I know what you’re guessing: Is it really possible to say there’s any one small appliance that every kitchen must have? Kitchens come in all shapes and sizes. A studio apartment kitchen doesn’t have the luxury of space that a rural kitchen has, so it is necessary to have only a few important appliances in there.
So maybe this is a better way to say it: If you can only fit five small electric appliances in your kitchen, select these five. Whether you’re clearing out a cluttered kitchen or fixing up a kitchen from scratch, they’re very useful and worth the money and space.
- A food processor.
This is the one tool that can perform so many things in the kitchen. A larger 12-cup or more capacity is really helpful if you have a family to feed, or you want to double or triple whatever recipe you’re working on.
- A blender.
A blender of some kind is an amazingly valuable tool to have in the kitchen. But there’s a great discussion over whether you need a countertop blender, or if you can cope fine with an immersion blender.
If you go the countertop route, it’s apparently worth it to update to a high-end model for the pure power and versatility. But if you’re low on space and need a strong, multi-functioning tool that’ll whip or purée with ease, an immersion blender is the way to go.
- An electric mixer.
There are two choices for an electric mixer: a stand mixer or a hand mixer. If you bake a lot, you should apparently get a stand mixer. It’s the number-one recommended kitchen splurge for enthusiastic bakers, according to our readers. In brief, it will make your life easier.
- A pressure cooker.
We have fully turned to the cult of the pressure cooker, so much so that we believe it deserves a spot in every kitchen. It beats out the slow cooker in our view, particularly if you’re tight on space. Then again, if you want the best of both worlds, take the Instant Pot!
- An electric kettle.
An electric kettle is one of those deceptively required little appliances; you don’t think it’s needed until you have one, and then you understand you use it all the time, possibly more than any other single small appliance in your kitchen. It’s more heat-efficient than boiling water on the stove, and 10 times as fast. If you consume a big amount of coffee or tea, it’s a game-changer.