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Whether you have a small or large kitchen, choosing which countertop appliances will be most useful is important. You don’t want to over-clutter your countertops with unnecessary items, so even this list should be taken with a grain of salt. If something isn’t important to you, don’t get it! It’s about what works in your lifestyle.

Countertop Appliances That Every Kitchen Needs

Toaster Oven

This is a good option because it is a multi-functional appliance. You can toast, bake and broil, and it’s faster than using your full oven, especially for smaller jobs.

It offers you more flexibility in its functions— aside from making toast and reheating food, it’s also capable of baking cookies, pies, cakes, and pizza (without having to deal with the heat that emanates from a regular oven).

Slow Cooker

The best thing about slow cookers is the convenience of the appliance. If you plan on being out of the house for most of the day but want to come home to a hot meal, you can just opt to throw all of the ingredients you want into it and let it stew while you’re gone.

Stand Mixer

Stand mixers are more of an essential to a kitchen than people realize. They can be used for all your baking needs, and are especially useful for those times you’re baking for a larger crowd of people. Bread, cookies, cake— this mixer is perfect for mixing the ingredients of these baked goods.

Electric Water Heater

Boiling a pot of water can take forever, but with an electric water heater, you can cut the time in half. Hot water is important for a lot of cooking and beverages, so this time-saver is a valuable item to have.

Additionally, electric water heaters offer a safer way to heat up water for your tea, soup, or whatever dish or beverage that needs hot water. They usually have the shape of a pitcher at the top, making it easy to pour into your mug without the risk of burning yourself with a regular pot of hot water.


A powerful blender is a great asset in the kitchen. Most can double as food processors which reduces cooking prep time (less chopping) and having the option to puree and blend can be useful for making soup or participating in the juicing trend.

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