Kitchen tools

5 kitchen utensils that are worth the counter space

Le Creuset/Ninja/Elite Gourmet

Kitchen real estate is very valuable. After all, most of us have little counter or cabinet space for appliances, tools and kitchen utensils. So which kitchen accessories are worth the space they take up? Well, in our humble opinion, these five kitchen helpers are worth the sacrifice.

We’re often hesitant to add big (and usually expensive) tools to the kitchen because most of us have limited counter space and budgets. This means that anything we wouldn’t use on a regular basis probably won’t be worth it. But, for most people, these five kitchen necessities are definitely worth the space!


A pressure cooker

Instant Pot

Typically, when cooking, you control the cooking time and temperature. But add this tool to your arsenal and you’ll have pressure control, too. An Instant Pot can be a real game-changer for home cooks because it increases pressure and raises the boiling point of water. This means it cooks your food faster.

Whether it’s tender roasts or artichoke hearts or ridiculously fast hard-boiled eggs, this little appliance is like having your own kitchen assistant. The six-quart seven-in-one version is ideal for most homes. It lets you pressure or slow cook, make rice or yogurt, steam or sauté vegetables, or keep a dish warm, all at the touch of a button.

A stand mixer

A black stand mixer on a counter.

If you don’t cook regularly, you might think a stand mixer isn’t warranted, but we disagree. You see, a stand mixer isn’t just for pasta and baked goods; it also works for a variety of salty applications.

Want minced meat in record time? Toss this roast in a stand mixer, then whip it over medium heat for about three minutes for perfect strands of goodness.

It also works wonders on mashed potatoes, creating smooth, creamy puddles of starch. You’ll want to dive headfirst into it!

And that’s not even mentioning the attachment capabilities. Stand mixers like KitchenAid’s five-quart Artisan Series come with add-ons that let you make everything from fresh sausage to ice cream. Plus, if you decide to make a sponge cake or a batch of airy macaroons, this stand mixer will be your best friend.

A dutch oven

A Le Creuset Dutch oven.
The Crucible

This one is pretty obvious, but if you don’t have a dutch oven yet, now is the time to invest! They are useful for making everything from chili to bread bowl to serving.

Yes, these are usually big and heavy, and annoying to store. But that thick, weighted design is also what makes it perfect for doing everything from fried chicken to pot roast beef.

If you can afford to splurge, we’re big fans of Le Creuset’s 5.5 pint. It offers superior heat distribution and is dishwasher safe. Plus, anything you do will look amazing served in this beauty.

High Power Blender/Food Processor Combo

The Ninja BL770 filled with ice, straw and blueberries, sitting on a kitchen counter.

Before high-powered blender/food processor combos, like the Ninja Mega Kitchen System, you had to have a regular blender. and a food processor to complete various kitchen tasks. That’s a lot of counter space!

You can lose both when you upgrade to this Ninja. The High Power Blender with Food Processor Attachment can do the job of both with one bulky motor. That means less storage space overall. They tend to be expensive, yes. But, they also come with warranties and, if needed, parts such as blades or covers are easily replaceable.

An electric frying pan

A cake in an electric skillet.
Gourmet Elite

Okay, adding another 12-inch pan (and one with a cord too) might be hard to justify, but hear us out. An electric skillet offers a ton of benefits.

First, it has a built-in thermostat which, because it relies on a constant oil temperature, makes frying remarkably easy.

Plus, they’re portable, so if you want to grab a salmon fillet without stinking up the kitchen, this is your new favorite tool. We love this model from Elite Gourmet because it’s nonstick, provides fast and even heating, and is even dishwasher safe.

Spend the dough and counter space on small kitchen appliances and tools is in great demand. To help you decide which accessories would be best to invest in, just add this list of kitchen helpers we couldn’t live without. Depending on what you cook and how often, you may not need them all, but this list can get you started.