The Best Countertop Appliances | Serious Eats

In many apartments, the kitchen is the space in which we make the most sacrifices. That area, while sometimes minuscule, is where you do all of your cooking. It’s also where you must skillfully Tetris your beloved appliances. But which ones are the must-haves, the ones that deserve to take up some of that precious counter space? These are the go-to items we at Serious Eats love and use all the time.


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  1. Jacqueline’s Sew Organized on April 30, 2021 at 12:29 am

    The older Hobart mixers actually have metal gears too. I have one and it’s a beast!

  2. Rexii Oper on April 30, 2021 at 12:29 am

    Sodastream? Wtf???

  3. Liz T on April 30, 2021 at 12:31 am

    The breville oven is great till it falls apart after only a year. I do not recommend it!

  4. Alactrium on April 30, 2021 at 12:32 am

    Fruit or cookies or
    *deepest breath*



  5. Ryan Heddins on April 30, 2021 at 12:33 am

    Chicken Nuggets, Please!!!

  6. Stacy Hackney on April 30, 2021 at 12:34 am

    Thank you.

  7. Oberschaf on April 30, 2021 at 12:34 am

    Sorry, but with these cheap tattoos, I just can’t take her seriously… not even when I’m trying…😔

  8. George Cockerill on April 30, 2021 at 12:35 am

    I would love to see a Serious Eats chicken nuggets recipe.

  9. L2THEC1 on April 30, 2021 at 12:36 am

    I love Breville since , the movie Enemy of the State, and that blender l still own, but how much did they pay ya’ll 😋😋😋

  10. Pretty Prudent on April 30, 2021 at 12:37 am

    …and then she swaps saliva with the dog at the end.

  11. Brenda Russell on April 30, 2021 at 12:37 am

    Your suggestions seem, mostly, to be in lottery territory. I will respectfully suggest, based on over 45 years of cooking, that any "expert" list of essentials be taken with at least a modicum of skepticism. Buy very little to begin with and add to that according to what you actually need, at an affordable price. Shop your local thrift store, not an online kitchen boutique. Don’t end up with a kitchen overflowing with thousands of dollars’ worth of stuff you’ve never used.

    After cooking for a family of 5, I have yet to purchase a food processor. I have knives and I’m not afraid to use them; none of my knives cost $150, let alone more. In fact, I doubt that all the knives I’ve ever bought cost that much, in total.

  12. David Greensmith on April 30, 2021 at 12:38 am

    I have the Breville Boss Blender, their stand mixer and their food processor. They give the Vitamix, Magimix and Kitchen Aid a run for their money.

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  14. Steve Ayala on April 30, 2021 at 12:39 am

    Lots of good stuff! One thing I would add is a sous vide circulator and maybe a vavuum sealer.

  15. Tacosauce on April 30, 2021 at 12:40 am

    Brags about her channel any chance she gets , we get it you want money

  16. James Hobbs on April 30, 2021 at 12:40 am

    She finds it hard to make rice on the stovetop?

  17. LaTonya Jackson on April 30, 2021 at 12:41 am

    All u need is a garden and some chickens.

  18. Harold Henderson on April 30, 2021 at 12:41 am

    After burning out 3 "kitchen" blenders, I bought a "bar" blender. 3 speeds, Off-Lo-Hi.

  19. Phillip Mulligan on April 30, 2021 at 12:44 am

    When you live in a small apartment with a small kitchen, you can only permanently keep up to small appliances on your counter top. Everything else must be kept in a small appliance cabinet or a roll around kitchen island cart. Personally, I am looking for a tall open cabinet for holding a large microwave, and large toaster oven while storing a heavy stand mixer and food processor underneath. Those ovens need lots of breathing space around them too.

  20. Michael P on April 30, 2021 at 12:45 am

    I want a chicken nugget recipe!!!!! #TeamNugget

  21. Abcdefg on April 30, 2021 at 12:49 am

    No juicer?

