The 11 Best Kitchen Appliances to Give for Christmas This Year

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We all know someone who had to put on a fake grin upon receipt of a hot dog cooker and bun warmer for the holiday gift-giving season. (Perhaps that someone was you.) While there are a lot of kitchen appliances that don’t result in much use, others can transform meal preparation and make for a more productive dining experience. Take a look at 11 of the best small appliances you can wrap up for your gift recipients this year.

1. Philips HD9650 TurboStar Airfryer XXL; $350

Do you have a friend or relative who loves crunchy fried foods but doesn’t need all the grease? This Philips air fryer uses superheated air rather than oil submersion to crisp up foods and remove up to 90 percent of fat compared to regular frying. The 3-pound capacity allows for one chicken or multiple bags of fries. Your gift recipient won’t have to preheat, either. The TurboStar is ready to go in seconds.

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2. Nostalgia Electrics RM04AQ Retro Microwave Oven; $110

Most microwaves perform essentially the same functions, but their aesthetics is one way to tell them apart. If your Secret Santa is into the retro look, this 0.9-cubic-foot microwave looks like it came out of a 1950s kitchen. It’s available in aqua (pictured), ivory, jet black, retro red, and seafoam green.

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3. Keurig K-Elite Coffee Maker: $130

Single-cup coffeemakers have become the standard in home brewing over the past several years. You can cut through the clutter of the endless models with this Keurig K-Elite, which brews servings in sizes ranging from 4 ounces to 12 ounces. A strong brew option increases the caffeine punch, while an iced setting optimizes cold drinks.

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4. NutriBullet Pro NB9-1301; $89

Got a busy friend who’s still eager to stay up on their nutritional intake? This NutriBullet demolishes everything from frozen fruits to spinach at the touch of a button, and the small cup makes clean-up a snap.

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5. Ninja OS101 Foodi 10-in-1 Cooker and Air Fryer; $200

If counter space is a concern, the Ninja OS101 pulls double—or multiple—duty by combining the benefits of a pressure cooker with an air fryer and broiler. The 6.5-quart capacity ensures they’ll have enough for everyone.

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6. Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer: $11

Coffee cooling off too quickly? Keep your loved ones hopped up on the good stuff with this warming plate that uses any standard outlet to keep mugs toasty.

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7. Cuisinart CGG-306 Propane Tabletop Grill; $183

If you have a grilling enthusiast who wants to keep up their commitment in cooler weather, consider this Cuisinart tabletop grill. Two stainless-steel burners each provide 10,000 BTUs for searing perfection. Just be mindful that a propane tank—and appropriate safety precautions—are required.

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8. Cosori CO171-GK Electric Kettle; $40

For those who like to pass up coffee makers for some hot water to pour over coffee grounds or tea, Cosori has reinvented the classic kettle. The glass design looks sharp, while the blue LED light lets you know it’s working. Once the water boils, the device will shut off automatically after 30 seconds.

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9. Aroma Housewares ARC-5200SB Rice and Grain Cooker; $50

Make sure your gift recipient’s meals stay healthy with this rice and grain cooker from Aroma Housewares. The 10-cup (uncooked) capacity can keep a big table fed, while the non-stick interior makes clean-up simple.

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10. Farberware FDW05ASBWHA Portable Dishwasher; $319

Smaller kitchens and single people don’t always have need of an installed dishwasher. This countertop solution from Farberware saves the user from scrubbing and can accommodate 12-inch plates. Best of all, it doesn’t require a permanent water hook-up. Users can fill the reservoir and let the machine do the rest.

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11. Hamilton Beach 62682RZ Electric Hand Mixer; $18

Nothing beats a dependable beater, and this Hamilton Beach model has all the handheld power you could want. Best of all, cooks won’t have to go hunting for their beaters again—a removable storage case keeps everything in one place.

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