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Reviewing AmazonBasics Kitchen Equipment

By America's Test Kitchen Published

Amazon launched a line of pots, pans, gadgets, and small appliances. How do they compare to the winners of our reviews?

What Is AmazonBasics? 

Amazon recently launched its own line of Amazon-branded goods, AmazonBasics, selling everything from phone chargers and batteries to down comforters and Dutch ovens. We were particularly intrigued by the kitchenware. At last count, they offered almost 200 cooking-focused products in a broad range of categories, from knife sets to simple white dinner plate sets. 

How We Evaluated AmazonBasics

We noticed many of the products bore a striking resemblance to brands we were familiar with, so we wondered if Amazon had partnered with leading companies to produce Amazon-branded versions of top-selling items, much like how supermarkets work with brand-name companies to create their in-house product lines. 

We contacted four of the major brands that produce the items the AmazonBasics equipment so closely resembled and were surprised to learn that they had no affiliation whatsoever with the products. Instead, they reported various levels of frustration with how similar they looked. It seems Amazon is working directly with third-party manufacturers to knock off top-performing products, cutting out the middleman. 

The AmazonBasics items are priced very smartly, often below competitors just enough to make one consider straying from a well-known brand. We wondered how they would perform. To find out, we started with four products—a cast-iron skillet, a set of silicone baking mats, a Dutch oven, and an electric kettle. We took these four products and tested them against our corresponding winners in each category, reporting our results below.

We plan to continue testing AmazonBasics products on a rolling basis and will update this page with new items as we go. Please let us know in the comments section below of any products you’re specifically interested in and we will add them to our list of items to test.

AmazonBasics Cast-Iron Skillet vs. Lodge Cast-Iron Skillet

We tested the AmazonBasics Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet - 12-Inch against our winning traditional cast-iron skillet from Lodge, scrambling eggs at the beginning and end of testing, baking cornbread, searing steak and making pan sauce, and cleaning the pans after each test. Durability tests included thermal shock and scraping and striking the pans with utensils. We evaluated both models on their performance, ease of use, and durability.

  • RECOMMENDED WITH RESERVATIONS

    AmazonBasics Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet - 12-Inch

    This pan outweighs our winning skillet from Lodge by almost a pound, so it took more effort to handle and lift, and it has a noticeably rougher surface that will take longer to build up seasoning than the smoother surface of the Lodge pan. With the same 10-inch cooking surface diameter as our winner, this pan had plenty of room to sear steak beautifully, and we made an acidic pan sauce from the fond with no metallic off-flavors. The pan’s preseasoning worked well to release scrambled eggs in the first test, but at the conclusion of testing the seasoning had worn down, and a second test of scrambled eggs stuck firmly and took a lot of scrubbing to remove. The rough, pebbly pan surface utterly glued itself to our cornbread’s bottom crust, ripping it apart when we inverted the pan, a much worse performance than we saw in previous cast-iron skillets we’ve tested. However, over time, with lots of cooking, seasoning should build up on this pan for better release. [Buy on Amazon]

    Model: 2104 Price: $26.99 Weight: 8 lb, 8 oz Handle Length: 6.75 in Helper Handle: Yes Cooking Surface Diameter: 10 in Bottom Thickness 3.8 mm

     

  • HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    Lodge Classic Cast Iron Skillet, 12"

    This pan arrived with a slick preseasoned interior and only got better. Broad enough to cook two big steaks, it browned foods deeply, and its thorough seasoning ensured that our acidic pan sauce picked up no off-flavors. Though its handle is short, the pan has a helper handle that made lifting easy. It survived abuse testing without a scratch. An excellent pan, at an excellent price, that you’ll never have to replace. [Buy on Amazon]

    Model: L10SK3 Price: $33.31 Weight: 7 lb, 10 1/8 oz Handle Length: 4.75 in Helper Handle: Yes Cooking Surface Diameter: 10 in Bottom Thickness: 4.3 mm

Bottom Line:

It’s an acceptable pan, but it will require more effort from the home cook than our winning skillet.

