The March issue of Food and Wine Magazine has 27 "counter top" appliances that they rated good, better and best in each of 9 categories--narrowed down from the original 76 that they tested--and not all of them break the bank, either.
The lowest cost models won out in the deep fryer and food processor categories of the test, but the rice cooker that was many times more than the others won in that category (the $365 Zojirushi 10-Cup Induction, anyone?)
Our personal favorite won for pannini press: The Cuisinart Griddler (see comments).
Other great links include:
The best kitchen products Dwell recommends
Want to ditch your rice maker and go with a good pot instead? Check out this post from The Kitchn.
And if you're like us, what's the deal with rice cookers, anyway?
-Images from Food & Wine Magazine.