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    1. A set of silicone baking mats that'll replace reams and reams of parchment paper. If Netflix's 10+ reality cooking competitions have inspired you to spend more time in the kitchen, they'll pay for themselves in no time.

    A reviewer's photo of sugar cookies on the baking mat
    Two of the mats; one rolled up to show its flexibility

    Promising review: "These baking mats are absolutely fantastic. The quality is superb, and SUCH a good price. I use them for just about everything I put in the oven. From oven pizzas, cookies, you name it! I also love that besides food sliding easily off the nonstick surface, that they help protect all my baking sheets and such. It’s also super handy to just throw them in the top shelf of the dishwasher or even just wipe clean. Update: I’ve had these mats and used them almost daily for nearly a year now. They still look brand new and I have had no problems with staining, melting, or wear. When using them, I cook most items at 375 degrees but have used them at up to 425 degrees several times with no issues so far. These things are fantastic and have paid for themselves many times over in the superior non stick surface, ease of clean up and the cost of parchment paper and or/aluminum foil I used prior to discovering these." —Jezzhani

    Get it from Amazon for $12.44+ (available in packs of two, three, or four). 

    2. A scrap collector for those who wipe bits of food into their sink before remembering their rental doesn't have a garbage disposal. 🤦🏼‍♀️ If you've ever had to fish soggy veggies or a handful of egg shells out of your drain, this should sell itself.

    A hand using a sponge to brush food scraps into the bin
    Amazon

    The bin attaches to your cabinet or counter with the aid of a simple little wire rim. It is dishwasher-safe and also freezer-safe should you want to store it in there before it's full and ready for composting.

    Promising review: "So useful! I use mine more as a small trash collector. I have mine next to the stove for eggshells and anything else I may want to toss quickly. Also, I line it with a plastic produce bag so that it doesn't get grimy and dirty. Not only this, but using this as a small trash can, I end up using my large kitchen trash bag as a bin for my smaller produce-bag-wrapped trash bags (and/or trash items that don't have a smell). This means my large trash can usually doesn't smell bad, since it's only ever full of smaller wrapped trash bags. Maybe it seems a little strange, but for someone who usually only cooks for one, I don't like my large trashcan to be partially full and already smell like it needs to be taken out." —Shaz

    Get it from Amazon for $11.41+ (also available in black).

    3. A set of silicone stove counter gap covers so you won't attract unwanted critters after flinging pasta into the half-inch crevice for the third time this week. We all know nobody is actually cleaning it out (don't try to lie to me), so go ahead and do yourself a favor.

    The covers just slip right into the gap — there's no adhesive involved — so you can easily remove and clean them whenever necessary.

    Promising review: "I've been using these for about a week on my new freestanding range. When they removed my old range, I was really surprised to see how much stuff had slipped through! Now, when I cook, I can see the splatters and seasonings left on the silicone that would have fallen between the stove and the counter. These gap fillers really do clean up easily, too. Although they are that extra thing to clean, I prefer that to knowing there's a mess hiding in the cracks." —JMom

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $10.95+ (available in two sizes and three colors).

    4. An Instant Pot that can whip up meals in 20 minutes or less! I'm not too fond of the kitchen myself but I have made pulled BBQ chicken, teriyaki chicken and rice, and mashed potatoes in one of these with little effort.

    The silver appliance which has 14 buttons/settings and a digital screen
    Amazon

    Promising review: "After a childhood experience that involved a pressure cooker spewing black beans all over the ceiling, I had no interest in ever trying a pressure cooker again. Until I started hearing about the Instant Pot. I've had it three weeks, and have used the pressure cooker function to make dishes as varied as black bean soup, butternut squash soup, dulce de leche, and cheesecake. My favorite aspect of it is that you set it and walk away. No more having to monitor the temperature. No more having to time the pressure phase. I also like the fact that the sauté function allows you to brown the onions or meat in the same pot, before adding the other ingredients and cooking at pressure. I'm big on avoiding recipes that create a lot of dirty dishes." —A. Jennerjahn

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

    Learn more about the Instant Pot in "I Tried The Instant Pot That Everyone's Obsessed With."

