Next to electronics, kitchen gadgets will be the hottest items this holiday season.
As they were last year, Instant Pot is still a popular gift this holiday season. High-tech pressure cookers and low-tech slow cookers fit a need, and would be welcome in most kitchens this holiday season.
But there are some kitchen gadgets most people really don't need and don't make the best gifts, according to the money saving site Cheapism.com.
Gadgets that will get used once or twice
In a recent report entitled "50 kitchen gadgets that are a complete waste of money," Cheapism says most people use cute gadgets just once or twice before putting them away forever.
Among those items it claims most casual cooks really don't need:
- Panini maker
- Quesadilla maker
- Banana slicer
- Asparagus maker
- Pasta maker
- Omelet maker
- Butter bell
- Melon wedgers
- Garlic and onion peelers
Pizza gadgets everywhere
There's a whole cottage industry built around pizza cookware — even though most people only eat frozen or delivery pizza. Unless you own a restaurant, Cheapism says you probably don't need:
- A specific pizza toaster
- Pizza cutting shears
- Pizza grill attachments
Cheapism says the only pizza gadget you really need is a round cutting wheel, that sells for about $5.
My advice: When buying someone a kitchen gadget, have some idea of what they like, and what they like to cook.
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