It’s easier to shop for apartment appliances for a new place when you have a check-list of essential items. You don’t need to spend a fortune on fancy equipment, but some items are worth forking out a few more dollars for. If you’ve moved into a unit that’s got a mishmash of kitchen appliances left behind by previous tenants, you may be missing some items. Or perhaps you’re moving into an unfurnished apartment and are looking for a full set of new gadgets. If you’ve opted for a furnished rental, perhaps there are additional appliances and tools to add to your kit to make the icing on the cake. Blueground offers fully-furnished, equipped and serviced apartments in some of the world's most sought after cities. You don’t need to break the bank to stock your kitchen with essential tools and appliances to make good food. At the same time, you don’t need every single type of kitchen apparatus to cook with. It really depends on what you like to eat and how often you cook.

Maybe you’re cooking for one or have many mouths to feed. By all accounts, making smart selections with kitchen appliances and tools can save you money and time in the long run. If you’re not so experienced in the kitchen and often eat out, equipping your kitchen with tools and appliances you understand how to use will encourage you to cook at home and cultivate healthier eating habits. It is indeed a treat to dine in with delivery food, but not every other night.

 

Kitchen appliances

Blenders and food processors vary in price and the ways in which you can put them to good use. From homemade sauces and soups to smoothies and pancake batters. It’s the ultimate multitasking appliance and a real time saver too. You can go top-of-the-range, with models like Vitamix which have the power to make frozen drinks, with sharp blades for chopping and grinding. Or if you’re looking for a budget option, a hand blender certainly does the job for pureeing soups and sauces.

Another convenient kitchen appliance for saving time is an ‘Instant Pot’. It cooks up to 70% faster and leaves you just one pot to clean up. With this appliance, you can replace many others, freeing up counter space if you’re living in a small sized apartment. It’s a slow cooker, pressure cooker and rice cooker in one. With additional settings for sautéing and steaming. This is a great piece of kitchen equipment for families and batch cooking. Alternately, you can purchase items like a straightforward slow cooker or rice cooker individually if you don’t require the multifunctionality.

Woman making a cup of coffee in her kitchen with a coffee machine

Looking towards more humble kitchen appliances, you can’t go wrong with a sandwich press and coffee machine. Whether you’re a student or a high-flying freelancer, a good cup of coffee and a toasted snack will keep you sustained at any time of day. Let’s face it, a toasted sandwich maker doesn’t have to be hi-tech or expensive. They’re easy enough to use for even the most novice of cooks. There are many coffee machines on the market for homemade coffee just as good as your local barista makes it.

If you’re looking to enjoy coffee-shop-quality espresso and coffee made with easy to use capsules with your favorite coffee flavors, check out Blueground. Their “across the glove” rentals feature completely equipped kitchens and fully furnished units. The apartments come with high-quality home-tech. From the portable vintage-looking Marshall speakers with premium sound quality to widescreen TVs, everything is connected from the move-in date ready to entertain you.  

 

Kitchen tools and gadgets

Home cook using a hand blender with fresh ingredients

Once you’ve moved into your new apartment, check to see you’ve got the following tools and gadgets that are essential for everyday cooking.

  • Chefs knife
  • Chopping board; wooden boards tend to be more durable
  • Saucepans; one medium and one large for sauces or pasta and stews
  • Digital scale
  • Quality peeler to minimize waste  
  • Pestle and mortar
  • Colander
  • Stainless steel box grater
  • Spiralizer

 

Major appliances

It’s much easier to do laundry when you have a washer dryer in your apartment. However, a washer and dryer aren’t a given in every rental, especially if your moving to New York City. If you’re moving into a smaller apartment, a washer-dryer combo can save you time as well as space. You can do smaller loads with shorter wash times making washes more economical.  

Washer and dryer unit in a Blueground apartment

When it comes to a fridge, the secret is finding a size that fits your storage needs, which may vary if you’re a sociable single or a big family brood. These days, fridges come in a variety of colors and models with smart features that are more than a top and bottom freezer. Your fridge needs may just be a water dispenser and icemaker on the door. But you can even get fridges with built-in WiFi, voice control, and cameras so you can remotely view what’s inside from your smartphone.

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