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    30 Kitchen Products That Are Not Only Effective, But Incredibly Pretty

    Maybe their good looks will even convince you to keep 'em clean.

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    1. A compact Balmuda toaster that — according to reviewers — can take a 99-cent baguette and turn it into a boulangerie-worthy loaf.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    The sleek Japanese appliance surrounds your food with a thin layer of steam that holds in moisture while also toasting its exterior. While its "Artisan Bread Mode" is the most talked about feature, it also has settings for sandwiches, pizza, pastries, and overcooking (during which it toasts more strongly from above).

    Promising review: "Holy moly! Best toast I have ever made. I did a comparison taste test with the Balmuda toaster vs. my cheapie $60 toaster oven. You can really taste the difference in the toast when it comes to texture and moistness. Hands down the Balmuda blew my other toaster out of the water. So happy with this purchase!" —JL

    Get it from Amazon for $329 (available in three colors).

    2. A domed cake stand which will have you acting like a undercover operative as you stealthily sneak goodies in the middle of the night. Unless, of course, you live alone in which case make as much noise as you like!

    A hand lifting the glass lid off of a large walnut cake stand
    Etsy

    Abdulali Nuhov, of Istanbul-based Etsy shop Phoenix Home Decors, sells a variety of chic kitchenware and home decor so be sure to check out additional listings.

    Get it from Phoenix Home Decors on Etsy for $43.10+ (available in three sizes and two woods).

    3. A set of gold measuring cups and spoons that won't melt when oops! you accidentally leave them too close to the stove.

    Amazon

    What's included: Stainless steel 1 cup, 1/2 cup, 1/3 cup, 1/4 cup, 1 tablespoon, 1 teaspoon, 1/2 teaspoon, and 1/4 teaspoon.

    Promising review: "These are so beautiful and just as pictured. The quality is great. Very sturdy. I absolutely love them." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99+ (available in 8- and 10-piece sets and three colors).

    4. 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.

    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 six colors which ship mid-February 2021).

    5. A moka espresso pot that — if you were also raised on late-'90s Disney — will likely give you major Rollie Pollie Ollie energy.

    The yellow, blue, silver, and red espresso pot
    MoMA Design Store

    The petite, Memphis-inspired pot can make three cups of espresso at once and in less than ~two~ minutes.

    Promising review: "So stylish and makes the perfect amount of expresso..." —Elizabeth

    Get it from the MoMA Design Store for $32.

    6. An iconic Le Creuset Dutch oven which one reviewer calls "the Bentley of cookware" and I'm not about to dispute that...

    Two Dutch ovens in deep teal
    Le Creuset

    Promising review: "I love this Dutch oven. I got the 7.25-quart size for four people, and it has been an irreplaceable pot for soups and stews and coconut chicken adobo. I have also used this to bake bread, too, and it worked well. I have had to stop myself from buying even more!" —Austin

    Get it from Amazon for $334.95 (available in nine colors) or Le Creuset for $155+ (available in eight sizes and 19 colors).

    7. A silicone rainbow trivet made to protect your table from the scorching heat of an over-microwaved Hot Pocket (AKA molten lava straight from Earth's mantle).

    Nordstrom

    Get it from Nordstrom for $25 (available in two sizes).

    8. A gooseneck electric kettle entrancing enough to help you wipe the sleep from your eyes every morning.

    The kettle in pink and maple
    Fellow

    The cult-favorite Fellow design features a fluted, no-drip spout and a degree dial that allows you to set the temperature between 135 degrees F and 212 degrees F and even hold it there for a full hour.

    Promising review: "We waffled about getting this kettle. Surely the cheapie electric one we had would do the trick for amateur pour over enthusiasts? No. Wrong. This is superior in every aspect. The temperature holding feature is amazing — no more heating up the water, forgetting you started, and having to heat it up again. Definitely more consistent in temperature, creating more consistent cups of coffee." —Emily A.

    Get it from Amazon for $199+ or Fellow for $169 (available in seven colors)

    9. A Material cutting board made from three parts recycled plastic and one part renewable sugarcane which proves sustainable can be sexy.

    The recycled cutting board in sand
    Material

    Material is a direct-to-consumer brand with high-end options that cost a fraction of the price of those you'd find in big box stores. Their industrial-leaning cookware marries modern design and premium materials and caters to everybody from professional chefs to those who subsist off Kraft mac n' cheese.

    Consider the colors Reimagine Justice (deep green) or To Pó-Po, with Love (beige) and 50% of the profits from your purchase will be donated to Heart of Dinner and Drive Change. Respectively, the two community programs provide culturally appropriate meals for low-income Asian-American homebound elderly and offer paid culinary fellowships for formerly incarcerated youth.

