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    20 Appliance Upgrades You Absolutely Need In Your Life

    From big splurge purchases to small upgrades, now is the time to get your house in order.

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    1. A Bissell Featherweight Stick allowing people with hardwood floors to ditch their brooms and dustpans for something a little less tedious. You can use this lightweight vacuum to clean up after hairy pets, crumb-dropping children, and occasionally messy adults (it’s extra effective if that last one applies to you).


    The best part about this bagless stick vacuum is it can easily be converted into a hand vacuum, with a removable floor nozzle and crevice attachment.

    Promising review: “Where has this been my whole life?! It’s like a powerful Dustbuster with a long handle so perfect for little crumbs. I have hardwood floors throughout my house and only carpet in the kids’ bedrooms with one rug in the family room. I rarely brought out my old vacuum because it was big and bulky. I would sweep multiple times a day and still feel like the floors were still dirty. All in all, this is great for a quick run around the house and picks up crumbs, dog hair and snacks left behind by little ones!”—ACP

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    2. An electric spice and coffee grinder that'll make your morning ritual so much more interesting. This Hamilton Beach model is great for coffee drinkers, but the most creative use for it would be to grind fresh herbs for homemade seasonings.

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    Promising review: “I’ve had it for about a week, and I’ve used it every morning since I got it. I’m totally happy with it. It says it’s a lot quieter than other brands, and I believe that it is. Obviously it’s not silent, but it’s probably one-third as loud as an average blender. It’s quick and easy to use—just put your beans in, put the cap on, and push the button a few times to grind 'em up. Maybe one longer burst to really get them ground.”—Rad Astronaut

    Get it from Amazon for $25.97.

    3. And a battery-operated milk frother to go with your grinder. What's a good cup of coffee without some frothed milk on top? This particular frother is a hit with reviewers with over 21,000 5-star reviews!

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    Promising review: “This is an amazing product! Within a minute, you can easily fine tune the speed. Design is very natural for the hand. I like the thumb press as opposed to the side activation on my previous frother. The soft touch body is comfortable to hold. I also like the lifetime guarantee from the company should there be any issues down the road. The included stand makes it simple to store inside the cabinet or on the countertop. Look at the photo above. The picture was taken at least two minutes after it was whipped.”—Jesus S

    Get it from Amazon for $13.95.

    4. An inexpensive cold brew maker for year-long iced coffee lovers. Not only is this one incredibly easy to use, it's also super stylish and looks good on any kitchen counter.

    A cold brew maker on a kitchen counter next to a glass filled with iced coffee and a small bowl of coffee beans

    Promising review: "I don't know how I ever functioned without this. It's my first cold coffee brewer. I'm usually a daily drive thru cold coffee drinker. I haven't purchased a coffee for two weeks since having this! I found it super easy to brew. I haven't had a single coffee ground get through the filter, and I used fine ground coffee that I found on clearance just to try it. I usually just add milk and a flavored liquid creamer. I also made a simple syrup (equal parts water and sugar, and added in good vanilla extract when I removed it from the heat) and use that with a little milk sometimes. I haven't made a single glass of iced coffee that I couldn't drink. So simple! Don't hesitate to try it!"—Jennifer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (it comes in two sizes).

    5. An electric tea kettle, so you can finally kiss that outdated stove top model goodbye. This Hamilton Beach kettle is great for people who actually prefer a quick cup of instant coffee, as well as anyone who loves a good bowl of instant ramen.

    hand holds large kettle with window to show liquid inside and measurements

    Promising review: “I have a friend who doesn't have a coffee pot. However, she has an electric kettle and keeps an assortment of teas, hot chocolate mixes, and instant coffee available for her guests. I'll admit it — I had kettle envy. I decided to start looking for a kettle of my own, and I had a couple of requirements: I did not want a plastic kettle, it needed to have automatic shutoff, and it needed to heat water quickly. I came across this little guy and it fit the bill perfectly. The water heats up so quickly — even faster than I expected. It doesn't make noise when the water is ready, but you can hear the water boiling, and you can hear the kettle making a click sound when the water is heated. My friend saw this on my counter and could not believe that I paid about the same amount for my kettle as she did for her plastic one. I guess now she has kettle envy!”—Shelleyd73

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    6. A quality vacuum sealer to freeze and save foods for later — because we know you’re sick of using aluminum foil. This handy sealer promises to help protect your food from dehydration and freezer burns.

    Chicken being sealed on a kitchen counter

    This reviewer also notes one key difference between Bonesenkitchen sealers and most others.

