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    Expensive Countertop Appliances, are they worth the cost?

    Expensive Countertop Appliances, are they worth the cost?

    My wife and I were in a store over the weekend and they had a Vitamix person doing a demonstration. It seems like a very impressive machine, and we have a blender that was going bad, so I walked over to pick one up only to be taken back by the $400 price tag. We did not buy it there, but are still considering it as a purchase sometime down the road.

    On a similar note, last night my wife asked me what I wanted for my birthday… it is a $200 Keurig Coffee maker (the 2.0 so it can make small pots too). She didn't think that would be too bad, but said that it would be a birthday/Christmas gift (my birthday is between Christmas and New Year’s.) I have been making my own pods for my senseo coffee maker for a while now, and my wife said that she would make me coffee, but she doesn't like making the pods.

    However, it got me thinking about it, some of these countertop appliances are very expensive given their size and potentially limited use. Granted the coffee maker would be used multiple times per day as I frequently will have 2 to 3 cups in the morning and a cup after dinner.

    Do you have any countertop appliances that were expensive given the potential counterparts? Do you think spending the extra money is worth it.
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    I've seen those Vitamix machines and other high priced blenders but even if it's something you use all the time, I just cannot see how to justify the increased cost. We have a blender that was probably about $30. I've been using it nearly daily over the past 5 years (and sometimes multiple times a day) and have had zero regrets about not buying a nicer one. The blender has two settings, I call them "fully-automatic" and "three-round-burst". It does everything I have asked it to, works quickly, cleans up easily, and will not make me spend a lot of money if/when it dies.

    We do however have a Kitchen Aide Stand Mixer which I would call an expensive countertop appliance. We use it maybe a couple of times a month and each time I look at it sitting idle, I think to myself, "What a waste of money!" But when I do actually use it, it works great and does save me a few minutes over using a hand mixer.
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    We have a kitchen aid that has lasted for years and we use it at least once a week to make pizza dough. I think you get what you pay for with kitchen aid (as long as you use it). For coffee makers I have to agree with my mom, she has a $10 coffee maker and it works just fine. I'm not into the little cup things and neither is the wife. I'd say a good blender or food processor are great buys. We use our food processor a few times a month. Blenders not so much, but cheap ones will break on you so I guess it goes to how often you use a blender.
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    Best blender I've ever had cost me about $25. My favorite toaster was a crappy $10 Sunbeam, but it always evenly toasted with no hot spots or malfunctions. Consumer Reports is tremendously useful when it comes to this kind of stuff.

    My exception to this rule is the KitchenAid stand mixer. They are incredibly well built and have excellent accessories. They are like the Weber Grills of kitchen appliances. My mom has one that I think is pushing 40 years old and still runs like a champ. Same goes for food processors... I went through several crappy ones before finally biting the bullet and purchasing a KitchenAid.

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    Quote Originally posted by michaelskis View post
    Expensive Countertop Appliances, are they worth the cost?

    My wife and I were in a store over the weekend and they had a Vitamix person doing a demonstration. It seems like a very impressive machine, and we have a blender that was going bad, so I walked over to pick one up only to be taken back by the $400 price tag. We did not buy it there, but are still considering it as a purchase sometime down the road.
    IMHO the Keurigs waste tons of resources, and 400.00 blenders are a waste of money unless you are rich or are riddled with guilt about your weight and are looking to make a purchase to assuage that guilt.

    That said, we cook a lot and the KitchenAid stand mixer and food processor are money well spent (I made three loaves of bread Sunday and wouldn't have kneaded by hand), and the pesto from the garden would be much less without real food processor.

    That said, the pesto goes into the freezer in vacuum sealed bags using a Cabela's vacuum sealer, another good purchase.
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    SURE!

    My $350 Mixer looks GREAT on our counter.....just have to dust it off now and then
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    The VitaMix is an overpriced blender. I have a $40 Oster that is 20 years old and still works like a champ. Self cleaning? Cup of warm water and a couple drops of soap and whiz it around.

    The $200 Keurig? Waste of money. Mr. Coffee has a model for $50 that has the Keurig logo on the top. The only difference is that you have to add water each time you want a cup of coffee rather than it having a tank of water...but why do you want to use stale water to make coffee?

    Kitchen Aid stand mixer is worth it if you cook/bake frequently and spend decent money on a quality food processor. I have an 18 year old Krupps that I love.
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    We have a KitchenAid Stand Mixer, it is basic white and was a Black Friday special a few years ago, for $149. I also have a KA food processor. Instead of spending big bucks on a Vitamix we ended up getting a $99 Ninja. The thing has worked great for over two years.

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    I'm amazed that you can buy an appliance for just about every kitchen task and have no idea where people store them. I have a KA mixer that's 30 years old; I use it frequently. I've just about worn out my food processor but I'm not sure I'd buy another.

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    The only "expensive" appliance we have is a KitchenAid stand mixer. Love it.

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    Quote Originally posted by Doohickie View post
    The only "expensive" appliance we have is a KitchenAid stand mixer. Love it.
    My wife bought the shredder attachment and we'll buy big hunks of cheese on sale, shred, and put in the freezer for later. We also have the 11 y.o. making mashed potatoes and whipped cream with it - some of her kitchen tasks. So many ways to use this tool...
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    I never knew there was a shredder attachment. We use a lot of shredded cheese for various recipes and I like to shred cabbage to make my own coleslaw and potatoes for hashbrowns on the weekends. I may have to look into getting one of those for ours.
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    Quote Originally posted by WSU MUP Student View post
    I never knew there was a shredder attachment. We use a lot of shredded cheese for various recipes and I like to shred cabbage to make my own coleslaw and potatoes for hashbrowns on the weekends. I may have to look into getting one of those for ours.
    You'll want that for the potatoes alone! That accessory completely changed my Saturday mornings!

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    I'm not sure what brand food processor the wife has, but it's old and of course it comes with a shredder blade! Cheese for pizza takes no time.
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