The 11 Best Kitchen Appliances to Give for Christmas

We all know someone who had to fake a smile when they received a hot dog cooker and a bread warmer for the holiday gifting season. (Maybe someone was you.) While there are plenty of kitchen appliances that don’t get much use, others can transform meal prep and make the cooking experience more productive. Take a look at 11 of the best small appliances you can wrap for your gift recipients this year.

1.Philips HD9650 TurboStar Airfryer XXL; $350

Do you have a friend or relative who loves crispy fried foods but doesn’t need all the grease? This Philips air fryer uses superheated air rather than oil immersion to crisp food and remove up to 90% of fat compared to regular frying. 3-pound capacity accommodates a chicken or multiple bags of fries. Your gift recipient won’t have to preheat either. The TurboStar is ready to go in seconds.

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2. Nostalgia Electrics RM04AQ Retro Microwave Oven; $110

Most microwaves perform essentially the same functions, but their aesthetics are one way to tell them apart. If your Secret Santa loves the retro look, this 0.9 cubic foot microwave looks like it’s straight out of a 1950s kitchen. It’s available in aqua (pictured), ivory, jet black, retro red and seafoam green of sea.

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3. Keurig K-Elite Coffee Maker: $130

Single-cup coffee makers have become the standard in home brewing over the past few years. You can cut through the clutter of endless models with this Keurig K-Elite, which brews portions in sizes ranging from 4 ounces to 12 ounces. A strong brew option boosts the caffeine punch, while an iced setting optimizes cold beverages.

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4. NutriBullet Pro NB9-1301; $89

Do you have a busy friend who is always eager to track their nutritional intake? This NutriBullet demolishes everything from frozen fruit to spinach with the push of a button, and the little cup makes cleanup a breeze.

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5. Ninja OS101 Foodi 10-in-1 Air Fryer and Cooker; $200

If counter space is an issue, the Ninja OS101 does double or multiple duty by combining the benefits of a pressure cooker with an air fryer and grill. The 6.5 quart capacity ensures they will have enough for everyone.

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6. Mr. Coffee mug warmer: $11

The coffee cools too quickly? Keep your loved ones up to date with the good stuff with this warming plate that uses any standard outlet to keep cups toasty warm.

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7. Cuisinart CGG-306 Propane Table Grill; $183

If you have a grilling enthusiast who wants to maintain their commitment in cool weather, consider this Cuisinart tabletop grill. Two stainless steel burners each provide 10,000 BTUs for perfect cooking. Remember that a propane tank and proper safety precautions are necessary.

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8. Cosori CO171-GK Electric Kettle; $40

For those who like to pass on coffee makers for hot water to pour over coffee grounds or tea, Cosori has reinvented the classic kettle. The glass design is crisp, while the blue LED light lets you know it’s working. Once the water boils, the device will automatically turn off after 30 seconds.

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9. Aroma Housewares ARC-5200SB Rice and Grain Cooker; $50

Make sure your recipient’s meals stay healthy with this rice and grain cooker from Aroma Housewares. The 10-cup (uncooked) capacity can feed a large table, while the nonstick interior makes cleanup a breeze.

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10. Farberware FDW05ASBWHA Portable Dishwasher; $319

Small kitchens and singles don’t always need a dishwasher installed. This countertop solution from Farberware saves the user from scrubbing and accommodates 12-inch dinner plates. Even better, it does not require a permanent water connection. Users can fill the tank and let the machine do the rest.

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11. Hamilton Beach 62682RZ Electric Hand Mixer; $18

Nothing beats a reliable mixer, and this Hamilton Beach model has all the portable power you could want. Best of all, cooks won’t have to search for their mixers anymore: a removable storage case keeps everything in one place.

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Karl M. Bailey