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    38 Useful Kitchen Gadgets To Put On Your Holiday Wish List

    🎶I'm dreaming of a white KitchenAid stand mixer, just like the one my grandma used to own🎶

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    1. A Vitamix Explorian blender that'll crush anything you throw its way and fit under your kitchen cabinets.


    This is our luxury pick for the best kitchen blender on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    Promising review: "Bought this about a month ago. Love it so far! A big reason I bought this model was because it was a little cheaper, and I read quite a few reviews that said it fit under the kitchen cabinets (which it does). Yes, it's a little loud when you crank it up to 10, but I think that's to be expected with a powerful motor. So far, I've used it for grinding coffee beans, making bulletproof coffee every morning, a smoothie every afternoon, and yesterday, I riced some cauliflower in it for a recipe. It comes with a tamper to push things down if needed and that has worked great. I'm looking forward to shredding chicken, doing pancake batter, and making two-ingredient bagels and pizza dough from Weight Watchers in it to see how those work. I'm also looking forward to donating my previous cheap blender, my coffee grinder, and hand blender. I've already gotten rid of my food processor. This appliance may cost more, but it can do SO many things, I believe it's totally worth it." —Kathy

    Get it from Amazon for $299.95 (available in three colors).

    2. A dual breakfast sandwich maker because 1) it's a great way to motivate you to actually eat breakfast 2) your roommates will also want one once they smell yours.


    This handy gadget can cook two sandwiches in five minutes — that's less time than standing in line to wait for a McMuffin.

    Promising review: "Winner! This is such a great gadget, and I don't normally like gadgets; I usually prefer the old ways of doing things, but this tool allows me to get my kids fed and out of the house in the morning so much faster and with less mess and clean up! I was worried about how easy this would be to clean, but the inserts come out so easily and are dishwasher safe, so it's a breeze. I don't see this thing leaving my counter ever." —jo

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    3. A sous vide precision cooker so you can get perfectly done meats, veggies, and even cheesecake every 👏 single 👏 time 👏 .


    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.

    Promising review: "I like the simplicity of this thing. It doesn't connect to a phone, and it only has half degree adjustments. Do you need those things though? It does take a bit longer to reach the desired temperature, particularly anything over 165°F, but it holds the temp once it gets there. I've cooked corned beef for 42 hours, flatiron steak for 24 hours, strips for two hours without a hiccup. Individual cheesecakes, Starbucks egg-bite knockoffs, sealing mason jars, the best asparagus you've ever had. Everything I've thrown at this thing has impressed me so far." —Mike R.

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99.

    4. A vacuum sealer perfect for sous vide cooking and keeping large amounts of food fresh for a long, long time. This is great if you like to buy in bulk!


    Promising review: "I bought this to replace a cheap Aldi-brand sealer that quit working after about 10 uses. What a difference! Excellent suction without being too loud or difficult to use. This still works just as well as the day I bought it. I frequently use it to package fresh meat that I buy when it goes on sale. I've never, ever had a bag lose its seal — not even one! 100% satisfied." —Kerriann

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99 (available in four colors).

    5. An all-in-one slicer with interchangeable blades that'll be easy to use and store.


    You get one apple corer and slicer, one dicer, and one mango corer.

    Get it from Food52 for $26.

    6. A five-in-one utensil appropriately named the "Uni-tool" because it can be a slotted spoon, a turner, a solid spoon, a spatula, and a cutting tool.

    Joseph Joseph

    Promising review: "I love this uni-tool. I use it for sautéing veggies, scraping bowls, browning meats, tasting soup, testing macaroni for doneness, etc. I like that I can taste test with the spoon side and keep working with the other side. I randomly told my husband I wanted one for Christmas, and I am so glad I did. It's a useful kitchen gadget to have." —Lori Price

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    7. A trusty food processor to do all the slicing and dicing for you... plus any shredding, crinkling, mincing, or pureeing. It's got you covered from hummus to peanut butter to pesto.


    It has a 14-cup capacity.

    Promising review: "I love this processor because it is simple, does everything and does it well, cleans easy, looks stunning, and is a kitchen workhorse! Very powerful and quiet. I can make coleslaw for a crowd in a matter of seconds. Love it." —HennyPennyGma

    Get it from Amazon for $144.56+ or Macy's for $199.99. Or, check out a cheaper option.

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


    Promising review: "Great waffle maker and a good value. We make everything in this: hashbrowns, mochi, waffles, green onion pancakes — you name it. We love it!" —J. Law

    Get it from Amazon for $12.49.

