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5 Things That Just Weren't Worth It at West Elm - Shopping

5 Things That Just Weren't Worth It at West Elm - Shopping
From The Kitchn - October 17, 2017

There's a lot to love about West Elmmidcentury-modern-style pieces, all that copper, collaborations with artists and local makersbut not everything from the store is a home run, especially when it comes to kitchen items. While we'd all love to have kitchens outfitted with beautiful, stylish pieces, those pieces need to actually be effective (and safe!) to earn a permanent spot in our homes.

If you care about form and function, there are some West Elm kitchen items that we just do not recommend. Here are five we have tried and tested that sadly do not make the cut.

1. Copper Wire Kitchen Foldable Dish Rack

One Kitchn editor bought this super-stylish copper dish rack for her kitchen. The problem with it, she says, is that it only holds a few things at any given timeand those things are very easy to knock over. "It's so pretty, but so precarious," she says.

2. Enamel Measuring Cups & Spoons

Two of us staffers have these cute enamel-coated measuring cups and spoons. We both have a bit of an enamelware obsession and thought these would fit perfectly in our collections. Unfortunately, we also both assumed that these could go through the dishwasher, as the rest of our enamelware can. But boy were we wrongnow both of our sets have paint that is bubbly and flaked off. We should have read the care instructions with more ... care, but still! It's disappointing.

Note: These are not for sale on West Elm's website anymore, but there is a similar (equally pretty!) enamel set available. Just make sure you hand-wash them!

3. Copper Oil + Vinegar Set

Another coworker says the bottles in this copper oil and vinegar set are difficult to graspoil drips from the spout, which means the glass body gets slippery and treacherous. "I dropped one the first week I had it and it shattered," she says. "I have to wipe down the surviving one all the time to avoid the same fate!"

4. Gold Flatware Set

5. Basic Kitchen Tool Set

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