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    40 "Boring" Kitchen Products That'll Make Cooking A Heck Of A Lot Easier

    Cooking can seem difficult and daunting, but you'd butter believe these tools will make it easier.

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    1. An air fryer that will basically become your BFF in the kitchen. You can "fry" up some wings, fries, and bacon, all without having to deal with oil splattering from a frying pan.

    Hannah Loewentheil / BuzzFeed

    BuzzFeed writer Hannah Loewentheil finally caved and bought an air fryer while in quarantine, and she's glad she did:

    "I'd been contemplating buying an air fryer for quite some time, but it wasn't until I found myself cooking every night with my family due to COVID-19 that I finally decided it was the right time to get one. Friends of mine were raving about their new Instant Vortex Plus Six-in-One Air Fryer, so after reading similar feedback on Amazon, I decided it looked like a winner. And it happens to be made by the same company that makes the crowd-favorite Instant Pot. I figured I would be using this appliance primarily as an air fryer, but as an added bonus, it can also roast, broil, bake, reheat, and dehydrate food.

    "I've had this air fryer for about three weeks now, and I can honestly say it's become the hero of my kitchen. It preheats quickly, it's large enough to hold a good amount of food at once, it's easy to clean, and it makes food taste crispy on the outside and moist on the inside without any oil. I've been using my air fryer to make vegetables just about every night and it makes them taste so good. If you're cooking for kids, picky eaters, or you just don't get so excited about eating vegetables, the air fryer could be perfect for you. If you like chicken, the air fryer might change your life, and I don't mean that to be dramatic. The air fryer produces restaurant-quality chicken that tastes absurdly decadent, except there's no oil involved in the cooking — just air. We also tried making sesame chicken in the air fryer using boneless skinless chicken thighs. The sesame chicken tasted almost identical to my favorite Chinese takeout, and it had nothing to do with my cooking skills. Thanks to the air fryer, the chicken gets so crispy. I couldn't believe I made this at home!!"

    Get it from Amazon for $69.95.

    Check out the full review, plus some air fryer recipe suggestions for more!

    2. A handheld garlic press so you can finally stop trying to mince your fresh garlic with a knife. With a simple back and forth motion, you'll have perfectly minced garlic in half the time.

    reviewer photo of the rolling handheld garlic press with minced garlic in it

    Promising review: "I had a two-hinge garlic press, which worked well but the garlic often got stuck and it was not easy to clean. I am pleasantly surprised by how this garlic crusher has such a simple design, yet it is so effective. As you press the garlic, the minced garlic will be collected on top of the grater and you can easily scape them off with the little knife that came with the kit. I also love the silicone peeler! It makes peeling garlic skin a lot easier. With these tools, my hands longer stink from cropping garlic!" —CL

    Get it from Amazon for $8.79+ (available in two colors).

    3. A breakfast sandwich maker for when you want a delicious hangover breakfast without having to leave the house, but the thought of cooking it yourself is just way too much to handle., Amazon

    It'll cook eggs, veggies, meats, and toast up English muffins, biscuits, and even small bagels. It *also* comes with a recipe book with ideas! The best part? You can toss the removable parts in the dishwasher! No more drive-thru breakfast sandwiches for you!

    Promising review: "FAM. I need you to lissssssten. 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 $29.99.

    4. An automatic pan stirrer with a timer because, honestly, is there anything worse than sitting in front of the stove, stirring? Like, hello, Twilight is on Netflix again. I have things to do.

    the automatic stirrer in a pan

    Don't forget to get some AA batteries, because it's not included!

    Promising review: "My husband loves to cook. We have two very small children, so while his meals are mostly yummy, they are also sometimes burnt. :) This was perfect for him. He's able to turn it on, run into the next room to save the day with a plastic bag and a washcloth for whatever blowout-esque mess I'm dealing with, forget he's cooking, run back into the kitchen frantically when he remembers, and arrive only to find the meal practically cooking itself. Best. Gift. Ever." —Jake the ChefturnedDaddy

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $25.

    5. A rolling pin to add a bit of ✨ magic ✨ to your cooking nights while also hiding any cracks or mistakes you did during prep time. Now I'm just picturing the cutest sugar cookies.

    Reviewer photo of dough with the Disney castle embossed on it

    Algis Crafts is a small business that sells unique engraved rolling pins with different patterns like Star Wars, ocean themes, and so much more.

