Kitchen Appliance Lending Libraries

kitchenappliancesWe all have kitchen appliances we don’t regularly use. Some of them are pretty expensive, and some of us regret having to have spent such a large amount of money on things that were used only once or twice. And not only are many kitchen appliances expensive, they also take up a lot of unnecessary kitchen space. If you have friends with numerous appliances, then you can potentially borrow from them — but how many of us have that convenience? So wouldn’t it be great to be able to pay a small fee to use a special appliance when you need it? Depending on where you live, you might be in luck: “appliance lending libraries” have sprung up across the United States, which allow you to borrow a variety of kitchen appliances for a short period of time, generally for very little money.

In Toronto, the non-profit Kitchen Library recently opened and has been a boon to amateur cooks throughout the city. The service charges a mere $50 a year, allowing you to borrow a vast number of different kitchen appliances from their center. Appliances range from waffle irons to crock pots to pressure cookers. It’s open Saturday – Sunday and Tuesday – Wednesday, and already has a numerous amount of members.

Portland also is host to two non-profit kitchen appliance lending library called Kitchen Share NE and Kitchen Share SE. Appliances offered include juicers, ice-cream makers, and bread makers. The majority of the appliances come through donations. The NE library is open on Wednesdays, and the SE library is open on Tuesdays and Saturdays. There is a one-time membership fee, which generally costs between $10 – $30.

Services similar to “appliance lending libraries” have recently sprung up throughout the United States and Canada. They go beyond just kitchen appliances — AirBnb allows you to temporarily use people’s unused apartments and living spaces for a small fee; in New York City, Citi Bike allows you to borrow bikes at one of their various stations around the city and simply return them to one of the stations when you’re done with them; and SnapGoods allows you to lend out and borrow pretty much anything. These services have made it much easier for people to make the most of the things they own and to borrow things they need at a very low price. It’s the hope of those who run the “appliance lending libraries” that this trend spreads throughout the U.S. and Canada and makes it much easier and cheaper for amateur cooks to pursue their culinary interests. Given the popularity of these programs so far, it’s likely that we’ll see a lot more kitchen appliance lending libraries spring up in the future.

2 comments to Kitchen Appliance Lending Libraries

  • Kitchen appliances lending – what a concept!! I am pretty impressed. But what if you don’t get an appliance on the day you want it? At the end of the day, I would recommend to buy at least a few smart appliances. In Houston, there are many outlets where you can get modern kitchen appliances at reasonable rates.

    • Cookingclassliz

      Lending libraries are really meant for occasional use appliances. Why buy something if you are only going to use it once or twice a year? I think it is a great concept. Buy the appliances you will use frequently and use the lending library when you need an occasional appliance.

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