The Ultimate Vacation Rental Kitchen Checklist Plus Finds

Posted by Hannah Lapin on Oct 21, 2020 9:00:00 AM

cooking utensils hang on a wallSo you just bought your brand new vacation rental, and want to list it on AirBnb, Homeaway, VRBO, and all the popular rental sites. Perhaps you are hiring a property manager, or perhaps you are a DIYer. Either way, you need to stock your vacation rental in preparation for guests. We know this process can be expensive and time consuming.  And the kitchen alone has so many required items (think can opener, ice cream scoop). That's why we created the ultimate list of vacation rental kitchen items you need to fill your vacation rental kitchen AND found affordable options.

Small Appliances:

Coffee Maker: The Keurig K-Classic Coffee Maker is always a popular choice for something a little fancier, yet you can never go wrong with the Mr. Coffee 12-Cup Coffee Maker.

Toaster: We like the COMFEE Counter-Top Toaster Oven for its price point and functionality. 

Blender: The Hamilton Beach Power Elite Blender is high powered, multi-functional, and affordable.



Plates, Salad Plates, and Bowls:

plates and bowls

Bookfull reccomends having at least two plates and bowls per accommodated guest. The AmazonBasics 18-Piece Dinnerware Set comes with serving for six. Plus it is durable, dishwasher and microwave safe, and affordable. 



We like the LIANYU 40-Piece Set. This set accommodates up to eight guests with eight knives, eight spoons and teaspoons, eight dinner forks and eight salad forks.

Water Glasses:

water glasses

We like the Galaxy Glassware 12-Piece Set. It includes four 17oz glasses, four 13oz glasses, and four 7oz juice glasses, offering all the sizes guests would need. It’s dishwasher safe and only $21 making it affordable to even buy two if you want more glasses.



This 10 Strawberry Street Catering Mug Set comes with twelve 10-ounce mugs and is oven, freezer, microwave, and dishwasher safe. It also pairs nicely with the plates and bowls we suggested.

Wine Glasses:

Red and White Wine Glasses

Did you know wine glasses are an AirBNB top requested amenity? This CZUMJJ 14-Ounce Set of 12 Wine Glasses works for both white and red wine, is made of durable and safe material, and is only $21.


serving bowl and utensils

Don't forget your guests need serving pieces and utensils. We like this Lipper International Large Wave Bowl with Servers. It's also a good idea to get a nice tray like this Lipper International Bamboo Serving Tray.


Cooking Accessories:

Pots, Pans, Skillets, and Utensils

pots and pans

We love a good set like this 18 Piece Nonstick Pots & Pans Cookware Set. It comes with an assortment of pots, pans, skillets, cooking utensils and even a steamer. Also, it is dishwasher safe.


Measuring Cups and Spoons, Soup Ladle, and Spatula


Get all of these necessity in one with with this  Stainless-Steel Kitchen Utensil Set. At an affordable cost (less than $35), you also get high-quality, dishwasher safe:
    • Cheese Grater
    • Tongs
    • Pizza cutter and peeler
    • Whisk
    • Wine/Bottle Opener
    • Ice cream scoop
    • Can opener

Baking Pans

baking pans 6 piece

The AmazonBasics 6-Piece Nonstick Bakeware set crosses cookie sheets, baking dish, and cake pan off of your list.


Knife Set, Scissors, and Steak Knives

farberware knife set with measuring spoons

This Farberware 22-Piece Set comes with a knife block, a bread knife, steak knives, and utility knives. Plus, it comes with scissors, spatulas, and measuring cups at a great price.

Mixing Bowls

set of three white mixing bowls

These Glad Mixing Bowls come in a set with three sizes, and are BPA and dishwasher safe.


Kitchen Accessories:

Kitchen Towels and Oven Mitts

kitchen towels and oven mitts

The INHDBOX Oven Mitt Set is one purchase for three accessories at a great price.


Paper Tower Holder

paper tower holder in silver

A basic item that is often forgotten, but necessary. This Spectrum Diver Paper Tower Holder is simple, affordable, and practical. 


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