(Closed) BEST kitchen appliances, cutlery, cookware

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Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

Ahhh! AVOID AVOID AVOID greenpans. They’re sold at Target and BB&B i think… they profess to be super non-stick, but they have not held up at all in the year and a half i’ve had them 🙁 I had to get rid of some late last year, which was a bummer.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Ooooh I love these posts. I’d be curious to see what others have to say about this as well. I’ll share mine with you, but there are just my personal opinions:

1. Blender – Vitamix, hands down. They are kind of ugly and expensive though. Our standard cuisinart blender functions pretty well for the standard, mild fare.

2. Slow cooker – I’m still looking into this one. The one we registered recently got some mixed reviews…

3. Coffee maker (+ espresso?) – can’t help with espresso, but I can’t wait for our Breville Single Serve machine. It makes different quantities from one cup up and also makes tea!

4. Hand mixer – I love my 10 speed kitchenAid mixer. You almost don’t need a stand mixer, except that I bake a lot so I’m registering for a stand mixer too.

5. Food processors – Cuisinart by far. They just came out with a new version that has three bowls of different sizes so you don’t have to wash a bowl every time you change jobs. (its at williams-sonoma)

6. Toaster ovens – Breville convection over. It is like having a second over.

7. Cutlery – this is quite personal. You and your Fiance should go try them out at the store (have them let you test them actually cutting veggies, etc). There are a lot of good brands but a lot of it depends on what fits well in your hands.

8. Pots & pans – All Clad. We have the new stainless 5d 10-piece set. It is true love.

Hope that helps get you started!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Kitchenaid and Cuisinart are good brands to look for. For good pans try calphalon or one of the celebrity chef lines (Rachel Ray, Giada DeLaurentis, etc) even though theyre expensive you are registering so it should be okay! I just posted about Crate and Barrel registry events you should go on their website to see if they have one near you! Or just do research online and look at the consumer reports. For example, although Calphalon is a great brand for pots/pans many of them are not dishwasher safe and i HATE that. Personally, I dont understand the point of owning a dish that cannot be washed in the dishwasher. But others would rather have a really nice pan and handwash it. Its personal preference.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Personally, I think you have to go for the best! Here are my thoughts!

1. Blender – I have a Cuisinart Blender/Food Processor in one – seriously THE BEST! I’ve had other blenders and food processors, and this one is great! It’s called the Power Duet, and I love it! Less space, and it does everything! 

2. Slow cooker- I forget the name of mine – but its from Crate & Barrel and it’s electronically programmed – so you can set it and leave, and it will go to warm. It’s amazing!

3. Coffee maker (+ espresso?) – We have a Nespresso. It’s not coffee – but an espresso machine. And it’s great! The best part about it is that you can do a “long pour” so that the espresso is more like coffee.  And there is a separate milk frother.

4. Hand mixer – Kitchen Aid, Hands down.

5. Food processors – see above

6. Toaster ovens – don’t own one. Sorry.

7. Cutlery – Wusthof Classic. The best! Avoid Wusthof Gourment – yes, they are less expensive, but not as good.

8. Pots & pans – All Clad, stainless steel – all the way! The All Clad LTD set is great. Definitely go stainless steel. I was always a non-stick girl before, and once I started doing stainless steel I realized how much better they are. Better cooking, flavor, etc. And not harder to clean!

 

Good luck!

Post # 7
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Worker bee

Before you register for pots and pans I’d recommend going and holding on to them in person to see how they feel in your hand. I was going to register for All Clad due to the great reviews everywhere, but the handles are really weird and kind of hurt my hands. It’s like they are upside down or something. I preferred the Calphalon and registered for the Calphalon Contemporary Stainless Steel set.

I agree with larabee on the Cusinart Duet food processor/blender, I registered for that as well (although I think mine is Premier Duet) but it just makes sense for me since I won’t be doing crazy large amounts of food processing, and the fewer appliances in my cupboard, the better!

Post # 8
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Helper bee

My recommendations:

2. Slow cooker – All Clad from William Sonoma

3. Coffee maker (+ espresso?) – I got a 2-in-1 from Delongi 

4. Hand mixer – Kitchenaid!

7. Cutlery – Henkels or Wustof

8. Pots & pans – All Clad or Calphalon

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@ skobies – I’m glad I’m not the only one who doesn’t like the All Clad handles!  They are really awkwardly positioned and make my wrist hurt.  I registered for calphalon instead.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

Ooh, yay, cooking is one of my favorite things in the world. SO here are my recs: 

1. Blender – I loved our old Oster. It was wonderful and perfect, and my mom accidentally threw it out when my parents moved & I was storing things during a switch in apartments. I’m not sure I have forgiven her yet, haha, because the Black & Decker we bought in a pinch crapped out after, oh, four margaritas and two protein shakes. 