    5. A three-in-one avocado slicer for those who still haven't gotten over their avo toast obsession. Pick up one of these gadgets — it'll split, pit, and slice your avocado — and you'll whip up a plate worth $15 or more at your favorite cafe.

    Hands using the three-in-one tool to pit an avocado
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I used to laugh at this kind of product until my friend was using hers. It made it all so easy! Honestly, I can't believe someone as clumsy as me was functioning without it. Where I used to use a knife and spoon or fork to deal with avocados, it's now just this one thing. Each part of the tool does its job really well, and it's easy to clean. Love it so much. Even if you're not a clever tool kinda person, just get it. It's worth it." —kikikitten

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    6. A HyperChiller beverage cooler that allows you to turn hot coffee into iced coffee in 60 seconds flat. Just fill the container with water and keep it in your freezer so it's always ready when you need it.

    The frozen black canister next to a glass of iced coffee
    Amazon

    The dishwasher-safe container can also be used to cool chill tea, juice, wine, or whatever else you feel like drinking. No water comes into contact with your beverage, so you don't have to worry about dilution, either.

    Promising review: "I am an avid (i.e. daily) iced coffee drinker, but I have been extremely hesitant to make my own iced coffee at home because I didn’t want the bitter flavor from two-day old coffee or the watered-down nature of just adding ice to coffee. Thanks to the HyperChiller, I have now found a solution!!! The HyperChilller worked like a CHARM today!!! I was able to create my own iced coffee directly from my coffee maker in the comfort of my own home. I guarantee this item will be used frequently! Great job!" —Chelsea

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in four colors). 

    7. A magnetic meal planner you can stick right to your fridge so you can easily keep track of the week's menu and any groceries you may need to pick up. Once you've written your list, rip out the perforated page and take it with you.

    A hand tearing away one of the grocery list sheets
    Jenna Kate / Etsy

    Jenna Kate is a Utah-based Etsy shop that sells all sorts of organizational accessories (many magnetic) from calendars and chore charts to daily planners and pen holders.

    Promising review: "The perforated list separator is very nicely done, super easy to tear. Quality of paper, cardboard backing, and magnets is great. Love the free shipping, plus this item shipped SO quickly! Very happy with this purchase." —Stacy S.

    Get it from Jenna Kate on Etsy for $11.69 (originally $12.99).

    8. An Our Place Always Pan which will quickly become the Swiss Army knife of your kitchen. The gorg pan can replace up to eight pieces of cookware as it braises, sears, steams, strains, sautes, fries, boils, serves, and stores.

    A gif of someone using the spice-colored pan to steam dumplings
    Our Place

    I finally caved and bought myself one and I'm so happy I did. I make a lot of stir fries and they just. don't. stick! In fact, I just made a honey garlic chicken dish and I may or may not have left the pot on the stove for a few hours and the caramelized honey came out with just the swipe of a sponge. It's also deceivingly lightweight, so it's easy to move to and from the stove/sink as well as transfer food to your plate.

    What's included: A nesting beechwood spatula with integrated spoon rest and custom stainless steel steamer basket.

    Promising review: "This pan is EVERYTHING! I went from making pasta in the basket to steaming broccoli in it and then finishing my meal in there. Then I forgot about cleaning it because I’m lazy and the nonstick cleaned up so easily. The sponge they include is incredible, I do all my dishes with it now. Also it looks really cute sitting on my stove all day." —Darby S.

    Get it from Our Place for $145 (available in nine colors).

    9. A cold brew coffee maker with — if you can even believe it — more than 34,000 5-star Amazon reviews!

    a BuzzFeeders photo of the cold brew maker in their fridge
    A BuzzFeeder's photo of the cold brew maker next to a glass of iced coffee
    Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed

    The BPA-free pitcher can make four servings of cold brew at a time and with whatever ground coffee you prefer. After you let it steep, a fine-mesh filter keeps the grounds from flowing into your cup.

