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    36 Kitchen Products That Are Worth The Splurge

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    1. The cult 7-in-1 pressure cooker that's made you Google "Instant Pot" after some late-night Pinterest scrolling.

    Read one BuzzFeeder's journey in putting this Pinterest fave to task here.

    Promising Review: "There are so many people who say they can't cook, but I swear I'm on a whole new level of not being able to cook. This little appliance helps expand our menu and I have learned to do so much with it. I will sum up in a nutshell, I love how easy it is and how everything I throw in it comes out done. No stirring and not many messy dishes. I still don't love it for meats, (which I don't eat much of anyway), but I think that's just a matter of needing to experiment more with them. I seriously can't believe how many foods can be cooked in here!" β€”Aundrea

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99+. / Available in three sizes.

    2. This professional, portable non-stick griddle that's like a cleaner version of the one from your favorite diner.

    Promising Review: "The heat is dispersed evenly and food is evenly browned. I love the coating, which even though it does not stick, it is different then the usual Teflon-like surfaces. I have used the settings recommended and everything comes out like you would expect on a professional grill. Sausage patties were evenly cooked and browned perfectly along with hash browns, French toast and pancakes. Grilled cheese sandwiches were not soggy like they sometimes are when cooked in a frying pan. It is also very easy to clean. I waited several years to get this because of the price my husband thought was too much, but now he is singing its praises." β€”Fpaz

    Get it from Amazon for $85.99.

    3. An 18-cup water dispenser that easily slides onto your fridge shelf for filtered water on tap.

    Promising Review: "The filter dispenses water pretty quickly so you don't have to wait forever for the tap water to be ready for drinking. We have elevated levels of lead in our water and were starting to notice health impacts. Now that we use this for our water, our ill feelings and other symptoms have been diminished. (Note: Our levels of lead are only slightly elevated above safety standards and it's common for my place because we're at the bottom of a watershed, but I don't know if this would be as effective on dangerously high levels of lead.)" β€”JA

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    4. This 14-cup food processor with an extra-large feed tube so you can whip up a feast without planning out batches.

    Promising Review: "I replaced my 35-year-old Cuisinart, which was the same capacity. The motor still worked but the bowl had small cracks. All the attachments from my old unit fit my new Cuisinart, which was an added bonus. Everything I have made in my new unit turned out well. I love the larger feed tube and consider it a big improvement, especially for slicing potatoes, etc. I find the unit very easy to use and have zero complaints. I love the large size because when I use it I don't have to worry about making two batches of everything. I haven't had it very long and only hope it will continue to hold up as well as my older unit." β€”Proud grandparent

    Get it from Amazon for $180+. / Also available in four finishes.

    5. A waffle maker/omelet maker that's worth cracking a few eggs to achieve Leslie Knope goals.,

    Promising Review: "If you like waffles, consider this optional. But if you love waffles, consider this a must-have item. Enjoy waffles at home that are actually better than most β€” if not all β€” the fine breakfast eateries you've been sampling for years. Yes, it's a bit pricy, but you'll enjoy great waffles for years after you've forgotten how much you spent. (OK, that's probably not true. you'll probably remember how much you paid, but you know what I mean.)" β€”Malcolm X

    Get it from Amazon for $103.99.

    6. A silicone pancake turner that will make for an unstoppable duo with your new griddle.

    Promising Review: "This guy has a *really* wide blade. It is so wide that you can made a *big* pancake and still slip under it with ease from any angle. Next, this guy is heat resistant to 600 degrees F. Who cares? Well, yesterday my wife and I were making pancakes and she thought I had oiled the griddle and I thought she had oiled the griddle and...well, needless to say, the first pancake stuck and we had a quick recovery to perform. Got that sticky little devil up and off the griddle quickly and then turned my attention to getting the oil out and...Wait! Where did I put the new clown paddle flipper? Oh, down on the stove touching the burner! Ugh. But, unlike previous utensils unintentionally sacrificed to the fire gods, this flipper was completely unharmed." β€”MetaphoricalOldGuy

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    7. And a pair of cube ice trays so you don't have to worry about watered-down drinks.

    Promising Review: "I have ice ball molds for my drinks, depending on what I'm in the mood for. However, those are too big for some glasses of just water or other juices, so that was my main reason for getting these trays. The ice cubes are sometimes difficult to get out of the tray, as you have to bend the tray some and push from the back, but they're worth it; melting slowly and chilling down the drinks fast!" β€”Chris R.

    Get them from Amazon for $12.95.

    8. Some stainless-steel measuring cups befitting your world-famous recipes.

    Promising Review: "I am a cook and an engineer. I have been searching for single-piece (no welds) solid stainless-steel cups that are accurate and these are the best. I measured with a gram scale and water (1g/ml) to verify the cups and all of them were within 3%. I checked the cups that I had been using and they were 10% small. The edges are nicely de-burred, no sharp edges. All six cups nest so tightly that they don't take any more space than the single 1-cup." β€”Contractor Greg

    Get them from Amazon for $18.95.

