The retro 3-in-1 Breakfast Station and the joy/pain of single-use kitchen appliances #Food#appliances#breakfast#kitchens#retro/vintage January 25 | Ariel Meadow Stallings offbeatariel When I saw this uber-adorable, super retro-styled 3-in-1 Breakfast Station my heart simultaneously leapt with joy and sank with bitter grumbles. SO ADORABLE! A STATION! FOR YOUR BREAKFAST! — but really, who needs another single-use kitchen appliance, even when it's a retrotastic 3-in-1 station? I mean yes: the robin's egg blue-ness just screams "Barbie's Dream Kitchen" all grown up, but I had a thing like this a few years ago — although it wasn't as cute, the Back to Basics TEM500 Egg-and-Muffin 2-Slice Toaster and Egg Poacher was a pretty magical little device. I loved that fucking thing: it toasted my english muffins AND poached my eggs simultaneously, so I could have this awesome perfect little breakfast sandwich done as I was braiding my hair before heading out the door to my dayjorb. But when my magic mcmuffin maker died after a couple years, I just couldn't justify replacing it. It just felt silly to take up counter space with this appliance that really did ONE THING really well: make egg mcmuffins. I mean, it made regular toast too, but we already had a toaster oven that could handle a much wider range of bread products…so how could I justify having a silly single-use toaster? Then again, it wasn't as cute as the 3-in-1 breakfast station… Anyway, all this pining over appliances brings me to my question: which single-use appliances do you have and love? When does it feel worth it, and when does it feel like a gimmick? Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Ariel Meadow Stallings Author of Offbeat Bride: Creative Alternatives for Independent Brides, Ariel acts as the publisher of all the Offbeat Empire websites. She lives, loves, and dorks out hard in Seattle, WA. @offbeatariel @offbeatbride PREVIOUS How to go from an apartment set up to a functional furnished house NEXT How to build a Japanese-style heated floor desk Toggle comments [ 77 ] I have an electric lefse grill that I only use for making lefse once a year. I love it, and will not part with it even though we live in a smallish condo. 3 agree Reply Those things are such a pain in the butt to clean and store, but SO worth it. I love setting up 5-6 of them at the Sons of Norway and cooking buttloads of lefse! Same with krumkake grills. Those types of things are worth it. 2 agree Reply Mine is pretty easy to clean (I think it has some kind of coating) and I still have the original shipping box, so it has a nice place in my pan cupboard. It was the first thing I put away when I moved in. ha! It would be so great to have lots of people to make it with! The lady who taught me said that in Norway, they think its cute and quaint that she would actually spend her time doing this. It's fun once you get going! 2 agree Reply I have two aebleskiver pans, they are also a pain to clean. I hate to admit it but I am always tempted to buy more of them when I see them at an antique store. I could have up to 4 batches going at once! 3 agree Reply Our lefse griddle is the best single use item ever. That, and the lefse stick. Holidays can't be holidays without lefse. 1 agrees Reply Our house feels like appliance central some days. Some get used frequently, some rarely I love: * our theatre-style popcorn maker. It's cute and makes yummy popcorn. I don't care that it takes up way more space than an air popper. * our Soda Stream (not technically an appliance, but it gets used all the time). Hubby can cut down on sugar, cut down on recycling and we can have whatever pop we want (assuming we have the syrup). * our Keurig. Christmas gift this year and I may only make hot chocolate with it really, but I still love it. 2 agree Reply We're pretty good about keeping only things we use (and then using those items), but I am stuck with a waffle iron that I don't use too often. It was a gift from my mother-in-law, and while it's a great idea, I haven't mastered it yet. Maybe time to dig it out this weekend and freeze some waffles! Also, my husband really wanted to get me a K-cup machine for Christmas this year. It was a sweet sentiment, but I appreciated him running this by me first because I think they're wasteful and take up space. He compromised and got me a Bodum teapot instead 2 agree Reply Our waffle iron gets used all the time! It took a bit of fiddling, but now we've got it down. I use this recipe: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/waffles-i/detail.aspx and then cook my waffles for 4m15s on my iron's "high" setting. We always get exactly 6 waffles out of it, 2 for breakfast, 4 for freezing. Play around with your set up a bit, it's worth it 2 agree Reply Also, a waffle iron doesn't have to be a one-use item. There are some