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The Whys and Hows of Planning and Building Your Dream Kitchen

Take a deep breath.

Just imagine. You smell fresh baked bread, homemade cookies, or roasted turkey and dressing.

The timer dings hopefully; the oven door opens and releases the scent of wonder. Even the subtle grinding of the smoothie blender is beautiful.

The subtle drip of brewing coffee gets you out of bed. The soft clink of wine glasses motivates you to leave the couch and TV to talk to your family. The opening of the refrigerator brings everyone, dogs included, straight to one room.

Where is all this magic possible?

The kitchen.

wide and spacious kitchen with proper lighting

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It's the heart of the home, the most important room in the house. The kitchen is the place where it happens, whatever “it' is to you and your family.

Just the word “kitchen” is enough to evoke smells and tastes and feelings unique to the room with the stove and the sink.

But what if your kitchen doesn't inspire such love? What if your kitchen is not the room where everyone flocks but the room that everyone avoids?

What happens when your home is missing its heart?

torn house with Empty spaces inside and has only one old chair in the middle

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Tearing up just thinking about it?

Yeah, me too.

But even a heartless home is not without hope. A dream kitchen renovation will not only revive your flatlining house, it will bring the love and the joy back into cooking, eating, and home ownership.

Take control of your home and your happiness today. Learn how to update your kitchen on any budget, how to include the most important elements of a dream kitchen in your DIY plan, and how you can really make it happen.

The future is now. The home and the kitchen that you have always dreamed of is within reach.

Are you ready?

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Can You Hear It Beating?

The kitchen is the heart of the home. It's the congregation point, the center, the soul.

But why?

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No matter what you have in your current kitchen or what your dream kitchen looks like, chances are, you want it to be something special. From their days as logs around the fire pit to their current iterations as tiled oases in the chaos of modern life, kitchens have been central to our existence as long as people have been walking the earth.

The basics

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The first and most important reason that a kitchen is the heart of the home is in its very purpose: the food.


Kitchens nourish physically and have the opportunity to nourish spiritually and emotionally as well.


Just as the heart pumps blood through the body and keeps it moving and grooving, the kitchen provides the food that gives the body energy to carry on.


Ever wandered into the kitchen not really looking for anything specific but found comfort in the arms of a cookie or a family member? That's nourishment, my friend. A good kitchen, your dream kitchen, can provide that feeling for everyone.


Kitchens also have the potential to change your life. The food you eat literally transforms who you are; if your food is made with love and a view of the future, your kitchen can change your life.

More than chores

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No one likes cleaning the kitchen.


OK, well, not very many people like cleaning the kitchen.


But even if cooking and cleaning aren't your favorite, the kitchen gives you the opportunity to make it fun. The kitchen -- and especially your dream kitchen -- will give you endless options for creating family fun and memories that will last a lifetime.


Invite everyone into the kitchen to cut out sugar cookies. Ask every member of your family to choose a favorite dish to make for dinner. Brainstorm creative themed snacks to make to eat with your favorite movies. The options for family kitchen fun are endless.


You'll get messy, for sure, and you may create the occasional inedible plate of food. But the laughter that goes along with the experience will surely make up for any burnt smell or wasted ingredients.

All for one, one for all

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This is the kitchen.


It's a room for everyone. All are welcome here, even the dog.


Your kitchen is the perfect place for everyone to gather, and your dream kitchen is the perfect place for family, friends, and new acquaintances to get to know each other in comfort.


A welcoming kitchen can be the perfect low-key room for people to mesh and talk and learn about one another without the pressure of the leather-bound study or the distractions of the TV-focused living room. Kitchens do it all.

It's not really up to you

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Whether or not you love it, you've gotta have it.


So why not make your kitchen the best, most welcoming, most fun room in your home?


A super-fun and engaging bathroom just doesn't have the same appeal.

Whether you're living in a small efficiency apartment or an enormous 10 bedroom mansion, you need to have some type of kitchen. What you fill it with, though, that's totally your call. So make it your own.

It can make it or break it

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The “it” being your day, your house sale, or your guests' experiences.


Chances are, you'll see your kitchen every day. Make it a room that will pump up your day, not bring it down. Your guests, no matter who they are or why they're visiting, will probably glimpse your kitchen, too. Even if the rest of your house is in disarray, a well-kept and uplifting kitchen can transform their impressions of your home and your life.


And a beautiful kitchen can really up that resale value. So don't take it lightly. A dream kitchen may not be all about you after all.

Who Gets the Job?

You're on board now, right? Your kitchen is ready for a makeover.

But every time you walk past the hardware store, you swear that the slabs of granite countertop and the boxes of screws are laughing at you. DIY kitchen? IDK.

Before you start knocking out cabinets and sledgehammering your countertops Property Brothers-style, consider your options. Sure, you can build your dream kitchen by yourself, but there are plenty of professional options for those of you who are less inclined to get your hands dirty (or just don't have a clue where to start).

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You can DIY. Yes, YOU

Even if you know next to nothing about kitchens or carpentry or houses, there are some dream kitchen updates that you can make all by yourself.

Yes, really.

You totally can hire someone to do the whole shebang for you, but if you're like most of the world and would prefer to save a few bucks, here are some elements of your project you can take on solo. (AKA things you can make your kids do).

Paint

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You can paint. He can paint. She can paint. Everyone can paint!


Buying your paint and brushes and using your own arms and hands and ladders to paint your kitchen walls is an easy way to save a ton of money. Consider using semi-gloss for the kitchen, but other than that, do your own research about brushes for your project and colors for your room. Kids can for sure help with this one, too.

Hardware updates

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It might be a little intimidating at first, but you can figure it out. Really, you can.


With a little bit of investigation, you can discover the secrets of your cabinet hardware and even your faucets. Turn the water off before you replace the kitchen sink faucet and make sure you measure carefully before you buy your new accessories, but it won't take too much work or know-how to get the job done.


While you're at it, consider repainting or staining your cabinetry, too! See above for whether or not you need a painting pro.

Update appliances

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Honestly, most of it is just a matter of unplugging, moving, and plugging in. Even refrigerators.


Research delivery and removal options, but consider waiving that installation fee for most of your basic kitchen appliances. Your checking account will thank you, and you'll feel pretty proud.


This also goes for installing a garbage disposal. You'll probably learn more than you ever thought you wanted to know about basic plumbing, but the directions on the disposal package should pretty much take you step-by-step through the installation process. Just don't turn it on with your hand stuck inside.

Lighting

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There are so many lighting options these days, the hardest part will probably be just deciding what you want, not the actual installation.


Choose an updated fixture, add some additional lights under your cabinets, or just change out the bulbs. Lots of lighting options to make it even easier to tell the difference between the salt and the sugar.

Backsplash

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Seems hard, right? It's not.


Options abound when it comes to kitchen backsplashes, and they're all pretty user-friendly. Tiles and basic grout are popular and easy to install, but so are adhesive options. Wood, wallpaper, sheeting -- all legit.


One thing to think about, though: how will your electrical outlets play into the backsplash project? Make sure you factor them in when starting, or consult a professional electrician to move them around if that's what you need.

New floors

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You really, truly can install your own new floors in your kitchen to give it a fresh, fun pop of color or cleanliness.


Research the type of flooring you currently have to discover how much work you'll need to put into removal (can you apply new flooring over what is already there? Can you just peel up the linoleum?) and choose a new favorite.

