Best Small Appliances - Clean Eating Magazine

Best Small Appliances

Sometimes the best things in life come in small packages. Often, they're things you don't necessarily need, but once you have them in your home, you find they're things you can't believe you've lived without for so long. These are the products you see on TV infomercials that often warrant the reaction, "I wish I had thought of that." Small appliances are designed to make life just a little bit easier. From tortilla warmers to sandwich makers and everything in between, these products are typically designed to do one thing and do it well–and to make it fun and all the more convenient in the process. We've sorted through and found some of our favorite small appliances on the market. Check them out below!
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Best Multipurpose Cooker

Dash Mini Maker Portable Grill Machine

Convenient, Compact, and Versatile

Great for small apartments, dorm rooms, RVs and more, this lightweight and compact grill machine handles burgers, chicken, paninis, breakfast foods, and virtually everything in between with its 350-watt, 4-inch nonstick grill surface and easy cleanup.

What We Liked

This portable, miniature grill makes grilling up a variety of everyday meals foolproof and convenient. It features a 4-inch, dual grill-style grated surface that evenly cooks burgers, chicken, veggies, and much more in a matter of minutes. At the top of the unit is an indicator light to let you know when the grill is preheated, and a heat-free handle allows for safe opening and closing of the grill. Whipping up delicious grilled cheeses, paninis, and breakfast sandwiches is a breeze simply by closing the device to allow the dual heating elements to cook from the top and bottom without crushing your food. It also comes in a variety of style-matching colors and a recipe book to get even the most novice of cooks creating memorable meals in no time. Get it here. 

Best Sandwich/Waffle Maker

T-fal EZ Clean Nonstick Sandwich and Waffle Maker

Interchanging Cook Surfaces

Make perfect Belgian-style waffles or grilled pocket sandwiches in minutes with these easily interchangeable, non-stick, dishwasher safe plates that cook from the top and bottom.

What We Liked

Cooking your favorite breakfast and lunch foods in a single, convenient appliance has never been easier, thanks to T-fal's interchangeable plate system. The waffle plates allow you to create two square Belgian-style waffles with deep pockets in just a few minutes, without having to buy a standalone waffle maker. When it's lunchtime, simply switch out for the sandwich plates with triangular grooves; add your favorite bread, meats, cheesing and fillings; and let the unit do the work of perfectly toasting and sealing in the flavor. The plates are easily removable, dishwasher safe, and easy to clean. Further, the unit folds up for vertical, space-saving storage with its rear-mounted feet. Buy it now. 

Best Breakfast Sandwich Maker

Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker

Countertop Breakfast

Although it's designed to perfectly cook each layer of your favorite breakfast sandwich for easily assembly, the options are endless with this Hamilton Beach appliance. 

What We Liked

The unit features two cooking trays with four top and bottom heating elements that allow you to perfectly cook an egg, toast the bread or English muffin, and warm up pre-cooked meats and cheeses. When everything's done, simply slide the egg tray out, and all the elements fall into place for a perfectly cooked, ready-to-eat breakfast sandwich. Each cooking surface is easily removable and dishwasher safe for easy cleanup, and the company offers an online recipe guide with over 25 creations to try. Makes a great gift for students, bachelors, small-apartment residents, and anyone who enjoys convenient cooking. Buy it here. 

Best Omelet Maker

Proctor Silex Sandwich Toaster, Omelet and Turnover Maker


If it can be cooked in the shape of a triangle, this small Proctor Silex appliance can deliver. 

What We Liked

With its dual-sided heating elements and non-stick surfaces, this Proctor Silex device offers a compact and convenient way to make some of your favorite breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert snacks in a matter of minutes. All you have to do is add your desired ingredients and let the device do the rest. Everything from scratch-made omelets and pizza pockets, to French toast, hot sandwiches, fruit turnovers, and more – it all comes out evenly cooked and perfectly heated with this easy-to-use countertop cooker. Get it now.