pretty awesome alternate uses over on http://www.waffleizer.com. I use mine as a panini grill sometimes… 1 agrees Reply In regard to the K-Cup maker… I originally hated the idea of having one in our house too. But when the SigO's Mom sent him one for Christmas, what was I gonna say/do? Well, we're both avid coffee drinkers, so at least it gets used… But then we found one of the reusable k-cups that you put your coffee in, and I'm SO much happier! No more filters, no more 'Oops, I left the pot on!', none of that! I love it now… Now, if you want to talk useless, we can talk about the k-cup drawer we bought before we found the reusable cup! haha! 1 agrees Reply My boyfriend has been splurging on all sorts of 1-use devices. I don't love them as much as he does, but he's over the moon. He has the Mypressi Twist Handheld Espresso Maker, which makes the most adorable little cups of espresso. (Of course, he had to buy adorable little espresso cups to go with it.) He just got the Bodum Water Kettle in vivid effing orange, which he adores because it allows him to make espresso in the bedroom, in the nude. I'm so much more into multi-use stuff. I inherited this crazy Oster blender/mixer/food processor station from my mother that I hope lives forever. Thing has parts that swap out to make it do ANYTHING. 1 agrees Reply Oh I am trying to find a replacement gasket for our Braun stand mixer/blender! My partner got it from his parents. The blender is awesome! And the mixing bowl turns, instead of the blade swooshing around the bowl. It's great. 1 agrees Reply Yay for keeping alive appliances that should've bit it years ago! Their website doesn't list replacement gaskets, but you might have luck in emailing them. Sometimes they can't/won't help you, but occasionally, they offer some good leads! Braun Email Form 1 agrees Reply Gimmick or not, this kind of thing just makes me happy! I'd take one in yellow NAO! 2 agree Reply I love our Soda Stream too. Technically a one use machine, true, but I drink soda water every day. Not soda with the syrup, just plain fizzy water. I hate plain tap water. Honestly, I'd give up both my Kitchen Aid stand mixer and my Cuisinart food processor before I'd give up the Soda Stream. 2 agree Reply I think as long as you use it, any single-use appliance can be worth it. We have a BreadMan Ultra Bread Machine that I got for $8 at a church bazaar and I use that thing all the time – we never buy bread anymore. I just made a commitment to make it instead of buying it, and the bread machine does a great job without me having to knead or do anything except dump ingredients in and turn it on. We also have a rice cooker/veggie steamer that gets pretty regular use. It's easy and electric so it keeps the stove burners free for other parts of the meal (vital if I'm cooking for a large-ish dinner party). I feel that appliances become gimmicky if it's something you won't use on a semi-regular basis (which I define for myself as once a month at least). For instance, my cousin own TWO hard ice cream makers and one soft-serve ice cream maker and only uses the hard ice cream ones on Thanksgiving. He only bought the second one because one year he wanted to make two flavors, but forgot to plan ahead and make them one at a time. The soft serve got used once, to my knowledge. In cases like that, just buy the damn ice cream from a store. If you're gonna have a single-use appliance, make sure before you buy it that you A) have a place to store it and B) can realistically picture yourself using it a lot. 2 agree Reply While I try not to clog up our kitchen with too many single-use appliances, here are my favorites (and any alternative uses): 1) Bread machine. It's huge, but sooo worth it; we haven't bought a loaf of bread since we got it last year. It also has a jam setting, and we used it to make all 70ish jars of jam for our wedding guests last year. I also love the dough setting when I'm not making a regular loaf (like pizza dough, bagels, artisan bread, bread sticks, etc.) as we keep the house quite cold in winter and it's nearly impossible to get dough to rise otherwise. 2) Waffle iron. It's the real-deal old-fashioned kind that's all cast-iron to be used on a stove top. I love that I don't have to worry about killing anything electronic if I dare to wash it, and we can take it camping with us and use it over a campfire, or just on the grill at home. I've only used it for waffles so far, but hope to try using it as a panini press and hash brown pattie maker eventually, too. 3) Glass tea kettle. It just boils water (nothing our regular pots or coffee maker can't do), but it's so pretty compared to the steel ones my mother always had. Maybe someday I'll splurge on some blooming tea and make an extra pretty pot for guests, but for now I'm happy with its single-use-ness. 4) Electric wine bottle opener. We really use this thing more than we should…but all it does is yank corks out of wine bottles. It takes up about the same space as our old corkscrew since we can stand it upright in a cupboard, and now I can open bottles myself with success (except anything bubbly- hubby still has to open those.) My husband thinks it's a bit gimmicky; I love it and would replace it in a heartbeat. 