Thanks to modern wedding gift options like cash funds and universal registries, it's easier than ever to request the unexpected, like new bikes, contributions to a puppy fund or even a treadmill. But this doesn't mean traditional gift registries are going anywhere. In fact, they still take the registry cake.

Based on our latest Registry Study, 84 percent of couples choose to create a registry at their favorite big-box retailers like Bed Bath & Beyond and Target. So even if you decide to register for kick-boxing lessons and a trip to Spain, you'll likely want to add some top-notch kitchen appliances and a new vacuum cleaner too. (Start your registry on The Knot to keep all your different wish lists in one, easy-to-find place. Plus, if you create your registry right now, your first wedding gift could be on us during the month of March!)

Here, the most commonly requested gifts among today's couples, and why you'll want to put them on your own registry.

1. Stand Mixer

KitchenAid Artisan designer series 5-qt. stand mixer in Raspberry Ice

The KitchenAid Artisan series is the most iconic mixer. It's basically a work of art for your kitchen—and we love the practicality of the measurement marking on the side of the mixing bowl, combined with the fun color selection. For something a little different, opt for a fun color like this one.

2. Frying Pan

Red La Creuset signature red skillet

You'll probably end up with a collection of cookware in your kitchen, but we suggest including at least one cast iron piece. Why? It's one of those kitchen staples you can use to cook just about anything—on the stove or in the oven. This one from Le Creuset is amazing; it can withstand up to 500 degrees, and it's completely unaffected by acids, odors and stains.

3. Vacuum Cleaner

  1. Dyson ball multi-floor vacuum registry pick

    It's time to toss the dorm-room dirt buster and look for a serious vacuum to put on your registry. Vacuums come with lots of features nowadays, like filters that trap allergens— such as pollen and mold—and attachments to get at ridiculously hard-to-reach spots. This model even has a self-adjusting head that maximizes airflow for every floor type.

    4. Saucepan

  2. Calpahalon sauce pan wedding registry pick

    Like the frying pan, a saucepan is a kitchen necessity. You'll use it for everything from cooking veggies to grains, and, of course, sauces too. This Calphalon Unison saucepan is nonstick and dishwasher safe, making it a registry chart topper.

    5. Saute Pan

  3. Saute pan with lid set

    It sounds trite but if you plan to do any amount of cooking, you'll need a saute pan. Look for one with an easy-to-hold handle and that's strong enough to withstand scrapes from metal cooking tools. The Calphalon Elite is nonstick and checks all the boxes—including a specially textured interior that optimizes searing capabilities.

    6. Casserole Pan

  4. Le Creuset casserole pan

    Big get-togethers call for big dishes, and a casserole pan is a must-have. Opt for one that's versatile enough to work with any recipe's cooking instructions, like this Le Creuset pan that's oven, microwave, freezer and broiler safe. It's ideal for baked goods or casseroles, and the enamel-glazed stoneware maintains heat retention and resists scratching.

Published by john paret