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. D H on January 7, 2021 at 7:54 pm

    Excellent video! Ariel is a delightful narrator

  2. David Greensmith on January 7, 2021 at 7:57 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.

  3. D H on January 7, 2021 at 7:58 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!!!

  4. Harold Henderson on January 7, 2021 at 7:59 pm

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

  5. Harshi Shreyan on January 7, 2021 at 8:00 pm

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  6. Maxine Headroom on January 7, 2021 at 8:01 pm

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

  7. Jacqueline’s Sew Organized on January 7, 2021 at 8:03 pm

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

  8. Phillip Mulligan on January 7, 2021 at 8:04 pm

    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.

  9. Liz T on January 7, 2021 at 8:05 pm

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

  10. Brenda Russell on January 7, 2021 at 8:07 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.

  11. Steve Ayala on January 7, 2021 at 8:08 pm

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

  12. Gerald on January 7, 2021 at 8:11 pm

    A good little compendium.

  13. Oberschaf on January 7, 2021 at 8:12 pm

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

  14. Alactrium on January 7, 2021 at 8:12 pm

    Fruit or cookies or
    *deepest breath*



  15. Luke Blackman on January 7, 2021 at 8:17 pm

    Vitamix is goat

  16. James Hobbs on January 7, 2021 at 8:18 pm

    She finds it hard to make rice on the stovetop?

  17. Al Hung on January 7, 2021 at 8:18 pm

    Wait – Robot Coup?

  18. George Cockerill on January 7, 2021 at 8:19 pm

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

  19. TheBanks on January 7, 2021 at 8:19 pm

  20. LaTonya Jackson on January 7, 2021 at 8:21 pm

    All u need is a garden and some chickens.

  21. Ryan Heddins on January 7, 2021 at 8:23 pm

    Chicken Nuggets, Please!!!

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  23. The Good Plate on January 7, 2021 at 8:27 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.

  24. Michael P on January 7, 2021 at 8:28 pm

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

  25. L2THEC1 on January 7, 2021 at 8:30 pm

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

  26. Harold Henderson on January 7, 2021 at 8:30 pm

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

  27. Asian Muffin on January 7, 2021 at 8:30 pm

    **laughs in cheap**

  28. Stacy Hackney on January 7, 2021 at 8:30 pm

    Thank you.

  29. Daily Kitchen Supply on January 7, 2021 at 8:31 pm

    Great ideas

  30. Miriam Rodriguez on January 7, 2021 at 8:32 pm

    Chicken nugget please

  31. Michelle VDG on January 7, 2021 at 8:32 pm

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

  32. Kimberly Goodwin on January 7, 2021 at 8:32 pm

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

  33. Misty Uren on January 7, 2021 at 8:32 pm

    I remember our mother would always use the same large carving knife on such things as the Thanksgiving turkey and then use the same knife for chopping up the large fecal logs my brother would leave in the toilet which then wouldn’t flush.  Every holiday I’d just stare at that big knife  and think ‘hunks of shit’.

  34. SABAM25177 on January 7, 2021 at 8:33 pm

    Was this just an ad for ads?!

  35. JjrShabadoo on January 7, 2021 at 8:35 pm

    +1 nuggets

  36. Superoracle100 on January 7, 2021 at 8:36 pm

    Chicken nugget recipe please!!

  37. Tacosauce on January 7, 2021 at 8:37 pm

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

  38. Michael Quisao on January 7, 2021 at 8:38 pm

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

  39. Stephen Elms on January 7, 2021 at 8:41 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.

  40. Nik Lee on January 7, 2021 at 8:42 pm

    George Foreman Grill

  41. SpiritofE on January 7, 2021 at 8:47 pm

    She look like my gym teacher

  42. Rexii Oper on January 7, 2021 at 8:48 pm

    Sodastream? Wtf???

  43. J J on January 7, 2021 at 8:48 pm

    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

  44. Stephen DeVore on January 7, 2021 at 8:49 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. dlxe on January 7, 2021 at 8:50 pm

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

  46. Colin Bartlett on January 7, 2021 at 8:50 pm

    Chicken nugget recipe, please.

  47. Pretty Prudent on January 7, 2021 at 8:52 pm

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

  48. A W 2 on January 7, 2021 at 8:53 pm

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

  49. postalcode123 on January 7, 2021 at 8:53 pm