A Guide To The Most Essential Small Appliances

Choose Wisely, Appliances Take Up Valuable Space

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.

Oster VERSA 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
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This machine looks like a stylish countertop toaster oven, but gets cranking to temperatures above 750ºF! That's unheard oven for any home oven. Just plug it into a typical residential wall outlet, adjust the top and bottom heating elements, and you can turn out an almost infinite number of pizza styles. Impressive! read more
ChefSteps Joule Sous Vide
While there are countless sous vide immersion circulators currently available, one of our favorites is the Joule by ChefSteps, a sleek unit that not only performs extremely well, its compact shape fits easily in a kitchen drawer. WiFi and Bluetooth enabled, the Joule works in conjunction with the ChefSteps app. read more
FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer
The best way to store food more than a week is in the freezer. Foods lose few nutrients and little quality when frozen. A vacuum sealer helps prevent freezer burn for long storage. The sealer also helps marinades penetrate deep into foods and it's perfect for sous vide cooking. read more
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
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
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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
 Breville BOV845BSS Smart Oven Pro
Say goodbye to subpar toasters and toaster ovens and hello to the amazing multi-function Breville BOV845BSS Smart Oven Pro 1800 W Convection Toaster Oven! whether its toasting bagels, baking cookies, or re-heating pizza, this top notch toaster oven can do it all while heating up in a fraction of the time of your oven. read more
Anova Sous Vide Review
Join the sous vide revolution with the Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker, a Bluetooth enabled self-contained heating and circulation unit that enables you to produce results that are impossible to achieve through any other cooking method. Here is our full review of this handy and compact immersion circulator. 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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