Although the kitchen has been referred to as the heart of the home, it can also be a source of stress. Cooking a good meal takes time and energy – two things that are often in short supply for many of us. It may seem easier to zip through the drive-thru for a quick bite on your way home from a long day. But, fast-food fare gets tiresome day after day, and it’s also hard on both your pocketbook and your waistline. The good news is that with innovative kitchen gadgets and the best handheld kitchen electronics, cooking a meal in the comfort of your own kitchen can be as easy as pie!
Smart Displays for the Kitchen
Smart displays like the Lenovo Smart Display or Google Home Hub make a great addition to your kitchen. These devices, which work with Google Assistant, allow you to scroll recipes, follow step-by-step recipe instructions, and enjoy videos or music while cooking.
One of the newest entries in this category is KitchenAid’s Smart Display, featured at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show. With a 10-inch screen and stylish design, this splash-resistant device has a voice-activated touchscreen, making it perfect for kitchen use. Access exclusive cooking content, including personalized recipe recommendations and detailed instructions, through itsYummly app. (With the Yummly Pro service, you may even find your favorite celebrity chef hosting video guides for special recipes!) You can also use the display to make video calls and control compatible smart home devices.
Small Kitchen Appliances List
Whether you love to cook from scratch – or not – spending time in the kitchen doesn’t need to feel like a chore. Besides smart displays, there are lots of gizmos and gadgets that can help make cooking simple and fun. Check out this small kitchen appliances list that features twists on a few classics along with some new ideas:
- Handheld Immersion Blenders
Also known as “stick blenders,” these devices make blending fruit smoothies or protein shakes a snap. Puree vegetables in your spaghetti sauce (for those picky eaters) and blend ingredients right in the pot, without transferring from bowls or other containers. The versatile Braun MQ777 Multiquick Hand Blender uses a throttle to control blending power. It includes a child lock feature, and its design allows you to quickly change blades for whisking or chopping, too.
- Classic Hand Mixers
Although they have been around for decades, hand mixers remain a kitchen essential. Hand mixers make it easy to quickly whip up cake batter or egg whites without a stand mixer taking up prime counter space. The compact Oster 5-Speed Hand Mixer, a top-rated 2020 pick of the Good Housekeeping Institute, comes with a handy storage case so you can keep all the parts together.
- Handheld Vacuum
Handheld vacuums are a quick and easy way to keep up with kitchen mishaps. For sanitary purposes, it’s best to have one exclusively for kitchen use. Choose a unit that can be used to clean up both wet and dry spills. The Geemo Handheld Vacuum Cleaner 8500PA is a lightweight, cordless, fast-charging model that features cyclonic suction and wet/dry capabilities. It comes with a crevice device to access tight spots, too.
- Electric Knife
Another standard kitchen tool that makes kitchen life simple is the electric knife. The Cuisinart CEK-40 comes with two blades – one for carving meat and one for slicing bread – and its own butcher block for easy storing. New twists on this classic item include an ergonomically designed handle and child safety lock.
- Precision Cooker
For use in Sous Vide cooking, the Anova Precision Cooker is a small, splash-resistant device that attaches inside your own pot or pan. It quickly heats water, maintains precise temperatures, and creates consistent circulation to produce professional results. The device also connects to smartphones or displays, and the Anova Culinary app provides recipes with step-by-step directions.
- Infrared Thermometer
A laser thermometer gun helps ensure that ovens, refrigerators, and freezers are operating at the correct temperature. This model includes a probe attachment allowing you to check food temperatures before serving. If your appliances are not functioning properly, be sure to get them checked out promptly!
- Electric Wine Bottle Opener
Perfect for entertaining or relaxing after a stressful day, the Oster Cordless Electric Wine Bottle Opener includes a foil cutter and effortlessly removes corks in seconds. Up to 30 bottles can be opened on a single charge!
Upgrade Kitchen Outlets and Circuits
We hope this small kitchen appliance list inspires you to make good use of your kitchen. But remember, safety must be a top priority when using electric devices. The best handheld kitchen electronics can overload outdated electrical circuits. Don’t let your dinner plans get short-circuited! To upgrade your kitchen outlets and circuits, contact Mr. Electric® online or call (844) 866-1367. Struggling with malfunctioning kitchen appliances? There's never a good time for your oven or microwave to go out! Schedule a repair appointment online on a day and time convenient for you with our fellow Neighborly brand, Mr. Appliance.