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    38 Kitchen Tools And Gadgets That People Actually Swear By

    According to rave reviews, these kitchen tools are what's cookin'.

    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 tomato knife that'll be tomat-oh so satisfying to use when you're making a salad and plan to chop 'til ya drop! I own this knife and have recommended it to my whole family. Now I'M Grandma Nene's favorite.

    Amazon, Mallory Mower/BuzzFeed

    I am in a committed relationship with this knife. The gif above is of me slicing cherry tomatoes into teeny tiny pieces – something I could never have done with the other knives in my kitchen. Although many reviewers say they use this on several types of produce, I exclusively use mine for tomatoes (I eat...too many tomatoes) and find it well worth the price even as a one-trick pony. Seriously, this is true love.

    Promising review: "I love this knife! I stumbled upon a description when I was shopping for a sushi knife. It was so cheap, I decided to take a chance. Wow. It is such a great little knife. Yes, it works perfectly on soft tomatoes. But, to be honest, I use it for many other fruits and vegetables. It is amazingly sharp, the serrated edge is very effective, and it has a great feel in my hand." —Jane S.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.90.

    2. A too-cute four slice toaster you're gonna love if serving your whole family at once keeps you from being ~toast~ in the morning rush to work and school.

    Darling stainless steel toaster with white knobs on either side

    Promising review: "I love it! It toasts everything perfectly. You can set the first two slots for one degree of toasting and the second two slots for a lighter or darker toast. It also toasts bagels or English muffins on one side only. And it has a defrost setting that defrosts your item and then toasts it exactly as you want it." —Lana

    Get it from Wayfair for $69.95+ (originally $81.99+, available in five colors). 

    3. A 10-piece set of glass food storage containers to keep your leftovers and prepped fresh without stinkin' up your fridge. These are stain-resistant, microwave-safe, and oven-safe up to 450 degrees. Bless.

    overhead shot of different sized glass food storage containers with food inside

    You'll get two 1.3-cup containers, two 4.7-cup containers, and one 8-cup glass container, all with air-tight and leak-proof lids.

    Promising review: "I absolutely love these containers. Their rectangular shape makes them perfect for storage and travel-friendly. They are the perfect size for storing leftovers that I can either take for lunch the next day or warm up and split between me and my husband. I love how well the lid seals, so I have no worry about it spilling everywhere. Overall, these have become my new favorite containers. I would definitely recommend." —jodim1

    Get it from Target for $39.99.

    4. A handy Souper Cubes freezer tray sure to make it ~souper~ easy to freeze things like soups and sauces. With this you'll be able to heat up a perfect portion without waiting on an entire pot to boil. That's right, Virgos. We found a way to organize soup!


    This is BPA-free and dishwasher safe!

    Promising review: "LOVE LOVE LOVE. My freezer is so much more organized now. Gone are the days of having to defrost an entire bag of chicken broth for one cup for a recipe. I now have perfectly portioned half-cup and one-cup blocks ready to go. They fit easily in freezer bags, take up less space, and make me incredibly happy. There was a lot of attention to detail put into the design and I particularly appreciate the wire inside the rim that holds everything steady — no more worrying about spilling all the liquid on the way to the freezer. Just a fantastic product all around. I purchased this and a cheaper version from another manufacturer at the same time, but returned the other product. This one is definitely worth the added cost." —Kate

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    5. A superstone bread dome for at-home bakers who love a *perfectly* crispy crust. Invite. Me. Over.

    Baked bread inside a bowl with handles and a lid
    The Grommet

    Promising review: "This is the second bowl I have purchased. I got one for my sister (who is a long time bread maker) and one for me (a novice bread maker). We are BOTH very happy with this product. It is just the right size for my wild fermented bread and for her whole wheat. The bread is beautifully crusty and has a perfect crumb – light and soft for BOTH of these usually heavy breads. We love it!! I have recommended it to all my fermentation group with the highest accolades. Easy to clean, delightful to use." —Lorie

    Get it from The Grommet for $59.95.

    6. Or a silicone bread maker, an inexpensive option that'll help you ~rise~ to the occasion whenever you want to bake a perfect loaf of bread. The partially closed design allows steam to circulate to keep your bread from drying out, while the openings on the side help heat disperse evenly, creating a golden crust.


    This is both microwave and dishwasher safe. It's capable of withstanding temperatures up to 428 degrees.

    Promising review: "I love this. It's very easy to use and to clean. I have been trying to make fresh bread every week and this is much easier than using my dutch oven. I have been trying different recipes with this bread maker and so far all have come out great!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    7. An Always Pan designed with a slippery nonstick surface, a vented top, a steaming basket, and a wooden spoon that hooks onto the handle. Owning kitchen tools that are both beautiful and functional? That's sure to be a treat.

