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Small Appliance You Use the Most/Least

abasketabasket 19948 replies884 threads Senior Member
The air fryer talk made me wonder...

What is the small kitchen appliance you have that you use the most?

How about the least - or in fact, you got rid of it!

I would have to say I use our toaster oven MOST. Not daily but at least a few times a week.
I like not having to put on the full oven for smaller quantity items.

Least and still own it? I have one of the Cuisinart Griddler I bought a few years back at Costco. Just don't think about it.

Least and got rid of it? Besides the bread machine years ago, I had an electric fondue set I bought new in box at a garage type sale. Used it once or twice and it lived a long lonely life on a shelf in the basement.
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  • FlyMeToTheMoonFlyMeToTheMoon 3059 replies45 threads Senior Member
    The small alliance I use the least is the blender. I only keep it because occasionally someone will make a smoothie. The one we use the most is the toaster. Not a toaster oven, but a toaster. I never got on the fad small appliances bandwagon because I knew I wouldn’t use them.

    Will be interested to hear what others use the most.
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  • musicmom1215musicmom1215 2751 replies56 threads Senior Member
    I seldom use small appliances. Agree that I never use a blender. Also rarely use the food processor, mainly for a cranberry salad I only make at Christmas, and not every year.

    My bread machine is on a shelf in the pantry and I got rid of the fry daddy/baby years ago.

    I guess I use my hand mixer more than anything else. Unless a coffee pot counts.

    I sorta want a small waffle maker, though.
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  • twokids2gotwokids2go 62 replies5 threads Junior Member
    Definitely use my Keurig the most. When you have to wake up at 5:30 am with your high school senior, coffee is a necessity. The least would probably be my George Foreman grill.
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  • BunsenBurnerBunsenBurner 39379 replies470 threads Senior Member
    Electric tea kettle! Use it 2-3 times a day. Instant Pot and toaster get their fair share of play but not daily.
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  • mathmommathmom 32650 replies160 threads Senior Member
    I use the microwave the most, for heating up coffee and leftovers mostly. I use the toaster, the electric tea kettle every day. I use the knife sharpener, food processor and the lemon juicers at least once a week. I got an Instant Pot and have tried it a few times, but at least the recipes I've tried in it, don't seem better or faster than the usual way. I probably need to go read the thread about it, because it is definitely my least used appliance. (Well my Crockpot gets used less, but it lives in the basement.)
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  • OnwardOnward 2929 replies80 threads Senior Member
    Toaster, coffee pot, microwave get used daily. Hand mixer is used about every other week. We have a George Foreman grill that we used to use in the winter but we haven't had it out in probably three years. My dh got a air fryer last year and every so often he goes to town with it but I could easily get rid of it.
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  • 3kids2dogs3kids2dogs 213 replies22 threads Junior Member
    Most: coffee pot and microwave. Least: blender.
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  • RichInPittRichInPitt 1629 replies25 threads Senior Member
    Toaster oven and Foreman Grill are used almost daily. There's a blender/smoothy maker sucking up counter space that hasn't been used in years.

    (I don't count our microwave as a small appliance)
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  • JustaMomJustaMom 2784 replies98 threads Senior Member
    I use my Ninja blender at least 3x a week to make protein drinks. Least used...waffle maker, donated it after it sat idle for 10 years.
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  • 3scoutsmom3scoutsmom 5609 replies338 threads Senior Member
    Don't laugh but in our house my snow cone maker gets used 3 or more time a day by me and several times a week by dh and ds. I love ice! Hate snow syrup. I use a large tumbler full of ice (about 10oz -12oz) to about 3oz of juice (about one third of a single serve bottle) - usually cranberry for me, and lemonade or grape for DS and DH - just to give it a flavor, I also eat it plane.

    This is the one we have: https://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/throwback-the-big-freeze-hawaiian-ice-shaver/?catalogId=66

    It stays on the counter because it's used so often! Even though it's not a cheap gadget it works great and saves me a ton on pop sickles;-)

    Use the least would by a 'Fry Baby' inherited from my mother when she down-sized from the 70's - never used and grill/waffle maker from about the same time which hasn't been used in over 20 years!
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  • calmomcalmom 20688 replies168 threads Senior Member
    Daily: Toaster & Microwave
    4-5 times a week: Instant Pot
    Other occasional to frequent use: blenders

    Gone: I got rid of the toaster oven and the crock pot.
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  • HarrietMWelschHarrietMWelsch 2576 replies31 threads Senior Member
    Most: a three-way tie among illy pod machine (like a keurig), blender, and electric kettle. Least: probably the old-school coffee maker. We only use that when the grown kids are home and multiple people are drinking coffee at the same time.
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  • EconPopEconPop 419 replies7 threads Member
    edited December 2019
    The rice cooker is the most used. It gets used about twice a week.

