It's the day you look forward to your whole life—the chance to "buy" and scan every kitchen gadget your heart desires. As glorious as it is, it's easy to go overboard, scanning every item that's up for sale (and, admittedly, trying to scan things that aren't)... and winding up with a bunch of stuff you don't actually need. Or want. Or ever, ever use.
Yes, mandolines are the secret to perfect, thinly sliced potatoes for your gratin, but they can quickly make your kitchen turn into the set of a straight-to-DVD horror film with one wrong slice. Just ask Chrissy Teigen and John Legend.
(If you really want one though, add a pair of kevlar gloves to reduce your risk of cutting a finger while slicing away.)
Votive-Powered Fondue Sets
Tiny, single-serving fondue sets? It's too cute for words—and seems to perfect for date night—until you realize how long it takes for cheese (or chocolate) to melt when powered by a candle. Even if you pour already melted fondue in there, using the candle to keep it warm and pliable, it's not long before you realize this is just one more awkward-shaped gadget to clean and clog your pantry. Pass.
Too Of-the-Moment Accessories
Remember 2011, when the answer to every decorating decision was to simply put a bird on it? It's easy to get so swept up in the latest design trends that you go nuts with it, applying that unifying theme to everything—and winding up with a kitchen and dining room set that looks dated in five years.If you love it just because it's everywhere on Pinterest, beware.
Cake Pop Makers and other Easy-Bake Gadgets
Mini donut makers, cake pop machines, mini pie bakers—all of these mini appliances promise to make it insanely easy to have bakery-quality treats at home, but they take up serious space in your pantry. You're better off baking pies in a muffin tin, or making cake pops using crumbled cake and frosting, Bakerella-style, anyway. (As for the donuts, think long and hard about how often you'll want to bake from scratch—versus hitting up Dunkin'.)
Ravioli and Pasta Makers
Married life seems to trigger these grandiose feels of domesticity: "Yes, I'll start making my pasta from scratch! I'll spend Sunday mornings at the farmer's market, then slow-cook my own homemade sauce before mixing and stuffing my own organic ravioli!" The problem? As romantic as the idea is, we hardly stop to ask whether we'd actually enjoy giving up football Sunday (or binge-watching The OA, or whatever you normally do) to wrestle with dough.
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They take up precious, precious counter space, and half of those knives you wind up never (or rarely) using. You're better off asking for three high-quality ones: a paring knife, a chef's knife, and a serrated knife. With that trio, you can accomplish just about anything in the kitchen.
High-End Espresso Machines
That $3,000 coffee maker can whip up a perfectly made latte, but if you're the type who hits up Starbucks three times a week, you probably won't change your habits just because you've got a high-end piece of equipment.
The universe is rife with tools that only serve a single purpose (ahem, strawberry slicers, garlic peelers, asparagus trimmers), and they really only make sense if you use the ingredient it's intended for all the time.
Gladys and Paul Szápáry will no longer occupy a third-floor apartment in The Breakers, built by their great-grandfather Cornelius Vanderbilt II. Some say the move is payback for their opposition to a welcome center on the grounds.