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    1. A pack of toaster bags so you can stop ruining your grilled cheese sandwiches on the stove.

    grilled cheeses in bags in a toaster

    No more lifting the bread with a spatula to see if your sandwich is burnt beyond belief or completely untoasted. Knowing you, it's likely one of each on either side.

    Promising review: "I purchased these for the office to end the endless fights about the dirty toaster and toaster oven and THEY DO MAGIC. Everyone is happy, toaster is clean, peace is restored! Food is heated evenly." —Marina

    Get three bags from Amazon for $6.99.

    2. An electric egg cooker so simple you'll feel like it cooked your breakfast for you. It can make hard-boiled eggs, soft-boiled eggs, poached eggs, scrambled eggs, and even individual omelets.

    an electric egg cooker filled with eggs next to a plate of deviled eggs

    Promising review: "I bought this egg cooker for the first time a year and a half ago, and it is awesome. I hate having a single-purpose appliance in my kitchen, but this is worth it. Making hard-boiled eggs was always hit or miss for me, even if it was timed perfectly. (I admit I forgot about the eggs more than once!) This cooker makes PERFECT eggs every single time, to the exact hardness I desire with no green ring on the yolk. Even better, the shell slides off without taking half the egg white with it! My favorite use is to pop some eggs in when I get home and prep a salad. By the time the salad is ready, the eggs are done. I can even leave the kitchen and still hear when they are done because of the buzzer. I've purchased five more of them for family for Christmas this year and can't wait to get everyone on board the Dash Go Egg Cooker train!" —A. M. Hinshaw

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99 (available in five colors).

    3. Or a breakfast sandwich maker that will LITERALLY, in every sense of the phrase, cook your breakfast for you.

    the sandwich maker with three sliding layers
    Hamilton Beach

    Promising review: "I must admit I thought this seemed gimmicky — until I tried it. Super easy to use, easy to wipe up, and makes a delicious piping-hot breakfast sandwich every time. So fun to dream up new variations. Come up with your toppings as it heats, let it cook for five minutes, and voila, breakfast is ready! We use it almost every day now. The only con I can think of is that it doesn't fit a full-size bagel. Guess we'll get the mini bagels instead. Crumpets work fine and if you cut the corners off your bread that works great, too." —Karen Bramblet

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    4. A splatter screen if your main deterrent from cooking is how often you're physically assaulted by hot grease popping off the pan.,

    A bonus: you no longer have to worry about wiping down your stove, countertop and cabinets after you're done.

    Promising Review: "After putting it off for years making do with a cheap-o splatter screen, I finally purchased a new one. This one is great quality, and my husband and I think it will last nicely for many years to come. I love the reinforcing 'cross-members' and little feet to set it down on the counter without leaving a grease outline. I know you can always buy the cheapest one out there, but it is usually (in my opinion) worth it to spend a bit more for a quality product!" —Julie

    Get it from Amazon for $13.47 (available in three sizes).

    5. A Belgian waffle maker for a homemade breakfast, in case you ever get tired of popping frozen waffles in the toaster. This nonstick, anti-overflow model from Chefman seems great for novice waffle makers. You’d actually have to try very hard to NOT make a perfect waffle in this thing.


    A bonus: There’s a small light that lets you know when your waffles are done, and reviewers say the machine is very easy to clean!

    Promising review: “Being a senior citizen, I've had a number of waffle makers over the years. This is by far the best one ever. I used the accompanying measuring cup to pour the batter and it worked like a charm. It really is non-stick as well. Love the deep well to catch overflow. No dripping down the sides. Shade selector is a great feature. Cleanup was so easy. Just wipe with a damp paper towel. No fuss, no mess. I would definitely recommend this Chefman model to anyone in the market for a waffle maker.” —Anonymous Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99 (available in two colors).

    6. An automatic pan stirrer if you have a habit of wandering away from the stove while you cook — or if you just suck at stirring.

    The three-pronged stirrer in a pan

    It has a built-in timer and runs on four AA batteries.

