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Best Blender Under $100

A blender is one of a home kitchen’s most versatile tools. What other single appliance can make you sauces, dips, smoothies, and cocktails?

Unfortunately, a “less-than-great” blender is more likely to be a source of headaches than delicious drinks and snacks. This puts people on a tight kitchen budget in quite the pickle.

But fear not! With my expert guidance gained from 15 years of kitchen and bar work, I’ll guide you through a foolproof process for choosing the best blender under $100. I’ve had success with blenders from $20 to $200 or more, and am happy to share my favorite choices with you.

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Best Blender Food Processor Combo

So, you want to make delicious sauces and dips at home. Maybe some smoothies, too! And heck, why not cut down on your vegetable prep time? Only the best blender food processor combo is the right tool for all of those jobs (and more).

After spending over a decade in professional kitchens and cocktail bars, I know a thing or two about blenders and food processors. 

Now that I’ve hung up my apron, I’ve gained greater insight into bringing restaurant-quality food into my home, too. And in today’s guide, I’ll be sharing some of that hard-won experience with you! Join me as I take you through the exact process I use to decide on the best blender food processor combo for home kitchens.

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Best Toaster Oven Under $100

Before I started learning the nuances of Italian cooking, I found occasion to prepare my share of pizza rolls. Whether you’re cooking frozen delicacies or a more robust meat-and-veggies meal, the best toaster oven under $100 can be your best friend. Take a look at my guide below to learn more about how these little appliances can deliver the power and versatility you need in the kitchen.

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Best Large Air Fryer

I’m always looking for new ways to cook healthy meals at home, and since the start of the air fryer craze I’ve kept one eye open to all the new models hitting virtual stores. 

After putting in a few hours of research, I’ve found that the best large air fryers come in all shapes in sizes, but are always made with the user in mind. See what I mean with some of the products below, and maybe even try one for yourself.

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Best Outdoor Wok Burner

One of my favorite stations to work in a restaurant is the wok. It was my first professional position after culinary school, and I quickly fell in love with the hot and fast style of cooking.

Most cooking techniques are easily replicated inside a home kitchen. But that’s not the case with the wok, since most of us don’t have the necessary firepower.

Luckily, a powerful outdoor burner does the trick really well. By comparing their features with the ones I’ve found on the best restaurant wok set-ups, I’ve come up with the best outdoor wok burners that you can buy right now. So you can get close to the real thing in your own backyard.

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Best Wok Ring

I have a real soft spot for wok cooking as it was my first restaurant position after finishing culinary school way back when. Cooking with a wok at home isn’t quite the same as a professional setup, but the simple addition of a wok ring makes a world of difference.

Through first-hand experience and hours of research, I’ve come up with a list of the three best wok rings for your home kitchen. Hopefully, you can use this list so you’re no longer stuck playing the dangerous wok balancing game that some of us are used to.

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Best Portable Electric Stove

Having worked in my share of dorm rooms and cramped apartment kitchens, I know the value of a compact kitchen appliance. The best portable electric stoves can be a great kitchen helper for anyone, as long as you know what to look for. Take a look at my top picks below, also chosen for their power, control, safety, and style.

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Best Rotisserie Oven

As a dedicated carnivore, I can be a bit discerning when it comes to the crispiness of my chicken skin. So when I set out to find the best rotisserie oven I was sure to put in the extra legwork. Take a look at my favorite models for yourself, all chosen for their quality, affordability, and compatibility with household kitchens.

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Best Roaster Oven

As an apartment-dwelling home cook who isn’t afraid to make large meals for six, eight, or ten guests at a time, I know the value of the best roaster oven.

After hours worth of work whittling down my favorites based on price, size, temperature control, and other factors, I’ve chosen a select few to stand out as the best.

See for yourself what makes these little appliances the perfect choice for any home cook.

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Best Slide-In Electric Range

If you’re looking to add a bit of extra style to your kitchen, finding the best slide-in electric range can add that custom-built quality. However doing the research can take time, effort, and the knowledge to know what to look for. That’s why I’ve lent my experienced eye to the cause and put together this list of top products. Check out some of the models for yourself and see which you like best.