1 agrees Reply Okay. My husband's aunt and uncle got us an electric wine opener for Christmas and it is the most amazing appliance I've ever used. SO FAST. Plus: un-loseable. 1 agrees Reply 1) coffee maker. my wife (who doesn't drink coffee) made me get a percolator with a "delay brew" setting because, let's be honest, my coffee access affects her more than me. doesn't taste as good, but there's coffee when i get up (if i remember to set it up). 2) sodastream. love. lovelovelove. love. and as a bonus, we drink a lot less sugary, caffeinated soda and a lot more fizzy concoctions with juice and tea (and alcohol). 3) toaster. i'm ambivalent. it's too small to toast good quality bread, but larger toasters are enormous space-sinks and expensive. and we just got rid of the lovely cast-iron stovetop waffle maker. took up too much space for very little use. but, um, that thing is adorable. and could replace the toaster and coffee maker, so i bet it would be a near-wash on counter space… 1 agrees Reply My grandma had some book about "Cooking in a Coffee Maker". Sounds impractical overall, but it could make a coffeemaker a multi-use item… See also http://coffeepotcooking.wordpress.com/ 1 agrees Reply Thanks for the mention. Obviously my coffeepot is my favorite single use appliance but I have never made coffee in it, I only use it to cook food. Since I do occasionally drink coffee when out, maybe I'll give making coffee a try. My other favorite single use appliance is my Oster Fondue Pot which has excellent temperature controll and is easy to clean. No, I have not ever made fondue but it is perfect for cooking meals for one and I have unused it for everything from Sous Vide to Beef Bourguignon. http://coffeepotcooking.wordpress.com/2010/07/02/lamb-sous-vide-%e2%80%93-la-quinta-motel/ http://coffeepotcooking.wordpress.com/2011/01/07/beef-bourguignon/ 1 agrees Reply I've solved your problems with toasters: look up "toaster oven." I can't imagine life without it. 2 agree Reply Agree. My mom swears by hers and I swear by mine. Especially since I have a toaster oven/broiler, which is simply magical depending on what you need it to do (and not needing to heat up my small apartment kitchen in the summer when I want to make sausages is amazing). 1 agrees Reply I think i have a toaster oven from the early 80s, the thing is a beast but I will never use a slotted toaster again. Growning up my Grandma has both, but the oven got used the most. Hard to lose a english muffin or a poptart in the cracks on that one. 1 agrees Reply Can't live without my coffeemaker, although it could also make hot water if I ever wanted it to. I use my wafflemaker about once a month, but that's more because I make big batches and throw the extras in the freezer. And because I can't make pancakes. Not for lack of trying… We have a griddle because my husband likes to use it for pancakes. I don't ever use it, but I can't complain too much, because my pancake talent = 0. Oh, and I've heard you can put cookie dough in a waffle maker and make waffle cookies in like a minute and a half, but I have yet to try that. But that makes it multi-functional. 2 agree Reply WHAT. WAFFLE COOKIES! I will report back. Also, you can make panini/grilled sandwiches in waffle irons. 2 agree Reply You can also use cake mix in your waffle maker. My mom used to do this for us as kids when she didn't want to heat up the house with the oven. She'd mix up a cake mix, and then let us put it into the waffle iron. I made some for my husband before we got married, and I swear I thought he was going to go crazy over them. Now he is always asking when we are going to have waffle cake instead of regular oven cake. 2 agree Reply I have never tried it, YET, but here's the instructions for how to make cookies in the waffle iron. I really have to try it soon! Let us know if you do and how it comes out http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/oatmeal-chocolate-chip-waffle.aspx 1 agrees Reply Brownies made in the waffle maker rock. All crust!!!! Love them. Unforunately, they disappear very quickly with the munchkins help. 2 agree Reply I think our only single-use appliance is the espresso machine, and even that's debatable because we use it for steaming milk in hot chocolate too. Considering how often we use that machine, it's not all that bad. Other than that, we're fans of multi-use items. So much so that we don't even have a toaster or a microwave