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    46 Kitchen Products That Actually Do What They Say They Will

    So effective they're actually worth your precious storage space.

    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 — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A microwave rice cooker that'll make perfectly steamed results every time, without the mess or hassle of using a pot or traditional rice cooker. Plus, you can pop the whole thing in the dishwasher!

    The cooker with rice inside being scooped out with the paddle
    Amazon

    It comes with a measuring cup, colander (for the all-important rice rinse) and a rice paddle for easy serving, too!

    Promising review: "Saw this microwave rice cooker on tv, decided to give it a try because my rice never comes out right. Used it the first time with packaged spanish rice with the seasoning....after putting it in, I kinda freaked out because I was afraid the yellow saffron would stain the cooker.....SURPRISE, no stain AND perfect rice! I have used it at least once a week, perfect rice everytime and truly easy clean up. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE JOSEPH JOSEPH MICROWAVE RICE COOKER. If I could give it a million stars, I would!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $24.24.

    2. A stainless-steel bar that'll actually rid your hands of foul odors (even fish, garlic, and onions!). Just rub — with or *without* water — and the stink is gone.

    The soap-shaped bar, which says "rub away"
    Amazon

    Promising review: "For years we have been just using large metal spoons or the sides of our metal sink to remove various odors from our hands (i.e. after chopping garlic or onions). Finally, I said to myself, 'Self, we need to move into the 21st century and get a metal bar'....and Ta-Daaaaah! I am really glad that we bought this because it looks really nice and it works so much better than a spoon or sink. For anyone that doesn't believe that this type of thing works, go ahead and chop 10 cloves of garlic and then rub your hands on this bar under cold running water. The results will speak for themselves. I would highly recommend this to anyone." —Sergio DaSilveira

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (also available in fish and garlic shapes).

    3. Clip-on stands to keep your bags upright while pouring in leftovers for storage; you won't waste another morsel.

    The stands holding up four zip-top bags, each filled with different food
    Amazon

    They're *also* great for air drying bags you've washed out to reuse.

    Promising review: "I used three of these to help me make freezer meals for after I have a baby. I can honestly say I don't know how I would have filled the freezer bags without these ingenious plastic bag holders. I was able to dump veggies, spices, meat, and cans of heavy beans and tomatoes into the bags, and they stood up the entire time without sliding or spilling. One of the bags I stuffed literally to the brim, as full as it could go, and the bag did not fall down. I would definitely recommend these." —Grace S.

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $11.35.

    4. A ~chicken stick~ made from reclaimed wood whose main task is to pull out and push back in your hot oven racks so you don't burn your hands.

    Birch Creek / Etsy

    Promising review: "This oven puller is so beautiful and crafted very well. Quite unique also. Love love it! Excellent customer service and fast shipping in the Covid era. Thank you!" —The274

    Get it from Birch Creek Wood Craft on Etsy for $15+ (available in four types of wood).

    Birch Creek Wood Craft is a US-based woodworking Etsy shop making little household helpers.

    5. A stainless-steel electric corkscrew that'll open a bottle in seconds, seriously reducing the amount of time you have to wait before having a glass of wine.

    The electric corkscrew in stand
    Amazon

    It comes with a cool charging stand that glows blue, and the opener can open up to 30 bottles on a single charge.

    Promising review: "I had one of the earliest electric wine openers, but it finally gave up the ghost. Boy, am I glad now! This new one is fantastic! It's really easy to use, takes no effort — you don't have to hang onto the bottle so it doesn't spin, like my old one — and it looks attractive on the counter." —Mary

    Get it from Amazon for $22.46.

    6. An air fryer (from the makers of the INSTANT POT!!) so you can crisp up leftovers, make homemade versions of your favorite fried foods (without having to deal with hot oil), and more.

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    Here's what BuzzFeed Food writer Hannah Loewentheil has to say about it: "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 6-in-1 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 air air fryer, but as an added bonus, it can also roast, broil, bake, re-heat, 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 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 $99.99.

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

    7. An omelet maker that'll deliver a delicious and healthy breakfast from the microwave to your plate in just minutes — and will taste like it was made on the stove!

    The red silicone omelet maker next to a veggie omelet
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This brings omelets to my weekday breakfast. I've been trying to eat a low-carb diet, and the idea of eggs for breakfast appeals to me. But, I am *so* NOT a morning person; and getting up early to stir a low-n-slow scramble just does not work for me. I've tried microwaving eggs in custard cups but they always turned out either soupy and underdone or firm but dry and rubbery. But this makes them Just Right, every time, in two minutes flat. That's less time than it takes me to brew my coffee. Two or three eggs, some herbs, a few chopped veggies, and perhaps a sprinkle of cheese makes for a quick, easy, and tasty breakfast." —Vanilla Chameleon

    Get it from Amazon for $15.13.

