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20 Kitchen Products That Are Actually Worth The Drawer And Counter Space

KitchenAid stand mixers, cast-iron skillets, digital food scales, and 17 other useful products that won't just take up space in the kitchen.

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1. A blender that'll crush anything you throw its way, from ice to frozen fruit to tough greens like kale.

This model has a 72-ounce BPA-free pitcher with a pour spout. It's dishwasher-safe so cleanup will be a breeze. There are three different blending speeds, and the blender is designed so that the blades won't spin unless the lid is tightly secured into place.Promising review: "I love making smoothies and blew through two regular blenders within four months, so I needed a heavy-duty blender. This Ninja Professional Blender fits the bill perfectly. It's easy to use, chops ice and fruit with no problem, and is simple to use. I love this Ninja because it's simple, i.e., it has easy-to-read and easy-to-use buttons without all of the nuances of some of the more expensive models. I highly recommend the Ninja Professional if you're looking for a classic and up-to-date blender that'll power-through ice, fruit, and whatever else you throw at it." —SmoothieGirlGet it from Walmart for $89.99.This is our pick for the best budget blender on BuzzFeed Reviews!
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This model has a 72-ounce BPA-free pitcher with a pour spout. It's dishwasher-safe so cleanup will be a breeze. There are three different blending speeds, and the blender is designed so that the blades won't spin unless the lid is tightly secured into place.

Promising review: "I love making smoothies and blew through two regular blenders within four months, so I needed a heavy-duty blender. This Ninja Professional Blender fits the bill perfectly. It's easy to use, chops ice and fruit with no problem, and is simple to use. I love this Ninja because it's simple, i.e., it has easy-to-read and easy-to-use buttons without all of the nuances of some of the more expensive models. I highly recommend the Ninja Professional if you're looking for a classic and up-to-date blender that'll power-through ice, fruit, and whatever else you throw at it." —SmoothieGirl

Get it from Walmart for $89.99.

This is our pick for the best budget blender on BuzzFeed Reviews!

2. A 7-in-1 Instant Pot so you can consolidate several appliances into one and seriously speed up cooking time.

This six-quart machine works as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker/porridge maker, steamer, saute/browning, yogurt maker, and warmer. Read a BuzzFeeder's review of the Instant Pot!Promising review: "We made our first meal in the Instant Pot the other day, which was ribs, and what would normally take four to six hours in a slow cooker took only 35 minutes using the meats/stew button on the Instant Pot, and the ribs fell off the bone! I couldn't believe I could have dinner done that quickly! This is a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker/porridge maker, steamer, saute/browning, yogurt maker and warmer. You can get rid of all those things you have because now you have it all in one pot! It has a keep warm setting and also a 24-hour delay start option, too. You can slow cook for 0.5–20 hours, which is the best part for me because many times I lose track of time and forget to set my slow cooker and realize I now have two hours to cook dinner when the lowest option on a slow cooker is four hours. No need to worry about that anymore. Just be super careful with the pressure cooker as the steam releases fast and high. Greatest cooking appliance I have ever had so far." —Brazilchick32Get it from Walmart for $86.17.
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This six-quart machine works as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker/porridge maker, steamer, saute/browning, yogurt maker, and warmer. Read a BuzzFeeder's review of the Instant Pot!

Promising review: "We made our first meal in the Instant Pot the other day, which was ribs, and what would normally take four to six hours in a slow cooker took only 35 minutes using the meats/stew button on the Instant Pot, and the ribs fell off the bone! I couldn't believe I could have dinner done that quickly! This is a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker/porridge maker, steamer, saute/browning, yogurt maker and warmer. You can get rid of all those things you have because now you have it all in one pot! It has a keep warm setting and also a 24-hour delay start option, too. You can slow cook for 0.5–20 hours, which is the best part for me because many times I lose track of time and forget to set my slow cooker and realize I now have two hours to cook dinner when the lowest option on a slow cooker is four hours. No need to worry about that anymore. Just be super careful with the pressure cooker as the steam releases fast and high. Greatest cooking appliance I have ever had so far." —Brazilchick32

Get it from Walmart for $86.17.

