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Title: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: Dindrane on March 20, 2013, 06:42:34 PM
I was just posting about cutlery in the Exchanges that Make Your Brain Hurt thread, and it occurred to me that I have what is probably a somewhat unique knife block. I don't have an overwhelming amount of drawer space, but I have even less counter space, so I bought this a number of years ago:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/417EQ7TXY1L._SX450_.jpg)
J.A. Henckels 13-Slot In-Drawer Knife Tray (http://www.amazon.com/J-A-Henckels-13-Slot-In-Drawer-Knife/dp/B0000632SX/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1363822372&sr=8-2&keywords=drawer+knife+block)

It holds all my knives plus some of my steak knives (and the rest of the steak knives are in storage). It fits just about perfectly into one of my drawers. And it keeps my knives nice and organized without taking up the enormous amount of space that counter-top knife blocks consume.

When I stop to think about it, it really is just about my most favorite household item, because it's so good at what it does that I almost never think about it long enough to realize how truly awesome it is.

As an aside, it bugs me a little that the brand of my knife tray is J.A. Henckels even though all the (branded) knives in it are Wusthof. I almost registered for J.A. Henckels knives when I got married entirely because they would match the tray I already owned, but I liked the Wusthof knives better.

So what is your most favorite household item?
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: CrochetFanatic on March 20, 2013, 07:47:34 PM
My cappuccino maker and the blender are sort of neck and neck.  Sometimes they even join forces and create the espresso smoothie.  8)
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: StarDrifter on March 20, 2013, 07:52:01 PM
Such a small thing but it makes life sooooooo much easier - a Tupperware apple slicer/corer in one. I only got it like two weeks ago but I eat apples all the time. I have sensitive teeth, though, so biting into an apple is not pleasant. This thing you line up the centre with the core and push, it cores the apple and slices it into 8 with one push. Voila! Apple slices snack and no more teeth issues.
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: afbluebelle on March 20, 2013, 08:15:20 PM
My Keurig coffee maker. I go through coffee phases, so it is nice to be able to make one cup if I am in the mood for one cup. I still have my old pot for the odd days when it'll take the whole thing to get me through without getting all twitchy. ;D
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: KenveeB on March 20, 2013, 08:31:30 PM
Such a small thing but it makes life sooooooo much easier - a Tupperware apple slicer/corer in one. I only got it like two weeks ago but I eat apples all the time. I have sensitive teeth, though, so biting into an apple is not pleasant. This thing you line up the centre with the core and push, it cores the apple and slices it into 8 with one push. Voila! Apple slices snack and no more teeth issues.

I have one of those! I keep it at work (along with a mini cutting board). I keep little baggies of cheddar cheese slices and to-go cups of PB handy, so I can have apple slices with either one. Totally awesome snacks during the work day.

I think my favorite thing would definitely be my KitchenAid stand mixer. I'd always heard people rave about them, but I never realized just how awesomely useful they are until I got one for Christmas. I bake ALL the time now, enough that coworkers complain I'm making them fat. ;)
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: Bijou on March 20, 2013, 08:41:14 PM
My garlic press.
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: MorgnsGrl on March 20, 2013, 08:44:25 PM
Kitchen Aid stand mixer. If I had to hand-mix all the cookies etc I bake, my right arm would be freakishly muscular.
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: Midnight Kitty on March 20, 2013, 08:46:06 PM
I don't know about my favorite household item, but the one that gets used the most is my little salad spinner.  I used to use the colander more, but the spinner gets the water out of herbs and lettuce much better than draining them in the colander.  Plus, the bowl is clear plastic and I serve the salad in it.  Heck, sometimes we eat the salad out of the bowl and skip the salad plates/bowls.

My cheap blender is the second most used item.  I make smoothies and creamy salad dressing in it.  DH keeps trying to get me to buy "a good one."  I'm waiting for this one to die first, but it keeps on working.  Seriously, I think I paid $15 for it 5 years ago and I use it a couple times a week.

