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Small Kitchen Appliances

  • Espresso dates to 1884, when Angelo Moriondo is believed to have patented the first espresso machine. It was later improved in 1901 by Luigi Bezzera, and then by Desiderio Pavoni, who founded the firm La Pavoni and began the first mass production of espresso machines.Espresso has become more and more popular in recent years all over the world, due in part to the rise of many popular coffee chains that sell tasty espresso. Espresso is produced by the forcing of hot water under high pressure through specially ground, dark roasted coffee. True espresso is very highly concentrated and almost has a sort of a syrup-like consistency to it. It is a real delight to coffee lovers, when properly made. Fortunately, espresso makers are becoming very common and the prices are dropping. You can get a really quality cup of espresso without breaking the budget (but at the same time, you get what you pay for!).Our best lists for espresso machines include a wide variety of excellent products depending upon your budget. They include best stovetop espresso maker, best manual espresso machine, best semi-automatic espresso machine and best automatic espresso machine. We took great care in judging the quality of the various espresso machines, keeping in mind that to judge the quality of the espresso based upon the general price range of that particular line of products.
    October 28, 2014
  • Coffee has played a very important role in human societies for hundreds of years. The earliest known evidence of people drinking coffee dates to the mid-1400s in the shrines of Yemen. From that point, coffee drinking spread out to India, to Italy, and then into Europe and the Americas.These days, a coffeemaker is as important an appliance in many kitchens as a refrigerator or oven. However, there are thousands of them on the market, so it can be a challenge to determine which one you should buy.We narrowed down our picks after many hours of research and many cups of coffee. Each of these coffee makers represent high-quality devices that can be counted on to produce great coffee reliably.
    October 28, 2014
  • In this fast-paced world, we’ve come to rely on appliances like toaster ovens which fit into our fast-paced lifestyles. A toaster oven is an ideal appliance for taking take some of the hustle and bustle out of food preparation. These nifty little contraptions allow you to quickly and easily create small meals or snacks without heating up a conventional oven, and energy-wise they cost far less to use as well. Some even feature built-in rotisseries and grills for an all-in-one cooking and baking unit residing on your counter top. To that end, most toaster ovens can be stored easily if countertop space is an issue.Like most appliances designed for convenience, there are many makes and models to choose from. When searching for a toaster oven, it’s essential to know which features are absolutely necessary and which ones you can live without. All of these toaster ovens are convenient to use, with such options as selectable temperature controls, removable oven racks, a washable crumb tray, and viewing windows to monitor the progress of the food you’re cooking or toasting. Although you may think that all toaster ovens make great toast, that isn't always the case. We omitted the models that weren't capable of making decent toast; for many people, the main reason to have one of these appliances is the toasting feature.You'll have to choose which model fits your own lifestyle best, but each of these selections is a quality product that will come in handy when you don't need a full-sized oven for cooking or reheating. These units will all include a limited one-year warranty unless otherwise noted.
    October 28, 2014
  • Looking for a new toaster? Here are the best two- and four-slice options based on performance, features, and value. All toasters on this list will have a toast shade adjustment knob so any style or thickness of bread can be toasted to your satisfaction. To keep you safe, they’ll be wrapped in a heat-resistant shell so you won't burn yourself when touching the toaster, and all have a removable crumb tray for ease of cleaning out the bits and pieces of toasted bread falling to the bottom.Two-slice toasters are the most popular types of toasters available. The concept has always been to be able to put in a couple of slices of bread, push the handle down, and in a few minutes - voila - you'll have perfectly toasted bread. Two slice toasters range from options that are only capable of toasting thin slices of bread, to a multi-function unit accommodating bagels, artisan breads, and muffins.Four-slice toasters are perfect for the household which wants toast and wants a lot of it. These appliances are bigger, take up more space, and use more electricity than their two-slice cousins. However, the convenience to make twice as much toast in the same amount of time outweighs these disadvantages, making them just as viable as two-slice toasters over the long run.Each of these toasters will evenly brown the bread, regardless of the setting; after all, first and foremost, the best toasters must make the best toast.
    October 28, 2014
  • A countertop water distiller can be a priceless item to have when traveling, or simply for use at home for those who value the utmost purity from their water. These water distillers boil the water to distill it using steam, and then typically pass the water through a filter to further remove any impurities.Although water distillers tend to be fairly pricey, we've selected models striking a good balance between performance and price. We examined build quality to ensure our picks will be durable and some of our selections even feature a distillation process where water doesn’t come into contact with any plastic.While added features are less important, several of the following water distillers have useful touches such pre-programmed filtration, so you can wake up in the morning to clean water. Finally, each of our picks are easy to use, with little to no assembly or installation required.
    October 22, 2014
  • A blender has been a staple of the kitchen for decades. Although they have been partially supplanted by modern food processors, a blender is still a kitchen essential.Our best blender picks will appeal to you, whether you are looking for a luxury blender to blend drinks, a budget blender for basic kitchen tasks, or an immersion blender to use in the cooking pot. All of our chosen blenders were selected for performance, value and reliability.
    June 16, 2014
  • Since the early 1900's both hand and stand mixers have become a vital appliance for the kitchen. Most time spent in the kitchen is in the preparation of food, and this is where owning a quality mixer can make a big difference. Good quality mixers are designed to allow even the novice cook prepare delicious homemade meals with minimal work. Choosing the proper mixer whether it is a portable hand mixer or a deluxe stand mixer really depends on how much you're going to use it. These practical kitchen appliances come in many varieties, and some even boast very high-tech features. Our lists are dedicated to simplifying the process of choosing a stand or hand mixer for your kitchen.
    October 15, 2013
  • Studies show that most American's do not consume enough fruits and vegetables in our daily diets. The vitamins and minerals contained within organic produce are essential to our health. Juicers are designed to help individuals create delicious home-made juice which contains all the nutrition we need to flourish. Unlike store purchased juice, home-made juice doesn't contain additives which can be harmful to our health. Juicing machines come in many varieties, with many innovative features. Depending on what you like, it is possible that a simple citrus juicer maybe the perfect fit. Now if you enjoy various fruits and vegetables, then purchasing a more advanced juicing machine may be beneficial to you. All of the machines on our lists are dedicated to making your purchase of a high-quality juicer easier. Each machine chosen boasts the best features and are easy to use and maintain.
    October 15, 2013