A Guide To The Most Essential Small Appliances

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It would be nice to have all kinds of small appliances on hand from a waffle maker to a deep fryer, but no one has unlimited counter and cabinet space. When choosing small appliances, ask yourself this question: How often will I use this item? If it's only once a year, do you really need it? And do you have the space for it? Here's a guide to the most essential small appliances both large and small.

OXO Stainless Steel Scale With Pull Out Display
I don't know how I lived without a good, accurate digital kitchen scale for so many years. If you ever mix up anything with flour, weigh it instead of measuring it with cups. It's so much more accurate. Read more...
A quality stand mixer is definitely an investment but there is very little that a beast like the KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer can't handle, especially with the countless accessories that are offered. If, however, you only need to whisk and blend, a KitchenAid hand blender does a great job and saves a lot of space. Read more...
Vitamix 5200 Blender
If you make a lot of smoothies, sauces, and other blended foods then a high quality blender is in order. While there are several decent economically priced blenders out there, the lifespan of these models tends to be short due to inferior parts and a lack of horsepower, especially compared to a Vitamix or Oster. Read more...
DeLonghi Deep Fryer
You can't beat a deep fryer for making a large quantity of party food. The one holds 2.2 pounds of food, has a clever oil drainage system, a viewing window in the lid, a non-stick interior, and an air filter that helps prevent oil smells. Plus, it's relatively inexpensive and compact for easy storage. Read more...
Hamilton Beach Chef Prep Food Processor
A blender on steroids, this essential tool does a better job on thick purees like pestos. Plus, it comes with attachments that allow you to shred, slice, and grate your way to greatness. Read more...
All Clad Slow Cooker
A slow cooker has myriad uses including braising when your oven is full or you want to leave the house without leaving the oven on. It's also perfect for keeping all kinds of foods, including smoked pulled pork, warm for serving. Read more...
Krups GX4100 Grinder
Freshly ground coffee beans and freshly ground spices are so much better tasting. Whole beans and seeds keep better longer in the pantry. Just pick up a cheap grinder and it will improve the taste of your coffee and your cooking. Read more...
KitchenAid 5 Speed Hand Mixer
An electric hand mixer whips up batters lickety split. Plus, if you don't make doughs and batters often, it's much cheaper than a stand mixer. Read more...
Fissler CookStar Induction Pro portable cooktop
Sometimes one burner is all you need. This compact and convenient burner is portable and uses induction technology to avoid heating up your kitchen. And it's not too expensive. Read more...
KitchenAid Stick Blender with Attachments
Unlike the stand-alone single task stick blender, I have simply fallen in love with my KitchenAid 3-speed stick blender that not only purees liquids in the pot, it also converts to an electric whisk for whisking eggs or cream; a mini food processor with locking lid for chopping small ingredients; and more. Read more...

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