Great Wedding Registry Gift Ideas
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To draw up our list, we surveyed nearly 300 people to find out what wedding gifts they used constantly and what products they regretted requesting. We also read articles from Apartment Therapy, The Knot, Real Simple, and other sources in our effort to compose the ultimate collection of items. In addition, we interviewed long-married couples we know to hear their personal stories about equipping a marriage: We talked to Debi Ogg, who has been married to her husband, Steve, for 35 years; Sarah Dillon, who has been married to her husband, John, for 43 years; Rob Pegoraro, who has been married to his wife, Katie, for 13 years; and Liam McCabe, who has been with his wife, Natalie, for eight years.
Most couples told us they wished they had put fewer, more high-quality items on their registry as opposed to many low- or medium-quality ones. “The extra cost is usually worth the extra reliability and product life in terms of overall value,” said Debi Ogg. But this is not the same thing as splurging on fancy things, she explained. “Couples should really think about the viability of putting formal items, like china, crystal glasses, and vases on the registry,” she said. “We have found we have used them very rarely over the years, they take up storage space, and are often delicate items for handling.”
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This high-performance blender blends more gracefully than any of the others we’ve tested. Its motor powers through thick, taxing mixtures, and it comes with a seven-year warranty backed by excellent customer service.
After testing 22 different blender models over the course of five years, we think the Vitamix 5200 is the best choice. Although this model ranks among the priciest blenders you can buy, it came highly recommended by multiple experts because it powerfully purees and pulverizes foods more reliably and thoroughly than most. It was the only one we’ve tried that can make creamy peanut butter and can puree soup without spewing molten liquid up the sides of the jar.
The Oster Versa is another solid choice. This workhorse is seriously good at blending, it can fit under most cabinets more easily than fancier models, and it comes with a tamper for breaking up air bubbles. The Oster Versa has 10 speeds and is even capable of making butter out of nuts, as long as you feed it two cups at once.
If an immersion blender is more your speed or style, or if you’d like one for situations where dumping a pot of hot vegetables into a regular blender canister doesn’t seem safe, our immersion-blender pick is the Breville BSB510XL Control Grip Immersion Blender. This stick blender is also capable of turning peanuts into peanut butter, and its sharp blades can crush ice. The Breville was one of the only models we tried that didn’t suction itself to the bottom of pots or cups, and it has a wide speed range.
"We received a food processor/blender combination 35 years ago as a wedding gift that we used frequently for many years," Debi Ogg told us. The blender was a central piece in her kitchen until it broke down: "We replaced it with individual pieces (a food processor and another blender) since the combination units weren't being produced anymore." In hindsight, she said, these were the pieces that were worth an investment. “These were items that fall into the category of things we couldn't live without." —Debi and Steve Ogg, married since 1981.
If you're seeking an heirloom-quality Dutch oven for your family that cooks as well as anything and will stand up to decades of use, we recommend the classic Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron 5½-Quart Round French Oven. Offering the most comfortable handles of any Dutch oven we tried, as well as the most resilient enamel finish, the Le Creuset compensated for many of our deliberate cooking mistakes during our tests. In the event that it does chip, Le Creuset offers a lifetime warranty, and the company has in the past offered up to 75 percent off a new Dutch oven even when the owner was at fault for the damage.
If the Le Creuset is too expensive, our standard pick for most people is the Lodge Color 6-quart Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven. The Lodge’s cooking surface is about half an inch smaller than that of the Le Creuset (less room for browning meat), and its handles are not quite as big and comfortable, but it cooks just as well, and Lodge offers a limited lifetime warranty covering any damage that arises from normal use.
Few things in a kitchen get less respect and more use than a toaster oven. If you don’t have quite so much room, our recommendation is the Panasonic FlashXpress. This model has a small footprint—about that of a four-slot toaster—and heats evenly thanks to its combination of infrared heating elements (quartz and ceramic). Reviewed.com describes this oven as having a “cult following” of people who were disappointed when it disappeared from the US market for a brief time in 2014.
If you have the counter space, go for the Cuisinart TOB-260N1 Chef’s Convection Toaster Oven. This toaster oven can hold nine pieces of toast at once. It can also handle many other big tasks with ease and pinch-hit on full-size-meal tasks when you’re hosting a big dinner or holiday party. On top of that, the Cuisinart cooks more evenly and has a better warranty (three years) than other models we tried.