    Promising review: "Honestly I laughed at myself for buying this. I stopped laughing the first time I used it! What a help! It freed me up to do other things while it stirred the sauce that needed constant attention. Bought another one! Not laughing now!" —Luvdvm

    Get it from UncommonGoods for $25.

    7. A garlic chopper that works almost like a children's toy. Just fill it with garlic, roll it around like a Hot Wheels car, and boom — you've successfully prepped an ingredient without slicing your fingers.

    Promising review: "Love! Love! Love the Garlic Zoom! Mincing garlic has never been easy or fun until now. It makes mince work out of garlic, onion, chilis and herbs. I'm not sure what I love most about this little gadget. Not smelling stinky garlic fingers all night? No burning fingers or eyes from chopping a super hot chili? Or mincing fresh herbs in a blink of an eye? Anything I can throw in the GarlicZoom I zoom. It's fun! I have a problem wrist from an injury and an arm and hand that suffers from nerve damage. I can still manage to zoom this." —Kennedy Collins

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    8. And a prep-and-pour cutting board so you don't waste any of that freshly-chopped garlic when adding it to your meal., Sur La Table

    Promising Review: "This cutting board is amazing! After chopping your veggies, this board makes transferring them into a pan, pot, or mixing bowl extremely easy and efficient. Just pick up the board using the handle, and the cutting boards transforms into a funnel to effortlessly drop the contents of the cutting board into a pan. It's great and we love it!" —Tiffany J

    Get it from Sur La Table for $9.99.

    9. A snap-on colander if you're also trying to avoid spillage when straining pasta.,

    Promising Review: "I cannot say enough good about this strainer. It fits all my pots from small to huge, even frying pans! I have strainers, colanders, every kind of lid converter — but this strainer is the best ever. When the pot is too heavy for me to hold when draining water, I can use this and still hold on with both hands. Then, when it is mostly drained, I set the pot in the sink to continue to drain. It washes up like a dream, or you can toss it in the dishwasher. I do not know how I lived without this strainer." —SGA

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    10. Or a microwave pasta cooker for the truly inept among us who've given up on traditionally cooking pasta altogether.

    A model holds the Fasta Pasta, a rectangular container with cooked pasta inside, over a sink as they strain the water out

    Promising Review: "I don't want to get all gushy over a pasta maker, but man... I really love this gizmo! I try to limit my monthly food expenditures, and the Fasta Pasta helps me work in at least one inexpensive pasta meal every week, if not more. First of all, I like spaghetti, but I'm lazy and impatient and don't like things that take a long time to make, with a bunch of steps, and a big clean up afterward. The Fasta Pasta is perfect for me. I get the exact amount of correctly measured spaghetti; it's faster than boiling water in a big pot then having to watch and stir the pasta; the pasta comes out perfectly cooked every time and the cleanup is a snap. No big pot, no colander, no spaghetti fork to lift out the pasta. Just the easy-to-clean Fasta Pasta, and a pot to heat up the sauce. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!" —Smilin Sam

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    11. An electric tea kettle for those lazy nights you can't imagine "cooking" anything other than instant ramen.

    hand holds large kettle with window to show liquid inside and measurements

    Promising review: “I have a friend who doesn't have a coffee pot. However, she has an electric kettle and keeps an assortment of teas, hot chocolate mixes, and instant coffee available for her guests. I'll admit it — I had kettle envy. I decided to start looking for a kettle of my own, and I had a couple of requirements: I did not want a plastic kettle, it needed to have automatic shutoff, and it needed to heat water quickly. I came across this little guy and it fit the bill perfectly. The water heats up so quickly — even faster than I expected. It doesn't make noise when the water is ready, but you can hear the water boiling, and you can hear the kettle making a click sound when the water is heated. My friend saw this on my counter and could not believe that I paid about the same amount for my kettle as she did for her plastic one. I guess now she has kettle envy!”—Shelleyd73

    Get it from Amazon for $25.42.