AmazonBasics Silicone Baking Mat vs. Silpat

We tested the AmazonBasics Silicone Baking Mat Sheet, Set of 2, against our favorite silicone baking mat, the DeMarle Silpat U.S. Half-Size Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat, using both with our winning baking sheet to roast salmon and bake cookies and washing them in the dishwasher 10 times. We evaluated both models on their ease of use, performance, and durability.

  • HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    AmazonBasics Silicone Baking Mat Sheet, Set of 2

    The mats in this inexpensive set are nearly identical to our winner, fitting perfectly in our favorite baking sheet and staying put nicely, thanks to a relatively heavy weight. It helped foods cook and brown well; because it's dishwasher-safe, it retained fewer odors and became less greasy over time than non-dishwasher-safe models we tested. [Buy on Amazon]

    Model: AOKE-1701 Price: $13.99 for 2 ($7.00 per sheet) Weight: 103 g Dimensions: 16.5 x 11.6 in Dishwasher-Safe: Yes

  • HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    DeMarle Silpat U.S. Half-Size Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat

    This mat—the gold standard in many restaurant kitchens—produced beautifully browned food and made it truly easy to remove baked goods and roasted foods. But it proved its value with a couple of simple details: It fit perfectly in our favorite baking sheet; stayed put thanks to its heavier weight; and was dishwasher-safe, reducing the buildup of residual oils and odors. [Buy on Amazon]

    Model: AE420295-07 Price: $25.00 Weight: 109.6 g Dimensions: 16.5 × 11.6 in Dishwasher-Safe: Yes

Bottom Line:

The AmazonBasics Silicone Baking Mat Sheet, Set of 2 is a good—and much less expensive—alternative to our favorite baking mat.

AmazonBasics Dutch Oven vs. Le Creuset and Cuisinart

We tested the AmazonBasics 7.3-quart Dutch oven against our winning Dutch oven from Le Creuset and our Best Buy Dutch oven from Cuisinart, searing beef in batches, using it on and off the stove, and performing a series of durability tests to see how it compared on ease of use, capacity, and quality.

  • RECOMMENDED

    AmazonBasics Enameled Cast Iron Covered Dutch Oven, 7.3-Quart, White

    This pot has a light interior that made it easy to monitor browning and a roomy interior that was well suited to deep frying and big-batch cooking. Its looped handles are a touch narrow and were harder to grip with pot holders than our top-rated models. It’s on the heavier side, in line with the weight of our inexpensive winner from Cuisinart, but it has a smaller cooking surface than the Cuisinart because its walls slope as they meet the base, eating up flat, usable space; this meant we had to sear beef in three rounds instead of the two when we were making stew, costing us 5 minutes of extra time—not a deal breaker, but we preferred pots with broad, flat cooking surfaces and straight sides. Two notable concerns: This pot is ovensafe only to 400 degrees, so you can’t bake breads such as our Almost No-Knead Bread in it, which bakes at 425 degrees, and one of our copies’ lids chipped in our durability tests. [Buy on Amazon]

    Model: SX-75QTW Price: $59.99 Weight: 16.4 lb Materials: Enameled cast iron, stainless-steel knob Interior Color: Light Interior Height: 5 in Cooking Surface Diameter: 8 in 

     

  • HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    Le Creuset 7¼ Quart Round Dutch Oven

    This perfect, pricey pot was substantial enough to hold and distribute heat evenly without being unbearably heavy. The light-colored interior combined with low, straight sides gave us good visibility and made it easy to monitor browning and thermometer position. The broad cooking surface saved us time since we could cook more food at once. The lid was smooth and easy to clean. This pot is expensive, but it was exceptionally resistant to damage. [Buy on Amazon]

    Model: LS2501-28 Price: $385.00 Weight: 13.7 lb Materials: Enameled cast iron, phenolic knob Interior Color: Light Interior Height: 4.5 in Cooking Surface Diameter: 9 in 

     

  • RECOMMENDED—BEST BUY

    Cuisinart Chef’s Classic Enameled Cast Iron Covered Casserole

    With an exceptionally broad cooking surface and low, straight sides, this 7-quart pot had the same advantageous shape as the Le Creuset. It was heavier but not prohibitively so. The looped handles were comfortable to hold, though slightly smaller than ideal. The rim and lid chipped cosmetically when we repeatedly slammed the lid onto the pot, so it's slightly less durable than our winner. [Buy on Amazon]

