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20 of the World’s Most Expensive Kitchen Gadgets: Luxury or Folly?

20 of the World's Most Outrageously Expensive Kitchen GadgetsEquipping a kitchen doesn’t have to be an expensive proposition, you can get everything you need for few hundred bucks. But if you’re interested in spending a lot of money, that’s pretty easy to do, too. From $2,000 for a dishwasher, to $20,000 for an espresso maker, to an amount of money we can’t believe is right is for a wine opener, there’s a world of ultra-expensive kitchen gadgets out there. Some of them are worth the money if you think you’ll use them regularly, but most aren’t. Here are 20 of the most expensive kitchen gadgets around. Do you think they’re worth it?

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  • Skybar Wine Preservation & Serving System 1 of 20
    Skybar Wine Preservation & Serving System
    This contraption is designed to chill up to three wines to the perfect temperature, pour, and preserve them for up to 10 days. Because, you know, it's pretty tough to control the temperature of liquids, and then have to POUR them. Get your own for just under $1,000.
    Get the Skybar Wine Preservation System
    Image: Williams Sonoma
    For more pricey luxuries, check out 10 of the Most Extravagant, Expensive Ways to Enjoy Coffee
  • Miele G5620 SC (Cleansteel) Dishwasher 2 of 20
    Miele G5620 SC (Cleansteel) Dishwasher
    Miele makes high-quality home appliances, so we're sure that this dishwasher is top-notch. But is it $1000 better than other manufacturers' best models? We find that hard to believe. Get one for £1399.99 or approximately $2,227.80 USD.
    Get Miele dishwasher
    Image: Miele
  • Thermomix TM 31 3 of 20
    Thermomix TM 31
    I want to hate the German-made Thermomix because it's ugly. Like, really ugly. But it does everything -- it's a food processor, steamer, kitchen scale, mixer, blender, chafing dish and more. Moreover, unlike most gadgets that do more than one thing, it actually does those things well, so even at $1,400, it's not a rip-off. Ready to buy one? Get in your car and start driving north until you see a sign that says "Welcome to Canada," because you can't get one in the US.
    Learn more about the Thermomix
    Image: Vorwerk
  • Sedona Dehydrator 4 of 20
    Sedona Dehydrator
    Here's the usage history of the average dehydrator. It's purchased, the owner tries it out and dehydrates anything he can get his hands on, the owner settles in on a few things he likes and dehydrates those for about three months, the owner stops using it so often until after a year he stops using it altogether. Instead of spending $399.95 on a fancy dehydrator you'll never use, why not just spend $100 on a cheap dehydrator you'll never use and buy yourself something nice with the other $300?
    Get the Sedona Dehydrator
    Image: Williams Sonoma
  • Vitamix 5200 Deluxe 5 of 20
    Vitamix 5200 Deluxe
    The Vitamix is universally lauded as the best blender on the market, so we won't judge you. In fact, we really want one. But for $649, you'd better drink a lot of smoothies.
    Get the Vitamix 5200 Deluxe
    Image: Vitamix
  • Victoria Arduino Venus Century Espresso Machine 6 of 20
    Victoria Arduino Venus Century Espresso Machine
    This $20,000 espresso machine was made to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Victoria Arduino. Now some things seem like a waste of money to me, but who am I to tell someone else what they can and can't buy? That said, if you are thinking of dropping $20K on an espresso machine, I'd like to remind you that Oxfam is an outstanding charity that really does important work out there. 

    Get the Victoria Arduino Venus Century Espresso Machine
    Image: Espresso Techs
    For more expensive coffee contraptions, check out 10 of the Most Extravagant, Expensive Ways to Enjoy Coffee
  • Viking Ultra-Premium 500 Series Grill & Cart, 54 7 of 20
    Viking Ultra-Premium 500 Series Grill & Cart, 54
    Situations in which it is worthwhile to spend almost $9,000 on a grill even if it is a very good grill: You find yourself in a Brewster's Millions scenario and have to spend a lot of money very quickly.
    Situations in which it is not worthwhile to spend almost $9,000 on a grill even if it is a very good grill: All other situations.

    Get the Viking Ultra-Premium 500 Series Grill
    Image: Williams Sonoma
  • Zwilling J.A. Henckels Damascus Chef’s Knife 8 of 20
    Zwilling J.A. Henckels Damascus Chef's Knife
    Yes, it's a thousand bucks, but this knife is also a smart phone that functions as a wifi hot spot. Just kidding. It's just a knife, though I'm guessing it's pretty darn sharp.

