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49 Kitchen Products That Don't Cost A Lot, But Will Be Used All The Time

Including a two-pack of TikTok-famous seasonings you'll want to put on juuuuust about everything.

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1. A silicone baking mat for your sheet pans, so you can roast big batches of meal prep veggies at the beginning of the week with all your favorite sauces and seasonings without worrying about your the cleanup (or wasting parchment paper).

Promising review: "I like to do what I can to reduce my carbon footprint but I don't want to make my life unnecessarily difficult or ineffective. These mats allow me to eliminate the use of foil or parchment paper on my baking sheets, thereby saving money and being that much less potential product in the landfill. So far I have baked breadsticks and roasted vegetables on them, and they work like a charm. The heat distribution is great and they're nonstick without using spray or oil. If I had a complaint, it would be that they're a little hard to clean by hand due to how bendy and flexible they are and the fact that oil and grease seems to want to stick to it like a magnet. It isn't a big deal, though, and I'll be buying more of these." —Michelle Daniels

Get a set of two from Amazon for $12.44.

2. A two-pack of TikTok-famous Dan-O's seasoning, a low sodium, hecka flavorful option made with dried herbs, citrus, and granulated onion and garlic that reviewers love to jazz up everything from fish to beef to eggs to veggies. 

two jars of spices
spice jar next to homemade hash browns

Dan O's seasoning is a small business established in 2017 that gained popularity after taking to TikTok during the pandemic, where the company now has 1.5 million followers with plenty of droolworthy food content. 

Promising review: "I became interested in this product while watching TikToks. I have been adding it to so many things. I use it in spaghetti, on fish and one of my favorites is to add it to popcorn. My husband had to ask why my popcorn smelled like steak. I love the fact that it is low sodium as well. I am not a fan of extra salt and most foods already have plenty of salt but need some seasoning. This should be your go to seasoning." —Heartcri

Get a pack of two (one original, one spicy) from Amazon for $16.95

3. A 5-in-1 wine stopper reviewers swear by for making their wine taste *that* much better — this not only serves as a leakproof stopper, a filter, and a pourer, but it can aerate your wine to bring out the flavor. Extremely cheers to that 🍷.  

Wine bottle with stopper attached
Amazon

Promising review: "I wouldn't consider myself a 'wine connoisseur' by any means, but I typically have a bottle or so float through my house each week. This wine corker takes the hassle out of pulling the original cork out, it is easy to clean, makes the wine taste better, and hello it's cheap! Would make a GREAT cheap gift for a wine drinker. At the moment, I only have the one, but I'm planning to grab a few more to keep on hand." —JasonKim Lebeda

Get it from Amazon for $9.56.

4. A jar of internet-beloved The Pink Stuff so you can keep all the fixtures and appliances in your kitchen in tip top shape. This does the trick on on everything from dirty stove tops to grimy sinks to caked-over ovens.

Reviewer using it to clear up hard water stains in tub
A customer review before and after photo showing the results of using The Pink Stuff on their stovetop

A lot of people compare it to the Magic Eraser in paste form, so even your weirdest, most stubborn stains will meet their match.

Promising review: "I used this product for my stove because it's one thing I dislike like cleaning. I have used multiple degreaser sprays and they all are so toxic and don't work for me. The Magic Eraser was okay but I used several at a time and I had to scrub so hard. But this product oh my goodness, legit a miracle. It doesn't have any type of smell. I put the paste on a cloth, clean the area then wipe it off with a damp cloth and voilà, magic!" —May

Get it from Amazon for $8.15.

5. A set of fast-acting Keurig cleaner pods you can simply put through a cycle on the machine to get rid of all the crusted on grinds and residue that are *definitely* affecting the taste of your coffee, even if you haven't noticed over time.

Promising review: "Love, love, love this. Have used other products but they were not only complicated to use but did not do a great job. This one really works well and is very simple to use! I have used the same metal mug for my morning coffee for about three years now and it got really stained. I used this product one time and the stains were removed. The coffee maker looks like new again. Soooo happy! Going to buy some for my son and will rebuy this for sure! The price is most reasonable also. Win/Win." —pennywrites

Get a set of six from Amazon for $9.95.

6. 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.