because we just use the oven. 1 agrees Reply waffle iron. i got one for my 15th birthday (because apparently my parents couldn't think of anything else?) and it's been a delicious-but-cumbersome addition to all of my apartments…takes up a lot of space, and is a TOTAL pain to clean…but hey, waffles! =) 1 agrees Reply I really HATE single use items- especially electric ones. I could write a dissertation railing against quesadilla makers, hot coco machines, yogurt makers and the like. Its fine if that's your thing, but in my opinion these machines co-opt your innate creativity by limiting us to one method or approach. My guiding rules are: – if you cannot make it without one (waffle iron), fine – if you use it so frequently that its a major time saver (garlic press) go for it Otherwise, I seriously avoid anything with only one purpose. Its fun to get creative with the items you do have to figure out how to accomplish a task. 1 agrees Reply My uncle actually just got me a mini pie maker for Christmas – he knows I love baking (although cupcakes are usually my thang) and thought I'd love it. I do – but it's been interesting trying to figure out what to do with it – I've used it to make mini cupcakes so far and have heard it's great for doing empanadas and pot pies in addition to dessert-y pies. I've also been wondering if I could use it to make baked falafel. Hmmm. It's fun to think of what to do with it. I guess my point is – I generally avoid getting one use type kitchen appliances as well, but if it's something you can adapt to do other things as well as its intended use, it could be worth it! 1 agrees Reply Makes pasties! Like a British pot pie, but not as gravy-full. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/cornish-pasty/ 1 agrees Reply I've had a little pie-maker for years, my only problem is that mine only makes 2 pies… My mum got it for me for i think my 17th birthday, cuz, like someone said above, she couldn't think of anything else? I've used it to make all manner of pies out of left-overs… puff-pastry + anything = awesome alternative to boring sandwiches… i've put cooked bacon pieces and cheese and a whole egg in puff-pastry for breakfast on the run… mini quiches, cupcakes, sweet muffins, yorkshire puddings…. i put anything in that thing… i suppose you could even do stuffed dumplings in it…. 2 agree Reply Oh, I love a lot of small kitchen appliances. I try to be pragmatic about acquiring them, though. Most have a few useful functions: my toaster, rice cooker, crock pot, toaster oven, Magic Bullet, etc. My greatest only-does-one-thing indulgence is my popcorn air popper. Oh how I love popcorn! I use it at least once or twice a week, so it's so worth it. 2 agree Reply Ditto on the air popper. I have intimate dreams about my Stir Crazy. 1 agrees Reply I wish we had some multifunctional kitchen appliances, but other than the microwave, they're all one purpose. We have a toaster oven from when my roommate and I lived in the apartment complex owned by our college and only had a stove-top. Now that we have an actual oven, I'm still baffled as to why we still keep the toaster oven. Then we have two coffee makers, a single serving one that my roommate has had forever and the standard coffee pot my fiance just brought back from his parents house. The latter of which is never really used and just takes up more space. Not being a coffee drinker myself but the one most often using the kitchen, I feel so cramped in there. Still, if I had one wish, it would be that we could somehow combine all the game systems so they weren't so cluttered. Even if we bought an entertainment system, I still would feel overwhelmed. Reply So much yes to the games systems! We have a SNES, N64, Wii, Dreamcast, Xbox AND Xbox 360 under our TV and it just looks crazy. I've got my eye on one of those customisable Ikea entertainment systems, but I worry if I get one and we move again it won't fit. Reply I'm a student and the first thing I knew I had to take when I was moving out was the toaster. It's an ugly old thing that is so old, that my father had it when he went to uni, but it makes the best toasts. My roommate hates it. Reply aaaaahhhh my stick blender with food processor/whisk attachment. i am a soup making MACHINE with this thing. plus, to not have to spend another $100 on a food processor is amazing. Reply This OMG. The stick blender is the most amazing thing in the world for a single woman — I can stash it anywhere and make everything with it! My dinner routine has gotten so much more awesome since I bought a good one. 1 agrees Reply Ha. For the longest time I thought a Magic Bullet was a vibrator. I can totally see why all single women should have one! Reply OMIGOD yes! I had never heard of it before but then I got one for Christmas…. WHERE HAS THIS BEEN ALL MY LIFE?! Although mine has