40 Kitchen Products Our Readers Loved In 2020

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1.

A pack of shockingly absorbent reusable Swedish dishcloths for an eco-friendly alternative to disposable sponges and paper towels. Unlike regular dishcloths, these can be sanitized in the dishwasher or microwave between uses so you know it’s not harboring any unwanted germs.


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Use these again and again and compost them when you’re done since they’re made of natural cellulose and cotton.

Promising review: “I originally picked these up to use in lieu of nasty, nasty dishrags that invoke my inner THIS IS NOT CLEAN demon. Since then, I have used them for everything from cleaning the kitchen to wiping up spills. After use, just toss in the wash and they are ready to go again. They are the perfect size and do an excellent job on every task to which I have applied them. They come in a variety of fun prints and I have yet to wear one out. Paper towel usage has taken a real nose dive, which is a good thing given its relative scarcity at present.” —sandra simpson-kraft

Get a three-pack from Amazon for $15.64 (available in 15 styles).


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Use these again and again and compost them when you’re done since they’re made of natural cellulose and cotton.

Promising review: “I originally picked these up to use in lieu of nasty, nasty dishrags that invoke my inner THIS IS NOT CLEAN demon. Since then, I have used them for everything from cleaning the kitchen to wiping up spills. After use, just toss in the wash and they are ready to go again. They are the perfect size and do an excellent job on every task to which I have applied them. They come in a variety of fun prints and I have yet to wear one out. Paper towel usage has taken a real nose dive, which is a good thing given its relative scarcity at present.” —sandra simpson-kraft

Get a three-pack from Amazon for $15.64 (available in 15 styles).

2.

A fume-free oven cleaner to cut through tough, baked-on grease and stubborn stains without making your home smell like a vat of chemicals.


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Promising review: “Greasy ovens don’t stand a chance against this cleaner! All you do is spray the foam-like substance over the entire oven. You will hear the foam sizzling while it works — it’s magic! After your oven has had a chance to marinate in the foam (two to three hours) and you can start to wipe away the gunk! Literally, wipe your oven clean with paper towels or a disposable sponge with ease: no scrubbing required! Tip: to make the job even easier, or if you have some tough food spills and stains, leave the foam on overnight and wipe it clean in the morning! Recommend for literally anyone who has an oven! and even if you think your oven is fairly clean, just give this stuff a try and watch what comes off!” —Cori P.

Get it from Amazon for $7.10.


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Promising review: “Greasy ovens don’t stand a chance against this cleaner! All you do is spray the foam-like substance over the entire oven. You will hear the foam sizzling while it works — it’s magic! After your oven has had a chance to marinate in the foam (two to three hours) and you can start to wipe away the gunk! Literally, wipe your oven clean with paper towels or a disposable sponge with ease: no scrubbing required! Tip: to make the job even easier, or if you have some tough food spills and stains, leave the foam on overnight and wipe it clean in the morning! Recommend for literally anyone who has an oven! and even if you think your oven is fairly clean, just give this stuff a try and watch what comes off!” —Cori P.

Get it from Amazon for $7.10.

3.

A pack of reusable silicone lids that have a seemingly endless list of uses. Top off a saucepan, store leftovers, keep food warm while cooking — all without needing to use any single-use plastic wrap!


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Promising review: “I’ve had these about a month — we use them CONSTANTLY — to keep food warm while cooking, cover plates/bowls in the microwave, as lids for leftovers in fridge. Honestly the best $40 I’ve spent for the kitchen. I’ve already bought them for my mom and mother-in-law for Christmas, and will be buying them for my best friends as well. Don’t second guess it. Just get them.” —saraederr

Get a five-pack from Food52 for $40 (available in two colors).


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Promising review: “I’ve had these about a month — we use them CONSTANTLY — to keep food warm while cooking, cover plates/bowls in the microwave, as lids for leftovers in fridge. Honestly the best $40 I’ve spent for the kitchen. I’ve already bought them for my mom and mother-in-law for Christmas, and will be buying them for my best friends as well. Don’t second guess it. Just get them.” —saraederr

Get a five-pack from Food52 for $40 (available in two colors).

4.

A handheld milk frother to make *whipping* up coffee shop–quality drinks at home a breeze. Because if 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that sometimes life calls on us to be our own barista.


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The frother is powered by two AA batteries (not included) and works on all milk types — including nondairy varieties.

