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10 Kitchen Products Under $10 That Had Us Living In 3017 This Year

So cheap. So life-changing.

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1. This two-stage knife sharpener that'll have you slicing vegetables with the ease of a professional chef.

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My first NYC roommate's dad sharpened her kitchen knives for her and they made easy work of dicing and cutting things (like the standard 22-year-old-me dinners of grilled cheeses and chicken fajitas). I was living it up for a few years until she moved out and (rightfully) took her razor-sharp knives with her. I’ve been making do over the past few years, but when I saw a knife sharpener in this story, I decided I’d give that a go before buying new knives. Also, cutting with a dull knife is dangerous! I have an easy time of injuring myself on the reg, so I don’t need to increase my chances.

The little sharpener comes with detailed instructions and actually fits in my knife drawer so I won’t have to scare the dog while saying, “WHERE IS IT?” out loud. I pulled out my assortment of knives and gave it a go on a Rachael Ray knife (similar to these). It’s a pretty handy knife, but wasn’t what it used to be back in the day. I set it on the edge of my cutting board and pulled it through the coarse notch three times, per the instructions. Even though mushrooms aren’t notorious for being tough to slice through, they’re oddly shaped and move around: with my newly sharpened knife I was able to slice through them with no effort…even the stem! I also manhandled an onion and it was sooo easy slicing through the skin.

Yes, I should probably invest in a decent set of kitchen knives, but this little sharpener is making my hand-me-downs way more useful. And it’s so easy to use in comparison to the menacing sharpening rods that you see villains in cartoons using when they’re thinking about eating the Roadrunner or a cute protagonist. —Elizabeth Lilly

Get it from Amazon for $5.99, Jet for $5.99, or Walmart for $6.29.

2. This sponge holder to stop your sponges from becoming even bigger germ magnets.

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I've written it before and I will write it again: A sponge holder is the difference between looking like a stan for bacteria and a person who knows what's up and takes care of their kitchen. Sponges are always going to be one of the grossest items in your home, but keeping them in a holder where they can actually dry makes the best of a bad situation. —Gyan Yankovich

Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

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3. This pre-seasoned cast-iron skillet that'll become your go-to pan at home and on camping trips.

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This skillet is great in the kitchen and over a campfire barbecue, because you can expand your meal options without getting too messy or taking too long. Hot dogs or veggie dogs make for a quick treat (bring foil!), as do charred cheap-o buns. I've also used it to cook lazy tacos — your protein of choice and/or a simple stir-fry of peppers and onions, then tortillas exposed to a bit of fire. —Janet Manley

Get it from Walmart for $9.88.

4. These stainless steel straws that'll help you save the planet one drink at a time.

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Recently I wrote a post about products that help you use less waste — and really sent myself into a shame spiral about how careless I am when it comes to the trash I create. I resolved to take some of my own advice and invest in reusable products whenever possible. The cheapest and easiest way to start was these Sipwell stainless steel straws.

Plastic straws are really, really bad for the environment. They're not recyclable, and they're really damaging to marine life (there's a horrifying YouTube video of a plastic straw lodged in a sea turtle's nostril, which...click at your own risk). Not to be glib, but I once got a plastic straw caught in my hair and can attest to the fact that they are easily ensnared. Luckily, these stainless steel straws are a cheap, easy, and ~fancy~ way to do your part to reduce the number of plastic straws clogging the seas. They come in a set of four (I keep two at home, one at work, and one in my purse) with a little cleaning brush.

Honestly, even aside from the smugness that comes from knowing you're helping turtles, I much prefer these straws to plastic ones. The cool metal makes cold drinks that much more refreshing, and they kind of make me feel like I'm at a trendy cocktail bar when I am, in fact, drinking seltzer at my desk while writing about straws. —Jessie Gaynor

Get a pack of four straws from Amazon for $6.95.

5. This 3-in-1 avocado slicer, so you can make avocado toast without almost slicing your finger off.

Sarah Aspler / BuzzFeed

I'm usually pretty skeptical when it comes to kitchen gadgets, but this slicer has 2,000+ reviews and 4.5 stars on Amazon, which is a pretty good sign, so I went ahead and ordered it — and it's rad.