    Promising review: "I have the yellow board and absolutely love it. I have always preferred plastic cutting boards to wood — they seem easier on the knife edge and I feel like when cutting meat, I can clean them more thoroughly. BUT they are ugly! These boards are not. I like that it is thin but sturdy — easy to wash and put in my drying rack. The board has a slight give which I feel is good for my knife and it hasn't stained or shown any wear. I'm definitely getting another one soon so I'll have two of these." —Bernice T.

    Get it from Material for $35 (available in six colors).

    10. A set of colorful Food52 knives that look like they were stolen from the prop table of a Wes Anderson film.

    Food52

    A full set comes with an 8-inch chef's knife, a 9-inch serrated knife, and a 3.5-inch paring knife but if you don't need all three, you can also choose to buy them individually. In terms of what they're good for (probably useful info, no?) the first is ideal for cutting meat and veggies, the second comes in handy with crusty loaves of bread, and the third is for mincing, dicing, and slicing softer fruits and veggies.

    Promising review: "Razor sharp and beautiful to look at — love the brass. They have a solid weight that I love, too. They don’t feel too delicate — you can easily cut through hard foods like squash or break down a chicken." —Tina

    Get them from Food52 for $49+ (available in three individual sizes or a set of three as well as five colors).

    11. A marble mortar and pestle made to crush up whatever spices you like. It also works well with pills if your dog has outwitted your tuck-it-in-a-slice-of-cheese scheme.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This is a perfect size for small jobs. I like the inside grooves which help when grinding things like rosemary as it keeps them from bouncing out and also introduces added friction. I purchased the 4.5-inch one and it's definitely small but it has enough weight to do the job. Also it looks nice." —Melody

    Get it from Amazon for $14.26+ (available in two options).

    12. A retro microwave that will add a certain je ne sais quoi to your two-ingredient, Taco Bell-style cheesy roll up. 👩‍🍳 💋

    The retro, putty-colored microwave which has one dial and five buttons
    Wayfair

    Promising review: "Exactly what I was looking for; a small but powerful microwave with a beautiful design and unique color to match my Haden toaster." —Amanda

    Get it from Wayfair for $99.99 (originally $119.99; available in two colors) or Amazon for $118.19.

    13. A KitchenAid stand mixer just begging you to try your hand at every Christina Tosi creation. Imagine a world in which you perfect Milk Bar's signature birthday cake and you can eat it whenever you want. 🍰 🤤

    The 5-quart mixer in shaded palm
    Crate & Barrel

    The heavy-duty mixer needs no introduction but I did find this fun fact: its spiral beater hits 67 touch points in order to thoroughly mix whatever you're making.

    What's included: A coated flat beater, wire whip, coated spiral dough hook, and pouring shield.

    Promising review: "This mixer has changed my life for two reasons: 1). It has made recipes so much easier! The time saved is so, so nice. 2). Everyone tells me how much they love the shaded palm color and I love that. A lot. Regardless of color, though, get one of these mixers. They are worth every penny since they're a longterm investment and a statement piece. Enjoy!" —waitimsohungry

    Get it from Crate & Barrel for $379.99 (available in 24 colors).

    14. A retro toaster with pale pink controls and a Dalmatian-spotted finish that would send Cruella de Vil into a tizzy.

    The four-slice toaster which has two dials, six buttons, and a black spotted finish
    Wayfair

    The four-slice Haden x Poodle & Blonde toaster isn't just looks, either. It has six browning levels, a removable crumb tray, and settings for bagels and defrosting.

    Promising review: "This is such a beauty! It adds so much personality to my kitchen!! It’s big but compact at the same time! You won’t regret getting this." —Courtney

    Get it from Wayfair for $99.99 (originally $129.99).

    15. Or, if green is more your thing, a four-slice retro toaster with enough room to crisp sizable, NYC-style bagels — no smushing necessary.

    amazon.com

    I just got this toaster and can attest to it's bagel-making capabilities 😇 It's also very quiet when your toast/bagel/Pop Tart finishes, so it won't startle you like that scene where Buddy the Elf is testing jack-in-the-box toys.

    Promising review: "Is it possible... a toaster can be... this sexy? Yes. Absolutely yes. This sexy toaster fit right in my farmhouse-style kitchen with it's cool mint green color and retro vibes. Pros: Four slots and they are the wide and long type meaning those fancier breads fit without squishing the sides of your slice. It has a bagel setting, as well as a nifty reheat button so your toast doesn't get burnt or overly crispy if you aren't hovering over it and miss it pop up and have to retoast it. It is fairly easy to clean, just dump the tray, so no worries about crumbs or bits of bread burning in the bottom and ruining the perfect taste of your slice. The knobs have a neat texture and are adjustable so you can time it just right for Pop Tarts, toast, or toasted sandwich bread. Cons: My husband is a little jealous of how much I love this toaster, and has been asking me if it is better than him. What could I say? I mean it makes TOAST, all he makes is methane gas so... Maybe consider ordering a couples therapy workbook to go with this toaster when purchasing." —Alice R.

