(Closed) Stainless Steel Cookware, Dyson, Kitchen Aid Mixer-Are they all worth it?

posted 7 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
115 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I got a Kitchen-Aid mixer and it is seriously amazing. You don’t even really have to bake a lot. I bake once every few weeks and it really makes the process so much easier.

As for vacuums, we registered for a Shark at Bed Bath and Beyond because it’s what my mom has and it is so great. I’ve never had a Dyson so I cannot compare, but it makes our carpet feel brand new!

Post # 4
1074 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

You should get some decent, sturdy stainless steel pans. They’ll last a lifetime and can always be scoured clean and look as good as new. Just a few weeks ago, we made flank steak in our SS frying pan and burned the heck out of it. I scraped it all off and scoured it and it’s back to shiny and new! On the other hand you should also have one non-stick frying pan for things like eggs that ALWAYS stick. Don’t spend a ton of money on this since the non-stick coating will begin to wear off no matter what and you’ll have to replace it every few years. These are what we have, and we’ve been very happy with them. We have the stock pot, both sauce pots and the larger skillet. We also have less expensive kitchenaid non-stick skillets in two sizes. 

Calphalon Tri-Ply SS Cookware

I have a mixer but hardly use it. I’m just not much of a baker. Honestly, it’s been at my mom’s since before Christmas when we had a cookie-baking marathon. I haven’t missed it. 


Can’t comment on the Dyson, sorry! 

Hope that helps!! 

Post # 5
14661 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I dont cook a lot but I got stainless steel set.  Since I dont cook much I dont know the difference of is it better than non stick, but I just knew I didnt want to have to worry about scratching my pots if I want to use metal, or stick my fork in there, or cut something to see if it’s fully cooked.  I have a Dyson, and it does seem to pick up a lot more than the old vac… I actually did the vac test and vacuumed with teh old one then the Dyson.  The only problem is that the canister gets full REALLY fast.  I didnt get an animal (not sure if those have a bigger canister), but it looks full after just the master bedroom and I have to empty it before doing the downstairs rugs.  ( I have one lab mix pup)  And I dont bake, so no Kitchen aid for me, i cant speak to that.

Post # 5
2863 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

A good set of cookware is really an investment, absolutely register for it. I don’t have a stand mixer, but I love to bake and use my Mom’s a lot. If you don’t forsee yourself ever really baking then I wouldn’t bother with it. Although if you plan to have kids think ahead to then- making cookies together, cakes for class parties etc. For that alone it would be worth it I think. I have a Dyson and LOVE it. The worst that happens is no one gets you the items and the hey you can use your registry completion coupon! 🙂

Post # 5
5475 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I have had my Dyson for almost 4 years and I still love it.  We have 3 dogs, so for us, it is well worth the investment!

Post # 5
33 posts
  • Wedding: June 2013

I LOVE my Kitchen-Aid Mixer!  I don’t use it too often, but I think it is totally worth it.  

Post # 6
9029 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

we have a few stainless steel pans but I hate using them, we received martha stewart non stick pan set and I always use those as much as possible because they are so easy to cook with and easy to clean

Post # 7
1448 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

If you cook a lot you should put that stuff on the registry, as well as some mid-range and low-priced items.  Just because it’s there doesn’t necessarily mean you will get it, but you never know!  Some people might pool together to get the mixer or attachments for you, and you will probably get a lot of gift cards as well.

Post # 8
519 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I have cuisinart stainless pots and pans, and I love them! They are totally worth it to me, and I think they have to be just as nice as some of the more expensive stainless options like all-clad etc. Personally, I didn’t want anything but stainless because I’m not convinced that non-stick coatings are good for your heath. 

I also have a kitchen aid mixer that I love, but I would say it really depends on how much you bake. I probably use it once a week, and that’s worth it to me, but you can get a cheaper mixer or a hand mixer that would do the job just fine for a lot less money. 

Post # 10
7587 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

Ok so I have all 3 of these things.  I do bake quite often and cook 5 nights per week, so I use my mixer a ton. However, if you’re not a big cook or baker, then it may not be worth it. I use my mixer for making pastas, breads, desserts, etc.

The stainless steel pots…I have a set of Stainless steal and a set of non-stick Calphalon pans. I use the non-stick a lot more. Adjusting to stainless steal can be tough. Lots of things stick and you can burn food and the pans quite easily. Don’t get me wrong I love them for cooking lots of things, but it’s a big change.

Dyson…this is the best vacuum ever. It doesn’t take multiple passes to get up dog hair or dust and I’ve noticed that I actually have to dust the surfaces in my house a lot less. 

Based on the brief description of your needs, I would register for the Dyson 🙂

Post # 11
16196 posts
Honey Beekeeper

We registered for but didn’t receive the Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer and honestly, I don’t miss it so far. Maybe one day I’ll really wish I had one, but not yet. I use my Kitchen Aid hand mixer a lot though!

We got a regular old Bissell vacuum, and it’s working great for us so far.

And I, too, am clueless when it comes to stainless steel. 🙂

Post # 12
10287 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

We registered the dyson & kitchenaid and I don’t know what I did before having them. We, too, lived together for many years prior to marriage but we didn’t really have anything overly fancy when it came to kitchen and cleaning items. Most were either used or cheap to begin with.

Dyson: We have the animal ball vac and it’s seriously changed my life. Partly because now Darling Husband WANTS to vacuum but also because my carpets have never been so clean. Our cat sheds like crazy and that vacuum is a trooper!

Kitchenaid: To be honest, I wanted it just to have it but now that I’m using it more often, it’s like the best thing ever. I don’t do a ton of baking but it can be used for other purposes. Lately I’ve been using mine a lot to mix meat for meatballs/loaf. The days of doing that my hand and feeling greasy for hours afterward are over. I f’ing LOVE my Kitchenaid!

Cookware: I don’t have stainless. We registered for (and got) a really nice set of Calphalon non-stick. They blow the cheapy target set we used to use out of the water. I don’t know if it’s the cookware or what but since switching, everything tastes better. I imagine it’s the fact that everything is cooked evenly and no longer burns. I have used stainless in the past and I’m honestly not a fan. I like the way that my non-stick cooks much better but that’s just me. 

Post # 12
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I think stainless steel cookware is worth it.  We are probably buying new stuff this summer because non-stick is crap and everything sticks to it.

I have a kitchen aid mixer and I rarely use it.  Maybe if you already bake a lot it would be worth it but don’t get it expecting you will become Martha Stewart one day because it might not happen.

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