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    28 Gadgets For Anyone Whose Kitchen Is Way Too Small

    Wouldn't it be nice to see your counters again?? It's been a minute.

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    1. A mini waffle maker that will churn out adorably-sized, perfectly cooked-through waffles in mere minutes. If you're waffling on the waffles, you can also use it for hash browns, paninis, biscuits, and even (gasp) PIZZA. If you can dream it, you can mini waffle it.

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    This isn't just great for tiny kitchens — it only weighs a pound and is small enough to easily travel, so you can take this baby on road trips or even plug it into the office kitchen! Be the office deskfast eater you want to see in the world!!

    Promising review: "It's mini mini, perfect if you're in a dorm/small apartment/just don't have a lot of storage space. It cooks super duper quick, honestly I think this would actually make enough waffles for a big group faster than my old waffle maker which was your typical heavy clunky Belgian waffle maker which took forever to heat up. The thing came with a little recipe book in the back of the instruction manual and the basic waffle recipe is perfect!" —Dana

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in nine other non-heart-shaped colors).

    2. A rapid egg cooker so versatile it can cook eggs in five different ways, all just using the steam from the water you measure into the machine. Plus, for the meal preppers out there, you can get a week's worth of hard-boiled or medium-boiled eggs for breakfasts on the go in a matter of minutes — an egg-cellent timesaver, if I do say so myself.

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    I own one of these gems and have faithfully used it every week for more than two years. Perfectly medium-boiled eggs every time. I even bought one for my parents so I could spread its majesty to them as well (but also mostly so I could use it when I come to visit, if we're being real). Some reviews note that the alarm on it is a little loud, but the new models have significantly decreased the volume!

    Promising review: "You know those objects that are totally unnecessary, but you see them and fall in love and live forever in happiness with your random kitschy thing? This is that thing. I saw this egg cooker on a BuzzFeed list and, even though I am a fully functioning adult who has never had trouble cooking eggs before in my life, I knew I had to have it. I have not been disappointed. It makes especially lovely, perfectly round omelettes with minimal cleanup required. Hard and soft boiled eggs cook evenly and taste great. The poached eggs are tender and melt in your mouth over toast." —Sonnet A. Fitzgerald

    Get it from Amazon for $18.11 (available in four other colors).

    3. A tiny milk frother to make everything you drink taste like it was lovingly handcrafted by a barista instead of you blearily in the kitchen without pants. It's also teensy for storing and cleans with a quick stream of hot running water, so even the laziest among us can get 'gram-worthy drinks.

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    Promising review: "I’m a barista at Starbucks so obviously I know how I like my coffee. For a while I was using an immersion blender to froth my milk for my morning cup of coffee, but it just wasn’t doing what I wanted it to do. I finally bought this frother and I’m so so happy with it!! It doesn’t need to be plugged in so it takes up way less space. It is a lot quieter than the blender, and I can use any size cup I want because the frother is so small. Not only can I heat up my milk for a hot coffee, but I can also use it just the same with cold milk for my iced coffee!! Highly recommend this product!!" —Heather Michael

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in 10 colors).

    4. A compact electric hand mixer that will easily whip your creams, mix your doughs, and meringue your egg whites without causing a whole two-act-with-intermission production like its larger counterparts.

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    Plus, storage is a cinch — you can unhook the beaters and pop them on a storage clip on the side of the mixer, then slide it right back into a drawer.

    Promising review: "Living in a tiny house, I have to be very careful what kitchen appliance/tools I bring in, because room is minimal, with this compact mixer I don't have to make any sacrifices. Tool is very compact, but also works perfectly." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in three other colors).

    5. An avocado slicer small enough to slide into your utensil drawer – it'll more than earn its keep by taking care of those pesky pits and giving you slices so perfectly portioned you'll break your friends' Instagram feeds.

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    This three-in-one tool can split an avocado with its pointy tip, remove the pit with its center, and make perfectly even slices with the bottom — a much safer alternative to using a regular knife and potential falling prey to the dreaded "avocado hand."

    Promising review: "So worth the space in the kitchen! This thing really does what it says. I love mine and use it all the time. Pit removal is super easy with this, no more knife-prying. I didn't think the cutting tool would be as effective as it is- but it works great as well. No complaints on this product — would buy again!" —K. Cyr

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    6. A collapsible microwave popcorn maker that doubles as a serving bowl, so you can pop movie theater-level corn while only using up a Frisbee's worth of valuable space. All you have to do is add generic kernels + whatever oils or butters you feel in your heart, and you'll be raring to go.