    Promising review: "This Takeya cold brew coffee jug is wonderful! I know a lot of people use Mason jars, however, I wanted something easier to grab from the fridge and more lightweight (and cheaper!). I have used Takeya products before and have been impressed with their durability as well as the easiness of cleaning them. This cold brew jug has only four pieces; the jug, the handle, the lid, and the coffee filter. The coffee filter has an extremely fine mesh and it has not let through even the finest of coffee grounds. It is really easy to clean! The filter, after filling it with your favorite coffee (I find nonflavored coffee to taste best during the cold brew process), just screws into the lid. After you have filled up the jug about 85% of the way with filter water, you place the filter (already attached to the lid) into the water filled jug and screw it on! The coffee will have a great flavor within eight hours, however, it is most potent by 24 hours and stays fresh up to 72 hours, in my opinion. Remember, you are brewing a coffee concentrate as about 1 cup of grounds are used to brew. Mix with two parts water or you will... well, be like me that didn't read the directions and was up until 3 a.m. with a caffeine high, lol. Overall, I am really pleased with this purchase!" —LiliBelle

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in two sizes and three colors).

    Interested in reading more? Check out our full review of the cold brew maker.

    10. A produce-saving Rubbermaid container that'll extend the life of your fruits and veggies. Now, instead of throwing away your untouched spinach after just a few days, you can throw it out after a week!

    The produce container
    A BuzzFeed editor's photo of a wilted strawberry kept in a regular container
    A BuzzFeed editor's photo of a perfectly fresh strawberry kept in the produce-saving container
    Amazon, Natalie Brown / BuzzFeed

    The containers use "FreshVent" technology to let in the optimal amount of oxygen and carbon dioxide and a crisp tray (at the bottom) keeps the produce elevated so it doesn't sit in a pool of condensation.

    Promising review: "Oh my gosh, these work! I went on a 10-day trip to visit my mom and left my husband home with asparagus, strawberries, and spinach in the containers. He ate some of all of them, but there was plenty left when I got back and they were in perfect condition! I couldn’t believe it! These will save us a lot of money not throwing away food because we couldn’t get through it fast enough. (We shop at Costco and get large containers of produce.) These are TOTALLY worth getting and I will be getting a few more sizes. Excellent product!!!" —Elizabeth Walter

    Get it from Amazon for $14.50+ (available in six sizes and combos).

    Check out our full review of these Rubbermaid produce saver containers.

    11. An oil mister so you can perfectly spritz all of your one-pan meals. This way, you don't have to toss everything by hand and get covered in hard-to-clean (not to mention expensive...) EVOO. 

    Promising review: "This is a great item for lightly spraying salads, roasting vegetables, or adding some oil to a prepared plate of pasta. Avoids using more oil than necessary so that’s a savings right there. I also use it to put a light coating of oil on all my cast iron cookware to prevent rust. Best of all, it looks great on the dinner table. Lots of uses which really makes it an asset in the kitchen. It seems that it should last a while so I think it is worth the few bucks spent." —Clancy

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    12. A terra-cotta bear that, when presented with a bag of brown sugar, will bravely say "I volunteer as tribute!"

    A hand holding the terracotta bear
    The terracotta bear in a bowl of brown sugar

    This adorable little guy can be used a few different ways. To keep things like brown sugar and fresh cookies nice and moist, soak it in some water and then place it in the same container. On the flip side, keep things like chips and crackers nice and crispy by using it dry.

    Promising review: "Not only do I use one of these little fellows for my brown sugar, I picked up a tip from someone else. If you take one of these little guys and don't run him under water, but leave him perfectly dry, he will help keep your electronics such as cameras dry in the camera bags during humid months by absorbing the humidity. How perfect is that? A multi-tasking little fellow. Well worth getting multiples of. I'm sure I can find other uses as well." —A.B.A.

    Get it from Amazon for $3.99.

    13. A washable sponge with a seriously impressive lifespan. According to reviewers, when washed and rotated in and out of use, they can last upwards of a year!

    A model washing the eco-friendly sponge
    Four different patterns of the washable sponge
    Marley's Monsters / Etsy

    The eco-friendly invention comes from Sarah Dooley of Marley's Monsters. If you're looking for other sustainable supplies, you should also check out her reusable gift wrap, coffee filters, facial rounds, and nursing pads.

