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    28 Useful Kitchen Gadgets That People Actually Swear By

    Cook faster and better with these handy tools.

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    We asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us their favorite kitchen gadgets. Get ready, because here are the (amazing) answers!

    1. A three-in-one Ninja kitchen system to fulfill all your blending and processing needs.

    This kitchen system comes with a 1500-watt base, an eight-cup food processor bowl, a 72-ounce pitcher, and two 16-ounce to-go cups with lids. P.S. It also has a 4.4 out of 5 rating and over 1,000 reviews on Amazon! —Meg M.

    Get it from Walmart for $159.99 or from Jet for $195.97.

    2. A veggie spiralizer that can pass for a large pencil sharpener. The shavings = tasty zucchini noodles.

    This spiral slicer has dual stainless-steel cutting blades for thick or thin pasta strands. It's dishwasher safe and can be used on zucchini, squash, carrots, and even potatoes! —Kathryn I.

    Get it from Walmart for $9.88 or from Jet for $13.49.

    3. A rotating waffle maker for getting your brunch fix right at home. You'll save money, and you won't have to wait in line at a crowded restaurant.

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    This gadget makes 7-inch Belgian waffles. The rotating feature allows the batter to spread and cook more evenly, resulting in waffles that are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside!

    "Honestly, when I first got it, I was annoyed at the storage it took up, so I decided I was going to use the hell out of it. I now host monthly waffle bars — I provide the waffle mix and the iron, and guests bring all the toppings (and drinks)! Even though it’s silly, empowering my friends to make their own waffle brings them so much joy and laughter, especially when they add too much mix to the iron! I bring it into work all the time, too." —Sonja C.

    Get it from Jet for $39.99 or from Walmart for $39.99.

    4. A rice cooker you can always rely on to deliver delicious results.

    This Zojirushi rice cooker has a three-cup capacity. It has settings for pretty much any type of rice and can also cook steel-cut oatmeal.

    "I always used to worry about under- or over-cooking my rice, but now I can plug my rice cooker in and let it work its magic." —Alyssa O.

    Get it from Walmart for $149.95 or from Jet for $199.95.

    5. A set of splurge-worthy knives that'll make food prep a breeze, even if your skills aren't so ~sharp~. The best part is they'll last forever if you care for them properly.

    This Wüsthof set comes with a 3.5-in. paring knife, 6-in. utility knife, and 8-in. chef's knife. —Jennie S.

    Get them from Walmart for $239.95.

    And check out our picks for the best chef's knives at BuzzFeed Reviews!

    6. A three-in-one cooking center for making breakfast for the whole fam without using a single pan.

    "There’s a toaster oven, a four-cup coffee pot, and a griddle. It’s the perfect size for our tiny city apartment and for just the two of us." —Samantha W.

    Get it from Jet for $69.99.

    7. A sous vide precision cooker to ensure a perfectly cooked steak (or whatever food of your choice) every time.

    Attach the precision cooker to any water-filled pot, put your food in a sealable bag, and set the time and temperature. The cooker heats and circulates the water to a precise temperature, cooking the food to an exact temperature. This cooking method increases tenderness and retains moisture (without worry of overcooking). Because it's Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled, you can even download the app and start/stop/monitor/adjust your cooking session via your phone! —frontrow333

    Get it from Walmart for $63.97.

    8. A trusty Crock-Pot that'll simmer a hearty stew all day while you're at work. Just turn it on in the morning, go about your day, and come home to dinner!

    This eight-quart Crock-Pot serves up to 10 people. The stoneware and glass lid are dishwasher safe! —dchrysler

    Get it from Jet for $44.94 or from Walmart for $44.94.

    9. A julienne peeler for an easy way to add attractive strips of veggies to your salad or stir-fry dishes.

    "I use it all the time for adding strips of carrot and cucumber to Asian dishes. It's similar to a spiralizer but, in my opinion, a hell of a lot easier to use, and it takes up way less space." —cheekie

    Get it from Walmart for $6.98.