    Model: CI670-30CR Price: $70.51 Weight: 16.7 lb Material: Enameled cast iron Interior Color: Light Interior Height: 4.38 in Cooking Surface Diameter: 10.0 in 

     

Bottom Line:

This large, handsome pot performed well overall but doesn’t handle quite as easily or sear quite as efficiently as our winning pots. It also can’t go into an oven hotter than 400 degrees, so you can’t bake bread in it, and we have some concerns about the enamel chipping.

AmazonBasics Electric Kettle vs. OXO and Capresso Electric Kettles

We compared the AmazonBasics electric kettle to our winner from OXO and our Best Buy from Capresso from our previous evaluation of electric kettles. We timed how long it took to boil 1 quart of room-temperature water and considered how easy it was to fill, pour from, and operate. To gauge the kettle’s long-term durability, we ran it 365 times to simulate a year of daily use.

  • RECOMMENDED

    AmazonBasics Electric Glass and Steel Kettle - 1.7 Liter

    This glass kettle looks a lot like our favorite from OXO: It can hold 60 ounces of water, the power button is at the base of its handle, the button to open the lid is at the top of its handle, and the spout has a removable filter. (The ring of blue lights at the base of the pitcher resembles a model we tested from Hamilton Beach.) It boiled water quickly. Unfortunately, the spout was large and water poured from it in a wide stream, even when it was almost empty and we were very careful. That made it hard to use for pour-over coffee and other precise tasks. The lid bounced back and forth when we opened it, sending droplets of hot water flying. [Buy on Amazon]

    Model: F-625C Price: $26.99 Capacity: 17 to 60 oz Kettle Material: Glass Weight of Pitcher When Full: 5 lb, 13 4/7 oz Average Time to Boil 1 Quart of Water: 4 min, 51 sec

     

  • HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    OXO Brew Cordless Glass Electric Kettle 

    This large, sleek glass kettle is a pleasure to use. The power switch lights up in an icy blue when it’s activated, the handle is wide and comfortable, and the kettle sits securely on its base. We also liked its slow-open lid, which prevents accidental burns from steam and splashing water. It has a removable filter in its spout which, while not strictly necessary, is a handy feature in areas where the water has sediment. [Buy on Amazon]

    Model: 8710300 Price: $79.95 Capacity: 17 to 60 oz Kettle Material: Glass Weight of Pitcher When Full: 6 lb, 3 ⅜ oz Average Time to Boil 1 Quart of Water: 4 min, 59 sec

     

  • HIGHLY RECOMMENDED—BEST BUY

    Capresso Silver H2O Electric Kettle

    This kettle is easy to fill; boils water quickly; and sits securely in its deep, stable base. The power button is conveniently located on its handle. Our only quibble: Sometimes the light-up indicator was a bit dull in bright daylight. The kettle is much shorter and has a smaller capacity than our winner, which makes it a good option for people who prefer a smaller kettle. [Buy on Amazon]

    Model: 259 Price: $55.69 Capacity: 16 to 48 oz Kettle Material: Glass Weight of Pitcher When Full: 4 lb, 12 ⅛ oz Average Time to Boil 1 Quart of Water: 4 min, 49 sec

     

Bottom Line:

It’s an attractive kettle and it works quickly, but it isn’t quite as user-friendly as our two favorite models.

AmazonBasics Immersion Hand Blender vs. Braun Multiquick 5 Hand Blender

We tested the AmazonBasics Multi-Speed Immersion Hand Blender with Attachments, Black, against our favorite immersion blender, the Braun Multiquick 5 Hand Blender, using both to make smoothies, blend potato soup, emulsify mayonnaise, and whip cream. We evaluated both models on their comfort, handling, durability, and blending and noted how much they splattered food.

