Rugmaster BM1393 Central Vacuum Replacement Power Brush with Wand
Electrolux Rugmaster BM1393 Central Vacuum Replacement Power Brush with Wand
Wessel Werk EBK 360 Power Nozzle with Integrated Wand for Central Vacuum Systems
Wessel Werk EBK 360 Power Nozzle with Integrated Wand for Central Vacuum Systems
Cen-Tec Systems 94775 CT20QD Quiet Drive Central Vacuum Nozzle with Integrated Wand, Black
Cen-Tec Systems 94775 CT20QD Quiet Drive Central Vacuum Nozzle with Integrated Wand, Black
Central Vacuum Electric Powerhead Nozzle for Beam, Eureka, Nutone & More
Central Vacuum Electric Powerhead Nozzle for Beam, Eureka, Nutone & More

There are a couple of things to think about when it is time to replace your powerhead.  First and foremost, are you looking for just a powerhead or a wand too?  The other important thing to look at is the width of the powerhead.

Let’s take a closer look at some good options for central vacuum powerhead replacement.

ZVac Central Vacuum Powerhead

The ZVac powerhead is 14″ wide, and has rubber wheels that won’t leave a mark which makes it a great choice for non-carpeted areas as well as carpeted areas.

You can adjust the carpet height to make sure you are getting the right suction for the area you are cleaning.

This model comes with an integrated wand, which may be a downside for storage.

Electrolux Rugmaster BM1393

While this model will fit any central vacuum system with a 1-1/4″ vacuum hose, it is especially popular among Electrolux owners.  Another name for this system is Beam, though it is manufactured by Electrolux.

One benefit of this powerhead is that the height will adjust unlike some other models, so you can go between different carpet types and hard floors with ease.

This wand is also detachable from the powerhead itself.

Wessel Werk EBK 360 Power Nozzle

The wand this powerhead comes with has a quick connect release from both the powerhead and the hose which is very handy.

This wand telescopes, which means it adjusts as a single piece and collapses easily for storage.  This is a helpful feature if your kids like to help you vacuum!  You can adjust it to their height quickly and without issue.

Cen-Tec Systems Powerhead

This powerhead also has an option to come without the wand.  However, this wand is telescoping, so if you do not have a telescoping wand currently it is a great option to have.

One of the best things about this model is the bumpers around the powerhead so you don’t damage walls and molding if you get a bit overzealous with your vacuuming.

It also features a unique QuietDrive system which is quite on both carpets and hard floors.

Central Vacuum Electric Powerhead Nozzle

If you are in the market for a powerhead without a wand, this model is not to be missed since so many central vacuum powerheads do include the wand.

This vacuum head features will fit any 1 1/4″ wand that has a button lock, it is not a quick connect powerhead like some of the other options we looked at.

What is a Central Vacuum?

If you are reading this article you probably already know the answer.  This was a very popular item put in houses in the 1980s while they were being built.  There is a large canister in the basement that houses the vacuum itself, with hose outlets in the rooms of the hose.

You just need to carry your hose and powerhead and other attachments around the house instead of lugging a heavy vacuum.  Because the vacuum device itself can be much larger than a traditional vacuum, it also has much more suction than many other models.

While it is difficult to retrofit a central vacuum into an existing home, it can be done.

Picking the Best Central Vacuum Powerhead

Now, let’s take a quick look at all these central vacuum powerheads:

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ZVac Central Vacuum Powerhead Universal Electric 14" Brush ZPH-33 with Integrated Wand for Central...
Generic, Not An OEM Product, Marks and Models Mentioned For Compatibility Purposes Only
Electrolux Rugmaster BM1393 Central Vacuum Replacement Power Brush with Wand
See Full List Of Compatible Models In Product Description; BM1393 Part#: 045368; Note: Does not have headlights
Wessel Werk EBK 360 Power Nozzle with Integrated Wand for Central Vacuum Systems
EBK360 features quick disconnect wand; Includes EBK360QDC and integrated wand; LED bright headlight
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Cen-Tec Systems 94775 CT20QD Quiet Drive Central Vacuum Nozzle with Integrated Wand, Black
Includes wand release, wrap around bumper, headlight, reset button and a height adjustment

Both the Centec and ZVac models boast the biggest cleaning areas with 14″ wide powerheads.  The benefit of the Centec over the ZVac is the telescoping wand.  The Centec is also known for its quiet operation, making it the must have if you are concerned about noise.

