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When it’s time to compile a wedding registry or shop for someone who’s getting married, the options can be overwhelming. There are so many things a couple might need that they've never owned before. It's also the perfect time to upgrade from hand-me-downs, thrift shop finds, and budget appliances. Look for quality products that will look good, last a long time, and make cooking easier. Every home chef is different, so not all of these items will be a fit for every registry, and some couples will have an even longer list depending on what they like to cook, but this is a good starting place. From flatware and toaster ovens to pots and pans, here are the best kitchen tools to add to your wedding registry.
Best Cookware Set: Cuisinart Multiclad Pro Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set
A set of cookware is essential, and good-quality cookware is less likely to have hotspots where food could stick or burn, leading you to ruin your meal. This attractive stainless steel set has just about every piece needed and will last a long time. While this doesn’t include a nonstick frying pan for cooking eggs, it does include a stockpot with a steamer insert, which many other sets leave out. These pieces are oven-safe up to 550 degrees Fahrenheit, so you can start cooking on the stove and finish in the oven. Plus, they're dishwasher safe.
Best Flatware: Knork 18/10 Stainless Steel 20-Piece Flatware Set, Matte Silver
Flatware is a must for a new home, and this set is elegant, attractive, and functional. The streamlined design will coordinate with just about any dish, and they're ergonomic, which is great for those with arthritis or other hand-related issues. The smooth lines are aesthetically pleasing as well. These heavy utensils won’t bend, but they will last a lifetime. They're also dishwasher safe.
Best Blender: Ninja Professional Blender & Nutri Ninja Cups
Blenders are great for everything from milkshakes to blended cocktails to morning smoothies. With 1100 watts of power, three speeds, and pulse and single-serve functions, this model can do it all. The Ninja Professional Blender comes with a pair of 16-ounce travel cups with lids, so it’s simple to make two different smoothies without needing to clean a big container between recipes. When it comes to big jobs, the 72-ounce container can handle a large batch of frozen margaritas. The blades blast through ice and blend fruits and vegetables easily. When it’s time to clean up, all parts are dishwasher safe.
Best Stand Mixer: KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer
Stand mixers are becoming more and more popular—and for good reason. This mixer is strong enough to mix batters and doughs for any baking project, from cakes to cookies to homemade bread. You can use it to whip cream or meringue, or shred cooked chicken for tacos. To make the mixer even more useful, there are optional attachments for shredding, slicing, pasta, ice cream, spiralized vegetables, ground meat, and more.
Best Pressure Cooker: Instant Pot Lux 6-In-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker
Pressure cookers have been around for a long time, but early technology made them less-than-appealing. This electric pressure cooker has taken the technology to a whole new level, with safety features that make it quite safe and a timer that doesn’t leave you guessing. This Instant Pot even features buttons for certain foods, like eggs and cake. It can pressure-cook for up to 24 hours, delay cooking for 24 hours, or keep food warm for up to 10 hours.
For cooks who don’t want to be disturbed when the food is done, you can set it to silent mode. Besides cake and egg settings, this also has presets for soup and broth, meat and stew, sauté, rice, multigrain, porridge, steam, and slow-cook. There’s also a manual mode. This cooks only at high pressure; it does not have a low-pressure setting. The inner pot is stainless steel for easy cleaning in the dishwasher.
Best Griddle: Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler
Busy newlyweds will love this grill and griddle for making pressed sandwiches, grilling steaks or burgers, or making pancakes and bacon for breakfast. The brushed stainless steel housing looks attractive and is easy to clean, and the floating hinge adjusts for different food thicknesses when it’s used in the closed position. Open the Griddler completely and you’ve got a flat grill or griddle with plenty of space to cook on.
The included cooking plates are reversible for grill or griddle cooking and are designed to drain grease into the integrated drip tray. The selector knob lets you choose grill or griddle functions, and each has adjustable temperature controls. Red and green indicator lights let you see at a glance that the cooking temperature has been reached. For even more versatility, waffle plates are available for purchase separately.
Best Ice Cream Maker: Breville BCI600XL Smart Scoop Ice Cream Maker
If ice cream is a passion, this is the appliance that will make it easy to batch any flavor at any time. It has its own compressor, so it’s ready whenever you are. There's no need to freeze a bowl the night before you want to make your ice cream, and you can make as many batches in a row as you want to. A bell chimes when it’s time to add extra ingredients, and it plays a tune when the ice cream is ready. You can set this for softer or harder ice creams, and it has a keep-cold feature if you can’t remove the ice cream from the machine as soon as it is finished.
Best Juicer: Breville Juice Fountain Compact
Juicing has moved from trendy to mainstream with recipes that range from super-healthy to just plain fun. Besides making beverages, juicers can be used to process homegrown or farmer’s market tomatoes to make tomato sauce, and the leftover pulp can be added to muffins, soup stock, or other recipes. This juice fountain is heavy-duty and compact, and has a centered knife blade assembly that makes quick work of everything from soft fruits to crunchy carrots.
The 700-watt motor runs at 14,000 RPM for great extraction, and a safety arm ensures that the juicer won’t run unless the cover is properly in place. This has a large feed tube so you won’t need to cut food into tiny bits before juicing, while the micro-mesh filter catches seeds and other tough bits. A cleaning brush is included for hand washing. Alternatively, certain parts may be placed in the dishwasher.
Best Toaster Oven: Breville Smart Oven Pro Convection Toaster Oven with Element IQ
This toaster makes more than toast. It can be used as a small oven for times when heating up the large oven doesn’t make sense—perfect for reheating a slice of leftover pizza or even baking a small batch of cookies. It's large enough to fit a Dutch oven and can be set to “slow cook” to gently cook foods for a long time at a lower temperature. It has a fan for convection cooking and uses a technology called Element IQ, a smart cooking function that regulates time and temperature for baking and roasting.
