While most are glad to see 2020 in the rearview mirror, the prior 12 months saw small kitchen electrics suppliers launch a host of products with new features designed to meet the need of home chefs.
To help consumers find the item that fits their needs, Consumer Reports (CR) ranked the best items small kitchen electrics in several key categories. Below are the top items in each.
NuWave 6-quart 37001: CR’s testers said the electronic controls and programmed settings are among the easiest to see and use of the models it tested. The interior and exterior were found to be easy to clean. Testers did say the holes in the basket take a bit of effort to clean and the air fryer is a bit noisy.
Vitamix Professional Series 750 Blender: CR gave the 8-cup blender an “excellent” rating in several tests including icy-drinks, pureeing soup and crushing ice. It was also rated “excellent” in durability tests. While noting the unit is noisy, CR said it tested Vitamix’s claim that the blender can make hot soups. CR said it made a smooth, hot soup in about 5 minutes.
Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker in aluminum EN125S: CR said the coffeemaker offers “dynamite performance” across the board. It lauded the unit for its speed, consistency in brew size and temperature and for allowing users to customize their coffee by adjusting temperatures. Nespresso units also earn top reliability and satisfaction ratings from owners surveyed by Consumer Reports.
Breville Sous Chef BFP800XL/A Food Processor: The 16-cup unit tops CR’s rating for superb slicing, shredding and grating all the while being “surprisingly quiet.” Among the notable features are an adjustable slicing disk, mini-bowl attachment and whipping blade.
Zavor LUX LCD ZSELL02 Multi-Cooker: CR testers said Zavor’s multi-cooker was “excellent” in overall performance. The performance of slow cooking and pressure cooking were rated “excellent,” steaming was rated “very good” and rice cooking was rated “very good.”
KitchenAid Professional 6500 Design Series Mixer: At the higher end of the brand’s iconic stand mixer assortment, CR said this 6-quart unit is among the best it tested. The unit combines excellent whipping, mixing and kneading, while being able to accommodate a variety of power attachments, including a pasta maker and food grinder.
Breville BOV650XL Oven: The unit scores “very good” in CR’s reheating tests, evenly heating a single serving of lasagna. It also accommodates pizzas up to 12-inches.
A full ranking of the top small kitchen electrics may be seen at ConsumerReports.org (subscription required).