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1. A Nespresso Vertuo coffee and espresso machine with a milk frother, because you drink coffee every day — might as well drink the best tasting, most luxurious cup of joe there is, right?

Promising review: "I have had other machines all of my life and finally switched to this machine. After a week of using it, I have come to conclusion that I will not be using anything else again. This machine provides a high quality coffee and espresso. If you did a blind taste test, I would not be able to tell the difference between this and the local coffee shop. It is cheaper than going out and provides the same high quality. I would highly recommend the Nespresso Vertuo Evoluo Coffee and Espresso machine to any coffee drinker out there." —TaylorGet it from Amazon for $193.13 (available in five colors).
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Promising review: "I have had other machines all of my life and finally switched to this machine. After a week of using it, I have come to conclusion that I will not be using anything else again. This machine provides a high quality coffee and espresso. If you did a blind taste test, I would not be able to tell the difference between this and the local coffee shop. It is cheaper than going out and provides the same high quality. I would highly recommend the Nespresso Vertuo Evoluo Coffee and Espresso machine to any coffee drinker out there." —Taylor

Get it from Amazon for $193.13 (available in five colors).

2. An Instant Pot which is a pressure cooker, rice cooker, sauté, steamer, cake maker, and warmer all in one, for the chef who doesn't actually want to do a whole lot of cooking. This will save you tons of money on ordering out, because it'll be so easy to cook right at home! Did I mention it has over 22,000 five-star reviews?!

Promising review: "I use this for everything! How did I live without this before? This is so easy to use, and it's the perfect size for one or two people. I've been making a lot of stews, and I'll sauté the onions, carrots, and meat (if I'm using meat) then add everything else, seal it, and set it for seven minutes on high pressure. I let it release naturally and have a perfectly cooked, tasty meal every time. This gives me enough for four or five servings." —TheGalavanGet it from Amazon for $72.07 (available in three sizes).
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Promising review: "I use this for everything! How did I live without this before? This is so easy to use, and it's the perfect size for one or two people. I've been making a lot of stews, and I'll sauté the onions, carrots, and meat (if I'm using meat) then add everything else, seal it, and set it for seven minutes on high pressure. I let it release naturally and have a perfectly cooked, tasty meal every time. This gives me enough for four or five servings." —TheGalavan

Get it from Amazon for $72.07 (available in three sizes).

3. An AeroGarden for your countertop, because some of us do NOT have a green thumb but still love to cook with fresh herbs. A greenhouse for your kitchen, the future is now and look how yummy it is!

It features LED grow lights, plus a system that reminds you when it's time to feed and water the plants! Herbs include: Genovese basil, curly parsley, dill, mint, thyme, Thai basil and Miracle-Gro plant food.Promising review: "I love to cook, so the thought of having fresh herbs and veggies right on my kitchen counter was exciting. However, I had never had much success gardening. This new Goodful AeroGarden changed that for me. I made the best caprese salad I have ever eaten last week with some fresh basil from my garden. My kids actually enjoy helping me harvest and eat something green. It is freezing outside right now, but we still have fresh produce growing in our home! I can't believe it works this well. If you enjoy cooking or gardening, I would highly recommend." —FreshMomGet it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $89 (originally $189.99).
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It features LED grow lights, plus a system that reminds you when it's time to feed and water the plants! Herbs include: Genovese basil, curly parsley, dill, mint, thyme, Thai basil and Miracle-Gro plant food.

Promising review: "I love to cook, so the thought of having fresh herbs and veggies right on my kitchen counter was exciting. However, I had never had much success gardening. This new Goodful AeroGarden changed that for me. I made the best caprese salad I have ever eaten last week with some fresh basil from my garden. My kids actually enjoy helping me harvest and eat something green. It is freezing outside right now, but we still have fresh produce growing in our home! I can't believe it works this well. If you enjoy cooking or gardening, I would highly recommend." —FreshMom

Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $89 (originally $189.99).

4. An air fryer with seven-built in programs for perfectly cooked fries, wings, and so much more with little or *no* oil.