    Promising review: "I love these reusable sponges! They scrub food off easily and are very sturdy. I am so happy with the quality and the fact that I can wash and reuse them! Perfect replacement for disposable sponges and so cute!" —Kristen Velasquez

    Get it from Marley's Monsters on Etsy for $12+ (available in packs of one or three and three colors).

    14. A veggie spiralizer so you can eat all of your favorite vegetables in spaghetti or fettuccini form! The tool uses 12 super-sharp stainless-steel blades to slice through zucchini, squash, and more.

    Zoomed in shot of hands using the spiralizer
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I almost bought a countertop spiralizer before realizing I didn’t have the counter space. I 'settled' for this instead. Haha! As it turns out, I thoroughly enjoy this little gadget! Works great! I use it nearly every day. It is one of my favorite kitchen tools. Very highly recommend this!" —Luke316

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    15. A nylon chopper perfect for breaking up ground meat, frozen veggies, eggs, and more. If you're a fan of tacos, philly cheesesteaks, or smash burgers (~chef's kiss to Shake Shack~), this baby will come in clutch.

    Zoomed in shot of a hand using the black chopper
    Amazon

    The tool is safe to use with nonstick cookware and you can throw it in the dishwasher for easy cleanup.

    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. The nylon material is heat-resistant and seems durable, but the packaging still directs not to leave on a hot surface when not in use." —Karen

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in three colors).

    16. A set of scratch-free, odor-resistant Scrub Daddy sponges that won over Shark Tank's Lori Greiner with their ingenious design and enviable results. The sponge's proprietary foam is firm when used with cold water, and soft when used with warm water so you can control how much elbow grease goes into every clean.

    A reviewer's photo of the blue Scrub Daddy
    A three-pack of blue, orange, and green Scrub Daddy sponges

    The pack comes with three Scrub Daddies — each in a different color — so you never have to worry about using the bathroom sponge on dishes. 😱

    Promising review: "I used to 'save' these little gems for 'special projects' (what projects, I don't know because I ended up not ever using them!). Then one day I decided 'What the heck, just use one in the sink for dishes, you can always buy more.' Lo and behold, I LOVE them! They remove food off of dishes more easily than a sponge and I just throw them in the top rack of the dishwasher and they come out spotless! They never smell and always rinse out nicely in between washings. These little gems even take off hard water build up from my shower doors! (I also use regular cleaners with them to do the trick.). I love these so much I bought a bunch and used them as stocking stuffers last Xmas! Everyone loves them!" —DivaGranny

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $9.99.

    17. A burr coffee grinder with 40 different grind settings which, if you ask my coffee snob boyfriend, are ESSENTIAL for getting the perfect at-home cup. Espresso, cold brew, French press... you can do it all with this guy.

    A gif of someone pouring coffee into the burr grinder
    A reviewer's photo of beans ground to 0, 10, 20, 30, and 40 coarseness settings
    Chelsea Stuart / BuzzFeed, www.amazon.com

    I bought this for my BF a year or two ago and honestly, I think I'm the third wheel now. He uses it every morning and it's like a religious experience. He weighs his beans, pours them in, grinds, and still oohs and awws over his coffee. He is the literal human embodiment of those T-shirts that say "Don't talk to me before I've had my morning coffee!" so I don't take his review lightly.

    Promising review: "This coffee grinder cost about twice what my old one cost but it is money well spent. It is reasonably quiet, produces a uniform grind, and the ground coffee empties easily out of the container. My old one produced a powder that got on my hands and the counter, and I had to wash it out of the container. Don't waste your money on a cheap grinder." —Don Bishop

    Get it from Amazon for $139 (also available in white).

    18. Or, if you already buy your coffee ground, a coffee scoop clip that's pretty basic, but a must. Obviously it makes it easier to scoop, but the built-in alligator clip also keeps your bag sealed so nothing goes stale.

    Promising review: "It's ridiculous how much the clip has improved my coffee life! No complaints here!" —J. Hopp

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    19. A pair of grippy silicone tongs which guarantee you'll never drop your corn on the cob back into ~literal boiling water~ and scald yourself in the process.

