25 Small Kitchen Appliances From Amazon That People Actually Swear By
"What's cookin', good lookin'?" —you, to your new fave appliance
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Some make the mistake of describing their bedroom as "where the magic happens," but everyone knows it's actually the kitchen.
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Duh — because that's where the FOOD is. A huge part of cooking delicious meals is rooted in having the right resources on hand, so we've taken the liberty of rounding up Amazon's top-rated kitchen appliances. Apologies to your credit card.
rice cooker, so you can prepare up to 8 cups of any type of rice with just the click of a button.
I have this exact rice cooker and I could not be happier with it. My husband insisted we buy it to make our lives a little easier when trying to make healthy meals during the week. It does all the work for you so you can prep the rest of your meal while your rice cooks — it's fantastic. I mean, over
6K Amazon customers have taken the time to give it a five-star review! So, I'm not alone in my obsession with this lil' appliance. Promising review: "Aroma Digital Rice Cooker and Food Steamer is going to be your best friend if you cook and eat rice often. The last thing you want is uncooked, hard rice that’s not edible or burnt. There are many cheaper alternatives with a single switch that can cook or keep warm, but this rice cooker can delay up to 15 hours, which is perfect to get it ready for coming home after work. I’ve tried out a few rice cookers myself, and this works perfectly to prepare some steamy rice that’s just right. You scoop rice, pour into the bowl, rinse, add enough water, press the button, wait, and eat. I’m sure even a caveman could do it!" — Normal Consumer
Price: $29.92+ (available in stainless steel and white)
classic toaster that will give you the opportunity to shout, "LET'S GET THIS BREAD!" right before your bagel pops out.
There's something so ~Sunday morning~ about waiting for your toast to announce it's ready to eat by popping up from a classic toaster, don't you think? This version has a dual control panels, essentially making it two toasters in one!
Promising review: "Easy to use. Works perfectly. Once you find the number that makes toast browned the way you like it, you’re all set! Works great on bagels! Have had for many months now and use almost daily so it has had the opportunity to show off any quirks and I’m glad to say, there are none. The four-slice feature is lifesaver when making quantities of toast or bagels. I researched toasters extensively, and based on reviews I went with this one. Have not been sorry for one minute. Buy with peace of mind." — Kyla Petit
Price: $49.99+ (available in four styles)
convection toaster oven, perfect for (obviously) toasting things but also for baking single-serve meals. Sorry, regular oven, we're on a break.
Shocker: You don't necessarily need to turn on your massive oven to bake every meal. Whether you're reheating some frozen leftovers or you need to toast up to six slices of bread, this convection over has got your hungry back.
Promising review: "This is a kick-@ss toaster oven. I almost use it more than my wall oven just because of its convenience and options. I've roasted almonds, toasted bread, pitas, baked sweet potato, made pizza, heated up tater tots, broiled fish, etc. I would definitely buy this again. It has a sleek, modern look to it and is super easy to use. The convection feature is pretty good too. It's easy to clean. I lined the crumb tray with foil to avoid burnt-on messes. You won't go wrong with this." — S. Remtulla
Price: $64.05+ (available with dual-rack or three-rack positions)
electric food chopper, a must-have if your knife skills are so-so and you'd rather not cut off a finger this year.
Facts: During my childhood my mom used to accidentally slice open her hand/finger/etc. while prepping the majority of our meals. If you're like her, get yourself one of these Ninja Food Choppers stat.
Promising review: "I already have a food processor but it's large and heavy and not the easiest to clean. It doesn't get used much unless I really, really need it. Going on Whole30, I knew I was going to be doing a lot more food prep, and I wanted something that took up less space and was easier to clean, so I snagged one of these. I have used it regularly ever since, and it's been great! The dual blade is really great at chopping things fast and evenly. They are exceptionally sharp, so watch out when washing it!" — Sharon Rose
air fryer that's all the rage right now, perfect for anyone with limited time who wants to cook healthier meals faster.
It's all my mom can talk about (that and the fact my chef of a dad feels they absolutely do not need one). If you're not familiar with this product, all you need to know is that it can bake, grill, fry, and roast meals up to 30% faster, and with a fraction of the oil you'd otherwise use. Pretty freakin' incredible. Any lazy chef needs one of these in their kitchen.
