The Best Pellet Smoker Under 1000

In recent years, pellet smokers have taken off.  Many times you may be seeking to augment your outdoor kitchen with a pellet smoker to go along with your gas or charcoal grill.

On the other hand, you may be purchasing your first grill or smoker, and want to get serious, fast!

Pellet smokers are great because they are very much set it and forget it.

Add your pellets, start it up, and then add your food.  You can even load up the smoker box and leave for the day, since many of these grills are wifi enabled allowing you to check on the smoker and your food, and even change the temperature remotely.

No matter what has you looking for a pellet smoker, we have the best pellet smokers under 1000 for you right here.

When we’re talking about the under 1000 price point, the game is really changed here.  What it boils down to is Traeger vs Weber, and we are going to break it down for you so you can make the best decision.

Best Pellet Smoker Under 1000

Let’s take a look at the best pellet smokers around:

Traeger Grills Pro 780 Grill
Traeger Grills Renegade Pro Grill
Weber SmokeFire EX6 Wood Fired Pellet Grill
Weber SmokeFier EX4 Wood Fired Pellet Grill
Traeger Pro 575 Grill
Traeger Pellet Grills TFB78GLE Pro 780 Grill, Black - Fulfilled by Traeger
Traeger Grills TFB38TOD Renegade Pro Pellet Grill and Smoke 380 Sq. in. Cooking Capacity,...
Weber 23510001 SmokeFire EX6 Wood Fired Pellet Grill, Black
Weber 22510001 SmokeFire EX4 Wood Fired Pellet Grill, Black
Traeger TFB57GLE Pro 575 Grill, Black, Fulfilled
780 square inches cooking area
389 square inches cooking area
1008 square inches cooking area
672 square inches cooking area
575 square inches
500 F max temperature
450 F max temperature
600 F max temperature
600 F max temperature
500 degree F max temperature
49" wide by 27" deep
39" wide by 27" deep
55" wide by 33" deep
43" wide by 33" deep
41" wide x 27" deep
18 lb pellet capacity
18 lb pellet capacity
22 lb pellet capacity
22 lb pellet capacity
18 lb pellet capacity
Traeger Grills Pro 780 Grill
Traeger Pellet Grills TFB78GLE Pro 780 Grill, Black - Fulfilled by Traeger
780 square inches cooking area
500 F max temperature
49" wide by 27" deep
18 lb pellet capacity
Traeger Grills Renegade Pro Grill
Traeger Grills TFB38TOD Renegade Pro Pellet Grill and Smoke 380 Sq. in. Cooking Capacity,...
389 square inches cooking area
450 F max temperature
39" wide by 27" deep
18 lb pellet capacity
Weber SmokeFire EX6 Wood Fired Pellet Grill
Weber 23510001 SmokeFire EX6 Wood Fired Pellet Grill, Black
1008 square inches cooking area
600 F max temperature
55" wide by 33" deep
22 lb pellet capacity
Weber SmokeFier EX4 Wood Fired Pellet Grill
Weber 22510001 SmokeFire EX4 Wood Fired Pellet Grill, Black
672 square inches cooking area
600 F max temperature
43" wide by 33" deep
22 lb pellet capacity
Traeger Pro 575 Grill
Traeger TFB57GLE Pro 575 Grill, Black, Fulfilled
575 square inches
500 degree F max temperature
41" wide x 27" deep
18 lb pellet capacity

The up to 1000 price point is a great place to be when it comes to pellet smokers.  You can expect a number of great features in every model like digital and WiFi capable controls.

You can also expect them to come with meat temperature probes that plug right into the controller.

Really, what it comes down to  are advanced features you may be interested, and your desired grilling capacity.

Traeger Grills Pro 780 Grill

There may not be enough good things to say about this pellet smoker.

At 780 square inches of cooking space, there isn’t anything you can’t cook on this grill.  If you do a lot of entertaining, or like to smoke many different things at once, size is a very important factor.

This grill clocks in at 49″ inches wide.

This WiFi enabled grill is the classic Traeger, and has also been upgrade with a new drive train for superior pellet feeding.

You really can’t go wrong with this classic which has a maximum temperature of 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

Get more information on Traeger Grills Pro 780 Grill

Traeger Grills Renegade Pro Grill

If you are looking for Traeger quality, but don’t need a gigantic pellet smoker, the Renegade Pro features 380 square feet of cooking space.

It is smaller in width at 39 inches wide as well, and closer to 500 than to 1000 on the price spectrum, but also still has the Traeger quality and heritage.

This is also the only pellet smoker on this list that is not WiFi enabled, and has a maximum temperature of 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

Get more information on Traeger Grills Renegade Pro Grill

Weber SmokeFire EX6 Wood Fired Pellet Grill

Let’s take a break from Traeger for a moment and head over to Weber.

If you know grills, you know Weber, who is best known for their gas grills and classic round charcoal grill.

This year they entered the pellet smoker market.  This is one of the reasons you won’t find many product reviews out there.

Weber openly admits there were some kinks to work out with the models that launched in February of 2020, and has taken care of every customer that has had issues.

The Weber SmokeFire grills are also WiFi enabled, and are constantly getting software updates to refine their operations.

Unlike many pellet smokers, the Weber SmokeFire grills can go up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit, which is great for steaks and burgers and hot dogs in addition to grilling!

The SmokeFire EX6 is the largest of the range with a staggering 1008 square inches of cooking space.

It is 55 inches wide, and can hold 22 pounds of wood pellets.

Get more information on Weber SmokeFire EX6 Wood Fired Pellet Grill

Weber SmokeFire EX4 Wood Fired Pellet Grill

The SmokFire EX4 is the younger sibling of the EX6.

It can also get up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit, and has a 672 square inch cooking capacity.

It is 43 inches wide, and can hold 22 lbs of pellets as well.

Get more information on Weber SmokeFire EX4 Wood Fired Pellet Grill

Traeger Pro 575 Grill

Let’s take a look at one more Traeger smoker.  The Pro 575 is the younger cousin of the Pro 780 we love so much.

You have all the same great features with a few changes, the cooking capacity is 575 square inches.  It also holds 18 lbs of pellets and can get up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, and is 41 inches small.

Get more information on Traeger Pro 575 Grill

Traeger Pro vs Weber SmokeFire

When it comes to the best pellet smoker under 1000, it really comes down to Weber vs Traeger.

Let’s take a good look at the differences between Traeger and Weber pellet grills.

Where Traeger Wins

Traeger’s pellet grills have been around for a lot longer, and is known specifically for their pellet grills.  In fact, that’s all they make!  If you are really serious about a wood pellet smoker than Traeger may be the choice for you.

Traeger Pro grills go up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, which some serious gas grillers may find problematic since they are used to higher temperatures.

It is also important to note that Traeger Pellet grills also go above the 1000 dollar price point for other models not listed in this guide.

Where Weber Wins

The Weber SmokeFire can go up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit.  This is a huge win for everyone who is used to cooking on gas, and may want to grill in addition to smoke.

Weber’s heritage comes from gas and charcoal grills, 2020 is their first year with a wood pellet grill, so of course there have been kinks to work out.

Weber’s customer service has been top notch sorting out these issues, and their CEO has also addressed them.

If you already have a Weber, you may just want to expand your Weber family!

Traeger vs Weber Differences

When it comes to comparing these pellet grills, here’s what it boils down to:

Traeger Pellet smokers are slightly smaller than Weber smokers.

Weber smokers hold slightly more pellets (22 lbs vs Traeger’s 18)

Weber’s pellet smokers can reach up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit while the Traeger Pro can reach 500.  Other Traeger series pellet smokers may have lower limits, like the renegade’s 450 degree F.

If you’re used to cooking on gas grills, this can be a big deal for you.  If you are using a pellet smoker to augment your existing gas grill, you may not really care.

If you’re just looking for a little something to augment your existing setup, don’t miss our favorite pellet smokers under 300.

Picking the Best Pellet Smoker Under 1000

Let’s take a look at these amazing pellet smokers one more time.

Weber 23510001 SmokeFire EX6 Wood Fired Pellet Grill, Black
Sears as well as it smokes with a 200-600°F temperature range.; Weber porcelain-enamel finish helps prevent rusting and cracking.
Weber 22510001 SmokeFire EX4 Wood Fired Pellet Grill, Black
Sears as well as it smokes with a 200-600°F temperature range.; Weber porcelain-enamel finish helps prevent rusting and cracking.

It really comes down to a couple of questions.  What is the cooking capacity you are looking for, and do you want a Traeger or a Weber?

Let’s start with the capacity.  With capacity comes size.  If you are concerned about space, then the
Traeger Grills Renegade Pro Grill is the high quality pellet smoker for you.  The only downside is that this grill is not WiFi enabled.

If we are talking about capacity again, Weber SmokeFire EX6 Wood Fired Pellet Grill‘s 1008 square inches of cooking space the beats the Traeger Grills Pro 780 Grill‘s 780 square inches any day, but of course that means it takes up more space.

