kitchenTired of scrubbing that hard-to-clean $6.99 pan you got on sale? Toss it.

It can be tempting to buy kitchen tools on sale, because let’s be honest, they don't always work that well. But if you’re looking to get the biggest bang for your buck there are some quality items you shouldn’t skimp out on.

Here’s an idea of how much to spend on quality kitchen items:


Cost range: $100 - $300 per set

A good knife set is a necessary tool for efficient and safe cooking. You don’t want to be applying so much force that you lose your steady hand when trying to cut ingredients, and cheap knives just don’t do the trick.  Simply put, quality knives are an investment.

Pots & Pans

Cost range: $20 per pan or $100 for a 3-piece set

When it comes to the kitchen, stainless steel is king. While some coated options are less expensive, they may not be safe if they’re scratched. It’s worth investing in efficient pots and pans that won’t leave you trying to scrub charred vegetables off the surfaces.

Tea Kettles

Cost range: $20 - $60

If it works, you’re pretty much set. Anything goes with tea kettles! Have some fun and make your tea kettle a statement piece in your kitchen. If you buy your kettles at economical prices, you can switch them out every once in awhile just for kicks.

We love this Rachael Ray kettle because it comes in fun colors.

Hand Towels

Cost range: $1 - $5

We place this, budget wise, on the same level of importance as your paper towels. Get ‘em at the dollar store, use ‘em till they’re gross. Then, onto the next one.

Kitchen Utensils

Cost range: $1 - $2 per utensil

Nobody wants to accidentally leave a $50 ladle on the stove and have it to melt into soup. Another nod to the dollar store: Get these on the cheap so you can use ‘em and lose ‘em.

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