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23 Products Under $10 That'll Actually Improve Your Kitchen

Organizers and gadgets galore — that won't break the bank!

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1. A handheld knife sharpener so you can finally stop dicing your veggies with a frustratingly dull knife.

One of our editors owns this and loves it! Promising review: "I recently bought this to sharpen all of my kitchen knives which had gone dull over the years. At first, I didn't think it worked too well. But then I watched their YouTube video on how to use it, and realized that you may have to pull the knife through the sharpener up to 10 times to get it sharp. (I was initially only pulling it through a couple times.)After pulling through the knives about 5 times, the knives did indeed get very sharp. For my knives, I pulled them through the "coarse" side 5-6 times, then through the "fine" side about 4 times. Seemed to work well for me.Another tip I learned by watching the video: set the sharpener on the edge of the counter at a 45 degree angle. (That's apparently what the v-shaped groove is for on the bottom of the sharpener.) When the sharpener is on the edge, you can pull the knives straight through and down without worrying about hitting the countertop and scratching it or breaking the tip off your knife." —JackGet it on Amazon for $5.50.
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One of our editors owns this and loves it!

Promising review: "I recently bought this to sharpen all of my kitchen knives which had gone dull over the years. At first, I didn't think it worked too well. But then I watched their YouTube video on how to use it, and realized that you may have to pull the knife through the sharpener up to 10 times to get it sharp. (I was initially only pulling it through a couple times.)

After pulling through the knives about 5 times, the knives did indeed get very sharp. For my knives, I pulled them through the "coarse" side 5-6 times, then through the "fine" side about 4 times. Seemed to work well for me.

Another tip I learned by watching the video: set the sharpener on the edge of the counter at a 45 degree angle. (That's apparently what the v-shaped groove is for on the bottom of the sharpener.) When the sharpener is on the edge, you can pull the knives straight through and down without worrying about hitting the countertop and scratching it or breaking the tip off your knife." —Jack

Get it on Amazon for $5.50.

2. An organizer rack ready to sort out almost anything you need it to: from pots to pot lids to baking sheets to cutting boards.

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Promising review: "This product is fantastic. Literally half the price of other pan/lid racks, and so nice, and so flexible!!! I use it for five pans, varying in size from 8-inch to a 3-1/2-quart sauté pan. It is so stable and holds the pans off the cabinet floor so they're never scratching anything. This makes using the pans SO MUCH MORE CONVENIENT. It basically changed my life. The product, though inexpensive, is well-made, washed up well when it arrived, and is sturdy enough to support my fifth pan between it and the wall." —SLRSteigerwald

Get it on Amazon for $9.87.

3. A wire shelf to double up your storage space anywhere you need to store small things, like under your sink, in your freezer, and yes, in your cabinets.

Promising review: "I bought this to add a shelf to my freezer, to make it easier to fit everything. Bags of vegetables were falling all over, popsicle boxes were spilling and creating a mess... it was a disaster. This shelf has changed that, though. I can now fit vegetables under the shelf and boxes on top, and it's all better organized. I have absolutely no complaints!" —Kaleidoscope EyesGet it on Amazon for $8.48.
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Promising review: "I bought this to add a shelf to my freezer, to make it easier to fit everything. Bags of vegetables were falling all over, popsicle boxes were spilling and creating a mess... it was a disaster. This shelf has changed that, though. I can now fit vegetables under the shelf and boxes on top, and it's all better organized. I have absolutely no complaints!" —Kaleidoscope Eyes

Get it on Amazon for $8.48.

4. An avocado slicer perfect for making quick avocado toast for breakfast, even on days when you're running a little late.

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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 on Amazon for $9.89.

5. A stair-step shelf you can slide in anywhere you want instant, easy access to spices, canned goods, medicine, and more.

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Plus it has anti-slip grip coating, so those small bottles stay perfectly put.

Promising review: "These are great organizer shelves for spices and other small pantry staples. The width of each "step" allows for various-sized items (even standard cans), with enough height to easily see the items on the back steps. If you have 11-inch shelves in your pantry, then you can even fit another row of items in front of the first step." —LegoGirl

Get it on Amazon for $8.45.

6. Or a set of 30 adhesive spice grips to make it easy to set up a spice rack basically anywhere that's most convenient to you.

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They can hang on your backsplash, in a cabinet, on a wall, on a door or cabinet door...wherever you need them to be.

