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The 6 Best Food Dehydrators Of 2018 – A Comprehensive Guide

Food Dehydrator

In need of a new food dehydrator? Look no further.

We have compiled a list of what we think are the best food dehydrators of 2018. There are so many different options on the market, and that can make it difficult to choose the best one for yourself. A lot of the choice depends on the pricing, quality, and abilities as well.

We will be sharing our favorite options for food dehydrators, as well as what you should consider before purchasing one.

Let’s get started.

How We Choose Our Ratings

Nothing is more important to us than ensuring that our reviews are honest and accurate. To do this, we take a few additional steps in our research to make sure it is thorough and correct.

We make sure to read and research online customer reviews and testimonials. This allows us to get a broader view of what the general public thinks of the product in question. It also gives us insight on any widespread issues or complaints that might not show up anywhere else. We are also able to gather quite a few pros and cons from other customer reviews as well.

We also make sure to thoroughly research the product specifications. By doing this, we are ensuring that if any of our readers buy the product we are reviewing, they know exactly what they are purchasing. There won’t be any surprises or confusion when receiving the item in the mail. This also allows us to identify any potential shortcomings that the product may have as well.

Lastly, we make sure to do in-depth research on the company that makes the items. It is important to most customers that they are purchasing products from businesses that they can trust and stand behind. This also gives us insight on a company’s customer service policies, as well as their warranty and return policies.

For this particular review of the best food dehydrators, there are a few specific factors we will be considering. Performance, overall quality, pricing, and abilities will all be weighed in this review.

Top 6 Best Food Dehydrators

Here are our favorite choices for the best food dehydrators of 2018, and they are not listed in any particular order.

Read on to get dehydrating and saving your favorite foods, flowers, and herbs today:

Nesco Snackmaster Pro Food Dehydrator

NESCO FD-75A, Snackmaster Pro Food Dehydrator, Gray
  • Adjustable thermostat allows you to dry different foods at proper temperatures (95º-160º F)
  • Powerful Top Mounted Fan. 600 watts of drying power. 120 Volt
  • Comes with 5 trays, but is expandable to 12 trays. (Trays are 13 1/2" in diameter)

First on our list is the Nesco Snackmaster Pro Food Dehydrator. This is an extremely popular food dehydrator, and has been for several years.

It has a stackable tray design, which allows the food to dry evenly and thoroughly. This product is extremely exceptional mostly due to the fan mounted to the top of the product, which is a powerful 700 watts.

There are five separate drying trays on the Nesco Snackmaster, but you can actually expand this product up to twelve trays which are sold separately. You also get an adjustable thermostat that has a wide range of 95 to 160 degrees Fahrenheit, as well as a reference labeling system to show you what the best temperature for your food is.

Other bonus items include 2 mesh sheets, 3 jerky spice packets, a recipe book, and 2 solid sheets. This is a great value for how much you receive for the price you pay.

This item weighs 6.8 pounds, is 13 inches tall, 13 inches wide, and 10 inches deep. It is made of BPA-free plastic, and includes the initial five trays.

Magic Mill Food Dehydrator Bundle

Magic Mill MFD-6100 Magic Mill Professional Dehydrator Machine, 6...
  • Healthy enjoy the homemade easiest healthiest snacks, preserve foods, without additives, made with BPA free Machine.
  • Function rear-mounted fan is designed to promote even drying without overheating, and the adjustable thermostat with...
  • 6 spacious, (13" X 12") Adjustable stainless steel drying racks, 2 plastic fine mesh trays, 2 nonstick trays, 1 set oven...

If you are needing something much larger that can hold a considerable amount of food, the Magic Mill Food Dehydrator Bundle is a wonderful choice.

Magic Mill is a fairly recognized, well known name when it comes to food dehydration products. This particular product is a 9-tray design, which is not as large as some of their other models, but will still hold quite a bit of food. It comes with the 9 shelf trays, and it has a giant 12 square foot drying chamber to hold them. This product also has a convenient adjustable thermostat and a timer that is built into the design.

This unit has a 600-watt fan that is mounted in the back of the model, which is plenty of power for what it needs. It can support almost twenty hours of drying time, and the temperatures range from 95-158 degrees Fahrenheit.

Also included with this product is 1 fine mesh sheet, 1 set of oven mitts, 2 fruit leather trays, and a recipe book. It weighs 21.9 pounds, made of stainless steel, and it is 18.7 inches high, 17.5 inches wide, and 14.8 inches deep.

Presto 06300 Dehydro Electric Food Dehydrator

Presto 06300 Dehydro Electric Food Dehydrator
  • Four-tray system for dehydrating foods at a fraction of the cost of commercially dehydrated foods with no additives or...
  • See-through cover to monitor drying progress on top tray; Bottom-mounted fan and heating element provide consistent air...
  • Drying trays and cover are fully immiscible and dishwasher safe; Fruit roll sheets, nonstick mesh screens, jerky gun and...

For those of you who want a food dehydrator that is a little cheaper and simpler for beginners, the Presto 06300 Dehydro Electric Food Dehydrator would be an excellent choice.

Because this is a budget unit, you do not get either a thermostat or a timer with this machine. Drying food in this machine is just set at 155 degrees Fahrenheit. To make sure it isn’t drying for too long, you will have to check on it periodically.

Even though it is a simpler machine, you can still easily dry fruits, vegetables, jerky, spices, and herbs without issues. You get four trays initially, and can purchase an additional four to have a total of eight. This unit has a fan mounted on the bottom of the machine that uses 600 watts.

Since you will need to check on your food periodically, the unit conveniently comes with a see through cover on top of the unit for you to peer into.

The company Presto also offers a lot of really helpful extension kits. These are fantastic for expanding on your machine later on and learning more about the process of dehydrating food.

This machine weighs 7.5 pounds and it is made of plastic. It is 15 inches tall, 6.5 inches wide, and 14.8 inches deep.

Excalibur 3926TB Food Dehydrator

Excalibur 3926TB 9-Tray Electric Food Dehydrator with Temperature...
  • 9-Tray electric food dehydrator with 15 square feet of drying space
  • Adjustable Thermostat 105F to 165F. Temperature range is low enough to preserve active enzymes in fruits and vegetables....
  • Built in on/off switch and adjustable thermostat with 26 hour timer

Next up we have the Excalibur 3926TB Food Dehydrator. Excalibur is an extremely popular and high-quality company when it comes to the best food dehydrators. They have been making these products for over 30 years in the United States.

This particular product has 9 trays, and is perfect for making large batches of food. It is also said to dry food much faster than other food dehydrators. Instead of taking four pounds of jerky four hours to dry, they say it will take five hours to dry eight pounds of the meat. It is almost twice as fast, and it will use a lot less energy for the same task.

They also give their customers a ten-year warranty, so if you have any issues in that time frame you can have it fixed or replaced.

This is a massive unit, providing you with a 15 square foot design. It also has Excalibur’s patented ‘Parallex Horizontal Airflow Design,’ which keeps the food heated evenly, and ensures that the food enzymes stay active while bacteria, yeast, and mold are killed. This product also has the patented ‘Hyperwave Fluctuation Technology’ as well.

