We're Giving Thanks for These Handy Small Kitchen Appliances (And You Will, Too!)

First it was the tried-and-true slow cooker, then air fryers were on the scene, and this year it's all about the Instant Pot. With so many handy small kitchen appliances popping up it's time to reevaluate how you prepare and serve Thanksgiving dinner. Gone are the days when Thanksgiving prep began the night before. Let these small kitchen appliances do the work for you so you can enjoy all the special memories that come with hosting a holiday.

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Instant Pot Ultra 6-Qt.

This all-in-one kitchen appliance has made waves, and for a good reason. The Instant Pot is the ultimate multicooker and can be used as a slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté pan, warming pot, and more. With several knockout features including a delay cooking setting, a cooking progress indicator, and an automatic "keep warm" mode, it's easy to see why the Instant Pot is considered a must-have kitchen appliance for the holidays (or any dinner during the busy work week). For an appetizer, we think these pressure cooker bacon deviled eggs are sure to be a hit.

Buy It: Instant Pot Ultra 6-Qt., $130, Sur la table

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Philips XXL Analog Air Fryer

Frying the Thanksgiving turkey is an age-old preparation technique that has, on occasion, proved itself to be a bit dangerous. Swap out the fatty oil and old-school approach for a healthier, safer option. While the air fryer won't fry a whole turkey at once, you can buy turkey breasts at your local market and fry those instead. For a quick and easy turkey air fryer recipe we like this one from Meredith Laurence, author of Air Fry Everything! and Air Fry Genius. We especially love this air fryer for its easy-to-use timer, temperature dials, and versatility.

Buy It: Philips XXL Analog Air Fryer, $200, Williams Sonoma

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Cuisinart 6-Qt. Multi-Cooker

Cooking for a large family during the holidays can be overwhelming. Simplify your routine and help reduce your stress level when you turn to a slow cooker this year. Great for saving yourself some oven space, this 6-quart multi-cooker can slow cook, brown and sauté, or steam. With a backlit LCD display so you can easily read the time and temperature settings, this slow cooker will be your new go-to. It even has removable dishwasher-safe parts for easy cleanup! At a loss of what to make in your slow cooker this year? Turn to these slow cooker Thanksgiving recipes for 29 inspirational dishes.

Buy It: Cuisinart 6-Qt. Multi-Cooker, $112 (originally $159), Walmart

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Joule Sous Vide

First things first, what is a sous vide? Pronounced sue-veed, sous vide is a cooking method that guarantees perfectly cooked meat. To use the Joule sous vide, clamp it to the side of a stock pot filled with water, seal your meat in a plastic bag, and place it inside the pot. Set the Joule to your desired temperature and it will precisely heat and circulate the water to evenly cook anything from meat to vegetables and even some desserts. This sous vide is Wi-Fi and Bluetooth compatible and comes with an app that gives you step-by-step instructions to help you properly prepare all your meals.

Buy It: Joule Sous Vide, $199, Sur La Table

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Electric Buffet Server

Say goodbye to the days where the last person in line to get food ends up eating cold green bean casserole—and hello to pain-free serving. This buffet-style server allows guests to enjoy a hot Thanksgiving meal, and it will still be warm for several hours when they go back for seconds. Each individual warmer has a heat control that ranges from low to high; it also features nonstick inserts. The easy-to-clean server is made of metal and heats up 25 percent faster than standard stoneware.

Buy It: Electric Buffet Server, $34 (originally $50), Walmart

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Bonus: Electric Corkscrew Wine Opener

Bring a little extra festivity to your holiday gathering with a bottle of wine—and this fancy wine opener. The easy-to-use opener is electric, so all you have to do is hold the cylinder on top of the bottle and voilà! The rechargeable corkscrew (one charge opens more than 30 bottles of wine) will automatically eject the cork and comes with a built-in foil cutter. Wondering what wine to buy for your Thanksgiving feast? Check out this Thanksgiving wine guide for help choosing the perfect wine to accompany your holiday meal.

Buy It: Electric Corkscrew Wine Opener, $40 (originally $50), Williams Sonoma

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