3. A dual-handle cast-iron skillet for transitioning easily from the stovetop to the oven.

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Promising review: "I have a lot of very expensive pans, and I'm starting to think I should have saved my money and bought this good quality cast iron. This pan is pre-seasoned and cleans up very easily right out of the box — maybe not quite as non-stick as Teflon but very good. I like the double handles because it's easier to store and easier to put in and pull out of the oven. I bought the 10.25" domed lid as well, and that fits tightly." —fromVT

Get it from Walmart or Jet for $15.99.

And check out our picks for the best cast-iron skillets on BuzzFeed Reviews!

4. A KitchenAid stand mixer to make whipping up large batches of sweet treats a breeze. Plus, it'll literally last forever.

The five-quart bowl has the capacity to mix up to nine dozen cookies, four loaves of bread, or seven pounds of mashed potatoes in a single batch. There are 10 different speed settings. It comes with a coated flat beater, a coated dough hook, a six-wire whip, and a pouring shield.Promising review: "I bought mine in Empire Red, and it's gorgeous! I've already used it multiple times since purchasing, and I've got tons of the attachments on my Christmas wish list! You CANNOT go wrong with this purchase. Most people run at the sight of a high price tag (especially when you're in your 20s like me) but this mixer is worth every penny! You will have it for a LIFETIME! My mom has had hers for over 25 years, and it still works as great as the day she got it. So excited to create some delicious memories with mine!" —TexasChicGet it from Walmart for $254.45 (check out more colors and models).
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The five-quart bowl has the capacity to mix up to nine dozen cookies, four loaves of bread, or seven pounds of mashed potatoes in a single batch. There are 10 different speed settings. It comes with a coated flat beater, a coated dough hook, a six-wire whip, and a pouring shield.

Promising review: "I bought mine in Empire Red, and it's gorgeous! I've already used it multiple times since purchasing, and I've got tons of the attachments on my Christmas wish list! You CANNOT go wrong with this purchase. Most people run at the sight of a high price tag (especially when you're in your 20s like me) but this mixer is worth every penny! You will have it for a LIFETIME! My mom has had hers for over 25 years, and it still works as great as the day she got it. So excited to create some delicious memories with mine!" —TexasChic

Get it from Walmart for $254.45 (check out more colors and models).

5. A handheld spiralizer for preparing zucchini noodles, veggie stir-fry, or salads.

Plus, it'll fit in your drawers.Promising review: "Super easy to use. I have only tried zucchini so far. You cut the tip off and push in one end, then turn like a pencil sharpener! Great for pasta replacement. I did two zucchinis, and it made a huge amount. Then I sauteed with olive oil, a little butter, lots of garlic, few red peppers, and mushrooms. Top with parmesan!" —DeniseGet it from Walmart for $9.88.
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Plus, it'll fit in your drawers.

Promising review: "Super easy to use. I have only tried zucchini so far. You cut the tip off and push in one end, then turn like a pencil sharpener! Great for pasta replacement. I did two zucchinis, and it made a huge amount. Then I sauteed with olive oil, a little butter, lots of garlic, few red peppers, and mushrooms. Top with parmesan!" —Denise

Get it from Walmart for $9.88.

6. A food processor that'll do all the shredding, slicing, chopping, and mixing for you.

This eight-cup food processor is BPA-free and the removable parts are dishwasher-safe. It can even be used to mix dough.Promising review: "For many years I'd been wanting a food processor. Best appliance ever purchased. It's always better when stuff is made fresh. Pesto, falafel, salad dressing, and more. Easy to use and clean up. Highly recommend." —BratGet it from Walmart for $64.99+ (available in three colors).
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This eight-cup food processor is BPA-free and the removable parts are dishwasher-safe. It can even be used to mix dough.

Promising review: "For many years I'd been wanting a food processor. Best appliance ever purchased. It's always better when stuff is made fresh. Pesto, falafel, salad dressing, and more. Easy to use and clean up. Highly recommend." —Brat

Get it from Walmart for $64.99+ (available in three colors).

7. A small but mighty two-stage knife sharpener — it might save you from having to buy a whole new set of knives.

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Read a BuzzFeed editor's review of this knife sharpener!

Promising review: "Saved lots of money — no need to buy a new knife." —Pavy

Get it from Walmart for $7.55.

8. A bread maker so you can bake your own customized loaf (i.e. gluten-free) right at home and enjoy it while it's fresh.

