Top 17+ Best RV Kitchen Appliances We Use in Our Camper

We live in our RV full-time, and over the last 3+ years, we have figured out what we do and don’t need in our kitchen.

Today, I am excited to share all of our favorite RV kitchen appliances with you! Plus, stick around to the end for some bonus high-quality RV kitchen accessories.

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Standard RV kitchen appliances 

There are a few main appliances that come in almost every RV kitchen. These are obviously important and what we use more often than anything else. The quality of these appliances varies, so I thought I would tell you about ours.

1. Residential RV Refrigerator 

One of the main things I wanted when shopping for our RV was a residential refrigerator.

This may not be a big deal to some people, and a more traditional RV refrigerator might be okay, but for me, this is our full-time home, and I wanted to have a “normal” refrigerator.

We have a stainless steel GE residential refrigerator with everything we could ask for! There is an incredible amount of space on the main shelves and all of the shelves in the doors.

We have never had to worry about space, which is a high bonus. There is also an inline water filter, so we don’t have to worry about any water filters in addition to our Clearsource water filtration system.

(Use code TUCKNAE25 for $25 off any Clearsource filtration system from their website directly.)

Another huge bonus is that the freezer drawer has an ice maker. This was a must for Tucker since he likes to use a lot of ice every day.

If your refrigerator doesn’t have an ice maker built-in, a lot of RVers choose to go with countertop ice makers.

There are two sections inside the freezer that, once again, allow for a ton of space. We like to grab extra meat when it is on sale and freeze it to use later on.

This saves us money, and we always have something on hand for last-minute meals.

Overall, we are extremely happy with our residential RV refrigerator and would never own an RV without one. We can even run it off our RV solar panels when boondocking!

An RV kitchen in a fifth wheel with a large refrigerator, microwave, and kitchen island

2. RV Microwave

Some RVers choose to take out their RV microwaves, but we like having our microwave for when we need to use it.

Like our refrigerator, it is also GE brand and is incredibly quiet compared to our first RV microwave!

We prefer to use our air fryer (listed below) for heating most of our leftovers, but some things like soups and casseroles obviously can’t be placed on an air fryer shelf, haha!

Although we don’t use it daily, we like our microwave and are happy to have it when we need it.

3. RV Stovetop & RV Oven

We have a Suburban brand oven/range top in our fifth wheel. The stovetop is gas and has three burners. They are somewhat close together so using three large pans to cook with at a time is slightly tricky, but it can be done.

There is a glass cover that you can put over the stove top once it is cool to make the countertop level and protect the inside of the stove top from getting dirty when it’s not in use.

The oven has two racks and is large enough to fit a small cookie sheet or a 13×9 pan inside. Ours cooks pretty well, and we have made everything from banana bread to cakes, brownies, and casseroles.

I do tend to put the temperature higher than you would with a normal oven, but you will have to play around with yours to see what works best.

Another tip is that you can put a square pizza stone in your oven. This helps distribute the heat more evenly and allows your food to cook better.

Place it on the metal shelf just above the heating elements below the wire cooking racks.

The only issue that we have had with our oven/range top is that the quick start has gone out multiple times.

We use a lighter now to start both the stovetop and the oven. I will update this post if we find a more permanent solution/fix to this issue.

A pot of water boiling on the stovetop in an RV kitchen

Small RV kitchen appliances

We use a few small countertop RV kitchen appliances regularly in our RV.

While some take up counter space in our RV, we keep a lot of these small kitchen appliances in cabinets and only bring them out when they’re in use.

4. NutriBullet blender

One of the main RV kitchen appliances I wanted to bring with us in our RV was my NutriBullet blender. I like to make fresh fruit smoothies occasionally, and the NutriBullet blender is a perfect size. 

I like that it is small enough that it doesn’t take up too much precious RV storage space, but I can still make a smoothie that’s big enough for both of us in it. 

You could bring a regular-size blender with you in an RV if you wanted to, but I’ve found that the NutriBullet does everything needed and is way smaller.

It comes with many accessories, including multiple cups, blades, and lids.

5. Griddle 

I love to use our griddle for making breakfast! Pancakes, bacon, eggs, you name it; they all taste better on the griddle.

It will fit eight pancakes at a time or plenty of bacon and eggs. It is non-stick, so it cleans up super quickly!

We could easily use our cast iron pans to do everything that our electric skillet does, but it is easy and convenient to use, so we keep it around.

A lot of RVers use and love Blackstone griddles, but we are perfectly happy with our smaller version.

6. Toaster

A toaster in an RV is handy and is a great addition for lots of obvious reasons. Toast, bagels, and English muffins are all better toasted!

But it’s also nice for other things like making cheese quesadillas! (If you’ve never tried it, you’re missing out!)

We have a KitchenAid toaster oven in our RV, and it fits two slices of bread. 

7. Electric tea kettle

One of the best RV appliances we have is our electric kettle. Anyone who knows us well knows that Tucker drinks unsweet tea. A lot of unsweet tea, haha!

