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.
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.
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.
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.
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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