You are given a built in timer that you can set up to 26 hours if you need to, and an adjustable thermostat with a range of 105-165 degrees Fahrenheit.

The machine weighs 22 pounds, is 12.5 inches tall, 17 inches wide, and 19 inches deep.

TSM Products Stainless Steel Food Dehydrator

TSM Products Stainless Steel Food Dehydrator with 10 Stainless Steel...
  • Excellent for raw food diets or making natural snacks like jerky fruit leathers apple chips or any of your favorite...
  • 10 stainless steel shelves 22ga - 304 food grade stainless steel housing will not rust
  • 800 watt heating element and fan creates horizontal air flow. Maintains even dehydrating temperatures Adjustable...

The TSM Products Stainless Steel Food Dehydrator is an extremely attractive and durable option for a food dehydrator.

This entire product consists of stainless steel, which makes it resistant to corrosion – no matter what you do to it, it will survive.

The design has a huge 800-watt heating source and fan, as well as five huge shelves and an adjustable thermostat. Everything inside of this unit is able to be easily removed and easy to clean. This product also has nine different air vents on it, which allows the moisture from the food to easily escape when it is drying out.

This food dehydrator weighs 20 pounds, has five trays, and is 11.5 inches high, 16.75 inches wide, and 19.25 inches deep.

NutriChef Food Dehydrator Machine PKFD06

NutriChef Food Dehydrator Machine - Professional Electric Multi-Tier...
  • ELECTRIC DEHYDRATOR: A multi-tier electric food dehydrator that can preserve varieties of food. Produces nutritious food...
  • EASY ACCESS AND OPERATION: Built with easy to use one operational button. Choose to dehydrate with just a click. It has...
  • STACKABLE TRAYS: Comes with 5 removable stackable food trays or dryer trays. These trays can also be used to dry food...

Last but certainly not least, we have the NutriChef Food Dehydrator Machine PKFD06. This is a machine that we would recommend for beginners who are interested in making jerky.

It has five high capacity rotating trays, and a two-vent system that makes it perfect for home or camping trips. This machine is rather small, but it works perfectly for any type of meat. It is actually specifically made for drying meat and making jerky.

Buyer’s Guide

Now that you have seen all of our favorite options for the best food dehydrators of 2018, there are a few factors you should consider before making your purchase.

Make sure that you have a budget in mind, as this will help you eliminate any options that you cannot afford. Since there are so many options, it is good to narrow it down as much as you can. If you go into the process of choosing a food dehydrator with a set range that you can afford to spend, you are less likely to be disappointed with your choice as well.

Also consider what types of food you want to cook, as well as how much you will need to make. Some of the models on our list would be appropriate for a large group or family, while others might only be good for a few people or types of food. For example, the NutriChef Food Dehydrator Machine PKFD06 would be the ideal choice if you are someone who hunts frequently or just likes to dry a lot of meat out. Whereas you would not want to purchase that product for fruit or vegetables.

Our Final Thoughts

We hope that you were able to find the best food dehydrator for your needs on our list today. While it can be difficult to know what to purchase or where to look, having the best options laid out in front of you can be a great help.

For those of you looking for the perfect food dehydrator, which option on the list looked the most appealing to you? If you have purchased one of these machines previously, what were your thoughts on it?

GE Toaster Oven Review – More Than Your Usual Toaster

ge toaster oven

Do you make toast at 350 degrees? Are your kitchen appliances dated?

Banish the thought!

The days of the pop-up toaster have long since passed. Toaster ovens have grown up since their humble beginnings. Choosing the right toaster oven will bring great versatility and convenience to your kitchen. The cooking power, footprint, and clever design of the newest toaster ovens is ingenious. You’ll be surprised at how much you can get done with this counter top device.

General Electric Convection Toaster Oven
  • Air Convection Rotisserie, great for chickens and small hens. Convection Cooking, prepares food evenly without hot...

Appliances, Appliances Everywhere

The search for a toaster oven is on. You’re googling. You’re checking vendors, you’re price-comparing. Bravo! But there is so much information, there are so many toasters out there. It’s shocking! At this point, you just want to buy the next toaster you see.

You’re right. There are too many to choose from.

How to make the best choice for your needs in the face of a market so packed with options?

Are all these toasters and toaster ovens really that different? What brand can you trust?

The quick answer is that yes -- they are different. There are poorly built toaster ovens out there. The overwhelming number of options alone suggests that there are bad options out there. But there are also good options and great options. Researching a well-known and trusted brands is a great way to start.

You want to choose something reliable, something that will meet your needs, and something that will last. You’re not about to buy a junky toaster that falls apart or stops working. You’re not about to shop for a toaster again in less than a year.

Read on to find the best options to the classic GE toaster oven.

ge toaster oven

8 Great Options

Most major makers of small kitchen appliances make a toaster oven. A brief list of reliable manufacturers that make good options would have to include Hamilton Beach, Oster, KitchenAid, Farberware, Cuisinart, Breville, Panasonic and Black & Decker.

Some of these brands make more than one, so it is helpful to think a bit about what you need your toaster oven to be able to do as you compare models.

If all you’re looking to do is toast bread, an old-school pop-up toaster will to the trick. But most toaster ovens have the same small footprint as a pop-up toaster, and they not only toast bread, the can be used to literally make meals! Why not level up and get an appliance that will meet more than just one need? Especially when it costs the about the same and takes up the same amount of space in your kitchen...

Versatility - A Necessary Quality in a Toaster Oven

Toaster ovens are better named “countertop ovens” since really, they are just smaller ovens that run on less power and take up less space. It’s worth mentioning that they are more efficient than large wall ovens as well. If the dish you want to cook fits into the toaster oven, chances are it will cook better in there as well.

You want a toaster oven that’s more than just a cheap tin hot box. You want to look for multiple functions, multiple interior racks, a good temperature range and accessories.

Brand Recognition

Diving into the history of small appliance manufacturers is fascinating and can lead you down many wild rabbit holes of information and the life cycle of corporations.

A number of the companies listed above have long manufacturing pedigrees. Hamilton Beach, Black & Decker, Farberware, Oster, KitchenAid and West Bend are all examples of companies that were started in the Northeast or upper MidWest between 1895 and 1920. These companies started variously as manufacturers of drink or baking mixers, power tools and animal shearing tools. Quite a variety!

By some accounts, the Australian company Breville started off making radios and mine detectors for the war.

Many of these companies have been in existence, innovating and developing products, for well over 100 years. They have stood the test of time, markets, and radical change. All are reliable makers and offer great alternatives to the GE toaster oven you set out to find.

When Did Toasters Get So Complicated?

Here again, we face a potential deep dive into obscure history that will connect our search for a GE toaster oven to the (very excellent and universally loved) invention of sliced bread, and we’ll be getting way off topic if we go there. Suffice it to say, a Scotsman is credited with the invention in 1893. Thank Alan McMasters tomorrow morning at breakfast.