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99 (available in two colors).

    16. A sleek, five-speed KitchenAid blender that won't even blink twice at whatever ingredients you like to add to your smoothie. If your current setup shudders at the thought of a single ice cube, it's worth the investment.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Does a wonderful job. I didn't realize that the smoothies I was making with my old blender weren't really 'smooth' until I made one with my new blender. And no more battles with my husband over who has to clean it because I couldn't always get the blade portion off the old one. This is a dream!" —Marilyn

    Get it from Amazon for $289.87+ (available in four colors).

    17. A double-walled glass pour-over ready to make three life-giving cups of coffee as soon as you crawl out of bed and get some water boiled.

    Food52

    Get it from Food52 for $32 (available in three colors).

    18. Or, a pour-over Bodum coffee maker with a permanent filter and room for a substantial ~eight cups~ of get-up-and-go juice.

    The pour over coffee maker which has a cork band around the middle so it's safe to grab
    Amazon

    Promising review: "My wife and I have used almost every coffee and espresso-making method under the sun and Bodum's Double-Wall Pour Over is by far our favorite for 'regular' coffee. French presses taste amazing but often leave a bit of grit in the cup. Chemex arguably tastes even better without the extra grit, but they are expensive, require special paper filters, and don't keep second and third cups of coffee warm for you. Enter Bodum's pour over. It costs about the same as a Chemex, but the double-walled design keeps your extra cups of coffee hot for MUCH longer. I know what you are thinking: 'Doesn't it use a metal filter instead of the paper one?' Ah, yes, but here is a secret: You can use a regular, conical paper filter inside the metal filter and coffee is identical to that made in a Chemex. Seriously, you cannot tell a difference. Plus, if you happen to run out of paper filters, you can always just use the metal filter by itself." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in four styles).

    19. An Aarke carbonator that is so sleek, it straight up looks like you lifted it from your fave watering hole. If you enjoy the sweet, sweet burn of a carbonated beverage sliding down your gullet, this guy will be well-loved.

    The brass carbonator which has Aarke branding
    amazon.com

    The second generation model hooks up to a 14.5-ounce CO2 cylinder (just like a SodaStream) so you don't have to worry about batteries or plugging it into an outlet. Just fill the included bottle with water (to the marked line), pop it into the machine, pull down the handle to release carbonation, and voila, you're done!

    What's included: One carbonator (sparkling water maker), one PET Bottle, and one user manual (gas cylinder is a separate purchase).

    Promising review: "Extremely easy to use and exactly what I wanted. Having become addicted to La Croix and other sparkling waters, I wanted a way to be able to make it myself. I appreciate the different levels of carbonation you can create and overall how easy it was to figure out. Small detail, but it's great that you do not have to plug in, and that it runs just off the tank. Looks great on my counter and excited to continue to use and find other drink combinations. I have been able to limit the amount of flavored water I purchase which is cost-effective and eco-friendly with less single-use cans and plastic. Highly recommended if you enjoy bubbles in your water :)" —Lacey F.

    Get it from Amazon for $299.99+ (available in four colors).

    20. A Smeg milk frother so you can whip up a copycat version of Starbucks' sweet cream cold foam. One dollop of that stuff and you'll have no trouble drinking iced coffee at home.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I’ve tried many different frothers before and this one makes the best foam. We do have an espresso machine with a frother, but I wanted one where I can mix my matcha tea powder right in with milk and froth it together. It works beautifully! We now use it to make cappuccinos, too. The foam is really thick. What was very important to me is the hygienic aspect of it. The tube that comes out of the espresso machine gets wiped and all but I keep thinking how much milk is inside it and how nasty it can get. This has a stainless container that comes right off for cleaning and makes a perfect foam. Yum." —Maria

    Get it from Amazon for $199.95.

    21. A Carraway cookware set that not only comes with every pot and pan one could need, but storage solutions in the form of magnetic racks and a canvas lid holder.

    Carraway

    What's included: A fry pan, sauce pan with lid, sauté pan with lid, Dutch oven with lid, modular pan rack, and three-slot canvas lid holder.

    Get it from Carraway for $395 (originally $495; available in five colors which ship between December 29, 2020 and January 30, 2021).

    22. A Great Jones casserole dish ready and waiting to bake up your signature dish: Frito pie. It may not be the most photogenic fare, but this baby will put in serious work as soon as it's placed in front of a camera.

    The double-handled dish in blueberry
    Great Jones

    If you haven't heard of Great Jones before (welcome to the party!), they're a direct-to-consumer brand from foodies and first-time entrepreneurs Sierra Tishgart and Maddy Moelis. Their brand — named for cookbook author/editor Judith Jones — looks to bring home cooks everything they need to take to the kitchen more confidently.

