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Home chefs dream of a gleaming kitchen filled with top-notch appliances for making anything from a perfect cup of coffee to a chocolate souffle. Cutting-edge technology means that preparing delicious meals is faster and easier to do than ever.
If you're looking for an investment piece or are finally ready to upgrade to an appliance you've been coveting, treat yourself to the best quality product out there—you'll be grateful in the future. From shiny stand mixers to high-powered blenders, we've rounded up our favorite gorgeous gadgets that will turn any kitchen into the modern cooking space of your dreams.
Here, the best luxury appliances.
Best Espresso Maker: Breville The Barista Express Espresso Machine
Short of hiring an in-house barista, this is the best way we know to get a delicious, fit-to-your-specifications coffee drink every morning before leaving for work. There are a lot of amazing espresso makers out there, but some may only do only that—make espresso—which leaves you with the need to buy lots of other accessories and crowd your countertop just to make a cappuccino.
This machine has a burr grinder and milk frother all in one, so you can make any of your favorite coffee drinks from start to finish without having to plug in one more thing. It has manual and automatic options so if you’re a borderline barista or just an expert in drinking pre-made coffee, you’ll be able to enjoy this to the fullest. If you start feeling nostalgic about your old coffee-buying days, feel free to write your name on your cup (preferably spelled wrong). We won’t judge.
Best Blender: Vitamix A3500 Ascent Series Professional-Grade Smart Blender
Anyone who really loves smoothies is most likely going to be a Vitamix fan. The holy grail of blenders, the Vitamix is a must-have for high-powered blending. Whether you're making pureed soups, almond milk, or savory dips, this machine will make sure you have a perfect consistency every time.
There are a lot of Vitamix models on the market today, so it can be hard to decide which option is best for you. We love this one for the high tech features, including wireless connectivity (which automatically gauges and adjusts settings for the container size) and touchscreen buttons.
Best Pizza Oven: Breville Smart Oven Pizzaiolo Pizza Oven
Pizza snobs rejoice! This machine makes it possible to make an authentic tasting wood-fired pie right from your kitchen counter (no wood needed). This magical oven can heat up to 750 degrees and bake the perfect pie in two minutes. No matter how bad your pizza craving gets, two minutes is a mind-blowingly short amount of time to achieve a lovely charred crust.
But wait, it gets even more amazing. The presets allow you to choose the type of pizza you want, so whether you’re starting from frozen or you’re baking a deep-dish pizza, New York-style, thin and crispy or wood fired, you can get your dream pie. From your own kitchen. In your PJ’s.
Best Cocktail Maker: Bartesian 55300 Premium Cocktail Machine
Remember when the Keurig first came out and everyone was amazed by the simplicity of making a great cup of coffee with no effort? The Bartesian is now doing the same thing for adult beverages—taking all the guess-work out of making perfectly balanced cocktails. For those of us who would rather not be bothered lifting a finger to measure and pour our own Old Fashioned, this machine does it for us.
You simply place one of the cocktail pods in the machine (choose from margaritas, cosmopolitans, whiskey sours, and more), select your preferred strength (mocktail, light, regular or strong), press the button and voila—a perfectly mixed cocktail every time. Do you need this countertop appliance? Maybe not, but that’s what makes it the perfect luxury item.
Best Wine Fridge: Wine Enthusiast Classic 70 Dual Zone Wine Cellar
You don’t need a full-blown cellar to be considered an official wine connoisseur—you just need a quality wine fridge. Although it's on the pricey side, this is the one you want. This stand-alone cellar holds up to 70 bottles of vino and keeps them safe and tasty with triple paneled UV filtering doors.
An adjustable thermostat keeps reds and whites in an ideal range from 41 degrees to 68 degrees so they’re ready to serve whenever you feel a happy hour coming on. Plus, if you’d rather just stare at your beautiful collection, wood trim and blue LED displays to make it nearly impossible to look away.
Best Countertop Oven: Brava Countertop Oven
Whether you’re low on space, short on time, or at a loss for what to make for dinner, Brava’s countertop oven is an excellent addition to your kitchen. This compact countertop oven clocks in at 16 x 17 inches, can heat up to 500 degrees in one second, and cooks food ultra-fast. It toasts, bakes, roasts, and broils with the switch of a setting.
And, with an included two-year membership to the Brava Plus cloud service, you get access to a vast database of recipes, accessory discounts, customizable cook settings, and more perks.
Best Pasta Maker: Philips Avance Pasta Maker
Do you love the idea of making pasta from scratch but not the idea of actually physically doing it? Many of us feel the same way, which is why the Avance is the perfect tool—it allows us to create homemade pasta in fifteen minutes, but without having to mix the ingredients, knead the dough or cut the pasta into shapes. So maybe it’s not completely homemade, but once you pour in your water and flour and put your favorite pasta disc on the end, you’re able to create fresh noodles on your own.
This gadget is the perfect appliance for wowing dinner party guests, which you can easily do by showcasing different options like penne, fettucini, or spaghetti and add in your own flavorings or coloring for a little added personalization. This machine works just as well for a pasta night for one, which is about to become more frequent.
Best Soda Maker: Aarke Carbonator II
If you're a lover of sparkling water, you're going to fall head over heels for this sleek carbonator. With a modern Scandinavian design and a multitude of finishes, it will soon become your favorite—and most-used—shiny thing on your kitchen counter.
Besides being an eco-friendly option (say goodbye to disposable plastic bottles!), this machine can also make for healthier choices by using things like fresh citrus and natural flavors in the bubbly—in lieu of sugary, processed sodas.
Best Electric Kettle: Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Pour-Over Kettle
This chic pot is the cool cousin to your traditional electric kettle. With an adjustable knob that allows for a range of temperatures, the high-tech heating system lets the user set the perfect temp for whatever they're making. From delicate green tea to piping hot pour-over coffee, this kettle will make sure that you always have the perfect cup.
But it's not just the easy-to-read LCD screen and superior performance of this kettle that wins us over. The sleek, minimalist design is the perfect addition to any modern kitchen counter—and the compact shape means that it won't take up a ton of space.
Best Juicer: Smeg Citrus Juicer
This colorful countertop accessory will soon become your favorite when you start making fresh orange juice every morning. With a classic, retro design and an array of bright hues to choose from, this juicer packs a lot of punch without taking up a lot of space.
Despite its analog appearance, the machine features a powerful motor with a sensor that's built-in for easy use. You'll be impressing your brunch guests within minutes of taking this one out of the box.
Best Smart Food Machine: Blix Blender
This next-generation blender is the epitome of luxury for health-conscious, on-the-go people. The Blix is like a K-cup coffee maker combined with meal plan service—but for healthy smoothies, soups and spreads.
Once you have the machine, users can sign up for a weekly delivery of chef-made, farm-fresh frozen cups. Simply add liquid to the containers and blend—you'll have a healthy meal ready to go in an instant.
Best Toaster: Dolce & Gabbana x Smeg Sicily is my Love Toaster
If you’re looking for an iconic piece that’s going to be a major showstopper in your kitchen, then the search is over. Toasted bread may not be the most exciting thing out there, but it gets a lot more interesting when you’re making it in a sleek Italian toaster decked out in a Dolce & Gabbana print. The artwork features the Trinacria, a symbol of Sicily, alongside motifs inspired by terra cotta pots. This toaster is functional, but also a major status symbol.
The toaster itself comes with three presets (reheat, defrost, bagel) and six browning levels, so it’s a great choice in its own right. If you're not sold on the opulent design, Smeg also makes a whole range of more neutral finishes (in a slightly more affordable price range).