Small Appliance Jargon Explained

Die-Cast Aluminium (Metal)

Die-Cast Aluminium (Metal)

Die casting is the process of moulding a metal into a particular shape. Aluminium is lightweight, strong and is resistant to corrosion, making it perfect for small appliances that have a unique shape.

Stainless Steel Blade

Blenders use a stainless steel blade to cut and emulsify their ingredients. A double blade has vertical facing and horizontal facing spikes to fully blend ingredients together.

Pulse Function

The pulse function gives you control over the consistency of your ingredients. Short pulses of the blade can: blend through super frozen & large ingredients; create thicker soups and sauces; blend bread into breadcrumbs and croutons.

Drip Coffee Machine

As suggested by the name, hot water is slowly released through a basket of coffee grounds which then slowly drips into a carafe below the machine.

Automatic Coffee Machine

Automatic coffee machines

Automatic coffee machines take the hassle out of creating coffee. With a simple push of a button, the coffee machine will pour a shot of espresso for you. Some models will even grind the beans to suit your preferences too.

Professional Pressure (BAR)

BAR Pressure indicates the amount of pressure used to push water through coffee grounds. The force and water combined draws flavours and oils from the coffee, so different levels of pressure affects the flavour of your coffee.


A tamper is a tool used to compact coffee into a puck ready for use in a coffee machine. Water is pushed through the puck to create the flavour and nutrients in your coffee.


They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, a carafe is a jug that collects coffee. Largely used in drip coffee machines and ideal for sharing.

Milk Frother

A milk frother creates creamy, frothy milk through forcefully stirring or pushing steam through milk in a jug.

Bean to Cup

This coffee machine type makes coffee directly from the beans, reducing the need for manual grinding and tamping. As the beans are ground up prior to pouring, the coffee is fresh and full of flavour.

Tilt Head

Stand mixer with tilt head

A tilt head stand mixer allows for the top section and attachment to be lifted up with ease. This creates easy access to your mixed ingredients.

Planetary Movement

Stand mixer planetary movement

Planetary movement is where the mixer orbits the bowl in large, circular movements. Perfect for mixing together ingredients quickly and thoroughly.

Crumb Tray

The crumb tray is an internal part of your toaster, usually indicated by a handle or lip that can be pulled out from the bottom. It is used to catch all interior crumbs and should be emptied regularly.

Cylinder Vacuum

A cylinder vacuum cleaner come as both bagless and with bags. The cylinder body is on the floor, with a hose coming from it for ease of use. A cylinder is lightweight and easy to manoeuvre.

Upright Vacuum (Corded)

The upright vacuum cleaner is pushed directly in front of you, with the suction end a very short distance from the handle. This is ideal for large homes, but makes it difficult to clean under furniture.

Stick Vacuum (Non-Corded)

Stick vacuum cleaners are the modern version of the upright, offering wireless cleaning with no cord. They are much lighter than their upright counterparts and often come with charging stations.

Suction Power

This is how effectively a vacuum can clean, and pick up dirt. It is essentially how much pull pressure there is from the vacuum to the surface containing dirt.

Brush Roll

A brush roll is one of the main attachment types used for a vacuum cleaner. It has lots of stiff bristles to agitate debris in carpets and stop scratches from occurring on carpetless floors.

What is a small appliance?

A small appliance is any small portable piece of equipment which helps you to complete a household task. The difference between a small and large appliance is that a small appliance can be easily moved and plugged in anywhere that has an electrical outlet. A large appliance such as a fridge or washing machine is heavier and therefore more difficult to move and plug in just anywhere.

At Appliance City we supply an extensive range of small appliances that are designed to make your life easier. From everyday appliances including toasters, kettles and vacuum cleaners, to more luxurious items including coffee machines, juicers and blenders, we stock well known brands at competitive prices.

If you’re a baker in the making then you’ll want to browse stand mixers and blenders that are packed with functions and features to help you unlock your true potential in the kitchen. For any true coffee lover, a coffee machine at home is a must have. You can discover a variety of built in and freestanding coffee machines designed to give you barista quality coffee from the comfort of your own home. We offer a fantastic multi buy option where you can create a bespoke package and save money on your favourite appliances. Meaning you can get the full matching set of small appliances for less! Call our sales team for more information on our range of small appliances on 0115 965 1937.