Appliances for baking and breakfast

15 Great Kitchen Tools We're Loving This Season

These smart and stylish appliances are some of our favorite essentials at home.
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While at home this fall, we'll be spending plenty of time enjoying our morning coffee, baking seasonal treats, and whipping up some warming, comforting meals to share with our loved ones as well as to enjoy all to ourselves. We've found that these tools help with all of the above while delivering a pop of color, an extra hand, or a stylish asset to our kitchen routines. Read on for three sections of our favorite gadgets to use this season, and get a jump start on holiday gift lists (many of these could be scarce come late November) with these 15 ideas.

Appliances for baking
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Some of the best appliances for dessert-making add their own doses of sweetness through pink and bright cherry hues.

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Smeg Hand Blender

Smeg has some of the most aesthetically pleasing retro appliances that don't sacrifice quality—and this hand blender is no exception. With a twist and lock feature, it's the perfect hack for whipping cream quickly for Thanksgiving pies. 

To buy: Smeg 50's Retro Style Aesthetic Hand Blender (Red), $134 at

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KitchenAid Cordless Hand Mixer

This hand mixer may be small, but it is mighty. With seven speeds, its beaters can handle consistencies from heavy batter to egg whites and can make up to 200 cookies when fully charged. As a bonus, it's cordless—precious outlets be spared!

To buy: KitchenAid Cordless Hand Mixer, 7 Speed, Empire Red, $80 at

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KitchenAid Stand Mixer

KitchenAid has been creating its signature stand mixer, shown here in the Bird of Paradise color, for over a century. Its tilt-head design allows for the easy exchange of accessories, like a flat beater or a whisk. It's an all-in-one tool for holiday desserts.

To buy: KitchenAid Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer with Pouring Shield, 5-Quart, Bird of Paradise, $499 at

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Cuisinart Frozen Yogurt, Ice Cream, and Sorbet maker

Faster than a trip to the ice cream parlor, Cuisinart's machine produces frozen treats in 20 minutes or less, making up to 1.5 quarts of dessert at a time. Its large spout makes adding ingredients easy. 

To buy: Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker, 1-1/2 qt, Red, $70 at

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Escali Primo Digital Scale

Known for its measuring equipment in both professional and personal settings, Minnesota-based Escali combines the highest level of accuracy with contemporary design. This digital scale includes an intuitive two-button control. 

To buy: Escali Primo Lightweight Scale, Pumpkin Orange, $20 at

Appliances for breakfast uses
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For those who like their coffee black, matte appliances make for a stylish start to the day.

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GE Café Specialty Drip Coffee Maker

GE's sleek Café line offers this ultra-sophisticated specialty drip coffee maker packed with features such as built-in Wi-Fi, voice activation through Alexa and Google, and delayed-start programming through the brand's app.

To buy: Cafe Smart SCA Drip 10-Cup Coffee Maker, $350 at

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Fellow Clara French Press

Doubling as objet d'art, this new release from San Francisco–based Fellow has a simple yet elegant design with a weighted walnut handle. It serves three cups of coffee. 

To buy: Fellow Clara French Press, $100 at

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Breville Bambino Plus

Breville's sleek machine is compact and quite unique: It allows you to control milk temperature and texture with the push of a button. 

To buy: Breville Bambino Plus Espresso Machine, $500 at

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Balmuda the Kettle

Precisely designed for a snug grip and a smooth pour, Tokyo-based Balmuda's kettle is as effective as it is stylish. With the ability to boil in just a few minutes, it holds three cups.

To buy: BALMUDA The Kettle, $150 at

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Alessi Plissé Toaster

Designed by Italian architect Michele De Lucchi, this toaster has an eye-catching pleated resin exterior and offers six levels of browning for your morning toast or waffle.

To buy: Alessi Plissé Toaster, $110 at

Appliances for dinner uses
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Thanksgiving meal prep doesn't have to be overwhelming, Thanks to these smart, compact, high-performing appliances.

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Breville the Smart Oven Air Fryer

With a two-speed convection fan and a unique temperature sensor, this fryer isn't just a great tool for vegetables and french fries—it has enough space for a 14-pound turkey. 

To buy: Breville the Smart Oven Air Fryer, $350 at

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KitchenAid 13-cup Food Processor

If you need a supersize specimen for your chopping, shredding, kneading, and more, snag this large processor from KitchenAid. It can handle essentially any ingredient, holiday mash, slaw, or dough you throw at it. 

To buy: KitchenAid 13-cup Food Processor, $180 at

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Aarke Carbonator 3

Fizzy-water enthusiasts, entertainers, and style mavens will love the clean and compact design of the Aarke. It comes in sleek finishes (a limited-edition color, Sand, is shown in the picture) and combines good looks with savvy engineering and sustainability. 

To buy: Aarke Carbonator 3, Sand, $249 at

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Cuisinart 7-Quart 4-in-1 Cook Central Multicooker

One of the most user-friendly and design-forward slow cookers on the market, this Cuisinart model sports four cooking functions, so you can use it to steam, sauté, roast, and slow cook. The nonstick aluminum cooking pot is easy to lift out of the base, allowing you to transfer juices, gravy, or sauces into serving jugs or dishes. With oven and cooktop space at a premium over the holidays, this is the workhorse that will make entertaining that much more manageable.

To buy: Cuisinart 7-Quart 4-in-1 Cook Central Multicooker, $200 at

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Anova Precision Vacuum Sealer PRO

Perfect for prepping portions of meat and vegetables or packaging up those Thanksgiving leftovers, this vacuum sealer by Anova is an update on the brand's original sealer and excels at sealing wet foods like cuts of marinating meat. Its high-power vacuum is built to perform for over 100 continuous vacuum seals.

To buy: Anova Culinary Precision Vacuum Sealer Pro, $145 at