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    Updated on Jul 20, 2020. Posted on Jul 19, 2020

    46 Practical Products For Your Kitchen You’ll Probably Wish You’d Bought Sooner

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    1. A silicone freezing tray to get perfect individual portions of homemade broth, chili, smoothies, or pasta sauce. It's perfect for your weekly meal prep!

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    It comes with a lid to help maintain freshness and keep out odors. It's made of food-safe silicone that's BPA-free and dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "This is the best invention since sliced bread! How many times have you thrown out soup that you forgot about in your fridge??? Well, say goodbye to spoiled soup! Finally, a way to store measured quantities of broth, but I love to use mine for soup and...wait for it...SMOOTHIES! These cubes are the best for freezing measured quantities of smoothies, simply throw one in the Vitamix, and boom! You have a fresh, already icy cold smoothie for breakfast or a snack! For anyone with limited freezer space which, let's face it, is most of us, this is a real gem. I was a bit worried about how easily the cubes would slide out, but no problems at all! The best part is how easy the cubes store in a gallon sized ziplock bag so you can reuse the cubes. AND they are dishwasher-safe. Souper Cubes, why did you take so long to come into my life!??! I can't wait until the holiday season so I can gift these as stocking stuffers — to anyone I know, you now know your gift." —jane s. catalano

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    2. A cold brew maker so you can make delicious iced joe at home instead of spending $$$ at a coffee shop. It has an airtight seal for keeping your drink fresh for days.

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    Just add coarse-ground coffee into the mesh filter, pour water into the pitcher, screw the lid on (with the filter attached and submerged in the water), let it brew for 12–24 hours, and serve. You can pour it straight over ice cubes, or cut it with water or milk. Read our review of the Tayeka cold brew maker!

    Promising review: "Bought this for my wife, and now I have become a cold-brew expert. Easy to use, easy to clean, and makes incredible-tasting coffee. This process removes all the bitterness and is easily our favorite way to enjoy our favorite drink. For the price you have to pay for cold brew at fancy coffee shops, this thing pays for itself pretty quickly. Try this once, and you'll love it." —Mark C

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99.

    3. A brush and squeegee combo for swiping any wet or dry spills on the counter top into the sink — you'll use way fewer paper towels.

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    Promising review: "LOVE THIS PRODUCT! Saves me so many paper towels, easily washed in the dishwasher, and the small size saves space! Will always have one of these on hand for sure!" —Prime Time Review

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    4. A color-coded cutting board that can prevent cross-contamination. Plus, you only have to wash the plastic mats and not the bamboo board.

    The cutting board and plastic mats, each with a different logo to indicate what kind of food it's meant for
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    This set includes one bamboo cutting board and seven flexible, BPA-free mats. The mats can be inserted inside the bamboo board for storage.

    Promising review: "One of our biggest issues in the kitchen is always the prep space! I loved the idea of this cutting board simply because of the different mats that come with it. Since there are many mats that are labeled for different purposes, cross-contamination is never an issue. Additionally, cleanup is really easy as we no longer have to clean a wooden board and then maintain the board after washing damage. Great purchase!" —K. Vance

    Get it from Amazon for $26.92.

    5. Heavy-duty cleaning wipes to remove stains and splatters in any part of the kitchen, from the microwave to the stove top.

    The canister of cleaning wipes next to a messy microwave
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    These wipes are nonabrasive so they're safe to use on smooth surfaces like car exteriors.

    Promising review: "I think these wipes are made out of magic because they can clean just about anything with very little effort! One wipe cleaned my ENTIRE BATHTUB, including the hard water buildup and some residual soap scum. The wipe stayed wet for the entire use, and there was absolutely no sweating involved. I hate cleaning but I was so pumped about the tub, I took wipe #2 to my hood vent and good golly, it's like it's brand-new. I've told everyone I know to buy these." —JenM

    Get a 90-pack from Amazon for $11.94.

    6. A do-it-all Instant Pot so you can consolidate several appliances into one and cook dinner in 15 minutes (instead of having to order takeout).