Toasters were modified and improved upon through the 20th century in a wide variety of ways, bringing us the pop-up feature, the conveyor toaster, and eventually the toaster oven.

Toaster ovens have carried on this evolution to give us the countertop convection ovens that we love and rely on today.

Companies like Farberware, one of those 100+ year strong American entities mentioned above, now make toaster oven that can bake cakes, pizzas, and even roast a five-pound chicken. If only Alan McMasters had known where his original idea would go!

A Cake in a Toaster?

I know, that sounds both weird and messy, not to mention improbable, but it is where the technology has taken us. It works. In very nearly the same footprint as a classic GE toaster oven, you can have an appliance on your countertop that will do most anything your wall oven can do.

In truth, the toaster oven has become a small full-fledged oven that many households use more than their conventional oven. Buy the right one, and you’ll find that you put it to good use right away.

Keep this scope of possibilities in mind as you hunt for your toaster oven.

cake in a toaster oven

The Need for Speed

One of the best developments in the technology of toaster ovens is how quickly they heat up. Compared to the huge volume of a wall oven, they’re small. They need to heat up less than 1 cubic foot of air and steel. Think about what you cook on a daily basis. We’re not making Thanksgiving turkeys every day -- we’re heating up leftovers, melting nachos, defrosting pot pies or baking pizzas.

Toaster ovens are ideal for these types of uses. Most of the cooking we do is mid-to-small volume. And who doesn’t want to save some time and energy (and money for that matter) by using a more efficient device to cook?

Toaster ovens are very efficient, especially for the normal day-in and day-out needs of most families. Beyond heating up quickly, toaster ovens cook quickly, especially models that use convection technology to move the heat.

cooking in a toaster oven

3 Things to Look for in Your Ideal Toaster Oven

  • Capacity. A toaster oven with a capacity of 25 liters (.75 cubic ft) is a great size for mid-range meal uses. Plus, you can toast a lot of bread in there!
  • Multi-function. Many toasters will feature a variety of cooking functions and a broad temperature range.
  • Warranty. Look for a toaster that comes with manufacturer warranty.

How Much is .75 Cubic Feet?

I know, math! Sorry to have to drop technical specs on you, but that’s how these units are rated. Those numbers are best envisioned in terms of options.

In a toaster oven of that size, you can roast 5-7 pounds of chicken (5 on a spit, 7 on a pan), you can bake (2) 12” pizzas at once -- provided you have multiple racks. You can also toast 6 slices of bread at once. You can bake a pie or several potatoes, you can broil fish fillets or steak. Most meals will fit.

Never again will you turn the oven on just to make toast, or worse, to reheat something that the microwave heat and ruin.

When a Toaster Isn’t a Toaster Anymore

By now, you might be better served if you stop thinking about the toaster as just a toaster and start thinking about it as an oven.

In that light, you might be surprised at how many different cooking processes you actually use. A multi-function toaster oven can meet many of those needs. A well-rounded toaster oven should be able to bake, broil, toast and roast. Higher end models will also have convection and rotisserie options.

These different functions will not only encourage you try new cooking methods, they will make the process easier. Since the toaster oven is on your countertop, it is closer, easier to manage and easier to monitor.

Whether you’re cooking for six or just for two, reheating casserole, or broiling salmon, a toaster oven will meet your needs and make the task easy.

​A Warranty Worthy of Respect

Warranties are good signals from a company that you are buying a product you can trust. Companies that offer 1-2 year warranties and limited warranties are telling you that even after using the unit more than 1000 times, they’ll stand by its craftsmanship.

A lot can happen in a year or two. Knowing that the manufacturer stands by their product indicates you’ve found something far more likely to be worth the money. A warranty can help bring peace of mind to the purchase process. You can plan on continuing to use oven for years to come.

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    Solid Reasons to Buy a Toaster Oven
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    They Save Time - Toaster ovens heat up much faster than big wall ovens. They use less energy as well. Convection ovens will cook evenly, rapidly, efficiently. Last, being compact, they save time, energy, and potentially a little money.
  • 3
    Safety - The toaster oven can be used to make after-school snacks -- no need to turn on the stovetop burners. A little peace of mind will come knowing that.
  • 4
    Use It to Cook Most Anything - A toaster oven that features a broad temperature range (from 150 - 450 degrees F is ideal) can cook anything from slow roasted meats to high temperature baking. 450 degrees F will cook pizza!
  • 5
    Better Use of Space - The footprint of most toaster ovens is usually just a few inches greater than a regular toaster. You can toss that old toaster out right away. The trade-off of what the toaster oven can do by comparison is no contest.


What are the drawbacks here? The drawbacks are relative. It really depends on what kind of cook you are and how you use your kitchen.

If you use the oven most nights, you’ll find that many (if not all) of those dishes can be made in the countertop toaster oven. It is generally just a question of scale. If you are more of a stove top chef, you might get less use out of the toaster oven than others.

The main drawback for most people is the size. The size of the footprint of your basic toaster oven is usually around 16” wide x 13” deep and 9” high. Higher end models are bigger and can measure up to at 20” wide x 17” deep x 14” high. For some households, that is more appliance than they want on the countertop.

Ideal Specs in Your Toaster Oven

As we mention above, look for a toaster oven with a full range of functions -- broil, toast and bake. The best bake function temperature range will span from 150 to 450 degrees F. A timer that will run at least one hour is also essential.

Some ovens will include useful hardware. Ideally, you’ll find one with multiple (at least 2) baking racks at adjustable heights, a crumb tray, and in deluxe models, a rotisserie set and drip pan.

An interior with 3 sets of rails to adjust the rack height is preferable. When baking, you use the middle and bottom rails, when broiling the middle and top rails will provide the best results. Rotisserie accessories will fit into holders in the middle rack.

When you’re done cooking, cleaning up should be easy. The crumb tray will help keep foods from burning on the inside of the oven and can be removed (once cool). Most units will have accessories that are dishwasher safe, including the baking racks and spit set.

family cooking in the kitchen

More Oven Than Toaster

The last aspect to bear in mind is ease of use. Most toaster ovens use dials to control temperature, function and time. You don’t need a digital readout, or the ability to program the oven. Twisting knobs is easy and more than adequate. There is hardly room for a sophisticated control panel anyway. Beyond, dials are intuitive.

The simple interface is a certain benefit if you plan to teach the kids use it.

Move Over, Pop-Up! Toaster Ovens Are Here to Stay

You set out looking for a GE toaster oven, and instead found details on a second oven for your countertop. (And a quick trip through the history of sliced bread!)

That oven is out there. It will toast bread perfectly, and it will perform a half dozen other cooking functions that are way more useful and even more common than toasting bread! Bear in mind the specs and features we discussed above as you consider your options. Make your toaster oven work for your household!

