Best Kitchen Appliances for Gluten Free

“My family is gluten free for the most part, but I’m the only one that is celiac. Honestly, they sometimes just forget. When I catch my husband cutting some regular bread on MY gluten free cutting board, with MY gluten free knife, I lose it. Enough! It’s Code Purple time….”

What is Code Purple?

Good, thoughtful commercial kitchens use the color purple to seperate the non-gluten kitchen items from the gluten kitchen items. Know matter what you think of purple, you really can’t miss it. Everyone will know that your purple appliance is specifically for gluten free cooking or baking. Here at Shop for Gluten Free we have dubbed these kitchen items Code Purple.  So if you live with folks that eat gluten we recommend separating out your kitchen appliances and tools, whether it is with stickers, or like we do, by getting purple color coded kitchen gear. Put an end to your fears that all of your great kitchen stuff will be glutinized and you’lle no longer have to worry about wearing your dual epipen 6 shooters around your kitchen. (You who know, know). 

Although using color coded kitchen appliances for gluten and allergy free food prep and baking is highly recommended, we do realize that some of you are just not going to want purple. We get it. So we also have provided other equally great options in other colors for most of the featured kitchen gear.

The Best Appliances for a Gluten Free Kitchen

We tried to pick a selection of what we feel to be, more or less, essential items that every gluten free kitchen can benefit from.

For the most part this list consists of high performing, efficient and long lasting small appliances rather than kitchen tools. The smaller stuff will be in a future post.

And once again, we chose these items based on how they apply to our core values: allergy free, mostly plant based, and healthy… tools to make the cleanest, freshest and most nutritious meals in the most efficient way possible. We realize that time is precious these days. These best kitchen appliances for gluten free and allergy free food prep will allow you to save time without having to sacrifice creativity and quality.

Types of Appliances Needed for a Gluten Free Kitchen

With these kitchen appliances you will be able to make delicious soup, slow cook a stew, process cole slaw, make air fryed french fries, blend a smoothie for breakfast, toast your favorite gluten free bread, mix up a batch of cookies, puree apple sauce and top it off with some delicious cake pops for your kids. Some our favorite kitchen appliances are the slow cookers. Just throw in some root veggies, potatoes, beans, seasonings, herbs…you name it, and come back a few hours later with a delicious and hearty meal waiting for you. Easy prep, easy clean up…we love it. and the featured Blendtec blender is something you have to see to believe. There are endless ways to use this badboy; soups, sauces, smoothies, pureed fruits and veggies, baby food, nut butters, salad dressings…the list goes on and on. We couldn’t live without our high powered blenders. So read on and discover how easy it is to make a wide variety of easy and delicious meals with these amazing kitchen appliances.

12 Best Kitchen Appliances for Gluten Free

Image Product Rating Pros Cons Price

1. KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Qt. Stand Mixer with Pouring Shield - Grape Best Choice power! sturdy great attachments heavy expensive Check Prices

2. Elite Platinum Maxi-Matic 8 Quart Electric Good Choice easy nice timer large capacity easy clean up slightly complicated Check Prices

3. Blendtec Classic 575 Blender with WildSide Jar, Orchid Purple Best Choice power! great warranty low profile pitcher easy clean up loud Check Prices

4. KitchenAid KFC3516BY 3.5 Cup Mini Food Processor, Boysenberry Excellent Choice small footprint price fast tricky to use at first Check Prices

5. GoWISE USA 4th Generation 1400W Electric Air Fryer with Touch Screen Technology, Button Guard & Detachable Basket, 3.7 quart, Plum) Good Choice no mess smart programs detachable basket healthier than frying better for frozen prepared food Check Prices

6. Oster Jelly Bean 2-Slice Toaster, Purple Good Choice easy to use toasts evenly toasts both sides of bagel - annoying! shallow-ish slots Check Prices

7. Hamilton Beach Shimmer Finish Slow Cooker, Purple, 5 quart Excellent Choice locking lid dishwasher safe price easy could be bigger lid issues Check Prices

