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6 Small Appliances Every Kitchen Should Have

Written by Erik Larson, Community Blogger | Nov 2, 2017 8:52 AM

The kitchen is one of the most utilized rooms in every home. From breakfast to dinner there is always something happening in there. In today's world, people are becoming increasingly busy hence their need for kitchen appliances to make work easier has increased. There are various appliances ranging from function to size that one can purchase for their kitchen. Some are high-tech others just manual. Here's a list of 6 small or tabletop appliances that can fit in any modern kitchen.

1. A blender

Having a blender is essential especially in households that are geared towards a healthy lifestyle and eating habits. A basic blender is comprised of a jug/jar, blades and an electric motor. Some blenders can handle only soft foods such as juicing fruits while there are others that can even crush ice as well as grind grains. 
Before buying a blender, it is important to consider your needs in the kitchen, whether you just need to make fresh juice or whether you need it for other functions. Having a high-powered blender gives more benefits compared to a regular blender. 

2. Toaster ovens

A toaster oven does more than just making toast and reheating food. The flexibility of the toaster oven is what makes it a must-have in your kitchen especially if you love baking. The appliance is conveniently small and can be placed on your kitchen counter. You can bake cupcakes or even make pizza while entertaining guests in your house. The important thing is to research on the best and most durable model. There are so many foods that can be prepared using a toaster oven that makes it worthwhile having. 

3. Built in coffee machine

This one is for the coffee lovers. With a good quality coffee machine, you can have your coffee ready in less than a minute. A built-in machine will grind and brew and serve your espresso or hot coffee with just a touch of a button. Some coffee machines also have a frothing system for cappuccinos and can dispense hot water. A built-in coffee machine will require slight remodelling of your kitchen if you don't have a proper cabinet space available. While these are not as common as the regular tabletop coffee machines, there are several models in the market that one can choose from. Some of these are programmed and can automatically respond to your preferences. 

4. Smart kettle 

One of the attractive features of a smart kettle is the ability to keep your water hot for up to 20 minutes. The kettle has other convenient features such as different temperature buttons. For example, if you only want your water heated up to 90˚C it is possible to get exactly that with the smart kettle. This particular feature makes it ideal for heating water for either tea or coffee or just other purposes. Unlike other kettles, smart kettles may be a little pricey but with more advantages. The ability of the kettle to keep the water hot not only saves your power by eliminating the need to reheat after a few minutes but also saves you from having to use a flask. There are a few brands in the market, for example, the Sage smart kettle which has all these features. 

5. Slow cooker

If you are very conscious about nutrition, then the slow cooker is the best thing you can have in your kitchen. Food cooked over a long time and under low heat tends to retain most of the nutrients in it. You can cook food in the slow cooker as you tend to other chores hence making it easy to multitask. 

6. Food processor

Food processors are some of the most versatile kitchen appliances that anybody can have. From chopping vegetables to mixing foods, there are a dozen functions that are performed by the food processor. Some of these functions include; dicing, chopping, whipping, and shredding cheese as well as grinding whole grains and nuts. If you are a fan of nut butter, you can simony whip up some at the comfort of your kitchen. There are several models in the market such as the ninja food processor that are of good quality. The important thing is to identify your needs in the kitchen and purchase a food processor that is convenient for your household.

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