    Promising review: "I got this fairy tale embossing rolling pin for a Christmas gift for my granddaughter, she loves to bake sweets and loves anything to do with Disney (she worked for Disney in Florida for a couple of years) and I know she will be so excited, so, it hasn't been used yet but the embossing is so neat and looks great! Very pleased with it and know it will make some great-looking cookies and pie crust topping." —Roy Haines

    Get it from Algis Crafts on Amazon Handmade for $25.

    6. A KitchenAid food chopper so you can finally make that recipe you've had saved in your bookmarks, but didn't feel brave enough to tackle yet.

    This chopper will mix, chop, puree, whisk, stir, and whip...whip it good.

    Promising review: "This is a perfect size for a small counter. It stores both blades and the cord wraps nicely. It is large enough to chop a large onion. It has a variable speed which is great for controlling particle size. It seems well made, very little vibration and is very attractive." —D Powell

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

    7. A Kochblume spill stopper that works great for those boiling pots that tend to overflow *right* when you're not paying attention. No more sprinting into the kitchen to turn the heat down in a panic for you! This is progress.

    The spill stopper in red on top of a pot on a stove with water boiling inside, illustrating that it will not boil over

    Promising review: "Wow wow wow, I have no words to describe how great this product is. I'm a mom with a large family who cooks and bakes all the time, and there is never a time that something doesn't spill over even when standing and watching the pot. With this, life has just gotten easy. I think I'm throwing out all my pot covers after using this."—Rackel

    Get it from Amazon for $18.72.

    8. A compact eight-in-one spiralizer to grate, juice, spiralize, and shred all your ingredients for your *insert Tasty recipe*. You just learned what mise en place is and now it seems way less daunting.

    Emma Lord/BuzzFeed, Amazon

    BuzzFeed editor *and* zoodle-lover Emma Lord is obsessed with this gadget:

    "I recently purchased this because it was my cheapest option for making zoodles, and also because my apartment is 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 $12.99.

    9. A cookie scoop that, sure, you can use to make cookies, but get ready for this: meatballs. Gone will be the days where you have to stick your fingers into a bowl of raw ground meat. You're welcome.

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

    Promising review: "Why didn't I have one of these in my kitchen drawer before?! I bought the medium-sized scoop originally to make a large batch of cookies for Christmas, but today it came handy when I had leftover batter from my banana bread recipe and it made the perfect scoop to fill a regular-sized cupcake liner! Now I'm thinking about getting the small size for my mini cupcakes! Super easy and they came out perfectly uniform and totally beats trying to use a spoon! Handles have a nice silicone grip, too, and help with hand fatigue. :-)" —Michi K

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95+ (available in sizes S–L).

    10. A splurge-worthy chef's knife because cooking can be hard, but having a knife that isn't *cut* out for the job will only make it worse.

    The knife

    BTW, it's dishwasher safe!

    Promising review: "I cook a fair amount. I am not a pro, but sometimes I pretend that I am. Best knife I have ever owned. I use this knife many times every day, rarely do I use another. It is very comfortable, well balanced, versatile, and — paired with the Chef's Choice sharpener — unbelievable sharp. I am slicing meats and vegetables faster and thinner than I have ever before. LOVE THIS KNIFE." —Gheep Piddle

    Get it from Amazon for $37.90 (also available in other knife styles).

    The is our cheap pick for the best chef's knife!

    11. And a handheld knife sharpener so you can actually give yourself (and your knife) a fighting chance against the daunting monster that is cooking, since chopping with a sharp knife will make it exceptionally easier (and safer!).

    A reviewer photo of a knife next to sliced green peppers and the knife sharpener

    Promising review: "Buying this knife sharpener has changed my life! I used to burn water, but now I'm on par with chefs like Gordon Ramsay! My knives are so sharp that I could cut off a finger and would not even notice. Paper thin tomatoes and onions for a tuna fish sandwich? Not a problem! Thank you KitchenIQ, my life will never be the same." —J.W.

    Get it from Amazon for $5.57+ (available in four colors).

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

    12. A Magic Bullet blender you can obviously use to make your morning smoothie, but you can *also* make salsa, spreads, and all the dips your stomach could crave. Homemade guacamole, anyone?

    This blender set comes with the blender, additional blender cups, blades, and a recipe book.