Rather than buy it everywhere we go, we make our own at home using an electric tea kettle. We use it to boil water and then place tea bags to steep in the hot water. Voila! Easy peasy unsweet tea.

It is also handy for boiling water for other needs as well. When I am sick, I like to drink herbal teas and use our tea kettle for hot water.

A lot of RVers have a coffee maker, but neither of us are coffee drinkers, so this is essentially our only “drink maker” in the RV.

An electric kettle with a tea cup

Large countertop RV kitchen appliances

In addition to our small appliances, we use a few larger appliances in our RV as well.

8. 10-in-1 air fryer

One of our all-time favorite kitchen gadgets is our air fryer! They intimidated me at first, haha!

We were hesitant to get an air fryer due to the size, but after trying one at a family member’s house, we knew we had to take the plunge.

We got a 10-in-1 air fryer. It is a larger air fryer, but we use it all the time, and it was worth the cost and extra space it takes to store it.

It came with multiple wire racks and all of the attachments that we could ever need.

It’s a nice option when I don’t want to turn the oven on. And since it just uses electricity, it is cheaper than our propane oven when we have electricity or full solar.

It makes leftovers taste even better than they did initially sometimes! And it’s perfect for quick lunches when I don’t have anything ready and need to pull something out of the freezer. 

Slices of pizza in an air fryer in an RV kitchen

9. Crockpot

Although not as big as our air fryer, our crock pot (aka slow cooker to some people) still takes up a decent amount of space but is totally worth it.

We use our crockpot several times a month and love trying new camping crockpot meals! Sometimes, several times a week when it’s chilly outside!

Throwing something in the crockpot in the morning and having dinner ready on busy work days is convenient. 

We received a basic Hamilton Beach crockpot as a wedding gift. It is large enough that I can make dinner for my whole family when they visit, but it doesn’t take up too much space.

One of our favorite crockpot meals to eat in the RV is crockpot taco soup. It’s perfect for when we’re boondocking near national parks, and it’s chilly outside! 

Some RVers prefer an instant pot or a pressure cooker, but slow cookers are more my speed for RV life.

If Instant Pots are your jam, check out these RV Instant Pot recipes!

A crockpot in an RV kitchen cooking

10. Traeger Ranger grill

Of course, I had to save the best for last! We’ve had our Traeger grill for the last four years and use it all. the. time!

It is an electric pellet grill, so we have been able to use it even in places with a burn ban. 

It cooks much differently than a typical grill and makes everything very tender and flavorful! It is also a smoker and gives everything a wonderful smoky flavor.

We love grilling chicken, burgers, and fajitas. Oh, and bacon on the grill is delicious as well! Every camper should try it.

When we are tent camping, we use our Traeger a lot. We can plug it into the Jeep and run it right at our campsite.

When we are RV camping, we usually use our Traeger grill on a picnic table nearby.

It is a pricey investment, but in our opinion, it is totally worth it!

An RV with a rainbow in the distance and a Traeger grill on the picnic table

Other RV Kitchen Gadgets to Consider

While we don’t personally use the following RV kitchen gadgets in our camper, a lot of RVers love them!

  • 11. Pressure Cooker: A versatile appliance that quickly cooks meals under pressure, ideal for RV kitchens with limited time and space.
  • 12. Coffee Maker: A compact essential for brewing your favorite cup of coffee on the go, enhancing your RV mornings.
  • 13. Rice Cooker: Simplifies meal prep by effortlessly cooking perfect rice, saving time and ensuring a consistent texture.
  • 14. Food Processor: A multifunctional tool that streamlines chopping, slicing, and dicing tasks, adding efficiency to your RV cooking.
  • 15. French Press: Elevate your coffee experience with this manual brewing method, perfect for RV enthusiasts who appreciate a rich cup of coffee.
  • 16. Ice Maker: An indispensable appliance for on-the-road cool refreshments, ensuring a steady supply of ice in your RV for drinks.
  • 17. Induction Plate: Compact and energy-efficient, this cooking device is perfect for RVs, offering precise temperature control and quick heating for various recipes.

In closing: Top 17+ Best RV Kitchen Appliances We Use in Our Camper

I hope you’ve enjoyed this blog and found our list of must-have RV kitchen gadgets helpful.

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Comment below and let me know what you would add to our list.

Happy travels!

Much Love, Janae xoxo
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Janae, alongside her husband, Tucker, has turned the world into her playground. Having lived and traveled in an RV for over four years, she has trekked through 22 US national parks, ventured across 28 states, and explored the natural beauty of 12 countries. Some of her favorite travel experiences have been when she witnessed Iceland's shimmering Northern Lights, explored the rugged terrains of Southern Utah, and traveled across Ireland for almost two months. A lover of adventure and couple travel, Janae's writings have been featured in notable travel websites and magazines, and she has collected an online community of over 30,000 passionate fellow travelers.

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