Kitchen Dining Tables With FREE Shipping and Handling

Over the years I have written many many MANY articles about the benefits of buying online. Convenience. Price. Variety. Availability. But, one thing that always gets people in an uproar when you tell them that shopping online is more beneficial than going to a store is the fact that you have to pay shipping and handling charges. Well, I have to tell you, more often than not there are NOT shipping and handling charges online. You simply have to know where to look.

If you have a kitchen and you want to purchase a dining room set with chairs, the very first thing you might be thinking of is the cost and weight of the shipping and handling. But, what you will find below are awesome, beautiful, and comfortable dining sets with chairs and they all have FREE shipping and handling. Guaranteed.

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Okay on to the blog! All of these are free shipping and handling regardless if you have prime or not.

Dorel Living 3 Piece Set

Okay, this one would work really well for a kitchen where you have a bare wall and you need an item to help fill in the empty space. This is considered a pub dining set – it has the taller table and then it comes with 2 chairs with a faux leather cushion upholstery. Not only is this item under $100 and a best seller, but to top it off – free shipping and handling. The top to this has an almost marble look to it and the entire set is black wood finish. The people that have purchased this set have lived in small apartments, small homes or have small kitchens and have said how well the size worked out for them.

Dorel Living 5-Piece Aubrey Traditional Pedestal

I would consider this one to be much more traditional than the one above, which is more relaxed and laid back. This one comes in 2 color options. Black which is a little more expensive and white. Both of these have free shipping and handling. However, this one is also much larger and includes more things. This is a 5 piece set so you get 1 pedestal round table and 4 Napoleon style chairs. While the black is more traditional, I think the white one is very clean looking and would look really nice in a farmhouse, french country or cottage even. Four people sit comfortably around this traditional height table, making game night, casual meals and entertaining easy and convenient.

East West Furniture AVAT7-BLK-W 7-Piece Dining Table Set

You have a few options when it comes to this East West Furniture AVAT7-BLK-W 7-Piece Dining Table Set. It comes in a wood seat, a microfiber seat option or a faux leather option. Personally, I love the wood seat option but its really going to depend on your tastes and how much you are willing to spend. The wood seat is the cheapest option, but I really like the look of the bare wood, to be honest! The oval dining tables can hold a minimum of six dining room chairs, and the pedestal model enables the dinette set to fit in a number of dining room dimensions. The great style of the table set lends a sophisticated sense to any room and is simple but pleasing. Curved slats help to make the dining chairs relaxing and aesthetically desirable. Include 7 piece One Avon Oval Table With 18in Butterfly leaf and 6 Antique matching chairs with wood seats. People have said that this set is really well made and made of authentic wood.

VECELO Dining Table with 4 Chairs – Silver

This one, for me, has a very modern look to it. It comes in either black or silver in terms of the metal on the set for the table and the chairs. Even though I usually like silver more, I think I like this in black better! It is a glass top with tempered glass and a steel tube construction that will provide stability and support for years to come. It also has a 5-year warranty and — free shipping and handling!

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Things To Consider When Adding a Range Hood

Most of the time when a homeowner decides to do a kitchen remodel, they will also install a new range hood and upgrade from the one that they had previously. As with any other kitchen remodel decision, this one will be an important one with lots of options that can sometimes make it a little overwhelming! If you want to install a new hood or you are planning to upgrade to something else, this is a guide you can follow along with in order to make a more educated and knowledgeable choice in the right range hood for your kitchen.

Do I Really Need A Range Hood?

Technically speaking not every home around the world has a range hood. In fact, in most cases its not even a pre-requisite in terms of building codes. However, you will need some kind of a ventilation system in your kitchen, especially if you plan on doing any kind of cooking. The thing to remember about range hoods is that they aren’t just a part of the design of the kitchen, but they actually have a function. Even if you can’t see the little molecules of smoke and grease that disperse while cooking, they are there, rest assured. Over time, in cooking in your kitchen without a hood, you will find that everything in the kitchen gets oily and dirty. Hence why a range hood is so important. It helps to suck up smoke and oil, even food particles, and suction them away. For a cook who cooks in the kitchen often, a range hood is not only beneficial, its needed.

