A sharp knife, a cutting board, a good set of pans — there are some things you absolutely should have in your kitchen even if you aren’t an avid cook. However, if you search even quickly around the internet or browse the shelves of your local kitchen store, you are bound to behold countless useless kitchen tools that you do not need at all.
Some are more useless than others — some are single-purpose tools that will probably collect dust at the bottom of a drawer, while some might only be useful as gag gift to friends or relatives that don’t cook at all. Mostly though, if you are going to be buying something for your kitchen and you are spending your hard-earned cash, you may as well buy something that’s actually useful, right? Look through this list of silly kitchen gadgets and decide for yourself if these are the worst around.
3-in-1 Multi-Function Avocado Slicer Peeler Cutter and Core Remover
Not all avocados are created equally, which is one reason this tool for cutting and pitting an avocado is not as useful as it seems. Judging by many Amazon reviews, this tool is more laborious to use than a simple knife.
What a way to waste a lemon. Rather than use this citrus spritzer, juice the whole lemon and store the extra juice in a small jar in the fridge.
Best Utensils Tomato Slicer Lemon Cutter Multipurpose Handheld Round Fruit Tongs
This tool is just the thing to clutter up you kitchen drawers! This slicing tool limits the width of the slices you get and will not work with a thicker knife at all — and if you like your tomatoes ripe, forget about it!
Dolland Banana Slicer
Why not save you money and just use a knife instead of this banana cutter? It doesn’t even have to be that sharp of a knife! A simple butter knife will do.
Durable Clean Leaf Shape Rice Wash Sieve
Here is something that is basically a small half-colander. What exactly does it achieve? It doesn’t cut down on dishes, it doesn’t fit a number of different shaped pots, and judging by reviews it doesn’t make pouring out boiling water simpler — if anything, it seems to complicate a simple task.
Emson EZCracker Handheld Egg Cracker/Separator
If you do any kind of cooking, chances are you know how to crack an egg. This gadget looks like it takes a simple task and makes it infinitely more complicated.
Eggmaster Hand-Free Automatic Electric Vertical Nonstick Egg Cooker
Fheaven Home Kitchen Useful Multifunction Kiwi Fruit Cutter
Does anyone eat so many kiwis that they need a specialty tool to prepare them? Even if you eat your fair share of the fruit, a spoon can perform the same task as this gadget.
Greens Loose Leaf Herb Stripper
Why buy something to perform a task that one’s fingers can do just as well? Whether its thyme or kale, you’re better off not using this tool.
Hand Crank Nut Chopper Cutter Grinder
Instead of this hand crank nut chopper, why not just use a food processor, mortar and pestle, or knife?
New Cyclone Barbecue Sausage Cutter
Another strange tool targeted to changing the structure of hotdogs! What is this madness? Leave the dogs alone!
Prawn Peeler Shrimp Deveiner Peel Device
What bizarre contraption is this!? Apparently it also suitable for cracking open lobster shells, which seems unlikely, considering it’s made from plastic.
Portable Party Soda Fizz Saver Dispenser
Here is a fizzy drink machine that will ensure you lose the fizz in next to no time! This product requires a small hole to be made in the bottle, which, user reviews confirm, quickly results in a flat soda without the pop.
Stir Crazy Automatic Hands Free Sauce Stirrer
This ridiculous gadget is a battery-powered, hands-free pot stirrer. Anyone who has ever stirred a pot can tell you that it is a simple action that generally requires nothing more than a wooden spoon. This little gadget would definitely leave parts unstirred in your pot.