    12. A magnetic meal planning pad to make life in the kitchen more efficient. Seasoned chefs may be able to whip things up on the fly, but you know you need a little more preparation than that.

    a hand filling out a magnetic meal planner displayed on the side of a refrigerator

    Promising review: "I’ve been starting to get into meal prepping and this planner really helps! I like being able to look up recipes on my phone and then write down whatever ingredients I still need on the grocery list section of this planner. I love how the grocery list section can be ripped off so you can take it to the store, but the daily meal plans remain on the fridge so you can stay organized. This is a very simple idea, but it’s cute and helps keep me organized and motivated to plan out my meals." —Samantha M.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    13. A plastic storage container that'll keep your produce fresh for weeks, in case you're the type to buy groceries and forget to actually eat them.

    a before and after shot of an old looking strawberry and a fresh strawberry

    Read our full review of the Rubbermaid FreshWorks food storage containers!

    Promising review: "I wish I would have gotten these sooner. I bought strawberries for my children, and then I forgot about them. I found them in the back of the refrigerator almost TWO WEEKS later, and they were still good. The real miracle is how long it keeps zucchini. Zucchini starts to get mushy in the crisper drawer after just a few days. Again, these miracle containers have kept it fresh for close to two weeks now. I've kept cut lettuce, cut cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, cucumbers, zucchini, sliced bell peppers, strawberries, blackberries, cut jicama, and carrots in these containers. I've had fantastic results with all of them." —Laura

    Get a three-piece set from Amazon for $34.73.

    14. A veggie spiralizer so you can stop wasting money on prepackaged zoodles at the grocery store.,

    It has a finger protector, and a container with a bottom lid — so you can automatically and easily catch all your zoodles as your spiralize! Plus, there are three blade settings for thin, medium, or ribbon zoodles.

    Promising Review: "I love how compact this spiralizer is. Other ones are so big and bulky that you can’t store or wash them easily. This one fits in a drawer and is very easy to clean. The blade slices through the vegetables quickly and easily. It’s cheap enough that if the blade ever gets too dull, you could easily purchase a new one and not feel bad about it. The price is great, and you’re getting a quality item. It has a base to it where you can store the spiralized veggie, as well. You don’t have to directly slice into a bowl. Great product. Very happy with this purchase." —Derek

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97.

    15. An Instant Pot to save you from having to master multiple appliances. This thing is basically a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté pan, yogurt maker, and food warmer all in one.


    Read our full review of the Instant Pot!

    Promising review: "This is quite possibly the coolest, most versatile kitchen gadget I’ve ever owned. I love it so much that I’ve purchased two more for friends and relatives. What can it do? I think the real question is 'What can’t it do?' I truly believe you could replace every cooking appliance (including your oven and stove top) and do EVERYTHING in the Instant Pot. I purchased two sizes for my own use: the 3-quart (which is my almost-every-day workhorse for two person dishes) and the 8-quart (which I bring out to handle my dinner party dishes). Everything I’ve tried has been fabulous. In the realm of kitchen appliances, there is no better investment than the Instant Pot. Highly recommended!!!" —Stereoman

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99+ (available in three sizes).

    16. An electric peeler for anyone who's as bad with a regular peeler as they are with a knife. Just slowly step away from the counter, and no one gets hurt...,

    Promising review: "I have had this product now for almost a year and can say I honestly love it and use it weekly. I have a toddler so I try to do everything and anything to cut down on prep time. I usually prep my foods the night before when he is in bed. However, when I peel potatoes at night they always turn brown within hours. Therefore, this product allows me to peel the potatoes quickly to add to my stew in the morning. Cleanup is very easy as I just run the two pieces that hold the item in place under water." —Ruby

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    17. A hard-boiled egg peeler in case you even suck at peeling things with your fingers. Just add 1/4 cup of water to the peeler with the hard-boiled egg inside, shake it up, and the shell magically slips off. It's science!


