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10 Appliances I’d Hate to Be Without

The recent death of my washing machine got me thinking about appliances I’d really miss if they disappeared. So here’s my list.

Here’s a First-World Problems post if ever there was one! We all depend on our appliances these days. Could you come up with 10 that you’d hate to be without?

I could.

1. Refrigerator/Freezer

I don’t know of anyone who lives without a refrigerator/freezer. Although for me, I prefer the basic model. I see more and more high-tech refrigerators that not only offer an ice-maker and water dispenser but even have what looks like an iPad mounted right into the door.

What’s wrong with having a refrigerator just be a refrigerator instead of some sort of “brain center.”

2. Stove/Oven

I’m not the greatest cook in the world, but when I set out to cook something, I do a pretty good job of it. I tend to cook at higher temperatures than I probably should, but only because I’m not that patient a cook! But I’d certainly hate to not have the option to cook.

3. Washing Machine

This was the appliance that actually prompted the list. I was washing clothes one Sunday evening to get ready for Monday morning when my washing machine died in mid-cycle. It wouldn’t drain, spin, rinse or respond in any way. Dead as a hammer. With my clothes sitting in about two feet of water. I managed to put something together to wear for Monday, but quickly realized how much we take the washing machine for granted!

4. Dryer

There are generally two options when it comes to drying clothes: either you put them in this machine that uses tumbling action and heat to dry them or you hang them out in the sunshine to allow nature to do its course. But when you live in an apartment, you can’t exactly hang a clothesline outside.

So the dryer becomes very necessary.

5. Microwave

I still remember when my parents brought home the first microwave oven we’d ever had. It was about 1980 or so and that thing weighed about as much as a Sherman tank. I could certainly cook without a microwave, but the convenience factor dictates that I’d had to not have that option.

6. Dishwasher

My dishwasher stopped working — or least, so I thought — the other day because it wouldn’t drain water. I called maintenance for what I figured would end with them replacing the entire thing. It turns out, fortunately, it was just a clogged drain.

That was odd.

I usually pre-wash dishes in the sink before letting the dishwasher have a crack at them. Sometimes, I don’t double-wash dishes…but if I feel like they could use a hotter wash temperature and a hot dry cycle, I’m not above using the dishwasher. (And yes, I’m one of those annoying people who won’t always empty it quickly. But since I’m not married, I have no spouse to fuss at me about it. So there’s that.)

7. Keurig Coffee Maker

It honestly took me a while to fully embrace the Keurig because I didn’t like the idea of having to pay per cup. On the other hand, if I made a pot of coffee, by the end of the day, there was always coffee that got poured out.

And I found some decent flavored coffee pods that fit the bill. That definitely helped.

8. Double-Sided Grill

For a while, I had a George Foreman grill, but the non-stick surface on that one became harder and harder to clean and eventually I went to a different brand.

I don’t use it as often as I used to, but if I’m cooking hamburger patties or even a boneless chicken breast, I like its convenience and the fact that the fat drips away so efficiently.

9. Toaster Oven

I use the toaster oven more than I use the regular oven these days. It cooks just as well without making the whole kitchen feel hot. The toaster oven I have adds some additional functions beyond the traditional baking and broiling, but to be honest, I haven’t given them a fair enough try.

Still, it does what I want it to do, so I’m happy with that.

10. Electric Skillet/Griddle

When I’m in the mood for pancakes, there’s nothing like an electric griddle. You can also use it for sauces or a big rice dish. It’s easily the least-used appliance in this list, but I use it just often enough for it to make my list of 10.


Is there anything on this list that surprises you? Is there anything on your list that didn’t make mine?

Let me know in the comments!

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Patrick is a Christian with more than 27 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.