A new study by Consumer Reports has found that a variety of home kitchen appliances are superior to others for a variety, not all, of the kitchen tasks.
The report, “What’s the best cookware?” was released on Monday.
According to the survey, which surveyed nearly 1,000 people, the most popular kitchenware categories included stainless steel, ceramic and wood-burning ovens.
The most popular brand of cookware was the Weber Kettle, with nearly 1 in 10 respondents saying it was their favorite.
But the most important category was “dryer,” which included dishwashers, range hoods and gas burners.
The survey also found that kitchen appliances were considered most valuable by consumers in the category of “hardware.”
For instance, the “hardwood countertop” category was considered the most valuable category, with almost 4 in 10 saying they would buy it if they could.
The study found that the most expensive kitchen appliance was the “electric cooktop,” which is $3,600.
“The survey’s results indicate that a number of consumer preferences, including price, comfort and style, are more important than the actual quality of a product, which in turn impacts the purchasing decision,” the report said.
The “hard wood countertop,” for instance, is seen as “slightly better than the stainless steel countertop, but not as much as the ceramic countertop.
It’s the combination of these two items that ultimately determines the price and comfort,” Consumer Reports said.
“It’s no surprise that the more expensive the item, the more desirable it becomes,” the study said.
Among the most common kitchen appliance mistakes consumers made in the survey was the use of a dishwasher for washing dishes, the study found.
“There are several dishes that are washed in this type of washing machine that are so difficult to clean that most people use a dishwashing brush to clean them,” Consumer Report said.
For example, people who said they wash their dishes in the sink tended to use a water-based detergent and a dishcloth, instead of using a dish towel, which had a higher chance of sticking to the dishwasher.
The other common kitchen appliances people made mistakes with included appliances that use a mixer to mix ingredients, such as a hand mixer and a spice grinder.
“In general, the biggest mistake people make is not using the right ingredients,” the survey said.
Consumers were also more likely to make mistakes when buying a dish washer, because they thought the product had a high price tag.
“You’re not buying a good dishwasher,” Consumer Watch said.
When asked about the most frequently-used appliances in the household, the top choices were the Weber kettle, a range hood, a gas burner and a dryer.
Consumers also were more likely than those who didn’t buy appliances to use the oven.
“When people use the stove, they don’t think about the quality of the stove,” ConsumerWatch said.
But it wasn’t just the appliances that were expensive.
For the third year in a row, consumers were also less likely to use their dishwashes when cooking, the survey found.
When people said they used a dishwasher more than once a day, they were less likely than people who used the stove less than once per day.
And when people said that their dishwasher was their primary dishwasher, they tended to be less likely, than when they were using the stove more than twice per day or the oven more than three times per day, the Consumer Watch report said