With big-ticket items out of financial reach, some homeowners are sprucing up their kitchens with stylish small appliances that make a statement on the counter. And to the delight of manufacturers, they’re willing to pay more for small kitchen wares. The happy result has been a wider selection of coffeemakers, food processors and even toasters.
At Consumer Reports, we found some pricey products that performed well and some lower cost models that did too.
For example, you can pay $600 for a single-serve espresso machine or choose a $90 model that makes coffee too. Here are some high-end favorites from our tests matched with superb performers that cost less.
High end: Vita-Mix 5200, $450 (shown)
High end: DeLonghi EN680, $600
High end: Breville Sous Chef BFP800XL, $400
High end: Zwilling J.A. Henckels Twin Profection #33049, $600 (shown)
High end: Magimix Vision Toaster, $250 (shown)
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