What I find the most annoying is that many kitchen gadgets have ONE purpose and one purpose only. Take for instance, the cake pop maker. It looks similar to a waffle maker (which is also another one purpose gadget), but it only makes cake pops. You can’t make anything else, unless it’s another sphere type of food. So I guess you can make your own Timbits?
Getting back to the waffle maker, it only makes waffles and nothing else. The soda stream machine. Making carbonated drinks and nothing else. I don’t know if this was meant to be a cost saving device, but I’ve been able to get 2L bottles of soda for $0.88 and I thought that was a good deal. I rarely drink soda to begin with, so I don’t really see the need for a soda making machine. Another gadget- the popcorn maker obviously only makes popcorn. Ummmmm….what’s wrong with microwavable popcorn?? As you can see, the list is endless.
It makes sense that with cooking you need a lot of utensils, vessels and gadgets. However these utensils, vessels and gadgets are tools you normally use in everyday/every week cooking meaning that they get used quite often. They sit in the dust for months until one day you feel guilty for not using it enough so you decide to bust out the one purpose gadget out because you feel like making ice??!!? Yes, such a thing exists, and it costs $129.99 at Home Outfitters. Apparently ice-cube trays or buying bags of ice is not enough. Or what about the many fridges that have built-in water dispensers and ice makers?
Cost Per Use
The point I’m trying to get at is as cool and convenient as they are, (I’m not going to lie, I have “ooohed” and “aahhhed” over one purpose gadget wonders), they almost seem like a waste of money and a waste of space. You only use it once in a blue moon and the rest of the time you may even forget you had it in the first place.
It all goes back to the cost per use principle, which is a great way to justify a purchase. Okay, so you know this good quality set of knives is going to set you back a couple hundred bucks. But more often than not, ingredients need to be cut up, unless you really want to eat that whole onion. You need knives. You pretty much need them every time you cook. The same goes for a cutting board. You are constantly using these items, so you want them to be of decent quality and last for quite some time. The couple hundred bucks for the knives is worth it.
Are These Gadgets Worth It?
Is the cake pop maker worth it? Unless you are in the cake pop making business or enjoy it regularly as your hobby, probably not. At least in my opinion. The internet is proof that you can make cake pops without the cake pop maker.
These gadgets tend to be found in bed/bath/kitchen type stores. Engaged couples often register at these stores and sometimes request these gadgets as gifts. To be honest, I’m not so sure I’d want one as a wedding gift. It’s nice that I’m getting it free, but I have very limited use for them. Most of them are gadgets that make things I could easily make myself with the gadgets I already have. I’d rather get something I can get a lot of uses out of. Why isn’t there a kitchen gadget that’s like a Swiss Army knife or Transformer?
Do you own any one purpose gadget wonders? Do you swear by them?