    9. A Nespresso machine that'll brew both espresso and coffee at the push of a button. It'll take less than a minute, which is perfect for when you're running late in the morning.


    Promising review: "Unreal! I had the previous Nespresso machine, and this blows the other one away. A bit more for the cups, but so worth it. I would easily buy again and look forward to giving a few for Christmas. Rich, bold flavor and ease of use are easily the two best features. The biggest drawback is the cost of the pods, but still far cheaper than the local coffee shop." —Joseph Krug

    Get it from Amazon for $99.99.

    10. A bacon bowl maker so you can serve bacon with every meal and have it look gourmet AF.

    Urban Outfitters

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $29.99.

    11. An electric knife-sharpener to rejuvenate even the dullest of blades.


    Read one BuzzFeed editor's review of this 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. As soon as it arrived, I had to try it. Knowing that the coarse setting could potentially leave shavings on the knife, I washed, rinsed, and dried it before trying to cut anything. The first thing I tried was a tomato. 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 $5.50 (available in three colors).

    12. A bread machine for making a fresh loaf right at home. It even has a gluten-free setting!


    One BuzzFeeder swears by this bread maker — read their review!

    Promising review: "I just made my first loaf of hot, fresh bread. The smell and the taste are beyond what we could have ever expected. It is so much healthier than any other bread because you are adding your own ingredients. This is the best bread machine on the market. I did a lot of homework looking for the right one, and this is the right one! The choices of timing and crusts are endless. No one likes to get out of bed in the morning but when this starts cooking, it's like Christmas morning and you're on a dead run. Christmas is only 10 weeks away so put this on your list. They won't be re-gifting these, trust me." —Florida Deb.

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99.

    13. A 5-in-1 countertop cooker that'll grill burger patties, press paninis, fry bacon, and cook pancakes. So basically, 90% of my dietary needs.


    This multi-use cooker works as a contact grill, panini press, full grill, full griddle and half grill/half griddle! The nonstick cooking plates are removable and reversible, which makes them super versatile and easy to clean.

    Promising review: "Splurge purchase, but I fell in love instantly. What — the plates go in the dishwasher?! Awesome. Made burgers on it for lunch, no issues. Love that it's small enough to easily fit in with kitchen storage and doesn't have a big footprint. Love that it opens flat so you can use both sides. Love that the plates are double sided. Loved it so much that, of course, I had to order the waffle plates. And I've owned it for six hours." —wendaroolie

    Get it from Amazon for $59.95.

    14. 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.


    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 $11.03+ (available in five colors).

    15. A cold-brew maker to please even the most discerning coffee obsessive.


    Promising review: "If you LOVE iced coffee (I drink it year-round regardless of the weather), then you NEED this cold brewer. I work for Starbucks, and I love their cold brew. I was skeptical to make it at home, but I love mine more than theirs. It’s especially nice since Starbucks only brews one kind of beans for cold brew, but at home, you can brew your favorite kind. Absolutely love this, and it’s worth more than it costs. A must-buy for yourself or a wonderful gift for the coffee lover in your life!" —j.blaine

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    16. An egg cooker for making six hard-boiled, soft-boiled, or poached eggs in under 10 minutes. You can even use it to cook an omelet!


    🎶 When I was a lad, I ate four dozen eggs every morning to help me get large. And now that I'm grown, I eat five dozen eggs so I'm roughly the size of a barge!🎶

    Promising review: "You know those objects that are totally unnecessary, but you see them and fall in love and live forever in happiness with your random kitschy thing? This is that thing. It makes especially lovely, perfectly round omelets with minimal cleanup required. Hard and soft boiled eggs cook evenly and taste great. The poached eggs are tender and melt in your mouth over toast. It's the perfect kitchen appliance. I grin from ear to ear every time I use it." —Sonnet A. Fitzgerald

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in four colors).

    17. An elegant wood-grained plastic wrap dispenser that won't be an eyesore.


    Get it from Food52 for $25 each (available in three styles).

    18. 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!


    Promising review: "This digital meat thermometer is the best I've ever had. I own others, but they are either too bulky to fit in the drawer or too hard to read. This one is small and lightweight; it's easy to pull out the probe and very easy to read the temperature. I purchased several as stocking stuffers for Christmas. They make a gift that will be appreciated for its size and ease of use, but most importantly, it will be a gift that gets used instead of put away in the closet." —Yardleydoc

    Get it from Amazon for $12.49.

    19. A multi-function chopping board with a meat grip on one side and an angled cutting surface designed to catch any juices or crumbs.