Read a full review of this bread machine by a BuzzFeeder!Promising review: "I had no prior experience working with yeast, making dough, or baking bread so I was a bit worried that I would mess things up, but I made my first loaf today, and it came out great. The bread was crusty on the outside and hot and chewy on the inside. Even better than bread from the local bakery. This machine is very easy to use. A few tips: Read the instruction booklet, add the ingredients in the EXACT order they are listed in the recipe, be sure all liquids are room temperature, and measure precisely. Then all you do is press a few buttons, and the machine does the rest. The bread came out wonderful. I am very happy with my purchase, I highly recommend this machine. It has all the same features as the more expensive machines on the market. I see no reason to spend more money on a more expensive machine when this one works sooo well!" —seasonschangeGet it from Walmart for $41.99 or Jet for $37.
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Read a full review of this bread machine by a BuzzFeeder!

Promising review: "I had no prior experience working with yeast, making dough, or baking bread so I was a bit worried that I would mess things up, but I made my first loaf today, and it came out great. The bread was crusty on the outside and hot and chewy on the inside. Even better than bread from the local bakery. This machine is very easy to use. A few tips: Read the instruction booklet, add the ingredients in the EXACT order they are listed in the recipe, be sure all liquids are room temperature, and measure precisely. Then all you do is press a few buttons, and the machine does the rest. The bread came out wonderful. I am very happy with my purchase, I highly recommend this machine. It has all the same features as the more expensive machines on the market. I see no reason to spend more money on a more expensive machine when this one works sooo well!" —seasonschange

Get it from Walmart for $41.99 or Jet for $37.

9. A digital kitchen scale for following recipes down to the last gram.

Promising review: "The scale is extremely accurate. The tare feature is awesome. It subtracts the weight of any container." —GreatkitchenscaleGet it from Walmart for $11.85+ (available in six colors).
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Promising review: "The scale is extremely accurate. The tare feature is awesome. It subtracts the weight of any container." —Greatkitchenscale

Get it from Walmart for $11.85+ (available in six colors).

10. A multifunctional "griddler" to use as a contact grill, panini press, flat grill, and griddle — tons of culinary possibilities!

The non-stick cooking plates are removable and dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning.Promising review: "I never write reviews but this griddler is so great, I felt I had to! We have made paninis, grilled cheese, hamburgers, and pork tenderloin in the last two weeks on it, and they all have turned out perfect! Clean up is very easy with the removable coated plates. I am not a gadget person but this griddler is now a mainstay in our kitchen." —LS217Get it from Walmart for $79.95.
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The non-stick cooking plates are removable and dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning.

Promising review: "I never write reviews but this griddler is so great, I felt I had to! We have made paninis, grilled cheese, hamburgers, and pork tenderloin in the last two weeks on it, and they all have turned out perfect! Clean up is very easy with the removable coated plates. I am not a gadget person but this griddler is now a mainstay in our kitchen." —LS217

Get it from Walmart for $79.95.

11. A set of stainless-steel mesh strainers that'll come in handy in a variety of situations, from sifting flour to straining oil to brewing tea.

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This set comes with three stainless-steel mesh strainers (2.75", 4.75", 7").

Promising review: "I received it a couple of days ago and already used it three times. Drained oil through the strainer after making Southern fried chicken. Oil strained crystal clear. Used the smaller one to sift powder sugar on a bundt cake and used the bigger one to drain veggies. Just the right size for what I need. EXCELLENT product. Buy it. Worth every cent." —jay148

Get them from Walmart for $11.99.

12. An air fryer so you can enjoy perfectly crispy fries without the hassle of deep-frying them in a vat of hot oil.

It has a three-liter capacity that holds up to two pounds of food, a digital touchscreen control panel for selecting the perfect temperature, and eight easy-to-use pre-programmed options. The fryer basket is dishwasher-safe.Promising review: "This is a great air fryer for the price! You will not find one cheaper than this. It is easy to use and clean. Meals are cooked in more than half the time it would take on the stove or oven." —Trixie18Get it from Walmart for $49.
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It has a three-liter capacity that holds up to two pounds of food, a digital touchscreen control panel for selecting the perfect temperature, and eight easy-to-use pre-programmed options. The fryer basket is dishwasher-safe.