  • RECOMMENDED WITH RESERVATIONS

    AmazonBasics Multi-Speed Immersion Hand Blender with Attachments, Black

    This immersion blender did a good job of pureeing soup and emulsifying mayonnaise, and we liked that it came with a whisk and a blending cup. While it ultimately made fairly good smoothies marred only by some flecks of kale, its motor initially seemed to struggle when processing the frozen fruit: The whole unit warmed up and emitted a worrisome oily odor. It’s a bit heavier and taller than our favorite immersion blender, and it sports rubbery grips on its backside only, so it’s a little harder to hold. Because the attachments don’t latch on quite as securely or definitively, it can be difficult to know when they’re ready to use. Finally, you control the speed with either two buttons or a dial with no distinct settings; we prefer a simpler mode of operation. [Buy on Amazon]

    Model: MJ-BH3002W2 Price: $34.99 RPM: 13,900 to 26,400 Watts: 300 Height: 16 in Speeds: Multiple (2 buttons and 1 continuous dial with no clear settings beyond minimum and maximum) Weight: 1 lb, 10 oz Accessories: Whisk, blending cup, chopping bowl Detachable Wand: Yes

     

  • HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    Braun Multiquick 5 Hand Blender

    This blender’s two speeds were well calibrated and were all we needed to bounce from task to task with ease. Light and slim, with a grippy body, it was the easiest to maneuver. It had a whisk that made perfect whipped cream and a blending cup that contained splatter. We downgraded it a wee bit for leaving small bits of kale in its (still perfectly drinkable) smoothie. [Buy on Amazon]

    Model: MQ505 Price: $59.99 RPM: 11,393 to 13,085 Watts: 350 Height: 15 in Speeds: 2 Weight: 1.5 lb Accessories: Whisk, blending cup Detachable Wand: Yes

Bottom Line:

The AmazonBasics immersion blender is inexpensive and performs decently, but it’s not as easy to use or as comfortable to handle as our winner, and we have concerns about its long-term durability.

AmazonBasics Coffeemaker vs. Bonavita

We tested the AmazonBasics 5-Cup Coffeemaker with Glass Carafe against our favorite inexpensive coffee maker by Bonavita. We tracked its brewing time and temperature and measured the coffee’s total dissolved solids and extraction percentage—all attributes we know to be the keys to good-quality coffee produced by automatic drip machines. In a blind tasting, our tasters sampled coffee made in the AmazonBasics coffee maker against coffee made in the Bonavita.

  • NOT RECOMMENDED

    AmazonBasics 5-Cup Coffeemaker with Glass Carafe

    This petite coffee maker holds just 26 ounces of water—enough to make a bit more than three 8-ounce cups of coffee. Yet it took about 8 minutes to brew, which is longer than the Bonavita takes to brew almost double that amount of coffee. Tasters found the flavor of its coffee to be weak and underextracted, and our tests of total dissolved solids and extraction percentage confirmed that this was the case. Its paltry flavor is likely because the water spent only 3 percent of the brewing time in the ideal temperature range for optimal coffee extraction (between 195 and 205 degrees Fahrenheit).

    Model: MA-D03A Price: $19.99 Carafe Type: Glass Extraction Level: 16.8% Time to Brew Full Pot: 8 min Brewed Coffee Capacity: 26 oz Brewing Time in Ideal Temperature Range: 3%

     

  • HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    Bonavita 8 Cup One-Touch Coffee Maker

    Comments: In every test, this coffee maker came out on top: It brewed hotter and faster than most other models, resulting in a smooth brew that tasters rated the most flavorful. Its thermal carafe kept brewed coffee hot for more than an hour, and pouring was tidy, with a responsive lever that stopped and started the stream of coffee promptly. All its parts were accessible and easy to clean, and the machine turned on with the push of a button and automatically turned off when it finished brewing. It holds enough water to make about six 8-ounce cups of coffee. It wasn’t programmable and was the most expensive model we tested; however, this was the only brewer in our testing certified by the Specialty Coffee Association home brewer program as meeting all the standards for good coffee. [Buy on Amazon]

    Model: BV1900TS Price: $93.99 Carafe Type: Thermal Extraction Level: 21.6% Time to Brew Full Pot: 6 min, 30 sec Brewed Coffee Capacity: 46 oz Brewing Time in Ideal Temperature Range: 71%

Bottom Line:

The AmazonBasics 5-Cup Coffeemaker with Glass Carafe failed on all the metrics that make good coffee—most important, the coffee it produced failed our blind taste test. We’d skip this one.