A Swiss friend brought me a peeler that works better than any other I have found in this country.  I love it, but I don't use it much.  DH likes the skin on his potatoes and carrots. :-\

Two items I bought (long ago when I had a bigger kitchen) that I seldom use, but just can't part with are my crock pot and food processor.  It takes as long to clean the food processor as it takes to process by hand, so I seldom excavate to the back of the cold storage cabinet to use the food processor.  It's my own fault for putting it so far back that it takes 5 minutes to remove everything in front of it in order to get it out, but I only use it once or twice a year and all the stuff in front gets used much more often.  The crock pot seldom gets used because DH is phobic about leaving anything on when no one is home.
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: WillyNilly on March 20, 2013, 08:48:30 PM
I love my knife magnet, so my knives are up on the wall. Really anything wall mounted is my favorite. I have plenty of wall space, and I hate clutter on flat surfaces (yet am prone to creating it) so anytime I can get something on a wall its a blessing. I also have magnet spice containers which are stuck to the side of my fridge near my cupboards. And a magneted pad of paper on the fridge door for creating grocery lists. I have a coat rook rack on the wall near my front door, and a set of hooks in my bedroom for clothes that have been worn but aren't ready for the hamper yet. All my framed photos are wall mounted too.

So I guess my favorite house hold thing is my hammer, with my drill (for larger objects) being a close second.  :D
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: Dindrane on March 20, 2013, 08:53:46 PM
WillyNilly, I hear you on getting things up on walls. My biggest complaint with my kitchen now is that the cabinets are incredibly close to the counter (I'd be surprised if my ceilings were more than about 7 or 7 1/2 feet high, and there's a soffit in the kitchen that lowers the wall cabinets even more). And, of course, I'm in an apartment so I wouldn't really be able to hang things all over the walls even if I had room to do it.

I kind of like the knives in a drawer, though. I plan to have kids eventually, and it'll be much easier to child-proof the knives if they're all contained in a kitchen drawer.
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: KenveeB on March 20, 2013, 09:06:23 PM
Speaking of wall-mounted. I have a paper towel holder with a magnet backing, designed to go on the side of the fridge. Paper towels are always handy, and I don't use up valuable counter space for them. The best part? I bought it for about $10... when I was starting college, over 15 years ago. Still works great!
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: amandaelizabeth on March 20, 2013, 09:09:37 PM
I have said it once and I will say it again, my rice cooker. No more soggy or chewy rice just perfect rice every time.  Don't know how I did without it.
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: SheltieMom on March 20, 2013, 09:18:51 PM
My knife holder is mounted under the cabinet, and pulls down, something like this:

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except it's all wooden.

I also have spice racks that pull down out of a cabinet.
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: HoneyBee42 on March 20, 2013, 10:02:13 PM
I'm really fond of this jar opener that my grandmother had installed on the bottom of one of the kitchen cabinets.  It works like a marvel, and the opening seems to be somewhat v-shaped so it can handle big lids and little lids.
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: WillyNilly on March 20, 2013, 10:09:00 PM
Speaking of wall-mounted. I have a paper towel holder with a magnet backing, designed to go on the side of the fridge. Paper towels are always handy, and I don't use up valuable counter space for them. The best part? I bought it for about $10... when I was starting college, over 15 years ago. Still works great!

Mine's not magnetic but yup, my paper towels are wall mounted too!

And I have a hanging fruit basket (3 stacked backets actually) hanging from a wall mounted plant hook.

I own so its not a concern, but when I rented I still hung stuff - a small canister of spackle is less then $5, a worthy investment for daily convenience.
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: turtleIScream on March 20, 2013, 10:12:00 PM
My immersion blender. I just used it tonight to make garlic paste; yum! My Ninja blender probably would come in second.
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: Dazi on March 20, 2013, 10:18:08 PM
Right now I'd have to say the Vitamix.  Just don't tell my DH that I'm really glad he bought it.  I personally would have never even thought of spending that kind of $$$ on what I considered a glorified blender (I was wrong, wrong, oh so wrong).  I use it almost everyday.

I'm also very fond of the under the cabinet mounted can opener and the side cabinet mounted paper towel dispenser, one is on the left side of the sink, the other to the right side.  It is very convenient.
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: Julian on March 20, 2013, 10:54:08 PM
My wood heater.

It keeps the house warm when it's cold outside.  If I lose electricity I can use it to cook on or heat water on.  And I love the ambience it provides too.

Second fave is the heated towel rail in the bathroom - pure bliss to put on a warm, dry and toasty bath robe and to dry with a warm dry towel in winter.
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: Sebastienne on March 21, 2013, 12:51:50 AM
I'm also going to go with the KitchenAid. It's magic! Baking is easy! I can make pizza dough in 30 minutes! Love that thing.

