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20 Products For People Who Love Eating But Hate Cooking

If food could just magically cook itself, that would be great, thanks.

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1. A food processor that can make anything from pesto to guac to hummus in a matter of minutes.

It has a 10-cup capacity and two speeds, plus pulse control.Promising review: "It is so simple to use, and the safety feature of a locked bowl and lid is more than adequate. I have only had it for a week but have used it 10 times, and it has performed wonderfully. I sliced carrots, shredded zucchini, sliced cucumbers, made a cookie crumb crust, and even used it to whip up a cheesecake. I hope it is durable and will last a long time. At the Walmart price, it is a steal. Don't be afraid to try this because it is inexpensive. It does the job and then some." —mommeo4Get it from Walmart for $40.12.
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It has a 10-cup capacity and two speeds, plus pulse control.

Promising review: "It is so simple to use, and the safety feature of a locked bowl and lid is more than adequate. I have only had it for a week but have used it 10 times, and it has performed wonderfully. I sliced carrots, shredded zucchini, sliced cucumbers, made a cookie crumb crust, and even used it to whip up a cheesecake. I hope it is durable and will last a long time. At the Walmart price, it is a steal. Don't be afraid to try this because it is inexpensive. It does the job and then some." —mommeo4

Get it from Walmart for $40.12.

2. An Instant Pot for a set-it-and-forget-it way to whip up hearty dishes.

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.

3. A panini press that'll make gourmet hot sandwiches with nothing more than a few leftover ingredients from the fridge.

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 $29.99.
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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 $29.99.

4. A pack of reusable containers so you can get all your cooking out of the way over the weekend and keep ready-made meals in the freezer.

These are BPA-free and microwave-, dishwasher-, and freezer-safe. They have two compartments.Promising review: "I have tried different meal preps and so far these are my favorite containers. These are sturdy and hold up well, even with heavier foods. When we reheat the food, it heats well and even. Everybody at work has asked me where I got the containers, and I have been recommending them. I do wish they were airtight but so far we have had no leaking or spills." —RobertGet a 15-pack from Walmart for $10.99.
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These are BPA-free and microwave-, dishwasher-, and freezer-safe. They have two compartments.

Promising review: "I have tried different meal preps and so far these are my favorite containers. These are sturdy and hold up well, even with heavier foods. When we reheat the food, it heats well and even. Everybody at work has asked me where I got the containers, and I have been recommending them. I do wish they were airtight but so far we have had no leaking or spills." —Robert

Get a 15-pack from Walmart for $10.99.

5. A breakfast sandwich maker that even the most impatient person will appreciate — it can finish cooking in five minutes.

The cooking surfaces are non-stick and the removable parts are dishwasher-safe.Promising review: "Nice little breakfast sandwich maker. I am still experimenting with it. Cooks fast so I need to cut down on the suggested cooking time in order to get the egg and muffin the way I like it. Cleanup is easy. Spraying the plates lightly with cooking spray makes it easier to clean. It beats spending money at McDonald's or other fast food places. You can customize your breakfast sandwich with bagels, croissants, biscuits, different meats, and cheeses, etc." —doowop47Get it from Walmart or Jet for $24.99.
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The cooking surfaces are non-stick and the removable parts are dishwasher-safe.

Promising review: "Nice little breakfast sandwich maker. I am still experimenting with it. Cooks fast so I need to cut down on the suggested cooking time in order to get the egg and muffin the way I like it. Cleanup is easy. Spraying the plates lightly with cooking spray makes it easier to clean. It beats spending money at McDonald's or other fast food places. You can customize your breakfast sandwich with bagels, croissants, biscuits, different meats, and cheeses, etc." —doowop47

Get it from Walmart or Jet for $24.99.

6. A microwave bacon rack — it'll be a lot easier than using a frying pan, and there won't be any grease splatters to clean up afterward.

It makes up to 12 strips of bacon at a time.Promising review: "This makes cooking bacon simple! Results are great, crispy bacon, no mess to clean up but the tray. I use fewer paper towels, too. I suggest laying a paper towel over the top so it does not splatter while cooking. Takes the same amount of time to cook and is delicious." —TressaGet it from Walmart or Jet for $12.90.
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It makes up to 12 strips of bacon at a time.

Promising review: "This makes cooking bacon simple! Results are great, crispy bacon, no mess to clean up but the tray. I use fewer paper towels, too. I suggest laying a paper towel over the top so it does not splatter while cooking. Takes the same amount of time to cook and is delicious." —Tressa

Get it from Walmart or Jet for $12.90.