    The Instant Pot, featuring a digital display
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    This handy kitchen gadget has seven functions: rice cooker, pressure cooker, slow cooker, steamer, sauté, yogurt maker, and warmer! Check out our review of the Instant Pot!

    Promising review: "This is quite possibly the coolest, most versatile kitchen gadget I’ve ever owned. I love it so much that I’ve purchased two more for friends and relatives. What can it do? I think the real question is 'What can’t it do?' I truly believe you could replace every cooking appliance (including your oven and stove top) and do EVERYTHING in the Instant Pot. I purchased two sizes for my own use: the 3-quart (which is my almost-every-day workhorse for two person dishes) and the 8-quart (which I bring out to handle my dinner party dishes). Everything I’ve tried has been fabulous. In the realm of kitchen appliances, there is no better investment than the Instant Pot. Highly recommended!!!" —Stereoman

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99+ (available in three sizes).

    7. An all-purpose cleaning bar made with non-toxic powder surfactants to cut through grease on your dishes and kitchen surfaces. It's waterless and highly concentrated so you'll get squeaky clean results without any plastic packaging.

    The square bar
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    Check out PUR Home, a Black woman-owned business, for more organic and eco-friendly cleaning products!

    Get it from PUR Home for $15 (unscented).

    8. An over-the-sink dish drying rack made for small kitchens — it also doubles as a vegetable colander, prep surface, and large trivet. It even rolls up for storage!

    The rack unfurled over a sink, with several glasses drying on top of it
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    Promising review: "I love this product. I use it to dry dishes into the sink, but I also use it as prep space to hold veggies and fruit while I'm prepping them for meals. It keeps the scraps in the sink, the fruit or veg close at hand, and makes me efficient during kitchen tasks. Then it rolls up and slides under the sink. I will say that this is a VERY sturdy product — but won't scratch or otherwise damage your sink." —KBL

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99.

    9. A pack of dishcloths that won't get soggy and stinky or fall apart like sponges.

    The cloths in yellow, with hanging loops
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    They stay odor-free without washing or microwaving and are safe to use on nonstick 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 $8.75 (available in three colors).

    10. A stainless-steel bar to get rid of the most pungent of food smells, such as garlic and raw fish.

    Hand holding the stainless steel bar
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    Promising review: "This little bar of 'soap' does exactly what it is intended to do. Do you have a sponge or rag that has that.....odor? Simply wash your hands under the sink with this little guy and suddenly, your hands smell like hands again. I've used it after handling several smelly items that have a tendency to make an odor stick with you. It's worked consistently every time." —Jeremy

    Get it from Amazon for $8.63.

    11. A spill stopper so you won't have to scrub the stove top (yet again) because the pasta boiled over.

    The flower-shaped spill stopper in red
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    It's made of heavy silicone that's heat-resistant up to 400 degrees and microwave- and dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "Works great. I got it as a Mother's Day gift for my mom since she's always boiling stuff over. Especially when family is over, the house is busy and she forgets about it and next thing you know, water is all over and then she has to scrub the stove the next day and well, she's retired and shouldn't have to do that. So I thought I would get this for her and see if it worked. It works and she loves it. No more boiling over the pots. When the family is over, it's always mashed potatoes or pasta so this saves her so much scrubbing the next day. I am glad I got it for her." —Chris w

    Get it from Amazon for $20+ (available in four sizes and five colors).

    12. A bottle of Bar Keepers Friend soft cleanser for tackling anything from rusty knives to grease-marked pans to stained porcelain sinks.

    Reviewer photo of a white porcelain sink before and after being cleaned with the cleanser. The before photo shows staining and scratching while the after photo shows the sink completely clean
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    One reviewer said it even removed permanent marker! Read our review of the Bar Keepers Friend soft cleanser.

    Promising review: "Bar Keepers 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 $8.80.

    13. A stainless-steel cleaner that'll not only polish away existing grease, watermarks, and fingerprints but will also help prevent new ones from sticking.