    10. A surprisingly versatile breakfast sandwich maker so you won't have to stop by McDonald's on the way to work.

    "I have one at home, keep one at work, and always have one to give as a gift. You're not just limited to breakfast sandwiches, either. You can make fancy grilled cheese sandwiches, mini pizzas, and even desserts!" —erandrsn

    Get it from Walmart for $23.85 (available in two colors).

    11. An air fryer to reconcile your desire to eat fried food and your desire to be a healthier human being. You can have your fries and eat them, too!

    "Hands down the best $70 I have spent for something in the kitchen. Brussel sprouts, potatoes, chicken — you name it, and chances are there’s a way to air fry it." —lyssanicoleh

    "Delicious crispy snacks that taste deep-fried but aren't! I have made healthy sweet potato fries and zucchini chips!" —m458a64ca7

    Get it from Walmart for $79.88 (3.2 quart).

    12. A manual food chopper that'll do all the slicing and dicing for you. You'll have an excuse to make more guac (not that you needed one).

    This chopper gives you full control over the consistency — you can get anything from large chunks to a fine mince depending on how many times you pull it. In addition to cutting up veggies for salads, it can make pesto, hummus, salsa, and guacamole. It also comes with a sealing storage lid to keep ingredients fresh in the container. —Derek Spiewak, Facebook

    Get it from Jet for $24.30.

    13. A garlic twist for getting a perfect mince in a matter of seconds. It'll also keep the smell from getting on your hands.

    It also works with ginger, olives, chili peppers, onions, herbs, nuts, and more! You can adjust it for coarse to fine mincing.

    "I got it as a housewarming gift, and it’s so great that I gave a bunch as Christmas presents. No more mincing sticky garlic, and it works for tear-free shallot mincing, too!" —Ellen S.

    Get it from Walmart for $15.09 (green) or from Jet for $19.49 (white).

    14. An ergonomic can opener with cushioned handles and a large turning knob to give you a better grip and make opening cans less of struggle.

    This can opener has a magnet that lifts the lids off and ensures that cut lids don’t fall into the cans! —Kylie S.

    Get it from Jet for $13.99 or from Walmart for $16.01.

    15. A highly efficient toaster oven with infrared lighting that'll heat up instantly (no preheating) and cook much faster than conventional toaster ovens.

    The Panasonic FlashXPress toaster oven can fit a pizza up to 9 inches in diameter or up to four slices of bread. This model is highly rated and consistently tops "Best Toaster Oven" lists.

    "From reheating pizza to cooking fennel-crusted salmon, it preheats faster and is designed with specific functions in mind. Not to mention with two young kids, they can use it themselves without the fear of blowing up the house." —Bradley Albert, Facebook

    Get it from Walmart for $112.19+ (two colors) or from Jet for $118.67.

    16. A do-it-all Instant Pot for making delicious meals with minimal time and effort.

    It has seven functions: programmable pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté, yogurt maker, and warmer.

    "I’ve used it almost every single day since I’ve gotten it! It’s my new favorite cooking device! It takes so little time to prepare just about anything!" —bayleaw2

    "Being able to cook (almost) everything in one pot is nice, but more than that, the way it transforms cheap cuts of meat into buttery tender deliciousness is more than worth the cost." —Dora Breckinridge, Facebook

    Get it from Walmart for $99.95 (6 Qt).

    17. A cordless electric kettle any coffee or tea drinker should have on their counter. It'll bring water to a boil in five minutes!

    This electric kettle has a seven-cup capacity, a two-hour "keep warm" button, and six temperature settings. —n4a00b9fb7

    Get it from Walmart for $47.99.

    18. A cake pan with a guideline grid on the edge so you can divide your baked treat into even portions (and prevent heated arguments about who got a bigger piece).

    This pan also comes with a cutting tool!