Best Knife Set with Block: Calphalon Classic 15-Piece Cutlery Knife Block Set
Everyone needs a good set of knives, and this one has everything you need, plus an attractive knife block for storage. Even better, the block has a self-sharpening feature for all of the straight-edged knives, so you won’t need a separate sharpener to keep your blades in great condition.
This set includes a 4 1/2-inch paring knife, a 6-inch utility knife, a 6-inch serrated utility knife, a 7-inch santoku, an 8-inch chef’s knife, kitchen shears, eight steak knives, and the knife block. The kitchen knives are made of forged high-carbon steel and the steak knives are made of stamped steel. The handles are contoured for a comfortable grip and have a triple-riveted full tang for strength and balance. They're labeled, so it’s easy to choose the right knife from the block.
Best Soda Maker: SodaStream Fizzi One Touch Sparkling Water Maker
This soda maker is perfect for making sparkling water or flavored sodas whenever you want—at the touch of a button. What makes this home carbonator unique and convenient is that it's automated, so you don't have to pump manually, taking the guesswork out of the process. (Just note that you'll have to plug the machine into an outlet.) Bonus: it also has a snap-lock feature so you don't have to twist the bottle on and off the machine. This kit comes with a 60-liter CO2 cylinder (which can carbonate 60 liters of water), a refillable 32-ounce water bottle with chrome cap, and a power cable.
Best Trash Can: simplehuman 38-Liter Brushed Stainless Steel Steel Trash Can with Lid
A decent trash bin can make your day-to-day so much easier. This fingerprint-proof model from simplehuman holds 38-liter (10-gallon) bags, but you can opt for others that fit 18-, 30-, 45-, or 50-liter bags. No need to touch the lid, either. The stainless steel pedal is designed to last 150,000 steps. That's more than 20 steps a day for the next 20 years. And when you step off, the lid won't slam. Dampers control the motion of the lid for a quick open and a gentle, quiet close. Better yet, it's completely dog-proof, keeping nosy four-legged friends from sneaking scraps destined for the landfill. In total, the measurements for this trash can are 15.8 x 12.5 x 25.7 inches, although when the lid is open, it reaches new heights at 34.8 inches.
Best Air Fryer: Instant Pot Instant Vortex Plus 10QT 7-in-1 Digital Air Fryer Oven
An air fryer gives you the same great taste and crispiness of deep-fried food without the use of an actual deep fryer. Similar to a convection oven, it works by circulating hot air around your meal—chicken tenders, onion rings, coconut shrimp, kale chips—using less oil (if any), leading to grocery savings, easy cleanup, and fewer calories. This coveted model from Instant Pot has seven built-in smart programs: air fry, bake, roast, toast, broil, dehydrate, and rotisserie. With little to no preheating time, you can get dinner on the table in half the time of a conventional oven, too.
Best Dutch Oven: Lodge 6-Quart Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven
Sure, you can make most things with a solid set of pots and pans, but a Dutch oven takes mealtime to the next level. This versatile vessel is ideal for braising meats, slow-cooking soups and stews, boiling pasta, deep-frying, poaching, and so much more. Some all-star recipes you might make, for example, include savory oven-braised lamb shanks, duck confit, chicken and smoked sausage gumbo, pork ragu—you name it. This 6-quart Dutch oven from Lodge, which comes in many vibrant colors, is made from porcelain-enameled cast iron is oven-safe up to 500 degrees, and looks beautiful on a kitchen table when it comes time to serve, too. You can even put it in the refrigerator to preserve leftovers.
Best Wine Glasses: Bormioli Rocco 18-Ounce Red Wine Glasses, Set of 4
Wine glasses are essential to every home bar, and this set of four from Bormioli Rocco is elegant and sophisticated. Each Italian-made stemmed glass features a wide bowl that allows you to easily swirl your wine to maximize the flavors and aromas of everything from cabernet sauvignon and merlot to pinot noir, malbec, and more. The laser-cut rim is leaps and bounds thinner than your average drinkware, so when the wine reaches your lips, you won't feel a hefty hunk of glass in your mouth. The base is super-sturdy, too, so you don't have to worry about your drink becoming unsteady. If an accident happens, rest assured that the glass is shatter-proof. Each holds 18 ounces of fluid and is dishwasher safe, although washing by hand with soap and warm water is best for longevity.
Best Wine Decanter: Le Chateau Wine Decanter
The taste and aroma of wine greatly improve with decanting, whether you're drinking a special occasion bottle or Two Buck Chuck from Trader Joe's. Pouring your libation into a decanter allows it to interact with oxygen, or aerate, creating big flavors and fragrance, while smoothing out tannins and settling sediment. This hand-blown device, in particular, comes highly reviewed by The Spruce Eats. It fits one standard 750-milliliter bottle of wine to pour with ease via the sturdy neck and slanted spout, which minimizes drips. While it is dishwasher safe, hand washing is recommended.
Every new couple needs good pots and pans. Not only does the Cuisinart Multiclad Pro Stainless Steel Cookware Set include all of the essentials, but each piece will last long after the honeymoon is over. Also, having a mishmash of cutlery in a new home won't cut it, which is why we also recommend the attractive and functional Knork Stainless Steel 20-Piece Flatware Set.
Why Trust The Spruce Eats?
Donna Currie is a food and recipe writer and cookbook author, so she spends a great deal of time in the kitchen. She's tested everything from garlic presses to food processors, and is always on the lookout for the best products. She has personally tested two of the items on this list.