Essential Kitchen Items You Didn’t Know You Needed

Wondering if you can upgrade your kitchen game without spending too much money? We all are during these strange times – and we’ve got you covered. Here are some of the most essential kitchen items you didn’t know you needed.

Bread Maker

This cheap bread maker from Cuisinart is going quickly because of its insanely marked-down price tag. You can make your very own homemade bread that’s healthier, fresher and even tastier than the loaves you buy at the store.

Cuisinart is known for their quality and their brand’s staying power, which really says something. This bread maker is currently available for only $109.95! In comparison, its original price was marked at $185. Some of its best features include:

  • Fully automatic bread making
  • Three crust-shade options
  • Bakes 1-pound, 1.5-pounds, and 2-pound loaves
  • 12 preprogrammed menu options for different types of bread
  • Compact design
  • 13-hour delay start
  • Removable, nonstick kneading paddle and bread pan


The InstantPot® is one of the best small rice cookers, stew brewers, and overall kitchen inventions in history. The original pot does pretty much everything you can imagine, but there are other variations of the product you can try.

The model you choose all depends on what type of cooking you enjoy the most. For instance, if an electric deep fryer isn’t really your thing, try InstantPot®’s Duo Crisp + Air Fryer. This powerful little machine boasts the ability to both pressure cook and air fry your meals, helping to save you massive amounts of time while creating delicious recipes.

Trash Compactor

Have you ever had a trash compactor in your home? If not, trust us when we say it’s a game-changer. Trash compactors compact your garbage for you – no more getting your hands dirty shoving down airy paper towels and tissues, only to realize when you take it out that only about half the bag is full. This also means you’ll use fewer trash bags, which is great for the environment.

Trash compactors were brought to the public around 1941, but in those days, the compacted trash tended to leave a bad odor in the home. These days, modern, stainless steel trash compactors make it easy to decrease the time you spend taking the trash out, while also leaving no lingering smells in your kitchen.

Another option you might consider to give your home a little extra pizazz is a cheap ice maker – having ice handy helps you cool down fresh-brewed coffee (for the work-from-home crowd) or ice up your water bottle before you go for an afternoon run.

Speaking of which, water cooler deals are also on the rise as summer draws to a close. Make the most of the last days of the season by swooping up a water cooler from the sale section and heading to the lake or beach!