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5 easy-to-use kitchen appliances

Sick of appliances that are difficult to use and even harder to clean? Read on.

5 easy to clean products Fisher & Paykel gas cooktop Sunbeam PB8080 Two Way Blender Breville the Scraper Mixer Pro BEM800 Magimix Compact 3200XL food processor Westinghouse WVEP618S wall oven
Last updated: 21 August 2019

Do you have a kitchen nightmare every time you have to clean your blender or assemble the fiddly bits of your food processor? 

When was the last time your oven saw soap and water? 

We know how annoying it can be when appliances are tricky to use or downright impossible to get clean, so we’ve trawled through our CHOICE data to put together a list of products that get our tick of approval when it comes to ease of use. 

Westinghouse WVEP618S wall oven

1. Westinghouse WVEP618S wall oven

  • Price: $2439
  • Ease of use score: 80%
  • Self-cleaning function (pyrolytic)
  • Stainless steel fingerprint resistant

An oven that cleans itself? Where do we sign up? A self-cleaning oven is the holy grail of easy-to-use kitchen appliances and this one from Westinghouse delivers the goods. 

It has a pyrolytic self-cleaning function, which means that it heats up to around 500°C, converting any burnt-on bits and food residue to ash, which you can just wipe away or vacuum once the oven has cooled down again. 

It also has fingerprint-resistant stainless steel, and the door and glass can be removed for cleaning. 

If you need some hot tips on keeping your oven sparkling clean, read our article on how to clean your oven

magimix compact 3200xl

2. Magimix Compact 3200XL food processor

  • Price: $695
  • Ease of use score: 77%
  • Dishwasher-safe accessories

With all those little cracks and crevices that catch food and the endless number of (sharp!) attachments, food processors are notoriously a nightmare to clean. And some can be so complicated, with so many bits and pieces that it can feel like you need a degree to be able to assemble them. 

So, if you want one that involves the least fuss possible, try this compact food processor from Magimix, which we scored relatively high for ease of use. 

It comes with a separate storage container for its attachments along with very comprehensive instructions, including photos and recipes. And the best thing is, its parts are dishwasher safe (using a low-temperature cycle), which means you won't need to hand-wash all the fiddly little bits. 

breville the scraper mixer pro bem800

3. Breville the Scraper Mixer Pro BEM800

  • Price: $550
  • Ease of use score: 78%
  • Bowl and attachments are dishwasher safe

Want to whip up more baked goods with ease? Our expert testers called this one a "very good performer" that is "relatively cheap and easy to use". It comes with comprehensive instructions with tips and techniques for mixing, and its speeds are graded according to their purpose (e.g. folding and kneading). 

sunbeam pb8080 two way blender

4. Sunbeam PB8080 Two Way Blender

  • Price: $179
  • Ease of use score: 80%
  • Some parts are dishwasher safe

Our testers were impressed with this Sunbeam blender's easy-to-use push button controls, which have clear written labelling and indicator lights. It has a good size chute and received excellent scores for whipping up a frozen fruit smoothie, crushing ice and chopping carrots. 

fisher paykel cg604cngx2 cooktop

5. Fisher & Paykel CG604CNGX2 gas cooktop

  • Price: $600
  • Ease of use score: 78%
  • Trivet type: cast iron
  • Cooktop surface material: stainless steel

Gas cooktops often bear the brunt of your kitchen escapades – crusted-on food, spillages, greasy stains, you name it. So choose one that'll make cleaning as easy as possible. 

Gas cooktops can be notoriously difficult to clean, but the trivets on this model have a fairly smooth cast iron finish, making it easier to clean, and the stainless steel coating with easy-clean design makes it easier to wipe over. All burners have a raised edge so liquid spills are less likely to run into workings. It's also excellent for low-temperature cooking.

Trying to decide whether to choose a gas, ceramic or induction cooktop? Our cooktop buying guide can help. 

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