A very small light blue handheld electric mixer with two beaters
Amazon

This beater has three speeds, and 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: "I needed to get a new hand mixer after I lost one of the whisk parts on my super old one. I live in a pretty small house, with limited storage so I wanted something that wasn't going to take up too much space. I also wanted a solution to the lone whisk that I seemed to always lose. This was it! It is cute but also I love that the whisks attach to the body and the cord can be easily wrapped around it. I use it a lot and haven't had a problem in almost a year. I do wish that it had more speeds on it, but besides that I have no complaints." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $18.80 (available in three other colors).

7. cold brew coffee maker so quick and easy to use that your blood might just become 90% caffeine soon. 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. BOOM, caffeine city.

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 $19.99 (available in three colors).

8. Plus a tiny milk frother that makes rich, creamy froths in seconds, making you as powerful as the Starbucks mermaid herself. It also doesn't need to be plugged in, cleans with a quick stream of hot running water, and is teensy for storing.

Reviewer image of white marble handheld frother on its stand
Reviewer using the frother to frother milk in a cup

Promising review: "A MUST-have. All of my friends and family had this so naturally I had to get one and I am obsessed. Makes every homemade coffee taste like you went out and bought one. Very affordable and worth every penny. I love that is comes with a cute holder for it." —Kayla Dillinger

Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in five styles).

9. A foaming garbage disposal cleaner you can plop into your sink, run a little water on, and let its blue magic fizz its way up to the top while clearing out all the gunk and gross smells from your culinary adventures in one go. 

foam in a sink
sink with foam that has gone down the disposal

Promising review: "This stuff really cleans my sink and disposal of the foul odor that sometimes develops. I've tried everything to get rid of the smell from the garbage disposal: Vinegar, bleach, ice, various other products, baking soda, baking soda with vinegar, boiling water...nothing seemed to get rid of the smell for long, but this stuff does. I like it so much that I ordered it online because I couldn't find it again at the grocery store." —Carol L. Hill

Get a four-pack from Amazon for $5.99.

10. A two-stage knife-sharpener, because those blades you bought back in the day?? They're probably super dull by now, even if you haven't noticed since it's happened over time. But sharper knives = faster, safer cooking, so you can ~refresh~ them with this.

Hands running a knife through the small green sharpener
Amazon

Promising review: "Wow, this little gadget is pretty amazing! I have some old (expensive) non-serrated knives that are supposed to never need sharpening but unfortunately, lost their sharp edge long ago. I saw this gadget and decided to try it. I set the bottom of this gadget on the edge of the counter and ran one of the knives through the side labeled 'Coarse' about 10 times, then ran it through the side labeled 'Fine' another 8–10 times. Bingo! The knife was transformed back to its former high-dollar cutlery glory. I could hardly believe how effectively it had sharpened the knife, which I had been ready to throw away a week before. I've been happily sharpening all our knives and trying to add up in my head how much money I've saved by NOT having to buy another set of expensive knives. I don't know where else you can spend $6 and get this return for the money. Great score!" —Schelly L. Wagoner

Read our full review of the KitchenIQ knife sharpener for more deets.

Get it from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in four colors).  

11. Plus a pair of cut-resistant gloves for any honorary members of the Kitchen Safety Patrol — these are designed to be four times stronger (!!) than leather to keep your digits safe.

Model wearing grey gloves while cooking meat
Amazon

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

Psst — check out BuzzFeed's full review of NoCry Cut Resistant Gloves for more deets.

Get it from Amazon for $11.49 (available in sizes S–XL and two colors).

12. A set of three dough presses designed to easily cut and press dough in uniform sizes, whether it's for hand pies, dumplings, ravioli, calzones, empanadas, making you the kind of meal prep pro that will make your past self bow down to you in awe. 

An uncooked empanada in one of the dough presses after being shaped
A row of perfectly cooked and identical empanadas

Promising review: "This was a great purchase for the price. I was making empanadas and folding them by hand, which didn’t look too good. This set helps me cut them easily into circles and then easily presses them closed. Consistent look each time! I like that there are three sizes in the set so I can make them according to my mood. Easy to wash and use. Would highly recommend for the price and functionality!" —Sox

Get a set of three from Amazon for $10.07.

13. 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.

