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Upgrade Your Dinner Game With the Best Countertop Kitchen Appliances

Top Pick: Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 6 Quart

Early last month, I decided to make something I loved but never made myself: pork belly. I bought the ingredients and made a plan but didn’t realize how long it would take to slowly braise. As I was wracking my brain for alternatives, I walked past the closet that held the pressure cooker that I purchased at the start of 2019 and barely used since then. The results blew my mind. My pork belly was packed full of flavor and tenderized in just 37 minutes, instead of the nearly three hours of cooking time that it would normally take without one of the best-rated kitchen appliances.

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These appliances can be extremely useful in upgrading your cooking. These five are my personal favorites and are useful in a large number of recipes. If you haven’t stepped out of your comfort zone recently, these appliances will help you do that and take your cooking to the next level.

Best Pressure Cooker: Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 6 Quart

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The Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 is one of the best-rated kitchen appliances, as well as one of the best-selling models on Amazon. Not only is it a pressure cooker, but it’s a sterilizer, slow cooker, yogurt maker, saute pan, rice cooker, and warmer. It’s super easy to clean with a fingerprint-resistant stainless steel lid and dishwasher-safe accessories. It’s one of the best appliances for meal prepping with a delayed start function that can be triggered up to 24 hours in advance.

Best Hand Blender: BELLA Immersion with Whisk Attachment

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The BELLA Immersion Hand Blender with Whisk Attachment is one of the top-rated kitchen appliances on Amazon. It quickly mixes sauces, purees soups, and makes smoothies and dips. With a 250-watt motor, this product can blend, whip, and chop to your heart’s content. This handheld blender is removable, dishwasher safe, and BPA-free.

Best for Small Kitchens: Hamilton Beach Sandwich Maker

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There’s really nothing that beats the quick and easy comfort of a breakfast sandwich. It’s filling, dependable. If you love breakfast foods and have a small kitchen, then it’s time to cash in on the Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker. This appliance is even great for making custom sandwiches for keto and paleo diets. Plus, it comes with 25 sandwich recipes. Note that all of the parts are removable, dishwasher safe, and have a nonstick coating.

Best Juicer: Cuisinart CCJ-500 Pulp Control

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There’s nothing quite like freshly squeezed orange juice! I’m not talking about the store bought kind that says “freshly squeezed” on the label. I mean real deal, like the DIY lifestyle kind of fresh. The Cuisinart CCJ-500 has dishwasher-safe parts and is BPA free. It also has an extra-long snap-up spout to accomadate more glasses and prevent dripping.

Best Food Processor: Hamilton Beach 10 Cups - Bowl

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When you have a kitchen that is light on the storage capacity, then you have to turn to some of the best small appliances on the market, the Hamilton Beach Food Processor & Vegetable Chopper. With a reversible stainless steel disc, this product can operate at a two-speed pulse and 450 watts of power. With a 10 cup capacity, this food processor can handle a large volume of food, so that you can chop, puree, and mince to your heart’s content.

Best Coffee Grinder: Black + Decker, 2/3 Cup Capacity

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Did you ever hear the coffee tastes better if it’s stored in whole bean form? If not, then it’s time to optimize your morning beverage and cash in on an electric coffee grinder. One of the best-rated appliances, the Black + Decker Coffee Bean Grinder is a great option. With stainless steel blades, you can grind anything from herbs and spices to grains. It also has a lid-locking safety feature, so there are no spills or accidents.

This story was originally published by Chaya M. Milchtein on 08/18/2020 and updated with new information by Juliana Clark on 04/27/2021.

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Chaya Milchtein is an automotive educator, freelance writer, and empowerment speaker who's made it her mission to engage and empower people in her community and beyond.