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    37 Useful Kitchen Gadgets To Put On Your Holiday Wish List

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    1. A dual breakfast sandwich maker, because 1) it's a great way to motivate you to actually eat breakfast 2) your roommates will also want one once they smell yours.

    This handy gadget can cook two sandwiches in five minutes — that's less time than standing in line to wait for a McMuffin.

    Promising review: "Winner! This is such a great gadget, and I don't normally like gadgets; I usually prefer the old ways of doing things, but this tool allows me to get my kids fed and out of the house in the morning so much faster and with less mess and clean up! I was worried about how easy this would be to clean, but the inserts come out so easily and are dishwasher safe, so it's a breeze. I don't see this thing leaving my counter ever." —jo

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    2. A sous vide precision cooker with Wi-Fi so you can monitor the food via an app while chillaxing on the couch.

    Sous vide, which means “under vacuum” in French, refers to the process of vacuum-sealing food in a bag, then cooking it to a very precise temperature in a water bath. This method ensures maximum tenderness and moisture retention —

    without worry of overcooking. This model features Wi-Fi connectivity, which allows you to start, stop, monitor, or adjust your cook wherever you are through an app.

    Promising review: "I am the worst cook for cooking steaks, known for consistently either overcooking or undercooking steaks, even with an electric thermometer. Fast forward to the holidays, and I'm having a few guests over. I went on Amazon and bought this precision cooker before the holiday. For the first time in my life I heard, 'This is the best steak I've ever eaten!' We were all floored by the quality of the flavor and the ease. All five steaks were perfectly done, and all five were the exact same. It took absolutely no effort on my part, and I was able to spend time with our guests while this was cooking. This quite possibly is the best thing I've bought. Next, we'll be giving salmon a try." —jfe

    Get it from Amazon for $147.30.

    3. A vacuum sealer perfect for sous vide cooking and keeping large amounts of food fresh for a long, long time. This is great if you like to buy in bulk!

    Meats and produce can last for weeks to even months/years when they're vacuum sealed and frozen!

    Promising review: "I don't know how I lived without this gadget. I originally bought it to use in my sous vide cooker and now use it for almost everything that goes into my freezer, from nuts to meats to bone broth. Well worth the price." —J. Stout

    Get it from Amazon for $88.97.

    4. A trusty food processor to do all the slicing and dicing for you... plus any shredding, crinkling, mincing, or pureeing. It's got you covered from hummus to peanut butter to pesto.

    This food processor has a 10-cup capacity!

    Promising review: "This is a sturdy, basic kitchen tool for the home cook. So far, I have used it for chopping herbs, mincing onions, and pureeing tomatoes. It is very fast on soft foods, so a quick pulse is all it takes to achieve a fine mince. I have also used it to chop walnuts, and again, it is very efficient. I do not find it any noisier than other products of this type, and the rapid chop rate cuts down on the amount of time you have to listen to it! The large cup size was important to me so that I can process large batches at once, and the suction cup on the bottom keeps it from walking off the counter." —Carol Harrah

    Get it from Amazon for $42.33.

    5. The BuzzFeed Tasty One Top for making perfect meals with zero guesswork. It'll connect with the Tasty app and automatically adjust temperature and power settings to precisely match the recipe instructions!

    This multi-use device can do just about anything. You can use it for pan, deep, or stir frying, as well as slow, precision, or sous vide cooking — without any additional equipment. It's also great for fondues or shabu shabu!

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Tasty Shop for $149 (also available with a four-piece induction cookware set for $184).

    PSST! BuzzFeed makes money if you buy this.

    6. A five-in-one utensil appropriately named the "Uni-tool," because it's a slotted spoon, a turner, a solid spoon, a spatula, and a cutting tool all in one!

    Promising review: "I love this uni-tool. I use it for sautéing veggies, scraping bowls, browning meats, tasting soup, testing macaroni for doneness, etc. I like that I can taste test with the spoon side and keep working with the other side. I randomly told my husband I wanted one for Christmas, and I am so glad I did. It's a useful kitchen gadget to have." —Lori Price

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    7. A coffee machine with a built-in frother that'll make a variety of drinks, from an iced coffee to a latte. You'll get gourmet-coffee-shop-quality joe without having to shell out triple figures for an espresso machine.

    Promising review: "Incredible machine! It has to be one of the best coffee makers you can get. The modes are super easy, and you can use your own coffee (rather than be stuck with K-cups). It's easy to use, and the coffee comes out like a coffee shop. There are two modes that are kinda like espresso (hard to describe, maybe like a 1.5x diluted espresso). There's a mode to make iced coffee directly from the machine that actually works pretty decently. The standard brew for a cup of coffee is brilliant. Coffee is HOT. Settings are smart. I can't say enough good things about the machine." —Raheem Levanti

    Get it from Amazon for $87.99.