    Reviewer photo of a stainless steel oven partially polished by the cleaner. The polished side is spotless, while the unpolished side shows smudges
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    Promising review: "I was truly surprised at how well this product worked. A friend recommended it, and I thought at this price, I would give it a try. I couldn’t believe the difference it made to my stainless steel appliances. Highly recommend using a microfiber cloth as directed. It buffed out all the smudges and fingerprints and does a good job of preventing future fingerprints. See photo: Right side is before and left side is after." —Amanda

    Get it from Amazon for $6.70.

    14. A microwave pasta cooker to save you on nights when you're too tired to cook (and too broke to order takeout).

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    Promising review: "I don't want to get all gushy over a pasta maker, but man... I really love this gizmo! I try to limit my monthly food expenditures, and the Fasta Pasta helps me work in at least one inexpensive pasta meal every week, if not more. First of all, I like spaghetti, but I'm lazy and impatient and don't like things that take a long time to make, with a bunch of steps, and a big clean up afterward. The Fasta Pasta is perfect for me. I get the exact amount of correctly measured spaghetti; it's faster than boiling water in a big pot then having to watch and stir the pasta; the pasta comes out perfectly cooked every time and the cleanup is a snap. No big pot, no colander, no spaghetti fork to lift out the pasta. Just the easy-to-clean Fasta Pasta, and a pot to heat up the sauce. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!" —Smilin Sam

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    15. An "Angry Mama" microwave cleaner so the splatters inside can wipe right off with a paper towel.

    The microwave cleaner, shaped like a woman's shoulders and head. Her head has tiny holes where the cleaning concoction will spurt from to clean the microwave
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    Just add water and vinegar and place this gadget in the microwave for five to eight minutes on high heat. Afterward, wipe off with sponge, rag or napkin, and all the grime will come right off!

    Promising review: "At first I was skeptical to try this product due to all the hype of how it works, but I stand corrected. It works great! I was so surprised with just how well all the grim and junk got off the walls of my microwave. It's really simple to use and takes only minutes! It loosens all the sticky food residue so all you need to do is wipe clean, pretty effortless! Great investment!" —Dalya Blech

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    16. A cook top cleaning kit for dislodging stubborn stains that you previously thought were impossible to remove.

    Reviewer photo showing a cooktop before and after using the cleaning kit. The before photo shows heavy staining and the after photo shows a clean shiny cooktop
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    This set comes with a 10-ounce bottle of cooktop cleaner, one cleaning pad, and one scraper.

    Promising review: "As soon as I used this stuff, I couldn't believe it! We had a new stove that I didn't clean for months and assumed the burnt pea juice (my enemy) would just be a new stain forever. However, after one application, it was basically gone. I used the scraper that came with it and did one more small application on just that spot, and it was gone! Every time I use this it looks like my stove could be brand-new." —Christi Lambertson

    Get it from Amazon for $11.07.

    17. An electric egg cooker that'll make breakfast for you while you get ready in the morning. You can expect perfectly done yolks every time!

    The domed egg cooker in mint color
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    It can make hard-boiled eggs, soft-boiled eggs, poached eggs, scrambled eggs, and individual omelets.

    Promising review: "I bought this egg cooker for the first time a year and a half ago, and it is awesome. I hate having a single-purpose appliance in my kitchen, but this is worth it. Making hard-boiled eggs was always hit or miss for me, even if it was timed perfectly. (I admit I forgot about the eggs more than once!) This cooker makes PERFECT eggs every single time, to the exact hardness I desire with no green ring on the yolk. Even better, the shell slides off without taking half the egg white with it! My favorite use is to pop some eggs in when I get home and prep a salad. By the time the salad is ready, the eggs are done. I can even leave the kitchen and still hear when they are done because of the buzzer. I've purchased five more of them for family for Christmas this year and can't wait to get everyone on board the Dash Go Egg Cooker train!" —A. M. Hinshaw

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in five colors).

    18. A nonstick baking mat (with helpful measurements) to use for prepping the dough as well as baking in the oven.

    The baking mat, featuring measurements along the side
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    This silicone mat can withstand temperatures from minus 40 degrees F to 480 degrees F.

