Skip To Content
  • wgut2020 badge
  • What Got Us Through badge

We hope you love our recommendations! Some may have been sent as samples, but all were independently selected by our editors. Just FYI, BuzzFeed collects a share of sales and/or other compensation from the links on this page.

48 Kitchen Products People Said Helped Them Get Through 2020

From the coveted (and expected) Crock-Pot to a grill designed to fit in small spaces, you might find your first 2021 purchase in here.

From scouring the web for reliable reviews, sending out an ask to our readers, *and* sourcing suggestions from BuzzFeed employees — I've done my homework on this one, you guys.

It's no secret that 2020 has been a rough one and has lead many of us into our kitchens to experiment and cope. Here are some helpful kitchen products that have helped us get through this year:

1. An 18-spice kit to *spice up your life* and ensure you'll be ready to take on any recipe that's thrown at you.

2. A reusable product bag to help you cut some plastic out of your life *and* make you smile on your ventures to the grocery store.

a mesh bag with "I got 99 problems but this bag ain't one" on it

3. Environmentally friendly dishcloths made of cellulose and cotton you can use to clean your counters, stovetops, dishes, shower doors, and mirrors — and they come in fun designs!

4. A three-tiered cooling rack so you can make tons of snickerdoodles without fretting over not having enough counter space for them all to cool.

the black three tiered wire rack

5. Jeni's ice cream pick-your-own mix for when you've sadly failed to recreate the pasta recipe that you've seen all over TikTok and choose to eat ice cream for dinner instead. It's 2020, there are no rules (except to wear your mask, plz).

Heather holding a pint of the ice cream

6. A Crock-Pot slow cooker for anyone who *has* been trying their hand at a ton of new home cooked meals and could probably use a break.

7. A mini fridge/freezer with a retro vibe you can use to secretly store all of your favorite drinks and snacks you don't want your other family members to find.

a red mini fridge with a freezer

8. Delicious coffee beans from Kula, a company with a mission to reduce poverty in Rwanda.

9. Poppi prebiotic soda, a must-have for anyone (like myself) who relishes flavorful drinks but is tired of sipping on sugary refreshments.

Hand holding the can of strawberry lemonade soda

10. A milk frother that'll transform your hot chocolate into one out of a Hallmark Christmas movie scene. Delish.

11. Cake strips to pretty much guarantee each layer cooks at the same consistency, a must-have for anyone who has been trying to recreate extravagant cakes off of Food Network.

12. An air fryer (from the makers of the INSTANT POT!!), perfect for anyone who hasn't always been a big fan of leftovers but wants to make the most of all their delicious homemade meals. Best of all? You can crisp up your fave foods without all that oil.

13. A mini baking sheet, perfect for anyone who is constantly making up meals for one and is tired of scrubbing an oversized pan for no reason whatsoever.

the cookie sheets

14. A five-in-one wine aerator, stopper, pourer, filter, and re-corker that'll become your go-to housewarming gift because, honestly, no home should be without one.

15. Rubbermaid FreshWorks storage containers with venting technology to help keep your produce fresher for longer — no more tossing soggy veggies into the trash after two days!

16. An automatic pan stirrer with a timer, perfect for any aspiring chef who tends to get a little absent-minded while following a recipe.

the automatic stirrer in a pan

17. An OXO apple slicer and corer, so you can quickly create a healthy snack without being late to your Zoom meeting.

the apple cutter going through a green apple

18. A tried-and-true KitchenAid stand mixer you'll pat yourself on the back for investing in when you realize you'll be using it from 2020 and beyoooond — it's good for so many things you simply don't even need me to tell you about it.

a black kitchenaid mixer

19. A magnetic paper towel holder that'll give you some much-needed extra counter space and a clever space to keep paper towels on hand to clean up your inevitable messes.

20. A cast iron tortilla press for incredibly easy and tasty two-ingredient deliciousness — no need to wait until Taco Tuesday.

