Every kitchen has a few staple appliances, including a stove, refrigerator, and a dishwasher. Many have other small kitchen appliances that might be considered essential, too, like a microwave, coffee maker, and mixer. For any individual or family getting more involved in cooking and baking, a new small appliance to add to the collection can be the perfect holiday gift. Here are our picks for the 10 best ones to consider.
KitchenAid cordless collection
KitchenAid is one of the most respected brands in small kitchen appliances and gadgets. And the Cordless Collection takes some of the best devices from the brand and literally cuts the cord. Items range from the Cordless Hand Mixer to the Cordless Variable Speed Immersion Blender and the Cordless Food Chopper. As someone who is often multi-tasking in the kitchen and has been in situations where I’m struggling to find an outlet to plug the immersion blender into without knocking over other appliances, bowls and ingredients in use, having one without a cord would be really beneficial. This also means you can move over to the dining room or other area to mix while the kitchen counters are otherwise occupied.
Insignia air fryers
Air fryers are growing in popularity as must-have kitchen appliances, and Insignia Digital Air Fryers come in a variety of capacities. The purpose? You can cook everything from big batches of chicken wings or nuggets to French fries or fish, using little to no oil. Families and individuals still get that comfort-food crispy texture without all of the extra fat and cholesterol. With features like cool-touch handles and non-slip rubber feet, these air fryers also have aluminum baskets with a non-stick coating, so clean-up is a cinch. Throw in the night’s dinner and tend to chores; an alarm will alert you when the cook is done.
Breville offers a wide selection of microwaves, and we recently reviewed the countertop 3-in-1 convection microwave, which we absolutely loved not only for its basic operation as a microwave, but also its convection cook option as well as the ability to air fry foods in the machine. With a total of 19 different function, this versatile small appliance can just about do it all.
Breville espresso machines
Sure, every household might have your basic coffeemaker. But if you know someone who loves, and is very particular about, their java, consider upgrading them to a new machine. We recently reviewed the high-end Breville Barista Pro and found it super easy to use and customize drinks to your liking. But Breville offers plenty of different espresso machine models at a wide range of price points.
Yes, you read that correctly. It isn’t a typo. Breville’s latest small appliances are called “bluicers,” referencing their dual function as both juicers and blenders. We reviewed the 3X and 3X Pro models and loved their versatility, ease of use, easy cleanup, and space-saving two-in-one designs. You can use them to make fresh-pressed juice, smoothies, slushies – you name it.
KitchenAid stand mixer
For years, I have relied on my KitchenAid stand mixer to help me make homemade bread, mix batter for cakes, whip cream, and assist me with holiday baking. We reviewed the Artisan stand mixer a few years back, and this model, and others in the KitchenAid stand mixer lineup, remain great options for any home baker or cook. What I particularly love about KitchenAid stand mixers is that they also works with a variety of optional attachments for doing everything from cutting homemade pasta dough to grinding meat and even making homemade ice cream.
Cuisinart toaster oven with air fry
A toaster oven and air fryer in one? Does it really get any better than that? Best Buy editor Shelly Wutke said she was “completely hooked” after reviewing this small kitchen appliance back in May. The Cuisinart AirFryer Toaster Oven has presets for frying various types of foods, from chicken nuggets to vegetables, along with all of the expected features of a toaster oven.
Year-after-year, the Instant Pot remains one of the most popular small kitchen appliances, especially for gifting around the holiday season. And there’s good reason. It’s a versatile multicooker that can pressure cook virtually any type of food in a fraction of the time it might otherwise take. It has preset modes for everything from chili to porridge, rice to boxed cakes, and some models even have a mode for making homemade yogurt. It’s easy to dump an entire meal inside, let everything cook together, and go from cook to table quicker than a slow cooker could ever dream of doing. I bought my Instant Pot about four years ago and have never looked back. I continue to use it at least once a week, whether it’s to make a full meal, whip up a quick match of mac & cheese for my son, or get a side dish of vegetables, potato, or corn on the cob done in a jiffy.
I recently bought my husband a SodaStream for his birthday given how he loves drinking fizzy water and buys various kinds by the case. So far, he loves it. I opted for the higher-end One Touch Fizzi model, which lets you select your level of carbonation via three button options at the top. I love this idea much better than the Fizzi we reviewed back in 2018, which requires that you manually push the button and release when you think the water has been carbonated enough. (Though the One Touch requires an electrical outlet and power while that one does not.) Fill the included bottle with water, pop it into the machine, and within seconds, the water is carbonated to your taste. Add fresh fruit, flavour drops, or whatever you want to infuse it with flavour and enjoy. Once the CO2 cylinder is empty, you can take it to any Best Buy location to get a new one for a nominal fee. Each one should last for a month or more, depending on how much fizzy water you drink. A SodaStream is the perfect gift for anyone on your list who enjoys bubbly water, helping them save money over the long run not to mention reduce the amount of plastic waste and/or aluminum recycling from cans.
Dyson stick vacuum
Is a vacuum really a kitchen appliance? Well, no, not really. That said, it’s absolutely useful to have in the kitchen. I have my Dyson stick vacuum mounted on the wall in a small space between my refrigerator and the back door that leads to our backyard. It’s the perfect spot for grabbing it when I need a quick cleanup of spilled rice or flour, or just want to do a quick pass on the kitchen tiles. The latest models, like the Dyson V11 we reviewed back in September, boost battery life so you’d have enough juice to do a quick clean of the main floor, the stairs, or even detach the top from its base and give the car or bedroom mattresses a clean before needing to recharge again. I have had my Dyson for years and totally love it. And I use it more frequently in the kitchen than anywhere else.
As an avid cook and baker myself, I would be totally pleased to see any of these small kitchen appliances under the tree for me this holiday season. And, in fact, as noted, I actually already own many of them! Each one has a place in my kitchen and a specific use. And, in every case, I use them all at least once a week, often much more frequently.
There really is a holiday gift idea for everyone within this list of the top 10. So, if you’re looking for the perfect gift for the aspiring, professional, or budding chef on your list, chances are one of these options will be a perfect fit.