attachments to swap out (a whisk and a mini food processor) so I guess it's multi-functional. I love it!! Reply 1. Slushie maker. It's a glorified Magic Bullet but the cup has the measurement markings for syrup, liquid, and ice so I don't fuck it up. Slushie/slurpees have been a pregnancy craving of mine so I LOVE my slushie maker. Oh yeah, maybe will like slushie too. 2. Mini donut maker – essentially a waffle iron that makes mini donuts. I LOVE donuts, but am usually too lazy, poor, or not wanting to clog my arteries to get them all the time. If I have milk in the fridge, I usually can whip up a batch on Sunday mornings. Reply I think we only really have 3: 1. Toaster. Yes there are multiple things you can do with a toaster but we only ever use it to make bread hot and crispy. But I love toast so I don't think I could ever go without it. 2. Sandwich toaster. This one makes bread hot and crispy with stuff in the middle! Again something we randomly have cravings for, especially when our house insists on being freezing cold. Plus it was free (yay freecycyle!) and is small enough to fit in a draw when not in use. Only downside is it's a pain to clean. 3. Smoothie maker. It's basically a high-powered blender with a tap on the bottom, but it's awesome. We originally got it because my husband is allergic to fake strawberry flavouring, but loves strawberry milkshake so we originally got it for that but love making smoothies with it as well. I was highly skeptical of the blender and food processor attachments that came with our Kenwood Chef mixer; the blender because I thought the smoothie maker (which we had already) did the same thing and the food processor because I'd never had one before and didn't know what you did with it. At the time I thought all 3 were basically the same and pretty much one-use items. But then we got a Thai cook book, and you pretty much can't make anything in there without a blender and a food processor, and once I got the idea I've been using them for other stuff too. I suppose technically the electric kettle is one-use as well, it can only boil water and we could do that on the hob, but it's much faster this way and gets used all the time. Reply our rice maker is single-use, not pretty and takes up a fair amount of space for our tiny kitchen, but i love rice and i always screw it up when i cook it on the stove (don't judge me). Plus, it makes PERFECT rice every time. and if i'm feeling really lazy, it'll even steam my veggies as its cooking my rice and then i have a complete meal that takes zero effort. i'll never give it up. 1 agrees Reply Rice cookers are totally worth it just for cooking rice, but I also use my rice cooker to make lentils, quinoa, etc. (especially if I'm blending them with rice). Mix in canned/cooked beans, veggies, broth/bullion/seasonings and boom! dinner. 1 agrees Reply when we first got a rice cooker, i was worried it would be too single-use and not worth it. i was SO wrong! we actually use it much more as a steamer than as a rice cooker (though we still do that from time to time) and it's definitely one of our most used appliances. Reply I have a set of those magic-bullet like cups-attached-to-blender thingies. I only use them to make smoothies. I am the only one who drinks/eats (do you eat or drink?) smoothies. I don't care… like the egg mcmuffin, it gets me out the door with homemade, healthy food in a hurry when I might normally rush out and then have to stop for something greasy or sugary. Totally worth it. If it ever breaks I will be at the store *that same day* getting another one. 1 agrees Reply I have a waffle make I use to use all the time to make kids waffles. It was lost for 5yrs and I recently found it but have yet to clean it so I can use it again. I have a thing for novilty gadgets. I have circus/carnivl style popcorn maker, cotton candy maker I got for Christmas, I want a hotdog maker, and I want a slushy maker. The one item that I could not live without is my snowcone maker. I have at least 4 snowcone makers. They range from children's to adut supervision to adults use only. I have at least 2 hand crank, 1 electric but ice is pushed down by hand, and my favorite the leave and go. My best snowcone maker (has carnival look) just requires placing ice inside and turning the lid. No effert on my part. I love it!!! I make snowcones with syrup, with juice, with lemon juice, with soda, alcoholic, etc. I plan to even make a margarita this weekend by adding to the ice a mix/syrup, adding alcohol, and adding strawberries. I even sometimes put some of the plain snow in my dog's water dish. He loves to eat snow so I thought, "why not?". I also love my toaster but it has settings for bagels and waffles so it's not single use. Plus I make grilled cheese sandwiches for packed lunces with it by making toast and putting a cheese spread on it. It tastes great at lunch time. Reply A blog I follow posts a "unitasker" item every wednesday – mostly to make fun of how it's just cluttering up your home when you have ample items that can serve the same purposed http://unclutterer.com/category/unitasker-wednesday/ But yeah. Not gonna lie, the 3-in-1 is damn cute and I want it. good thing we do not have the counter space! Reply Jesusballsacks. If that thing also ground coffee beans I would buy the living shit out of that thing. 