Kitchen Gadgets Worth The Splurge

Know when it pays to throw down

Look, we've seen our fair share of over-the-top kitchen gadgets, including giant Darth Vader grills, Dolce & Gabbana mixers and $400 juicers that do the same job as a pair of bare hands. But that doesn't mean every expensive appliance deserves the same judgmental side-eye.

Sure, these seven gadgets might cost more than those faded plastic measuring cups you first bought in college, but we promise these splurges are #worthit.

① KitchenAid Artisan Mixer ($429)

No matter how decked out your kitchen might already be, you can't call yourself a cook until one of these shiny workhorses is sitting on your countertop—preferably in a color that matches your dish towels.

② Instant Pot IP-Smart Bluetooth Pressure Cooker ($160)

It's never too late to jump on the cult-cooking bandwagon, especially with this high-tech model that let's you use your phone to churn out speedy dinners in a fraction of the time.

③ Cuisinart Double Belgian Waffle Maker ($89)

You might not think you have room for one of these bad boys, but one bite into a homemade, crispy waffle laden with syrup, and your mind will be changed. Plus, you'll own brunch among your circle of friends for years to come.

④  Cuisinart Compressor Ice Cream and Gelato Maker ($300)

Prepare to be a summer superstar with this Rolls-Royce of ice cream makers. A built-in refrigeration unit means you can continuously (and spontaneously) crank out quarts of homemade mint chocolate chip. Because ice cream cravings wait for no one.

⑤ Vitamix Blender ($495)

This ain't just any old smoothie maker. An MVP of both home and restaurant kitchens alike, this high-power blender can do everything from grinding spices into a fine dust to puréeing the most ethereally smooth soups to ever hit your bowl. And, yes, it can also make your kale smoothie.

⑥ EdgeStar 30 Bottle Wine Cooler ($569)

For the serious winos out there, this 30-bottle fridge is perfect for storing your collection of rosé—or $1 canned sparklers—at the ideal sipping temperature.

⑦ Cuisinart Elite Collection Food Processor ($250)

Sure, you can pretend to be a masochist who enjoys making piecrust or pesto by hand, but once this jack-of-all-trades enters your kitchen, it'll become a constant countertop fixture.

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