Top 20 Registry Must-Haves

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. A Stand Mixer

    Photo by KitchenAid, HomeDepot

    The KitchenAid 5-Quart Artisan series is the most iconic. It's basically a work of art for your kitchen -- especially since it comes in lots of fun colors. The hottest shade this season: raspberry ice, a purple-pink hue.

    $350, HomeDepot.com

  2. A Frying Pan

    Photo by Le Creuset, Crate and Barrel

    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, plus it comes in lots of colors (like cherry red!).

    $150, CrateandBarrel.com

  3. A Vacuum Cleaner

    Photo by Dyson, Macy's

    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. The Dyson DC40 Origin has all of those attributes and more.

    $500, Macys.com

  4. A Saucepan

    Photo by Calphalon, Williams-Sonoma

    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 tops the list of lots of wedding registries for that very reason.

    From $50, Williams-Sonoma.com

  5. A Saute Pan

    Photo by Calphalon, Williams-Sonoma

    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.

    From $100, Williams-Sonoma.com

  6. A Casserole Pan

    Photo by Dansk, Crate and Barrel

    Big get-togethers call for big dishes, and a casserole pan is a must-have in this case. This enamel-coated steel casserole dish by Dansk is both oven- and countertop-safe. Bonus: It's lightweight and comes in a fun yellow color!

    $100, CrateandBarrel.com

  7. A Blender

    Photo by Cuisinart, Sur La Table

    Smoothies, soups, frozen margaritas -- you'll need a good, powerful blender for all of the above. The Cuisinart Smart Power Deluxe blender has a 600-watt motor that makes any of them easy to prepare.

    $165, SurLaTable.com

  8. A Food Processor

    Photo by Cuisinart, Amazon

    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. Want to make any of those tasks easier? You should probably get a food processor like the powerful Cuisinart DLC-10S.

    $100, Amazon.com

  9. A Slow Cooker

    Photo by All-Clad, Sur La Table

    Forget the oven . This countertop cooking tool creates tasty slow-cooked 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 (so you can’t possibly overcook a meal).

    $180, SurLaTable.com

  10. A Roasting Pan

    Photo by Calphalon, J.C. Penney

    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 stove top while keeping your food warm.

    $72, JCPenney.com

  11. A Griddle

    Photo by Crate and Barrel

    Not to be dramatic, but a double griddle that fits over two stove-top 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.

    $50, CrateandBarrel.com

  12. An Iron and Steamer

    Photo by Sunbeam, Macy's

    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. The Sunbeam Turbo Steam iron lets you iron the traditional way or steam your clothing vertically. Plus, it has a smart censor that turns the iron off when you’re done using it.

    $40, Macys.com

  13. A Classic Toaster

    Photo by Nesco, Kohl's

    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 lots of different colors. Go with a sleek silver if you’re not sure which hue to choose.

    $65, Kohls.com

  14. A Stockpot

    Photo by Le Creuset

    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 Crueset one is that they’re designed to withstand high heat while gradually infusing flavor. Plus, the bold enameled steel comes in 10 different brilliant colors.

    $90, LeCreuset.com

  15. A Hand Mixer

    Photo by Breville, Sur La Table

    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). The Breville Chrome hand mixer has 16 speeds, so you won’t feel like you’re missing out on bigger features. There are also a handful of not totally necessary, but totally awesome , features, including a backlit LCD screen with timer, twin beaters and a super-soft handle. What more could you want?

    $80, SurLaTable.com

  16. A Dutch Oven

    Photo by Le Creuset, J.C. Penney

    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 that you don’t have to worry about cold pockets.

    $350, JCPenney.com

  17. A Soup Pot

    Photo by Belgique, Macy's

    You can put just about anything in this Belgique stainless-steel 3-quart covered pot . The bell-shaped body enhances moisture circulation for richer flavor, and the tempered-glass lid allows you to see when the soup’s ready!

    $45, Macys.com

  18. A Stir-fry Pan

    Photo by Kitchen A La Carte, Kohl's

    Look for a heavy-gauge, nonstick one if you’re worried about the cleanup. This two-piece Kitchen a la carte set is aluminum combined with a nonstick surface, and it makes for a nice even cooking experience.

    $30, Kohls.com

  19. A Great Coffee Machine

    Photo by Cuisinart, Crate and Barrel

    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.

    $170, CrateandBarrel.com

  20. A Toaster Oven

    Photo by Hamilton Beach, J.C. Penney

    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.

    $130, JCPenney.com

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