    8. Rubbermaid FreshWorks storage containers with venting technology to keep produce fresh for up to 80% longer.

    Natalie Brown / BuzzFeed, Amazon

    The vents regulate the flow of oxygen and carbon dioxide and keeps moisture away so your strawberries taste freshly-picked days and days and days later. I recently got a couple of these and a bunch of basil and strawberries stayed fresh for SO LONG!!

    Promising review: "I read the reviews and thought I’d give these a try since they here easily half the price of the other ones I looked at that had to have the charcoal filters replaced periodically. These need no filter changes and oh-my-gosh, they work! I went on a 10 day trip to visit my mom and left my husband home with asparagus, strawberries, and spinach in the containers. He ate some of all of them, but there was plenty left when I got back and they were in perfect condition! I couldn’t believe it! These will save us a lot of money not throwing away food because we couldn’t get through it fast enough. (We shop at Costco and get large containers of produce.) These are TOTALLY worth getting and I will be getting a few more sizes. Excellent product!!!" —Elizabeth Walter

    Get them from Amazon for $6.69+ each (available in six sizes and in sets of multiples).

    Check out our full Rubbermaid Freshworks review for more on these game-changing containers!

    9. And/or a Zwilling vacuum set that comes with two containers, two reusable bags, and the vacuum pump that sucks out *all* the air for super-fresh leftovers every time.

    A bag with bread vacuum sealed, a container with tomato and mozzarella, and the small vacuum pump
    Zwilling

    You can even track how long your food's been in the freezer through QR code.

    Promising review: "This is such a great tool to incorporate in saving my food and keeping it fresh! I have always been so bad about trying to keep leftovers and produce fresh, and they end up expiring or go bad. I have seen such a huge difference now in my food saving efforts with using this set. The vacuum pump is compact and really easy to store in my small kitchen. The containers and bags do such a great job keeping air out. I love the app and how it keeps track of what I’ve saved. It's nice to have a much better method of keeping track of my food and not waste it. This is something everyone needs to get and incorporate in their daily food prep and saving." —Niner2015

    Get it from Zwilling for $99.99 (originally $125).

    10. A silicone tube designed to easily peel garlic. Just pop the clove in the tube and roll it back and forth against the table or counter and your cloves with be naked and ready for mincing or grating.

    Hand rolling garlic in the red silicone tube
    Amazon

    Promising review: "It really works! My least favorite part about cooking is peeling all the little garlic cloves. This thing peels them in a snap! I don't have to smash each clove and pick the pieces of skin apart from the pieces of crushed garlic. The skin just slides right off! 10/10 would recommend." —Ruth Dickhoff

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

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

    Hands using the metal claw-shaped tools to shred a hunk of meat
    Amazon

    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. 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).

    12. Cheese storage paper guaranteed to keep your cheddar sharp, your Parmesan poppin', and your Brie better than ever for way, way longer.

    The paper wrapped around a wedge of hard cheese
    amazon.com

    The paper breathes just the right amount, maintaining the perfect humidity and mimicking the environment that cheese is aged in.

    Promising review: "Before I bought this cheese paper I would do the cheese search in the refrigerator. After buying cheeses, opening them, and then rewrapping them in heaven knows what (namely plastic wrap, aluminum foil, and plastic containers), it was always the same result: moldy cheese. This box contains the paper in sheets plus some stickers that you can write on with the name of the cheese and the date it was wrapped or even sell by date. There are also pictures of a sheep, cow, and goat so the source can be identified by circling or checking one of them! What I also like is that the cheeses can be rewrapped after use and amazingly the stickers still stick! The paper can also be cut to size to wrap smaller cheeses. So far I have noted that the cheeses have stayed fresh with not a trace of mold. I highly recommend this product to all cheese lovers!" —Prairie Woman

    Get a package of 15 11"x14" sheets of cheese paper from Amazon for $9 (also available in larger packs).

    13. An adjustable rolling pin with removable rings to let you roll out cookie dough or pie crust to an exact thickness in no time flat.

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    Promising review: "I am really bad at judging dough thickness and, since I'm very detail-oriented, I kept a ruler in the kitchen trying to keep my dough thickness consistent. That of course took much longer so my dough would warm and be harder to work with. So I finally broke down and ordered this pin before the holidays. The result: I love this rolling pin. Now, it is so easy to make my gingerbread, shortbread, and sugar cookies. I don't have to worry about rolling too thin so it's very quick to roll the dough. And I especially love that my 6-year-old son uses it very easily as well. Getting the rings on and off is easy and the sizes on the rings are marked. I highly recommend this rolling pin!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.97+ (available in two colors).

    14. A microwave popper so you can buy your kernels in bulk (no dumb little bags!) and top your popcorn with WHATEVER you choose — no oil required, if you don't want to add it!

