Kitchen gadgets are some of the most fun and exciting tools to buy for your home. They promise better quality and faster functions and look to be a life-changing purchase. Unfortunately, they often come with a hefty price tag and can take up some serious counter and cupboard space. If you live with a smaller kitchen area, you know how important that space can be for keeping your kitchen looking clean and decluttered.
To help you avoid making a disappointing purchase we have researched and found 15 expensive gadgets that are actually worth your money and your coveted kitchen counter and cupboard space. From ice cream makers to waffle presses we looked at them all. Whether you’re searching for practical gadgets or ones to make you feel like a 5-star chef we’ve found the top tools that will earn their place in your kitchen.
The Instant Pot quickly rose to the top to be the number one Christmas gift for 2017 and by doing a quick search you’ll quickly discover just why everyone is obsessing over it. If you don’t know by now, this pressure cooker is nothing like the one your Mom or Grandma used to have!
The Instant Pot can do so much more for you than just pressure cooking your food. It can sauté, make yogurt, keep food warm, act as a slow cooker as well as a rice cooker. All of these lovely features can take 7 kitchen tools and morphe them into one fancy gadget. Are you still not convinced? To get inspired check out the absolute best recipes you can try in your Instant Pot HERE.
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You’ve most likely heard of the Instant Pot but maybe you haven’t heard of the Wolf Gourmet Multi-function cooker. It’s similar to the Instant Pot but has an extra feature which might be a deal breaker when deciding which gadget to buy. Along with sauteing, slow cooking, rice cooking, and all the programmable features, this cooker also has sous vide feature making it just a tad bit more niche.
Sous vide has been around for a long while and was even commercialized in the 1960s however, as of late it is making a quick and popular come back. If you aren’t familiar with sous vide it’s known as a cooking method where you bring food to a precise temperature in a water bath at a slow pace. If you’re still unsure about this kitchen gadget we tested, tried and honestly reviewed this product. You can read it HERE.
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For some, the gadgets that have all the bells and whistles can be overwhelming and if that’s the case a classic slow cooker might be a better fit for you. The Crock-Pot slow cooker gained traction in the 1970s. During that time women began to work outside of their home which struck the ultimate convenience of the slow cooker, you set it and forget it.
Crock-Pots have come a long way since the 70’s and this one is definitely worth your money. Its generous 6-quart size will allow you to serve 7 people at a time. The cooking time is programmable where you can set it to cook from 30 minutes all the way up 20 hours. It will even change to the “keep warm” setting on its own once the cook time is complete. Statistics show that roughly 80% of families own a slow cooker so if you’re part of that 20% it’s about darn time you get one!
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If you enjoy tools that can cut down labor-intensive work, especially in the kitchen then you definitely need a food processor in your home. Foor processors are great for slicing and chopping vegetables, mixing dough and offers many other awesome conveniences.
This Cuisinart food processor gets our stamp of approval for several reasons – it’s not too heavy and not very tall, so if you choose to keep it on your countertop it will definitely fit underneath a cabinet, so you won’t break your back trying to move it. Most food processors only comes with a blade to chop and mix but this one also comes with shredding and slicing discs, bonus! Last but not least it’s one of the only food processors that actually contain parts that are dishwasher safe for easy cleanup, phew!
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One of the main reasons for having kitchen gadgets is to help alleviate hard work when it comes to preparing food. That’s where stand mixers come in handy. Handheld mixers do a fine job but there’s something satisfying and relieving when you can set a mixer and leave your bowl unattended while you gather more ingredients.
This Kitchen Aid Artisan Series makes our top list because of its’ amazing features. Some of those include a 10-speed slide control, tilt-back head for easy access and a powered hub for additional attachments (hello homemade pasta). It also comes with a flat beater, dough hook and wire whip attachment for all your baking needs. Kitchen Aid has built a trusting reputation and this durable piece of equipment and brand truly stands up to its name.
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With so many blenders on the market, it’s very hard to decipher which ones are worth it. The bottom line comes down to what you’re looking for in a blender and what you’re hoping it can do for you. The Vitamix Blender comes with a hefty price tag but is a great choice because of its features and durability.
This blender comes equipped with a 2.2-peak-horsepower motor and aircraft-grade stainless steel blades which means you’ll be able to blend almost anything. Whether you like to use a blender for making smoothies, sauces, soups or any other blending needs the Vitamix appears that it can do it all.
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Espresso machines are excellent tools for coffee connoisseurs and for those looking to explore the coffee world. This Breville Espresso Machine makes our worthy list of kitchen gadgets because of its user-friendly features.
If a premium coffee shop is part of your morning routine to get a good quality cup o’ joe then an espresso machine might save you money in the long run. If you have a $5 (give or take) coffee every work day it would take you less than a year to get your money’s worth out of this machine. Some say that a good quality machine can make you experience flavors like no other. This machine has a built-in coffee grinder, easy controls and comes with all the accessories you’ll need.