    Promising review: "I've never used these before, and I regret all of the time I've lost scrubbing baking dishes clean. Now those days are over for me. These clean up easily with soap and water, and the baking sheets are spotless. The really great thing about these mats is you can roll out the dough on the mat and place the mat directly on the baking sheet to go into the oven. Just lift and go. It's really great for making pizzas. I even use the pizza cutter on it without damaging the mat. Bonus: everything comes out beautifully. I haven't had any dough stick to the mat. Everything we've baked has an even, tawny color on the bottom." —bfcomedywriter

    Get it from Amazon for $14.60.

    19. A cutlery brush for a safe and quick way to give your forks and knives a thorough scrubbing.

    Hands using the green brush to clean a knife
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    Promising review: "This product makes cleaning knives easy. The worst thing I do to my knives is leave them in the sink because I set them aside to wash with other dishes. This specialized tool makes it a cakewalk to do a quick pass on my knife right after I use it." —cooljames

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    20. A two-stage knife sharpener that'll restore dull blades to a razor sharp state. And when you're done, it'll fit nicely in the drawers.

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    Read our full review of the KitchenIQ 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 (available in three colors).

    21. An adjustable plastic bag rack to hold storage bags open while you scoop food into them (which means less spillage on the counter and the floor).

    The racks holding a ziplock bag open
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    It folds down flat so it can fit into any kitchen gadget drawer.

    Promising review: "I use this thing way more than I thought I would. It's genius and something that you didn't know you needed until you use it. When I cook, I put food waste and scraps into a plastic bag, so they don't stink in my trash. This inexpensive, simple device is awesome. It solves that annoying problem of continually having to hold open the bag when putting scraps into it. I know, I know... first world problems, but seriously, when your hands are dirtied from cutting/prepping raw meat, I don't want to have to touch anything else." —CarDude

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $11.35.

    22. A tea bag organizer so you can throw out half empty tea boxes that are cluttering up the cupboards.

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    This organizer can hold approximately 100 tea bags.

    Promising review: "I love tea. In fact, I don't drink coffee so I buy a lot of varieties of tea and then put it in my cabinet and promptly forget them. I finally saw this product and bought it to help organize them. Who knew I had so many different teas! I totally forgot I had most of them. Now I have a neat display of my teas and can easily choose what tea I am in the mood for without taking things out of my cupboard. It looks great on my countertop near my fridge and doesn't take a lot of room. Love it. It's my new favorite thing. Worth every penny. Now I think I need another one." —Kasia K

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99.

    23. A garbage disposal cleaner for blasting away odor-causing particles stuck in the pipes. Bonus: it has a fresh lemon scent.

    The disposal cleaner being used in a sink, which produces blue foam
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    Promising review: "Holy cow I didn't realize how easy and quick it was to clean a garbage disposal until I bought this product! Typically, in my naïve thinking, I'd just use vinegar and baking soda down the drain and call it good. Little did I know that there was an actual cleaning product available until I stumbled across it through a BuzzFeed article. So of course, I had to try it. Very simple instructions: it literally takes five minutes and some hot water and VOILÀ! You have a clean, no-longer-stinky garbage disposal. Let me say that anytime I got a whiff of an odor, all I did was drop one of those packs in the disposal and the smell was GONE! Plus the blue foam bubbling through the sink was amusing to watch ;-). Worth every penny!" —VadersGirl

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $7.87.

    24. A pair of meat-shredding claws that'll work a lot faster than forks. You'll be glad you bought them for BBQ season!

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    These are BPA-free, dishwasher-safe, and heat-resistant up to 475 degrees.

    Promising review: "These work wonderfully! I originally purchased them because I was cooking for a group of 100+ on a trip. We made about 40 pounds of shredded chicken thighs. Having made the same meal about a year prior, and spending a couple of hours shredding chicken with two kitchen forks, we knew there had to be an easier way! Using these shredding claws, we shredded 40 pounds of thighs in about 45 minutes. There were two of us and we kept swapping out because shredding still hurts your back/shoulders. But these claws are so sharp and useful that it took less than half the time! I've since used them to make shredded pork at home and they also work wonderfully for that!" —H. L. Kern

    Get them from Amazon for $12.95 (available in six colors).

