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30 Crazy, Wacky and Useless Kitchen Gadgets

By Macki West |

I have found an endless supply of kitchen gadgets, some I can’t live without, other crack me up, some make me want to lose my lunch, while others will just end up as landfill. Over the years, I have definitely given and received my share of crazy, wacky, and useless kitchen gadgets, but some of these top them all. Are you a fan or foe?  Let us know if you are guilty of loving these gadgets?

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Crazy, Wacky and Useless Kitchen Gadgets

Pizza Scissors

What's the point of having a slice holder attached to scissors? Isn't the point of pizza to use your hands? And cutting pizza with scissors, what?!

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roll n pour s’mores square egg hot dog cooker carton holder ice cube tray egg separator fondue set sponge gloves banana slicer pizza scissors palm scrubber cookie dough scoop chop stir food processor cupcake maker popcorn maker herb scissors stuffed burger burger patty maker onion chopper single burger cooker pizza pizzazz microwave omelette bottle top brush strawberry slicer set PB&J spreader plastic bag holder oven rack pull eat me crunchy

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Macki West is a unique and original wild-woman at heart who happens to be wrapped around her three kids fingers. She founded Cool Mom Tips and contributes to Prudent Baby, Cooking With My Kid, Babble’s Family Kitchen, and Babble Pregnancy. Read bio and latest posts → Read Macki's latest posts →

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46 thoughts on “30 Crazy, Wacky and Useless Kitchen Gadgets

  1. Brigette says:

    Actually, thr bottle brush seems very handy, I always end up wasting a bit of sauce when I have to pour it out, then brush it on.

  2. JK says:

    The pizza cooker is actually pretty awesome. We have one, and use it every time we eat pizza. It doesn’t take up that much space and it uses a lot less electricity than heating up the whole oven…The food processor comes in handy when you have ingredients that need to be really tiny, when a blender will just mush it up and liquify it. I agree that it is a pain to put together and take apart, but that is what my husband is for. I also love our herb scissors. I don’t have to dirty up a knife and a cutting board, I just use the scissors, and cut them over whatever I am putting the herbs into! Everything else…seems like a waste of brain cells…

  3. Lisa says:

    LOL I just saw Sandra Lee using one of those onion choppers yesterday!! Proves she is NOT a chef!!!! Although, we all knew that already!

  4. Lisa says:

    I have the MOTHER of all popcorn makers! We have one of those old fashioned cart type popcorn makers in the living room! We REALLY like popcorn. Nothing like wasting precious space for furniture with a GIANT appliance!! LOL

  5. Jolls says:

    i like the egg separator

  6. Heather says:

    i saw 3 things i wanted the stuffed burger thing, the pizza cooker, and especially that stove cleaner thing lol

  7. Cassidy Wertheimer says:

    Ha ha ha….My girlfriend and I share the 80/20 joke. Somewhere we heard you use 20% of your kitchen gadgets 80% of the time; you use 80% of your kitchen gadgets 20% of the time.

  8. Cassidy Wertheimer says:

    Also, I really use my herb scissors all the time because, yes, knives are so last season. My herb scissors are traditional, but are SO much quicker and easier to use. My herbs no longer stick to the cutting board. It is also easier than using a pizza cutter (a la pampered chef advice). I also use them to chop up toddler food to make it easier for them to eat.

  9. Erin Joy says:

    Confession: I LOVE my cookie dough scoop. It makes a perfect sized cookie.

  10. Arlene says:

    I like the pizza scissors, hamburger cooker and the pouring helpers for the kids. the pouring items are something I would not buy but they would prevent a lot of spills. I love my food processor and the cookie dough scoop. I may buy the scrubber and the popcorn maker because the cover doubles as the bowl. I would probably pass on the rest.

  11. Nicole says:

    I have the Pampered Chef version of the ChopStir and it has come in handy for lots of things other than meat. I’ve used it to make chunky potatoes for chowder and mashed kidney beans for vegetarian burritos. And, it doesn’t take up much space. It just sits happily in my utensil holder with my other useful utensils.

  12. JulieD says:

    I love the cookie dough scoop. The large one is the perfect size for cupcake batter.

  13. Kate - Turquoise Lemons says:

    Love the pizza scissors. I always cut pizza with scissors anyway but the square egg???? Why???
    Really fun post. Sending to my mum she will love it!

