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    27 Kitchen Products Under $10 That People Actually Swear By

    These are low-~whisk~, high-reward purchases.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A veggie spiralizer for an easy way of making delish zucchini noodles from scratch. Bonus: it'll easily fit in your drawers.

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    This spiral slicer has dual stainless-steel cutting blades for thick or thin pasta strands. It's dishwasher-safe and can be used on zucchini, squash, carrots, and even potatoes.

    Promising review: "I almost bought a countertop spiralizer before realizing I didn’t have the counter space. I 'settled' for this instead. Haha! As it turns out, I thoroughly enjoy this little gadget! Works great! I use it nearly every day. It is one of my favorite kitchen tools. Very highly recommend this!" —Luke316

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    2. A stainless steel bar that'll erase the smell of garlic and fish from your hands.

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    Promising review: "Definitely get one of these if you're thinking about it. I was skeptical, but it really works. I do a lot of cooking with garlic and onion and after one wash with this, my hands no longer smell like garlic or onions. Really worth having in the kitchen." —Nos

    Get it from Amazon for $6.09.

    3. A set of stove counter gap covers to prevent crumbs and liquids from falling into the unreachable crevice.

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    These are heat-resistant up to 446°F so you don't have to worry about them melting while you cook. They're easy to wipe clean but you can also toss them into the dishwasher.

    Promising review: "I can't believe how much crud I have cleaned out between my counter and my stove. This lays in the opening between the two so nothing gets down the space between. Just lay it down very easily, and it stays put. It looks like it is part of the stove. It is easy to clean; just wipe off when you clean the stove or counter. I have had no problem with melting as it is not on the burners, it is on the side of the stove. However, it is heat resistant, so the heat from the stove will not bother it. I would definitely buy this again." —Joanne

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $9.95 (available in two lengths and three colors).

    4. A 5-in-1 unitool you can use as a slotted spoon, a solid spoon, a spatula, a turner, and a cutting tool.

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    This tool is made from nylon and heat-resistant up to 480 degrees. It's also dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "Give it a cap and a costume, this is the only thing I need in the kitchen! I am often looking for tools that can replace the other 30 I have collected in my kitchen. I have used this to flip grilled cheese, stir red beans and rice, strain Brussels sprouts, and taste sauce. I use the flat edge to cut onions that were too large once in the pot and scrape the bottom of the pan. The uni-tool feels nice in my hand, has held up fine in multiple dishwashings, and has allowed me to toss a few kitchen tools that have become obsolete." —Hiawhatha

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    5. A manual food chopper for breaking up ground meats, mashing potatoes, or cutting up hard-boiled eggs.

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    It'll even work in a non-stick pan.

    Promising review: "The chopper breaks up ground beef, turkey, etc., much more efficiently than can be done with a spatula or turner. I don't normally purchase incredibly specialized utensils if I can get by without them, however, I think this chopper is worth the money because it saves time and makes cooking easier. The nylon material is heat-resistant and seems durable, but the packaging still directs not to leave on a hot surface when not in use." —Karen

    Get it from Amazon for $7.48+ (available in three colors).

    6. All-natural bottle cleaning tablets that'll dissolve decade-old coffee stains in your (supposedly) stainless steel thermos. The best part? No scrubbing required!

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    These are biodegradable and odor-free.

    Promising review: "I seriously can't believe how well these little tablets work. I had the most disgusting HydroFlask coffee mug — I tried everything. A bottle brush, different kinds of soap, vinegar, EVERYTHING, and there was still a seemingly impenetrable layer of black sludge inside. I let a tablet sit in each of my mugs for an hour or two, and the black sludge rinsed out COMPLETELY, without even scrubbing. They look brand new. What a magical product. No weird smell or taste afterward, either. I liked it so much I used it on another HydroFlask I use primarily to hold my Bloody Mary mix in the fridge. I couldn't put anything else in it because it would always taste like spicy tomato juice. Bottle Bright to the rescue! No residual smell or taste anymore. AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING." —Amazon Customer

    Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $8.

    7. A spill stopper to catch a pasta-boil-over disaster before it happens.

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    This spill stopper is made of silicone with a temperature range of -40 to 482 degrees. It's dishwasher-safe and measures approximately 10.2" x 11". The two layers come apart for easy cleaning.

