The 15 Best Small Appliances for Cooking at Home
If you're like us right now, you're cooking at home more than ever. Sure, you have the skillets and casserole pans for weeknight dinners, but do you have the saucepan for frying Disney's churros or the bread machine for homemade breads? When it comes to home cooking, your tools matter as much as the recipes you're following. Investing in the right appliances can make a major difference in your prep work as well as the finished product. These 15 small appliances are your ticket to smoother soups, fluffier rice, and the (possibly) best bread ever.
Hamilton Beach Digital Slow Cooker
Slow cookers take the effort out of stews, soups, meat dishes, and so much more. This 6-qt. cooker is fit for family dinners as well as potlucks. The super-tight sealed lid allows you to transport it with ease.
Zojirushi Micom Rice Cooker and Warmer, 10 Cup
Whether you're cooking white rice, sushi rice, brown rice, or porridge, this cooker has a setting that's just right. It even includes a microcomputer to keep the cooking temperature and time on point.
Cuisinart Elemental 11-Cup Food Processor
This large food processor powers through whole fruits and veggies, nuts, and cheese. Its size makes it ideal for soup and sauces.
KitchenAid 2-Speed Hand Blender with 3-Cup Jar and Lid
This hand blender (aka an immersion blender or stick blender) relies on a single stainless steel blade to purée, emulsify, and whip up food. Plus, it eliminates the need to pull out another appliance.
Hamilton Beach Electric Pasta and Noodle Maker, Automatic
Choose between four recipes and seven noodle shapes to prepare perfect pasta at home — all in less than 20 minutes.
Presto 19-inch Tilt-n-Fold Griddle
Turn out up to 10 pancakes and a dozen eggs with this top-rated griddle. Its cast-iron surface (which can be tilted to drain grease) makes it excellent for meat.
Zwilling 4-Slice Toaster
This sleek toaster not only comes with seven settings to toast bread to perfection; it also regulates the heat so that you're not left with toast that's burnt on one side and barely thawed on the other.
OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Food Scale with Pull Out Display
Food scales help you measure ingredients even more accurately than measuring cups. Consider it handy for baking and essential for fermenting veggies.
Hamilton Beach OpenStation Can Opener
This efficient can opener also works its magic on jars, pop-top cans, bottle caps, twist-off caps, and plastic packages.
Cuisinart Compact Automatic Bread Maker
Bake fresh bread like a pro with this compact machine. It includes settings for white, French, whole wheat, sweet, gluten-free, and artisan bread, so you can really customize your loaf. You can even use it to make jam and compotes.
Philips Smoke-Less Grill
Grilling indoors means you're no longer at the mercy of the weather. This countertop grill emits next to no smoke. Plus, cleaning its nonstick grill slats and dishwasher-safe drip tray couldn't be easier.
Instant Pot Duo Evo Plus
This game-changing Instant Pot doesn't just cook food up to 70 percent faster. It's also programmed with settings for sous vide, baking, and preparing everything from rice to ribs.
Hamilton Beach Belgian Style Waffle Maker
Your waffles will reach their crisp-but-fluffy potential with this machine's nonstick grids, rotating handle, and browning control dial. Breakfast at its most convenient.
KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer
This powerful stand mixer takes baking to the next level. Available in 20+ colors, it also looks gorgeous on a countertop.
Ninja Air Fryer Max XL
This top-rated model is large enough to air fry food for the whole family — like up to 3 pounds of crispy, oil-free French fries. Just add its nonstick basket to the dishwasher come cleanup time.