Promising review: "BEST BEST BEST item ever!! I can't believe how much I love this kitchen countertop appliance. I use this on average once a day, maybe more. It cooks beautiful and you can pretty much put anything in there. Chicken, French fries, steak, roast, you name it; and all without the grease. You can even cook hot dogs; not the most healthy, but they come out like you cooked them on the grill. Reheating food comes out much better in this air fryer than in a microwave. The microwave either overcooks or makes things soggy and the food just never tastes the same but not in the air fryer!! The food comes out great! Gotta try it!" — Kathleen
Price: $69.99+ (available in 3.7-quart or 5.8-quart and in four colors)
Instant Pot with so many uses you'll need to take a deep breath before deciding what you should make with it first.
Instant Pots are having a MAJOR moment these days, so it's time to jump on the bandwagon and get your own if you don't have one already! This bad boy is a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, and food warmer,
plus it can sauté. I don't really think further explanation is necessary. Read our full review of it here. Promising review: "I've had it for only two weeks and I swear I haven't touched my stove or pans. So easy to use and so many functions. You can sauté meat, make hardboiled eggs, perfect rice and beans, steam vegetables in a matter of minutes. The Instant Pot community is large and there are always recipes to be shared. So simple to use and clean. I've made anything from perfectly hard boiled eggs whose shells just fall off on their own, to soups, Mongolian beef and spaghetti! I am so glad I jumped in the instant pot bandwagon and cannot wait to purchase accessories in the future to make cheesecake and other things." — yestfl
Price: $59.95+ (available in 3-quart, 6-quart, or 8-quart)
electric indoor grill, so you can make mouthwatering burgers all year long regardless of whether it's 20 or 90 degrees outside.
Using this lil' grill is so simple a monkey could probably do it. Throw your meat on, close the top, and BOOM — dinner is served. It even has a viewing window so you can make sure your food isn't burning.
Promising review: "Seriously, I love this grill. Recently moved into the city and can't use my grill so thought I'd give this a try. Man, it's amazing how well this works considering what it is and what it costs. I really can't see why anyone would have ANYTHING negative to say about it. The first two meals I cooked on it looked fantastic and tasted even better. Seriously, if you've been on the fence about this grill, get off and just buy it. You won't be disappointed." — AdventureChuck
Price: $58.30+ (available with or without the viewing window)
Belgian waffle maker, just like the ones you'll find waiting for you during a hotel buffet breakfast. (And everyone knows those waffles are ALWAYS the best.)
As the great Leslie Knope once said, "We need to remember what's important in life: friends, waffles, work. Or waffles, friends, work. Doesn't matter, but work is third."
Promising review: "This is one incredible waffle maker. Bought it six months ago and it makes the BEST waffles. So easy to clean this machine. Use a little spray oil and waffles just won't stick; they lift out so easily and in one piece. Easy to tell when they're ready too, but you do have to watch for when the steam stops rising. These removable plates are so nice because they come off and go on so easily, and nothing seems to stick to them. While I wish it had an on/off switch and a longer electric cord, I wouldn't trade this waffle maker in for any other one on the market." — Rick
microwave with "inverter technology," so you can heat up your leftovers in record timing and not miss a second of The Bachelor.
This Panasonic microwave comes with "inverter technology" that assures it will evenly heat your food without overcooking. It also boasts a compact design, so it won't hog up precious counter space.
Promising review: "My previous microwave died, and after doing a lot of research online, I decided to purchase this one. I've had it about three months now and really like it. It's super easy to use, and after a week or so I learned I could just punch in a number (for seconds) and hit the start button. This is a powerful microwave when it comes to reheating things and I've learned to cut down the time compared to my old microwave. Same for cooking. I love the exterior size (true to the dimensions given in the description), and it is very spacious inside. I'm very happy with this purchase and do recommend this model." — patti dee
rapid egg cooker that will make your breakfast faster then you can say, "Which came first, the chicken or the egg?".