Quick Meals for the Busiest People: 98 Easy and Healthy Recipe Ideas

People gather for a quick meal

98 Quick Meals for the Busiest People

Besides ordering from fast food chains, what quick meals can we serve on our dinner table? Let’s face it. With our fast-paced environment, we lack time to cook an entire meal for ourselves and our family.

From long days at work to the children’s extra-curricular activities; this leaves us with little room to prepare a healthy meal.

This list is will show you 98 quick meals that any busy person can make. These meals will take 45 minutes tops and your family will be so happy that you found a way to make a worthwhile meal.

98 Quick Meals

The following quick meals can be used all throughout the year. We tried to keep contain this list with meals that will only take 45 minutes or less.

Just because you won’t be cooking for hours, doesn’t mean these meals are skimpy or dull.

Spaghetti with Sausage and Pepper

Normal spaghetti will do just fine, but sausage cooks just a little quicker than beef.

a plate of sausage spaghetti

Texas Toast Pizza

Grab a box of Texas Toast from the freezer section and add sauce, cheese, and pepperoni.

Texas toast pizza

Sausage Alfredo Pasta

Grab your favorite sausage and some alfredo sauce. This alfredo pasta is sure one of the quick meals to wow your family.

a quick meal of sausage Alfredo Pasta

Quick Stromboli

Stromboli may seem like a complicated dish but it really isn’t. This quick meal only calls for a few key ingredients.

a slice of perfectly rolled stromboli

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Quick and Easy Calzones

Enlisted in our favorite quick meals are Calzones. You can buy them in the grocery stores and just heat them in the microwave or regular oven.

a quick meal of calzone with marinara sauce and lettuce salad

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Turkey Meat Balls and Zucchini Noodles

Cook turkey meatballs with zucchini noodles. For the noodles, you will need a noodle cutter. Children will list this as one of their favorite quick meals.

a quick meal of zucchini noodes with meatballs

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Easy Tuna Patties

Who doesn’t like tuna? Pack your tuna up and put it on a hamburger bun or sandwich loaves. Add lettuce and tomato to top it off.

two sliced sandwiches with tuna patties

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Catfish and Apple Celery Slaw

Catfish cooks the quickest out of most of the fish in the sea. Just add apple and celery into your coleslaw to make this complete. And, next thing you'll know, you're serving at least two quick meals in one plate.

quick meals composed of fried catfish, coleslaw, potato salad and french fries

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Sweet and Spicy Tilapia

Fry or bake some tilapia. Add sweet and sour sauce and your favorite side or salad.

tilapia with sweet and spicy sauce

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Mini Pancakes, Eggs, and Turkey Bacon

Find ready-to-cook mini pancakes at the breakfast aisle at any grocery store. Pop these in the oven and scramble some eggs too. The bacon should cook in about 15 minutes tops. 

a plate of pancakes, eggs, and bacon with drinks

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Pan-Seared Tilapia

Some people would rather cook their tilapia in a pan rather than an oven. Make sure to add plenty of butter.

Pan-seared Tilapia

Avocado Black Bean Quesadillas

Avocado is the new health wave. Avocado slices actually go well in quesadillas.

a plate of avocado black bean quesadillas

Veggie Tacos

The truth is, veggie tacos are so much quicker to make than meat filled tacos.

tacos with veggie fillings

Easy Lo Mein

Lo Mein is among the favorite quick meals at Chinese restaurants. It’s pretty quick to cook as well.

a plate of Lo Mein

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Thai Peanut Noodles

Anyone who loves a good Asian dish will love this. Simply cook these noodles and add your favorite sauce.

Thai Peanut Noodles

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Chicken Fried Rice

Grab some pre-cooked chicken and add it to your fried rice. If you have time, peas and scrambled eggs will work well too.

Chicken Fried Rice

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Pizza Bagels

This quick meal is a favorite among young ones. Grab a regular sized bag and top it with cheese, pizza sauce, and pepperoni. Pop it in the oven and you’re done.

freshly baked pizza bagels

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Veggie Stir Fry

Stir fry is a super-fast dish. Fry your rice and add some veggies. Buy some soy sauce for extra flavor.

a quick meal of veggie stir fry

Vegetarian Black Bean Chili

Find your favorite beans and make a chili out of them. Feel free to add corn and tomato.

a bowl of vegetarian black bean chili

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20 Minute Mac and Cheese

Macaroni and cheese is great for any time of year. This comfort food won’t take long to cook if you use the right ingredients.

a pan of overflowing mac and cheese

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Pantry Pasta

Use whatever pasta noodles you have stored in your pantry. Add some olive oil and seasoning after cooking for a delicious dish.

a plate of pantry pasta sprinkled with cheese

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Baked Penne

Sometimes, you can find a brand of noodles ideal for making quick meals. You will only have to bake instead of boil and then bake. This will make the process even faster.

a plate of baked penne pasta

Baked Ziti with Ricotta

Ziti is a pasta dish which uses 3 different types of cheese. One of these can be ricotta. This dish is quick because you only need to cook the noodles and bake the cheese on top.

baked ziti with ricotta

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Cauliflower Pasta

This unique recipe is great for busy nights. Penne or spaghetti noodles should work fine.

a quick meal of cauliflower pasta

Broccoli Alfredo

Alfredo doesn’t take long to cook when you use a store-bought jar of sauce. Cook the noodles and add broccoli.

a bowl of broccoli alfredo

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Quick Chicken and Rice

Bake some chicken strips and add to your favorite type of rice. Serve them together for a complete meal.

a bowl of white rice and a plate of baked chicken strips garnished with broccoli and orange

Teriyaki Rice Bowls

You’ll want to use quick rice for this quick meal.

quick meals in one bowl with teriyaki chicken, rice and steamed broccoli

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Sweet Spicy Chicken

Use sweet and spicy sauce to top your baked chicken with.

Spicy chicken

Turkey Meat Balls and Garlic Bread

Turkey meatballs give a great variance to meatball recipes. Garlic Bread and cheese should go well with this dish.

Turkey meatball-stuffed garlic bread dipped in marinara sauce

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Chicken and Spinach Parmesan

This is one of the healthy quick meals that can be made in 30 minutes.

chicken spinach parmesan with marinara sauce

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Chicken Fingers and Quick Rice

Find some instant rice, cook your chicken strips and you’re all done with this quick meal.

Tomato Soup

Grilled cheese always goes great with Tomato soup.

Tomato Soup

Garlic Mushroom Chicken

Although this dish may sound fancy it’s actually pretty simple to make. Add garlic and mushroom to your baked chicken.

a pan of garlic mushroom chicken

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Chicken Fajitas

This meal consists of cooked chicken strips, Cajun sauce, and peppers.

steaming hot chicken fajitas

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Beef and Noodles

This meal is perfect for cold nights in the fall or winter. Add beef broth, chopped beef, and noodles to a dish and you're done.

a bowl of beef noodles

Beef Burritos

This quick meal is a go-to for many families. Beef burritos can be made quickly. Just throw in your favorite cheese and veggies to the mix.

Beef Burrito with overloaded fillings

Chicken Bean and Cheese Burritos

Cooked chicken strips with black or brown beans will fit nicely into a burrito. Some people like to add sour cream for dipping their burritos in.

