If you love hosting your friends and family for a fun dinner, you’re likely always looking for the perfect kitchen appliances to help make your cooking routine easier (and maybe even tastier). Recently, “Today” hosted Consumer Reports digital lifestyle editor to share the magazine’s picks for the appliances every kitchen countertop should make room for. (If you aren’t familiar Consumer Reports is in the business of testing and testing and testing products to make sure consumers are spending their money wisely.) Some of these appliances won’t be that surprising, but some picks may encourage you to go ahead and spend the money for whatever you’ve been thinking about buying.
5 Countertop Appliances Every Kitchen Should Have:
1. NuWave Air Fryer // $74.95
Fried food without guilt? You bet. This model comes with six preset options and most of it is dishwasher safe.
2. Crock-Pot Cook ‘N’ Carry Slow Cooker // $29.50
Shocking, right? What’s more shocking is how many people don’t realize the OG Crock-Pot is a steal of a deal. Not to mention– this one always you to remove the stoneware and carry it as a serving dish.
3. Oster Pro 1200 Blender (Food Processor) // $81.99
It’s a blender and a food processor! You can make salsa, smoothies and probably just about any other concoction that requires a little blending.
4. Black & Decker 8-Slice Digital Extra Wide Toaster Oven // $82.82
Yes, you probably already have an oven, but toaster ovens heat faster and are easier to clean.
5. Instant Pot Multicooker // $59.00
These bad boys aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, especially if it ends up on your kitchen counter. You can cook, bake, sear, steam, roast– and more!