I am what you call an appliance junkie. Quesadilla Maker, Griddle, Fondue Pot, I have them all, and use them too. I was so happy the day I came home to find my husband bought me a KitchenAid Stand Mixer. I have wanted one forever and it was a huge surprise, and I didn’t even care that the first thing we made was DH’s homemade pizza dough! Now I need to start dropping hints for the rest of the my favorite Top Kitchen Appliances on my holiday wish list.
KitchenAid’s Artisan stand mixer is a substantial piece of equipment: 325 watts of mixing power make child’s play of creaming butter, kneading dough, and whipping cream. This model comes with three attachments: a flat beater for making batter, meat loaf, and all textures in-between; a wire whip for egg whites, mayonnaise, and more air-infused creations; and a hook for mixing and kneading yeast doughs, and pouring shield. (Product Description by Betsy Danheim)
The 5-Speed Hand Blender is one countertop appliance with limitless options and versatility. The 8-inch blending arm reaches perfectly into deeper pots. The Industry’s First Interchangeable Bell Blade Assemblies can be easily changed with no tools required; Simply twist off and on to switch from one bell blade assembly to another. The S-blade is ideal for blending, the multi-purpose blade crushes ice and the frother/beater blade froths milk. Also included, a whisk and chopper attachment for even greater versatility.
The All-Clad Removable Plate Grill/Griddle features removable die-cast aluminum grill and griddle plates, so it can be used as a full grill or half grill/half griddle to prepare a wide range of meals. Temperature Control for Customized Cooking The wide temperature range offers options such as Keep Warm (180 degrees F) and Sear (450 degrees F). The 1700-watt power and embedded heating elements provide efficient and even cooking. Convenient LED Indicator Lights and Nonskid Feet LED indicator lights let you know when the power is on, when the cooking surfaces are heating up and when the grill/griddle is ready for cooking.
With a powerful motor and Variable Speed Control, this machine has the ability to process the variety of textures and ingredients that master chefs require. Commercial-grade, powerful, 2-peak horsepower motor that propels blades up to 240 mph to blend the toughest ingredients. Easy-to-use equipment paired with extreme versatility. The ability to chop, cream, blend, heat, grind, churn and more, with a single machine. Quick and easy self-cleaning with a drop of dish soap and warm water; just run on High for 30 seconds. 7-year full warranty
A perfect gift for new homemakers, the food processor has become an integral part of modern cooking, speeding up a multitude of processes, including kneading dough; slicing; chopping; shredding cheese, vegetables, and meat; mincing garlic and parsley; mixing batters; and emulsifying mayonnaise. Cuisinart’s Custom food processor comes with a 14-cup work bowl; five basic attachments for slicing, shredding, chopping, mixing, and kneading; and also features two feed-tube options. In addition, a custom-contoured spatula, a recipe booklet, and a 30-minute video designed to familiarize the new owner with the care and use of the food processor are included. (Product description by Victoria Jenkins)
Cuisinart gets extra credit for its innovative Touch to Toast Lever-less Toaster! Features one-sided enhanced bagel toasting, reheat and defrost controls, audible alert signal, and 7 shade settings.
The Griddler™ Panini & Sandwich Press was designed with a unique handle and hinge that allows the cover to adjust to the thickness of the sandwich you are preparing. Product Features: Brushed stainless steel housing with embossed “Griddler” logo, 11” x 7” non-stick, non-removable grill plates, preset temperature perfect for grilling sandwiches, power On/Ready to Cook indicator lights, instruction/Recipe book, cleaning tool with Cuisinart logo.
The Juice Fountain Crush makes juicing and cleanup easy. With features like a safe start system that requires all parts to be locked in before the juicer starts, reverse direction control, and an overload protection system that automatically stops the machine from operating when the load is too high, the Juice Fountain Crush makes operation safe and easy. To cleanup and flush out the system between making different kinds of juice without having to disassemble the entire machine, simply pour in 1-2 cups of water while the motor is running to flush the previous ingredients through. And even though it’s powerful, the Juice Fountain Crush’s 240 watt motor runs quietly so your morning glass of juice won’t wake the rest of the household. The upright design gives the Juice Fountain Crush a smaller footprint than horizontal masticating juicers, making it easier to fit on your counters. It includes a juicing jug for catching the juice that’s extracted, a pulp bin for the pulp, and also includes a filter cleaning brush, which can be used for brushing out the filter or (using the smaller end of the brush) cleaning the pulp out of any crevasses. (Measures 8-1/2 by 7-1/2 by 16-inch, 1-year limited warranty)
This easy-to-use Café Barista espresso maker from Mr. Coffee makes it easy to create coffeehouse-quality espresso drinks just like a professional. Effortlessly brew anything from rich aromatic espressos, creamy cappuccinos, and luscious lattes to more decadent variations like toffee lattes, cafe mochas, espresso martinis, and caramel cappuccinos. The unit’s one-touch control panel allows for selecting from a single- or double-shot of espresso, cappuccino, or latte, and handy indicator lights highlight the current selection.
Ideal for both everyday use and for entertaining, this 1500-watt countertop appliance brews one fresh cup of gourmet coffee, tea, or hot cocoa at a time. Not only does the single-cup home-brewing system ensure the freshest results (no more bitter coffee sitting in a carafe, going more bitter and stale with each minute), but it also makes it possible to customize drinks, since one guest might prefer regular while another decaf or hot tea after dinner. The Platinum Brewing System is Keurig’s best single-cup brewing system for your home.
What’s the appliance on the top of your wish list this holiday?