5 Pricey Kitchen Gadgets That Are Totally Worth It

There’s a gadget for every thinkable kitchen task these days, and in my opinion most of them aren’t worth the money or the precious storage space they take up. However, there are a few kitchen accessories and appliances you will use time and time again that are worth every penny.


#1 Le Creuset or Staub Dutch Oven

image via Well Plated

This enameled cast iron classic is a kitchen workhorse that can be used on the stove top, in the oven, or even on your backyard grill. Even heat distribution and a non-stick surface make it perfect for making soups and stews, braised dishes, or even baking bread and cakes. These pots aren’t cheap but with proper care it will literally last you a lifetime.


#2 8” Wusthof Classic Cook’s Knife

image via Williams-Sonoma

Mundane kitchen tasks like chopping onions and mincing garlic feel effortless when you use a high-quality chef’s knife. The Wusthof 8” Classic Cook’s Knife is just the right size for most of your cutting needs; its high carbon, stainless steel blade holds a sharp edge for an impressively long time.


#3 ThermoWorks Thermapen Instant-Read Thermometer

image via King Arthur Flour

It may cost $96, but with this top of the line instant read thermometer you’ll never have to cut into your steak again to see if it’s done. The thin probe gives you an accurate reading in three seconds without poking a huge hole in the meat (and when precious juices to leak out). With this thermometer your steaks will be perfectly medium-rare every single time.


#4 KitchenAid Stand Mixer

photo by Stoffer Photography for The Everygirl

If you enjoy any kind of baking or making bread and dough from scratch, the KitchenAid stand mixer is an investment worth making.  With a flat beater, dough hook, and wire whisk, you’ll find yourself using it time and time again. It comes in a variety of sizes and beautiful colors so it looks great sitting on the kitchen counter.


#5 John Boos Cutting Board

image via Natasha’s Kitchen

These wood cutting boards are both durable and beautiful. The natural wood material reduces wear on your knives and if cared for properly will last a lifetime. They’re also a great cover-up for less than beautiful kitchen countertops!


  • Ellie

    I love this list and agree with it 100%! Most of the captions mentioned that “with proper care” they will last a lifetime. Would you be able to elaborate on what that proper care is?


    • Thanks, Ellie! Proper care is different for each item on the list. I recommend checking out the manufacturer’s websites for specific care instructions.

  • This is a great list – I completely agree with the wooden cutting board, it has outlasted every other one that I’ve had! And I must get that digital thermometer, especially for chicken!

    xx Jill

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    • So glad you liked it! It’s not always the case, but in these products you truly get what you pay for.

  • Erin Maleck

    I own everything but the thermometer! All great investments! I received them all from my wedding registry.

    • Brilliant! Get someone else to buy the expensive stuff for you. 🙂

  • Callie B

    We just purchased a Le Creuset dutch oven and I never imagined how much we’d actually use it! It gets put to use atleast once a week if not more. I think it’s every home cooks must have.

    • Agreed! Have you tried baking bread in it yet? It sounds hard, but it’s not and it tastes so good! Mark Bittman wrote a great Dutch oven bread recipe for the NY Times. Google the recipe and try it sometime!

  • Jennie these are all great! I’ve been eyeing a few Staub products and my kitchen aid has always been a lifesaver. I’m waiting patiently for my boyfriend and I to buy our home and then I’ll make some major kitchen product upgrades like these!

    • Thank you! I’ve heard great things about Staub – I just can’t speak to it personally because I own the Le Creuset.

  • anne

    This list is AWESOME!!! I have a few of these items and agree that they are totally worth it!! The one “lust” item is the staub or le creuset dutch oven – I can’t wait!!

    • Now you know what to put on your Christmas list 🙂

  • GeoDiva

    Add a Vita-Mix and you have my perfect list. Even my cheap husband remarked that my Le Creuset pot was worth the money. I also just installed a full butcherblock counter top from John Boos.

    • A full countertop from Boos? I am so jealous! I bet it’s beautiful. I’m sure Vita-Mix belongs on the list, but I don’t own one so I couldn’t speak to it personally. Everyone I know who has one loves theirs!

  • There’s no wedding on my horizon anytime soon, so I thought why wait until then to get these kitchen “must-haves.” I agree with almost every item on you list with the exception of the dutch oven. Lodge makes a great dutch oven for a fraction of the price. Even heat distribution and same great style.

    • Great attitude! Why wait? I’ve heard good things about Lodge products.

  • I want a kitchenaid mixer so bad! The only thing you guys are missing is a Vitamix 🙂 xo Lisa
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  • This is a really great list. I love the large cutting board and the mixer especially. Thank you!

  • hammyta

    i love le creuset items! totally worth the money and i love how they always have so many color choices to choose from. i added a le creuset bakeware set to my 2015 gift guide for moms because i enjoy them so much. thanks for posting! i’ll definitely keep my eyes out on the other products too