 But Maybe Get a Pro for These Projects

And while you can certainly tackle your whole project on your own -- and if you do, more power to you -- but if you're unsure or don't want to take the time to learn, buy, and install, there are some projects that really might be better in the hands of a professional.

Complete restructuring

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If walls are coming down and the sink is moving sides, it might be time to bring in the big sledgehammers. Or at least someone who has more experience using them.


Moving a fridge from one side of the kitchen to the other is one thing, but when electrical work, plumbing, and walls or load-bearing columns enter the mix, you might be better off consulting with a professional to make sure your dream kitchen is achievable, safe, and affordable.

Adding an exhaust fan

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It doesn't sound very difficult, especially now that you're feeling confident about backsplashes and all that, but it's a little trickier than you might expect.


Adding an exhaust fan to your kitchen involves creating a way for the air to get outside, which might not be something you are (or should be) super comfortable doing yourself. You'll also have to seal it and potentially run new electrical lines, so it might be in your best interests to just hire out here.

Installing cabinets

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Sure, you could do it. But should you?


Ultimately, the choice is up to you, but cabinetry is one area to splurge. Cabinet accuracy is pretty easy to mess up, and you don't want to have to tear out your brand-new DIY cabinets just because they're all kinds of crooked or weird-shaped. Consider measuring for cabinets yourself and just hiring someone to come in and install them instead of doing the whole thing yourself.

Installing countertops

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It's generally just easier and faster to get someone else to do your countertops. The pros have the tools, the know-how, and the resources to get your countertop material faster and get them installed better than you can. It's just the truth.


Some exceptions? If you're getting into concrete counters and have access to some fresh concrete and want to mess with that, go wild. Also, if you're considering adding new laminate to your countertops, that's affordable and easy DIY. So you've got options.

What Comes First, the Dream Kitchen or the Egg?

Designing your dream kitchen can be overwhelming before you even pick up a hammer or your checkbook.

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But it doesn't have to be. Take it step by step, take your time, and take it easy. After all, pretty soon you're going to have your dream kitchen!

First, make some big choices.

  • Will you go for total DIY or will you hire a designer or contractor?
  • How much of your kitchen are you remodeling? Just cabinets? Just need some new appliances? The whole thing?
  • What floor plan or overall kitchen layout do you have in your dream kitchen? See below for some options.
  • Will you need an electrician or plumber or both? Research and interview before you hire.

Now for the smaller, but still important, steps.

  • Do you need or want new appliances? Fixtures? What style or type are you into? Are you going to refurbish some antiques or buy all-new modern stuff?
  • What type of storage systems are you into? Traditional wooden cabinets? Newfangled garage door-like cupboards? Cabinet inserts?
  • If you haven't already thought about it, get into lighting design and fixtures. Will they give you enough light even when it's dark out?

And then make it pretty.

  • Paint for walls? What about paint for cupboards?
  • Flooring? Are you sticking with the same-old or updating?
  • Backsplash? Do you need any? Want any? The world is your oyster.
  • Decorations? Wall art? Yeah, kitchens looks cool with paintings and posters, too!

The Floor's the Limit

Believe it or not, you have a lot of options when it comes to kitchen floor plans. The days of a square of linoleum, a stove in one corner and a sink in the other, are long gone.

And, as overwhelming as that might be at the beginning, it's actually a good thing.

Some of your kitchen floor plan is predetermined, like, by your house. But the sky (and your budget) is the limit. If you're willing and able, you can change your ineffective U-shaped monstrosity into a beautiful galley, or vice versa. No idea what that means? Read on, my friend, read on.

U-Shaped

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Get ready for this.


A U-shaped kitchen is shaped… like a U.


Mind blowing, right?


Sometimes the “U” is created by walls and/or windows, but sometimes the countertops and cabinets make up the “U” independently. A “U” typically has the sink beneath a window and the cabinets and countertops facing each other. To make a “U” kitchen feel more open, consider making one of the “U” sides a peninsula with hanging cabinets instead of a full wall.

G-Shaped

elegant G Shaped Kitchen with small table and two chairs

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Yep, looks like a “G.”


Maybe it's even the O. G. It's not, but sounds cool, right?


Most times, the “G” kitchen doesn't have the little “G” tail, the walls, cabinets, and countertops just create a little three-walled oasis of a kitchen. A good “G” sized kitchen is at least 10 feet by 10 feet, and it's pretty easy to expand it and make it more open concept.

L-Shaped

L Shaped Kitchen

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Getting sick of the letters yet?


The biggest pro of the “L” kitchen are the space and the open feeling it gives your kitchen and your home. Lots of times, an “L” kitchen opens out into an informal dining room, or gives easy access between the kitchen and living rooms. It's also pretty easy to add an island into an “L” kitchen design if you need more counter space or storage.

Galley Kitchen

Finally, a shape that doesn't rely on your knowledge of the alphabet!


But it does help if you know something about ships.


Just like the hallway-like galley on a ship, the galley kitchen has a tendency to be small, narrow, and not great for kitchens with lots of people or lots of foot traffic.


If you can extend the galley, though, to add a bartop eating space or widen it a bit to give you and your kitchen colleagues a bit more room, a galley might be the perfect kitchen choice for your home.

Kitchens with islands

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The powers that be must have gotten tired of coming up with cool names.


A kitchen with an island can pretty much be any one of the previously listed layouts, it just, you know, has an island, too.


Islands come in all shapes and sizes and can provide your kitchen with just about everything you need. And just think of how cool you'll sound telling everyone you just bought your own island.

And if you're looking for a little more planning insight, watch this:

Fancy Features: Consider the Weird

When you're planning your dream kitchen, it won't take you long to get sucked down a rabbit hole of options.

traditional japanese kamado stove

Traditional Japanese kamado stove. Image Fg2 [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Even if you're just planning a little kitchen remodel, the choices are endless: color? Style? Type? Manufacturer? And the list goes on and on.

While no one can make the decision for you (it's your dream kitchen, after all), there might be some decisions that are more worthy of your time than others.
Choose the countertop color that appeals to you immediately and don't spend weeks debating the style of garbage disposal. Use your time to research, consider, and install some of these fancy features instead.

Save the world, one dirty dish at a time

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It's cool to be green these days. Bring the world-saving goodness into your kitchen, too.


Depending on where you look, you can find energy-saving appliances of all types: dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, faucets -- you name it, it probably comes in an energy-saving variety (look for the energy star label).


Be warned, these shiny new appliances might cost a little more than their power-guzzling counterparts, but the extra bucks up front will be worth it. Not only will you save money each month when it comes time to pay the utility bill, you'll drastically reduce that carbon footprint.

Light up your whole world

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You don't think about it when the sunlight is streaming in, but there might be a day when you need to use your kitchen in the dark. That single-bulb modern overhead light might not do it for you those days.


If you're creating a brand new dream kitchen anyway, why not add some lights under the cabinets? Even if you're not completely replacing your cabinets themselves, this little lighting addition can revolutionize your kitchen: they will make the difference between day and night.


And sorry, but talk about choices. Under the cabinet lighting comes in so many varieties for every single budget, it's hard to even talk about.


Wire some electricity to hook up stable and permanent little light fixtures. Buy some click-on stick-on little numbers. Do something in between. It's your call, but adding more light will be super worth it.

