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Streamline your small appliances

This "universal" kitchen machine combines a lot of great functionality with a good-looking package.

In my kitchen, I'm fortunate enough to have an appliance garage. My bread machine, food processor, blender, rice cooker, and sandwich press all get crammed into that space. It's lovely--I close the garage doors, and my counters look, if not pristine, then at least relatively clutter-free. But it's not easy to fit all those appliances into the small space the garage affords.

But wait, there's more! Bosch Appliances

I'm seriously considering an appliance I recently discovered: the Universal Plus Kitchen Machine from Bosch. This is a seriously cool stand mixer that can function as a blender, mixer with dough hook, food processor, and more. It can even stand in as a meat grinder or even a juicer, making it a truly versatile piece of equipment.

The Universal Plus has an 800-watt motor, making it incredibly powerful. But its operation is relatively quiet, and the four speeds and pulse function make it versatile enough to handle whatever you throw at it. This thing can knead 15 pounds of bread dough or whip a single egg white to perfection. And everything you get dirty is removable and dishwasher safe.

At around $450, it's not cheap, but when you think about the capabilities you're getting for that price, it's not bad.