  14. Kat says:

    Hating on a food processor? really guys?

  15. chrissy says:

    The cookie dough scoop is actually very usefull. I have a few in different sizes. great for when the kids whant to help do the christmas cookies, (we do A LOT) doubles as ice cream scoops and melon scoops, etc. Food processor, i use mine for my pie crust dough, and many other things. the oven rack pull is great for people with wall ovens and short arms. i have burned my arm many times reaching across a hot door to get the rack out. But totally agree on the rest. and yes, i have no room left in my cupboards…

  16. Lindsay says:

    Wouldn’t the bottle brush contaminate the rest of the bottle with the uncooked meat juices? And a square egg is…too weird. It isn’t an egg anymore and I think I’d feel very awkward eating it. If your deviled eggs slide, just put a damp paper towel between them and the plate! I kind of like the burger former, nice for freezing.

  17. Brookes says:

    The Easy Pour bottle is incredibly helpful for individuals with limited hand dexterity/strength due to arthritis and other diseases.

  18. Kate says:

    LOL, I made the oven pull in my 8th grade woodshop class! My mom STILL uses it!

  19. Kimberly F says:

    Totally disagree about the food processor, love it for pie crust dough, grating my own parm, making fresh bread crumbs, etc. The smore’s thing cracked me up, it looks like a little alien is making and serving me delicious smore’s.

  20. rosemamie says:

    There are quite a few items here that I can’t say I would ever dream of using, but several are very useful for very good reasons. The popcorn maker does not use oil but if you make it on the stove top it does require oil…granted not that much, but every little bit adds up! Food processors aren’t fly by night gadgets, they’ve been around for years and do come in handy when they do more than chop…mine grates and slices as well, and while yes I could do those things by hand sometimes it’s nice to have the convenience of getting it done that much faster. Mine is not a pain to take apart and clean at all, maybe if it was more of a pain I wouldn’t disagree that it belongs on this list. Fondue is delicious, and super expensive if you go out for it, so I would love a fondue maker. Cookie scoop is priceless when turning out many cookies at one time…for instance for school parties, Christmas, other holidays, etc. I’d say you might want to take another look at your list!

  21. Michelle says:

    The bag holder would actually be useful when I bag spaghetti sauce for freezing!

  22. Michelle says:

    My mother-in-law has a wooden oven rack puller, and it’s actually quite useful!

  23. AnnaPK says:

    My husband gave me the egg separator for Christmas one year. Even the kids thought it was weird/gross. :)

  24. Alli says:

    Your comments on each picture are hilarious! I was grinning through the whole slideshow. :D

  25. Lys says:

    Yeah, I don’t get that the food processor was on the list. They are super handy. I have a mini version & used mine to make all my own baby food for my two boys. Everybody acted like it was some major accomplishment, but there’s not really anything to it – just cooking and sticking in the food processor.

  26. Elizabeth says:

    I think it’s strange you have a food processor on here. We use ours all the time for everything from dough to making baby food. I could use a knife to chop veggies/shred cheese, but this does it ten times faster. Ours is super easy to clean too.

    I also think the cookie scoop is handy for smaller servings of ice cream, melon balls and other random things.

    My husband has the omelet maker and loves it. I’m not a fan – plastic, eggs, and microwave doesn’t sound like a good combo to me.

    Most of the rest of the stuff is pretty bizarre though…

  27. Terry says:

    We’ve used the milk carton holder for many years and we love it. They are actually hard to find. Half gallon and Quart sizes. Makes handling those cold, slippery containers very easy.

  28. Katherine Jones says:

    Fondue pot! After years of seeing these at every thrift store and garage sale I happened upon I finally bought one. My kids (8, 14, 16 and 18) had the best time dipping assorted things and eating – it was delicious and a super fun family activity. I can’t reccomend it enough!

  29. Heather says:

    Cutting pizza with scissors = perfect cuts every time. I want those pizza scissors. I currently use my kitchen shears from IKEA. Once you use scissors to cut a pizza you will never want to use anything else again.

  30. Brittany says:

    i really like over half of the items (my son would like the square egg) I love my food processor and my herb scissors. i would love to have to onion chopper and the stove scrubber. I don’t think who ever wrote this has kids and a busy schedule.