Here's how it works: The tool has three different parts designed to help you split, pit, and slice an avocado without the risk of you impaling your hand. The slice is super smooth and satisfying. The plastic blade dug right in and it was really easy to cut all around the avocado. I actually nicked myself with the blade (because it was so slippery), but it didn't cut my skin or hurt at all. Removing the pit was so easy and honestly I wish I could do this for hours. I didn't need to use a lot of force to get the three spikes into the pit, and it came out with a twist. And the scoop is pretty good, considering my avocados weren't fully ripe. Next time you’re making some avocado toast and the knife slips, causing your life to flash before your eyes, consider buying this 3-in-1 avocado slicer for yourself! —Sarah Aspler

Get it from Amazon for $9.99, Jet for $6, or Walmart for $7.99.

6. These miracle rubber gloves sure to have you wondering why you ever did the dishes barehanded.

Rachel Miller / BuzzFeed

I’ve long believed that gloves are the secret to tackling 90% of household chores. For years, I used the bright-yellow latex gloves you’ll find in the cleaning aisle at any average big-box retailer. But I recently upgraded to a pair of gloves I legitimately can’t stop telling people about: Mamison Quality Kitchen Rubber Gloves.

They fit great (I have pretty unremarkable/average hands and I wear the size large). They are thin and flexible enough that I can really scrub in them, but are also somehow still sturdier than the gloves I was used to. The exterior palms are covered in little rubber grippers that make it easy to grasp dishes and rags, and are also deeply satisfying to rub up against each other. (Wash your hands while wearing them and you’ll see what I mean.) They also feel great on — they are lined with something that feels considerably nicer than whatever is inside the gloves I’ve always worn. Plus, they go up to my elbows, so I feel extra protected. I keep a pair in my kitchen and a pair in my bathroom, and plan to start bringing them as hostess gifts to my favorite friends. —Rachel Wilkerson Miller

Get them from Amazon for $6.99.

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7. These giant, fancy-ass ice cubes that'll make you look like a ~classy~ whiskey drinker.

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Giant ice cubes are a novelty we all need in our lives — it's just a bonus that they also suit grownup liquor that adults with their shit together drink. Buy a silicon ice tray and freeze your way to a more sophisticated happy hour. —Gyan Yankovich

Get two trays from Amazon for $9.99.

8. This (actually) easy-to-use can opener that'll make up for all of the duds you've bought in the past.

Jess Probus / BuzzFeed

Nothing enrages me like a can opener that doesn't quite work. The worst is when it opens only a fourth of the can and then stops forever, or opens it in such a way that you manage to cut yourself and spill everything out of the can at the same time. I don't open cans so often that I felt like investing in an expensive tool, but every time I actually needed to open one with my crappy Ikea version, I got so frustrated that I'd end up just stabbing the can open with a knife, which was primitive and satisfying, but not at all efficient. Then I discovered this EZ-Duz-It can opener, which has so many good reviews on Amazon that it almost seemed fake. The name alone is worth it, but it also costs less than $10 and works so easily that I never have to give can opening a second thought, which is exactly how it should be. —Jess Probus

Get it from Amazon for $9.60.

9. This tiny frying pan to help you cook the perfect egg and save you cleanup time.

Tom Vellner / BuzzFeed

No matter what anyone says, size matters, y'all — especially when it comes to this frying pan, which is only 5 inches wide and 9.5 inches long. It's so cute! I live in a small Manhattan apartment that doesn't have much counter space OR a dishwasher, so the joy of having tiny-but-useful kitchen tools is top priority.

When I get home from work, I'm usually way too tired to cook a whole meat-based dish, but I still want some protein. This pan lets me cook a perfect lil' egg I can quickly add on top of pasta, a salad, or sandwich. When I'm not feeling lazy AF, I also use it to make a nice burger, chicken breast, or side of veggies. It's ideal when I'm cooking for one, because it fits the exact portion I need, and I don't have to worry about a frustrating cleanup afterward either since the pan is nonstick — the egg slides right off without leaving behind a literal hot mess. —Tom Vellner

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

10. And this set of four grapefruit spoons — to make eating grapefruit (and cleaning out squash!) much simpler.

Rachel Christiensen / BuzzFeed

A kitchen logic problem: I love eating squash. I hate cleaning squash.

I love eating grapefruit so much that I got a grapefruit spoon.

Solution: What if I used that spiky little spoon to clean my squash, since it can grip the edges and scoop in one fell swoop?

FASTER SQUASH CLEANING, that is what. Now I can make this for the fourth time. And this. And this. And this. —Rachel Christiensen

Get a set of four from Amazon for $7.89 or Walmart for $9.14.

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