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    28 Kitchen Products That’ll Make Dinner Time A Breeze

    "Badda bing, dinner was ready in five minutes." —a satisfied reviewer 👀

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    1. A handy cutting board with removable trays so you can dice, sort ingredients, prep, measure, and grate all with one device, and streamline your cooking process. This cutting board does so many things you might as well consider it your personal sous chef.

    the blue cutting board with removable trays
    Walmart

    This cutting board set comes with measuring strips in the cutting board itself, a built-in garlic grater, and four stackable and removable prep trays. Three of the trays come with embossed measure marks, one tray doubles as an herb stripper, and one tray functions as a strainer and a grater. Everything in the set is also top-rack dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "I've been cooking and utilizing what I had on hand in addition to my cutting board, to stabilize and sort the ingredients. I feel as though I've received the best gift ever, in this multifunctional cutting board set. Cutting, sorting, grating, and measuring all from one device is a chef's dream. Having this has enhanced my kitchen tools immensely. Especially since the trays stack and store directly onto the board, and it's dishwasher-friendly." —multitalented1

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Tasty collection at Walmart for $19.97.

    2. An OXO Good Grips V-Blade mandoline slicer to set the exact thickness for tomato slices or whip up a batch of homemade potato chips in no time, using one compact device.

    Amazon, Wayfair

    Promising review: "Vegans have lots of slicing needs. I can't tell you how many hours of my life I've wasted using a knife when I could have been using this! You get five pre-set options, and it's also really safe, from the chunky rubbery handle to the very huge handguard (which, due to its awesome design, will take an onion right down to the thinnest bit of base plate!). AND you can just rinse the whole thing under the faucet, no need to take it apart and scrub it, everything just glides right off with water, stick it in the dish rack, and you're done. It's easy to change the few parts it has without slicing yourself to bits, and it's nearly impossible to make a mistake that would harm you. The rubber feet keep it from going anywhere. You can slice right over a pot or bowl if you want and it is easy to hold in place with one hand. Awesome product, so happy." –Ben There Donethat

    Get it from Amazon for $38.49.

    3. An electric egg cooker I personally swear by for anyone else who has a passion for deviled eggs, but still can't quite figure out the timing. This genius little machine does it all for you, while you're off preparing something else!

    the miny colored egg cooker surrounded by deviled eggs
    Amazon

    It can make hard-boiled eggs, soft-boiled eggs, poached eggs, scrambled eggs, and individual omelets.

    Promising review: "I bought this egg cooker for the first time a year and a half ago, and it is awesome. I hate having a single-purpose appliance in my kitchen, but this is worth it. Making hard-boiled eggs was always hit or miss for me, even if it was timed perfectly. (I admit I forgot about the eggs more than once!) This cooker makes PERFECT eggs every single time, to the exact hardness I desire with no green ring on the yolk. Even better, the shell slides off without taking half the egg white with it! My favorite use is to pop some eggs in when I get home and prep a salad. By the time the salad is ready, the eggs are done. I can even leave the kitchen and still hear when they are done because of the buzzer. I've purchased five more of them for family for Christmas this year and can't wait to get everyone on board the Dash Go Egg Cooker train!" —A. M. Hinshaw

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in five colors).

    4. A clip-on colander so you never accidentally spill an entire dinner's worth of pasta into the kitchen sink again (a fun thing that happened to me recently because the pot was too heavy and slipped).

    a person tipping a pot of pasta over into the reverse colander over the sink
    Amazon

    It's BPA-free, made of top-quality silicone, and dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "After many years of failing to drain skillets and pots by using a lid, I searched for and bought this guy. Wow! I can't believe I lived without this for so long. It's a dream to drain water from pasta, and grease from meat. No slippage, and it works great. Just need to be a little careful if you've got a lot of food in the pot/pan, as some of it can escape over the top, but the use of a spoon to keep it at bay works well." —R. Higgins

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in five colors).

    5. And a collapsible kitchen colander that tucks away easily for storage, and remain steady in nearly any sized sink thanks to the expandable arms. Washing produce just got way easier!

    The reviewer's photo of the green collapsable strainer in their sink
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Saw this at a friend's house and had to get one. As much as I appreciate it can collapse for storage, the telescoping arms are what got me to actually buy it. The arms extend far enough for even a farmhouse sink and are strong enough to hold a pot of potatoes. This frees up both my hands for holding a heavy pot (no scalding) and keeps the food from sitting in the water. It was shipped quickly and was packed well." —Bast

    Get it from Amazon $13.99 (available in three colors).

