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21 Kitchen Products That’ll Make You Hate Cooking Dinner Less

Let your kitchen gadgets do the work for you!

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1. A 7-in-1 Instant Pot that'll speed up hours-long recipes so cooking pot roast on a weeknight will be a lot less daunting.

It works as pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker/porridge maker, steamer, saute/browning, yogurt maker, and warmer. This one has a six-quart capacity.Promising review: "What a pleasure to use this pressure cooker after using my old stove-top pressure cooker. I've made soup, pork chops, and everything in between. Set it and walk away, then come back to a perfectly cooked meal. I love the one-pot meals and the easy cleanup. My wife has retired from the kitchen now and asks me what's for supper tonight." —HappycookGet it from Walmart for $99.95.
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It works as pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker/porridge maker, steamer, saute/browning, yogurt maker, and warmer. This one has a six-quart capacity.

Promising review: "What a pleasure to use this pressure cooker after using my old stove-top pressure cooker. I've made soup, pork chops, and everything in between. Set it and walk away, then come back to a perfectly cooked meal. I love the one-pot meals and the easy cleanup. My wife has retired from the kitchen now and asks me what's for supper tonight." —Happycook

Get it from Walmart for $99.95.

2. A double-layer food steamer for preparing healthy dinners with almost zero effort. You'd have to cut and rinse the veggies but that's about it.

There's a 60-minute timer that automatically shuts the steamer off when done.Promising review: "It is well worth the money. You add water in the bottom, set the timer, and you are good to go. I tried broccoli, carrots, fish, shrimp, and chicken. As a single person, it is great, like having a chef. Not to mention it is also healthy." —Happy222Get it from Walmart for $24.09. Or, check out a microwave steamer.
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There's a 60-minute timer that automatically shuts the steamer off when done.

Promising review: "It is well worth the money. You add water in the bottom, set the timer, and you are good to go. I tried broccoli, carrots, fish, shrimp, and chicken. As a single person, it is great, like having a chef. Not to mention it is also healthy." —Happy222

Get it from Walmart for $24.09. Or, check out a microwave steamer.

3. An electric slicer/shredder to literally shoot ingredients into your salad (or pasta, pie, casserole, etc.). Simply load in an ingredient, press a button, and let the magic happen.

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It comes with four interchangeable processing cones and a handy funnel guide. The motorized base wipes clean, and all other parts are dishwasher-safe.

Promising review: "I use this product more than I use almost anything else in my well-stocked-with-small-appliances kitchen. I am a gourmet cook who prepares food every day. I heartily recommend this product to anyone who doesn't like a box grater, mandolin, food processor, or anything else that's complicated to operate and difficult to clean. I'm a huge fan and didn't cook for the five days it took my Salad Shooter to get here!" —Babooshka

Get it from Walmart or Jet for $49.90.

4. A handy food cutter so you can leave your knife and cutting board in the cabinet and chop ingredients directly over the pan.

Promising review: "I used a friend's, then had to buy two — one for our camper and one for home. My hands do not cramp up when using this cutter, so that's a good reason right there to love it. They're easy to clean and help cut veggies uniformly. At any rate, I just highly recommend the cutter." —TazgrannyGet it from Walmart for $10.99.
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Promising review: "I used a friend's, then had to buy two — one for our camper and one for home. My hands do not cramp up when using this cutter, so that's a good reason right there to love it. They're easy to clean and help cut veggies uniformly. At any rate, I just highly recommend the cutter." —Tazgranny

Get it from Walmart for $10.99.

5. A gourmet garlic slicer that'll turn a whole clove into fine slivers with just a few turns. No more getting your hands stinky.

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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.

6. An air fryer — it can make any ingredient taste crispy and delicious, from chicken wings to broccoli. It uses little to no oil and cooks food super quickly.

It has a three-liter capacity which 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 which 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.

