Quicklist: Types of Appliances
- Toaster Oven
- Built-in Dishwasher
- Portable Dishwasher
- Washing Machine
- Coffee Maker
- Food Processor
- Instant Pot
- Rice Cooker
- Slow Cooker
- Stand Mixer
- Waffle Iron
- Bread Machine
- Ice Cream Maker
- Yogurt Maker
- Coffee Grinder
- Popcorn Machine
- Panini Maker
- Deep Fryer
- Food Dehydrator
- Garbage Disposal
- Water Purifier
- Small Appliances
- Sewing Machine
- Steam Cleaner
- Air Conditioner
- Water Heater
- Water Appliances for Your Home
- Air Purifier
- Space Heater
- Ceiling Fan
- Smart Home Tech
- Domestic Robot
Much of the technological breakthroughs in household appliances followed the invention of the incandescent electric light bulb by Thomas Edison in 1879. A couple of years later, Singer sewing machines became must-haves for the modern home.
This was followed by the lightweight electric flatiron, as well as “Thor,” the first electric-powered washing machine in 1907. The first moveable vacuum cleaner was invented in 1905 but it didn’t perform well because it weighed 45 kilos.
Three years later, the first electric coffee percolators appeared. In 1910, the electric stove, in-home electric refrigerator, and radios with tuners entered the market.
The residential refrigerator and dishwasher next appeared in 1913, followed by the automatic pop-up toaster in 1919 and the residential air conditioner in 1928. Without the invention of the air cooling system, many of today’s medications may not have existed since they require a cool environment for storage.
In our mega-list of appliances we’ve organized them into the following categories:
- Electronic appliances
- Kitchen appliances
- Electrical appliances
- Common household appliances
It’s easy to run out of fridge space these days. Many households have two fridges (plus a chest freezer). We have a full-sized kitchen, a mid-sized (like college-dorm fridge) in the basement, plus a small chest freezer and beverage fridge.
Obviously, a refrigerator is a necessary appliance. If you don’t own a refrigerator, then you have to shop daily.
The big issue is choosing a fridge because it’s a costly purchase. The variety of options, styles and layouts is considerable. In other words, there are many types of refrigerators you can buy.
Your first consideration is how wide and tall your fridge should be which is likely dictated by the space you have for your fridge. Most kitchens wedge fridges between cabinetry so you’re stuck with whatever space you have.
Fortunately, there are fridges of all widths so something will fit. You want it to fit to minimize gaps but not so tight you need to pound it in with a sledgehammer (or chisel away cabinetry).
In fact, I also have a full-size fridge in my office.
Our home fridge is a single-door style. My office is a double-door style.
Which do I prefer?
Surprisingly, I much prefer a single-door style fridge. I find with double-door fridges I’m constantly opening one door and then the other. It’s not as convenient. That’s my two cents’ worth. While the double “french door”-style fridge seems like a better option now that I have one I prefer the single-door.
Freezers typically go hand-in-hand with refrigerators. A lot of refrigerators will come with a freezer included as part of the unit. Not all refrigerators will have a freezer attached to them, though. Sometimes, people will need to go out and buy a stand-alone freezer that they can make use of in their home.
Even if you do have a small freezer that is part of your refrigerator, it may be beneficial to consider buying a stand-alone freezer. Having a large chest-style freezer can actually be very convenient.
It will allow you to store larger amounts of food at once. This can help you to make fewer trips to the grocery store, and you will be able to keep more food in stock. Large families will be especially keen on owning a freezer.
It is going to make it so that you can feed the whole family a lot more easily. You’ll be able to store more of your staple foods such as various meats, frozen vegetables, and other essentials. As long as you have room for a large freezer, it should work out very well for you.
We just replaced our oven.
It was a bit of a drag because when the former oven broke down, it was hard to determine whether it could be fixed. Ultimately it couldn’t (after a hefty repair effort bill) so we bought a new one. Good ovens aren’t cheap but it’s an appliance we’ll have for quite some time so it was worth investing in a good one.
As you know, an oven is definitely a home appliance that you won’t want to be without. Living with a hot-plate or toaster oven can work, but it’s not ideal. As an aside — our oven broke down over Thanksgiving so we cooked the turkey on the grill, which worked amazingly well.
It is possible to get by without an oven, but it isn’t very convenient. You need an oven to be able to bake most of your favorite foods. A high-quality oven can really help to make your overall home life that much better.
If you are the type of person who enjoys cooking, then you will definitely want to purchase an oven that will meet your standards. People who are really into the culinary arts will want a large oven that helps them cook multiple dishes.
There are plenty of amazing ovens out there for you to consider, so you will be able to purchase one that will be great for cooking large meals. Finding an oven that works well in a smaller kitchen shouldn’t be too tough, either.
Finally, if you do host big dinners, consider two wall ovens. We also have a microwave/convection oven which saved our bacon at Thanksgiving. When both the convection and the main oven work, we can crank out a lot of food for great dinners.