    The blue silicone popper with popcorn in it and lid
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is a great little invention. Easy to clean and store, and it pops the popcorn perfectly every single time. Save yourself a ton of money, and just buy this and pick up some unpopped kernels from the grocery store. I bought a small organic bag for $3 and got about 15–20 bowls out of it. Now I can finally have some decent microwave popcorn without having to deal with the trans fats or palm oil that all of the major brands seem to use in their products nowadays." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $13.90 (available in 14 colors).

    15. A salad chopper and bowl guaranteed to change your salad game as you know it; just toss in your greens and veggies, run your round cutter through it, and you're good to go.

    Hands rolling the double-pizza cutter-esque chopper through a bowl of greens and veggies
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Best gadget ever. As a Disciple of Alton, I don't buy unitaskers, but made an exception for this one. I love it and use it almost every night for dinner. You can throw almost all of your salad veggies in the bowl, and with a few strokes, chop them as finely as you like. (Exception: you still have to chop tomatoes by hand, because the chopper wheel tends to just squish them.) The resulting chopped salad 'holds' the dressing more evenly and is prettier and more inviting to eat. This gadget also makes it really easy to chop ingredients like cilantro or parsley into your salad — a great way to use leftover fresh herbs. I do have a suggestion for improvement: if this bowl came with a lid, it would be easier to prepare the chopped salad ahead and store it in the fridge, until you're ready to add the dressing." —MaryJ44319

    Get it from Amazon: just the chopper for $14.95 or the chopper and bowl set for $24.99.

    16. A pomegranate de-seeder that'll keep you from splurging on prepared fruit — just pop the cut-in-half pomegranate on top, and tap with a spoon until every seed comes out. Your favorite superfood is ready to eat, and you didn't even have to get super annoyed.

    Crystalia

    It also comes with another attachment for juicing lemons and other citrus!

    Promising review: "This is my favorite purchase of the year. Didn’t know that deseeding a pomegranate could be so easy! bye-bye red pomegranate stains on my clothes." —Marry Howard

    Get it from Crystalia for $17.95.

    17. A machine-washable countertop drip catcher if you're tired of cleaning that splash zone behind your sink after ricocheting water off every! single! spoon! you wash.

    TwoLilacsStudio/Etsy

    Promising review: "LOVE these splash catchers! They save me from having to chase the puddles that form around the base of our faucet before they start creeping over the counter. So reasonably priced, made well with neatly finished edges, and packaged with gift-ready care." —Alina

    Get it from Two Lilacs Studio on Etsy for $12+ (available in four sizes and 10 colors).

    Two Lilacs Studio is a small Etsy shop based in Saint Helens, Oregon.

    18. A knife sharpener with two grooves (one for coarse sharpening and one for quick touch-ups) to make your year-old knives slice like brand-new.

    Hands running a knife through one of the sharpening channels
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I have had my set of knives for over 10 years. I was looking to replace them when someone recommended trying to sharpen them. I hated sharpening the knives with the sharpener they came with. I wanted something easy. This was it! I sharpened all my knives with it and they are like they were when I first purchased them. This knife sharpener made it quick and easy. It saved me a lot of money from purchasing a new set. If your knives are dull, give this a try. You can't beat it for the price!" —M. Bell

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

    Learn more about this handy sharpener in our editor's in-depth review, and check out our picks for the best chef's knife.

    19. And for the kids in your family who are learning kitchen skills, a safer wooden knife designed for children so they can help you cook and learn a thing or two *while* preventing any ouchies.

    Kids hands holding the wooden "knives" with handles to cut up apple slices
    JUstenbois / Etsy

    Promising review: "My 4-year-old grandson cooks with me but moves too fast for a real knife. He made an entire salad with this brilliant, beautifully made knife. Fit his hands and he was a whiz right away using it because of the smart design. Every child should have one. Shipping was fast. Packaging was great." —graceannemchugh

    Get it from JUstenbois on Etsy for $17.22.

    JUstenbois is a Canadian (zero-waste!) shop handmaking tableware from maple wood.

    20. If you have stainless-steel appliances, a must-have plant-based cleaner to remove streaks, marks, and fingerprints from all of your appliances with one wipe of the included microfiber cloth.

    Reviewer's before/after of their kitchen stainless steel (fingerprinted before, shiny after)
    amazon.com

    I recommended this to my mom to use on her stainless steel (she's a bit of a neat freak and HATES streaks) and she loves it!

    Promising review: "If you have a Subzero fridge, you know the struggle is real when it comes to keeping it clean. It's a different type of stainless steel and shows all product residue. Then I found this stuff. Oh wow! A few seconds of polishing and it looks amazing!! it has never looked this good, this shiny, and this clean! Best product ever!" —Katerina

    Get the set of cleanser and polish from Amazon for $15.95.

    21. A cast-iron skillet that'll get job after job after job done — steaks! skillet cookies! at-home pizzas! Keep this bb seasoned (and don't let it rust!) and you won't have to ever replace it.

