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Many of the goods on the average family's must-have list changes with each generation. Some products are deemed necessary because they make life easier, like a dishwasher that takes over when all that's left of dinner is a pile of dirty dishes. Modern devices like wireless Internet routers and DVRs that record all your favorite TV shows have become household necessities by enhancing and simplifying the technology we already depend on. Of course, no matter how up-to-date a list is, products like basic tools are always necessary. After all, how can you fix all those new gadgets without a screwdriver?

So, which items should be on every family's shopping list? Each household is different, but we've compiled a list of modern and classic goods that will help make sure you and your loved ones have everything you need -- all in one place.

Read the next page to find out which products every kitchen needs.