    9. An adjustable measuring cup for measuring out sticky ingredients with ease.

    Promising Review: "You need a spatula to get the nut butter or sticky stuff into the measuring cup, but then you turn the outside, and the material spirals into your mixing bowl. Easy to use, your hands stay clean. When you done, you can soak it or toss it into the dishwasher and let the machinery do the dirty work." β€”QuinnCreative

    Get it from Amazon for $11.95+. / Available in 1 cup and 2 cup.

    10. A motion-activated trash can that could benefit from some googly eyes.,

    Promising Review: "This trash can is PERFECT! I really bought it for the large capacity. But the motion sensor has become my kids' favorite feature, so much so that we bought giant googly eyes for it, and call it the Trash Monster." β€”ikandi

    Get it from Amazon for $71.83.

    11. This recycler/trash can combo that makes easier work of being green.

    Promising Review: "I feel so strongly for this trash can. It is disconcerting. The sides are equal sizes. Stays closed, closes quietly, contains odors. I like the liner pocket. I'm a chump who just bought custom-sized garbage bags. What kind of monster has this can made me?" β€”Lauren

    Get it from Amazon for $199.99. / Available in three finishes.

    12. A glass water pitcher with an ergonomic handle and spill-resistant pour spout bc wasted lemonade is a crime.

    Promising Review: "It's the best one for loose-leaf tea. I make a pitcher of tea and leave it for family or guests to help themselves. My guests always are impressed with this tea pitcher and ask where I got it. They ultimately end up buying one. The fine mesh even holds back the smallest of loose-leaf tea. Just a simple and good functional large tea pitcher." β€”ishop4home

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99.

    13. This 10-cup coffee maker with bells and whistles that'll make your cup a joe look like a science experiment.

    Promising Review: "I wanted to not like this because I am not a coffee snob. I just got tired of spending $40+ every 18 months to buy a new coffee maker so I decided to try and find something with replaceable parts. I found this, read millions of reviews, bought it begrudgingly, and then watched in fascination as the water went through the middle tube thing and brewed my first pot of Moccamaster coffe. Then this crazy thing coffee was good. REALLY good. Is it the placebo effect of spending this much money on a coffee maker? I don't know and I don't care. Just get in my belly." β€”Mojo Mama

    Get it from Amazon for $318.95+. / Available in 16 finishes.

    14. This seasoned cast-iron pizza pan that can pull its weight with other cooking and grilling tasks.

    Promising Review: "When I was looking for a good pizza stone I found that Lodge makes a pizza pan! I immediately ordered one. I preheat the pan in the oven at 400 while I make the dough and toppings. Once I roll out the crust, I precook the crust for about 10 min. Pull it out, dress the pizza, and cook for about 12 min more. Then I broil the top to get the cheese nice and bubbly brown. Perfect pizza!" β€”Itsme

    Get it from Amazon for $35.97.

    15. And a coordinating cast-iron skillet you'll use on the reg.

    Promising Review: "For me, a purchase like this is about an investment, and I want my investment to last a long time. I also really like that this is made in the USA. American-made products are just not easy to find anymore. But really, the proof in the quality of this cast iron was obvious when I made sweet potato corn bread and baked it in the oven in this skillet. It came out so nice and brown and moist." β€”Jan

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+. / Available in nine sizes.

    Also check out our top picks for the best cast iron skillets on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    16. A rocker pizza cutter that'll make you want to eat pizza even more frequently...if that's possible.

    Promising Review: "This is a serious kitchen tool. It is extremely well-made and includes a safety blade shield. I make pizza at home and slicing it was a problem. When I made a pizza yesterday I used this pizza cutter and it worked perfectly. It took little effort to cleanly cut my 12"x18" thick pizza with loads of toppings and cheese. Cleaning the cutter was so easy even after the toppings dried on the blade. I love to buy kitchen tools made with stainless steel because they last forever. Quality tools make cooking so much easier." β€”Lindy

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    17. An electric knife set that'll keep your dinners from looking like a total hack job.

    Promising Review: "I bought this because I destroyed a rib roast while trying to carve it for a dinner party of 12 guests. I was so frustrated. I went out and purchased another rib roast for another dinner party two weeks later after receiving this electric knife. It cut through this rib roast as if it were butter. The individual portions could not have been prettier. It was restaurant quality. This electric knife is definitely something worth having in your kitchen, even if you were only using out several times per year." β€”Bobby Deneke

    Get them from Amazon for $45. (Set includes a knife base, bread blade, carving blade, and butcher block holding tray.)