21. A pack of oven liners to protect the bottom of their oven from any overflow/oozing so you can continue to pretend you're competing on The Great British Baking Show worry-free.

22. A compact eight-in-one spiralizer that'll grate cheese, juice fruits, cut ribbon, and *so* much more. This lil' gadget really does it all.

23. A Hello Fresh subscription if you're having a hard time finding groceries, planning meals, learning how to cook, or are just in a "what's for dinner?" rut.

24. A Nespresso machine everyone in your household will agree is a great investment once you all see how easy it is to make fancy espresso drinks from your own kitchen.

a reviewers coffee station with the nespresso machine

25. Or a Nespresso Aeroccino milk frother for anyone who prefers to sip on something a bit more decadent after rolling out of bed.

26. A bottle of Truff truffle-infused hot sauce you'll probably want to start planning your meals around — it's THAT good.

27. Cut resistant gloves — a must-have for anyone who isn't super confident in their knife skills and would like to keep all of their digits.

a model using the thick grey gloves to cut a steak

28. An AeroGarden for your countertop so you can grow your own herbs to take your recipes to the next level — whether you have a green thumb or not.

29. A Magic Bullet blender you can count on to help you recreate the green juice or smoothies you used to pick up on your way to the office.

a model blending fruit in the magic bullet

30. A Mr. Coffee drip coffee machine that'll ensure a classic, delicious cup o' joe will always be within arm's reach.

buzzfeed writer standing next to the coffee machine

31. A set of LED light saber chopsticks you'll probably misplace in your utensil drawer but then have the opportunity to exclaim "THESE are the ones I've been looking for!" once you've finally find them.

32. A cookie scoop, so all of your precious balls of dough will come out *exactly* the same size and look simply stunning before everyone in the house gobbles 'em up.

a reviewer photo of cookie dough balls neatly arranged and the same size behind the cookie scoop

33. A SodaStream for endless sparkling water in case it's one of the things you used to have on-hand as your work day treat in the office and simply didn't want to give up.

34. A coffee and spice grinder you can use to make your morning cup o' joe that much easier to whip up (especially when you're still feeling super sleepy).

the coffee grinder grinding up beans

35. A KitchenAid hand mixer that'll give your arm a break while you continue testing different cookie recipes for the holiday season.

a red kitchenaid hand mixer

36. A breakfast sandwich maker for those rainy Sunday mornings where all you want is a cure to your hangover but can't physically venture farther than the kitchen.

37. Bantam Bagels' sample pack, a must-have for anyone who's a New York-transplant and forever missing the the taste of a classic bagel.

an array of small bagel balls

38. A microwave popcorn maker that'll go perfectly with all the Netflix shows you've been bingeing — mmm think of how good your house will smell.

a blue silicone bowl with popcorn in it

39. An Always Pan, complete with a nonstick surface, a vented top, a mesh basket for steaming, and a high-quality spoon that hooks onto the handle — you'll basically only ever want to use this pan. My apologies to your current ones.

pan shown with top, spoon, and mesh basket

40. A floral tin recipe box from Rifle Paper Co. to help you *try* and break the habit of calling your mom to ask how long to bake the cookies for, since you'll be able to pull the instructions out as needed.

41. A monthly beef subscription to keep your fridge stocked and your tummy full — what more could you ask for?

42. Or the Recipe Keeper app that'll condense all of your favorite recipes into one neat space you can access on your phone or tablet so you don't have to try and translate your grandma's script handwriting each time you want to make a cake.

43. A drawer organizer to keep utensils in order so you won't find yourself fumbling through a disaster zone in an attempt to find a serving spoon.

a neatly organized drawer with the utensils

44. A devilish gadget you can use to pull out pesky toaster trays or oven racks without burning your fingers.

a red smiling rubber tool with devil ears

45. An immersion blender that'll make recreating your favorite Panera soup a breeze this winter — broccoli cheddar in a bread bowl here we come!

the immersion blender