Best Bets

This season’s top five registry items
This season’s top five registry items

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Courtesy of Miele, Inc.

The upper echelon of vacuums, Miele is known for its reliable machines. The company’s latest, the Miele Bolero S7, reigns supreme, and recently earned the coveted Good Housekeeping seal of approval. Its sleek German design and a lifetime of 20 years make it a strong contender, but its features are the real charm, especially if you have cats and/or dogs. It picks up pet hair like no other, offers super filtration, captures dust particles without releasing most back into the air, 39-foot cord, LED lights and suction, auto-carpet-height adjustment, swivel neck, super easy-to-use accessories and a 58-foot cleaning radius.

Our verdict: A dream come true for cleaning your love nest, this vacuum will make your new life together easier.

Price: $799

Get it: Register for it at Bed, Bath & Beyond or Williams-Sonoma.


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Courtesy of Crate & Barrel

Mix, whip and knead—this heavy-duty rugged 10-speed KitchenAid Artisan Chrome Stand Mixer does it all, from the fluffiest egg whites to the stoutest bread dough. KitchenAid’s hands-free 67-point planetary mixing action thoroughly blends ingredients all the way to the edges of the generous 5-quart stainless steel bowl with ergonomic handle. Tilt up the head for easy access to the beater and bowl.

Our verdict: If the way to your new spouse’s heart is through his or her stomach, life will be a fairy tale with this bad boy.

Price: $299.95

Get it: Register for it at Crate & Barrel.


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Courtesy of Bloomingdale’s

The new Belle Boulevard collection from Kate Spade is perfect for the couple who identifies with classic elegance. The platinum banded, white-body, dishwasher-safe, fine bone china pattern is both durable and beautiful, with a series of looping platinum bows creating a layered effect when the place settings are stacked.

Our verdict: Treating your honey to a home-cooked meal on these pretty plates will make married life that much sweeter.

Price: $129 for a five-piece place setting

Get it: Register for it at Bloomingdale’s.


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Courtesy of Macy’s

Travelpro’s line of suitcases is the preferred line for flight crews for good reason: the strong nylon with duraguard stands up to all the damage done by baggage handlers, it gets you in under all those pesky security size restrictions without having to pay extra, and it whips around with adjustable handle length and spiffy wheels. We recommend starting with the 26-inch Crew 8 Rolling Suiter Upright and adding to your collection from there. For a weeklong honeymoon, you’ll both do well with your own, unless your light packers.

Our verdict: No matter the price tag, lots of luggage brands disappoint, but this one has proven itself time and time again that it’ll take you where you need to go in style and return in one piece.

Price: $540 (but often on sale for 50 percent off)

Get it: Register for it at Macy’s


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Courtesy of Dyson

City dwellers, there’s now a vacuum to fit your tinier living space—without resorting to a handheld. Cyclone-king Dyson just released its newest creation, the Dyson City DC26, which was engineered to fit on a letter size sheet of paper. It works just like a full-size Dyson vacuum to remove dust and dirt across every floor type (though we like it best on hardwoods, not thick suburban carpet), and offers a really easy to empty canister. Another lovely feature for this lightweight machine: It’s been deemed asthma and allergy friendly by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

Our verdict: Moving in together results in an overabundance of clutter. If you’re short on space but big on cleanliness, the Dyson City is perfect for you.

Price: $399

Get it: Add it to your wish list at Best Buy.

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