Moving out of home for the first time for uni or to live with friends or partners can give the bottom line a significant hit if you’re starting from scratch. But there are ways to assuage the financial pain, especially when shopping for small appliances for the kitchen.

If you’ve already been window shopping, the price differential between products can be startling. However, when you’re getting your feet on the first rung of the ladder, you can afford to dispense with a feature-rich appliance and opt for one that simply performs the basics. The key is to keep it simple, and keep it cheap.

What are the key considerations?
Have a plan in place before you begin to make decisions around which kitchen appliances you need to buy. You don’t have to get them all at once, either – outline the essentials and grab those first. There’s plenty of time to collect the less essential appliances once you’re in and sorted. Again, budget is vitally important. That $200 toaster would certainly look dope on the kitchen bench but you could grab two or three appliances for the same amount. Another consideration is space. If you’re sharing with housemates, storage can be at a premium, especially in the kitchen, so check out the space before you invest. And do your research – just because it’s cheap doesn’t necessarily mean it’s nasty. You can pick up some great products in the bargain basement price range.

Kambrook Purely Perfect Slice 2 Slice Toaster
An affordable toaster with wide toasting slots to accommodate the diverse range of breads found in Australian homes these days. This one has a six-stage browning control for just the right toast, a defrost setting and a removable crumb tray to keep everything tidy. No one likes a messy roommate.

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Kambrook Purely Perfect 1.7L BPA Free Kettle
The humble kettle is the workhorse of the kitchen, good for supplying the hot water for essential cuppas and pot noodles. A stylish design at an attractive price, it does everything it says it can on the box – it boils water!

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Sunbeam Copper-Infused DuraCeramic Air Fryer
Air fryers have become the indispensable kitchen aid for many households, offering total cooking versatility and time-saving functionality. And that’s not to mention the health benefits of cooking with 99 per cent less oil. So what is the copper-infused DuraCeramic coating then? It makes the air fryer more durable and enables better heat conduction for cooking. This compact air fryer is the master of convenience and no kitchen should be without one.

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Sunbeam StickMaster Platinum
A great option for space-saving, this nifty – and indeed flexible – stick mixer is a well-engineered kitchen tool that can be used for whisking, chopping, pureeing, dicing and much more. It has nine speeds and a handy slow start feature that prevents coating yourself with whatever is in the bowl.

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SodaStream
This one needs no explanation. If, like us, you’re addicted to sparkling water, there isn’t a more cost-effective way to add bubbles to your aqua. The humble SodaStream is always a welcome addition to the home.

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DeLonghi Nespresso Essenza Mini Solo
Where do you stand? Can you survive without coffee, or is it essential to get your day started? If you’re in the latter camp, a coffee machine will be on the top of the shopping list. Coffee pod machines are good for beginners, convenient, easy to clean and economical. The Essenza Mini Solo has a small footprint for compact kitchens, and, most importantly, makes a cracking cup of joe.

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If you plan to get serious on a coffee machine check out this STACK guide.

NutriBullet 600 Series Blender
Talking from experience, NutriBullets are practically bulletproof. An excellent device that encourages a healthier lifestyle, with a twist you can knock up a fruit or veggie smoothie or a sports shake, knowing you have the exact portion size required for your daily intake. And you have a vessel on hand that’s ready to drink from and easy to clean.

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STACK spills the juice on blenders with this raw power guide.