Jul 05, 2023

The only gifts for your wedding registry, tested by experts

A wedding registry is a unique opportunity to get some of the best appliances and homes goods out there, but with so many options out there, it pays to know what's best

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A good wedding registry is the most underrated part of wedding planning. Amongst all the stress of planning décor, guest lists, dresses and suits, a wedding registry stands out as a chance to make a big wishlist of things you want but might not be able to afford all at once.

Best stand mixerBest food processorBest vacuum cleanerBest blenderBest coffee makerBest air fryerBest juicerBest grillBest toaster ovenBest toasterBest multicookerBest Dutch OvenBest bedding

However, there are thousands of products you can put on wedding registries. Planning a wedding can be pretty time-consuming, and you don't want to add to that by wading through boring reviews of kitchen appliances to find the right one for your wishlist.

That's why I've assembled this rundown of our very best appliances and bedding. You can add them straight onto your registry knowing that these products are the best of the best, tested in our dedicated test centre and in our own homes.

There's everything from our favourite stand mixer to the best bed sheets, and we've tested it all first-hand. There's nothing in here that I wouldn't buy myself.

Best stand mixer

Our tests have shown that this is the best stand mixer in the world.

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Best food processor

The best food processor you can buy, whizzing through every food on test.

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Best vacuum

Armed with a laser and particle sensor, this is the best vacuum around.

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Best blender

This blender is so powerful that it not only crushes ice, but can cook hot soup.

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Best coffee maker

Our favorite coffee maker, this will make perfect lattes, iced coffee, and americanos at the touch of a button.

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Best air fryer

This is the best air fryer in the world, with a huge capacity and anti-odor technology.

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Best juicer

Our favorite slow juicer, this massive machine will turn whole fruits and veg into perfect juice.

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Best grill

Easy to use, this grill also made the best food in our rounds of testing, so we think it's the best you can get.

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Best toaster oven

This toaster oven handled everything we threw at it on test, cooking everything from chicken to cookies.

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Best toaster

A simple but perfect toaster that made the best slices of toast on test.

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Best multicooker

This remarkable multicooker can do it all, saving space on an air fryer, slow cooker, and pressure cooker.

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Best Dutch Oven

Our tests found that this gorgeous Dutch oven is the best on the market.

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A good stand mixer is great gift for bakers, and this iconic, American-made stand mixer is the best in the world. After testing all of the best mixers on the market. It looks great, and with a little TLC it will last for generations.

On test, we found it makes faultless cake batter, bread dough, and whipped cream. The 5-quart capacity is enough for most families, letting you tackle two cakes at once, and the handy tilt-head makes it a joy to use, making it easy to add ingredients and switch out attachments.

We were particularly impressed by the flat beater, which creamed sugar and butter with minimal intervention before adding in eggs and flour to make easy loaf cakes. The dough hook needed a little supervision for larger loaves, but it's perfectly suitable for brioche or sourdough. There's other attachments available online, too - we found incredible results with the ice cream maker attachment. It's available in dozens of colors, and you can also have a name etched into it, which is perfect for commemorating a wedding.

There's more information in our full KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer review.

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Food processors make it easy to chop, dice, slice, mince, mix and even spiralise food. There's almost no limit to what you can do with one of these, and the best is the Cuisinart Core Custom 10-Cup. On test, we found a lightweight but secure processor with a sealing bowl that stops messes when mixing liquid ingredients. Best of all, everything can be stored inside the main mixing bowl, hugely helping with storage.

The controls are on the simple side - you can either mix on low or high, or pulse. They're straightforward and unfussy, and this food processor powered through every food we tested. The removable parts are all dishwasher-safe, and you can even choose from a range of colors when you buy.

Our Cuisinart Core Custom 10-Cup Food Processor review has more details

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Vacuum cleaners aren't the most exciting wedding present, but a good vacuum will save you hours of cleaning over its lifetime.

The Dyson V15 Detect is the best vacuum cleaner in the world. It's not only ludicrously powerful but packed with tech. There's a green diode laser to light up dust you otherwise can't see, and a Piezo sensor which measures microscopic particles in real time. It sounds like a gimmick, but our tests found that these features actually help create a deeper clean. We've tested a lot of vacuums and we're still yet to see a vacuum as good as this.