Promising review: "I am amazed at the way this fries! Cleaned my potatoes and straight cut them. Rinsed and dried on a towel on counter. Then tossed in bowl with a Tablespoon of oil. Then I put them in fryer at 400 degrees. Stopped and shook and moved around every ten minutes. Laid them on tray and lightly coated with cooking spray so salt would stick. They were perfect! No smell or greasy mess to clean! Just let fries cool, wipe out and put away! Magic! I ordered an olive oil mister last night to use with this. Ten stars!" —CyndGet it from Amazon for $73.72 (available in eight sizes).
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Promising review: "I am amazed at the way this fries! Cleaned my potatoes and straight cut them. Rinsed and dried on a towel on counter. Then tossed in bowl with a Tablespoon of oil. Then I put them in fryer at 400 degrees. Stopped and shook and moved around every ten minutes. Laid them on tray and lightly coated with cooking spray so salt would stick. They were perfect! No smell or greasy mess to clean! Just let fries cool, wipe out and put away! Magic! I ordered an olive oil mister last night to use with this. Ten stars!" —Cynd

Get it from Amazon for $73.72 (available in eight sizes).

5. A 14" pre-seasoned cast iron wok with a flattened bottom for all the stir fry and sautees you've been wanting to make but order in instead.

Promising review: "This wok is fantastic. The wok came pre-seasoned as advertised. There were no flaws that we could see, and the inside surface was smooth. The wok is heavy and flat on the bottom, so it won't move around on the stove when cooking. In our opinion, this makes it safer than other pans. Just as everyone said, it is round on the inside and deep. We use a gas range, so there is no issue getting the wok to heat up and in a hurry, and when it gets hot, it stays hot for a long time." —RichGet it from Amazon for $49.90.
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Promising review: "This wok is fantastic. The wok came pre-seasoned as advertised. There were no flaws that we could see, and the inside surface was smooth. The wok is heavy and flat on the bottom, so it won't move around on the stove when cooking. In our opinion, this makes it safer than other pans. Just as everyone said, it is round on the inside and deep. We use a gas range, so there is no issue getting the wok to heat up and in a hurry, and when it gets hot, it stays hot for a long time." —Rich

Get it from Amazon for $49.90.

6. A stainless-steel dish warming tray so you can be like the professionals and keep your various dishes warm while still prepping the final touches. Or to keep dishes warm on the table for longer events.

Promising review: "Purchased two warming trays for a large appetizer potluck. The trays worked great. The trays kept eight different appetizers warm for three hours. Friends were impressed and are going to purchase a tray for future parties." —DianaGet it from Amazon for $49.99 (available in two colors).
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Promising review: "Purchased two warming trays for a large appetizer potluck. The trays worked great. The trays kept eight different appetizers warm for three hours. Friends were impressed and are going to purchase a tray for future parties." —Diana

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

7. A Cuisinart GR-5B Griddler with LCD display, temperatures from 175–450 degrees, plus removable and reversible dishwasher-safe cooking plates so you can make the best damn panini of your life, and about 1,000 other amazing dishes!

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Promising review: "Before having a Griddler, I always overcooked all of the meat I made in the oven, never again! Do make sure you have a meat thermometer so you know when it’s done cooking internally. Also, easiest clean up ever! Just take the plates off and put them in the dishwasher, or you can easily hand wash it. I wouldn’t recommend letting them sit in water for long, the nonstick coating isn’t very thick and I feel it could harm your plates over time potentially. I highly recommend this, and doubt you will regret your decision to buy this." —TashaG

Get it from Amazon for $79.96 (available in five sizes).

8. A recycler/trash can combo so you can finally be a better person and handle the recycling correctly.

This trashcan has a 10-year warranty and a patented lid shox technology that slowly and silently closes the top!Promising review: "Simple Human trash cans are expensive. Really expensive! But they're worth every penny. This one is beautifully designed, durable, easy to use and clean & very functional (almost intuitive)." —Adding BlissGet it from Amazon for $199.99 (available in four sizes).
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This trashcan has a 10-year warranty and a patented lid shox technology that slowly and silently closes the top!

Promising review: "Simple Human trash cans are expensive. Really expensive! But they're worth every penny. This one is beautifully designed, durable, easy to use and clean & very functional (almost intuitive)." —Adding Bliss

Get it from Amazon for $199.99 (available in four sizes).

