Small Kitchen appliances – what would we do without them? They are so useful and save so much time.
When you set out to buy new small kitchen appliances for your kitchen keep in mind your space, cooking needs, and cost. Of course matching your kitchen's decor is also fairly important to some and others are less concerned.
With the space in most kitchens always limited, you need to think about both how much space you have for your new appliance, and also where that space is located. If the only space you have is directly under your kitchen cabinets you may not want to place a rice cooker there since it emits lots of steam which could be a problem. Location of your electrical outlets is also something to keep in mind.
Any appliance you buy needs to match your lifestyle and eating needs. If you drink very little coffee, a one cup brewer is probably more reasonable than a 12 cup model. If you're like me and enjoy an extra 5 minutes of sleep in the morning, a timer on the coffee machine is a blessing. Every person has different cooking needs. Simply think about your daily food habits and routines and get the appliance that suits you best.
Finally, about price and how much should you spend. Well, that is entirely up to you. A $200 espresso machine may be great, but you can get nearly the same result from a cheaper model so if you're on a budget...well you get the picture. No matter what appliance you are looking to buy you need to decide if the benefits the more expensive models provide are worth the extra money. In many cases they are, but not all. If you're in doubt, step back a second and think about what it is that you really NEED vs. what the sales pitch is trying to make you want.
In the end, the choice is always yours to make. With a little forethought and reading some good reviews will get you well on your way. Add in a little thinking about your kitchen's layout, your cooking habits, and lifestyle, you will buy the kitchen appliances that best suits your needs.