More than a beach

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If you're going with an island kitchen format (or are just considering adding an island to your kitchen itself), consider making your island do more.


Don't, like, force it, but maybe get one that already has a variety of capabilities.


Islands can be countertops, sure, but what if the top of your island was a built-in cutting board? Or what if it was full of shelves or drawers or hooks? What if you added a pot hanger to create a reachable extra layer? So many options.


Your island can even be more than kitchen space. If it's tall enough, wide enough, and surrounded by enough space, your island can become a homework space, a little eatery, or the perfect spot for a quiet moment amid the chaos.

You've got a wide range

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Ovens, ovens, ovens. So many ovens.


This is a choice you should take some time making.


Some people love gas. Others induction. And still, others prefer a good old electric burner. The choice is yours, but unless you plan on building a dream kitchen every couple of years when you get sick of your range (or it breaks down because you went cheap), you really should consider your range needs.


Okay, done with the serious talk.


Pick a range that you'll want to come home to.

Tech-y updates

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Technology has moved beyond the office and living room and into the kitchen.


And it's not necessarily a bad thing.


Smart homes and smart appliances are making it easier than ever for you to successfully navigate and control your world, and your kitchen can be right there with the rest of the house. If this is really your dream kitchen, shouldn't it be one you can see your future self enjoying, too?

Shove It

Storage is a big one.

Big in that you can never have enough.

Luckily, there are tons of new and improved ways to add storage to your kitchen without getting rid of your living room. And if you can include any or all of these storage options in your dream kitchen plans, all the better.

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Cupboard door options

  • Doors that open upwards, fancy car-style
  • Garage door cupboard doors
  • Glass cupboard doors

Unique cupboard options

  • Create cupboards on the corners of your islands or counter peninsulas
  • Put shelving inside the cupboard doors
  • Add cupboard shelf adjustable options
  • Consider baskets to supplement your shelf options
  • Add drawers inside your cupboards

Other storage spaces

  • Add drawer dividers
  • Rethink preset drawer inserts
  • Use your backsplash as a storage space -- hooks, holders, magnets

It's All About the Money

Dream kitchen projects are expensive. Traditionally.

But with the right planning and know-how, your dream kitchen doesn't have to break the bank or even overtake the budget.

Before you even start determining how much money you have to spend on your kitchen project, know some numbers. Regardless of the overall amount of money you'll put into your dream kitchen, this is probably how it will all shake out:

Pie Chart for kitchen designs and styles

Your final cost sheet might look a bit different, but this is a pretty good place to start. As you start making some big decisions, look back at the chart to see if it really fits.

For example, if your dream countertop is going to cost 75% of your total budget, you might have to settle with some DIY laminate until you can save some more bucks. Or make a trade -- maybe you'll go with the perfect counter, but save moving the sink for another day.

Can You Smell It?

Building your dream kitchen might not be as easy as watching someone on HGTV do it, but it will be so much more satisfying.

Just imagine coming home after a long day of work. You slump in the door, ready to collapse… but wait. What's that smell?

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It's dinner.

It's ready for you.

Are you up for the challenge?

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Bonavita Coffee Maker Review

Bonavita Coffee Makers

There are plenty of great coffee makers that can get the job done, but we are all curious about which one is best for our needs.

The Bonavita coffee maker is an option that some people may consider before seriously purchasing a coffee maker. This article will explore many facets of the Bonavita coffee maker and if it is worth purchasing.  

Keep reading for information pertaining to how the Bonavita coffee maker works, the price range of the products, where they are sold, the key features, the different models, reviews, and other relevant information.

How We Gathered Our Information

This article is not intended to sway opinions one way or the other, but rather to present fair and truthful information about the Bonavita coffee maker based upon consumer and expert reviews and information provided by the company.

Our review is not sponsored by any company or brand, Bonavita or any other coffee maker product and is solely intended to help consumers make an informed decision before purchasing a new coffee maker for their home or office.

What is a Bonavita Coffee Maker and How Does it Work?

What is the Average Price for a Bonavita Coffee Maker?

Where are Bonavita Coffee Makers Sold?

What are the Features of the Bonavita Coffee Maker?

What are the Different Models of the Bonavita Coffee Maker and Add-On Accessories?

Connoisseur 8-Cup One-Touch Coffee Brewer

Connoisseur 8-Cup One-Touch Coffee Brewer

This is a newer model just listed on the site. It contains a 1,500 watt heater capable of maintaining It features a hanging filter basket and has a signal for when the brewing is done. It has a built-in showerhead design in order to evenly ground and distribute coffee beans and is made of stainless steel.  

Bonavita Connoisseur 8-Cup One-Touch Coffee Maker Featuring Hanging...
  • Performance coffee brewer makes an 8-cup carafe in about 6 minutes
  • Powerful and precise 1500-watt heater maintains an optimal brewing temperature between 195°-205°F
  • Optional pre-infusion mode mimics the artisan pour-over brewing method by pausing the water flow allowing the coffee...

8-Cup One-Touch Thermal Carafe Coffee Brewer

8-Cup One-Touch Thermal Carafe Coffee Brewer

This is a newer model just listed on the site. It contains a 1,500 watt heater capable of maintaining It features a hanging filter basket and has a signal for when the brewing is done. It has a built-in showerhead design in order to evenly ground and distribute coffee beans and is made of stainless steel.  

Sale
Bonavita BV1900TS 8-Cup One-Touch Coffee Maker Featuring Thermal...
  • One-touch brew operation with auto-off
  • Carafe lid, filter basket, and showerhead are dishwasher safe
  • Powerful and precise 1500-watt heater maintains optimal brewing temperature of 195°-205°F (91°-96°C)

8-Cup Programmable Thermal Carafe Coffee Brewer

8-Cup Programmable Thermal Carafe Coffee Brewer

This model has a unique double-walled glass carafe included with the product. It also uses the showerhead design other Bonavita products have as well as one-touch brewing to make it easy to use. It has a 1,500 watt heater capable of making coffee around 195 to 205 degrees.

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Bonavita 8-Cup One-Touch Coffee Maker Featuring Programmable Setting...
  • Programmable auto-start timer with digital display
  • One-touch brew operation with auto-off
  • Powerful and precise 1500-watt heater maintains optimal brewing temperature of 195°-205°F (91°-96°C)

5-Cup One-Touch Thermal Carafe Coffee Brewer

5-Cup One-Touch Thermal Carafe Coffee Brewer

This model makes a 5 cup carafe within six minutes and has a powerful 1,110 watt internal heating power. Like the 8-Cup Programmable Thermal Carafe Coffee Brewer, the 5-Cup model has a unique double-walled glass carafe included with the product.

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Bonavita 5-Cup One-Touch Coffee Maker Featuring Thermal Carafe,...
  • One-touch brew operation with auto-off
  • Powerful and precise 1100-watt heater maintains optimal brewing temperature of 195°-205°F (91°-96°C)
  • Optional pre-infusion mode saturates freshly roasted ground coffee to allow degassing before brewing

8-Cup One-Touch Glass Carafe Coffee Brewer

5-Cup One-Touch Thermal Carafe Coffee Brewer

This new model features a warming plate, optional pre-infusion mode, a 1,500 watt heater, a black stainless steel brewer body, and showerhead design. The 8-Cup Programmable Glass Carafe Coffee Brewer also has a two year warranty and is a Kohl’s exclusive. The model retails for $159.99, but is on sale at Kohl’s for $99.99

Bonavita BV1901GW 8-Cup One-Touch Coffee Maker Featuring Glass Carafe...
  • One-Touch brew operation
  • Non-stick coated warming plate shuts off after 40 minutes and is easy to clean
  • Optional pre-infusion mode wets fresh grounds to optimize flavor. Carafe, carafe lid, filter basket, and showerhead are...

