One question that comes up over and over is about which items to bring to Israel and which items to leave behind. Regarding small appliances, my advice: BRING NOTHING
Sell these appliances and pocket the money to buy new or nearly new items once you arrive. The big problem with bringing small appliances from the USA is that they do not convert well from 110 to 220, even with the use of a transformer. In a short time, the motors will burn out and you will end up replacing them anyway. Save the cost of shipping and buy your small appliances here. You can find whatever you need. Some stores will give a discount to new olim, especially if you are purchasing many items at once. Ask around where you live because the locals will know which places give the best deals and have the best prices.
Once we moved here, we replaced our small appliances with the Israeli versions. Additionally, if you want to be really Israeli you need to have the following 5 items:
1. Sandwich maker. This photo below was taken in the teacher’s room at work. They are extremely popular, hence everywhere. Maybe it has something to do with the morning 10 a.m. sandwich break which seems to be a national ritual. Stick in your sandwich, lock down the cover, and in a minute or two you will have a hot, toasted sandwich.
2. Kum-kum. A kum kum is like an electric tea kettle. It heats up water to a boil very quickly.
3. Tami Bar. It dispenses hot and cold filtered water at the push of a button. Not everyone has this because it is expensive to buy, but you will see them in many public places as well as homes.
4. Toaster oven. There are many different sizes and features available, it depends on what you are looking for. Similar to chutz l’artetz, but in Celsius. To this day I keep my handy Nefesh B’Nefesh magnet nearby for easy conversion from Fahrenheit. I hope NBN still distributes them…
5. Shabbos plata. Use it to warm your food on Shabbos. Plan to purchase a timer because you don’t want it on for 24 hours.
Other small electrical items you may want to purchase: crock pot, Shabbos lamp, Shabbos urn, blender, chopper/food processor, fans, space heaters, microwave oven, digital clocks
Nice to have, but not necessary: bug zapper, hair dryer, hair trimmer, electric razor.
If I omitted an item, it is because I don’t personally use it and have lived without for many years. Also, I am not vouching for any brands used in the photos, as they were taken for show-and-tell purposes only. There may be differing opinions on the take/not take dilemma, by this is my view. For example, if you have a favorite Cuisinart and don’t want to part with it, bring it along, but keep in mind the transformer may not be conveniently located to where you want to be doing your food processing.
As Pesach cleaning /spring cleaning / pre-aliyah decision making approaches and you find small appliances hiding in the back of the cabinet gathering dust from lack of use, I highly recommend selling them now or donating them to your local second-hand establishment.
Thanks for reading.
Karen, The Klutter Koach
February 27, 2017