    8. A surprisingly versatile waffle maker for whipping up your fave brunch foods at home. Think of the money you'll save!,

    Promising review: "Great waffle maker and a good value. We make everything in this: hashbrowns, mochi, waffles, green onion pancakes — you name it. We love it!" —J. Law

    Get it from Amazon for $17.

    9. An electric kettle in a retro shade of pistachio green that'll look amazing on your countertop.

    I've had this kettle for more than a year now, and it still looks and works like the day I got it!

    Get it from Crate and Barrel for $79.99 (available in three colors) or Amazon for $77.52 (available in six colors).

    10. A bread machine for making a fresh loaf right at home. It even has a gluten-free setting!

    Promising review: "I just made my first loaf of hot, fresh bread. The smell and the taste are beyond what we could have ever expected. It is so much healthier than any other bread because you are adding your own ingredients. This is the best bread machine on the market. I did a lot of homework looking for the right one, and this is the right one! The choices of timing and crusts are endless. No one likes to get out of bed in the morning but when this starts cooking, it's like Christmas morning and you're on a dead run. Christmas is only 10 weeks away so put this on your list. They won't be re-gifting these, trust me." —Florida Deb.

    Get it from Amazon for $53.76.

    11. An electric knife-sharpener to rejuvenate even the dullest of blades.

    Promising review: "My wife has literally grown to hate the noise of me sharpening knives! I've sharpened every knife in the house, and I want to sharpen more, lol. What a difference this item makes vs the handheld knife sharpener that often comes in knife bundles. There's no pressing at all; just easily pull the knife through on each side the same amount of times and, voilá! Steak becomes butter. I don't know how long it will take to wear out the pads, but I'll get another one if and when they do, 110%." —B. Wells

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    12. An old-fashioned hot chocolate maker that'll warm up solid chocolate with milk until it becomes a drinkable treat. Warning: regular mixes may taste inadequate after trying this.

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $39, Amazon for $29.42, or Wayfair for $32.99.

    13. An egg cooker for making six hard-boiled, soft-boiled, or poached eggs in under 10 minutes. You can even use it to cook an omelet!

    🎶 When I was a lad, I ate four dozen eggs every morning to help me get large. And now that I'm grown, I eat five dozen eggs so I'm roughly the size of a barge!🎶

    Promising review: "You know those objects that are totally unnecessary, but you see them and fall in love and live forever in happiness with your random kitschy thing? This is that thing. It makes especially lovely, perfectly round omelets with minimal cleanup required. Hard and soft boiled eggs cook evenly and taste great. The poached eggs are tender and melt in your mouth over toast. It's the perfect kitchen appliance. I grin from ear to ear every time I use it." —Sonnet A. Fitzgerald

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in four colors).

    14. A cold-brew maker to please even the most discerning coffee addict. Coffee snobs unite!

    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 $14.99.

    15. A five-in-one countertop cooker that'll grill burger patties, press paninis, fry bacon, and cook pancakes. So basically, 90% of my dietary needs.

    This multi-use cooker works as a contact grill, panini press, full grill, full griddle and half grill/half griddle! The nonstick cooking plates are removable and reversible, which makes them super versatile and easy to clean.

    Promising review: "Splurge purchase, but I fell in love instantly. What — the plates go in the dishwasher?! Awesome. Made burgers on it for lunch, no issues. Love that it's small enough to easily fit in with kitchen storage and doesn't have a big footprint. Love that it opens flat so you can use both sides. Love that the plates are double sided. Loved it so much that, of course, I had to order the waffle plates. And I've owned it for six hours." —wendaroolie

    Get it from Amazon for $50.83.

    16. An electric can-opener perfect for people who were burned one too many times by a manual can-opener or a pull-tab (me).

    Promising review: "So far it is the BEST can opener I've ever had! A really great feature of this can opener is that it opens the can on the side, right under the top, at the seam where it was sealed at the factory. There are NO sharp lids to cut your fingers! Also, the opened lid will fit right on top of the opened can and can be used for a lid in your fridge when you don't use the entire contents of the can. Very cool, Hamilton Beach!" —Pianoman54

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99.

    17. A bacon bowl maker so you can serve bacon with every meal and have it look gourmet AF.

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $27.

    18. A multi-function chopping board with a meat grip on one side and an angled cutting surface designed to catch any juices or crumbs.

