12 Essential Kitchen Items EVERY Registry Should Have

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When it comes to registering, we’re always caught in a catch-22. There’s everything we WANT, and then there’s everything we NEED. And while those heart-shaped cookie cutters will probably make our list, we’ve learned it’s best to start out with the essentials and go from there. The great thing about creating a Zola registry is that they have such an amazing assortment of everything we want and need, so it’s easy to have both in one place. Which is why it’s honestly one of our favorite wedding registries.

Ready to start your Zola wedding registry? Be sure to add these 12 essential kitchen items to your list.

Cuisinart Cookware Set

1. Cuisinart Tri-Ply Copper 10-Piece Cookware Set

If you’re anything like us, you’ve corralled mismatched pots and pans over the years. And sure, they do the trick.  But do you LOVE taking them out to use them? Probably not. Registering is a chance to upgrade the basics, and it’s definitely worth putting that into motion with your cookware. If you choose to register for this investment item, know they can last at least 10 years or more. We’re loving copper and stainless steel, but ceramic and nonstick are great options as well.

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2.Wusthof 7-Piece Knife Block Set

If there’s one thing EVERY great Chef will tell you (beside how important seasoning all your food with salt & pepper is. DO IT, people!) it’sis that a great knife is key. Even if you’re not training to be the next Ina Garten, having a solid knife set in your kitchen will make you feel like the real deal.

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Artisan Series Stand Mixer

3. Artisan Series 5 Qt. Tilt-Head Stand Mixer

The question is not IF you’re going to register for a KitchenAid stand mixer, it’s really which color you’re going to choose. While we opted for silver, Zola’s most popular color is copper, which might be our favorite! And while it’s great for cake and cookie doughs and whipped cream, we’re a fan of using it for everything from meatballs to guacamole and yes…the best mashed potatoes you’ve ever had.

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4. De’Longhi Nespresso Vertuo Evoluo Espresso & Coffee Machine

We’ve tried a ton of different coffee machines, from low-end to high-end, and this is one of the best and easiest ones to use that always produces amazing results. It heats up in 15-20 seconds, and productes amazing coffee or espresso every time. If we could only find an instant pasta maker, we would feel like we were back in Italy.

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5. Dash Mini Waffle Maker

Anybody that knows me knows that I have a thing with waffles. It’s a way to relax on the weekends, and it’s a one-dish item that requires very little effort (but makes it seem like I spent all morning on them. Bonus if you put a little flour on your face.). And even though I love my current waffle maker, I would definitely consider this mini version instead. This smaller size means it’s less cumbersome than our current option, but I can still whip a batch up in a jiff.

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Smeg Toaster

6. Smeg 2-Slice Toaster

Forget about those ho-hum toasters and register for one with personality. Smeg packs so much action into their small appliances. This toaster can reach 6 different browning levels, which means your bread is always just the right amount of toasted (and not burnt). PS: Doesn’t it kind of remind you of The Brave Little Toaster?

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7. Cuisinart 3-Piece Mixing Bowl Set

I admittedly used to use our Pyrex to stir together waffle or cookie dough mix (anyone else??), but since we received 3 sets of mixing bowls from our registry, it’s SO much easier. This classic set will be your go-to for everything you mix, including salad dressings.

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Le Creuset Dutch Oven

8. Le Creuset Signature Round Dutch Oven

If you only added one kitchen essential to your wedding registry, let it be this. There is nothing you can’t make in a Dutch Oven, and Le Creuset is the OG of them. Plus, picking your favorite color is half the fun, as is adding to your Le Creuset collection over the years. These pots–crafted of enameled cast iron that will last from generation to generation–can make everything from stews to soups, roasts, and even bread.

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9. All-Clad Slow Cooker

Trust us when we say a slow cooker will be your new best friend in the kitchen. It will save you time, money and most importantly of all, dishes! One of our favorite new slow-cooker recipes that our cousin Robin recommended is this White Chicken & Quinoa Chili that’s so great for a cold day. We love this All-Clad version which features a dishwasher-safe ceramic insert for way easy clean-up.

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10. Cuisinart Copper Food & Beverage Blender

When a blender looks this pretty you’ll actually WANT to leave it on your countertop (which means you’ll end up using it way more). This model has a dishwasher-safe glass jar and lid for easy cleaning after all those super tasty soups and smoothies you’ll make with this.

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11. All-Clad Multi Cooker with Steaming and Pasta Inserts

The other week I was making pasta, and when I went to drain the water, I also mistakenly drained half my dinner. Do you know what’s on my wish-list now? This All-Clad Multi Cooker that lets you steam, boil, and strain all on one burner on your stove. We love that the steamer basket lets you cook veggies or fish easily, and the strainer is great for stocks, sauces and yes, my pasta.

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Mosser Cake Stand

12. Mosser Glass Small Cake Stand

Do you know what the best part of a great cake stand is? As soon as you take a cake out of the box and put it on one, everybody will think it’s homemade. True story! We love this glass cake stand with its retro vibe. And it comes in an awesome assortment of colors, that you should PROBABLY have one for every season and occasion. 🙂

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Once you’re done with the kitchen don’t forget about those linens! These are the BEST towels every couple should add to their registry.

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