    Promising review: "I use this almost every morning. This was my savior during the quarantine part of the pandemic when I was working from home. I was able to easily make smoothies for breakfast or a snack instead of eating junk. Blended quickly and easily, easy to clean, and came with so many cups and travel options I was able to continue my healthy habit when I went back to work!" —Marissa Vittorio

    Get it from Amazon for $35.20.

    13. A *egg-cellent* rapid egg cooker because is there anything more annoying than trying to boil eggs and get them exactly the way you want?


    This little machine that can whip up hard-boiled eggs, poached eggs, and get this, scrambled eggs *and *omelets. Ya, I know.

    Promising review: "This egg cooker is some sort of magic. It is brilliant...totally changed my life and is my new best friend in the kitchen. Super simple to use, instructions are extremely clear, with pictures and some recipes to get you going, and the different types of eggs you can cook with this is incredible: hard-boiled, poached (!!!), and an omelet. We didn't even have to try it a few times to get it right — first time the eggs came out the most perfect I've ever cooked them and all I did was follow a few basic instruction steps, then walk away and listen for the buzzer. Even the buzzer at the end is more than a's music that my son and I dance to in the kitchen. I'm in heaven. All for such a low price. I can die happy now:)" —Amazon Customer

    Check out our deep dive into the Dash Rapid Egg Cooker here.

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

    14. A splurge-worthy KitchenAid 5-quart stand mixer because one of the worst parts of cooking for you is the mixing of ingredients (hello, lumpy batter) and this bad boy will make it smooth *and* clumpless!

    A white KitchenAid mixer

    Here's why it's worth it: The 5-quart stainless-steel bowl has a convenient handle and is big enough to mix dough for nine-dozen cookies or four loaves of bread in a single batch. The mixer has 59 touch points per rotation around the bowl so your stuff gets mixed real good. It tilts to allow clear access to the bowl and attached beater or whatever accessory you're using. Plus, it'll stir wet or dry ingredients, knead bread dough, and even whip up some cream. The mixer includes coated flat beater, coated dough hook, six-wire whip, and a one-piece pouring shield. The flat beater and dough hook are dishwasher safe.

    Promising review: "This was given to me as a wonderful surprise gift about a month ago. Now I look for any excuse to use it. I bake and decorate cakes and cupcakes a lot and this mixer has made it like 10x easier make all the elements I need. It also has freed up my hands so I can clean up my kitchen as I let things fully mix." —Walmart customer

    Get it from Walmart for $299.99.

    15. An herb stripper so you can get all the important pieces of your favorite herbs into your dish without accidentally keeping one too many bitter stems. I personally hate chopping herbs, so this is *chef's kiss* perfect.

    The herb strippers in various colors
    MudPotteryAndGlass / Etsy

    MudPotteryAndGlass is a small business based in Mendocino, California, that specializes in unique glass and ceramic gifts. 

    Promising review: "Thank you for the herb stripper. I used it to make my mother's recipe for parsley potatoes and it worked wonderfully. I will order again!" —Cynthia Huddleston

    Get it from MudPotteryAndGlass on Etsy for $17.50 (available in nine colors).

    16. A Cuisinart Griddler because the stove can definitely be intimidating, but this lil grill wants to be your friend. Basically, you'll be cooking everything on it. I don't make the rules.,

    All you have to do is throw your meat on, close the top, and dinner is served. You can make grilled chicken, burgers, grilled veggies, and, yes, even paninis.

    Promising review: "Excellent addition to our kitchen. Good build quality, You can use this for a lot of different food but it is great for grilled cheese sandwiches. The griddle works well on pancakes and has plenty of heat to do the job. Easy and quick to clean." —Jazzperk

    Get it from Amazon for $94.95.

    17. A mandoline with 30 different cut options so you can make your signature dish in all kinds of shapes. The signature dish being potato chips., Amazon

    Promising review: "This item is amazing for both its safety features and ease of use. I am a bit of a kitchen klutz and feel completely at ease and fearless with this device. I made my own potato chips — I sliced with my Dash mandoline and cooked in my Dash air fryer. The tasted just like the ones i get from my favorite Portuguese restaurant but I’m hoping they are much healthier. I honestly think this is a must have for all at home chefs." —Dawn

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in seven colors).