Promising review: "I am pleased to have found a solution to organizing my spice cabinet that works for me! I did not want them to be permanent — I wanted the flexibility to move them if I need to rearrange or take them down cleanly if they end up breaking or failing — so I pulled off the adhesive strips that came on them and instead used medium size 3M Command Velcro hanging strips (three or four per each clip strip). I have several sizes of spices, including square glass, and they are all holding fine so far. I would rather have had all six strips white than 3 white/3 black, but I can live with it. For the cost (and since I used removable hanging strips), I'll be happy if they last a year or so before I need to replace them. I'm thrilled to not have stacked spice jars cascading out of the cabinet every time I cook!" —Dana

Get them on Amazon for $9.87.

7. A durable pair of kitchen shears you'll reach for again and again to trim chicken and open tough packages.

Promising review: "So, I lost my J.A. Henkels shears and debated on replacing them or buying a different brand. I decided on something new and I'm happy with them. They still fit into the block and they feel sturdy and nice in your hand with a soft rubber inner grip. Later I found my old shears and while both are nice and well built, for some reason I still prefer the KitchenAid ones. Can't really explain why...maybe because they're a little bigger? Eh, who knows. Anywho, now I have two shears so I'm prepared when one of them gets lost again and I eventually find them months later in the garage." —Someone FemaleGet them on Amazon for $7.19+ (5 colors).
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Promising review: "So, I lost my J.A. Henkels shears and debated on replacing them or buying a different brand. I decided on something new and I'm happy with them. They still fit into the block and they feel sturdy and nice in your hand with a soft rubber inner grip. Later I found my old shears and while both are nice and well built, for some reason I still prefer the KitchenAid ones. Can't really explain why...maybe because they're a little bigger? Eh, who knows. Anywho, now I have two shears so I'm prepared when one of them gets lost again and I eventually find them months later in the garage." —Someone Female

Get them on Amazon for $7.19+ (5 colors).

8. A simple bench scraper — it's hands-down the quickest, easiest way to transfer everything from your cutting board to your sauté pan without dropping a single diced veggie.

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Just scrape-scoop and go!

Promising review: This is a well-built, heavy tool. Sturdy, and the handle is very comfortable. I had never even heard of a bench scraper until I took a cooking class but now I grab for it every time I cut up garlic, onions or other veggies (scoops up diced and minced items much faster than doing multiple trips balancing chopped veggies on the flat side of the knife). It also helps separate the discard cuts from the 'keep' pile as you go along, and is great for quickly salvaging spilled herbs from the counter top. Note: the edge is chamfered to an edge but is not sharp like a knife, which is ideal for scooping and gathering without worrying about cutting yourself with it." —Amazon Customer

Get it on Amazon for $9.99.

9. A set of two brightly-colored silicone ice cube trays because you're tired of buying new ice cube trays that just break on you after a few months of use.

Promising reviews: "These ice cube trays work great for me. A good sized cube. Larger than some, but not too larger and they fit inside the mouth of all my various metal water bottles. The cubes pop out nicely when you push from the under side. I wish I’d bought these years ago. Well worth the $10 for me." —Kevin EtheridgeGet them on Amazon for $9.99.
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Promising reviews: "These ice cube trays work great for me. A good sized cube. Larger than some, but not too larger and they fit inside the mouth of all my various metal water bottles. The cubes pop out nicely when you push from the under side. I wish I’d bought these years ago. Well worth the $10 for me." —Kevin Etheridge

Get them on Amazon for $9.99.

10. A cute elephant holder happy to pitch in with everything: from holding reusable straws to helping regular old cutlery dry by draining the extra water out of the front of his trunk.

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Promising review: "Most cutlery drainers are metal and will rust or get spotty. I looked far and wide for a plastic cutlery drainer that wouldn’t have to stay in the sink while it was draining. I love that this little guy is cute as well as functional as it fits the bill for me perfectly. It’s light weight, has a sturdy base so it won’t tip over easily and can be washed easily. I put it in the sink for rinsing my utensils with hot water and then place it up out of the way on the counter’s edge to finish draining into the sink and air dry. It doesn’t bother me to leave it there awhile because it is so cute." —SkyRose

Get it on Amazon for $9.99.

11. A towel rack that screws directly into your cabinets so you can conveniently dry your hands and dishes but still keep your towels out of sight.

Promising review: "This was so easy to install. It literally took about 60 seconds to line up and throw in a couple of screws, which came with the towel holder. The holder seems like it will be durable and grabbed tight against the door. It is nice to get the towels out of sight and off the side of the fridge." —Nicky and HannahGet it on Amazon for $8.
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Promising review: "This was so easy to install. It literally took about 60 seconds to line up and throw in a couple of screws, which came with the towel holder. The holder seems like it will be durable and grabbed tight against the door. It is nice to get the towels out of sight and off the side of the fridge." —Nicky and Hannah

Get it on Amazon for $8.