A small blender with a transparent cup full of purple blended fruit
amazon.com

Promising review: "I truly love this blender!!! Used to spend $6 to $7 on smoothies, not to mention having to be out and about in order to get one. I literally dump all my ingredients for the smoothie into this blender and hit the button. In 30 seconds I have a delicious smoothie. I use regular old bagged frozen vegetables and fruits, soften them up in the microwave for 60 to 90 seconds, dumped in with whatever else I want for that smoothie, ranging from banana, yogurt, milk, chia seeds, oatmeal, cacao powder, a fruit cup, Splenda, unsweetened cacao, chopped walnuts, chopped up ice. Literally less than 30 seconds I have a perfectly blended smoothie. I'm honestly amazed. Recommend this to everybody, point blank!" —Germany Jones

Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in five colors).

14. A set of dishwasher cleaning tablets you can pop into a cycle with your dirty dishes to wipe out the occasional grime or funky smell, taking care of it periodically instead of waiting for the sitch to get out of hand. 

before image of grimy dishwasher
after image of shiny dishwasher

Promising review: "We have very hard water in this area, and though my dishwasher is supposed to be self-cleaning when you use the right detergent (which I have been), it's been getting gunkier and gunkier and a couple of months ago the rinse aid dispenser stopped filling properly. When I looked that up, the online advice said that can happen if it gets too dirty and gave advice on running the dishwasher with vinegar and other tricks. But I saw this and, being pleased with Affresh's machine cleaners I'd used on my clothes washer, decided to try it. It worked AMAZINGLY, in ONE try. My rinse aid dispenser immediately started working good as new again, and my dishwasher is the cleanest it's been since we got it! Love it!" —Mouriana

Get a six-pack from Amazon for $5.99.

15. A rechargeable, flameless electric lighter perfect for all your kitchen needs, from lighting gas stoves to birthday cake candles. This is a much safer option than matches, and way more cost-effective and environmentally friendly than getting long-stemmed gas lighters.

A rose gold lighter with an electric current
BuzzFeed editor lighting a candle
Emma Lord/BuzzFeed

It comes in other pretty colors, but I am especially partial to this one because I bought it for my parents (their kitchen is entirely pink and one of my favorite places on Earth), and this was SO EASY to use — not to mention super safe! It worked like a charm on their stove, which needs to be lit by hand. I use it all all my candles now too. I'm a big weenie about fire (lol, self-preservation) so I've always stuck to extended arm gas lighters, but this is much better for the environment (plus cuter), so I feel a lot better about using it.

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

Psst — you can check out my full review of the Leejie electric lighter for more deets! 

16. A produce saver storage container designed with special vents to keep your fruits and veggies fresh longer, so your produce will *actually* stay decent between your weekly grocery hauls. 

Raspberries on
Raspberries in the container still as fresh on day 8

Promising review: "LOVE LOVE LOVE these! We buy only organic produce which does not tend to last very long and when you pay as much as we do for organic you don't want it going bad so fast. My favorite thing about these is that it keeps my lettuce crisp and fresh for weeks not days. I've been able to buy bunches of lettuce and keep them in the fridge for several weeks. I keep the second container for strawberries, asparagus, blueberries, etc. and it keeps them fresh for way longer now. Not only that but it prevents them from molding after only a few days so I'm not worried about having to eat my strawberries in two days now. Will definitely be buying more in the future. Totally worth every penny and super easy to wash and dry." —Jessica

Check out BuzzFeed's full review of the produce savers for more deets!

Get it from Amazon for $15.80+ (available in multiple sizes and sets).

17. A jar of za'atar,  a Middle Eastern spice blend of thyme, toasted sesame seeds, and sumac that you'll find yourself sprinkling on just about every meal your whip up to add a little extra savory, spicy depth to it. 

Reviewer photo of the jar, which is about the size of their hand
Photo of grilled cheese with za'atar

Promising review: "This za'atar is the best quality I have found. I've also found that the balance of sumac and thyme to be just right. This instantly spices up my boring meal prep food and I put it on my chicken, meats, salads, yogurt, or just in olive oil — basically it makes everything taste so much better. I highly recommend it!" —TC

Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in three sizes).

18. A 3D-printed appliance cord organizer you can discretely attach to the backs of your larger kitchen appliances to keep the cords from becoming a veritable jungle on your already limited counter space.