Microwaves have been a staple in kitchens for many decades. Many people would not be able to function normally without a microwave. It has become a part of our daily routines and makes things, such as warming up food, a lot simpler than it would otherwise be.
A microwave is a multi-faceted appliance that is useful in several ways. You will be able to find many types of microwaves on the market that are worth your consideration. There are actually more variations among microwaves than you may realize.
If you are looking for a large microwave unit that will help you to heat up large amounts of food at once, then you will be able to find it. There are also compact microwaves that are perfect for those who are living in smaller environments, such as apartments.
A good microwave will make your life a lot easier. You can actually cook many things with a microwave, and it will come in handy when you’re trying to prepare a large meal.
Whether you are heating something up or making an appetizer, you’ll be happy to have a quality microwave around. They are very affordable household appliances to own too, so there really isn’t a good reason not to have a microwave in your home.
5. Toaster Oven
Toaster ovens are a popular enough small appliance. We have a built-in convection oven so don’t have one of these but I did live with one a few years ago (before kids) and found they are very convenient when cooking for one person… a lot more convenient than a full-size oven. Heck, just the fact it’s on the counter is convenient.
Fortunately, toaster ovens are pretty cheap. You can find decent ones for around $40 but of course, you can spend higher for more bells and whistles.
I’ll say this: I prefer preparing food in a toaster oven over a microwave. I know microwaves are popular but I would rather have food cooked with conventional heat.
The toaster isn’t necessarily an essential home appliance to own, but it can be really convenient. If you are the type of person who loves to have breakfast in the morning, then you will certainly want to own a toaster.
Some people also like to make food, such as English muffins or pastries, in the morning. The toaster will keep everything on track to complete your breakfast.
Toasters are actually very affordable, you don’t have to pay too much money to get a really nice toaster. If you are low on counter space, then you can purchase a smaller toaster. A two-slice toaster will work fine for many people but there are larger toasters on the market that can make things even more convenient.
This toaster is a fairly standard four-slice model. It will allow you to toast four slices of bread at once, and it does a great job. The look of the toaster is also very sleek. It will fit in very nicely in any modern kitchen setting.
7. Built-in Dishwasher
A dishwasher is an appliance that has truly made things more convenient for society. In the past, people had to wash every single dish by hand. This can be quite time-consuming and is really inconvenient for people who lead busy lifestyles. Owning a dishwasher can allow you to easily clean your dishes with the push of a few buttons.
There are many different types of dishwashers on the market for you to consider. If you want to get the best dishwasher for your particular situation, then you should look into things further to see what is available.
You can find dishwashers that are capable of handling a heavy workload as well as units that are quite compact. It shouldn’t be too difficult to find a unit that will work perfectly in your living space.
8. Portable Dishwasher
Our first dishwasher was a portable dishwasher.
While not as convenient as a built-in, it immeasurably improved our life. When our first kid was born, we did not have any dishwashers. We realized very quickly we needed one, so we bought a portable.
Portable dishwasher design has come a long way. I particularly like the countertop versions which are smaller and don’t have to be wheeled into place. These are ideal for cottages, RVs, tiny homes, offices — any space where dish usage is minimal or space is small.
The particular unit above is very popular. You don’t have to hook it up to a faucet, which is fantastic as it comes with a built-in water reservoir. This frees up your kitchen faucet. However, it does come with a faucet hookup, if you prefer that.
In fact, even if you have a built-in dishwasher this is handy for family’s with infants. Often with babies, you need to wash bottles, soothers, etc. but you don’t have enough for a full built-in load so you could instead just load up your countertop compact dishwasher with baby’s stuff and get it ready for the next round.
9. Washing Machine
These may have been considered a luxury many decades ago, but now owning a washing machine is pretty much a necessity.
People who live in houses will generally want to own a nice washing machine that can handle a heavy workload. You will find that there are many styles and types of washing machines on the market to pick from, so you’ll be able to find a good option to fit your living space.
People who are seeking out a new washing machine will want to purchase a model that is durable and capable of washing clothes really well. It is also important to buy a unit that uses water efficiently.
Environmental concerns have caused people to start thinking about the impact that household appliances have on the environment. Modern washing machines are now more energy-efficient than ever, so upgrading from your older machine may be worthwhile.
The washing machine that is being shown off as an example here is very nice. It is a front-loading model that will be easy for anyone to load. It also meets all of the stringent energy star standards, so you can feel confident that it is going to be as efficient as possible.
If you are in need of a new washing machine or are looking to make an upgrade, this will be a good product to buy.
Much like the washing machines mentioned above, dryers are seen as incredibly important household appliances. If you want to be able to dry your clothes in a timely fashion, then you are going to need a clothes dryer that you can rely on.
There are people who choose to dry their clothes manually on a clothesline. This can be a nice way to go about things, but it isn’t practical when you need to get your clothes ready for work.
A good dryer shouldn’t cost you too much money overall. You will find that there are many affordable and effective dryer options on the market. There are also dryer units that match up with specific washing machines.