Metropolitan 8-Cup One-Touch Coffee Brewer

Metropolitan 8-Cup One-Touch Coffee Brewer

​This model features an Economical Brewer Body and has a hanging filter basket. It has a warming plate, a 1,500 watt heater, a showerhead design, and many more features. It can make coffee in six minutes.​​

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Bonavita BV1901PW Metropolitan One-Touch Coffee Brewer, Length: 12.60"...
  • One-touch brewing with sleek black design
  • Optional pre-infusion mode saturates freshly roasted ground coffee to optimize flavor while the showerhead is...
  • Powerful 1560-watt heater with advanced heating control quickly brings water to ideal brewing temperature of 198° to...

8-Cup Programmable Glass Carafe Coffee Brewer

8-Cup Programmable Thermal Carafe Coffee Brewer

This model features a warming plate, optional pre-infusion mode, a 1,500 watt heater, programmable auto-start time, and showerhead design.

Bonavita BV1901GW 8-Cup One-Touch Coffee Maker Featuring Glass Carafe...
  • One-Touch brew operation
  • Non-stick coated warming plate shuts off after 40 minutes and is easy to clean
  • Optional pre-infusion mode wets fresh grounds to optimize flavor. Carafe, carafe lid, filter basket, and showerhead are...

8-Cup One-Touch Glass Carafe Coffee Brewer

8-Cup One-Touch Glass Carafe Coffee Brewer

This model features a warming plate, a heater at 1,500 watts, pre-infusion mode, one touch brewing, a glass carafe with automatic shut off after 90 minutes, an LED light to indicate cleaning time, and a two year limited warranty.

Bonavita BV1901GW 8-Cup One-Touch Coffee Maker Featuring Glass Carafe...
  • One-Touch brew operation
  • Non-stick coated warming plate shuts off after 40 minutes and is easy to clean
  • Optional pre-infusion mode wets fresh grounds to optimize flavor. Carafe, carafe lid, filter basket, and showerhead are...

8-Cup Glass Carafe Coffee Brewer

8-Cup Programmable Thermal Carafe Coffee Brewer

This model has a little less wattage than others, containing a heater at 1,400 watts. It also features a warming plate, a glass carafe with automatic shut off after 90 minutes, an LED light to indicate cleaning time, and a two year limited warranty.

Sale
Bonavita 8-Cup One-Touch Coffee Maker Featuring Programmable Setting...
  • Programmable auto-start timer with digital display
  • One-touch brew operation with auto-off
  • Powerful and precise 1500-watt heater maintains optimal brewing temperature of 195°-205°F (91°-96°C)

8-Cup One-Touch, 220-volts Thermal Carafe Coffee Brewer

8-Cup One-Touch, 220-volts Thermal Carafe Coffee Brewer

Unlike other models listed, this model features a EU or UK plug along with many of the other features listed for most of the other Bonavita coffee makers. Other features include a warming plate, filter basket, optional pre-infusion mode, a 1,500 watt heater, a black stainless steel brewer body, and showerhead design.

Bonavita Connoisseur 8-Cup One-Touch Coffee Maker Featuring Hanging...
  • Performance coffee brewer makes an 8-cup carafe in about 6 minutes
  • Powerful and precise 1500-watt heater maintains an optimal brewing temperature between 195°-205°F
  • Optional pre-infusion mode mimics the artisan pour-over brewing method by pausing the water flow allowing the coffee...

What Makes the Bonavita Coffee Maker Different from Other Coffee Makers?

As opposed to the more modern single cup coffee maker, the Bonavita coffee maker is an updated take on the traditional coffee maker and makes a full pot worth of coffee while not sacrificing new and innovative technologies such as a warming plate or hanging filters.

It’s fun and unique shower head design included with all of the coffee makers helps for the even distribution of the coffee beans for the best flavor. Many of the models include a warming plate, a hanging filter, and a glass carafe for pouring. The Bonavita has a nice, straightforward design that is similar to older models of other coffee pots without looking too old fashioned or over-the-top for classic familiarity.  

What Have Past Customers Said?

No reviews are readily available under the product descriptions on the Bonavita website, so to find real customer reviews, you have to venture elsewhere. The reviews are not impossible to find, but it is a little confusing to not have reviews of your products listed directly for customer ease.

Nevertheless, Consumer Reports had customer reviews listed for various models of the coffee maker. The top pros of the Bonavita were listed as a machine that brews quickly and was easy to use. One con is that like many single serve coffee makers, you must wait for the brewing cycle to end before you can shut the machine off. The Bonavita averaged out at about four stars overall.

Verified users on Amazon reported similar findings consistently with their Bonavita coffee makers as well, citing its consistent temperatures and brewing abilities. Some reported the machine breaking down after a year and that the carafe is not the best quality, requiring that you must turn the entire carafe upside down to be able to get all of the coffee out.

What Do the Experts Say?

CNet rated the Bonavita BV and similar models favorably. While it notes that it may not look as pretty or sleek as similar coffee makers, it is essentially the same product for a reduced price. It is praised for simple use and its affordability as compared to the rival Techniform brand. It got a score of 8.6 overall rating highest in performance and maintenance.

However, the website Coffee Concierge, a popular coffee and coffee maker critique site, did not report the same results for the Bonavita. Though it noted positives such as the no-spill thermal carafe, BPA free design, and showerhead design, it called out its poor water filtering consistency through the holes of the showerhead and the short power cord.

The Final Verdict

All of the models are fairly affordable and range from basic to advanced options, meaning there is a model suitable for anyone. As previously mentioned, the design of the Bonavita is straightforward and neat, which many people look for in a modern home. Though they do not come in an abundance of fun colors, they have a basic neutral palette of colors that blend in with any kind of interior design.  

For those looking to try single use coffee makers, this is definitely not the model you want to look for, as it brews a small pot’s worth of coffee as opposed to just one.

For those who are fans of traditional coffee makers, the Bonavita coffee maker is available in all of the options a customer could hope for with something that is right for everyone looking for this type of coffee maker.

All in all, the Bonavita model of coffee maker seems to be a well-made machine that is able to offer both great functionality overall as well as a sturdy, nice design that blends in perfectly with any home or office.  So if you are feeling a little nostalgic for a classic coffee maker, the Bonavita could be the perfect addition for you.

Keurig Coffee Maker Review: Models And Add-On Accessories

Keurig

Keurig coffee makers have made their presence known in many workrooms, employee lounges, and homes across the world. Their innovative design pioneered the fast, single coffee cup worth of coffee in the morning.

This article aims to help you make an informed choice as a consumer before purchasing a Keurig coffee maker by explaining how they work, where they are sold, how much they cost, the current models on the market, and all of the other important decision-making factors for buying a new home appliance.

What is a Keurig Coffee Maker and How Do They Work?

What is the Average Price for a Keurig Coffee Maker?

Where are Keurig Coffee Makers Sold? 

What are the Features of the Keurig Coffee Maker?

What are the Different Models of the Keurig Coffee Maker and Add-On Accessories?