Chef’s Salad with Cheese

Chef’s salad usually consists of your favorite meat, cucumbers, tomatoes, and cheese. Cheddar or Mozerella will do just fine.

Chef 's Salad with colorful mix of ingredients

Chicken or Beef Enchilada

You can bake an entire enchilada meal in about 30 minutes or less. Make sure to add your favorite veggies to the mix too.

a tray of chicken and beef enchilada

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Veggie and Black Bean Nachos

Nachos are great for any time of the year. Put together your favorite nacho chips and the veggies of your choice. Don’t forget the black beans.

a plate of nacho chips topped with veggies and black beans

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Baked Honey Garlic Chicken

Use drumsticks or small chicken wings for a quicker cooking time. Glaze them with honey and garlic for a delicious dish.

baked garlic chicken drizzled with honey

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Sloppy Joe Muffins

This meal is both quick and unique. You probably didn’t think of adding sloppy joes to muffin tops.

Beef Stroganoff

This quick meal is perfect for winter months. You can always substitute the beef with chicken if you want.

a pan of beef stroganoff

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Stuffed Meat Balls

Who doesn't love a good meatball? Before cooking them, stuff them with cheese or veggies.

meat balls stuffed with melted cheese

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Beef and Macaroni

A quick macaroni recipe with ground beef will do just fine. This meal is hearty and quick.

a quick meal of beef macaroni

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Quick Stuffed Bell Peppers

If you’ve never tried stuffed peppers you’ll definitely want to. They’re easy and delicious. Bake a bell pepper and add your favorite veggies and meats on the inside.

red and yellow bell peppers stuffed with veggies and meats

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Beef Sliders

Sliders are quick since they're so small. You won't have to worry about making full-sized hamburgers. They'll cook quickly and can be put together much faster. Kids will love this quick meal.

a plate of quick and easy beef sliders

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Chilli Dogs

Chili dogs are always a fun and easy dinner. Grab some hot dog buns, hot dogs and a little bit of pre-made chili. There you go this quick meal is complete. Cheddar cheese can always be added on top for extra flavor.

a hotdog sandwich topped with chili sauce

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French Dip Sandwiches

This delicious sandwich consists of a slab of beef with any toppings of your choice. Make sure you don’t forget the French dip recipe to dip the sandwich in.

Beef Sandwiches with French dip and fries

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Beef Stir-Fry

Beef stir-fry doesn't take very long to cool at all. Chopped beef, fried rice, peas, and carrots will do the trick.

a plate of beef stir fry

Chili Cheese Cake Sloppy Joe

Instead of using regular sloppy joe sauce and beef, go ahead and add some chili to the mixture too. This will give it a little more flavor. Remember, chili can be last for days so you may want to make this in bulk.

Broccoli Beef

Many Asian themed restaurants serve this dish but you can make it right from home. If you like soy sauce you might want to add that to the mixture for flavor.

a serving of Beef with broccoli and soy sauce

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Mongolian Beef

This can be prepared within 30 minutes. Use beef or steak shreds for this recipe. There’s also a special Mongolian sauce recipe you’ll want to try out.

a plate of mongolian beef with some rice

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Asian Orange Chicken

Orange chicken has become ever popular. So, it is a not a surprise that it made it in our list of quick meals. Just grab some chicken and your favorite orange sauce recipe. This dish will be tangy and sweet at the same time.

a bowl of orange chicken

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Sesame Chicken

Sesame Chicken may look similar to orange chicken but the sauces aren’t that similar in taste. Sesame chicken will be a little saltier than orange chicken.

a serving of sesame chicken

Taco Spaghetti

Make a pot of spaghetti and grab hard or soft tacos shells. This makes the dish just a little more unique. And, it won’t seem like you’re eating just spaghetti for dinner again.

a bowl of taco spaghetti

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Taco Pie

Taco pie can be baked within 20 minutes in a pan. Stuff the pie with the insides of the taco and let the crisp outer shell bake to perfection.

a slice of taco pie

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Quinoa Salad

This salad can be prepared with just about anything you want. Strawberries, walnut, onion, black olive, banana pepper or whatever else you like in a salad.

a plate of quinoa salad

Mexican Pasta Skillet

Toss the beans, avocado, tomato, corn, and cheese into a skillet pan. After letting it simmer for a few minutes, you can take it out and it’s ready to eat.

a serving of mexican pasta skillet

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Easy Taco Salad

This cold dish can be prepared in a bowl. Chop up your favorite veggies and mix them together. You can include meat if you want to as well.

a bowl of taco salad

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Frito Pie

This southern dishes usually calls for rice, peppers, ground beef, and cheese. Bake it for about 20 minutes and you're ready for a quick meal.

a plate of Frito Pie

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Southwest Wrap

Choose your favorite brand of tortilla wrap and make a wrap complete with ground beef, corn, tomato, and beans. You can also put chicken strips in as a beef substitute.

a plate of southwest wraps with garnish

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Baked Potato and Chicken Casserole

A nice pot of chicken casserole goes great with a baked potato. This quick meal is sure to fill you up.

baked potato with chicken casserole

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Brown Rice and Chick Peas

Brown rice tends to be healthier than white rice. It has whole grains and tons of fiber. Chickpeas or garbanzo beans can add the nutrient protein to this quick meal.

a bowl of brown rice with chick peas toppings

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Veggie Pasta and Sauce

Use some of your favorite vegetables for this dish. You can also pick the pasta of your choice to make the dish unique.

a quick meal of plate of veggie pasta with sauce

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Greek Salad

Most Greek Salads feature tomato, quinoa, feta cheese, onion, and cucumber.

a bowl of greek salad

Cajun Chicken Pasta

Cajun Chicken tends to be on the spicy side. This dish is great for those who like tons of flavor.

a plate of cajun chicken pasta

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Chicken or Beef Pot Pie

Pot pies are pretty easy to make especially if you use a pre-made crust to cut down on time. Fill this crust with frozen vegetables like carrots and peas. Next, add your chicken and bake it in the oven with a little bit of chicken broth.

whole chicken pot pie

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Fried Chicken

Fried chicken is so simple and easy to make anyone can do it. Choose your favorite side to go with this quick meal.

golden brown fried chicken

Maple Glazed Chicken Sandwich

Buy your favorite maple glaze or sauce and add it to a cooked chicken sandwich. Usually, you would bake the chicken meat you'll use for the sandwich.

Ritz Cracker Chicken

Kids will love this quick meal. Crumble Ritz crackers over the baked chicken. Add a little water or oil so that the crumbs will stick to the chicken. The finished product is a deliciously wrapped ritz cracker chicken.

a plate of crispy ritz cracker chicken

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Mushroom Herb Chicken

Use mushrooms and rosemary or basil to coat your chicken. It will only take 30 minutes to complete.