Where Does A Range Hood Go?

Range hoods almost always go over or behind a range, hence the name range hood! Placing them over the range or behind it will be the most effective option. The farther away the hood is to your range ie; the place you cook, the harder it will be for the range hood to suction the particles out of the kitchen and out of your home. Another important factor in range hoods, besides where you should place them in terms of where your range is, is the fact that the range hood has to have a place to ventilate all the things its sucking up. Because of this, its suggested that the range hood be placed near an exterior wall.

The Different Types Of Range Hoods

There are two main types of range hoods; over range and under-cabinet hoods that are used quite a bit in kitchen remodels. The under cabinet hoods will be the ones you see more often than not in homes. These are usually enclosed with cabinetry or attached below the cupboards. The over range hoods are usually wall mounted and they have no surrounding cabinetry. These two types of hoods generally vent back and up through the wall and out through the roof. However, there are also other types of hoods.

Under Cabinet Hoods

Over Range Hoods

Island Range Hoods

Island hoods; these are for people that have their island and their cooking space in the middle of the kitchen. The range and the range hood are in a central part of the room and therefore the range hood vent is also placed in the same area with the vent attached to a “chute” which is then sucked up through the ceiling and follows a pathway out of the home. These types of hoods are much more visible in the space so it might be a good time to think about how you can make it more attractive! A good design or proper and attractive materials like chrome would work really well in a more visible range hood that is centrally located in your kitchen, rather than something not so attractive!

Tilted Range Hoods

Another popular option are these high tech tilted ranges. They still vent into the wall, but the actual hood is tilted at an angle. It offers a more modern look and they also tend to be very powerful which allows them to be further away from the range and yet still work just as well.

Built In Hood

Built in hoods are another good idea if you want hardly any of the hood showing. These types of hoods are usually placed inside of a cabinet, usually, a faux cabinet that is built just for looks and functionality for the hood. These types of hoods allow your kitchen to take center stage and keep the hood out of the visible view of the kitchen.

Pop Up Hood

The least used option is a pop-up hood. You don’t see this option a lot in homes, but they are an option and available if you need them. These tend to be used, again, on kitchen islands where the island also serves as the cook top. The hood is attached to the surface of the cooking area and has a sort of “wall” look to it. Technically these aren’t hoods, but rather vents that suction the oil, food particles and smoke out of your kitchen, through the duct work in the floor and out of the home. When not in use, you can pop the vent back down into the cabinetry of the island to create a more seamless look to the kitchen and cooking area. These tend to be the more expensive option which is probably why they show up in less residential kitchens. Nonetheless, if you have the money and a kitchen island with a range, this might be an option to consider!

Microwave Combo Hoods

Lastly, microwave combo hoods. In truth: I hate these. These always remind me of an apartment! But, they are used quite often in homes. These have a range hood that is combined within a microwave and are usually constructed underneath a cabinet. While these are a smart choice for smaller kitchens, they also don’t have a lot of power when it comes to the hood and they tend to be very loud!

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What Are Kitchen Shears and Why Do I Need Them?

There are certain tools you use in your kitchen, Even if you don’t remember where or when you bought them, you know what they do, why you have them and how thankful you are to have them! These tools include things like knives, cutting board, your KitchenAid mixer, heck even your garlic presser (super useful!). But what about kitchen shears? Do you really need them? What exactly are they for? Why not just use regular scissors? These are going to be the questions I answer below, as well as a suggestion of some kitchen shears to consider for your own kitchen!

Do You Really Need Kitchen Shears?

Personally, I think every kitchen should have kitchen shears. But, really this is going to depend on you and my answers below!