However. We stayed with some wealthy friends a few months ago, and they had this built into their kitchen: http://www.thermador.com/cooking/built-in-coffee-maker/bicm24cs-builtin-fully-atomatic-coffee-machine-stainless-steel

We drink so much coffee, and it grinds the beans and makes a cup in less than 30 seconds, and it was a revelation. Amazing. When we decide to stop renting, we will build one in, and there is no question that it will kick the KitchenAid's bootay in its usefulness and the love we have for it.

We were watching an episode of House Hunters a few weeks ago. The couple was looking at a house with the Thermador installed, and they didn't even comment on it!  Or buy the house! We were stunned, and incredibly disappointed in the couple's lack of foresight.
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: miritree on March 21, 2013, 01:09:03 AM
I can't choose. Brain hurts.

My huge slow cooker. Rice cooker. Steam mop. Kitchen Aid.
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: Ygraine on March 21, 2013, 05:29:46 AM
My Shark floor steam cleaner.   How I lived so long without one is beyond me.  I've already worn the first one out and am on my second.  :)
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: athersgeo on March 21, 2013, 05:45:54 AM
My apple corer/slicer is so good we bought a second one (so I could have one at work and one at home!).

However, my absolute favourite is our new mixer. It's only a little Kenwood one, with very few bells and whistles, but by golly it does what it's supposed to. Unlike the cheepie mixer we bought eighteen months ago that had five speeds - fast, very fast, very VERY fast, supersonic and plaid (with apologies to Spaceballs)...
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: staceym on March 21, 2013, 05:59:56 AM
right now it as one of those "as seen on TV" Swivel sweepers. 

I have a somewhat heavy sweeper that I get tired of pulling out whenever I want to do a guick sweep on spills; and it is too big to get underneath places.  So when I saw this Swivel sweeper advertised I decided to try it and got it last week and truthfully love it. 

Now it isn't as powerful as a regular sweeper (it is run by a rechargeable battery) so a good vacuuming is still needed; but this is great for my bathroom as it can fit in the tight space between the toilet and sink cabinet and I can get underneath the dining room table without having to pull out the chairs all the time as it fits underneath the chairs and it is great for the kitchen when I making my salads for lunch and I drop little pieces of lettuce or whatever.
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: oogyda on March 21, 2013, 06:00:34 AM
Dindrane, a friend of mine makes those knife racks.  Something very similar, anyway.  I have one, but she's making me a different that will fit exactly in the drawer I keep my knives in.  They are great.
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: nayberry on March 21, 2013, 06:14:21 AM
my kenwood chef mixer,  it's used at least once a week for baking and quite often more as it has a blender attachment

all i need now is to save up for the mincer attachment/sausage maker and the spice grinder


although i do love my remoska  http://www.lakeland.co.uk/7669/Grand-Remoska-Electric-Cooker   can only get them from Lakeland and mine was a gift from my parents <3
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: siamesecat2965 on March 21, 2013, 08:30:39 AM
My mom has the knife drawer thingy, and she loves it!  I however, do not have much drawer space at all, so it would not be good for me.  I would have to say my two favorite things are my measuring beaker, that you can use for BOTH dry and wet, and my ovi gloves. My mom had them at Christmas (a hostess gift) and I raved about them. Little did I know she bought me some of my own!.

Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: bloo on March 21, 2013, 09:05:38 AM
Oh where to start, where to start?!

Okay, in this particular order:

Wustof Classic Knives / Chef's Choice Knife Sharpener (need both!)
Kuhn-Rikon manual can opener
All-Clad MC2 pots and pans
French Press coffee maker
Cuisinart immersion blender
Cuisnart 9-speed handmixer
Pampered Chef mini-whisk
Williams-Sonoma measuring cups & spoons (heavy stainless steel so they don't go flying around the dishwasher)

And although I don't use it often I love having the Cuisinart Ice Cream maker with extra insulated bowl!

Those are probably my most favoritest! I have quite a few tools and have gotten rid of ones I like but really don't use.
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: Sophia on March 21, 2013, 09:12:31 AM
My clothes washer. 
If there is reincarnation, I can guarantee that in a past life I was someone that washed a lot of clothes by hand and hated it with a purple passion. 
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: siamesecat2965 on March 21, 2013, 10:17:53 AM
My clothes washer. 
If there is reincarnation, I can guarantee that in a past life I was someone that washed a lot of clothes by hand and hated it with a purple passion.

