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    Sep 20, 2019

    34 Practical Small Kitchen Gadgets You'll Probably Want To Keep On Hand

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    1. A convection toaster oven, perfect for (obviously) toasting things but also for baking single-serve meals. Sorry regular oven, we're on a break.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Shocker: You don't necessarily need to turn on your massive oven to bake every meal. Whether you're reheating some frozen leftovers or you need to toast up to six slices of bread, this convection over has got your hungry back.

    Promising review: "This is an awesome toaster oven. I almost use it more than my wall oven just because of its convenience and options. I've roasted almonds, toasted bread, pitas, baked sweet potato, made pizza, heated up tater tots, broiled fish, etc. I would definitely buy this again. It has a sleek, modern look to it and is super easy to use. The convection feature is pretty good too. It's easy to clean. I lined the crumb tray with foil to avoid burnt-on messes. You won't go wrong with this." —S. Remtulla

    Get it from Amazon for $64.07+ (available with dual-rack or three-rack positions).

    2. An affordable rice cooker, so you can prepare up to 8 cups of any type of rice with just the click of a button.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    I have this exact rice cooker and I could not be happier with it. My husband insisted we buy it to make our lives a little easier when trying to make nutritious meals during the week. It does all the work for you so you can prep the rest of your meal while your rice cooks — it's fantastic. I mean, over 6K Amazon customers have taken the time to give it a five-star review! So, I'm not alone in my obsession with this lil' appliance.

    Promising review: "Aroma Digital Rice Cooker and Food Steamer is going to be your best friend if you cook and eat rice often. The last thing you want is uncooked, hard rice that’s not edible or burnt. There are many cheaper alternatives with a single switch that can cook or keep warm, but this rice cooker can delay up to 15 hours, which is perfect to get it ready for coming home after work. I’ve tried out a few rice cookers myself, and this works perfectly to prepare some steamy rice that’s just right. You scoop rice, pour into the bowl, rinse, add enough water, press the button, wait, and eat. I’m sure even a caveman could do it!" —Normal Consumer

    Get it from Amazon for $29.92+ (available in three styles).

    3. An electric food chopper, a must-have if your knife skills are so-so and you'd rather not cut off a finger this year.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Facts: During my childhood my mom used to accidentally slice open her hand/finger/etc., while prepping the majority of our meals. If you're like her, get yourself one of these Ninja Food Choppers stat.

    Promising review: "I already have a food processor but it's large and heavy, and not the easiest to clean. It doesn't get used much unless I really, really need it. Going on Whole30, I knew I was going to be doing a lot more food prep, and I wanted something that took up less space and was easier to clean, so I snagged one of these. I have used it regularly ever since, and it's been great! The dual blade is really great at chopping things fast and evenly. They are exceptionally sharp, so watch out when washing it!" —Sharon Rose

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    4. A Magic Bullet you can use to quickly blend the perfect morning smoothie in an attempt to break that Starbucks habit of yours.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Blenders are nice but bullets are just more efficient and more functional for those who love to make sauces, ground coffee beans, shakes, and smoothies. Blenders are good for large scale smoothie shops or for large families, but for single people or small families, the magic bullet is the most versatile investment you can get." —Spiritualjiangster

    Get it from Amazon for $33.67.

    5. And a pineapple corer, in case you ever get the urge to whip up some fancy piña coladas.

    Walmart

    Promising review: "I was quite impressed with how easy this actually was to use and how quick it was. It's plenty sharp, and cuts very well. The price is very inexpensive, so I don't know why I haven't been using this for years to cut pineapple! It's actually genius and I don't know how I got through any summers without one honestly. Now I can enjoy my favorite fruit without the stress of coring it perfectly." —Sim07

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Tasty line from Walmart for $8.97.

    6. An Instant Pot with so many uses you'll need to take a deep breath before deciding what you should make with it first.

    amazon.com

    Instant Pots are having a MAJOR moment these days, so it's time to jump on the bandwagon and get your own if you don't have one already! This bad boy is a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, and food warmer, plus it can sauté. I don't really think further explanation is necessary. Read our full review of The Instant Pot.

    Promising review: "I've had it for only two weeks and I swear I haven't touched my stove or pans. So easy to use and so many functions. You can sauté meat, make hardboiled eggs, perfect rice and beans, and steam vegetables in a matter of minutes. The Instant Pot community is large and there are always recipes to be shared. So simple to use and clean. I've made anything from perfectly hard boiled eggs whose shells just fall off on their own, to soups, Mongolian beef and spaghetti! I am so glad I jumped in the instant pot bandwagon and cannot wait to purchase accessories in the future to make cheesecake and other things." —yestfl

    Get it from Amazon for $49+ (available in 3-quart, 6-quart, or 8-quart).