    Pan with lid off and cooked meal inside
    Our Place

    I own this pan and use it juuuust about every day. The spoon rest is genius, cleaning is a cinch, and it cooks all my ambitious Pinterest attempts perfectly. I'm not the only one who loves it here! Read my BuzzFeed coworker's full review to learn even more about this lovely kitchen staple (#1).

    Promising review: "Absolutely amazing! It is so versatile and easy to clean. It's not overwhelmingly big but it handles one pot meals like a champ. I am blown away." —Aileen R.

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

    8. An electric knife that'll make cutting roast so much easier you'll be thrilled you and this inanimate object were able to ~meat~.

    Bed Bath & Beyond

    Promising review: "I'm so glad I got this electric knife, whether I try a super thin slice or thick, each slice is perfect. I love it." —Cindy

    Get it from Bed Bath & Beyond for $49.99.

    9. A set of six pantry organizers – they're gonna help keep snacks on hand, keep your fridge looking crisp, and also prevent any spills or drips from making a mess. Cool.

    Reviewer's fridge filled with several labeled pantry organizers

    Promising review: "These are so helpful if your fridge is cluttered. I bought these for my mom who is an extremely cluttered person. I love her to death, but she is not an organized person. Her fridge used to look wild. There would be food piled on top of food, and small jars and containers EVERYWHERE. I bought her these to help her organize everything. Now she can see what she has and everything has a place. Thank you for making something like this to help those that are so cluttered." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99.

    10. A pair of leakproof, silicone food storage bags you can use to store soups, sauces, and juuust about everything else. Bonus: these are both dishwasher and freezer safe!


    Promising review: "I have used these for storing cucumber soup and cut up fruit in the fridge. I've used it in the freezer for storing pieces of salmon. I have washed them by hand and prop them open to dry, although they are dishwasher safe. Pay attention to the direction putting on the green slide to lock the bag! Trying to slide It on the wrong way doesn’t work!" —Food52 Customer

    Get them from Food52 for $24+ (available in three sizes or mixed).

    11. A roll-up drying rack made with metal grates covered in soft silicone that'll prevent scratches and take up no space to store.

    Roll up rack over sink drying cups

    Promising review: "We have tried to minimize the amount of stuff taking up our kitchen countertop, so we got rid of the dish rack. I still wanted the ability to dry dishes and big pots/pans after cooking, so I got this rack. Thing is AWESOME. It is extremely versatile and rolls up neatly for storage under the sink or wherever else you'd want to store it. It repels water and makes cleaning it very simple. Gunk doesn't want to stay on it and anything that does stick to it comes right off with a light scrub and some dish soap. It doesn't smell at all and is lightweight, but very sturdy and able to hold two to three big pots and pans over the sink. You can also fold it in half if you want to access the sink but want to dry a pot or some glasses while washing." —Jay C.

    Get it from Amazon for $23.98+ (available in two sizes). 

    12. A stunning concrete turntable for foodies who know it's all about the presentation.

    Gray circular lazy Susan with raised lip
    J.Bird Artisan Concrete

    Born in Point Harbor, North Carolina, this snazzy small biz has a stunning collection of concrete kitchen and other houseware goods. Owner Julie Bancroft has an eye for design that I seriously envy. 

    Promising review: "I’m blown away by the quality. The seller was so very helpful with helping me decide what color choice would work best with what I wanted to use it for. It’s exactly what the description says it is. So happy!!!!" —Kenzi

    Get it from J.Bird Artisan Concrete on Etsy for $60 (available in four colors).

    13. An adjustable rolling pin that hits the exact width you need your baked goods rolled out at. This thing works so well it'd be worth spending some serious ~dough~ on. Fortunately, the thrifty price is just as sweet as the things you're gonna make with it.


    Promising Review: "Can I just say where have you been all my life? I ordered this specifically so I could use to make sugar cookies. It made my cookies go so much faster for a change! I used to get out a ruler trying to figure out if I had the right thickness or if the dough was rolled even enough (which I never did get right in the past). This roller allowed to me quickly and easily roll the whole batch of sugar cookies without getting frustrated! Super easy to use and clean up was also a snap. Would recommend this to any baker out there!" —LAD

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in two sizes).

