Skip To Content

    27 Things That'll Make You A Wizard In The Kitchen

    You don't even have to roll for initiative to start cooking.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A two-in-one twist whisk so efficient, you'll be named the new Wizard of Oz immediately.


    Twist the handle to create a balloon whisk for mixing, and then twist again for a flat device for scraping and easy storage.

    Get it from Amazon for $4.42.

    2. A food scale that will give you the power to always have precise measurements and thus the best Treacle tarts around.


    See BuzzFeed's full review of this kitchen scale.

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $35.99.

    3. A handy device for making fresh popcorn at home, perfect for your next re-watch of the LOTR series.


    You just put a hunk of butter on the top and it melts as the popcorn pops, so the buttery goodness is evenly dispersed.

    Promising review: "This is so easy to use and makes delicious popcorn! I put about a tablespoon of coconut oil (instructions say any cooking oil) in with the corn kernels and a good pat of butter on top and cook in the microwave. I just listen for when the popping slows and remove from microwave. I add a small amount of salt and shake it up — makes perfect popcorn!!!!!!!!" —TMAC TexasTop

    Get it from Amazon for $14.24.

    4. A pair of cut resistant gloves that give your hands +2 defense, so you don't have to worry about accidentally slicing your casting hand.


    See BuzzFeed's full write-up on these no-cry gloves.

    Promising review: "I bought the gloves because I got two nasty cuts in quick succession from a cheese grater. Anyone who has had injuries to their fingers knows how difficult it is to continue to do everyday activities and meal preparation while still protecting your wound. I received the gloves quickly after my order and put them into use immediately that evening. I am so impressed. My fingers/hands were protected from my very sharp grater and knife while I prepared dinner. I bought two pairs, one to keep and one to give as a gift. I am now going to buy a third pair in a larger size for a friend who also likes to cook but suffers from occasional run-ins with mandolins, graters, and knives. Great product!" —O'Hare

    Get them from Amazon for $10.99 (available in sizes S–XL).

    5. A vegetable chopper so convenient, it will feel like you enchanted a knife to do all the dicing for you.


    Promising review: "It’s amazing! We’ve been doing Crockpot recipes and it has saved us probably an hour of chopping and it’s actually fun to use. Just make sure you cut to the size of the blades, then press and boom you’re done. For clean up I just rinse thoroughly and leave to dry." —John R.

    Get it from Amazon for $22.97.

    6. A s'mores-making gadget that does the impossible and lets you cook a marshmallow in the microwave. I'm not saying it's magic...but maybe you are?


    Promising review: "I needed something to quickly make s'mores for a classroom full of third graders. This was perfect! The marshmallow always rolls off the cracker in the microwave, and this handy little gadget stopped that from happening. Fantastic invention!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $10.25.

    7. An egg cooker for making perfectly cooked eggs with the wave of your wand (aka pressing a button).


    Now you can practically zap hard boiled eggs into existence! Oh, you wanted soft boiled eggs? It can do that too. Poached? Sure, get fancy. Scrambled! Yep!!!! It has a poaching tray, omelet tray, six egg holder, measuring cup, recipe book, and recipe database access. See BuzzFeed's full write-up of this egg cooker.

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in five colors).

    8. A breakfast sandwich maker that will feel a lot like you just transported one from a local McDonald's.


    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 5 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 $22.99.

    9. A two-piece strainer set for feeling as creatively crafty as Alex Russo.


    Get it from BuzzFeed's Tasty collection, exclusively at Walmart for $12.44 (available in two color combos).

    10. A set of kitchen tools with multiples uses, so you can get several jobs done without even putting down your spoon.


    This over-achieving set includes: a masher and a slotted spoon that can both double as herb strippers, a spoon with measuring marks etched inside, a turner with a cutting edge and a built-in ginger grater, and a ladle that also strains.

    Get a set of five from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $35.99.

    11. A burger mold that lets you put cheese INSIDE the burger, a trick so useful, even Merlin would be jealous.


    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 $7.19.

    12. A whetstone to get your knife super sharp so cutting through bicorn horn can be a breeze.


    Promising review: "Gets my knives RIDICULOUSLY sharp. Works equally well on cheap stamped steel knives and forged stainless steel ones too...I have an $11 steel blade that can now cut thru ripe tomatoes with nothing more than the weight of the blade resting on top and a little back and forth." —balconio

    Get it from Amazon for $11.90.

    13. A collapsible colander that takes up so little space, it's as if you made it disappear.


    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $21.99.

    14. An air fryer that will make your food extra crispy without frying it, which we can all agree is straight-up magic.


    Promising review: "This air fryer is fantastic. It saves me from having to turn on the oven and heat up the kitchen just to cook some frozen fries, etc. It cooks quickly and gets the food very crispy. It is very compact in size (about the same size as our coffee maker) and so it doesn't take up too much room on the counter. There are just two of us in our family, so the size is perfect. If you have a larger family, you would want to purchase a larger one." —Joy Hardin

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+.

    15. An empanada mold perfect for whipping up delicious pocket snacks, like say, pumpkin pasties?


    Promising review: "It is a great option for using up leftovers. I make up some dough, then place a generous portion of some stew or other filling into the press and fold it up. The seal on the dough is tight and unless I overstuff the dough, it will not leak the filling during baking." —P Jones

    Get it from Amazon for $8.35.

