Top 20 Registry Must-Haves

Take it from real couples: These are the picks you definitely want to find a space for on your own registry.

While it's fun to talk about all the cool unexpected registry ideas like bicycles, board games and grills, the reality is that most items on your registry are going to look a lot more traditional. Case in point, the results from the registry study we do every year. We can actually tell what items most couples registered for at the top registry stores across the country. The bottom line: The gifts most couples register for are kitchen staples. Here, the most-asked-for gifts and why you might want to put them on your own list.

  1. Stand Mixer

    The KitchenAid Artisan series is the most iconic mixer. It's basically a work of art for your kitchen—and we love the practicality of the measurement marking on the side of the mixing bowl, combined with the fun color selection. The hottest shade this season: Raspberry Ice, a purple-pink hue.

    KitchenAid Artisan designer series 5-qt. stand mixer, $400,

  2. Frying Pan

    Red La Creuset signature red skillet

    You'll probably end up with a collection of cookware in your kitchen, but we suggest including at least one cast iron piece. Why? It's one of those kitchen staples you can use to cook just about anything—on the stove or in the oven. This one from Le Creuset is amazing; it can withstand up to 500 degrees, and it's completely unaffected by acids, odors and stains.

    Le Creuset signature 10" skillet in Cherry Red, $160,

  3. Vacuum Cleaner

    Dyson ball multi-floor vacuum registry pick

    It's time to toss the dorm-room dirt buster and look for a serious vacuum to put on your registry. Vacuums come with lots of features nowadays, like filters that trap allergens— such as pollen and mold—and attachments to get at ridiculously hard-to-reach spots. This model even has a self-adjusting head that maximizes airflow for every floor type.

    Dyson ball multi-floor upright vacuum, $500,

  4. Saucepan

    Calpahalon sauce pan wedding registry pick

    Like the frying pan, a saucepan is a kitchen necessity. You'll use it for everything from cooking veggies to grains, and, of course, sauces too. This Calphalon Unison saucepan is nonstick and dishwasher safe, making it a registry chart topper.

    Calphalon Unison slide nonstick 1-qt. saucepan, $50,

  5. Saute Pan

    Saute pan with lid set

    It sounds trite but if you plan to do any amount of cooking, you'll need a saute pan. Look for one with an easy-to-hold handle and that's strong enough to withstand scrapes from metal cooking tools. The Calphalon Elite is nonstick and checks all the boxes—including a specially textured interior that optimizes searing capabilities.

    Calphalon Elite nonstick saute pan, from $100,

  6. Casserole Pan

    Le Creuset casserole pan

    Big get-togethers call for big dishes, and a casserole pan is a must-have. Opt for one that's versatile enough to work with any recipe's cooking instructions, like this Le Creuset pan that's oven, microwave, freezer and broiler safe. It's ideal for baked goods or casseroles, and the enamel-glazed stoneware maintains heat retention and resists scratching.

    Le Creuset heritage covered rectangle baking dish, $100,

  7. Blender

    Cuisinart SmartPower blender

    Smoothies, soups, frozen margaritas—you'll need a good, powerful blender for all of the above. The Cuisinart SmartPower Deluxe blender has a 600-watt motor that makes any of them easy to prepare, and you know its patented stainless steel blades mean business.

    Cuisinart SmartPower Deluxe blender, $90,

  8. Food Processor

    Cuisinart 14-cup food processor

    It'll sound like an infomercial, but we'll explain why it's amazing anyway: A food processor chops, mixes, slices, shreds and so much more. The biggest perk to this model it the extra-large feed tube. No cutting prep is necessary—you can just feed your ingredients right into the canister.

    Cuisinart 14-cup food processor, $170,

  9. Slow Cooker

    All-Clad slow cooker

    Forget the oven. This countertop cooking tool creates tasty meals without all the manual work. The best feature of the All-Clad slow cooker is that it automatically switches to warm when you're done cooking (no more scorched bottom layers!).

