Through my Social Media Pages where I share my recipes, I am constantly asked questions on what appliance one should buy and which is better, etc. So I decided to list all the Essential Kitchen Appliances that I have collected over the years. I wish I had this appliance checklist when I was setting up my first kitchen, life would have been so much simpler. But oh well, I learnt along the way and now I make sure I invest in the best.
If you have a kitchen that is stocked with the least number of equipments it is possible to cook adequately. However I believe that there are certain essential appliances, which we could own in our kitchens that will make our lives easier. Not only will it make us want to get into the kitchen more but also to cook more often than we like. This would also mean you would begin experimenting with variety of ingredients and cuisines. Here are someone of them that I own. It was easy for me to do an affiliate link with Amazon and Flipkart to show you all my favourite kitchen appliances that I own and you could own them too.
A few questions I ask before I buy an appliance. May be you can ask yourself these questions too :)
1. How many times will I use this appliance?
2. If I don’t know the answer to the above, then I google to see what recipes I can make with it (Oh Yeah!! I Google too)
3. I would most often find many recipes that I can make over the coarse of the year and may be as often as once a week. Bingo, I then convince myself that its a good enough research work to buy the appliance.
4. When I am ready to buy, I check; Is there any other appliance with a good power (Watts), better brand, better rating, more reviews? One more elimination done!
5. Once the elimination work is done, I go ahead and make an investment.
So you see all the Kitchen Appliances I own below, have gone through the thought process, brand exercise, rating and elimination exercise. And yes I make sure I buy the best out there, so the number of times I have to run to a service shop is minimum. I have also listed a few of the appliances that are on my Kitchen Appliance Shopping List! I hope you enjoyed this informative post.
KitchenAid Cordless Hand Blender
My Usage: I use this everyday to make my Smoothies, whisk Dals & Kadhi's.
This Cordless Hand Blender is a fantastic essential kitchen appliance, that helps in quick whipping, blending, pureeing and chopping. It is out of the box portable and the blades can withstand high temperatures that makes it super easy for me to whisk the dals, soups & kadhi's. It is also perfect for making mayonnaise, baby food, sauces, curries, smoothies and more. What I love about this blender that it has a power of a drilling machine with sharp blades to make anything smooth. Its portable and I even take it for picnics and treks.
Preethi Blue Leaf Platinum 750-Watt Mixer Grinder
My Usage: I use this at least 4 times a week, this is apart from making Idli Dosa Batter & Dhokla's
Having a Mixer & Grinder that does mixing, grinding and juicing is a must have for every home. From making your own spice blends using the smallest jar, to grinding chutney with the medium jar, to making fresh juices and making dosa and dhokla batter using the tall jar, this machine does it all. What I like about Preethi is its powerful motor and sharp blades making the finest of the powders and smoothest of the batters. So much so that I have stopped using my Dosa Stone Grinder.
Oven Toaster Grill (We love homemade Gratins)
My Usage: I used to own one of these, but now I have a Wall Oven. I used this oven for Pizzas, Gratin's, French Toasts, Cakes, Cookies, Breads and so many more things. I used to put to use at least once a week now my wall oven does most of the work.
A counter-top oven is a great solution for energy-conscious, small-space cooking and kitchens. It's just big enough to bake a pie, a 13" round pizza, toast nuts, make small batches of cookies, muffins, individual cakes, roast meat, grill meat and vegetables, bake gratins, pastas, potatoes and more. Its important to separate a Microwave from its Oven, because these special ovens can withstand higher temperatures.
Philips Compact 2-Slice 800-Watt Pop-up Toaster
My Usage: Gosh, we are a toast loving family. I don't think I need to say more. We use it almost everyday
A pop-up toaster is almost an essential considering many of us love toasts for breakfast. An having a toaster with adjustable browning control is simply perfect for each one of the family members likes. And yes making sure it automatically pops once the browning level has reached is simply a must have in a toaster.
KitchenAid Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer
My Usage: At Least 2 times a week for making Bread/Roti/ Paratha Dough (Atta). But otherwise for making cakes, cookies and granola bars - once a month
Baking is just the beginning of what the KitchenAid stand mixer can do. It whips up everything from cakes, cookies, atta dough, creams to pasta to ice cream, to salsa and so much more. After my Philips Hand Mixer, this machine was the best investment in my kitchen to get baking done in an unattended fashion.
Imperia Ipasta Roller with Tagliatelle and Fettuccine Cutters, 6-inch
My Usage: With a Pasta crazy family - I must say the homemade pasta could be put to use more often than I would like it. So now, my usage is at least twice a month
From making my own Lasagna sheets, to Fettuccine, Linguine, Ravioli and many more, this machine works great and what more it you can make your pastas healthy too.