    16. A spiralizer for turning veggies into pasta, aka the greatest transfiguration spell ever.


    See BuzzFeed's full review on this spiralizer.

    Promising review: "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 for 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. By the way, the center that comes out the end is mostly seeds which provide almost no nutritional value." —JLA

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    17. A set of produce containers that will help your fruit stay fresh so long, you'll wonder if they're charmed.

    Natalie Brown, BuzzFeed

    See BuzzFeed's full review of these containers that keep berries day-one fresh.

    Get two from Amazon for $19.98+ (available in five sizes).

    18. A splatter guard and oven mitt in a nice shade of gray that Gandolf would approve of.


    These things are clever: You put one over your shimmering pot to prevent splatter, and then when it's time to lift the pot, you have an oven mitt right there, ready to go!

    Get two from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $28.99.

    19. Toaster bags allowing you to make grilled cheese in the toaster. Weirdly, these can be bought on Amazon instead of Diagon Alley.

    You can cook almost anything in these babies and the bags are reusable!

    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 $8.99.

    20. A Hogwarts apron so you can rep your house while cooking up a meal that rivals the Start-of-Term Feast.

    Williams Sonoma

    Get the Gyffindor, Ravenclaw, Slytherin, and Hufflepuff aprons for $39.95 and the Gyffindor, Ravenclaw, Slytherin, and Hufflepuff spatulas for $10.36, from Williams Sonoma.

    21. An instant pot that can pressure cook, sauté, simmer, slow cook, make yogurt, and just basically cook dinner for you. Honestly this thing is better than any cooking cantrip.


    See BuzzFeed's full review of the Instant Pot.

    Promising review: "Never used one of these before and OMG. I am absolutely IN LOVE. Meats come out like they're from five-Star restaurants, and its quick cooking time is amazing. This was recommended to me by a friend, and it's quickly becoming a staple tool for my weekly meal-prep Sundays." —Elizabeth

    Get it from Amazon for $79.99+ (available in three sizes).

    22. A castle cake mold to break out in celebration once you finally get your Hogwarts invitation in the mail.


    Promising review: "Stunning design. The pan has crisp, precise details. Fill it to where the 'dirt' layer starts, that's the 2/3 mark. I always freeze my bundt pans before baking so the cake doesn't dome as much. It still domed a little anyway, and I was tempted to slice off the excess, but it ended up shrinking down. Because of the slight doming, the bottom of the cake does not sit flush with the cake board, but no problem! I filled in the gap between the edge of the cake and cakeboard with whipped cream." —CinnaRum

    Get it from Amazon for $24.74.

    23. A magical machine that turns frozen fruit into a delicious soft serve-like treat.


    See BuzzFeed's full review of Yohanas frozen dessert maker.

    Promising review: "It is a true marvel of science, magically producing perfect frozen yogurt from fruit, yes that's right, magic. It blew my mind how similar it is to real ice cream. If you had placed a bowl in front of me, I dare say I would not recognize its true composition of pure fruit. Magic frozen yogurt which I am now guiltlessly consuming as I transcribe this very review. I can say with confidence, this magic frozen yogurt leaves you feeling healthy, full, and like you've just had a bowl of ice cream... for breakfast." —Tosh

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (Prime members only).

    24. A whale strainer for when you feel like you need to summon your familiar to get the job done.


    Get it from Amazon for $12.49.

    25. An electric wine opener that opens wine with the press of a button, proving that science and magic are pretty much the same thing.


    Promising review: "I ordered this for my smokin' hot GF back in 2012. Fast forward three years later and this $20 wine opener is still with me and my smokin' hot GF is now my smokin' hot wife. I never thought either one would be with me for this long...but life is good. We like to have a good time...I mean...we effin' get down on some wine. So this bad boy probably pops open a new bottle every two days. It has stayed plugged in to our wall for over three years now (I halfway expected the battery would have burned out by now, but nope!). We haven't even had to replace the screw yet — still works like new — I'm shocked and impressed this $20 opener has faithfully lasted this long." —DaveyG

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    26. An electric peeler that does the job for you, meaning more time to lock yourself in your massive library and study up on the Raven King.


    Promising review: "We love this thing!!! Best gift ever. I married a potato fiend. Seriously, this guy can demolish a plate of mashed like nobody’s business. So, it’s bad enough that I have to peel five pounds of taters just for him on the reg, but jeebus, when we have company? Ugh. That’s why I let hubs open this present a few days before Christmas. We were hosting Christmas Eve here, and I was dying to try it out on a big 20 pound bag of tubers. (Okay, fine, maybe it was more of a gift to me.) We were such losers when we tried the thing out for the first time: standing there staring at it in awe. I actually took a video and sent it to my family! Guess it doesn’t take much to impress us. Then again, it was great to see the kids fighting over something other than their damned video games for once. Those two battled it out to take turns while I sat my butt on the couch with a glass of wine. Before I knew it, they’d peeled the entire 20 pound bag!" —T Torrest

    Get it from Amazon for $22.53.

    27. And a pair of magic wand salt and pepper shakers so you can literally feel like a wizard.


    Get them from Amazon for $12.79.

    Just remember to share some of your food with your fire demon.


    Shopping for something specific? Check out BuzzFeed Reviews to find the best things for every budget!


    Need A Shopping Buddy?

    Get great products - from pros in the fine art of buying stuff online - delivered to your inbox!
    Newsletter signup form