Kitchen appliances have the potential to save you a lot of time and effort. However, this will only be the case if you buy the right ones. The only problem is that as you can see here there are lots of makes and models to choose from, so many in fact that it can sometimes be hard to know where to start.
Fortunately, it is possible to narrow down your options fast. Doing so will help to ensure that you do not waste hours trying to choose the right-hand blender or soup maker for you and your family. Here are my top small appliance buying tips.
Work out how you are likely to use it
First, sit down and note down the different ways you are hoping to use your new appliance. Doing this should help you to identify which features you need and which are just a nice to have.
Read a few reviews
If you are still not sure about what features you need, read a few reviews and unboxing posts like this one. These are usually written by people who actually own the type of device you are considering buying. So, reading their reviews gives you an insight into what to expect from a particular type of appliance. It will also help you to understand some of the common problems, so you can avoid buying something that has flaws.
What capacity do you need?
Bear in mind that there is no point in buying a full-size fryer if there is only two of you and you rarely invite friends around for meals. Buying smaller appliances means that you will not have to worry about running out of storage space. They will also use less power, so should be cheaper to use as well as to buy.
It is important to find out the length of the warranty and what it covers. Also, try to find out how good the manufacturer is at giving support. Some are better than others.
Can you buy spare parts?
Being able to buy spare parts can also be important. If you have a food processor with a cracked lid, you may not be able to lock it in place so that you can get the blades spinning. So, you would want to be able to buy a new one. Otherwise, you would have no choice but to throw away the entire food processor. Whereas, if you are only buying a kettle, whether you could get spare parts or not would not be that important.
When it comes to appliances little details can make a huge difference. For example, if you were buying a sandwich maker, you would want to buy one with removable griddle plates. This would make it far easier for you to clean it properly.
Or, if you were buying a blender you may want to store it on your kitchen counter. In which case, you would probably like to be able to push it up against the wall when it is not in use. This would only be possible if it was short enough to slide under your cupboards.
The above are the main things you need to bear in mind when buying kitchen appliances. Provided you follow these tips you should end up with something that you like and enjoy using.