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    Promising review: "This is a fast, effective and low-cost means to prepare popcorn. I got tired of paying a premium for microwave popcorn packets at the grocery. I didn’t want another appliance on my counter to air pop either. This was the perfect solution. I use inexpensive bulk popping corn, no oil or salt and I don’t have to worry about the metal in the microwave popcorn bags that gets extremely hot and scorches the upside down paper plate I have to put under the microwave bag each time. Plus, weren’t we told not to put anything metal in the microwave anyway? I pull the Salbree out, expand it and add a 1/4 cup of popping corn kernels in the base to the full line. I put it in the microwave for 3+ minutes and listen for the kernels to stop popping. Using the cool handles I lift it out of the microwave, give it a minute to cool and add just enough butter to give it flavor. Then I eat right out of the same bowl I cooked in. When done I dump out the few kernels that didn’t pop. I wash it out with dish soap and hot water, let it dry and then put it away for next time. Economical, safe, less oil and salt and only one bowl to clean. No new appliance and no metal in the microwave. Pure genius. A great value." —RobG

    Psst — if you're looking for way to add some pizzazz to your snack, check out BuzzFeed's ideas for flavoring popcorn!

    Get it from Amazon for $16.90 (available in 16 other colors).

    7. A breakfast sandwich maker that will not only spare you the hassle of waiting in line for one during the commuter rush, but will only take up a teensy bit of counter space. This fella may be small in size, but it can cook an egg, toast bread, warm precooked meat, and melt cheese into the perfect sammie in less than five human minutes.

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    Promising review: "Y’all, after reading the reviews I was super excited about getting this product. My family have used this product for a few months now and we LOVE it! Calling all lazy people, breakfast lovers, and busy people out there! You can have a sandwich in four minutes. Four minutes! It’s super easy to use. Plug it in, wait for green light to turn on. Spray top n bottom compartments with oil spray. Open up lower compartment and put bottom of English muffin, cheese, and precooked meat, close. Open top compartment, crack egg and put top of English muffin. Set timer for four minutes. Once four minutes is up, slide the slider part over so that the top part of the sandwich meets the bottom part. Take out sandwich using a spatula. Enjoy! It’s that easy. If you like bacon or sausage, just cook a batch of the meats before hand and put it in the fridge that way you don’t have to cook the meat every time you want a sandwich. I would recommend this product to anyone. It is also small so it doesn’t take up that much space. The only thing to be careful with is that it can get really hot so use an oven mitt or something when handling the product. Easy cleanup. After the product is cooled down, I spray it with white vinegar and wipe it off with a paper towel or rag." —AndyOSU

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    8. A cold brew coffee maker to free up space on your counter by fitting neatly in your fridge, and that's bonkers easy to use — all you have to do is add coffee to the airtight brewer, add your water to the coffee maker, and pop it in the fridge overnight. The Starbucks mermaid is shaking.

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    Promising review: "I have been drinking caffeinated beverages everyday for half my life. Usually brewing hot then cooling it down with ice which was quite a process to do every morning. Then I came across this cold brew pitcher and thought I'd give it a try. It's great, easy to use and clean, very convenient, lasts for a couple weeks, I love it! Making a pitcher of coffee take less time than a normal brewer and makes enough for at least one cup a day for about a week, depending on how much coffee concentrate is used. I haven't used my normal coffee or espresso machine since I got this cold brew system. The coffee seems to taste better as well, not a huge difference but it's somewhat noticeable." —Jeremy Birnbaum

    Check out BuzzFeed's review of this cold brew coffee maker for more info!

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    9. A personal blender that saves you an extra step by blending it in a portable cup you can drink it from. Basically you can dump in your produce, shake it up, pop the top off, and be on your merry green way — all without sacrificing more than a few inches of precious counter space.

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    Plus, the jar and lid are both dishwasher-safe, to make life run even more smoothie-ly (sorry!!).

    Promising review: "I've been using this for a year and, although I rarely write reviews, I feel compelled to write one for this product. I am so impressed by the job this little blender does! No, it's not a Vitamix (which I love) but at a tiny fraction of both the cost and energy usage, it absolutely deserves 5 stars." —Susan W.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95 (available in five colors).

    10. A pint-sized and K-cup compatible single-serve coffee maker so you can choose your own (itty bitty) caffeinated adventure. Don't be fooled by its size, though — it only takes 90 seconds to brew the perfect cup.

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    Promising review: "This has to be the simplest and faster brewing K cup coffee maker I’ve ever used. You fill it with the amount of water you want for your serving, put in your K cup of choice and power the unit on. Within a few seconds it starts brewing coffee and pouring into my cup. It’s super fast. I was shocked at how quickly my coffee was ready to drink! This unit is very small and compact. It’s perfect for your home or office. Its simplicity is what I like most about this unit. I’d recommend this unit to others." —JoeTechie

    Get it from Amazon for $49.95.

