10 Kitchen Upgrades to Invest In This Holiday Season
We love a new kitchen gadget, and this year there are plenty of great options for giving and getting for your own home. From high-tech toaster ovens to beautiful cookware and cutlery, these are some of our favorite buys to improve your cooking and the quality of your home life.
Turn it Up a Notch
Quick upgrades to the kitchen for the helpful sous chef.
Balmuda The Toaster ($329, williams-sonoma.com) uses steam technology that keeps moisture inside bread while it gently toasts the exterior. Its five modes—artisan bread, sandwich bread, pizza, pastry, and oven—will also cook side dishes while your oven is busy doing turkey stuff. The pizza mode, which heats mostly from the top, helps buttery garlic melt into garlic bread; oven mode can bake a gratin to a delightful crisp. It can even revive your stale bread. (See our full review here)
For grilling, Cuisinart’s Contact Griddler now has a smokeless feature ($120, crateandbarrel.com), which means you can grill vegetables or make leftover-turkey panini without smoking your guests out of the kitchen. The contact grill also has DuoControl, which lets you adjust the temperature of each grill plate separately.
Splurge On Small Things...
Fresh new gear to make this season’s entertaining easier and more stylish.
From Le Creuset’s new Lotus Collection, we especially love this rectangular stoneware dish for its lid that doubles as a platter ($110, macys.com). The lotus flower motif lets you serve snacks with gorgeous presentation and store your leftover casserole with a touch of sophistication.
And when you’re moving that hot casserole from oven to counter, use Hay’s oven gloves ($53 each, hay.dk) to add even more color to your cooking. They’re available in blue, yellow, or green suede complemented by heat-resistant padding in blue and gray tones.
Then carve the turkey with an 8-inch Echo chef’s knife from Middleton Made ($240, middletonmadeknives.com). Beloved by chefs like Sean Brock and Emeril Lagasse, these high-performance knives made by founder Quintin Middleton can fetch over $1,000, but the more approachable Echo line starts at $80.
For dessert, get creative by repurposing Tom Dixon’s stemless Puck Cocktail Glasses into ice cream bowls ($95 for two, mrporter.com). Dixon collaborated with Israeli chef Assaf Granit to design the smoke-tinted, mouthblown glassware for their shared London restaurant, Coal Office.
...Or Go Big
New features from these top appliance brands are well worth the investment year-round.
Nobody likes leaving cocktail hour to run out for ice, so Bosch introduced its new QuickIcePro System in two of its 500 Series French-door bottom-mount refrigerators (from $2,999, homedepot.com). It rapidly produces up to 12 pounds of ice per day, enough for roughly 40 Manhattans on the rocks. When it’s time to switch to wine, the LG Signature Wine Cellar Refrigerator ($6,999, homedepot.com) controls vibration, temperature, and humidity, plus the door is UV-resistant (with the brand’s knock-on-the-glass InstaView component). It fits up to 65 bottles, and there’s a convertible pantry drawer for charcuterie.
Meanwhile, checking in on the turkey doesn’t have to tether you to the kitchen all day. GE introduced the first in-oven camera, so you can see if the star of the meal needs basting from the comfort of your smartphone. It’s featured in the new Profile 9000 Series Wall Oven ($2,999, homedepot.com), which also includes an air fryer. For cleanup, the G7000 dishwasher from Miele ($1,499, mieleusa.com) automatically detects soil level, so you can skip scrubbing down dishes before loading. The best part? If there’s cranberry sauce stuck to the plates, it will add more detergent for you.