What do you need?
The items that you need will depend on the how often you cook and the type of cooking that you do. If you cook a lot of Asian foods, for example, then you will need a wok to help you prepare them as authentically as possible. However, a wok is an unnecessary item in a kitchen where Asian foods are only prepared occasionally. In this case, a regular frying pan or sauté pan can be used as a substitute.
Think seriously about the following questions:
How often do you cook?
What kind of cooking do you do?
What do you already have?
The answers will help you determine what you actually need and will help you save money.
What do you want?
When it comes to kitchen equipment, it is easy to mistake your “wants” for your “needs”. You do not necessarily need the latest cooking gadget. However, there is nothing wrong with splurging and buying something fun for the kitchen that may not be a necessity, such as a stove top espresso maker or an ice cream machine.