Pretty much every home these days comes with standards like a fridge and freezer combo, a range, and a dishwasher. And when asked, most homebuyers would probably list these as the necessary kitchen appliances. But these days, there are so many other options when it comes to appliances large and small for the kitchen that modern homeowners might be willing to add a few others to their standard list of must-haves. Here are a handful that every cook should consider.
- Double oven. If you like to bake or you find yourself hosting holiday feasts, you’ll quickly come to appreciate the utility of having a double oven in your kitchen. These stacked appliances won’t cause you to lose much counter or floor space, and if you bemoan what could have been a cabinet, simply use one of them for storing cookware when not in use. And cooking for a large family will certainly be made easier with two ovens to fit your entrees and sides. You could even add a warming drawer to the mix if cooking and baking are a big part of your average day.
- Induction cooktop. Efficiency is the name of the game in home appliances these days, and considering that this countertop product uses less than a third of the energy required for a standard electric stovetop, it’s not surprising that household cooks have started to take notice. Even better, induction cooking surfaces don’t actually heat up, making them a safe alternative to the dangers of gas and electric stoves. Of course, you’ll need specific pots and pans (cast iron or stainless steel, for example) in order to cook on this surface, but with precision controls to rival gas cooking, induction cooktops are becoming a popular alternative to the standard fare.
- Keurig. Short of pulling out a magic wand, there are few quicker and easier ways to whip out a cup of coffee, tea, or any hot beverage than with a Keurig, unless you’re partial to camp coffee (just dump the grounds in boiling water and drink up). This machine (and knockoffs like it) have become one-cup wonders, ensuring that everyone in your home can have the hot beverage they prefer with the push of a button.
- Wine fridge. Okay, not everyone uses these mini fridges for wine – some people use them for beer, sodas, or other cold drinks. But having one in your kitchen can definitely free up space in the fridge that might otherwise be taken up with bulky bottles. And unless you have a dedicated wine cellar, it will help to ensure that your pricy collection of vino doesn’t turn into vinegar.
- Microwave. To be honest, most modern homes now come complete with a microwave, a convenience in cooking that has yet to be rivaled. Of course, you might prefer to order a range hood from an outlet like HoodFilters.com for additional ventilation power if you commonly cook on your stove. But you could still situate a microwave on a counter surface or even create a custom built-in space to accommodate this handy appliance.