7. An electric potato peeler for a satisfying way to get produce peeled and ready to go.

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Promising review: "Best product for peeling a bag of potatoes in a matter of minutes. I bought this for making homemade mashed potatoes. I wanted to test it out before Easter comes — I'll be serving over 20 people — so I tried a bag of potatoes. I zipped through the bag in a couple minutes. Best investment I've made." —MtDewMommy

Get it from Walmart for $19.

8. A good ol' Crock-Pot to do the cooking for you while you're at work or even sleeping.

It has a seven-quart capacity. The lid and insert are dishwasher-safe.Promising review: "We just bought this Crock-Pot last week, and so far we are loving it. It has a warm setting which lets us make a meal at night, let it cook overnight, and keep it warm for dinner time. Clean up was extremely easy! And the instructions come with some recipes, which are great! The first meal we made was pot roast." —LovegoogleproductsGet it from Walmart or Jet for $24.94.
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It has a seven-quart capacity. The lid and insert are dishwasher-safe.

Promising review: "We just bought this Crock-Pot last week, and so far we are loving it. It has a warm setting which lets us make a meal at night, let it cook overnight, and keep it warm for dinner time. Clean up was extremely easy! And the instructions come with some recipes, which are great! The first meal we made was pot roast." —Lovegoogleproducts

Get it from Walmart or Jet for $24.94.

9. A dough press set so you can turn some leftovers and premade dough sheets into surprisingly professional-looking perogies, empanadas, and dumplings.

It comes as a set of three, one in each size.Promising review: "The smallest one is great for making tortellini pasta, and the rest I use for making perogies and empanadas. It makes everything twice as fast!" —BoopsterGet it from Walmart or Jet for $9.27.
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It comes as a set of three, one in each size.

Promising review: "The smallest one is great for making tortellini pasta, and the rest I use for making perogies and empanadas. It makes everything twice as fast!" —Boopster

Get it from Walmart or Jet for $9.27.

10. A rotating pizza oven that can do pretty much anything a conventional oven can and a lot faster — bake a pie from scratch or heat up frozen foods and leftovers.

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Promising review: "We use the Pizzazz for almost everything — French fries, cheese bread, breaded chicken, etc. It is also fantastic for roasting veggies. I love not having to turn the oven on, and it's big enough to make plenty of food for our three-person family. I will never go without a Pizzazz, it's far too useful. The tray cleans easily, but you can use foil for zero-maintenance cleanup. This is the only toaster oven you'll ever need, and it does a lot more than a regular toaster oven because there's more cooking space." —Kaetra

Get it from Walmart or Jet for $49.90.

11. A turning spiralizer for easily cranking out some delish zucchini pasta that'll rival restaurant dishes.

It comes with three interchangeable stainless-steel blades for curling, mincing, and spiralizing.Promising review: "Excellent buy — this gadget cuts veggies quickly, perfectly, and in such a fashion that cleaning up is no hassle at all. Great for salads, pasta, fries — you name it, you can't go wrong. I highly recommend!" —krheeGet it from Walmart for $18.12.
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It comes with three interchangeable stainless-steel blades for curling, mincing, and spiralizing.

Promising review: "Excellent buy — this gadget cuts veggies quickly, perfectly, and in such a fashion that cleaning up is no hassle at all. Great for salads, pasta, fries — you name it, you can't go wrong. I highly recommend!" —krhee

Get it from Walmart for $18.12.

12. A quesadilla maker to magically transform random leftover ingredients and some cheese into a tasty dinner. Call it a miracle gadget because that's what it is.

Promising review: "Quick dinner fix. Some meat and fresh veggies, a touch of cheese. Easy to operate. Easy, fast clean up. Great quesadillas! Makes life simple all around." —WendyGet it from Walmart for $19.54 or Jet for $19.99.
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Promising review: "Quick dinner fix. Some meat and fresh veggies, a touch of cheese. Easy to operate. Easy, fast clean up. Great quesadillas! Makes life simple all around." —Wendy

Get it from Walmart for $19.54 or Jet for $19.99.