    18. An easy-to-clean immersion deep fryer to satisfy some late-night onion ring cravings.,

    Promising Review: "I've had several deep fryers through the years and this is the best one ever! The immersion-type heating element heats the oil fast and keeps it up to cooking temperature even with frozen foods. I used pure peanut oil for my first test frying with this fryer as I've have such good results using that oil in the past. It costs a lot more but is well worth it. My wife commented that the foods I cooked tastes as good as some better restaurants we go to." β€”Doc Martin

    Get it from Amazon for $100. / Available in two sizes.

    19. A Himalayan salt block for adding some extra flavor to meals in the most Instagrammable way possible.

    Promising Review: "This salt block is one of the best gifts I’ve given to myself. I’ve used it so much to cook seafood and every time it’s a hit. My scallops and salmon turned out moist and delicious. The stainless steel salt block holder that comes with it is really sturdy and helpful to carry the block." β€”Adnan Warsi

    Get it from Amazon for $48.97.

    20. A 5-in-1 griddler with removable cooking trays for easy cleanup.

    Promising Review: "While I mainly use this for the grill, we have often used the griddle and also used the waffle plates. I love that it lies flat when open to utilize both sides of the unit, however it is a bit wonky when you try to close it on certain items to grill both sides of something at the same time. Probably my fault and not the machine. It heats fairly quickly, though the heat consistency can be lacking at times. We have definitely gotten our money out of this product and would recommend it as a multi-functioning small appliance for any kitchen." β€”Orlando, FL Mom

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99.

    21. An electric can opener that leaves a smooth edge.

    Promising Review: "I'm 72 years young and this is the BEST can opener I've ever owned or operated!" β€”James

    Get it from Amazon for $25.73.

    22. An automatic ice-cream maker that'll also churn out sorbet, frozen yogurt, and gelato.

    Promising Review: "I was so hesitant to buy this, but it was totally worth it. For the record I have owned a Cuisinart and a KitchenAid ice cream maker before and both were the freezer bowl type. This is so much better. I love having the ability to make multiple batches in a row. My boyfriend has five kids and for the end of the school year I did a little ice cream social with all homemade ice cream. I churned out their favorite flavors without having to wait hours in between. Love this thing!" β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $398.95.

    23. A dishwasher-safe ice-cream scoop with a no-slip handle.

    Promising Review: "This scoop is just like the one I used at my uncle's ice cream parlor, (I used to work for him as a teenager). Even if you've never worked at an ice cream parlor, the SUMO scoop will help you scoop like a pro. It's a weighty scoop, which helps scoop up ice cream with ease." β€”Dan

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99. / Available in two colors.

    24. A sparkling bev maker for taking a stab at your own version of LaCroix.

    Promising Review: "I really like this machine. It is well-made, looks nice, and is extremely simple to operate. I believe the people who are counting pennies on the CO2 bottle exchanges are missing the drive to and from the store, hauling the sparkling water, and the convenience of not running out. I drink a lot of it so it really simplifies my life. That said, I bought both the 20 oz and the 24 oz paintball CO2 bottles, but only the 20 oz works. The 24 oz is just tad too long for me to get it in. So I keep two 20 oz paintball tanks filled so when one runs out I have lots of time to get it refilled." β€”S. Lightner

    Get it from Amazon for $199.95. / Available in eight colors.

    25. A fancy juice fountain that'll basically pay for itself if you've got a serious green juice habit.,

    Promising Review: "Very good juicer, easy, quick, and if you double your recipe, it makes enough for the whole day. Cleanup is rather time consuming, but that's just the nature of juicing. Lots of pulp, but I always run mine back through and I get more juice. My husband started making pulp patties and baked them in the oven. They taste like fruit leather and gives you something healthy to snack on and chew." β€”ma

    Get it from Amazon for $149.41.

    26. This 26-piece knife set as a legit investment with a lifetime warranty.

    Promising Review: "This is like the coolest needless waste of money purchase on Amazon I've ever made. I would do it again though. I love these in my kitchen and my wife likes them too. It has a few too many of the special situation knives I'll probably never use, but I wanted a big block with the eight identical ones on the bottom row. Including us, this is by far the sexiest thing in my kitchen now. I'm not a chef or anything and we don't use them to their potential, but I can tell you they are extremely sharp. My mother has always cooked a lot, comes over often, and has made good comments on the set." β€”J. Istre

    Get them from Amazon for $229.95. / Available in three butcher block finishes.

    Into the idea of getting a solo knife instead? Check out our top picks for the best chef's knives on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    27. This sleek breadmaker with a gluten-free menu setting.