A wedding registry is a good choice for nabbing one of these, because our biggest criticism of this vacuum and Dyson in general is price. Outside of sales periods this vacuum will set you back more than $700.

Our Dyson V15 Detect cordless vacuum review goes into more detail.

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If you need a powerful blender, this is it. This Vitamix left no trace of fruit skins, seeds, or stems. It's almost unbelivably powerful. The blades spins so fast that they not only blend but even cook soups and sauces. On test, we made a piping hot tomato soup completely from scratch using the soup mode. While it can't cook firmer ingredients like potato or carrot, it's still a good substitute for the best immersion blenders. The only issue is that the jug isn't dishwasher-safe, but there's a self-clean mode that can wash the jug in just 30 seconds.

Our full Vitamix A3500 Ascent Series Smart Blender review has more details

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This is the bean-to-cup machine you need for fresh coffee at the touch of a button. It's our favorite coffee maker; on test, we particularly loved the LatteGo milk frothing system, which froths fresh milk for lattes and cappuccinos. While no bean-to-cup machine is compact, this one is easy enough to store - we found that it sits flush under most kitchen cabinets. It's a little expensive, but worth it for the coffee.

Our Philips 3200 Series Fully Automatic Espresso Machine review has more information.

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Air fryers are fast becoming a kitchen essential, and we wouldn't be without the Instant Pot Vortex Plus 6-Quart 6-in-1 Air Fryer. It made the best homemade fries of any air fryer we've tested, and because there is a removable air fry insert, you can also reheat foods like rice and pasta, which are usually beyond an air fryer. We also loved the innovative OdorErase technology, which noticeably reduced unwanted smells in the kitchen, and despite all these features, it's his is also one of the quietest air fryers we've tried.

Our Instant Vortex Plus 6-in-1 Air Fryer with ClearCook and OdorErase review has more details.

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There's nothing like fresh juice, and this juicer is still our favorite after years of tests. It's powerful and has an extra-large chute - it doesn't sound like much but it means that this juicer is incredibly easy to use. Unlike others on the market, you don't need to prep your ingredients - you can just put them down the chute. Not only will it make short work of both hard and soft fruits and vegetables, this versatile machine can also make smoothies and sorbets, and all of the recipes we tested were perfect. As with others in this list, the only drawback is price, which is why it's a good item for a wedding registry.

Our full Kuvings EVO820 review has more details

This is the best grill on the market. It's really simple - it made hands-down the best food on test, it's easy to set up and use, and it's a fair price. It has handy side tables with hooks for your utensils, and a responsive thermometer. It's easy to move around your backyard thanks to big, sturdy wheels, and the cooking area is huge for a grill of this size.

There's more information in our review of the Weber Spirit II E-310.

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This good-looking toaster oven has a good capacity, allowing for a 12-inch pizza, a 9 x 13 inch pan (with no handles), or up to 6 slices of toast. So far so good, but this oven has built-in WiFi, and the SmartHQ App means you can monitor and control the oven from your cell phone. The app makes it easy to adjust the oven temperature, change the cooking time, and stop the cooking cycle. You can even do this with voice command. More importantly, it made a delicious baked salmon and a homemade pizza with perfectly melted mozzarella. It broiled tender, juicy chicken and baked perfect chocolate chip cookies.

Our full Café Couture Oven with Air Fry review has more detail.

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This simple toaster has four slices to feed a growing family. On test, we loved the 12 different brownness settings for incredibly precise toast - it's almost overkill. It has a stainless steel exterior and sleek matching levers, and perhaps our favorite feature is the pull-out crumb trays independently to empty out the toaster and keep it clean in-between uses.

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This is our favorite Instant Pot, because it improves on other models by only using a single lid, halving the amount of space you need for storage. These means ou can cook everything in one pot - for example, our tester made a mac and cheese by using the sauté function to create the sauce, pressure cooking to boil the pasta, and the broil function to crisp the top. A process that normally needs a couple of pans and whisks and spoons and a broiler to finish it off was cooked in a single pot with no effort. The only issue we found with this Instant Pot is that the stainless steel pot isn't non-stick, so some foods might stick and require a little more effort when cleaning.

Our full Instant Pot Duo Crisp with Ultimate Lid review has all the detail.

