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Which Kitchen Appliances are Best?
Best, better, good, these are all relative terms. But it is helpful when friends 
let friends know what they like and why. Here are my favorite kitchen appliances.
And because not everything in the kitchen is an appliance, I included some of those too.
I love it for the quality, ease of use and cleanup, and how well it integrates into my kitchen.
  • Specially engineered 1800-watt motor, fan and heater deliver high-velocity, high-heat airflow for perfectly fried results with minimal noise
  • 0.6 cu. feet. capacity. Wide range of toaster oven functions: bake, broil, pizza, roast, toast, bagel, reheat, Warm, dual cook
  • Low temperature setting to slow cook, braise and more. Plus, dedicated functions for dehydrating and proofing
  • Air fry function and presets take the guesswork out of frying wings, fries, nuggets, snacks and veggies
  • More options to customize your cooking include: wide temperature range: 80°f to 450°f; adjustable time with preset ranges for each function; defrost and high/low convection fan speed options

Vitamix Blender
I love it to quickly make smoothies from whole fruits, vegetables, and protein powder. It powers through everything I throw into it.

Create batters, smoothies, juices, nut butters and so much more with the Vitamix 5300. This high-performing kitchen tool boasts a high-performing motor that propels the aircraft-grade, stainless-steel blades through tough ingredients to create the highest-quality blends.

Achieve a variety of textures with the variable-speed function that you can control and adjust anytime during the blending. Chunky soups, thick smoothie bowls, smooth and drinkable juices – do it all! The Pulse features lets you add a coarse chop to your blends for heartier recipes like chunky salsa.

The 64-oz. pitcher is the perfect size for everything from smoothies for one to entire family meals. And it's the right height to fit comfortably under most kitchen cabinets. Made in the USA, the Vitamix 5300 undergoes a meticulous 17-point inspection to ensure your blender performs for years to come.

I love that it fits the base of the blender I already have, so making nut butters, whole grain flours, etc. is super easy.
  • Specially designed blades grind whole grains into fresh flours, mix batter, and simulate the kneading process to easily prepare dough for baking
  • Every Vitamix container is clearly marked with ounce and cup measurements. Even the lid plug has a 2-ounce Measurement Line.
  • The angle of our spill-proof container spout lets you serve blends with a mess-free pour
  • With a drop of dish soap and Warm water, your Vitamix Machine can clean itself in 30 to 60 seconds.
I love that it pops popcorn with air, not fats, so we have a healthy snack to replace chips and other processed foods loaded with transfats and other harmful ingredients.
  • Makes up to ten cups of popcorn in under 3 minutes
  • 1500 watts of power
  • Removable chute and butter warming tray
  • All removable parts are dishwasher safe
  • Cord storage; on/off switch

I love the versatility of this pot. Dry beans (a staple in our home) are done perfectly in 30-40 minutes, not 4-5 hours. I soak overnight, of course.
  • Cooks fast and saves time: The Instant Pot Duo plus multi-cooker combines 9 appliances in one: pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, saute pan, egg cooker, yogurt maker, warmer and sterilizer – and cooks up to 70% faster
  • Consistently delicious: 15 one-touch smart programs put cooking ribs, soups, beans, rice, poultry, yogurt, desserts and more on autopilot – with tasty results
  • Easy to clean: Fingerprint-resistant stainless steel lid and components and accessories are dishwasher safe
  • Plenty of recipes: Free Instant Pot app on iOS and Android devices is, loaded with hundreds of recipes for any cuisine to get you started on your culinary adventure. Millions of users provide support and guidance in the many Instant Pot online communities
  • Advanced safety protection: The 10+ built-in safety features, including overheat protection, safety lock and more to ensure safe pressure cooking
  • Most popular size capacity: 6-quart large capacity cooks for up to 6 people – perfect for families, and also great formeal prepping and batch cooking for singles and smaller households
  • Cookware-grade inner pot: The Instant Pot stainless steel inner pot is made with a 3-ply bottom for durability and is healthy and dishwasher-safe

I love cast iron skillets because they have no synthetic coating that will interfere with my family's health. 

Mine have been handed down for generations, but I sometimes see them at antique stores, estate sales, etc. Full disclosure here: I have never bought this one, but it comes with a handy handle cover and appears to be good quality.
**Never let soap touch your skillet. Also don't leave it soaking for long. Clean it with water and one of these handy chainlink scrubbers. Then reseason it if necessary.
I love it because it gives a quick, acurate temperature reading. Cooking to a specific temperature has taken the guess-work out of meal prep involving meats.
  • 3-4 second ultra-fast response time with an accuracy better than ±0.9°F.
  • Large 1.4" easy-to-read display and IP65 splash-proof construction.
  • Integrated magnet for convenient storage on refrigerators or ovens.
  • Also perfect for oil fryers, bread, candy, coffee, and homebrews.
  • NSF certified superior build quality like nothing else on the market.
  • Backed by an industry-leading 3-year limited warranty.

I love it because now my salads aren't watery and I don't have to use towels to dry the greens!
  • Easy, one handed operation with patented pump mechanism and brake button
  • Soft, non slip knob locks down for storage, and a non slip ring and wide base keep bowl steady on countertop
  • Clear bowl can be used for serving; basket can be used separately as a colander
  • Clear, flat lid allows for convenient stacking when not in use, disassembles for easy cleaning
  • Parts are top rack dishwasher safe and BPA Free
  • Capacity 6.22 qt bowl, 4.95 qt basket, Dimensions 10.5 inch x 10.5 inch x 6 inch

but an essential if you have littles in your home.
I love them because my grandchildren love them:
- less waste and spillage
- metal isn't degraded by good Essential OIls
   --- yes, we ingest GRAS Vitality Oils 
  • made of food-grade stainless steel, which has no chemical odor, Eco-Friendly, BPA Free
  • light, easy to clean, can be stacked, edges of the cups are smooth
  • can withstand multiple falls and have very good hold feeling with the drink sleeves
  • keeps drinks cold and icy (up to 2 hours), it is not insulated to keep hot