Single-Person / Couple Household- How to Equip your Kitchen for Less Than $200
A buying guide for a single-person or a couple to equip their kitchen for $200 or less. Cheap and affordable products that focus on performance, multi-function and price.
Allocating the Budget
First of all, you need to know what types of kitchen appliances do you use the most. If you are into healthy eating, maybe you use a blender everyday and therefore must ensure you pick a product with long durability. Maybe you want to eat at home as much as possible and require a versatile multi-cooker, capable of cooking a wide range of meals. You need to set your priorities. Today, we will cover a wide range of options to better help you find the kitchenware which best fit your needs respecting a $200 budget.
Multi-Use Kitchen Appliances
One way to save money is by picking multi-use appliances. Products capable of replacing one or two other appliances, while still ensuring great performance on each function. A widely popular kitchen equipment is the multi-cooker. Also known as smart-cookers, most of them cover a wide range cooking tasks such as: Meat and Grill, Slow-Cooking, Preparing Soups, Brown and Sauté, Steaming, and even making Yogurt. There is a wide range of cheap multi-cookers with great performance, durability and ease of use. This allows you to avoid buying a steamer, a slow-cooker, a grill and even a blender particularly aimed at making soups. By doing this you can also focus on a blender that dual-functions as a food processor.
Our picks for Multi-Cooker:
- GoWISE USA GW22703 / GW22700 – Currently one of the best multi-cookers on the market. It combines performance with versatility. It has 12 Built-In Cooking Presets: Rice/Risotto, Multigrain, Porridge, Meat/Stew, Poultry, Seafood, Veggies, Bean/Chili, Canning, Yogurt, Egg Maker, and Steam. It can function as a Pressure Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Saute, Yogurt Maker, Warmer, Slow Cooker, Canner, and Egg Maker.
- Instant Pot Duo Mini – The mini version of one of the best rated and most sold smart-cookers on Amazon. Duo Mini has a 3 quarts capacity and 11 Smart Programs (Cooking Presets): Soup and Broth, Meat and Stew, Bean and Chili, Sauté and Searing, Steaming, Rice, Porridge, Slow Cook, Keep-Warm, Yogurt and Pressure Cook. It functions as Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Food Warmer. We would also like to highlight it’s energy efficient saving up to 70% of energy.
What about the Blender, Food Processor and Mixer?
Pureeing, chopping, blending and mixing are some of the most common tasks in the kitchen, it’s hard to prep a meal that doesn’t require doing this. However, although many people think a blender and a food processor are the same thing, they are not. In fact, you can even read our blog post on the differences between the two. To summarize that blog, in short words, a blender is better for dealing with liquids and food processors for thicker ingredients like meat and nuts. The key to saving money is picking a dual-function kitchenware capable of performing both efficiently.
Our picks for 3-in-1 blender / food processor / mixer:
- XProject 800W – A recently released hand blender that comes with a ncie set of accessories allowing it to function as processor and mixer too. Chop, Blende , Grind and Whisk, all with one appliance. Package includes: 500ml chopping bowl, 600ml measuring cup, blender stick, whisk, whisk holder and instruction manual. It features 6 speeds plus turbo.
- Bestek 350W – A very affordable solution for anyone looking for a good immersion blender that also multi-functions as food processor, mixer and whisk. However, we must highlight this item is not suitable for grinding meat as the motor isn’t powerful enough. The package includes a 500ml Capacity Chopper Bowl, 800ml Capacity Beaker and Whisk.
Buying the Kitchenware
If you followed our advise and saved money by choosing multi-function equipment, you’ll still have around $50 left from your $200 budget to spend on kitchenware. Avoid buying utensils (such as slotted spoon, spatula and skimmers) made of plastic. They never last, it’s a very bad investment if you intend on cooking at home in a daily basis. Stick to stainless steel utensils, a very strong and anti-corrisive type of material. Another great alternative to stainelss steel is wood.
Share Your Tips & Tricks
Now it’s your turn to share tips and tricks on how to equip a kitchen with cheap and reliable appliances for $200 or less. Leave a comment below, share your ideas, let’s start a debate! Help others optimize their income by buying smart. We at TechChef look forward to read your tips and maybe incorporate them into our guide. Don’t forget to share this article with your friends and family. Have a great day!