Minestrone Soup

This soup uses an assortment of different veggies. Soups are generally pretty easy to make.

a bowl of minestrone soup

Roasted Tomato and Cauliflower Pasta

This recipe isn’t very common but it’s one of the great quick meals. Tomatoes and Cauliflower won't' take long to cook at all. Roast them in an oven and pair them with your favorite pasta noodles. Season with salt and pepper.

Snapped Peas, Basil and Spinach Pasta

This veggie pasta can be prepared quickly while providing tons of nutrients.

Romaine Avocado and Corn Salad

Get some romaine lettuce, avocado, and corn and toss it into a salad. Avocado pieces can be chopped up into little cubes for easier eating.

a serving of romaine avocado and corn salad

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Chicken Parmigiana

This quick meal features an Italian chicken dish.

a plate of chicken parmigiana garnished with french fries and salad

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Pasta and White Beans with Broccoli and Pesto

Most people probably don’t know this quick meal. White beans and pesto go great together and broccoli will add extra nutrients to this dish.

a plate of pasta and white beans with broccoli and pesto sauce

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Pasta Primavera Alfredo

This dish uses bow tie noodles, cheese, and alfredo sauce. Feel free to add your favorite vegetables to this dish too.

a pot of pasta primavera alfredo

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Grilled Cheese and Potato Soup

Grilled cheese is a quick and easy food to prepare. Potato soup only takes 10 to 20 minutes to cook from scratch. This is the ultimate quick meal combo.

Cheese Burgers

Cheeseburgers are always a quick meal. You can always add chips or baked beans to complete this meal.

a cheese burger sandwich

Pasta Puttanesca

This delicious Italian dish calls for olive oil, tomatoes, black olives, anchovies, and garlic.

a plate of pasta puttanesca

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30 Minute Barbeque Soy Chicken

Grill your chicken in a pan or bake it. Make sure to add your favorite brand of soy sauce for a flavorful meal.

Garlic Parmesan Pasta

Most people have heard of this quick meal. It only takes 30 minutes or less to prepare.

a forkful of garlic parmesan pasta

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Pesto Chicken Bake

You probably didn’t realize pesto can be used for more than just pasta.

a serving of pesto chicken bake

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Meat Loaf

Meatloaf is usually made from beef. It will only take about 25 minutes to fully prepare this meal.

slices of meat loaves

Sausage Lasagna (skillet)

Sausage doesn’t take as long to cook as other meats. This dish can be created in a skillet.

a plate of sausage lasagna skillet with toasted bread

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Baked Sausages and Apple

Chop up pieces of sausage and add it to a pan of sliced apples.

a pan of baked sausages and apple

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Barbeque Flat Bread

Use barbeque chicken as a filler for your favorite flatbread.

a slice of barbeque flat bread

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Tater Tot Sheperd’s Pie

Kids will definitely like this quick meal. Tater tots can be used to make a nutritious Shepherd’s pie.

Cuban Sliders

Cuban sliders are similar to regular sliders. The difference is they’re much spicier.

a tray of cuban sliders

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Tomato Basil Ground Beef

This dish can be cooked in under 45 minutes.

Vegetarian Ragu

This is one of the quick meals for all the vegetarians out there. Get a large jar of Ragu sauce and make extra food for later in the week.

Vegetarian Ragu

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Chicken and Broccoli

Make this dish in the form of a mixed meal or cook these ingredients separately and serve them separately. Either way, it won't take too long to prepare.

forked broccoli and chicken

Honey Garlic Beef

You’ll need the perfect honey garlic sauce recipe to top with your beef.

a plate of honey garlic beef

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Ramen Vegetable Stir-Fry

Ramen noodles are a staple in many Asian countries. Just add some vegetables to this stir-fry and you’re done.

a plate of ramen vegetable stir-fry

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Paleo Burgers with Avocado

Lettuce, avocado, and tomato will complete this delicious burger.

a plate of paleo burger, avocado mousse and caramelized parsnips and an extra serving of avocado mousse

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Sausage and Spinach Quiche

Italian sausage carries just the right amount of flavor. Some people serve as a breakfast dish as well.

a pan of freshly baked sausage and spinach quiche

40 Small Kitchen Ideas For Those On A Budget To Make Your Kitchen Desirable

Small Kitchen

When moving into a house or an apartment, you may realize your kitchen space isn’t as big as you wanted it to be. This can be a huge bummer, especially if you love cooking.

There are ways to combat this issue. Certain decorations and color schemes can be used to make the space appear larger than it is.

Benefits of Having a Small Kitchen

Before we get into the ideas for your small kitchen let’s consider why this may be a good thing. For one, a small kitchen won’t require much cleaning.

No one wants to clean a kitchen all day and night after having dinner guests. Another benefit is that you probably shop smarter. You simply don't have room to fit everything in it, so you consider things that you really need versus the things you want.

Top 40 Ideas for Your Small Kitchen

The following ideas are great for those on a budget who don’t want to have to spend a ton of money trying to get their kitchen to look desirable.

Bright Colored Appliances

The brighter the colors of your appliances the better. Just make sure to stay away from dark colored appliances in small kitchens.

bright colored appliances

Silver Cookware

Pots, pans, bowls, and any other kitchenware should be silver or at least a bright color. There’s something about these colors that makes everything look more open.

Silver Cookware

White Cabinets

To stay on a budget try DIY painting if your cabinets aren’t already white. White or light colored cabinets give the room a nice open look.

White Cabinets

Light Colored Flooring

Light browns work well in this area. This small kitchen idea is pretty important. One of the main things you notice about any room is the color of the floor.


Small chairs

Smaller chairs will, of course, fit better in a small space.

Small chairs

Tall Table

Short wide tables just don't go well in small spaces. Instead, use a tall slender table.

Tall Table

Bowls and Containers for Counter Tops

Instead of setting everything on the countertops find bowls and containers for them. The more neat and tidy everything looks the better.

Shelf bows

Hanging Lights

Hanging lights not only bring a beautiful touch to the room but they’ll make the room seem larger as well.

Hanging light

Modernized Appliances

Modernized appliances go great in small kitchens. This is due in part to the fact that modernized machines are smaller than the bulky machines from previous generations.

Modernized appliances

The Right Paint Color

This may be one of the most important small kitchen ideas. The color of the kitchen has a lot to do with how it looks. Dark colors will make the space seem small while light colors give the allusion of openness.


Kitchen Cart on Wheels

Use a moveable kitchen cart for just about anything. These can hold cereal or can be used to serve dinner from.

Small Appliances

If you have a small kitchen, chances are you don't necessarily need large appliances. Instead of a large coffee maker find a personal one. Mini toaster ovens and microwaves work just as well as their larger counterparts.

Small appliances

Storage Should Go On Walls

If you have containers, tables or appliances try to place them right by a wall. This will give you and your visitors more walking space. Do this for any appliance, even if it's on the countertop.


Change the Layout

From time to time look at your kitchen and change the layout. This small kitchen idea will make your kitchen less boring.

Placing tiles on the wall

Glass Cabinets

As you can imagine glass cabinets give the allure of space. The fact that they're see-through makes it seem like the area inside is larger and open.