    Salmon and asparagus in the skillet with our spouts and a helper handle
    Amazon

    It's preseasoned, has excellent heat retention, and has a helper handle built in for easy carrying. Just remember that it gets (and stays) hot hot HOT when it comes out of the oven. Btw, this is our mid-price pick for best cast-iron skillet!

    Promising review: "I own just about every make of cast iron out there and this is the BEST piece I have ever used. Pretty well seasoned from the factory , nice smooth cooking surface . I love the longer curved handle and oversized pour spouts ( they actually pour the liquid not spill it out of the pan). This has quickly become my favorite piece of cast iron and will be buying more." —Will

    Get a 12-inch skillet from Amazon for $29.99 (available in five sizes).

    22. And to round out your pan collection, a nonstick ceramic Always Pan (this one's PFOA-free), because that dinner you spent valuable time on shouldn't be burnt on! This one's designed to do the work of EIGHT pieces of regular old cookware, and comes with a lockable lid, steamer basket, pouring spout, and a nesting spatula with a built-in rest.

    The pan with shrimp etoufee, with bowls of the shrimp and rice around it
    instagram.com

    I *love* love love this pan and use it almost every time I cook — eggs and pancakes flip easily and never stick and no matter what I've done to it, the pan ALWAYS wipes clean without any scrubbing effort.

    Promising review: "My always pan is going to be my new favorite cooking ware. Super versatile and absolutely beautiful. Love the functionality that it possesses and the versatility range, someone really thought about all the best way to cook with this! Safe, easy to clean, and beautiful to look at! Makes you want to cook more delicious meals all day long! Shipping took a while because I preordered, but I was happy to wait!" —Celyn V.

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

    Our Place is a POC-owned business based in Los Angeles. All of their boxes are packaged with biodegradable and recyclable materials, and the Always Pan is made in a female-owned factory in China.

    Check out our Always Pan review (number 4 in the post) from one of my BuzzFeed colleagues to learn more!

    23. A set of reusable liners to keep your oven cleaner than ever. No worries if your lasagna drips over or your sweet potatoes ooze a little — you won't have to scrub out the oven, just remove these when the oven cools and you can wash 'em right up in the sink.

    Amazon

    And you can trim them with a pair of scissors to fit whatever size oven you have.

    Promising review: "I have used these liners for years. I hate cleaning my oven and this liner has saved me so much time and effort, not to mention my oven always looks like new. I should comment on the durability of these liners. It recommends that you remove the liner before initiating the self-cleaning feature on the oven. I admit that I have forgotten a couple times. Although it does the liner no good, it does stand up to the tremendous heat. I would recommend this liner for every busy person who has no time or desire to clean their oven. It's amazing." —Cartec

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $12.95.

    24. Bar Keepers Friend soft cleansing ~liquid~ that'll become your new kitchen cleaning BFF. Sinks, stained cookware, stainless steel, faucets, and handles? CLEAN AT LAST!

    amazon.com

    It works on SO. MANY. SURFACES — everything mentioned above PLUS countertops, tubs, toilets, grout, and more — so you can get to work and see results with only one product.

    Promising review: "This stuff is GOOD! I bought this right before purchasing a stainless steel cookware set and whew! I cooked some chicken that looked like I was going to have to scrub hard to get it off. I put a little bit on the bar keepers friend on the stubborn spot, let it sit for a minute or so, washed it with the little scrubby pad it comes with and that stuff came right off! SO glad I got this! (by the way the scrubby pad didn’t scratch!) Doesn’t leave any marks or stains on the pots or pans, I definitely wouldn’t leave it sit for any longer that a minute or two. I included a before and after of my cooked on mess it got off. I’m very satisfied!" —Amazon Customer

    Get the cleanser, plus a nonscratch dishcloth from Amazon for $18.99.

    Check out our first-hand review of Bar Keeper's Friend original *and* the soft cleansing liquid for more deets and photographic ~evidence~.

    25. Antimicrobial silicone sponges that'll never get stinky — they're almost 100% resistant to mold and mildew, more durable than regular sponges, and won't scratch your pots and pans! AKA you won't be tossing a whole new sponge every other day.

    Model washing a plate with the sponge with text "silicone. no odor. clean"
    Amazon

    They *guarantee* that each scrubber sponge will stay odor-free for at least three months. I've been using one of these for months now, and I can vouch for 'em — NO STINK!

    Promising review: "My girlfriend has a keen nose for mildew, which meant we were throwing out kitchen sponges well before they were worn out. I came across these and was very happy with the first ones we tried. Absolutely no odor, even after several weeks worth of usage. The scrubber will break down long before it starts to smell. A definite winner in my book!" —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $9.95.

    Also available in a version designed to clean your stovetop!

    26. Or a completely reusable sponge (run it through the washing machine or dishwasher for cleaning) made from terry cloth on one side, cotton flannel on the other, and polyester mesh for a super effective clean that's also better for the earth.