If you want to make things simple, then you could buy the mate to your washing machine so that everything matches up from an aesthetic perspective.
This dryer is going to work nicely for anyone who needs a fairly priced unit that can perform admirably. This is an electric model that comes with many different features. The low price point makes it easy to fit into most budgets as well, so it is certainly a well-regarded dryer option that should be on your radar.
11. Coffee Maker
There are so many different types of coffee makers. In fact, they can be split up into several categories which include single-serve, drip, percolator, and espresso machines, plus many more types of coffee makers.
I’m currently partial to single-serve coffee makers like the one featured above. We have one at home and in my office. This way coffee is fresh and we make only the amount we will actually drink. You also get your cup faster in the morning instead of waiting for a full pot.
However, purists scoff at single-serve which I can understand if you’re really into coffee. IN that case, increase your budget and get a high-quality drip brewer or a full-fledged espresso system. I’m not such a coffee aficionado, so single-serve does the job for me.
If you own a home that has carpeted floors, then you had better own a vacuum cleaner. It is not practical to clean your floors without a vacuum cleaner, if you have carpeting. Thankfully, vacuum cleaners aren’t necessarily expensive. You will be able to find plenty of vacuum cleaners on the market that are reasonably priced.
It is also possible to find vacuum cleaners that are a bit on the fancier side. Some vacuum cleaners can be fairly pricey, but they may also provide you with many interesting features.
Certain vacuum cleaners will be very powerful and may be capable of providing a deeper clean than some of the more affordable models. It is up to you to decide which type of vacuum cleaner you should pursue.
Regardless, you are definitely going to need to own a vacuum cleaner. You should do your best to pick out a vacuum cleaner that is easy enough for you to use and that will do a good job. Once you have found the right vacuum cleaner to suit your needs, it will make keeping your floors clean a lot simpler.
There are even some vacuum cleaners that can work well on hardwood flooring, so shop wisely and consider your specific situation before making a purchasing decision.
A blender is another home appliance that isn’t a necessity, but it is still incredibly common. Many people own blenders and wind up making use of them every single day. A good blender can really come in handy in the kitchen. It can be useful when you are making certain meals, and it can also allow you to make healthy treats, such as smoothies.
If you want to be able to make these things, then it is a good idea to buy a nice blender. Blenders are actually very cost-effective, as you will be able to buy a high-quality one without having to spend too much money at all.
There will be some differences depending on what type of blender you decide to buy. Some of the blenders will have more robust speed options and various extra features.
The blender shown here is a great general purpose blender that can make your mornings a lot simpler. If you are the type of person who enjoys protein shakes or smoothies, then owning this blender will be perfect. It’s great at making many of your favorites and it is very simple to clean it up. It has dishwasher-safe parts, and this allows you to save yourself a lot of time.
14. Food Processor
I love the food processor. It saves so much time and tedious chopping work.
If you prepare food at home, a food processor is a must-have small appliance.
I used to think it was a waste storing small household appliances until we borrowed a food processor from a friend for a dinner party. Wow! It was awesome. We diced and chopped so much fresh food, so quickly, that the next day we ordered one up and haven’t looked back.
While we don’t use it every day, we use it often and when we use it, we love it.
Which food processor should you get? There are many types of food processors to learn about. Consider your cooking styles and workflow — I tend to err on getting more appliances than I need.
15. Instant Pot
The Instant Pot has essentially carved out a class of small appliances of its own.
This is seven small appliances in one.
These are wildly popular. The space-saving alone is amazing. One appliance that takes the place of seven.
What does it replace: Rice cooker, pressure cooker, slow cooker, steamer, sauté pan, food warmer, and even, yogurt maker.
For the money, this invaluable kitchen appliance can’t be beat.
16. Rice Cooker
I believe other than our coffee maker, we use the rice cooker more than any other small appliance. Yes, we eat a lot of rice.
If it weren’t for the rice cooker, we probably wouldn’t eat so much rice because it’s a hassle making in a regular pot.
But with a rice cooker, it’s ridiculously easy to make and clean up. Moreover, the rice turns out perfect all the time.
If you like rice, even if you eat it just once in a while, a rice cooker is totally worth it.
17. Slow Cooker
I love slow cookers, probably because I love thick, hearty meals where everything is mixed together.
I also love how you just dump everything into the cooker in the morning and dinner is ready at night.
18. Stand Mixer
Anyone who bakes needs a stand mixer.
The one featured above is super popular. It’s not the cheapest. It’s a mid-priced option that has rave reviews.
While the stand variety (versus just a mixer) costs more, it will save your arm and hand. It will also allow to get onto other steps in your recipe while something mixes. Standing there holding a heavy hand-held mixer is really tough on arms and hands. I’m a big guy and fairly strong but I tire quickly. Not to mention it’s really boring.
If you bake, get a stand mixer. Period.
While there are many types of mixers, I’m all for the stand-style pictured above.
