When shopping around for a new appliance, it’s best to know what you’re after and which model will fulfill your needs. Just because you find two blenders doesn’t mean they can achieve the same success. Sure, they both blend, but one with a higher wattage will blend and pulverize much better. The same reasoning goes for any appliance, so how do you know which one to get?
- Coffee Makers – Coffee makers have become highly convenient over the years. You can now make single serve cups of coffee (and tea as well, now) by using pods. These pods are pre-measured so you get the perfect cup of coffee every time. Unless you use reuseable pods, they can be very wasteful, so that’s one thing to consider. These appliances also sport multiple possible features such a preprogrammed brewing (place the beans, filter, water, and pot, and it will start brewing at whatever time you set), built in grinders (freshest coffee taste), and temperature settings (so it’s always the perfect temp, every time).
- Toasters - Toasters usually range from 2 to 8 slots and some come with extra wide or long openings to accommodate larger items such as bagels. Toaster ovens are perfect for reheating things like pizza and other baked foods, and they do well at baking small servings so you don’t need to warm up that energy hog oven.
- Microwave – Microwaves range in power between 700 and 1200 watts. A 1200 watt microwave will cook food faster. Countertop microwaves come in the same styles as mounted ones, and you can purchase trim kits to match your kitchen. Look for a microwave that has pre-programmed cooking options. These options make it very convenient to perfectly cook or reheat some dishes.
Whichever small appliance you’re looking for, another good tip is to look for one that is Energy Star certified. A certified appliance will use 20-30% less electricity than an uncertified model, so you’ll save money in the long run.