    All-Clad slow cooker, $180,

  10. Roasting Pan

    Simply Calphalon nonstick roasting pan

    Even if the plan isn't to cook gigantic meals every night, you'll want a roasting pan for holiday dinners especially. (And trust us, now is the time to get one.) The easy-to-handle nonstick roaster and rack from Simply Calphalon is a good choice. We like that the handles stay cool on the stovetop while keeping your food warm.

    Simply Calphalon hard-anodized nonstick roaster and rack, $100,

  11. Griddle

    Reversible Typhoon grill pan

    Not to be dramatic, but a double griddle that fits over two stovetop burners will change your life. It's perfect for churning out dozens of pancakes, flipping burgers, making up stir-fry and a slew of other meals. The one above is cool because it's reversible (one side is smooth and the other creates griddle marks) and it has a well to collect any drippings.

    Typhoon cast iron reversible grill pan, $60,

  12. Iron

    Black & Decker clothing iron

    We know—it doesn't get much more boring than shopping for an iron. But you have to admit, it's one of those necessities. Upgrade yours with one that has serious steaming power. This little unit also has an anti-drip feature and a spray mist option.

    Black & Decker Allure professional iron, $65,

  13. Toaster

    Red Nesco 2-slice toaster

    There are certain kitchen items that not only need to function but also need to look good. Toasters like this Nesco two-slice toaster come in several different colors. Go with a sleek gray if you want something more timeless, or add a pop of color to your kitchen with a cheery red hue.

    Nesco 2-slice toaster, $65,

  14. Stockpot

    La Creuset 8-quart stockpot

    Get a stockpot that holds at least eight quarts. Go bigger if you're planning to cook for large groups often. The cool thing about stockpots like this Le Creuset one is that they're designed to withstand high heat while gradually infusing flavor. Plus, the bold enameled steel comes in 12 brilliant colors.

    Le Creuset 8-qt. stockpot, $95,

  15. Hand Mixer

    Small handheld 7-speed mixer

    So even if you do have a big stand mixer on the registry, the compact version is a great accessory to handle smaller mixing jobs or batches (hint: faster cleaning time, for sure). There are also a handful of not totally necessary, but totally awesome, features, including an LED 7-speed display screen, twin beaters and a swivel cord for lefties or righties. What more could you want?

    Cuisinart Power Advantage 7-speed hand mixer, $60,

  16. Dutch Oven

    La Creuset classic Dutch oven design

    It's perfect for cooking soups, stews and even breads. And to those skeptics wondering why it's better than any other pan? A Dutch oven like the Le Creuset signature oval version cooks everything evenly, so you don't have to worry about cold pockets.

    Le Creuset signature oval French oven, $305,

  17. Soup Pot

    Belgique stainless steel soup pot

    You can put just about anything in this pot. The bell-shaped body enhances moisture circulation for richer flavor, the stainless steel is nonreactive (so it won't ever absorb the flavor or smells of past recipes) and the tempered-glass lid allows you to see when the soup's ready.

    Belgique stainless steel 3-qt. covered soup pot, $45,

  18. Stir-fry Pan

    2-piece stir-fry pan set

    Look for a heavy-gauge, nonstick one if you're worried about the cleanup. This two-piece set has a nonstick surface, and it makes for a nice even cooking experience.

    Simply Calphalon 2-piece nonstick omelet plan set, $70,

  19. Coffeemaker

    Cuisinart Grind and Brew coffeemaker

    Get rid of whatever you're using now and put an adult coffeemaker on your list. There are plenty of models and features to make coffee brewing super-easy. For example, this Cuisinart coffeemaker has both a built-in grinder and specialty brew settings that let you make anywhere from 2 to 12 cups—fine-tuned to your own preferences.

    Cuisinart Grind and Brew 12-cup coffeemaker, $170,

  20. Toaster Oven

    Hamilton Beach convention rotisserie oven

    In case you were wondering, it's worth the counter space. This Hamilton Beach design is essentially a countertop oven that allows you to bake, broil and rotisserie.

    Hamilton Beach countertop oven and convention rotisserie, $130,

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