8 Cordless Kitchen Appliances That Are Totally Worth the Money
Electric appliances make life so much easier, but they also can be a pain. (I've yanked them out of the wall with overenthusiastic use, tripped over dangling cords, melted a wire using a gadget over a hot stove, and swept a bag of flour right off the counter with an errant plug.) Lucky for all of us, cordless kitchen appliances are all the rage, and the technology has improved so that they hold charges longer and really do the job. Here are 8 great cordless kitchen appliances that are really worth the money.
KitchenAid Cordless Immersion Blender Set
If you just buy one thing off this list, this KitchenAid Cordless Immersion Blender should be it. Whether making a pan sauce stovetop or blending a vinaigrette or aioli tableside, this machine has all the oomph with no cord to tie you down. I use mine almost daily. There is even a plastic guard for use in nonstick cookware to protect the finish. Bonus? You can get one in a set for maximum efficiency, including a mini chopper, a whisk attachment, and a pitcher to make sure you get the most out of the unit.
Buy it: KitchenAid Cordless Variable Speed Hand Blender ($149.99), amazon.com
Cuisinart Cordless Mini Chopper
I could not live without my Cuisinart food processors, so imagine my delight when they developed a cordless mini chopper! The four-cup size is perfect for a last-minute salsa or hummus, chopping herbs or shallots, or making a quick pesto. All the power and durability you expect from the original food processor people, with total footloose cord-free joy.
Buy it: Cuisinart RMC-100 EvolutionX Cordless Mini Chopper ($61.99), amazon.com
KitchenAid Cordless Hand Mixer
No one does mixing like KitchenAid, so it is no wonder its cordless hand mixer is the newest jewel in the crown. The ideal companion to your stand mixer, for those moments you just need a quick mix, or have to do something over a double boiler. Check out this seven-speed hand mixer in one of seven sassy colors!
Buy it: KitchenAid Cordless Hand Mixer ($99.99), amazon.com
BlenderX Cordless Portable Blender
Most portable blenders seem to be designed purely for personal smoothies or protein shakes on the go, with small containers and just enough amperage to power through a banana. Which is why I love this BlendX Cordless Portable Blender. A large 20-ounce capacity and the speed and blades to blend ice means you can make slushie drinks for two to four people without leaving your picnic blanket.
Buy it: BlenderX Cordless Portable Blender ($119.99), amazon.com
Waring Commercial Cordless Electric Carving Knife
Once you start using an electric carving knife for things like turkeys, large roasts, family-sized steaks, or crusty loaves of bread, you won't want to go back. So, if you are the host of all the holidays and have gone deep on sourdough? Time to invest in a great one. This Waring Cordless Electric Carving Knife comes with two blades (one for carving and one for bread) as well as a bread guard to ensure identical slices all the way thru the loaf with effortless ease.
Buy it: Waring Commercial Cordless Electric Carving Knife ($199), amazon.com
Makita Lithium-Ion Cordless Coffee Maker
For those who love their coffee, skipping the morning cup is not an option, especially if you are camping, on a boat, or just out in the garage building things. Makita (yes, the power tool people) makes a rechargeable battery powered coffee maker ready to keep you in caffeine, no plug required. It uses the same battery packs that their tools use, with a filterless system for ground coffee, and even an auto turn-off feature if the water gets too low.
Buy it: Makita Lithium-Ion Cordless Coffee Maker ($103.24), amazon.com
Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug
If you drink coffee or tea all day long at your desk, you know keeping it hot is a pain. You can use a thermos, but those are awkward to drink out of, with high risk of blouse spattering or tie staining. Enter this new cult fave: a smart mug that will keep your drink temperature controlled for up to 1.5 hours, with a charging saucer that's as good looking as its companion. Whether you are still work from home or headed back to the office, the Ember is your new day-long coworker.
Buy it: Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug ($99.95), amazon.com
Dyson Outsize Cordless Stick Vacuum
Finally, while not directly a cooking appliance, I still have to talk about the new Dyson Outsize Cordless Stick Vacuum. Because it has become my new best mate in the kitchen. The container has as much capacity as the full-size vacuum and it comes with a back-up battery, so no more worrying about it losing its charge mid-mess. It can still go hand-held, for those little countertop spills, or to suck up the excess flour and crumbs from the bottom of my oven after baking. Will it be the most expensive vacuum cleaner you buy? Yep. But Dysons last forever, and the quality makes them worth every penny.
Buy it: Dyson Outsize Cordless Stick Vacuum ($799.99), bestbuy.com