A white cord organizer attached to the back of a white Kitchen-Aid mixer with the cord wrapped around it
3D Home Solutions/Etsy

3D Home Solutions is a Texas-based Etsy shop that specializes in 3D-printed homewares. Each cord organizer comes with a medium-sized Command strip for easy installation and removal.

Promising review: "Received this super fast! And it works amazing!!! I don’t have to worry about my cord to my mixer just bunched up or wrapped around the base. Went on super easy, very durable from what I can tell. And the cord easily clips into place. I love how much this is helping me save space! Thank you again!!" —Cat Cisneros

Get it from 3D Home Solutions on Etsy for $10 (available in three colors).

19. A rapid egg cooker that I am warning you right now is going to become your only personality trait. It can make soft, medium, *and* hard-boiled eggs in addition to poaching, scrambling, and making omelettes out of them. Not only will it amp up your breakfast game, but it'll amp up your ramen, egg salad, and even burrito game, too.

The egg machine with a transparent dome lid showing six eggs cooking in it
Reviewer images of an omelette and two poached eggs on avocado toast

I've owned one of these babies and have faithfully used it every week for over two years, and especially love it for meal prep — it simplifies breakfast because I know no matter what weird assortment of groceries I'm working with, there are precooked eggs to add some protein to it (I like mine medium-boiled 🍳). If my dinner is boring or seems like it needs a little extra "oomph" to it, I'll throw in an egg from this too. Some reviews note that the alarm on it is a little loud, but the new models have significantly decreased the volume and sing a little song instead!

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 omelets 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 $17.99+ (available in five colors).

20. A ridiculously popular (like, over 79,000 5-star reviews) Lodge pre-seasoned cast-iron skillet you can use to sauté, sear, bake, broil, braise, fry, *or* grill. It's also built to last for decades, whether you're using it on the reg in the oven to make pillowy biscuits or on the stove to make the kind of steak that'll waft through your whole house.

The black skillet with a long handle and a second helper handle with salmon and veggies inside
Amazon

Promising review: "This gets 5 stars from a picky reviewer. My husband was very impressed by the skillet when we cooked our steak last night and I was impressed when the cleaning was so easy! Highly recommend if you want to experience the high-end quality steak!" —2kiddos

Get it from Amazon for $17.90 (available in twelve sizes and styles). 

21. A set of three adorable, machine-washable Swedish dish cloths that are super absorbent and designed with a cross-hatch pattern for easier scrubbing. Each one of these can replace over a DOZEN paper towel rolls. The Brawny paper towel man is shaking.

A person washing a bowl with a Swedish dishcloth
Amazon

Promising review: "I originally picked these up to use in lieu of nasty, nasty dishrags that invoke my inner THIS IS NOT CLEAN demon. Since then, I have used them for everything from cleaning the kitchen to wiping up spills. After use, just toss in the wash and they are ready to go again. They are the perfect size and do an excellent job on every task to which I have applied them. They come in a variety of fun prints and I have yet to wear one out. Paper towel usage has taken a real nosedive, which is a good thing given its relative scarcity at present." —sandra simpson-kraft

Get a three-pack from Amazon for $15.08 (available in 12 prints).

22. A Baby Yoda dishwasher magnet so once and for all you'll always know whether the dishes in the dishwasher are "clean" or "dirty" and avoid any dirty dish-related mishaps (honestly though, with an adorable Grogu in your kitchen, would you even mind??). 

A reversible magnet - one side is Baby Yoda holding a mug and says
Model holding the magnet near the dishwasher
Amazon

Promising review: "Who doesn't love Baby Yoda? I was tired of my husband saying he didn't know if they were clean or not and with us being Star Wars fans I had to go with this design — it's just adorable!" —Melsa

Get it from Amazon for $9.49 (available in eight other styles, including The Office and Avatar!) 

23. A breakfast sandwich maker that simultaneously cooks an egg, toasts bread, warms precooked meat, and melts cheese into the perfect sammie in less than five minutes. Egg McWHOMST??? 

Promising review: "I am actually excited for my weekday breakfast now. These homemade mcmuffins are so good! My favorite version uses sliced tomatoes, Swiss cheese, and precooked bacon (from Costco). So many options, so easy! My kindergartener and my teenager both love it. I may have to buy another one for our family. It's also easy to clean with a quick wipe-down." —Joolie

Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

24. A three-in-one 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 that you'll actually start looking *forward* to adding avo to your WFH salads again. 