    Get it from Great Jones for $75 (available in three colors).

    23. A Welly water bottle that keeps things cold for sooo long, you'll never have to drink room-temperature water again (blechhh!).

    Amazon

    I have the lemon-printed Welly which was done in collaboration with Black artist Bria Nicole and I've been using it nonstop since it arrived. I drink a lot of ice water and was delighted to find that when filled and left over night — like a full 12 hours — there was still ice in the morning. Aside from being able to keep drinks cold for a full day, it can also keep hot drinks nice and toasty for 12 hours and a built-in infuser means you can brew tea or toss in a lemon or cucumber to create spa water. Pinkies up!

    Promising review: "I bought this water bottle because I love myself some ice-cold water with lemon! This bottle ended up being perfect for me and keeps my water nice and cold for hours... and I mean hours... like a whole day! If you're looking for a water bottle that will keep your beverage nice and cold then this is the bottle. It not only keeps beverage inside cold, but it is easy to carry due to the handle. There is a little part that you stick at the top of your water bottle that is good for teas to place fruit, too. This is an all around good water bottle that is also pleasing to the eye! I recommend." —Kylie Carlquist

    Get it from Amazon for $35 (available in 10 colors/patterns).

    24. A pack of bamboo chopsticks you can keep in color-coordinated pairs or mix and match like the twinless socks in your drawer.

    Christopher Kimball's Milk Street

    Promising review: "We love these chopsticks. The colors are fun but understated and the design is nicely minimalistic." —Seth B.

    Get a set of five from Christopher Kimball's Milk Street for $28 (available in two colors).

    25. A wooden egg holder that keeps your stash in easy view so you never have to deal with the day-ruining ordeal that is going to make banana bread and pulling out a near-empty egg carton.

    A model grabbing an egg from the wooden holder which can hold 18 eggs
    Amazon

    Promising review: "We love this egg holder. We have seven hens and a wide range of egg sizes — all of them look beautiful in this." —smiely

    Get it from Amazon for $17.30.

    26. A set of ceramic salt and pepper grinders I'm certain you've seen all over IG. Yes, they're LOL expensive, but look at 'em.

    The salt and pepper grinders in blush
    Anthropologie

    Promising review: "These were completely worth it! They grind so easily and you can change how course you want the salt or pepper." —AngelinaD

    Get the pair from Anthropologie for $80 (available in three colors).

    27. A set of bamboo plates that'll make you feel like you walked onto the soundstage of Saved By the Bell and straight into The Max — Bayside High's uber-cool hangout.

    A stack of four bamboo plates with colorful '80s designs
    Xenia Taler

    Xenia Taler is a Toronto-based artisan who specializes in housewares and decorative objects. She is dedicated to using eco-friendly and sustainable materials.

    Get a pack of four from Xenia Taler for $44 (available in 12 mix-and-match colors/patterns).

    28. A starter matcha set with everything you need to whip up your favorite Shrek-colored drink. (I just don't get the appeal of matcha guys, sorry 🤷‍♀️.)

    The matcha set which comes with ceramic and bamboo utensils
    Amazon

    Promising review: "The set arrived sooner than expected and is absolutely beautiful! The tea made with it was delicious! I would recommend this, especially for those looking for a nice gift set." —bjbbw

    Get it from Amazon for $43.99.

    29. 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 $39.99.

    30. And a Breville espresso machine that will allow you to live out your barista fantasy in the comfort of your own home. As someone who had high school and college jobs at Dunkin' Donuts and Starbucks, I can tell you it's much more fun this way!!

    Amazon, amazon.com

    This coffee shop-worthy setup features a built-in conical burr grinder, digital temperature control, integrated milk frother, and settings for single and double shots (the latter is where it's at).

    Promising review: "After working as a barista for four years, the thought of leaving the cafe to go to grad school was upsetting. As an early birthday gift slash cafe departing gift my mom purchased this machine for me. It does everything I need it to in order to prepare any coffee shop drink! It makes perfect single or double espressos, and includes a steam wand with acceptable pressure, a tamp, a nice size water tank with good filter, a hot water spigot for americanos, a nicely sized milk pitcher, a hidden storage tray, a built-in burr grinder which works just as well as a separate one, and a shot splitter on the portafilter. I really love this machine and after using it four times a day for the last two months, I still have yet to need to clean it with the tablets provided due to all of the self cleaning the machine does. Water is a great temperature for brewing and steaming, and it’s not piping hot but plenty hot enough from the water spigot. This machine is kind of a 'why on earth not?' kind of deal." —Samantha Stangl

    Get it from Amazon for $599.95+ (available in two colors).

    You admiring your new-and-improved kitchen:

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