I used to be into juicing big time. That was before kids when I had the time. I’d juice huge batches containing all kinds of fruits and vegetables.
It’s a time-consuming process, especially the clean-up. These days I buy fresh juice.
However, whenever my schedule allows, I’ll get another juicer since I love the stuff.
There are a good number of different types. Some are definitely better than others. A juicer is an appliance that you’ll want to go a bit higher end. It’s worth it.
20. Waffle Iron
Another tasty treat that people like to have in the morning is a waffle. Even if waffles are not necessarily something that you will eat every single morning, they are still something that many people look forward to having on occasion.
If you want to be able to make delicious waffles, then you will need to own a good waffle iron. Sometimes this home appliance is referred to as a waffle maker, as well.
No matter what name you choose to call it, a waffle iron is going to be excellent for making tasty waffles. You simply pour your batter into the waffle iron and then press it down to cook your treat.
This is a simple process that makes cooking a special breakfast quite simple. You don’t even have to pay much money for a good waffle iron, so it’s a convenient purchase for those who love waffles.
The above waffle iron is perfect for creating Belgian waffles with deep pockets. It isn’t too costly, and it is very easy to use overall. If you want a waffle iron that is going to be cost-effective and simple, then this is a safe bet.
21. Bread Machine
Not every homeowner gets a bread machine, but if you buy and use it, it’s a great addition.
We don’t have one, but my brother does and he uses it weekly. He makes incredible bread of all types. He’s into it, so it was a good investment for him. I’m a beneficiary when he comes over with a loaf.
The thing is there are many types.
22. Ice Cream Maker
I can’t say I’ll be buying an ice cream maker but I see the appeal.
I’m sure my kids would get a kick out of it but probably only once or twice and then it would sit. I’m not one to be all that experimental with trying different ice cream flavors so having the machine would be lost on me.
Besides, I don’t have any problem with the store-bought options. I can barely decide when I’m in the aisle… but for those who love to play around with flavors and love ice cream, an ice cream maker can be a good investment. Like kids, I think it would be fun to try a few times but that doesn’t warrant buying one.
23. Yogurt Maker
Everybody loves yogurt as it is not only delicious but it is healthy as well. Thing is, how healthy are those store-bought yogurts? With the help of yogurt makers, you’ll be sure that you’re enjoying a chemical-free yogurt and indulge its goodness in the comfort of your home.
24. Coffee Grinder
Coffee has been an essential part of our everyday lives. No wonder, coffee grinders have become one of the most popular household appliances we have in our house. Determine the types of coffee grinders that will suit your taste by checking the below link:
25. Popcorn Machine
There’s more than one way to make popcorn at home. If you have kids, a popcorn maker can be a very good investment — at least in our house where our kids, especially our youngest, love the stuff (not a bad snack to like).
With streaming services, we have a movie night about once a week which includes big bowls of popcorn. I even eat the stuff. I like freshly popped. I avoid any that comes in a bag.
For the truly dedicated popcorn devotees, you can buy a machine like the one above. If that’s too much, there are many smaller options.
26. Panini Maker
You have to love sandwiches to buy, let alone use, a panini maker.
I love a good sandwich but I’m content with toast or plain bread.
But I totally get the appeal of panini maker — grilled cheese, elaborate hot sandwiches — whatever you think will taste good cooked between a couple of slabs of bread.
Like many small appliances, it could be fun experimenting but you have to be committed to it and enjoy it. Me? Not so much. I’d probably get a bigger kick out of experimenting with making ice cream.
27. Deep Fryer
Before you dive in and buy a deep fryer, you should know there are also air fryers which claim to do the same thing, without oil. I’m not so sure air frying is as good as oil frying.
On the flip side, I get nervous cooking with oil. I know the appliances are pretty much fail-safe but I don’t like fried foods enough to buy one. There’s also having to dispose of the oil which is messy.
So, there are good reasons to opt for an air fryer over a deep fryer, but just be aware that there are two types.
28. Food Dehydrator
Keeping our food fresh is not an easy task especially for those perishable goods. Good thing there are food dehydrators. They remove moisture from food so it will have a longer shelf life. There are different types according to the kind of food to dehydrate.
29. Garbage Disposal
Having a garbage disposal unit can make your life a bit easier overall. If you don’t like having to meticulously scrape off food particles from your plates, then you will love owning a garbage disposal.
This allows you to simply grind up leftover food and food particles without needing to worry. It winds up saving you time, and you’ll be able to wash your dishes in a simpler way.
This is also really convenient to have when you are preparing meals. Being able to throw leftover stems and other things into the garbage disposal really helps. Everything will be ground up harmlessly and disposed of. If this sounds like something you would enjoy having in your home, then you should look into it further.
Installing a garbage disposal shouldn’t be too tough, either. You will be able to purchase one at a reasonable price and get it installed in your kitchen sink.
If you feel uncomfortable installing this yourself, then you should be able to get your local plumber to do the job for you. Whatever way you decide to go about it, you’ll enjoy owning a convenient garbage disposal unit.