    Get the Damascus Chef's Knife
    Image: Williams Sonoma
  • Dream Ice Cream Machine 9 of 20
    Dream Ice Cream Machine
    The good news is the Dream Ice Cream Machine makes a superb batch of homemade ice cream. The bad news is that, at $1,200, it's really going to cost you.
    Get the Dream Ice Cream Machine
    Image: Sur La Table
  • KitchenAid Professional 620 Stand Mixer 10 of 20
    KitchenAid Professional 620 Stand Mixer
    It's not that this isn't worth $900. It's that it's not worth $900 for you. Because, chances are, you don't bake enough.
    Get the KitchenAid 620
    Image: Williams Sonoma
  • Sveid Custom-Made Corkscrew 11 of 20
    Sveid Custom-Made Corkscrew
    Presented without comment.
    OK! I can't help it! One comment! Watch the video. For $63K, it doesn't even seem like it's very good at opening bottles of wine. Presented without additional comment. Price starts at 50.000€ or $63,610 USD.
    Get the Sveid corkscrew
    Image: Sveid
  • 6 Slice Toaster by Dualit 12 of 20
    6 Slice Toaster by Dualit
    It's probably not worth $700 just to not have to wait while your second batch of toast cooks. But if you look around, you can find this discounted to $405. Which is totally worth it. If you have three people in your family. And you're all really impatient.
    Get the 6 Slice Dualit Toaster
    Image: Everything Kitchens
  • Margaritaville Margarita Machine 13 of 20
    Margaritaville Margarita Machine
    Nothing says summer like a fun margarita party. But what if your friends and family are raging booze hounds? You'll need the Margaritaville which can make 72 ounces of margaritas at a time. Now on sale for $399.
    Get the Margaritaville Margarita Machine
    Image: Everything Kitchens
  • Sub-Zero Pro 48 Refrigerator 14 of 20
    Sub-Zero Pro 48 Refrigerator
    I'm not going to lie, if I owned a house and a car made in the last decade, had saved properly for retirement and my children's education, and this refrigerator wasn't the size of my actual kitchen, I'd be really tempted to buy one of these sweet fridges. Actually, no, I wouldn't. Get one of your own: MSRP $15,540 (excluding tax, installation, delivery charges, and sales accessories).
    Get Sub-Zero Pro 48
    Image: Sub-Zero
  • Viking Professional Custom Series Plate Warming Drawer 15 of 20
    Viking Professional Custom Series Plate Warming Drawer
  • 60 inch Wolf Gas Range 16 of 20
    60 inch Wolf Gas Range
    This is one of the few things on this list that I think is worth every penny. It's just so many pennies. The 60" Wolf range comes in around $12,595.
    Get the 60" Wolf Gas Range
    Image: Wolf
  • Zwiesel 1872 The First Rioja Handmade Wine Glass 17 of 20
    Zwiesel 1872 The First Rioja Handmade Wine Glass
    My wife and I have been married almost six years, and do you know how much of the stemware from our wedding we have left? Most of the champagne flutes, not much of anything else. What I'm saying is, spend $70 on a single wine glass if you want, just know you won't have it for long.
    
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    Image: Sur La Table
  • The Hammersmith Copper Casserole Pot 18 of 20
    The Hammersmith Copper Casserole Pot
    It may seem like a lot, but copper really is the best and it ain't cheap. Hammersmith also has top-notch craftsmanship. Probably not worth it if you don't cook much, but if you think you'll use it, you'll be using this for years. Get this model for $529.
    Get the Hammersmith Copper Casserole Pot
    Image: Brooklyn Cooper Cookware
  • Mitsubishi Electric Japan NJ-XWA10J-K IH Rice Cooker 19 of 20
    Mitsubishi Electric Japan NJ-XWA10J-K IH Rice Cooker
    I don't doubt that there are people out there who can discriminate between a perfectly cooked bowl of rice and nearly perfectly cooked bowl of rice, but I'm not one of those people and a regular rice cooker is perfectly fine with me, thank you very much. Though if you're a rice super taster, this model is apparently made from a single piece of carbon, and will cost you $1,449.
    Get the Mitsubishi Electric Japan Rice Cooker
    Image: Amazon
  • Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking 20 of 20
    Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking
    Well, if you have money to buy the tools and ingredients you need to make the recipes in this book, the cost of the book itself ($456) probably isn't a big deal to you.
    Get Modernist Cuisine
    Image: Amazon

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