    Promising review: "I bought this cutting board with the hopes of being able to cut veggies (specifically watery tomatoes) and meats (drippy pork loin comes to mind) without spilling juices all over the countertop. This board is everything I've been looking for — and does it better than I expected it to. The dense plastic won't dull my knives, and it is sure to last for years. Each side's edges are covered with a thick silicone rubber to prevent slipping. Overall, this is a fantastic cutting board which we use regularly and has even replaced my favorite wood board simply because of its functionality." —Sidney Shore

    Get it from Amazon for $19.49+ (available in four colors).

    19. A smart toaster oven that's also an air fryer and dehydrator! You might never turn on the full-size oven again.

    This beast of a toaster oven has 13 pre-programmed settings: toast (nine-slice capacity), bagel, broil, bake, roast, warm, pizza, proof, air fry, reheat, cookies, slow cook, and dehydrate!

    Promising review: "So far it's been a worthy upgrade from my original Smart Oven that I had for about four years. The air fry function worked flawlessly with french fries. Just be sure to spray the basket with cooking spray to avoid food from sticking. I also love that it can fit a standard 9"x13" pan (no handles) if I need to bake a casserole or cake for more than a couple of people. It's a workhorse and largely replaces my regular oven." —J. Paree

    Get it from Amazon for $319.95.

    20. An ultra-slim kitchen scale with an easy-to-clean touchscreen surface for following each recipe as precisely as possible.

    Promising review: "Greater Goods yet again delivered a product that works with quality but doesn't have the same pricing as more expensive options. Use it for weighing baking materials and making coffee. Very accurate." —Ray Xia

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    21. A good old-fashioned pie bird your grandma probably uses and so should you. It'll 1) prevent the filling from boiling over and creating a mess in the oven, 2) distribute moisture so the bottom doesn't get soggy 3) ensure the top crust cooks evenly without splitting.

    This pie bird is safe for the freezer, microwave, oven, broiler, and dishwasher!

    Promising review: "Amazing what difference this bird can make to your pie! I definitely made the best apple pie I've ever made with this little device. For the first time ever, my pie did not spill out juices onto the pan below or into the stove, and the crust was flaky and crisper than it has ever been. I really cannot speak highly enough of how well this pie bird worked. If you make pies, you need one of these!" —Happylakedreamer

    Get it from Amazon for $11.95 (available in five colors).

    22. A digital food thermometer, because you don't have super-powered eyes that can tell if the meat is under- or over-cooked. This one gives an instant temperature read!

    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 and lightweight; it's easy to pull out the probe and very easy to read the temperature. I purchased several as stocking stuffers for Christmas. They make a gift that will be appreciated for its size and ease of use, but most importantly, it will be a gift that gets used instead of put away in the closet." —Yardleydoc

    Get it from Amazon for $10.19.

    23. An electric citrus juicer so getting a cup of fresh-squeezed OJ takes little to no effort. It zaps ALL the juice out of each fruit and lets you control how much pulp gets left in.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 or from Crate and Barrel or Walmart for $29.95.

    24. A quiet and efficient electric coffee grinder with a removable grinding cup for easy pouring and clean up — which means it's manageable in your half-awake state at 7 a.m. in the morning.

    Promising review: "This grinder gets the job done. In a matter of seconds (literally less than 10), I had a perfectly coarse grind for my French press. It was also a lot quieter than expected. This was quiet enough to use with a sleeping roommate upstairs. The design is quite simple but appears to be high quality and at a reasonable price." —Sara

    Get it from Amazon for $22.95.

    25. A crepe maker, because let's face it — you would eat Nutella crepes every day if you could. And now you can.

    Get it from Amazon or Walmart for $39.95.

    26. A cookbook/tablet stand with a clear splatter guard that'll make you say, "Why didn't I think of that?!"

    Promising review: "After having too many of my recipe books get damaged with splatters/liquids while cooking, I decided it was time to buy a cookbook holder. This one has been great — I have over 100 cookbooks in my collection of all different sizes/thickness and haven't had any problem adjusting to the size of any of them. The clear screen cover has been invaluable and cleans up easily when splatters invariably happen. Highly recommend this to anyone who cooks on a regular basis." —Ngaio

    Get it from Amazon for $26.95.

    27. A three-blade spiralizer for exploring the healthy and delicious world of veggie pastas.

    The three blades give you the options of spaghetti cut (1/8th inch), fettuccine cut (1/4th inch), or ribbon cut noodles. It comes with a blade box to keep blades clean, safe, and organized when not in use. A stronghold suction cup keeps the device from slipping on countertops.

    Get it from Williams Sonoma for $39.95, Amazon for $37.99, or Jet for $39.99.

    28. A compact juice-extractor, because making daily visits to the local juice shop is just not financially feasible ATM.

    Get it from Crate and Barrel or Amazon for $99.95.

