Kitchen Favorites: Small Appliances

By Polly Conner

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We are in our second day of a weeklong series called: Kitchen Favorites.

Each day we will feature a category of kitchen items that we either use and personally recommend or that come highly reviewed from a trusted source. You can find all of these recommendations in one place on our Kitchen Resources page. 

Let’s get started!

Favorite Small Appliances

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Slow Cooker: KitchenAid 6 Qt. Stainless SteelKitchenAid KSC6223SS 6-Qt. Slow Cooker with Standard Lid - Stainless Steel

Not all slow cookers are created equal. Some cook hot and some cook low. This model is the slow cooker we trust and use for all of our cookbook recipes.

Electric Pressure Cooker: Instant Pot DUO60Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer

This model is the Instant Pot we use and recommend to anyone who asks. It has all the functions you probably need. It’s not too big (although you can snag an 8 quart if you’re feeling crazy). Swing by our Instant Pot 101 Guide for more Instant Pot information.

Blender: Nutri Ninja Personal and Countertop Blender

We have used this blender for two years. Everyone can make their own individual smoothies in the smaller containers (and snap on a lid to take it to go) or you can make a large batch and easily pour into glasses using the spout. High powered! Easy to clean! Love this blender (and that’s coming from a former Vitamix owner). – Rachel

Immersion Blender: Cuisinart CSB-79 Smart Stick 2 Speed Hand BlenderCuisinart CSB-79 Smart Stick 2 Speed Hand Blender, Brushed Stainless Steel

This is one of my go-to kitchen tools, because it saves me from having to transfer hot foods to the regular blender. I use it to make Tomato Bisque, Broccoli Cheddar Potato Soup, and Creamy Autumn Soup from our cookbook.

Food Processor: Cuisinart 9 CupCuisinart DLC-2009CHBMY Prep 9 9-Cup Food Processor, Brushed Stainless

I’ve had this model for years and use it ALL of the time. Mainly to make my own breadcrumbs and shred my own cheese.

Bread Machine: Panasonic SD YD250Bread machine

I have been using this model for years. You can see my review of it here.

Waffle Maker: Chef’sChoice WafflePro ExpressChef'sChoice 840B WafflePro Taste and Texture Select Classic Belgian Waffle Maker Nonstick, 4-Slice, Silver

Love the multiple doneness settings, audible alert, and heat resistant handles.

Electric Griddle: Broil King PCG10

Electric Griddle

This griddle has a large cooking area, nonstick surface for easy clean up, and attached grease trap (so it won’t tip over).

Hand-Held Mixer: KitchenAid 5 Speed

Love using this lightweight hand mixer for a quick mixing job.


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