If you’re looking for a lower capacity, then the Weber SmokeFire EX4 Wood Fired Pellet Grill at 674 square inches is still much larger than the Traeger Pro 575 Grill.

Really, there isn’t a wrong choice with any of these pellet smokers.  It really comes down to your personal preference.

If you are a die hard Weber fan, you may want the Weber to go along with your Weber Spirit or Weber Genesis, even if there are kinks to work out, the large cooking surface, and higher temperature may be worth it.

If you are more of classic smoker, coming from an electric smoker, charcoal smoker, or Kamado style smoker, you may not care about the additional temperature capabilities, and may lean towards Traeger.

Either way, there is no wrong answer with any of the best pellet smokers under 1000 on this list!

Finding the Best Grill Under 300

Let’s face it, picking a grill is a big deal.  First of all, it can be a huge investment.  Secondly, it is something you’re going to use a lot, sometimes more than your stove!  It can be a big decision, which is why we have this guide on picking the best grill under 300.

Best Grill Under 300

Item
Char-Broil 463377319 Performance Gas Grill
Char-Broil 463370719 Performance Gas Grill
Char-Broil Performance 300 Gas Grill
Cuisinart CGG-7400 Gas Grill
MASTER COOK 3 Gas Grill
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Char-Broil 463377319 Performance 4-Burner Cart Style Liquid Propane Gas Grill, Stainless Steel
Char-Broil 463370719 Performance TRU-Infrared 3-Burner Cart Style Gas Grill, Stainless Steel
Char-Broil 463673519 Performance Series 2-Burner Cabinet Liquid Propane Gas Grill, Stainless Steel
Cuisinart CGG-7400 Propane, 54 Inch, Full Size Four-Burner Gas Grill
MASTER COOK 3 Burner BBQ Propane Gas Grill, Stainless Steel 30,000 BTU Patio Garden Barbecue Grill...
Burners
4 x 9,000 (36,000 BTU Total)
3 x 8,000 (24,000 BTU Total)
2 x 12,000 (24,000 BTU Total)
4 x 11,000 (44,000 BTU Total)
3 x 10,000 (30,000 BTU Total)
Side Burner?
Cooking Surface Area
425 Square Inches
450 Square Inches
300 Square Inches
443 Square Inches
339 Square Inches
Item
Char-Broil 463377319 Performance Gas Grill
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Char-Broil 463377319 Performance 4-Burner Cart Style Liquid Propane Gas Grill, Stainless Steel
Burners
4 x 9,000 (36,000 BTU Total)
Side Burner?
Cooking Surface Area
425 Square Inches
More Info
Item
Char-Broil 463370719 Performance Gas Grill
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Char-Broil 463370719 Performance TRU-Infrared 3-Burner Cart Style Gas Grill, Stainless Steel
Burners
3 x 8,000 (24,000 BTU Total)
Side Burner?
Cooking Surface Area
450 Square Inches
More Info
Item
Char-Broil Performance 300 Gas Grill
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Char-Broil 463673519 Performance Series 2-Burner Cabinet Liquid Propane Gas Grill, Stainless Steel
Burners
2 x 12,000 (24,000 BTU Total)
Side Burner?
Cooking Surface Area
300 Square Inches
More Info
Item
Cuisinart CGG-7400 Gas Grill
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Cuisinart CGG-7400 Propane, 54 Inch, Full Size Four-Burner Gas Grill
Burners
4 x 11,000 (44,000 BTU Total)
Side Burner?
Cooking Surface Area
443 Square Inches
More Info
Item
MASTER COOK 3 Gas Grill
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MASTER COOK 3 Burner BBQ Propane Gas Grill, Stainless Steel 30,000 BTU Patio Garden Barbecue Grill...
Burners
3 x 10,000 (30,000 BTU Total)
Side Burner?
Cooking Surface Area
339 Square Inches
More Info

When it comes to picking the best grill under 300, there are a couple of important things to consider.

First and foremost, we are looking at propane gas grills here.  If you live in an apartment and aren’t allowed to have a gas grill, don’t miss our guide to the best apartment grills which list some electric models.

Next, here are the important things to look at:

  • Number of Burners and Heat Output.  The hotter, the better!
  • Cooking Area.  This also relates to how big the grill is.
  • Side Burner.  Do you need a burner to put a pot or pan on next to the grill?

Now, keeping these things in mind, let’s take a look at some grills!  We want to make sure you get the best cooking experience possible at the 300 dollar price point.

Char-Broil 463377319 Performance Gas Grill

Char-Broil 463377319 Performance 4-Burner Cart Style Liquid Propane Gas Grill, Stainless Steel
  • Power Source: Propane/ liquid petroleum gas. The propane tank is not included.
  • Exclusive Stainless Steel finish for increased style and durability
  • Reliable electric ignition to fire up your grill and 10, 000 BTU side burner

This four burner grill provides a large cooking area, and size burner of 10,000 BTU.  With 425 square inches of cooking space, backyard BBQs will be a breeze.

It also has an additional 150 square inches of warming space, great for toasting buns.

The side shelves are even made of stainless steel, not plastic.  All in all this is a solid grill that is also very easy to clean with a pull out grease tray and pan.

Char-Broil 463370719 Performance Gas Grill

Char-Broil 463370719 Performance TRU-Infrared 3-Burner Cart Style Gas Grill, Stainless Steel
  • Exclusive stainless steel finish for increased style and durability
  • TRU-Infrared cooking technology prevents flare-ups, delivers even-heat and cooks juicier food
  • 450-square-inches of primary cooking space is great for most cookouts

While this Char-Broil Grill has one less burner than its counterpart we just looked at, it has an additional 25 square inches of cooking space.

This model is able to do away with that fourth burner and still cook evenly due to its unique infrared cooking system.

This system means that you won’t need to worry about hot spots in your grill.  To me, this feature sets it apart from all other models.  For some reason, I have always noticed that grills have certain spots that heat better than others.  This is not the case with an infrared system.

It also has all the same features as the first Char-Broil we looked at, and is also easy to clean.

Char-Broil Performance 300 Gas Grill

Char-Broil 463673519 Performance Series 2-Burner Cabinet Liquid Propane Gas Grill, Stainless Steel
  • 2-burner, 24,000-BTU Cabinet Gas Grill
  • 300 square inches of primary cooking on porcelain-coated cast iron grates, plus 100 square inch swing-away rack with porcelain-coated grates
  • Stainless steel lid and UFC provide stylish durability, and features a lid-mounted temperature gauge for added heat control.Cooking System:Convectional

Now, let’s switch gears to a different Char-Broil model.  Let’s face it, not everyone wants or needs a massive grill.  Sure, you can just light a burner or two, but space can still be a concern.

This mode is smaller than its counterparts at 300 square inches of cooking space.

This is an important feature if space is at a premium for you, such as on a balcony.

The unique part about this grill is the side shelves also fold down, to make it even more space efficient.

While the cart it comes with is made of metal, it is black metal unlike some of the other Char-Broil models that have a complete stainless steel finish.

A Word on Char-Broil Grills

By now, I’m sure you have noticed that you just looked at three different Char-Broil grill.  The fact of the matter is that Char-Broil basically owns the under 300 dollar grill market.

Char-Broil has been around for a long time, and makes an excellent product, and multiple products at this price point.

Nevertheless, I did manage to find a couple of other great grills under 300 dollars.

Cuisinart CGG-7400 Gas Grill

Cuisinart CGG-7400 Propane, 54 Inch, Full Size Four-Burner Gas Grill
  • COOKING POWER: Four 11, 000 BTU burners provide a total 44, 000 BTUs of cooking power
  • COOKING SPACE: The grill is equipped with 443 square inch of cooking space with an additional 167 square inch warming rack
  • CAST IRON GRATES: Heavy-duty cast iron cooking grates are great for retaining heat

This is an Cuisinart made alternative to the Char-Broil models at the same price point.  While Cuisinart is known for kitchen electrics and cookware, they aren’t so well known in the backyard space.

While it does not feature a side burner, it does feature two metal side shelves, one of which has a bottle opener perfect for BBQs.

The stainless steel and black finish makes this grill look at home in any yard.

With 443 square inches of cooking space, it is also one of the largest grills under 300 dollars around.

MASTER COOK 3 Gas Grill

MASTER COOK 3 Burner BBQ Propane Gas Grill, Stainless Steel 30,000 BTU Patio Garden Barbecue Grill...
  • ❤ STAINLESS STEEL BURNERS: This propane gas grill has 3 Stainless Steel burners, can put out 30,000 BTU-per-hour with integrated piezoelectric ignition system, quick start up with the push &turn of a control knob
  • ❤ FEATURES: The whole Stainless steel control panel with chromium plating control knob makes this propane gas grill more study and delicate, a stainless steel handle and a built-in stainless steel thermometer on the cover lid, two foldable tables and two heavy duty wheel casters for storage and moving
  • ❤ PORCELAIN-ENAMEL WIRE COOKING GRATES: The cooking area of our propane gas grill is 471.8 include 339 square inches for cooking and 132.8 square inches for warming

This is a slightly smaller 3 burner grill by MASTER COOK with 339 square inches of cooking space.