Promising review: "This is a great air fryer for the price! You will not find one cheaper than this. It is easy to use and clean. Meals are cooked in more than half the time it would take on the stove or oven." —Trixie18

Get it from Walmart for $49.

13. A set of glass mixing bowls with lids for prepping ingredients, serving food, and storing leftovers.

Each set includes four bowls and four lids. Pyrex glass is dishwasher-, refrigerator-, microwave-, and pre-heated oven safe. The lids are made of BPA-free plastic.Promising review: "You can always count on Pyrex for a quality product, and this set of mixing bowls is no exception. The set provided every size I wanted with the added convenience of tight-fitting plastic lids, which makes them perfect for refrigerated leftovers, too. Glass is my preferred choice for mixing/storage bowls because it's easy to keep germ-free and spotlessly clean, and it won't stain if you're storing leftover spaghetti or cherry jello. I had a set of plastic mixing/storage bowls that wound up looking like they'd been through a war after only six months, and they even warped in the dishwasher. I highly recommend these Pyrex mixing bowls." —MissMacyGet them from Walmart or Jet for $19.97.
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Each set includes four bowls and four lids. Pyrex glass is dishwasher-, refrigerator-, microwave-, and pre-heated oven safe. The lids are made of BPA-free plastic.

Promising review: "You can always count on Pyrex for a quality product, and this set of mixing bowls is no exception. The set provided every size I wanted with the added convenience of tight-fitting plastic lids, which makes them perfect for refrigerated leftovers, too. Glass is my preferred choice for mixing/storage bowls because it's easy to keep germ-free and spotlessly clean, and it won't stain if you're storing leftover spaghetti or cherry jello. I had a set of plastic mixing/storage bowls that wound up looking like they'd been through a war after only six months, and they even warped in the dishwasher. I highly recommend these Pyrex mixing bowls." —MissMacy

Get them from Walmart or Jet for $19.97.

14. A garlic slicer to turn entire cloves into thin slivers — no knife skills required. Bonus: your hands won't smell afterward.

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Promising review: "I've used this a couple of times now, and the garlic is sliced so thin you can see through it! No muss, no fuss, and no garlic smell on your hand like with a garlic press. Love it!" —PCguy

Get it from Walmart for $17.99.

15. A countertop infrared oven that can be a lot more efficient than a standard oven (meaning, it'll cook food faster while using less energy). Plus, there's no need for preheating or defrosting.

This oven has a temperature range of 107–342 degrees. It combines conduction heat (just like a conventional oven) and convection heat, which circulates hot air around the food. There's also infrared heat, which penetrates, cooking on the outside and inside at the same time. It has a max cooking time of 10 hours and can cook up to a 10-pound turkey. You can also use it to reheat leftovers. The removable parts are dishwasher-safe.Promising review: "Meats cook juicy and tender and frozen fries cook golden brown. Healthy cooking, as you can actually see the grease and oils dripping into the catch pan under the grill! If you're a couple or small family, you will be able to prepare a meal in a fraction of the time it normally takes and with much tastier results." —MacGyverGet it from Walmart or Jet for $99.99.
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This oven has a temperature range of 107–342 degrees. It combines conduction heat (just like a conventional oven) and convection heat, which circulates hot air around the food. There's also infrared heat, which penetrates, cooking on the outside and inside at the same time. It has a max cooking time of 10 hours and can cook up to a 10-pound turkey. You can also use it to reheat leftovers. The removable parts are dishwasher-safe.

Promising review: "Meats cook juicy and tender and frozen fries cook golden brown. Healthy cooking, as you can actually see the grease and oils dripping into the catch pan under the grill! If you're a couple or small family, you will be able to prepare a meal in a fraction of the time it normally takes and with much tastier results." —MacGyver

Get it from Walmart or Jet for $99.99.

16. A silicone fish turner — it'll be your go-to utensil for handling delicate foods like salmon filets and sunny-side-up eggs.

It's heat-safe up to 550 degrees and dishwasher-safe.Promising review: "Easily picks up delicate fish." —JackieGet it from Walmart or Jet for $7.99.
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It's heat-safe up to 550 degrees and dishwasher-safe.

Promising review: "Easily picks up delicate fish." —Jackie

Get it from Walmart or Jet for $7.99.

