Given that she owns a baking business, Abby Slutsky uses her cleaning, baking and cooking appliances more than the average individual.
Let me begin this by saying that in a normal environment, I would probably not choose to receive an appliance as a Christmas or birthday gift simply because I associate them with household work. Lately, however, I have been spending a lot more time cooking and cleaning at home. I rarely leave the house, so I really do not need more clothing.
Additionally, in an environment where people are losing their jobs, taking paycuts, and feeling stress about the amount of money coming into their households, a useful gift seems very appropriate. Furthermore, whether small or large, a useful appliance benefits almost everyone in the household, and well-made appliances usually last many years.
I own all the appliances mentioned here, and I reach for all of them regularly. I've used similar products in the past, but these appliances are more effective, reliable, and sturdy than their predecessors.
1. Eufy Robot Vacuum
My Eufy vacuum cleaner replaced a Roomba that I bought six years ago. I have a home-based baking business, so I use it on my kitchen floor almost daily (and sometimes more than once a day). It works nicely on carpet, too. I bought the 2000Pa, which is the strongest suction model (there are several models), and it picks up debris much better than my old robot vacuum.
To maximize the cleaning ability of the Eufy, it is very important to empty the debris tray and clean the filter and brushes regularly. Although the unit comes with extra filters and parts, I purchased more online so I could replace the brushes and filters very regularly.
The Eufy is easy to use, but if you leave it in a room by itself, it is important to pick up any wires or items that could get caught in the machine. If you want to monitor its cleaning, it has a convenient remote that allows you to direct it to debris. When I clean my kitchen, I often use chairs to block the exit to confine the Eufy to that room. However, if you are using it in a room that has a door, you can just shut the door while it cleans. The compact width allows it to scoot under furniture and other hard-to-reach places that usually require using attachments with a traditional upright vacuum.
One of my favorite features about the Eufy is that the remote lets me tell it to return to its charger. I never worry that the machine is not charging correctly because it knows how to settle itself on the charger properly.
2. Ninja Blender
My Ninja Blender has a blade that looks very different from those of my former blenders, all of which had small, propellor-style blades at the bottom. My Ninja has a long, spiral blade that extends upward into the blender instead of just sitting on the bottom.
Unlike my former blenders (and I have had many), this blender smoothly grinds ice and solid, frozen bananas effortlessly. I have the basic 1,000-watt model, and it is fantastic for smoothies and frozen alcoholic beverages. At home, I am able to duplicate the consistency of drinks that I would normally spend $6–$15 to order out. You can also froth hot milk in the Ninja to make cappuccinos.
Although initially more expensive than my previous blenders, my Ninja has definitely saved me money in the long run, and it has outlasted the cheap blenders that I previously purchased. The only drawback of this appliance is that it is a bit noisy. (My husband hates when I use it while he is watching television.) However, it does its job so well that the noise is usually very brief. I love it so much that I bought one for my mother-in-law as a gift so she could make smoothies with Ensure for her husband. It is also a favorite appliance with my sons because they love frosty, alcoholic beverages.
3. Kitchen Aid Food Chopper
My Kitchen Aid Food Chopper is compact enough to take up minimal storage space. Unlike many other food processors of its size, it allows you to select whether you want your items chopped or pureed. In addition, if you wish to add liquid to your chopped foods, it has the ability to allow liquid to drizzle slowly through the lid as you chop your items.
It is important to make sure the work bowl is properly aligned in the machine or it will not start. I use this appliance for chopping nuts, chocolate, and vegetables. It seems like the longer I own it, the more I use it. This mini chop is useful when making soup, sauces, cookies, and many other recipes.
Although the pieces are plastic, they are very durable. The blade is sharp and does an excellent job of chopping items finely. There is also a spout, so it is easy to get your chopped food out of the container without spilling it.
I can hand-wash my Kitchen Aid Food Chopper or put it in the upper rack of the dishwasher. Either way, it cleans beautifully.
© 2020 Abby Slutsky
Abby Slutsky (author) from LAFAYETTE HL on August 25, 2020:
My son loves his too. Thanks for reading.
Leah from New York on August 25, 2020:
One of my favorite appliances is definitely the Instant Pot. I got one over a year ago, and find myself using it all the time! It's so handy, especially when I've forgotten to defrost something for dinner.
Abby Slutsky (author) from LAFAYETTE HL on August 24, 2020:
Thanks for reading. I have the basic blender, and it is the best one I ever owned. I think holiday gifts are going to be different this year because people are not really going anywhere.
Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on August 24, 2020:
I don't have the robot vac anymore. Our house got hit by lightening and I ost many things. However, we replace all of our carpet with new flooring . I would like a better quality blender than the one I have right now I think that would be a good gift, Abby.