Only the control panel with the grill temperature knobs is stainless steel in this case, which is something to keep in mind when thinking about the best grill for your needs.

It also has porcelain coated wire cooking grates, and is one of the lowest price point grills on this list.

Don’t miss our guide to grill grate materials here!

Picking the Best Grill Under 300

Let’s take a look at these grills under 300 dollars one more time:

Char-Broil 463377319 Performance 4-Burner Cart Style Liquid Propane Gas Grill, Stainless Steel
Power Source: Propane/ liquid petroleum gas. The propane tank is not included.; Exclusive Stainless Steel finish for increased style and durability
Char-Broil 463370719 Performance TRU-Infrared 3-Burner Cart Style Gas Grill, Stainless Steel
Exclusive stainless steel finish for increased style and durability; 450-square-inches of primary cooking space is great for most cookouts
Char-Broil 463673519 Performance Series 2-Burner Cabinet Liquid Propane Gas Grill, Stainless Steel
2-burner, 24,000-BTU Cabinet Gas Grill; Assembled Dimensions: 24.5" D x 42.9" W x 44" H | Weight: 82.5 lbs
Cuisinart CGG-7400 Propane, 54 Inch, Full Size Four-Burner Gas Grill
COOKING POWER: Four 11, 000 BTU burners provide a total 44, 000 BTUs of cooking power; CAST IRON GRATES: Heavy-duty cast iron cooking grates are great for retaining heat
Each of these grills is a fantastic option for your BBQ needs this summer (or all year round, which is how often we use our grill).

When it comes to the most cooking area, and most features, the

Char-Broil 463370719 Performance Gas Grill is our top grill under 300  The infrared system ensures even cooking, and it has a side burner.
If you are looking for a more compact grill, the Char-Broil Performance 300 Gas Grill is a great option.  With two burners and folding side tables, is is significantly smaller than the other models.
Finally, the Cuisinart CGG-7400 Gas Grill is a serious contender, but lacks the full stainless steel finish of the larger Char-Broil models.

The Number One Accessory For Your Grill

When I say the number one accessory for your grill, a grill brush may come to mind.  While that is important, you can actually clean your grill without a brush.

Here is the number one accessory for four out of the five grills we reviewed:

These stainless steel wipes will keep your grill exterior looking fresh and clean.  While stainless steel does look great, most of the time, it does require a good wipe down every now and then to keep it looking that way.

This guide has everything you need to get grilling this season with the best grill under 300.  Interested in a pellet grill?  Don’t miss our favorite pellet grills under 300 here!

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

I got my first air fryer a couple of years ago.  When it came to picking an air fryer, one of the most important things that I looked at was the size of the air fryer, which can vary quite a bit between different makes and models.

If you are looking for the best air frier for a family of 4 like I was, you have come to the right place.

Best Air Fryer for a Family of 4

Philips Twin TurboStar Technology XXL Airfryer
Top Pick!
Ninja Air Fryer
Ultrean Air Fryer
Secura Air Fryer
Habor IKICH Air Fryer
Philips Premium Airfryer XXL with Fat Removal Technology, Black, HD9630/98
Ninja Air Fryer that Cooks, Crisps and Dehydrates, with 4 Quart Capacity, and a High Gloss Finish
Ultrean Air Fryer, 4.2 Quart (4 Liter) Electric Hot Air Fryers Oven Oilless Cooker with LCD Digital...
Secura Air Fryer 4.2Qt / 4.0L 1500-Watt Electric Hot XL Air Fryers Oven Oil Free Nonstick Cooker...
Bluetooth FM Transmitter, Atmoko Wireless Car Radio Audio Adapter Music Player, Hands-free Car Kit...
4 Quart
4 Quart
4.2 Quart
4.2 Quart
4.2 Quart
1725 Watt
1550 Watt
1500 Watt
1500 Watts
1500 Watts
Philips Twin TurboStar Technology XXL Airfryer
Philips Premium Airfryer XXL with Fat Removal Technology, Black, HD9630/98
4 Quart
1725 Watt
Top Pick!
Ninja Air Fryer
Ninja Air Fryer that Cooks, Crisps and Dehydrates, with 4 Quart Capacity, and a High Gloss Finish
4 Quart
1550 Watt
Ultrean Air Fryer
Ultrean Air Fryer, 4.2 Quart (4 Liter) Electric Hot Air Fryers Oven Oilless Cooker with LCD Digital...
4.2 Quart
1500 Watt
Secura Air Fryer
Secura Air Fryer 4.2Qt / 4.0L 1500-Watt Electric Hot XL Air Fryers Oven Oil Free Nonstick Cooker...
4.2 Quart
1500 Watts
Habor IKICH Air Fryer
Bluetooth FM Transmitter, Atmoko Wireless Car Radio Audio Adapter Music Player, Hands-free Car Kit...
4.2 Quart
1500 Watts

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

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

What size air fryer for a family of 4?

When I looked at all of the different air fryers out there, I found that around 4 Quarts is the best size air fryer for a family of 4.  Could you get a slightly smaller one?

Of course you could, but with so many different air fryers available today, your best bet is looking at the 4 quart air fryer size for a family of 4.  You can also go larger!  There is no such thing as an air fryer that is too big!

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

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

Philips Twin TurboStar Technology XXL Airfryer

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

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

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

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

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

Ninja Air Fryer

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

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

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

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

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

Ultrean Air Fryer

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

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

Secura Air Fryer

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

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

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

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

Habor IKICH Air Fryer

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

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

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

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

Ikich also makes a larger 6 quart air fryer and an air fryer oven.

Picking The Best Air Fryer for a Family of 4

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

Let’s take a look at the options again:

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

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

If I am looking for the most features and best value, I would pick the Harbor IKICH air fryer.  This air fryer provides a phenomenal quality and value.

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

Things to Do With Your Air Fryer

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

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

The answer is yes!

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

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

Can I air fry with multiple levels of food?

Yes!  Be sure to choose an air fryer that comes with a rack like the Ninja Air Fryer or the Secura Air Fryer.

Air frying multiple levels of food is great to make a complete meal in your air fryer!  Best of all, you don’t need to worry about shaking the basket since the air will circulate around the baskets.

NutriBullet 900 vs 600 Review – What’s the Difference?

If you are in the market for a NutriBullet, things can get a little confusing when looking at all the different models.  Today we are going to take a look at the NutriBullet 900 vs 600, and what the difference really is.

NutriBullet 900 vs 600

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NutriBullet 900
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NutriBullet NB9-1301K Pro 13 Pcs Onyx Black, 900W
NutriBullet NBR-1201 12-Piece High-Speed Blender/Mixer System, Gray (600 Watts)
# of Pieces in Set
13
12
Motor
900 Watt
600 Watt
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NutriBullet 900
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NutriBullet NB9-1301K Pro 13 Pcs Onyx Black, 900W
# of Pieces in Set
13
Motor
900 Watt
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NutriBullet 600
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NutriBullet NBR-1201 12-Piece High-Speed Blender/Mixer System, Gray (600 Watts)
# of Pieces in Set
12
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600 Watt
More Info

The trick when shopping for NutriBullet is understanding what 900 and 600 really mean, since each version of the NutriBullet has a part number that is not easy to understand.

The 900 and 600 refer to the wattage of the motor.  Remember, a watt is a unit of power.  That means the 900 motor is more powerful than the 600 motor.

Let’s take a look at both of these models.

NutriBullet 900 Watt Review

NutriBullet NB9-1301K Pro 13 Pcs Onyx Black, 900W
  • With 900 watts of power, the NutriBullet Pro is faster and stronger than the original, but just as simple to use. Load it up with dense whole foods like nuts, seeds, hard fruits, and kale, then push, twist and blend your way to a healthier lifestyle.Oothies
  • Optimized 900-watt motor and refined nutrient extraction blades blend The toughest whole foods into nutritious shakes, smoothies, and nut butters.
  • Included: (1) 900W motor base, (1) Extractor blade, (2) 32 oz. Cup, (2) to-go lid, (2) lip ring, (2) lip ring with handle and recipe book

The NutriBullet 900 watt is just as easy to use as any other MagicBullet or NutriBullet product, and just packs more power.

It comes with a single extractor blade that can do it all, from making smoothies to nut butters to food processing.  Because of how powerful this motor is, users just don’t need to worry about what they put in there.

As with all MagicBullet and NutriBullet products, the texture of what you put in this NutriBullet 900 is determined by how and how long you hold it down.

