5 Kitchen Appliances That Are Worth Your Precious Counter Space & 5 That Are Not

If you're anything like us, the dream kitchen you have in your mind has a lot more counter space than the actual room in the house where you prep and cook all your meals. Yes, in an ideal world we'd have a butler's pantry, hutch, sideboard, massive island and more cabinets than we know what to do with. But the reality is that most of us are a little starved for space, and that can spell trouble if you're an appliance junkie.

Sometimes, you start collecting appliances while watching late-night shopping channel shows; other times, it's through well-meaning gifts that you find yourself with more appliances than you have square footage. That's when it's time to pare things down.

It turns out there are only a few appliances you really need in the kitchen. The rest do things you can accomplish with what you already have, and unless you literally make a panini every day, do you really want that big press taking up primo counter space? We didn't think so.

Look through our list of the appliances that are truly essential and those you can ditch. Trust us, you'll thank us when you see how much storage space you suddenly have.

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