There are currently 25 models listed on the Keurig website organized by their popularity and ratings. For simplicity, we have decided to list five different models that encompass their product range.

Keurig K-Classic Coffee Maker

Keurig® K-Classic™ Coffee Maker

The K-Classic model is a fairly basic model of the Keurig. It is capable of making three different sizes of beverages, including 6 oz., 8 oz., and 12 oz. It is operated by a button control panel and comes in both black as well as rhubarb (a red color). It has a water capacity of 48 oz. and has an average star rating of 4 stars.

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Keurig K-Classic Coffee Maker K-Cup Pod, Single Serve, Programmable,...
  • Brews multiple K-Cup Pod sizes: (6, 8, 10 oz.) - The most popular K-Cup Pod brew sizes. Use the 6oz brew size to achieve...
  • Large 48 oz. Water reservoir: allows you to brew 6+ cups before having to refill, saving you time and simplifying your...
  • Simple button controls: just insert a Pod, select your desired brew size, and brew a fresh, great-tasting cup in under a...

Keurig K-Mini Single Serve Coffee Maker

K-Mini™ Single Serve Coffee Maker

The smallest and arguably the cutest Keurig model, the Keurig K-Mini Single Serve Coffee Maker is great for limited counter space and small nooks in a room. It comes with four brewing sizes and is operated with button controls. The model comes in matte black as well as oasis (a light blue green color) and was very recently released in standard and plus models.

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Keurig K-Mini Plus Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker, with 6 to 12oz...
  • Fits anywhere: less than 5 inches wide, perfect for small spaces
  • Strong brew: brew a stronger, more intense cup
  • Your perfect amount: brew any cup size between 6-12oz with Keurig K-Cup pods

Keurig K-Elite Coffee Maker

Keurig® K-Elite™ Single Serve Coffee Maker

The K-Elite makes five cup sizes, including 4 oz., 6 oz., 8 oz., 10 oz., and 12 oz. cups. A notable feature about the K-Elite is that it has a Strong Brew setting for strong coffee and has a sleek, metallic finish. Additionally, it is perfect for making iced coffee with the Iced Setting.

It has an impressive 75 oz. water capacity, capable of making up to eight cups of coffee before having to refill it. It comes in the colors of Brushed Slate (black) and Brushed Silver.

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Keurig K-Elite Single Serve K-Cup Pod Maker with with Strength and...
  • WHAT'S IN THE BOX: A bonus 6-count K-Cup pod variety pack, one water filter handle, and one filter to help ensure your...
  • BREWS MULTIPLE CUP SIZES: 4, 6, 8, 10, 12oz Enjoy the most popular cup sizes
  • STRONG BREW BUTTON: Increases the strength and bold taste of your coffee's flavor

Keurig K50 Coffee Maker

Keurig® K50 Starbucks® Pod Bundle

The Keurig K50 is an earlier version of the K-Classic and is most popularly paired with bundle sets. See the K-Classic description for more details about the appliance itself.

Bundles available with the Keurig K50 include the McCafé, Krispy Kreme, Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks, and the Experience Bundle featuring a sample of many types of pods.

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Keurig K50 The All Purposed Coffee Maker (Rhubarb)
  • Large 48-oz. water reservoir
  • Auto-Off feature helps save energy
  • Removable drip tray catches drips

Keurig K-Select Coffee Maker

Keurig® K-Select™ Coffee Maker

The K-Select model can brew four different sizes, including 6 oz., 8 oz., 10 oz., and 12 oz. sizes. It has a 52 oz. water reservoir and a Quiet Brew feature that reduces the noise made by the machine during use.

This model comes in Matte Black, Matte White, and Vintage Red as color choices and is made of a fingerprint-resistant material for a clean, sleek look.

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Keurig K-Select Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker, With Strength...
  • WHAT'S IN THE BOX: A bonus 6-count K-Cup pod variety pack, one water filter handle, and one filter to help ensure your...
  • BREWS MULTIPLE K-CUP POD SIZES: (6, 8, 10, 12 oz.). Enjoy the most popular cup sizes all with quiet brew technology,...
  • STRONG BREW: kicks up your coffee's strength and intensity. Programmable auto off. Accommodates travel mugs up to 7.4...

What Makes the Keurig Coffee Maker Different from Other Coffee Makers?

As opposed to a traditional coffee pot or other coffee maker, the Keurig makes coffee by the cup to reduce the amount of coffee you must make. It is perfect for the person who would rather not have a pot of coffee lying out all day and just needs enough for one cup.

Other brands have made similar single cup coffee makers like the Keurig, including Gevalia, Cuisinart, Primula, Ninja, among other choices. But many still lose to the Keurig coffee maker in popularity.

Keep in mind that the Keurig website allows customers to compare and contrast each of their models together in order to see the different features of each before making a purchasing decision. However, it does not compare the Keurig models to other single serve coffee maker brands.

What Have Past Customers Said?

Feedback about Keurig coffee makers completely depends on the model, but the overall perception of Keurig is fairly positive. Each Keurig listed on their website normally gets four to five star reviews. Though feedback completely depends on the model purchased, many applaud each of the coffee makers for their design and efficiency. For example, reviews of the K-Mini model report that it is just as easy to use as a larger Keurig for less space consumption with no reviews at the two or one star level.

The same cannot be said for the K-Classic, though most of the reviews are positive. An unusually high number of one-star reviews report that the model breaks down within a year, making the $119.99 cost point as way too high for the model.

The K-Elite has an impressive record of five star reviews with comments claiming the quality and taste of the coffee brewed is better than past models. Some criticisms about the K-Elite range from the quality of the instruction manual to leaving large coffee ground chunks in completed drinks.

The K50 is similar to the K-Classic and does not have reviews listed for the bundle packs on the website, but that does not mean reviews do not exist elsewhere. There are plenty of reviews of the model located on Amazon that rate it very consistently at five stars with some variation.

One review noted that if you descale the model, it makes a very loud sound when making coffee and that it starts to malfunction soon after purchase. However, these reviews do not come up often and the majority of the reviews report overall great satisfaction with the model.

The K-Select model averages at around a four star rating. Though most of the reviews report the product at five stars, there is a fairly even number of four, three, two, and one-star reviews. The one star reviews are from customers experiencing technical difficulties, such as the pod area of the machine breaking apart or becoming defunct after descaling due to technical problems. Some complaints are fairly recent, such as within the past few months.

On the site Consumer Reports, there is a large mixture of reviews from verified customers from all over the United States. There seem to be either five star or one star reviews without much room in the middle, indicating that a customer’s experience is either great or awful. This is perhaps due to inconsistent assembly or factory oversights from large scale productions of the product.  

Overall, it seems that Keurig is very attentive to reviews that report problems with their machines and often leave notes urging the customer to call customer service for support.

What Do the Experts Say?

No matter how popular Keurig coffee makers are with the general population, there has been plenty of pushback from financial and environmental experts.

Business Insider published a piece about the price of coffee from a Keurig coffee maker being five times the cost of making a pot of coffee the old fashioned way, making it a more expensive option for a lot less coffee. A similar piece was published by Time magazine’s “Money” section with the same results.