I said just the other day, i would even give up my dishwashwer if i could have a washer in my apt. but sadly, they are old, and not built to accomodate them. BOOO.
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: Bethalize on March 21, 2013, 10:27:05 AM
my kenwood chef mixer,  it's used at least once a week for baking and quite often more as it has a blender attachment

all i need now is to save up for the mincer attachment/sausage maker and the spice grinder


Pod to the Kenwood Chef!

The spice grinder is brilliant. I use it for nuts and other things. I never use my mincer attachment though, although I was looking for it the other day. The coffee grinder for it is the best. I love the juicers and the ice-cream maker but I don't use them much because of my diet.  I wondered about a sausage maker but I think I'd rather get hold of the cream maker first.

I got a Kmix immersion blender to supplement the Kenwood Chef because I wanted a food processor for making paté. The food processor end of the Kmix does all the things the Kenwood Chef doesn't. I did have the Kenwood Chef slicer but the plastic crumbled into the food on Christmas :-( It's a hazard when things go on forever! Or rather, bits of them don't go on forever.
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: RebeccainGA on March 21, 2013, 10:40:56 AM
Mine would be a tie between the plastic bins in my fridge (Container store, under $15, and I can literally pull out ONE BIN and have all my salad toppings ready to go), my awesome ceramic egg pan (I make eggs daily for DP, and could, if I wanted, just wipe the pan out between uses - no stick doesn't even begin to describe it), and my toaster oven (which is also convection, and a rotisserie). I use all three nearly daily, and would be lost without them.

Although, if any of them could go in favor of somewhere for me to put my kitchen towels IN the kitchen, I'd happily trade them!
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: Miss Misery on March 21, 2013, 10:51:28 AM
My Dirt Devil vacuum cleaner.

My multi-disc DVD player.  ;D

Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: texgalatheart on March 21, 2013, 10:52:10 AM
My favorite this is my Keurig - use it everyday. Gotta have that perfect cup of coffee when i hit the road.
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: nayberry on March 21, 2013, 11:28:27 AM
my kenwood chef mixer,  it's used at least once a week for baking and quite often more as it has a blender attachment

all i need now is to save up for the mincer attachment/sausage maker and the spice grinder


Pod to the Kenwood Chef!

The spice grinder is brilliant. I use it for nuts and other things. I never use my mincer attachment though, although I was looking for it the other day. The coffee grinder for it is the best. I love the juicers and the ice-cream maker but I don't use them much because of my diet.  I wondered about a sausage maker but I think I'd rather get hold of the cream maker first.

I got a Kmix immersion blender to supplement the Kenwood Chef because I wanted a food processor for making paté. The food processor end of the Kmix does all the things the Kenwood Chef doesn't. I did have the Kenwood Chef slicer but the plastic crumbled into the food on Christmas :-( It's a hazard when things go on forever! Or rather, bits of them don't go on forever.

have you tried getting it as a replacement part?  we had to get replacement rubber seals for the blender on my mum's one (30+ years and counting!)  i know that it's possible to get them in the UK and i'm sure you must be able to get them in the US
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: mechtilde on March 21, 2013, 12:06:26 PM
The kettle. I love tea!
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: Shoo on March 21, 2013, 12:07:40 PM
The kettle. I love tea!

Gotta agree.  I couldn't live without my electric kettle.  We use it for so many things.
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: Amara on March 21, 2013, 12:10:17 PM
Is it bad that I can't pick just one? I hope not. The following list is in no particular order as they are all favorites!

Washer and dryer: After having to use a laundromat for 25+ years I am still amazed, thrilled and utterly captivated by how easy laundry is when done at home.

Zester: I cannot believe how many years I spent making zest with a knife and scraping off the white pith. What a pain. It's amazing to me how simple and fast this little implement makes things. Why, oh why, did I wait so long to buy one?

Good knives: What needs to be said about a knife that works beautifully?

Roasting pan: I bought the one recommended by CI and love it. So easy to wash, so sturdy, so accommodating.

Le Cruset: What can I say? I am in love with their Dutch oven.

Cuisinart Food processor and mini-chopper: They do it all!

Dehydrator: Fun and useful. You can't ask for more than that in a kitchen appliance.