Imperia Raviolamp Sorrisi Ravioli mould Silver, 6-pieces
My Usage: I am always thinking healthy, and this is just perfect to make pasta's healthy and the Ravioli is a favorite at home. So this tool gets used often.
A Ravioli press is a must have and a healthy tool kit along with a pasta maker. And if you own the Imperia Pasta Maker or any manual pasta maker, then when you have this cutter, making your favorite Spinach Ricotta Ravioli's become a breeze
KitchenAid Food Chopper
My Usage: Use this at least 3 times a week and also during my video shoots. Love Love this equipment for its efficiency and beauty.
This was one of my most recent buys. I bought it so I can shred, slice, chop, puree, and more with the KitchenAid 200-Watt Food Chopper . I made hummus recently and it made such a perfect blend of it. The blades are so sharp that this chopper works like a pro and what more, if you have a baby, making baby food canâ€™t get easier with this mini chopper.
Philips Daily 300-Watt Hand Mixer
My Usage: Before the KitchenAid Stand Mixer, this was my to go equipment for baking and whisking. But I still continue to use it as often as I can, but now its my kids who use it more often than me.
The Hand Mixer is one of the best investments I made since when I knew such a product existed. I love baking tea time cakes and whipping cream for my fruits for my dinner parties. This 300W power runs perfectly to whip Cream, Cakes & Cookie Dough in minutes.
Prestige 800-Watt Sandwich Maker
This is such a handy piece of kitchen equipment that every one in the family including children can use with ease. Makes perfectly toasted crisp outers with soft fillings. Perfect to make a sandwich and pack for a school lunch or even a picnic where the fillings dont spill out and leak once packed.
Hamilton Beach Panini Press & Grill
On My Shopping List
It can grill vegetables, making a sandwiches, hash browns, mashed potatoes, grilling meat, making cheese croutons for salads, a french toast and many more. This has been on my list to buy. My eyes are on this one, but if I do find a cast iron Panini Press, that the one I will go for.
Philips Air fryer
On My Shopping List
If a machine can produce a dish like french fries crisp and tasty, then it has be really good. It circulates super heated air around a grill component, thereby avoiding the usage of unnecessary oil. This quick and simple technology gives you healthier dishes in a matter of minutes.
Prestige PIC 3.0 V2 2000-Watt Induction Cooktop
I bought this equipment so I carry it around for my cooking classes. But I see this cooktop just perfect for Indian Kitchens as it makes cooking safe, fast, and easy. The cooktop comes pre-programmed with a variety of Indian menu options that can be easily chosen by pressing the feather touch buttons that are inbuilt in the cooktop. The buttons can also be used to control and change the temperature as well as the time settings.
Prestige PKSS 1.0 1350-Watt Electric Kettle
In My Shopping List
From boiling water for coffee/tea, making hot chocolate, soups happens in the matter of minutes. With attractive features like Automatic cut-off, single touch lid locking it a must have necessity for your modern kitchens.
Philips Daily Collection HR7629/90 650-Watt Mini Food Processor (Black)
The processor is a one solution for many needs in the kitchen. I used to own one of these while I was in the US and loved the many usages it came with. In India I find this model to have the best usage for the all the cooking needs that one could think of. From whipping cream, kneading dough, beating eggs, whisking sauces, blending, pureeing, shredding, grating, chopping and even mince meat into nice uniform chunks with ease.
Samsung MW73AD-B/XTL 20-Litre 800-Watt Solo Microwave Oven
I personally use a microwave oven mostly for warming my food. My children can also independently warm their water, milk and food which put this machine into a good use. There are convection microwaves also available, that you can use for more than heating - like baking and grilling. I own a Samsung Convection Microwave and its a great one for everyday use like warming and even making grilled cheese toasts for breakfast.
Philips Saeco Poemia HD8325 1-Litre Manual Espresso Machine
On My Shopping List
A good cup to begin your day with is something that is irreplaceable. I have always wanted one where I can grind my beans and make a fresh expressor, a cappuccino or even whip my creame for the coffee. Its on my shopping list and has some great reviews to buy as well.
Panasonic SR-Y22FHS 5.4-Litre 750-Watt Automatic Rice Cooker
On My Shopping List
The best part about having a rice cooker is that you can set the rice cooker to cook for a prescribed time and go about your work activities as the cooker does its job to perfection. What’s more is the cooker has a feature that allows the food to remain warm for almost 4 hours after cooking. The clear steaming basket allows efficient cooking of the food, and allows you to even steam your meat or vegetables in the cooker.