    6. A Home Chef meal kit service that'll deliver fresh ingredients and weekly recipes with easy instructions, so you can get your meals going with everything you need right in front of you.

    an unpacked HomeChef delivery box with fresh veggies
    Home Chef

    Every week you'll choose new recipes tailored to your dietary preferences, and you can use the optional "Customize It" feature to swap ingredients or double up on protein. And for those who really want to simplify the home cooking routine, there's a "Ready in 15" section 👀.

    Promising review: "All the food has been amazing and easy to follow. Not only is the food delish, but it helps take the stress out of my family’s hectic schedule and broadens our palate to not eat the same meals over and over. Two thumbs up." —Home Chef Customer

    Get Home Chef meals starting at $6.99/per serving.

    7. A heavy-duty spiralizer that's super easy to use and easy to take apart for top-rack dishwashing — zoodles for dinner anyone?

    zucchini noodles coming out of the spiralizer
    Amazon

    The spiralizer comes with seven interchangeable blades, lifetime warranty, and four e-books filled with delish recipes.

    Promising review: "You're not going to find a better-built, better-functioning spiralizer anywhere! I wasn't planning on buying one — I started out just researching. After researching the various models and reading reviews, I thought, 'I gotta get me one of those.' This is probably one of the best purchases I've ever made. My girlfriend just bought one two weeks ago and after seeing mine, said said there's no comparison. She's sending hers back!" —Marie Walker

    Get it from Amazon for $29.97.

    8. A grease splatter screen to keep hot oil from cooking bacon or French fries from absolutely ruining your outfit as you're cheffing it up.

    a reviewer's image of bacon being fried in a pan with the screen over it
    amazon.com

    This screen is made of 304-grade stainless steel and extra-fine mesh to prevent 99% of splashes, and it will fit most pots and pans.

    Promising review: "After putting it off for years making do with a cheap-o splatter screen, I finally purchased a new one. This one is great quality, and my husband and I think it will last nicely for many years to come. I love the reinforcing 'cross-members' and little feet to set it down on the counter without leaving a grease outline. I know you can always buy the cheapest one out there, but it is usually (in my opinion) worth it to spend a bit more for a quality product!" —Nicholas Wambach

    Get it from Amazon for $10.90+ (available in three sizes).

    9. A colorful knife set so you can start a color-coding system as you quickly prep fruits, veggies, and meats, making food prep a much faster and more manageable process!

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    The set includes an 8-inch chef knife, an 8-inch slicing knife, an 8-inch serrated bread knife, a 7-inch santoku knife, a 6.5-inch utility knife, and a 3.5-inch paring knife with corresponding covers. These knives come with non-stick coating makes slicing foods less of a hassle, but avoid putting these in the dishwasher or cleaning with hot water to keep the coating intact.

    Check out this BuzzFeeder's Cuisinart's colorful knive set review for more info!

    Promising review: "I love this Cuisinart set! I'm updating my kitchen and needed a basic, all-around knife set and this one is pretty perfect. I love the color coding and the fact these all come with protective sheaths. I use these on a daily basis and absolutely love the santoku knife in this set. Food prep is SO much easier with a knife that gets the job done in seconds. The paring knife is my second favorite and really holds its own against some of the more expensive knives out there. For the price, you just can't beat this set" —SunnyGirlUSA

    Get them from Amazon for $24.33.

    10. A set of colorful Tasty cookware made of nonstick ceramic you'll wish you discovered ages ago. Ceramic gets nice and hot as you cook, and cleans up easily afterward!

    the colorful Tasty cookware set with frying pans, pots, saucepans, utensils, and small bowls
    Walmart

    This set includes an 8-inch fry pan, 9.5-inch fry pan, 1.5-quart saucepan with glass lid, 2.5-quart saucepan with glass lid, 3-quart sauté pan with glass lid, 6- quart stockpot with glass lid, a slotted turner, a serving spoon with measuring marks, three ceramic bowls, and a recipe booklet. This entire set is also dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "This is my first set of ceramic cookware, and I LOVE it! The nonstick ceramic on these pots and pans is nothing short of amazing. I can fry sausage and bacon in the pan, let the leftover grease set on, and even cool in the pans, and it still comes completely off by just using the sink sprayer. Same for mac and cheese that has cooled and sat in the sink overnight in a pot. Just sprays right off. All of the insides are white, so it's very easy to tell the cleanliness of them. The pans cook evenly all over, but definitely much hotter than a regular pan. The first time I made burgers, I burnt them but got it right the second time around. They are dishwasher safe, but I never use the dishwasher for pots and pans, as it usually breaks them down faster. I always just handwash, but that's just my preference." —lexkyguy

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Tasty collection at Walmart for $69 (available in multicolor and four other colors).