To chop foods, you may simply press down on the NutriBullet contianer a few times

To make a smoothie, you may press down a few times to start chopping your components, and then press and hold the container down to smooth and liquify what is in the container.

To keep things nice and cold, simply throw in a few ice cubes at the end, and press just a few times to grind the ice up.

NutriBullet 600 Watt Review

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

One of the things that stands out the most about the NutriBullet 600 watt is the fact that it comes with mutiple blades, where the 900 does not.  By adding these additional blades, the NutriBullet 600 is able to make up for some of the power it is missing when it is compared to the NutriBullet 900.

The second blade in this kit is the milling blade, which is is a two pronged blade that is meant for grinding things versus juicing and making smoothies.

The 900 simply does not need this extra blade because of the more powerful motor.

Nutribullet 600 vs 900: Which is Right for You?

Here are the things to think about when you are trying to decide which NutriBullet is right for you.

  • What will you be making with your NutriBullet?
  • How simple do you want to keep things?
  • Do you want a specific colored NutriBullet?

First and foremost is what you will be making with your NutriBullet.  Either NutriBullet will make a smoothie and chop vegetables just fine.  If you want to make Nut butters and chop nuts, the NutriBullet 600 has an extra blade for that purpose.

However, if you really want to work with Nuts a lot, the NutriBullet 900 is recommended since it is more powerful.  It will be much easier to get a smooth and creamy nut butter with a more powerful motor.

The NutriBullet 900 is also simpler since you don’t need to worry about when to use what blade, and it comes in a wide variety of colors.  It really is the model with the most features.

This does not mean that the NutriBullet 900 is perfect by any means, however.

There is one negative of the NutriBullet 900 vs NutriBullet 600, and that is price.  The NutriBullet 900 is more money than the NutriBullet 600.

When it comes to general tasks like making smoothes and juices and chopping vegetables, the NutriBullet 600 is not bad, the NutriBullet 900 is just better.

NutriBullet NBR-1201 12-Piece High-Speed Blender/Mixer System, Gray (600 Watts)
Note: Refer to user manual before use; Product built to North American & Canadian Electrical standards

If you are looking for a more economical approach than the NutriBullet 900, the NutriBullet 600 can do most of what the NutriBullet 900 can.

You may find that you need to use the included milling blade, which can make things a bit more complex, or you simply may have to hold the cup down longer to make up for the less powerful motor.

NutriBullet Accessories

The best part about the NutriBullet 600 and the NutriBullet 900 are that the parts and accessories are interchangeable!

Here are some of my favorite NutriBullet accessories, no matter which model you choose.

32oz Replacement Cups with Flip Top To Go Lid Compatible With NutriBullet 600w and Pro 900w Blender...
Featuring a Flip Top To-Go Lid for a Smooth Drinking Experience and Easy Travel.
Blendin Flip Top To Go Lid with 24oz Tall Cup,Compatible with Nutribullet 600W, 900W, NB-101B, 900...
Includes two 24oz Jar cups with 2 Flip Top to Go Lids; Compatible with 600 Watt, 900 Watt, NB-101B, Pro 900 Series Nutribullet only

Because the NutriBullet has a smaller cup compared to a traditional bender, you may want some extra cups to make smoothies for the whole family.

Looking for something a little bit different from the NutriBullet?  Be sure to check out the Best Portable Smoothie Blender

Be sure to grab these tow must have nutribullet accessories!

NutriBullet Differences

So let’s recap!  The big difference between the NutriBullet 600 vs 900 is the power of the motor.  The more power, the better especially for things like frozen fruits and nuts.

The good news is the NutriBullet accessories are interchangeable!

What is a NutriBullet?

Almost everyone has heard of the MagicBullet at some point.  If you think that the NutriBullet and the MagicBullet are related, you are right!

The MagicBullet is an innovative personal blender, and is still sold today.  When it hit the market it quickly revolutionized the consumer blender space.

The MagicBullet features a 250 watt motor, compared to the NutriBullet 900 watt motor and the NutriBullet 600 watt motor.

The NutriBullet’s design lends itself perfectly to well, making things that are rich and nutrients!  Compared to using a traditional juicer, the NutriBullet keeps all of the fiber in your fruits and vegetables, and makes it silky smooth so it is easy to drink.

Because of the powerful motor, and unique blade design, the NutriBullet is a must have for any smoothie aficionado.  Best of all it couldn’t be easier to use.

Things to Do With Your NutriBullet

Whichever NutriBullet you choose, you will enter a whole new world of juicing, smoothie making, and food prep in general.

Besides the most common tasks for your NutriBullet of making juices and smoothies, your NutriBullet can also:

  • Make nut butters and nut flours
  • Make vegan “ice cream” with frozen fruit
  • Chop veggies like a food processor
  • Puree soups
  • Make baby food, both pureed and chunky

Can you put ice in a NutriBullet?

Yes!  The NutriBullet is powerful enough to grind ice and even frozen fruit.  For the best results for crushing ice in your NutriBullet or using ice in smoothies, be sure to use short pulses.

All around, the NutriBullet is almost the perfect kitchen appliance.  It doesn’t take up that much space, and can easily be stored on the counter or in the cabinet.  It also has a variety of different functions.  When it comes to NutriBullet reviews of 600 vs 900, it really depends on your personal use case.

The Best Kitchen Shears for Cutting Chicken

Who else hates dealing with raw chicken?  I know when I am cutting up a whole chicken or chicken parts, I want it done as quick as possible.

One thing that can’t be denied is that buying a whole chicken is ofter cheaper than buying it pre cut.  Whether you are butterflying it or cutting it into pieces, a good pair of kitchen shears are must.

There are a couple of main things to think about when you’re seeking out the best poultry shears.  Read on to find out what you need to look for.

Best Kitchen Shears for Cutting Chicken

Here are some of my favorite kitchen shears/poultry shears:

OXO Good Grips Spring-Loaded Poultry Shears
J.A. Henckels International Henckels Poultry Shears
Gerior Come Apart Kitchen Shears
Gerior Spring Loaded Poultry Shears
KitchenAid KC351OHOBA Shears
OXO Good Grips Spring-Loaded Poultry Shears, Black
Henckels Kitchen Shears for Poultry, Dishwasher Safe, Heavy Duty, Stainless Steel
Kitchen Shears Come-Apart - Heavy Duty Culinary Scissors for Cutting Poultry, Fish, Meat, Food -...
Gerior Spring Loaded Poultry Shears - Heavy Duty Kitchen Scissors for Cutting Chicken, Poultry,...
KitchenAid KC351OHOBA Shears with Soft Grip Handles, One Size, Black
Spring loaded
Come apart for easy cleaning
come apart for easy cleaning
Spring loaded, come apart
General purpose kitchen shears
OXO Good Grips Spring-Loaded Poultry Shears
OXO Good Grips Spring-Loaded Poultry Shears, Black
Spring loaded
J.A. Henckels International Henckels Poultry Shears
Henckels Kitchen Shears for Poultry, Dishwasher Safe, Heavy Duty, Stainless Steel
Come apart for easy cleaning
Gerior Come Apart Kitchen Shears
Kitchen Shears Come-Apart - Heavy Duty Culinary Scissors for Cutting Poultry, Fish, Meat, Food -...
come apart for easy cleaning
Gerior Spring Loaded Poultry Shears
Gerior Spring Loaded Poultry Shears - Heavy Duty Kitchen Scissors for Cutting Chicken, Poultry,...
Spring loaded, come apart
KitchenAid KC351OHOBA Shears
KitchenAid KC351OHOBA Shears with Soft Grip Handles, One Size, Black
General purpose kitchen shears

When it comes for picking the best kitchen shears for cutting chicken, there are a couple of things to think about:

  • Best kitchen shear durability.  Flimsy kitchen shears just aren’t going to do it.
  • Kitchen shear material.  I run mine through the dishwasher on sanitize after using them, so I prefer something that is made out of material that is high temperature safe.
  • Kitchen shear style.  Of course, if you are storing your kitchen shears someplace where they can be seen, you want to make sure they look nice, and you also want them to be easy to grip and use.
  • Best poultry shear shear ease of use.  I am not a very strong person, so it is important that kitchen shears are easy to use, especially for cutting poultry.

Now, let’s take a closer look at each of these shears.

OXO Good Grips Spring-Loaded Poultry Shears

If you’re looking for the ultimate ease in cutting a chicken apart, then consider these spring loaded kitchen shears for cutting chicken and other meats.

The spring loaded mechanism means that you won’t need to exert much force to even cut through chicken bones, which can be a plus if cutting chicken is something you do quite often.

As a bonus, these spring loaded shears also separate for easy cleaning.

Get more information on OXO Good Grips Spring-Loaded Poultry Shears

J.A. Henckels International Henckels Poultry Shears

This is a great poultry shear that has a unique feature, the blades lock for storage.

This is important to think about, depending on how you plan on storing your kitchen shears for cutting chicken.

