In every modern kitchen, there are some of small appliances which work as your helping hand for preparing food. Here kitchen small appliances mean those can be quickly moved from one location in the kitchen to another and can even be stowed away in a cabinet at times. Most small appliances, however, tend to acquire the status of semi-permanent fixtures, remaining in the same location for years and becoming a dependable part of the family’s kitchen routine.
So, as an essential part of your kitchen, you have to buy different type of small appliances for different purposes. For example, you need juicer to make juice, need coffee maker to make coffee, the mixer machine mix your ingredients for preparing food. On the other hand blender, slow cooker, espresso machine, electric kettle all are in type of kitchen small appliances.
You know every small appliance has its own distinctive qualities those make it original. So when you are going to buy small appliances for your kitchen, you should know all those qualities and verify them carefully.
Updated Kitchen Small Appliances Buying Guide:
This is your updated buying guide for essential small appliances at your kitchen. I’m try to make you clear the main features of the appliances so that you can concentrate on it and can buy the perfect product easily.
You will find different kinds of electric kettle in the market. They are different in color, size, metal, quality, warranty and so on. Lots of companies all over the world produce same product. So it is difficult to find out the better one with better price. Below are a few things to consider when choosing the perfect water kettle for your kitchen.
If you want the kettle which is able to lift from its base easily and you can pure water into your cup then you might want to go for cordless water kettle.
Maximum electric kettle use 1500 watts. The more powerful water kettle is, the quicker will do the job. So it’s depend on you which one you chose but remember power is most important how the kettle work and how many time it takes.
There are lots of kettle with different capacity though Standard water kettles tend to hold around 6 to 8 cups of water. But smaller and travel-sized water kettles that hold around 4 cups and they tend to be less powerful.
Filter is necessary to get pure liquor from your kettle. There are two types filter available. One is temporary filter, which is needed to change after several time period and the other is permanent filter which has a specific warranty period. So chose the write one which will not create extra cost in future.
It is necessary to measure the water level into your kettle. Though maximum standard kettle has the water gauge, it is also a matter of concern when you going to buy an electric kettle
Espresso &Cappuccino Machines
Espresso and Cappuccino Machines now are very important tools for your daily purposes. There are many brands and styles of Cappuccino & Espresso Machines on the market today. So if you want to buy the best, you need to know its main features and try to follow all of them properly
Manual Espresso Machines
A manual espresso machine doesn’t provide any advance and powerful feature at all. You can use here only the ground coffee. You have to fill a portafilter handle, tamp down the coffee, brush off any loose coffee grounds and lock the handle into the filter holder. After that, you have to pull the handle that’s on top of the machine. So here you should be concern about its filter, water reservoir and its spout as well as how friendly it is to use anywhere.
It is almost similar as feature of manual and semi manual espresso machine. You can use only ground coffee here. Though there are a reservoir in the back and need to fill with water. It doesn’t store your coffee grounds so for every cup of coffee you have to fill the portafilter with ground coffee. There is another feature its pump and have a frothing feature on the side, so you can froth or steam your own milk, mix it with espresso shot and make cappuccino or latte.
A super automatic or an Automatic espresso machine has some of advance features which makes it user friendly and able to make tasty espresso with very short time.Super-automatic espresso machines allow you to store coffee directly in the unit as well as grind it freshly each time you use it. Super-automatic machines tend to be bigger than semi-automatics, so make sure that you have enough space in your kitchen. It has modern touch operation system, auto On/Off button, temporary and permanent filter. Super-automatics will grind a pre-measured dose of espresso beans and extract a specific amount of coffee, from demitasse espresso to full cup of coffee. The used coffee grounds are placed into an internal bin that you need to dispose once it’s full.
Juicers are very common in a modern and ideal kitchen. We all like to drink fruit juice in breakfast or the other daily meal and it’s a very healthy habit. So you need the best one at your kitchen cabinet so that you can quickly and comfortably make juice for yourself or for your guests. Look at the following features we are going to discuss.
- The Electric Citrus Fruit Juicer has stainless steel cylinder, spout and a motorized juicing cone and a strainer
- Some juicer has double interchangeable squeezer so that it’s possible to juice any sized fruits or vegetables.
- The motor power ensures quick performance without wasting energy or making excessive noise. If you want to get more powerful motor, search for 850 W or more.
- It has a user friendly operating system with auto start/stop button.
- Some well-branded juicer provides custom pulp controlling system which allows you to select three different modes High, Medium and Low. So that you can collect more flawless juice easily
- Its larger food chute is another matter. So you don’t need to spend more time to cut fruits or vegetables. In this way the juicer will provide nutritious juice within few seconds and also save your preparation time in the kitchen.
- Most of the standard juicer has a stainless steel cutting disk/strainer basket for flawless juicing as well as has a large pulp container
- The juicer should be easy reassembled and cleaning process should be comfortable.
