If you love nothing more than creating recipes in the heart of your home, adding to your tool and appliance collection is likely a necessity. Sure, it’s tempting to buy them all, but these are our favorite premium gadgets because they’ll yield the highest return over the long term.
Before browsing our list, consider what type of cooking you enjoy and do most. If you make a lot of extravagant meals, you’d probably get the most use out of a French-style Dutch oven. All about quick and easy? Then an Instant Pot would probably be a wise investment.
No matter how much or little you cook, all the gadgets on our list are sure to deliver consistent (and delicious) results. They’ll also last for years. While some are for unique cooking needs, most will benefit just about any type of home chef. So, let’s get cooking!
Table of Contents
- A Quality Chef’s Knife: Wüsthof Classic Eight-Inch
- A Stand Mixer: KitchenAid Artisan Series
- A Slow Cooker: Crock-Pot
- A Sous Vide Cooker: Anova Culinary Precision Cooker
- A Pressure Cooker: Instant Pot
- A Food Processor: Cuisinart Elemental
- An Air Fryer: Instant Vortex
- A High-Quality Blender: The Vitamix E310 Explorian
- A Dutch Oven: Le Creuset
- A Vacuum Sealer: FoodSaver
The most versatile kitchen tool is a quality chef’s knife, and while you might already own an oldie-but-goodie, a cheaply made blade isn’t worth your time. Cheaper knives are less comfortable in your hand and require sharpening more frequently.
Also, keep in mind that all knives need occasional sharpening, but a cheaper one won’t hold its edge as well. Although we always recommend actually holding a knife to find one that best fits your hand, the Wüsthof classic eight-inch is one of our favorites.
Many view the stand mixer as a bulky gadget made for mixing batters and whipping cream, but they do so much more. These powerful beasts offer assistance to an avid baker or bread maker but function as other appliances with the right attachment.
The mixers feature a power hub, so you can attach any of the twelve available accessories to create anything your heart desires. The KitchenAid stand mixer’s possibilities are endless, from slicing and shredding, to pasta-making and sausage stuffing.
Slow cookers are another fantastic (yet small) investment totally worthwhile if you don’t already own one. There’s no better way to spend a cold winter’s day than by preparing ingredients and letting your home fill with the aroma of a soul-satisfying meal.
Not to mention these come in handy when you don’t have time to cook but still want to enjoy a lovely homecooked dinner. These also function well as food warmers if you need hot food held for parties. Soups, stews, dips, and casseroles all love keeping warm in this nonstick, easy-to-clean slow cooker, so be sure to pick one up as soon as you can.
Crock-pot SCCPVF620S Smart Pot Slow Cooker with Easy to Clean Stoneware | Programmable 6 Quart | Stainless Steel
You’ve probably heard that sous vide is all the rage. Both beginning chefs and home cooks love the perfect results they get every time they use their sous vide precision cookers.
The Anova Sous Vide Cooker works for cooking your food to the perfect degree of doneness while also locking in moisture and flavor for an unbeatable meal. They are easy to use, attach to any large container, and the detachable clamp and metal skirt are dishwashers safe.
This built-to-last machine is water-resistant and easily controlled with the ANOVA app or manually with the built-in controls. Get your hands on one of these gadgets—you’ll be hooked forever.
Anova Culinary AN500-US00 Sous Vide Precision Cooker (WiFi), 1000 Watts | Anova App Included, Black and Silver
A multi-cooker is another fun and valuable appliance you’ll love adding to your countertop. By now, you’ve heard of the famous Instant Pot, which cooks food fast and saves you time.
Cook rice, steam, saute, warm or slow cook just about anything you can think of but at a much quicker rate. The touch panel is programmed for multiple different foods, giving you the freedom to press a button and walk away.
While these easy-to-use appliances take a lot of the fun out of actual cooking, we all have days where we just don’t have the time or energy. It’s on those days that a pressure cooker can be a real godsend.
Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker, Warmer & Sterilizer, 6 Quart, Stainless Steel/Black
Food processors are another one of those kitchen appliances that often go underutilized. These powerful machines replace several other cooking tools and offer convenient assistance with everyday prep.
Chop veggies, grind meat, or make creamy nut butter with the press of a button. Take it up a notch and design a tangy salad dressing or blend homemade pesto for that lovely pasta meal you’ve been dying to try. The sharp blade and powerful motor work flawlessly together to create some of the loveliest scratch meals around.
There’s no better kitchen appliance for the consistency of deliciously crisp fried foods, with a major slash in calories than an air fryer. These contraptions are super popular, especially for anyone looking for a healthier way to eat fried foods.
With thousands of air fryer recipes to choose from on the internet, you’ll love preparing the perfect golden crisp meals with 95% less fat or oil than normal deep frying. The Instant Vortex offers fantastic bang for your buck. You’ll get nourishing meals that won’t clog your arteries.
Instant Vortex 4-in-1 Basket Air Fryer with 4 Customizable One-Touch Cooking Programs, Digital Touchscreen, Large Non-Stick Fryer Basket, and 6 Quart Capacity, Black
Blend a frosty shake or smoothie, puree a hearty soup, or create a frozen treat with the premium blender of your dreams. You’ll surprise yourself with the dozens of treats you can make with the Vitamix Explorian.
The large container size and variable blade speeds help pulse and blend through some of the toughest ingredients. The high-performance motor is built to last, and the machine literally cleans itself with a little soap, water, and the press of a button.
If you’re looking for a blender that will last a lifetime, this is it, but feel free to check out some of our other favorites.
Another fantastic splurge that’s worth your hard-earned cash is a Le Creuset Dutch Oven. This indispensable piece of cookware works wonders on a stovetop or in the oven and looks fantastic on a dining room table.
The cast-iron design’s heat distribution is superior to other cookware, and the interior and exterior enamel provide resistance to wear and tear. These made-to-last Dutch ovens are fit for bread baking, braising, and slow cooking memorable meals that will make your heart sing.
If the price tag on the Le Creuset is a bit out of reach, take a look at our full list of Dutch ovens for any budget.
Like most other products on this list, the FoodSaver is a one-time, big purchase that will save you loads of money in the long run. This automatic vacuum sealing system keeps food fresh longer, as it removes air before the plastic bag is sealed.
Be sure to take advantage of expensive meats like USDA prime grade beef when it goes on sale by buying in bulk to seal and freeze for later use. Keep in mind this contraption paired with the sous vide precision cooker makes a duo you’ll love to use.
FoodSaver V4840 2-in-1 Vacuum Sealer Machine with Automatic Bag Detection and Starter Kit | Safety Certified | Silver, 18.80 x 9.50 x 10.60 inches
Whether you love experimenting with new recipes or want to cut down the time you spend cooking, you’re sure to find something on this list you need in your kitchen. These 10 gadgets are all wise investments!