After engaging in a combined 41 hours of research and expert interviews over the past two years, and brewing hundreds of cups of coffee in 12 machines, we like the OXO Brew 9 Cup Coffee Maker best for everyday use. Much easier to work with than other models we tested, it makes coffee that tastes close to pour-over, and you can program it to brew a fresh pot in the morning (so long as you grind and load your coffee the night before). The OXO also has a thermal carafe that’s easy to clean and to pour with.
After 16 hours of research and 30 hours of side-by-side testing, we found the KitchenAid Artisan to be the best stand mixer. The Artisan can whip cake batter and cream butter more effectively than any other model, but it can also knead whole-wheat bread dough without straining or walking around the counter. Note that a big, powerful stand mixer isn’t for everyone: If you don’t bake at least once a week, skip this item. If you don’t need or don’t have room for a stand mixer like this one, consider instead our hand-mixer pick.
When Rob and Katie Pegoraro registered for their wedding, they picked up a stand mixer, figuring they could use it for the occasional batch of cookies or cakes. Eventually Rob realized he could use the dough-hook attachment to expedite his weekly loaf of homemade bread. They have used their stand mixer every week since their marriage in 2003. "Our daughter is very partial to PB and J sandwiches," Rob said. In 13 years, it has never given him a bit of trouble. (Here is his bread recipe.) —Rob and Katie Pegoraro, married since 2003.
If you regularly prepare meals at home, a high-quality skillet will make cooking a lot more enjoyable and help you progress as a cook. After 20 hours of research, we found that the All-Clad 12-Inch Stainless Steel Fry Pan is the best skillet you can buy. It’s dishwasher-, oven-, and broiler-safe, and professionals, enthusiasts, and home cooks alike love it for its superior heat conductivity, balanced handling, and durability. It even comes with a lifetime warranty. This skillet’s base isn't so thick that it takes forever to heat up or becomes difficult to maneuver, but it isn’t so thin that it requires you to make constant adjustments to avoid burning your food. It’s also tough as nails. Ask anyone who has been in the food industry long enough, and chances are good that they’ll have an All-Clad that they’ve been using for a decade or more.
In our most recent round of skillet testing, the Tramontina Gourmet Tri-Ply Clad 12-Inch Fry Pan emerged as a solid runner up for a lot less money. But the All-Clad is still better in every aspect so it’s worth the splurge for a dedicated home cook.
A 2-quart saucepan is the workhorse of any kitchen—one of the pots you’ll reach for every time you cook. After whisking 9 quarts of pastry cream, making 16 cups of caramel, and simmering 21 cups of rice pilaf in nine different saucepans, we recommend the All-Clad 4212 Stainless Steel Saucier. It comes with a lifetime warranty, and it can handle all of the basic, everyday functions of a small saucepan, plus more advanced techniques.
The rounded sloping corners of this saucier make stirring easy and fluid when you’re whisking thick custards or banishing lumps from gravy, and the bent lip helps you avoid making a mess when pouring. The long handle is comfortable to hold and stays cool during cooking. Bonded tri-ply throughout the saucepan means you won’t get hot spots, and food will cook evenly. This pot is an heirloom-quality item that you could hand down to kids or grandkids.
A kitchen can have a lot of tools, but few are as integral to the cooking experience as a chef’s knife. After 75 hours of conducting research and testing 14 different blades, we found that the MAC MTH-80 8-inch Chef’s Knife with Dimples gave us the best experience, thanks to its incredibly sharp blade. We were even able to slice basil without causing the edges to brown, as well as to cut a butternut squash straight down the middle. The MTH-80’s blade has a high carbon content, so it will stay sharp for an incredibly long time. It makes clean cuts, and the handle is small and nice to hold. We are certain it will last a lifetime with proper care. For our additional picks, including a German-style, more traditional knife, read our full guide.
The Zojirushi Neuro Fuzzy NS-ZCC10 made the best white rice among the rice cookers we tested. Each grain turned out perfect—taut and plump, giving a little when pressed, without turning into a paste. When we intentionally mismeasured the ratio of rice to water, the Neuro Fuzzy was the only cooker able to adjust its cooking parameters enough to make rice that was not just edible, but delicious. Though not the fastest machine we tested, the Neuro Fuzzy is by far the most versatile, making the best long-grain white rice, sticky rice, and rice porridge, plus respectable brown rice.
