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    27 Useful Kitchen Gadgets That People Actually Swear By

    Cooking will be even more of a joy with these handy kitchen helpers.

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    We asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us their favorite kitchen gadgets. Get ready, because here are the (amazing) answers!

    1. A compact air fryer that'll make you say, "Damn, these fries are crispy — I can't believe there's no oil in them!"

    The air fryer in red, featuring an analog timer, round temperature dial, and convenient handle for removing the basket

    You can obvs add oil if you prefer, but you don't need it to get crispy results! I actually own this air fryer and use it every single day to heat up leftovers, cook frozen chicken nuggets, and even bake cookies. It's way easier and quicker to use than an oven, especially if I'm just feeding one person.

    "Hands down the best $70 I have spent for something in the kitchen. Brussels sprouts, potatoes, chicken — you name it, and chances are there’s a way to air fry it." —lyssanicoleh

    "Delicious crispy snacks that taste deep-fried but aren't! I have made healthy sweet potato fries and zucchini chips!" —m458a64ca7

    Get it from Amazon for $44.99+ (available in five colors).

    2. A garlic twist for getting a perfect mince in a matter of seconds. It'll also keep the smell from getting on your hands.

    The Grommet

    It also works with ginger, olives, chili peppers, onions, herbs, nuts, and more! You can adjust it for coarse to fine mincing.

    "I got it as a housewarming gift, and it’s so great that I gave a bunch as Christmas presents. No more mincing sticky garlic, and it works for tear-free shallot mincing, too!" —Ellen S.

    Get it from Amazon for $17.50 (available in clear and green).

    3. An immersion blender to whip up smoothies, soups, sauces, and batters.

    A hand using the blender in a pot of soup

    Immersion blenders are a great alternative to full-size blenders and mixers for smaller apartments with limited storage and counter space. This one comes with three attachments: a two-cup chopping bowl (so you can use it as a food processor), a whisk attachment, and blender cup that can double as a travel mug.

    Stephanie O.

    Get it from Amazon for $36.50.

    4. A julienne peeler so you can get thin and uniform strips of veggies for your salads and stir-frys.


    "I use it all the time for adding strips of carrot and cucumber to Asian dishes. It's similar to a spiralizer but, in my opinion, a hell of a lot easier to use, and it takes up way less space." —cheekie

    Get it from Amazon for $16. Or, check out a cheaper option.

    5. A splurge-worthy chef's knife that'll slice through ingredients like buttah.


    You know what makes this knife even better? It's dishwasher-safe!

    Jennie S.


    Get it from Amazon for $33.34 (also available in other knife styles).

    The is our cheap pick for the best chef's knife on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    6. A surprisingly versatile waffle maker for whipping up your fave brunch foods at home. Think of the money you'll save!


    "Honestly, when I first got it, I was annoyed at the storage it took up, so I decided I was going to use the hell out of it. I now host monthly waffle bars — I provide the waffle mix and the iron, and guests bring all the toppings (and drinks)! Even though it’s silly, empowering my friends to make their own waffle brings them so much joy and laughter, especially when they add too much mix to the iron! I bring it into work all the time, too." —Sonja C.

    Get it from Amazon for $17.88.

    7. An ergonomic can opener with cushioned handles and a large turning knob to give you a better grip and smoother cut.


    This can opener has a magnet that lifts the lids off and ensures that cut lids don’t fall into the cans!

    Kylie S.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    8. A manual food chopper because cutting tomatoes and onions with a knife can be a pretty terrible experience.


    This handy gadget can chop up large pieces of fruit, vegetables, boneless meats, herbs, nuts, and even ice. It gives you full control over the consistency — you can get anything from large chunks to a fine mince depending on how many times you pull it. In addition to cutting up veggies for salads, it can make pesto, hummus, salsa, and guacamole. It also comes with a sealing storage lid to keep ingredients fresh in the container.

    —Derek Spiewak, Facebook

    Get it from Amazon for $12.66+ (available in two colors).

    9. A rice cooker that'll be a lot more consistent than simmering rice over the stove — you'll get tasty results every time.


    This Zojirushi rice cooker has a three-cup capacity. It has settings for pretty much any type of rice — white/sushi, mixed, porridge, sweet, and brown rice.

    "I always used to worry about under- or over-cooking my rice, but now I can plug my rice cooker in and let it work its magic." —Alyssa O.

    Get it from Amazon for $149.99. Or, check out a cheaper option.

    10. A veggie spiralizer for an easy way to prepare zucchini noodles aka zoodles.

    A hand using the spiralizer, which is similar to a large pencil sharpener, to make zucchini noodles

    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!

    Kathryn I.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    11. An Instant Pot, which will do just about anything you want it to. It's a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté pan, yogurt maker, and food warmer all rolled into one nifty appliance.


    Read our full review of the Instant Pot!

    "I’ve used it almost every single day since I’ve gotten it! It’s my new favorite cooking device! It takes so little time to prepare just about anything!" —bayleaw2

    "Being able to cook (almost) everything in one pot is nice, but more than that, the way it transforms cheap cuts of meat into buttery tender deliciousness is more than worth the cost." —Dora Breckinridge, Facebook

    Get it from Amazon for $59.92+ (available in three sizes).

    12. A sous vide precision cooker to trick others into thinking you're a culinary whiz. Pretty much anything you throw at it will be done to perfection.