Electric steamer: I discovered the extreme usefulness of these after I burned out a double pot steamer on the stove. Now, I never worry.

Pepper mill: Another recommendation from CI, and it works so beautifully. Six grind sizes, easy to fill, and very sturdy.

Vegetable peeler: Simple and extraordinarily effective. If there was ever an argument for a very inexpensive product that paid off millions of times its cost this is it. No more parboiling tomatoes to remove their skins! Another CI recommendation.

Cherry pitter: Cherry pie was never so easy as with this pitter. Inexpensive too.

Plastic garbage can with locking lid: Keeps all odors inside!

Blender: An appliance I use every single day.

Vacuum cleaner: Thanks to three cats and their six sets of paws that track litter to the rugs constantly I use this on a near-constant basis.
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: Ereine on March 21, 2013, 12:13:16 PM
The thing that brings me most joy is probably my freezer. There was only a fridge when I moved here and I lasted for two weeks before buying the freezer, I couldn't live without one. I pick and buy berries and freeze them for winter, it was full of them. Now it's a lot emptier and I like to make huge batches of food to freeze so that I don't have to cook as often.

I bought a new pot last year after looking for a pretty one for a few years and it's close to perfect. It's very pretty, turquoise in color and cast iron so it keeps the tea warm longer. It may be just my imagination but tea seems to taste better in it.

I have a set of nesting bowls/things by Joseph Joseph that's so pretty that I keep it on the counter. It appears to be discontinued but this (http://www.josephjoseph.com/product/view/88) one looks pretty much the same, except instead of measuring spoons mine has a lemon squeezer.
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: ladyknight1 on March 21, 2013, 01:27:48 PM
I love my slow cookers (2 qt round and 5 qt oval), food processor, good knives & cutting boards, Penzey's spices, OXO mixing bowls that are non-slip, hand mixer and manual coffeemaker. Also, my Microplane graters, all the pots and pans I use frequently, my awesome toaster oven.


The griddle is my favorite: http://www.amazon.com/PCG-10-Professional-Portable-Nonstick-Griddle/dp/B000BKXE02 (http://www.amazon.com/PCG-10-Professional-Portable-Nonstick-Griddle/dp/B000BKXE02)
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: Girlie on March 21, 2013, 01:53:29 PM
Two things:
The Keurig coffee maker, and the removeable shower head.
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: CakeBeret on March 21, 2013, 03:15:05 PM
My wall mounted spice rack.

I received a generic spice rack as a wedding gift and soon discovered that half the things in there weren't useful and I wished I could replace them with something else.

I did lots of research and finally I decided I want magnetic spice tins in which I could keep whatever spices I wanted. After almost a year and a half, I have finally amassed a full collection of tins, as well as a metal backsplash on which to mount them above my stove. I have enough tins for all my spices as well as corn starch, baking soda/powder, yeast, salt, etc. I have arranged it all so that there is room in the center to stick a recipe up there if I need to. Of course, now that I have everything, I am considering moving the placement. :P

Here is a photo of it, although two of the tins were not up there at the time:

(http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z313/smarterthanu213/82a2804d-6f2e-4548-8154-6a923e38a15d_zpsf6ce94aa.jpg)
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: zyrs on March 21, 2013, 03:21:02 PM
Our single cup drip coffeemaker. 

We both like our coffee a certain way and none of the pod coffeemakers make if the way we like.  We found this really cheap single cup coffeemaker that does it perfectly, and bought a few of them for when the first one burns out.
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: AuntieA on March 21, 2013, 03:28:12 PM
To name a few:

my Keurig coffee maker (I call him Hans)

my magnetic wall-mounted knife rack

over-door racks with hooks - one of which holds my scarf collection
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: peaches on March 21, 2013, 03:28:32 PM
I love my Electric Skillet best of all. Most people don't have these anymore (although when I got married everyone had one). I'm on my second one.

The great thing about it is that it's big (a rectangle) and can hold 6 - 8 burgers. It makes perfect pancakes - just dial 350 degrees and preheat, and there is never a burnt or underdone pancake. And it's good for frying (chops, steaks, etc.)  I use it several times a week.

My new favorite gadget is a Microplane, for zesting. Wow, that thing works great!
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: heartmug on March 21, 2013, 03:47:54 PM
Crock pot.  I use that thing at the very least once a week.
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: Sophia on March 21, 2013, 04:08:06 PM
... and bought a few of them for when the first one burns out.