If you make rice at least a couple of times a week, or if you’re particularly discerning about rice texture and flavor, consider the Cuckoo CRP-G1015F 10 Cup Electric Pressure Rice Cooker. It’s considerably more expensive than most rice cookers, but it uses pressure cooking to deliver even tender brown rice in half the time of conventional fuzzy-logic cookers.
After researching for 41 hours and considering 39 different models for our casserole guide, we came to a surprising conclusion: Most of the dishes we tested, ranging in price from $10 to $180, cooked food pretty similarly. But some features, such as roomy handles and classy styling, can make a dish stand out from its peers. The Revol Belle Cuisine 3.8-Quart Rectangular Roasting Dish is extremely easy to carry even with potholders, and this heirloom-quality piece is good-looking enough for you to set it right on the dinner table whether you’re serving your family or guests.
Once you learn to use a thermometer for testing the doneness of meat, frying in oil, or making yeast doughs, you won’t know how you ever lived without one. We tested 24 instant-read thermometers and found that the ThermoWorks Thermapen Mk4 is the best all-around model. At about $100, it is a splurge, but the superfast Thermapen Mk4 gives a close temperature estimate in two seconds and a precise reading in three. The Thermapen has a long fold-out probe, an automatic backlight, and automatic screen rotation, and it uses a AAA battery.
A wooden cutting board may require more careful cleaning than a plastic board, but the 20-by-15-inch Proteak TeakHaus Rectangle Edge Grain Cutting Board is the better addition to your registry for a number of reasons: It’s visually striking, it feels better (and more natural) under a knife than anything plastic, and it’s easier to maintain than other wood boards. After spending 150 hours on research and testing, including interviewing chefs and materials experts, chopping several pounds of produce, and using and abusing nearly 30 cutting boards, we concluded that no other wooden option could best it.
For millennia, boat and furniture makers have used teak for its moisture-fighting properties, and that’s exactly why the Proteak excels beyond every other wood board we tried. It requires regular oil treatments and needs to stay mostly free of moisture, but its time-tested and sustainable materials, joined in expert fashion, will last you many years.
A salad spinner will clean greens better than handwashing and with less mess and hassle, so if you eat salad regularly, this is an item worth adding to your registry. After doing 25 hours of research, interviewing three authors of salad-centered cookbooks, comparing 31 models, and performing hands-on testing of eight salad spinners, we found that the OXO Steel Salad Spinner is the best option for anyone who loves the look of stainless steel. In our tests, its pump spinner was the easiest to operate, drying both hardy greens and more delicate parsley without bruising—something the competition failed to do consistently. This spinner’s base is completely coated in a nonslip, rubbery material to help keep the bowl stable while you’re pumping, and it can double as an attractive serving bowl.
With the overwhelming amount of dinnerware collections to choose from, picking a set of dishes for your wedding registry can be a big decision—after all, whatever you select, you’ll be eating off these dishes for years to come. Although you can find plenty of fine-china sets marketed toward new couples, our research on this subject determined that registering for a fine-china set was one of the top regrets among long-term couples: The dishes simply don’t get used enough, and they take up too much storage space. A basic but high-quality whiteware set will look just as impressive in many settings but will be a lot more usable in everyday life.
After researching more than 200 whiteware collections and testing and evaluating 37 of them, we’ve found that the Dansk Ingram set or the Williams Sonoma Brasserie set is the best for most wedding registries. The Dansk set’s modern silhouette allows it to feel casual yet elegant—versatile enough for both everyday use and entertaining. And although the Brasserie set feels similar to durable restaurant dishes, it’s still refined and not at all clunky like the plates you might use at a diner. Thanks to their heft, you won’t feel like you need to be gentle with these sets. And if you need to replace a dish, the pieces of both are also sold open-stock.
The set of spoons, knives, and forks you like comes down in large part to taste. But the best options all meet a few objective criteria: The pieces feel comfortable and balanced in the hand, the fork tines and spoon bowls are well shaped for eating (as opposed to just looking pretty), and the design works well across a range of settings. We spent 160 hours researching and testing over 200 individual utensils to find the most balanced options in a variety of styles. The Cambridge Silversmiths Julie Satin Flatware has a simple and understated design with clean lines that most people find appealing. Our testers liked the contrasting finish, with the satin handles gradually giving way to a mirror polish on the utensil heads. If you’d like a heavier set of utensils, we recommend the Crate and Barrel Caesna Flatware, available in both satin and mirror finishes. We like the rounded edges of the handles and the elegant, subtle flare at their base.
