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Five Must-Have Tools and Appliances for Your Kitchen

By: Kate Nalepinski

New homeowners should opt to upgrade kitchen sinks and faucets since they see daily use.Herald File Photo

It’s hard to argue that any room in the home is as important, or beloved, as the kitchen. We’ve all been using it more than ever before over the past year, and now it’s time to make sure yours is stocked right. We’ve discovered the five must-have kitchen appliances for new and old homeowners and the best spots to nab them locally.

French press

Most Long Islanders need a strong, piping hot cup of Joe before they start the day. Hence why a sturdy coffee maker is an indispensable appliance in any home. While single-serve pods are all the rage, we recommend opting for a French press. Because the coffee grounds are filtered with a mesh screen, each cup brewed from a French press is stronger than what’s brewed from a standard Keurig. Grab a bag of dark- or light-roast beans from any local cafe to use with the tool. For high-quality, imported beans, Nassau County residents can try Fermento in Long Beach. Suffolk locals: snag your beans from The Bean, located right in Patchogue Village, or grab organic at Tend Coffee in Shirley. 

Sink and faucet

“Nothing gets as much abuse in your kitchen as your sink and your faucet,” says Will Griffiths, co-owner of Forest Kitchen and Bath in Glen Cove. “Having a nice stove, nice appliances are nice – but the sink and faucet are key.” Since it gets frequent use, don’t be afraid to splurge on a good sink and faucet. We recommend stopping by Forest Kitchen and Bath, located at 10 Moris Ave.,  to work with a designer to can find the right product for your kitchen.

Gas-burning stove

At-home chefs know the truth: gas-burning stoves are superior to electric stoves because they offer more precise heat control. Though most homeowners or renters will pay for a location that’s already equipped with a stove, an upgrade from a trustworthy brand never hurt. To avoid breaking the bank, head to Reds Appliance in East Farmingdale. If you’re located further east, try family-operated Gringer & Sons in Commack. At both locations, shoppers can walk through a showroom and find the perfect gas (or induction – we won’t judge you!) stove for your cooking needs.

Air fryer

Sales of air fryers are soaring for a reason! There’s no better way to get a perfect crisp on any food than with this appliance. In most cases, air frying is healthier than frying in oil and reduces calories. Besides that – it just tastes great! Due to their wild popularity, standard air fryers can be purchased at any major retailer. We recommend nabbing the Ninja Foodi 6-in-1 2-Basket Air Fryer for the ultimate air frying experience. This Ninja has two baskets, which allows homeowners to chook two foods at once. As of Aug. 8, the appliance originally priced at $219.99 was on sale at Kohl’s for $159.99. It was available for same-day pick-up at local Kohl’s stores in: Shirley (999 Montauk Hwy Unit 21), Rocky Point (346 NY-25A Ste 130), East Setauket (5000 Nesconset Hwy), Ronkonkoma (106 Ronkonkoma Ave), Bay Shore (2040 Sunrise Hwy), Commack (45 Crooked Hill Rd), Oceanside (3600 Long Beach Rd), Deer Park (409 Commack Rd), Massapequa (5300 Sunrise Hwy), Levittown (3601 Hempstead Tpke), and Jericho (28 Jericho Tpke).

KitchenAid stand mixer 

It would be wrong to exclude such a staple of American kitchens from this list. The classic KitchenAid mixer, owned by Whirlpool, was first established in 1919 and has become a kitchen necessity for all mixing needs. If you don’t feel like splurging on the Pro Line Series ($649.99 on the KitchenAid website) opt for the Artisan Mini 3.5 Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer, which goes for about half the price. With a nearly infinite amount of colors to choose from (Pistachio of Majestic Yellow, to name a few) homeowners can easily grab a stand mixer that matches their kitchen backsplash or accents. You can ​​further personalize your stand mixer with laser engraving. The possibilities are endless.