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Five Kitchen Appliance Must-Haves

Jan 5, 2021

A woman is placing a turkey into the range in her kitchen.

We all know that the kitchen is much, much more than a room or area where food is prepared, cooked and stored. With more time being spent indoors and at home, it’s where the family is gathering and sharing meals together more often. It’s where all that meal prep takes place, yummy desserts are baked, new recipes are tested and family favorites perfected. It’s where leftovers are stored and dishes are cleaned. It’s where family life happens.

So it’s important to have the right appliances ready to make all of that possible, with the style and efficiency features that work best for your life. Here is our list of the top, must-have kitchen appliances that get the job done.

1. Range

A stove and oven in one … it’s a truly versatile appliance. What that means for you: A convenient way to cook, bake, roast and broil your favorite dishes and meals. And there are many types that you can choose from, depending on what works best for you. But there’s more to a range than just the range itself. That leads us to …

2. Range Hood

This often seems to be the overlooked kitchen appliance (and not just because it’s above your sightline), but it’s one of the most important. Hoods feature vents that remove odors, heat and smoke that occur while you’re cooking to keep your home air quality healthy. They also provide additional lighting for food prep and cooking.

3. Refrigerators and Freezers

This duo is the bedrock of the whole kitchen. French door, side-by-side, bottom freezer, top freezer there are lots of styles and designs out there. Whichever you choose, the benefits of a truly great fridge and freezer have never been more important now that we’re staying home more often.

A stand-alone freezer also deserves honorable mention. More family time at home may mean stocking up on more of everyone’s favorite frozen snacks or prepped meals, and a roomy chest or upright freezer can give you the extra storage space you might need.

4. Steam Oven

If you’re a fan of the more innovative appliances, this is one you’ll want to consider. A steam oven combines a convection oven (which cooks faster than traditional ovens using lower energy input) and steam (so it tends to lock in moisture for more even cooking). It works to keep more nutrients in your food, retain food’s color, eliminates the need for oil and prevents flavors from crossing. Basically, it’s every chef’s or baker’s dream!

5. Dishwasher

After a long day, you just want kitchen clean-up to be as hassle-free and as convenient as possible. (And let’s face it: the kids aren’t exactly going to volunteer.) Enter the dishwasher. It might be your home’s biggest time and effort saver, because it literally does your dirty work for you. Just load, push a button and go relax.

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Whether you need kitchen appliances for your new place, or you decide it’s time to replace or upgrade what you already have, there’s an easy, affordable way to do that: Lease them through any one of Preferred Lease’s thousands of retail partners. With a lease-purchase agreement, you can get the name-brand appliances you’ve been eyeing right now and make affordable monthly or bi-monthly payments as you go.* Once you have made the required number of payments, you will own the appliance. You also have the option to purchase it early at a discount. And you can do it all with no credit needed.**

Other Kitchen Game-Changers to Consider

Chefs of every level of experience know that they can’t rely on the large appliances alone. So consider adding these smaller appliances and gadgets to complete your perfect kitchen.

Microwave. An absolute must. It’s pretty much the go-to when you don’t have time to heat something up in the conventional oven or on the stovetop.

Kitchen Mixer. If you are a seasoned baker, you know how much of an arm workout it is to stir all your ingredients together. Opt for a mixer to easily combine wet and dry ingredients.

Slow Cooker/Crockpot. Just put all your ingredients in the crockpot in the morning, let it simmer and cook all day, and by night you’ve made a home-cooked meal without the hassle.

Air Fryer. This amped-up countertop oven uses rapid circulation to fry foods without all the extra oil (and extra calories). Bonus: Since most units have dishwasher-safe components, clean-up is a breeze.

Electric Grill. Clamshell grill, panini grill, griddle … all are easy to use and to clean, are compact and are smoke-free pros. Plus, grilling tends to be better than pan-frying for healthier, more delicious dishes.

Food Processor. Let’s be honest: chopping food is no fun and takes forever. Using this takes up a fraction of the time. They typically come with different blade attachments, so depending on what you need chopped, you can opt for the one that works best.

Blender. They don’t just make smoothies. Need to mix sauces, dressings, juices, or soups? The blender is your friend. It’s typically less powerful and its blades are less sharp than a food processor, so it’s better to use for liquids and ices.

Toaster. What is that perfect crisp? Up to you! Many toasters have a knob for adjusting so you can choose how dark you would like your bread slices to be toasted.

Pasta Maker. Ravioli, lasagna, fettuccine, tagliatelle, you name it the pasta maker can simplify the process of rolling and cutting noodles, or other kinds of dough, to make fresh pasta.

Coffee Maker. There are tons of choices out there, from something fast and automated to classic presses and drip machines. So depending on how you take your coffee, find the one that works best for you to enjoy fresh brew at home.

Go Shopping and Get Cooking

Sometimes there’s a lot of hustle and hard work that goes into cooking. These essential kitchen appliances are here to help make it all a little simpler for you. Need to furnish other rooms of the home while staying comfortably within your budget? While you’re on our site, see how else we can help and find one of our 4,500 Preferred Lease retailers to start shopping today.

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