Top 10 Pointless Single-Purpose Appliances That Are Cluttering Your Kitchen

From hot dog cookers to doughnut makers, we're easily talked into buying kitchen appliances that perform just one task, or grabbing a novelty gadget for someone else as a gift. Chances are they'll be wasting space in cupboards before the month is out. Here are 10 of the worst offenders, and what you should be using instead.

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I was inspired to post on this topic by this weekend's ALDI special offers, which include several examples of pointless kitchen clutter. Wasted space is the most obvious reason for not buying appliances you don't need, but there's also an environmental element: why buy something to perform a task you can already do with your existing kitchen equipment? Note: the word 'maker' is often a dead giveaway that the product isn't actually needed, as is anything for a specialised food item you won't eat every day.



Clutter: Pizza Maker

Better: Oven. (If you want a crisper crust, get a pizza stone.)

Clutter: Hot Dog Maker

Better: Saucepan/Kettle


Clutter: Baby Food Maker


Better: Food Processor/Saucepan


Clutter: Popcorn Maker


Better: Saucepan/Microwave


Clutter: Potato Masher


Better: Fork


Clutter: Egg Cooker


Better: Saucepan/Microwave


Clutter: Crepe Maker


Better: Frypan


Clutter: Burger Cooker


Better: Oven/Grill


Clutter: Cupcake Maker


Better: Oven (plus cupcake moulds)


Clutter: Fairy Floss Maker


Better: Just don't eat pure sugar. Your teeth will thank you.

Got a single-use appliance you can't live without and want to defend? Know other examples we've missed? Tell us in the comments.

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    Popcorn popper is also great for roasting coffee. I roast regularly so I don't have to endure crap beans that have been sitting on the shelf months at the stupid market.

    Coffee machine, whatever style it is, it only does one thing. dump it.

      Not a chance. I use my espresso machine at least once a day. I reckon that even if something has only the one use, if you use it often enough, it's worth having.

        I have a coffee machine that is about thwe size of a fridge and is plumbed into the water pipe and turned on every day so that I can have decent coffee whenever I like with little effort. It actually takes less time to make a coffee than a kettle does.

    for decent crepes, you need a proper crepe pan although you might get away with a good non stick fry pan. if doing crepes for lots of people, use several crepe pans at once so that you can get the cooking over with and enjoy the socialising.

    This website used to be so good.

    Just bought a Sodastream three months ago, after sitting in the closet for a month I finally started using it and have now converted 80% of carbonated beverage consumption to sodastream (still go in for deep dsicounts on Coke and Pepsi

    I live my George Foreman grill.Perfect for burgers, chicken breast and sausages. I use it a few times a week, every week. It makes less mess than a pan or using the oven. If you put your food in an envelope of baking paper then the grill wont even need cleaning.

    The Unclutterer website offers a weekly "unitasker" feature. All very tongue-in-cheek and highly amusing.

    Thats 9 things, a potato masher is a cheap, easy to store essential that spares forks from bending

    Masher takes up virtually no room, and is miles ahead of a fork.

    I use a flat sandwich press to cook sausages. First time I tried it I was drunk and lazy, had some snags in the fridge, it was cold out so I didnt want to barbecue and I didn't want to have to clean up the frying pan. The sandwich press was already out so I used that. Worked out surprisingly well.

      Sandwich press also cooks the perfect steak.

    If you're wanting to get rid of something as small as a potato masher, and replace it with a fork, I would defs get rid of the whisk before the potato masher.

    With many of these devices, it depends how often you use them. If you have pizza every week, a pizza maker might be a good investment: much faster than pizza in the oven, and a decidedly better result (even using a pizza stone in the oven). I rarely eat pizza, so it isn't worth the clutter.

    If you eat mash with most meals, a masher is definitely worthwhile and doesn't take up much space: it is faster than a fork and easier to use if your potatoes aren't cooked to mush. I rarely eat mashed potato, so our masher is an extra bit of clutter.

    If instead you eat rice most days, a rice-cooker can be worthwhile (though I find the results just as good using the absorption method in the microwave).

    If toast, rather than rice or potato is your main starch, a toaster is worthwhile: more energy efficient and quicker than the grill in your oven.

    If you eat popcorn often, an air popper gives a healthy and better result than a saucepan or microwave popcorn.

    It all depends on how often you are going to use these things and how much space you have for them.


    Crepe maker is a more even heat and flatter than any regular saucepan can ever be. I use it quite often and can not live without it!

    The comments are actually more interesting to read than the article itself... (chuckle)

      That's probably cos at least part of it was designed to provoke comment ... ;-)

    keep the masher and add mango cutter - has 2 blades specifically designed to cut around nut in the middle of the mango - OR YOU COULD JUST USE A KNIFE TWICE.!!!!

    +1 me for the masher over fork as well. Seriously ... who the f*ck mashes potatoes with a fork ? It's not like a masher is an 'appliance' anyway, it's a UTENSIL.

    Useless appliances on the other hand ... we have a milkshake maker, an ice-cream maker, and a pie-maker. All of which got some good use when we first bought 'em, but now sit gathering dust.

    Funnily enough someone bought me a pizza stone from Aldi. First time we used it the damn thing exploded in the oven. No idea if we did anything wrong because it didn't come with instructions, but I would of thought it should be a pretty simple process.

    No way I would ever trade my masher for a fork, you would have to totally overcook the potato to make that workable, and end up with gross overcooked mash like you were cooking for fussy children.

    A good sized four sandwich press with drip tray will replace a fair chunk of the single use items on this list.

    I have an egg cooker. I bought it for less than $20 when I was living on campus. I have food allergies and the supplied food made me sick... ALOT! I didn't have access to a stove and I didn't want to do hardboiled eggs in the microwave. I didn't have access to a kettle either (we had a zip tap cos people kept stealing kettles). Yeah, I don't use the egg cooker now, but I used it almost everyday for a year. And it should be considered that I haven't made hardboiled eggs since moving out as I have more options.

    popcorn maker can be used for more than 1 thing

    popcorn and roasting coffee, I had 3 for roasting coffee until I bought a bigger roaster

    1. potato masher beats fork
    2. You can not cook an unbroken egg in a microwave, it will explode.
    3. Quesadilla makers are absolutely useless.

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