A Guide To The Most Essential Small Appliances; Reviewed And Rated

A Guide To The Most Essential Small Appliances

By:

Dave Joachim

small kitchen 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.

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The Best Stand Mixer For A Kitchen’s Biggest Tasks

By:

Clint Cantwell

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.

Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker Review

By:

Clint Cantwell

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.

Breville Joule Sous Vide Review and Rating

By:

Clint Cantwell

While there are countless sous vide immersion circulators currently available, one of our favorites is the Breville Joule, 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 Breville/ChefSteps app.

An Electric Hand Mixer Whips Sauce, Batters, And More In a Jif

By:

Meathead

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.

Breville Smart Oven Pizzaiolo Review

By:

Dave Joachim

This machine looks like a stylish countertop toaster oven, but gets cranking to temperatures above 750ºF! Read our review because 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!

A Blender That Pulverizes The Competition

By:

Clint Cantwell

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.

FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer Keeps Food Fresh Longer

By:

Meathead

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.

OXO Good Grips Stainless Food Scale with Pull-Out Display Review

By:

Meathead

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.

A Slow Cooker Has Multiple Uses

By:

Meathead

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.

Breville BOV845BSS Smart Oven Pro Review

By:

Clint Cantwell

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.

Blend Hot Liquids Like The Pros With A Stick Blender

By:

Clint Cantwell

You may have never used a stick blender like the Cuisinart 2-speed Smart Stick but they are quite popular among chefs for pureeing soups and sauces directly in the pot, a much safer alternative to blending hot liquids in a standard blender where the steam will expand and blow scalding soup all over you and the kitchen.

There’s Nothing Like a Rice Cooker

By:

Meathead

A rice cooker cooks, steams and warms more than just rice! Here's the one that we like best.

Fissler CookStar Portable Induction Cooktop Review

By:

Meathead

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.

A Food Processor Is An Essential Small Appliance

By:

Meathead

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.

A Deep Fryer Isn’t Essential But Very Useful On Occasion

By:

Meathead

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.

An Electric Coffee and Spice Grinder Can Improve Your Cooking

By:

Meathead

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.

Published On: 6/26/2019 Last Modified: 4/28/2021


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The Good-One Is A Superb Grill And A Superb Smoker All In One


The Good-One Open Range is dramatically different from a traditional offset smoker. By placing the heat source behind and under the smokebox instead of off to the side, Open Range produces even temperature from left to right, something almost impossible to achieve with a standard barrel shaped offset.

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Finally, A Great Portable Pellet Smoker


Green Mountain’s portable Davy Crockett Pellet Smoker is one mean tailgating and picnic machine. But it’s also gaining popularity with people who want to add a small, set it and forget it pellet smoker to their backyard arsenal. And with their WiFi capabilities you can control and monitor Davy Crocket from your smart phone or laptop.

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The Cool Kettle With The Hinged Hood We Always Wanted


Napoleon’s NK22CK-C Charcoal Kettle Grill puts a few spins on the familiar kettle design. In fact, the hinged lid with a handle on the front, spins in a rotary motion 180 degrees. It’s hard to beat a Weber kettle, but Napoleon holds its own and adds some unique features to make the NK22CK-C a viable alternative.

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Grilla Pellet Smoker proves good things come in small packages

We always liked Grilla. The small 31.5″ x 29.5″ footprint makes it ideal for use where BBQ space is limited, as on a condo patio.
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Bring The Heat With Broil King Signet’s Dual Tube Burners


The Broil King Signet 320 is a modestly priced, 3-burner gas grill that packs a lot of value and power under the hood. Broil King’s proprietary, dual-tube burners get hot fast and are able to achieve high, searing temps that rival most comparatively priced gas grills. The quality cast aluminum housing carries a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

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Masterbuilt MPS 340/G ThermoTemp XL Propane Smoker


This is the first propane smoker with a thermostat, making this baby foolproof. Set ThermoTemp’s dial from 175° to 350°F and the thermostat inside will adjust the burner just like an indoor kitchen oven. All you need to do is add wood to the tray above the burner to start smokin’.

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