    Hands using the tongs to pick up corn on the cob
    Hands using the tongs to pick up a roast and then slice it
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I didn't know I could love a new kitchen tool so much. These tongs are so handy and each day I find a new wonderful use for them. They make it so easy to stir veggies that are cooking or just in a bowl to season and mix. They are wonderful for taking things out of a countertop oven or turning steaks or other meats. They are even great for getting to that item that dropped between a narrow space. But my favorite part of these tongs are the silicone-enhanced handles and tips. This design makes them quite nonslip and gentle on the food that you are grabbing. Wonderful design, very sturdy and well-made, nice design to keep them closed and compact for storing, and my favorite new kitchen tool." —R.Fraggle

    Get it from Amazon for $9.71 (available in three colors).

    20. A roll of reusable cloth towels because despite the Brawny lumberjack/lumberlady's best efforts, this is a more cost-effective and environmentally conscious way to go.

    Three rolls of reusable towels in flower garden, soft gray vine, and butterfly dragonfly
    A close up of one sheet of flower garden cloth
    Etsy

    Cozy Simple Living is a Pennsylvania-based Etsy shop that sells an array of handmade items. If you're in the market for face masks, napkins, or coasters, give 'em a look.

    Promising review: "Incredibly fast shipping, I love them. They cling well to each other so there's no need for snaps. I'm officially done with real paper towels. Also they included a couple of items for free to try. I will never shop from anyone else." —Cassidy

    Get it from Cozy Simple Living on Etsy for $26.50 (available in five patterns).

    21. An Aeropress coffee and espresso maker to make one to three (your choice) full, flavorful cups of coffee without any bitterness. The rapid brewer operates similarly to a French press, but is much faster (it only takes a minute) and a micro-filter keeps even the finest grounds at bay.

    a reviewer using the Aeropress over a mug
    a different reviewer holding a cup of coffee they made using the Aeropress

    What's included: AeroPress press, funnel, scoop, stirrer, 350 microfilters, and a filter holder.

    Promising review: "I've heard lots of hype about an Aeropress and finally decided to buy my own. I am so glad I did. I am a barista so I have lots of experience with making coffee. This was a new method to me, and I love it. It's so easy to use and the most forgiving method when it comes to proportion, grind, and experience. Most baristas I know make coffee in a press when not at work. I don't like a press because it's just too much coffee for me by myself and is hard to proportion correctly and consistently without a scale. The Aeropress makes great coffee and is super fast, easy to take care of, and very convenient. I carry mine with me in a plastic box when I travel! No matter your level of coffee fanaticism, you can get into this brew method as much or as little as you want (I mean, there's an annual Aeropress contest). And my barista friends like the flavor of the coffee as well. It's a win! I'd definitely recommend this product." —AF

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95.

    22. And — if you're the cold foam type — a handheld milk frother with a faux wood or marble finish that does cartwheels around its plain plastic counterparts. No moving this gadget out of frame when you take an aesthetic IG shot!

    a reviewer's faux oak-finished whisk
    milk frothers in various finishes

    Just don't forget to buy some AA batteries at the same time, or who knows when you'll actually get around to using it.

    Promising review: "Great little frother! I love the wood grain aesthetic, much prettier than your average random plastic color kitchen appliance. Makes a very frothy beverage so it’s equally stylish and useful. Keep in mind batteries not included so make sure you have two double A's!" —Nashvillian

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in seven finishes).

    23. A set of no-waste beeswax food wraps made from fully biodegradable organic cotton, jojoba oil, and tree resin. Trust me — it's a whole lot easier than trying to tame cling wrap.

    A pack of beeswax wrap which comes with three differently sized sheets
    A reviewer's photo of the wrap used to keep cookies fresh

    Bee’s Wrap is a woman-founded B corporation that's been handcrafting their eco-friendly product in Middlebury, Vermont since 2012. The company works closely with a number of environmentally conscious groups including 1% for the Planet, The Bee Cause, The Rozalia Project, and National Geographic.

    Promising review: "Can't recommend these beeswax wraps enough. The antimicrobial aspect of the beeswax keeps fruits and vegetables super fresh for much longer than plastic bags. They keep bread soft and fresh for much longer than Ziplocs. They are so much better for the environment, and they can be reused for months. We have been using our set for almost two years and they are still as good as new. No waste! Just make sure to wash them with cool water, as warm/hot water will melt the wax." —Publisher

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $15.99.

