It is a loathsome item, often sold on late-night TV or in airplane catalogs. It is evil because it takes up space in your home and your life without giving much in return. It only does one thing, and usually that thing is really unnecessary or superfluous. Take what is, for me, the paradigmatic example of a unitasker: the Pop-Up Hot Dog Cooker. A $50 monstrosity that takes up 8″ x 10″ x 5″ of space and does one thing: heat up your dogs and buns. Ask yourself this: how often do you eat hot dogs?
In fact that’s one of the questions you should always ask yourself when buying a tool like this. How often will I use this? The other question to ask yourself before you ever let anything new into your home is, Will I love and cherish this thing for a long time to come?