I LOVE my Vitamix Blender! It's extremely powerful and durable, and can do everything from coarsely chop ingredients to puree even the toughest foods.
Ice Cream Maker
I scream, you scream, we all scream for this awesome ice cream maker! I've used cheaper ones in the past, and I've used very expensive ones in restaurants, and I happen to think that this Cuisinart hits the sweet spot between value for money and quality. It's reliable, holds a large batch of ice cream, and churns like a dream.
This is the creme de la creme of kitchen torches! The flame burns ultra-hot, it has a wide base so it's sturdy if you set it down while it's on, and (if we're being honest) it looks super cool. A kitchen torch is the perfect tool for making creme brulee, torching meringue on cakes and pies, and even quick-roasting berries and stone fruit!
If a stand mixer isn't in your budget (or your kitchen space!), then a hand mixer is the way to go. Or maybe you have a big mixer, but are looking for a more portable and space-friendly option. Say hello to your new best friend! This diminutive tool does it all, and does it well. Use it to whip up cake batters, frostings, meringues, and all sorts of other delicious goodies.
You know what I don't use this for? Frothing milk. You know what I DO use this for? Whipping small amounts of cream! Seriously, this thing is a miracle worker! When I want a small amount of whipped cream, to put on one or two desserts, I don't bother getting out the mixer--I just turn to this little guy! Pour cold cream into a cup and froth, froth away until you have perfectly pillowy whipped cream. I find that smaller quantities of cream (less than 1/2 cup) work best for this.
Coffee and Spice Grinder
True confession: I've never used this for grinding coffee. But I DO use it for grinding spices all the time! It's more powerful than the miniature spice grinders you can buy, and it does a wonderful job of pulverizing spices like cardamom, allspice, cloves, broken cinnamon sticks, lavender etc.
Glass Mixing Bowl
This is, by far, my favorite bowl to use with my KitchenAid mixer. Not only is it beautiful, but I love being able to see what's happening inside the bowl and make sure that everything is mixing properly. The lid is extra-handy, so this bowl can go from the mixer straight into the fridge!
I never knew I hated my mixer's old blade...until I tried a Beater Blade. This clever tool has silicone edges that scrape the sides of the bowl while you mix, eliminated the need for stopping and scraping down the bowl continuously. It saves lots of time (and sanity!) and is a necessity for anyone who uses their KitchenAid mixer frequently.
I love KitchenAid mixers so much, I actually have two of them in my kitchen! They're total beasts, sturdy workhorses that can be counted on to last for years and to handle almost any job you throw at them. I like using mine with a glass mixing bowl and Beater Blade. They come in a million different colors, and have tons of attachments available, including an ice cream maker, pasta maker, meat grinder, and more! The 5-quart size can handle big batches of cookie dough or bread dough without breaking a sweat. This is my #1 recommended kitchen appliance!
A food processor is another one of my must-have kitchen tools. It makes short work of chopping veggies, blending hummus, whipping up banana soft-serve, and so much more! I love the different attachments that make slicing and grating a breeze, and I often use it to chop large batches of nuts for my baking recipes.