30. Water Purifier
Water purifiers and filters are starting to become really popular due to concerns about the water supply. The news about cities such as Flint, MI, and contaminated water problems, have really alerted the public about the quality of the water that is being pumped into homes.
Aside from this, there are many people who absolutely abhor the chemical taste that the water has in many cities across North America. You can assuage your fears and have better water if you choose to purchase a water purifier.
There are a few different routes that you can take if you want to purify your water. You could choose to buy an inexpensive water purifier that goes right on your tap. These filters are good for when your water concerns are more about the taste of the water. The filters can purify the water enough to provide you with clear and crisp drinking water.
For those who are more concerned about the overall quality of their water, it is possible to buy a whole-house water filtration system. These filters are capable of eliminating toxins and contaminants from water to a much higher degree.
If you are concerned about things such as lead, chlorine, or other chemicals, then these filters will be able to protect you. They are much more costly than the tap water filters mentioned above, but they can do a lot more to keep you safe.
A whole-house water filter can allow you to wash your clothing and shower in water that is purified. If you have concerns about your water supply, then this is a good move to make. The water filter being shown here is capable of removing many contaminants while still being fairly affordable.
There are more powerful filters for you to consider but you will need to be prepared to fit them into your budget.
31. Small Appliances
While we’ve covered a good handful of small and compact appliances here, there are more.
When it comes to kitchen and appliance ingenuity, there are no boundaries. These days you can make pretty much any dish or food in your own kitchen with some specialty appliance out there.
32. Sewing Machine
Sewing isn’t necessarily an activity that everyone gets into. There are many people who love sewing, though. The act of sewing can be very entertaining and it is a practical way for people to express themselves.
Some people sew in order to make fun crafts projects, and others sew in order to make their own clothing. One of the most common reasons that people buy sewing machines is to help them fix tears in clothing.
If you own a good sewing machine, then you will be able to easily make repairs to clothing or alter clothing when it is necessary to do so. It does take a little bit of know-how to be able to operate a sewing machine, but it isn’t really all that hard to learn.
If you want to learn how to sew using a sewing machine, then you will be able to use it to do many interesting things.
Sewing machines certainly aren’t as common as they used to be. This used to be an appliance that was highly sought-after and people were proud to own them. There are still many sewing enthusiasts out there, it just isn’t as common as it once was.
Owning a high-quality sewing machine is going to give you an advantage when you need to fix up some old clothes. If you want to get a sewing machine at a reasonable price, then this model here is going to work out well. It is a cost-effective sewing machine that can offer you many robust features.
It has a very powerful motor and a durable frame that can last for a long time. This sewing machine should work perfectly for your needs, whether you are wanting to learn how to use it or if you are already a pro.
Of all household chores, ironing is my favorite.
I set it up in front of the TV and methodically iron piles of clothes. I find it very relaxing and gratifying.
I’m a stickler about my clothes being nicely pressed and wrinkle-free. I love crisp creases in the right places. Hence, taking a wrinkled garment and turning it into a nicely pressed, ready-to-wear item is extremely gratifying.
34. Steam Cleaner
If you’re obsessed with cleaning, you’ve probably heard of a steam cleaner. It is an amazing appliance as it does thorough cleaning without the use of harsh chemicals. There are several types of steam cleaner for various home cleaning. Check the link below to know more about them.
35. Air Conditioner
We don’t have central air. We don’t live in a hot climate but it does get hot in the summer so we have a few portable ACs just like the one pictured above.
Air conditioners have become a very prevalent home appliance over the last several decades. People who live in very hot areas of North America tend to use air conditioning throughout much of the year.
These air conditioning units are capable of cooling down homes very effectively. It makes it possible to stay comfortable inside of your home, even when it is smoldering outside.
If you want to purchase an air conditioner for your home, then you are going to have plenty of air conditioner options. There are many styles of air conditioners that you will be able to consider.
If you want to buy a unit that can cool your entire house effectively, then a central air conditioning unit will be your best bet. If you just want to cool one room of your house or a small section of your home, then a window air conditioning unit should work out well.
36. Water Heater
I often think about how fortunate we are for all the comforts we enjoy. Hot water is definitely one of them. It’s easy to take the heat and hot water for granted, but I like to pause and think about how lucky we are to enjoy such comforts.
You definitely notice how great hot water is when your water heater breaks down. Going a few days without hot water isn’t pleasant. I’m relegated to showering at the gym, which is okay for a few days, but it doesn’t take long until I miss the convenience of hot water at home.
37. Water Appliances for Your Home
There are many water appliances that you might not be aware of. We created a comprehensive list including the pros and cons of each, their price range, and even a list of where you can purchase these items.
Sometimes you will find that your home has air that is too dry. Dry air can lead to many problems and can be difficult to breathe in. If you want to remedy this situation, then it is a good idea to purchase a humidifier. It will be able to alter the air in your home to make things more moist and pleasant to breathe.