    Promising review: "I bought this cutting board with the hopes of being able to cut veggies (specifically watery tomatoes) and meats (drippy pork loin comes to mind) without spilling juices all over the countertop. This board is everything I've been looking for — and does it better than I expected. The dense plastic won't dull my knives, and it is sure to last for years. Each side's edges are covered with a thick silicone rubber to prevent slipping. Overall, this is a fantastic cutting board which we use regularly and has even replaced my favorite wood board simply because of its functionality." —Sidney Shore

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99 (available in four colors).

    20. An electric can opener perfect for people who were burned one too many times by a manual can-opener or a pull-tab (me).


    Promising review: "This is the best electric can opener I've ever owned. It's smooth, easy to use, and it cuts the entire top off of a can (not just the lid). It's FAST, it's relatively quiet (compared to most other electric can openers), it's easy to clean, and it stays sharp. HIGHLY recommended!" —Mr. Big

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    21. An electric kettle in a retro shade of pistachio green that'll look amazing on your countertop.

    Crate & Barrel

    I own and love this kettle — read my review for more deets (#5)!

    Get it from Crate and Barrel for $79.99 (available in three colors) or Amazon for $68.95 (available in six colors).

    22. A compact juice-extractor because making daily visits to the local juice shop is just not financially feasible ATM.

    Hamilton Beach

    It's our cheap pick for the best juicer on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    Promising review: "I wanted a reasonably priced juicer to make sure I actually LIKED juicing first. I decided to go with this one based on its reviews, and I really don't plan on upgrading any time soon! This juicer does a great job, and it's so easy to clean. I love that it comes with a brush to get the pulp out of the mesh part, too. For anyone who wants to start juicing without breaking the bank, definitely try this one out. PROS: Easy to clean, not too bulky on the counter, comes apart easily, juices well. CONS: Loud. (But what do you expect when you're extracting the juice out of fruits and veggies?)" —Kate Bugusky

    Get it from Amazon for $54.99.

    23. A kitchen scale with a conversion chart etched on the measuring surface for following each recipe as precisely as possible.


    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $24.99.

    24. A quiet and efficient manual coffee grinder so you can get your caffeine fix without waking up your roommates.


    It has an adjustable grind selector with 18 (!!!) click settings to ensure you have precise control over the coarseness of your beans.

    Promising review: "My old coffee grinder of 15 years finally kicked the bucket and after much research into what would make me a delicious cup of coffee in my French press, I decided on getting the JavaPresse manual grinder. Not only is it super quiet (my roommates are usually asleep while I am making coffee in the morning), but it is very easy and fast to use. It took me a few batches to get the grind right, but my coffee tastes much better now than with my old electric blade grinder." —Fitzmcgee

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99. Or, check out an electric grinder!

    25. A toaster oven that can moonlight as an air fryer. It'll excel at both jobs like a champ!

    Williams Sonoma

    Promising review: "This was the best purchase we could have made. At Thanksgiving when we ran out of room in our oven, we were able to place two items in the air fryer! It saved the day! We now do our wings, fries, and so many other foods we usually fry, and it all comes out crispy and delicious! Love it, love it, love it!" —Judi119

    Get it from Macy's, Walmart, or Williams Sonoma for $199.

    26. An adjustable stainless steel slicer to trick others into thinking your cheese platter is professionally catered.


    This slicer comes with an extra wire in case the first one wears out!

    Promising review: "Cheese is considered a major food group in our house, so replacing our broken slicer was an absolute necessity. This slicer is an absolute dream. It's very sturdy (without being too heavy) and it cuts extra sharp cheddar as if it were room temperature butter! Don't waste your time and money on a cheap slicer — this one will probably last for years." —StillontheEdge

    Get it from Amazon for $10.

    27. A crepe maker because let's face it — you would eat Nutella crepes every day if you could. And now you can.


    Promising review: "Fabulous product. Works great. Had it for four years, and it's still in perfect condition — and we eat a lot of crêpes." —Rebecca

    Get it from Amazon for $39.95.

    28. A three-blade spiralizer for exploring the healthy and delicious world of veggie pastas.

    Williams Sonoma

    The three blades give you the options of spaghetti cut (1/8th inch), fettuccine cut (1/4th inch), or ribbon cut noodles. It comes with a blade box to keep blades clean, safe, and organized when not in use. A stronghold suction cup keeps the device from slipping on countertops.

    Get it from Amazon or Williams Sonoma for $39.95.

    29. A cordless electric wine opener so you can get a bottle of red uncorked in just a few seconds.


    This wine opener comes with a foil cutter.