One little machine that can whip up hard-boiled eggs, poached eggs, scrambled eggs
and omelettes? Sounds magical! And let me tell you — it is. Get one of these egg-cellent appliances ASAP. Read our full review of it here. Promising review: "If you are on the fence about getting one of these, GET ONE. It really is as easy as it sounds to have a perfectly cooked egg, no guesswork. If you're particular about egg yolks like me and like them soft but not runny or raw, I've attached an image of a perfectly soft-boiled egg that was cooked as directed (I timed it, this one was 11 minutes. You don't have to time it at all as the buzzer will go off, just for reference). Just have an ice bath ready next to the cooker and let the eggs sit for a minute or two in there...peels come right off :) Makes healthy eating a breeze in the morning! Where has this been all my life!??!?" — rebecca
Price: $19.59+ (available in five colors)
~professional~ blender, so you can start your mornings off right with a healthy smoothie or end your nights with a delicious milkshake.
Guys, 2,000 Amazon customers took the time to give this blender a five-star review. This is also our
BuzzFeed Reviews pick for the best affordable blender! Promising review: "This thing is a marvel of smart design and high-quality precision manufacturing. They do not lie...fill it with ice cubes, run it, and you get snow! Because it has blades top to bottom this baby kicks out my breakfast smoothie in less than a minute. Everything is good. The pour spout stays open when pouring by magnets or magic, I can tell, but it stays up and never opens when blending. The pitcher locks onto the motor logically and effortlessly. Clean up is easy: warm water and a drop of soap, run on high for a minute and rinse. DONE! It's even really easy to clean the base, sealed and wipeable all around. Bummed I didn't get one of these long ago." — James R.
three-speed hand blender that will save you some kitchen space if you only have a smoothie craving once in a while.
I actually have this exact hand blender and have used it to make pesto, blend soups, and milkshakes. It's very efficient and obviously much slimmer than a full-sized blender, so it fits neatly into my kitchen cabinets.
Promising review: "I love this stick blender!!! We don’t have space in our kitchen for any more appliances but I really wanted to replace our old blender. I found this immersion blender with all the attachments, and for the price — I had to try it out. I’ve used almost all the attachments (except the whisk), and have never had any issues blending a single thing. I’ve chopped almonds, walnuts and cashews, vegetables and garlic in the chopping attachment with no issue. I’ve used the blender and tall cup for sweet potatoes and for soup. I really don’t think I’ll need a blender anytime soon; this little thing is super powerful and a true space saver!" — Jaime_Ranay
Price: $41.43 (available in three colors)
coffee machine, to keep you caffeinated without frustrating you with over-the-top machinery and confusing instructions.
You can use this coffee machine to brew either a single serving or an entire pot, so whether your in-laws are coming over or you're enjoying a quiet morning by yourself you'll be good to go.
Promising review: "So I am not a coffee drinker. I hate the stuff, but my girl loves coffee! I didn't have a pot and I felt bad that she couldn't have her morning coffee when she stays at my place. So, if you have a significant other who likes coffee and you don't, this is for you. I make her coffee every morning in the single-serve side and she loves it and I get to do something nice (she does so much for me). You just rinse the used coffee grounds off the filter and it is good to go. You can program it to automatically brew if you want to, which is nice if she has to get up before I do ;) Enjoy!" — B
electric water kettle that will let you whip up a pot of tea in no time and would surely be Queen Elizabeth II–approved.
If you're anything like me, you hate waiting for water to boil, especially when it's for a beverage. I have one of these electric kettles and it has truly become my favorite kitchen appliance. With a click of a button your water will be roaring and ready to go.
Promising review: "I've been using this product for about a month now. I can't find anything not to like! It's great to be able to pick up a pot of boiling water and have the exterior be cool to the touch. It does NOT drip down the sides; easy pour. No over-spill from spout. It heats water quickly and efficiently. It is easy to fill, either on the counter or at the sink. I would buy this again in an instant! Definitely recommend: Great quality for the price paid." — C.D.
Price: $29.99+ (available in six colors)
While you can totally use this indoor grill to make some fantastic burgers, grilled chicken, or veggies, it can also whip up some delicious paninis is a snap! Mmm, just think about biting into that warm, pressed bread on a cold winter day. Who even needs restaurants?
