When it comes to small kitchen appliances, I can’t imagine life without my KitchenAid stand mixer. I use it to mix cookie dough, make fresh whipped cream, and even shred chicken, but if there’s one feature I would change about my stand mixer if given the chance, it would be how heavy it is!
Anyone who’s ever hauled a KitchenAid mixer out of a cabinet or their pantry is likely all too familiar with this particular problem. And it’s no wonder, really, because the popular 5-qt. Artisan models weigh about 26 pounds (and the 6-qt. Professional Series that I have is a full 3 pounds heavier!)
In fact, I’ve often found myself struggling just to drag my mixer to the edge of the countertop where I keep it stored. At least until recently, after having stumbled upon a brilliant solution that I’ll be telling you all about in today’s blog post: the Goldlion appliance sliding tray!
Just place one of these trays underneath your countertop appliances and you’ll be able to slide your appliances back and forth with ease. These trays have been a total game-changer for me personally, so today I wanted to give you all a quick overview of how they earned a permanent spot on my kitchen counter, and why you may want to give them a try for yourself!
3 Things I Love About These Appliance Sliding Trays
1. They’re Easy To Use
These appliance sliding trays couldn’t be easier to operate. Once you’ve positioned one of your appliances on top, just use the lever on the handle to unlock the tray and slide it forward for easy access with no heavy lifting required!
Then when you’re done using the appliance, simply use the lever again to slide it back into place. The silicone surface of the tray will keep your appliance securely in place, and at less than 1” tall, it’s perfect for those appliances you keep tucked underneath your kitchen cabinets.
2. They Come In 2 Convenient Styles
Goldlion, the brand that makes these sliding trays, offers two different styles to accommodate different types of appliances. While the two styles are actually identical in overall size (11.7” x 16.1”), they actually slide out in different directions.
The wider tray (which has a lever on the longer side) is ideal for wider appliances, so I use one for my Instant Pot. The deeper tray (which has a lever on the shorter side) is perfect for my KitchenAid mixer, and would be equally useful for storing a coffee maker, blender, etc.
To help make the most of your counter space, you might even consider grouping a couple of different items on the same sliding tray. For example, you could set up a sliding tea station by arranging your kettle, tea canister, and honey on one (or your coffee maker, grinder, milk, and sugar if you’re a coffee drinker.)
With one quick slide, you’ll have everything you need for your morning beverage at the ready! And when you’re finished with it, you can tuck it all away quickly and easily.
3. They Can Handle The Heat
Another thoughtfully-designed feature on these sliding trays is their silicone surface, which is not only non-slip but heat-resistant too! That means you can safely operate your Instant Pot, bread maker, or air fryer on one of these trays without having to worry about damaging the tray.
As an added bonus, the silicone surface is also easy to clean. I just give mine a quick wipe with a damp cloth every once in a while to get rid of dust and splatters.
Whether you’re like me and want to avoid the strain of hauling heavy appliances around your kitchen, or limited mobility or injury has made it impossible for you to do so, I think you’ll love these appliance sliding trays as much as I do! Once you experience how much easier it is to use your countertop appliances, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them! 🙂
Do you have any kitchen gadgets you can’t live without?