What Are Kitchen Shears For?

Kitchen shears are used for all sorts of things:

– They can be used to cut stems away from herbs.

– They can be used to cut meat or chicken up.

– They remove spines from chicken to roast it quicker!

– They can crack shells (feature)

– They can open bottles or jars (feature)

– They can cut up raw bacon!!!

– They can cut up dried fruit

– You can cut apart the shell on shrimp or prawns

– You can use them for screws (feature)

– They can shred leafy greens without bruising them

etc

You’ll notice I used the word “feature” above in opening bottles and jars as well as cracking shells – like shells from crabs, lobsters, etc. MOST all kitchen shears have these sort of cylindrical spots near the inside of the handle with grooves or teeth built into them. This is where the bottle opener, jar opener, crab cracker is. If you’ve ever owned a pair in the past you might have wondered what this was. Well! Now you know! Here’s a little picture so you can see exactly what I mean. This image has the section for a cracker and for a bottle opener.

Why Can’t I Just Use Scissors?

Well, of course, you can just use regular scissors, however, kitchen shears are for the kitchen because:

1- They are stronger than regular scissors

2- They can do more than just cut things – can your regular scissors do that?!

3- Regular scissors and shears shouldn’t be used for the same things. For example, if I’m cutting chicken with my shears, I don’t exactly want to also cut fabric with them, even if I do wash them!

What I do is I have 2 different shears. I have a pair that I only use for meat, chicken, shrimp, etc. (meats that will be cooked). Then I also have another pair that I ONLY use for herbs. In fact, I have a green pair for my herbs and a black pair for everything else so they don’t get mixed up.

Here are my top 3 picks for kitchen shears. They are all different of course, but they all do the main job of cutting things. These are all brands I trust and they are all highly rated products.

Wusthof 5558-1

Now if you’ve read my previous articles you know how much I love and trust Wusthof. And not just for knives, but also for other things like kitchen shears. These are pretty basic, they do have the bottle opener/cracker in the middle but other than that they just do what they are supposed to do! The great thing about these is that they are inexpensive enough that you CAN purchase 2 if you choose to do so.

Mairco Premium

These are actually less than the ones above if you can believe it! People say that these are incredibly sharp and they do everything you need them to do including opening bags, cutting stems off a bushel of herbs, cutting off pineapple tops, cutting through just about any meat and they also are very easy to clean. Most shears have a device on the blade that allows the blades to get freed from each other. These make putting them in the dishwasher to clean them, ultra simple.

Chef Remi

This is one of the highest rated shears right now and for good reason. They are under $15 and they offer a money back guaranteed lifetime warranty. These can cut just about anything in your kitchen because of the high-quality steel that is used to make them, but they are also corrosion resistant. This is of the utmost important in a kitchen. The last thing you want is rusty shears.

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Best Selling Bar Stools

If you have a kitchen island in your kitchen or you plan on adding one to your kitchen remodel, you’re going to need some seating for that expansive space While there are a few different options available, I really like bar stools. They are tall enough to reach the island counter top, but they come in many different sizes, features, materials and styles. I know that my style is different than yours (probably!) so below I will be showing you a few top rated, best selling bar stools in different looks for your kitchen.

2xHome Bar Stools

These are kind of cool because while the design is the same on all the options, they do come in several colors; black, teal, sky blue, lime green, yellow, orange, red, pink and what looks to be taupe. These come in a set of two chairs and they are plastic molded seats with natural wooden legs. The chairs also have a “leg rest” on them. However, these are only 28 inches from the seat. This seems like not a lot, but I just measured my chairs versus my counter and my chairs are only 30 inches high from the seat and the counter is 36 inches in height. It works for me. If you want something taller, look further down this list.

