Your kitchen is the hub of your home, and it’s where you spend a significant amount of time. However, a lot of that time can be spent—and wasted—doing manual tasks that could otherwise be automated by appliances. And we’re not talking about those everyday workhorses like a food processor or a slow cooker. Yes, those are useful. But some kitchen appliances go even further, taking care of tasks you didn’t even knowneeded automating.
We rounded up our favorite countertop appliances that will not only make cooking and cleaning easier, but also help reduce the number of items you need to use—and subsequently clean. As a bonus, these sleek and stylish appliances look pretty great on your counter.
1. Squeeze juice with no hands
Starting the day with a fresh-squeezed glass of juice is routine for many people, but many juicers require you to put some muscle into squeezing the fruit. A hands-free, electric citrus juicer ($99, Amazon) ensures you’ll get sweet nectar without breaking a sweat.
“A hands-free juicer solves the problem of needing hand strength to run a regular juicer,” says Eric Goranson, a Portland, OR–based designer and host of “Around the House with Eric G” radio show.