5 Most Useless Kitchen Gadgets (Slideshow)


Who doesn’t love a good kitchen gadget? They make long, tedious jobs faster, or at least they’re supposed to. They usually have fun designs and come in quirky colors. But are they really all that necessary? Sure, there are a few gadgets out there that work well, look cool, and aren’t too expensive. And then there’s the rest of them. Click through to check out some of the most useless kitchen gadgets.

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1. Banana Slicer.

Want to cut about 15 seconds off your time spent slicing a banana? This is the gadget for you! Thousands of sarcastic reviews on Amazon can’t be wrong — why on earth do you need a special tool to slice a banana?!

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2. Spaghetti Fork.

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3. Lettuce Knife.

Lettuce knives promise the seemingly impossible — your lettuce won’t go brown after you cut it. But do they actually work? Well, according to the gadget gurus at Cook’s Illustrated, lettuce knives do keep the leaves brown-free slightly longer than metal knives, but not enough to make it worth the added expense. The best way to stave off browning, they write, is to tear the the leaves by hand.

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4. Asparagus Peeler.

How often do you find yourself thinking, “gee, I really wish I had an easier way to peel asparagus!” Indeed, this asparagus peeler is one of those tools that helps a problem you never knew you had, mostly because it wasn’t a problem in the fist place. Really, why do you need a special tool to peel asparagus?

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5.Mayo Knife.

Is this the winner of the most useless kitchen gadget?! The reason that this product exists is because, apparently, it is just too difficult to get the last of the mayo out of the jar, and this knife’s design matches the design of the jar.

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Claire T.
Claire T.2 years ago

I laughed at the banana and then laughed at myself as I actually have a lettuce knife hee hee.

Caili W.
Caili W.2 years ago

I've seen a lot more useless gadgets than these, but this list was quite entertaining. Thanks for the chuckle.

Frances Darcy
Frances Darcy2 years ago


Robyn L.
Robyn P.2 years ago

As someone who sees mayo itself as unnecessary, a fit to the jar scraper is a hilarious thought.

I can sort of see the lettuce knife, but I wonder is having a ceramic knife, if you like them, would fit the same "non browning" need and be useful in other ways.

The banana slicer makes slices too big for dehydrating, which is the only reason I have for needing many slices of identical thickness. And I'd want it in metal or non plastic, anyway.

Edgar Zuim
Edgar Zuim2 years ago

This is the result of the power of marketing. If we look at things coldly, we will see that in our home there are many useless things.

Mary B.
Mary B.2 years ago

And just think of all the jobs manufacturing these worthless things created! And all the natural resources, time, and mind numbing, soul sucking human energy they used. Energy that could have been used for inventing something really useful.Or even doing mundane pursuits like home making, growing food, care taking of children, elderly, and pets or farm animals. You know, all those things that actually benefit the individual and their communities. Always remember, it takes a lot more money to create jobs than it does to keep money in circulation by giving it directly to the people. When there is needed real work to be done, there will always be people willing to step up and do them for the extra money they'll earn, and just for the inate 'rightness' of it.

Loo Samantha
Loo sam2 years ago


Bob P.
Bob P.2 years ago

thanks Katie

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.2 years ago

Madeleine, anything will sell, provided there's a good marketing strategy. LOL!

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.2 years ago

Lisa, they'll soon invent a banana straightener too!