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7 Convenient Kitchen Appliances to Breeze Through Holiday Meals

The Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker, Elite Gourmet Triple Buffet Food Server, and the Ninja double Air Fryer.
Hamilton Beach/Elite Gourmet/Ninja

If you’ve ever hosted a holiday dinner, you know all about the stress of finding enough room to cook everything, while also ensuring the entire meal gets served hot. That’s why having the right kitchen appliances and accessories is essential!

We’ve compiled a list of seven handy kitchen devices that will help you cook your delicious meal, keep all the food hot, or both! From food-warming buffet centers to countertop convection ovens, there’s sure to be at least one item on our list any holiday host or hostess will appreciate having in their kitchen.

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A Buffet Server & Food Warmer

An Elite Gourmet triple food server placed on a countertop filled with delicious food for a holiday dinner.
Elite Gourmet

Serving a buffet-style dinner allows your guests to take as much (or little) food as they’d like, and it makes things feel a little less formal, which some people really appreciate.

This handy triple buffet server will help keep things casual during dinner time and help keep your food hot before. It’s especially helpful while cooking. Once a dish is complete, add it to the warming tray and move on to your next.

Each of the three buffet trays measures 12.5 x 7 x 2 inches and will easily hold a large side dish like mashed potatoes or rolls and cornbread. Keeping several dishes hot is your main concern; this stainless steel buffet server is a fantastic item to have on hand.

Alternatively, the base can be used separately as a warming tray for keeping small appetizers and finger foods hot.

Elite Gourmet Triple Buffet Food Server

Keep your food hot and save oven space for the main course.

A Large-Capacity Slow Cooker

A large capacity slow cooker by hamilton Beach, being transported to a home for a holiday dinner.
Hamilton Beach

If having an entire row of buffet trays sounds like a bit much, slow cookers function similarly. Even better, there are loads of recipes that require minimal work and only the press of a button so you can cook your meal with them, too.

There’s nothing like letting your slow cooker take some of the load off your shoulders during busy holidays like Thanksgiving or Christmas. The Hamilton Beach 10-Quart slow cooker features a standard dial with three temperature settings.

If you plan to take this to someone else’s home, you’ll appreciate the gripped handles and clip-tight sealed lid features. If a 10-quart slow cooker is too large, feel free to check out the smaller five-quart version.

Hamilton Beach 10-Qt Slow Cooker

Keeps your favorite dishes hot until dinnertime.

Ninja Foodi Air Fryer with Two Baskets

A Ninja Foodi dual basket air fryer placed over a countertop, with a few plates of hot air fried foods.
Ninja

Having an air fryer handy during the holidays is helpful, but having a huge air fryer with two compartments is excellent! We have the Ninja Foodi and love everything about it. You can easily fit three or four Idaho potatoes in each basket and cook them up in less than an hour.

Crispy green beans and mac and cheese balls are just a few of the delicious recipes you can make in this large-capacity air fryer. Use the match cook function for cooking both four-quart compartments at the same temperature and timer setting.

You can also use both chambers with different timer and temp settings. Both baskets are also easy to clean, either by hand or in the dishwasher. You’ll love having this air fryer, plus a few other accessories handy for the holidays.

Ninja Foodi Dual Basket Air Fryer

All the extra space makes holiday meal prep much easier.

Instant Pot Seven-in-One Pressure Cooker

An instant pot duo placed over a red background, with plate of recently cooked food and a stamp displaying America's number one choice for pressure cookers.
Instant Pot

From making bulk batches of homemade yogurt to sterilizing baby bottles, there are numerous reasons to buy a pressure cooker. While you’ll appreciate the Instant Pot Duo year-round, it’s especially a lifesaver during the holidays. Traditional stuffing, creamed corn, and macaroni and cheese are just a few of the dishes your Instant Pot can cook for Thanksgiving.

This six-quart pressure cooker is also relatively safe for kids to use and help make dinner. From batch cooking to easy cleanup, you’ll love the easy, breezy cooking this kitchen sidekick will do for you.

Instant Pot Duo Electric Pressure Cooker

This kitchen workhorse will cook up just about anything for you.

A Countertop Convection Oven

An Elite Gourmet countertop convectional oven with french oven doors.
Elite Gourmet

Many of us dream of having an impressive, fully equipped kitchen, like those we see on Instagram. However, most of us can only afford to make do with a traditional electric stove. While we’d never discourage you from dreaming about double wall ovens or gorgeous gas cooktops, investing in an additional countertop oven is a more practical option.

We love this conventional toaster oven because it bakes, broils, and keeps food warm. It has a 45-liter capacity you can use to toast up to 18 slices of bread. It even has a rotisserie spit for roasting, and heats up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. You’ll be so relieved to have this mini oven to help you cook things during the busy holiday season.

Elite Gourmet Double French Door Counter Oven

Will help you get everything cooked and keep it all warm, without taking up too much space.

Presto Electric Griddle

A Presto electric griddle with multiple breakfast foods cooking on it.
Presto

Along with oven space, stove burners are the first to go when it comes to finding room to cook everything for large parties. You’ll love having this Presto electric griddle to help with dinner, but it’s perfect for whipping up breakfast the next morning, too.

It features 231 square inches of cooking surface perfect for getting side dishes sizzling and ready to eat. The 26.25- x 13.5-inch textured surface offers enhanced nonstick performance and the heavy, cast-iron base retains heat incredibly well. You’ll also appreciate the removable handles and drip tray for easy storage.

Presto Electric Griddle

Perfect for when you're out of burners.

Warming Trays

A few homeart electric warming trays placed over a counter, ready for a few hot pots and pans.
Homeart

If your biggest challenge is keeping multiple pots and pans of food really hot, you’ll love these myhotmat warming trays. You can adjust the temperature with the press of a button, place your dishes on it, and then move on to making your other sides.

You can use myhotmat with all heat-safe cook- and bakeware, including aluminum and glass. The 9- x 9-inch warming trays are ideal for any small, medium, or large pot or pan. Plus, they have connectivity features, so you can plug one into another, depending on how many you purchase.

It’s a brilliant investment if you often host large dinner parties, especially around the holidays.

Electric Warming Trays

Keep those pots of food hot while you keep on cookin'.


These seven handy cookers and warmers will make preparing even the biggest of holiday feasts much easier. If you’ll also have guests staying overnight, give yourself a break the morning after and serve breakfast continental style.

Emilee Unterkoefler Emilee Unterkoefler
Emilee Unterkoefler is a freelance food writer, hiking enthusiast, and mama with over ten years of experience working in the food industry. Read Full Bio »

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