    Three sponges in different prints
    Marley's Monsters / Etsy

    The prints are also just super cute!

    Promising review: "I’ve been searching for a dish sponge alternative for a long time. I bought one of these to try it out. I loved it so much I bought three more!! Excellent quality, flexible, soft but scrubs well with the mesh, keeps a good lather... all in all even better than a regular dish sponge! I’m thrilled! No more plastic trash dish sponges for me!! Thank you!! 💙🌎💚" —Jessica Hames

    Get it from Marley's Monsters on Etsy for $10 (also available in a three-pack for $28; available in four colors).

    Marley's Monsters is a woman-owned shop based in Oregon (and home to the ~original~ Un-Paper Towel) making eco-friendly essentials for everyday use.

    27. A perforated crisping pan, because you deserve reheated, frozen, and homemade pizza with an actually CRUNCHY (never soggy) crust. And it works on anything that needs to be crisped up in the oven!

    A thin-crust pizza on the round pan with holes in it
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This saves the pizza crust from getting burned and delivers a better texture to the crust. It allows the heat to fully penetrate the underside of the pizza and make it a delectable, mouth-watering experience!!!! Restaurant quality!!!!" —Lee

    Get it from Amazon for $18.10.

    28. A quad of silicone cups that'll ensure perfectly poached eggs with no hassle and no need for swirling water or vinegar.

    The cups stacked, one with an egg in it, and a runny egg on a piece of toast
    Amazon

    Promising review: "These are just the coolest things ever! I have tried several times in he past to make poached eggs, and never could get the hang of it. Earlier this year, I stayed in a hotel that had a beautiful tray of poached eggs on their buffet table every morning, and hey were so good. Now I can make beautiful poached eggs at home with these poacher cups...and it's fun and never makes a mess. The pot doesn't even get dirty because the cups float! Such a great idea, and definitely worth the price!" –Katie W.

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $10.95.

    29. A roasting oven with a self-basting lid for crispy-on-the-outside, moist-on-the-inside roast, chicken, turkey, and more.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    It can fit up to a 26-pound turkey, and it can bake, slow cook, and roast. Just pop out the removable roasting pan and rack to clean up!

    Promising review: "I never write reviews but for this item I truly felt the need. It claims it can cook a 20-pound turkey in two hours. It claims it's self-basting and that your end result will be perfect. It claims it frees up oven space and is less stressful. I'm here to tell you I was terrified we were going to end up with Chinese take out on Thanksgiving day but I just didn't have enough oven space to do it all — so I tried it. From this point forward I will NEVER cook a turkey in the oven again!! This little gem did EVERYTHING it claimed and then some!! Our turkey was praised by everyone and I can tell you it was seriously moist and cooked to perfection. It really did cook it in the two hours. I can't wait for Christmas to put my ham in it!! Don't be scared — you won't regret this purchase!" —Valeria A. Blanke

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99.

    30. A brown sugar-softening bear so you won't ever check your pantry before making chocolate chip cookies or your morning oatmeal, only to find rock-hard brown sugar you now have to toss. It'll stay soft and scoop-able every time.

    The terra cotta bear next to a jar of brown sugar
    Amazon

    Just soak it in water for 20 minutes and pop in the container. You can *also* use it without soaking to absorb moisture, keeping foods like pretzels, crackers, chips — and even salt — nice and dry.

    Promising review: "This is the second brown sugar bear I've purchased because they work so well. They are simple to use and very effective. Soak it in water and then place it in your brown sugar container. It will keep the sugar soft and easy to scoop. If you have brown sugar that has already hardened and is like a solid rock, you can place the bear in the container and by the next day you will be able to scoop it again. It's simple, effective, and inexpensive. There is no reason not to get this little bear." —Hannah M.

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $9.998.

    31. A trio of cinching closures (kind of like the ones you use on drawstring bags) you can use on loaves of bread or any other bagged food. No more stale bread?! Dreams really DO come true.

    The cincher in red on a bag of bread
    Amazon

    These are way easier to keep track of (and seal WAY better) than those stupid plastic dongles that come on bread and English muffins.

    Promising review: "These little plastic doodads may have saved my marriage! My husband and I had a longstanding competition to see who had the best method of closing bread and roll bags, since I absolutely hated dealing with metal twist ties or plastic clips. I would throw them away once I opened the wrapper and fold over the top, but he was sure this was going to make things go stale. I wasn't quite sure what to think of these little beauties when I saw them, as I am wary of bag clips that really don't stay put or keep things fresh. You simply push the spring loaded end, opening the little divot, and pop it over the end of any bag that would use a twist tie. It is so much quicker, easier, less frustrating (and, frankly much cuter, too) and they have made my kitchen a happier place." —L. J. Schrader

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $14.82 (available in two color sets).