    18. A splurge-worthy Always Pan because the hype is real, ya'll. This beauty replaces eight (!!!) kitchen gadgets, weighs only 3 pounds, comes with a steamer basket and spatula nester, and is nonstick. No, really. It's actually nonstick!

    Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed, Our Place

    Promising review: "This is the best pan I have ever cooked with. The surface allows me to control the amount of olive oil used, the dome lid design is great for faster cooking without turning up the heat, and the pan itself is so beautiful I leave it out on my stove top as decoration. I am hoping they make a small sauté pan and a 3-qt sauce pan some day." —Cheryl M.

    You can also check out our full review on this Instagram-famous Always pan.

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

    19. A nine-speed stainless-steel hand mixer made for mixing, blending, pureeing, whisking, and grinding away to finally make your soups actually pureed. See: last year's pea soup.

    Reviewer photo of a person holding the hand blender into a pot of soup

    You get the hand blender, a whisk and a milk frother attachment, and a manual.

    Promising review: "In looking for a new hand blender I felt fortunate to find this one by Mueller. At 500 watts this one is more powerful than most, the steel feels substantial, and the attachments are very easy to change. I've only had it a week and so far have used it to blend egg batter and emulsify salad dressing. I am impressed with how fast it is and cleanup is super easy. I had one of those small many multi-function super blenders and gave it away, too difficult to use and store. This one is perfect for my needs, no frills just a very sleek tool for a serious cook!" —Farm folk

    Get it from Amazon for $29.97.

    20. A spaghetti measure so you don't have to try and figure out how much an *actual* serving size is for your pasta dinner. Honestly, I'll probably still cook the whole box because I don't understand spaghetti.

    A person holding pasta inside the spaghetti measure
    Fabberforge / Etsy

    OK, so I'm definitely the kind of person to cook an entire box of pasta because they have no idea how much they should be making for one person. This measure has worked perfectly for me to figure out exactly how much I need to make for myself and my fiancé for dinner. No more wasted pasta!

    Fabberforge is a small business based in Omaha, Nebraska that sells 3D printed home decor and gadgets.

    Promising review: "Great little tool. I always end up cooking too much spaghetti so this is great. I bought two extras for family gifts!" —Priscila Jamison

    Get it from Fabberforge on Etsy for $6 (available in 10 colors).

    21. A rice cooker that is essentially the holy grail of rice cookers. Gone will be the days of you trying to figure out how to make rice on the stove when you'll be making perfect rice *every time*.

    Reviewer photo of the rice cooker with rice inside

    This Zojirushi rice cooker can make three cups of rice at a time. You can use it to make porridge, white rice, sweet and brown rice, and more.

    Promising review: "Honestly, I was going to write a review asking if you wanted perfect rice on your schedule — but I quickly realized that review would not do this product justice. The five batches of rice I have made with this (jasmine, sticky, and basmati) have turned out better than you'd expect in restaurants in the US. Don't let the price dissuade you, this is one product you won't be sorry you purchased. In fact, there are several models above this that are probably even better but this is good enough for me. I did not receive this product at any sort of discount. Three steps to good rice: Buy a rice cleaner, buy a storage container for your rice, and buy this cooker." —Jeff O.

    Get it from Amazon for $149.95. Or check out a cheaper option.

    22. A seven-blade spiralizer because you've failed at making regular pasta multiple times, and it's probably time to switch to something you can't possibly mess up: zoodles!

    A customer review photo of them using the spiralizer on zucchini

    The seven blades are: an angel hair blade, fine shredding, coarse shredding, curly fry, flat blade, fine wavy, and coarse wavy. 

    Promising review: "I could not recommend this to more people if I tried — it's been an amazing addition to my kitchen! Super easy to use and clean and works great. I like that it's light too so that I can stack it on other appliances in my tiny kitchen, without taking up more counter space when it's not in use. The suction cups on the bottom are great for keeping it in place when in use." —ksb

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97 (also available in 10-blade option).

    23. A nonstick microwave pasta cooker because who needs to boil water on the stove to attempt to make al dente pasta when you can literally just use the microwave. Plus, this is great if you just don't have a stove!

    Promising review: "One of those 'why didn't I think of this?' kind of things. It makes cooking pasta so easy and foolproof! No trying to bend/break pasta to get it to fit into a round pan. The instructions tell you exactly how long to microwave it for the different size proportions." —EQUUS

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    24. A three-in-one hot pot and grill plate for when you either don't have a stove or just find it too scary, but still really want to brush up on your cooking skills.

    reviewer photo of the hot pot on their table

    The nonelectric parts are dishwasher safe.

