8 Ridiculous Kitchen Gadgets I Definitely Don’t Need, but Absolutely Must Have

Yes, that includes a hands-free automatic pot stirrer.

January 21, 2019

Even though it seems every single person on the planet (yes, even me) is Marie Kondo-ing their life and tossing perfectly good clothes, books, and the like in trash bags to be carted off to donation centers, there is one type of thing I would happily cram into my newly cleansed cabinets any day of the week. I'm talking kitchen gadgets.

From the useful (potato ricer) to the, er, less practical (garlic press, avocado slicer, you name it), I am a consistent sucker for any type of tool cookware makers can dream up—and on Amazon, there are many, many dreamers.

While my kitchen (despite my Kondo cleanse) is still quite full of such trinkets and tools, there are sooo many others I'm tempted to drop in my cart. Here are just eight of the ridiculous kitchen gadgets I definitely don't need, but absolutely want to have (even if I only use them once).

1. Hands-Free Automatic Stirrer

While the lazy way is often not the best way to achieve, well, anything, I think I can make an exception for this hands-free automatic stirrer designed to fit pots and pans of all sizes. Though on the pricier side, I can just envision it stirring my favorite winter soup to bubbling perfection while I curl up on the couch and watch The Bachelor.

2. Instant 1-Button Electric Aeration and Decanter Wine Pourer

Speaking of lazy, I now find my life (and television viewing routine) totally incomplete without this do-it-all wine gadget. In the press of a button, it not aerates and decants my wine, but also pours it tap-style into my glass. Cheers to that!

Hands-Free Automatic Stirrer by Gourmia Photo by Amazon
1-Button Aeration & Decanter Wine Pourer by WAERATOR Photo by Amazon

3. Snap 'N Strain Strainer

When straining your pasta into a separate colander is just too much, you can use this snazzy Snap 'N Strain Strainer instead. Do I need it? Of course not. But it's so small and storage-friendly (it'll tuck right in to the corner of my cabinet perfectly) that I want it. Now.

4. Onion Holder for Slicing

Chopping an onion in slices is hard. Chopping an onion in perfect, even slices (without losing a finger) is even harder. This handy little onion holder (which is also great for tomatoes, potatoes, meat, and anything else your imagination will allow) makes that, and in turn, my culinary dreams, possible—without any phalangeal danger.

Snap 'N Strain Strainer by Kitchen Gizmo Photo by Amazon
Onion Holder for Slicing by Hulless Photo by Amazon

5. Handheld Spiralizer

Until recently, I considered spiralized vegetables just an attempt to fool me into thinking that zucchini (and the like) was pasta. But this tiny, compact, handheld (no clunky cranks here) spiralizer is luring me to eat more vegetables this year with its clever cuteness.

6. One-Click Stick Butter Cutter

I have been and will always be butter's number-one fan. As part of my memorabilia collection, I own a butter keeper, multiple butter knives, and a butter churner (because the best butter is homemade butter), but I'm thinking that this brilliant one-click stick butter cutter needs to join the party. After stumbling upon it, I can't imagine buttering my toast or pancakes any other way.

One-Click Stick Butter Cutter by Inventions for Market Photo by Amazon
Handheld Spiralized by OXO Good Grips Photo by Amazon

7. Dual Breakfast Sandwich Maker

No matter how hard I try, I am a hot mess in the morning (13 times hitting the snooze button? Oh yeah, that's me), meaning a proper breakfast is always a rushed afterthought. I think this all-in-one breakfast sandwich maker might solve all my problems (even ones that have nothing do with breakfast), since it takes care of every step in the process—minus cracking the eggs.

8. Stainless Steel Ravioli Mould

Do I make fresh pasta regularly? Or empanadas? Or dumplings? No, no, and no. But that's because I don't have this adorable ravioli/empanada/dumpling/any-doughy-pocket mould. And if I did ever decide to be that person who makes homemade ravioli for a fabulous dinner party, this would really, really help.

Dual Breakfast Sandwich Maker by Hamilton Beach Photo by Amazon
Stainless Steel Ravioli Mould by i Kito Photo by Amazon

What are some "useless" kitchen tools you absolutely can't live without? Tell us in the comments below!

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Sharon E. January 25, 2019
I have a small gadget that does nothing but cook eggs. Since I am constitutionally incapable of making hard boiled eggs that aren't over or under done, I consider it worth the less than $30.00 CAD I paid for it, thank you. I no longer get raw garlic, although I do have a keeper. I just don't use it often enough. But, I do have a jar of minced garlic in olive oil. While not a gadget, it is a necessity.
J January 21, 2019
Love the piece! Very witty, and SO TRUE! It's fun thinking of the things that I have discarded. For example, a very expensive W-S potato ricer that wouldn't rice potatoes--I got a lot more pleasure out of throwing it away than using it. And things that I should discard -- the full-sized plastic spiralizer now stored in a bedroom closet because it won't sit still and works only on zucchini-- but I WANT the expensive Kitchen Aid attachment although it probably also works only for zucchini. And the little thingie, even though it may not work at all. Finally, curse you -- I didn't even know that an automatic stirring thingie or a special ravioli mold existed, and now I want them!!! :)
rainbow G. January 25, 2019
I bought the really expensive KitchenAid attachment spiralizer and it was great on apples... The one time I've used it. It hasn't seen the light of day since!
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Erin A. January 25, 2019
Thank you, J!! I totally relate to everything you said. And that ravioli mold! It's too cute NOT to buy.
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Erin A. January 25, 2019
Story of my life rainbow G.!
witloof January 21, 2019
I own that OXO spiralizer, and it does not spark joy. Nor does it spiralize very well at all. I used it exactly once, was horrified at how it mangled the zucchini I was attempting to turn into a zoodle, and tossed it in the back of a drawer where my second string kitchen tools {pastry brush, offset spatula, cherry pitter, cookie scoop} reside. It will probably get Kondoed during spring cleaning.
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Erin A. January 25, 2019
This makes me very very sad.