    24. An eight-speed immersion blender you can use to froth milk, whisk eggs, or create your own baby food. Pureed chicken, anyone?

    The green immersion blender which comes with whisk and frother attachments
    Amazon

    What's included: A mixing wand, milk frother, egg whisk, and two-year warranty.

    Promising review: "I've used this blender a handful of times now. I made my own mayo using the immersion attachment and worked like a dream. The two speed options are nice and it does get pretty fast. I used the whisk to make pickle dip. Near the end, the blender did get a bit warm but I was using it on high speed for a good 30 minutes. I haven't used the frother but my roommate did to make us lattes and they turned out well. Overall 10/10 would recommend!!" —Kim

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99.

    25. A set of 12 reusable storage bags ready to banish boxes and boxes of one-use sandwich bags. The BPA-free bags are leak-proof, airtight, and exceptionally easy to clean, so you won't have to make any last-minute runs to Costco for backup supplies.

    A reviewer's photo of two bags holding half a tomato and a bag of open cookie dough
    A different reviewers photo of two bags holding slices of oranges and frozen fruit

    Promising review: "These are a perfect purchase. I didn’t want to keep buying Ziploc bags in bulk and the thought of my kids throwing out their disposable bags everyday was a waste of money and bad for the environment. These reusable storage bags are the perfect solution. They are sturdy, easy to clean, and seal tight. I made my first purchase two weeks ago and realized I needed a few more and bought my second set a few days ago. It’s a no-brainer — save money, save the environment and support this little shop!" —Marzipan

    Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in three different size combinations).

    26. A set of reusable mesh produce bags you can use to keep your haul plastic-free. Whip them out at the grocery store or farmer's market and store pounds of your favorite fruits and veggies. With an adjustable drawstring, you won't have to worry about anything wriggling out on your drive or bike home, either.

    A large reusable produce bag filled with apples
    The small, medium, and large bags which come in the set of six
    Etsy

    Etsy seller Atira Taqi — AKA Loosewarp — sells a variety of eco-friendly goods from denim face masks to drawstring muslin bags in a rainbow of colors. What I particularly love about the mesh produce bags is how each is affixed with a label that lists the bag's tare weight so your cashier can subtract it when ringing up your items.

    What's included: Two 8 x 10-inch mesh bags, two 10 x 12-inch mesh bags, two 12 x 15-inch mesh bags.

    Promising review: "Came perfect. No loose strings or anything and can hold a surprising amount of weight. They've been through the wash a couple of times and are still perfect. I put them in a mesh laundry bag to be safe though. I've been using them for a couple of months now and I highly recommend!" —Rowan Cotner

    Get it from Loosewarp on Etsy for $12.74 (available in individual or bulk quantities).

    27. A dish brush with a built-in sink rest because you are positively d o n e with fishing your brush out of murky, greasy water every time it falls in.

    Two brushes hanging from side of sink
    Amazon

    The space-saving design doesn't take up any counter space and since it drips directly into the sink, you won't have to clean up questionable puddles, either.

    Promising review: "Sometimes it's the little things that make you happy — like the fact that the dish brush can sit up out of the sink, not get gross when you accidentally throw greasy dishes on top, and it's attractive! If the edge of your sink is, it stays up." —Jazzmine

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (also available in grey).

    28. A slotted silicone drip pad made to hold multiple in-use utensils so you don't make a Jackson Pollock-esque mess of your counter or stove. If you're constantly wiping up drips, spills, and splashes, this will save you time and cleaning supplies!

    A reviewer's photo of a pink drip pad holding various utensils
    A different reviewer's photo of a blue drip pad holding various utensils

    The pad has four slots which can hold spoons, tongs, spatulas—you name it! Plus, since it's made of silicone, it won't slip and slide all over your counter when you put something down or pick something up.

    Promising review: "So much better than a traditional spoon rest. Holds several cooking implements, unbreakable, easy to clean. Price was great and delivery was unbelievably fast. Would make a terrific stocking stuffer for anyone who cooks!" —Anne

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in 18 colors).

