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What appliances/ cooking vessels have you bought that were or weren’t worth the money?

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Deli slicer
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Most appliances ( anything that needs to be plugged in to use) I've bought are off of Kijiji or given to me so I don't feel bad about buying something if I don't use it I just resell it.

Use: actifry (purchased on Kijiji and most used after kettle), 3 piece hand & emulsion blender (only thing I was ever able to get from airmiles points), slow cooker (gifted), waffle maker (brand new off of Kijiji), kettle, food processor, Magic Bullet ( last three bought brand new), toaster oven, and of course microwave ( last two gifted).

Didn't use: dehydrator, juicer, coffee machine, meat grinder, espresso maker, popcorn popper, vacuum sealer (gifted) bread machine (though I am going to use it today),
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I am so bad for buying appliance and gadgets. As a result, people buy me more as gifts. I had to break my answer in categories. We also used to organize and host many large events. I also run large kids activities and and camps. So many of these things will be gone when the kids leave

Used Almost daily and replaced if died immediately
- convection toaster oven
- microwave
- coffee maker
- nutribullet Blender
- instant pot
- electric kettle
- rice cooker

Used not as frequently, but would still replace if died because when used, it is used heavy duty
- food processor
- kitchen aid stand mixer
- deep fryer
- sous vide stick
- cake Pop maker (don’t ask)
- hand stick blender
- waffle iron
- ice machine
- Large coffee carafe urn
- bread maker - almost gave it away but Covid had it out every day.
- roaster oven Its only pulled out three times a year when we have many people over for Easter, Thanksgiven and Xmas. It’s on the fence for not replacing as we are simplifying large meals.

Not used as much any but have come in handy. I may not replace them once dead or when kids leave
- Ronco rotisserie - I used to use it every week, now it takes up too much room
- raclette
- fondue pot
- hot pot with mini cooking stove
- chocolate fountain. Who doesn’t love one, we have two, we just haven’t had as many gatherings
- ice cream maker
-instant popsicle maker. Loved making frozen treats in 10 min when kids were little.
- electric griddles
- Phillips pasta maker
- meat slicer

No longer used because it’s been replaced with something else over time, or life style change
Slow cookers (my instant pot took it over)
George Forman grill
Regular blender.
Panini press
Food dehydrator
Electric knife

What was I (they) thinking
Slider machine
Margarita machine
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Jeez, some of you must have kitchens bigger than my house!
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Instant Pot
Air Fryer
Vitamix 500

No longer using slow cooker and rice cooker. Need to get new food processor to shred veggies.
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Instant Pot used a lot to make hummingbird food (every other day in winter), stock from poultry bones, stews and quick braising
Instant Pot sous vide - wish I could get more marked-down duck legs
T-fal Actifry - can use this a lot to make fries best of all, got it for free
Philips Air Fryer - use it less since i got the above for free but good for skinned chicken and sausages
M-W found on the side of the road
Kitchen Aid convection toaster oven - has its uses but I prefer the real oven. Cheap from a garage sale though I need to kick start the fan
Miele coffee maker - wife and I had 7 coffees today......


Kitchen Aid mixer - just don't bake so much
Vacuum sealer, too cheap to buy bags and lck of maked-down duck legs but handy when you need it. Sealed up my pancetta-to-be side pork on the weekend
Toaster, not so much these days but 1 is 30 years old and the other left by the previous owner
Cuisinart food processor - good when you need it
Blender - old Oster or Sunbeam, good when you need it else
Philips blender stick. One from late M-i-L, other found at a "freecycle" stand at a dump
Bron mandolines - not so much but handy when you need it.
Bialetti moka pots - replaced by Miele cofee maker otherwise used to be used 2-4x daily
electric fry pan - inherited from late M-i-L

Wife did buy me a combo panani/waffle iron. Pretty useless so it's long gone.
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Macx2mommy wrote: What was I (they) thinking
Slider machine
Margarita machine
What is a slider machine? A google image search didn't help much.
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Macx2mommy wrote: No longer used because it’s been replaced with something else over time, or life style change
Slow cookers (my instant pot took it over)
George Forman grill
Regular blender.
Panini press
Food dehydrator
Electric knife

What was I (they) thinking
Slider machine
Margarita machine
Why dont you use your electric knife? No longer eat roast meats?
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sn00ch wrote: What is a slider machine? A google image search didn't help much.
It was like a George Forman grill that had slots for shaping and cooking mini sliders burgers.

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badOne wrote: Why dont you use your electric knife? No longer eat roast meats?
I have a very nice knives. Once I was much better in the kitchen, I found the electric knives tends to ‘saw’ vs slice evenly. For the space, it took and it was pretty much only for my roasts, and really nice carving knife did the job better.
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Canoes4Fun wrote: I bought a Soda Stream and just don’t like the taste enough to use it.

