6 Countertop Appliances Every Kitchen Should Have

Your kitchen counter has a limited amount of space, so it’s important that you utilize it well. As you shop around for countertop appliances, you’ll come across many that you desire to have in your kitchen. Not all of those appliances, however, can be considered essential. And besides space concerns, there may also be the need to avoid unnecessary spending. After all, what’s the use of buying a pricey item you plan to use only occasionally? Let’s take a look at 6 of the appliances that will make your life easier in the kitchen, while not taking up too much of the space:

Electric mixer

You can choose between two options for electric mixers: a hand mixer or a stand mixer. A stand mixer is an essential appliance if you do a lot of baking. The stand mixer will make your baking endeavors a lot easier; you can use it in the preparation of homemade pasta, cupcakes, gourmet sausages, and everything in between. What’s more, you can set about preparing other things while it faithfully executes its tasks in the background.

If you don’t do a lot of baking and only have to mix things up occasionally, then you should do fine with a hand mixer. Making whipped cream and beating eggs are two tasks you can accomplish well with a hand mixer. The good news about both stand mixers and hand mixers is that they’re relatively affordable, and will last a long time.

Blender

A kitchen is hardly complete without a blender.  Whether you want to make smoothies, puree and sauces, chop soft ingredients, mix custards, etc. a blender has got you covered. There are so many things you can do with your blender, some of which you may not be aware of. When you’re entertaining, your blender will come to the rescue if you want to serve the guests refreshing margaritas. You can also get into a habit of drinking up not just fruit but also green (vegetable) smoothies, which can do wonders for your health.

When choosing a blender, go for a high-powered model (at least 500 watts). Also make sure that the jar is large enough for the volume of drinks you expect to be making, as you probably wouldn’t want to have to blend things in batches. You may also consider an immersion blender as an alternative to the countertop blender. Be sure to read reviews at blenderfriend.com first so you know what features to look for and what your options are.

Food processor

Some people would like to believe you don’t need a food processor if you have a blender, and vice versa. But the truth is that there are things the food processor excels at that the blender can’t handle, while there are other tasks, such as making smoothies, that are the domain of the blender. In cooking circles, the food processor has been aptly referred to as the workhorse among all countertop kitchen appliances. Think about all the time and effort you can save that would be otherwise spent   chopping onions, kneading cookie dough, grating cheese, or slicing your vegetables. The food processor excels at chopping, slicing, kneading, mixing, blending and pureeing.

The food processor is however one of the priciest countertop appliances sold, but if you spend a lot of time in the kitchen, it can be a worthwhile investment. If you’re a small family or you live alone, you’ll find the mini 3.5 cup food processor a decent and much more affordable option.

Microwave

When your microwave suddenly breaks down, that’s when you’ll know how important it is to you. Of course, many chefs will tell you that if you want to work on your cooking skills, a microwave does not have a place in your kitchen. But we all know how microwaves can come in handy on many occasions. Not only will you be able to heat your food up quickly, but you can also use the microwave to prepare a fully-cooked meal.

Electric kettle

Similar to the microwave, the electric kettle is one of those appliances you’ll find yourself using over and over again. So it may not be obvious that you need it, until you buy it. The main advantage of this appliance is that it’s a lot more energy-efficient than using the stove to boil water—it can get the job done up to 10 times faster. If you make a lot of coffee or tea, the electric kettle can be a game changer. Luckily, you don’t really need a higher-priced model to enjoy the benefits of this appliance.