By: Cholo Ledesma
Learn which kitchen investments are worth it

When filling up your dream kitchen, there are so many fantastic options to choose from. However, getting high-quality items across the board might rack up your costs quickly. It’s important to know which items you should splurge on, and which items you can save on.

Here’s a list of kitchen needs that are worth the investment, and another of things that you can definitely save some cash on.

Splurge on:


1. Knives

When looking for items for your kitchen, you shouldn’t skimp out on good quality knives for prepping. They may be quite expensive, but you’ll definitely feel your investment with ease in the kitchen and safer prep experience. Whether it’s a paring knife, a cleaver, or a good old chef’s knife, sharpen and maintain them regularly, and you’ll have handy kitchen tools to last you a long time!

2. Stainless Steel Pots & Pans

You’ll be using pots and pans almost every time you cook, so it would be a great idea to invest in high-quality pots and pans made of stainless steel. The durable material makes it an excellent choice for any type of cooking, and they will last you very long (saving you money replacing your pots and pans all the time). A definite splurge item!

3. Stand Mixer

Especially if you bake, having a stand mixer is a must in the kitchen! A stand mixer high-powered motor and varied accessories will cater to many of your baking and cooking needs. Though good quality mixers might be a bit pricey, they will save you much needed time and energy in the kitchen.

4. Blender

Having a high-powered blender will do you wonders in the kitchen! Make anything from delicious soups, sauces, and smoothies in a flash. Investing in a good blender could be a wise splurge decision.

Save on:

1. Non-Stick Pan

If you’re interested in getting a non-stick pan for greaseless cooking, there are relatively inexpensive options. The non-stick coating is not meant to last forever, so you’ll find yourself replacing these pans on the regular. Saving on this might be a good idea!

2. Cutting Boards

You can cut your costs on cutting boards by choosing cheaper options. Plastic cutting boards will meet your chopping board needs, as chopping boards are really made for wear-and-tear. Try to look for inexpensive options for this item.

3. Baking Sheets and Mixing Bowls

Light, versatile baking sheets and mixing bowls will get the job done even when compared to their more heavy-duty cousins. These items are definitely something you can save on when building your kitchen arsenal. Prep work doesn’t have to be expensive!

4. Utensils

It’s not a bad idea to splurge on fancy forks and spoons for eating and serving, especially if you’re looking to impress your guests. But if you’re on a budget, you can definitely get good, sturdy cutlery sets for cheaper. There are many options you can choose from!

Knowing the essentials from the non-essentials will give you an easier time building your dream kitchen. In the end, it’s about efficiently and effectively gathering the tools you need to create delicious meals. After all, being able to cook and feed those you love is part of the beautiful life you deserve!


The COHO Living Team.