Humidifiers add moisture to the air in a reliable way. There are natural ways to do this, but you are going to have a much easier time if you use a humidifier. Some of these units are very powerful and can help to humidify an entire home. Other units are designed to help humidify a small room.
Depending on the severity of your dry air problem, you may want to purchase a unit that is capable of humidifying your entire home. If your problems are more modest, then a small humidifier placed in the right spot may suffice. It all comes down to what your specific needs are.
Sometimes one member of the family will be more susceptible to dry air than everyone else, so they may just want to have a personal humidifier for their bedroom area.
The humidifier being shown here is a good tabletop unit. You can place this on a table in your living room or another area of your home. It will work to add moisture to the air and will solve your dry air problem. It is fairly powerful while also still being affordable, making it a very desirable option.
Dehumidifiers are just as important as the humidifiers mentioned above. Sometimes homes can have the opposite problem, and they will be far too damp. Damp problems can lead to many troubling situations in your home. If your home is too damp, it is even possible that mold may develop on your walls or other areas of the house.
You can avoid the problems that are associated with excessively moist air by using a dehumidifier. You will want to be careful with how much you use your dehumidifier as you do not want to dry the air out entirely.
One of the most common areas of the home that needs help with this problem is the basement. Basements are often rather dank and can develop mold problems if you don’t show the proper vigilance.
Similar to the humidifier mentioned above, dehumidifiers are available in various forms. You can find smaller dehumidifiers that are meant to work in a small room. There are also larger units that can work for an entire home. The one being shown here is a smaller model that people usually use in bedrooms or small basement areas.
40. Air Purifier
Air purifiers are something that people with allergies or breathing problems will want to look into. If you have trouble breathing the air in your home, then you can purchase an air purifier to alter the air quality.
This can make the air a lot nicer to breathe in overall, and you shouldn’t have nearly as many problems. There are many different allergens and contaminants in the air, and the best air purifiers will be able to take care of them for you.
There are even whole-house air purifiers on the market that you can purchase. Most of these units will attach to your central heating unit and air ducts. It will then work to filter out the air for the entire home. Even microscopic particles can be filtered out when you have a powerful enough air filter.
There are more affordable types of air purifiers that you can buy, too. Some of them will work better for purifying the air in one small room. Depending on what your needs are, it may be more practical to buy one of the smaller models. They can work well to filter out things such as cigarette smoke, pet dander, and general allergens.
41. Space Heater
Most homes will have some type of central heating unit, but these aren’t necessarily as common in warmer parts of North America. Sometimes people choose to get by by using stand-alone heaters.
There are various types of heaters on the market, but all of them will have the aim of providing you ample warmth during cold nights. Many of the most commonly used heaters are electric heaters.
You can plug an electric heater right into your electrical outlet. Simply position your heater where you want it to go and it should help to heat up your home.
This is convenient for places that get chilly at night but aren’t really cold enough during the day to warrant buying a central heating unit. Many of the southern states of America have homes that use these heaters during the winter months exclusively.
There are some dangers that are associated with using heaters, though. If you aren’t careful, then it is possible that your heater could get hot and catch something on fire.
It is important not to run the heater for too long, and you should try to keep things that could catch on fire away from the heater. As long as you are mindful of the situation, you should be able to use the heater without having to worry too much.
Electric heaters are generally very cost-effective too. You won’t have to spend too much money to get a heater that will work well for your living space.
There are small heaters that will help to heat a single bedroom and larger heaters that work well for larger rooms. Simply buy an appropriate heater for the space that you are trying to warm up, and everything will work out swimmingly.
42. Ceiling Fan
Ceiling fans are a very common feature in many homes. You actually might be hard-pressed to find a home that doesn’t have a ceiling fan in at least one room of the house.
They are very prevalent, and they help to circulate air around your home. Owning a ceiling fan can really make things more comfortable, and they also look very nice.
There are a lot of people who enjoy ceiling fans simply because they are beautiful. There are so many eye-catching ceiling fans on the market.
You will be able to find a ceiling fan that will appeal to your sensibilities without having to look too hard. Many of them will be very elaborate, but there are simpler ceiling fans for those who like things to be more understated.
Installing a ceiling fan is generally not too difficult, either. You will need to have some knowledge of how to install new light fixtures in order to pull them off. Some people call in professionals to have a ceiling fan installed, but it is certainly possible to take it on as a DIY project.
Ceiling fans are available to purchase at just about any major department store, so you won’t have any difficulties finding one.
This past summer my buddy hosted a party where he served a massive mountain of ribs prepared on his smoker.
They were unbelievable.
While I do love the food prepared by a smoker, I don’t do it myself. I’m more into grilling but I could totally get into it when time permits. After all, smoking food takes a long time. It’s a full-day event.
Because the food is so good, they are growing in popularity.
Generators are useful equipment that generates electricity whenever there’s a power outage. It is a device that works in reverse and converts ordinary energy into electricity. It is a must in a house especially in those areas with lots of power outages. There are various types of generators according to your needs.