Another problem that can come from Keurig coffee makers includes their impact on the environment. While some have praised the Keurig and the K cup for their innovative design, others criticize the design for being environmentally unfriendly and unsustainable. The inability to reuse a K cup is one reason why people may choose not to have a Keurig in their home. However, Keurig has published a statement from their company about their commitment to the environment through sustainability reports about the Keurig Green Mountain Company and others.

On the Consumer Reports’ expert review, the Keurig coffee makers reviewed pass inspection. Nevertheless, the Keurig tends to persist as a top-selling coffee maker in many homes and offices.  

The Final Verdict

Overall, the Keurig coffee maker is a well-made product available in all sorts of different designs that are perfect for any home or office. Despite their environmental and financial controversies, neither have stopped the coffee maker from being a top seller for their performance.

If you are aiming to be more environmentally conscious, it is possible that the Keurig model may not be the best coffee maker for you.

While each product is different, they seem to perform consistently no matter which model is purchased with some variations. If you are looking for a coffee maker that makes single servings, Keurig may be the right model for you.  

Todd English Air Fryer Review

Air fryers are one of the newest innovative appliances on the market today. There are many different types and brands that offer air fryers in their product line-up, but some are more appealing than others.

One example is the Todd English air fryer. This article will give a detailed description of what air fryers are, how they work, available models of the Todd English air fryer, an analysis of customer feedback, and more. While it is always important to do your own research before purchasing a new appliance, we hope that by doing most of the hard work for you that you will be confident with making an informed decision.  

What is an Air Fryer and How Do They Work?

An air fryer, unlike a typical fryer, uses the circulation of hot air in order to “fry” food. Air fryers are appealing as a healthier alternative to typical fryers by reducing the total fat and calorie content in food without sacrificing the taste. It only takes a very small amount of oil to create the desired product. It can cook anything from fries to something as large as an entire chicken.

Unlike regular ovens or fryers, air fryers are compact and can easily fit on a countertop. Many are in a rounded shape. They use rapid air technology to cook the food thoroughly and evenly. The first air fryer is claimed to be created by Philips with their Philips Airfryer XXL model and have expanded with many different updated models since then.

What is the Average Price for an Air Fryer?

Air fryers can be priced anywhere from around $50 up to $200 depending on the features and the model. Todd English air fryers range in price from around $80 up to $200.

Where are Air Fryers Sold?

Air fryers are sold at any home goods or appliance stores such as Walmart, Target, J.C. Penny, Best Buy, and more. They are also available on e-commerce retailers such as Amazon, Evine, and more.

Consumers can also track them down wherever used electronics are sold such as the Facebook Marketplace and other social media. Keep in mind to always practice common sense safety when purchasing from unauthorized retailers.

What is the Todd English Air Fryer?

This air fryer was created by Todd English, a celebrity best known for his success as a professional chef. According to his website, he established several award-winning restaurants, has written four cookbooks, and has been recognized for his work internationally. English has an entire line of cookware products, such as nonstick pans, soup pots, grill pans, induction cookers, and of course, the air fryer.

The Todd English Air Fryer is a compact and fairly lightweight and comes with a variety of accessories. They are exclusively available through the e-commerce website Evine, making them not as readily available as other brands of air fryers.

English has also written a cookbook with air fryer recipes that is sold separately from the air fryer. It retails for $21.99 and has recipes that can work in all air fryers.

What are the Features of the Todd English Air Fryer?

The air fryers all come in a variety of different neutral and fun colors, including black, blue, copper, gray, and red – though it depends on the model desired. All of the air fryers have a digital interface with level adjustments for easy use. All of the models come with extra accessories that vary by each product, while some come with extra accessories available with an additional purchase.

Each model comes in a different size, the smallest able to handle 3.3 quarts while the biggest can handle up to 9.8 quarts.

What are the Different Models of the Todd English Air Fryer and Add-On Accessories?

Todd English 1500W 9.8 qt Multi-Function Digital Air Fryer & Rotisserie

Todd English 1500W 9.8 qt Multi Function Digital Air Fryer & Rotisserie

This model holds 9.8 quarts and uses 1,500 watts of power. It is made from both steel and plastic, but has a stainless steel inner cooking area that claims to speed up the cooking process. There is a digital control panel that is easy to use and an internal light to check on the status of your food at any time.

This model retails at $200.00 and comes in five different colors, including black, blue, copper, gray, and red. It boasts an easy cleaning experience and six cooking functions, including air frying, toasting, baking, maintaining warmth, broiling, and roasting. It comes with a limited one-year warranty that can be activated by calling the company number. However, this model is currently sold out on the site and it is unknown when or if they will be making a return.

Todd English 1500W 9.8 qt Digital Air Fryer Oven w/ Rotisserie and Dual Basket System


This model is essentially the same as the previously mentioned model, but has a dual basket system and has oven capabilities. It used to retail for $200.00, but is now listed at $142.99. The downside? It is currently sold out as well.

Todd English 1500W 9.8 qt Digital Air Fryer Oven w/ Rotisserie and Dual Basket System

Todd English 9.8 qt Digital Air Fryer 15-Piece Accessory Set​​

This is not an air fryer, but the extra accessories that can be purchased for a 9.8 Quart model of the Todd English air fryer. The accessories expand on the capabilities of the air fryer by adding a cake, baking, and pizza pan. But that’s not all; the set also includes a steam rack, a rolling cage, and a dual rack meant for grilling.

However, just like the 9.8 Quart model, its accessories are also sold out for the time being, though you can get updates on when the product will be back in stock.

Todd English 1500W 3.3 qt Touchscreen Digital Air Fryer w/ Carbon Filter & Accessory Set

Todd English 1500W 3.3 qt Touchscreen Digital Air Fryer w/ Carbon Filter & Accessory Set

The 3.3 Quart model features a space-saving design, an LCD display panel, an adjustable timer, removable filter to control overbearing scents, an aluminum basket, seven cooking settings, and uses forced convection to cook meals. There are seven extra items that come with the 3.3 Quart model, including a fry basket, one carbon filter, removable heating chamber, air fryer housing, a steam rack, a baking pan, and an instruction manual.

This model comes in nine different colors, ranging from neutral to exciting bold ones. It comes in blue, red, pink, gray, plum, white, merlot, black, and pink. With this model, this is no need to purchase an extra accessory kit, as it already comes with all of the accessories available for the model. Unfortunately, like the 9.8 Quart model, this model is currently sold out on the site.

Todd English 1700W 5.8 qt Touchscreen Digital Air Fryer w/ Steam Rack & Bake Pan

The Todd English 1700 watt 5.8 Quart model includes the air fryer itself, a cooking basket, a baking pan, a heating chamber, and an instruction booklet. It features a touch screen digital interface, a space-saving design, a bell notification to alert when food is finished, adjustable cooking time, and fast cooking capabilities.

This model comes in seven different colors, including blue, red, gray, plum, merlot, copper, and black, providing a good range of colors for all kinds of possibilities.

Once again, like all of the other products listed, this item is sold out on Evine. It is unknown if and when it will restock, but there is an option to be updated on when it will happen on the product page.  

Where Can the Todd English Air Fryer be Purchased?

The primary retailer of the air fryer is the e-commerce store Evine, though some models may be for sale on resale websites. However, there may be models available for sale that have been in prior use.

What Makes the Todd English Air Fryer Different from Other Air Fryers?

Besides being designed by Todd English, there are a few other things that make the Todd English air fryer a unique choice from other air fryers. But first, let’s talk about its competitors and predecessors.