    7. An electric indoor grill, so you can make mouthwatering burgers all year long whether it's 20 or 90 degrees outside.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Using this lil' grill is so simple a monkey could probably do it. Throw your meat on, close the top, and BOOM — dinner is served. It even has a viewing window so you can make sure your food isn't burning.

    Promising review: "Seriously, I love this grill. Recently moved into the city and can't use my grill so thought I'd give this a try. Man, it's amazing how well this works considering what it is and what it costs. I really can't see why anyone would have ANYTHING negative to say about it. The first two meals I cooked on it looked fantastic and tasted even better. Seriously, if you've been on the fence about this grill, get off and just buy it. You won't be disappointed." —AdventureChuck

    Get it from Amazon for $64.99+ (available with or without the viewing window).

    8. A handheld grater and garlic press set that'll aid you in your quest to put together a delicious Italian feast.

    Walmart

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Tasty line for Walmart for $7.99.

    9. Or a Dash mini waffle maker for anyone who prefers their breakfast to be bite-sized and adorable (and who wouldn't?!).

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love this waffle maker. I am the only one who eats waffles in the house, so the size is perfect for me. For the Belgian waffle recipe I used I only needed to use maybe 2–3 tablespoons of batter to make a waffle. Anymore than 2–3 tablespoons and the batter is dripping out the sides as it cooks. Three waffles and I'm full. I would suggest to cook the waffles well where the middle isn't soggy is to wait until the light comes and put your batter in, then wait until three light cycles and you'll have tasty waffles." —K Edwards

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in 10 colors).

    10. A peanut butter mixer to make sure the oil in your favorite spread gets evenly mixed in, because no one enjoys dry, lumpy PB or oil all over their counter.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I've tried spoons, knives, a KitchenAid mixer, and a Cuisinart while trying to find the most efficient and cleanest way to mix natural peanut butter. Spoons and knives are messy and time consuming. The mixer and the food processor are quick, but too much peanut butter is left behind, and clean up is time consuming. The Witmer mixer is fast and clean up is a breeze. Yes, the mixing does take more effort than the mixer or the food processor, but all of the peanut butter stays in the jar, and cleanup is significantly easier. And turning the Witmer crank is much easier (and a lot less sloppy) than a spoon or a knife." —Brian L.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in three sizes).

    11. A handheld knife sharpener that'll bring your most-used kitchen utensils back to life in a flash without destroying your countertop or cutting boards.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I gotta say this is the best sharpener I ever bought in my whole life. I got it today and brought it to work. I work at a Japanese restaurant as a sushi chef and I sharpened it at work and, wow, my knife was as sharp as a samurai sword! Even my coworkers were surprised and asked me to order one for them. Thanks for the product ! Now I don't have to use the stone or sharpen rod that much anymore." —Rodrigo

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

    Check out our full review of the KitchenIQ 50009 Edge Grip 2-Stage Knife Sharpener.

    12. A high-quality microwave with "inverter technology," so you can heat up your leftovers in record time and not miss a second of The Bachelor.

    Amazon

    This Panasonic microwave comes with "inverter technology" that assures it will evenly heat your food without overcooking. It also boasts a compact design, so it won't hog up precious counter space.

    Promising review: "My previous microwave died, and after doing a lot of research online, I decided to purchase this one. I've had it about three months now and really like it. It's super easy to use, and after a week or so I learned I could just punch in a number (for seconds) and hit the start button. This is a powerful microwave when it comes to reheating things and I've learned to cut down the time compared to my old microwave. Same for cooking. I love the exterior size (true to the dimensions given in the description), and it is very spacious inside. I'm very happy with this purchase and do recommend this model." —patti dee

    Get it from Amazon for $129.95+ (available in four styles and with or without an inverter).

    13. A rapid egg cooker that'll make your breakfast faster than you can say, "Which came first, the chicken or the egg?".

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    One little machine that can whip up hard-boiled eggs, poached eggs, scrambled eggs, and omelettes? Sounds magical! And let me tell you — it is. Get one of these egg-cellent appliances ASAP. Read our deep dive into the Dash Rapid Egg Cooker.