3 agree Reply I got an electric wok for Christmas. It is the best present since the piccolo when I was 13. It's huge and takes up most of the space on top of the fridge, but I stir-fry or make curry at least once a week, and nothing burns anymore like with my crappy old wok! Also: my rice cooker! It's a family sized one, so too big for just my husband and me. The one we had when we lived in Japan was fabulous – just the right size, with all sorts of options that I never used because I couldn't be bothered to read the instructions, but it was nice to know that if I wanted to set my rice cooker to have rice ready when I got up in the morning, I COULD. My splurge when we moved back Stateside was a super-duper electric kettle. It has about six different buttons to get water to the correct temperature for all varieties of tea: white, green, oolong, herbal, black, and French press coffee. And it keeps the water at the correct temperature for half an hour after it boils. My husband and I each drink about six cups of tea a day when we're home, and when I'm making tea at my mom's house I miss my kettle. Reply Unitasker is hilarious! I think our only indulgence is a magic bullet, but it's not really a one-use item. We make smoothies every day in the summer, and soup in the winter. I also used it to put up a bunch of homemade pesto and chopped garlic last fall. We also have a coffee grinder so I suppose we could chuck that and just use the magic bullet. OH, we also have two banaguards, but I will defend them to the grave Arriving at school/work with an intact banana is so worth the strange looks I get. Reply I love my yogurt maker. It takes me less than two minutes to mix the milk and starter then pour into the cute little glass jars. I do this at night and by the next morning I have yogurt. Yes, there are other ways to do this but this method it so easy that I never hesitate to do it. I haven't bought yogurt for several years now. 2 agree Reply We got rid of our coffee maker a few years ago after the carafe broke. Got one of those non-mechanical, perk-type drip thingers that sits on a single cup, and it works perfectly. It's the best, and only takes up as much space as a coffee cup. I already mentioned our lefse griddle. We also have this toaster + toaster oven. It seems redundant, but it takes up a lot less space than both, and we make a lot of toast. Reply I've got a coffeemaker and an egg cooker, both of which spend most of their time in the closet. We've got a water cooker out all the time because we love tea, and the toaster is on top of the microwave. That's about it. (We do not really need the toaster, the BF just loves to have it out. Guys…) Reply I have a waffle iron, LOVE IT. (Also, waffle iron cookies? Totally awesome.) The least-used appliance in our place? Toaster, hands down. Reply I thought that an ice cream maker was kind of a frivolous purchase, but I knew my hubby really wanted one, so when a nice one when on sale on Amazon, I scooped it up. Now I am the obsessed one. I use it to experiment with crazy flavors (I recently made brown-sugar bacon ice cream with cinnamon whiskey – YEAH YOU HEARD RIGHT), make sorbet for my husband, and even plain frozen yogurt (sour and really yummy!) for my baby. It takes up a lot of space, and is totally unnecessary. I love it. 1 agrees Reply Holy bajeezus, that sounds disgustingly wonderful and I want a bowl right now! Reply My rice cooker is just great, and I can bake bread and make yogurts in it too! So it's a single-multiple use appliance I am definitely glad I have. We received as a Christmas gift a grilled-cheese iron (think waffle iron, but for grilled cheese) we use at least once a week. Needless that since we have it, our grilled cheese consumption has sky-rocketed And my partner loves his ice cube making machine. Who doesn't love a good ice cube making machine in the summer ? (people who can wait till the ice cubes freeze in the freezer… but my partner is no man to wait!). Reply We don't have one at our house, but the air popper is in CONSTANT use at my parents' house. Air popped pocorn is almost an evening ritual over there, and so much less expensive than microwave pocorn. Plus, the microwave kind always seems to lead to nasty farts for just about everyone,yuck. I wish we had a waffle maker. It seems like something we would actually use, and would be a nice change from our usual weekend pancakes. Reply My former housemate had a hot dog maker (!!) a deep fryer, an ice-cream maker and a popcorn machine. All that stuff cluttering up the bench, used to drive me nuts! Reply burr coffee grinder – used every day – we don't buy preground coffee anymore because the future husband is a bit of a coffee snob. We also have an Aeropress for stuch snobbishness, best appliance purchases we've made as a couple. 