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1.A cult-status coffee grinder you can ask most any coffee snob about within a five mile radius and your next 20 minutes will be eaten up with an explanation of why it’s worth its weight in gold.
It isn’t tiny but it isn’t HUGE, so you can even pack it for your travels!
Promising review: “We have a 12 year old Krups grinder that is still working well and wanted another one for our camper. We were delighted to find the same model. The current version has a shorter cord (I like that) and my husband thinks the blades are better. But that could be because our old baby has been working hard for a long time. The old one will travel with us in the camper and we are thrilled with the new one for our kitchen. Love that it now comes in black, too! Super product for a great price.” —A.J.
Get it from Amazon for $18.94.
2.An adjustable wrap organizer that’ll group your quart freezer bags and quart non-freezer bags in one place. It sounds totally unnecessary but is actually life-changing once you can reclaim 2/3rds of a cabinet shelf!
Made from durable plastic and steel-coated wires. No mounting required.
Promising review: “Love that you can adjust to the fit of each box. I use Press N Seal, foil, parchment paper, wax paper, sandwich bags, and quart freezer bags and they all fit great. It can also fit gallon freezer bags but you might lose a space due to the larger size box. It’s very sturdy and doesn’t take up too much space. I recommend this product.” —Butterfly SA
Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in three styles).
3.A tiny knife sharpener I own and adore that’ll transform your rag-tag gang of knives into smooth operators ’til you’re ready to take the leap and invest in a new set.
Promising review: “I recently bought this to sharpen all of my kitchen knives which had gone dull over the years. At first, I didn’t think it worked too well. But then I watched their YouTube video on how to use it, and realized that you may have to pull the knife through the sharpener up to 10 times to get it sharp. (I was initially only pulling it through a couple times.)
After pulling through the knives about 5 times, the knives did indeed get very sharp. For my knives, I pulled them through the ‘coarse’ side 5–6 times, then through the ‘fine’ side about 4 times. Seemed to work well for me.
Another tip I learned by watching the video: set the sharpener on the edge of the counter at a 45 degree angle. (That’s apparently what the v-shaped groove is for on the bottom of the sharpener.) When the sharpener is on the edge, you can pull the knives straight through and down without worrying about hitting the countertop and scratching it or breaking the tip off your knife.” —Jack
Get it from Amazon for $5.95+ (available in three colors).
Check out our full review of the KitchenIQ Knife Sharpener.
4.A handheld veggie spiralizer to turn those farmer’s market finds sitting in your fridge into gorgeous salads and noodles.
Promising review: “Easy to use and small to store. I am enthusiastically writing a review for this product. Why? This product has, with little expense, helped reduce my number one craving for my favorite simple carb, PASTA. Who knew I liked zucchini so much. The Veggetti is a simple, well constructed product that does what it was made for. When I prepare a zucchini or squash, I only need to trim the very tip off the end. I leave the stem on unless its very long because the stem provides a sturdy place for the end cap. Very minimal waste this way.” —JLA
Get it on Amazon for $9.99.
Check out our full review of the Vegetti spiral vegetable slicer.
5.A lidded ice tray will prevent cubes from being sacrificed to the kitchen floor gods and/or your dog. Seriously, how annoying is that when it happens? Also, please toss your inherited ice cube trays. (I too am guilty!)
Seriously, throw away your old ice cube trays.
Promising review: “These are the best ice cube trays that I have ever used. They fill easily enough and then are covered so that foreign things don’t end up in your ice and more importantly so that they can be stacked. However, my favorite feature is the ease at which all of the cubes just release from the ice tray when you are ready to use them. You can remove a few or all with a small twist of the tray. The secret is the smooth surface of the tray compartments which prevent the cubes from adhering to the tray’s surface (no more banging or holding the tray under hot water). The tray is easy to clean with warm water and ready to reuse again.” —SherryAva
Get it from Amazon for $4.95.
6.A flat whisk that anyone who’s had to hand-wash a balloon whisk will know why I included in this story. Hint: The “big results” part is how much easier this will be to clean!!!!! Also you can store it in a drawer.
BTW, it’s dishwasher-safe. But if you’re like me and have to hand-wash everything, this’ll be so much easier to wash than a balloon whisk!
Get it from Amazon for $7.99.
7.A simple all-in-one egg separator to help you say buh-bye to any stray egg shells in your cake mix because your dad will never let you forget about that one time he found an egg shell in a slice of birthday cake.
