8 Kitchen Appliances to Have on Hand Before Your Holiday Gatherings

A coffee maker sitting on a kitchen counter

While it's wonderful to spend time with family during the holiday season, hosting can be inevitably stressful. If it's your turn to host the next family gathering—don't fret, we've got you covered with the best small kitchen appliances to cook a delicious breakfast, lunch, or dinner for the whole family.

Cuisinart 12-Cup coffee maker from Bed Bath and Beyond photo

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Cuisinart Coffee Maker

If all your family members enjoy starting their day with a fresh cup of coffee, a single-serve coffee maker probably won't cut it. We suggest upgrading to this Cuisinart programmable model that allows you to brew anywhere from one to 12 cups of coffee with just the touch of a button. It even features a 54-ounce water reservoir that can be used on its own (for brewing a cup of tea or hot chocolate) or at the same time as the coffee maker.

To buy: $73; bedbathandbeyond.com

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Cuisinart round classic waffle maker from Target photo

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Cuisinart Waffle Maker

Serve your guests a classic breakfast in minutes with the budget-friendly Cuisinart waffle maker. It comes equipped with five browning settings, so you can bake each waffle just the way your guests like it, and thanks to the nonstick plates, regulating thermostat, and indicator lights, you won't have to worry about leaving behind a sticky mess or burning your waffles. Don't forget to serve different topping options like fresh fruit, chocolate chips, whipped cream, and maple syrup! If you're looking to switch things up, try out this pumpkin waffle recipe.

To buy: $30; target.com

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Automatica stirring Crock-Pot from Walmart photo

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Crock-Pot iStir Automatic

Are you really prepared for holiday hosting if you don't own a slow cooker? This Crock-Pot from Walmart goes above and beyond thanks to the automatic stirrer that helps to prevent hot spots and unevenly cooked ingredients. Plus, it holds up to six quarts of food, has programmable cooking times up to 20 hours, and automatically switches to the warm setting when your dish is done. It's ideal for easily whipping up everything from the main course to delicious side dishes or even dessert.

To buy: $60; walmart.com

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Cuisinart cordless immersion blender from Amazon photo

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Cuisinart Immersion Blender

If you don't already own this rechargeable immersion blender, it's time to add it to your cart while it's on sale. This cordless device makes cooking gravy, soup, and dipping sauce so much easier thanks to its single blade and five speed settings. It can hold a charge for up to 20 minutes but also comes equipped with a quick-charge feature for last-minute blending. Bonus: This digital smart stick also comes with an attachable chef's whisk and a four-cup measuring pitcher.

To buy: $91 (was $100); amazon.com

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Yellow Dash Express egg cooker from Crate and Barrel photo

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Dash Express Egg Cooker

Whether you're making deviled eggs as an appetizer or omelets for breakfast, this Dash Express egg cooker can do it all—and let's be honest, the cute yellow design doesn't hurt either. It includes all the accessories you'll need to make soft-, medium-, hard-boiled, or poached eggs including an omelette bowl, measuring cup, boiling tray, and poaching tray. Not only will this machine save you time when cooking for large groups, but it'll make cleanup a cinch with its removable, dishwasher-safe parts.

To buy: $20; crateandbarrel.com

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Breville convection oven from Amazon photo

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Breville Smart Oven Pro

Perfect for reheating leftovers, the Breville Smart Oven Pro is exactly what you need to make your food taste just as good as it did the first time around. This toaster oven features 10 pre-set functions so you can bake, roast, broil, toast, reheat, warm, or slow cook your food without having to guess how long it needs to go in for. It also includes three nonstick cooking pans so you can make pizzas, cookies, and fresh bagels without worrying about messy cleanup.

To buy: $270 (was $350); amazon.com

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Black and silver Vitamix blender from Williams Sonoma photo

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Vitamix Blender

This versatile blender makes more than just milkshakes and smoothies. The Vitamix 5300 has 10 blending speeds and a pulsing option so you can whip up anything from creamy soups to chunky homemade salsa. To ensure you get just the right consistency, it comes complete with a stir stick so you can mix in or check for chunky ingredients without taking off the lid. And the best part? It self-cleans in 60 seconds or less!

To buy: $250 for certified reconditioned model; williams-sonoma.com

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Hamilton Beach three-in-one griddle from Target photo

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Hamilton Beach Griddle

Summer may have come and gone, but that doesn't mean you have to cut out grilling completely. Switch up your holiday brunch menu with the Hamilton Beach three-in-one griddle. It comes with two double-sided, dishwasher-safe reversible plates so you can grill veggies and burgers on one side while flipping pancakes and eggs on the other. Plus, each side has its own temperature controls for added convenience.

To buy: $60; target.com

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