Shopping for Kitchen Appliances

When I was at Bed Bath and Beyond buying my cake pop maker and donut pan, I saw lots of other fun goodies.

Like a popcorn maker

A Cotton Candy Maker

MY OTHER RECIPES

Pretzel Maker

Pigs In a Blanket Makers.  I really don’t think these are flying off the shelves but I could be wrong.

The seasonal baking goodies were out in full force.

Cupcake decorating supplies

Cupcake-making toys

And more toys and gadgets including multiple types of cookie, cake, and cupcake decorating tools

Moving onto food processors

I don’t own one. I use my Vita for everything but I think a food processor would be really helpful.  I’d still like to hear what kind you have and like if you have food processor opinions.

And ta-da, Stand Mixers.  Another thing I don’t own but want to.  It was either a lens or a stand mixer.  I chose a lens and the stand mixer is on my Christmas list, for sure.

And that was just one little section of the store.

We didn’t even get to dishes, bedding, bathroom stuff, organizing products, trash cans, cloth napkins, beauty items, candles, seasonal foods and goodies, lamps, shower caddies, towels, curtains, or toilet rugs.   It’s.just.endless.

I could have a field day!

My favorite purchase from the day so far has been the $3.99 cookie scoop

Cannot say enough great things about it.  Small, but a life-changer.

Or a cookie-changer

Questions:

1. What “makers” do you want from this post?  Or what appliances, tools, or kitchen items do you want, in general?

I think it’s fair to say most of us would love a stand mixer or a Vita-Mix.

After that, no one would complain about a set of gorgeous knives, a stainless juicer, a great food processor, or for the coffee lovers, a fancy schmancy espresso maker.

But for things well below the $500 price point, I have to say, a popcorn maker or a cotton candy maker would make me smile. I love cotton candy!  And chocolate-covered popcorn, too.

But my kitchen is the size of a shoebox.  No storage for most of this stuff.  Which is probably a good thing.

2. Do you like shopping for housewares?  Do you like Bed Bath & Beyond or similar stores?  Any favorite stores?

Since Linens ‘n Things has closed, BB & B really has the corner on the market in my area.

Ikea, Target, Marshalls, Homegoods, TJ Maxx,  specialty cooking stores, Williams-Sonoma, Sur La Table, none of them really have the one-stop-shopping for housewares of all kinds that bankrupts me excites me quite like BB & B.

Where else can you buy a down comforter, a cookie scoop, a Vita-Mix, a shower caddy, stock up on toothpaste and exotic coffees from their market section, get a couple of Yankee candles to burn, while browsing lamps for your desk and throw in some bamboo towels and champagne flutes and an iron for good measure.

I don’t know how their employees actually leave with a paycheck.  I wouldn’t!

One tip about the Bed Bath & Beyond coupons is that they never expire, even though they have a printed expiration date on them, it doesn’t matter.  The stores will always take them so I hoard them and save them in an envelope for a rainy day.  With a 20% off savings, most things at BB & B are cheaper or almost as cheap as any online “deals” you can find.  Plus you get to walk out of the store with your purchase that day rather than waiting for online orders to ship.   Of course, there are exceptions to this, but 20% off coupons are great.  Save them!

P.S. Thanks for the Sunglasses Giveaway entries.  Looks like lots of you want some shades.

And if you have one spare second, could you please Vote for Me in the Delta/Biscoff Bake-Off.  Thank you!  I really appreciate it.

Happy Halloween Weekend!

59 comments on “Shopping for Kitchen Appliances”

  1. ooooh, a cotton candy maker?! I so want that! haha

    I highly recommend the kitchen aid food processors. I’ve had mine for a couple of years and it’s really durable and strong. I also love, love, love my kitchen aid stand mixer (it’s the professional 600 series). It was a Valentine’s gift from my husband, and it’s insanely powerful. We make a lot of breads, and it’s amazing when it comes to kneading dough. Love it!