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

    The narrow cover placed between a countertop and stovetop, covering the gap
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    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 into 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 $8.95+ (available two lengths and three colors).

    26. An adjustable measuring cup so you only have to wash and handle one tool instead of several. The rotating plunger can easily push out sticky ingredients like peanut butter or honey.

    A hand pouring oil out of the cylindrical measuring cup, which features precise measurements etched on the side
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    It has a 2-cup capacity and is dishwasher-safe and BPA-free. The silicone disk inside acts as a squeegee and scrapes off any leftover residue. It also comes apart completely for thorough cleaning.

    Promising review: "This is the greatest kitchen tool ever! I cook and bake often and was forever having to first dig for, then clean endless numbers of measuring cups; I actually had three sets. No more though. I just need this one extremely well made, adjustable measuring cup. It works perfectly for me for all kinds of things, such as flour, butter, syrups, dressings, oils, etc. If I am baking, I will first use it to measure the dry items. I then just wipe it out with a paper towel and measure out the butter, etc. This way involves less washing. The suction is as effective as day one, and the units of measure on it are clear and not at all faded." —Gabriella W.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    27. A spray mop with microfiber cleaning pads for a serious upgrade from your ratty string mop. It'll actually absorb messes instead of just spreading it around.

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    This is safe to use on all floor types including hardwood, vinyl, laminate, and tile. It comes with a 22-ounce refillable bottle that you can fill with your own cleaning solution and three microfiber mop heads. The microfiber pads are reusable and machine-washable up to 100 times!

    Promising review: "We've tried several mops over the years, but this is an absolute winner. My wife loves it, and the built-in spray dispenser allows for painless easy mopping, whether of the whole kitchen or just spot messes. Great purchase, and we do recommend to friends!" —Tony

    Get it from Amazon for $44.99.

    28. 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!

    Reviewer using the thermometer, which features a digital display, to measure the temperature of a mixture
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    Promising review: "If you're going to be serving $80 worth of great meat, invest a few bucks to help you determine when it's perfectly done. This thing is right on the mark. Flat out impressive. I show it to people when they come in the house." —AG&AU

    Get it from Amazon for $9.34.

    29. An eco-friendly cleaning cloth to replace up to 15 rolls of paper towels. Plus, it's 100% biodegradable.

    Hand using the cloth to wipe down a fridge
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    Promising review: "Amazed. I wasn't sure what to expect with these but I'm beyond impressed! I use them for everything cleaning related — kitchen, counters, stove top, microwave (and yes, we cook lots of bacon in the microwave), bathroom sinks and vanities, spills on the floor, windows, etc. anything you've ever used a paper towel for — these will do a better job.

    They are slightly textured so they have scrub value to them (not like a loofah but enough to get dried and sticky junk off the kitchen counters). They are quick to dry — I just hang them over the side of my dish drain, and they are back to their original texture by morning. I've also washed them multiple times although, honestly, a little dish soap and hot water and ring out seems more than sufficient because they don't really absorb stuff like a sponge — but don't get me wrong, they still absorb plenty! A sponge never really seems cleaned out because it has all those little pores. We have only used one roll of paper towels in two months thanks to these little beauties. I have enthusiastically recommended these to coworkers, friends and relatives and will be stocking up for Christmas gifts." —Julie B Potter

    Get a four-pack Amazon for $7.99.

    30. A dishwasher magnet so you don't have to wonder, "Are these dishes clean or no?"

    The octagonal magnet with the word "clean" on half and "dirty" on the other
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    Just rotate it to switch the "status."

    Promising review: "I don't know why it took me so long to buy this thing, but I'm glad that I finally did. Yes, to some it might be silly, but there are times when I forget or can't tell whether my dishes and glassware are clean. This $3 magnetic sign saves me from washing the 'dirty' dishes another time." —Colmac

    Get it from Amazon for $4.70.