17. A pack of odor-resistant sponges you won't have to replace every week.

Promising review: "The main improvement I've seen over the Scotch-Brite sponges I used to buy is not getting that foul smell that builds up in the sponge after about a week of use, even when it is cleaned out and squeezed out really well. Thank our Florida water for that, lol. These sponges are tough, do the job, and (I feel) are reasonably priced!" —CappyGet a four-pack from Walmart for $4.68.This is our pick for the best mid-priced kitchen sponge on BuzzFeed Reviews.
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Promising review: "The main improvement I've seen over the Scotch-Brite sponges I used to buy is not getting that foul smell that builds up in the sponge after about a week of use, even when it is cleaned out and squeezed out really well. Thank our Florida water for that, lol. These sponges are tough, do the job, and (I feel) are reasonably priced!" —Cappy

Get a four-pack from Walmart for $4.68.

This is our pick for the best mid-priced kitchen sponge on BuzzFeed Reviews.

18. An electric kettle that can boil water a lot faster than traditional stovetop versions.

Promising review: "I fell in love with the convenience of this electric kettle. It boils water in less than two minutes (bye bye traditional tea kettle!) and makes boiling water a snap — I can't believe how fast this kettle is! On winter mornings, my husband and I like to pre-heat our coffee mugs with hot water before filling them, and this kettle works great for this purpose. Also, we always add a little warm water to our dog's dry dog food and we used to run the tap until the water warmed, wasting water and time. Now, by the time we pour the dog food into the bowl, the hot water is heated and ready to pour. The blue lights in the base of the unit glow beautifully and are rather visually captivating. And with a glass kettle, you can watch the water as it progresses to boiling. It shuts off automatically once the water fully comes to a boil, but you can lift the kettle off the base anytime if you just need hot but not boiling water. There are so many uses for this kettle that I don't think we'll ever find ourselves without one from now on!" —ceebeeGet it from Walmart or Jet for $29.99.
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Promising review: "I fell in love with the convenience of this electric kettle. It boils water in less than two minutes (bye bye traditional tea kettle!) and makes boiling water a snap — I can't believe how fast this kettle is! On winter mornings, my husband and I like to pre-heat our coffee mugs with hot water before filling them, and this kettle works great for this purpose. Also, we always add a little warm water to our dog's dry dog food and we used to run the tap until the water warmed, wasting water and time. Now, by the time we pour the dog food into the bowl, the hot water is heated and ready to pour. The blue lights in the base of the unit glow beautifully and are rather visually captivating. And with a glass kettle, you can watch the water as it progresses to boiling. It shuts off automatically once the water fully comes to a boil, but you can lift the kettle off the base anytime if you just need hot but not boiling water. There are so many uses for this kettle that I don't think we'll ever find ourselves without one from now on!" —ceebee

Get it from Walmart or Jet for $29.99.

19. A set of sharp and attractive knives to make cutting up ingredients a bit more enjoyable.

This set comes with an 8-inch chef's knife, a 6-inch nakiri knife, and a 3.5-inch paring knife. They're all dishwasher-safe.Promising review: "I LOVE THESE KNIVES! They have become my new favorite thing. I give them as gifts to my girlfriends. You won’t believe how the big ones cut a tomato! Who knew a knife could make me so happy!" —PNGet it from Walmart for $23.89 (available in two colors).
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This set comes with an 8-inch chef's knife, a 6-inch nakiri knife, and a 3.5-inch paring knife. They're all dishwasher-safe.

Promising review: "I LOVE THESE KNIVES! They have become my new favorite thing. I give them as gifts to my girlfriends. You won’t believe how the big ones cut a tomato! Who knew a knife could make me so happy!" —PN

Get it from Walmart for $23.89 (available in two colors).

20. A pair of herb scissors for shaving precious minutes off your food prep time.

It comes with a cleaning tool for the blades.Promising review: "Best kitchen gadget I’ve ever encountered! I used to spend sooo much time chopping parsley and cilantro... but not anymore! Literally 10 seconds tops, and it’s done. A home cook's dream." —KateGet it from Walmart for $7.49.
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It comes with a cleaning tool for the blades.

Promising review: "Best kitchen gadget I’ve ever encountered! I used to spend sooo much time chopping parsley and cilantro... but not anymore! Literally 10 seconds tops, and it’s done. A home cook's dream." —Kate

Get it from Walmart for $7.49.

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