    11. A magnetic hanging utensil set that includes (*DEEP BREATH*) a slotted spatula, spaghetti server, slotted spoon, solid spoon, and a ladle, all design to nest into each other and take up significantly less space in your drawers by living compactly on your counter.

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    Someone gifted me one of these many moons ago, and the utensils have held up for over four years! They're still as perfectly magnetized and functional as they were when they first arrived, and I barely ever notice them even though my counter space is approximately that of a lunch tray (wish I were kidding!!!).

    Promising review: "We travel full time and move every 3 months so everything has to be compact and packable. These replaced 5 other kitchen utensils that did not nest in each other. They sit on the counter ready to use. They are sturdy and have been used in non-stick ceramic and cast iron pans. Very happy with this set." —Justice Talbot

    Get a set from Amazon for $24.99 (available in three other color varieties).

    12. An air fryer to cook so many different dishes using the power of rapid air technology that you can ditch half the other appliances taking up in your kitchen. Perfectly crisped french fries and chicken wings in 20 minutes, no oil required!! The future is now.

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    Promising review: "I have been thinking of getting an air fryer for a while now. The price point and the comments regarding customer service finally pushed me to purchase this fryer. Best cooking gadget I have ever purchased! I have had it for 4 days and have used it every day! I have made fries, fish, shrimp, potatoes, and bacon in this marvel! The flavor is amazing and I have not used any oil yet. I did purchase an accessory kit but have not used it yet — still making things as it came. I am great at burning things in the pan and in the oven. I really like how you can open the basket to check the food as it is cooking without losing the time or the temperature. I have not burned one thing! It is extremely easy to clean! It is large, but I WILL make room for it on my counter!" —CK

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99.

    13. An electric food chopper that will make you feel like a contestant on one of those cooking shows where somebody cries, except you'll be crying tears of relief (that it doesn't take up so much space in your nonexistent kitchen).

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    This little gizmo minces, chops, grinds, and blends, so it more than earns its keep on your countertop. Plus, it's dishwasher-safe and even comes with its own storage lid, so you can chop up your goods and pop 'em in the fridge for safekeeping in one go.

    Promising review: "After years, and $$$, of buying every food chopping and slicing gimmick, I have found my goal with this Ninja Express Chopper. I have never been a big Ninja product line fan, but this chopper is awesome. Extremely powerful, but gentle at the same time. Two or three pulses and my onions and peppers are perfectly chopped without getting mushed. Super easy to clean and small enough to store in a tiny area. I used to waver between 'Should I dig out that (old) chopper or just chop these with my knife?' all of the time, but not a second thought with the Ninja. All of my older plastic box choppers and mandolins are in the donation box now. I would definitely buy this Ninja Express chopper again, but expect this one is going to last for years." —JCB

    Get it from Amazon for $19.47.

    14. A two-in-one toaster and toaster oven, so you can have toast on toast on toast without shelling out the space (or the dough) for two different appliances. Only a true bread stan understands the dire need to keep your toasting options open.

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    Promising review: "We LOVE this oven-and-toaster combo. We've had toaster ovens for years, and I didn't realize how badly those all in one units really made dry, unevenly toasted bread. The bread is perfectly toasted every time! We are getting used to the oven as it cooks very efficiently and does quickly heat to a true oven temperature better than other units we've owned. It is a smaller unit than other ovens, so it won't be able to cook more than one Thanksgiving side dish when the holidays roll around, but we appreciate that it is excellent at what it was designed to do: toast and be an alternative to cooking up some french fries or heating a small casserole when we don't want to turn on the big oven." —K Griffee

    Get it from Amazon for $79.99.

    15. An Instant Pot that will prove itself worthy of your microscopic counter by whipping up everything from soups to meat dishes to eggs to rice to — wait for it — CAKE. Plus, it's preprogrammed, so a lot of these dishes you can whip up literally by putting them in the pot and pressing a button.

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    Promising review: "Who needs a kitchen anymore? To say that I love my instapot is an understatement. I've had it for only two weeks and I swear I haven't touched my stove or pans. So easy to use and so many functions. You can sauté meat, make hardboiled eggs, perfect rice and beans, steam vegetables in a matter of minutes. The instapot community is large and there are always recipes to be shared. So simple to use and clean. I've made anything from perfectly hard boiled eggs whose shells just fall off on their own, to soups, Mongolian beef and spaghetti! I am so glad I jumped in the Instant Pot bandwagon and cannot wait to purchase accessories in the future to make cheesecake and other things." —yestfl

    Get it from Amazon for $79.