    Promising review: “My old machine (which was a different brand and cost a lot of money) broke after many years, so I bought this one and it works very well. I didn't realize the old machine wasn't equipped to seal stews and other foods containing liquids, thus causing its demise. This new one has the option to seal ‘wet’ and ‘dry’ foods.”—One Last Dance

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

    7. A digital bread maker, since baking became a popular self-care hobby during the pandemic. This particular bread maker is apparently so easy to use, even experts who once preferred more old school methods wish they discovered this helpful little appliance sooner. It'll be great for people just now discovering this surprisingly soothing coping mechanism.

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    Promising review: “This is my first time using a bread machine. I used to knead dough by hand. It was very tiring. Since I bought this bread machine, I have completely liberated my hands. Anyone can become a master baker with this machine. If you don't know many recipes, you can make all kinds of bread according to the cookbook that comes with it. I used it to make sausage bread. My family loves it!”—honglong yu

    Get it from Amazon for $139.98.

    8. A three-stage knife sharpener to repair, restore and polish your knives better than whatever basic sharpener came with your latest knife set. And this one even comes with a protective glove to wear as you go to work on your tools.

    A knife being sharpened on a kitchen counter with a protective glove also being used

    Another important note on protection: PLEASE invest in a pair of protective goggles as well, since sparks sometimes fly when sharpening knives.

    Promising review: “My mother gave me a Henckel knife set when I bought my first home almost 20 years ago. And though it came with a long sharpening rod that I used fairly regularly, I never sharpened them in any other way. So, it was not surprising that I was having trouble cutting tomatoes with the blades as they were. This knife sharpener was reasonably priced, small, and I liked the three step process. I sharpened all my knives (about five) in less than 15 minutes, and they work great! They glide through tomatoes again!”—Always Sunny

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    9. A stand mixer if you’re a more conventional baker. This particular model seems perfect for mixing batter for cupcakes and other sweet treats.

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    It’s also pretty reasonably priced compared to more popular brands.

    Promising review: “This mixer is amazing. The price is better than Kitchenaid, but the functions are the same. It does not make loud noises, it is stable on the table, and it also mixes quite well.”—Zhang Chen

    Get it from Amazon for $129.99.

    10. An electric can opener to save time, aggravation, and, for people with disabilities or orthopedic concerns, great pain and inconvenience.

    The electric can opener next to a bowl of soup

    Promising review: “I love this can opener! I have terrible arthritis and have tried many other openers. This one is amazingly easy to operate. Once you place the can just lower the lever and the can opens by itself. The price is very reasonable. I would suggest to the company to advertise for people with arthritis because it sure makes my life a whole lot easier!”—Cape Cod Gramma

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    11. An electric wine opener for similar reasons, and the added benefit of introducing some cool tech to your dinner parties. This model comes well-recommended, and has a reasonable price point for such a luxurious gadget.

    A reviewer's wine opener displayed upright next to a bottle of wine on a kitchen counter
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    Promising review: "This really is the best wine opener I have ever owned. The blue light stays lit (as I keep it plugged in all the time), so it serves as a kitchen night light as well. It has never pushed a cork into the bottle like my previous opener, and the foil cutter on the right side cuts through the wrapping every time. I'm actually thinking about gifting one of these to my brother."—Suzanne Law

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    12. A reliable handheld fabric steamer to sanitize and refresh your wrinkled clothes. This small, compact model is great for frequent travelers, or people who are just too lazy to iron.

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    Promising review: “For someone who has never been good at ironing, this is a lifesaver! I’d choose steaming over ironing any day. This works great! The picture I’ve shown of the shirt without wrinkles was done in just one minute!”—Crystal Knight

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    13. A tricked-out and generously sized smart grill for when it gets too cold to cook outside. This Ninja XL indoor grill is perfect for kitchen counter pitmasters.

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    This grill also includes a leave-in thermometer, which allows you to cook your meats just the way you like them.

    Promising review: “I have to say this machine is absolutely amazing. It exceeded my expectations by far. I have cooked ribeye steaks, shrimp, pork loin, and chicken just this past week. I can't believe how well it cooks, and you don't have to deal with grease splatter. Cleanup is very easy and it takes less than a minute to put the grate and grease catcher in the dishwasher. It radiates almost no heat. If you're wondering if you should buy — don't hesitate.”—Eezie’s Daylily Farm

    Get it from Amazon for $279.99.

    14. A Roomba — AKA everyone’s favorite robot vacuum cleaner. This popular product from iRobot has been a bestseller for years, and the results seem to justify the price.

    An Roomba vacuuming a hardwood floor

    Promising review: “We have a 2,200-square-foot home. So we decided to get a second Roomba because we wanted one at both ends of the house AND we added a dog since our first purchase. We can’t do regular vacuuming with big vacs, and these little guys do a WAY BETTER job. Here’s a tip to all who want their purchase to last: We ALWAYS empty the filter and container about 45 minutes to an hour after turning it on. We do this EVERY time without fail so that it's clean and ready for next time.” —Stillhunter

    Get it from Amazon for $224.