    31. A wall-mount magnetic strip for a convenient and attractive way to display your knives and utensils. It won't take up counter space like a knife block.

    The wall-mounted stainless-steel strip holding up a set of knives and whisk
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    Promising review: "After years of using a knife block, we decided to free up some counter space and install this magnetic strip for our knives. It was easy to install. The magnet is very strong. And we have extra space on our kitchen counter. Win, win, win." —A. Tran

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    32. 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.

    The pie bird baked at the center of a pie
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    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 $12.95 (available in five colors).

    33. A clip-on strainer so your hands can remain a safe distance while draining hot liquids. It's also easier to store and clean than a full-size colander.

    The green strainer attached to a pot, which allows the water to drain while keeping pasta in place
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    It's BPA-free and dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "Love, love, love my new kitchen gadget! I've always dreaded bringing out that big ol' colander and having something extra to wash — especially if it was for something small like a box of mac 'n' cheese. I'd then find myself struggling with trying to use the pot lid and losing half the food in the sink. I've only had this for a week or so, and I've already used it several times with different sized pots for different food items. Tonight it was used on my biggest pot for a large helping of spaghetti. It fits every pot perfectly, no food ends up in the sink, I can throw it in the dishwasher when done, and it doesn't take up a ton of space in the cabinet or in the dishwasher. Worth every penny!" —Tired

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    34. A set of storage containers for keeping your produce fresh for much longer. Yup, it's basically a miracle pod.

    Review photo taken by BuzzFeed editor Natalie Brown showing side by side two strawberries stored in the original container and the produce-saving storage container. One is dried while the other looks fresh
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    These are BPA-free and dishwasher-safe. Read our review of the Rubbermaid FreshWorks storage containers!

    Promising review: "I wish I would have gotten these sooner. I bought strawberries for my children, and then I forgot about them. I found them in the back of the refrigerator almost TWO WEEKS later, and they were still good. The real miracle is how long it keeps zucchini. Zucchini starts to get mushy in the crisper drawer after just a few days. Again, these miracle containers have kept it fresh for close to two weeks now. I've kept cut lettuce, cut cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, cucumbers, zucchini, sliced bell peppers, strawberries, blackberries, cut jicama, and carrots in these containers. I've had fantastic results with all of them." —Laura

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $16.99.

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

    The stand mixer in the color Aqua
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    The 5-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 $379 (available in 45 colors).

    36. A wall-mount grocery bag dispenser so you can finally declutter your plastic bag-filled drawers and cabinets.

    Reviewer photo showing the dispenser mounted to a wall inside a pantry
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    Promising review: "What a nifty bag organizer! When I think back on all the time I've spent pressing out the air, flattening and then folding grocery bags so I could use them later as garbage sacks, it would be worth it to have paid $100+ for this handy bag organizer. Just stuff the bags in the opening until it's full. The bags stay in it. When you want to remove a bag, you simply grab one from the slot on the front and pull. It easily comes out. And the brushed stainless steel with black plastic on the ends is a vision of beauty to behold. Perfection if you are going to mount it in a visible location. Mine is going on the inside of the cabinet door under my kitchen sink. Doesn't matter if it's not easily seen. I should be able to look at beauty when I open my cabinet door, too. I highly recommend this item." —Lynne

    Get it from Amazon for $14.97.

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

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    This food chopper is made of food-safe nylon and has no sharp edges. It's safe to use with nonstick cookware.

    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." —Karen

    Get it from Amazon for $7.28+ (available in two colors).

