The 13 Best Kitchen Splurges of 2021

Treat yourself and your kitchen

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There's no doubt our kitchens are our happy places. Whether it's cooking up your favorite meal at the end of a long day or testing a fun new recipe, your kitchen is always there for you—and what better way to treat yourself (and your kitchen) than to invest in some top-notch tools that’ll make your life so much easier? While the items below may seem like large investments (and in some cases they are), they’re also high-quality, hassle-free, and totally worth the money.

From one-touch espresso makers to powerful blenders, these are the best appliances to splurge on.

Vitamix A3500 Ascent Series Professional-Grade Smart Blender

Vitamix Ascent A3500 Blender

There’s a reason this blender is beloved by chefs and food bloggers alike. It’s truly one of the most effective pieces of equipment out there, thanks to its five various food settings—think smoothies, hot soups, dips, frozen desserts, and a handy self-cleaning function with this machine. It has built-in wireless connectivity and can pulse anything, even the hardest kale stems, with ease. Your morning smoothie has never been easier.

Le Creuset Round Dutch Oven

Enameled Cast Iron

This is a classic on everyone’s wish list—it’s true culinary magic. The enameled cast iron construction allows for easy heating and roasts items evenly and tenderly, while the solid, snug lid can withstand temperatures of up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s also an item that stands the test of time—it’ll last decades, making the purchase absolutely worth it. Did we mention it comes in several gorgeous hues and sizes?

Mauviel M'héritage 150s Rectangular Roasting Pan with Rack

 Mauviel M'héritage 150s Rectangular Roasting Pan with Rack

Made with tri-ply copper, aluminum, and stainless steel, this roasting pan prides itself on providing fast and even heating, even able to reduce cooking times for some dishes. The stainless steel interior will make sure the taste and overall quality of the food remains, but if you’re worried about the cost, don’t worry—it even comes with a lifetime guarantee.

Sur La Table La Marque Nonstick Skillets

Sur La Table La Marque Nonstick Skillets

Nonstick pans are a must for any kitchen, but these take it to the next level, thanks to professional-quality, heavy-gauge aluminum that heats evenly and efficiently. The cooking surfaces are coated with three layers of dishwasher-safe, PFOA-free nonstick for quick release that lasts, while the same high-quality nonstick is found on the exterior for easy cleanup. Plus, you get two items for the price of one.

Shun Hikari 8-inch Chef's Knife

Shun Hikari 8-inch Chef's Knife

Named after the Japanese word for "illumination," this knife is extraordinarily sharp with a long-lasting edge, hand sharpened at a 16-degree angle for chopping even the toughest meats. The polished bolster provides a comfortable grip, while the durable birch PakkaWood handle easily resists moisture.

Smeg Retro Style Aesthetic 2-Slice Toaster

Smeg 50's Retro Style 2 Slice Toaster

Retro with a modern twist, the Smeg toaster comes in a rainbow of colors and a mid-century, trendy design. The two slots are extra wide to fit nearly every bread type, and the six browning levels equal the perfect toast every time. On top of that, the removable stainless-steel crumb tray makes it a dream to clean.

Vision Grills Kamado Pro Ceramic Charcoal Grill with Grill Cover

Kamado Pro Ceramic Charcoal Grill

This wood-burning grill creates perfectly smokey meats and has a thick ceramic wall that reduces heat transfer for grill magic. The vent dials make sure the temperature is always controlled, while the removable ash drawer means it’s super easy to clean. And with summer around the corner, you'll be barbecuing your favorites all season long.

Nespresso by De'Longhi Lattissima Touch Original Espresso Machine

Nespresso Lattissima Touch Espresso Machine

If you’re can’t function without your morning cup of coffee, get ready to meet your favorite new appliance. This one-touch machine means you can create any kind of coffee you want without any effort at all. From lattes to espresso, you can adjust the milk frother knob to change temperature and texture between drinks, and the vast options of Nespresso pods means you’re bound to find your favorite flavor.

Instant Pot 6-Quart Duo 7-in-1 Pressure Cooker

Splurging on an Instant Pot is a must for any serious cook. You need the 14 built-in smart programs capable of cooking everything from soups and stews to rice and porridges. It also has an automatic warm option that’ll keep your food heated until you’re ready to serve it, so you’ll be able to just adjust the settings and go about your day while your meal cooks.

West Elm Rectangular Wood Cutting Board

West Elm Rectangular Wood

When you’re chopping your food, you want a cutting board that won’t fall apart with continued use. This pretty option made with unfinished ash wood is easy to store and hang from the wall, survives the sharpest knife, and will add a rustic touch to your kitchen counters.

Aarke Carbonator III

Aarke Carbonator III

The slimmest and most compact sparkling water machine in the world, the Aarke has a modern design that’s sure to upgrade any kitchen. The bottle is pure glass, and the functionality couldn’t be more simple—just fill the bottle with cold water, screw the bottle into the machine, pull the lever down, and you have some sparkling water without the high price tag. If you’re a soda fiend, this should definitely be on your wish list.

Cuisinart MCP-12N Multiclad Pro Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set

If you love whipping up several items at once, this cookware set should be on your shopping list, stat. They offer you a variety of options for sautéing, braising, and making stews and stocks. And since they’re dishwasher safe, they’re incredibly easy to clean. The stainless steel interior allows for a set that’s stylish and durable.

Don’t think your air fryer is reserved just for potatoes—you can cook any protein in it in less than 10 minutes and still give it a crispy exterior. The superheated technology allows for the food to be cooked up to 30 percent faster than when using traditional methods.

KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixer

KitchenAid Artisan 5 Qt. Stand Mixer KSM150PS

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If you’re a baker, you need this powerful mixer ASAP. The upgraded 325-watt motor is incredible, and the bowl is dishwasher safe for easy cleanup, the pouring shield reduces mess by channeling ingredients into the bowl, and it comes with several add ons, such as a flat beater, wire whip, dough hook, pouring shield, and 5-quart polished bowl with ergonomic handles. It’ll handle even the toughest batter.

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