    The slow cooker is a distant second, getting used about once or twice a month on average.

    We don't have a blender any more, but it's probably the thing I want the most that I would probably rarely use.

    Owned but most unused is our toaster oven. It spends half the year in a cabinet, unused. Then I take it out, put it on the counter, use it once or twice, and it sits on the counter for the next 6 months, unused, until I decide to put it back in the cabinet.

    I don't count the microwave. It's used so much it would be cheating for me to include it on this list. It's as crucial to our kitchen as the stove and fridge.
    edited December 2019
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  • lookingforwardlookingforward 35111 replies398 threads Senior Member
    Excluding the mwave, Keurig, and toaster oven, my cheap bullet blender for anything from mixing/shredding to scrambling eggs or making a smoothie. (I gave the more conventional one to D1.) Panini press for grilling meats and veggies. (Kept the Foreman, but this is better.)

    Never use: the rice cooker has sat on the basement stairs a few years, next to an old manual scale.

    Rarely used keepers: ice cream maker, waffle maker. I'd guess it's been a decade since we made waffles.
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  • 4kids4us4kids4us 776 replies4 threads Member
    Most: toaster oven, Nespresso, milk frother

    Frequently: rice cooker, blender, electric kettle, standing mixer

    Least: bread machine, crockpot and panini maker
    I could easily get rid of these. Bread machine was a wedding gift I think and haven't used that in years. Panini maker we used often for a while, but not so much as we don't eat bread much anymore.

    Even though some of my appliances don't get used often, I still keep them b/c when we want to use them, they are handy. These would include food processor, stick blender, waffle maker, deep fryer (dh likes to make wings every so often, esp during football season)

    I don't consider our microwave a small appliance. It also has a convection oven feature and is pretty big. However, if we ever remodel this kitchen, I will replace it with a smaller one since we never use the convection feature and don't really need such a big one.
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  • milee30milee30 2234 replies13 threads Senior Member
    edited December 2019
    We have a small kitchen, so if something isn't used there just isn't room for it and it's donated pretty quickly. In descending order of use, here are the survivors:

    Electric kettle (multiple times a day)
    Multicooker/Instant Pot (4-5 times a week)
    Kitchen scale (2-3 times a week for baking)
    KitchenAid stand mixer (2-3 times a week)
    Blender (once a week, but sometimes we go through smoothie kicks where it's daily)
    Immersion Blender (once a week, sometimes more)
    Toaster - 2 slice model (once a week, sometimes less)
    Food Processor (2x a month, but it's hugely useful for those specific times so worth keeping)

    The electric waffle maker is in a sort of test Purgatory right now. We all love waffles and it's a good appliance that does a great job making them, but it's really big and I'm thinking it takes up more space than it justifies, especially since I have several beautiful vintage cast iron waffle makers right now and it gives me a kick to make waffles on something that's well over 100 years old. But youngest son, who does a lot of baking - isn't as fond of the cast iron since it requires more tending and patience than the electric one. So for now, the electric waffle maker still has a place, but it's being used less and less and when youngest goes off to college I'll probably donate it.
    edited December 2019
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  • EconPopEconPop 419 replies7 threads Member
    I forgot about the waffle maker. We got one two years ago and used it a lot for about 18 months. For the past 6 months, it's almost as if we forgot about it. Its fate is uncertain right now.
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  • mathmommathmom 32650 replies160 threads Senior Member
    My husband makes buttermilk waffles every weekend. :)
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  • great lakes momgreat lakes mom 3024 replies28 threads Senior Member
    Blenders are an interesting discussion. I grew up with daily health drinks and when I have the old Osterizer out with the glass canister, I use it frequently for scrambled eggs, sauces, etc. Rinse and replace on the base. But as a longevity gift at work, I chose a fancy Breville blender a few years back. It is better for many things, but the plastic canister with the very sharp blades makes me think it is not being cleaned properly with just a rinse, so gets used far less often.

    Most used would be my instant water boiler. Least used, the waffle maker.
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