Philips HD9220/28 Viva Airfryer

Todd English’s competing brands include Philips, Chef di Cucina, Dash, Chefman, and more. Philips is the brand that boasts the original design of the air fryer, launching the Philips HD9220/28 Viva Airfryer and other models that started the air fryer revolution. The Philips HD9220/28 Viva Airfryer is no longer available, but newer generations are available on the market.

As opposed to the original Philips HD9220/28 Viva Airfryer with 800 grams of cooking space, the Todd English air fryer has 9.8 quarts of cooking space available.

The Todd English air fryer also comes with accessories included, as opposed to the Philips model that requires an additional purchase to receive accessories such as the food separator, baking pan, and double layer rack.  However, there are extra accessories available for Todd English models to purchase as well.

What Have Past Customers Said?

You have to find reviews and feedback about Todd English’s air fryer from other sources other than their website and their retailer Evine, as there are no reviews listed on either site. Though there is an option to leave reviews, none have yet been published.

 There are limited reviews from home appliance websites, but it is unknown if they are unbiased, honest reviews. Some expert reviews are also available, as we will detail below

What Do the Experts Say?

It is easy to think that just because a product has an internationally-acclaimed chef’s name on it that it should be top quality. But sometimes, that isn’t the case. But for the most part, other appliance reviewers mention that all of the current Todd English models are fairly efficient, though have a good mix of pros and cons.

The most consistent complaint about the air fryers are their limited one-year warranty. A review notes that the 3.3 Quart model contains a badly written instruction guide and a very small basket, but applauds its digital interface and fast cooking time.

The same review notes that the 9.8 Quart model is incredibly noisy, but has a high capacity and an easy to use rotator function and other options that make the product multi-functional. Overall, the review reported that the air fryers were of good quality and a nice addition to any kitchen.

The Final Verdict

So what do we think? Overall, the product seems to be a fairly popular choice for consumers, as all of the products are currently sold out on Evine. With that said, that means the availability of the product is very limited.

Seeing as it is unclear if new versions of the sold out products will ever be available on the site again, it greatly limits the product as a choice for your home. But if you find the product second-hand, it may be worth a try if you’re looking for something with more than one function.

Each model comes with smart technology and seems straightforward enough to use. The color options for all of the models are outstanding for a home appliance, making it a perfect fit for any home décor needs. Additionally, the wide range of accessories help make the model great for many different cooking needs.

The lack of customer reviews is still a big concern, but considering that every model is sold out and is rated well across several expert review sites, it is safe to say that it is a reasonable and safe choice of air fryer.  

Overall, we do recommend the Todd English air fryer as a viable and good choice for an air fryer.

Best Weber Charcoal Grill Series Review

There’s nothing that says good barbeque like a charcoal grill. Electric grills may be more efficient, but they lack that classic smoky charcoal taste. When it comes to charcoal grills, Weber is one of the best-known brands.

In this article, we will take a look at the best Weber Charcoal grills on the market and provide you with our reviews of each model.

How We Reviewed the Weber Charcoal Grills

We looked at every charcoal grill offered by Weber and broke them down into several categories groups based on different types of grilling functions. Once we categorized all of the products, we researched each model to pick out the best product in each of the groupings.

When choosing these models, we weighed a variety of different elements such as price, performance, and special features. Below we have reviews for our picks of the top Weber Charcoal Grills series. Each review will cover grill features, pros and cons of the model, and pricing.

SMOKEY MOUNTAIN COOKER SERIES

Many barbeque enthusiasts swear that a smoker is the way to go when it comes to flavorful, juicy meats and veggies. A good smoker should be able to maintain a steady temperature for hours of cooking and will infuse whatever you’re cooking with a smoky flavor that isn’t too overpowering.

For this category, we chose the Smokey Mountain Charcoal Grill Smoker in 18”, though the 14” and 22” models are very similar.

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Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker 18 Inch Smoker
  • Porcelain-enameled lid, bowl, and center section retain heat and won't rust or peel
  • Two cooking grates provide ample room for smoking two large items at once
  • Silicone temperature grommet monitors the internal temperature of your smoker

Smokey Mountain Weber Charcoal Grill Smoker Features

  • Bullet-Shaped Body. The bullet-shaped body on the Smokey Mountain grill allows it to retain better heat and lets the smoke rise up into whatever you decide to grill.
  • Two Steel Cooking Plates. Weber is known for their durable cooking plates, which can withstand even the heaviest cuts of meat.
  • Four Air Vents. Three of the air vents are placed on the sides of the smoker with the final one on top of the grill.
  • Built-In Lid Thermometer. The thermometer is built into the lid of the smoker and provides an accurate reading of the temperature inside the grill.
  • Water Bowl. The water bowl is placed under the cooking plate and generates steam to help cook whatever you decide to put in the smoker.  
  • Porcelain-Coated Interior. The porcelain-coated interior allows the smoker to retain more heat and keeps the outside of the unit from getting too hot.
  • Front Access Door. The front access door opens right to the cooking plate, so you can get a quick glance at your food without having to pull off the cover.

Smokey Mountain Weber Charcoal Grill Smoker Pros

  • The smoker holds an even temperature throughout the cooking time, so everything comes out exactly the way you want it to
  • Grill seals up completely so you don’t have to worry about any of the heat escaping and wasting your charcoal
  • Infuses meats and vegetables with strong smoky flavors that aren’t too overpowering
  • Built-in thermometer accurately measures internal temperature so you don’t have to open up the smoker to check on your food
  • Vent placement on all sides allows you to adjust ventilation should the wind start to kick up

Smokey Mountain Weber Charcoal Grill Smoker Cons

  • Front access door can bend easily, which might cause smoke to leak out from the front

Smokey Mountain Weber Charcoal Grill Smoker Pricing

SMOKEY MOUNTAIN COOKER SERIES

The Smokey Mountain Weber Charcoal Grill Smoker 18” has an MSRP of $349, though it can be found cheaper on many retailer partner sites. For example, the model sells on Amazon for $299 with free shipping.

Portable grills allow you to take your grill just about anywhere, making them perfect for people who love to camp or want to enjoy a day at the beach. Portable grills should be lightweight and easy to transport while offering all of the grilling flavors.

Weber has a few portable grill options, but for this review, we chose the Go Anywhere Charcoal Grill for its ease of use while on the road.

Go Anywhere Weber Charcoal Grill Features

  • Rectangular Steel Cooking Grate. The plated steel cooking grate provides an impressive 160 square inches of grilling area, so you can cook a full meal in no time. Weber grates are very durable and are highly resistant to rusting.
  • Tuck-N-Carry Lid Lock. The Tuck-N-Carry lid lock securely wraps around the grill for easy transport. When it’s time to cook, you can convert the lock into two secure legs to keep the grill in place.
  • Glass-Reinforced Nylon Handle. The handle is made of a glass-reinforced handle that is designed to quickly disperse heat, so you won’t burn yourself when it’s time to open the lid. There are also two handles on the side for easy carrying.
  • 2 Adjustable Vents. There are two adjustable vents that sit on the top of the Go Anywhere grill. Each vent has three holes that let out steam and help regulate internal temperature.
  • Porcelain-Enameled Coating. The porcelain coating helps to contain heat and also keeps the grill protected from rust.

