Kitchen appliances are funny things. For many of us, we have the same ones that our parents had when we were kids. For me, it was my Kitchenaid that I saved up for when I was 20 because I couldn't imagine making cookies without it. I was living on next to nothing, but the kitchenaid was worth saving for! We also add a few along the way, like our grain mill and coffee grinder. Sometimes the appliances we get end up on our counters and sometimes they end up in the garage. I remember one gal who had a quesadilla maker and I always wondered where she found room to store it. She probably wondered the same thing about my rice cooker!
I have tried to simplify over the years. My vitamix replaced my food processor and my blender. I also thought about getting a grind and brew, but if one part of it breaks, the whole machine is done for. Our coffee maker died two years ago, but our grinder has been going strong for four or five years now. Kitchenaids aren't really made to handle wheat dough, so I can't get around having a bread machine either. No simplifying possible there.
I bought two gadgets in the spring that I really thought I wanted and sadly, I've used one of them once and the other not at all. I am so surprised by this, so I wanted to share about them. They are a deep fryer and a Cuisinart ice cream machine.