Window-shopping is great fun. Even when you're shopping for windows. But, for me, window-shopping for kitchen utensils is just about the best fun I can imagine.
We've decided that we desperately need to replace some of our kitchen stuff. The spatulas we own are old and/or nylon. Neither is a good thing.
The old one is falling apart and the nylon ones just don't get the job done - especially now that we're transitioning to cast-iron cookware.
Another problem? I've been making homemade biscuits and pie crusts, but I don't actually own a rolling pin or dough blender. Sure, I've got some very creative work-arounds going. Owning the actual, designed-for-this-purpose tools would be a serious time-saving improvement.
Then, we have the ultimate (for us) kitchen dream: a Mandoline. We have a deep fryer and love to make our own fries, chips, chimichangas, etc. But, cutting fries takes forever and cutting chips is just too labor-intensive with a knife and cutting board. Something that juliennes veggies for a salad, crinkle-cuts fries or chips, slices potatoes (evenly) for potatoes au gratin would just simply make our lives a thousand-percent easier.
So ... we're window-shopping and creating wish lists. If we only pick up an item or two every paycheck, we'll still be simplifying our cooking routines and, in the long run, cutting our food bills dramatically by making our own goodies.
I probably wouldn't consider this, if it weren't for OXO - their products are well-made, reliable, and durable. I can plan out my utensil / kitchen tool remodel with ease, knowing they'll still be around when I get to the end of the list.
And knowing that I won't be replacing the first OXO item before I've managed to buy the last one.