If you are looking for a powerhead only, rememberer the Centec also comes without a wand, but it must be compatible with the quick release mechanism.  If your existing wand as a hole snap closer, the last option is the best.

You really cannot go wrong with any of the central vacuum powerhead models we looked at, just be sure to pay attention to each one’s unique features to find the one that best suits your needs.

Do You Need a Central Vacuum Powerhead?

Central vacuum devices are powerful by design, but a powerhead really adds another level of cleaning.  The power in the powerhead refers to the brush inside the head.

This brush is powered and spins fast, allowing you to get a deeper clean that is especially important for carpets, although all the powerhead reviewed in this guide feature non marking wheels that allow you to also clean hard surfaces.

If you were using a brush head that was not powered, the brushes would spin under the power of the vacuum suction itself.  While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, some of the sucking power will need to be used to spin the brush, which means less power to actually suck up dirt!

If you have a central vacuum system in your home and your home has carpet, finding the best powerhead for your central vacuum is an absolute must!

How to Use Your Central Vacuum

Chances are you’ve recently moved into a home that has a central vacuum and have no idea how it works or how to use it.

There are a couple of important things you should know.

First and foremost, always make sure your central vacuum is emptied on a regular basis.  While it will have more capacity than an upright or canister vacuum, it is still essential to clean it for the best operation.

We’ve shown you the best central vacuum powerhead, but don’t forget you also need a hose.  Be sure that the host fits the wand you are also using.

One of the main benefits of a central vacuum is you aren’t lugging it up and down the stars.  If the wand, powerhead, and hose are a bit too much to carry still, consider having one for each floor.

Don’t miss these great tips for maintaining your central vacuum!

Finding the Best Waffle Maker with Removable Plates

You may think a waffle maker is a single use item, but the truth is it can be used for more than just traditional breakfast waffles.

Hash brows, cinnamon rolls, leftover stuffing from Thanksgiving, you name it, you can put it in a waffle iron.

The trick when you are learning how to use a waffle maker for more than just waffles is learning the proper temperature so the food will not stick to the waffle maker.

Believe me, the first time I tried to make hash browns in a waffle maker was a disaster.  I spent hours trying to clean the plates of my waffle iron, and it was never the same again.

That’s why when it was time to get a new waffle maker, I got one with removable plates.

Removable plates make your waffle maker easy to clean.  This is important for general kitchen cleanliness, but also if someone in your home has food sensitivities.

So if you’re looking for a easy to clean waffle maker with removable plates, look no further.

Best Waffle Irons with Removable Plates

Here are the best options around when it comes to waffle irons with removable plates:

Secura 360 Rotating Non-Stick Belgian Waffle Maker
Health and Home 360 Rotating Belgian Waffle Maker
Cuisinart Belgian Waffle Maker with Pancake Plates
Yabano Waffle Maker Grill and Sandwich Maker
Cuisinart Griddler with Waffle Plate Option
Secura Upgrade Automatic 360 Rotating Non-Stick Belgian Waffle Maker w/Removable Plates
Health and Home Upgrade Automatic 360 Rotating Belgian Waffle Maker with Removable Plates, Black +...
Cuisinart Belgian Maker with Pancake Plates Waffle Iron, Single, Silver
Yabano Sandwich Maker, Waffle Maker, Sandwich Grill, 3-in-1 Detachable Non-stick Coating, LED...
Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler, 13.5"(L) x 11.5"(W) x 7.12"(H), Silver With Silver/Black Dials
Secura 360 Rotating Non-Stick Belgian Waffle Maker
Secura Upgrade Automatic 360 Rotating Non-Stick Belgian Waffle Maker w/Removable Plates
Health and Home 360 Rotating Belgian Waffle Maker
Health and Home Upgrade Automatic 360 Rotating Belgian Waffle Maker with Removable Plates, Black +...
Cuisinart Belgian Waffle Maker with Pancake Plates
Cuisinart Belgian Maker with Pancake Plates Waffle Iron, Single, Silver
Yabano Waffle Maker Grill and Sandwich Maker
Yabano Sandwich Maker, Waffle Maker, Sandwich Grill, 3-in-1 Detachable Non-stick Coating, LED...
Cuisinart Griddler with Waffle Plate Option
Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler, 13.5"(L) x 11.5"(W) x 7.12"(H), Silver With Silver/Black Dials

There are three major things to be concerned with when picking the perfect waffle iron with removable plates.

