5 Luxury Kitchen Items that are More Affordable than You Think
You may have been avoiding making an indulgent kitchen purchase because you can’t justify spending the money, even when you really want it. But have you checked the prices recently? Many luxury kitchen items are actually quite affordable, and once you buy them, you’ve got them for years to come. Here are five of our favorite kitchen tools that feel indulgent without breaking the bank.
Single-Serve Coffee Brewer
Not much beats a good cup of coffee in the morning. The single-cup coffee brewer known as Keurig was first created with the breakroom at the office in mind, but in 2004 it became hugely popular for home use as well. Other brands, including Salton and Sara Lee, also offer single-serve coffee brewers. As of 2017, you can buy a basic Keurig for $59 plus tax at Walmart.
Do you avoid certain making certain recipes, like chickpea hummus or pesto, because you don’t have a food processor? Then get thee to the store! Food processors are multi-functional and come in handy in a plethora of recipes. Best yet, they don’t cost that much anymore. You can buy a Kitchenaid food processor from Belk for under $40. Visit Macy’s for a Cuisinart for the same price.
Maybe you fantasize about making frozen margaritas for lazy summer weekends, or you’re ready to get healthy with kale smoothies in the morning. But you can’t do either of those things if you don’t have a blender. So why don’t you have a blender already? You can buy a perfectly nice blender from Oster for under $20 at Target. While you’re there, get yourself some Starbucks and feel totally indulged.
Now we’re getting really fancy. Imagine making the perfect rich, velvety and thick potato soup for winter evenings. All you have to do is cook your potatoes in chicken broth, finish them with cream and puree them with an immersion blender, a handheld blender that you put straight into your pot of cooked food. Immersion blenders are slim, elegant and eliminate the hassle of transferring cooked foods to a food processor. Best yet, a Cooks immersion blender from JCPenney will only set you back about $20.
Nothing screams “cooking from scratch” like a pasta maker. How much more hands-on can you get? If you’re dying to get covered in flour and eggs but you’ve been holding off, thinking you can’t afford it, think again. A hand-cranked pasta maker by Imperial Home is currently available on Wayfair for under $25.
The next time you tell yourself you don’t have enough money to afford a coveted piece of kitchen gadgetry, do a little shopping first. You may be surprised to discover you can, indeed, afford it.