20 Kitchen Essentials and Fun Appliances

What makes a kitchen? Is it the stove, oven, microwave, or all of the above? The appliances are what make a kitchen a kitchen.

Here are 20 of the most essential and fun kitchen appliances out today. Turn your kitchen into a five-star restaurant custom made to your tastes, and impress your friends with fun meals.

1. Air Fryer 

Are you looking for a healthy way to satisfy those guilty cravings? French fries, potato chips, and fried chicken can all be made without any oil. Just pop your food in the air fryer, and it will come out crispy and delicious.

2. Smoothie Blender

A smoothie blender isn’t like your ordinary blender. They are the perfect size for making smoothies, so you don’t have to deal with a messy clean-up. Nutribullets are also ideal for personal servings, complete with sealing lids when you are on the go.

3. Juicer

Juicing is known for its many health benefits. It also makes getting your daily vegetables and fruit a lot easier. Don’t pay for those overpriced health shots from your local health store. Juicing at home is an affordable way to stay healthy. 

4. Vacuum Sealer 

Vacuum sealers aren’t like your typical sandwich bags. These can keep your food up to 5 times longer without the risk of freezer burn. They are also great for marinating food, wet or dry. Some bags are even rated to cook in.

5. Toaster

What kitchen is complete without a toaster. They make toasting bread and other pastries a breeze, saving valuable time in the morning before you go to work. You can make your own tortilla chips, reheat pizza, and even heat french fries.

6. Microwave

Microwaves aren’t just for quickly reheating food; they can do so much more. You can cook entire meals in minutes, and there is no shortage of delicious recipes you can use. They are the perfect kitchen appliances for dorm room cooking or anyone who doesn’t have a lot of space.

7. Waffle Maker

There’s no better way to make waffles than by using a waffle maker. Your waffles will come out fresh, fluffy, and delicious. You can also use a waffle maker to make scrambled eggs, hamburgers, and bacon. They hardly take any space and are a great appliance to have in the kitchen.

8. Slow Cooker

Who says cooking has to be hard? Anyone can use a slow cooker without any prior experience in the kitchen. There are tons of recipes that can give you a chef-worthy meal with only a little bit of prep. 

9. Grinder for Herbs/Coffee

Herb grinders are the secret to fresh flavors in the kitchen and fresh coffee in the morning. There’s no better way to use fresh herbs than to grind them yourself. You can even use it to make your own seasoning.

10. Toaster Oven

Even if you already own a conventional oven, toaster ovens still have a place in your kitchen. They are perfect for smaller meals that don’t require a full-size oven. Using a toaster oven saves you energy and speeds up the time it takes to preheat.

11. Deep Fryer

Deep fryers are perfect for making crispy and delicious foods. Sure, you can fill a pot with oil and try to fry things that way, but you won’t get the same crisp that a deep fryer can give you. They also fry food faster, conserve oil, and reduce food odor.

12. Touchless Faucet and Soap Dispenser

This kitchen essential doesn’t help make delicious food, but they can take your kitchen to the next level. Cooking with raw meats requires you to frequently wash your hands as you handle different utensils and ingredients. With a touchless faucet, you don’t risk contaminating your sink.

13. Noodle Makers for Vegetables

Most people enjoy a good pasta, but not everyone wants the extra carbs that come with it. The Vegetti Pasta Maker can turn cucumber, squash, and carrots into spiral pasta strands. This fun kitchen appliance is handy for anyone on a low carb diet.

14. Angry Mama Microwave Cleaner

Let’s face it. Microwaves are convenient, but cleaning a microwave is really inconvenient. That’s why the Angry Mama microwave cleaner makes this list. It makes cleaning your microwave as easy as using your microwave. Just fill with water and vinegar, microwave it for 5 minutes, and it will clean your microwave for you.

15. Electric Mixer

Electric mixers are perfect for anyone who loves baking or needs some extra help in the kitchen. You can use different attachments to get the ideal consistency for cookie dough, cake batter, or any other kind of delicate mixes.

16. George Foreman Grill

Almost everyone has heard of the Foreman Grill, and there’s a reason for that. They make cooking almost anything a breeze and are easy to clean. This is another great kitchen appliance for those who don’t have a lot of room to work with.

17. Smart Fridge

A smart fridge is the kitchen appliance you didn’t know you needed. One of the coolest features of a smart fridge is how it can keep track of what’s in your fridge and when each item expires. Some will even recommend recipes based on what you have inside.

18. Microwave Bacon 

Microwave bacon? Yes. Microwave bacon. It’s actually an effortless and delicious way to make your morning ham. The Makin Bacon is a mini stand that hangs your bacon as it cooks in your microwave. The result is crispy bacon that you would have never guessed didn’t come from a frying pan.

19. Iced Coffee Maker

Making iced coffee isn’t as easy as making regular old hot coffee. If you try to put ice into hot coffee, you’ll eventually cool it, but not before watering it down. An iced coffee maker is a must-have if hot coffee isn’t your thing. The best part is that you save a lot of money by not having to buy it at your local coffee shop.

20. Electric Kettle 

A kettle is one of the best things to have in any kitchen. Whether you are making tea, instant noodles, or oatmeal, a kettle is an easiest and fastest way to boil water. They save energy, are safer, and get water to the perfect temperature every time.

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