Whether or not you have any cooking talent to speak of, a few super-luxe kitchen accessories ensure major “wow” factor—even when your food leaves something to be desired.
Up your gizmo game with a top-notch (and self-cleaning) Vitamix blender, or splurge on a lavish La Cornue stove. For those on the hunt for items that won’t break the bank, classic cookware pieces like Le Creuset’s cast iron dutch oven lend style to any stove top.
Whatever you choose, we promise your dinner guests will be impressed.
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You know you've made it when you have a batch of homemade ice cream waiting in your refrigerator each night. Breville's stainless steel Smart Scoop
features an automatic "hardness" sensor to ensure the texture is exactly to your liking. $399.99; available at brevilleusa.com.
Le Creuset's luxe enamel-coated cast iron cookware is so sturdy, customers have been known to hand down their skillets and baking dishes through generations. Our top pick, the classic oval casserole in dark burgundy. $110; available at lecreuset.com.
Nothing says "foodie" like a set of top-notch knives. Cut Brooklyn creates razor-sharp designer blades with brightly-colored handles. As the website explains, "you will know it's in your hand, but it will function as an extension of your thoughts." For us, those thoughts are mainly "don't chop a finger, don't chop a finger." Start at $375; available at cutbrooklyn.com.
When we imagine the good life, it includes fresh air, seafood, and a brushed steel Dacor grill. From filet mignon to corn on the cob, this grill's super-precise settings (along with a fancy-sounding infrared ceramic rotisserie burner) achieve a perfect char every time. $5,529; for more information visit dacor.com.
If your popcorn-microwaving experience could use an upgrade, look no further than the ritzy Gaggenau Fusion Oven. It may not make your frozen burrito taste any different, but it will still look extra fabulous in your designer kitchen. Approximately $1700; for more information visit gaggenau.com.
A necessity for serious chefs everywhere, a KitchenAid mixer can handle everything from cookie dough to cake mix to ice cream. Best of all, you'll look like you know what you're doing (even if you don't). $349.95; available at williams-sonoma.com.
Think of it as the Rolls Royce of the kitchen world. Founded in 1908, La Cornue has been creating some of the most gorgeous stoves around for over a hundred years. Combining modern technology with old-world style, cooking on one of these babies is a singular luxury experience. Starting at $21,000; for more information visit lacornue.com.
Often, our daily English muffin will pop out of the toaster barely even cooked. Thankfully, the Magimix by Robot-Coupe Vision Toaster makes it easy to gauge the toasty-state of your breakfast thanks to its transparent panels on either side. It's the little things, you know? $249.95; available at williamssonoma.com.
Skip the cheap Ikea wine rack and splurge on an under-counter "cellar" from Viking Range, which features extendable shelves for easy access, and can be adjusted from 44 to 68 degrees. $2899; for more information visit vikingrange.com.
By now, your smoothie-obsessed friends have probably told you about the Vitamix blender, but they might not be hip to the Pro Series 750, which is easily the coolest range the brand has to offer considering it includes five chop settings and—best of all—a self-cleaning feature. $689; available at vitamix.com.