7 Small Appliances That Every Kitchen Needs

When you design your own kitchen, you want it to be perfectly personalized down to the very last detail. Whether that means custom color for your cabinetry from The RTA Store or unique quartzite countertops, it’s up to you (with a little free help from our kitchen design team)!

Now that you have a beautiful new kitchen from The RTA Store, you need to add those functional finishing touches. While large appliances like a refrigerator, oven, dishwasher, and microwave are all a given, you may be wondering what small appliances warrant taking up space on or in those lovely new countertops and kitchen cabinets.

Here is a list of small appliances that every kitchen needs.













A toaster is tops on the list of must-have small appliances for a reason. This pop-up breakfast staple lets you toast bread in mere minutes, or opt for a toaster oven to quickly heat up leftover pizza and cook crisp chicken nuggets.


This small appliance is used to mix, purée, or emulsify. As the name implies, blenders are idea for blending liquids, and should be your go-to tool when making fruit smoothies and creamy soups.

Food Processor

While similar to a blender, this small appliance has some subtle differences that help to secure a spot on this list. Food processors can handle thicker foods (like chopped veggies and shredded cheese), making it a better tool for sauces (like tomato or basil pesto) and party dips.

Beef Stew in a slow-cooker, ready to serve.

Slow Cooker

Slow cookers are a lifesaver for busy families, especially in the fall and winter months. Perfect for making chili and hearty stews, this small appliance allows you to prep in the morning and come home to a hot and satisfying meal at the end of the day.

Stand Mixer

If you enjoy baking, a stand mixer is a must. Perfect for blending dough or beating batters, this small appliance is worth the splurge. Since stand mixers are much larger and heavier than the hand-held variety, consider installing a Heavy-Duty Mixer Lift in a base cabinet.












Coffee Maker

Whether you prefer single-cup pods or brewing a whole pot, every kitchen needs a coffee maker. Even if you don’t like coffee, chances are your guests do, so you’ll want to have this small appliance somewhere in your kitchen.

Wine Cooler

This one isn’t necessarily a must have, but it sure is nice to have a wine cooler when entertaining, especially if you have a home bar. Considerably smaller than a full-sized fridge, this little dynamo can chill a dozen bottles of wine without taking up much space.

You were brave enough to design your own kitchen, so don’t be afraid to have fun when selecting small appliances. Whether it’s a KitchenAid stand mixer with a kitschy pop of color, or a sleek, stainless steel toaster, the possibilities for personalization are virtually endless.


At The RTA Store we help make your dream home a reality with RTA (Ready To Assemble) and Pre-Assembled cabinets and accessories. Whether it’s your kitchen bathroom, laundry room, home office, bar room or TV room, we offer the same (if not better) quality you would find at any retail store, but for a fraction of the price. Stop by our website or give us a call and let us make your dreams come true with the help of our free room design tool!