    Promising review: "I love my spill stopper. I use it for rice, pasta, potatoes, anything that boils and used to create that sticky, pasty mess down the sides of the pot and on my stove top. There's NO spillage, and it's really very satisfying to watch the starchy boiled liquid bubble up in the petals and be unable to climb any further! I love it and would highly recommend this product." —Elizabeth

    Get it from Amazon for $8.49 (available in two colors).

    8. A flexible sink strainer so you can easily empty out food particles by pulling on the tab and inverting it.

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    Promising review: "It kills me to write this review since I never thought I would be writing a review for a sink strainer. I guess this means that I am officially getting old but when you come across a well-engineered product that solves a problem for you, no matter how simple, it should get credit. This strainer allows full flow down the drain even when it is full of food particles, so you can just clean it easily after you are all done. No food can sneak by due to the design, and it even looks good. Pros: fits great, looks good, engineered perfectly, solves your kitchen sink drain issues. Cons: Makes you re-examine your life now that you are this excited about a sink strainer." —CaptainDingle

    Get it from Amazon for $7.96.

    9. A bottle of Barkeeper's Friend soft cleanser for tackling anything from rusty knives to grease-marked pans to stained porcelain sinks.

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    One reviewer said it even removed permanent marker! Read our review of the Bar Keeper's Friend soft cleanser.

    Promising review: "Bar Keeper's Friend should really be called 'Homeowner's Magician'! I purchased this cleanser in an attempt to revive our stainless steel knife set, which is a great moderately-priced set that has seen better days, and I'm extremely happy that I did. The cleanser not only took away the rust spots with minimal difficulty, but it returned them to their original luster! After cleaning our knives, I gave it a shot on our porcelain sink, which I typically have to douse in bleach cleaner to remove the stains from, causing the entire kitchen to be filled with noxious fumes... and it worked beautifully! The stains came clean, and it made the sink look pretty enough to eat off of." —Kat Ferrari

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $9.25.

    10. A flat whisk that can do everything a regular ballon whisk can but will be a lot easier to clean.

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    It's also dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "This is one of my most-used cooking tools. What makes this whisk stand head and shoulders above the crowd of balloon whisks is the fact that it's flat — well, slightly dished, like a skeleton of a serving spoon — which makes it a snap to clean. It performs the usual whisking chores with aplomb, but can be wiped clean in a fraction of the time (and with a fraction of the water) required for a traditional balloon whisk." —Andy Baird

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    11. A pack of cleaning tablets to remove the lime and mineral build-up (as well any food residue) in your dishwasher, leaving it clean and odor-free.

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    Promising review: "After using this product, I am happy to report that my $5 investment saved me over $500. I was ready to replace my dishwasher, due to super cloudy glasses, residue, and just not getting clean. Then I saw a product test review for Affresh in Good Housekeeping magazine. I was ordering some stuff from Amazon anyway, so I added that to my order. I did not expect the results I got! The glassware that I thought was permanently etched and ruined came out like new. Same with cutlery. The difference is unbelievable. I am amazed!" —Sheila

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $5.96.

    12. A pack of dishcloths can dry quickly and remain odor-free — they'll last a lot longer than your average sponge.

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    They stay odor-free without washing or microwaving, and are safe to use on non-stick cookware.

    Promising review: "I bought a set in 2014, and I'm back to buy a second set now, only because three of the four from my previous set have mysteriously gone missing over the past month (I have a new housemate, but I'm not pointing any fingers...). They held up very well, they do a great job of scrubbing dishes without getting all grimy and smelly, and they're a cinch to clean by rinsing under running water, putting them in the dishwasher with the dishes, or tossing them in the laundry with the clothes. I won't go back to sponges or traditional dishcloths." —K. Bonner

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $8 (available in three colors).

    13. A dish squeegee for scraping leftover food off plates and bowls so you won't have to scrub them as hard. It's also great for swiping any wet or dry spills on the countertop into the sink.

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    Promising review: "If you have ever had to repair or replace a garbage disposal, then I am sure you have been lectured on basically only allowing crumbs to fall into the disposal. This dish squeegee makes prepping dishes for a dishwasher or sink washing a breeze. I hold the dish over the trash can and after a few swipes, the dish is ready for washing. In comparison to using a paper towel, it saves you money, helps protect the environment, and keeps your fingers free from gunk." —She Who Reads

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    14. A two-stage knife sharpener that'll restore dull blades to a razor sharp state.