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The 5.5-quart round size is one of Le Creuset's most popular sizes, and can comfortably feed 4-6, followed by the 6.75-quart oval that also feeds about 5-6 people. Round vs oval can come down to a personal preference, but the deeper round typically stores easier and fits on a burner better, but the oval will be wider and shallower and offers more cooking surface area when cooking long pieces of meat or even a whole chicken.

Whether you cook up a slow-cooking stew, roast a chicken or try your hand at homemade bread, Le Creuset's signature design offers even heat distribution and solid heat retention. The heavy-duty lids create a solid seal to retain heat and moisture and integrated cast iron handles ensure easy transport.

Each Dutch oven is sand-cast, polished and finished by hand, then sprayed with two coats of enamel and fired twice. The enamel is durable enamel resists dulling, chipping, and cracking. The light interior makes it easy to monitor the progress of your food, but note, it is subject to staining.

We've also tested lots of sheets over the years - these are our favorite bamboo, cotton, and linen sets for all seasons and sleepers.

Best bamboo bed sheets

Sizes: Twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, California kingMaterial: 100% bamboo viscoseColors: 7OEKO-TEK certified: No

+ Impressive quality+ Eco-friendly material and packaging- Expensive

Our tester found that this bamboo viscose is super soft, and won't trap heat as you sleep. This fresh white bedding may be expensive, (there are other neutral color options too) but we found that it washes well and will last you for years. It also comes packaged in stylish bags, with handles for easy storage.

Best cotton bed sheets

Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California KingMaterial: 100% long-staple cotton sateenColors: 13OEKO-TEK certified: Yes

+ Luxurious 480 thread count+ Beautiful limited-edition colors and patterns - Prone to wrinkling

On test, this high-end quality bedding felt and looked luxurious. It slept relatively cool, and launders well, but we found a small downside in that it creases easily.

Best linen bed sheets

Sizes: Twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, California kingMaterial: 100% linenColors: 33OEKO-TEK certified: Yes

+ Breezy and breathable+ Softens with every wash- Expensive

Our tester still uses there linen sheets every summer. Breezy, cool to the touch, and breathable, this set starts off slightly scratchy but we're finding that it gets softer and softer with every wash. Just like some of the appliances above, it's nearly $400 for the full bundle, so it's a good option for a registry.

All of these products were subjected to our rigorous test processes. There's a different test for every kind of product, varying across our vacuum cleaner tests to our grills tests. They were tested in our dedicated test centre or in our homes, so we know both how they perform in ideal, fair test conditions, as well as more realistically in a real kitchen, garden, or bedroom. Each product was tested on multiple foodstuffs, messes, or different sleep scenarios, and we took notes on relevant warranties, and crucially, how easy it is to clean every one.

There's more information in our explainer of how we test.

As Head of eCommerce, Alex oversees all our reviews content to make sure our readers find the right information to help them make the best purchase. After graduating from Cambridge University, Alex got his start in reviewing at the iconic Good Housekeeping Institute, testing a wide range of household products and appliances. He then moved to BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine, assessing gardening tools, machinery, and wildlife products, so has experience of reviewing products across the entire home and garden.

Millie Fender is Head of Reviews for Future Homes. Formerly our head of everything cooking-related, she feels happiest when she is in the kitchen - she loves to bake and has tested dozens of stand mixers, air fryers, and other kitchen gadgets, including most of the products in this guide.

Louise is our dedicated Sleep Editor, covering mattresses, mattress toppers, pillows, bedding, and anything else you need for a good night's sleep. Louise previously covered mattress reviews and news for Real Homes, as well as a stint on the dark side as a PR representative for a mattress company.

Laura is our eCommerce editor. Before Homes & Gardens she studied English at Oxford University. Alongside her studies, she qualified as a barista and trained as a master perfumer. This makes her our certified expert for all things coffee, candles, and fragrance, as well as an expert reviewer of small appliances.

A wedding registry is just a list of gifts that fiancées want for their wedding. According to Zoe Burke, editor at Hitched, wedding registries 'were originally used to help couples starting their lives together. Traditionally they’d move into a new home together after getting married, so they’d need things like a dinner service, towels and the ubiquitous toaster'. Of course, most couples live together before marriage these days and have their own appliances, but it's a tradition that's stuck around.

Zoe Burke is the Editor of Hitched, and has worked in the wedding industry for more than a decade. A wedding expert, she's hugely passionate about weddings and firmly believes that there's no 'should' or 'have to' when it comes to planning the perfect wedding.