Promising review: "We use this almost every night. Chicken, hamburgers, pork chops, you name it. Very easy cleaning, as the top and bottom grill pans pop off. I sometimes use a plastic scrubber but I don't have to be aggressive with it. I have also put them in my dishwasher. Normally I hand-wash because we use it so often. Great size for two people. Will only fit two portion sizes but for a couple we don't need anything bigger. Cooks quickly, so watch it when starting out so you don't dry out your meats. It also works on grilled veggies." — NPFlorida
Price: $22.44+ (available in black and platinum)
Crock-Pot, which may haunt your dreams if you watch This Is Us, but will change your life if you're into meal prepping.
Never, and I mean
NEVER, underestimate the power of a good Crock-Pot. This specific one has removable oval stoneware that doubles as a serving dish, and a convenient warm setting (for the family that frequently eats at different times). This really is a must-have kitchen appliance — it has over 7.3K five-star reviews on Amazon! Promising review: "I've had this Crock-Pot for about three months or more. It's wonderful! The best thing about this cooker is the 'warm' temp on the dial. It keeps your food warm without burning it on the bottom. I made candied yams in this thing for a large office Christmas luncheon, brought it home, plugged it back in on 'warm,' and my husband snacked on it over the entire weekend! And yes, I would (and have) recommend it to all my friends." — JHBrown
Price $18.49+ (available in 3-quart, 4-quart, 6-quart, 6.5-quart, or 7-quart and in four colors).
cooktop burner that works as an amazing alternative to using a full stovetop.
I can think of so many reasons why you'd need one of these lil' cooktop burners. They're great if you live in a tiny apartment that doesn't fit a full stove, excellent if you're having work done on your kitchen but still want to cook a meal at home, or if you need a portable cooktop. The options are endless!
Promising review: "Bought two Duxtop 8100MCs back in March 9, 2016, and still working perfectly as of today January 8, 2018. I use them frequently with induction pot to make Mongolian hotpot and a cast-iron pan for grilling steak. Easy to control heat, and high heat is useful when you want to get the water to reach boiling temperature quickly. Once you've got it where you want, reduce the heat to medium to prevent burning." — sfbay5555
heavy-duty juicer, so you can wash down all of the "bad" decisions you made last year (ahem, all of those late-night trips to Taco Bell) with some homemade ~health~.
Why spend your money on an
extremely overpriced green juice when you can make it yourself at home!? With over 3.6K five-star reviews on Amazon, this specific juicer is a health freak's dream appliance. Promising review: "I've been caught by the juicing bug, and I looked into which ones had the best performance. This one has been great, and I've already made several gallons of juice from it in only a couple of days. It's relatively simple to dismantle and clean, plus it's dishwasher-safe, so you can get it especially clean if you want to. I'm glad we went with the Breville. I can't think of anything about it that I would change. The base is solid, the whole mechanism snaps together tightly with the metal bar. The separation of juice from the pulp during operation is very efficient. Most of the pulp left over is dry, so you know you're getting your money's worth out of the produce you put into it." — D. Villella Price: $147.98
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mug warmer, because even if you're the self-proclaimed "busiest person on the planet" you deserve to have hot coffee.
We've all been there — making our coffee or tea only to set it down and forget about until it's cooled down completely. Thanks to this mug warmer none of us ever have to suffer through another cold cup of caffeine again! It has received over
3.8K five-star reviews on Amazon, so you know it's a big freakin' deal. Promising review: "I'm a chronic coffee forgetter. I can't drink it straight from the brewer (too hot for me) so I set my mug down to cool slightly and often get distracted. Of course I then come back to my coffee to find it's already cold. I've currently got the warmer at my office and it's working great. I can sip my coffee leisurely over the course of an hour and it's still nice and warm." — Elle
KitchenAid hand mixer, because (DON'T TELL ANYONE) you don't actually need the granddaddy of stand mixers to make your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe.
Some of us (sadly) don't have the counter space for a full-sized KitchenAid mixer... yet. So, until that magical day comes we can still whip up delicious recipes using this fabulous seven-speed hand mixer. This is also our
BuzzFeed Reviews pick for best midpriced hand mixer! Promising review: "This product is great for a home chef who is often making recipes that require two different ingredients to be whipped or beaten and is too lazy to wash out the standing mixer bowl. I am frequently making cakes that need beaten egg whites and whipped fresh cream and this is a real time-saver. Over 20+ years as a family and consumer science teacher and now a home chef predominantly, I've purchased more than my fair share of hand mixers. I was glad to find this quality product available at reasonable price." — Classy Counselor
Price: $47.32+ (available in five colors).