12. A handheld spiralizer you can use to turn sweet potatoes, zucchini, and even carrots into delicious low-carb noodles.

One of our BuzzFeed writers has tried this and loves it! Promising review: "Easy to use and small to store. I am enthusiastically writing a review for this product. Why? This product has, with little expense, helped reduce my number one craving for my favorite simple carb, PASTA. Who knew I liked zucchini so much. The Veggetti is a simple, well constructed product that does what it was made for. When I prepare a zucchini or squash, I only need to trim the very tip off the end. I leave the stem on unless its very long because the stem provides a sturdy place for the end cap. Very minimal waste this way." —JLAGet it on Amazon for $9.99.
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One of our BuzzFeed writers has tried this and loves it!

Promising review: "Easy to use and small to store. I am enthusiastically writing a review for this product. Why? This product has, with little expense, helped reduce my number one craving for my favorite simple carb, PASTA. Who knew I liked zucchini so much. The Veggetti is a simple, well constructed product that does what it was made for. When I prepare a zucchini or squash, I only need to trim the very tip off the end. I leave the stem on unless its very long because the stem provides a sturdy place for the end cap. Very minimal waste this way." —JLA

Get it on Amazon for $9.99.

13. A chrome over-the-door basket — it will finally organize your plastic container lids once and for all.

Promising review: "I love how it’s big enough to store all my lids for my plastic Tupperware’s in diff sizes and it reduces so much clutter in my cabinet. It was so easy to install. No screws or anything needed. Just hook it over the inside of any cabinet." —SupermomOf3Get it on Amazon for $9.09.
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Promising review: "I love how it’s big enough to store all my lids for my plastic Tupperware’s in diff sizes and it reduces so much clutter in my cabinet. It was so easy to install. No screws or anything needed. Just hook it over the inside of any cabinet." —SupermomOf3

Get it on Amazon for $9.09.

14. A dishwasher indicator to ensure you never load dirty dishes into a clean dishwasher ever again... or accidentally put away dirty but impeccably well-rinsed dishes with the clean ones.

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It has the option of using either magnets or a foam strip (or you can use a removable adhesive Command Strips) to mount it on your dishwasher — a good option to have, if you're concerned about magnets scratching your stainless.

Promising review: "I really should have purchased this sooner. One day my mother-in-law put away the dishes up in my cabinets a full load that was dirty just hand rinsed. (My husband rinses really well) but still..Yuck! Had to take all the dishes out of the cabinets and rewash them. Because Amazon has all things I knew there would be a solution so I started searching and found this. I have waited a while to write a review to say that it really does hold up well." —Jason

Get it on Amazon for $9.99.

15. A durable non-slip silverware tray that keeps pieces of silverware in place, so they don't slide around every time you open the drawer.

Promising review: "Great quality! I was very pleased with the grip of the divider — doesn't slide around in the drawer and keeps items still for us. Clean lines and perfect fit for our needs. Not a flimsy plastic that will be broken soon." —brookerieGet it on Amazon for $8.
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Promising review: "Great quality! I was very pleased with the grip of the divider — doesn't slide around in the drawer and keeps items still for us. Clean lines and perfect fit for our needs. Not a flimsy plastic that will be broken soon." —brookerie

Get it on Amazon for $8.

16. A mini colander made for those recipes that call for ~drained and rinsed~ cans of beans, fruit, or whatever.

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Promising review: "This was a whim purchase. Usually I just push the lid down inside the can to squeeze out the juices. But for the price I thought I would take a chance. I was very surprised by this little colanders quality. It is made of a thick plastic with smooth well rounded edges. It fits most common sized cans and the chicken breast/tuna size cans can sit on top of the colander although not cradled inside the colander. If you have the drawer space then its a neat little item to have." —Urban Fantasy Fan

Get it on Amazon for $4.19.

17. A set of three flexible cutting mats you can permanently designate to different tasks: one for meat and poultry, one for fish, and one for veggies.

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Promising review: "Nothing wrong with these. Great size, great colors and as thick as any of this type of mat is likely to be. Go through our dishwasher just fine, but we do not use the heated dry feature or the super hot cycle. Just enough bend to make dumping ingredients simple.

I did find cheaper mats at my local dollar store. But those were very, very thin and did sort of go weird-shaped after going through the dishwasher. And it wasn't long before I had cut through them in several places. I expect these to have a much longer life." —Dea

Get it on Amazon for $5.47.