Reminds me of my parents.  They never drank coffee, and then mom got some free coffee and coffee maker when internet sites were giving things away.  They got hooked.  One holiday I heard my dad holler, "Honey, where is the spare coffee maker?" 
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: Ceallach on March 21, 2013, 05:05:35 PM
Electric frying pan! I love that thing. If you've never cooked a full roast dinner in an electric frying pan then you've missed out on something delicious!

Really any meal - throw in meat and veges, turn once during the cooking time, and voila!

(The fact that we have been renting for 5 years in houses with terrible gas ovens that can't cook evenly and aren't worth wasting time on may be coloring my opinion of my frying pan somewhat!)
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: KimberlyM on March 21, 2013, 06:01:24 PM


My cheap blender is the second most used item.  I make smoothies and creamy salad dressing in it.  DH keeps trying to get me to buy "a good one."  I'm waiting for this one to die first, but it keeps on working.  Seriously, I think I paid $15 for it 5 years ago and I use it a couple times a week.



What kind is it?  I swear I go through 8 blenders a year, and I've bought some seriously expensive ones!  I don't even use them that often but I had one break on it's first use making a milkshake!  I started just buying the cheapest one I can find figuring the motor is going to burn out in no time.
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: blueyzca01 on March 21, 2013, 06:10:32 PM
The Roomba!!!

The Roomba (known hereafter as Bruce) is the automatic vacuum cleaner.  Hubby decided that he hated vacuuming with a passion and brought Bruce home one day.
He runs Mondays and Thursdays and I haven’t vacuumed in 2 years.  It’s bliss  8)

Now I need a Bruce for the laundry and cleaning the shower.
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: SamiHami on March 21, 2013, 06:17:25 PM
Crock Pots-I love crock pot cooking!
Rice Cooker-Before I got one I was never able to make a good batch of rice. Now it's perfect every time!
Ulu Knife-I learned about them here on EHell and I am so glad! I use that knife all the time.
Rolling Kitchen Island-I have a large kitchen, but very little counter space. I got a rolling kitchen island that I can pull out whenever I need the extra space. It's perfect!
Convection toaster oven-Another heavily used item. It's just me and DH, so we don't always need to heat up the oven to cook.
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: AmethystAnne on March 21, 2013, 06:47:57 PM
My set of Revere Ware pots and pans. No hot spots!

And the kitchen scissors.
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: GreenEyedHawk on March 21, 2013, 07:50:21 PM
I adore my slow cooker and use it all the time.
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: Bethalize on March 22, 2013, 04:35:50 AM
have you tried getting it as a replacement part?  we had to get replacement rubber seals for the blender on my mum's one (30+ years and counting!)  i know that it's possible to get them in the UK and i'm sure you must be able to get them in the US

I know what you mean, I do order replacement parts for the Kenwood Chef every now and then. I can get a whole new attachment but I can't just get the plastic guard. The new attachment was something like £60, and as I have the food processor attachment for the Kmix now I thought I wouldn't bother.
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: snowfire on March 22, 2013, 08:34:23 PM
Have you checked Ebay?  When the motor for my Mom's "kitchen center" croaked I was able to find one for ~10 bucks plus shipping.  It still was cheaper than replacing the mixer, blender, food slicer, etc. which are all attachments which use the same motor.
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: marcel on March 22, 2013, 10:36:39 PM
After a long and hard though, I have decided that the spice grinder wins. If possible, i buy my spices whole, and grind small amounts at a time.

Nice story about my spice grinder, I got to take it from my parents place a few years ago, and I told them a few weeks ago how much I use it and love it, even though it is so old. They told me it was a wedding present (they were married 42 years ago) and my mom told the friend who gave it to them, who was pleased to hear that after all these years her gift was still used and loved.
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: ilrag on March 22, 2013, 11:06:01 PM


My cheap blender is the second most used item.  I make smoothies and creamy salad dressing in it.  DH keeps trying to get me to buy "a good one."  I'm waiting for this one to die first, but it keeps on working.  Seriously, I think I paid $15 for it 5 years ago and I use it a couple times a week.



