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    27 Clever Kitchen Products From Amazon You’ll Probably Wish You’d Bought Years Ago

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    1. A set of mixing bowls with airtight lids that make for perfect marination, bread rising, and everything in between. Say goodbye to the days of single-use plastic and trying not to crumple your plastic wrap.

    The set of mixing bowls with airtight lids in green, orange, yellow, purple, and red

    Promising review: "I really like that these have color-coded tops. I am always losing or can’t find which top fits on what container. These are perfect. Very happy with my purchase." —PSL84

    Price: $28.25 for a set of five

    2. A utensil rest for the person who's always making soups and stews and a big mess along with it. It's the perfect way to try your concoctions without getting your counters messy everytime you take a taste or a stir.

    The utensil spoon rest in dark gray holding a spoon and spatula

    Promising review: "This product is really tender and soft. It’s too good of a quality to be a kitchen gadget and has so many meticulously divided parts are fabulous to hold different items. Definitely highly recommend!" —HANNAH

    Price: $8.49 (available in two colors)

    3. A banana corer and filler, because couldn't we all use a fun gourmet appliance in our kitchens? It will definitely impress your guests when you have the perfect banana split or chocolate-filled frozen bananas for dessert.


    Promising review: "Easy to use, easy to clean, and the kids love it!!! Great concept!! We bought one and gifted one and love it!! You won’t be disappointed!" —Amazon Customer

    Price: $26.99

    4. A snap-on strainer so you can strain your pasta without having noodles go straight into your sink. It's a little protective guard for your precious carbs and I think that's pretty cool.

    the green version on a pot of pasta

    Promising review: "This worked so well for draining beef grease from my large 12" fry pan. There was no leaking whatsoever like I was afraid of. It poured perfectly into a small cup. I also used it to drain hot water from boiling noodles for the same dinner! I had tried everything to drain fat, from spooning it out, turkey battering it, and most recently trying to scoop it out and pat it dry. This is a lifesaver! I cannot wait to use it again!" —Ashley M

    Price: $14.99+ (available in five colors)

    5. A meat tenderizer that puts all other tenderizers to shame. It's perfect for creating the ideal texture for your meat and will definitely make a splash at your next BBQ.

    hand using the tenderizer

    Promising review: "This is my first meat tenderizer. I tested it couple times and let my family and friends taste two steak dishes simultaneously, where one was processed by the meat tenderizer with no marinade, and another marinaded only. All of them preferred the first one. Other thing I like about it is that it's very easy to hold and has very sharp blades. Easy to clean when you use a dish brush or dishwasher." —Ron

    Price: $12.99

    6. A multi-purpose masher for the person who appreciates an all-in-one kitchen gadget. This is a potato and veggie masher and juice squeezer all rolled into a single sleek product.


    Promising review: "Sturdy, well-made, and easy to use. Potatoes don't push out around the sides. Good sized 'pot.' They all go through the bottom holes. Don't buy the ones with the holes around the cylinder. They just don't do as good/efficient a job as this one with the holes on the bottom only." —AZJake

    Price: $23.95

    7. An oil spray bottle set, because there's no better way to add a little lubrication to your pan than to spritz it with some oil. It's perfect for greasing baking sheets for cookies, preparing pans for veggies, and so much more.

    The olive oil spray bottle in clear with a silver lid

    Promising review: "I use this all the time! I never used to buy Pam or cooking spray, but now that I have this, I use it all the time. It makes baking so easy with muffin tins, bundt cake pans, and baking pans. I use it to sauté things in a pan too. I love that I know exactly what's in the oil and I can choose which oil to put in it. Definitely recommend!" —Christine

    Price: $14.95 for a set of two plus two cleaning brushes

    8. An electric knife sharpener so you can always ensure your knives are mincing-ready. It's a great way to keep your kitchen products in great shape with minimal effort.


    Promising review: "This works like a champion!! I initially tried it out on an old pair of dulled scissors, and voila! They are now like new!! From there I went on a knife sharpening binge and it worked like a charm!! Wonderful product; easy to use and very efficient. I love this!! Highly recommend." —Patricia D.