2. Slow cooker – I actually don’t have one because I don’t eat meat and have never had a need for a SC. 

3. Coffee maker (+ espresso?) – We have a Cuisinart coffee maker that is programmable, has a wonderful filter, and just makes nice, fresh coffee. I also really recommend getting a grinder or French press and using whole beans, as it makes for a much richer, fresher taste. 

4. Hand mixer – I’m a stand mixer girl all the way, just because I like to make fresh whipped cream and things that would make my hand cramp up otherwise. I have the Kitchen Aid Artisan and am in love. If it gave me a ring, I might marry it. 

5. Food processors – Cuisinart here, too. They’re by far the best bang for your buck. I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again – go for the bigger model. We are college students on a budget, so we bought the 7 cup and I rue the day. Maybe a bit dramatic, but I have almost killed it with a French tart shell crust and Julia’s Boca Negra Cake. Whoops. 

6. Toaster ovens – Don’t have one. City counter space just doesn’t allow for such luxuries. We already have to lift the super heavy stand mixer and the not-so-heavy food processor up from the cabinet every time we want to use them. 

7. Cutlery – Yes, this is an opinion matter, but also one where you need to do your homework. If you don’t get a set with a high carbon density, your knives won’t be any good! We bought a set of Paula Deen knives (once again, on a budget) but there are plenty of good knives out there. Remember to sharpen often and never ever stick them in the dishwasher. 

8. Pots & pans – All Clad is truly the ideal here. But once again, poor college students can’t afford All Clad (it’s going on the registry, believe you me) so Cuisinart’s Chef’s Classics are the next best thing. Once again, Cuisinart is great for quality on a budget.

And my own personal note:

if you’re registering for any bakeware (or just replacing it) ditch the nonstick! You’ll thank me later. 🙂  

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

First of all….welcome to the bee.

And my all time favortie kitchen appliance hands down…is my kitchenaid mixer….i love, love, love it!!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

Most of my answers are similar, but we registered for a calphalon stainless steel pot set. They do suggest that you handwash them to preserve the finish, but I handwash all of my nice baking pans already, so that wasn’t a deal breaker for me. The reason I choose the stainless steel over nonstick is so we can go from stove to oven.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@Lilyfaith – please elaborate on ditching nonstick bakware – I want to know more!!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

Yay! I love these posts.

1. Blender – We did the Cuisinart Powerblend Duet too. I like the idea of only having to clean a small food proc. when it’s just for the 2 of us.

2. Slow cooker – I’ve never used one so we didn’t register for it.

3. Coffee maker (+ espresso?) – I got the Cuisinart Stainless 12-cup. I’m kind of an instant girl so it’s mostly for when we have company over. I know a lot of people swear by the Kuerig but I don’t like that you have to keep buying refills, and what if something gets discontinued? I just stuck to the old-school drip. FI’s Aunt bought us a Bodum coffee press too and I’m in love with it. It’s too big for daily use but it makes uh-mazing coffee.

4. Hand mixer – stand mixer all the way. I’m so psyched for it!! It’s the 1st thing that went on our registry. I got the old-school Kitchen Aid 5quart. They’re the best. My mom’s had the same one since 1963.  I can’t imagine doing Christmas cookies without it. If you do get a stand mixer, don’t forget to get an extra bowl too.

5. Food processors – we got the duet, but I also got a Kitchen Aid 12cup for bigger stuff or parties/holidays.

6. Toaster ovens – I never use the microwave but the toaster oven? Everyday. We got the Black & Decker 6-slice. It’s got a non-stick interior so it’s easy to clean and can also be used as a convection oven.

7. Cutlery – Wusthof & Henckels are the best but they’re really $$$. Personally, I think 2 good Chef’s knives are all you really need… and maybe a steak knife for each place setting if you’re big meat eaters.

8. Pots & pans – I actually did some research on this and believe it or not Costco’s Kirkland Signature is one of the best according to Consumer Reports.  It’s copper bottomed and really high quality. I don’t think they make Revereware anymore but if you see it in a 2nd-hand store – grab it! We also put some Le Creuset pieces on the registry too, cuz I’m obsessed.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

Whoops, forgot: 

@ PomPom – the Teflon on non-stick pans are supposedly pretty toxic. When the pan is heated the teflon releases carcinogens and other metals and gasses leak into your food. I dunno if that’s true, but there’s a lot of research out there about it.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

the vitamix is the blender to get. once you have used one, it kind of ruins other blenders. I grind wheat and powder sugar in mine, as well as make smooth margaritas in about 30 seconds. 

cutlery, ask if you can try shun, especially if they have the ken onion set. you will notice them in Kithchen Stadium if you watch closely. the blades are harder than henkels and wustoff (and the other awesome german forged knives) and mixing and matching one of these in is a good bet. I used to work at a kitchen store and I got lots of samples and I have to say these are my fave. Also check out kyocera ceramic blades, they are on a different level of sharp!!!

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