    29. A cool gadget that'll turn freshly brewed hot coffee (or any non-carbonated drink, such as wine) into an iced one in a matter of minutes — without watering it down.

    Fill the device with water and pop it into the freezer for 12 hours before using. It has a 12.5 oz. capacity and is dishwasher safe!

    Promising review: "Gave this HyperChiller as a gift to my daughter to go with the Keurig I purchased at Costco. She loves it! It turns her hot coffee into an iced one in a couple of minutes while she gets ready for work." —Doreen

    Get it from Amazon $29.99.

    30. An old-fashioned food mill perfect for making sauces, jams, or mashed potatoes, because it catches all the seeds and peels, leaving only a smooth puree. (That's probably the one thing your food processor can't do.)

    This French-made stainless steel food mill comes with two discs, for a fine and medium puree.

    Promising review: "I've tried other food mills in the past and didn't care for them too much, so I eventually gave them away. I like the design of this food mill so much better in many ways. When I made applesauce, I just cut up the apples with the skin on, cooked them, and the mill worked perfectly, leaving all of the skins behind. The fact that the bowl flares, becoming much wider at the top, makes it much easier to load and work with. Even though it is lightweight, it seems strong and well made. I also love the fold out legs which hold the mill perfectly above my glass bowls. Lastly, I love that it is still made in France." —VeganGuy

    Get it from Williams Sonoma for $47.96.

    31. A cordless electric wine opener so you can get a bottle of red uncorked in just a few seconds.

    This wine opener comes with a foil cutter!

    Promising review: "We used this for my son's wedding. It worked so well. It's very quick at taking the cork out, and it stayed charged the entire night. I would definitely recommend this." —Kurt R Thomas

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99.

    32. A frozen yogurt and ice cream maker to serve up a homemade scoop that'll rival Ben & Jerry's.

    The best part is you get to decide what ingredients are used. For example, you can substitute sugar for maple syrup!

    Get it from Amazon for $42.08+ (available in four colors) or Williams Sonoma for $69.95 (comes with extra freezer bowl).

    33. A pair of bear claws for tearing BBQ meat to shreds. You could use forks, but what's the fun in that?

    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. Even when I buy pulled pork from Trader Joe's and it's already 'pulled,' this is an excellent tool for really shredding it properly. 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 six colors).

    34. A hand blender that's just as powerful as a full-sized version but doesn't take up valuable counter space. Plus, it's super easy to clean up.

    Get it from Amazon for $30.51 (available in 17 colors) or Crate and Barrel for $39.99 (available in three colors).

    35. A stand mixer 100% worth the ~dough~. Baking huge batches of gingerbread cookies will be an absolute breeze with this kitchen helper.

    The five-quart stainless steel bowl can mix dough for nine dozen cookies or four loaves of bread in a single batch! The mixer comes with a coated flat beater, a coated dough hook, a six-wire whip, and a pouring shield.

    Promising review: "Hands down this is the best blender on the market. It has multiple tools which enable you to do many tasks in the kitchen. The mixing capability is superior to all other mixers, especially the old hand-held models. This mixes everything so well that now it's hard to make a mistake when blending things because it does such a great job. It's quiet, and you can set it and go attend to other tasks while it works away." —Tie Dye John

    Get it from Amazon for $279.99+ (available in 45 colors!!).

    36. An adjustable stainless steel slicer for tricking others into thinking your cheese platter is professionally catered.

    This slicer comes with an extra wire in case the first one wears out!

    Promising review: "Cheese is considered a major food group in our house, so replacing our broken slicer was an absolute necessity. This slicer is an absolute dream. It's very sturdy (without being too heavy) and it cuts extra sharp cheddar as if it were room temperature butter! Don't waste your time and money on a cheap slicer — this one will probably last for years." —StillontheEdge

    Get it from Amazon for $10.

    37. And an almighty Instant Pot, which does just about anything you want it to. It's a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté pan, yogurt maker, and food warmer all rolled into one nifty appliance.

    Promising review: "I can't say enough about this pressure cooker. First, I got rid of several gadgets, which I love. I had two rice cookers, a slow cooker, and a food steamer. That has freed up so much room in my kitchen. Best of all, I am making some delicious dishes with this. When I cook meat on the stove top, it is hit or miss. The meat comes out tender and delicious every time I use the Instant Pot. If you are worried about the investment or about having yet another gadget, you can remedy this by selling the appliances that this makes obsolete on Craigslist and using the money towards your own Instant Pot." —mo

    Get the three-quart size from Amazon for $49.99.

    Do a happy dance in your well-stocked kitchen!

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