It’s almost Valentine’s Day — time to heat things up. And we’re not talking with your significant other either. We’re talking about taking it up a notch in the kitchen with red and pink countertop cuties.
The kitchen is one of the most high-trafficked rooms of all, and yet we tend to ignore it when it comes to decorating. Sure, we go all out with the stainless steel, but what about the fun colors that seem to make their way into other spots in the home?
Think of the kitchen as a blank slate of utilitarian goodness just waiting for some bright ideas and fun inspiration. Imagine how nice it’ll be to get a jolt of energy each morning when you stumble into the kitchen to make coffee.
Whether you want to treat yourself to a shiny new toy or buy someone a Valentine’s gift that’s a little more useful than flowers or chocolate, check out these nine items. From a metallic pink pasta maker to a red-hot convection toaster, fall in love with a kitchen accessory below.
Made in France, these mini cocottes will steal your heart: at four inches in diameter, they’re the perfect size for individual portions of French onion soup, pot pies or custards. The ceramic’s porcelain enamel glaze won’t absorb moisture, so food stays nice and juicy. And you can use them everywhere! In the fridge, freezer, oven, microwave and dishwasher. And they’re so cute, you obviously have to use them at the table as well — for Valentine’s Day and every day.
Dubbed “the Ferrari of the pasta machine world” by Cook’s Illustrated, this Italian-made stainless steel carb cranker-outer makes three types of fresh pasta: lasagna, fettuccini and tagliolini. You can turn out the delicacies by hand or attach a motor (sold separately). Either way, your countertop will say, grazie!
Like an adorable pet for your countertop, just feed it and it’ll reward you with loyal companionship — and perfect toasted treats. The perky little number has slots wide enough for bagels, and features defrost, reheating settings and an automatic shut-off for peace of mind. A slide-out crumb tray means easy cleaning, and the Stop button lets you cancel the operation when you just can’t wait any longer.
This electric tea kettle just might steer you away from traditional pots forever. Heating up water is faster than with a microwave or stovetop, plus it’s safer and more convenient because it’ll keep the water warm. The kettle, complete with a stay-cool handle, will even sense when it’s dry and shut itself off. And since it’s cord-free it can go straight to the table to add some color there too.
Add some sweetness to your saltiness with this pretty-in-pink popcorn maker that uses no oil — just hot air. For those who can’t fathom popcorn without butter (you know who you are), no worries: there’s a butter warming tray up top. It’ll make 10 cups of popcorn in less than three minutes. Removable parts are dishwasher safe.
Perk up your countertop with this gorgeous cherry-red toaster packed with a broiler and a convection feature for fast, even cooking. Great for big families, it can tackle an entire chicken, a 9-inch pizza and six pieces of toast at once.
Be the hero of any party with this at-home cotton candy machine. Use your favorite hard candy — Jolly Ranchers, Lifesavers, even sugar-free versions — to magically create light and fluffy cotton candy goodness. Send in the clowns.
This countertop mixer is like a functional work of art — at an amazing price. The strong 500-watt motor makes light work of anything from cheesecakes to sourdough. And the lock-in-place bowl and splash guard keeps things neat. Reviewers love how quiet it is, and how easy it is to clean.
Thanks to stainless steel blades and a burly 525-watt motor, this food processor powers through anything you throw at it, from tomatoes and peppers for salsa to potatoes and onions for hash browns. Our favorite feature? A French fry disc for making America’s favorite side dish from scratch.
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