8. Gourmia 11 in 1 Sous Vide & Multi Cooker - Purple Stainless Steel with LCD Display Multiple Cooking Options Excellent Choice 11 in 1! easy clean up big nice presets settings aren't perfect Check Prices

9. Hamilton Beach 6-Speed Hand Mixer with Snap-On Case Excellent Choice ergonomic attachments storage price on the small side storage is limited Check Prices
10. KitchenAid KHB1231BY 2-Speed Hand Blender, Boysenberry Excellent Choice comfy grip blending jar price convenient heavy Check Prices

11. Babycakes CP-12 Cake Pop Maker, 12 Cake Pop Capacity, Purple Excellent Choice non stick easy clean up simple to use gets hot Check Prices

12. Comark Instruments Waterproof Allergen Thermometer Excellent Choice fast response time easy to use pen style water proof no added sugar Check Prices

1. KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Qt. Stand Mixer with Pouring Shield – Grape

Kitchen Aid is a major name in small kitchen appliances and this heavy duty mixer is one of their best. It’s extremely powerful at 325 watts, features 10 speeds, a huge 5 quart stainless steel bowl and comes with 3 attachments for mixing light to heavy batter, kneading and mixing bread dough, and whipping among other things. You can also buy separate attachments that will allow you to pretty much conquer any kitchen mixing task. A stand mixer will quickly become central to your kitchen if you bake a lot of bread, make cookies, whip cream etc. And wow, what a color, grape to make sure no one throws some regular wheat flour into your mixer. Be safe, be purple. If you just can’t get with the purple though, this mixer has a lot of colors. Really nice ones at that. And being sturdy and powerful, we expect this mixer should last a lifetime.

We ♥:

  • Sturdy and powerful
  • Extremely versatile
  • Great attachments
  • Convenient, saves time
  • 1 year warranty

Not So Much:

  • This sucker is heavy
  • Expensive but worth it

more affordable option?

hate purple?

Seriously, even if this thing sucked, it would still be awesome because of the name. “Elite Platinum Maxi-Matic”….Pretty good. But beyond that, this machine rocks. The EIite Multi pressure cooker (there’s a mouthful) has a whooping 19 functions that perform impressively. With a huge 8 quart capacity, super fast cooking, multi functional timer and strict safety features we think it is pretty nice. Just set it and forget it. Time intensive family meal prep will be a thing of the past when you put the Elite to use. Save time and enjoy the wide varity of excellent meals you will make with this multi functional pressure cooker.

We ♥:

  • Easy and time saving
  • Great timer
  • Strict safety features
  • Huge capacity
  • Easy clean up

Not So Much:

  • More complicated to use than a regular pressure cooker.

no purple please…

3. Blendtec Classic 575 Blender with WildSide Jar, Orchid Purple

The Blendtec brand is a monster in the super power blender catagory. It’s only real rival is the classic Vitamix. Here we have a beautiful purple color coded mega blender for your allergy friendly kitchen. If your husband or boyfriend is an artisinal grain nerd (yes, there are those) and tries to throw some heirloom wheatberries in it, he wil look at the purple color and be like, “NO! Stop!”

The Blendtec has a 3.0 peak horsepower, 1575 watts and an 8 year warranty. What does this mean? You get a blender with massive power that will last a lifetime. Grind your own flour, blend superfast smoothies, make delicious hot creamy soup, whip up some fresh and clean baby food…the only limit is your imagination. We could not live without a power blender and the Blendtec is at the top of the list for performance, power and durability. Well worth the investment.

We ♥:

  • Super powerful
  • 8 year warranty
  • Blend GF grains into flour
  • Low profile pitcher
  • Easy to clean
  • Easy to use; lots of preprogrammed cycles

Not So Much:

  • It’s pretty loud

another color?

more affordable option?