I store mine in a knife block, but many of my other kitchen tools go into the drawers.

I try to keep them organized, but you all know how that goes.  If you’re also going to be storing them in a drawer with other kitchen items and accessories, the locking blades are a plus for when you go rummaging through it.

These stainless steel Henkel blades are nice and sharp for cutting through chicken and other meats.

Get more information on J.A. Henckels International Henckels Poultry Shears

Gerior Come Apart Kitchen Shears

These Kitchen Shears Come-Apart by Gerior are awesome because they come apart!  This makes them super easy to clean by hand or in the dishwasher.

If you haven’t heard of Gerior before, they are a very well known German brand with a great reputation that focuses on shears and knives.

Gerior products also come with a lifetime replacement guarantee!

The shears also take on a more traditional scissor form factor, versus the form factor of some of the others on the list, you use these just as you would a normal pair of scissors.

Get more information on Gerior Come Apart Kitchen Shears

Gerior Spring Loaded Poultry Shears

If you aren’t the strongest person (like me), these spring loaded kitchen shears make cutting chicken a breeze – even cutting out the backbone to butterfly it!

Also by Gerior, these spring loaded kitchen shears come with a lifetime warranty.

Like their counterpart, these spring loaded kitchen shears for cutting chicken come apart to clean, which is important for sanitary reasons.

Get more information on Gerior Spring Loaded Poultry Shears

KitchenAid KC351OHOBA Shears

These KitchenAid KC351OHGSA Multi-Purpose Scissors just can’t be beat, and they are great for everything, even cutting chicken.

They do take a bit more force to get through the back bone of a chicken than some of the other options here, but they are a great general purpose shear if you are willing to put in a bit more effort for cutting chicken.

They come in array of colors, and can be put in the dishwasher.  I have had my pair for years at this point.

The only downside is over time, the plastic handles tend to get nicked, but they still work fine.

Get more information on KitchenAid KC351OHOBA Shears

Picking the Best Kitchen Shears for Cutting Chicken

There are quite a few things to think about when picking the shears for cutting poultry.

Let’s take a closer look at these poultry shears one more time:

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OXO Good Grips Spring-Loaded Poultry Shears, Black
Kitchen poultry shears with sharp, stainless-steel blades; Spring loaded handle prevents hand strain
Henckels Kitchen Shears for Poultry, Dishwasher Safe, Heavy Duty, Stainless Steel
3.5" steel blades; Serrated blades to take on tough materials; Locking blades for safety when storing.
KitchenAid KC351OHOBA Shears with Soft Grip Handles, One Size, Black
STAINLESS STEEL BLADES: The blades are crafted from stainless steel that resists rusting; DISHWASHER SAFE: Hand wash is recommended but these shears are dishwasher safe

If you’re looking for ease of use, because you cut a lot of chicken or other meats, then consider the OXO Good Grips Spring-Loaded Poultry Shears or the Gerior Spring Loaded Poultry Shears.

Both of these options are spring loaded, for the ultimate ease of use.  This is especially important if you don’t have a good grip.

If you are looking for a more traditional form factor, and want to use them like you would a pair of scissors, then the Gerior Come Apart Kitchen Shears are a great option and come apart for easy cleaning.

If you want to be able to lock the blades when not in use for easy storage, then the J.A. Henckels International Henckels Poultry Shears are a great option.

Finally, if you aren’t worried about all these extra features, the KitchenAid KC351OHOBA Shears are a great general purpose kitchen shear and can cut mostly anything with a bit of extra effort.

What is the difference between kitchen shears and scissors?

You may be wondering why you can’t cut poultry with the scissors you have on hand.  While kitchen shears and scissors are similar, there are also some key differences between the two.

First of all, what you may think is a pair of scissors may actually be shears!  Shears have a smaller hole for your thumb, and a bigger hole for your fingers to help you get more leverage to cut better.

Scissors have two holes that are the same size, which may not be a bad thing since it doesn’t matter as much how you hold them.

The next big difference is size.  Shears are generally 6″ or more long, to give you the ultimate cutting power.  Smaller than that, and they are scissors which won’t cut through things in your kitchen as well as a pair of shears.

Can you cut chicken with scissors?

It is very hard to cut a chicken with scissors.  Remember, scissors have smaller blades and equal size holes, which make it hard to get the leverage needed to cut through the bones in the chicken.  The holes and length of the blade are what make the chicken easy to cut with a pair of shears.

For something like cutting a chicken you definitely should consider kitchen shears, or a large knife and a cutting board, abandoning the scissor idea entirely.

What are four uses for kitchen shears?

Still not sold on buying a pair of kitchen shears?  They are great for more than just cutting poultry.  Here are four more things you can do with kitchen shears besides cut chicken:

  • Remove strong from meats and roasts
  • Cut herbs
  • Trim dough for pastries and pie crusts
  • Cut vegetables like broccoli, broccoli rabe, lettuce for salad and escarole

The possibilities are really endless if you have the best kitchen shears, and you’ll figure out even more ways to use them!

How to Cut a Chicken

Do you need some help learning how to cut chicken?  Sure, you can try to figure it out on your own, but there are great tricks out there

Here are some great videos on YouTube on how to cut chicken.

If I want to cut a chicken in half, I like to just cut the back bone completely out on both sides.

Food Safety Tips for Cutting Chicken

Whenever you are handling raw food, it is important to make sure you are following proper food safety protocols.  Especially with chicken.

Be sure to check out some food safety tips for cutting chicken from the National Poultry Council.

Here are some of the things I do when handling chicken:

  • Wash my hands with soap and hot water before and after handling chicken
  • Use a cutting board for the chicken, which I then wash and run through the dishwasher on a sanitize cycle
  • Always wipe down the work area (even though I used a cutting board) with Lysol Wipes.  If you are looking for a greener solution, be sure to check out our favorite kitchen counter cleaning cloths, which also has a recipe for our favorite natural counter cleaner.
  • Never touch anything else in the kitchen after I have touched raw chicken until I have washed my hands.

Do you have any other tips for handling raw chicken?  Be sure to leave them in the comments!

Cuisinart vs All Clad: What You Need to Know

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

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

Cuisinart vs All Clad: Cookware 101

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

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

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

All About Cookware Material

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

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

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

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

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

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

All Clad and Cuisinart: The Similarities

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

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

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

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

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

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

All About All Clad

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

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

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

All About Cuisinart

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

Best known for their electrics like food processors and blenders, Cuisinart also expanded to the cookware space later.  It was purchased by Conair, also known for their electrics in 1989.  Today, you can pretty much find a Cuisinart product for anything you want to do in your kitchen like great knife sets, or even grills for outdoors.

A Word on Cuisinart Pans

I’ll have to admit, I was a skeptic when I bought my first Cuisinart pan.  After all, they are known for electrics.

My Cusinart pans are well over 10 years old at this point, and other than some scratches from regular use, still are in great condition and still work great.

They have truly lasted the test of time, and the price was right.  The only downside to these Cuisinart pans is that they both came with glass tops that have shattered long ago.

All Clad vs Cuisinart: Types of Cookware

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

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

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

All-Clad vs Cuisinart: The Comparison

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

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

All-Clad 12″ Frying Pan with Metal Lid

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

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

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

It is oven safe up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit.

Cuisinart Multiclad Pro 12″ Frying Pan with Glass Lid

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

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

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

All Clad vs Cuisinart: The Main Difference

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

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

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

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

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

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

When All Clad Wins Over Cuisinart

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

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

Pan
Cuisinart MultiClad Pro Skillet with Helper and Cover
All-Clad D3 Stainless Fry Pan with Lid
All-Clad D5 Stainless Fry Pan
All-Clad Copper Core Stainless Fry Pan
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Cuisinart MCP22-30HCN MultiClad Pro Skillet with Helper and Cover, 12-Inch
All-Clad D3 Stainless Cookware, 12-Inch Fry Pan with Lid, Tri-Ply Stainless Steel, Professional...
All-Clad BD55112 D5 Brushed 18/10 Stainless Steel 5-Ply Bonded Dishwasher Safe Fry Pan Saute Pan...
All-Clad 6112 SS Copper Core 5-Ply Bonded Dishwasher Safe Fry Pan / Cookware, 12-Inch, Silver
Layers
3
3
5
5
Core Material
Aluminum
Aluminum
Stainless Steel
Copper
Pan
Cuisinart MultiClad Pro Skillet with Helper and Cover
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Cuisinart MCP22-30HCN MultiClad Pro Skillet with Helper and Cover, 12-Inch
Layers
3
Core Material
Aluminum
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All-Clad D3 Stainless Fry Pan with Lid
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All-Clad D3 Stainless Cookware, 12-Inch Fry Pan with Lid, Tri-Ply Stainless Steel, Professional...
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3
Core Material
Aluminum
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All-Clad D5 Stainless Fry Pan
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All-Clad BD55112 D5 Brushed 18/10 Stainless Steel 5-Ply Bonded Dishwasher Safe Fry Pan Saute Pan...
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5
Core Material
Stainless Steel
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All-Clad Copper Core Stainless Fry Pan
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All-Clad 6112 SS Copper Core 5-Ply Bonded Dishwasher Safe Fry Pan / Cookware, 12-Inch, Silver
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5
Core Material
Copper
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As you can see, the price also increases with the number of layers.  My advice is to splurge on the pots and pans that you know you will use each and every day, versus the pots and pans you may only use once in a while.