    Promising review: "If you are on the fence about getting one of these, GET ONE. It really is as easy as it sounds to have a perfectly cooked egg, no guesswork. If you're particular about egg yolks like me and like them soft but not runny or raw, I've attached an image of a perfectly soft-boiled egg that was cooked as directed (I timed it, this one was 11 minutes. You don't have to time it at all as the buzzer will go off, just for reference). Just have an ice bath ready next to the cooker and let the eggs sit for a minute or two in there...peels come right off :) Makes healthy eating a breeze in the morning! Where has this been all my life!??!?" —rebecca

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

    14. Or a three-speed hand blender to save you some kitchen space if you see yourself having much use for a full-sized blender.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    I actually have this exact hand blender and have used it to make pesto, blend soups, and milkshakes. It's very efficient and obviously much slimmer than a full-sized blender, so it fits neatly into my kitchen cabinets.

    Promising review: "I love this stick blender!!! We don’t have space in our kitchen for any more appliances but I really wanted to replace our old blender. I found this immersion blender with all the attachments, and for the price — I had to try it out. I’ve used almost all the attachments (except the whisk), and have never had any issues blending a single thing. I’ve chopped almonds, walnuts and cashews, vegetables and garlic in the chopping attachment with no issue. I’ve used the blender and tall cup for sweet potatoes and for soup. I really don’t think I’ll need a blender anytime soon; this little thing is super powerful and a true space saver!" —Jaime_Ranay

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99 (available in white or black).

    15. A foldable cutting board, so you can chop a ton of veggies and not lose a single morsel while transferring them into a pan. Added bonus? It's dishwasher-safe for a super easy cleanup.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This cutting board rocks! It is a little larger than I expected it to be but I actually prefer it that way. The thing I like about it the most is that it stays flat when you want it to and it easily folds when you need it to. I've used other cutting boards that fold and they never seem to stay flat when you're trying to cut/chop on them. This cutting board is very nice in quality and super easy to clean. I would definitely purchase it again." —Anna

    Get it from Amazon for $13.28+ (available in eight colors).

    16. A standard coffee machine, to keep you caffeinated without frustrating you with over-the-top machinery and confusing instructions.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "After having the coffee maker for a couple of days I can say, so far, that I am very happy with my purchase. The regular brew coffee setting is a little lacking in flavor for my preferences but the bold setting is perfect. I usually keep the carafe temperature on medium and it leaves the coffee hot without losing flavor for hours. The 14 cup capacity is great for my lifestyle.." —JesstheMessRodriguez

    Get it from Amazon for $75.32+ (available in eight styles).

    17. Or an electric water kettle you can use to brew a pot of tea in no time and would surely be Queen Elizabeth II–approved.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    If you're anything like me, you hate waiting for water to boil, especially when it's for a beverage. I have one of these electric kettles and it has truly become my favorite kitchen appliance. With a click of a button your water will be roaring and ready to go.

    Promising review: "I've been using this product for about a month now. I can't find anything not to like! It's great to be able to pick up a pot of boiling water and have the exterior be cool to the touch. It does NOT drip down the sides; easy pour. No over-spill from spout. It heats water quickly and efficiently. It is easy to fill, either on the counter or at the sink. I would buy this again in an instant! Definitely recommend: Great quality for the price paid." —C.D.

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in six colors).

    18. A simple cooktop burner that'll work as an amazing alternative to cooking on a full stovetop and is essential if you've been itching to start filming your own top-down cooking tutorials.

    amazon.com

    I can think of so many reasons why you'd need one of these lil' cooktop burners. They're great if you live in a tiny apartment that doesn't fit a full stove, excellent if you're having work done on your kitchen but still want to cook a meal at home, or if you need a portable cooktop. The options are endless!

    Promising review: "Bought two Duxtop 8100MCs back in March 9, 2016, and still working perfectly as of today January 8, 2018. I use them frequently with induction pot to make Mongolian hotpot and a cast-iron pan for grilling steak. Easy to control heat, and high heat is useful when you want to get the water to reach boiling temperature quickly. Once you've got it where you want, reduce the heat to medium to prevent burning." —sfbay5555

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99+ (available in three styles).

    19. A mug warmer, because even if you're the self-proclaimed "busiest person on the planet" you deserve to have hot coffee.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    We've all been there — making our coffee or tea only to set it down and forget about it until it's cooled down completely. Thanks to this mug warmer none of us ever have to suffer through another cold cup of caffeine again! It has received over 4K five-star reviews on Amazon, so you know it's a big freakin' deal.

