The Latest Trends in Small but Helpful Appliances

You don’t know you need these, but we’re guessing once you try one, you’ll wonder how you lived without it.

Toaster Oven

Snooze? Not anymore. If your toaster oven is looking a little crusty (or just getting slow) upgrade to a convection toaster, which cooks faster than a regular oven by blowing air over the food. This Breville model not only toasts six slices of bread, it’ll cook a 13-inch frozen pizza. Got teenagers? This is a must.

Breville BOV800XL The Smart Oven 1800-Watt Convection Toaster Oven with Element IQ

Panini Press/Grill

When are sandwiches for dinner not pathetic? When they’re delicious, oozy paninis. Rival your favorite restaurant’s grilled sandwiches with this multi-tasking grill with grates that flip to make those perfect little toasty stripes. It also opens up flat so you can use it as a griddle.

Cuisinart GR-4 Griddler Stainless-Steel 4-in-1 Grill/Griddle and Panini Press


Instead of separate rice cooker and slow cooker, multicookers are the new hot appliance because they do both. They have settings to steam rice (or veggies) and can also slow cook. Some even have settings for oatmeal or risotto.

Krups RK7011 4-in-1 10-Cup Rice Cooker and Steamer

Kitchen Scale

Professional chefs and bakers swear by their kitchen scales. It’s the only way to accurately measure dry goods. Home cooks have always used measuring cups, but that’s starting to change thanks to books like “Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Every Day Cooking” by Michael Ruhlman.

OXO Softworks Food Scale