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. Asian Muffin on July 7, 2020 at 3:46 pm

    Get. The. Pro. 6500. For. Your. SANITY.
    (Dc motors are quieter and are in the 6500, pro line and commercial)

  2. Esh11_WOTB on July 7, 2020 at 3:47 pm

    She look like my gym teacher

  3. SO LDN on July 7, 2020 at 3:48 pm

    a chef who finds it hard to cook rice the regular way is advising us on what to get LOL

  4. Oberschaf on July 7, 2020 at 3:49 pm

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

  5. Harold Henderson on July 7, 2020 at 3:50 pm

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

  6. A W 2 on July 7, 2020 at 3:50 pm

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

  7. C S on July 7, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    Since when do we need to brew different teas at different temperatures? Anything below boiling point is only going to make a weaker brew.

  8. Shane B. on July 7, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    Is this a shopping channel now? Give us recipes!

  9. SABAM25177 on July 7, 2020 at 3:52 pm

    Was this just an ad for ads?!

  10. Carl on July 7, 2020 at 3:52 pm


  11. Stephen Elms on July 7, 2020 at 3:52 pm

    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.

  12. Mpower on July 7, 2020 at 3:53 pm

    Instead of ‘must-haves’ the video seemed to be “get everything’.

  13. D H on July 7, 2020 at 3:54 pm

    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!!!

  14. Gerald on July 7, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    A good little compendium.

  15. The Good Plate on July 7, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    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.

  16. Neylson Rodrigues on July 7, 2020 at 4:02 pm

    I too would like a chicken nugget recipe. and it needs to be a chicken nugget not chicken meat balls

  17. Jettie Jackson on July 7, 2020 at 4:03 pm

    Chicky nuggs!!!!

  18. Brenda Russell on July 7, 2020 at 4:03 pm

    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.

  19. flea10x6 on July 7, 2020 at 4:03 pm

    Vitamix Esp the 5000-53000 are the commercial mixers which have since evolved. The Kitchen Aid is the smaller commercial Hobart
    The Magimix is the smaller commercial Robo-Coupe.

  20. travelvloggity on July 7, 2020 at 4:05 pm


  21. John Marino on July 7, 2020 at 4:07 pm

    Pizza makers, waffle irons, soda streams, ice cream machines but no coffee machine or microwave(gasp! I said it)? Also how big are peoples kitchens? I mean really?? The best counter top appliances are ones that are multi-use with an emphasis on the limited space people have. Come on Serious Eats. This video was a straight money grab.

  22. Kimberly Goodwin on July 7, 2020 at 4:07 pm

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

  23. George Cockerill on July 7, 2020 at 4:08 pm

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

  24. Michael P on July 7, 2020 at 4:08 pm

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

  25. postalcode123 on July 7, 2020 at 4:09 pm


  26. Colin Bartlett on July 7, 2020 at 4:10 pm

    Chicken nugget recipe, please.

  27. Al Hung on July 7, 2020 at 4:12 pm

    Wait – Robot Coup?

  28. Andrew Testerman on July 7, 2020 at 4:13 pm

    I also want that chicken nugget recipe!

    The other unitasker I love is my rice cooker. I know you can make it in the Instant Pot, but it takes much longer (or feels like it, anyway), and takes up less counter space.

  29. Harold Henderson on July 7, 2020 at 4:16 pm

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

  30. Michael Quisao on July 7, 2020 at 4:17 pm

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

  31. Stacy Hackney on July 7, 2020 at 4:20 pm

    Thank you.

  32. Luke Blackman on July 7, 2020 at 4:22 pm

    Vitamix is goat

  33. JjrShabadoo on July 7, 2020 at 4:23 pm

    +1 nuggets

  34. Ryan Heddins on July 7, 2020 at 4:24 pm

    Chicken Nuggets, Please!!!

  35. roland97008 on July 7, 2020 at 4:24 pm

    … Alcohol… CUT! CUT!

  36. Liz T on July 7, 2020 at 4:25 pm

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

  37. Maxine Headroom on July 7, 2020 at 4:30 pm

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

  38. David Greensmith on July 7, 2020 at 4:31 pm

    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.

  39. Master Chief on July 7, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    Thx gonna get the fookin vitamix

  40. Rex Oper on July 7, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    Sodastream? Wtf???

  41. Alactrium on July 7, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    Fruit or cookies or
    *deepest breath*



  42. Brian Genthner on July 7, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    Can I get you on the counter top?

  43. James Hobbs on July 7, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    She finds it hard to make rice on the stovetop?

  44. Stephen DeVore on July 7, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    If she was my wife I would be happy to buy her anything she wanted. WOW !! I guess I will have to settle for the chicken nugget recipe.

  45. Bombed Nevada on July 7, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    Chicken nuggets!

  46. Superoracle100 on July 7, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    Chicken nugget recipe please!!

  47. Bob Wakefield on July 7, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    I want a chicken nugget recipe!

  48. Steve Ayala on July 7, 2020 at 4:42 pm

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

  49. D H on July 7, 2020 at 4:42 pm

    Excellent video! Ariel is a delightful narrator

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