  22. Harshi Shreyan on April 30, 2021 at 12:50 am

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  23. JjrShabadoo on April 30, 2021 at 12:50 am

    +1 nuggets

  24. D H on April 30, 2021 at 12:53 am

    Excellent video! Ariel is a delightful narrator

  25. D H on April 30, 2021 at 12:53 am

    Well done Ariel! Thanks for your info. I keep going back and forth about taking the plunge about an expensive food processor. You have convinced me to go for the vitamix. Your videos are delightful, fun and informative. More!!!

  26. SABAM25177 on April 30, 2021 at 12:53 am

    Was this just an ad for ads?!

  27. dlxe on April 30, 2021 at 12:54 am

    I do not agree with the vitamix. It’s more worth it to get a vacuum blender for the price c’mon

  28. postalcode123 on April 30, 2021 at 12:55 am


  29. Michael Quisao on April 30, 2021 at 12:56 am

    Oh no, I have a serious crush on Ariel. And I am here for a chicken nugget recipe. 😂

  30. Ro G on April 30, 2021 at 12:57 am

    I can barely make toast without burning it. 🥖🔥
    Why am I even watching this? 🤷

  31. J J on April 30, 2021 at 1:02 am

    U mention they’re good products but give no real insight the specific functions of each product. Like we know what a kettle does but maybe explain the different temp settings or i get u say its a good blender but what are the power levels? Doesn’t make me trust the person when they can’t even tell me why the product is different from the competition

  32. Al Hung on April 30, 2021 at 1:04 am

    Wait – Robot Coup?

  33. Nik Lee on April 30, 2021 at 1:06 am

    George Foreman Grill

  34. SpiritofE on April 30, 2021 at 1:07 am

    She look like my gym teacher

  35. Daily Kitchen Supply on April 30, 2021 at 1:08 am

    Great ideas

  36. Harold Henderson on April 30, 2021 at 1:09 am

    Loose the pizza oven. Buy unglazed ceramic (or terracotta) tiles to put on your oven rack. Much cheaper.

  37. Phillip Mulligan on April 30, 2021 at 1:10 am

    I am looking for a dual oven stand for my fulls iced microwave and a large Brevelle toaster oven. Sadly no one online sells such dual oven stands. I hate loosing precious counter top space to a big toaster oven.

  38. A W 2 on April 30, 2021 at 1:11 am

    I have to ask: is this supposed to be SATIRE??? WHO on earth can AFFORD all that equipment?

  39. The Good Plate on April 30, 2021 at 1:11 am

    Have a look at the Braun Food Processor from Germany. The best thing about it is the variable speed in addition to pulse. It also has a smaller bowl that fits in it, a dough blade, a shipping blade and a citrus juicer. It’s also relatively quiet. It’s a wonderful piece of machinery.

  40. Luke Blackman on April 30, 2021 at 1:12 am

    Vitamix is goat

  41. Superoracle100 on April 30, 2021 at 1:15 am

    Chicken nugget recipe please!!

  42. TheBanks on April 30, 2021 at 1:19 am

  43. Stephen Elms on April 30, 2021 at 1:20 am

    You have a Joule on the counter and in just about every shot, but no mention of sous vide? Given how much one can cook with a pot of water and some time seemed a better buy over the $800 pizza oven.

  44. Asian Muffin on April 30, 2021 at 1:21 am

    **laughs in cheap**

  45. Kimberly Goodwin on April 30, 2021 at 1:22 am

    I have everything on this list except the pizza maker. I’m serious in my home cooking. Lol!

  46. Colin Bartlett on April 30, 2021 at 1:23 am

    Chicken nugget recipe, please.

  47. Miriam Rodriguez on April 30, 2021 at 1:23 am

    Chicken nugget please

  48. Michelle VDG on April 30, 2021 at 1:25 am

    Hilarious like I’m gonna spend 600-900 bucks on that red mixer but damn it’s gorgeous

  49. Maxine Headroom on April 30, 2021 at 1:25 am

    Sodastream has plants in occupied areas of Palestine. It’s really shocking to hear you guys support war crimes!

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