Quiz: How well do you know your small appliances?
by Staff
From our blender to our toaster and our hair dryer to our fan, small appliances play a big part in making our lives easier and more comfortable. Learning as much as you can about how they work makes sense. Take our quiz to see if you know how they do their magic.

What color is the "hot" wire in your electrical appliances?

  • black
  • white
  • red

What do we call the force that moves electrical current through a circuit?

  • wattage
  • voltage
  • tonnage

How do heating appliances convert electrical energy into heat?

  • by providing resistance to the electric current
  • by merging two wires
  • by splitting two wires

How do motorized appliances convert electrical energy into movement?

  • by converting electrical energy into magnetic energy that turns a knob
  • by converting electrical energy into magnetic energy that turns a handle
  • by converting electrical energy into magnetic energy that turns a shaft

What are cord wires connected to inside a small appliance?

  • a plug
  • a switch
  • a valve

Which of these appliance cords is the thinnest?

  • 12 gauge
  • 14 gauge
  • 16 gauge

What is the electrical current rating of most small appliances?

  • less than 15 amps
  • 20 amps
  • 35 amps

Which of the following is an example of a small appliance control?

  • thermostat
  • rotating shaft
  • appliance cord

Which of the following small appliances might have a rheostat to increase or decrease motor speed?

  • blender
  • toaster
  • coffee maker

Why do excess breadcrumbs cause toasters to break so often?

  • They clog internal mechanisms.
  • They cause overheating.
  • They prevent the slots in the toaster from going up and down.

Which part of a toaster is designed to release trapped breadcrumbs?

  • dust bin
  • crumb tray
  • ash pot

How do toaster ovens differ from toasters?

  • They perform more functions.
  • They are less expensive.
  • They look better on your kitchen counter.

What should you do when your toaster oven's main switch is faulty?

  • Clean the switch.
  • Wash the entire toaster oven in hot soapy water.
  • Strip the plastic covering off the toaster oven cord.

Which tool is best suited for checking a coffee maker's thermostat?

  • continuity tester
  • candy thermometer
  • digital thermometer

How do food mixers blend ingredients?

  • They turn a blade on a shaft.
  • They rotate beaters in opposing directions.
  • They turn a blade on an axle.

What is the biggest danger to a blender motor?

  • liquid
  • crumbs
  • grease

Which is NOT suggested preventative maintenance to keep a blender working well?

  • Oil all the mechanical parts in the blender's base.
  • Don't overload the blender jar.
  • Keep the blender's seals tight.

If your garbage disposal is leaking from underneath the unit, what should you do?

  • Replace the seal.
  • Replace the flange.
  • Replace the entire unit.

What component of the vacuum cleaner loosens dirt in the floor covering?

  • suction cup
  • bristle brush
  • beater bar

Which part in a hair dryer is included for safety?

  • fan speed switch
  • temperature switch
  • thermal cutout switch