    Promising review: "Very happy with this purchase! A little larger than expected. Looks attractive sitting on the kitchen counter. Nice heat control element, makes visible grill marks, easy cleanup. Like having a clear glass lid to view cooking and control splatter." —Gloria R.

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99+ (available in black and white).

    25. An apple divider to make the daunting task of slicing up an apple for a snack just way easier. One quick push down and you have 16 perfect slices to dip into your peanut butter.

    Reviewer photo of a Granny Smith apple sliced by the apple divider

    Promising review: "It cuts the apples perfect size for kids (and even me) and the bottom base to push the blade all the way down is a game changer. I always hated cutting apples because the last push was annoying and made slices fly everywhere. This is easy and keeps them all mostly attached. Love love love it!" —Jbug

    Get it from Amazon for $13+ (available in three colors).

    26. A handy measurement conversion magnet so you don't need to constantly ask your Alexa every five minutes to convert them for you.

    the blue magnet with dry, liquid, and herb measurement conversions on a fridge
    MagnetRabbit / Etsy

    This Denver-based shop also sells magnetic charts for other useful adulting info, like laundry direction symbols!

    Promising review: "Lovely handwritten note came with the magnet. Magnet is exactly as described and a handy addition to my kitchen!" —Carla

    Get it from MagnetRabbit on Etsy for $5.50+ (available in seven colors).

    27. A compact manual food chopper that works great for this veggies that can be a bit fragrant, like onion and garlic. This can keep your fingers safe from manually chopping these veggies, which was never a good idea for your clumsy self.

    You'll be able to chop large pieces of fruit, vegetables, garlic, onion, herbs, and even nuts with this bad boy.

    Promising review: "I cannot say enough about this wonderful little chopper. It is perfect for chopping onions, peppers, cauliflower for my salads, and almost anything else you can think of chopping. It's lightweight but sturdy and very easy to clean. Large enough but not so large that it takes up a lot of room to store. I can just put it in the dishwasher if I want but I usually hand wash because it's so easy to clean. I really hated getting out my Cuisinart for chopping an onion so I usually just bought them already chopped rather than to do that. This little gadget is cute and I swear you will actually enjoy using it! Great product!!" —Samiam

    Get it from Amazon for $14.71+ (available in three colors).

    28. A no-fuss Crock-Pot so you can dump a bunch of ingredients inside and then basically let it cook itself. You can start it in the morning before work and by the time you come home, dinner is served! I would die for my Crock-Pot.

    Reviewer photo of a crockpot full of vegetables

    The stoneware and glass lid are dishwasher safe! Psst, check out some slow-cooker Tasty recipes for inspo on your next dinner!

    Promising review: "WHY WOULD NO ONE TELL ME THE MAGIC OF SLOW COOKERS RIGHT WHEN THEY BECAME A THING!? Seriously this thing is a busy person's savior or in my case, a lazy person's dream! This one is plenty large enough and incredibly easy to use. I mean really look at the buttons on this thing, if you can't figure that out, you have other things to sort out rather than look at slow cookers. Reviews say this one runs a bit hotter than most, but I've followed a handful of recipes and their cook times seem to be accurate. I really love that this model will automatically switch to keep warm after the timer you set expires. That last part is crucial for me because I work 10+ hour shifts and most recipes even on low are about eight hours. That 'keep warm' feature makes sure my food isn't burnt, but still warm when I get home." —Peter Q.

    Get it from Amazon for $50.99.

    29. An adjustable measuring spoon that will not only save up space in your kitchen drawer, but it'll be easier to figure out exactly the measurements you need with one tool. *Flashback to the time you added one tablespoon of salt instead of a teaspoon because you grabbed the wrong one.*

    The measuring spoon with herbs on it

    Adjusts to measurements of 1/2 tsp up to 1 tbsp.