45. Smart Home Tech
Smart home technology which includes smart appliances, lighting, security, window treatments, heating and more, is all the rage. More and more homeowners are incorporating smart home technology when doing renovations. New homes are state-of-the-art.
We put together an epic series on all types of smart home appliances and gadgets.
46. Domestic Robot
You have likely been reading this list so far without coming across anything that you find to be unusual. All of the appliances that are listed are well-known products that have been being used in homes for a long time.
Coming across the words “domestic robot” certainly has the potential to raise a few eyebrows. If you are not familiar with the advancements in modern robotics and artificial intelligence, then this may catch you off-guard.
It is possible that you have heard of robots that will help you to vacuum your house. Those are a type of domestic robot that is commonly known. Vacuuming robots are definitely the most prevalent domestic assistants on the market, but the times are changing rapidly.
Domestic robots are becoming more sophisticated and are now capable of performing more tasks. The domestic robot being shown off here comes with a fully functional artificial intelligence system. It is capable of responding to your voice, and it can perform various tasks for you.
It has treads that look like tank treads that allow it to move around your home freely. The domestic robot has a personality and can do things, such as talk to you. People use this robot to help them as a fun little companion.
The robot can take pictures for you, tell you the weather forecast, and can even act as a timer. It is also capable of navigating your home safely, as it has the ability to see obstacles. It really is an advanced piece of robotics that can make your life a bit more fun.
Top Brands of Appliances
Bosch is one of the leading appliance brands worldwide and makes everything from refrigerators and ovens to dishwashers. The line of dishwashers from Bosch are ultra-quiet and run smoothly for efficient cleaning that won’t disturb the peace.
These dishwashers can remove all kinds of stains on the first run without leaving scratches or scrapes behind and many models include five different wash settings for more versatility.
The brand’s special CrystalDry feature is powered by minerals that dry your dishes much faster than other brands, including plastic food containers. Bosch also offers an app that allows you to control your appliances’ settings remotely.
With its intriguing name, Electrolux offers some of the best washing machines, electric ranges, and front-load washers on the market today. This dynamic brand makes high-end washing machines and coordinated dryers for a beautiful, stylish, and functional laundry room.
Washing machines by Electrolux remove tough stains and offer a 46-minute-long normal cycle, along with a faster 15-minute quick cycle for those times when you just need to run a quick load of laundry.
Simple controls make these appliances easy to use, and Electrolux made the first washer with a specific compartment made for laundry detergent pods. This compartment helps the product distribute more evenly so that your clothes come out clean and smelling fresh.
Dry cycles are just 15 minutes long and do a great job of getting everything perfectly dry on the first cycle. Many options from the brand come in black stainless steel for a sleek, modern look.
Haier offers appliances that are designed for apartment living, and the brand is a sister brand to GE. The company offers similar products that are typically smaller in size and less expensive than GE’s line.
But don’t let the petite size and lower price tag fool you — Haier makes exceptionally high-quality appliances, particularly French-door refrigerators. These fridges are smaller than a standard French-door refrigerator, but they do an excellent job of keeping temperatures maintained over long periods for reliable, consistent cooling.
The brand also offers bottom-mount fridges that include LED lighting and a quick-freeze feature that allows you to freeze foods much faster for added convenience. Many models come in sleek stainless steel, so your condo or apartment will look updated and modern.
Frigidaire makes a wide range of appliances including ranges, refrigerators and more. The brand’s line of induction ranges provides fast boiling times, and you have more control over the temperature, too.
Some models have been tested by experts and they’ve been shown to boil six cups of water in just four minutes. Induction heats the pan and the food in it while the area around the pan stays cool to the touch. This makes cleanup much easier, and you’ll get much faster heating, too.
Many of the new Gallery ovens from Frigidaire also include a unique Air Fry feature, and it’s the first range on the market to offer it. With Air Fry, you can make healthier foods faster without using oil.
The popularity of air fryers makes ranges like this from Frigidaire a great choice that blends the functionality of two appliances into one.
Well-known for its many high-tech products, LG is a leader in the appliance industry. In fact, LG makes dishwashers, refrigerators, and double oven ranges that are lauded by experts and consumers alike.
Many models are chock full of fun features including built-in screens on refrigerator doors and air fryer ovens. One LG dishwasher produces exceptionally convenient features that dry dishes to perfection while also removing a variety of stains in just one cycle.
The brand’s line of smart refrigerators provides Wi-Fi connectivity and door-in-door models feature a see-through door on the front so you can grab your most-eaten items and your household’s favorite beverages quickly.
It’s also a great way to keep track of your staples so you can stock up fast. The LG ThinQ app lets you check appliance usage, monitor maintenance, and get an early diagnosis for any potential problems that could arise.
For years, Samsung has been lauded for its line of TVs, smartphones and other electronics. Today, the brand also makes a variety of household appliances like gas ranges and refrigerators.