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    Read our full review of the KitchenIQ two-stage knife sharpener!

    Promising review: "Wow, this little gadget is pretty amazing! I have some old (expensive) non-serrated knives that are supposed to never need sharpening but unfortunately, lost their sharp edge long ago. I saw this gadget and decided to try it. I set the bottom of this gadget on the edge of the counter and ran one of the knives through the side labeled 'Coarse' about 10 times, then ran it through the side labeled 'Fine' another 8–10 times. Bingo! The knife was transformed back to its former high-dollar cutlery glory. I could hardly believe how effectively it had sharpened the knife, which I had been ready to throw away a week before. I've been happily sharpening all our knives and trying to add up in my head how much money I've saved by NOT having to buy another set of expensive knives. I don't know where else you can spend $6 and get this return for the money. Great score!" —Schelly L. Wagoner

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    15. A terracotta bear to keep your brown sugar from congealing into a hard and unusable rock.

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    Promising review: "The brown sugar was so hard I couldn’t get it out with a hammer. I put these in water for 20 minutes and then in the hard sugar. Two days later it scooped right out. Amazing!" —Loves comfortable shoes

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $7.89.

    16. A digital food scale so you can be extra precise when measuring out coffee beans or baking ingredients.

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    This digital scale ensures accuracy within 0.04 ounce/1 gram. It can support up to 11 pounds in weight. It has Tare function, which allows you to set the empty container weight to zero and only measure the weight of the contents.

    Promising review: "Good simple and inexpensive scale. I got this to do baking, and some of my recipes are in grams, some in ounces. This scale allows me to switch easily. It also allows me to tare easily, so I can weigh multiple ingredients into a single recipient. Less dishes to wash! This is small and lightweight, but big enough that I can place large bowl on it and still see the display. The display is bright and easy to read. The back-light does turn off after about twenty seconds, but as soon as the weight changes, it lights back up.

    Update: two years later it's still working great! I use it for baking all the time, and it accurately measures 3g of yeast as well as 1kg of flour. This has made my work so much easier!" —Tintin

    Get it from Amazon for $8.98.

    17. A fabric liner for helping your veggies stay fresh in the crisper drawer. By absorbing excess moisture, it prevents produce from prematurely perishing.

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    Each liner is 12" x 24" but you can trim it to fit your fridges shelves/drawers. They are reusable — simply machine wash on cold when they get dirty!

    Promising review: "Bought a new refrigerator so thought I would do it right. Great product — lets the air get under the fruit/veggies and keeps them fresh longer, and keeps the drawers cleaner, too." —M. Kopp

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $5.99.

    18. A pack of long-lasting sponges that won't scratch up your nice pans or start to smell musty after a few days.

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    Promising review: "Amazing! I have used Scrub Daddy and Scrub Mommy for years. I saw these and thought I'd give them a try. I will never buy anything else. For me, these are perfect. Perfect size, and I love the rectangle shape. They rinse clean, so no food debris stays behind. I used to use regular sponges, but they soured and smelled terrible. These Sponge Daddy sponges are perfection! They never smell or sour." —AdaminSD

    Get three four-packs (12 sponges total) from Amazon for $14.99.

    This is our-pick for the best mid-price sponge on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    19. An instant-read meat thermometer, because it's the most accurate way to find out if the turkey is really cooked through.

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    Promising review: "Love this little guy! The readout pops up very quickly, no more than a few seconds, which is very important when you are dealing with something in the oven, and you don't want the door open too long because of heat loss. I had it out on the counter prior to use, and it was registering 76 degrees, which I realized when I looked at my indoor thermometer was the ambient air temperature! Not just for meat I guess! Easy to read, easy to clean, just a swipe with a soapy sponge. It's also nice looking and sleek."—v

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in three colors).