    Price: $9.99+ (available in two colors)

    9. A seven-piece storage container set that will help keep your pastas and grains fresher. It's an easy way to upgrade any kitchen and you'll be glad to have something to label if you have organized energy like I do.

    reviewer's seven-piece storage container set in a cabinet holding pasta, oats, and sugar

    Promising review: "Love these. I was able to condense so much space in my cabinets. These would be great for an open cabinet floor plan. They look nice on my counter. Love the stackable concept. The seal is airtight. 10/10." —Lupita

    Price: $26.99+ (available in three colors)

    10. A multi-purpose chopping tool for those of us who love to cook but could pass on the tedious chopping process. This will cut down on your time spent in the kitchen and help with the clean-up by acting as a slicer, mincer, chopper, cutter, dicer, and a container for spare ingredients.

    reviewer's cooking tool chopping onions, with different blades

    It's got eight interchangeable blades!

    Promising review: "So many uses! I love, love, love this Mueller Pro-Series Multi Chopper/Slicer! I have tried others, and they didn't stand up to the chopping, slicing, or shredding needs that this one does! Others have also been so poorly made that I cut myself. This one has safety and functionality in its design. I am so glad that I purchased this. This is a must-have for all kitchens! Fried potatoes, zucchini, potatoes for potato soup, any and all veggies! It also works for meat as well — diced ham for soups! It's incredible, and the price is so affordable." —Rebecca M

    Price: $22.95

    11. An over-the-sink drying rack, because sometimes the best cooking solution is the one that helps take the effort out of the most time-consuming tasks. If you spend tons of time doing dishes, this will cut that in half so you can focus on the fun part of cooking.

    The over the sink drying rack holding dishes in a reviewer's kitchen

    Promising review: "This item contrasts a bit with the kitchen space, but it really is practical. It’s very sturdy and I added weight on the top racks (10 lb watermelon) and put pressure on the racks on top at the front to see if it’d tip over; it didn’t. The design of the legs distributes the weight evenly to prevent it from tipping over. I didn’t use all of the hooks, but still had space for everything. The cutting board holder on the leg slips off often if you touch it, but it’s not a big deal. Everything else is really great. I was tired of having a drying mat that got soaked every time we did the dishes, which also smelled funny sometimes, gross!In rWe no longer have that drying mat problem and there’s a lot more counter space that can be used in this small kitchen. " —Veelagirl07

    Price: $79.95 (available in two colors)

    12. A waterproof kitchen rug so you won't have to worry about spills and water ricocheting off of dishes. Plus, it adds a nice, homey feel to any kitchen.

    The reviewer's photo of the kitchen rug

    Promising review: "The mats arrive rolled up together and you're easily able to unroll them and they lay flat on the floor right away. There is a plastic smell, but it does fade away. They are quite easy to clean. I like the length of the longer one because it fits perfectly in front of my sink and dishwasher. The second one, is shorter and fits perfectly on the side counter. These mats would be perfect for a laundry room and even a bathroom. The mats look like they are thin, however, when standing on them they do not sink down. I have stood on anti-fatigue mats and it was so soft I felt like I was standing on my floor. I don't feel this way while standing on these mats, even for a long period of time. The color is a soft grey with a pleasing pattern, that would match just about any decor. The quality looks as if they would stand up to daily use. I would purchase them again." —Kristina Deyette

    Price: $22.79+ (available in five colors)

    13. An over-the-door storage organizer that makes keeping cling wrap, aluminum foil, and other similarly shaped kitchen items within reach super simple. Plus, it's hidden from view so you won't have to take up precious drawer space just to keep it from occupying counter space.

    reviewer's over the door storage organizer holding trash bags and foil

    Promising review: "This organizer is so useful! I recently moved and ended up with a much smaller kitchen, so I've been doing everything I can to make sure there's a place for everything and no wasted space. Luckily, I have pretty wide cabinets, so this works out perfectly. I have one holding my cutting boards (four standard plastic boards) and another holding my foil, cling wrap, and parchment paper boxes. The organizer is super easy to assemble and it's completely versatile — you can hang it over the cabinet door or attach it to the wall/cabinet door, which means it's great for renters and owners." —Kerry

    Price: $14.97

    14. A pack of oven mitts, hot pads, and mini oven gloves for those of us who tend to be a bit clumsier in the kitchen. If you're constantly breaking things or burning yourself, like me, this is for you. Plus, the hot pads can be used to serve your foot while it's hot without damaging your surfaces.