One gas range by Samsung preheats food extremely fast and features five sealed top burners and a warming drawer for additional convenience. A griddle that rests on top makes cooking items like pancakes easy.
The convection fan makes baking bread, cookies, and cakes evenly a breeze. While many models are on the high end of the price range, they’re excellent for home chefs and foodies.
Where to Buy Appliances
Lowes Home Improvement
Lowes Home Improvement is a national home improvement retailer headquartered in Mooresville, NC. I often visit Lowes because of its large selection of major brands. They have a large selection of popular appliances and tools.
Also, a variety of electrical products, paint, and plumbing supplies. You can expect competitive prices on a huge inventory of appliances. And also backing from a national, reputable chain.
A vast online retail store based in Boston, Ma. Wayfair is often one of my go-to resources for buying online confidently. When restricted on time, browse a wide selection of appliances and find the right one.
Wayfair also carries some hard-to-find European or specialty brands. Among the hard-to-find brands are Marvel, Blomberg, Smeg, and Bertrazzoni. Also, they provide free shipping and optional extended warranties of up to five years.
One of the largest chains in the US with over 2,000 stores available, Home Depot carries an extensive line of name-branded appliances.
Among the appliances are Samsung, GE, Whirlpool, and LG. If you are searching for a new appliance, Home Depot may have it. And as a bonus, items over $396 include free shipping. Home Depot also offers up to five-year extended warranties for many appliances.
The behemoth online shopping experience, is a great place for shopping for small and portable appliances, and many are often hard to find.
A bonus shopping feature is immediately seeing product reviews from Amazon shoppers. If undecided about a product, Amazon provides a short list of alternative products. If you are a member of Amazon Prime Service, shipping is usually free.
This appliance retailer has over 1,200 stores headquartered in Richfield, MN. Best Buy is often the “go-to” place to find what I need, especially if it is a gas appliance. Although Best Buy carries a full line of appliances, they shine in gas appliances.
Best Buy often has certified installers for gas appliances. Many appliance dealers ship appliances to your home but Best Buy takes it a step further and can install them.
Headquartered in Brooklyn, NY, AJ Madison has only three retail showrooms for appliances. But their massive online marketplace makes up the difference for lack of showrooms.
The AJ Madison inventory includes traditional brands like LG and Frigidaire. Also, many hard-to-find, upper-scale, and specialty appliances.
AJ Madison will be your first stop if your kitchen has to have the latest Thermador or Viking appliances. A massive inventory of appliances can be tricky to navigate, but AJ Madison has you covered there too. An easy-to-configure filtering option makes searches for your next appliance a snap.
Appliance Connection received a Newsweek “Best Online Shops” award in 2021. With over 300 unique appliances online, Appliance Connection is headquartered in Brooklyn, NY.
Their online store ships many well-known appliance brands. Among the brands are Fisher & Paykel, Bertazzoni, Viking, Thermador, decor, and Blomberg appliances. Appliance Connection prides itself on its white glove service. They provide free in-home deliveries of items over $99 based on the contiguous US zip codes.
Also, besides hundreds of appliance brands, they also have a 30-day return policy. With over 150,000 views and testimonials, they are confident they can make you a happy customer too.
For over 130 years, Sears has been a major player in the appliance industry. Shoppers can find popular brands including GE, Whirlpool, LG, and many others.
Sears provides delivery within a pre-determined two-hour window with options on appliance installation. They often have various discounted specials on their appliances, making Sears worth visiting.
ABT began as a brick-and-mortar storefront in Glenview, IL. They have grown to have a significant presence offering extensive appliances online. Among the popular brands are GE, Samsung, and other upscale brands like Viking or Bosch.
ABT will ship anywhere across the US with delivery charges based on zip codes. Deliveries within 100 miles of the ABT warehouse are free.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are TVs considered appliances?
The term “appliance” can refer to any number of devices with which you interact: ovens, microwaves, refrigerators, dishwashers, and so on. These devices are all considered appliances because they use electricity and perform a specific function (cooking, cleaning, or cooling).
While they are powered by electricity, televisions are not considered appliances. Instead, they fall into the category of consumer electronic devices along with computers, smartphones and laptops.
What appliances are allowed in dorms?
In general, dorm rooms are small. As a result, you’ll have to make some sacrifices when it comes to the appliances you bring with you. Most universities have policies regarding what appliances can be used in the dorms.
Appliances including microwaves, blenders, coffee makers, mini-fridges, and electric kettles are generally acceptable. Check with your school, as policies may vary across campuses.
How do smart appliances work?
Smart appliances are designed to make your life easier by doing the work for you. They can be controlled via a smartphone or tablet app and use sensors and connectivity to make decisions about how they operate. They also use sensors and an Internet connection to help you monitor, control and customize your home environment.
Examples of smart appliances are smart refrigerators that learn your habits and adjust the temperature accordingly to save you money.
Smart washing machines alert you when cycles have been completed and customize settings for the best energy savings. Smart thermostats can be programmed remotely to adjust the temperature in your home based on your schedule or other factors.