Best Small Kitchen Appliances of 2021

Perry Santanachote

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Who could have predicted that “quarantine cooking” would become a thing in 2020? Due to the coronavirus pandemic, consumers spent more time in their kitchens this year, which led to a rise in small kitchen appliance sales.

While you were home experimenting with new techniques and trying to master new recipes, Consumer Reports pushed forward with countertop appliance testing. You needed a solid stand mixer to knead your sourdough—we had you covered. Morning coffee runs went out the window—we offered home alternatives. But the best of these appliances will continue to prove useful long after we emerge from the pandemic days.

Below are the models that came out on top in CR’s lab tests.

Each year, CR’s market analysts research and select hundreds of new countertop appliances to test, and we deploy a team of secret shoppers to buy each one to ensure we're getting the same products you'll find at retail. Our test engineers put each model through rigorous tests to see how well it performs and how convenient it is to use.

The result? A robust collection of ratings for air fryers, blenders, coffee makers, food processors, mixers, multi-cookers, toasters, and more.

CR members with digital access can dig into our ratings, which include hundreds of individual models, or you can simply scroll down for the very best countertop appliances from our tests.