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    50 Kitchen Products That Solve Problems So Well You'll Be Entirely Too Smug About It

    Good luck trying not to use these food scissors on every vegetable and block of cheese you ever lay eyes on again.

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    1. A handy multitool jar opener that is truly just out here doing the most — not only does the anti-slip rubber making opening even the toughest jars a breeze, but it also functions as a can opener and a bottle opener, too. 

    Reviewer using red multigrip tool to encase a jar lid and pull it open
    model showing the gripper used to open jars of different sizes

    Psst — a lot of reviewers with arthritis swear by these for pain-free, easy opening, and parents say it makes it a lot easier for kids to open jars, too! 

    Promising review: "Having had arthritis in my hands since my teens, I have used many jar/bottle openers out of necessity. The OXO ones work well, but wear out within a year because of the volume of usage. This fabulous opener has yet to find a container that it cannot easily open, even bottles of water with heavily sealed caps. I love it so much I ordered another one to have in two drawers on either end of my kitchen. This gripper does not exacerbate my carpel tunnel syndrome, either. I would give it more stars if I could." —Patrizia L. 

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in five colors). 

    2. A pair of food scissors so you can easily slice through veggies, cheeses, and even butter without the whole song and dance of getting out a knife and a cutting board — now you can just chop your goodies straight into a pan or a plate! 

    Model using the bladed scissors to cut thing slices of potato
    Model using it to cut a block of cheese
    Amazon

    Psst — this is also dishwasher-safe! 

    Promising review: "Easy to use and saves time. This is one of the handiest kitchen tools. It takes half the time when cutting vegetables for soups or stews. Easier to get exact size cuts." —Annette Palichat

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    3. Plus a pair of "Tiny Bites" food shears designed with precision to make the teensiest, tiniest bites of food for toddlers without making a mess of foods like fruits in particular. 

    Promising review: "Love these things, especially helpful with messy foods. Very convenient for restaurants. LOVE that it came with two pairs, one for the kitchen and one for the diaper bag. VERY sharp, so watch your fingers! And definitely keep out of the reach of the kiddos. I've used these for everything for my toddler...pizza, chicken fingers, fruit, veggies. And I just stick them in the dishwasher! Game-changer." —ksdenson

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $9.99

    4. A set of three dough presses in different sizes perfect for hand pies, dumplings, ravioli, calzones, empanadas, so you can get the exact same dimensions on your homemade treats every single time. 

    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 close. 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 $8.70.

    5. A *super* compact eight-in-one spiralizer that also grates cheese, juices fruits, and cuts ribbons, and more, so you can finally have the cooking power of eight new gizmos for the size of one teensy one. 

    BuzzFeed editor holding the transparent cup with eight black lids
    A model using the device to make zoodles, grate cheese, and squeeze an orange
    Emma Lord/BuzzFeed, Amazon

    All you have to do is change out one of the interlocking caps for a new function. Fresh squeezed OJ? Zoodles in the air fryer? Grated Parmesan on your pasta? Done, done, and done. (And you never have to say "when").

    I purchased this because it was my cheapest option for making zoodles, and also because my apartment was the size of a shoebox and there was no room for anything bigger. I LOVE how easy it is to swap out the caps to do other things, too — I've started grating my own cheeses and feel very fancy. But mostly I just love that it's very safe to use (it comes with a finger guard!), super easy to figure out, very compact, and even has measurements on the inside of the cup if you're ever portioning things out for a recipe.

    Promising review: "LOVE THIS. I absolutely love this. So far I've used the thicker spiralizer, two of the grater things, and then the juicer. I love how easy this makes keeping everything together. And it's sharp so it actually cuts through things without you needing to work super hard to do it. The only thing I don't love is that the spiralizers are a bit hard to clean, but I guess that's with all of them? Not sure, this is the first I've owned. But, overall I'd recommend it :)" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    6. A weekly meal planner you can use to map out all your grocery needs in advance, saving you soooo much effort, money, and food waste in the long run that Captain Planet himself might just come on over for dinner. 

    A person writing on the notepad stuck to the fridge
    Amazon

    The list magnetizes to the fridge, and has the meal plan on one side, and a perforated "shopping list" you can tear off and take with you on the other side.

    Promising review: "I’ve been starting to get into meal prepping and this planner really helps! I like being able to look up recipes on my phone, then write down whatever ingredients I still need on the grocery list section of this planner. Being magnetic is cool because you can hang it on the fridge. I love how the grocery list section can be ripped off so you can take it to the store, but the daily meal plans remain on the fridge so you can stay organized. This is a very simple idea, but it’s cute and helps keep me organized and motivated to plan out my meals." —Samantha M.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    7. A micro-mitt for your fingers perfect for when you need to get teensy things out of hot spaces like air fryers, the microwave, or the toaster (I'm looking DIRECTLY at you, every English muffin I have ever consumed).

    A model using a tiny oven mitt that just covers their fingers and thumb
    The Tiny Craft Closet/Etsy

    The Tiny Craft Closet is an Arizona-based Etsy shop established in 2014 that specializes in pot holders, kitchenwares, apparel, and gifts.

    Promising review: "I received an air fryer for Christmas and these mini pot holders are perfect! The material is cute and washes well. Very well made!!! Thank you!" —Debbie Grooms

    Get it from The Tiny Craft Closet on Etsy for $6 (available in 50 prints).

    8. 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 $7.49.

    9. 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) nonserrated 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.

    10. A lazy Susan turntable for your pantry or fridge that will make storing and perusing your condiment stash so much more painless in small spaces, since you can access the Sriracha without ketchup, mustard, and a half-eaten tub of frosting landing on your unsuspecting toe.

