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Since we love to cook, having the right RV kitchen gadgets is essential. If you watch our videos on YouTube or follow us on Instagram you probably noticed we love cooking in an RV. We’ve lived out of a Class A motorhome, Class B Vans, and now a 4×4 truck camper. At this point, we’ve seen it all when it comes to tiny kitchens. These are our favorite RV kitchen gadgets to help you enjoy a great meal no matter how small or big your RV kitchen is.
Best RV Kitchen Gadgets & RV Kitchen Appliances
Everything on this list has been “battle tested” in some pretty tough conditions, including in the backcountry with no services. The beauty is that you don’t need an RV kitchen to appreciate these RV kitchen accessories —anyone can use these.
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Without any further ado (and in no particular order), here are our favorite 15 RV kitchen gadgets.
15 RV Kitchen Gadgets We Love
1. Omnia Stove Top Oven
We discovered the Omnia stove top oven at an RV show, and it changed the way we cook in our camper. An RV oven takes up a lot of space, so many people (including us) choose to skip it. But, I still love to bake – enter this lightweight and compact oven that works on a stovetop.
This little oven allows you to make all kinds of things with its default circular shape: cornbreads, frittatas, cakes, breads, and more.
They also make inserts you can use to change things up. I love the silicone liner, which makes pulling out the finished product incredibly easy.
We’ve also been getting a lot of use from the muffin insert, which we’ve used to make cheesy egg bites as well as all kinds of muffins and rolls.
2. Instant Pot Multi-Cooker
I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that the Instant Pot changed our lives. Ours ended up replacing the Crock Pot – although it’s mostly used as a pressure cooker, it does have a slow cooker setting as well.
You may have heard a lot of RVers say that everything in their space needs to do at least 2 jobs. Well, our Instant Pot is a 7-in-1 device: pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, saute, yogurt maker, and warmer. Like the slow cooker, it runs on electricity and doesn’t heat up the RV.
Accessories and attachments can help you get even more from your Instant Pot. We have (and love) the clear glass lid, which allows us to check on progress as we cook using the sauté feature, and the ceramic inner pot, which is nonstick and cleans like a dream.
We don’t have this, but they even make an air fryer lid, which turns your Instant Pot into an air fryer on top of everything else! (Be sure to check compatibility before you buy; this lid won’t fit every Instant Pot model.)
I’ve cooked a lot in this little gadget over the years. My cookbook is still in the works, but in the meantime, I wrote up a post with some of my favorite Instant Pot recipes.
3. Travel Berkey Water Purifier
When you travel as much as we do, you often find yourself in places where you may not trust the water source. (Dispersed camping in the National Forest, for instance—or even moochdocking in certain cities.) Other times, the water quality is fine, but the flavor isn’t great.
Access to clean water is important no matter where you live. Berkey water filters remove chemicals, bacteria, viruses, heavy metals, fertilizers, and other contaminants from tap water—all while keeping the good minerals in.
Check out our full review of the Berkey if you’re interested in learning more. It’s an investment, but we’ve had ours for years, and it’s still one of our favorite RV kitchen accessories.
4. Crock Pot Slow Cooker
Before we discovered the Instant Pot (above), we relied on our slow cooker to get us through travel days in the motorhome, or days when we’d be out exploring all day.
Slow cookers are great because they don’t heat up a small space the way a gas stove does, and if you’re plugged into electric or have enough battery power, you don’t have to worry about using up a limited resource like propane.
You can start your breakfast the night before, or start dinner in the morning. Just set it up, and walk away until you’re ready to eat. As RVers, we’re all about exploring longer, so slow cookers are a wonderful option.
5. Nutribullet or Vitamix Blender
We have Joe’s mom to thank for this gadget, since we don’t own one ourselves. But we’ve borrowed her Nutribullet for a while and loved making smoothies on the road. The high speed blender doesn’t take up much space, and the blade is plenty powerful to chop ice, frozen fruit, etc. (Frozen margaritas, anyone?)
The Vitamix is the gold standard of blenders. It can do just about anything, but comes at a significantly higher price point than the Nutribullet. It’s also bulkier, due to its more powerful mechanism. If you’re interested in making smoothies with fresh, woody fruits or vegetables, you should take a look at the Vitamix—particularly if you have ample kitchen storage. Joe’s sister has one and she’s made some delicious soups in this kitchen gadget.