18. A 12-inch lazy Susan turntable easy enough to slide into a cabinet or your fridge or onto a pantry shelf so you can always find the particular condiment or bottle you're looking for in that very moment.

Promising review: "I put one of these 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 places 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!" —Sherry D. JohnsonGet it on Amazon for $7.99 (three colors).
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Promising review: "I put one of these 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 places 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!" —Sherry D. Johnson

Get it on Amazon for $7.99 (three colors).

19. A set of plastic knives that your aspiring Master Chef will love if they like to help with cooking but are kinda scared of (or just plain too young for) regular chef's knives.

Promising review: "My 2-yr-old was desperate to join me in the kitchen and I wanted to be sure she was safe. These knives come in three sizes, are not sharp to the touch but easily cut through most fruits and vegetables! For denser foods like carrots she needed a bit of assistance, but she was quickly chopping all of the asparagus for dinner!!! We just got these so I can't speak to durability, but for the price these seem like a great value for my little chef!" —Nicholas and Zarya FogelsonGet the set of three on Amazon for $8.95.
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Promising review: "My 2-yr-old was desperate to join me in the kitchen and I wanted to be sure she was safe. These knives come in three sizes, are not sharp to the touch but easily cut through most fruits and vegetables! For denser foods like carrots she needed a bit of assistance, but she was quickly chopping all of the asparagus for dinner!!! We just got these so I can't speak to durability, but for the price these seem like a great value for my little chef!" —Nicholas and Zarya Fogelson

Get the set of three on Amazon for $8.95.

20. A dish drying rack that fits directly over the sink so you don't have to think about losing counter space to wet dishes for even one minute.

Promising review: "This dish rack works great in my tiny kitchen. Putting it across my sink gives me more counter space. I like that it rolls up and can be easily stashed under my sink when not in use." —KySophGet it on Amazon for $6.
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Promising review: "This dish rack works great in my tiny kitchen. Putting it across my sink gives me more counter space. I like that it rolls up and can be easily stashed under my sink when not in use." —KySoph

Get it on Amazon for $6.

21. A sponge caddy for your double sink, so whether you use a sponge, steel wool, a smiling Scrub Daddy, or some combination of the three, they're convenient to reach for and can always dry out completely.

And drying sponges out = the key to avoiding that stinky sponge smell! Promising reviews: "This is a great little caddy. It allows items to dry properly. A small storage area for misc items when working in the kitchen. I especially appreciate being able to turn the Dawn bottle upside down in order to get those last drops and since it's stainless steel so no rusting." —Watching"I like that this has a good sized basket which can hold a sponge and a steel scrubber. It’s sturdy and looks nice. It hangs over the sink divider so it doesn’t fall off like the suction cup ones do from time to time." —B. LiuGet it on Amazon for $9.49.
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And drying sponges out = the key to avoiding that stinky sponge smell!

Promising reviews: "This is a great little caddy. It allows items to dry properly. A small storage area for misc items when working in the kitchen. I especially appreciate being able to turn the Dawn bottle upside down in order to get those last drops and since it's stainless steel so no rusting." —Watching

"I like that this has a good sized basket which can hold a sponge and a steel scrubber. It’s sturdy and looks nice. It hangs over the sink divider so it doesn’t fall off like the suction cup ones do from time to time." —B. Liu

Get it on Amazon for $9.49.

22. A set of three Jetz-Scrubz sponges that'll literally be the only kitchen sponges you'll need from now until *next* August — as in, these three sponges can last you twelve full months or longer.

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We tested dozens of different sponges for BuzzFeed Reviews, and these won out the $$$ category for best kitchen sponge, by far. But you seriously get your money's worth for $5/sponge.

Promising review: "I have used the sponge for nearly a year. Yes, THE SAME SPONGE. I use it many times a day at my kitchen sink to wash dishes, pots, and pans, and clean the counter tops. It's gotten a little chewed up as my husband is death on sponges. (He uses very sharp knifes to carve meat and he merrily saws away on sponges when cleaning the knifes. Those Dobie sponges don't last at all with his abuse.)

Anyway, the Jetz Scrubz doesn't develop a stinky odor like most other sponges and it's practically indestructible. I gave one to my sister last August and she is still using it. I don't see how this company can make money with a product that lasts this long." —Ann Albin

Get a pack of three on Amazon for $14.99 (which is about $5/sponge).

23. And a hand-illustrated meal-planning note pad that will help you feel organized and prepared for whatever each day has to bring.

Get it from Constance and Clay on Etsy for $5.21+ (available with 25 or 50 pages).
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Get it from Constance and Clay on Etsy for $5.21+ (available with 25 or 50 pages).

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