If you like to cook, you probably have a list of things you want. The latest cool new gadget I have is a pasta maker and I am really excited to try it out soon. I have to say though, that I have gone a long time in the past without major items and I still have been able to to a lot with a little, even if I had to get creative. There are many kitchen items you don't need, but are fun, like an ice cream maker. Then there are the basics that just make life better and are really useful. While I pan toasted bread for years, getting a toaster was great, even if it wasn't a fancy gadget.
I got a pizza stone, an ice cream maker, and a waffle maker before I upgraded a can opener that had not worked for a really long time. I also never had dry measuring cups. Both of these items, the new can opener and the measuring cups, have made my life easier. I have to count them as the two necessary things that I waited too long to get. Another purchase that was humble, but made my life easier, was a coated whisk; it allows me to whisk sauces in containers with delicate surfaces.
All my cooking tools bring me joy because they let me play in the kitchen. Some tools are less fancy and glamorous, but just as wonderful because they make tasks easy and unfussy. What is the last great underrated cooking tool you purchased?