    11. A silicone pastry mat here to help you whip up homemade pizzas, noodles, and biscuits that are all properly measured out!

    the mat with pizza dough on it and pizza toppings laid out on a counter
    amazon.com

    This can measure dough or crusts between 6-15 inches. It's made of non-stick silicone (so your dough won't stick) and marked with easy-to-read measurements. It can also double as a baking liner and is heat-resistant to temps of up to 450°. It's also dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "I love this product! Highly recommend it. I use it for making pizza dough and it’s very convenient I don’t have to worry about the size of my pizzas they all come out just the size I want. The best part is they don’t stick! And I can pop this mat in the oven too." —ceci

    Get it from Amazon for $10.77.

    12. An adjustable measuring cup so you can add peanut butter into your spicy peanut noodles in the least messy way possible.

    a person using the measuring cup to pour out some oil
    Amazon

    It has a 2-cup capacity and is dishwasher-safe and BPA-free. The silicone disk inside acts as a squeegee and scrapes off any leftover residue. It also comes apart completely for thorough cleaning.

    Promising review: "This is the greatest kitchen tool ever! I cook and bake often and was forever having to first dig for, then clean endless numbers of measuring cups; I actually had three sets. No more though. I just need this one extremely well made, adjustable measuring cup. It works perfectly for me for all kinds of things, such as flour, butter, syrups, dressings, oils, etc. If I am baking, I will first use it to measure the dry items. I then just wipe it out with a paper towel and measure out the butter, etc. This way involves less washing. The suction is as effective as day one, and the units of measure on it are clear and not at all faded." —Gabriella W.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    13. A compact yet powerful blender that'll look great on your countertop without taking up too much space, and it will whip up soups, sauces, dips, and prep work in no time at all!

    Zwilling

    Promising review: "This blender does it all and looks beautiful in the process. Unlike other bulky blenders, this is one I don't mind leaving on my counter. The pre-programmed settings make things like smoothies a breeze...you just set and start and it goes through all the speeds to blend and crush to perfection. I'm actually making homemade tomato soup as I write this, it comes out smooth and hot. I love the self-cleaning feature and it even has a safety feature that the blender will not start unless the lid is on properly. All the bells and whistles at an amazing price." —HomeCook5

    Get it from Zwilling for $299.99 (available in two colors).

    14. And a compact immersion hand blender for blending up sauces and veggies for your meals. Reviewers also swear by it for frothing milk and making smoothies.

    the immersion hand blender making a smoothie in a cup
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This is great for fast mixing. It is easy to grip and mixes dry powder ingredients really well. It has an easy-to-use measuring cup with a lid for adding products to what you're mixing, or use it to store any leftovers. I use it to make creamy sauces or blend frozen fruits for smoothies, it's also helpful for blending veggies. There are eight blending speeds plus a pulsing blend. The shaft can be removed for easier cleaning. The stainless-steel blades is another great feature." —Chyva Clarke

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99.

    15. A pre-seasoned cast-iron skillet that gets nice and hot quickly, and stays hot for a while after — read, the crispest pizza crusts and most delectable fries are in your future with this bad boy on hand.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    It comes pre-seasoned and ready to use. The handle of skillet has a hole so you can hang the skillet when not using. To clean, hand-wash with warm, soapy water.

    Promising review: "I adore this skillet. As long as you keep up with oiling and don't use dish soap on it, the non-stick surface holds up like a charm. It is heavy and I need to buy one of those cute things to put on the handle since it gets hot when you use it on the stove top, (as cast iron does), but it is everything I expected from my first cast-iron pan. It has seen a few months of pretty consistent use and it is going strong. I love being able to pan sear and then pop things into the oven." —RDlenix

    Get it from Amazon for $24.57+ (available in nine sizes).

    16. And a silicone hot handle holder used by yours truly, so you don't burn your little hands as you go to shake up your fries and have to spend ten minutes running your fingers under cold water before continuing your meal (speaking from experience here).

    the author using the red handle holder on a cast-iron pan with french fries in it
    Harper Hendrickson / Via BuzzFeed

    It is absolutely fantastic to be able to grab the handle of a cast-iron pan like it's a normal pan and go about cooking without burning myself. Now that I've started using this sleeve I will never use a cast-iron pan without it and recommend everyone make this improvement in their life!