A model using the tool to de-pit and slice half an avocado
Amazon

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 $9.98.

25. A bottle of Mike's Hot Honey so you can add a pinch of sweet and a kick of spice to all your favorite staples, whether it's avocado toast, pizza, grilled cheese, or even (*swoons*) ice cream. 

The honey drizzled on bananas
The honey drizzled on pizza

Promising review: "We received our first bottle of Mike's Hot Honey as a gift and it sat in our cupboard for nearly a year before I ventured to try a bit on some roasted veggies. But then I happened to be making some egg/avocado toast for breakfast one day, and I drizzled this on the toast as a base (then topped with eggs, bacon, avocado, gouda cheese and sriracha) and OH MY GOSH. That little breakfast delight became an overnight family favorite, and the bottle of Mike's became an instant sensation. Now we make that delectable little gourmet sandwich to impress our overnight guests, and can't imagine our life before Mike's." —Johanna J. 

Check out BuzzFeed's review of Mike's Hot Honey for more info!

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

26. A silicone donut pan (that can also be used for homemade! bagels!!) designed for easy release *and* heat-temperature regulation, so you'll not only get them in the perfect shape but cooked to the perfect degree every time. 

The silicone pan full of six fully baked everything bagels
A bunch of chocolate frosted donuts

Psst — here's an extremely easy-to-follow Greek yogurt bagel recipe you can add your own spices and ingredients to (plus a lot of reviewers mention using this for keto bagels, if that lights your fire). Brb, slathering everything in cheese and garlic salt and living the dream.

Promising review: "This silicone pan is great! I had been wanting to try making baked donuts and didn’t realize how easy it is! Pan is easy to use, clean and the donuts came out of pan easily and without breaking/sticking to the pan." —Tyler

Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

27. A bottle of gluten-free, Paleo- and keto-friendly avocado hot sauce to both delight and emotionally confuse your tastebuds with a combo of creamy avo + HEAT so delicious you'll never get bored of your own cooking ever again.

Avocado hot sauce drenched on a sandwich
Amazon

The question is less what can you put it on and more what *can't* you put it on. Reviewers mention salads, burritos, eggs, burgers, sandwiches, and steak.

Promising review: "Flavorful and with just the right amount of kick. I lay this stuff on my meal prep foods to give it an extra oomph." —Lazara Lando

Get it from Amazon for $12.

28. A popular microwave pasta cooker to make spaghetti, ravioli, and even steamed veggies a total cinch. Truly all you have to do is put water and dry noodles in it, hit the microwave buttons, and strain it right out of the container. Noodles on noodles, y'all.

A model straining water out of a transparent rectangular cooker full of pasta
Amazon

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 $16.99.

29. no-waste dish block you can keep on the side of your sink and rub your brush into — it'll create suds that cut through residue and grease *and* keep all your dishes streak-free and squeaky clean.

The white bar of soap on a block with a bristled brush resting on it
The white vegan dish block
No Tox Life

Psst — you can also use this to spot treat laundry, stains on the carpet, and take labels off jars!

No Tox Life is a mother/daughter-owned, Texas-based Etsy shop established in 2015 that specializes in vegan, bath, body and home care.

Promising review: "So happy to find the shipping material was also plastic-free. This is my first dish bar that I’ve tried and I’m really pleased! I cut it up into four so i don’t have the whole block out (cut with a serrated knife when it’s fully dry). I use it with a bristle brush and it washes nicely! Sufficient suds and cuts grease too. I am sold and will fully switch from liquid dish soap to this." —MM

Get it from No Tox Life on Etsy for $9.98 (psst — this item ships for free!).

30. A small but mighty mini air fryer that can cook and bake so many individual meals or quick side dishes using the power of rapid air technology that it'll spoil you for other methods of cooking forever, and possibly make your family beg you to stop so the house will stop smelling like Brussels sprouts*.

Emma Lord/BuzzFeed

*This caption based on a true story. Legit, though, I got this air fryer and I feel like a princess now because I roast tomatoes in it for a quick 10 minutes with my eggs every morning and it makes me feel like I'm eating hotel room service. I also use it for aforementioned Brussels sprouts, for baked apples with cinnamon, and even once put orange rings covered in olive oil in there and it was basically Christmas in my mouth.