First, is your budget.  Unfortunately, the feature of removable plates tends to come with a premium price tag compared to regular waffle makers.

Second is the shape of waffle you would like: round or square.

Last but not least, the question is do you want to do more than just make waffles?  Several of the best waffle irons on this list come with multiple plate options.

Now let’s take a closer look at these removable plate waffle makers.

Secura 360 Rotating Non-Stick Belgian Waffle Maker

If you’re looking for the most cost effective solution when it comes to finding an easy to clean waffle maker, this is it.

The best part of it is the this Secura waffle maker comes with all the premium features you would expect from a much more expensive model.  It has both  power and ready lights so you know when your waffle iron is at the right temperature.

The base also separates completely from the waffle maker for an even easier cleanup besides removing the plates.

This model makes a round waffle, and rotates 360 degrees for the perfect waffle each and every time.

Get more information on Secura 360 Rotating Non-Stick Belgian Waffle Maker

Health and Home 360 Rotating Belgian Waffle Maker

If you are a fan of round waffles, this Health and Home Belgian waffle maker is also a strong contender when it comes to removable plates for easy cleanup.

It makes a 7 inch Belgian waffle in just 3-5 minutes, and also rotates to help the batter spread and cook evenly.

Get more information on Health and Home 360 Rotating Belgian Waffle Maker

Cuisinart Belgian Waffle Maker with Pancake Plates

Can you ever go wrong with a Cuisinart appliance?  The answer is no!  This waffle maker is a great option that makes four nice sized square waffles at one time.

Square waffles add a great flare to breakfast sandwiches and ice cream sandwiches, if you’ve ever thought of using waffles that way.  I have, and it is something the whole family enjoys for breakfast or dessert.

It also comes with pancake plates to help you make the perfect pancake every time!  These plats have round indentations for perfectly shaped pancakes.

The pancake grates are also great for making paninis and toasted sandwiches, as long as you are ok with the fact that there are not any grill lines on it, and can conform to the round shape.

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Yabano Waffle Maker Grill and Sandwich Maker

Hate single use appliances?  Many of us do.  This is a waffle maker, grill, and sandwich maker all in one with removable plates.

If you’re looking for the most plates and the most features, this is by far the best waffle maker with removable plates for you, but it comes with one major drawback.

This waffle iron makes two square waffles at a time, compared to the Cuisinart models that make four square waffles each.

Other than that, this is a great model with an indicator light to let you know when it has heated up enough for cooking.

Get more information on Yabano Waffle Maker Grill and Sandwich Maker

Cuisinart Griddler with Waffle Plate Option

My next recommendation isn’t a waffle maker at all!  It is the Cuisinart Griddler, which is one of my all time favorite countertop appliances.

This little grill can do it all.  Meats, veggies, steaks, paninis, you name it.

it is versatile appliance I leave on the counter all the time since I use it so much.

It also comes with an option to purchase waffle plates to go along with the grill plates it comes with.

Here’s the model of the griddler we looked at, plus the waffle plates…and a couple of other variants of the Cuisinart Griddler if you’re looking for more features.

Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler, 13.5"(L) x 11.5"(W) x 7.12"(H), Silver With Silver/Black Dials
Please refer to the Product Video and the User Manual before use.
Cuisinart GR-WAFP Griddler Waffle Plates, Black
Bakes 4 deep pocketed, 3/4-inch thick Belgian waffles; Nonstick baking plates for easy release of waffles
Cuisinart Electric Griddler, Stainless Steel
User-friendly digital controls; Adjustable temperatures from 175-450 degrees; Contact grill, panini press, full grill, full griddle and half grill/half griddle
Cuisinart Griddler, Elite, Silver
Removable, reversible and nonstick grill/griddle plates; Dual zone temperature control; Sear function - can sear at 500 Degree Fahrenheit for up to two minutes at a time
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Cuisinart GR-150P1 GR-150 Griddler Deluxe, Brushed Stainless
Removable, reversible and nonstick grill/griddle plates.UC Cubic Feet: 1.69

We looked at the base model Griddler since it does everything you need it to, but there are also advanced models with digital displays and sleeker features available.

The waffle plates fit perfectly into the Griddler after you remove the grill plates.

Like our other options, this provides a super easy cleanup.

The only downside to the Griddler waffle plates is they make a slightly thinner waffle than their counterparts.

While some people really enjoy their thicker waffles, this also be seen as a benefit if you plan on making sandwiches with the waffles.

Sometimes a two waffle sandwich can be a very heavy meal, but the Griddler waffles are a nice balance.

If you’re looking for more flexibility but thicker waffles, then be sure take a look at the Cuisinart Belgian Waffle Maker with Pancake Plates which we also reviewed in this guide.

Get more information on Cuisinart Griddler with Waffle Plate Option

Picking the Best Waffle Maker with Removable Plates

While this choice may be daunting at first, be sure to think about the following things we talked about:

  • What shape waffles do you like?
  • Do you really want a single use appliance?

Let’s look at all of these waffle maker with removable plates for easy cleaning one more time:

Secura Upgrade Automatic 360 Rotating Non-Stick Belgian Waffle Maker w/Removable Plates
Create Deep-pocket Belgian waffles with this 360 degree rotating waffle maker; 360 Degree rotating waffle maker allows for evenly cooked waffles every time
Cuisinart Belgian Maker with Pancake Plates Waffle Iron, Single, Silver
Six setting temperature control; Ready to Bake/Ready to Eat indicator lights; audible alert
Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler, 13.5"(L) x 11.5"(W) x 7.12"(H), Silver With Silver/Black Dials
Please refer to the Product Video and the User Manual before use.
Secura 360 Rotating Non-Stick Belgian Waffle Maker.  The truth of the matter is that there aren’t too many of them when it comes to round waffle makers with removable plates.

If you like square waffles, there are many more options for you.

When it comes to Cuisinart appliances, we all know you can’t go wrong.

Our first option is the Cuisinart Belgian Waffle Maker with Pancake Plates.  If you are all about waffles and versatility, this is the option for you.  You’ll also get pancake plates which have slots for the batter.

Another versatile option is the Yabano Waffle Maker Grill and Sandwich Maker which comes with three types of plates, but only makes two waffles at a time.

Finally is the Cuisinart Griddler with Waffle Plate Option.  The Griddler comes with flat and grill plates, and you can purchase the waffle plates to use along with it for waffles.  These waffles are not as deep as a traditional waffle maker, so that is something to consider.

Square vs Round Waffles

There’s a pretty hot debate out there on square vs round waffles.  The fact of the matter is you make a waffle with the same batter no matter what, so it really comes down to your personal preference.

Round waffles can be easily partitioned into four triangular slices, for things like sandwiches, and for sharing.

Square waffles are generally smaller than round waffles, so you may find yourself eating more of them.  They are also great for breakfast sandwiches and to eat ice cream between them.

There’s no right or wrong type of waffle, they are all equally delicious, and you can find a waffle maker with removable plates to make either.

Things You Can Put in a Waffle Maker

Now that you’ve got a easy to clean waffle maker, there’s no limit to the things you can put in a waffle maker.

Here are a couple of our favorites:

  • Cinnamon rolls
  • Stuffing from turkey or chicken
  • Bacon
  • Cake batter
  • Tater Tots
  • Brownie Batter
  • Omelettes

Don’t quite believe me?  Here are some great recipes for things you can put in a waffle maker:

Waffle Iron Quesadillas

Omlette Waffles

Brownie Waffles

And don’t miss this guide to 30+ foods you can put in a waffle maker.

When you have a waffle maker with removable plates for cleaning, there is no limit to what you can put in it!