All Clad D3 vs D5

Now let’s recap the difference between All Clad D3 vs D5.  The All Clad D3 is made out of 3 layers of metal, while the All Clad D5 is made out of 5 layers of metal.

The center core of the D3 and D5 are also different.  The All Clad D3 has an aluminum core, and the D5 has a stainless steel core.

This means the All Clad D5 will conduct and hold heat better, but it is also heavier and more expensive than the D3.

Is it worth the price difference?  Of course, I had to treat myself to a new pan to find out.  The truth of the matter is, for everyday cooking you really will not notice much of a difference.  Both cook quite well.

That being said, it think the D5 may cook better, since that is the one I now reach for 9 times out of 10.

Helpful Hints for Using Stainless Steel Cookware

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

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

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

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

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

Cuisinart vs All Clad Final Words

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

The Best Juicer for Oranges and Other Citrus

Lately, I have been cooking with oranges quite a bit.  From salad dressings, to marinades, to crepes suzette, I’ve been using a lot of fresh orange juice.  Beyond oranges, I also use a lot of lemon and lime juice.

A couple years ago, I decided to find the best juicer for oranges to save my hands from squeezing fruit!

Best Juicer for Oranges

Cuisinart CCJ-500 Electric Citrus Juicer
Pohl+Schmitt Citrus Juicer
Zulay Professional Citrus Juicer
Drizom Manual Citrus Juicer
Cuisinart CCJ-500 Pulp Control Citrus Juicer, Brushed Stainless, Black/Stainless, 1 Piece
Pohl+Schmitt Deco-Line Electric Citrus Juicer Machine Extractor - Large Capacity 34oz (1L)...
Zulay Professional Citrus Juicer - Manual Citrus Press and Orange Squeezer - Metal Lemon Squeezer -...
Drizom Citrus Lemon Orange Juicer Manual Hand Squeezer with Built-in Measuring Cup and Grater, 12OZ,...
Cuisinart CCJ-500 Electric Citrus Juicer
Cuisinart CCJ-500 Pulp Control Citrus Juicer, Brushed Stainless, Black/Stainless, 1 Piece
Pohl+Schmitt Citrus Juicer
Pohl+Schmitt Deco-Line Electric Citrus Juicer Machine Extractor - Large Capacity 34oz (1L)...
Zulay Professional Citrus Juicer
Zulay Professional Citrus Juicer - Manual Citrus Press and Orange Squeezer - Metal Lemon Squeezer -...
Drizom Manual Citrus Juicer
Drizom Citrus Lemon Orange Juicer Manual Hand Squeezer with Built-in Measuring Cup and Grater, 12OZ,...

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

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

Next, where will you be storing it?

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

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

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

Types of Orange Juciers

Cuisinart  Electric Citrus Juicer

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

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

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

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

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

Pohl+Schmitt Citrus Juicer

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

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

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

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

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

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

Zulay Professional Citrus Juicer

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Zulay Professional Citrus Juicer - Manual Citrus Press and Orange Squeezer - Metal Lemon Squeezer -...
  • Extracts The Most Juice Possible: Professional quality most efficient juicer squeezer. Gets the maximum amount of juice from oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruits and other fruit, with no seeds. Just pull the comfortable firm grip handle down for the fastest and easiest citrus juicing while your hands stay clean.
  • Commercial Grade Hand Press Extractor: Made of durable, heavy duty cast iron with ergonomic design. The citrus juicer uses leverage and gravity to get the job done with little effort. Lever action practically does the work for you. Powerful and secure crusher capabilities. Crush and squeeze a variety of small fruits and veggies in the comfort of your kitchen.
  • More Fruits to Enjoy than Your Handheld Juicer: The 5" (5 inch) diameter cup allows it to be used with various types and sizes of fruit, it can handle most of the largest grapefruit. Easier than hand held juicers known as mexican elbows. You and your family will love the healthy and nutritious juices you can get from apples, pineapple, Meyer lemons, Key limes, limequats, Mexican limes, Eureka or Lisbon lemons, Rangpur or Tahiti citrus limes, from Florida, California or abroad.

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

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

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

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

Drizom Manual Citrus Juicer

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

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

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

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

Leaderware Manual Orange Citrus Hand Juicer

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

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

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

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

Picking the Best Juicer for Oranges

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

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

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

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

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

If you find yourself juicing for a recipe occasionally, this Drizom Manual Citrus Juicer is perfect with its built in measuring cup and zester.  It really is the best hand juicer for oranges!

Finally, this easy to use and simple No products found. is perfect for every day use, when you just need a little bit of lemon, lime, or orange for a dressing, marinade, or recipe.

Types of Citrus Juicers

Still not sure what is best for you?  Let’s take a look at the different types of orange juicers out there.

Manual Citrus Juicer

Manual means you are doing the juicing work yourself!  Manual juicers require you to press or squeeze the citrus to release the juice.

Drizom Citrus Lemon Orange Juicer Manual Hand Squeezer with Built-in Measuring Cup and Grater, 12OZ,...

These are best for smaller qualities of citrus juice.

Hand Held Citrus Juicer

The best hand held citrus juicers are a type of manual citrus juicer.  They require you to squeeze the suit inside it to release the juice!

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They are super simple, but again, best for smaller qualities.  They are easier to use than a manual citrus juicer I find though.

Electric Citrus Juicer

If you love your citrus juice, consider investing in an electric citrus juicer.  You will still need to put a bit of pressure on the citrus to juice it.

Cuisinart CCJ-500 Pulp Control Citrus Juicer, Brushed Stainless, Black/Stainless, 1 Piece

The spinning juicer that is powered will do all of the hard work for you though!

Tips for Juicing Citrus

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

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

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

 

Why You Need the Best Cereal Container

Cereal containers are one of those things you don’t realize you need, until you do.  Even if cereal comes in a box, I am personally a mess when it comes to opening the bag inside and I always end up with wasted cereal in the box.

Besides generally making a mess, I shred those cereal bags so terribly that my cereal just doesn’t stay fresh for very long.

Buying cereal in bags can also be more cost effective than many boxes, but the bags have a tendency to rip or to get crushed.  Today we are going to take a look at the best cereal containers.

Best Cereal Containers

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

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

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

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

Rubbermaid Cereal Keeper

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

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

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

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

Rubbermaid Brilliance Cereal Container

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

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

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

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

OXO Good Grips POP Large Cereal Container

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

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

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

FineDine Extra Large Cereal Containers

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

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

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

Chef’s Path Cereal Container Storage Set

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

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

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

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

What are the best cereal containers?

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

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

Now, let’s discuss why we thing each of these cereal containers is best.

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

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

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

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

Do cereal containers keep cereal fresh?

Yes!  Cereal containers are air tight, which means your cereal will stay much fresher than it would in a box or a bag.  You don’t need to worry about forgetting to close the bag on a busy morning, or ripping the bag when you open the box.

Cereal lasts much longer in containers, which is a plus if there’s a cereal that only one person likes to eat in your house or you have a wide variety of cereals.

Is it safe to store cereal in plastic containers?

Yes, it is safe to store cereal in plastic containers, as long as they are BPA free.  Each and every cereal container we looked at on this list was BPA free and safe.

As a bonus, you don’t have to worry about the kids dropping a plastic cereal container when they are pouring it since plastic does not shatter!

How do you keep cereal from going stale?

The obvious answer is to eat it fast or use a cereal container!  A cereal storage container is a small investment compared to the cereal you end up throwing out because it is stale.

Still not sure you want a cereal container?  There are a few more things you can do.

Take care when opening the cereal bag, so you don’t rip it too far.  You need to be able to roll up the bag, and put a clip on it to help keep your cereal fresher.  Consider opening your cereal bag with a pair of kitchen shears instead of just ripping it!

Other Uses for Cereal Containers

Cereal storage containers are useful for more than just cereal if you end up loving one on this list!

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

They are also great for pet food!

A cereal storage container is a pretty small investment, and really convenient for keeping your cereal fresh, and makes it easier to pour for the little ones.

Which cereal container you pick will likely depend on a number of factors which we talked about in this guide.  Enjoy your cereal with out the hassle and mess of a bag!

The Best Storage Containers for Flour

When it comes to cooking and baking, flour is always an essential ingredient.  Unfortunately most flours come in boxes and bags that make storage difficult, and can get messy when you are pouring it to measure the flour out.  Finding the best storage containers for flour can also be a difficult task.

