Yeah, like jeeper said-- anything that's made to produce heat is gonna be tough
to do on battery power. Not impossible but tough.
Coffee pot, blow drier, space heater, toaster, waffle iron, microwave all use LOTS of watts.
You can get a pretty nice generator for $300 that will run the above items one at
a time but it won't be super quiet.
We are a bit more minimalist. On those occasions when we don't have shore power
we do without toast or we can toast bread using a little folding coleman stove
top toaster. Boy scouts use them and they are still available in the camping isle
of Wal-Mart and other dept stores in season.
We perk fresh coffee using a stove top coffee pot also available in the camping isle.
My wife has learned to do her hair without a blow drier on these occasions.
(That's what they make ball caps for!!!)
Now the TV is a different story. We can power our LCD tv and DVD player off battery
power. My DVD player is 12v and my tv runs off a little cigarette socket inverter that
you can buy at WallyWorld for under $25.
If you're interested in a generator, check out this thread
Several folks have purchased the champion generator and are satisfied.
Keep in mind the cheap gensets are noisier than the expensive Honda and Yamaha.
Life is full of trade offs!