The 5 Best Stay-At-Home Kitchen Essentials


During times of extreme uncertainty, where we're all spending more time at home, it's crucial to have a well-stocked kitchen for your cooking (and snacking!) needs. Since we can't frequent our favorite coffee shops and restaurants, we should at least be able to prepare healthy and delicious meals at home.

And taking that a step further, you should also make sure you have a wide variety of kitchen tools and gadgets to help you master the art of meal preparation. Even if you have all the basic kitchen staples that allow you to cook regular meals, you might be used to the convenience of your office's espresso machine, or the fresh pressed juice that the café down the street makes with zero pulp. These are things you can replicate at home with the right kitchen tools — all without breaking the bank. (See also: The 5 Best Blenders)

Top 5 Stay-At-Home Kitchen Essentials

Alpicool C15 Portable Refrigerator/Freezer

Amazon's Choice for portable freezers, the Alpicool C15 Portable Refrigerator/Freezer is very practical and also portable. Its small, compact size and portable handles on both sides make it a perfect item to keep in your garage, your office, or take it with you in your car or truck. It can work as a refrigerator or a freezer, depending on the temperature setting you use. It also freezes items without ice, going down to -4ºF (-20ºC), keeping your perishable foods protected until you're ready to thaw and eat.

The Alpicool C15 comes with an instruction manual and one 12/24V DC cord so you can run it using your car battery. It comes in four sizes: 16 quart, 21 quart, 23 quart, and 53 quart. The 16 quart size can hold 20 cans of soda, for example. This fridge/freezer has hundreds of five-star reviews on Amazon and is a great option for storing your stock-up food supply.

Currently $179.00 at

De'Longhi ESAM3300 Magnifica Super-Automatic Espresso Machine

One of the more advanced espresso machines, the De'Longhi ESAM3300 features its own conical burr grinder. Users consistently maintain that not only does it produce great espresso, but that the machine is also easy to use, durable, and reasonably priced for the amount of features that is included. Its double boiler system allows one to quickly convert your espresso to a cappuccino with minimal wait time.It also has over 1,500 five-star reviews on Amazon.

Currently $549.99 at

Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker 

The Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker is an extremely versatile appliance, and one you will not regret buying. This multi-cooker is seven appliances in one: a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté pan, yogurt maker, and warmer. It also cooks up to 70% faster and the fingerprint-resistant stainless steel lid, components, and accessories are dishwasher safe for easy cleaning. This model features 10+ built-in safety features, including Overheat Protection, Safety Lock, and more to ensure safe pressure-cooking. The Instant Pot 7-in-1 comes in multiple sizes, and is backed by more than 60,000 five-star reviews on Amazon.

Currently $79.00 at

SodaStream Fizzi Sparkling Water Maker Bundle 

The SodaStream Fizzi Sparkling Water Maker Bundle allows you to make fresh sparkling water at the push of a button. This energy efficient system has helped reduce millions of single-use plastic bottles, and is powered by a Co2 cylinder. Each cylinder carbonates up to 60 liters of water, and the starter bundle comes with two 40 ml zero-calorie bottles of fruit drops in lime and orange flavors.The kit also comes with two 60L Co2 cylinders, and three one-liter BPA-free reusable carbonating bottles, helping our planet stay green and clean.

This bundle comes in a variety of colors, and currently has hundreds of five-star ratings on Amazon.

Currently $149.95 at

Brita Everyday Water Pitcher 

If fresh still water is your H20 of choice, then the Brita Everyday Water Pitcher is the perfect addition to your kitchen. This large, clear plastic pitcher is easy to pour and refill, and is great for families. Plus, it's a fabulous eco-friendly solution to your water needs, as a single Brita water filter can replace 300 standard 16.9 ounce water bottles, while also reducing chlorine taste and odor, copper, mercury, and cadmium impurities found in tap water. This pitcher comes with one standard filter, and should be changed after about 40 gallons of water, or after two months for the average household to maintain optimal performance. 

Additional Brita filters are available for purchase and won't break your budget. This pitcher is backed by over 5,000 five-star Amazon reviews.

Currently $29.99 at

And those are our recommendations for the best stay-at-home kitchen essentials. As always, be sure to check Wise Bread's Buying Calendar to learn when and how to buy just about anything!

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