The Top 9 Kitchen Gadgets That Are Worth Your Money

Alyssa Atkinson

These are the tools that you’ll actually use. by Calum Lewis on Unsplash

Just before I started my junior year of college, I moved into an apartment for the first time. It was nothing special, just a small studio close enough to campus that I could easily walk to all my classes.

Still, I was extremely excited to get out of the dorms and truly be out on my own for the first time. However, with that came a lot of responsibility. I had a bunch of new bills to pay, like rent, utilities, wifi, etc.

And of course, I no longer had the campus dining halls to lean on for fresh meals. I knew I had to learn how to cook for myself, so that’s exactly what I did. That’s when my passion for cooking and baking truly flourished.

Because I was on a super tight budget and had a very small space to work with, I limited the number of kitchen gadgets I purchased for my apartment.

While it was definitely hard to resist that adorable cake pop maker and the miniature blender, I ultimately had to spend my money on appliances that were actually worth the investment. If you too are looking to invest in appliances that will get you the most bang for your buck, this is the list for you.

1. Food Processor

The food processor is one of my favorite kitchen tools for making thick smoothie bowls, delicious sauces, and homemade hummus.

It’s incredibly powerful and versatile, and if you have never looked into getting one, you definitely should.

I went through a phase in college where I loved to top my pancakes with fresh homemade banana nice cream, and my mini food processor made the perfect thick and creamy consistency every single time.

Whether you’re looking to create healthy sauces or decadent desserts, the food processor is a great tool for you.

2. High Quality Blender

Trying to make fruit and vegetable smoothies without a high quality blender is an absolute nightmare. I have used a NutriBullet Blender for years and I can’t say enough good things about it.

Making smoothies helps me sneak in extra vegetables like spinach, and it doesn’t affect the taste at all.

If you are someone who doesn’t like the taste of uncooked spinach (I personally don’t), then this is the perfect way to sneak in those nutrients and leafy greens.

3. Handheld Milk Frother

If you are a coffee connoisseur like myself, you need a handheld frother in your life. You can find a battery powered one for about $5 — $10 at stores like Walmart and Target, or online through Amazon.

Trust me, it practically pays for itself. I love to make my own coffee drinks at home, like almond milk lattes, and I don’t miss the $3 — $4 coffee shop ones at all. The handheld frother makes the milk super foamy, and it is the perfect topping for your warm cup of coffee.

If you love coffee as much as I do, you definitely need this kitchen gadget in your life.

4. Coffee Pot

Now, this might not be a necessity for everyone. If you don’t like coffee, first of all, how? Second of all, you probably don’t need a coffee pot.

But, for the majority of people, this is a kitchen necessity. I personally love my Keurig. I use a reusable coffee pod so that I don’t waste money on the individual single use coffee pods. Plus, the throw away pods aren’t great for the environment.

So, if you want a machine like a Keurig, but you’re worried about the cost to make each coffee, you can bypass that by using your own coffee grinds in the little reusable coffee pod. It’s only a few dollars, and mine has held up for years.

5. Baking Sheets

Baking sheets are essential for making cookies, veggie burgers, roasted vegetables, and so much more. They are definitely worth purchasing when you move into your new apartment or house.

I actually bought mine for $1 each at Walmart, and they have held up for a couple years (and counting). I am a bit surprised that they work so well. But, I also typically use a reusable, washable silicone baking mat on top of them, so maybe that’s why they haven’t burnt or stained at all.

No matter what brand you choose, you definitely need some baking sheets for your kitchen.

6. Rubber Scraper

I never realized how powerful a rubber scraper was until I actually bought one. If you like making smoothies, peanut butter, sauces, hummus, etc. at home from scratch, then you need this tool in your life.

Again, this is a super inexpensive kitchen tool, but you will appreciate it. I reach for it at least once a day, so it is absolutely worth the money.

And, if you like to bake, it will come in super handy for folding in fresh fruit, sprinkles, and more. So, it should definitely be on your list of things to buy.

7. Nonstick Pans

I cannot stress enough how important it is to have a set of high quality pans. I love the Green Pans because they are free of some of the nasty chemicals and toxins found in other pans.

I have had mine for about a year, and so far, they have held up super well. They don’t stick, and they come clean very easily.

I would highly recommend them if you’re in the market for a new set of pans. No matter what, pans are a huge necessity for your kitchen.

8. Can Opener

In an ideal world, I would make everything at home from scratch. But, sometimes you need a quick soup or can of beans to supplement your dinner with.

If you don’t have a can opener, you’ll be trying to pry your can open with a knife (I definitely don’t recommend this approach).

Therefore, a can opener is an absolute must for your kitchen. So, don’t forget to buy one.

9. Apple Slicer

Ok, I normally don’t buy into those special slicing gadgets. But, this one truly does come in handy. If you eat apples pretty often, or if you have kids who you slice up fruit for, this is an absolute must.

It’s one of those kitchen gadgets that actually works. It gives you perfect little apple slices to dip in peanut butter for a healthy snack.

My household has had one of these for years, and I have gotten so much use out of it. I think you will enjoy it just as much as I do, so I had to include it on this list.

Final Thoughts

Your money will take you much further if you avoid those tempting gadgets that look enticing but you know you’ll never use.

While my Amazon cart initially had tons of items I didn’t need (like a cat shaped kitchen timer), I quickly realized that I could save a lot just by being honest with myself and asking if I’d actually use everything I had in my cart.

Whether you’re moving to a new place or just looking to expand your kitchen tool collection, having a short list like the one I’ve shared will ensure that you have everything you need to cook healthy, fresh, and delicious meals without breaking the bank.

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Ohio U XC/Track alum. I love to run. I blog about food, health, fitness, lifestyle, etc. Personal Blog - | Electrical and Computer Engineering Grad.

Raleigh, NC

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