“Happiness is a small house, with a big kitchen.” - Alfred Hitchcock
The Kitchen. La Cocina. Die Küche.
However you say it, the kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the house. And even a small kitchen can produce big things.
Equipping your kitchen with the right tools will transform your home and make healthy eating within your grasp.
These 14 kitchen gadgets will help you channel your inner Julia Child and run a kitchen sure to satisfy even the toughest food critic.
1. Nespresso Machine
This gadget is always on the coffee-drinkers wish list and for a good reason.
Similar to a Keurig, the Nespresso Breville Vertuo Coffee and Espresso Machine utilizes pods to deliver a quick coffee fix.
But unlike its counterpart, Nespresso can also produce an espresso. And with a milk frother of our dreams, it has often been likened to Starbucks.
Sure it’s not technically cooking, but it’s definitely a splurge-worthy gadget that will take your life to the next level. You can make cups of coffee in 1.35 ounces to 14 ounces doses to satisfy any level of caffeine addict.
2. Three-in-one-Coffee Maker
For the seasoned coffee connoisseur, this manual three-in-one coffee maker makes a great addition to a traditional coffee maker (or Nespresso).
Combining a french press and a pour-over coffee style, users will experience a rich and customizable flavor.
This particular gadget is built with a double-wall design, keeping your coffee hot (or cold!) longer.
Note, some of the pieces of this coffee maker are hand wash only (the cork and glass), but the porcelain and metal pieces are safe to throw in the dishwasher.
3. Vitamix or Blendtec Blender
I don’t care what you’ve heard; blenders are not created equally.
Both machines are built to create those beautiful smoothies, soups, and nut butters that your current blender can only dream about.
They both offer multiple speeds to blend to different textures, can blend warm or cold food and are both self-cleaning with a dash of soap and water.
So which is better, Vitamix or Blendtec? That age-old question is left for you to decide and is really a personal preference because both of these blenders are top-notch.
I know everyone’s about the Instant Pot nowadays, but I need to throw mention to the classic slow cooker a crock-pot.
This is a game-changer for those of us who dread preparing dinner after a long day at work, making it worth the cupboard space.
This crockpot can hold 6 quarts of food and serve up to 7 people. You can set it and forget it with the internal timer controls ranging from 30 minutes up to 20 hours.
Instant Pots are great, but still require some time at the end of the workday to get things ready. And some recipes are just built for slow cooking.
So do yourself a favor and hold onto that slow cooker. You won’t regret it and it will last a lifetime.
5. KitchenAid Stand Mixer
Baking buffs will appreciate the ease of whipping up delectable treats with a KitchenAid stand mixer.
Not only will this machine compliment your kitchen aesthetics, but it is incredibly versatile. It has 10 speeds, includes a dough hook, flat beater, flex edge beater, 6-wire whip and a 5-quart stainless steel bowl.
Both the bowl and the accessories are safe to put in the dishwasher and accessories can easily be stored inside the bowl when not in use.
Armed with some attachments, this mixer can also churn ice cream, make pasta, and spiralize veggies, to name a few.
The combination of versatility and ease of use makes this gadget likely to become one of the most frequented kitchen tools.
6. Instant Pot
While I am a strong advocate for a slow cooker, I am not one to ignore the many benefits of an Instant Pot, including the number of dinners saved after forgetting to thaw the meat.
This gadget is unmatchable at producing delicious homemade meals in a hurry and therefore, will become a kitchen staple.
You can whip up tons of goodies in this machine because it is technically 7 appliances in 1. You can use it as a pressure cooker, a slower cooker, a sauté pan, a rice cooker, a steamer, a food warmer, a slower cooker and a yogurt maker.
This device also has a smart lid, meaning it automatically locks when you close it, and there are 10 extra safety features within the Instant Pot so you can rest easy when your food cook away if you aren’t home.
7. Food Dehydrator
While it is a bit cumbersome to store, it’s a small price to pay for the ability to make your own jerky and dried fruit.
Not only will you get to customize your creations, but you will get to enjoy trail-friendly snacks for a fraction of the cost with a Cosori Food Dehydrator.
This food dehydrator comes with 6 trays, 1 fruit roll screen and 1 mesh screen. It’s easy to use, has a digital control panel that you can set for increments from 30 minutes to 48 hours.
This dehydrator is perfect for beginners, very quiet when in use and easy to clean.
8. Immersion Blender
Veggie chowders have never been easier thanks to an immersion blender.
This Kitchen Aid hand blender will save you the hassle of transferring the soup to the blender and removes the complications of achieving a perfect consistency.
Quickly whip up soups, hummus, smoothies and more with this handheld tool.
This kitchen gadget also gets an honorable mention for its ease of storage.
Not only will a SodaStream reduce your household waste and budget as you forego the convenience store, but it will also step up your brunch game as you serve guests fresh, fruit-infused soda water.
Some stores will offer a discount on Co2 refills for returning your empty bottle to customer service.
Elevate your still water and with some bubbles.
10. Wusthof Classic Knife
You have probably heard that great cooking starts with a great knife. And that’s true.
This Wusthof classic knife is a great beginner knife to get you acquainted with some higher-end selections with this Japanese style blade.
Sure it’s a bit of an investment, but you and your kitchen are worth it.
11. Air Fryer
Fried food is just plain glorious. The greasy aftermath of fried food is not.
Using a fraction of the oil, this Cosori Air Fryer provides the best of both worlds. And this 8-quart unit will feed a family of 3-5, making dinner a breeze.
So go ahead and try your hand at fried foods. You might be pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to satisfy your craving without sacrificing your gut health with a new air fryer.
Plus, the basket is dishwasher safe so you can easily clean it.
12. Smart Garden Grow Kit
Nothing beats fresh ingredients, especially at fingers length.
Perfect for anyone with a brown thumb, this Smart Garden only requires watering once a month and is totally sustainable without any sunlight.
Just plug it in, throw in the seed pods and enjoy! It’s important to note than you can’t combine herbs in a unit, so you will need one for each plant.
13. Grain Mill Grinder
Homestead life just became attainable with this WonderMill grain grinder.
This heavy-duty machine can transform easy-to-store wheat berries into fresh, nutritious flour with a push of a button. (That’s right. Did you know wheat has nutrients?)
This mill is also able to grind quinoa, beans, and rice into flour, making it a versatile and functional tool for any household. I
t’s super easy to use with a push of a button and is quiet and dust-free, so you will barely notice it’s working!
14. Whipped Cream Dispenser
You can have homemade whipped cream at the touch of a nozzle with this Otis Classic, stainless steel whipped cream dispenser.
Not only can you enjoy fresh toppings with no preservatives, but this gadget also makes it easy to accommodate just about any dietary restriction.
It comes with 3 different decorating tips so you can work on creating the perfect whipped cream artwork.
Elevate your home chef or home cook game with these kitchen gadgets.
You can proudly serve your guests and family and truly be the hostess with the mostest.