The most used small kitchen appliances vary greatly depending on individual cooking style and needs, but mixers, blenders, food processors and toasters are some of the most essential appliances for a standard kitchen, as listed by The Kitchn. Individuals may also want a microwave, slow cooker, juicer or food dehydrator.
Individuals can choose an electric hand-held mixer for occasional baking needs, but those who bake often may prefer a stand mixer. Mixers are useful for preparing cake batter, muffin batter, cookie dough, frosting and dips. A high-quality countertop blender from a brand such as BlendTec or Vitamix is useful for preparing smoothies, soups, sauces and milkshakes, and it can also grind nuts, grains and beans into a flour. An immersion blender is a less powerful alternative ideal for occasional blending needs.
A 3-cup capacity food processor may be used for preparing salsas, dips, purees and pesto, but individuals may opt for an 11-cup food processor if they wish to chop vegetables. Popular brands include KitchenAid and Cuisinart. A standard toaster is appropriate for those who only wish to toast bread and halved bagels. Those who wish to cook, roast or bake other food items without heating up a larger oven may opt for a toaster oven.