Top rack-dishwasher safe.
Get it from Amazon for $5.99.
8.A lemon squeezer to help get out every last drop for everything from when you’re adding lemon to a sick-day cup of tea to when you’ve got a hankering for lemon bars and are gonna need A LOT of lemon juice. Both worthy pursuits!
Promising review: “Got this for my mom who has arthritis in her hands and loves to bake. I made her lemon loaf for the holidays and she loved it and wanted to make it herself. When she saw it needed fresh squeezed lemon juice she was a bit sad since she could not do it herself. I helped her the first time and then got her this so she can do it herself much easier. This is a great kitchen tool, well made, and sturdy but not heavy. Works great and cleans up easily, and it’s bright red so you’ll never lose it!” —Fuzzy Dunlop
Get it from Amazon for $8.95.
9.A 3-in-1 bench scraper set great for splitting dough, scraping chopped veggies into a skillet, and a number of other important prep tasks — including licking the brownie batter bowl CLEAN.
Made of BPA-free plastic and stainless steel, and dishwasher-safe.
Get the three-piece set from Amazon for $9.99.
10.A 2-in-1 food chopper that’ll stand in for your knife and cutting board.
Place a bowl, skillet, or plate underneath to catch whatever you’re chopping.
Promising review: “My wife purchased this chopper and I was skeptical that it would work well. She has MS and cannot handle utensils well, but she can cut with this chopper.” —Mike
Get it from Amazon for $9.90.
11.A cookie scoop in case you haven’t perfected the two-spoon technique and just want some evenly sized cookies, OK.
Get it from Amazon for $5.97.
12.A sushi bazooka for pushing out the perfect roll. Every. Single. Time.
It’s BPA-free, dishwasher-safe, and works best when you use sushi rice.
Promising review: “Made for the first time and was super easy and delish. I had difficulty closing and holding plunger at same time, but daughter helped. Looks pretty professional for first time ever. The bazooka is lightweight, but sturdy. Hope it holds up, because sushi is a hit with our granddaughters.” —T. Hattaway
Get it from Amazon for $9.99.
13.A salad chopper bowl with slots for wiggling your knife in all the right places, resulting in an evenly chopped meal packed with veggies you keep trying to add more of to your diet.
I’m so proud of you.
Promising review: “Ok, I kinda got this as a joke because I HATE cooking chopping veggies. Well, the joke was on me. It took me longer to take carrots, celery hearts, and lettuce out of the bags than it did to chop a salad. Love it, will continue to use it and i will buy another if it breaks. Well worth the price.” —Mickeymalone
Get it from Amazon for $6.99.
14.A cheese slicer to create some beeOOtiful results like this. It’s all about the presentation, even if the presentation is on a paper towel balanced on your tummy while you’re parked on the couch catching up on Real Housewives.
Made of heavy-duty stainless steel.
Get it from Amazon for $8.97.
15.A set of four ziplock bag holders to serve as an extra set of hands when you need to put leftovers into bags or meal prep some freeze and dump slow cooker dinners. No more slumped bags and wasted ingredients!
Just so you know, the arms extend to accommodate larger bags!
Get four from Amazon for $9.66.
16.A legendary 3-in-1 avocado tool that’ll cut open, pit, and slice up that green thing that, tbh you spent too much cash on every week. Gotta ~safely~ make the most of it!
Promising review: “This is currently my favorite tool in the kitchen. All it took was slicing my hand once with a chef knife to look for a better avocado tool, and here it is. Performs as desired and doesn’t cut your hands even if you slip (like I’m prone to). Plenty of real chefs don’t like uni-taskers, but since I slice an avocado every morning, this is a huge help for me.” —David Wynn
Get it from Amazon for $9.99.
17.A 5-in-1 spatula set to handle most things that’d need doing in the kitchen. Gotta love a multitasking tool that’s heat-resistant up to 400 degrees and dishwasher-safe.
Works as a slotted spoon, solid spoon, spatula, turner, and a cutting tool.
Promising review: “OK, there’s a lot of worthless kitchen gadgets out there vying for your hard earned dollar, this is DEFINITELY NOT one of those. This is well thought out and well worth the price of entry. It’s handy, ergonomic, just plain utilitarian, and functional.” —7SFCW4
Get it from Amazon for $7.99.
