What Would Your Ultimate Kitchen Invention Be?

Chances are with kitchen gadgets, if you can dream it up, someone has already invented it. (The folding refrigerator? Yeah, already done.)

But maybe not. Put on your Willy Wonka hat for a second and tell us: What kitchen item would make your life easier? Or just more fun? It could be an appliance, a simple tool, an elaborate design element (rotating islands!), or an indestructible surface that doesn't yet exist.

Another rule of the game: money is no object. We'll tell you ours below.

This may sound incredibly boring, but we want a different type of stovetop. We can't fit a big stockpot and a large skillet side-by-side on ours at the same time. And while a six-burner stovetop would add more surface space, we don't really need six burners. We need four, just spaced out more.

We realize this could probably be accomplished if we were willing to fork over a lot of cash for a customized cook top. So here's taking the idea a step farther: burners we could move around to accommodate different sized pots, then push back together at the end of the night.

Also, self-sharpening knives. Do those exist yet?

So, what would you invent? Give us your most exciting ideas. Maybe an inventor out there is reading...

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