Glass Cabinet

Splash Bright Colors

Bright colors can pop up throughout the kitchen space. Decorations and even walls can feature colors like light blue, yellow, orange and even pink.

Shelves lighting

DIY Decorations

These save you tons of money. DIY decorations can be found on websites like Pinterest.

Create Balance

Any great kitchen has balance so yours should too. If you use bright colors find a balance. The same rule goes for light or bright colors.

Stainless Steel Appliances

Black and white appliances are pretty dull. Stainless steel is a great small kitchen idea since it opens up the room and makes it look more modernized.

White cabinets

DIY Back Splash

A nice backsplash doesn't have to be expensive. Especially when you can YouTube it and follow along with a tutorial. A backsplash will make your kitchen look much more sophisticated.


The more windows the better. A wide open window shows a view from the outside. This view will make it easier for the kitchen space to seem wide open.

Kitchen window

Use Wall Space

If you can add additional cabinets or find wall hanging organizers that will fit your kitchen you should definitely take advantage. You already don't have much space as it is. Using up wall space will allow you to utilize your space the best you can.

kitchen wall

Dining Bar

Dining bars really aren't too difficult to set up. Find a countertop space and use used chairs from a thrift store or a friend. These chairs should be stools or other tiny chairs that might be used in a bar.

Dining Bar


Nature has a way of making almost any room feel more alive and vibrant. Think of this small kitchen idea as bringing the outside inside.

Plant on the table

Make it Cozy

Most kitchens feel cold and sometimes dense. A cozy kitchen will compensate for lost space.

Avoid Curtains

This small kitchen idea is sure to save you money since you won’t be spending your hard-earned cash on curtains. Curtains tend to make everything seem cluttered.

Use a Theme

Find the perfect theme to make your small kitchen really stand out. It could be seasonal or a style such as country or rustic.

kitchen theme

Add a Rug

Everyone loves a nice cozy rug. Have you ever considered using one in the kitchen? It brings color and a unique touch to the room.

Use Artwork

Find colorful artwork to hang in your kitchen. This is a great small kitchen idea that will bring personality to the room.


Thrift Store Shopping

Finding decorations and used supplies from a thrift store is a great way to save money while on a budget.

Shiny and Transparent

If you can find shiny or transparent accessories or appliances you definitely want to buy those. They will make the room seem transparent which in turn allows the space to seem more open and large.


Try to install more pullouts. This small kitchen idea will save your counter top some space and you'll be able to store extra groceries or accessories in these areas.

Large Fixtures

Large fixtures and decorations take the attention away from the size of the room.

Drawer Organizers

Local department stores will most likely have plastic accessories which can be used to organize your drawers. Remember, organization is key for this small space.

Dramatic Colors

Colors like red and black, blue and green bring enough personality into a room. These colors might just make your guests and you forget how simple and small your kitchen really is.

kitchen interior color

Vertical Storage

Vertical storage can be installed nearly anywhere. A good place to set this is beside a dishwasher.

kitchen pantry vertical storage

Small Kitchen Island

Put a small island in the middle of the kitchen. It will create more space while also making your small kitchen look bigger.

Kitchen Island

Racks and Hooks for Storage

You can find these at your local thrift store or on Amazon. Hooks and Racks can be used to hang pots, pans, and other necessary kitchen equipment.

cups hooks and racks

Storage Space Savers

Optimize the space in your pantry with different tools that will help you cram everything neatly together.

kitchen storage furniture

Floating Shelves

Floating shelves are the best small kitchen idea. They’ll save you space and money. You can actually DIY this project and come out with a really great looking wooden shelf.

floating kitchen shelve

Kingsford Charcoal Grill Reviews: Which Grill Should You Buy?

Kingsford charcoal grill

Kingsford Charcoal Grill Reviews 

Kingsford is a well-known name in the charcoal grill industry. While they may be known by many as the manufacturers of the popular Match-Light charcoal and other similar products, Kingsford is also one of the top manufactures of backyard charcoal-fueled grills. What company would be better to create high-quality grills than the company behind the invention of the charcoal briquet?

Products Ideal for Any Size Cookout

Kingsford now offers a full line of charcoal grills and smokers that can take on any size backyard cookout, large or small. Keep the party going any time of year with one of their high-quality grills which are designed and manufactured by the Rankam Group. You can find a Kingsford Charcoal Grill online or purchase one at your local retailer including Walmart, Target, and Lowe’s.

Kingsford Charcoal Grill Lineup

Kingsford now has several charcoal grills available for all types of backyard culinary experts. You can find small portable grills that are perfect for barbecuing enough burgers or steaks for two, or a large 32” grill that can help feed the entire family and then some. Here are some more details about the grills currently available from your local retailer all from the Kingsford brand.

Kingsford GR1031-014984 Barrel Charcoal Grill, 30-Inch
  • 793 sq.in. cooking area
  • Cast iron cooking grate
  • Expand metal side shelves and bottom rack

The Kingsford GR1031-014984 30” Barrel Charcoal Grill is an affordable option for those who want an affordable backyard grill from a reliable brand. This barrel-style grill has 793 sq. in. of cooking space so that you can grill up all your family’s favorites at once. It features a cast iron cooking grate that is easy to clean and maintain. You can expand the metal side shelves as well as the bottom rack to provide you with ample cooking space for meal preparation and grilling.


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Kingsford 30” Barrel Grill

This grill sits atop convenient wheels so that it can be transported anywhere you need it. It has a built-in thermometer for exact temperature control which can help your grilled meats turn out perfect every time.

This large Kingston Bronco 30” Barrel Grill has a 35 burger capacity. It is made from heavy-duty materials and built to last for many summer barbecue seasons. The charcoal grate is height adjustable and the ash pan underneath is very easy to remove when you are finished using the grill for the day.

The barrel grill also includes a small chimney that is used with the lower side vents. It helps control the amount of air that is free to circulate throughout the system, and it also controls the heat intensity inside the barrel any time the lid is closed.

Kingsford OGD2001901-KF Outdoor Charcoal Kettle Grill, 22.5-Inch
  • 354 sq.in. cooking area
  • Durable Porcelain Coating
  • Warming Rack Included

The Kingsford OGD2001901-KF Outdoor Charcoal Kettle Grill features a classic style that most grillers will be familiar with. This 22.5” grill may be smaller than many other backyard grills on the market but if you only need to feed a few guests then there is no need to spend more or take up all that space. That’s why Kingsford has made a kettle style outdoor grill that works just as well as it’s larger competitors and is perfect for backyards or patios with limited space.


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kingsford charcoal grill - Kingsford Charcoal Kettle Grill

The Kingsford Outdoor Charcoal Kettle Grill features 354 sq. in. of cooking space. It has a durable porcelain coating and includes a warming rack. There is a bottom rack included on this kettle grill so that you can have access to all your necessities. And it also includes wheels for easy transportation. The kettle grill also has an air vent for better temperature control. This grill weighs only 19.8 lbs. which makes it easy to move around from one space to another. It includes a convenient ash catcher.