If you use specialty flours, you may also need smaller containers to keep everything neat, organized, and easy to access.

Some containers don’t have lids that fit right, and others are a pain to open.  Glass is a great choice, unless you have small children.  There are many things to consider when picking the best storage container for flour.

Luckily, I’ve been through this process, and have some ideas for you!

Best Storage Containers for Flour

Best Storage Container for Flour
Best Easy to Clean Storage Container for Flour
Best Glass Containers for Flour Storage
Best Canister Style Flour Storage Container Set
Best Inexpensive Storage Container for Flour Set
OXO 1071396 4.0 quart square Pop Container, 4 Qt - Flour
Rubbermaid Container, BPA Free Plastic, Brilliance Pantry Airtight Food Storage, Open Stock, Flour...
Essos Glass Jars with Wood Lids Set of (2) 54 fl oz Airtight and Stackable Storage Containers for...
Bellemain 4 Piece Airtight Acrylic Canister Set, Food Storage Container
Vtopmart Airtight Food Storage Containers 6 Pieces - Plastic PBA Free Kitchen Pantry Storage...
OXO
Rubbermaid
Essos
Bellemain
Vtopmart
BPA Free Plastic
BPA Free Plastic
Glass
BPA Free Plastic
BPA Free Plastic
16 Cup
16 Cup
6.5 Cup
8 Cup, 6 Cup, 3.25 Cup, 2.75 Cup
2x 3.3 Qt, 2x 1.5 Qt
Best Storage Container for Flour
OXO 1071396 4.0 quart square Pop Container, 4 Qt - Flour
OXO
BPA Free Plastic
16 Cup
Best Easy to Clean Storage Container for Flour
Rubbermaid Container, BPA Free Plastic, Brilliance Pantry Airtight Food Storage, Open Stock, Flour...
Rubbermaid
BPA Free Plastic
16 Cup
Best Glass Containers for Flour Storage
Essos Glass Jars with Wood Lids Set of (2) 54 fl oz Airtight and Stackable Storage Containers for...
Essos
Glass
6.5 Cup
Best Canister Style Flour Storage Container Set
Bellemain 4 Piece Airtight Acrylic Canister Set, Food Storage Container
Bellemain
BPA Free Plastic
8 Cup, 6 Cup, 3.25 Cup, 2.75 Cup
Best Inexpensive Storage Container for Flour Set
Vtopmart Airtight Food Storage Containers 6 Pieces - Plastic PBA Free Kitchen Pantry Storage...
Vtopmart
BPA Free Plastic
2x 3.3 Qt, 2x 1.5 Qt

We have classified these storage containers by type, looking at many of the usability aspects and properties of storage containers you may be thinking about.

Now, let’s go through these storage containers for flour one by one.

Best Storage Container for Flour – OXO Good Grips Pop

This OXO container is my all around favorite for storing flour and other dry items.  This container also comes in a number of sizes, as you can see on the product page, and with stainless steel top if the white is not for you.

These have an extremely air tight seal, making them a great choice for herbs and spices as well.

The only downside is that awesome top is a bit difficult to clean, and requires some disassembly for it to dry properly.

Get more information on OXO Good Grips POP

Best Easy to Clean Storage Container for Flour by Rubbermaid

This is another great contianer for flour that has a nice tight seal.  It also comes in a variety of sizes, so you can find more containers to suit your storage needs.

The benefit to this one over the OXO container is that it is very simple to clean.  The top is air tight, but does not require any magic or disassembly to get it to dry properly.

Get more information on Rubbermaid Storage Container for Flour

Best Glass Containers for Flour Storage by Essos

While all of the plastic options in this review are of course BPA free, some people just prefer glass.

This is a great choice if you don’t have to worry about small hands getting into your flour and knocking your containers over.

Like the other options, multiple sizes so you can make all of your storage containers match, no matter what you are looking to store.

While this is smaller than some of the plastic containers, it does come in a set of two to make up for that.

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Best Canister Style Flour Storage Container Set by Bellmain

If you like the looks of classic canisters, this four piece set is a great value and a great way to store flour and other dry goods.

The seal is of course air tight, so everything will stay fresh.  While it does look like glass, it is actually made out of acrylic, so you don’t need to worry about what will happen if they are dropped or knocked over.

This four piece set is well coordinated to suit your baking needs, and is so reasonably priced you can buy two sets to store everything you need.

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Best Inexpensive Storage Containers for Flour – Set

If you are looking for value, this six piece set from Vtopmart is your winner.

The lids are air tight and snap into place, and it also comes with labels and a marker so you don’t mix your dry ingredients up!

They are also easy to clean, and of course BPA Free.  They may not look as nice as some of the other options presented, but they get the job done.

They also already have labels on them, which can be important if you are storing multiple types of flour and need to know what is in each container.

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Picking the Best Storage Containers for Flour

Now that we have reviewed several options, it is time to pick the best storage containers for flour.

The most important things to think about are:

  • Material
  • Price
  • How many you need, and what types of things you want to store beyond flour

Whether you choose to buy a set now, or your containers one by one, all of the presented options are available in multiple sizes which is great for pantry organization.

Lets take a look at these flour storage containers one more time:

It really comes down to your personal preference.

All in all, my favorite is the OXO Good Grips POP, which is also available with a stainless steel top.  I have a number of these that I use on a regular basis, beyond storing flour.

I chose these because they are sturdy and air tight, and I don’t need to worry about glass breaking with small children around!

Is it better to store flour in glass or plastic?

When it comes to storing flour, glass or plastic comes down to personal preference.  Plastic is safe to store food in, as long as it is BPA free which all plastic containers are on this list.

The downside to glass is of course if it drops and breaks, which could be a problem if you have young enthusiastic kitchen helpers!

Each and every container on this list is a great flour storage container, it really comes down to your personal preferences.

Do You Need Storage Containers for Flour?

Storing your flour and other dry goods in containers is a great way to get your pantry more organized.

It is also a great way to become a neater cook!  I for one always make a mess trying to measure things like flour and sugar out of boxes and bags.

I’m always wiping down my kitchen counters after I bake anything, its like a massive cleanup.

If I want to go on a baking binge on the weekend, I have to stop and clean between each and every thing I measure or do or my kitchen becomes a disaster.

Using storage containers was a game changer, because now I can just measure what I need from the container, over the container, and not spill anything.

Pantry Organization Tips

If you are looking to get your pantry more organized, storage containers are a great way to start.

It can be really overwhelming, so you need a good starting point.

Here are 20 great tips for organizing small pantries, that will point you in the right direction.

If you have been looking around on Pinterest like me, and don’t think you can handle a complete reorganization, check out these practical tips for busy people when it comes to organizing a pantry.

Best Cleaning Cloths for a Bathroom

Cleaning the bathroom is one of the things most of us don’t like to do, but have to do anyway.  It is of course easy to use paper towels, but they often leave lint behind and are expensive.

That’s why it is important to have some of the best cleaning cloths for the bathroom in your cleaning arsenal, especially since your bathroom is the home to so many germs!

Best Cleaning Cloths for Bathroom

AmazonBasics Blue and Yellow Microfiber Cleaning Cloth
MR.SIGA Microfiber Cleaning Cloth
Top Pick!
Udderly Clean Antimicrobial Silver Microfiber Towels
CleanAide Antimicrobial Silver Towels
Swedish Dishcloth Cellulose Sponge Cloths
Amazon Basics Blue, White, and Yellow Microfiber Cleaning Cloth - Pack of 24
MR.SIGA Microfiber Cleaning Cloth, All-Purpose Cleaning Towels, Pack of 50, Size 11.8 x 11.8 in
Udderly Clean Silver Embedded Cleaning Microfiber Towels Ultra Cut 12 X 12 Inches 25 Pack
CleanAide Silver Cleaning Microfiber Towels Edgeless Cut Green Stripe 16 X 16 in 12 Pack
Swedish Dishcloth Cellulose Sponge Cloths - Bulk 10 Pack of Eco-Friendly No Odor Reusable Cleaning...
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12" x 16"
11.8" x 11.8"
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AmazonBasics Blue and Yellow Microfiber Cleaning Cloth
Amazon Basics Blue, White, and Yellow Microfiber Cleaning Cloth - Pack of 24
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12" x 16"
MR.SIGA Microfiber Cleaning Cloth
MR.SIGA Microfiber Cleaning Cloth, All-Purpose Cleaning Towels, Pack of 50, Size 11.8 x 11.8 in
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11.8" x 11.8"
Top Pick!
Udderly Clean Antimicrobial Silver Microfiber Towels
Udderly Clean Silver Embedded Cleaning Microfiber Towels Ultra Cut 12 X 12 Inches 25 Pack
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12" x 12"
CleanAide Antimicrobial Silver Towels
CleanAide Silver Cleaning Microfiber Towels Edgeless Cut Green Stripe 16 X 16 in 12 Pack
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Swedish Dishcloth Cellulose Sponge Cloths
Swedish Dishcloth Cellulose Sponge Cloths - Bulk 10 Pack of Eco-Friendly No Odor Reusable Cleaning...
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There are a couple of really important things to think about when you are finding the best cleaning cloth for the bathroom.