    Promising review: "I'm a chronic coffee forgetter. I can't drink it straight from the brewer (too hot for me) so I set my mug down to cool slightly and often get distracted. Of course I then come back to my coffee to find it's already cold. I've currently got the warmer at my office and it's working great. I can sip my coffee leisurely over the course of an hour and it's still nice and warm." —Elle

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    20. Or a cold brew maker, a must-have for anyone who would rather get frost bitten fingers than stop drinking iced coffee even in the middle of winter (I'm with you!).

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I purchased this to make cold brew coffee at the office. My coworkers and I were going to the local siren at least 3–4 times a week for our afternoon pick me up. It was starting to become a serious drain financially. We all chipped in to get this pitcher and take turns buying beans. Get them ground for a French press, or super coarse, and you'll have a pretty good replica. The instructions for making cold brew are pretty easy. Of course you'll get some micro grinds that will make its way through the filter but that's to be expected. If you're particular about it, you could pour it through a strainer or paper filter. Or just let it settle and pour gently. We've seriously cut down our caffeine expenditures by 50-75%. Now if we could figure out a way to order out less :)" —DT

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    21. And a coffee (and spice) grinder that'll help you get your favorite beans to the perfect consistency with just one touch. Magic!

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "He works so hard for such a little guy. I use my Krups grinder for grinding spices and coffee (I go through with a chopstick to loosen up the stragglers hanging on to the edge of the walls and also grind a piece of bread that cleans up the smells and excess grindings hanging about). That being said I find it great for people like me who just do single cups of coffee in a Kurig. It does blend a bit on the fine side, so sometimes you need to like the custom cups with a little paper to prevent sludge from happening. It's a great blender for the price and it's size, definitely!" —Lisa Beew

    Get it from Amazon for $18.94+ (available in four styles).

    22. A KitchenAid hand mixer, because (DON'T TELL ANYONE) you don't actually need the granddaddy of stand mixers to make your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe.

    Amazon

    Some of us (sadly) don't have the counter space for a full-sized KitchenAid mixer... yet. So, until that magical day comes we can still whip up delicious recipes using this fabulous seven-speed hand mixer. This is also our BuzzFeed Reviews mid-priced pick for best hand mixer!

    Promising review: "This product is great for a home chef who is often making recipes that require two different ingredients to be whipped or beaten and is too lazy to wash out the standing mixer bowl. I am frequently making cakes that need beaten egg whites and whipped fresh cream, and this is a real time-saver. Over 20+ years as a family and consumer science teacher and now a home chef predominantly, I've purchased more than my fair share of hand mixers. I was glad to find this quality product available at reasonable price." —Classy Counselor

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

    23. A microwave pasta cooker that'll help you fill your carb craving and keep you from getting antsy while waiting for water to boil. Win-win!

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This is an excellent, easy way to make pasta, taking just 12 minutes in the microwave for a serving. It's true that 12 minutes seems longer on microwave time than it does when you're busy making the pasta the traditional way, but in reality, the time is cut in at least half when you take into account waiting for the water to boil. It's important to follow the instructions though and not use the lid in the microwave. Doing so won't hurt the product; it's simply that the container and lid will be just a bit too hot to handle when draining the pasta after you remove it. I found this out the hard way when I dropped my serving while trying to drain :). The cold lid, however, lets you pick up the container and it drains extremely well, pour into a bowl and it's perfect-cooked pasta every time." —Paul W

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    24. An electric can opener, because you don't want to have to rely on ANYONE to help you open your soup.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love this can opener! I have terrible arthritis and have tried many other openers. This one is amazingly easy to operate. Once you place the can, just lower the lever and the can opens by itself. The price is very reasonable. I would suggest to the company to advertise for people with arthritis because it sure makes my life a whole lot easier! Lightweight and easy to clean as well." —Cape Cod Grandma

    Get it from Amazon for $16.49+ (available in four colors).

    25. A 5 Minute Chef meal maker to get food on the table faster after a horrific day where all you want to do is stuff your face and crawl under the covers.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "Just received it yesterday, made omelets this AM. Started with diced peppers, onion, and ham in well for about 40 seconds, then added two eggs and a splash of milk (scrambled together) and topped with some shredded cheese. Three minutes with closed lid 'til almost set then held the handles together and flipped for one minute. I DID NOT lock it at any time while cooking, only after I finished wiping it with a damp cloth and setting it up to store on the counter. Great little product, easy for the whole family to use and clean up after themselves!" —Cas

    Get it from Amazon for $21.45.

