REVIEW The West Bend Stir Crazy 82505 is a large-capacity popcorn maker which delivers perfect popcorn every time.
REVIEW If you’re looking for a bare-bones model and just cooking for one or two people, the NESCO 5-Quart food steamer is a good choice.
The Nostalgia Electrics 4-Quart Ice Cream Maker makes a gallon of ice cream, and for an ice cream maker its size, it is rather quiet. In fact, during testing, we were surprised at how much quieter it was than other ice cream makers we reviewed.
Unlike old-fashioned machines, the Hamilton Beach 68320 ice cream maker uses a modern freezer bowl, which makes it faster and easier to use. All it takes is a flip of the switch to get going, and our testing showed it can make ice cream in about 40 minutes.
This Hamilton Beach machine makes ice cream with a consistency similar to soft serve but without the preservatives or mystery ingredients. In our tests, it took one hour for this electric ice cream maker to prepare ice cream.
The attractive Aroma 4-Quart ice cream maker is charmingly old fashioned, with its appealing fir wood bucket and die-cast hand crank. If you get tired, you can switch to its electric motor.
The minimal-fuss Cuisinart ICE-30BC Pure Indulgence is one of the best ice cream makers we tested. It takes only a little foresight to prepare ingredients and the freezer bowl to make fresh desserts, and we liked the machine’s large, sturdy base and non-slip feet.
The Oster FRSTIC-WDB-001's wooden bucket design makes it look like an old-fashioned ice cream maker, but it uses electricity. That way, you can enjoy the nostalgia without muscle strain from turning a hand crank.
The budget-friendly Hamilton Beach 4 Quart Ice Cream Maker has a classic bucket design and a high-power motor instead of a hand crank. Its motor is powerful, which is great for churning ingredients but also means this ice cream maker is quite noisy.
The Open Country 51542 Gardenmaster Dehydrator provides you with a fast and powerful way to dehydrate food. This helpful kitchen appliance comes with four large drying trays. You can expand that up to an impressive 30 trays, but that will ratchet up the total price.
The Presto Dehydro Electric Food Dehydrator is a great, easy-to-use unit if you want to try your hand at dehydrating your own food to save time and money.
L'Equip's 528 Dehydrator helps preserve the nutrients that stay in your dried fruits, vegetables and meats with its light-blocking plastic walls, and it offers expandable trays and detailed temperature control.
The Cabela’s 80-Liter Commercial Food Dehydrator is a great addition to your kitchen if you want the health benefits of drying your fruits, vegetables and meats.
Weston has created a food dehydrator that is easy to use and clean, and it produces nicely dried foods that can be stored for extended periods of time.
The versatile Cuisinart DHR-20 Food Dehydrator not only lets you dry fruits, vegetables and meats such as jerky, but it also works nicely to make yogurt, dried herbs, homemade doggie treats, dehydrated fish and even dried flowers for crafts or potpourri.
The Nesco Snackmaster Pro is part of the Nesco/American Harvest line of food dehydrators, and its all-around excellent performance makes it possible to dry fruits, vegetables and jerky in hours instead of days.
The Simple Taste Egg Cooker is simple to use and gives you eggs with very good taste, but our testing showed that even when we followed the included directions properly, we could not get hard-cooked eggs that were cooked completely through.
The Chef’sChoice International Gourmet Egg Cooker 810 makes as many as seven eggs at one time, letting you cook them to different levels.
Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it is no longer available.