    32. An *indoor* stove top smoker so you can smoke your favorite foods for a TON of flavor without needing a backyard or taking up a ton of space in your kitchen.

    The red cooker with meat inside and text "idea for indoors cooking and made for all stovetops"
    Amazon

    Just pop wood chips into the charring cup, choose moist or try smoke, and get going.

    Promising review: "We live in an apartment and would love a full-blown smoker but we don’t have a place to put it. Enter this little guy. We were skeptical but we’re stuck inside for quarantine, cooking all kinds of stuff, so we figured it was worth testing out. THIS LITTLE SMOKER WORKS AMAZING!!!!! BEST $80 WE EVER SPENT! The first time we used it on ribs we ended up with ribs better than any restaurant outside the actual south. We’re currently smoking Brisket and it smells so good I want to take it behind a high school and get it pregnant. Is it super easy to clean? No. It’s a smoker. Foil the drip tray and accept that sometimes your cookware will look like you actually cooked in it. That’s kind of the point. Thank the Meat Gods that Amazon deemed this essential enough to deliver. RIIIIBS FOR DAAAAAYS!" —Paige Suth

    Get it from Amazon for $79.98.

    33. Ethylene gas-absorbing apples for anyone tired of fresh produce spoiling before they can use it — the company claims these'll save the average household up to $600 per year.

    A hand holding the blue apple-shaped product above a fridge drawer full of produce
    Amazon

    They can keep produce fresher for two to three times longer. Each packet inside the Bluapple lasts three months, and you can order replacement packets as needed.

    Promising review: "Lettuce was going bad in my refrigerator produce bin while lettuce in my outdoor compost bin seemed to stay green much longer. Then I bought these, and now my lettuce stays fresh for a very long time. This product pays for itself many times over." —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $19.99.

    34. An under-the-sink water filtration system to help you kiss your Brita goodbye and pour a glass of the good stuff straight from the tap.

    The system hooked up in the cabinet under a kitchen sink (it's about the size of a small fire extinguisher)
    Amazon

    It has a two-step filter that removes 99.99% of contaminants, and it comes with direct connect hoses to hook right up to the standard 3/8" valves in U.S. kitchen sinks. It's designed to be installed in under three minutes.

    Promising review: "We have town water and it seems they are putting more and more chlorine in it every year. We should be getting used to it and tasting it less and less, not more! The refrigerator filters are super expensive and weren't cutting it. Every time I put a glass to my mouth it smelled like a swimming pool. I searched the internet and decided to give this a try due to the positive reviews and affordability. Wow! easy install (I'm an avid DIYer). And the taste! The chorine taste is just gone! No more overpriced fridge filters for us. I love that the filter replacement procedure is basically the same as a fridge. Just twist and remove. We love it so much I teed off the fridge line and put a dispenser at our sink as well. The flow on this thing is just amazing! And the water tastes great! Don't waste your money on the expensive, complicated ones. My parents have a three-chambered, name brand filter at their house. It was expensive, the replacement filters are expensive, it is a pain in the petunias to replace the filters, and the flow rate is pathetic! But guess what! Our water from this filter tastes just as good as theirs at a fraction of the price, plus it's way more convenient, plus the flow rate is way better. I just can't say enough. Love, Love it! You will too!" —BJ

    Get it from Amazon for $67.99.

    35. A handheld electric milk frother so you don't *have* to leave your home to enjoy a fabulous cafe-quality latte or cappuccino. It even works on iced bevvies — hello dalgona coffee!

    A mason jar with milk and whipped coffee
    amazon.com

    It's battery-operated — just run it in some soapy water for an easy cleaning.

    Promising review: "Love this little thing! I have every thing you can think of at home for making coffee and espresso... Well I love the Starbucks pumpkin cream cold brew with foam. I set out to make my own. Well I can now make cold foam thanks to this little tool. Love it!" —Gav's mama

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

    36. An all natural surface scrub you can use on cooktops, ovens, sinks, tile (and grout!) and more — it's even food safe so you can feel confident in all your kitchen cleaning.

    The jar of paste
    Humble Suds / Etsy

    Promising review: "I’m truly impressed! I used on white grout (gulp) and it worked beautifully! The fact that it’s all natural is quite the bonus. Thanks!" —Gail Pritchard

    Get it from Humble Suds on Etsy for $14.95+.

    Humble Suds is a women-owned Etsy shop specializing in plant-based cleaning products based in Denver, Colorado.

    37. An *odor-neutralizing* trashcan with a step-on opening mechanism so you don't have to touch it with your germy, chicken-breast hands.

    The stainless steel garbage can in a reviewer's kitchen
    amazon.com

    The best part? The lid closes *slowly* so it doesn't make that loud BANG every time. You can get three-packs of odor filters for $15.71 — each filter last about three months.