    14. A nitro cold brew maker sure to make you espres-so excited about your daily cup (or, um, cups) of coffee.

    Stainless steel cold brew maker with curved spout
    Uncommon Goods

    Promising review: "This product is wonderful. I would buy it for every coffee lover in my life. You can mix and match flavors of coffee for a unique taste every refill. This product is meant to sit in the fridge (it's a cold brew!). My fridge isn't huge by any means but, while the coffee pot sits in the fridge, it never seems to be in my way! The coffee comes out delicious every time. It's very easy to use and easy to clean. I cant imagine a morning without a cold cup of this brew!" —Brooklyn

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $200.

    15. A partyclette you can keep out this winter when you want a meal as cozy as your home in the snow *and* when you want a chance to prove you're way past the microwave stage of cheese melting.

    Gadget over flame cooking cheese. Includes base and wood handle.

    Promising review: "This works just as described and produces delicious cheese for melting on veggies and bread. I love how portable and small it is – that's so much of the appeal, to not need a giant apparatus for something so simple and delicious. The cheese tastes amazing, the device looks cute, and the presentation is perfect to impress for dinner parties or just to use alone at home." —Em Addison

    Get it from Amazon for $22.74.

    16. A collection of three corrosion-resistant knives from Material Kitchen that are RAZOR. SHARP. One look at these knives and your tomatoes are sure to be quaking in their boots. Heirloom salad, anyone?

    the trio of knives in a wooden block
    Material Kitchen

    This includes The Almost 4” Knife, The Serrated 6” Knife, and The 8” Knife.

    Material Kitchen is an Asian-owned small kitchenware business making professional-grade products that'll make cooking at home so much easier!

    Promising review: "This is our first set of 'adult' kitchen knives. We wanted to ditch the large block of knives and go with a cleaner look. The knives are so beautiful and the block is gorgeous. It's an investment that is well worth every penny." —Stephanie M.

    Get it from Material Kitchen for $155+ (available in three colors, with or without the stand). 

    17. A pack of colorful reusable baking cups for home chefs who want waste-free treats that still look good enough to gobble up.

    Person peeling back cupcake cover showing flexibility and reusability

    This 12-pack of food-grade silicone cups are safe to use in the freezer, microwave, and oven. They can handle temperatures of up to 500 degrees and come in pink, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple.

    Promising review: "These little thingies are perfect! I made some muffins with them and they came out incredibly easily with no residue on the cups at all. I didn't have to use grease or anything. The colors are bright and fun, and they you plenty of each color. These are slightly smaller than a regular cupcake pan/liner, which is actually perfect for my purposes. As others have mentioned, the cups are a bit on the flimsy side, so make sure they're on a baking sheet before you fill them because they can be difficult to transport once full." —kapplejack

    Get them from Amazon for $6.17.

    18. An herb stripper with a specific cut-out for each different type of herb. Oof, that efficiency is downright delicious.

    Metal tool with several different holes, all labeled with the herbs that can be stripped with each size. Four images show the different ways to pull leaves and chop them with the single tool.

    Promising Review: "I love this little tool! It makes removing the leaves off herbs (especially thyme) soooo much easier, saving me time! It is solid, will last, and it's easy to clean." —Elaine Y.

    Get it from Amazon for $5.95.

    19. A Lodge cast iron dutch oven is gonna change the way you bake, especially if you haven't jumped on the sourdough trend yet. This treasure is here to help.

    Pot over open flame stovetop

    Promising review: "I LOVE my cast iron. This pot is fantastic for all my soups and stews. It's better than a crock pot. By washing it out after each use and never using harsh stuff on it the cast iron will last forever." —Nan

    Get it from Target for $44.99.

    20. A set of four egg cookers to use on mornings when you've gotta ~scramble~ to make a full breakfast that requires little clean up.


    Promising review: "These are adorable!!! They work so well! They're so cute and do the job! Be sure to grease these little cups with some olive oil or your oil of choice! Clean these with a soft sponge, nothing too abrasive, or you may scratch the silicone. Great buy! I love that there are four with four different colors! Shipped as promised!" —Claudia

    Get them from Amazon for $4.

    21. A rotary peeler with the choice of three different blade types, for perfectly peeling all your favorite fruits and vegetables – helping you ~produce~ some seriously impressive prep work.

    Peeler beside carros, a tomato, and a potato

    Promising Review: "I bought this to give my mother-in-law for Christmas. She is an avid baker and cook. She loved how simple it was to use and get creative in the kitchen." —Alta

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    22. A cabinet hammock – a fun, decorative option that'll delight folks who love having produce ~hanging~ around within eye site. I can't think of anything that'd convince me to impulse-eat fruits and veggies as well as this cute display!