7. A Crock-Pot to simmer away while you're at work so you can come home to a delicious dinner.

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. Cleanup 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. Cleanup 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.

8. An electric egg cooker so preparing breakfast in the morning will be less of a scramble.

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.

9. An As-Seen-on-TV non-stick cooker, if you're always looking for quick dinner ideas for one.

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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.

10. An air fryer to make crispy fries and chicken wings with a push of a button.

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 $49.99.
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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 $49.99.

11. A double-layer food steamer for whipping up a healthy meal with minimal prep time.

Get it from Walmart or Jet for $29.92 (available in two colors).
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Get it from Walmart or Jet for $29.92 (available in two colors).

12. A microwave pasta cooker to save you from boiling a huge pot of water and then having to wash it.

Get it from Walmart for $14.99.
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Get it from Walmart for $14.99.

13. A rotating pizza oven so you can bake a pie from scratch or heat up frozen foods and leftovers — all without firing up the full-size oven.

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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.

14. A quesadilla maker that'll turn a tortilla and some cheese into a super tasty meal in no time.

It has a non-stick cooking surface and a removable drip tray.Promising review: "I enjoy having the ability to make a variety of quesadillas — including breakfast sandwiches. Easy to use!" —RichardGet it from Walmart or Jet for $20.30.
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It has a non-stick cooking surface and a removable drip tray.

Promising review: "I enjoy having the ability to make a variety of quesadillas — including breakfast sandwiches. Easy to use!" —Richard

Get it from Walmart or Jet for $20.30.

15. A veggie spiralizer to slice a couple of zucchinis into tasty noodles.

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.

16. A stainless steel garlic press because you might enjoy cooking a bit more if your hands didn't smell afterward.

It comes with a silicone tube peeler.Get it from Walmart for $11.99.
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It comes with a silicone tube peeler.

Get it from Walmart for $11.99.

17. A rice cooker with a steaming tray so you can steam meat, vegetables, and rice at the same time. Easy peasy.

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!" —DeniannGet it from Walmart or Jet for $29.31.
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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 non-stick baking tray to prepare one-pan dinners with very little effort. Simply lay out ingredients, season, bake, and you're done!

The non-stick coating is BPA- and PFOA-free, and it's dishwasher-safe!Get a two-pack from BuzzFeed's Tasty collection at Walmart for $17.74.
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The non-stick coating is BPA- and PFOA-free, and it's dishwasher-safe!

Get a two-pack from BuzzFeed's Tasty collection at Walmart for $17.74.

19. A hot-dog toaster for a filling snack you're sure to relish.

It can toast two buns and two hot dogs at once. It comes with a pair of mini tongs for removing the hot dogs and a drip tray for easy cleaning. Promising review: "When my husband said he wanted one of these, I thought he was joking. I ordered it for his birthday, and we used it right away. We loved it! My two kids thinks it's really fun, my husband likes the flavor of the hotdogs cooked this way vs. boiled, and I love that you don't need to heat up the stove top or fire up the grill just to cook a few hotdogs. I didn't think a toasted bun would be a big deal but they're really good! For $20 bucks, you can't beat this!" —JennetGet it from Walmart for Jet for $19.99.
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It can toast two buns and two hot dogs at once. It comes with a pair of mini tongs for removing the hot dogs and a drip tray for easy cleaning.

Promising review: "When my husband said he wanted one of these, I thought he was joking. I ordered it for his birthday, and we used it right away. We loved it! My two kids thinks it's really fun, my husband likes the flavor of the hotdogs cooked this way vs. boiled, and I love that you don't need to heat up the stove top or fire up the grill just to cook a few hotdogs. I didn't think a toasted bun would be a big deal but they're really good! For $20 bucks, you can't beat this!" —Jennet

Get it from Walmart for Jet for $19.99.

20. An ergonomic can opener because when all else fails, a can of chicken noodle soup will always taste good.

Promising review: "I remember my grandparents having a Swing-a-way can opener back in the day. It's a trusted brand that I've used all my life and I wouldn't want anything else. Opens cans easy as pie without a lot of muscle and what else would you want from a can opener, especially with arthritic hands?" —oldiegoldie56Get it from Walmart for $9.99.
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Promising review: "I remember my grandparents having a Swing-a-way can opener back in the day. It's a trusted brand that I've used all my life and I wouldn't want anything else. Opens cans easy as pie without a lot of muscle and what else would you want from a can opener, especially with arthritic hands?" —oldiegoldie56

Get it from Walmart for $9.99.

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