Blendtech’s worst enemy…

4. KitchenAid 3.5 Cup Mini Food Processor, Boysenberry

Here we feature another great kitchen appliance for a gluten free kitchen from Kitchen Aid. We love this one because it is compact and lightweight making it a great option for a home with one or two allergy free or celiac eaters. Or for small jobs it’s also a great addition to a larger capacity processor. You can use this daily and pull out the big guns for larger jobs. And the color is beautiful. We especially love it for hummus, making raw cauliflower rice and chopping nuts and seeds. Keep this little guy on your counter and you will probably use it almost daily.

We ♥:

  • Small and lightweight
  • Great for small daily tasks
  • Great for one or two people
  • Fast
  • Great price

Not So Much:

  • Tricky to use at first; there is a learning curve

5. GoWISE USA 4th Generation 1400W Electric Air Fryer with Touch Screen Technology

Oil free frying, gluten free frying. Frying RULES! Especially when it is this healthy. This guy works better for frozen type foods rather than, say, trying to air fry a fresh cut potato. But thats ok, it fits the bill when you need a quick feel good snack like some onion rings or veggie eggrolls. Hits the spot. You wont get the super crispy crunch like you would from regular frying, but the GoWise gives you a nice compromise between frying and baking. What we really love is that it is wayyy healthier than frying and you don’t have to deal with an oily mess. Easy to set up, easy to clean.

We ♥:

  • No mess
  • 7 smart programs
  • Detachable basket
  • Good compromise between frying and baking
  • Better and healthier than regular frying with a cleaner flavor

Not So Much:

  • Best for frozen type food rather than fresh

another great option

don’t do purple?

6. Oster Jelly Bean 2-Slice Toaster, Purple

Well, what can you say, it’s a toaster! But we love this, it looks like a purple jelly bean (hence the name), works great and is really inexpensive. It’s pretty basic, which we are good with, the settings are simple and easy to use. One downfall was that it toasted both sides of the bagel. But who eats gluten free bagels anyway? Ok, I’m sure plenty of you do, so if you do toast a lot of bagels, maybe try one of our other options.

We ♥:

  • Simple and easy to use
  • Does what it does well, um, toasts

Not So Much:

  • Bagel fans beware, it toasts both sides.
  • Slots are a little shallow

don’t do purple?
(warning: for hipsters only)

7. Hamilton Beach Shimmer Finish Slow Cooker, Purple, 5 quart

In this line up we have pressure cookers, multi cookers and now, the Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker. I remember growing up with a slow cooker. Likely you did too. When Mom went off to work, she had a nice stew cooking in the cooker and it was ready when we got home. So easy. But that was before anyone really knew they were celiac or preferred to eat gluten free. Mom would throw anything in there. Now we are allergy free a plenty and we know it can be very beneficial to make sure our favorite appliances remain uncontaminated. So get this shiny purple slow cooker and make your meals worry free. It’s a pretty standard slow cooker and won’t give you a headache trying to set it up. And the locking lid is a special feature you don’t always see in a pressure cooker. 

We ♥:

  • Locking lid
  • Dishwasher safe lid and crock
  • Great price
  • Simple to use

Not So Much:

  • 5 quart capacity is not bad, but could be bigger
  • Had some issues with the lid closing tightly for transport

smaller option?

no purple, thank you.

8. Gourmia 11 in 1 Sous Vide & Multi Cooker – Purple Stainless Steel with LCD Display Multiple Cooking Options

Another multi-cooker? Why? Well, we love them and we really wanted to give you a lot of great options. And the Gourmia pretty much does it all. Slow cook a root veggy stew, make rice, roast potatoes, saute…the list goes on and on, and you only have one pot to clean at the end. We are all about fast meal prep and fast clean up and we know you are too. But we do it without compromising great flavor and healthy ingredients. Health, flavor…you will hear it again and again from us. Our other mantra is convenience. And here you get it with the Gourmia; lots of preprogrammed single touch modes on an easy to read LCD screen to make your life easy. Keep this baby on the counter because you will be using it, a lot. 