    Promising review: "Our waste container arrived in perfect condition, well packaged. Nothing to set up really and our 13 gallon bags fit perfectly. We bought this item because our dogs made a sport of dumping our old trash can whenever left unattended. After three days they seem oblivious to it now, likely due to lack of odors. Even if they are aware of the contents I don't think they could turn this thing over. Love it! Time will tell how well it is made but it seems fine for the price. The dogs are defeated at last." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $72.61+ (also available in a 13-gallon size in three finishes).

    38. A roll of ~bamboo~ paper towels you can toss in the washing machine and reuse over *120 times*. They're super-absorbent and durable, but are soft enough to use on your skin, too. You can even use them on your Swiffer!

    Amazon

    One roll of these will tackle a number of messes equivalent to 60 ROLLS of conventional paper towels.

    Promising review: "I've had these bamboo towels for a month now and am incredibly impressed with their performance! They're much larger than a regular paper towel, thicker, softer and more absorbent. I've washed the first ones I've torn off the roll several times now and they DO survive the laundry and perform just as well afterward. I've only used five bamboo towels this month, washed them and re-used. Several times. I would have been through a whole roll of Brawny by now. One caveat...when you wash them, you're supposed to air dry them, so I haven't sent any through the dryer. And I haven't needed to, because allowing them to air dry has not affected the quality of the towels when I 're-roll' them!" —A. Clark

    Get a roll from Amazon for $8.99.

    39. A rapid egg cooker you're sure to think is ~eggsquisite~; it can make hard-, medium-, or soft-boiled eggs, *plus* poached or scrambled eggs and omelets.

    The egg cooker with six eggs in it, plus a plate of deviled eggs
    Amazon

    Just fill it with water (according to your chosen level of egg doneness), add up to six eggs, and turn on. When the eggs are done, it'll automatically shut off! Yes, you can take a nap while waiting for your eggs to boil — and not worry about leaving them on too long. The removable parts are also dishwasher safe, so get ready for this to be your new lazy best friend. You can also make poached eggs, scrambled eggs, and omelettes in this game-changing product.

    Promising review: "If hard-boiled eggs are at all a part of your life, this device will change everything. Reclaim lost hours, catch up on missed TV, reconnect with old friends and family -—anything is possible with the free time you'll find at your disposal as you drop six eggs into this beast, press a button, and then walk away. What will you do? High-intensity exercise? Model building? Learn a second language? I hear your concern. 'What if I become so engrossed in my newfound love of taxonomy that I forget about my eggs?' Fear not, efficient chef. Like the trump of Gabriel himself, the unmistakable tone of this technological marvel could rouse the dead and will bring you running to your fresh-and-ready ova's side. The Dash Go Rapid Egg Cooker is what mankind has been working towards since the first roundish stone was shaped into a wheel. Witness the apex of human innovation!" —J. Mercer Crenshaw

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in six colors).

    40. A stainless steel Sink Shroom from the makers of the cult-fave TubShroom that'll blend right in with your sink and keep *all* the pesky food remnants from clogging your drain.

    The sink strainer in a sink
    Amazon

    That hollow black part in the middle? That's designed so the sink will still drain, even if you have a big pot blocking it!

    Promising review: "As someone on a septic system, we can't have a garbage disposal. Consequently we've always lived by sink strainers. And I've tried and dealt with many different ones. But this is, far and away, the best I've even utilized. The holes are sized such that the tiny, meaningless stuff, goes through. And the design is such that even when full of gunk it still drains, and very well at that. Meanwhile, it doesn't accidentally let gunk through that might clog your drain. In the end, it's difficult to describe how great this is. Just drop the cash and check it out for yourself. You'll be glad you did." —R. Snare

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    41. And a sink cleaner and polish formulated to use on stainless steel AND porcelain sinks (plus cast iron, corian, acrylic, and more) to restore that just-like-new shine *and* protect against further damage. That new sink you've been wanting? It can wait, now.

    amazon.com

    I bought this recently for my white porcelain kitchen sink and I've since texted five people about it, which is really a lot for such a boring grown-up product. It cleans beautifully, but the *best* is its ability to repel stains after cleaning. You know that thing when you rinse out your coffee cup and the coffee water just lingers in your sink and you have to purposefully rinse it out for two minutes? You don't have to do that — the coffee can't stick to the sink and just goes RIGHT down the drain. Time saved, sink clean — this is really a Virgo dream product right here.

    Promising review: "This amazing product saved us $1,000. This product is amazing!. We have a kitchen sink that was so stained and scratched that we were shopping around for a new one. My wife stumbled on this product and we decided to give it a try. I used my drill with a soft buffing attachment, and after about 30 minutes, the sink was like brand new!! Highly recommend this product." —Joseph Rodriguez

    Get it from Amazon for $3.97.

    42. A quick and easy breakfast sandwich maker so you can enjoy a hot and satisfying brekkie without having to make a pit stop on the way to work — or shelling out those extra bucks.