First of all is how many bathrooms do you need to clean?  Make sure you have enough to get through your bathroom cleaning routine.

These cleaning cloths also work great in the kitchen too!

Next is the size of the cleaning cloth.  You may be fine with smaller cloths, or you may prefer a few bigger ones for larger items like bath tubs and showers.

Let’s take a look at some of the best cleaning cloths for the bathroom around.

Microfiber Cleaning Cloths

Microfiber cleaning cloths are one of the must have essentials when it comes to cleaning your home.

This is especially true in the bathroom, where surfaces are prone to streaking and showing lint.

Let’s take a look at some of our favorites.

AmazonBasics Blue and Yellow Microfiber Cleaning Cloth

Amazon Basics Blue, White, and Yellow Microfiber Cleaning Cloth - Pack of 24
  • Ultra soft, non-abrasive microfiber cloths will not scratch paints, coats or other surfaces
  • Cleans with or without chemical cleaners, leaves lint and streak free results
  • Absorbs eight times its own weight

This 24 pack of cleaning cloths should be enough to clean your bathroom and then some.

There are many reasons to clean the bathroom with microfiber cloths, including their reusability, how well they pick up liquids, and the fact that they do not leave lint or streaks.

This pack from AmazonBasics does not disappoint.

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MR.SIGA Microfiber Cleaning Cloth

MR.SIGA Microfiber Cleaning Cloth, All-Purpose Cleaning Towels, Pack of 50, Size 11.8 x 11.8 in
  • ABSORBENT & LINT FREE & SCRATCH FREE - These non-abrasive cleaning rags can soak up water from the countertop and tables instantly and without lint or streaks left behind. Cleans with or without water, with or without chemical cleaners, from worktops, appliances to kitchens, bathrooms, mirrors etc, they will make your house sparkling.
  • MULTI-PURPOSE CLEANING RAGS - These premium microfiber towels capture dust, dirt and grime like a magnet, they are also perfect dish rags which don't smell, removes grease and particles from microwave oven, plates, pots or pans effortlessly. Not only that, you will be amazed they are also terrific duster that removes fingertips from silverware and glasses easily and leaves your kitchen spotless.
  • BULK PACK & SAVE MONEY - Comes with 5 colors and 10 cleaning towels each with a total pack of 50 pcs allow you to use for a decent amount of time. You don't have to feel bad even you change your cleaning cloths frequently.

Have a lot of cleaning to do?  These MR.SIGA microfiber cleaning cloths come in whopping 50 pack.  At 11.8″ x 11.8″ they are sized similarly to some of the other cleaning cloths we looked at.

One pack of these can go a long way between your kitchen and bathroom for deep cleaning and everyday use.

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Cleaning Cloths with Silver

Cleaning cloths with silver are unique, since silver has anti microbial and anti bacterial properties. Silver has been used almost since the beginning of time in many applications beyond cleaning, like even medicine.

If you’re looking for something cleaner than clean, then consider microfiber cleaning cloths with silver.  Since silver is proven to kill both viruses and bacteria, it is a great choice for cleaning high traffic areas like the bathroom and kitchen.

Cleaning cloths with silver are also great for other high touch areas like door knobs.  The good news is these microfiber cleaning cloths with silver can be used just like any other cleaning cloth, no special care is needed.

Udderly Clean Antimicrobial Silver Microfiber Towels

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Udderly Clean Silver Embedded Cleaning Microfiber Towels Ultra Cut 12 X 12 Inches 25 Pack
  • Yarn embedded silver treatment
  • Thick and absorbent, use dry or wet - practical 12" X 12" size
  • For a streak-free, lint-free, scratch-free finish and polish

These silver microfiber cleaning cloths for the bathroom are by far my favorite, in fact, I use them in the bathroom, kitchen, and basically everywhere in my home.

What makes these different is the fact that they are treated with a silver-based antimicrobial agent, to make sure that things stay nice and clean and healthy.

These antimicrobial agents last through hundreds and hundreds of washes.

I’m going to let you in on a little secret.  I also put these on the bottom of my Swiffer and wash them instead of using the disposable Swiffer pads.

They come in a generous pack of 25, which is more than enough to get you started.

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CleanAide Antimicrobial Silver Towels

These are similar to the silver microfiber towel we just looked at with one difference, size.

These bathroom cleaning cloths are slightly bigger at 16″ x 16″.  This makes them a good choice for things like tubs, showers, and floors.

They come in a 12 pack, so you may want to consider a couple of packs if you like to do all of your cleaning in one day.  They are great to have on hand.

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Sponge Cloths for Cleaning

Sponge cloths are quite unique, and many love them for cleaning.  If you like using sponges in the kitchen to clean dishes, you may really like this option for cleaning your bathroom.

Swedish Dishcloth Cellulose Sponge Cloths

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Swedish Dishcloth Cellulose Sponge Cloths - Bulk 10 Pack of Eco-Friendly No Odor Reusable Cleaning...
  • ✔ SUPER EFFECTIVE CLEANING - 10 Pack Assorted Colors (8" x 7”) - Our Swedish dishcloths combine the benefits of a traditional hand tea-towel with the super absorbency of a cellulose sponge (our cloths absorb over 20x their weight!). Soft to the touch when wet, gritty enough for scrubbing when dry make our Swedish sponge cloth the best towel for your kitchen. Perfect for cleaning and scrubbing dishes, cups, mugs, tumblers, and cleaning countertops.
  • ✔ WHOLESALE PRICING- With Swedish Dishcloth Wholesale you don’t need to overpay for European dishwashing cloths. Our towels are sold in packs to lower the cost to you. Value + Premium Quality is what sets us apart. Sold in bulk packs of 10, each set should last you an entire year for all your cleaning needs and make the perfect paper towel replacement.
  • ✔ ECO-FRIENDLY - Our eco-friendly Swedish Dish Clothes are dishwasher and washing machine safe for repeated use and less waste. Made from biodegradable cellulose and all natural cotton materials (70% Cellulose / 30% Cotton) Our Reusable Swedish dishcloths are not only more absorbent than a traditional cotton dishcloth but they last far longer. Soft to the touch, durable, and washing machine safe make Swedish washcloths the best towel for your kitchen.

This last option is a little different than our microfiber option.  This option mimics a sponge with the flexibility and usability of a cleaning cloth.

These are especially good when doing a final wipe down of your bathroom to remove any moisture.  They are also great to keep in the bathroom to mop up extra water after showers and baths.

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Picking the Best Cleaning Cloths for a Bathroom

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

You are just a few minutes away from a clean bathroom with microfiber cloths.  

Our favorite ones are the ones treated with antimicrobial silver, the Udderly Clean Antimicrobial Silver Microfiber Towels and the CleanAide Antimicrobial Silver Towels.

We also love keeping a few Swedish Dishcloth Cellulose Sponge Cloths in the bathroom for a final wipe down, and for mopping up water spills from baths and showers.

Other Uses for Microfiber Cleaning Cloths

There are a ton of other uses for microfiber cleaning cloths than just cleaning the bathroom.

  • Cleaning your kitchen, especially the kitchen counter
  • Mopping spills up off the floor, tile, laminate, or wood!
  • Dusting furniture
  • Cleaning glasses
  • Cleaning molding and windowsills
  • Cleaning car interior and exteriors

Microfiber cleaning cloths can be used for just about anything, and  are a great eco friendly alternative to going through roll upon roll of paper towels.

How to clean a bathroom without paper towels

Have you suddenly found yourself low on paper towels?  Or are you just trying to reduce the waste in your home?

Either way, it is easy to clean a bathroom without paper towels.  Simply use a microfiber cleaning cloth instead.

Microfiber cleaning cloths are a cost effective and eco friendly solution to using paper towels for cleaning.

How do you clean bathroom cleaning cloths?

Cleaning bathroom cleaning cloths couldn’t be simpler.  All you need to do is throw them in the washing machine.

Us a mild detergent, and wash them on either cold or warm.  While it may be tempting to wash them on hot, hot temperatures can harm the microfiber.

Be sure to check out our ccomplete guide to microfiber for everything you need to know!

Are microfibers the best cleaning cloths for bathroom?

I love microfibers for cleaning just about anything.  From the kitchen, to the bathroom, to just about any surface in my home, microfiber is my go to.

That being said, if you haven’t cleaned with microfiber before, it does take some getting used to, but once you start using it you will be glad you did.

Say goodbye to things like leftover lint and streaks while you are cleaning, microfiber will eliminate all that for you.