Roundhill Contemporary Chairs

These have a very different look to them. These also have no back to them, they are simply the seat part you sit in. However, they are metal and then covered with a faux leather and a cushion. I imagine this wouldnt be super comfortable to sit in all day long, but for morning coffee, dinner, or good conversation they would work well. These come in white, black or red – I really like the red just because its a pop of color without being overbearing. The stools also have an airlift compressor which allows them to be as low as 24 inches and as high as 30 inches. These also come as a set of two.

 

Boraam Augusta

Another very high selling and high rated stool. This one is made from a faux leather cushiony seat with high-density foam. The chair itself is made from wood. You have a few different style options when it comes to this product; black, cappuccino, cappuccino wood with black seat, cherry wood, redwood, black on black or black seats with brown wood. These also come in either a 29 inch or 24-inch option. If you’re using it for a bar or a counter I would definitely suggest the 29-inch option. Out of all the features, people say that these chairs are incredibly sturdy. That makes sense considering its made from hardwood and not some cheap material!

South Mission Leather Stools

These ones look incredibly comfortable. They have a back to them but it reaches up much higher than the 2x home ones. These come in black, camel, crème, brown, red and white. I really love the camel and brown ones though! Surprisingly enough these are super easy to put together and they are also quite tall – they go up to 32 inches! A few people complained that the chairs felt like they were not put together properly and all I can say to that is to make sure… you put them together properly! Some assembly is required so if you find that they are wobbly, consider going back and re-tightening the screws and making sure you put them in the right spots.

Winsome Saddle Seat

I can personally say that saddle seat stools are not the most comfortable thing in the world. However, they are super attractive and they work for mild use ie; eating dinner on, or having coffee etc. I definitely wouldn’t consider sitting on these chairs for longer than a few hours though. The only saddle seat I have ever sat in that was super comfortable was one I found in Arhuas that also had a real leather seat that was cushioned. This one is not cushioned and therefore it would be difficult to sit in it for long periods of time. This one comes in either 24 or 29 inches in height and it comes in black, white or walnut. It is made of solid beechwood though so you know its going to be very sturdy.

Products to stay away from:

At first glance these items look cool, they look comfortable and they look like they were purchased a lot. However, upon further research and looking on a few different sites for reviews, these are not products you want to purchase.

Round Hill Masaccio: Shame, I really liked the look of these ones and even though there are 164 reviews, most of them are 1 and 2-star ratings.  Just be safe and stay away from these ones!

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Items You Don’t Realize You Actually Need!

When it comes to a kitchen remodel you might just be updating or adding new design aspects to your kitchen. This is awesome! But, ya know what else is awesome? Having all those little gadgets you could never have before because you didn’t have the space for them! I know for me I added quite a bit of small appliances and gadgets to my kitchens once they were remodeled. So I decided to make a little list of things I bought along the way that are really useful and fun!

KitchenAid Mixer

I think most people that cook want one of these. I did as well! That’s why I purchased 1 for each kitchen. There are a few reasons I wanted one of these. First off, they come in MANY different colors. Something like 56 different color options so you can choose the one that goes with your kitchen. Second off its KitchenAid – this is a company that is known for making quality and functional kitchen products. Its a name you can trust in. Lastly, the KitchenAid mixer does all sorts of things. Its not just a “mixer.” Here are a few things you can do with a KitchenAid Mixer:

Juicer: There is a juice attachment that can be purchased. The juicer can be used for fresh squeezed juice like orange juice or lemonade or if you plan on needing some for a specific recipe.

Pasta: There is also an attachment for rolling and cutting pasta. This is a BIG reason I wanted a KitchenAid for my kitchen! It can do sheets for things like ravioli, but it can also cut the past into different types; spaghetti, fettuccine, angel hair and more.

Ice Cream: Yes, the KitchenAid also has an ice cream maker attachment!

Food Grinder and Sausage Stuffer: Now this is really cool. The food grinder can be used for any foods you want to grind up, the sausage stuffer has a little tube that comes off off the grinder where you would place your casing and where the meat comes out. You can use any meat or casing you want. Chicken sausages? Yes! Italian pork sausage? Sure, can! Other options; hot dogs, summer sausage, chorizo, Andouille and more. Its definitely worth it for this attachment alone!