    the pack of six kitchen essentials in grey

    Promising review: "Set provided pretty much everything you'd need for not getting burned in the kitchen. They are very handy. The assortment is good because it covers you for whatever you're doing; you may not always want to grab the glove so the little hand mitts are easy and great." —Virginia

    Price: $19.99+ (available in three colors)

    15. A bento box-style lunch container with a reusable fork, because there's never been a better time to up your at-home meal prep game. It's as simple as cutting up some fruits and veggies for a mid-work day snack — this tray will not only organize everything and keep food from getting soggy, but it will also look super pleasing.

     bento box style lunch container in green, holding salad in the bottom and veggies and dressing on the top divided portion

    Promising review: "This container is fabulous! I love how I can fit a lot of healthy salad in the main compartment, then load up the tray with fresh snacks. It's fabulous to be free of the old separate little containers or the Ziplock bags that get lost with other stuff, and it's nice to be able to see everything in one place. The unit closes up securely, the cover over the fork stays put, the dressing container doesn't leak at all. It's top-shelf dishwasher safe. I can't think of anything bad to say about it. Here's a picture of all the food I was able to fit in mine. (The green water bottle is a separate item of course)." —Sand Box

    Price: $14.99 (available in eight colors)

    16. A bamboo drawer organizer so you can ensure your kitchen tools don't take over more space than they need to. It's a simple way to make you space feel and look more put-together.

    The bamboo drawer organizer with utensils in it

    Promising review: "These are wonderful!! We have really wide kitchen drawers and we were just tossing stuff in and it was a mess. Ordered two sets of these for two drawers. Will be getting more. Super sturdy and easy to use." —PK

    Price: $29.99 for a set of four

    17. A collapsible kitchen colander that will make draining ingredients so much easier. Plus, this will save you big money on paper towels, which is great for your wallet and the environment.

    The reviewer's photo of the green collapsable strainer in their sink

    Promising review: "Saw this at a friend's house and had to get one. As much as I appreciate that it can collapse for storage, the telescoping arms are what got me to actually buy it. The arms extend far enough for even a farmhouse sink and are strong enough to hold a pot of potatoes. This frees up both my hands for holding a heavy pot (no scalding) and keeps the food from sitting in the water. It was shipped quickly and was packed well." —Bast

    Price: $13.99 (available in three colors)

    18. An oil-less air fryer for the people who are all about the air-fryer trend, but aren't sure which reviews to follow to the perfect one. This large no-oil machine has over 1,000 positive reviews and temperature control so you can have your food your way.


    Promising review: "I've been shopping for an AirFryer for months but most of them are small (< 3 quarts) and only cook a partial meal. When I came across this one it was just what I was looking for. It's 16 quarts in size, allowing me to cook more than one type of food at a time, and it comes with a spacer to accommodate your height of the cooktop to prevent drying out meats, plus you can see your food as it cooks. I love the recipe book that comes with it as well." —LEELEE

    Price: $65.67+ (available in five colors)

    19. A lid container, because lids are one of the easiest items to lose in cupboards and in drawers. It's a simple addition to any kitchen, but will keep things looking super tidy and help with the frustrating process of finding lids when they go astray.

    reviewer&#x27;s lid organizer in white

    Promising review: "This is a great caddy for all of those maverick Tupperware lids that disappear like socks in a laundry room. I was able to fit quite a few into it. It comes with five separators to cordon off different sizes/shapes of lids and consolidate two of three previous lids bins into this one. Plus, according to their card insert, the company is a small woman-owned business, which I’m always happy to support." —Bridget D.

    Price: $15+ (available in three sizes)

    20. A set of 24 kitchen utensils so you can keep your kitchen well-stocked. It's a great way to ensure you have all the tools that you need at your disposal for your recipes without having to run to the store.

    the set of 24 kitchen utensils on a reviewer&#x27;s countertop

    This set includes a soup ladle, solid spoon, slotted spoon, solid turner, slotted turner, potato pusher, can opener, whisk, grater, spatula, tongs, ice cream scooper, wine opener peeler, measuring cups, and measuring spoons.