My Air Fryer and Pressure Cooker were definitely worth buying.
My Soda Stream is the one thing I would not do without. I don't add flavours though. I just like my water fizzy.
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My absolute favorites are my Soda Stream and my Vitamix blender. Have used them daily for years. I try not to buy too many "gadgety" type things because I know they will get used a few times then collect dust/take up space.
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Instant Pot.
Immersion Blender (Don't remember the brand - all stainless - feels like it could crush gravel)
French Press (Bodum)
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What I absolutely like using:

- Breville Smart Oven - use it pretty much daily
- Anova Sous Vide stick + torch -- butane for delicate foods like cheese -- propane for heartier foods like meats
- my pots and pans - All Clad pans + Le Creuset dutch oven -- but for regular pot for boiling pasta or steaming, my Ikea 365 pot does the job
- microwave oven - just a simple everyday use item although I bought a Breville so it goes with my other Breville stuff
- Zojirushi rice cooker - everyday usage
- good set of kitchen knives - I settled on Wusthof classic
- pour-over coffee set -- gooseneck kettle + dripper & burr grinder

What I have that I like using, but not regularly

- de Buyer crepe pan - especially after I worked out a crepe recipe that I like
- regular waffle maker (not Belgium waffle) - again after I found a waffle recipe I liked
- cold press juicer - I love fresh juice, just not a fan of the work that goes into cutting the food into smaller pieces and to clean the unit afterwards
- BUNN single serve coffee machine (BUNN MCU) - it is obsolete now, but it is a BUNN, so the water temperature is perfect for coffee

Items I no longer use but did use regularly in the past

- ice cream maker - really used it for YEARS till I stopped eating that much ice cream -- it really isn't that healthy for you, especially when you only use cream eggs and sugar 8-)
- regular drip coffee maker

Items I have wasted money on through the years

- espresso / cappuccino maker
- Pannini press / grill press -- I bought the Breville Smart Grill, it is big so it has a lot of real estate for cooking steaks...but it takes up a lot of real estate on the counter and I found better ways to make steak

These are what comes to mind.
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Good.... anything that has more than one use. eg. I only honestly have those, and thats more than I need.
Kitchen electronic scale.
Instantpot.
Breville Smart Pro.
Kitchenair mixer with meat grinder and sausage stuffer attachments.
Vitamix.

Sodastream. For ppl that do not like it, ensure you use filtered water. I tried from my tap and it was gross.
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cRaZyRaVr wrote: Good.... anything that has more than one use. eg. I only honestly have those, and thats more than I need.
Kitchen electronic scale.
I was just thinking yesterday how useful my scale was. Besides food, also useful for weighing small packages I need to mail ha ha

I also like our Instant pot and Vitamix and my old cheap hand mixer which has lasted 20 years but still does the job. Toaster oven. We also use our waffle maker weekly. Bemix immersion blender

Things that weren't great: Yonanas (bought this based on a RFD thread but we only used a few times), mandolin (I'm nervous to use it after slicing my finger, lol) and a fondue pot that someone gave us for our wedding 18 yrs ago but I don't think we have used! I also had a bulky food processor that I didn't like and gave away. We also have a small bread maker that we don't use much anymore, though we did use it regularly when we got it.

Things that were good but have been replaced by other things: Rice cooker & crockpot (replaced by instant pot), regular blender (vitamix)
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^I love my kitchen scale! I've been converting to recipes for baked goods that are in weighed measurements...it's easier and more accurate than using the dry/wet measures. I switched to an Escali one because the old one would switch off after 30 seconds and that wasn't very useful.
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stack1 wrote: I was just thinking yesterday how useful my scale was. Besides food, also useful for weighing small packages I need to mail ha ha

I also like our Instant pot and Vitamix and my old cheap hand mixer which has lasted 20 years but still does the job. Toaster oven. We also use our waffle maker weekly. Bemix immersion blender

Things that weren't great: Yonanas (bought this based on a RFD thread but we only used a few times), mandolin (I'm nervous to use it after slicing my finger, lol) and a fondue pot that someone gave us for our wedding 18 yrs ago but I don't think we have used! I also had a bulky food processor that I didn't like and gave away. We also have a small bread maker that we don't use much anymore, though we did use it regularly when we got it.

Things that were good but have been replaced by other things: Rice cooker & crockpot (replaced by instant pot), regular blender (vitamix)
I also rarely use the mandolins - it's one of the most dangerous things in the kitchen IMO....you really should use the guard but ppl find it clunky and over time get lazy.

Breadmaker also not used anymore as I make bread by hand now.
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