AmazonBasics Stainless Steel Digital Kitchen Scale vs. OXO and Ozeri Digital Scales

We tested the AmazonBasics Stainless Steel Digital Kitchen Scale against our winning and Best Buy kitchen scales from OXO and Ozeri. We tested the scale’s accuracy using a set of lab-grade weights, and we evaluated how easy it was to toggle between different units of measurement and read its display screen. We also considered how easy the scale was to clean.

  • HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    AmazonBasics Stainless Steel Digital Kitchen Scale with LCD Display

    Comments: This scale is accurate and easy to use. Its two buttons—one to change the unit of measurement and one to turn the scale on and tare it—are responsive and clearly labeled. Its screen is a little small, but the numbers are legible (though it doesn’t pull out for easy viewing like our winner’s screen does). The platform is a little smaller than our favorite’s, and it’s not removable, which makes cleaning it a bit more challenging. [Buy on Amazon]

    Model: EK3211 Price: $10.99 Maximum Weight: 11 lb Units Displayed: Pounds/ounces, fluid ounces, milligrams, grams

     

  • HIGHLY RECOMMENDED—WINNER

    OXO Good Grips 11 lb Food Scale with Pull Out Display

    Comments: This scale is accurate, sturdy, and easy to use. The buttons are clearly labeled and responsive, and it has a big, brightly lit screen that can be pulled out nearly 4 inches when weighing oversize items. Users can choose to view measurements in ounces only (e.g., 24 oz), pounds and ounces (e.g., 1 lb 8 oz), grams only (e.g., 2500 g), or kilograms and grams (e.g., 2 kg 500 g), which comes in handy when doubling a recipe. [Buy on Amazon]

    Model: 11214800V1 Price: $49.99 Maximum Weight: 11 lb Units Displayed: Pounds/ounces, ounces, kilograms/grams, grams

     

  • HIGHLY RECOMMENDED—BEST BUY

    Ozeri Pronto Digital Multifunction Kitchen and Food Scale

    Though its relatively lightweight frame feels flimsier than the OXO scale and it lacks a removable platform, this simple scale is impressive for its price. It’s accurate and easy to use, with a digital screen that’s bright and visible even when weighing large items. We like that it can report weights in ounces as well as in pounds and ounces. [Buy on Amazon]

    Model: ZK14 Price: $11.79 ASIN: B004164SRA Maximum Weight: 11 lb Units Displayed: Pounds/ounces, ounces, grams

Bottom Line:

The digital screen and metal platform of the AmazonBasics scale are smaller than our winner’s, and the screen doesn’t pull out for ease of viewing under large bowls like our winner’s, but this scale is accurate and gets the job done.

AmazonBasics 3-Blade Spiralizer vs. Paderno Tri-Blade Slicer

We tested the AmazonBasics 3-Blade Vegetable Spiralizer against our winning spiralizer from Paderno. We used both to cut zucchini and butternut squash into noodle-like ribbons, using all three blades, and cleaned all the parts by hand after each use. We evaluated both models on their ease of use, performance, and cleanup.

  • RECOMMENDED WITH RESERVATIONS

    AmazonBasics 3-Blade Vegetable Spiralizer 

    This model looks identical to our winning spiralizer, except for a slightly more rounded handle. It made long strands of “noodles” out of zucchini, but its blades weren’t quite as sharp as the Paderno’s, so it took more effort and about 50 percent more time. Once cut, the noodles were indistinguishable from those produced by our winner. However, this model’s dull blades couldn’t make even a dent in butternut squash, and it felt more unsteady on the counter, despite having suction-cup feet. [Buy on Amazon]

    Model: 27022 Price: $14.96 Weight: 1.5 lb Dimensions: 10.6 x 5.6 x 8.6 in Number of Blades: 3 (ribbon slicer, ¼-inch noodle, ⅛-inch noodle)