Promising review:I’m a barista at Starbucks so obviously I know how I like my coffee. For a while, I was using an immersion blender to froth my milk for my morning cup of coffee, but it just wasn’t doing what I wanted it to do. I finally bought this frother and I’m so so happy with it!! It doesn’t need to be plugged in so it takes up way less space. It is a lot quieter than the blender, and I can use any size cup I want because the frother is so small. Not only can I heat up my milk for a hot coffee, but I can also use it just the same with cold milk for my iced coffee!! Highly recommend this product!!” —Heather Michael
Get it from Amazon for $19.95 (available in 23 colors).


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The frother is powered by two AA batteries (not included) and works on all milk types — including nondairy varieties.

Promising review:I’m a barista at Starbucks so obviously I know how I like my coffee. For a while, I was using an immersion blender to froth my milk for my morning cup of coffee, but it just wasn’t doing what I wanted it to do. I finally bought this frother and I’m so so happy with it!! It doesn’t need to be plugged in so it takes up way less space. It is a lot quieter than the blender, and I can use any size cup I want because the frother is so small. Not only can I heat up my milk for a hot coffee, but I can also use it just the same with cold milk for my iced coffee!! Highly recommend this product!!” —Heather Michael
Get it from Amazon for $19.95 (available in 23 colors).

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Reusable produce bags that’ll help cut down your single-use plastic consumption at the grocery store or farmers market! Plus, these have a drawstring closure, which is way more convenient than standing in the middle of the aisle trying to knot the top of those flimsy plastic bags.


Loosewarp / Etsy

Loosewarp is a Jackson, New Jersey-based small business supplying all your reusable produce bag needs for a more eco-friendly lifestyle.

Each set comes with six bags: two small, two medium, and two large.

Promising review: “These are so great! Exactly what I hoped for. They feel like excellent quality! I have already had to wash one of them and it was easy to do. I only hand-washed a small portion but the gross wet lettuce/dirt stain came out great.” —Anna Higgins

Get a six-pack from Loosewarp on Etsy for $12.74.


Loosewarp / Etsy

Loosewarp is a Jackson, New Jersey-based small business supplying all your reusable produce bag needs for a more eco-friendly lifestyle.

Each set comes with six bags: two small, two medium, and two large.

Promising review: “These are so great! Exactly what I hoped for. They feel like excellent quality! I have already had to wash one of them and it was easy to do. I only hand-washed a small portion but the gross wet lettuce/dirt stain came out great.” —Anna Higgins

Get a six-pack from Loosewarp on Etsy for $12.74.

6.

A child-safe wooden knife for the young chef in your life who’s eager to help in the kitchen, but who you’re not so eager to hand a sharp blade. This will help them safely learn all about food prep!

Two child models cutting apple slices with the maple wood chopper with handle


JUstenbois / Etsy

JUstenbois is a Canadian small biz handmaking zero-waste tableware from maple wood.

Promising review: “A really beautiful object and very well-made. My 2-year-old loves chopping her own apples and fruit and helping me in the kitchen. I love this wooden knife. I’m so glad I bought it.” —Juliana Pivato

Get it from JUstenbois on Etsy for $16.40.

7.

A pre-seasoned cast-iron skillet that’s ready to use right out of the box, so you can get straight to cooking up your family’s favorite recipes.


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It’s pre-seasoned with 100% natural vegetable oil and has an assist handle for better control.

Promising review:Lodge is the best at cast iron, hands down. If you’ve used cast iron, you know all the advantages. If not, you’ll be in for a treat if you follow the instructions. I have one cast iron pan that is probably around 60 years, best guess. Love using it and plan to pass them one. This slightly smaller one will be put to a second use when camping. That way, we will always have at least one in the house for use.” —MindSpa

Get a 6.5-inch cast-iron pan from Amazon for $7.90 (available in 13 sizes and styles).


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It’s pre-seasoned with 100% natural vegetable oil and has an assist handle for better control.

Promising review:Lodge is the best at cast iron, hands down. If you’ve used cast iron, you know all the advantages. If not, you’ll be in for a treat if you follow the instructions. I have one cast iron pan that is probably around 60 years, best guess. Love using it and plan to pass them one. This slightly smaller one will be put to a second use when camping. That way, we will always have at least one in the house for use.” —MindSpa

Get a 6.5-inch cast-iron pan from Amazon for $7.90 (available in 13 sizes and styles).