These days, you can get online registries from dedicated wedding sites like Zola and The Knot, as well as big retailers like Amazon, Target, Williams Sonoma and Crate and Barrel. All you need to do is create the list of what you want and share it with your guests. As they buy items, they'll be struck off the list so there aren't any duplicates. Once bought, the items will arrive at your home like any other delivery service. It's an easy process, but with so many items out there it can quickly become a bit of a hassle.

My advice is to get whatever you need. There's not much point buying replacements for items you already love. That said, a good stand mixer is always useful for baking, a top-end coffee maker is never a regret, and a premium vacuum is also a good call.

We often get by with mediocre appliances - if a vacuum breaks, we just buy a new one that's relatively cheap and does the job. However, a registry is an opportunity to receive luxury appliances that do a much better job and last much longer.

However, because registries are now separate from the traditional need to furnish new houses, you're free to put whatever you want. We've focused on what we've tested in this article, but it's not just for products. Brittny Dyre, founder and editor of Love Inc, argues that these days registries spouses can ask for gifts revolving around ' their hobbies, their pets, home goods, or even experiences.' Zoe Burke agrees - a registry is an chance 'to get those items that you'd never normally buy for yourself, as it’s the perfect opportunity to experience some luxury and to be treated by your guests'.

Brittny is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Love Inc., the leading equality-minded wedding blog and print publication. She is the Host of Inclusively Yours, an LGBTQ-inclusive podcast highlighting wedding planning tips and love stories. Named by Forbes as “The Woman Leading the Way to a More Inclusive Wedding Industry," Drye has also been featured in/on the New York Times, The Washington Post, Refinery29, Insider, FOX11 Los Angeles, Good Morning Texas, and more for her inclusive efforts, her wedding know-how, and her candid takes on the state of the wedding industry at large.

Many people shy away from wedding registries because they're uncomfortable with asking their guests for gifts. However, it's not demanding to ask your guests for gifts. Guests will expect a registry, and it means the whole day is a little easier; Mary Smith, founder at Vowness, says that a registry makes 'gift-giving a much smoother process for the guests and a more fulfilling experience for the couple'.

The only thing to bear in mind is that a registry is voluntary. It's a wishlist of what you'd like to have, not a mandatory part of the wedding.

Mary Smith is a relationship and dating expert, as well as the Founder of Vowness, a website dedicated to helping couples plan their ideal wedding. From wedding planning to figuring out the legal and financial aspects of your special day, her website is the perfect place to find inspiration, advice, and practical tips to make your wedding vision a reality.

Yes, and it's increasingly common. Wedding expert Zoe Burke points out that 'most modern couples already have lived together for some time and own all the appliances and towels they could ever need'. If you anf your fiancée are already swimming in kitchen appliances, it makes sense to receive money towards a honeymoon or a deposit for a house, especially in the current economic climate.

The only thing to do is make sure you tells guest why you want the money. Zoe adds that 'saying you’d appreciate contributions to your dream honeymoon will go down way better than writing ‘cash is preferred’ on your invitations'.

You don't need more than one, and it's usually easier to have a single registry with a single site so that you aren't spamming your guests with different website links.

However, sometimes there's an item you want on one website that isn't available on another. Kristen Gosselin, expert celebrity wedding and events planner, says that thankfully 'you can link other registries so that all of the requested gifts show on one platform' with registry services like Zola and The Knot. She adds that you can 'essentially price shop for your guests', so if something is cheaper on one site you can save your guests some money.

Kristen Gosselin, MEM, CMP, is an award-winning event planner and designer. She has established a reputation for excellence and is regarded as one of the country's leading experts in sustainable events. From planning celebrity weddings to star-studded birthdays for a former President of the United States, she is an expert in all things party planning.

Bear in mind that these are our top picks, but they might not necessarily fit your home's aesthetic. If you have a particular aesthetic and you don't mind compromising on performance, there's nothing wrong with picking a different appliance to better suit your home.

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As Head of eCommerce, Alex makes sure our readers find the right information to help them make the best purchase. After graduating from Cambridge University, Alex got his start in reviewing at the iconic Good Housekeeping Institute, testing a wide range of household products and appliances. He then moved to BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine, assessing gardening tools, machinery, and wildlife products. Helping people find true quality and genuine value is a real passion.

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