If I had to guess, I would say the KitchenAid stand mixer is the number one most-asked-for item on a wedding registry. This is the big-ticket item — and a standout one that screams "ADULT!" While it does cost a pretty penny, it is so worth it. With over 7.5K five-star reviews on Amazon, this item pretty much speaks for itself. It comes in so many colors, you can decorate your whole kitchen around it — and don't get me started on the features! It has 10 optimized speeds that can take any on recipe you throw at it, has a tilt-head design for easy cleaning, and comes with four attachments.
Promising review: "I had to wear earplugs when using my old mixer, it was so loud and always sounded like it was overloaded! This one is not only quiet but much better at mixing! The beater gets to the edges much better, and the added bonus of the pouring shield has me in baking heaven! If you are concerned about spending a lot of money for a mixer, don't. You get what you pay for and hands down this is THE best mixer of all! I wish I'd gone ahead and spent the money for it the first time around! I think the most difficult part of the purchase was choosing a color!" — Morgan
Price: $279.95+ (available in 51 colors)
electric can opener, because you shouldn't have to rely on ANYONE to help you open your soup.
"Can openers are haaaard," she said in a whiney voice. No one wants to fumble with outdated gadgets anymore, right? RIGHT. Treat yourself to this lovely electric can opener and make your life easier. You deserve it!
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! Lightweight and easy to clean as well." — Cape Cod Grandma
14-cup food processor that will bring any stress you've had over a difficult recipe to a grinding halt.
Over the weekend I tried a new recipe that called for making a pesto sauce out of spinach and basil. Easy enough — if you have a food processor! I did not, and BOY was it a hassle. Learn from my mistakes, invest in this lovely item.
Promising review: "My old food processor died a horrible death by introducing itself to the floor from counter height. I looked around for a while before finally deciding on this one for a variety of reasons — I liked the safety features, being able to load in extra items while the blades are running, and the power it seemed to have. After having this for several months, I'm super happy my old processor took the plunge. This is one of the few appliances I keep on my counter because I've I use it several times a week. It shreds well, it cuts well, it chops things into oblivion. I've even used it to make dough and cheeseballs; it didn't walk all over the counter or budge at all. It ate through a 10-pound bag of onions in minutes! I'd definitely buy this again in the future so long as it doesn't burn out on me in the next few years." — Bernstein
Price: $157.99+ (available in five colors)
bread maker, because I promise you there is NOTHING better than filling your home with the decadent scent of freshly baked bread.
CARBS FOR ALL! Not only will the smell that radiates from this machine have your mouth watering, but you'll be able to save dollars by baking your own bread each week. There's also a gluten-free baking option! What DOESN'T sound good about this?
Promising review: "This is the appliance I never knew I needed! I am blown away. I have been baking most of my husband's bread for several years. He has celiac disease and must have a gluten-free diet. This bread maker has a gluten-free setting, which works awesome. I've made loaf after loaf and they've all come out great! And it's so easy. I just have to dump my ingredients in and walk away. It's never been so easy. And I've discovered it does other things I had no idea a bread maker could do! I have made several batches of jam in it and they all come out great. This poor machine has run for days straight now making one thing after another as I tested it out. I wasn't sure I was going to keep it at first because I didn't think I needed another appliance — I tried it on a whim. I'm so glad I did. It has really made my life much easier!" — Laura A.
espresso machine that will assist you in making the hipster lattes of your dreams (without having to get out of your pajamas!).
While, yes, the initial spend on this machine is pricey, just think of all the dollars you'll save by not hitting up your local coffee shop or Starbucks every day!
Promising review: "Fantastic espresso machine. You get your grinder (with adjustable dosage, and two dials to change the coarseness — the second adjustment is directly inside the grinder), pump, steam wand, hot water spout, and a nice tamper all in one machine! The accessories you get with it are great as well: the porta-filter holder (duh), four baskets (single- and double-serve with single walls and the same in double-wall setup), precision dosage razor, frothing pitcher, and the cleaning kit. Really don't need much more than this, so if you're looking for a serious espresso machine with all included, this one is it. And the 1,700+ reviews and average over 4.3 stars just proves that." — D & R
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