6. Coffee Maker
I didn’t want to leave you hanging – you knew you’d see this on the list. Pour-over coffee makes the best cup, in Joe’s opinion and one of his favorite RV kitchen gadgets. Although, he’d probably put a coffee maker near the top of any gadget list.
We use an electric kettle with temperature control and a good quality pour-over coffee maker. This setup stows away nicely under the kitchen sink in our truck camper. (You bet we made space for this!)
If you like the simplicity and ease of pod coffee makers, though, Nespresso is a great option. Not all pod coffee makers are created equal, so do your research—and taste test if you can—before you commit.
7. Coleman Camp Stove
We wrote about our camp stove in our essential RVing gadgets article, but we couldn’t talk about RV kitchen gadgets without mentioning it here, too. Having a Coleman stove with us allows us to cook outside when the weather is nice, which gives us some elbow room and keeps the cooking smells outside.
If you prefer a grill, this Weber gets great reviews and is quiet very popular with RVers including many of our friends.
Either way, it’s handy to have a propane adaptor hose to connect these propane-fueled gadgets to your onboard tanks, so you don’t have to carry the little green tanks around with you.
If you do like the little tanks, you can use this regulator valve adaptor to refill them from your bigger propane tanks.
8. OXO Airtight Containers
You might have seen these pop containers on blogs and shows about pantry organization in a home. We have a full set in our camper, and we love them. They’re lightweight, clear, and have an airtight seal. This means we always know what’s in them, our dry goods last for ages, and we don’t have to worry about spills while we’re on the road.
We use ours to store spices, coffee and anything else that we don’t want to spill or spoil. The set we have includes several different sizes.
9. Pop-up Sponges
These dehydrated sponges are an excellent space-saver in a tiny RV kitchen. A package of ten takes up less room than a regular sponge, so you can carry a lot of them in a very small space.
I use them for cleaning dishes, and they work great! To use, just add water and scrub away.
10. Collapsible Bowls and Colander
My personal favorite is this collapsible colander. It’s lightweight, simple to store, and easy to clean. The provided cover allows me to drain or catch water as needed.
11. Mason Jars
You might be surprised to see glass on this list, but I still find that one of the most versatile kitchen gadgets is the mason jar. We use them for coffee, water, salad dressing, or to pickle garlic.
Mason jars also just look pretty! Put tea lights in them at night, and they’re great candle holders. Put flowers in them, and they’re a vase.
These glass jars are easy to clean, sturdy, and can be found everywhere if you need to replace one.
12. Refrigerator-Freezer Thermometer
The RV refrigerator in our Newmar motorhome didn’t come with a built-in thermometer, so it was difficult to be sure our refrigerator was holding temperature well.
This thermometer was a quick fix and one we could leave in the refrigerator door to easily monitor the temperature and adjust it as needed.
13. Fridge Aerator and Fan
If you’ve noticed some cold spots in your RV fridge that tend to freeze your produce this small fridge fan can help solve that problem. It works by circulating air in your refrigerator so that the temperature inside stays consistent, fixing your frozen spinach problems.
Now that we have an 85 liter fridge, we don’t have extra room for gadgets like this. But if you have the room and don’t have a built-in fan, it’s an RV kitchen accessory that’s worth looking into.
14. Sphere Ice Molds
Not only are these sphere ice molds fun—they also melt slower than standard ice cubes. This way our drinks don’t get diluted as quickly by melting ice. We put them in water, cold brew coffee, and cocktails. A set of four that fit perfectly in the door of our Norcold freezer when we had one.
15. Fan-Tastic Ultra Breeze Vent Cover
I couldn’t leave this off the RV kitchen gadget list, even though it’s technically a rooftop gadget on the outside of the RV. This vent cover allows you to run the kitchen vent even while it’s raining, which has come in handy more times than I can count.
We did a full review of this vent cover if you want to read more. But in a nutshell, being able to send steam and kitchen smells outside when you’re stuck inside is a wonderful thing.
For those of you who have been readers since we started full time RV living, here is the very first video round up we made of our favorite RV kitchen gadgets.
We hope you found this list helpful and feel free to leave a comment and share your kitchen gadgets for RVs.
Looking for a few tips to keep your kitchen organized? Check out our 10 Hacks to Stay Organized In Your RV