    Promising review: "Everything works great and so glad I got this set. The spatulas are sturdy and don't melt with simple use. The spoons and ladle are sturdy and not flimsy. Ice cream scoop stands up to hard-as-a-rock ice cream for the most part, especially if you move it along with the pointed tip. Peeler is super sharp and works nicely with thick peels. Love the tongs because they grip well with raw meat and don't slide. Haven't used the whisk or potato masher yet but will soon. Overall I'm super happy with this purchase and can't complain at all." —Carli White

    Price: $19.99+ (available in two colors)

    21. A Clever Cutter that's the perfect food cutter. This multi-purpose item is a fruit and vegetable slicer and meat cutter, acting as a knife and scissors combo that is integral to every kitchen.

    the half knife, half scissor tool being used to cut a cucumber

    The knife can also be used separately!

    Promising review: "This product is amazing and innovative. No need of a cutting board now. The blade is strong and works like a scissor. I tried cutting potato, onion, and bell pepper and it worked great. I highly recommend this product for easy cutting." —Shome

    Price: $15.49

    22. A set of fridge and freezer bins for those who appreciate a super organized fridge. It's great for holding cans, eggs, and fruits and veggies so everything will have its place.

    reviewer&#x27;s fridge with clear freezer bins

    Promising review: "We love these bins! They fit perfectly in the fridge and we even used the extras in our pantry. The kids can pick and choose from each one for their lunches!" —Julie

    Price: $33.49 for a set of six

    23. A dish drying rack, because doing dishes doesn't have to last all day. It makes the drying process way quicker because the liquid can drain right into the sink. Plus, it's a major space-saver for small kitchens, which is always a plus.

    The dish drying rack

    Promising review: "I didn’t realize I would like this so much. It’s a minimalist way to dry dishes without all sorts of contraptions on my counter. I like the low profile and the ease of rolling up the rack when not in use. Works well for cups and plates, but silverware can fall through the slats if not placed perpendicularly." —Mama osa

    Price: $18.89

    24. A touchless trash can so you can keep your place looking nice while maximizing your trash capacity. It holds 13 gallons of garbage and its stainless steel exterior makes it easy to clean and keeps it looking fresh.

    reviewer&#x27;s two side by side stainless steel trash cans with black lids

    Promising review: "I've waited almost a year to write this review, because I wanted to be sure this product was long-lasting. We have a tiny kitchen in our beach house and a tiny and weirdly shaped space for a trash can. I researched FOREVER (just ask my husband) and finally settled on this one. It fits perfectly in the space and has surpassed my expectations in every way. It's attractive and fits a TON of trash in a very discreet way. I love it." —S. Loud

    Price: $69.85+ (available in 18 styles)

    25. A bench scraper that will make any kitchen complete. It's great for baking projects, cutting up dough, separating servings, and so much more. It's a clever way to ensure your projects look as professional as possible.

    bench scraper with a red handle

    It's got measurement markers too!

    Promising review: "This item is one of the few, aside from my cutting board and chef's knife, that are used nearly every day. It has a very nice design that I love. I highly recommend this." —keith allyn

    Price: $6.99+ (available in three colors)

    26. A Brita water filter for those who want the freshest water available. It's a simple way to add a refreshing feeling to your daily hydration and will reduce things like chlorine odor, copper, mercury, zinc, and cadmium that linger in tap water.

    red and clear pitcher

    Promising review: "Purchased this to leave in the refrigerator at my job - it's the perfect size for a work day's worth of water and the slim design means it doesn't take up much room, leaving plenty of space for lunches. The fountain water is not trustworthy but I am comfortable knowing that my Brita filter is working before I drink it. I can taste a difference and that gives me some peace of mind. Love the turquoise color — not too green or blue, not bright — just a nice color (hey, some people are picky about colors). The handle is comfortable when lifting the full pitcher. Refilling is a breeze as the lid comes off/on easily; replacing the filter is quick and; painless too. I have recommended this to others. For the price you can't go wrong." —misterie27

    Price: $15.99+ (available in three colors and two filter types)

    27. An immersion hand blender, because cooking will never be the same after you first try this. It makes soups, smoothies, and everything in between so much better and cleanup so much easier than a traditional blender.

    reviewer using the immersion hand blender to make a smoothie in a mug

    Promising review: "Wow, my smoothie is ready in 10 seconds in my mug. I do not need to clean an extra container for the smoothie. The blender is very easy to use and clean. The blender does not take up too much space and I could put it anywhere in the kitchen area. Haven’t tried the steel whisk yet, but looks great." —W

    Price: $36.99

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