Your dream kitchen is a highly functional, aesthetically pleasing space that makes short work of meal preparation and leaves you house proud every time you step inside its walls.

One way to make this dream kitchen a reality is by choosing the right electrical appliances. This involves more than reading product reviews. Style and color choice are essential, so is item placement. The best kitchen appliances are color matched to your walls, benchtops, and fixtures and won’t get in the way when not used.

So, we’ve created a list of appliances to get you started. The below selection can look incredible in any space and help reduce your workload come meal time. Here are 10 essential items to elevate your dream kitchen:

1. Air Fryer

The air fryer is a trending appliance for good reasons. Air fryers provide a healthier alternative to the deep fryer, and they can also cook food faster. There’s also no risk of scalding from splashback. You can cook rice, vegetables, french fries, chicken and even bake a cake with these handy appliances. Air fryers are available at varying price points, so there’s a model or two to suit everyone’s dream kitchen.

2. Smart fridge

A smart fridge, which is a type of smart-eco products, goes beyond keeping food cold and serving up ice. These handy appliances keep track of important information like product expiry dates and then can alert you when you’re running low on essentials. You can even have a fridge re-order products for delivery. Talk about convenience!

3. Slow Cooker

A slow cooker removes the hassle out of meal preparation by letting you add ingredients to the pot and walk away until it’s time to eat. The 4-8 hour cooking time is also ideal for tenderizing meat and bringing out flavors. Soups, stews, casseroles and shanks are all delicious when cooked in a slow cooker. These appliances also consume less electricity than a conventional oven, saving you time and money.

4. Built in Coffee Maker

Instead of cluttering bench space with additional appliances, enhance your dream kitchen with a built in coffee maker. These fantastic appliances integrate seamlessly into your kitchen, thanks to their minimal profile and modern aesthetic. Just like freestanding models, a built in coffee maker can brew barista quality coffee with the added benefit of blending into cabinetry like an oven or dishwasher. It’s not a dream kitchen without a built in coffee maker.

5. Dishwasher

What kitchen is complete without a dishwasher? Not only does a dishwasher make light work of dirty dishes, but these helpful appliances can also save you money. An efficient dishwasher will use less water and less electricity than what’s required to wash dirty dishes in the kitchen sink. According to Energy Star, a dishwasher could use around half the energy required to fill the sink with hot water. So, less work and more money in your pocket. It’s a win-win situation.

6. Home Brewer

Craft beer is a go-to beverage for discerning adults. And the brew tends to be more rewarding when you craft it yourself. Traditional homebrew kits are messy and require a lot of work. However, innovative appliances like the BrewArt BeerDroid and iGulu make the brewing process incredibly simple without all the mess. These appliances are also sleek and presentable, worthy of a permanent place on your benchtop.

7. Electric Kettle

The electric kettle is a basic yet essential appliance that can help improve your kitchen’s design. All it takes is selecting a suitable model. For modern kitchens, go with something sleek – black, white or stainless.

For classic kitchen design or country-styled kitchens, go with a light appliance color that matches your decor. Matching appliances look the part, and you won’t need to store them away when not in use.

8. 4 Slice Toaster

Like the kettle, the 4 slice toaster is an essential item that can elevate the design of your kitchen. Match it with your toaster’s color and brand, and the two appliances will look great besides one another. Of course, you don’t need to purchase a 4 slice toaster, but everyone can enjoy eating together this way.

9. Small Wine Fridge

A small wine fridge is a must have for every connoisseur. Having one built into the cabinetry will occupy little space, and you can conceal the fridge or opt in for a glass door to show off your aging, expensive drops.

Most importantly, a small wine fridge can be set to the ideal temperature for the wine. Room temperature can be too hot, while the traditional fridge can make the wine too cold. A small wine fridge will keep the bottles just right!

10. Smart speaker

Every connected home needs a smart speaker. In the kitchen, a speaker can guide you through recipes, set and manage timers or play your favorite songs while you take care of the cooking and cleaning. Pair a smart speaker with other smart appliances, and you can control light, heating, cooling and more all by voice.

Start using these life-changing appliances and you are well on your way to making that dream kitchen a reality.