    Macra-YAY Macrame

    Lesli Lenover's shop has all things macrame...even mini plant hangers for your car! The shop is based in Indianapolis, Indiana.

    Promising review: "I was so excited to clear off counter space by getting rid of my fruit bowl. The quality is great, thank you!" —Melinda Myrick

    Get it from Macra-YAY Macrame on Etsy for $30.

    23. A refrigerator odor eliminator so you can finally ~chill out~ and stop worrying about your fridge smelling like the bottom of a trash bin.

    Baking soda holder designed to look like person in coat and mittens

    Promising review: "I finally found a fun container to put in my fridge and freezer that won't spill over. It makes me smile each time I see it. It's easy to use and I liked the feature that reminds you when to change out the baking soda." —RHGEDL

    Get it from Amazon for $13.95.

    24. A roll of machine washable reusable bamboo towels that'll be so easy to use you won't feel like you've gotta throw in the towel on your eco-friendly goals. Avoiding wasting money on wasteful products will be easier than you think!


    Promising review: "I use a shameful amount of paper towels and these make feel so much less wasteful! I mostly use them to cover my cat’s food while I microwave it since I don’t want it splattering all over the microwave. These work great for that. I have a tiny little bin on my kitchen counter that I put the used ones in and then transfer it to the laundry bin when full." —CH

    Get them from Amazon for $7.99.

    25. A bestselling pair of kitchen shears for anyone who realized they've been doing their prep work all wrong after watching Always Be My Maybe.

    Dark colored kitchen shears
    Garrett Wade

    Promising review: "These are simple and solid. They are heavy duty and they cut through just about anything. They will last a long time." —d.kerkhoff

    Get them from Garrett Wade for $35.

    26. A handmade countertop dough roller – at 12 inches wide, this nifty kitchen gadget can flatten fondant, press pasta, crush pizza crust, and make your kitchen far more efficient.

    Pomm US

    Pomm US is filled with clever, handmade kitchen tools that'll fill any professional (home) baker with glee! Browse around and check out this US-based company's sheet rollers, treat molds, decorating powders, and more!

    Promising review: "This item is for rolling out an already thin-ish dough and will not work well for laminating something thicker. The product itself is good quality, the service was excellent. Quick shipping and excellent customer service." —Adeline Cooke

    Get it from Pomm US on Etsy for $120.

    27. A heat proof pastry brush is gonna help you ~brush up~ on your basting skills like a master chef.

    Brush smothering sauce on cooking meat

    Promising review: "I love the feel, texture, and quality of these basting brushes. I've used them on the grill, air fryer, and stove top and they proved to be solid. I was a little concerned about the ease of removal of bristles but honestly they stick solidly to the handle. This is light, easy to clean, and safe in high heats!" —City Chick

    Get it from Amazon for $12.89.

    28. A dishwasher safe garlic peeler – simply toss your garlic in, press down, and roll to get perfectly peeled garlic in seconds. This is gentle enough to keep your freshly peeled garlic cloves intact while the grip from the material will keep the peelings inside as your cloves pop out, making meal prep mercilessly simple.


    This includes a ventilated case for storage.

    Promising review: "OK, this is DEFINITELY not a gimmick! Follow the instructions and this will save you time and sanity in the kitchen! Roll it with minimal pressure and it works like a champ. It also rinses very easily and dries quick. The case has holes on either end to ensure it dries completely in between uses when you toss it in a drawer. I will never hand/knife smash garlic and fight with those pesky skins sticking to everything ever again." —ThatKasper

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    29. A flexible spoon with a one-tablespoon measure that can stir, flip, and add the perfect amount of oil every time you sauté.

    Silicone spatula spoon with tablespoon mark

    It's heat resistant up to 600° and designed with an ergonomic handle, stiff nylon core, and flexible angled head for easy stirring. You can also get a blender spatula, jar scraper, and assorted sizes of spoons from the same link.

    Promising review: "I use this for EVERYTHING! Not just for scraping jars, but getting every last bit out of the protein powder, for scraping down the sides of batter bowls, for mixing soups and stews while cooking, even as a spoon for testing. I now have three of these (in different colors) so I'll always have one at the ready." —Paul J DeSimone

    Get it from Amazon for $7.59 (available in four colors).

    30. A pack of five airtight silicone lids in different sizes to securely store leftovers without waisting a punch of plastic wrap *or* wasting a bunch of time trying to find a perfectly sized container and lid.