  2. I am a kitchen appliance freak! I got a stand mixer from my MIL as a wedding gift and then the ninja blender as an anniversary gift. Love. <3 I also bought several things I wanted like a waffle maker, crock pot, toaster oven, ice cream machine and deep fryer during black Friday last year. Next on my wish list is a mini ninja, dehydrator, rice maker, and pressure cooker.

    I usually buy stuff from Home Goods, Costco or Target/Walmart. I'll have to check out B,B&B!

  3. i would not have believed you could buy a pigs in a blanket maker unless i had seen your photo as proof! that is hilarious!!
    ok, i am likely in the minority here…but i do not want or need any kitchen appliances. not my thing! i feel very bad because my parents got me a lovely food processor (or is it a blender??) for last xmas and i have not even opened the box. i am hoping i can regift it to someone getting married! (just telling the truth here!).
    glad you had fun and added items to your wish list!!
    i would prefer to shop at target!

  4. I LOVE Bed Bath and Beyond, but being in there overwhelms the crap out of me. I honestly get dizzy being in that store, especially when it’s busy….wish I could just go in and have the whole place to myself for an afternoon! Oh, and we have both food processors and Vitamixes at NGI, and I’d say the processor is worth the investment. It blends things in a completely different way than a Vita, and is a lot of bang for your buck. I have a Cuisinart that was about $40 and I use it all the time!

  5. I tend to swear by Cooks Illustrated when it comes to their product and small appliance recommendations. Way back when I was on my kitchen gadget buying spree, they rated a Cuisinart pretty nicely, so that’s what I went with. I love my Vitamix but definitely can’t live without my Cusinart, too.

    On another note, how many pigs in a blanket does one have to make, and on a regular basis, before they consider getting dedicated machine for the task???

  6. I totally want that pretzel maker! I don’t know why? I don’t know where to store it, but I just want it! It looks like fun! Yes, I could make pretzels the old fashion way, but an appliance that makes them, now thats just plain cool!!

    For stores,I like Williams and Sonoma,TJ Maxx, Macy’s on occasion, and Sur La Table. Oh and Crate and Barrel too! I wish I had the space and the money to get the stat of the art appliances. At this time I just need to save for a refrigerator, that’s the big one I need next!!

  7. Candy corn maker?!?! For only $30?!? I so would have snatched that up. Because I am all about the ridiculous purchases. I was in Barnes and Noble today right next to BBB, but ran out of time. I was with my niece who wanted to go to Old Navy and then B&N, and then, if time, BBB. Nope, no time. Probably for the best though.

  8. I haven’t seen half of those “makers”! I want the “pigs in a blanket” maker!

  9. I so want (NEED!) a Vita Mix, and would love a dehydrator. For some reason I have 3 popcorn makers sitting in my cupboard (2 of the same kind, a yellow dinosaur called the “Pop-O-Saurus”) I make popcorn about 3 times a year. They are good though, quick and a healthier way of cooking popcorn. I just forget to use mine. Maybe I’ll make some today, thanks for reminding me about it :) Love popcorn with nooch sprinkled all over it.

    I LOVE shopping for kitchen stuff, I get so excited (is that sad!?!)

  10. Shopping for kitchen gadgets is undoubtedly my favorite kind of shopping!

  11. I’m always such a kid in a candy store when I’m in the kitchen wares aisle at Target! I love my Cuisinart food processor… it was a steal and works very well. Don’t have a stand mixer though- have always stuck with hand held egg beater style and with a little bit of arm strength it gets the job done!

  12. I could spend hours in that section of BB&B. My KitchenAid was the best present I’ve gotten! My boyfriend’s set for life. I have a spectacular Cuisinart 11-cup food processor, but I’d LOVE a Vita. Or a dehydrator.

  13. I have a Cuisinart 11 cup food processor and I absolutely adore it. I don’t have a Vita though, so maybe that’s why! ;)

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