    26. 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 your kitchen.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "FAM. I need you to lissssssen. I would give this product 87 stars if I could. You'd think it would be one of those gimmicky kitchen appliances that barely even works. EXCEPT you're wrong. It's amazing. It's quick. Look. Lissssten. You put the ingredients in and about two minutes later your tummy is all like 'oh yesssss.' Basically. Just buy it. Purchase the sammich maker. You're welcome." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    27. An oven thermometer that'll give your baked goods a fighting chance to actually come out correctly. That's right — you might just be in the running to be named Star Baker.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "If you looked up the word functional in the dictionary you wouldn't be surprised to see an illustration of an oven thermometer. There is literally NOTHING sexy or appealing about this, but damn is it functional. And this one functions up there with the best of them." —Scribbler

    Get it from Amazon for $7.

    28. A mini waffle stick maker so, just like the great Leslie Knope, you can put your love for this breakfast treat on display whenever you feel so inclined.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I do not normally rave about kitchen appliances but I love this little guy! I impulse bought it after reading some reviews and craving waffles. It seriously is the best waffle maker I have ever used. We had a more expensive one that would flip to cook evenly, but this thing has that beat by a mile. I have used it a dozen times and the waffles come out perfect every time." —leahas

    Get it from Amazon for $11.70.

    29. A food processor/blender combo that'll help you save some dollars since you'll only need one of these bad boys to whip up some delish recipes.

    Macy's

    Promising review: "This is a brilliant idea. The 2-in-1 blender and food processor is great for storage when you don’t have lots of cabinets. I’ll definitely recommend this product and would buy it as gifts for Mother’s Day or Christmas presents." —Nikki72

    Get it on sale from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $129.99 (originally $189.99).

    30. Or a spiralizer you'll love so much it'll make you want to turn everything in your life into a noodle (but maybe just stick to veggies, OK?).

    Amazon

    Admittedly, I've realized I should probably start incorporating things other than pasta into my meal rotations because eating the same thing ALL THE TIME is super boring. But I love pasta. What's a not-so-great chef to do? Enter this lil' gadget. It's gonna be a game changer for your week night meals. Learn more about the Paderno World Cuisine spiralizer here!

    Promising review: "I love this little kitchen tool. I can make zucchini noodles in less time than it takes to boil water for regular noodles. It's super easy to use, just stick the end of your veggie over the 'hole' on the grating plate, press the crank end into the other end of the veggie, and start cranking. Voila: Zoodles. Cleaning is easy too. Everything comes apart. The white parts just rinse clean, and for the blades, I use a kitchen scrub brush." —Dreamer

    Get it from Amazon for $23.65+ (available in three styles).

    31. A lil' handheld chopper that'll make mincing vegetables a much less daunting task and cut your prep time in half.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is the handiest gadget in the kitchen and believe me, I have them all, cluttering up the cabinets. If you hate dragging out your electric food processor every time you want to chop an onion or make salsa, this is for you! BEWARE!! The blades are razor sharp so be extra careful when using and cleaning. I make chop salads in seconds; you can load it up with your favorite veggies and pull the cord 8 or 10 times and you're done. I'm getting a spare for me and one for all my friends for Christmas." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in two or four cup).

    32. An easy-to-clean pizza wheel you can break out after making your own pie at home or when your local pizzeria does a lazy job slicing the one you ordered for delivery.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "We make pizza often and this cuts it well without doing any damage to the pizza stone. The handle hinges open easily for cleaning and the blade just pops out as well. There is a little plastic cover that goes over the blade when sitting in a drawer so there's no concern of slicing yourself while reaching for a spatula. I find the handle design easier than the longer style ones and I get good leverage. With the rubber grips my hand has never felt like it would slip off at all. I would certainly recommend this to anyone." —Lee

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    Check out BuzzFeed Review's deep dive on pizza cutters for some more options!

    33. A food scale that'll make your life SO much easier — no more Googling "how many ounces equal one cup?"

    Macy's

    Promising review: "I was so excited to see this scale, especially on sale! I've been looking for a simple silver colored food scale. This fits the bill plus it has little conversion notes on the scale. It's slim and lightweight, easy to use and clean. Very happy with the purchase so far!" —TMF2

    Get it on sale from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $27.99 (originally $35.99).

    34. And dachshund corn holders you'll absolutely want to keep on hand not just because they're freakin' adorable but because they'll protect your precious fingers from getting burnt when you're too impatient to let your corn cool.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "It's true. Maybe we're biased as we own a mini Dachshund but these things are cute as can be. Nicely packaged, arrived when promised and feel like they'll last. Would be a cute stocking stuffer. " —MOD, Wisconsin

    Get eight from Amazon for $5.69+ (available in five styles).

    Now you just have to learn to cook. Good luck with that.

    PBS

    Some reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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