Do you love cooking or baking? Then, you already know stores that sell cookware, kitchen supplies, and small appliances offer plenty of temptation. Juicers, crepe makers, egg poachers — the list goes on. (And we’re not even out of brunch yet.) You’ll find plenty of things that can take up space on your countertop. And each one promises to make a specific task effortless. But while every chef needs pots, pans, and versatile cooking utensils, many of those shiny kitchen appliances are actually a waste of your money.
Check out some of the appliances and kitchen gadgets you should think twice about before purchasing. Although these expensive appliances promise to do something novel, most will end up collecting dust on your countertop before you find a way to put them to use.
Food bloggers love the idea of the spiralizer. This gadget can turn veggies, such as zucchini, into spaghetti-shaped noodles (or “zoodles,” in the case of zucchini). The appliance appears on the kitchen counters of many gluten-free bloggers. But you’ll need to spend a lot of time cleaning the spiralizer after each use. And you can get the same effect with a simple vegetable peeler, which takes up little space in a drawer and can accomplish other tasks, as well.