Some kitchen appliances come and go while others remain staples. I am old enough to remember a time before microwave ovens, and putting two pieces of bread in a toaster to make toast!
Whether you are cooking for a family or entertaining friends, eating a diet laden with meat, a vegan diet or learning how to eat low carb, the key to successful cooking and baking is having the right tools.
I admit there are some kitchen appliances that I thought I needed at the time of purchase, but later realized that it was just taking up valuable storage space. For me, it was a bread machine and a quesadilla maker. I have always wanted an espresso maker but have yet to get one.
Ten Great Kitchen Appliances For Any Budget
#1 Great Kitchen Appliances For Any Budget: The EC155 De’Longhi Espresso and Cappuccino Maker. This unit can be used with pods or ground coffee with the dual function filter holder. The swivel jet frother allows you to prepare a cappuccino or a latte easily and quickly. The self-priming operation means no more waiting for the machine to start-up. The two thermostats allow the water and steam pressure to be controlled separately.
#2 Great Kitchen Appliances For Any Budget: The Oliso® PRO™ Smart Hub Induction Cooktop. This is the first cooktop that allows you to cook using a variety of techniques including sous vide, slow cooking, induction and more. It only takes up one square foot of space with a removable top. The Smart Hub maintains the temperature level you set, and you can use any cookware that contains magnetic material including cast iron, stainless steel, and steel.
#3 Great Kitchen Appliances For Any Budget: The Panasonic NN-SN651BAZ Black 1.2 Cu. Ft Countertop Microwave Oven with Inverter Technology. This microwave has 1200 Watts of power. With unique features such as the Reheat and One-Touch Genius Sensor Cook you get automatic cooking settings including a Keep Warm feature. The Inverter Turbo Defrost gives you fast defrosting.
#4 Great Kitchen Appliances For Any Budget: The Cuisinart ICE-30BC Pure Indulgence 2-Quart Automatic Frozen Yogurt, Sorbet, and Ice Cream Maker. This is one of those appliances I bought during the frozen yogurt craze, but I love it! It is fully automatic, so it is easy to operate. The heavy-duty motor is encased in a brushed stainless-steel housing. This unit includes a Double-insulated 2-quart freezer bowl, recipes, and an instruction book.
#5 Great Kitchen Appliances For Any Budget: The Brushed Chrome Conair Cuisinart Smart Stick CSB-75BC 200 Watt 2 Speed Hand Blender. This immersion blender operates with a one-touch, ergonomically designed, control for easy blending. For all your blending tasks, there are two speeds (high and low). This is great for making blended soups right in the pot. The beaker and blending shaft are dishwashers safe, so cleanup is a breeze.
#6 Great Kitchen Appliances For Any Budget: The Cuisinart DFP-14BCN 14-Cup Food Processor. This large capacity, 720-watt food processor comes with a stainless steel chopping blade, shredding disc, and slicing disc. The 14 cup bowl, large pushers, and extra large feed tube make all of your preparation easier. Comes with an instruction book, recipe book, and a spatula.
#7 Great Kitchen Appliances For Any Budget: The Cuisinart TOB-40 Custom Classic Toaster Oven And Broiler. I often wonder how I managed without my toaster oven. You can toast, bake, and broil with 1800 Watts of power. The interior can hold an 11-inch pizza and six pieces of toast! The dials are easy to grip, the tray is removable, and the handle stays cool to the touch. The nonstick interior is easy to clean, and if you forget to turn it off, there is an automatic shutoff safety feature.
#8 Great Kitchen Appliances For Any Budget: The Hamilton Beach 58148A Power Elite Multi-Function Blender. Everyone needs a powerful blender in his or her kitchen. This blender has 700 watts of blending power with 12 blending functions. The pouring spout is drip free, and the 40-ounce safe glass jar is dishwasher safe. Great for smoothies, shakes, and iced beverages.
#9 Great Kitchen Appliances For Any Budget: The Hamilton Beach 25460A Panini Press Gourmet Sandwich Maker. I use my Panini Press way more than I thought I would. You can turn any sandwich into a gourmet meal! This unit evenly grills sandwiches of any thickness because of the café-style floating lid. The nonstick grids measure 10” x 8.” The power and preheat lights lets you know the unit is on and ready.
#10 Great Kitchen Appliances For Any Budget: The 5 Quarts KitchenAid KSM150PSER Artisan Stand Mixer. This is an appliance that you do not know if you should indulge in, but after you own one, you will never regret buying it. The tilt-head design makes it easy to access the bowl and to add ingredients. This mixer is powerful enough to meet all of your cooking and baking tasks. The mixer comes with a coated flat beater, coated dough hook, pouring shield, and six wire whip. Get it in any color to match your kitchen or your personality.
Once you decide what your needs are and what type of budget you have for kitchen appliances, then you can go shopping to find just what you need.