    Promising review: "We used this for my son's wedding. It worked so well. It's very quick at taking the cork out, and it stayed charged the entire night. I would definitely recommend this." —Kurt R Thomas

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    30. A cool gadget that'll turn freshly brewed hot coffee (or any non-carbonated drink, such as wine) into an iced one in a matter of minutes — without watering it down.


    Fill the device with water and pop it into the freezer for 12 hours before using. It has a 12.5 oz. capacity and is dishwasher safe!

    Promising review: "Gave this HyperChiller as a gift to my daughter to go with the Keurig I purchased at Costco. She loves it! It turns her hot coffee into an iced one in a couple of minutes while she gets ready for work." —Doreen

    Get it from Amazon $23.99.

    31. An immersion blender just as powerful as a full-sized version but that won't take up valuable counter space. Plus, it's super easy to clean up.

    Sur La Table

    Along with the stainless-steel stick blender, you’ll get a whisk attachment, a 3-cup chopper bowl with stainless-steel blades, and a 42-ounce jug with a dual-purpose storage lid and anti-slip mat.

    Get it from Amazon for $76.99 or Sur La Table for $99.95.

    32. An old-fashioned food mill perfect for making sauces, jams, or mashed potatoes, because it can catch all the seeds and peels, leaving only a smooth puree. (That's probably the one thing your food processor can't do.)

    William Sonoma

    This French-made stainless steel food mill comes with two discs, for a fine and medium puree.

    Promising review: "I've tried other food mills in the past and didn't care for them too much, so I eventually gave them away. I like the design of this food mill so much better in many ways. When I made applesauce, I just cut up the apples with the skin on, cooked them, and the mill worked perfectly, leaving all of the skins behind. The fact that the bowl flares, becoming much wider at the top, makes it much easier to load and work with. Even though it is lightweight, it seems strong and well made. I also love the fold out legs which hold the mill perfectly above my glass bowls. Lastly, I love that it is still made in France." —VeganGuy

    Get it from Williams Sonoma for $59.95.

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


    The five-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 $259.99+ (available in 45 colors).

    34. A wine aerator that'll speed up the breathing process, resulting in a fuller flavor and smoother finish.

    William Sonoma

    It's top-rack dishwasher-safe.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 or Williams Sonoma for $23.96.

    35. A frozen yogurt and ice cream maker to serve up a homemade scoop that'll rival Ben & Jerry's.

    Crate & Barrel

    The best part is you get to decide what ingredients are used. For example, you can substitute sugar for maple syrup!

    Get it from Amazon for $42 or Crate & Barrel for $59.95 (available in three colors).

    36. A pair of bear claws for tearing BBQ meat to shreds. You could use forks, but what's the fun in that?


    Promising review: "These claws are just what you need for shredding pork, chicken, beef, or any other items. The points are sharp, narrow, and long, and work well as a pair. It's much more efficient and quicker than using two forks. Even when I buy pulled pork from Trader Joe's and it's already 'pulled,' this is an excellent tool for really shredding it properly. I thought I might have been a little extravagant in ordering this, but now I realize it is very useful beyond shredding, e.g. holding a watermelon with one hand/claw as you cut with the other hand." —J. Renfrow

    Get them from Amazon for $12.99 (available in five colors).

    37. A cookbook/tablet stand with a clear splatter guard that'll make you say, "Why didn't I think of that?!"


    Promising review: "After having too many of my recipe books get damaged with splatters/liquids while cooking, I decided it was time to buy a cookbook holder. This one has been great — I have over 100 cookbooks in my collection of all different sizes/thickness and haven't had any problem adjusting to the size of any of them. The clear screen cover has been invaluable and cleans up easily when splatters invariably happen. Highly recommend this to anyone who cooks on a regular basis." —Ngaio

    Get it from Amazon for $34.95. Or, check out two cheaper options here and here.

    38. And an almighty Instant Pot, which does 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.


    Promising review: "I can't say enough about this pressure cooker. First, I got rid of several gadgets, which I love. I had two rice cookers, a slow cooker, and a food steamer. That has freed up so much room in my kitchen. Best of all, I am making some delicious dishes with this. When I cook meat on the stove top, it is hit or miss. The meat comes out tender and delicious every time I use the Instant Pot. If you are worried about the investment or about having yet another gadget, you can remedy this by selling the appliances that this makes obsolete on Craigslist and using the money towards your own Instant Pot." —mo

    Get it from Amazon for $67.49 (available in three sizes).

    Your kitchen is going to be so well-stocked!

    The Muppets Studio

    Reviews here have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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