Decking out a kitchen with essential supplies can get overwhelming quickly. From the pots and pans to the pressure cookers, cooking tools and dinnerware sets — acquiring everything you need to cook, serve and eat delicious meals can feel like a lot. Whether you’re on the hunt for baking sheets that won’t rust over even after the 50th use, or need cutting boards you can depend on, finding cookware you trust with your recipes is stressful, not to mention expensive.
However, we’re here to tell you there are plenty of budget options on all kitchen gadgets, appliances and tools you need to fill out a conventional kitchen. In fact, you can find high-quality tools in most categories for less than $50. We’ve gathered a bunch of our top budget picks for kitchen essentials and broken them up into three main categories: gadgets, tools and tableware. Every product is at, under or around $50, and all are worthwhile purchases.
Kitchen Gadgets Under $50
1. COMFEE’ Large Capacity Multi-Cooker
This kitchen gadget from COMFEE’ comes with 12 pre-set cooking programs, and it has a 20-cup capacity so you can feed a lot of people from it. It’s got a large digital panel and an LED display that’s user-friendly. It’s built with safety in mind and is made from stainless steel so it’s easy to clean. Best of all — it costs less than $50 and is currently on sale.
2. Oster Master Series Blender
This blender from Oster has all the basic functionality you need from an appliance without unnecessary bells and whistles. It’s built with Texture Select technology so you can choose between three different food modes — smoothie, shake and food chop — based on what you need. The three-inch six-point stainless steel blade is powered by an 800-watt motor and comes with a 24oz. Blend-N-Go cup.
3. Magic Bullet Blender 11-Piece Set
This Magic Bullet set is the perfect personal blender available for less than $30. It comes with 11 different pieces including a base, smoothie cups and various lids. It can chop, mix, blend, grind and more, and comes with a 250-watt motor that’s great for blending all of your favorites.
4. Elite Gourmet Maxi-Matic 4-Slice Toaster
We don’t know about you, but we think toasters have gotten too fancy nowadays. No matter what, you shouldn’t be spending more than $50 on a toaster anyway, and this one from Elite Gourmet gets the job done for even less than that. It’s made with extra-wide toasting slots so all bread fits and has six different toasting levels to choose from. It has a reheat warming function for frozen goods like waffles and has a cancel button so you can release the toast at exactly the char level you prefer.
5. Hamilton Beach Food Processor & Vegetable Chopper
A food processor is another crucial kitchen accessory that comes in handy with large recipes. They can also get very pricey, but this one from Hamilton Beach is just under $50 and comes with all the functionality the average kitchen needs. It has a 10-cup capacity and a large feed chute for inserting ingredients mid-chop. It’s got two speeds, 450 watts of power and a bowl scraper attachment so you don’t miss any bits.
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6. Hamilton Beach Programmable Coffee Maker
A coffee maker of some sort is another kitchen essential, and this one from Hamilton Beach has great reviews and a super affordable price tag. It’s got front-access water filling that makes the process easy and a swing-out brew basket that’s designed to be easier to fill than a top-load one. It’s programmable, so you can set your time and coffee strength in advance, brews between one to four cups at a time, and 12 cups total, making it perfect for small households and apartments.
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7. Dash Tasti Crisp Electric Air Fryer
Air fryers are another super trendy kitchen gadget that can carry a hefty price tag depending on the brand. You don’t need fancy functionality to get your food fried the healthier way, and this Dash fryer is proof of that. It’s got a 2.6-quart capacity and a redesigned Crisper Basket that boasts larger surface area. It’s compact, lightweight and easy to use. It also comes in six different colors.
Kitchen Tools Under $50
8. oannao 14-Piece Silicone Cooking Utensils Set
Getting a utensil set like this one is a great way to cut down on costs while covering all your bases at the same time. It includes 14 of the most-used kitchen items from spatulas to spoons, whisks and tons, all for less than $30. All of the tools come with a heat-resistant wooden handle that’s made to withstand temperatures up to 446 degrees Fahrenheit and the silicone is food-grade, BPA-free and odorless.
9. Jamoon Silicone Cooking Utensils Set
This is another cooking utensil set that’s even bigger but is still available for less than $30. The silicone cooking utensils are built to withstand temperatures up to 446 degrees F, are heat-resistant, non-melting and odorless as well. This set includes everything from a pizza cutter to a ladle, a spatula, grill brush and cheese grater. It also comes in a container to store them all in that’ll look sleek on your kitchen counter.