    Sous vide, which means “under vacuum” in French, refers to the process of vacuum-sealing food in a bag, then cooking it to a very precise temperature in a water bath. This method ensures maximum tenderness and moisture retention — without worry of overcooking.


    Get it from Amazon for $69.94.

    13. A convection toaster oven that can do anything from heating up leftover pizza to cooking a fancy meal from scratch.


    A convection heating fan circulates warm air throughout the oven for fast, even baking.

    "From reheating pizza to cooking fennel-crusted salmon, it preheats faster and is designed with specific functions in mind. Not to mention with two young kids, they can use it themselves without the fear of blowing up the house." —Bradley Albert, Facebook

    Get it from Amazon for $74.56.

    14. An electric potato peeler for a satisfying and hands-free way to pare your produce.

    "I only use it a couple of times a year, but it's totally worth the space it uses up in my cabinets. It peels a five-pound bag of taters in, like, two minutes flat." —jessicag67

    Get it from Amazon for $23.98.

    15. A 3-in-1 breakfast station to help start your day off on the right foot — or at the very least, on a full stomach.


    The coffee maker brews up to four cups of coffee at a time, and the toaster oven toasts up to four slices of bread at a time. There's a 30-minute timer with automatic shutoff. The oven tray and non-stick griddle are removable for easy cleaning.

    "It’s the perfect size for our tiny city apartment and for just the two of us." —Samantha W.

    Get it from from Amazon for $57.99+ (available in two colors).

    16. An electric kettle so you won't have to fire up the stove just to brew some tea or enjoy some Cup Noodles.


    Get it from Amazon for $23.59.

    17. A no-fuss Crock-Pot that'll simmer away while you're at work. Just add in ingredients in the morning, turn it on, go about your day, and come home to dinner!


    This eight-quart Crock-Pot serves up to 10 people. The stoneware and glass lid are dishwasher-safe!


    Get it from Amazon for $33.33.

    18. An apple divider for getting thin, dippable slices to pack as a snack.


    "Honestly, it’s life-changing. Slicing apples was always one of those small annoyances that I didn’t realize was annoying until I actually did it. Not anymore!" —Pilar De La Cruz, Facebook

    Get it from Amazon for $9.36.

    19. A cake pan with a guideline grid on the edge so you can divide your baked treat into even portions. It's so much ~batter~ than a regular baking tray.


    This pan also comes with a cutting tool!

    "I bake every week for my office, and Perfect Slice bakeware makes it possible to get the right number of treats every time! This product has seriously made my life so much easier! At this point, I can’t imagine baking with anything else!" —viggyp

    Get the covered cake pan from Target for $39.99. Or, check out the entire collection at Bed Bath & Beyond.

    20. A handheld pot strainer that'll blow a clunky colander out of the water. It's easier to handle, wash, and store. You could say it works pretty ~whale~.


    Sorry not sorry!!!

    "So much easier and faster than a regular strainer. It's plastic and lightweight, and you just hold it against the side of the pot to strain instead of making the strainer dirty (which is a pain to clean already). One of the best kitchen gadgets I own!" —Amylynn M.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.65.

    21. A fish spatula with more uses than just turning a filet — it'll easily slide beneath gooey cookies, fried eggs, and more.


    "A fish spatula. Gets under ANYTHING." —Brian Kane, Facebook

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

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


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

    "The Chopstir for breaking up frozen ground meat if you forget to get it out of the freezer or if you're just impatient. It's amazing and I love it." —Cassandra C.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in three colors).

    23. A nonstick baking mat to use during dough prep and in the oven as a cookie sheet liner.


    This mat is made of food-grade silicone and can withstand temperatures from –40°F to 480°F (–40°C to 248°C). It has measurement guides along the edges.

    "I have trouble fitting parchment paper to the metal sheets, so they save a lot of paper." —Dayna Morris, Facebook

    Get it from Amazon for $13.90.

    24. A garlic press and peeler set so you can keep physical contact between your hands and those pungent little cloves to a bare minimum.

    This stainless-steel garlic press works with unpeeled garlic as well!

    —Amanda Wherle, Facebook

    Get it from Amazon for $16.97.

    25. A food processor that'll seriously cut down prep time and allow you to make things like nut butters and hummus from scratch.


    This processor has an eight-cup capacity. Read our full review of the Cuisinart Elemental food processor for more deets!

    Get it from Amazon for $75.99 (available in two sizes and four colors).

    26. A panini press because hot sandwiches are the perfect food and I would eat one for every meal if I could.


    The cafe-style floating lid can press a sandwich of any thickness, so feel free to layer up!

    Nancy A.

    Get it from Amazon for $32.75+ (available in two colors).

    27. And a rotating oven your friends might make fun of you for, but it's okay because you've just cooked a delish pizza in record time! (And you're definitely not sharing.)

    "I don’t know life without a Pizazz. My friends make fun of me, but they still heat up their entire kitchen preheating a stove for one frozen pizza. My pizza is done by the time they put theirs in the oven. So who is the smart one? Plus, it cooks any frozen premade food. Taquitos? Pizazz. Frozen chicken patties? Pizazz. Oh, you want fries with that patty? Pi-freaking-zazz. The moral is: Get a pizazz and change your life." —Evan M.

    Get it from Amazon for $47.32.

    You, after testing out the new sous vide cooker:


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