Things to Think About When Buying Small Appliances

Things to Think About When Buying Small Appliances

Taryn Williford
Nov 15, 2010

We're already scanning the Black Friday flyers, plotting out our assault on retailers everywhere. And while we're set on snagging gifts for friends and family, we're also out to get a good deal on small appliances for our own kitchen. Check out what we're looking out for as we shop the sales for small appliances.

We're looking out for an ice cream maker. The temptation to try these recipes from TheKitchn just got too heavy.

But we know better than to run out and grab the one with the cheapest sticker price. Before you pull out your credit card at those holiday sales, remember ask yourself three questions:

Does it have a sturdy construction?
Wondering if that clearance coffee maker is a deal or a dud? Check its construction. When it comes to weight, a heavier item is usually of better quality. Metal gearing for mixers and food processors will last longer than plastic, which can snap or change its shape in extreme heat. Even though it will be tough to store a heavier appliance, you'll know you got a great and lasting deal.

Is it easy to clean?
Sure we want an ice cream maker, but it's not going to prove its worth in the kitchen if we never want to use (and clean) it. If you've found a gem appliance with dishwasher safe parts, grab it! If not, look for cracks and other areas that dirt and crumbs will get trapped in.

Do I have the space?
Yeah, that's a great deal on a 4-slice bagel toaster, but you live alone in a studio apartment. Don't be tempted to go after great buys if they don't fit your life and your counter tops.

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