- There are wedding registry gifts, and then there are useful wedding registry gifts — the ones that do more than take up space in your home.
- Eight couples told us about the home and kitchen products actually worth adding to your own wedding registry.
- These practical gifts come from high-quality brands like Le Creuset and Simplehuman and are designed for a lifetime of day-to-day use.
On your long list of things to do before your wedding, starting a registry is probably somewhere near the top. After you and your partner have decided which registry is best for your needs comes the fun (or more accurately, the stressful) part: deciding what products to add to it.
With an entire world of options at arm’s reach, it’s tempting to add anything that even vaguely strikes your interest. After all, you’re not the one who has to buy it.
According to a 2017 study conducted by The Knot, the average wedding registry contained 125 items. But before you get overeager and add every Amazon gift idea you can, consider which products you’ll actually use in your day-to-day life and which ones will just clutter your home and cause you more stress.
We asked married couples to tell us what products on their wedding registry proved to be the most useful. Below, you’ll find the eight home and kitchen standouts you should add to your own registry.
An efficient countertop appliance
This air fryer has completely replaced the need for an oven or a microwave and it does everything an oven does in a third of the time. I roast a lot of vegetables in the air fryer and I also cook frozen items in here, too, and they come out crispy and perfect. It requires no cooking skill either. You can just throw the vegetables in and turn on the air fryer. —Cathy Dinsmoor
A must-have coffee maker for coffee lovers
Our most-used item from our Zola wedding registry (we got married three years ago) is by far our stovetop coffeemaker. We went with a $100 Berghoff Studio Espresso coffee maker (the biggest size) and have since used it almost every day for three years.
It’s expensive enough that I would have balked at buying it for myself, but we both love coffee so much and it’s proven to be the most-used item we received as a wedding present. It’s high quality, easy to use, and makes two cups of perfectly strong coffee within minutes. —Kim Renfro
A Le Creuset Dutch oven
Le Creuset 4.5-Quart Round Dutch Oven, $320, available at Le Creuset, Amazon, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Sur La Table
This was one of those items that I didn’t originally have on my registry but my aunt kept pestering me about adding. Well, she was right. This is by far the best piece of cookware I received. It cooks meat and chicken to perfection and is large enough to make portions for eight to 10 people without needing to make a second batch of whatever dish I’d like to serve.
My husband did not understand why we needed such an expensive pot but once I told him it was the "Ferrari of cookware" and made brisket in it, he was sold on it, too. —Rachel Furst
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