CHOW Reviews cover a wide range of kitchen tools, including knives, cookware, blenders, and gadgets. All products are rigorously tested in CHOW's 1300-square-foot Test Kitchen in San Francisco. Learn more here.
Small Appliances

Omega Mega Mouth Juicer (BMJ330)

If you juice a lot, you don't want to be slowed down by a machine that can't keep up. The Omega Mega Mouth BMJ330 is designed to handle a lot of pulp so you can keep going. We stocked up on fruits and veggies and gave it a spin. READ MORE

Small Appliances

The Petite Pizzeria

If you have a tiny kitchen, a plug-in pizza oven can expand your world, but you need one that can handle more than just the occasional margherita. We tried Sur La Table's Petite Pizzeria to judge its overall pie worthiness. READ MORE

Small Appliances

SodaStream Source Soda Maker

Do you need an in-home soda machine? The Yves Béhar–designed SodaStream Source looks cool on the counter, but is it an economical option? We made some drinks and considered. READ MORE

Small Appliances

Breville Juice Fountain Plus JE98XL

Even if you use your juicer daily, you don't want it taking over your kitchen. The Breville Juice Fountain Plus is nice and compact, but does it have main squeeze potential? READ MORE

Small Appliances

Waring Pro Belgian Waffle Maker (WMK600)

You're tired of cooking one waffle at a time, forcing your family to brunch in shifts. The rotary Waring Pro Belgian Waffle Maker turns out two waffles at a time, but is it the best solution to the Sunday morning bottleneck? We gave it a whirl. READ MORE

Small Appliances

Hamilton Beach 12 Cup Oil Capacity Deep Fryer (35030)

Few home cooks use a deep-fryer often enough to justify the purchase of a pro-grade machine. Most of us need one that's small, easy to store, and efficient. We tested the Hamilton Beach 12 Cup Oil Capacity Deep Fryer to see how it stacks up. READ MORE

Small Appliances

Breville Scraper Mixer Pro

Stand mixers are countertop must-haves these days. Everybody knows the KitchenAid classic, but what about a competitor, one with more power and fancy extras? We took the Breville Scraper Mixer Pro for a test ride to see if it's the one we want to park in our appliance garage. READ MORE

Blenders

Magic Bullet Express 17-Piece High-Speed Blender Mixing System

The popular Magic Bullet blender system makes a lot of promises about what it can do, but does it deliver? We blended, ground, and chopped to see if it's worth keeping track of its many parts. READ MORE

Slow Cookers

Hamilton Beach Set & Forget 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker (33969)

The Hamilton Beach Set & Forget 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker offers tons of features for a very modest price, but do all the extra doodads help you cook better or just get in the way? We got slow-cooking to find out. READ MORE

Slow Cookers

Crock-Pot Countdown Touchscreen Digital Slow Cooker

As midrange digital slow cookers go, the Crock-Pot Countdown Touchscreen model is pretty basic. But does a minimal design translate to minimal performance? We got slow-cooking to find out. READ MORE

Slow Cookers

Cuisinart Programmable Slow Cooker

The new generation of slow cookers has carefully calibrated cook temps and digital convenience features, but can they change your life for the better? We tested the midpriced Cuisinart Programmable Slow Cooker to see if its bells and whistles are actually worth the money. READ MORE

Blenders

Cuisinart Smart Stick Variable Speed Hand Blender (CSB-79)

Immersion blenders have gotten a whole lot more sophisticated in the past decade. This late-generation model from Cuisinart is supposed to be able to replace three small appliances in your kitchen, but can it hack it? We plugged it in and rolled our sleeves up to find out. READ MORE

Small Appliances

Cuisinart ICE-21 Frozen Yogurt – Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker

High-end machines produce beautifully smooth, creamy ice creams, but what if you've got a budget of less than $60? Cuisinart's ICE-21 machine is certainly wallet-friendly, but will it make your ice cream dreams come true? We risked multiple brain freezes to find out. READ MORE

Small Appliances

Cuisinart Brew Central 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker

Coffeemakers come in all shapes and sizes. With its clean, industrial look, Cuisinart's Brew Central 12-Cup is a machine we'd actually love to keep out on our kitchen counter. But are the programmable features and adjustable settings as hot as this coffeemaker's design? READ MORE

Blenders

Ninja Professional Blender

The design and packaging make the Ninja Professional Blender look like a killer, but can it deliver? We made this sleek black machine crush, chop, grind, and purée to see if it's as badass as it looks. READ MORE

Blenders

Vitamix 5200 Standard

Vitamix is the new standard for smoothies and juice drinks—it's put commercial-grade power on the kitchen counters of ordinary home cooks able to pay top dollar. We wanted to see if this top-of-the-line blender could be useful for more than making that daily kale health shake. READ MORE

Blenders

KitchenAid 5-Speed Custom Metallic Blender KSB580

The KitchenAid KSB580 chrome blender looks great on the counter, but is it actually worthy of a place of honor in your kitchen? We put this high-style blender through its paces to see if the performance matches the price. READ MORE