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

    17. An oil-less air fryer that'll allow you to fry up a whole chicken, or attain a new level of perfectly cooked frozen foods and sides. Plus, watching your food cook is always a blast!

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I've been shopping for an AirFryer for months but most of them are small (less than three quarts) and only cook a partial meal. When I came across this one it was just what I was looking for — it's 16 quarts in size allowing me to cook more than one type of food at a time and it comes with a spacer to accommodate your height of the cooktop to prevent drying out meats. Plus you can see your food as it cooks. I love the recipe book that comes with it as well." —LEELEE

    Get it from Amazon for $67.70+ (available in five colors).

    18. A set of 13 mixing bowls that are color-coded and stackable, allowing you to grab what you need and get cooking with ease.

    The colorful set
    Amazon

    This set includes two mixer bowls, one colander with a handle, one mesh strainer sifter, four measuring cups, and five measuring spoons.

    Promising review: "Great little mixing bowl set that comes with bowls, measuring cups, and measuring spoons. One of the bowls is even a strainer/colander. I appreciate that they are different colors as it makes it easier to grab for the one I know I need, and the fact that they nest inside one another makes it easy to store everything. They hold up well during use." —Strong Momma

    Get them from Amazon for $16.99.

    19. A veggie chopper so you can chop a half an onion and loads of other veggies uniformly with one big press into the blade!

    Amazon, amazon.com

    This device comes with four interchangeable blades so you can julienne, chop, slice, and cut easily. It is BPA-free and can be fully disassembled and put in the top rack of the dishwasher. It also has a soft-grip handle to make prepping your ingredients easy on your hands.

    Promising review: "I'm not usually a fan of kitchen gadgets because they either don't work as advertised or are more trouble than they're worth when it comes to cleaning them. But this little vegetable chopper is a great little tool that does a wonderful job of chopping and dicing very quickly and uniformly. It's also very easy to clean. I use it almost daily in my kitchen." —Randy Clark

    Get it from Amazon for $23.97.

    20. A set of glass Pyrex bowls with lids that just may become the most used item in your kitchen. I have these and the fact that they are oven-safe is amazing — I use them for storing and heating up leftovers with just one bowl, a dream.

    chicken salad in a glass bowl
    Amazon

    Promising review: "These are probably the most-used items in my entire kitchen. I use them to store soups and leftovers, bring my lunch to work, and even to freeze liquid items. I'm generally careful about taking them from the fridge to the microwave, but I have done it before and never had any issues. This is the only storage set you'll ever need." —Mallory

    Get a set of three bowls with lids from Amazon for $14.99.

    21. A 6-quart, Star Wars-themed Instant Pot duo that truly does it all, and fast as heck too. This baby consolidates a rice cooker, slow-cooker, pressure cooker (and more!) into an absolute unit, and it can make 20-minute mashed potatoes, and other drool-worthy meals and sides.

    instagram.com, instagram.com

    I have the IP (not Star Wars-themed version, sadly) and it's easily the second most-used item in my kitchen! It can do nearly everything your oven/stove top can do, so it also comes in handy when you need to make a quick meal but the stove is occupied by someone else.

    Promising review: "I love this Instapot! I can put stuff in it, set it and forget it. If I have a busy day, I can put the ingredients in, and when I come I have a wonderful meal ready. For instance, I sliced onions and poblano peppers and put them on the bottom. On top, I put frozen chicken thighs and legs in the Pot. Next, I dumped in a can of green enchilada sauce. Set to start at noon, got home at 5:30, it was a long day. I warmed up refried beans, steamed some tortillas, and Badda bing, dinner was ready in five minutes! I’ve done the same thing with a beef roast, soup, this thing is AWESOME! Rice — forget about it. Throw everything in, set it for rice, and BOOM! Rice in minutes!" —Terry Guynes

    Get it from Amazon for $59.98+ (available in five styles).

    22. A garlic press to peel, slice, dice, grate, and store garlic in record time.

    Amazon

    I use a lot of fresh garlic in my cooking, to the point where sometimes just prepping and chopping the garlic eats up 30 minutes of my time. Clearly, I need this. All components are dishwasher-safe and it includes two interchangeable blades.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    23. Silicone stretch lids that'll fit over bowls of all sizes to keep leftovers/your fixings for taco night nice and fresh. They even fit over watermelons!

    the silicone lids over bowls of leftovers
    Amazon

    This set comes with seven silicone stretch lids ranging from sizes 2.8"—9.1" diameters, plus a large bonus party bowl lid. These are free of BPA-, lead- and phthalate-free. They are also dishwasher- and freezer-safe.

