With a whole industry dedicated to turning any simple kitchen appliance into a smart version, it can be hard to decide which appliances you actually need or have space for. From automatic egg scramblers to Wi-Fi-enabled smart cookers, if you’ve thought it, someone’s already made it. But do we really need to spend our hard-earned cash on all of these futuristic appliances?
Thanks to innovative advertising and the power of social media, more and more people think that they do. But the fact of the matter is these appliances are often gimmicky, expensive, and just end up collecting dust on your countertop.
Let’s take a look at our list of kitchen appliances you think you need, but really don’t!
The wellness and conscious eating culture have taken the world by storm in recent years. So, it’s no surprise that more and more people are trying to make their own versions of classic store-bought items. They’ve switched out greasy potato chips for dried fruit and veggie chips. Some people have even taken things a step further and have made their own, healthier version of beef jerky.
While dehydrating food is a great way to add some healthier options into your diet, it’s not the best kitchen appliance. For those who aren’t familiar, a food dehydrator is one big machine (even if you opt to buy the smallest version the market has to offer). You most likely won’t be using your food dehydrator every day or even every week for that matter. It’s definitely not worth your precious counter space, especially when you can use your own oven.
Homemade pasta not only tastes delicious, but it’s a fun activity for the whole family. Using an electric machine to make your pasta from scratch may be tempting, but chances are you’re not going to use this appliance as much as you think you will. Most people by an electric pasta machine with the hopes of becoming the next Gennaro Contaldo, but only end up making pasta once every blue moon.
If you are one of the few who dabbles in the art of pasta-making every so often and really hate rolling pasta dough by hand, then buy a hand-operated machine instead. These appliances are usually much lighter and cheaper than their electric counterpart. Regardless if you prefer a hand-operated machine or rolling by hand, the moral of the story remains the same: you don’t need an electric pasta machine.
No, we aren’t talking about refrigerators with built-in wine racks and state-of-the-art temperature settings. We’re talking about refrigerators with touch screens, a camera, and social media entertainment centers. You can upload pictures, sync your family’s calendars, and even change the temperature settings from your smartphone (because apparently, you need to change your fridge’s temperature settings all the time).
Many smart refrigerator companies’ biggest selling point is the option to see what’s inside your fridge, without opening it up. They claim that this feature saves people money every year on their electricity bill. But how much are you really saving? While leaving the door open while you look for something to eat does waste energy, you’re not actually going to save a significant amount by using a camera to see what’s inside.