    Promising review: "These are super Cute. I love the colors and they work great. The array of sizes they came in is also very handy. In fact, these are so much cuter than the other options available online that my friends decided to get the same set. If you took the time to google other silicone lids your eyes will burn. For my purposes these are perfect. Highly recommend." —DemiChang

    Get them from Food52 for $40 (available in two colors).

    31. A digital food thermometer so you can get an instant temperature read, keeping you from being intimidated when cooking a turkey.

    Thermometer in cooked chicken

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

    Get it from Amazon for $14.98.

    32. A collapsible popcorn popper for movie-enthusiasts who love popcorn, but would also love an alternative to the microwave bags they've been using since childhood.

    Silicone popcorn cooker coming out of microwave

    This is dishwasher safe and BPA free.

    Promising review: "This thing is terrific! I used 1/4 cup of popcorn kernels, set for three and a half minutes. There were ONLY TWO unpopped kernels when I finished eating the popcorn. I have never seen such efficiency in any product in the last 40 years. If I didn't see it myself I would not believe it." —Gringras

    Get it from Amazon for $14.90 (available in 22 colors).

    33. An Instant Pot – this replaces nine common kitchen appliances. Use it as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, egg cooker, and more with its ability to sauté, steam, warm, and sterilize. Get ready to replace your entire kitchen with one tiny tool.

    Instant Pot

    Promising review: "I looked at this item for a long time before I finally decided to buy it. What I don't need is another device in my house, but I use my crockpot almost every weekend and loved the idea that I could cook stuff so much quicker with this.

    My first meal was a frozen salmon fillet and this was one of the selling points, that you can cook frozen food and it will be just fine. My problem is that I always forget to take food out of the freezer to thaw. I grabbed a frozen filet and per the directions that I found online I added water and lemon juice to the pot and sprayed the steamer rack with non stick spray. I put the filet on the rack and cooked it for four minutes. I didn't use any seasonings. The salmon was perfect and so yummy! I couldn't believe it.

    Over the weekend I made chili and mac and cheese. The chili only took 14 minutes after browning the meat and the mac and cheese took four minutes. I love this so much. I can't wait to cook more items using the different functions." —Debbie B.

    Get it from Amazon for $63.94 (available in four sizes).

    34. A professional cream whipper so you can fill your dessert-loving heart to the brim (much like the bowl of whipped cream you eat after getting this).


    Promising Review: "I've made both regular whipped cream and coconut milk whipped cream and this charger works great. It's well worth the price if you love fresh whipped cream that takes only seconds to make!" –Aaron Ganowsky

    Get it from Amazon for $76.99+ (available in two sizes).

    35. A pack of three floral wine stoppers for people who can't finish a bottle to save their life but want to save that bottle for as long as possible.

    Daisy wine stopper inside upside down bottle of wine

    Promising review: "These work wonderfully! Best bottle stoppers I've had. Easy to put in and take out. You can lay the bottles on their side and they don't leak at all." —C K

    Get them from Amazon for $12.26.

    36. A cold-brew maker that's gonna delight coffee snobs who feel like they've ~bean~ looking for the perfect cold brew maker forever.

    Cold brew maker with clear container and sleek black handle/lid

    Promising review: "If you LOVE iced coffee (I drink it year round regardless of the weather), then you NEED this cold brewer. I work for Starbucks, and I love their cold brew. I was skeptical to make it at home, but I love mine more than theirs. It’s especially nice since Starbucks only brews one kind of beans for cold brew, but at home, you can brew your favorite kind. Absolutely love this, and it’s worth more than it costs. A must-buy for yourself or a wonderful gift for the coffee lover in your life!" —j.blaine

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in two sizes). 

    37. A Filtrete under-the-sink water filtration system so you can grab a glass and drink straight from the sink, knowing it's already filtered perfection.

    Promising review: "After people started snatching up bottled water when covid hit, I picked this up as an alternative. I'm really glad I did too. Installation was easy and our water tastes so much better than the straight tap water available to us. Good enough to phase my wife and me away from bottled water altogether. Swapping the filter out is super simple as well. Since it mounts under the sink, it goes completely unnoticed and leaves room for other items. This'll be a mainstay in our home." —Bruce Mathis Jr.

    Get it from Amazon for $43.48.

    38. And finally, a set of six champagne glasses to properly toast your superb shopping skills (those plastic Disney princess cups simply aren't cutting it. Sorry, Elsa).

    Multiple wine glasses in an amber color

    Estelle is a Black-woman owned luxury hand-blown glass company. Their products are designed to be "jewels for your table," as they feature vibrant colors. Estelle's exquisite glassware is made by experienced Polish artisans.

    Get it from Estelle for $195 (available in nine colors).

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