Designer Kitchen Gadgets You Won't Be Embarrassed to Leave on Your Counter

Have a love-hate relationship with your kitchen gadgets? Here are some you can love for life.
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Is your kitchen counter a no-fly zone and completely clutter free, or do you barely have room for a cutting board because you've got wall-to-wall gadgets?

There's a happy medium between the two -- you can have chic kitchen gadgets and appliances that you feel good about leaving on your countertops.

Modern Kitchen with Frosted Cabinets

Modern Kitchen with Frosted Cabinets

Photo by: Danny Piassick

Danny Piassick

I've rounded up some of my favorite choices for making your kitchen look more designer-y and less like a gadget wasteland.

Handheld Vacuum

Photo by: Photo credit: Alessi

Photo credit: Alessi

When deciding what to leave out on your counter and what not to leave out, ask yourself this: how many times a week do I use it? For items that you use more than once a week, go ahead and leave them out.

I use my handheld vacuum on the daily, and this one is so beautiful, I almost want to hang it on the wall like it's a piece of art.

Product Pick: Alessi Handheld Vacuum Cleaner, Amazon, $199

Colorful Toaster

Photo by: Photo credit: Oster French Bull

Photo credit: Oster French Bull

If you want to add color and pattern to your kitchen, this toaster is a great choice. It can only handle two slices of toast at once, however, so this is a better option for a single person or couple.

Product Pick: Oster French Bull Two-Slice Toaster, Target, $34.99

Salt and Pepper Cellars

Photo by: Photo credit: Pam Soorenko, Monticello

Photo credit: Pam Soorenko, Monticello

For those of you who cook a lot, a beautiful set of salt and pepper cellars would look lovely sitting out on your countertop. You could even add a glass olive oil cruet to the mix, which would look great and be super handy as you're whipping up delicious meals.

Product Pick: Marble Salt and Pepper Cellars, Monticello, $48

Teak Cutting Board

Photo by: Photo credit: Sur la Table

Photo credit: Sur la Table

While I don't cook very often, one of my favorite items to leave out on my counter is a beautiful teak cutting board. In fact, when I need a cutting board for dinner prep, I tend to grab a not-as-pretty, but easy-to-clean board and keep the teak board out mostly for decoration.

Product Pick: Madeira End-Grain Teak Cutting Board, Sur la Table, $19.95

Glass Knife Block

Photo by: Photo credit: Mercer Culinary

Photo credit: Mercer Culinary

Another beautiful, somewhat universal choice for a sleek kitchen counter setup is a great knife block. Sharp knives are a chef's most important tool (from what I hear!), so a chic block is a necessity if you want to add some glam to your countertop.

Product Pick: Six-Piece Tempered Glass Knife Block, Amazon, $133

Sleek Blender

Photo by: Photo credit: JC Penney

Photo credit: JC Penney

For those of you that are smoothie obsessed, a blender might be on your daily kitchen appliance checklist. In that case, you might want to go with a retro option like this pretty silver blender. It has a 50's diner vibe, which kind of makes me want to use it for milkshakes instead of smoothies. #oops

Product Pick: Oster Beehive Blender, Target, $59.99

Sexy Kitchen Utensils

Photo by: Photo credit: Now Designs

Photo credit: Now Designs

There are generally strong opinions when it comes to the choice of leaving out kitchen utensils or not. I tend to prefer to keep utensils in a drawer, however, for those with limited space (or those who like to keep their utensils handy), a good way of keeping things looking pulled together and sleek is to purchase uniform utensils that all have one style or color. This will go a long way in avoiding the "utensil mosh pit" that can result when you are leaving a bunch of mismatched pieces together on your countertop.

Product Pick: Five Bamboo Utensils, Amazon, $14.95

Coffee Maker

Photo by: Photo credit: Williams-Sonoma

Photo credit: Williams-Sonoma

For many of us, our coffee maker is often the one appliance that gets used the most. If you're ready to up your at-home coffee game, you might want to consider a Nespresso. This pod-based espresso/cappuccino maker is easy to use, makes delicious coffee, and looks pretty snazzy sitting out on your counter. If there's anything that can break a daily Starbucks habit, this might be it.

Product Pick: Nespresso Espresso Maker, Williams-Sonoma, $104

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