10. Kaluns 24-Piece Kitchen Utensil Set
This kitchen set comes with almost every cooking tool you’ll need to get your kitchen started and is available for less than $20 total, a bargain. Each cooking tool is made from a combination of nylon and stainless steel and is heat-safe up to 350 F. Unique items in this set include measuring cups and spoons, a potato masher, can opener, vegetable peeler and — an absolute essential — an ice cream scooper.
11. Cuisinart 12-Piece Color Knife Set
This knife set from Cuisinart is not quite at the level of some of the higher-end knife sets made in Japan or Germany, but for a first apartment or college living situation, they’ll get the chopping done. They’re color-coated and come with blade guards for safekeeping. The stainless steel blades are super high-quality and each one has a nonstick coating on it for easy slicing. The color-coating can help avoid cross-contamination during meal prep and the set comes with a lifetime warranty.
12. Amazon Basics 14-Piece Kitchen Knife Set
If you’re looking for a more conventional knife set, this one from Amazon Basics comes with a pinewood block for storage and a sharpener as well. The knives have high-carbon, stainless-steel blades and triple-rivet POM handles so you get a secure grip each time. The set includes six 4.5-inch steak knives, a 3.5-inch peeling knife, a bread knife, a utility knife and a chef’s knife as well. It also comes with kitchen shears and a $25 price tag.
13. Gorilla Grip Oversized Cutting Board Set
These durable cutting boards come in a three-piece set of varying sizes and feature strong rubber borders and handles to avoid slipping and sliding on your countertop. They each have deep juice grooves to avoid spillage and make cleanup easier, and they’re double-sided so you can avoid flavor mingling as you prep. They’re all also dishwasher-safe and come in over 25 different colors.
14. Royal Craft Wood Bamboo Cutting Board Set
If you prefer wooden cutting boards but don’t want to spend a fortune, this three-piece set is made from bamboo and is available for less than $25 total. Each one has side handles so it can double as a serving trap/ charcuterie board if necessary, and the bamboo is a knife-friendly surface that won’t wear down the quality of your knives quickly. All of them have deep grooves for avoiding a mess while you’re cooking, and the wood is naturally water-resistant for easy cleanup.
15. Nutrichef Non-Stick Kitchen Baking Pans
Baking pans are another kitchen essential for baking bread, roasting vegetables and other common cooking tasks. This three-piece set comes with various sizes, all of which have been treated with a non-stick coating that’s PTFE/PFOA/PFOS-free. They’re made from durable carbon steel, are stain-resistant and dishwasher-safe as well.
16. FineDine Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls (Set of 6)
A good set of mixing bowls is very handy to have around, especially if you’re going to be doing a lot of baking. This set of six includes a wide range of sizes, from 3/4-quart all the way up to eight quarts. The bowls are made from stainless steel with a mirror finish, and each one is made durable but lightweight. They’re ergonomically designed with wide rims and flat bases for easy maneuvering and they nest together to save space in storage.
17. New Star Foodservice Stainless Steel Measuring Cups and Spoons
This set from New Star Foodservice comes with measuring cups and spoons, and includes all the basic measurements you need for most recipes. The measuring cups include a 1 cup, 1/2 cup, 1/3 cup and 1/4 cup, and the spoons include 1 tablespoon, 1 teaspoon, 1/2 teaspoon and 1/4 teaspoon. They’re engineered for precision and accuracy, and come ready for storage attached to a removable loop.
Tableware Under $50
18. Hiware 48-Piece Stainless Steel Silverware Set
This silverware set comes with eight table settings of dinner forks, salad forks, dinner knives, steak knives, teaspoons and dinner spoons, all of which are made of stainless steel and come mirror polished. Getting an entire cutlery set for a large family or household for under $30 is a steal and proves you don’t need to spend a lot of money on kitchen supplies. All of the pieces have smooth edges, are rust-free, sturdy and are premium-quality at an affordable price.
19. Amazon Basics 18-Piece Kitchen Dinnerware Set
This dinnerware set comes with six full place settings complete with a large dinner plate, dessert plate and bowl, all of which are made with white porcelain and safe to use in the microwave, oven, freezer and dishwasher. All of them are solid white and come with a basic, elegant design.
20. Gibson Soho Lounge 16-Piece Square Dinnerware Set
This dinnerware set from Gibson Soho has a stylish square design and comes with plates, bowls and mugs. The set includes four 11-inch dinner plates, four 8.25-inch dessert plates, four cereal bowls and four 12-ounce mugs. All of the dinnerware is stoneware that’s been treated with a double-reactive glaze, making each piece unique and modern. The square shape gives them a unique feel and they’re all built durably and resistant to scratches and breaks.