We use slow cooker for preparing food in a slow mode. When we want to boil something or cooking something for long time, which requires maintaining a relatively low temperature than baking or frying and allowing unattended cooking for many hours like pot roast, stews or soups or other suitable dishes, we use Slow Cookers.
Here I’m going to provide you a comprehensive guide that will give you all the information you need on how to buy a slow cooker.
When you are going to buy any Slow Cooker, the size is more important to select first. There are different sizes slow cooker in the markets from 1-12 quarts. As your requirement, you should buy one of them. If you need to cook food for yourself or for two/three persons, the smallest sized Slow Cooker would be best for you. But if you think about a family with 4-6 members, you need medium sized (4-6 Quarts) Slow Cooker. Sometimes it’s not a bad idea to buy a larger size just in case you have guests over or if you want to freeze some meals for later.
In maximum Slow Cooker power is measured in watts and it ranges from 1500-2000 watts. The well branded larger models provide more power in its products. Most models offer at least 2 heat settings, but some models offer more than that. You should chose an “automatic” option which allows you to set the timer. It’s also important another feature that you should look is a “keep warm” setting. This stops food that’s ready to serve from to have a “keep warm” setting.
Digital Control Panel
Most of the modern Slow Cooker have the feature of programmable digital control panel. The panel controls programmable cooking time, cooking temperature and auto keep warming system. You can set your cooking time from 30 minutes up to 20 hours. Its digitally displayed timer counts down the cooking time or temperature high/low and can turns automatically shift over to a convenient keep-warm mode at the end of the cooking.
Most of the Slow Cookers made of stainless steel and other food graded metal. It has removable pots, air light lid, cool and easy grab handle which makes it more potable. All this parts are dishwasher safe and can clean easily at home. So make sure its easier cleaning before select any model of Slow cooker.
A toaster oven is very useful equipment of your modern kitchen. In the early morning when you need a crispy toast in your breakfast, a toaster oven will be your best friend. You know a toaster oven have more function than a normal one. It can brown and crispy foods like roast, bake, broil or reheat. So with one equipment you can do multi type cooking and can complete recipe for your lunch, dinner or for any party. You can treat it as miniature version of your large, conventional oven. It is also energy efficient. But to buy a perfect toaster oven for your family you need to do some homework on best toaster oven brands.
You know that your Toaster Over gives you multiple cooking functions, this is why many people use them as second ovens. These functions include: Bake, Broil, Toast, Warm, Reheat, Defrost and more.
You can eat frozen food any time by the defrosting facilities of your toaster oven. Suppose you like to store your bread in the freezer, then when you need to ready the bread for your breakfast, you can get it within few minutes by defrosting process. Most toaster oven models offer a defrost cycle and have the capacity to calculate the additional time it will take when cooking food from frozen.
At present maximum Toaster Oven has its programmable auto operating system, where you get its Auto Shut-Off program. This Auto Shut-Off program, automatically shut off your toaster after completion its cooking cycle or when time you set runs out. The automatic shut off feature comes in handy for those who have to step out of the kitchen when preparing food.
It is may be surprising but fact that, qualitative Toaster Oven has the reheat opportunity. So you can reheat leftovers in a toaster oven within couple of minutes and your food will not lose its “crunch”. But remember that Toaster Oven Reheat settings are bit different than a microwaves reheat settings.
Toast Shade is one of the important feature of the Toaster Oven which lets you select how dark you want your toast to be. There are some differences of this toast shade in different type Toaster Oven. Remember the higher the shade setting the darker the toast will turn out. That’s why you need to be more conscious to read the Toaster Model’s instruction properly to select the perfect Toaster Shade when going to buy.
Today, some of modern Toaster Brands provide Interior Light in its products. It lets you observe food condition while cooking and helps you to prevent accidental burns that may occur. You feel comfort when it shows your food status into the oven.
It’s not a common feature for all models but there are many Toaster Ovens have the facilities to temperature setting feature. It gives the opportunity to set Toaster Oven’s temperature mode while cooking. As a result you can make ready the oven according to your need.
Timer is now a common feature for a programmable auto Toaster Oven. The Timer lets you specify the amount of time as you need to cook specific item. It’s necessary especially for different cooing functions like bake, broil and toast function. Sometimes you can do the same as time by setting you toaster shade technically.
Today the best brands include different shape display at its Toaster Oven. The modern display shows you cooking setting, the time remaining and date/time. So a display can be the more useful for you while cooking on it.
Infrared Heating Elements
It is very important feature of a Toaster Oven. With this feature the toaster will automatically have instant heat, which means preheating is no longer necessary. As a result you can leave with evenly cooked food in a fraction of the time. There are also two types of infrared heating elements: Near and Far.