Small Appliances in the Kitchen

When it comes to the best Small Appliances in the Kitchen, I know tons of you rely on me, and I’m here to help!

If you loved my recommendations for Basic Essentials in the Kitchen, you’ll be a big fan of the below!

Best Small Appliances in the Kitchen

I’m going to cover some of my favorite tools in the kitchen that will save you time and make your day-to-day easier.

Who doesn’t love to save time? I know that I do since I can’t ever fit enough walks and hikes into one day.

Small Appliances Definition

First, let’s start with small appliances definition.

Well, an appliance is a machine that aids in basic home functions such as cleaning, cooking, or storing food.

And a small or countertop appliance is a petite appliance that fits on your countertop.

Small appliances are typically used for food preparation and cooking.

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Instapot Slow Cooker

All I hear about these days when it comes to countertop appliances is the Instapot. Is it worthy of so much hype? I have to give you a resounding yes!
If you’re wondering how to use the Instapot  I’ve got you covered.
I created a complete guide, How to Use Instapot that will get you well on your way with this incredible appliance that has saved me so much time when it comes to preparing dinner.
I use the 6 Quart Instapot. We are a family of four so that’s the perfect size for us. For couples, I love gifting the 3 Quart Instapot.
Looking for a few Instapot recipes to get started? Check out my:


My Instant Pot White Bean Soup with Kale is my all-time favorite soup recipe. There is nothing cozier than a warm bowl of soup, a good book, and my kitty curling up on my lap.

Cuisinart Food Processor

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My Food Processor is more than handy when it comes to kitchen tasks.

I use it for making everything from coleslaw to cookie dough, to ice cream.

If you were to ask me to pick just one appliance on this list, the food processor would be it. It is my favorite small kitchen appliance.

Here are some of my favorite items to make in the Food Processor:

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My husband is a fan of small appliances in the kitchen and his favorite is the Vitamix –he uses it every single day to make his smoothie.

I use the Vitamix for everything from soups and pudding, to drinks. Here are some of my favorite Vitamix recipes:

Vitamix A2300 Ascent Series Smart Blender

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The Ultimate Vitamix Ascent Series

My husband just went totally wild and bought the Ascent Series Vitamix which has the function of a blender and food processor in one base.

He is getting very serious about his smoothie making and nothing can stop him!

The new line that Vitamix came out with (Ascent Series) is incredibly pricey, far more than the original Vitamix.

While it has the function of a high-speed blender and food processor combined, it costs far more than the two appliances added together.

It’s a nifty appliance, however, the only thing you’ll really be saving on is counter space. 

One other note. While the blade of the Cuisinart food processor is as sharp as a knife, the blade of the Vitamix food processor is as sharp as a razor.

It took me a few days to get used to this and I cut myself twice when washing the Vitamix food processor blade, though now I’m handling it with care and ease.

Here are some additional recipes that you can make in the Vitamix Ascent Series:

Hand Blender

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Oh, hand blender, how I love thee.

You are small and efficient, fitting in a kitchen drawer, yet powerful enough to whip up some great frosting.

For dessert-loving folks, the hand blender is a must-have.

Here are some other wonderful toppings you can make with a hand blender:

Scratch and Dent Appliances

You know I love nothing more than thrift shopping and buying second-hand items.

I’ve seen amazing small appliances in local second-hand shops.

If the above items do not fit your budget, I recommend checking out thrift stores for gently used or scratch and dent appliances you can get at a reduced cost.

Small Appliances Recycling

Replacing your small appliances?

Don’t throw them away –especially if they’re still working.

Consider donating them to your local Salvation Army, Goodwill, or Purple Heart so others can enjoy the life left in them.

If your small appliance is no longer working, please check with your local city on where you can recycle it for parts.

Small Appliances for Kitchen

Looking for gifts or to upgrade your kitchen? I have a comprehensive guide on What Not to Buy for Your Kitchen that will help.

What Not to Buy for Your Kitchen

What’s your favorite small appliance?

Additionally, I love hearing new and creative uses for each appliance, so please share them in the comments.

Finally, take note! The main photo used in this post is from when I was a spokesperson for the California Almond Board and the photo was taken in studio for one of our photo shoots.

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4 responses to “Small Appliances in the Kitchen”

  1. Elana – your paleo book and online recipes have revitalized my cooking and interest in food. I’m dedicated to wellness and you are helpful in so many ways. Thank you!!

  2. A countertop oven is a must. I live in the southern, and turning on a 220 oven isn’t fun in the summer. Makes it harder on the AC. But the smaller oven is only 110, and doesn’t heat up the kitchen. Especially helpful for baking smaller things like brownies and pies, so you can bake a lot more than you would otherwise.

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