    "I bake every week for my office, and Perfect Slice bakeware makes it possible to get the right number of treats every time! This product has seriously made my life so much easier! At this point, I can’t imagine baking with anything else!" —viggyp

    Get it from Walmart for $19.99+ (available in two colors).

    19. A panini press for anyone who wishes they could have gourmet hot sandwiches for every meal.

    The cafe-style floating lid can press a sandwich of any thickness, so feel free to layer up! —Nancy A.

    Get it from Walmart for $24.94 or from Jet for $24.94.

    20. An apple slicer and corer that'll cut the fruit into thin and even pieces perfect for snacking or pie making.

    "Honestly, it’s life-changing. Slicing apples was always one of those small annoyances that I didn’t realize was annoying until I actually did it. Not anymore!"

    —Pilar De La Cruz, Facebook

    Get it from Walmart for $9.99 or from Jet for $9.99.

    21. A hand-held pot drainer you ~whale~ reach for more than a regular strainer because it's easier to handle, wash, and store. Plus, it's adorable!

    "So much easier and faster than a regular strainer. It's plastic and lightweight, and you just hold it against the side of the pot to strain instead of making the strainer dirty (which is a pain to clean already). One of the best kitchen gadgets I own!" —Amylynn M.

    Get it from Walmart for $7.84.

    22. An electric potato peeler for a satisfying and hands-free way to pare your produce.,

    "I only use it a couple of times a year, but it's totally worth the space it uses up in my cabinets. It peels a five-pound bag of taters in, like, two minutes flat." —jessicag67

    Get it from Jet for $17.59.

    23. A food processor that'll seriously cut down prep time and allow you to make things like nut butters and hummus from scratch.

    This processor has a 10-cup capacity and two speed options! —iliketypeo

    Get it from Walmart for $45.75.

    24. A fish spatula you might already have in your cart because you saw it on a cooking show. Fish, cookies, eggs — the uses are endless.

    "A fish spatula. Gets under ANYTHING." —Brian Kane, Facebook

    And if you're looking for something that'll last you a lifetime, you can find our pick for the best cast iron skillet in three different price points on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    Get it from Jet for $12.99 or from Walmart for $15.26.

    25. A manual food chopper for breaking up ground meats, mashing potatoes, or cutting up hard-boiled eggs.

    This food chopper is made of food-safe nylon and has no sharp edges. It's safe to use with nonstick cookware!

    "The Chopstir for breaking up frozen ground meat if you forget to get it out of the freezer or if you're just impatient. It's amazing and I love it." —Cassandra C.

    Get it from Walmart for $8.82.

    26. A nonstick baking mat you can use during dough prep and in the oven as a cookie sheet liner.

    The mat is made of food-grade silicone and can withstand temperatures from –40°F to 480°F (–40°C to 248°C)! It has measurement guides along the edges.

    "I have trouble fitting parchment paper to the metal sheets, so they save a lot of paper." —Dayna Morris, Facebook

    Get it from Walmart for $12.11 or from Jet for $12.11 (11"x16").

    27. A fast and powerful immersion blender (with a whisk attachment) to whip up smoothies, soups, sauces, and batters.

    This is a great alternative to full-size blenders and mixers for smaller apartments with limited storage and counter space. The attachments are dishwasher safe! —Stephanie O.

    Get it from Walmart for $16.92.

    28. And a rotating pizza oven for cooking and reheating pizza and other late-night staples like chicken nuggets, cookies, and egg rolls. It's faster than a regular oven and won't turn your kitchen into a fiery inferno.

    "I don’t know life without a Pizazz. My friends make fun of me, but they still heat up their entire kitchen preheating a stove for one frozen pizza. My pizza is done by the time they put theirs in the oven. So who is the smart one? Plus, it cooks any frozen premade food. Taquitos? Pizazz. Frozen chicken patties? Pizazz. Oh, you want fries with that patty? Pi-freaking-zazz. The moral is: Get a pizazz and change your life." —Evan M.

    Get it from Jet for $49.90 or from Walmart for $49.90.

    Time to get cooking!


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