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We live in a world where technology’s purpose is to simplify and combine our daily tasks with gadgets that can seemingly do it all (think 10-in-1 products like Instant Pots that also boast built-in air frying, pressure cooking and yogurt-making capabilities). But there are some single-use appliances that have withstood the test of time and are still worthy of being purchased on their own.
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Here are 8 of the best single-use kitchen appliances, all of which are unsurprisingly available on Amazon. From a breakfast sandwich maker to an ice cream machine, nothing else on the market does it better than these OGs, no matter how hard some brands try to convince us. (Looking at you, $1,500 Thermomix.)
Hamilton Beach Dual Breakfast Sandwich Maker
Many inventions have changed the course of history, like Thomas Edison’s lightbulb or Benjamin Franklin’s lightning rod, but Hamilton Beach has them beat with its dual breakfast sandwich maker (kidding, kind of). This device is life-changing for the bread, egg and meat-lover who spends entirely too much money on fast food iterations every morning. And with two compartments, your partner or kid also gets to reap the benefits of your purchase—a win-win.
Kitchen Mama Electric Can Opener
Whether you suffer from arthritis or have the fingers of an octopus, opening cans can prove to be a difficult task. But not anymore. Kitchen Mama’s lending a bit of her maternal instinct by offering this adorably compact and helpful gadget to take the strain out of operating a manual tool. Now you can dive right into those canned pineapple in peace and without having to sacrifice joint strength in the process.
Vont ‘Milo’ Digital Food Scale
We’d like to think that we’re using a digital food scale to portion our meals and make healthy eating decisions, but the reality is that this is the perfect contraption to make precise measurements while baking cakes, cookies, soufflés and tarts. And with an easy-to-read LED screen and stainless steel surface, it’s now become part of our daily routine, which means hello to calories and goodbye to any semblance of self-control.
Oster Belgian Waffle Maker
Aside from an omelette bar, there is nothing better than a Belgian waffle station at a brunch buffet. And now, for less than $20(!), you can bring what is arguably the best breakfast export into your own kitchen and enjoy pillowy, slightly crisp and warm deliciousness in the form of carbs (topped with powdered sugar, of course).
Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker
We all scream for ice cream, but you can rest those vocal cords with the purchase of Cusinart’s mini ice cream maker. This is one of the most reliable frozen dessert makers on the market and, perhaps the best perk of all, is that it is small enough to make single-serving portions with ease. Gone are the days of crushing an entire pint in one sitting! Your doctor and waistline will surely thank you.
Toshiba Rice Cooker
There is no worse culinary crime committed than under or overcooked rice. The beloved starch needs to be absolutely perfect as a hearty vessel to dishes like stir-fry, jambalaya and burritos. To ensure perfectly-cooked rice every time, a rice cooker is an absolute must and Toshiba’s model more than delivers with a one-touch button that will also keep your grains warm (and not mushy!).
Vin Fresco Electric Wine Opener
Let’s not act like the care and attention that goes into the opening of a bottle of wine doesn’t far surpass the care and attention that goes into preparing a meal. We cherish the moment when a cork is seamlessly removed, making that beautiful popping noise before being poured into your favorite oversized glass. If you want this feeling, guaranteed, every time and provided by a sleek and modern contraption, then the Vin Fresco electric wine opener is an absolute must. It’s also rechargeable so that you know it will work flawlessly with every use.
JavaPresse Manual Coffee Grinder
Sure, you can invest in a fancy Nespresso or Keurig and have the machines do all the work for you, but true coffee connoisseurs like to hand-select their favorite beans, grind them up and brew their own cup of joe. For step two, a coffee grinder is a necessary tool, and while this entire list has touted electronics, sometimes the most archaic of designs stick around for a reason. Such is the case with JavaPresse’s manual coffee grinder, which—frankly—is just too much fun to use. Simply set one of 18 grind settings, crank the handle and voila: freshly-ground coffee to start your day.
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