    White lazy susan with rubber gripper in pantry with spices on it
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I never thought a little circular Susan would make my day but it has! I've never used one before and I've been on an organizing mission lately as I have very limited space throughout my apartment, kitchen especially. I bought two it has made finding my spices and rarely used larger items in the back of a bottom cabinet so much easier. Sturdy, smooth turning and easy to wipe down. Also like the small lip that keeps items from falling off when turning and the rubber bottom that keeps them in place. Great find." —natc

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99

    11. A handy dish squeegee for anyone who is constantly at the mercy of their dirty dishes because they don't have a dishwasher or a garbage disposal — this cuts through crusted on food with ease so you can slide it into the trash before hand-washing (and is also super tiny, so it won't take up much room!).

    A hand using the tool to scrape sauce off a plate
    A hand using it to push scraps down a garbage disposal
    Amazon

    Bonus: one side of it is curved so it'll work on bowls as well as plates.

    Promising review: "This product is AMAZING. We live in a studio apartment with a small kitchenette. Our sink likes to spray everywhere, and we don't have a garbage disposal. This product is not only is fantastic at scraping food off of our plates (so it doesn't go down the drain), but it helps to squeegee the countertop when water has sprayed everywhere!!" —Elizabeth

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    12. 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 $4.10.

    13. A silicone baking mat to roast big ole batches of sauced-up veggies or messy cookie doughs without worrying about your pans (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 $13.36.

    14. A 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 (without all that caffeine city $$$). 

    The cold brew coffee pitcher next to a glass of cold brew
    Amazon

    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).

    15. The Always Pan from Our Place, which is perfect for anyone who has big culinary ambitions, but might not have the massive kitchen arsenal needed to realize them. Enter this BuzzFeed-beloved nonstick pan, which is actually eight (!!) pieces of cookware in one, designed braise, sear, steam, strain, sauté, fry, boil, serve, and store. Basically, if you can dream it, you can cook it in this bb.

    the spice colored always pan on top of a kitchen counter surrounded by amber cups and peach dishes
    a model stands over the the spice colored always pan, sautéing mushrooms and onions on a stove
    Our Place

    Here's what BuzzFeed Shopping writer Taylor Steele has to say about the Always Pan: "As someone who neither enjoys cooking nor is particularly good at it, the Always Pan has made being in the kitchen feel like less of a chore. Having one pan that can do everything means I don't have to second-guess every cooking decision I make. I can boil and prepare pasta in it. And I can roast Brussels sprouts. And I can make the perfect fried egg. And I can steam dumplings. The best part is that everything slides so seamlessly out of the pan and onto the plate, which also makes clean up super fast and easy. Both the amateur (read: reluctant) cook and the more seasoned chef will enjoy creating fan favorites and new recipes in the Always Pan!"

    Also, BuzzFeeders LOVE this pan. Here's our review of the Always Pan, in which seven members of our team weigh in everything they love about it, from the nonstick coating to the versatility to the ~aesthetic~.

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

    16. A color-coded Cuisinart knife set so not only will you have the perfect blade for each task, but you'll be able to avoid cross contamination without having to pause and wipe everything down every time you transition to a new food 🌈.

    It includes a chef's knife, paring knife, bread knife, slicing knife, utility knife, and santoku knife. Psst — the knives don't come with this a holder, but you can snag an easy-to-install magnetic bar for knives on Amazon if you want to display them like this reviewer did! 

    Promising review: "This is my best buy of the month, and best knife buy of the year. Yeah, I've had sharper, better quality knives in the past, but for hundreds of dollars more. For basic kitchen use, this is the set to buy. I like that they're colorful, because I've already been able to familiarize myself with which knife is which color and what I need to use them for. I haven't had to sharpen them yet and I've been using them pretty steadily for about a month. The blade cases they come with are extremely handy. I like that I don't have to use a knife block. These fit nicely in my drawer. At this price, they are worth every penny. I wouldn't have a problem spending $40–$50 for these knives." —GWP

    Get a set of six knives with covers from Amazon for $20.99.

    17. A three-in-one avocado slicer, because this little gadget will more than earn its keep by taking care of those pesky pits and giving you slices so perfectly portioned you'll be tempted to tackle every wacky avocado toast combo you can think of.

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

    This three-in-one bb 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.

    18. A four-tier slim wheeled kitchen organizer for my personal favorite kind of storage: the ~sneaky~ kind. This easily navigates tight spaces and gives you some extra room to store go-tos like condiments, ingredients for whatever baking project you're working on, or cans and bottles of water.

    A slim white four-shelved organizer with wheels between a fridge and a counter
    Amazon

    Psst — lots of reviewers use this for their bathrooms and laundry spaces, too!

    Promising review: "This is pretty fantastic. I had the exact amount of space needed to put this little pantry between my refrigerator and cabinets. It was easy to install and holds quite a lot of stuff. I put about 24 bottles of water and juice and some cereal and I still had space. Highly recommend it for small spaces." —SIMARA

    Get it from Amazon for $34.82

    19. An air fryer for anyone who's short on time but doesn't want to skimp out on taste. With this bb you don't have to wait for it to preheat; it gets to 400 degrees in an instant, and can cook so many different dishes using the power of rapid air technology that it'll spoil you for other methods of cooking forever. Perfectly crisped french fries, veggies, and chicken wings in less than 20 minutes. 

    The air fryer
    Chicken wings in the air fryer
    French fries in the air fryer

    If you're looking for some fun inspo, BuzzFeed assembled a list of copycat fast food air fryer recipes, including copycat McDonald's fries, copycat KFC biscuits, and copycat Taco Bell crunch wraps.

    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 four 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 (available in four colors).

    20. 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!).