18.A stainless-steel bar of soap you can “wash” your hands with after handling garlic, onion, or other stinky ingredients so people won’t smell last night dinner’s on you at the morning meeting.
Promising review: “This little bar of ‘soap’ does exactly what it is intended to do. Do you have a sponge or rag that has that…..odor? Simply wash your hands under the sink with this little guy and suddenly, your hands smell like hands again. I’ve used it after handling several smelly items that have a tendency to make an odor stick with you. It’s worked consistently every time.” —Jeremy
Get it from Amazon for $5.36.
19.A stuffed burger press for creating a no-mess meat hug around delicious toppings like you’re living in the year 3019.
Make cleanup even easier by using plastic wrap on the tool.
Promising review: “The top has a protrusion that pushes the excess beef to the sides of the container, creating a perfect pocket for whatever toppings you care to add. Simply add some more ground beef to the top and press down with the top to create a perfect seal. The sealed burgers are easily extracted — the bottom plate can be pushed from below, allowing you to easily extract the burger without disturbing the contents or the shape. Drop them on the grill and you are ready to go. It really is as easy as that.” —Christopher J. Hamilton
Get it from Amazon for $10.86.
20.Odor-free dishcloths can do all the scrub-a-dubbing for ya’ without turning stinky, smelly, and an unsightly burden like regular old kitchen sponges. And just when you’re afraid they’re getting a lil’ worse for wear, you can toss ’em in the wash!
They stay odor-free without washing or microwaving and are safe to use on non-stick cookware.
Promising review: “I bought a set in 2014, and I’m back to buy a second set now, only because three of the four from my previous set have mysteriously gone missing over the past month (I have a new housemate, but I’m not pointing any fingers…). They held up very well, they do a great job of scrubbing dishes without getting all grimy and smelly, and they’re a cinch to clean by rinsing under running water, putting them in the dishwasher with the dishes, or tossing them in the laundry with the clothes. I won’t go back to sponges or traditional dishcloths.” —K. Bonner
Get a four-pack from Amazon for $8 (available in three colors).
21.A manual food chopper that’ll have you cursing at the skies because you JUST discovered it. Seriously, breaking up blocks of ground beef for taco night or frozen mango for your morning smoothie just got *so* much easier.
This food chopper is made of food-safe nylon and has no sharp edges. It’s safe to use with nonstick cookware.
Promising review: “The Chopper breaks up ground beef, turkey, etc. much more efficiently than can be done with a spatula or turner. I don’t normally purchase incredibly specialized utensils if I can get by without them, however I think this chopper is worth the money because it saves time and makes cooking easier.” —Karen
Get it from Amazon for $7.05+ (available in three colors).
22.Reusable toaster bags to whip up some mouthwatering grilled cheese in the toaster without worrying about crumbs or smoking cheese.
They also help prevent cross-contamination food allergies. Use them to reheat leftovers or defrost food in the microwave without making a mess. Transform your dinner with these 16 Ways To Take Your Grilled Cheese To The Next Level.
Promising review: “We had a small piece of leftover steak. I sliced it thin, took two slices of American Rye bread, (had to cut a half of an inch off so that it would fit in the toaster), put cilantro salad dressing and Norwegian cheese on each slice. Then I put the steak and fried onions on one slice, covered it with the other slice and put it in the toaster bag. Set the toaster to 5 (mid-setting on our toaster), put the bag in the ‘Single Slice’ slot and pushed down the lever. A few minutes later the bag popped up, I was surprised the bag could be handled without any gloves. The sandwich was nicely toasted and the cheese was melted. Some of the melted cheese was at the bottom of the bag. I reached in to see how messy it was going to clean up, but the melted cheese came out in one piece.” —Tom in Pittsburgh
Get a pack of three from Amazon for $8.49.
23.And an adorable pot clip to hold up your spoon and won’t have results necessarily, aside from the absence of messy chili on your countertop. Let no smoky drop go to waste!!
It’s made of silicone and stainless steel, and heat-resistant to 482°F-250°C.
Promising review: “Simple yet brilliant is how to describe this little tool. Clips to any pot easily and securely and allows you to rest just about any kitchen utensil securely over the pot/dish. Drips simply end up back in the food and not on your counters. Silicone buttons protect against any scratching so this can be used safely be used on even the most expensive pots worry free.” —KB
Get it from Amazon for $8.38.
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