What kind is it?  I swear I go through 8 blenders a year, and I've bought some seriously expensive ones!  I don't even use them that often but I had one break on it's first use making a milkshake!  I started just buying the cheapest one I can find figuring the motor is going to burn out in no time.

It's not in any way cheap but my Vita mix has held up to 8 years of almost daily use.
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: mmswm on March 22, 2013, 11:18:22 PM
I can't possibly decide on a favorite!  In no particular order:

Angle Grinder: It's amazing how versatile this tool is. I have used it to cut out small segments of drywall, cut rusty bolts, pull 20 year old gum out of concrete and all manner of other uses.

Combination standard/hammer drill (cordless), because you never know when you might need to drill through masonry.

Ratcheting screwdriver with interchangeable bits.

"Swiss Army" style hex wrench set.

Kitchen Aid stand mixer
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: Thipu1 on March 23, 2013, 07:13:08 AM
Very cheap, very modest and very useful. 

I refer to those little round, plastic things to hold a pair of socks together in the wash.  They save so much time and agita.  Also, we don't have to say we're honoring Dobbie. 
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: Snooks on March 23, 2013, 04:17:00 PM
My coffee machine, bean to cup coffee and it does cappuccinos at the touch of a button.  Bliss.

I also love my MagiMix which I used this evening to make pastry and then breadcrumbs which I combined to make a treacle tart.
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: norrina on March 23, 2013, 05:47:34 PM
I can't quite choose a favorite between my Kitchenaid mixer, Cuisinart food processor, Wusthof knives (except I got them when I was young and stupid, and did not take proper care of them, and I'm not sure if the edge can ever be ground back onto them), and Roomba (which currently needs a new battery  :'().

We had a front load washer at our old apartment, but had to provide our own washer when we moved and ended up with a barely functional top loader off Craigslist. We're currently saving to get a front loader, and the day we're finally able to buy it can't get here soon enough.
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: checkitnice on March 23, 2013, 06:47:02 PM
My Roomba!  I just got it this week after moving to a huge house with hardwood floors. What a lifesaver, especially with a five year old and a golden retriever.

My kitchen aid is up there along with the uber cheap single serving coffee pot!  Did everyone else get theirs at Menards last year?  I think they were $5 or so.

As for replacement parts for everything, the Mending Shed's website has helped me out in the past with broken appliances. Worth a shot.
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: reflection5 on March 23, 2013, 07:09:48 PM
1) whisks (a set of 3)
2) steamer (folds to sit in a pan)

Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: Nikko-chan on March 23, 2013, 09:15:29 PM
I've been thinking on this for awhile, and it just hit me. My bed warmer. I turn it on and it warms up and sends me right to sleep. No worrying about cold sheets!
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: GreenEyedHawk on March 23, 2013, 09:38:33 PM
Ooooh Nikko you jsut reminded me, too...I love my electric blanket!
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: KenveeB on March 23, 2013, 10:10:42 PM
I don't need an electric blanket. I have a very snuggly cat and 60-pound dog. :)
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: reflection5 on March 23, 2013, 10:48:57 PM
Thought of another one - kneeling knee pad.  Great when cleaning bathtub.
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: Elisabunny on March 24, 2013, 04:52:59 PM
Ooooh Nikko you jsut reminded me, too...I love my electric blanket!

There really should be a statue somewhere honoring the inventor of the electric blanket.
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: ladyknight1 on March 26, 2013, 05:05:23 PM
I love my new Makita drill, it is awesome.
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: ladyknight1 on April 10, 2013, 12:37:59 PM
(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-TJghm2jK5Xg/UQqIgnGQrHI/AAAAAAAAQ_k/QY20gxn9HCM/w571-h428-p-o/IMG697.jpg)

We love ours too.
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: Thipu1 on April 11, 2013, 09:07:51 AM
We use a magnetic strip for our knives too.  It saves storage space in drawers, it keeps the knives handy but safely out of the way.  we've also heard that the impact of opening and closing drawers can damage the edges of knives. 
Title: Re: Absolute Favorite Household Thing
Post by: oogyda on April 11, 2013, 09:24:21 AM
We use a magnetic strip for our knives too.  It saves storage space in drawers, it keeps the knives handy but safely out of the way.  we've also heard that the impact of opening and closing drawers can damage the edges of knives.

Unfortunately, the repeated connection with the magnetic strip can damage the edge.  One must be very careful to lay the back of the blade against the strip first.