Go Anywhere Weber Charcoal Grill Pros

  • Made of extremely durable materials that can last well over 20 years
  • Relatively large cooking area for a small portable grill
  • Easy to transport with the Tuck-N-Carry lid that converts to durable steel legs
  • Perfect for camping, tailgating, or just grilling on the go

Go Anywhere Weber Charcoal Grill Cons

  • Front access door can bend easily, which might cause smoke to leak out from the front
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Charcoal Go-Anywhere Grill
  • Holds up to six burgers made with a Weber burger press
  • Compact and lightweight for grilling on the go
  • Porcelain-enameled lid and base retain heat, and won't rust or peel

Go Anywhere Weber Charcoal Grill Pricing

Go-Anywhere Charcoal Grill

The Go Anywhere Weber Charcoal Grill has an MSRP of $54.99, but can be found on sites such as Amazon for as low as $49.99.

If you’re serious about barbeque, you’re going to want a grill that can handle anything you throw at it.

Professional grills should act as a fully functioning backyard kitchen with all of the functions you need to cook just about anything.

For the professional category, we liked the Summit Charcoal Grilling Center for its heavy-duty features that can keep up with the best barbeque chefs.

Summit Weber Charcoal Grilling Center Features

  • Dual Position Charcoal Grate. The charcoal grate is what keeps the charcoal over the cooking area and has two different settings for your desired grilling style. You can set the grate low for smoking, or set it high for searing.
  • 24” Stainless Steel Cooking Grate. This extra large cooking grate has a total of 452 inches of cooking space. This is more than enough room to cook an entire meal for the whole family or cook up burgers and hot dogs for a large party.
  • Double Walled for Insulation. The Summit Weber Charcoal Grilling Center is made with a double-walled, porcelain-enameled US steel body. When grilling with the cover on, air is trapped between the two walls, allowing the grill to maintain heat for up to 12 hours.
  • Rapidfire Lid Damper. The ventilation damper on the top of the grill has a hinged design that allows you to open it up for increased airflow. It also has a traditional side-to-side dial that allows for precise temperature control. There are additional three vents on the bottom of the grill.
  • Gas Ignition. The Snap-Jet gas ignition system uses a 16 oz propane tank to help heat up your grill quicker. Using the gas ignition will cut down preheat time down to 15 minutes, nearly half the time it normally takes with other heating methods. It also provides a more even heating, so there will be less cold spots on the cooking surface.
  • Built-In Lid Thermometer. The built-in lid thermometer gives you an accurate temperature reading from inside the grill. This allows you to monitor the grill’s internal temperature without having to open the lid and risk letting heat escape.
  • Aluminum Ash Catcher. The Summit Weber Charcoal Grilling Center has an ash catcher at the bottom of the grill for simple cleanup with the One-Touch Cleaning System. Use the metal sweeps to push the air into the collection pot, which can be removed so you can dump the ash into the trash.
  • Large Grilling Center Cart. There is a large cart attached to the Summit Weber Charcoal Grilling Center that gives you adequate workspace for meal prep. The table is made of stainless steel, which is easy to clean and resistant to rust. The cart also has a bottom wire rack for accessories, and a charcoal storage container.
  • Gourmet BBQ System. Weber’s Gourmet BBQ System uses a specially designed hinged cooking grate that can be replaced with one of the five alternative grill surfaces available for purchase. There’s an attachment for a pizza stone, sear grate, griddle, poultry roaster, and wok cooking surfaces.

Summit Weber Charcoal Grilling Center Pros

  • Grills meats and vegetables perfectly, with even cooking that won’t dry out your food
  • Smoker cooks evenly and infuses foods a strong smoky flavor that isn’t overpowering
  • Large grilling space lets you cook entire meals at once
  • Heat retains well thanks to the double-walled insulation, which reduces cooking time
  • Compatible with all of the accessories in the Gourmet BBQ System, which are sold separately

Summit Weber Charcoal Grilling Center Cons

  • Expensive grill that may not be in everyone’s price range
  • Slight learning curve for those who aren’t used to professional grills

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Charcoal Go-Anywhere Grill
  • Holds up to six burgers made with a Weber burger press
  • Compact and lightweight for grilling on the go
  • Porcelain-enameled lid and base retain heat, and won't rust or peel
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Summit Weber Charcoal Grilling Center Pricing

Summit® Charcoal Grilling Center 24"

The Go Anywhere Weber Charcoal Grill has an MSRP of $54.99, but can be found on sites such as Amazon for as low as $49.99.

Our final category is for those backyard grillers who want the classic grilling experience, but have a lot of mouths to feed.

For this category, we picked the Ranch Kettle Charcoal Grill, which has one of the largest cooking surfaces available in a Weber grill.

This grill has more than enough space to cook for an army and will retain heat throughout a full day of grilling.

Ranch Kettle Weber Charcoal Grill Features

  • 37” Grilling Grate. The Ranch Kettle Charcoal grill has an absolutely massive 1104-square-inch cooking area on a stainless-steel hinged cooking grate. Weber is well known for their durable grates, so you can keep cooking on the same surface for years to come.
  • Porcelain-Enameled Stainless Steel Body. This grill is made of a premium-grade U.S. stainless steel covered in porcelain. The enamel coating helps to regulate heat and also keeps the stainless steel from wearing or developing rust.
  • Glass-Reinforced Nylon Handle. There are two glass-reinforced nylon handles on the Range Kettle Weber Charcoal lid, one on top and one on the front. These handles are made to resist heat, reducing the risk of burns.
  • Tuck-Away Lid. The tuck-away lid holder is located on the back of the grill and allows you to store the lid while using the surface of the grill.
  • Removable Ash Catcher. The ash catcher underneath the grill allows for easy ash disposal. To remove the ash, open the vent at the bottom of the grill to dump it into the ash catcher. The ash catcher can be removed and replaced for no-fuss cleanup.

Ranch Kettle Weber Charcoal Grill Pros

  • Large cooking surface lets you cook just about anything and can fit about 15 rib-eye steaks
  • Can create convection-style heat circulation by placing charcoal on one side and food on the other for an even cook
  • Porcelain-coated steel is durable enough to last a lifetime, and some customers claim they have used the same grill Weber grill for over 20 years
  • Lid holder is a great addition, especially when the only alternative is to place the lid on the dirty ground

Ranch Kettle Weber Charcoal Grill Cons

  • Relatively expensive price tag, so it’s not worth it if you’re not grilling all the time
  • May not need to use the whole cooking area all the time
  • Ranch Kettle Weber Charcoal Grill Pricing

    Ranch Kettle Weber Charcoal Grill

    The Ranch Kettle Weber Charcoal Grill has an MSRP of $1499, which is relatively expensive for a simple charcoal grill.

    However, most retailers such as Amazon and Target sell this grill for a discounted price of $1299.

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    Weber 60020 The Ranch Charcoal Kettle Grill
    • Porcelain-enameled lid and bowl retain heat, and won't rust or peel
    • Premium-quality stainless steel grate is hinged for easily adding charcoal while grilling
    • Slide the lid into the Tuck-Away lid holder on the side of the grill to avoid placing it on the ground

    Our Final Thoughts on the Weber Charcoal Grill Series

    Weber is a well-known name in the grill industry, and has been providing customers with high quality grills and equipment since 1951. Weber grills are extremely durable, so they’ll last for years with the proper cleaning and maintenance.

    No matter what kind of grilling you want to do, there is a Weber charcoal grill that’s right for you.