    16. A vegetable spiralizer – it comes with five interchangeable blade settings to magic your plain old veggies into stir fries, zoodle dishes, soups, and more, so you can get rid of the random assortment of knives in your drawer and replace them with One Blade Machine To Rule Them All.

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    For the nervous veggie-choppers among us out there, it also suctions securely to counter surfaces for easy use and is designed to make the grinding process of spiralizing a total breeze.

    Promising review: "I've never had a spiralizer and was hoping to jazz up mealtime a bit. This unit is easy to use right out of the box. It cleans up quickly. I immediately had to make some sweet potato chips for a snack and they were delicious. I will experiment with the blades a bit to find the perfect size string fries. I made cucumber salad in a minute! I keep it on my countertop to remind me to use it whenever possible. Not disappointed. The suction mechanism on the bottom securely fastens it to the countertop. Love it!" —Lily's Mom

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    17. A microwave pasta maker that cooks pasta so fast and effectively it will tempt you to throw your boiling pot away. Less time, less water, less space = more energy to expend eating glorious carbs.

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    Psst — y'all can also use it for lasagnas and raviolis and (praise be to the dairy gods) mac and cheese!!

    Promising review: "I don't want to get all gushy over a pasta maker, but man ... I really love this gizmo! I try to limit my monthly food expenditures and the Fasta Pasta helps me work in at least one inexpensive pasta meal every week. If not more. First of all, I like spaghetti — either with normal Prego-type sauce or sometimes just with butter and Romano cheese sprinkled on. But I'm lazy and impatient and don't like things that take a long time to make, with a bunch of steps, and a big clean up afterwards. The Fasta Pasta is perfect for me. I get the exact amount of correctly-measured spaghetti; it's faster than boiling water in a big pot then having to watch and stir the pasta; the pasta comes out perfectly cooked every time; and the cleanup is a snap. No big pot; no colander; no spaghetti fork to lift out the pasta. Just the easy to clean Fasta Pasta, and a pot to heat up the sauce. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!" —Smilin Sam

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    18. A mug warmer to keep your coffee and tea at the perfect temperature while you're navigating your tiny kitchen, and will take up so little space that if it weren't for the glory of your caffeinated beverage, you might just forget that it's there.

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    Promising review: "I'm a chronic coffee forgetter. I can't drink it straight from the brewer (too hot for me) so I set my mug down to cool slightly and often get distracted. Of course I then come back to my coffee to find it's already cold. I've currently got the warmer at my office and it's working great. I can sip my coffee leisurely over an hour and it's still nice and warm. Notice I said warm, not hot. This will not keep your coffee at just brewed temp short of putting a silicon lid over the top after brewing." —Elle

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    19. A teensy cooktop burner that heats up quickly without any flame or heating element, and even switches itself off after a minute if it doesn't detect any cookware, so you can get you can seriously up your breakfast game without also seriously upping your "Ruh roh, did I turn off the stove this morning?" nightmares.

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    Promising review: "Been wanting a solution for searing steak at an apartment so I bought this to test out. Put a small table on my balcony with this on top... and my life has changed forever. Put a cast iron on, and within a minute — it is piping hot and ready to go! It’s my first induction, so maybe that is common but... wow. Never expected that type of speed and convenience. It doesn’t get hot underneath or on the sides, it doesn’t even get warm! It’s incredible! Easy to clean, lightweight and portable. And I don’t even worry about the top glass with my cast iron. Seems very durable!! I can finally cook a proper steak without smoking out my apartment!" —Todd Green

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

    20. A compact bread maker which, arguably, a tiny kitchen does not *need*, but also ... bread. Fresh, glorious, wafting through the entire kitchen bread. Sourdough! Wheat! Country! French! Heck, you can even make cake in this thing (aka the best kind of bread). It has earned its appliance space rights.

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    Promising review: "My husband and I cannot stop baking. This arrived over a week ago and we have made two loaves or dough or jam daily! I can't speak for its longevity (I hope it's excellent, it seems sturdy!) but this puppy can crank out some delicious household staples. Pizza dough, fresh bread, *French* bread, bread with fruit or nuts, CAKE, and yes even JAM!! Amazing! It can tackle anything. Cleanup is ridiculously easy, just don't scratch the nonstick surface! The recipes need some tweaking to calibrate with your specific machine (I found that most needed more moisture), but some of the mistakes are still tasty! I was skeptical of the jam-making feature and ended up being extremely impressed." —Ether

    Get it from Amazon for $67.81.