Promising review: "This item is a lifesaver. On hot days when I do t want to turn on the oven, I just pop items in the air fryer. It's fast, convenient, and cute. I have made chicken wings, jalapeno poppers, pizza rolls, chicken thighs, vegetables, and much more. It's very versatile. This would be perfect for a college dorm or a single person." —Ellie

Get it from Amazon for $49.99 (available in four colors).

31. Plus a magnetized air fryer cooking cheat sheet so the next time you play my favorite game — "indiscriminately shove things in the air fryer and hope for the best" — you can actually experiment with confidence (particularly when it comes to meat and frozen foods!).

A spiraled notebook style cheat sheet with tabs for tips and tricks and different kinds of meat
Willa Flare/Etsy

Willa Flare is a California-based Etsy shop that specializes in cooking guides and other home goods.

Promising review: "I love it! I am not a cooker so this kind of help is greatly appreciated. The product is of great quality and was shipped fast. Thanks!" —Francisca

Get it from Willa Flare on Etsy for $12.99 (this item ships for free!).

32. 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.

A silicone bowl with popcorn kernels
The same kernels popped in the bowl

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

Get it from Amazon for $14.90 (available in 16 other colors).

Psst — a lot of people swear by Flavacol, a ~secret movie theater~ popcorn salt that gets that extra buttery, delicious taste — it's on Amazon for $9.80


33. A mini waffle maker that'll churn out adorably-sized, perfectly cooked-through waffles so quickly it'll put IHOP to shame — not to mention hash browns, paninis, biscuits, and even (gasp) PIZZA.

An open mini waffle maker with a heart-shaped waffle cooked inside it
A reviewer's waffle with whipped cream and powdered sugar

Here's a whole slew of inspo from an article on surprising things you can make in a waffle maker (waffled tomato grilled cheese, y'all) if you need some ideas to get you started. 

Promising review: "YES! Tiny Eggo-sized waffles! Put anything into it — hash browns, tater tots, waffle mix, canned biscuits! Add nuts and berries and things! It even comes with a little recipe booklet! It fits in the palm of your hand, you could literally stuff it in the back of a drawer, but you won't, because as soon as you get it everyone wants mini waffles for every meal. It heats up super fast and is a breeze to clean. If you're making a whole mess of waffles, be sure to give it a quick spritz of nonstick spray every couple waffles or so, so it doesn't rend your delicious waffles asunder. Excellent value." —Bryce Pierce

Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in nine other non-heart-shaped colors).

34. A rapid corn and potato cooker because you deserve to have a delightful summer cookout vibe from the comfort of your own home. Bonus: this uses steam to thoroughly cook it all the way through in three to five minutes to cut down on wait time (and unfully cooked potato disappointment). 

two slot container with cooked potato and corn inside
Amazon

Promising review: "I used the rapid corn and potato cooker for both corn on the cob and for baked potatoes. This rapid cooker is wonderful to use, less time and no mess to clean up. Both corn and potato takes only three minutes in the microwave with the rapid cooker, taste of food is great. Can also use this for steamed veggies." —Abe 

Get it from Amazon for $13.99

35. A beginner-friendly fermenting kit, because you've been thinking about it long enough and it's time to take the plunge. This comes complete with everything you need to "set it and forget it" and make little odds and ends so yummy you'll want to open your own farm-to-table restaurant. 

Each kit comes with three fermenting lids with airlock valves, date setters, and an easy release tab, as well as an oxygen extractor. The lids are compatible with most wide mouth mason jars (you can snag four Ball mason jars on Amazon for $14.89).

Promising review: "I have now been using my Easy Fermenter for several months. I continue to be delighted with the results. My favorite recipes are a cabbage/carrot sauerkraut, and a blend of fermented peppers (some sweet, some hot). I have recommended these fermenting lids to many of my friends because they make fermenting foods so incredibly easy! You will NOT be disappointed." —K. Dixon

Get it from Amazon for $25.99.

36. A trio lasagna pan designed so that every single piece is a crispy "edge piece," and people in the family with different lasagna preferences can customize their own versions (sometimes you just gotta drown the whole thing in cheese, you dig me?).