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    36 Things Under $20 That'll Help Make Your Kitchen Better

    Just a bunch of practical things to make your kitchen the best it's ever been.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI β€” prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A microwave plate cover featuring a genius magnetic hover function β€” and I *dare* that spaghetti sauce to try and splatter all over your freshly cleaned zap box NOW! Your long week doesn't deserve it, ok?


    This clever and clean kitchen tool is dishwasher safe and simply attaches to the top of your microwave.

    Promising review: "We've had regular microwave splatter covers before and they are a hassle, get misplaced, take up space, and clutter up the kitchen. This microwave splatter cover, however, is really nice. The enclosed magnets make it possible to keep the cover inside the microwave at all times, whether in use or not. You're don't constantly have to remove the cover when putting something into the microwave. It's a very nifty, convenient way to keep your microwave clean! I love it!" β€”Olivia358

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    2. An over-the-door organizer that can hold a variety of things like cutting boards, cleaners, and cooking sprays. Get creative people, the kitchen is your oyster!, Amazon

    Psst! It comes with screws so you don't have to use the hangers if they don't fit on your cabinet. With that being said, you should definitely measure before buying if you *do* want to hang it over the cabinet door.

    Promising review: "I am so happy to have found this major space saver! I always struggle to find a place to store my cutting boards. I worry about how clean they are when I leave them on the counter. I love the fact that they are now tucked away and won't get dirty! I am able to fit two, 3/4-inch thick wood boards, as well as two thin plastic ones. My largest board is 16 inches tall and it fits with plenty of room to close the door. Yes, you can see the hangers on the outside of the door, but they are very discrete. All-in-all a fantastic buy!" β€”madeline audrey

    Get it from Amazon for $13.87.

    3. And for the other door, a shopping bag holder because we're all adults here and it's time to stop shoving them in the back of your cabinets.


    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in three set sizes and colors).

    4. A caddy to keep your sponges and soaps in a nice, organized place β€” you know, 'cause sinks are FILTHY places! Don't leave your sponges in the sink, people!

    Amazon, Kathy C /

    Get it from Amazon for $11.98.

    5. A compact hand mixer with a retractable cord and a compartment for storing the beaters. Just think, you'll never misplace the attachments because they all stay together!

    Amazon, melissa l. /

    Promising review: "I got this because I've been cooking and baking every day and many recipes call for a mixer. Works great! The cord is nice and long and the beaters pop right in easily. They store on the side of the machine which is so smart and means I won't lose them. There are three speeds. It's just a really nice, simple mixer." β€”melissa l.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99 (available in four colors).

    Check out BuzzFeed Review's verdict on the best handheld mixers!

    6. A coffee pod organizer to properly store all those tea, sugar packets, K-cups, and creamers you have tossed around in random drawers.

    Promising review: "I love this storage item! It works perfect on my coffee island and helps keep the coffee pods organized. I worried about it breaking because it is made of plastic, but I have had this for six months now and it is still working perfectly β€” and that is with daily use, multiple times a day!" β€”Mr. and Mrs. Rabidoux

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in nine style/color combinations).

    7. Heat-resistant toaster bags for reheating sandwiches, fries, and other should-be crispy foods the RIGHT way β€” aka, not in the microwave where they tragically turn soggy. Plus, it's a great way to make a quick grilled cheese. You are welcome.


    It will ALSO keep your toaster clean and free from a crumb takeover. Not to mention these are a great way to prevent cross-contamination when there's a gluten-free member in the home. Each bag can be washed with soap and water and used up to 100 times.

    Promising review: "I had no idea how well these would work. You can put toast, rolls, or anything that will fit in the slot even if it has jelly or spread. It doesn't hurt the toaster and the food comes out warm." β€”mare36

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $6.99.

    8. An under-cabinet wine rack because having vino in an easy-to-reach place is grownup rule number one.


    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    9. Plus, a wine glass holder to conveniently store your finest of stemware. You so fancy.


    Promising review: "Simple, easy to install, and they were small enough to fit under the cabinet of my camping trailer. I actually used 3M Velcro strips to install β€” no screws necessary :). (The glasses in my camper are light-weight plastic.)" β€”Ashley

    Get it from Amazon for $19.93.

    10. A two-in-one strainer and bowl set that'll make it even easier to wash fruit, drain pasta, and save your food from falling down the drain.


    Promising review: "Wonderful product! I can strain things without worrying about the water in the sink flowing back into the colander, keep noodles in water while I make bundles, soak vegetables and easily strain later, and I can even use the bowl for mixing. It is a little flimsy, but that's expected because it is a softer plastic. I plan to buy more as gifts. Love the color too!" β€”Scooter1203

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in two colors).

    11. A hanging bag holder for your cooking scraps. This hooks over the cabinet and gives you a convenient place for extra food, making it perfect for composting β€” just remove the bag and dump into your composting bin!


