I think this is one of those scenarios where what we talk about, and what we search for on Google, are wildly different things.

In our household, there was a brief pre-Christmas discussion on the relative merits of the Air Fryer...which we quickly decided against buying because of the amount of counter-space one of those things needs, compared to the amount of counter-space we're willing to sacrifice.

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New Study Looks At The Most Popular Kitchen Gadget In Every State In 2021

This peek at what we wanted in our home kitchens last year was done by California insurance provider SuretyFirst, and it's all based upon a record of searches for kitchen gadgets (of all sorts) over the last 12 months on Google Trends.

SuretyFirst compiled a list of all the top kitchen gadgets, then they analyzed Google search volume across the US to determine the most popular gadget in every state:

Qualifying items included the common, like peelers and ice cube trays, to the more obscure, like hot dog toasters (looking at you, Missouri!).

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Before We Get To Illinois' Surprising Choice, Let's Take A Look At America's Top 5

The most searched for, or "popular" kitchen gadget in the United States over the last year is this, the crock pot.

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Followed closely by the Air Fryer.

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In the number 3 spot is the deep fryer.

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At #4 comes the French press.

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And at number five...this is really somewhat underwhelming, but...it's ice cube trays. No, seriously, it is.

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Here In Illinois, We Didn't Want Those Things, Apparently---We Wanted This (or at least searched for it the most)

The garlic press.

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Here it is in action.

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Other than ice cube trays, I think we may have a winner for the cheapest...I mean, most inexpensive gadget on the entire list with the garlic press. In Wisconsin they searched most for splatter-guards (fill in your own joke here), Iowa looked into cheese slicers, Indiana digs the Air Fryer, Michigan was all about strawberry hullers, and Minnesotans were hoping for an immersion blender.

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