Must-Have Counter Top Appliances

Choosing small appliances for your kitchen isn’t just deciding where to put it, but how to fit it in your lifestyle. For example: a bread maker may not be the best option if you don’t eat a lot of bread. Here are some of the essentials and some of the must-haves!

1. Blenders

If you enjoy smoothies, you should have a blender in your kitchen. You could use it to make adult drinks, smoothies, milkshakes, soups, and even crush ice to make syrupy cones!

2. Slow Cookers

Slow cookers can help in many ways. When you are gone all day or know you won’t have time to prepare dinner, you just throw your ingredients together and let is slowly cook itself and stay warm all day. It works great for stews, one-pot meals, and potluck dinners.

3. Stand Mixers

Stand mixers come in handy when you least expect it. They help you make anything that needs baking but gives you the freedom of multitasking. Whether it’s a cake, cupcakes, brownies, or something that normally could be mixed by hand, using a mixer can also save a lot of wrist-aches.

4. Coffee Makers

Coffee makers are lifestyle dependent. If you are a big coffee drinker, not only is it convenient to have a coffee maker, but you’ll wind up saving a lot of money instead of taking trips to the coffee shop.

5. Espresso Machines

Just like the coffee maker, whether or not you would need an espresso machine depends on the type of coffee drinker you are. Having a nice, high-quality machine that focuses on just espresso can make a world of difference. Chain coffee shops tend to water down their espresso, so you get what you need at home without having to pay per shot.

6. Food Processors

Food processors are indispensable for all types of tasks around the kitchen. The processor makes slicing, chopping, blending, pureeing, and kneading a lot easier.

7. Toaster Ovens

A good convection-powered toaster oven is more than just a luxury. Beyond reheating food and making toast, you can bake small portions like cookies, cakes, pizzas and pies without having to heat up an entire kitchen.

8. Wine Coolers

For the wine-connoisseurs, a great wine preservation system isn’t just a gadget. You can maintain the appropriate temperatures for separate bottles and even dispense your wine.

9. Soda Makers

If you’re trying to go green while reducing sugar and sodium in your home, a soda maker could be your next appliance. These gadgets turn out freshly-made flavored sodas with less additives than mass-marketed products.

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