(Closed) What small kitchen appliances do you own? use? regret? please share

posted 8 years ago in Cooking
  • poll: What small appliances do you recommend for a couple starting out?


    toaster oven


    tea kettle


    food processor

    small chopper

    coffee maker

    electric frypan

  • Post # 3
    2622 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I have the same regret. I have a vitamix which does a better job than the immersion blender as well as grind coffee and a thousand other things.

    I love my mini cuisinart too for everyday onions and garlic etc instead of dragging out my large cuisinart. 

    I have a toaster oven and use it as an actual oven sometimes when I dont want to heat the entire oven in the summer or want to cook something small and fast. I dont have a toaster since this doubles as a toaster. 

     The real deciding factor is how much they cook, how much then enjoy cooking and will continue to cook.

    If they are a baked chicken and rice kind of couple, many gadgets and appliances will be no use to them.

    Or if they bake instead of cook, then a full sized stand mixer will be more useful than a food processor.

    Post # 4
    2496 posts
    Buzzing bee

    @Catgal3:  I think all of these are great! We’re short on space (live downtown) so we have the following:

    – microwave (mounted above the stove)

    – rice cooker (I’m Asian and can’t live without one)

    – toaster oven (not great if you’re short on space)

    – stand mixer (we don’t use this as often as we should; a handmixer might have been better)

    – blender

    – mini food processor (wish I had a bigger one)

    – Crockpot

    – deep fryer (I hate this thing, but SO loves it)

    It sounds like you’ve done a great job of balancing need vs. space! We don’t drink coffee, but if you’re concerned about the space, could you get her a small Keurig or a French press?

    Also, instead of the electric grill, maybe a grill pan would be more space-efficient.

    Post # 5
    4438 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

    Microwave: came with house, but if I didn’t have one I don’t know what I’d eat LOL

    Toaster: don’t use a lot but never thought about not having one, good when I’m sick

    Blender: own and NEVER use

    Coffeepot: own and only used by Fiance on weekends, I recommend a small, easily store-able one if you’re not really a coffee drinker, also good for entertaining.

    Electric Grill: Fiance loves to make grilled chicken on it

    Quesadilla Maker: dorky, but LOVE IT!

    Popcorn Popper Thing: Dorky, but Fiance loves it!  It’s his healthy snack.

    Post # 6
    3175 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I was actually going to say I like my immersion blender! lol. It’s not great for things with ice, but I really like it for soups, since it is way easier to clean than a typical blender, and takes up less space.

    I used to have a bread maker, which I absolutely loved. I used it several times a week. I don’t eat grains anymore, so I gave it to my mom. I know a lot of people say that this is one they don’t use, but I got a lot of use out of it.

    We have an ice cream maker that we use all the time. It seems frivolous, but we always whip up a batch of homemade ice cream for holidays, or to bring to dinner parties for the hosts. It’s really yummy & easy to use. Some people say they have one of these & it collects dust- I guess I’m just weird with appliances!

    If you want to give them something to brew coffee for guests, that doesn’t take up a lot of space, you could always give them a french press.

    Personally, I think everyone can use at least one crock pot. We have two, and I use them all the time!

    ETA: I also have a coffee maker (must have), food processor (also, must have), Kitchenaid (which I love, but don’t use daily, since I don’t bake much- I use it for things like whipping cream, whipping eggs, and making mayo), soda stream (is this an appliance? We use ours everday, since we drink a lot of soda water), and tea kettle (use often). We don’t have a microwave, toaster, or toaster oven. I’d love a toaster oven, but I feel like they use up a lot of space.

    Post # 7
    10635 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    The must haves for me are a microwave and toaster.  A kettle is really nice to have too, I drink a lot of tea.

    Lately, we use our crockpot and electric skillet (it’s big and square) quite a bit. I also love my airpopper and make popcorn at least once a week.

    We have large and small food processors, a kitchen aid and electric beater, we’ll probably use them more in a bigger kitchen.  I used my blender lots for a while, we haven’t had smoothies recently.  I have an immersion blender that I have never used, but I’m sure I will eventually.

