The purchase of a West Bend kitchen appliance should be considered because in numerous reviews by Good Housekeeping, the brand received above average reviews. Testers judged West Bend's crock pot, electric kettle, waffle maker and infrared toaster, and all received at least four stars.
The company's 6-Quart Versatility Slow Cooker 84966 was given high marks for its 12-hour timer,
automatic shut-off switch and non-stick insert, which can be used on a range top or in the oven. The base of the crock pot also doubles as a warming tray. The appliance was light and easy to store and was the easiest to use of any crock pot reviewed by the magazine.
The brand's Electric Kettle 53790 was also given top marks for its ease of use, as well as a large, easy to fill opening. Its lightweight design makes it convenient to use for someone with little strength. West Bend appliances were noted to have very complete owner's manuals, which included recipes and helpful customer service representatives.
Customers on Amazon.com also gave West Bend products good grades, rating the electric can opener, programmable bread maker, and egg and muffin toaster highly. Of 731 customer reviews of the toaster, 604 consumers gave the product four stars or more. The rotary waffle maker was given a top rating for its easy clean up and extremely fast preparation time.
West Bend has been in business for over 100 years and retains headquarters in West Bend, Wisconsin as of 2015.