    Promising review: "I have been using an identical measuring spoon for many years. I bought it in a specialty store and hadn't seen one since then. This is a fabulous product. The same measuring spoon is used for all ingredients. With the addition of this spoon, I now have one for dry and one for wet ingredients. This is a superior product, giving exact measurements and is an essential for all bakers and serious cooks. DO NOT wash in the dishwasher. I hand-wash and dry immediately and have kept mine in good condition for more than a decade. Should you get it? YES!" —Sharon Beverly

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    30. A digital food thermometer because one of the biggest anxieties as a newbie cook is worrying if the food is cooked properly. This thermometer will ensure you won't get you or your family sick from your dinner. Whether it actually tastes good is a different story...

    Reviewer photo holding a thermometer into a piece of meat

    The thermometer is 3.9 inches of food-grade stainless steel and gets temperature readout within three to five seconds with its high-precision sensor.

    Promising review: "This digital meat thermometer is the best I've ever had. I own others, but they are either too bulky to fit in the drawer or too hard to read. This one is small and lightweight; it's easy to pull out the probe and very easy to read the temperature. I purchased several as stocking stuffers for Christmas. They make a gift that will be appreciated for its size and ease of use, but most importantly, it will be a gift that gets used instead of put away in the closet." —Kat29

    Get it from Amazon for $10.82+ (available in three colors).

    31. A julienne peeler to easily create razor thin slivers of your favorite fruits and veggies. This also works great if you hate carrots (me) but know that they're good for you.

    Reviewer photo of julienned carrots with a peeler on top of them

    Promising review: "Great way to julienne vegetables with lightning speed. I love to use this with carrots for salads and in stir fries. Very sharp and still cutting like butter after almost five years. I'm happy with the investment." —Nicholas Driscoll

    Get it from Amazon for $17.37.

    32. A pair of shredding claws so you can easily rip through rotisserie chicken while pretending you're vicious bear shredding your dinner. Such a vibe.

    These bad boys are heat resistant of up to 475 degrees!

    Promising review: "These claws are just what you need for shredding pork, chicken, beef, or any other items. The points are sharp, narrow, and long, and work well as a pair. It's much more efficient and quicker than using two forks. Even when I buy pulled pork from Trader Joe's and it's already 'pulled,' this is an excellent tool for really shredding it properly. I thought I might have been a little extravagant in ordering this, but now I realize it is very useful beyond shredding, e.g., holding a watermelon with one hand/claw as you cut with the other hand." —J. Renfrow

    Get them from Amazon for $12.95+ (available in four colors).

    33. A batter dispenser so you can stop using a spoon to scoop (causing an enormous mess) and make the perfect Sunday banana pancakes (or waffles!) with the utmost ~ease~.

    reviewer photo of the batter dispenser next to perfectly round pancakes

    Can hold up to 4 cups' worth of batter! That's a lot of pancakes!

    Promising review: "Finally a kitchen utensil that saves time, mess, and frustration! I ordered this because my 10-year-old daughter loves to make pancakes but she also leaves an incredible mess. She also loves to make cupcakes and that's even a double mess. Upon receiving the batter dispenser, my daughter took it out of the package and started making pancakes right away without my instructions. She loved the ease to make the pancakes in the container and then one click on the pan with no mess." —Jim Hudson

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99.

    34. The Instant Pot, a programmable slow cooker with over 135,000 5-star reviews on Amazon because this bad boy will make your weeknight dinner for you and you won't even have to stand in the kitchen. AKA my type of cooking.

    reviewer photo of two Instant Pots in two sizes sitting on their counter

    Features 11 programmable digital controls: rice, soup/broth, meat/stew, bean/chili, sauté, porridge, steam, slow cook, yogurt, keep warm, and pressure cook. Up to 24-hour delay start, automatic keep warm setting for up to 10 hours, stainless-steel inner cooking pot, food-grade no-chemical coating, three-ply bottom, and is dishwasher safe. Comes with rice measuring cup, stainless-steel steam rack without handles, rice paddle, soup spoon, condensation collector, and recipe booklet.

    Promising review: "So, if you love the speed of a pressure cooker but were ever worried about them, this is your solution. It replaces many other appliances, too! I keep it out on the counter, and our countertop space is limited, but it's worth it. It's always ready to go. If you use it as often as we do, you'll love getting an extra pot liner, too! Very convenient to store smaller amounts of leftovers in the fridge while you make a larger dinner meal. If you are on the fence, go for it! You'll thank yourself!" —onefriendtoanother

    Get a full rundown on this incredibly popular slow cooker in our full review of the Instant Pot!

    Get it from Amazon for $66.32+ (available in three sizes).