    Promising Review: "Guys. I was so skeptical, but I was desperate as the holidays neared because I had three Christmas parties to attend where everyone wanted me to make deviled eggs. So I had, like, 50 eggs to peel. I swear that I was peeling two eggs per minute with this — I had a timer set for other stuff I was making — and was able to peel 20 eggs in 10 minutes. But this does take some getting used to. My first set of trial eggs were a disaster. I learned to dip each egg in an ice bath for a few seconds before sticking them in the peeler as instructed. Then, I'd shake the peeler and could peel the egg shell off like butter. 😍It made me not dread making deviled eggs anymore! Completely worth the investment!!" —Sara Wallace

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95 (available in eight colors).

    18. A three-in-one avocado slicer not only because we've established you're particularly bad at chopping and peeling things, but because nonmillennials in general probably have no idea how to slice avocados either.

    With this one tool, you'll be able to split the avocado, remove the pit, and slice through all that creamy green goodness.

    Promising Review: "Avocado? Yes, please! This tool is awesome. Easy to cut open the fruit. Pit remover works well, just push onto the pit and give it a twist, and the pit pops right out. The best part is the slicer. Makes beautiful slices for a great presentation. The tool can then be used to scrape any remaining fruit out of the skin. Really happy I bought this!" —NPR Man

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    19. An electric jar-opener in case your laziness knows no bounds.


    This is also a great option for people with limited mobility.

    Promising review: "I love the Hamilton Beach Open Ease Automatic Jar Opener product, because it actually works. I was skeptical that this product would work well, but it actually does what it says. I've tested it the product on multiple unopened glass bottles (with tight tops, that would be difficult, if not impossible for me to open without a rubber mat and some hot water). It was so easy to use, without complicated directions. And for me, it worked every time." —silhouette_of_enchantment

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99.

    20. Or an electric can opener for similar reasons.

    The electric can opener next to a bowl of soup

    Promising review: “I love this can opener! I have terrible arthritis and have tried many other openers. This one is amazingly easy to operate. Once you place the can just lower the lever and the can opens by itself. The price is very reasonable. I would suggest to the company to advertise for people with arthritis because it sure makes my life a whole lot easier!”—Cape Cod Gramma

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    21. A microwave omelet maker, since even people who are pretty good in the kitchen sometimes have trouble timing their flips on the stove.

    a veggie omelette on a plate near a microwave omelette maker

    This is made of 100% platinum silicone that's resistant to high temps and is dishwasher-safe, plus it comes with a recipe booklet for inspo!

    Promising review: "This brings omelets to my weekday breakfast. I've been trying to eat a low-carb diet, and the idea of eggs for breakfast appeals to me. But, I am *so* NOT a morning person; and getting up early to stir a low-n-slow scramble just does not work for me. I've tried microwaving eggs in custard cups but they always turned out either soupy and underdone or firm but dry and rubbery. But this makes them Just right, every time, in two minutes flat. That's less time than it takes me to brew my coffee. Two or three eggs, some herbs, a few chopped veggies, and perhaps a sprinkle of cheese makes for a quick, easy, and tasty breakfast." —Vanilla Chameleon

    Get it from Amazon for $15.09.

    22. An electric spice and coffee grinder that'll help make your mornings AND your meals much more interesting. This Hamilton Beach model is of course great for coffee drinkers, but the most creative use for it would be to grind fresh herbs for homemade seasonings.

    Amazon / Via

    Promising review: “I’ve had it for about a week, and I’ve used it every morning since I got it. I’m totally happy with it. It says it’s a lot quieter than other brands, and I believe that it is. Obviously it’s not silent, but it’s probably one-third as loud as an average blender. It’s quick and easy to use — just put your beans in, put the cap on, and push the button a few times to grind 'em up. Maybe one longer burst to really get them ground.”—Rad Astronaut

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    23. And a battery-operated milk frother to go with your grinder. It'll make you feel like a fancy barista even if you just barely managed to avoid ruining your instant coffee.

    Amazon, Amazon / Via

    Promising review: “This is an amazing product! Within a minute, you can easily fine tune the speed. Design is very natural for the hand. I like the thumb press as opposed to the side activation on my previous frother. The soft touch body is comfortable to hold. I also like the lifetime guarantee from the company should there be any issues down the road. The included stand makes it simple to store inside the cabinet or on the countertop. Look at the photo above. The picture was taken at least two minutes after it was whipped.”—Jesus S

    Get it from Amazon for $18.95.

