Designer Kitchen Gadgets You Won't Be Embarrassed to Leave on Your Counter
Is your kitchen counter a no-fly zone and completely clutter free, or do you barely have room for a cutting board because you've got wall-to-wall gadgets?
There's a happy medium between the two -- you can have chic kitchen gadgets and appliances that you feel good about leaving on your countertops.
Modern Kitchen with Frosted Cabinets
Frosted glass cabinets provide a modern look while concealing what's behind. A simple mosaic backsplash and gray concrete countertops offer a neutral backdrop for colorful kitchen accessories.
I've rounded up some of my favorite choices for making your kitchen look more designer-y and less like a gadget wasteland.
When deciding what to leave out on your counter and what not to leave out, ask yourself this: how many times a week do I use it? For items that you use more than once a week, go ahead and leave them out.
I use my handheld vacuum on the daily, and this one is so beautiful, I almost want to hang it on the wall like it's a piece of art.
Product Pick: Alessi Handheld Vacuum Cleaner, Amazon, $199
If you want to add color and pattern to your kitchen, this toaster is a great choice. It can only handle two slices of toast at once, however, so this is a better option for a single person or couple.
Product Pick: Oster French Bull Two-Slice Toaster, Target, $34.99
Salt and Pepper Cellars
For those of you who cook a lot, a beautiful set of salt and pepper cellars would look lovely sitting out on your countertop. You could even add a glass olive oil cruet to the mix, which would look great and be super handy as you're whipping up delicious meals.
Product Pick: Marble Salt and Pepper Cellars, Monticello, $48
Teak Cutting Board
While I don't cook very often, one of my favorite items to leave out on my counter is a beautiful teak cutting board. In fact, when I need a cutting board for dinner prep, I tend to grab a not-as-pretty, but easy-to-clean board and keep the teak board out mostly for decoration.
Product Pick: Madeira End-Grain Teak Cutting Board, Sur la Table, $19.95
Glass Knife Block
Another beautiful, somewhat universal choice for a sleek kitchen counter setup is a great knife block. Sharp knives are a chef's most important tool (from what I hear!), so a chic block is a necessity if you want to add some glam to your countertop.
Product Pick: Six-Piece Tempered Glass Knife Block, Amazon, $133
For those of you that are smoothie obsessed, a blender might be on your daily kitchen appliance checklist. In that case, you might want to go with a retro option like this pretty silver blender. It has a 50's diner vibe, which kind of makes me want to use it for milkshakes instead of smoothies. #oops
Product Pick: Oster Beehive Blender, Target, $59.99
Sexy Kitchen Utensils
There are generally strong opinions when it comes to the choice of leaving out kitchen utensils or not. I tend to prefer to keep utensils in a drawer, however, for those with limited space (or those who like to keep their utensils handy), a good way of keeping things looking pulled together and sleek is to purchase uniform utensils that all have one style or color. This will go a long way in avoiding the "utensil mosh pit" that can result when you are leaving a bunch of mismatched pieces together on your countertop.
Product Pick: Five Bamboo Utensils, Amazon, $14.95
For many of us, our coffee maker is often the one appliance that gets used the most. If you're ready to up your at-home coffee game, you might want to consider a Nespresso. This pod-based espresso/cappuccino maker is easy to use, makes delicious coffee, and looks pretty snazzy sitting out on your counter. If there's anything that can break a daily Starbucks habit, this might be it.
Product Pick: Nespresso Espresso Maker, Williams-Sonoma, $104
KitchenAid 5-Speed Diamond Blender
With “Intelli-Speed Motor Control,” this blender can sense what’s inside it and run at the optimum speed to process it thoroughly. Equally nice is the fact that it comes in 14 colors, from metallic chrome to wild “crystal blue,” both of which make smoothies that much more enticing.
Bite Food Scale
This Bluetooth-enabled scale communicates with your smart devices so you can get precise nutritional info on nearly anything you place on it. Quarter-pound of turkey? Half a wheel of cheese? Bam! You can find out how many calories are in it. Bite also has recipes, and can log your calorie intake down to the exact number.
Tea is full of antioxidants, lower in caffeine than most coffee, and can be a great way to avoid caloric beverages. But brewing at the wrong temperature can destroy tea’s best qualities. This little teapot not only looks good with its stainless-and-glass carafe, but comes with six presets to brew each variety at its optimum temp.
Paderno Vegetable Spiralizer
Pasta is great, but too much is not a good thing. A spiralizer can turn veggies into a curly “noodles,” ready for sauce. Though there are cheaper versions, Paderno’s spiral slicer with its interchangeable blades has consistently been a top pick among cooks, who say it’s unmatched for control and precision.