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. Misty Uren on March 9, 2021 at 10:54 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’.

  2. Kimberly Goodwin on March 9, 2021 at 10:54 pm

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

  3. Pretty Prudent on March 9, 2021 at 10:55 pm

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

  4. J J on March 9, 2021 at 10:58 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

  5. Michelle VDG on March 9, 2021 at 10:59 pm

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

  6. Michael Quisao on March 9, 2021 at 10:59 pm

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

  7. D H on March 9, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    Excellent video! Ariel is a delightful narrator

  8. Ryan Heddins on March 9, 2021 at 11:02 pm

    Chicken Nuggets, Please!!!

  9. Asian Muffin on March 9, 2021 at 11:03 pm

    **laughs in cheap**

  10. Superoracle100 on March 9, 2021 at 11:05 pm

    Chicken nugget recipe please!!

  11. TheBanks on March 9, 2021 at 11:06 pm

  12. Miriam Rodriguez on March 9, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    Chicken nugget please

  13. Tacosauce on March 9, 2021 at 11:10 pm

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

  14. SABAM25177 on March 9, 2021 at 11:11 pm

    Was this just an ad for ads?!

  15. George Cockerill on March 9, 2021 at 11:12 pm

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

  16. Maxine Headroom on March 9, 2021 at 11:12 pm

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

  17. Oberschaf on March 9, 2021 at 11:13 pm

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

  18. Liz T on March 9, 2021 at 11:13 pm

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

  19. SpiritofE on March 9, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    She look like my gym teacher

  20. Harold Henderson on March 9, 2021 at 11:14 pm

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

  21. Colin Bartlett on March 9, 2021 at 11:15 pm

    Chicken nugget recipe, please.

  22. postalcode123 on March 9, 2021 at 11:17 pm


  23. A W 2 on March 9, 2021 at 11:18 pm

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

  24. D H on March 9, 2021 at 11:18 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!!!

  25. The Good Plate on March 9, 2021 at 11:18 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.

  26. Rexii Oper on March 9, 2021 at 11:19 pm

    Sodastream? Wtf???

  27. Phillip Mulligan on March 9, 2021 at 11:22 pm

    When you live in a small apartment with a small kitchen, you can only permanently keep up to small appliances on your counter top. Everything else must be kept in a small appliance cabinet or a roll around kitchen island cart. Personally, I am looking for a tall open cabinet for holding a large microwave, and large toaster oven while storing a heavy stand mixer and food processor underneath. Those ovens need lots of breathing space around them too.

  28. Harshi Shreyan on March 9, 2021 at 11:23 pm

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  29. Daily Kitchen Supply on March 9, 2021 at 11:25 pm

    Great ideas

  30. Stephen Elms on March 9, 2021 at 11:27 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.

  31. Stacy Hackney on March 9, 2021 at 11:28 pm

    Thank you.

  32. LaTonya Jackson on March 9, 2021 at 11:28 pm

    All u need is a garden and some chickens.

  33. dlxe on March 9, 2021 at 11:29 pm

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

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  35. Michael P on March 9, 2021 at 11:30 pm

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

  36. Steve Ayala on March 9, 2021 at 11:31 pm

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

  37. Harold Henderson on March 9, 2021 at 11:33 pm

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

  38. Phillip Mulligan on March 9, 2021 at 11:38 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.

  39. Jacqueline’s Sew Organized on March 9, 2021 at 11:38 pm

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

  40. Ro G on March 9, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    I can barely make toast without burning it. 🥖🔥
    Why am I even watching this? 🤷

  41. Nik Lee on March 9, 2021 at 11:40 pm

    George Foreman Grill

  42. Abcdefg on March 9, 2021 at 11:43 pm

    No juicer?

  43. Alactrium on March 9, 2021 at 11:44 pm

    Fruit or cookies or
    *deepest breath*



  44. James Hobbs on March 9, 2021 at 11:45 pm

    She finds it hard to make rice on the stovetop?

  45. Luke Blackman on March 9, 2021 at 11:46 pm

    Vitamix is goat

  46. L2THEC1 on March 9, 2021 at 11:46 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 😋😋😋

  47. JjrShabadoo on March 9, 2021 at 11:47 pm

    +1 nuggets

  48. Brenda Russell on March 9, 2021 at 11:48 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.

  49. Al Hung on March 9, 2021 at 11:48 pm

    Wait – Robot Coup?