    Promising Review: "I've made homemade bread for years and this is my first bread machine. I took two weeks researching and decided on Zojirushi. The secret is using a scale to weigh all of the dry ingredients including sugar and salt. Exact measurement is the key. One other secret is before the rise process is finished, open the lid and make sure your loaf is evenly spread, touching all sides of pan. If not, then gently spread the dough out." β€”Suzanne Andrew

    Get it from Amazon for $254.99.

    28. A chef's mandoline slicer equipped with blades for just about anything.

    Promising Review: "You will never have to buy another one ever. Cuts through raw potatoes like butter. Blades change really easily. Cleanup is a breeze, just rinse off and let dry. You can run over this thing with a truck. It's that tough." β€”Jerry Wirth

    Get it from Amazon for $76.

    29. This smart toaster oven with an LCD screen and nine pre-set functions.,

    Promising Review: "I love this oven. We bought this as a stopgap after our full-size range went out and we decided to delay its replacement until after our kitchen was remodeled. That was a year ago. We haven't yet replaced the range, partly because this oven is so roomy and capable! No, it can't do Thanksgiving turkey, but it can fit a 9x13 and, with some creativity, has held nearly everything we've needed to cook." β€”D. Gerrity

    Get it from Amazon for $249.95. / Available in two finishes.

    30. A reversible maple carving board that's double the fun.

    Promising Review: "I used it to carve a 14 lbs. NY Strip roast and it worked perfectly. The juices flowed into the grooves as designed, which was a wonderful improvement over using a flat cutting board. I have not used the other side of the board yet, but I will the next time I need to carve poultry. This board soaked up a lot of mineral oil when I treated it for the first time, and it has maintained a lovely patina since then." β€”Big D

    Get it from Amazon for $84.94+.

    31. A Vitamix blender with a super-powerful motor for obliterating smoothie ingredients.

    Promising Review: "Anyone buying a Vitamix knows what they're in for in terms of quality. But when I read that this model was 40% quieter than earlier ones I was not prepared for the noticeable difference. A former roommate let me use his for a year, so when I got this one (finally!) I was shocked at how much less noise it made. I also love the pulse feature. I use this all the time -0 it's easy to use, easy to clean, and totally worth it if you want to be able to make a whole slew of things that other blenders just can't manage." β€”Kate Allen

    Get it from Amazon for $529. / Available in three finishes.

    Want a blender at a lower price point? Check out our top picks for the best blenders on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    32. This Wi-Fi enabled slower cooker that's adjustable via an app in case you wanna let that soup sizzle a tad longer while you run some post-work errands.

    Promising Review: "I was a little skeptical at first, but after setting it up, (which was somewhat difficult), it is easy to use and I love it! I am a HUGE fan of slow cookers and this is by far my favorite. This device uses the Wemo app and Wi-Fi at home. It cooks even. Great for anything you put in there AND my favorite part is it can be controlled from your mobile device." β€”leah w peacock

    Get it from Amazon for $103.99.

    33. A burr coffee grinder with 16 grinding settings so your brew will be just right.

    Promising Review: "I'm a barista of 5+ years and I'm confident this is the best value you can get. Sure, there's some grind retention in the collar, but that just happens in a lot of conical burr grinders β€” even high-end options like a Robur do that all the time. Just tilt the grinder and thump the sides to get it out. Fortunately, the chamber is really easy to clean. The upper burr set just lifts out, and from there you can brush out the grinds." β€”Zac

    Get it from Amazon for $81.99+. / Available in three finishes.

    34. A barista espresso machine that does the work of adjusting water temperature for you.,

    Promising Review: "I love this thing. I've been using it multiple times a day for almost a year. Every day it makes amazing espresso and as long as I keep it clean, it preforms beautifully. This thing is also easier to maintain and requires less cleaning than other cheaper espresso machines I've tried." β€”Amazonian

    Get it from Amazon for $529+. / Available in four finishes.

    35. A Samsung fridge with built-in cameras so you can spy whether you have any eggs left while you're out grocery shopping.

    Promising Review: "This refrigerator is amazing. I got extra little clear baskets to put on the shelves to keep it clean, but everything is so organized you can see what is in it without opening the door. Everyone hangs out in the kitchen now because it is always playing music and my grandkids are always adding pictures and art. It transformed how the family treated the kitchen from mom goes into cook to everyone goes in to have fun while mom cooks (or dad)." β€”TrishaY

    Get it from Best Buy for $2,399.99.

    36. And of course, a KitchenAid Artisan standup mixer bc a grown-ass kitchen looks naked without it.

    Promising Review: "Everyone should have a KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer. It's durable, multi-purpose and attractive. I bought this as a wedding gift for myself and my husband. Everything I've made has come out perfect. I bought the Artisan over the regular stand mixer because the Artisan came with a splash guard. The best part are the attachments. Don't hesitate to buy this. You won't be disappointed." β€”Dee

    Get it from Amazon for $629.13.

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