9. A Le Creuset Dutch Oven that'll withstand temperatures up to 500ºF and last for generations and generations!

Promising review: "I love the way this Dutch oven cooks. This product keeps the heat in so well I can cook at a lower temp. The Dutch oven saves time, money. The food you prepare will be delicious the meat will be tender. The flavors in your food will be enhanced. I used to love using my slow cooker. When I got my Dutch oven I have not used the slow cooker. The Dutch oven will make you look like a pro. I am an experienced cook, but this baby makes me look like a galloping gourmet. Le Creuset is perfection." —D. CederquistGet it from Amazon for $379.95 (available in 12 colors).
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Promising review: "I love the way this Dutch oven cooks. This product keeps the heat in so well I can cook at a lower temp. The Dutch oven saves time, money. The food you prepare will be delicious the meat will be tender. The flavors in your food will be enhanced. I used to love using my slow cooker. When I got my Dutch oven I have not used the slow cooker. The Dutch oven will make you look like a pro. I am an experienced cook, but this baby makes me look like a galloping gourmet. Le Creuset is perfection." —D. Cederquist

Get it from Amazon for $379.95 (available in 12 colors).

10. A George Foreman grill with interchangeable grill and waffle plates so you can have the best of both worlds with half the storage space!

Promising review: "Wow I love this grill, Its a little pricey but you get what you pay for right. It's very easy to use, just plug it in click the power button and wait for the beep that sounds when it comes up to temperature, set your timer and your good to go!" —AurebelGet it from Amazon for $80.93 (available in three colors).
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Promising review: "Wow I love this grill, Its a little pricey but you get what you pay for right. It's very easy to use, just plug it in click the power button and wait for the beep that sounds when it comes up to temperature, set your timer and your good to go!" —Aurebel

Get it from Amazon for $80.93 (available in three colors).

11. A carbonation maker for any soda lovers out there who are tired of buying 24-packs that disappear in a week.

Promising review: "My family and I gave up sugary soda pop years ago and made the switch to plain carbonated water. We’ve been buying those plastic bottle cases at Costco and wanted to do something more economical and environmentally sound. We initially tried soda stream but did not find that to be a suitable solution. This product has exceeded our expectations. I also happen to be blind and I’ve had to call them repeatedly with questions to guide me through the process which is extremely simple if you can see better than me. I have received nothing but exceptional customer service, love the product and so happy we are no longer buying all of those wasteful plastic bottles. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone interested in a better more affordable option for your carbonated beverages." —HelenGet it from Amazon for $99.84 (available in three colors).
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Promising review: "My family and I gave up sugary soda pop years ago and made the switch to plain carbonated water. We’ve been buying those plastic bottle cases at Costco and wanted to do something more economical and environmentally sound. We initially tried soda stream but did not find that to be a suitable solution. This product has exceeded our expectations. I also happen to be blind and I’ve had to call them repeatedly with questions to guide me through the process which is extremely simple if you can see better than me. I have received nothing but exceptional customer service, love the product and so happy we are no longer buying all of those wasteful plastic bottles. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone interested in a better more affordable option for your carbonated beverages." —Helen

Get it from Amazon for $99.84 (available in three colors).

12. A fancy juice fountain that'll basically pay for itself if you've got a serious green juice habit.

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How it works: The 84 mm extra wide chute feed whole fruits and vegetables to be juiced without pre-cutting. There are also two speed levels, high speed for denser fruit and veggies and low speed for more leafy and soft ingredients. The juice jug itself is detachable and suitable to store in the fridge so you can enjoy a pitcher of fresh juice all week long. The juicer cover, stainless steel filter bowl, purée disc and juice jug are all dishwasher safe for easier clean up!

Promising review: "I've been wanting a juicer for a while but everyone always said it was a beast to clean and so much work involved. After reading tons of reviews, I finally decided to go with the Breville Cold Fountain and it was well worth the money. So simple to use and clean up is a breeze. Definitely nothing like what I've heard about juicers." —Gurtej Grewal

Get it from Amazon for $179.95 (available in two styles).

13. A personal-size Ninja blender to blend all your favorite fruits and veggies up in on mornings when you're in a rush: it (conveniently!) mixes everything right in the cup you'll be taking with you.

Promising review: " I've used my Ninja for ten months on average six days per week. I've put in every combination of foods from ginger root to grapes, yogurt to yucca, cucumber to cranberries, peanuts to passion fruit and with the proper ratio of solid to liquid filled to the correct level I can honestly say I've never had a problem. I've concocted some nasty tasting mixtures I'll never do again but the ninja still looks & performs like new." —JATOAV8ORGet it from Amazon for $58.99 (available in two styles).
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Promising review: " I've used my Ninja for ten months on average six days per week. I've put in every combination of foods from ginger root to grapes, yogurt to yucca, cucumber to cranberries, peanuts to passion fruit and with the proper ratio of solid to liquid filled to the correct level I can honestly say I've never had a problem. I've concocted some nasty tasting mixtures I'll never do again but the ninja still looks & performs like new." —JATOAV8OR

Get it from Amazon for $58.99 (available in two styles).