     

  • RECOMMENDED

    Paderno World Cuisine Tri-Blade Plastic Spiral Vegetable Slicer

    Simple, intuitive, inexpensive, and stable, this model easily spiralized vegetables with relatively little waste. Better yet, the Paderno Tri-Blade turned almost all the produce into even, consistent noodles and ribbons. It was one of the only machines we tested that was capable of spiralizing butternut squash into long, regular strands—although the stress of this endeavor caused the handle to crack on its last round of testing. [Buy on Amazon]

    Model: A4982799 Price: $33.24 Weight: 1.5 lb Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.25 x 8.75 in Number of Blades: 3 (ribbon slicer, ¼-inch noodle, ⅛-inch noodle)

Bottom Line:

The AmazonBasics spiralizer is fine if you’re just making zucchini noodles, but it takes more time and effort than our winner and can’t handle firmer vegetables such as butternut squash.

AmazonBasics 3-Piece Non-Stick Fry Pan Set vs. OXO Good Grips Non-Stick Pro Open Frypans

We tested the AmazonBasics 3-Piece Non-Stick Fry Pan Set, which includes 8-, 10-, and 12-inch models, against our respective winners in each size, all made by OXO. We performed a series of quality and durability tests with the largest pan, assuming it would be representative of the set as a whole. First, we cooked eggs back-to-back without any fat, stopping when they began to stick. To mimic long-term use and examine its construction, we cut in the pan with a knife, heated it and plunged it in ice water to induce thermal shock, and whacked it against a cinder block. To evaluate ease of use and design, we cooked frittata and stir-fry in the 12-inch pan, scrambled eggs in the 10-inch pan, and prepared an omelet in the 8-inch pan.

  • NOT RECOMMENDED 

    AmazonBasics 3-Piece Non-Stick Fry Pan Set, 8 Inch, 10 Inch, and 12 Inch

    This set wasn’t truly nonstick. In our dry-egg test, the 12-inch pan cleanly released only four eggs—far fewer than our goal of 50. It fared slightly better when we used butter as we cooked a frittata and vegetable oil as we stir-fried flank steak and broccoli, but it neither retained heat well nor evenly distributed heat across the cooking surface, and we found the same problems when we tried the set’s smaller pans. Their sharply sloped sides kept contents contained when we stir-fried but made it cumbersome to get a spatula down between the food and the cooking surface, and sliding frittatas and omelets over the high sides was a challenge. The 12-inch model did not hold up well during our durability tests, emerging with deep scratches and dents. 

    Model: LFFP16013 Price: $21.99 12-in Fry Pan: Weight: 1.8 lb Ovensafe To: TK Cooking Surface: 9¾ in Induction Compatible: No (10-in Fry Pan: Weight: 1.46 lb Cooking Surface: 8½ in; 8-in. Fry Pan: Weight: 0.93 lb Cooking Surface: 6 in)

     

  • HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    OXO Good Grips Non-Stick Pro 12”, 10”, and 8” Open Frypans

    The cooking surfaces of these pans were slick, both when new and after extensive use, and food never stuck. The pans are fairly lightweight, so they were easy to lift and maneuver, but they were also sturdy and resisted denting. Our testers liked their comfortable, brushed-metal handles. The pans scratched lightly in our abuse tests, but we deemed them acceptable.

    12-in Open Frypan: Model: CW000960-003 Price: $42.49 ASIN: B00PCI71OS Weight: 2.40 lb Ovensafe To: 430°F Cooking Surface: 9¾ in Induction Compatible: No 

    10-in Open Frypan: Model: CW000959-003 Price: $39.95 ASIN: B00PCI71TS Weight: 1.95 lb Ovensafe To: 430°F Cooking Surface: 8 in Induction Compatible: No

    8-in Open Frypan: Model: CW000958-003 Price: $29.95 ASIN: B00PCI71NE Weight: 1.33 lb Ovensafe To: 430°F Cooking Surface: 6 in Induction Compatible: No

Bottom Line:

This set of three skillets didn’t hold up to testing, and it offers little advantage to the home cook. Don’t add it to your Amazon cart.

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