    The maker, open to show the different sections and what they cook
    Amazon

    It'll cook eggs, veggies, meats, and toast up English muffins, biscuits, and even small bagels. It comes with a recipe book with ideas, and you can TOSS THE REMOVABLE PARTS IN THE DISHWASHER! Breakfast is ready in five!

    Promising review: "The best small appliance I have ever bought! My husband buys the microwaveable egg sandwiches that are frozen and they are pretty expensive, especially when you buy enough for the month. He just grabs one and goes to work. So not only did this little gadget work as well as it said, it will save us money in the long run. The food is better since it's fresher, and I just couldn't believe it took five minutes. The sandwich was done and without all that messy frying and smelling up the house. Now, this is so easy, even my husband can do it without me if he had to. I want to buy one for my kids, the one at college and the newly wed. Also, the one here on Amazon was cheaper than the one I saw at the store and I had it in two days." —Mistie Morgan

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in three colors).

    43. A dishwasher cleaner and disinfectant to remove limescale, rust, grease, and other nasty buildup so your machine runs more efficiently than ever (aka you do *not* have to replace your whole unit if your dishes just aren't getting as clean as they used to) — while you just sit back and relax.

    Model placing a tablet in the dishwasher
    Amazon

    Promising review: "After using this product, I am happy to report that my $5 investment saved me over $500. I was ready to replace my dishwasher, due to super cloudy glasses, residue, and just not getting clean. Then, I became aware that the water softener no longer was doing it's job, so I had the rental company replace it. Dishwasher performance improved somewhat. I decided to do two more loads before deciding to purchase a new one. Then I saw a product test review for Affresh in good housekeeping magazine. I was ordering some stuff from Amazon anyway, so I added that to my order. When it came, I tossed one of the tablets into the bottom of the full machine, per instructions, and ran the regular cycle. I did not expect the results I got! My glassware that I thought was permanently etched and ruined came out like new. Same with cutlery. The difference is unbelievable. I will use this faithfully on a monthly basis, as recommended. I can even put it on my subscribe and save order, so I will get a new pack every six months. I am amazed!" —Sheila

    Get a pack of six tablets from Amazon for $5.99.

    44. A Cerama-Bryte cooktop cleaning kit, which includes cooktop cleaning solution, a scrubbing pad, and a scraper so you can absolutely remove every bit of baked- and caked-on food from any smooth range — no matter how long it's been there.

    A before/after of a dirty and then clean cooktop, plus the bottle of cleaner with five stars and text "Mind blown. This stuff is the boomshakalaka of glass stove top cleaners"
    amazon.com / amazon.com

    Promising review: "Never give up, like the Little Engine that could. I love my glass top stove, but cleaning it is not as easy as just wiping it down. If you have one, you know how it is when something boils over or spills. This bakes whatever hits the glass and leaves those frustrating scorch marks. No matter how hard I scrubbed, I could never get the film off. I have tried every cleaning product, as well every home remedy suggestion and it never removes the marks. I came across this product on Amazon and after reading the reviews, thought, 'Why not?' Ah, all is good in the world after finding this. I put a quarter-size dot of Cerama Bryte, scrubbed it with a light scratch pad, and rainbows and unicorns came dancing. Ah, so shiny. I think I’ve invested 20+ labor hours trying to clean the stove top, and just gave up. With this product, it took me five minutes. If you have the same issue, get this stuff — it’s incredible. I give 5 stars+++" —Implied Queens

    Get the kit from Amazon for $9.99.

    45. An avocado tool to add some of that green goodness to every meal and help you eat guacamole guaca-more — without the risk of the dreaded Avocado Hand injury.

    The green tool with a pitter, bladeless knife, and sliver next to a bowl of guacamole
    Amazon

    It'll slice open the fruit, painlessly (aka no knife needed) pop out the pit, and create perfectly Instagrammable slices.

    Promising review: "Avocado? Yes, Please! This tool is awesome. Easy to cut open the fruit. Pit remover works well, just push onto the pit and give it a twist, and the pit pops right out. The best part is the slicer. Makes beautiful slices for a great presentation. The tool can then be used to scrape any remaining fruit out of the skin. Really happy I bought this!" —NPR Man

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    46. And a ~guac lock~ container that'll press alllllllll the air out so your precious dip won't turn brown or get mushy.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Fairly certain I've never left a review for ANYTHING on Amazon but everyone needs to know how amazing this product is! I finally purchased it after the price inflated up to almost $70 and came back down to $30! WORTH. EVERY. PENNY. I'm a self proclaimed guac enthusiast and the guac in my photo is a WEEK OLD. I put this bowl to the test when I first got it and it gets an A+++ ! The guac is not only fresh in color but still has great taste after a whole week! Getcha one guac lovers!" —angel brooke raines

    Get it from Amazon for $18.10.

    And if you're still not sure, just listen to Han here:

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    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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