    38. A cutlery tray that'll take up very little horizontal space and make it super easy to grab an extra fork.

    The tray with slanted slots to separate the utensils
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    Promising review: "Yes, this little utensil tray is really that good! I went from using 12 inches of horizontal space in a lovely but huge wooden utensil tray to using about four inches (whatever the width of this godsend is). It stores my butter knives, steak knives, spoons, forks, and a slew of little teaspoons. I'd guess that the max capacity for each slot is about 10 pieces. For example, I fit four butter knives and four steak knives into the first/knife slot easily, with good wiggle room. This is such a great design. Using this tray opened up about half of my 18-inch wide drawer, which allowed me to decompress the other drawers in my kitchen a bit. I highly recommend this item. It's worth every penny." —Kathleen Cooke

    Get it from Amazon for $8.97.

    39. A set of airtight containers to keep your baking ingredients fresh for longer. The brown sugar container even comes with a terracotta disc to keep it soft and moist.

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    Each set comes with flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, powdered sugar keepers and two mini keepers. Read our full review of the OXO Good Grips Pop container set (#1 on the list)!

    Promising review: "These containers are not only good-looking, they are extremely functional! No more struggling to properly close (seal) lids - just push the button. Do the same to open! Keeps food fresh and allows clear sight of what's stored! Recommending them to my family and friends." —FlowerMomma

    Get the five-piece set from Amazon for $49.95.

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

    Hands showing how the silicone center of the strainer can be inverted
    Amazon

    I bought this for myself and loved it so much I bought another one for my grandma as a gift. It's a thousand times better than a metal mesh strainer that always seems to get clogged and I have to use my fingernails to scrape off little bits of food to get it clean. This lil' guy is so easy to empty out and you can even throw it into the dishwasher for a deep clean.

    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 $8.95.

    41. A pack of cleaning tablets for removing 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 $5.99.

    42. A handheld milk frother to whip up cappuccinos that can put your fave barista to shame.

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    Because it's small and battery-powered, you can use it for traveling or camping as well. It comes with a stainless steel stand so you don't have to worry about setting it down on the counter.

    Promising review: "This makes the creamiest froth ever! I am completely blown away by the results of this device. I had no idea that I could make froth at home like this. This changes my whole cappuccino experience!!!" —Wells Family

    Get it from Amazon for $13.95 (available in two colors).

    43. A magnetic rack so you can neatly display spices and condiments that don't fit in the cabinets.

    The rack attached to the side of a fridge
    Amazon

    Read our review of the Yamazaki magnetic spice rack (#2 on the list).

    Promising review: "I freaking love these things. I needed to clean out a spice drawer and was looking for something clean, sleek, and modern to hold my eight or so most used spices within reach. These have a really strong magnet on the back and hold four tiny mason jars of spices beautifully on the side of my fridge. I bought two and have four jars in each one. I could probably stuff eight jars in one rack, but I like them spread out a bit. This is just so much cuter than anything else I found. These look way more expensive than they are, and this is cheaper than the price on Food52 where I originally found them. Highly recommend!" —Alyssa M.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

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

    The funnel holding one bottle in place upside down so the contents can be transferred into another bottle
    Amazon

    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 $24.99 (available in four colors).

    45. A magnetic meal planning pad to help you plan out what to eat week in advance and avoid last-minute takeout decisions.

    The floral-themed pad, featuring planning area for each day of the week as well as a shopping list
    Amazon

    This notepad has a perforated shopping list section that you can easily tear off and bring to the grocery store. There's a magnet in the back for sticking it on the fridge.

    Promising review: "I’ve been starting to get into meal prepping and this planner really helps! I like being able to look up recipes on my phone and then write down whatever ingredients I still need on the grocery list section of this planner. I love how the grocery list section can be ripped off so you can take it to the store, but the daily meal plans remain on the fridge so you can stay organized. This is a very simple idea, but it’s cute and helps keep me organized and motivated to plan out my meals." —Samantha M.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    46. A drawer for coffee pods so you can sort them neatly from light to dark roast. So organized. So satisfying.

    Reviewer photo showing K-Cups neatly organized in the drawer, with a Keurig machine resting on top of it
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    It can hold up to 42 K-cup pods and is strong enough to support a Keurig machine on top of it without sagging.

    Promising review: "Looks great under my coffee maker and saves space! No assortment of boxes cluttering the counter." —Larynn Ford

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

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