    21. A small but effective rice cooker that will make eight cups of rice, and neatly pop into the dishwasher when you're done. It also comes with a built-in steamer, so if you're like, "Get this bread! But also these veggies!!", you can prep them at the same time.

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    Promising review: "I’d like to say I’m a decent cook and pretty good baker. I can make recipes from scratch and they turn out very well. I love baking more than anything. With that being said, I can NOT make rice on the stove for the life of me. Probably not a bad thing since I dislike rice, but I’m trying to get use to it. This rice cooker is a godsend when it comes to cooking rice. Add water, add rice, add some flavorings if need be and BAM! Press a button and walk away." —Baby Stego

    Get it from Amazon for $28.87.

    22. A snap-on pasta strainer to free your pasta from its hot juices straight from the pot, and will spare you half the aggressive storage to boot (is it just me or are colanders always in the business of being exactly in the way of whatever it is you need?).

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    Promising review: "I've owned this for about six months, and I couldn't imagine cooking without it. I hate strainers. They are bulky and fill up the dishwasher, I'm lazy, whatever. This strainer is a life-saver. Clip it on your pan, strain, and voila! And it is so easy to clean. A little hot water and it's good to go for the next round. I highly recommend this gadget, it will retire your current strainer." —Viola Evens

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in four colors).

    23. A mini immersion blender that you can use with your hand to whip up a smoothie right in the glass without a full-scale blending production. It also works for making milkshakes (important!), salsas (also important!), and soup (less important, but you do you!), so a whole new culinary world is at your literal fingertips.

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    Promising review: "Amazing blender! I've had other (cheap) models of immersion blenders. While they did what they were supposed to do, they did not have quality that this Mueller one has. I absolutely ADORE that the piece that does the work is all stainless, not cheap plastic. I use mine mostly for doing soups, and it does a wonderful job even on 'tough' kohlrabi. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a GOOD immersion blender!" —Judy D.

    Get it from Amazon for $29.97.

    24. A small three-tier cooling rack, for when your oven bites off something that your limited counter space can't quite chew (read: you watched To All The Boys I've Loved Before on Netflix again and went into a reckless cookie baking spree).

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    Promising review: "I really like the clever and functional design of this cooling rack, especially for limited counter space kitchens as mine. I use this for lightweight baked goods such as cookies and croissants. I have not tried it yet for heavier items such as pies, but for those, just attach the racks on both sides for support. What I love most is this rack folds up for storage — a clever space-saver when stored too. All around, great product design with good quality construction. Highly recommend for lightweight baked goods." —myreview

    Get it from Amazon for $14.21.

    25. A silicone muffin mold that is way more versatile than the regular cupcake tin wasting space in your drawers — this can cook eggs, pastries, and muffins without a ton of nonstick prep, and with ridiculously easy cleanup.

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    Promising review: "OMGosh I love this thing!!! I've always wanted one but too lazy to get one and finally got one. I love love love it!!! I use it to make eggs, veggies, and muffins. Just spray a little Pam on it and the muffins puffed up so beautifully and they literally fell out of the silicone pan!! Love it!!! Highly recommend!!" —Julie Frey

    Get one from Amazon for $8.99.

    26. A neat little pineapple cutter to peel, core, and slice up your fruit in a matter of seconds, so you can stop ~pining~ for your pineapple and start putting it in your mouth.

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    Promising review: "This has worked exactly as advertised and as everyone reviewing it says. I can't believe how easy it is. Gotta be up there with the best $6 or $7 I've ever spent, because I'm eating pineapples all the time now instead of buying them and throwing them away in a week because I'm too lazy to cut them." —RR

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    27. A trio of trivet mats that will protect your poor tiny counters from hot pots and pans when your equally tiny stove gets too crowded for them. (Bonus: you can also use these to open jars! No more googling hacks for opening pickle jars at two in the morning! Small victories.)

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    Promising review: "I love these. They are beautiful and thick enough to protect your surfaces while holding a very hot pot or dish. As a bonus, while they are being stored, I place them between pans or pot lids to keep them from getting scratched. You can even store them in the under-oven drawer, between pans, without fear of them burning. They are so easy to grab and just throw on the counter without any fear of a regular trivet breaking of scratching." —asiseeit

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $12.99 (available in 16 colors).

    28. A lazy Susan turntable for your pantry or fridge that will make storing and perusing your condiment stash (read: all six bottles of sriracha) a total cinch.

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    Promising review: "This is the perfect size for my cupboard and I love that it has the silicone on it so things don’t slip around. So happy! Amazing how much easy it is to find things now! Makes a really big difference!" —Rachael

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    You living it up in your tiny kitchen now that there's actually space to rock out.

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