Kingsford Charcoal Water Smoker
  • Great for smoking chicken, ribs, large cuts of meat and grilling steaks, hotdogs and more making it perfect for...
  • Porcelain-coated water bowl with wire grate, convenient lid hanger, heat-resistant handles, deep domed lid with an...
  • It converts very quickly without having to use additional tools. The deep domed lid comes with an adjustable air vent...

The Kingsford Charcoal Water Smoker is a great option if you want to purchase an affordable smoker from a reputable brand. It is perfect for smoking chicken, ribs, and other large cuts of meat. You can also use it to grill steaks or hot dogs for any backyard barbecue. It features a professional style temperature gauge, a porcelain coated water bowl with a wire grate, a handy lid hanger, heat-resistant handle, and a deep domed lid that has an adjustable air vent built-in.

Although this is a water smoker, you are not limited to only using water. The tray can be removed so that you can add in wood chips or other resources, allowing you to smoke meat any way that you choose.


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Kingsford Charcoal Water Smoker

The grill converts easily without the use of tools. The dome lid with its heat resistant handle makes the grill very easy and safe to use. This water smoker has 390 sq. in. of cooking space and a large charcoal access door which makes it easy to add extra charcoal while the food is smoking. It is the perfect smoker to use for backyard cookouts, camping and even tailgating. The smoker grill weighs only 20.6 lbs. The manual for this smoker comes with the grill.

Kingsford 32" Charcoal Grill
  • Black outdoor charcoal grill comes with a 1-year warranty
  • Side shelf: 2 pieces, fold-able, with tool hooks / Charcoal pan: painted
  • Dimensions: 52.9"W x 26.4"D x 42.3"H / Bottle opener / Cooking grid: cast iron

The Kingsford 32” Charcoal Grill is the largest grill available from the brand. This impressive backyard grill features a side shelf which can be folded away when not in use, a charcoal pan, bottle opener and a cast iron cooking grid. There is a secondary cooking area that is 273 sq. in and a primary cooking area that is 495 sq. in.

This grill sits atop a powder coated cart that has wheels for easy transport. The lid is high-temperature painted so that you don’t need to worry about fading or cracking.


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This 32” outdoor charcoal grill is easy to move around from one space to another. It has plenty of cooking space so that you can prepare your favorite barbecued meats for everyone in the community. It also has shelves and storage space to keep all types of outdoor culinary artists organized as they prepare amazing food.  This product comes with the Kingsford brand’s 1-year warranty.

The grill grate measures approximately 30"x16.5". You can prepare a multitude of food for any type of family reunion or summer barbecue. You have plenty of space to grill your favorite meats, potatoes and vegetables all at once.

The Kingsford 24” Charcoal Grill has a sophisticated look that will coordinate well with your deck or patio. While it isn’t as big as their 32” backyard grill, it still provides you with plenty of cooking space if you want to host a party or outdoor dinner with your close friends. The primary cooking space is 360 sq. in. and the secondary cooking area is 205 sq. in. It features a cast iron cooking grate, a strong steel lid with high-temperature painted finish, and a foldable side shelf with tool hooks.


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This Kingsford Charcoal Grill is excellent for small patios and it features two wheels on the stand for easy rolling from one area to another. There is a bottle opener attached and some assembly is required before you can start using this grill. Weighing just over 60lbs., the grill is easy to move around as needed so that you don’t have to leave it in one space at all times.

Customers who own this particular grill are surprised by how well it works based on its affordable price. It is a high-quality grill that performs as well as a one that costs twice as much or more. It is strong and sturdy once it is assembled.

Kingsford 14" Kettle Charcoal Grill with Hinge
  • • Steel construction with high-heat paint • Hinged lid • Lead-free and non-toxic • Chip, crack and scratch...

The Kingsford 14” Portable Grill is the ideal choice when you have limited space for a grill or don’t need a large and bulky Barbecue grill to place in the backyard. This small and convenient kettle grill with hinged lid allows you to cook a meal for one or two that you can enjoy no matter where you may live. It is small and portable so that you can take it along on camping trips or while tailgating. But even though it is small in size, the Kingsford 14” Portable Grill has all the great features that you would expect from a quality kettle grill.

This portable grill features all steel construction and high-heat paint. It has a hinged lid, is lead-free and it is also non-toxic. The grill is chip, crack and scratch resistant to ensure that it will always look its best year after year. It features a powder coated finish to prevent rust, a heat resistant handle, and 209 sq. in. of grilling space. It features plenty of space to fire up your favorite meats from steaks to hot dogs and hamburgers. You can also use it to grill up potatoes and other vegetables for a delicious outdoor meal.


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The Kingsford 14” Portable Grill weighs just 7.2 lbs. It is the ideal grill for anyone who loves to cook outdoors but doesn’t have a lot of space to work with.

About the Kingsford Brand 

Kingsford Charcoal and their line of Charcoal Grills are proudly Made in the USA. And their background is a story that is filled with pure American history. In 1919, Edward G. Kingsford assisted Henry Ford with procuring land filled with timberland to help supply firewood for his automobile plants. Ford wanted to see the waste generated by his sawmill and the wood burning at his plants to be reused. He found the solution to his problem with a process that pressed blocks of reconstituted char. This was the invention of the charcoal briquet. And although it was originally marketed by the Ford brand, later it was renamed Kingsford Charcoal in honor of Edward Kingsford.

Today, Kingsford Charcoal converts over 1 million tons of charred wood waste into their reusable briquets each year. They are the leading manufacturer of charcoal in the country and is Made in America using 100% North American ingredients.

Why You Should Purchase a Kingsford Charcoal Grill 

Kingsford Charcoal Grills are much more affordable than many of your other top-selling, high-end backyard grills. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t great quality products. These grills carry the Kingsford name which many backyard cooks have trusted for years for their excellent charcoal products. Now you can own this must-have charcoal grill from the same brand that invented the original charcoal briquet.

If you check out the reviews for these Kingsford Charcoal Grills, you will quickly see that the price doesn’t always equal the value. Many owners purchased the grill because it was a great deal and found out that they are easy to use and functioned just as good, if not better than grills that are twice or three times the price.

There is no reason to spend a fortune on a grill when you can buy one that is just as effective for a fraction of the cost. The people who work for Kingsford grills understand that and that’s why they make their grills strong, durable, and affordable for their worthy customers.

You can find these and other Kingsford grilling products by visiting various online retailers or your local Walmart, Target, or Lowe’s.

Which Kingsford Charcoal Grill is the Right One for You?

Kingsford has created a number of fine backyard charcoal grills for you to choose from. It has been recognized as a good kitchen aid. And with the brand’s involvement in the history of charcoal briquets you can be sure that you are purchasing a grill that will provide you with superior results. Whether you need a large backyard grill for a big neighborhood party or a much smaller portable grill to prepare a meal for two, you can find the right type of Kingsford Charcoal Grill to fit your barbecuing needs.