Mortar and Pestle

I have always wanted one of these. They are really great for grinding up ingredients into a paste or powder. Some ideas are; garlic, salt, basil for Pesto. Cilantro, salt, garlic and lime for guacamole. Herbs for gazpacho. Steamed rice for mochi. Etc. This is a tool that can become quite useful in your kitchen depending on what type of cooking or prep you do. For instance, I make a lot of guacamole, pesto for pasta, hummus, etc so this is something that is quite useful for me. When buying a mortar and pestle, make sure that you purchase one that is made from a hard material, that it has a sort of roughness to it and that it has a wider and deeper shape to it. Granite, for example, is a really good material because its super strong! The texture will matter because if its too smooth the ingredients will be harder to mash down. Marble for instance tends to be super smooth; you want some friction for your mortar. The deep round shape of the mortar will also help you keep your ingredients in the “bowl” and keep them from spilling out. Here are a few I really like and the one I actually have.

Maxam 8″ Granite Molcajete Mortar and Pestle

Vasconia 4-Cup Granite Molcajete Mortar and Pestle

Jamie Oliver – Mortar and Pestle, Unpolished Granite, 6 Inch (this is the one I have!)

Food Scales

If you think a food scale is a waste of money, think again! When baking, for instance, measuring out your ingredients is incredibly important and sometimes using measuring cups just isn’t good enough for things like cocoa powder, sugar or flour. If you want to be really exact, whether you are baking or just cooking, a food scale is the product for you. A food scale can also evenly divide batter and other food items. You have quite a few different food scales available to you, but I really love the Ozeri Pronto Digital Multifunction Kitchen and Food Scale. This is the one I use in my own kitchen – its rather attractive looking, small enough to not take up a lot of space, and incredibly accurate! I like this one too because it comes in different colors – though I chose the silver and black because I like silver and black! Other colors include; green, red, silver/silver, black/black, teal blue and of course white. One of the biggest reasons I decided to look into this one specifically was because Jamie Oliver was talking about different brands of scales in one of his articles and this was one of the brands! The other reason was because it had over 10,000 reviews at the time (now almost 12,000!) and a 4.6 out of 5 stars. Needless to say its very popular and for good reason!

 

Garlic Press

When I first purchased my garlic press I felt like a total cheat. I mean, I am a person that has been peeling and mincing garlic with a knife for…ever. I never thought that I would want anything else. But, I was over someone’s house and they were cooking and they needed garlic minced and they brought out this little gadget. I was a little offended at first haha. How dare they! But, after seeing how easy it made mincing garlic up, I was sort of a little jealous. Why didn’t I have one of these? They are easy to use, easy to clean, and you can even keep the outer shell on and it de-shells it. What the heck!?! Needless to say, I went out and bought one. I will say this: It doesn’t really matter the brand or the type, or even the price. What matters is the material its made out of. It needs to have grips on the handles so it won’t slip out of your hand. It also needs to have a polished material so you can clean it easily and put it in the dishwasher. Personally, I really like stainless steel. They tend to be heavy-duty, easy to clean and attractive looking. BTW! These aren’t just for garlic. I have also used these pressers for other things like onions, horseradish root, ginger etc. Anything that is sort of pithy can be used.

Here are a few to consider as well as the one I use in my own kitchen.

OXO Steel Garlic Press – This is the one I have and I love! Its made from zinc and stainless steel, it has a pretty large chamber – I can usually fit 2-3 cloves of garlic into it, and it has a non-slip grip. Don’t avoid it just because its OXO, I actually have a few gadgets that are OXO and they are really good products you can count on. Plus, OXO makes like… everything!

KT.KitchenTools Premium Garlic Press

Alpha Grillers Garlic Press and Peeler Set

 

 

 

 

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