1 agrees Reply My toaster is single-use, and frankly so is the microwave. Microwave gets used for melting butter for popcorn that I make on the stove, which I have since discovered I can do otherwise (put butter in metal bowl that I'm using for popcorn anyway; place bowl next to popcorn pot; when popcorn is done, butter is half melted, then put bowl on burner; when butter melts, dump popcorn from pot to bowl and voila, one less dish made and microwave is pointless). But my roommates use the microwave so I can't get rid of it. Toaster was purchased specifically because it has a bagel button, i.e. it only toasts one side when that button is pushed? yeah right. It's a "burn the crap on both sides even if you have it set to 1" button. Also, 3.5 is "untoasted," 4 is "perfect," 4.25 is "burned to a charred hunk of what-was-that?" even without the bagel button. So, single use. Reply Oh, I almost forgot my french press coffee pot! Definitely single use but it's a compromise from having the electric drip pot on the counter all the time. At least it's half the space and fits in a cupboard. Reply http://www.productreview.com.au/p/breville-professional-800-collection.html THIS. I bought it on a whim when I was all of 18 … and it was the best damn NZ$500 I ever spent. 7 years later and that little baby is still going strong. And saves me a small fortune on coffee every day … Reply I feel the same way about an electric egg cooker. My Mom had one when I was a kid, but it died years ago, and she never replaced it because she didn't make soft boiled eggs often enough to justify it. Now I see them and think how lovely it would be to have all the guesswork taken out of soft-boiled eggs, but again, can't justify the money and cupboard space. Reply one word: Teasmade. Reply omg, I think you just changed my life. Reply my number one single-use fave is the quesadilla maker. ours actually broke recently and we are fully planning to replace it. delicious toasty quesadillas that cook up super quick and easy? yeah, that's worth it. Reply I have a Tassimo that was a wedding present from our housemate. I suppose technically it's a multi-purpose device as it does make a variety of hot drinks- but then so does my kettle that can also boil water for whatever nefarious purpose I need it for. In fact, my Tassimo is not as versatile as the kettle, as the only drinks I really like from it are the Milka hot chocolate (nom nom nom), machiatto and caramel machiatto. That being said, it's sooo pretty and what it does make it makes well, so I can't imagine my kitchen without it! 1 agrees Reply I do love the retro look of the breakfast maker. It must be the great-grandchild of this appliance from 1915 that I'd seen on Shorpy- http://www.shorpy.com/node/3844 We've tried not to have too many one-use kitchen gadgets, but our best ones are our rice maker & coffeepots (a big drip-style & a smaller cup capacity french press). We drink a lot of coffee, and I usually make some sort of stir-fry dish once a week, so the rice maker is so easy & saves a lot of time. Reply I love me my egg slicer! There's just something so wonderful about having perfect little slices of hard-boiled egg to lay on top of my toast before I chomp down on it. Reply I recently got an Aebelskiver pan, I know it's not an appliance per say, but it's a 1 use kitchen product that, as my husband said yesterday "This is possibly the best gift we've ever gotten." Reply I actually kind of love the look of the back to basics alternative. It looks futuristic in a jetsons sort of way…if only it came in different colors… I have kind of the opposite problem, I have too many products that do basically the same thing. BUT I use them in different ways. I have a blender, which I use primarily to make smoothies (good way to get fruits into our diet and easy in the morning), a food processor which I use to make badass pico de gallo among other things, and an immersion blender, which I use with sauces and soups. The immersion blender also has this attachment that is like a mini food processor, which I use when I only need to chop a bit of onion or something, because it's smaller and easier to clean. If it gets used, I don't have a problem with it taking up space in my kitchen. I think the only unnecessary products are the ones gathering dust…like my rice cooker. Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.