    And if you want to reduce plastic, try out reusable produce bags! Get some on Amazon for $14.97.

    Promising review: "This is my favorite thing I have bought myself in the past few years, seriously! I know it doesn't look like much but it's actually amazing! You can use whatever kind of bags you have on hand. I've used grocery bags and produce bags, and they both work perfectly with it. It can be hung on a drawer or cabinet door and easily moved from place to place. I put it into my miscellaneous kitchen gadget drawer when not in use doesn't take up much space at all. I cook a lot and have always tried to find the perfect solution for scraps I've cut up and the easiest way to dispose of them. I've finally found it with hanging trash bag holder." β€”shafreaka

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    12. A pack of silicone food huggers so you stop wasting half-eaten veggies and fruits. Think of these handy things as makeshift caps for any type of bottle or container!

    MountainNurseBSN / / mrs. hayes /

    Promising review: "These are awesome! I had a vintage orange juice jar from the '70s and I half-heartedly looked for a cork lid to fit it for years. I came across these and decided to go for it. Glad I did! I juice a full bottle every two days and now I have a lid. It looks nice, goes well, and it's just the right color. Best of all, it's easy to get on and off, even with just one free hand. Don't know how I ever did without it!" β€”MountainNurseBSN

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $9.95+ (available in two color sets).

    13. An air purifying bag deodorizer to keep your fridge from smelling like something died in it.


    These bags come with a little suction cup to make hanging easy.

    Promising review: "This is absolutely amazing! It really works at keeping my refrigerator odor free. I clean my fridge once a week before shopping, but I can smell spills and certain foods once I open the door, and I get nauseous, However, now with this I smell nothing. Works 100 times better than baking soda and I usually forget to change the box every 30 days. I like it has a suction cup so I can hang anywhere in my fridge without it getting spilled like the baking soda box that I was constantly standing back up after it kept getting knocked over. This is also eco-friendly; another bonus!" β€”K

    Get it from Amazon for $8.40.

    14. Anti-mold pads for extending the life of allllll the fruit and veggies you just optimistically bought at the store. These will give you a chance to actually eat them before they go bad!


    These foam liners help cut down mold by absorbing excess water and providing your fruits/veggies better air circulation.

    Promising review: "These are my favorite new kitchen items. Cut into the shape of your fridge crisper drawer and you can place your veggies directly on top, they will last days longer without getting spoiled. It saves money in the long run because your vegetables will stay fresh. I loved them. I use the yellow for fruits and green for vegetables. They do their job, absorb excess water thus preventing mold and keeping things crisp." β€”California-Customer

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $11.99.

    15. And! Reusable produce storage bags that'll keep your freshly bought fruits and veggies actually fresh, so you have a real chance at eating them this time. Hello! Look at these results! /

    Promising review: "We decided to do a little test. One banana in a bag and one out, same location in the kitchen. This was after nine days you can see that’s there’s a distinct difference in the bananas. Amazing product!" β€”Trio Mum

    Get a 20 pack from Amazon for $9.88.

    16. A boil-over safeguard so you can step away from your stove and not worry about coming back to a volcano of steaming water bubbles.

    This handy thing is heat-resistant up to 400ΒΊF, and can even be used as a splatter guard in the microwave.

    Promising review: "This lid works great to keep the heat in and I don't have to worry about the foamy water boiling over the pot and onto the stove. I love how I can get a rolling boil in the water, and I feel this helps cook the pasta faster. Thankfully there are the two little round 'handles' on the lid so that I can use tongs to lift up the lid on one side and let it drain back into the pot before removing the lid." β€”dh

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $11.99.

    17. An over-the-door shoe organizer β€” yes, I am serious β€” to hang in the pantry for holding snacks, baby food, water bottles, household cleaners, and lots of other things!

    Zsuzsa C. Lovasy / / Mila McClain / /

    Check out our write-up on this shoe organizer to find out other creative ways this thing can be used!

    Promising review: "LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this product! I used it in my pantry for snacks! I love being able to see everything when you open the door, and the kids love being able to just grab a snack and go. Plus, there are no more empty snack boxes in my pantry!" β€”Mila McClain

    Get it from Amazon for $7.87.

    18. Woodland critter clips that'll keep your chips fresher thanks to the magic of the forest β€” oh, and by tightly sealing the bag back up after opening.


    Get a set of six for $3.99.

    19. An adjustable measuring cup with two measurements (cups and ounces) so you can rid your drawers of all those random plastic sets and save some darn room.