13. A sushi-making kit for a fool-proof way of making California rolls at home. The Seamless guy might be worried about you because you'll stop ordering takeout.

This kit includes eight mold pieces, a spatula, and a large rice fork. Everything's dishwasher-safe.Get it from Walmart for $14.99.
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This kit includes eight mold pieces, a spatula, and a large rice fork. Everything's dishwasher-safe.

Get it from Walmart for $14.99.

14. A panini press because there are very few things in this world that are more satisfying (and easier to make) than a hot sandwich.

It can handle sandwiches of any thickness. The non-stick grills make for easy cleanup.Promising review: "I purchased this item for my husband (who loves to cook), and he was first of all very surprised, then secondly excited to have a panini maker. No more placing something on top of a sandwich in a pan to give the effect of a panini. The panini press is lightweight, easy to clean, and an excellent choice for a quick meal. The price was great, the color was exactly as shown online, and I will absolutely recommend this item to friends and family." —yeswecan2Get it from Walmart for $20.
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It can handle sandwiches of any thickness. The non-stick grills make for easy cleanup.

Promising review: "I purchased this item for my husband (who loves to cook), and he was first of all very surprised, then secondly excited to have a panini maker. No more placing something on top of a sandwich in a pan to give the effect of a panini. The panini press is lightweight, easy to clean, and an excellent choice for a quick meal. The price was great, the color was exactly as shown online, and I will absolutely recommend this item to friends and family." —yeswecan2

Get it from Walmart for $20.

15. A mini food chopper so you don't have to spend your precious time slicing and dicing.

It has a 1.5-cup capacity. The bowl, lid, and blade are dishwasher-safe.Promising review: "This little machine is wonderful and well worth the price." —SusanGet it from Walmart for $10.06. Or, check out a manual version.
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It has a 1.5-cup capacity. The bowl, lid, and blade are dishwasher-safe.

Promising review: "This little machine is wonderful and well worth the price." —Susan

Get it from Walmart for $10.06. Or, check out a manual version.

16. A convection toaster oven for roasting chickens, reheating leftovers, toasting up some bread or chicken nuggets — all without firing up your full-size oven.

It fits 6 slices of bread or a 9" pizza and has a 30-minute timer with auto shutoff.There are bake, convection, broil, and toast settings.Promising review: "It does it all! It's great for reheating leftovers, making some quick snacks, browning dishes, cooking a casserole, and everything in between. It's much more economical than heating up a regular electric stove/oven when a large oven rack isn't needed. Cleanup is a snap, too! No more messy accumulation of crumbs in a toaster. There's a crumb tray that's very easy to slide out and empty after every use. I've only had this for a very short while but I'm already spoiled by all of the diversity that it delivers. I wouldn't want to give it up, and I highly recommend it to everyone who likes ease of use, energy savings, and lots of cooking options." —ZanniGet it from Walmart for $39.96 or Jet for $41.25.
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It fits 6 slices of bread or a 9" pizza and has a 30-minute timer with auto shutoff.

There are bake, convection, broil, and toast settings.

Promising review: "It does it all! It's great for reheating leftovers, making some quick snacks, browning dishes, cooking a casserole, and everything in between. It's much more economical than heating up a regular electric stove/oven when a large oven rack isn't needed. Cleanup is a snap, too! No more messy accumulation of crumbs in a toaster. There's a crumb tray that's very easy to slide out and empty after every use. I've only had this for a very short while but I'm already spoiled by all of the diversity that it delivers. I wouldn't want to give it up, and I highly recommend it to everyone who likes ease of use, energy savings, and lots of cooking options." —Zanni

Get it from Walmart for $39.96 or Jet for $41.25.

17. A digital rice cooker (with a steaming tray) to make easy, one-pot meals — the included steam tray allows for meats and vegetables to be steamed while rice cooks below.