    15. A convection toaster oven, although air fryers are all the rage right now. Contrary to popular belief, air fryers aren’t as innovative as some may think. They essentially do the same thing as toaster ovens, except they hold less food (despite sometimes taking up just as much space on a kitchen counter), and look super awkward and out of place in most homes.

    An open toaster with its door open displaying a personal pizza baked to perfection

    If you’re still on the fence about switching from an air fryer to a toaster oven, and unsure about how much money you want to invest, this model from Cuisinart is on sale for 49% off on Amazon.

    Promising review: “Terrific, good looking oven. After three TOB-40s, I decided to upgrade to this unit. It's a real upgrade, and things *do* cook faster! I'm enjoying playing with the features, and testing the convection option. I find the unit does *not* heat up the kitchen at all. Even less than my old TOB-40.”—D.J. Waters

    Get it from Amazon for $230.99.

    16. An air purifier to filter and deodorize rooms polluted with smoke, dust, and even pollen. This particular model is apparently much quieter than other brands. It also looks pretty darn cool in almost any room.

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    Promising review: “I purchased this purifier to replace a very large and very loud Honeywell unit. While I suspect the throughput of the Honeywell was greater, the dramatic decrease in noise is a worthy trade-off. The Coway's replacement filters are also significantly cheaper. I would purchase again. The addition of a few carefully placed vinyl stickers also creates the world's largest iPod Nano (see photo above).”—Stig

    Get it from Amazon for $185.52 (available in two colors).

    17. A Belgian waffle maker for a homemade breakfast, in case you ever get tired of popping frozen waffles in the toaster. This nonstick, anti-overflow model from Chefman seems great for novice waffle makers. You’d actually have to try very hard to NOT make a perfect waffle in this thing.


    A bonus: There’s a small light that lets you know when your waffles are done, and reviewers say the machine is very easy to clean!

    Promising review: “Being a senior citizen, I've had a number of waffle makers over the years. This is by far the best one ever. I used the accompanying measuring cup to pour the batter and it worked like a charm. It really is non-stick as well. Love the deep well to catch overflow. No dripping down the sides. Shade selector is a great feature. Cleanup was so easy. Just wipe with a damp paper towel. No fuss, no mess. I would definitely recommend this Chefman model to anyone in the market for a waffle maker.” —Anonymous Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

    18. A NutriBullet — the blender that “health is wealth” Instagram will NOT stop posting about. Some products are popular for a reason, though, and the NutriBullet absolutely lives up to the hype.


    I own one myself, and wouldn’t trade this blender for any other brand in the world. It’s simple to use, easy to clean, lasts longer than you may expect for something so affordable, and you can pack it with just enough fruits and veggies to make two servings in one batch. But don’t just take my word for it. Other satisfied reviewers also agree.

    Promising review: “Love it! Very efficient, even with ice, as long as you don't overfill it. I would recommend it to anyone. I have a Vitamix as well and find myself using this more because it's smaller and easier to clean.” —Morgan

    Get it from Amazon for $49.88.

    19. A 16-gallon “double trash bin” to separate your recyclables. Unlike with most bins, the pedals actually last on this one, and the fingerprint-proof stainless steel is a nice touch.

    A stainless steel double trash can in the kitchen of a reviewer's home
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    I also own this bin, and it fits right at home in a plain looking-kitchen. It’s sleek enough to look cooler than the average can, but nondescript enough to not draw attention to how bare bones the kitchen in my new apartment is at the moment. According to reviews on Amazon, though, it’s also great for a more interesting type of setup.

    Promising review: “We finished up a DIY kitchen renovation, and man did our old trash can look rough. And more importantly, it didn't accommodate our recycling habit. After much hemming and hawing, I decided to give this one a go. It was (more) reasonably priced than other similar offerings AND was the exact width of the space it was going to inhabit. It's PERFECT.”—Awkwfunk

    Get it from Amazon for $105.99.

    20. A noncontact forehead thermometer, since this pandemic won’t be ending anytime soon. This simple device reads in both Celsius and Fahrenheit, and is FDA-cleared.

    A forehead thermometer displayed outside its packaging

    Promising review: “As part of our reopening strategy, our church decided to purchase this thermometer. It's smaller and more compact than the ones we use at the hospital. Accuracy out of the box was off by 4-5 degrees F. However, after reading the instructions, we found out that it had to be placed in the environment of use for up to 30 minutes before use. After 30 minutes the accuracy was very precise, with readings either exactly on target or within 0.1 degree of my temperature after using a digital oral thermometer as well.”—Carlos Dillard

    Get it from Amazon for $39.95.

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