When steak—or any serious cut of meat—is on the table, a set of steak knives should be, too. After 40 hours of research, interviews, and testing, we found that the Messermeister Avanta Pakkawood knives were not only beautiful to look at and comfortable to hold but also as high-performing as knives six times their price.
The Messermeisters have a long and upswept blade—the ideal steak knife shape, resulting from centuries of evolution. The length allows the knife to slice through even a thick steak in one stroke, and the upswept tip lets your elbow move up as you slice instead of back, where you might strike your chair or a waiter. Moreover, these knives are extremely sharp, with edges that are evenly ground and finely honed.
The handles are finished with pakkawood—an industry term for resin-impregnated natural wood—instead of the more-common cheap plastic or unfinished wood, making them stronger, more durable, and more stable than other steak knives in their price range. Depending on the size of your family or how frequently you entertain, you may want to register for two sets.
After 60 hours of research, years of long-term testing, and time spent flinging dozens of glasses onto hardwood and marble floors to see which ones could survive the, we’ve decided that the Bormioli Rocco Rock Bar is the best drinking glass you can ask for. It’s a classic, durable glass that’s stackable, dishwasher-safe, and more pleasurable to drink from than anything else we found. Made in Spain, the tempered glass was durable enough to survive our 3-foot drops onto hardwood and marble floors. Multiple sizes, from shot glasses to 22 ounces, are available, and they also come in a variety of colors, including ice, peach, and mint.
The best wine glass for everyday use is the Libbey Signature Kentfield Estate All-Purpose Wine Glass. This inexpensive, tulip-shaped glass ranked among the top stemware chosen by our experts in our blind taste test. It stood out for showcasing the aromas of both red and white wines well. It’s nicely balanced with a thin lip that doesn’t distract from enjoyment of the overall drinking experience. The Libbey glass has a classic look that makes it appropriate for daily use, or for more formal occasions such as dinners and cocktail parties. This glass is durable and practical, and it’s dishwasher-safe.
Though Eric Asimov, wine critic for The New York Times (parent company of Wirecutter), said that the Libbey glass was “a little lippy on top” compared with some of the other glasses we tested, it’s still remarkably thin for such an inexpensive glass. Typically, thinner rims and elongated stems are features we see in glasses costing nearly two or three times as much. If you want more elegant everyday glasses, we recommend several options in our full guide to wine glasses.
A great pepper mill is a buy-it-for-life kind of item, and after 45 hours of researching pepper mills and testing 16 models, we found that the Peugeot Paris u’Select Pepper Mill is the best pepper mill for most people. Since its introduction in 1874, the Peugeot pepper mill has been a favorite of professional cooks and design enthusiasts alike for its inimitably sharp case-hardened steel grind mechanism and sleek look. Peugeot made the first pepper mill ever, and the company still makes the best. In our testing, this mill ground half a teaspoon of pepper faster than nearly every other contender. The grind mechanism produces even grinds at every level (unlike much of the competition) and comes with a lifetime warranty.
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If it gets cold enough where you are to merit having down comforters on the beds in your home, they’re the perfect registry investment item. You can find lots of feather-bags out there, but a high-quality comforter weighs no more than a few pounds, warms you evenly, and is constructed well enough to last you for decades, with a warranty to cover it. After performing 85 hours of research and considering 150 products, we found that the Feathered Friends Bavarian Medium 700 Down Comforter is the best investment comforter. It has a loft of about 3 inches but remains incredibly light, so it settles like a layer of cumulus over your bed. The Bavarian Medium 700 is guaranteed to last 30 years, with sewn-through edges that prevent the down from shifting. As of 2015, Feathered Friends is filling its comforters with material that complies with the Responsible Down Standard, and the company provides a website and tracking number through which customers can see the source of their down.
If you’re allergic to down or just don’t like it, try our alternative-material pick from Utopia Bedding. It was soft and warm, it kept its loft nicely, and it didn’t make our testers too hot (an issue with many down-alternative competitors). It’s usually even cheaper than our budget down comforter.
People spend up to a third of their lives sleeping, so you should request a few sets of bedsheets that are comfortable and durable. After more than 100 hours of research and testing, we think that L.L.Bean’s 280-Thread-Count Pima Cotton Percale Sheets can’t be beat. They combine the cool, crisp feel we often look for in sheets with superior sweat wicking, heat retention, and durability.