14. A FoodSaver for removing air that causes freezer burn, mold, flavor loss, and a quicker expiration date! Perfect for sealing your chips, fruits and veggies, meats, pre-prepped meals and more.

Promising review: "This has changed my life, well maybe just my kitchen. I cook a lot of food Sous Vide and was vacuum sealing bags with a manual pump for awhile. Those bags were very expensive so all it took was finding this FoodSaver on sale and I thought I'd give it a shot. So glad I did, it works as described and the bags/bag rolls are so much cheaper than what I was using before. The bonus for me is being able to reseal all of the other chip bags and the like that we have laying around" —CLAGet it from Amazon for $88.75 .
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Promising review: "This has changed my life, well maybe just my kitchen. I cook a lot of food Sous Vide and was vacuum sealing bags with a manual pump for awhile. Those bags were very expensive so all it took was finding this FoodSaver on sale and I thought I'd give it a shot. So glad I did, it works as described and the bags/bag rolls are so much cheaper than what I was using before. The bonus for me is being able to reseal all of the other chip bags and the like that we have laying around" —CLA

Get it from Amazon for $88.75 .

15. A stainless steel coffee grinder to help you brew up the perfect cup without spending any more money or time at your local (over-priced) coffee shop. The grinder settings include extra fine, fine, regular and coarse.

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The conical burrs (machinery that grinds the beans) are made as precisely matched pairs and hand assembled in Switzerland!

Promising review: "Superb Burr Grinder for your coffee. Does extremely consistent grind, relatively easy to clean. The conical burr is key to the quality — it is machined in Switzerland per Capresso's web site and looks very precisely made." —David

Get it from Amazon for $119.19 (available in three colors).

16. A KitchenAid Stand Mixer you'll hand down to your children, because it's just that well-built! Save money and invest in those products that will last a lifetime (or two).

Promising review: "To be fair, I have only used the KitchenAid I bought a couple of times. However, my mother has had the same model for about 16 years. I was shocked to learn that it was already 16 years old. Her machine is just as powerful as ever, which says something about the integrity of the product." —KateG Get it from Amazon for $278.63 (available in tons of colors).Need further convincing? Read our story on why you need one.
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Promising review: "To be fair, I have only used the KitchenAid I bought a couple of times. However, my mother has had the same model for about 16 years. I was shocked to learn that it was already 16 years old. Her machine is just as powerful as ever, which says something about the integrity of the product." —KateG

Get it from Amazon for $278.63 (available in tons of colors).

Need further convincing? Read our story on why you need one.

17. A smokeless indoor grill to add yummy grid marks to veggies and meat year-round. BBQ at your house, mid-December!

It sets up in just *one* minute, quickly heats to 446° (apparently the ideal temperature for searing perfectly for flavor) — at the end, just clean the grill top and drip tray!Promising review: "I don't write a lot of product reviews, but this is one I can get really enthusiastic about. We are Manhattan city dwellers and love to grill. That's a problem because we live in an apartment building, and have no outdoor space, and no exhaust hood. I've learned to sear and broil meats and fish, but sometimes you need a grill. I considered many options—blowtorch, illegal hibachi on my fire escape, etc. but nothing could scratch the itch! Finally!! here is finally a HOT indoor grill that combines ambient, aerated heat with an iron grill surface that is easy to clean! It doesn't smoke up the kitchen any more than your stovetop range, and can seriously char some meat! It gets really, really hot." —J.BrownGet it from Amazon for $279.95 (available in two styles).
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It sets up in just *one* minute, quickly heats to 446° (apparently the ideal temperature for searing perfectly for flavor) — at the end, just clean the grill top and drip tray!

Promising review: "I don't write a lot of product reviews, but this is one I can get really enthusiastic about. We are Manhattan city dwellers and love to grill. That's a problem because we live in an apartment building, and have no outdoor space, and no exhaust hood. I've learned to sear and broil meats and fish, but sometimes you need a grill. I considered many options—blowtorch, illegal hibachi on my fire escape, etc. but nothing could scratch the itch! Finally!! here is finally a HOT indoor grill that combines ambient, aerated heat with an iron grill surface that is easy to clean! It doesn't smoke up the kitchen any more than your stovetop range, and can seriously char some meat! It gets really, really hot." —J.Brown

Get it from Amazon for $279.95 (available in two styles).

Wow, yes, I'll take them all please.

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