    29. A set of three multipurpose jar openers because you WILL get that pickle jar open even if it's the last thing you ever do!!!

    There's a red, cone-shaped grip for smaller bottles (think twist-top wine bottles and 16-ounce sodas) and blue and green flat grips for larger jars and lids. Since the durable grips come in three different sizes, shapes, and colors, mark my words that every jar will meet its match.

    Promising review: "I get it — they are rubber jar grips and you might be thinking it is no big deal....BUT you are wrong...These are awesome! I especially LOVE the red one so much that this is the second set I bought just to have another red one. The others are fairly thin but are still ok. I use the blue and green ones to hold the bottom of the jar and the red one to open the top part. Works great every time. I am in my late fifties and have very weak hands due to a car accident years ago combined with arthritis and a trigger finger. Yep my hands are bad and I need all the help and tools to help make my life in the kitchen and elsewhere easier. I keep one in my car and one in my bathroom for opening makeup and jars of face cream. I was tired of asking my husband and son for help every time I needed to open a jar. Now with the help of these I can do it myself about 98% of the time. I highly recommend these." —DD

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $7.67.

    30. A silicone sink strainer that prevents clogs by catching all the random bits of food that make their way into your sink. Once it's full, pop it out, pull on the center post, and dump it into the trash. No more sticking your arm into an overflowing sink on the search for whatever is blocking the drain!

    Hands pulling on the center post of the strainer
    Amazon

    Promising review: "It kills me to write this review since I never thought I would be writing a review for a sink strainer. I guess this means that I am officially getting old but when you come across a well-engineered product that solves a problem for you, no matter how simple, it should get credit. This strainer allows full flow down the drain even when it is full of food particles, so you can just clean it easily after you are all done. No food can sneak by due to the design, and it even looks good. Pros: fits great, looks good, engineered perfectly, solves your kitchen sink drain issues. Cons: Makes you re-examine your life now that you are this excited about a sink strainer." —CaptainDingle

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    31. A pack of reusable K-Cups for those who like to grind their own beans but still enjoy the convenience of a Keurig. Just stuff your caffeine of choice into the reusable purple pod, pop it into your machine, and brew like usual. ☕️

    A reviewer's photo of the purple K-cup pod filled with ground coffee
    A reviewer's photo of their Keurig machine and four reusable K-cups

    Promising review: "I bought these refillable coffee filters over a year ago for my husband and I. We each have a coffee daily, if not two. We use them multiple times a day and this brand has outlasted others that we have purchased. Luckily, this set comes with multiple so you can rotate them pretty easily. We fill them up, empty them by tapping on the side of the garbage can (or sometimes we save the used coffee grounds and put them around our plants outside) and then rinse and wash in the sink. Don't wash them aggressively! We also will periodically run them through the dishwasher on the top rack. We haven't seen any of the netting pulling away and they still operate as if brand-new. You will not be disappointed in this brand! We love ours!" —Three Little Kittens

    Get it from Amazon for $6.45+ (available in packs of two, four, or six).

    32. An OXO Good Grips veggie brush because it's time to admit that giving your potatoes a "quick rinse" isn't really doing anything other than appeasing your guilty conscience.

    The green veggie brush
    A reviewer's before photo of a dirty potato
    The same reviewer's after photo of a clean potato

    Promising review: "I know — it is a little strange to love a veggie brush but the bristles have just the right stiffness and 'give' to clean potatoes, carrots, parsnips, etc. I haven't used it on corn-on-the-cob yet but I think it will do quite well without damaging the kernels. (If not, I'll do a follow up on this review.) As with most OXO products, it is ergonomically designed and even fits in my smaller, chunky hands — so much so, I believe it would be good tool for arthritic cooks." —D. Lofthus

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    33. A steel odor absorber ready to rid your hands of dinner's lingering garlic, onion, or fish scent. Use the gadget as you would any old bar of soap — with or without water, your choice — and you'll be good to go.

    The steel odor absorber which says
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Definitely get one of these if you're thinking about it. I was skeptical, but it really works. I do a lot of cooking with garlic and onion and after one wash with this, my hands no longer smell like garlic or onions. Really worth having in the kitchen." —Nos

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.