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If fancy machinery stresses you out then a simpler coffee maker might be a better fit for you. Out of all the kitchen gadgets on the list, this might be one of the least expensive ones but will definitely give you a good bang for your buck.
This Hamilton Beach Coffeemaker made our top list for several reasons. First, you can make a 12-cup pot of coffee or you can make single servings at a time. This is great for those who like to grab a cup of coffee on the go without having to brew a bot. Its stainless steel hardware is durable and appealing and will make an aesthetically pleasing addition to your countertop. Lastly, this coffee maker is programmable which means you can program your machine to brew your coffee up to 24 hours in advance, this might be best alarm clock out there!
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If good quality coffee and fancy beverages hold dear to your heart then a milk frother would be another worthy kitchen gadget in your home. Many of us are willing to spend endless dollars on fancy drinks from cafes but if you can invest that same money into kitchen tools you can make those same beverages in your own home and it will most likely save you money too.
This Chef’s Star Milk Frother gets our approval because of its amazing features. With a push of a button, you can make hot or cold froth for lattes, cappuccinos, iced drinks and any hot drinks you please. It’s made out high-quality stainless steel for durability and a pleasing appearance. You’ll never have to enjoy boring drinks at home again!
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You might be asking yourself, is an ice cream maker really worth my money? Yes, yes it is. When the warm weather hits, cold treats are some of the best foods to indulge in. Ice cream makers like this Breville Smart Scoop can show you how easy it is to make cold treats in your own kitchen. This is a tool that has a seamless design and easy to use functions.
This ice cream maker has 12 hardness settings which means you can make anything from ice cream to sorbet, frozen yogurt and even gelato. Have you ever dreamed of an ice cream flavor that doesn’t exist? Now is your time to shine and make it yourself, plus your kids will love it too!
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Freshly pressed fruit and vegetable juices have been gaining popularity and for good reason. They contain loads of vitamins and minerals without the added sugar that many fruit juices offer at our local supermarkets. Not to mention, it’s the freshest form of fruit or veggie juice you’ll ever experience.
There are many small business and cafes jumping on this trend and selling ready-made drinks but they come at a high cost. A juicer could save yourself some money and when you use a tool like this Omega juicer you can quickly find out how easy it is to do yourself. Its high-quality motor combined with the right speed allows this machine to provide the most efficient product with the largest amount of juice from the least amount of produce. It’s easy to put together, user-friendly, and easy to clean.
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If you don’t want to commit to a Vitamix Blender then you’ll definitely want an immersion blender. They’re especially great for blending and creating creamy delicious soups. I’ve personally used this hand blender and it feels really comfortable and is extremely easy to use.
This Kitchen Aid set not only comes with the hand blender but it also comes with a couple different attachments for versatility. It’s claimed to be the first-hand blender in the industry to have interchangeable bell blades. However, because of this you can froth milk, crush ice along with pureeing your soup but so much more. Is versatility definitely gets our stamp of approval and deserves a space in your kitchen cabinet.
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A dehydrator machine might sound niche but once you discover everything you can do with it, you’ll quickly realize why you need it too. Dehydrators allow you to make healthy snacks like dried fruit, beef jerky, veggie chips and many more. It will cost you less money in the long run rather than buying these dried products routinely at the supermarket.
This Excalibur dehydrator made our top list because of its features and benefits. This electric machine has 9 trays and 15 square feet of drying area. The trays are made of flexible poly-screen so you won’t need to rotate them during operation and will even prevent the food from sticking to the trays. Along with the built-in on and off switch, it also has an adjustable thermostat and a 16-hour timer.
How many times have you cleaned out your freezer to find old freezer burned food? To help prevent that you’ll want a vacuum sealer. Not only will it help prevent freezer burn but it can also help your food stay fresh for longer. This means you can have the satisfaction of buying expensive food products in bulk and store them for long periods of time.
Vacuum sealers aren’t great tools just for freezer foods you can use it for foods that you store in your fridge and pantry too. This FoodSaver Vacuum Seal made our list because it’s easy to use and comes with a starter kit. You’ll get it equipped with a vacuum seal roll, vacuum seal bags, and zippered vacuum seal bags.
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If you live in the apartment and don’t have access to a barbeque the FOMO (fear of missing out) is definitely real. Don’t miss out on luscious barbeque food because an indoor grill can save the day. This T-Fal indoor grill made our list because it’s user-friendly and can do more than just grill food.
This indoor grill can cook your chicken, beef, burgers, sausage, and fish to perfection and can act as an awesome sandwich press too. It has 6 cooking programs so your grill can adapt to each type of food you’re cooking on it. The non-stick plates will help prevent your foods from sticking on the grill and the surface is large enough to cook and serve 2-4 people at a time.
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