We ♥:

  • 11 in 1 cooking
  • Easy clean up
  • Good capacity
  • Lots of presets
  • Good price

Not So Much:

  • Perfectionists will need to adjust the settings

more affordable?

smaller option?

don’t do purple?

9. Hamilton Beach 62621 6-Speed Hand Mixer with Snap-On Case

“Now why would I need a purple hand mixer?” you may be asking yourself. Well, hello; contamination. Say your hubby is making regular pizza dough and forgets to tell you, and you go to mix up some gluten free something-or-other with the same mixer, you’ve got a problem. No worries here though. This sweet purple mixer functions beautifully and helps keep you safe from contamination. And you get a nice variety of 6 attachments for a vast array of mixing needs; wire beaters, dough hooks, whisks and a milk shake attachment as well as traditional beater attachment. The mixer is ergonic and comfy to use and comes with a cool little storage section for other attachments. We did find that the storage area was too small to hold everything, a minor gripe. It’s an overall great mixer.

We ♥:

  • Ergonomic
  • Lots of attachments
  • Storage for attachments and cord
  • Great price

Not So Much:

  • A little smaller than expected
  • Storage doesn’t fit everything

purple, uhhh…no

10. KitchenAid 2-Speed Hand Blender, Boysenberry

We love Kitchen Aid, bottom line. And we love immersion blenders. In addition, this one is a beautiful allergen friendly purple. Less worries about it getting contaminated by an annoying family memeber, ha ha (kinda). There is really not much no say about an immersion blender, they do what they do. The question is about performance, durability and how long it will last. Well, its a Kitchen Aid so you know that that you get all of the above. It is a little heavy, but thats what you get when something is well built. Trust this one. 

We ♥:

  • Comfortable grip
  • Included blending jar
  • Nice price
  • Convenient
  • Easy to clean

Not So Much:

  • Heavy

no purple, thank you

11. Babycakes CP-12 Cake Pop Maker, 12 Cake Pop Capacity, Purple

You’re in the kid zone now. I wish we had these when I was little. But actually, then it would have been a gluten filled affair with tons of sugar and who knows what. Now we have gluten free everything, low sugar, organic etc etc etc. And we have cake pops.  What an invention. Makes 12 pops in under 4 minutes; amazing, a quick treat in a pinch when the kids are ballin’. There is some difficulty at first getting perfectly round pops, but once you get the hang of it, it’s on. Another thing is that it gets pretty hot, so keep it away from the kids fingers. Otherwise, we love it.

We ♥:

  • Nonstick, easy clean up
  • Nice extras included
  • Easy to use
  • 12 treats in 4 minutes!

Not So Much:

  • Gets hot

more great options

12. Comark Instruments Waterproof Allergen Thermometer

So, when you’re making bread, unless you are a Jedi master, you will need a thermometer to let you know when the bread is done on the inside. It’s pretty essential. Comark makes lots of purple color coded items to help you avoid gluten contamination. And if the pros use this color in their kitchen, then we can definitely recommend that you do too. We love the pen style, it fits great in your apron or shirt pocket. Finally, its waterproof. So those of you who have used non-waterproof thermometers know how annoying it is when they get wet and steam up. Not here. Works great at a great price.

We ♥:

  • Thin tip for fast response times
  • Easier than non-digital
  • Pen style; stick it in your shirt or apron pocket
  • Water proof
  • Long shelf life, buy more and save $$$

Not So Much:

  • No complaints here

more great options

not purple

Final Thoughts

Whether you like purple or not, there is no denying that if you buy some appliances and they are purple, it is highly unlikely that your partner, family member, roomate, buddy… whoever eats gluten in your house, will always remember to not use gluten in your appliances. Mistakes happen, and for us it can be bad, real bad. So why take chances?

We tried to provide you with a kitchen full of purple color coded appliances we feel you will love and use often. All of these items will make your life easier and save you lots of time. We’re all about that.

But if you just can’t get with the whole purple thing, no problem. We have provided you with a lot of great alternatives in other colors.

Let us know how we did!

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