They’re comfortable and breathable, soft and cool against the skin, and they only get softer over time. In our tests, thanks to their superior extra-long staple cotton, L.L.Bean’s sheets lost the least amount of mass after washings and shrank the least. Durable stitching means these sheets should last a long time, but if they do shrink, tear, or unravel, L.L.Bean’s satisfaction guarantee means you can exchange them at any time. We recommend asking for at least two sets per bed so that you can trade them out on laundry days.
If you prefer the smooth texture of sateen, we recommend the JCPenney Home 400 TC Wrinkle Guard Sheet Set. In our tests for shrinking and durability, these 400-thread-count sheets outperformed all the other sateen sheets, including three new competitors we brought in for our most recent round of testing. Unlike L.L.Bean's sheets, these even come in California King size. Many sateen sheets snag easily because of their weave, but the JCPenney sheets exhibited no wear over the course of two rounds of testing.
A good towel is the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. It’s also a luxury any newlywed couple would be happy to add to their daily routine. The Frontgate Resort Cotton Towel proved to be the most luxurious and soft towel we tested. And after 10 washes, it actually felt better than it did out of the package, which is impressive. There are cheaper towels out there, but if you’re registering for a wedding, you might as well go for the best.
5 on Friday: Great Wedding Registry Items for Soon-to-Be-Married Couples
Each year, as my calendar nears May, June, and July, my mailbox fills up with beautiful wedding invitations—and with them, the need to buy great gifts to help the new couples start their first homes together. Because of my job as market editor for this magazine, I'm often asked what couples should include on their registry. I also have the habit (good or bad, you decide) of buying wedding gifts I know people will love if only they knew to register for them. Here, 5 of my favorite new pans, appliances, and gizmos I'd recommend to any young (or more mature) couple looking to start a great new home kitchen.
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Unless you and your to-be have been living together for awhile and have a pretty solid idea of the things you do and don’t need for your home, piecing together your wedding registry can be a bit of a guessing game (will you really use that set of fancy knives or that giant roasting pan?). Registries aren’t one-size-fits-all—it’s a matter of choosing the items that work for your lifestyle and that you know you’ll get the most use out of.
With that being said, it’s always helpful to get advice from married couples about the wedding gifts that stood the test of time and the ones they wish they never registered for in the first place. Any former bride will tell you that just because that expensive stand mixer sounds really great in theory doesn’t mean you’ll actually take it out of the box and make something with it.
To get an idea of the kinds of goodies that deserve a spot on your registry, take a look at this article where the author (who’s been married for 11 years) breaks down the five wedding gifts that still have a spot in her kitchen and six items that have barely been used—plus, the 10 items she wishes they had included on their registry, too. Might be good to keep in mind when you and your honey hit the stores with the barcode gun.
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Registering for your wedding is an exciting rite of passage — but it's also seriously overwhelming. There are so many categories and products to navigate, not to mention personalities to manage — your mom says no registry is complete without formal china, while your future spouse thinks registering for anything beyond the basics is extravagant. Yikes!
To figure out where to begin, we spoke to Pottery Barn's head tabletop designer Tony Leo. His first piece of advice was to register early. "Right after you're engaged is a great time to register. Some people may just want to get you gifts immediately and potentially double gift. Who doesn't love that?" On the same note, he advises registering for more than you need to give guests options and including items in a range of prices. "This will make your gift givers comfortable and not feel daunted by your big-ticket items."
As for his winning registering strategy, he advises, "Speak with one of the in-store associates and take your time and make the decision together. You want to make the right decisions." Don't worry if you have to come back to the store or tweak the registry online a few times. It's better to wait and determine what you're going to want in the long-term than to rush or pressure each other into selecting the wrong items.
One area he suggests registering for more items in is food prep and serving ware. "More people are entertaining at home, and a lot more people are cooking and taking cooking classes, so food-prep items like KitchenAid mixers, slow cookers, blenders, etc. are going to be increasingly hot." When it comes to basics, he loves Pottery Barn's designs because they "last a lifetime and are classic, livable, transitional to any occasion, and, of course, [they're] beautiful."
Check out Pottery Barn's top 10 most-registered-for items in 2015-2016 ahead, along with Tony's feedback on why they're favorites.
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