    Promising review: "These lids are great! No more searching for the right lid. They're especially helpful for my glass bowls. I've never had success with plastic wrap, so these feel like a miracle. I love that they'll stretch to cover a bowl that's too full to fit it's lid, so finding the right container for leftovers just got a lot easier." —Vanessa Brannan

    Get them from Amazon for $18.97.

    24. Versatile silicone trivets so you have always spoon rest, pan gripper, and jar-opening device on hand to tackle any cooking obstacles that arise as you make yourself din.

    a person using the trivets as a pot handle holder and frying pan rest
    Amazon

    These are made of FDA-approved silicone that doesn't stain, mold, mildew, or absorb odors. They're also heat-resistant to temps of up to 442 degrees and they are dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "These pads are great! They lay flat or hang and look nice sitting on the counter (where a normal oven mitt would not). They are very flexible, and the little nubs are great for gripping pans, and they work wonderfully to block heat from hands and counters. Color is exactly the same as in the photos." —Madeleine

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $11.97 (available in five colors).

    25. A color-coded cutting board to help prevent cross-contamination, because an organized kitchen is an efficent kitchen; plus cross-contamination is dangerous and icky!

    the bamboo cutting board and plastic mats, each with a different logo to indicate what kind of food it's meant for
    Amazon

    This set includes one bamboo cutting board and seven flexible, BPA-free mats. The mats can be inserted inside the bamboo board for storage, genius!

    Promising review: "One of our biggest issues in the kitchen is always the prep space! I loved the idea of this cutting board simply because of the different mats that come with it. Since there are many mats that are labeled for different purposes, cross-contamination is never an issue. Additionally, cleanup is really easy as we no longer have to clean a wooden board and then maintain the board after washing damage. Great purchase!" —K. Vance

    Get it from Amazon for $31.83.

    26. A breakfast sandwich maker that hear me out — also makes quick and easy croque monsieurs and grilled cheese sandwiches. Dinner will be done in five!

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "The appliance comes with several recipe ideas and they're all great. This is an extremely versatile device, and it's great knowing you can make a quick breakfast sandwich with higher-quality ingredients than what's available at fast food places, and for a lot cheaper. Cleanup is easy as the center pieces slide out and are dishwasher-safe, and the top and bottom plates wipe clean very easily. If you're a sandwich-maker skeptic, I implore you to give this appliance a try." —Coketown

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    27. A set of smart food racks designed to hold open plastic bags so you don't have to. Food prep, marinades, and storing leftovers is gonna be a breeze with these.

    a customer review photo of plastic bags filled with leftovers being held up by the stackers
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I make lots of freezer meals for myself and our daughters. Most of the time, I am making multiple servings of the same recipe. Before, I would have to pour ingredients into one bag, squish the air out, seal, set aside and start over. NOW, I set up however many bags I am making of the one recipe. Once the recipe is done, I place the freezer meals into each hands-free plastic bag, remove one at a time, seal, DONE!" —LV

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $11.35.

    28. And an investment-worthy Always Pan that's so multi-functional it'll replace eight pieces of cookware — use it to fry, steam, strain, stir, sauté, and make sauces in.

    Our Place

    This pan is has a modular lid to release and trap steam, a beechwood spatula and built-in spoon rest, a nesting steamer basket and colander, two easy-pour spouts you can also use as a spoon rest, and is made of PTFE-free ceramic. The spruce steamer basket (pictured in the left image) is sold separately and reviewer's love it for making perfectly steamed dumplings, veggies, tamales, and more!

    Promising review: "We’ve had this pan for about a month now, and literally it’s the only kitchen utensil we use — from eggs to pasta sauce and everything in between, it seriously does it all! It’s the non-stick to end all non-sticks and could not be easier to clean! I’ve been describing it to friends as the away suitcase version of a pan — they basically took all the things that people complain about with pans away and created the perfect pan. It comes with a wooden spoon that attaches to the handle of the pan so you don’t need to dirty your stove with a dirty spoon, it has a spout on the side so you can easily pour from it, and it comes in adorable colors so I actually keep it sitting out on the stove all the time because it’s fun to look at. I chose the steam color but am also obsessed with the spice color. I also got the set of the stackable bowls, which are also so cute and the perfect size for any of your bowl-related needs!" —Maycie Timpone

    Check out our full review of the Our Place Always Pan for more info.

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

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