Accessories I own and use:
I enjoy having a coffee maker. I like the kind that can be programmed to brew at a specific time and I especially like a fire-safety feature (like self-shut-off). I like coffee makers that don't require a paper filter--one less thing to buy and worry about degrading in a trash heap. I like black-colored coffee makers because they show coffee discoloration less, but I have a soft spot in my heart for a white coffee maker. They look crisp and clean. But they're a pain in the ass to keep clean, so I've gotten used to black. I can't imagine ever having anything fancier than that. I don't need a 20-cup brewer or an espresso machine or anything in brushed stainless steel.
I own a Cuisinart. It's now referred to as the 'original' or 'classic' version. Works great. It's wonderful for purees and any intricate mixing/chopping/shredding. I don't use it very much, but when I do it's perfect. Every time I use it I think to myself, 'You know, you should really use this more. It's a delight'. Maybe I can put that on a mental list of things to do. Make a little more 'showy' food using your Cuisinart.
My mother gave me her old Microwave. I think it may be a bit of a dinosaur. It makes a hell of a racket when heating. The whole unit sort of shakes and trembles. My last microwave died & it was really kind of me mum to give me one of hers. I like a white microwave. But I've gotten used to the black one. Or the look of it. It's really extraordinarily loud. I'm looking forward to purchasing a new one someday. I'm sure I'll be astounded both by how well and how quickly it heats and by its relatively quiet operation.
Finally, I have a hand-mixer. I got this last year after making whipped cream by hand. That totally sucked. Picked up a little one at the grocery and it works like a champ. It's white.
White appliances take up less visual room. The black ones are a little dominating. But at least everything I own right now is working. Except for my vacuum cleaner. And it's black.
Accessories I don't own:
Everything not mentioned above.
I don't ever want a knife block because that only simplifies the crazed murder's search for a handy item with which to kill you. I like the look and idea of a magnetic knife strip--but again, the problem with the crazed killer. No knives on display necessary.
I can't see me ever needing to have a 'milk frother.' That's just funny. I molest my milk just fine without a frother. And if I'm angry at the milk, I'll just grab my hand-mixer.
Accessories I might really enjoy owning:
Toaster: Krups 2-slice, FEM2W. Comes in black or white. I prefer white.
Coffee-maker: Cuisinart DCC-1200 Brew Central. Because I like a machine that sounds like it should be an airplane. And it is jam-packed with neat and tricky-to-find features. When my current coffee-maker craps out, this is a dream replacement. Pricey, but gets consistently high reviews. Black & metal color.
Rice cooker: Zojirushi NS-ZCC10. 5 cup capacity. Cooks white, brown and sushi rice. And porridge.
Which leads me to these next three pictures from the website of Jan Chipchase. He lives in Japan and snapped these pictures of three spectacular rice cookers from the village Akadake. They've been personalized with both faces and names.
Which brings me to my next thought. What I like about the Zojirushi rice cooker, besides its reliability, is the way it looks: compact, smart, invitingly colorful and cute without looking like a toy. It appeals to me in an R2-D2ish way. But what I love about the cookers above is how not polished they are--how used and lived in the world they look. I'm at two ends of an extreme.
I now own both the toaster and the coffee maker. Both are really great. I haven't made toast in a toaster in years. It was terribly exciting to do so. Toast was terrific. I can see keeping this in good working order for the rest of my life. Coffee maker is also super. Makes a great cup of joe and has handy features, that, again, I can see keeping in good working order for as long as I'm around. Won't need to replace either one of these if I treat them kindly. Or until robots do everything for us anyway...