  31. cheylene says:

    the cool thing with a pocorn maker is you don’t have to use any oil so its healthier! And i don’t think i could live without my food processor, it cuts my prep time WAY down and i need all the time i can get!

  32. Kathryn P says:

    I’m going to jump on the food processor bandwagon, for all of the aforementioned reasons, and also add consistency to the slicing function, which makes for more even cooking. I like to make potato chips/ slices & it’s worth it to find a place
    somewhere in the house to shove a food processor just for that! I have a stove scrubber and it’s handy and my 5yo likes to use it to help clean the kitchen, top to bottom. Validity also noted with cookie dough/ melon ball scoop. Air poppers are healthier and were a teacher’s pet before every classroom had a microwave, and a lot safer and efficient. An herb slicer? Wouldn’t they be a nusciance to clean? I use regular kitchen scissors. And, for the life of me, I can’t wrap my mind around a square egg.

  33. Bella1979 says:

    I love my pizza cooker. It beats having to heat up the oven, works great, and my kids get a kick out of watching the pizza cook.

  34. Ron says:

    I am finding many of these so called useless gadgets pretty cool I would love to have that burger former or the pizza cutter. The onion slicers were junk though

  35. LoriPal says:

    I have seen things similar to the square egg thing… but they made the eggs into cute little animals and airplanes for kids’ lunches. I don’t see the point of making it square… And for the sake of college students, individual burger cookers would be great IF they were cheap. (Notice the key word “IF”) Fondue is amazing, food processors are great if you don’t want to turn everything into mushy juice in your blender, chop-stirs are fine if you’re trying to make things into mush in a hurry on the stove… As for everything else, really? I mean, really? All the “slicers” break easily (I witnessed this from watching my mom rather than having to go through the pain of getting them myself, thank goodness), and it seems like the rest are just useless. Use scissors for herbs, if you must – it does look like a pain to clean. And the cookie dough scoop? The only thing it’s good for is ice cream. Otherwise, wash your hands and roll them yourself. It’s quicker, makes better looking cookies from what I’ve seen, and for the record, it tastes better. :)

  36. eydie says:

    i disagree with the food processor. i use mine every day. it’s awesome.

  37. Paola says:

    I definetly disagree with the food processor, it is very handy, you can make a dough, confectioners sugar, grate cheese, cabagge and carrots for a coleslaw, slice potatoes, and an infinite number of things. So i dont think its useless.. Also, the herb scissors come very handy for cutting parlsey, cilantro and other herbs for when you want to make duck and rice (peruvian dish) or “tomato salsa” thats how you call it, but its actually “pico de gallo”. About the fondue maker.. the ones with a flame underneath.. it DOES NOT work, i have an electric one and that one, I only use the electric one. I have a popcorn maker and it works awesome, it makes popcorns in no time and since its air popped, i dont have to worry about butter or burning them it has made my life easier.. The cookie dough spoon, I have it and I use it for ice cream. The cupcake maker its good for when you have kids or when you have a business of making cupcakes. my aunt has it and it makes perfectly cooked and shaped cupcakes. I love it .

  38. Zach says:

    A lot of useless items indeed. I would use a potato masher instead of the chop stir, and a spatula instead of the oven rack puller. The bag holder might be useful if your single and have no one to hold the bag for you. I’m a big fan of Alton Brown and he would call a lot of these things “unitaskers.” A little ingenuity can make a few kitchen tools do hundreds of things.

  39. andrel says:

    the food proccessor is NOT useless……its very useful, and the whole taking it apart thing, ours is diahwashwer safe and not complicated. and the burger form, my aubnt has one and is great for cookouts to make pattys with, and you dont have to worry about making them too small or too big, and its great for freezing alsio

  40. Dee Barber says:

    when we had 5 kids at home and working at the office warehouse, the hot dog cooker was perfect for instant food, fast cheap lunches and late night snacks! We used ours then my college son adopted it . He and his roomies use it all the time.

  41. Marci says:

    I’m disabled and the milk container holder is great, my mom had one for years. As for the food processor I agree it is not useless.

  42. Eric says:

    Food Processor? Seriously? Watch a cooking show sometime. Any show at all. They ALL have food processors. Unless you’re making a smoothie, blenders just don’t do as good of a job. Maybe it’s the shape of the container or the quality of the blade, but ultimately the food processor is at least more versatile than a blender.

    Oh, and try making pesto with a knife.

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