Choose the best small appliances for your kitchen with our guide. Reduce prep time and increase your culinary expertise with our most popular small appliances that do more work in less space.
A few questions help you start your search for a new appliance.
Check the manufacturer’s specifications carefully to find out if your appliance of choice is approved for use with both hot and cold liquids.
Look for an automatic shutoff feature to elminate worry about appliances overheating, damaging surrounding countertops and cabinets or causing house fires.
Before you shop, measure your available counter space to ensure a good fit, as countertop microwaves vary greatly in size.
Solid doors offer the best performance. But, if you opt for a glass door, make sure it is UV-coated. Light can damage wine.
Automatic Off turns the iron off after a period of inactivity.
Consider the weight of your mixer. For hand mixers, lighter is better because it reduces exertion and shoulder stress, while heavier stand mixers help the appliance remain stable at high speeds.
Mini-choppers are a space-saving option and come with many of the same features and attachments as full-size models.
Read and follow the manufacturer’s safety instructions carefully to avoid burns and damage to countertops and other surfaces.
Adding a bread maker to your small appliance collection means you can control what goes into your food and make breads and cakes without preservatives or transfat, unlike store-bought breads which are loaded with preservatives to keep them shelf-stable and unhealthy transfats that comes from partially hydrogenated vegetable oil.
Do not use small appliances near water.