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20 Useful Kitchen Gadgets Under $20

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We recently asked the BuzzFeed Community to share the $20-and-under kitchen gadgets that they can't live without. Here's what they said.


2. Silicone Spatulas

Look for one that’s built as one solid piece. A lot of spatulas are two pieces (a silicone head on a wooden handle) and stuff gets trapped in the gap.” —RCIAG

More info: Set of three, $13 here.


6. Spill-Proof Ice Cube Tray

"The removable silicone cover prevents leakage and lets you store it on its side. It's the perfect space-saver because our freezer is always full and there's never enough flat space to put a regular tray." —iloxymorons

More info: $9.95 here.

7. Glass Pyrex Bowls

"Trading out all my weirdly stained plastic Rubbermaid bowls for a set of glass Pyrex bowls has been a game-changer." —Crystal Bowling, Facebook

More info: Set of four, $19 here.

8. Swing-A-Way Leveraged Jar Opener

"I grew up with one because my mom has a spinal cord injury and her grip strength wasn’t great. Then when I moved out, I got my own. It's the best." —Adrianne

More info: $9 here.

9. Milk Frother

"Mine is from Ikea and it's super versatile. You can make frothed milk or whipped cream for homemade lattes, or use it to easily mix sugar and powders into drinks. No more big hot cocoa lumps!" —Dominika Oliver, Facebook

More info: $2.79 here.

10. 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer

"This thing has changed my avocado life. It easily cuts through the skin, pits the avocado, and slices it. My fiancé's mom got it for me after watching me use a knife in what she says was 'an unsafe way' to get the seed out. Anyway, it's amazing." —Kayla Murphy, Facebook

More info: $9.99 here.


12. Instant Thermometer

"My digital thermometer was my best friend when I first started cooking, and is still a dear friend now that my skills have improved. It takes all the guesswork out of serving food to friends and family and eliminates the need to overcook meats out of fear." —Nyequita Destiny Smith, Facebook

More info: $17 here.

13. Microplane Zester & Grater

"I thought microplanes were kind of a frivolous 'one-use' item — until I caved and bought one. It’s awesome! You can use it on everything from perfect citrus zest, to fresh garlic or nutmeg, to finely grated Parmesan." —mangofox

More info: $14.95 here.

15. Bench Scraper

"This is the most useful thing in my kitchen. I use it on everything from scooping things off the cutting board and into a pot to sectioning off pastry for baking." –Jenna Ballinger, Facebook

More info: $10 here.


19. Mandoline

"I have near nonexistent knife skills, and this cuts prep time in half. It slices through everything from apples to potatoes to zucchini with ease and I use it pretty much every day now, mostly because it’s fun and oddly satisfying." —Kristen G.

More info: $14.99 here.

20. Silicone Baking Mats

"Nonstick baking mats are fantastic, and you can use them in place of foil or parchment. They don't need to be greased, they last a long time, they're flexible, and they make cleaning a breeze. Great for baking, roasting, candy-making, and more." —mrsh810

More info: Set of two, $14 here.

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