Thumb through any housewares catalog or look at any cooking website and you'll see there are hundreds of kitchen appliances for almost every cooking task, but do you really need all of them? Many of us don't have the counter space for all those appliances (or the money to buy them) -- our kitchens are small enough as it is. We have appliances like a microwave, toaster or coffee maker because we use them almost every day. But some other appliances like a popcorn maker or bread machine don't get taken out that often. If you think about it, you really don't need them -- oftentimes you can do the job without them just as well, so why waste the money? See our list of unnecessary kitchen appliances in the slideshow below.
A regular stove-top kettle or even a cup filled with water and heated in the microwave is all you need to boil water.
If you've got a toaster and an oven, you really don't need a toaster oven. It takes up too much space in the kitchen, especially if you only use it sporadically.
Bread machines are great and all -- you just put in the ingredients and voila, bread. But you really have to think about how often you will actually use it before buying one. Plus it's not that hard to bake bread in the oven, have you seen the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/30/how-to-make-no-knead-bread_n_988314.html" target="_hplink">no-knead method</a>?
Yes, it's fun to watch popcorn pouring out of a popcorn machine, but you could go the old-fashioned route and just use a pot -- or as a last resort reach for microwave popcorn.
Electric Can Opener
Unless you need to open hundreds of cans all at once, you really don't need an electric can opener when a handheld one will do.
A pot full of oil and a thermometer are all you need to fry on the stove-top. A deep fryer takes up precious counter-top real estate.
If you already own a blender, a hand blender isn't necessary. But if you don't have the space for a full-size blender, a handheld one might be right up your alley -- but you wouldn't be able to make a smoothie with one since it doesn't have the power to grind ice.
If you've got a stove and a wok, you don't need an electric one.
Panini Grill Press
You can get great results with a grill pan -- you don't necessarily need a grill press to make panini or even grilled chicken.
People love rice cookers because you can just set it and forget it, but cooking rice in a pot is pretty much the same -- you might need to check it a few times, but that's about it. It's not hard to cook rice without a cooker.
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