    35. A collapsible sink colander so you can wash your veggies and fruits comfortably over the sink and easily put the strainer away, saving space in your cabinets!

    Reviewer photo of the strainer over a sink with a few vegetables in it

    This eco-friendly cool cat is made out of straw!

    Promising review: "Love this drain which can be used as strainer or for dishes! I put silicone dots on the ends so it doesn't slide around. I was able to get rid of that larger dish drainer rack." —Sharon

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99 (available in four colors and larger quantities).

    36. A battery-operated salt and pepper grinder set that'll have you feeling like you just stepped foot into a fancy 5-star restaurant *and* minimize the elbow grease required for your old grinders. At least you know the chef isn't a rat.

    You'll need six AA batteries, so don't forget to add some to your cart before purchasing!

    Promising review: "An excellent set of powered grinders for the price. It is the first set of electric grinders that I've seen that are properly designed for the job. The sets I've used before were always under powered resulting in catastrophic jams and short-lived batteries and often wound up in the trash. This set has ample power to break up peppercorns and salt crystals thanks to a simplified grinding system with a ceramic rotor and twice the number of batteries to double the amperage. The use of a tilt sensor eliminates the need for a switch or button, which was an excellent solution anyone who has bouts of arthritis in their wrists or fingers. The light is built in to the top angled rim of the grinders, making them simple to use. Also the components seem to be made from quality materials, especially the housing for the grinding mechanism which is nice change from cheaper grinders." —JD91

    Get the set from Amazon for $26.99 (available in two colors).

    37. A meal prep station so you can feel like you're finally embracing your inner Julia Child with the most perfect mise en place in all the neighborhood. Bon appétit!

    Reviewer photo of the white meal prep station with various vegetables in each compartment

    Get ready for the list of what's included: You get five large, two medium, two small, and six mini containers with measurement markings in ounces, cups, and milliliters. You also get a removable 13" trash bin *and* utensil storage. For the tools you get a grater, zester, juicer, slicer, garlic grater, vegetable peeler, julienne, green stripper, and bottle opener. Whew!

    Promising review: "I LOVE this! I am a professional chef and am usually very skeptical of 'home chef' products, I got this as a gift and I am OBSESSED. The containers are perfect sizes and everything cleans so easily, it’s also super easy to transport if you need to cook somewhere else. I’ve seen a couple reviews that the cutting board doesn’t stay flat — just bend it backwards at the fold and it will stay flat! 10/10 I love this!" —Stephanie LaSpina

    Get it from Amazon for $129 (available in four colors).

    38. A nifty butter dish and grip set to make greasing your pans or baking sheets the easiest task in your cooking process.

    TheMagnetack / Etsy

    It's dishwasher safe and from a Miami-based small business!

    Promising review: "Absolutely perfect. It holds a whole stick of butter and the butter stays in place — unlike some of the other products on the market that are supposed to serve the same purpose." —Michelle

    Get it from TheMagnetack on Etsy for $10.95.

    39. A clip-on strainer because who wants to dirty a huge colander and do that weird in-between pots juggle when you can keep all the food in the same pot, saving you time *and* energy.

    Reviewer photo of the green strainer attached to a pot full of water and pasta

    Not only is it BPA-free, but it can withstand temperatures of up to 230 degrees, so you don't have to worry about it ever melting into your food!

    Promising review: "Not sure why I have never bought one of these before......I have everything else!! Used for first time today to drain grease off of cooked ground beef and PERFECT!! So easy to use, clean, and store. Love it!!" —LES

    Get it from Amazon for $9.89+ (available in three colors).

    40. And finally, a food scale because it can be *really* confusing when you find a recipe with oddly specific amounts and weights. The last thing we need is too much salt and not enough garlic in our pasta dish.

    The food scale on top of a cutting board

    Promising review: "I've had the same one for about four years and only just had to replace it because my little nephew decided to throw it across the kitchen. I do a lot of baking and use this scale daily and it's accurate enough that I can make French macarons perfectly in a thunderstorm (if you bake at all, you know how hard that is to do!). Fantastic price point, super easy to use, and sturdy as long as a toddler doesn't launch it at a wall from 6 feet away. Not fancy but does exactly what you need it to for cheaper than more elaborate scales that had better do my taxes if they're gonna ask me to pay that much for them." —Target customer

    Get it from Target for $19.99.

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