    These are also super helpful when it comes to measuring out stickier substances as this reviewer mentions:

    Promising review: "Many power-bar recipes I make frequently call for nut butter or agave syrup, both sticky, gluey substances. Tired of messing up measuring cups and spatulas to get the sticky stuff in, and then back out, of the cups, I thought I'd give this a try. Wonderful! Yes, you need a spatula to get the nut butter or sticky stuff into the measuring cup, but then you turn the outside, and the material spirals into your mixing bowl. Easy to use, your hands stay clean. When you're done, you can soak it or toss it into the dishwasher and let the machinery do the dirty work. Well-designed and easy to use." β€”QuinnCreative

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in two sizes).

    20. Taco holders to keep all the good stuff from falling out, because baby, your tacos are worth it.

    Tremortime /

    Promising review: "I just love these taco holders. Gone are the days when tacos have to be propped up with rice and beans! Not only are they oven and dishwasher safe, but they fit right on a standard plate for serving. Kids can handle picking tacos up and setting them back down without losing contents. Plus, they are fun looking!" β€”Evette

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $11.95+ (available in two set sizes).

    21. A dishwasher magnet you can switch back and forth to indicate if the dishes are clean or dirty. Now you won't have to wonder if you're eating off a dirty plate!

    MAvila424 /

    Promising review: "We have kept saying that we needed a magnet every time that my husband would unload dirty dishes and put them away in the cupboards!! This solves so much frustration! It has a nice magnet backing for use on dishwashers with stainless fronts, and little sticky circles to use on a plastic front. You don't have to pick the magnet off to change the sign β€” the little door on the magnet easily slides from left to right, showing either the 'clean' or the 'dirty' sign. I thought at first that this magnet was too large, but I've decided that it's just right. We like seeing it clearly. It doesn't look tacky. Just what we needed!" β€”Never Too Old To Learn

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99 (available in two colors).

    22. Stoneware measuring cups guaranteed to make you feel like you live in a cottage and are Sleeping Beauty's fairy godmothers.


    Oh, and they're dishwasher and microwave safe!

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $13.86 (available in three colors).

    23. A beautiful, crystal-like water bottle (with a lock-lid and straw!) that'll probably make all the other ones in your cabinet jealous.


    Promising review: "This pretty cup makes it MUCH easier for me to drink five of these a day than any other bottle or glass I've had before. Maybe it's that it's see-through and easy to drink out of with a straw, like some type of psychological trick, but it works! I usually have water with fresh lemon in it and carry it around with me. Highly recommend." β€”Jana Schuberth

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99 (available in six colors).

    24. A microwave bacon cooker so you can indulge your bacon cravings without turning on the stove, frying bacon, turning the bacon, de-greasing the bacon, soaking the pan, etc., etc., etc.

    Promising review: "This is the best little gadget I have tried in a long time. I lay a paper towel on top and fold to drape over the edges to catch the splatters, program for one minute per slice of bacon, and that is it. If you have a full rack, 12 slices, you will take the rack out, remove the ones that are done, put back in, cook for additional one minutes until all are to your satisfaction. You can put the gadget into the dishwasher or wash in good soapy water and have it ready for the next use." β€”G. Carver

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    25. A baggy rack that can clip to bags and prop them up so you can get all your leftovers safely inside without the fuss of spills.


    Promising review: "I make lots of freezer meals for myself and our daughters, and this was suggested to me by a friend. It came exactly as described. Most of the time, I am making multiple servings of the same recipe. Before, I would have to pour ingredients into one bag, squish the air out, seal, set aside, and start over. NOW, I set up how ever many bags I am making, and once the recipe is done, I place the freezer meals into each hands-free baggy, then remove one at a time, seal, and DONE!!!!" β€”LV

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $11.97+ (available in six set sizes).

    26. A set of nonstick oven liners, because nobody *wants* to waste their time scraping up burnt-on food at the bottom of the oven after every meal cooked. It slips into any oven size and removes just as easily for cleaning. Lazy cleaners, rejoice!


    The liners are non-stick, reusable, dishwasher safe, and heat resistant up to 500 degrees. You can even use these in toaster ovens and on the grill like this reviewer:

    Promising review: "These liners are life changing! I never thought I needed them until a friend raved about them. Clean up is so simple, no more melted cheese or sauces burnt to the bottom of my ovens. I love that I can cut down to size to fit my toaster oven also. My husband enjoys grilling with the liners now, as he doesn't have to line the grill with aluminum foil which he found so annoying, deterring him from grilling. This product really has simplified my life in the kitchen and I love it." β€”Melissa

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $11.99.

    27. A pair of claw shredders you'll want to get your ~paws~ on ASAP for all of your meat carving and pulling needs.


    Get it from Amazon for $12.95 (available in six colors).

    28. A steaming tray you simply slip into the microwave with your meat, veggies, and a little water, and in minutes you'll have a delicious meal waiting for you.


    The trays are stackable, freezer-safe, and top-rack dishwasher safe.