    24. A pair of tabletop cereal dispensers for those mornings you don't even feel like pretending you know how to cook.

    the cereal dispensing canisters side by side with knobs to release the food

    Promising review: "This is listed as a cereal dispenser — but we purchased it for a cat and dog food dispenser. What a GREAT PRODUCT. This lovely piece of equipment sits on our kitchen cabinet and holds/dispenses our cat and dog dry food each day. No more lifting heavy bags all the time. Fill up the containers once and you have a week or two of ease. Just place your pet dish under the spout, turn the wheel and the dish fills up. Looks good and fun to turn the dials." —Jennifer from Greensboro, NC

    Get it from Wayfair for $33.99 (available in three styles).

    25. A digital meat thermometer if you're still learning how to precisely cook different meats. You'll no longer have to slice your chicken open to see if its done. Just gently slide this bad boy in your freshly roasted bird.

    a digital meat thermometer being stuck into a freshly roasted chicken

    Promising review: "I love the fact that this thermometer reads instantly. With my other thermometers, I am always waiting and wondering how high it is going to go. This one works as it says it will, instantly. I like it very much." —Richard F Stencil

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in two styles)

    26. A digital scale if you haven't built your kitchen confidence high enough to eyeball your ingredients.

    food sitting on a digital scale

    Promising review: "This scale is so easy to use and very sensitive to even the lightest of items, which is what you want in a kitchen scale when every gram counts. I originally bought this to weigh items for my backpacking trips since I want to reduce ounces and grams as much as possible. However, I quickly became obsessed with measuring my food into official serving sizes, which has helped me immensely with portion control. I love that this scale is easy to zero out. I can place a bowl or plate or whatever I need to hold the foods and simply press the power button once to reset it to zero before adding the foods. With such a low profile and such a light weight I am considering buying another one to keep in my work bag for on-the-go portion control." —Elizabeth

    Get it from Amazon for $13.96 (available in five colors).

    27. A digital bread maker, since baking became a popular self-care hobby during the pandemic. This particular bread maker is apparently so easy to use, even experts who once preferred more old school methods wish they discovered this helpful little appliance sooner. It'll be great for people just now discovering this surprisingly soothing coping mechanism.

    Amazon, Amazon / Via

    Promising review: “This is my first time using a bread machine. I used to knead dough by hand. It was very tiring. Since I bought this bread machine, I have completely liberated my hands. Anyone can become a master baker with this machine. If you don't know many recipes, you can make all kinds of bread according to the cookbook that comes with it. I used it to make sausage bread. My family loves it!”—honglong yu

    Get it from Amazon for $118.82.

    28. A tricked-out and generously sized indoor smart grill for anyone who has NO idea how to work a traditional outdoor grill.

    Amazon / Via

    Promising review: “I have to say this machine is absolutely amazing. It exceeded my expectations by far. I have cooked ribeye steaks, shrimp, pork loin, and chicken just this past week. I can't believe how well it cooks, and you don't have to deal with grease splatter. Cleanup is very easy and it takes less than a minute to put the grate and grease catcher in the dishwasher. It radiates almost no heat. If you're wondering if you should buy — don't hesitate.”—Eezie’s Daylily Farm

    Get it from Amazon for $279.99.

    29. And a pack of super-strong magnets, which will keep your beer/soda cold and handy for whenever you need to drown your sorrows after ruining yet another meal.,

    Promising review: "Of all the things I have bought that I didn't need, this is one of my favorites. Beer is hard to get out of the cardboard carrier in the top of my fridge. While just taking them out and sitting them on the shelf would have solved this problem as well. This solution is more fun. They float and technically it does make a tiny bit of extra space under the beer for small things like cheese or something." —AbbyValentine

    Get a set of two strips (six magnets) from Amazon for $29.99.

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