    When we have the space I would like a toaster oven.

    We eat quite a bit of rice, but I see no need for a rice cooker, I just cook it on the stove.  I would say no to a deep fryer, except the T-fal one is interesting, maybe some day.  We don’t drink coffee, and if we have people over who drink it we’ll just get a jar of instant.

    Post # 8
    10635 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

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    @les105:  Oh, I want an ice-cream maker more than a toaster oven! lol

    Post # 9
    1425 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rosehill Community Center

    We have a tiny kitchen in an old house with only 2 available plugs, so we have had to be very selective as to what small appliances we keep.  We got rid of our microwave, and the thing I miss it for most is melting butter, but I do that in the oven or on stovetop now without any issues.  We have a toaster and a kettle on the counter all the time, use those a lot.  We want a toaster oven, and then we’ll get rid of the toaster, but until then we’re fine.

    I think a crock pot is super nice to have.  I have a teeny tiny one, and that works well for just the two of us, but I would like to get a bigger one someday.  But you can make a lot in it, or use it for parties to keep dips or whatnot warm, and it’s really nice.

    We also have a blender (but would like either a higher powered one or an immersian blender and a food processor), a handheld mixer (to be hopefully replaced by a stand mixer someday when we have more room), and a waffle maker and a George Foreman grill (which haven’t been used once, so we should get rid of them…).

    I think you really can get by with a lot less than stores try to make you think.  The registry lists we’ve been seeing just look so ridiculous, not only do we have half the things already, but I don’t know where we would find room to store it all!

    Post # 10
    9916 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    You need all except a deep fryer.  You can choose between a toaster and a toaster oven, though if you have room I’d go for a toaster oven.

    Post # 11
    2496 posts
    Buzzing bee

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    @AB Bride:  We have the T-Fal! It’s a beast, but it’s also awesome because you can filter out the oil. We replace the oil less frequently, which saves us $$.

    Also, if you have a Kitchenaid mixer, they make an ice cream attachment! I haven’t used ours yet, but I’ll let you know how it turns out.

    Post # 12
    9816 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    Toaster oven, blender, coffee maker, those are my essentials.

    Post # 13
    408 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I big pink puffy heart my aweome breville toaster oven – we use it 4 or 5 times a week.  I also love my slow cookers (I have 4).

    Post # 14
    2417 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    I would be lost without my crockpot. I LOVE it.

    I’m getting a Keurig for Christmas, so I can put my normal coffee pot away to only be used when I have people over.

    I wish I had room for a toaster oven, but at this point my apartment just doesn’t have enough counterspace.

    Post # 15
    1854 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    My four most-used appliances:

    – combo toaster/toaster oven

    – Vitamix blender (serves need of blender, food processor, coffee grinder, mixer, soup maker, smoothie maker, juicer, ice cream maker, etc)

    – microwave

    – Keurig k-cup coffee maker (I use it for coffee and tea)

    I also have/love an electric outdoor grill, but the above four get used pretty much daily. The Vitamix is pricey, yes, but so worth it and comes with an awesome warranty.  I bought a 48oz version on QVC with easy pay so it was less painful.

    Post # 16
    1428 posts
    Bumble bee

    I use our coffeemaker almost everyday.

    And since I don’t cook very often (SO does most of the cooking), my second most favorite would be the microwave.

    We have a crockpot but don’t use it very often. However, when we do use it we love it. I think it’s a must for any kitchen.

    Have a blender, eh…haven’t used it in at least a year. (I think it’s one of those things, cool to have, but unless you entertain a lot, or are someone who likes shakes, mixed drinks etc…not a necessity, at least for us).

    We have a rice cooker, but again, rarely use it. We just boil rice on the stove.

    One thing I would like is an electric grill, that is something we would actually use, my mom has one and uses it at least once a week. And I know my guy would love to have one.

    It’s very subjective, like some people can’t live without a coffeemaker (ME), others need to have a food processer because they would use it constantly.

    I think it all depends on what you eat, how you like to cook or bake, whether you entertain guests often. Oh and the size of your kitchen…ours is tiny…so space-hog appliances do not work well for us.

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