    Promising review: "OMG! I love these! I've used them for soups, reheating pasta and chili, making scrambled and poached eggs, ramen noodles, and canned veggies. Many uses for them straight from the fridge or freezer right into the microwave. They're great for travel to the office for lunch without spilling in your tote bag, purse, or briefcase, picnics, or a day out. The locking lid prevents that explosion in the microwave you often get from microwaveable food that come in containers. Your food will become piping hot while the bowl remains touchable and easy to manage.. Best microwave cookers I've found so far and I have tried many since I got my first microwave when they first came out. Great, great, great! Did I say these are great?" β€”AshGray

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in six styles and in purple).

    29. A slicing rack so you can create amazing hasselback potatoes every time β€” and not chop your fingers off trying to get the perfect cut, which is always nice.


    Promising review: "Yeah, yeah, I've seen the Pinterest hacks that just use chopsticks so you don't end up cutting through the potato. This gadget makes the process easier, faster, and the cuts are even β€” which I like. These won't fit the giant Texan type of russet potatoes. If you buy regular size and not the monster potato you'll do just fine." β€”Edna

    Get it from Amazon for $11.50.

    30. An herb stripper designed to easily pluck your favorite greens that can otherwise be extremely time consuming to do by hand. Making dinner after a long day doesn't seem so impossible now! /

    Promising review: "I finally had the chance to use this today on some cilantro. I love cilantro but don't use it as much as I'd like because it is a bit time-consuming to get the leaves off all the stems. This little gadget was an amazing time saver. It was neat, too. The leaves separated from the stems easily and quickly. In less than one minute, I had plenty of cilantro leaves for my salad. I think I'm going to purchase these as gifts, too! I don't like to keep too many little kitchen gadgets because they all add up and take over cabinets and drawers. This one, however, is a must-have." β€”j3nnz

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    31. A whetstone that'll keep your best knives at peak sharpness, because if they can't cut through a rock hard potato, then what's the ~point~?


    Promising review: "Gets my knives RIDICULOUSLY sharp. Works equally well on cheap stamped steel knives and forged stainless steel ones too...I have an $11 steel blade that can now cut through ripe tomatoes with nothing more than the weight of the blade resting on top and a little back and forth." β€”balconio

    Get it from Amazon for $10.90.

    32. A fume-free oven cleaner for removing all of the grease and grime that built up after that one Thanksgiving you hosted in 2016.

    Promising review: "I'm a little embarrassed to write this review; it's been ~six years since my last oven cleaning... after seeing the results, I couldn't help but spread the word. Sure, it took some beer, a little John Mayer, and a lot of elbow grease, but I got the job done, thanks to this handy little product. It did require two treatments; however, given the circumstances, this product accomplished quite a feat in just an hour. The attached pictures speak for themselves." β€”William Fredericks

    Get it from Amazon for $5.97.

    33. Slow-cooker liners that I personally consider a miracle in a box. Simply remove after cooking, and you won't have to fight to get off any baked-on residue!


    Promising review: "Why? Why would you want to scrub your giant crockpot? Well, now you don't have to β€”Β these liners are the perfect solution for your crockpot needs. Simply place it in your crockpot like you would a trash bag, add all of your ingredients, cook, and then when you're all done...just trash the liner! I've been using these for years and I will never go back to scrubbing the tough cooked on food from the day's cooking. I have never once had a liner with a leak and I really feel like Reynolds has helped make kitchen cleanup so much easier with this smart product." β€”Katie B.

    Get it from Amazon for $2.98+.

    34. A batter dispenser designed to release the perfect amount of batter every time so you're always making the best freakin' cupcakes and pancakes in the cleanest way possible.


    Promising review: "Loved it so much, I bought a second one! We have four children, and breakfast is a huge part of our day but sleep is precious. I use one dispenser for pancakes, and another for eggs prepared the night before to be scrambled or turned into omelets. Mealtime is so much more efficient, and cleaning up is easy. The portion control is great. They are very durable as well, they've been dropped and survived intact!" β€”Tacuma Clemons

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    35. Storage bins that'll transform your refrigerator and cabinets from drab (and very cluttered) to fab (and organized).


    Get a set of two from Amazon for $14.99.

    36. And a Lazy Susan turntable to organize cluttered cabinets and countertops into a tidy wonderland where you can *actually* find things!

    Amazon, Sherry D. Johnson /

    Promising review: "I put one of these 18-inch turntables in the corner of every other shelf of my new pantry. I arranged the shelves in such a way that I had easy access to them and that tall items could be placed on them. They are super sturdy and the non-slip rubbery surface is such a plus. The lip on the edges is great, too! I would expect a turntable of this quality to be much more expensive (but happy they were so reasonably priced!). Kudos to Amazon for their speedy service, too! I ordered two 10 inch turntables just like these for short bottled items on my narrow shelves, too." β€”Sherry D. Johnson

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in three sizes and colors).

    Your kitchen will now be at its absolute best: Clean and organized.


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