    20. A silicone spoon spatula (a spoonula, if you will) for all your stirring, scraping, and serving needs.

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    Promising review: "A super common problem with spatulas is that they’re either too flexible to use effectively or so stiff that they may as well be a substitute for a wooden spoon. This spatula has a tough rigid handle that won’t bend when mixing thick doughs or scraping egg curds off the bottom of a skillet, and the blade has just enough bounce and flexibility to contour to the shape of bowls and pans and smooth out any inconsistencies in pressure you put on or let off while working with it. It does the work for you, which is exactly what a good spatula is supposed to do. Not to mention, it doesn’t melt or slough off little slivers during high heat cooking. This is an industry standard for a reason, and they’ve been making these forever — people still have the ones they bought decades ago. That was good enough reason for me to replace the dollar store spatula I had been using that was melting and softening under low heat cooking. An easy five stars." —pooplover

    Get it from Amazon for $8.75.

    21. A smart funnel for transfering the lasts bits of BBQ sauce or dish detergent from one bottle to another — hands-free.

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    Promising review: "I purchased this for myself to try and then bought them as Christmas gifts. It gets every last drop of shampoo, lotion, soap, etc., out of the bottles. I've decided to buy another one for the kitchen for things like dressing, ketchup, mustard, and oils. Helps with clutter and will save money over time by not wasting the last bit in the containers." —Diane H

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in four colors).

    22. A fish spatula that'll get under anything — flaky fish fillets, gooey cookies, fried eggs, and more.

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    Promising review: "I'm a chef at a seafood restaurant. I have used many fish spatulas, but this one has to be the best in quality, durability, and weight. It's light, and the edge never damages the fish — perfect for heavy-duty cooking." —Yolanda

    Get it from Amazon for $6.19.

    23. A pair of bag racks to hold storage (or trash) bags open so both your hands can be free to scoop the food.

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    Promising review: "These are very helpful, especially if you do freezer meals. They hold quart and gallon bags securely and reduce mess and spills. They pay for themselves if it keeps you from spilling one meal and having to waste the ingredients and time. They fold pretty flat and fit into a drawer nicely." —Amazon Customer

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $12.39. (I know these are technically over $10, but you get two!!!)

    24. A set of silicone food huggers so you can abandon cellophane wrap forever. It'll even work on jars and cans.

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    Promising review: "These have probably been around for a long time, but I just discovered them and think they're terrific. From my half lemons to half onions, they keep the 'other half' fresh and ready. No more waste here!" —Linda Brown

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $7.26 (available in two color sets).

    25. A stainless steel rack for a convenient spot to rest pot lids and cooking utensils. It'll catch any runoff water and sauce, and keep your countertop clean.

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    One reviewer uses it to hold cutting boards.

    Promising review: "Great spoon rest/lid holder. I am always looking for a place to put the pot lid down when I am cooking. This keeps everything in one place — the spoon and lid. It doesn't take up a lot of room, and it keeps your mess contained. No more paper towels or dirtying up plates to rest my spoon and then having to clean where I set the lid down." —Busy Wife and Mom

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    26. A 3-in-1 tool any ~hardcore~ avocado fan should get.

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    It can safely split, pit, and slice avocados. Plus, it's top rack–dishwasher safe.

    Promising review: "I used to laugh at this kind of product until my friend was using hers. It made it all so easy! Honestly, I can't believe someone as clumsy as me was functioning without it. Where I used to use a knife and spoon or fork to deal with avocados, it's now just this one thing. Each part of the tool does its job really well, and it's easy to clean. Love it so much. Even if you're not a clever tool kinda person, just get it. It's worth it." —kikikitten

    Get it from Amazon for $9.98.

    27. A pair of silicone-covered tongs to boldly go where no human hands have gone (deep into a hot oven or a boiling pot of water).

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    These tongs are made of stainless steel and food-grade silicone. They're heat-resistant up to 480°F and BPA-free.

    Promising review: "I didn't know I could love a new kitchen tool so much. These tongs are so handy and each day I find a new wonderful use for them. They make it so easy to stir veggies that are cooking or just in a bowl to season and mix. They are wonderful for taking things out of a countertop oven or turning steaks or other meats. They are even great for getting to that item that dropped between a narrow space. But my favorite part of these tongs are the silicone-enhanced handles and tips. This design makes them quite non-slip and gentle on the food that you are grabbing. Wonderful design, very sturdy and well-made, nice design to keep them closed and compact for storing, and my favorite new kitchen tool." —R.Fraggle

    Get it from Amazon for $9.71 (available in two colors).

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