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It can make two to eight cups of cooked rice. It's also great for cooking soups, stews, chili, and oatmeal and reheating leftovers.

Promising review: "I love this product. It cooks evenly and is perfect while cooking other things because you don't have to watch it and worry about the rice burning. It turns itself off and then keeps your rice and veggies warm until your other food is ready. Best purchase I have ever made!" —Deniann

Get it from Walmart or Jet for $29.31.

18. A breakfast sandwich maker, if you love having breakfast foods for dinner. You can also customize the sandwich to include more ~dinner-ish~ ingredients.

Promising review: "We had our kids and grandkids in town for an extended visit, and this was the hit of the trip! We have vegetarians and meat-eaters in the family, and everyone loved making customized breakfast sandwiches. Now that they've left, my husband and I continue to use this for breakfast and even dinner. Great value!" —jacsumGet it from Walmart or Jet for $24.99.
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Promising review: "We had our kids and grandkids in town for an extended visit, and this was the hit of the trip! We have vegetarians and meat-eaters in the family, and everyone loved making customized breakfast sandwiches. Now that they've left, my husband and I continue to use this for breakfast and even dinner. Great value!" —jacsum

Get it from Walmart or Jet for $24.99.

19. A pair of herb scissors that'll cut up entire stalks of scallions in no time.

It has five blades and comes with a cleaning tool.Promising review: "If you’re a person who does a lot of cooking or you're just starting out, these scissors will do a perfectly good job. It's always easier to cook when you have tools that simplify your work, and it will save you a lot of time. Instead of getting a knife out, a cutting board, and crushing all your herbs, you just have to get those scissors! They fit perfectly in a drawer. Even my 7-year-old daughter loves to use those scissors when I have to prepare my supper. It's always a blast to cut the herbs, it’s her job! They are super comfortable, even for people who are left-handed. It's extremely easy to wash them even if there are many blades. For me these scissors are a must!" —PickyGet them from Walmart for $9.99.
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It has five blades and comes with a cleaning tool.

Promising review: "If you’re a person who does a lot of cooking or you're just starting out, these scissors will do a perfectly good job. It's always easier to cook when you have tools that simplify your work, and it will save you a lot of time. Instead of getting a knife out, a cutting board, and crushing all your herbs, you just have to get those scissors! They fit perfectly in a drawer. Even my 7-year-old daughter loves to use those scissors when I have to prepare my supper. It's always a blast to cut the herbs, it’s her job! They are super comfortable, even for people who are left-handed. It's extremely easy to wash them even if there are many blades. For me these scissors are a must!" —Picky

Get them from Walmart for $9.99.

20. An As-Seen-on-TV non-stick cooker for whipping up single-portion meals with minimal cleanup.

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From omelets to pizzas to cherry pies, this thing can do it all.

Promising review: "I was surprised that this is easy to use. It is ideal for a single person, and I have been able to adapt several of my own recipes to this. It might be a bit better if the shape were a long rectangle rather than an oval, but so far this works well for me." —Susannah

Get it from Walmart for $19.99.

21. An electric egg cooker to take the effort and guesswork out of cooking perfectly hard-boiled eggs.

It can cook seven eggs at once and also comes with a poaching tray. Promising review: "I have never been able to get hard-boiled eggs right, i.e., without green around the yolks or underdone, etc. With this cooker, they come out perfect EVERY time! I love it! And really no cleanup involved. Just wipe it dry when you're done!" —NitaGet it from Walmart for $13.18.
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It can cook seven eggs at once and also comes with a poaching tray.

Promising review: "I have never been able to get hard-boiled eggs right, i.e., without green around the yolks or underdone, etc. With this cooker, they come out perfect EVERY time! I love it! And really no cleanup involved. Just wipe it dry when you're done!" —Nita

Get it from Walmart for $13.18.

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