8.

A jar of roasted garlic aioli for anyone who lives by the “never enough garlic” cooking motto. This mayonnaise-based spread can go on anything and everything from fish to french fries.

A jar of Stonewall Kitchen roasted garlic aioli surrounded by fresh garlic cloves, eggs, and oil on a countertop


Stonewall Kitchen

Get it from Stonewall Kitchen for $7.95.

9.

A playful Mickey Mouse waffle maker for anyone whose mornings could use a little Disney magic. Reviewers say the end result makes it feel like you’re sitting down to breakfast at a Disney park!


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This double-sided waffle maker features two nonstick baking plates that each make three waffles — for a total of six waffles at one time.

Promising review: “Bought this at the Disney Store a few months ago and it was worth the price! Makes great waffles, just like the ones at Disneyland. I have used box mixes and recipes from scratch. I recently tried a gluten-free mix and it worked perfectly. Looking forward to so many variations! It’s non-stick — I haven’t had to use spray oil. Wipe to clean.” —KoalaR

Get it from shopDisney for $74.95.


shopDisney

This double-sided waffle maker features two nonstick baking plates that each make three waffles — for a total of six waffles at one time.

Promising review: “Bought this at the Disney Store a few months ago and it was worth the price! Makes great waffles, just like the ones at Disneyland. I have used box mixes and recipes from scratch. I recently tried a gluten-free mix and it worked perfectly. Looking forward to so many variations! It’s non-stick — I haven’t had to use spray oil. Wipe to clean.” —KoalaR

Get it from shopDisney for $74.95.

10.

A Dash rapid egg cooker to make your morning egg prep 1,000x easier. Get boiled, poached, or scrambled eggs in just a couple of minutes, and weighing in at just ONE POUND, it’s perfect for small apartment kitchens, dorm rooms, or RV travel!

The egg cooker in black filled with six eggs


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In need of an egg cooker deep dive? Check out BuzzFeed editor Marquaysa Battle’s Dash Egg Cooker review.

This cooker includes the base, clear lid, measuring cup, poaching tray, omelet bowl, boiling tray, and a handy little recipe book!

Promising review: “Where has this gadget been all my life?! I love to cook but I always find boiling water for eggs to be annoying. It’s very easy to use and the eggs come out perfect! You just pick how you want to make your eggs, fill the cup with water to the appropriate line, pierce the egg, cover it, and turn on. All in all, it’s a great product and I’m happy with this purchase.” —Death2Barbie

Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in three colors).

11.

A The Golden Girls dishwasher magnet so your favorite ladies can let your housemates know the status of the dishes. No more stray dirty forks in a load of freshly cleaned dishes.

A hand holding a pink and tan magnet printed with a portrait of Blanche from Golden Girls with the word "Dirty" underneath, followed by the word "Clean" and a portrait of the character Rose oriented upsidedown


The Red Swan Gift Shop / Etsy

The Red Swan Gift Shop is a Florida-based small biz owned by Tate Kruta, creating pins, magnets, mugs, greeting cards (and so much more) with a hilarious pop culture spin.

Promising review: “This magnet is not only very helpful for remembering the state of my dishes, but it’s so cute and puts a smile on my face every time I see it! Great quality, too. Highly recommend! I may have to get more for friends because they’re all obsessed with it as well.” —Azizza

Get it from The Red Swan Gift Shop on Etsy for $7.95.

12.

A silicone grease container necessary for any bacon lover who’s interested in not clogging up their plumbing by pouring grease down the drain. Better than mason jar storage, it has a built-in strainer to catch all those bacon bits and can be frozen to preserve grease for future cooking jobs.


The Grommet

This reusable, silicone design is safe up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, resists stains and odors, and holds one cup of cooled grease.

Promising review: “After using just about anything that wouldn’t melt, this is the best bacon grease container ever. Easy to use, easy to clean…love the piggy!” —Michael

Get it from The Grommet for $15.


The Grommet

This reusable, silicone design is safe up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, resists stains and odors, and holds one cup of cooled grease.

Promising review: “After using just about anything that wouldn’t melt, this is the best bacon grease container ever. Easy to use, easy to clean…love the piggy!” —Michael

Get it from The Grommet for $15.

13.

A DIY hot sauce kit for the spice lover who’d enjoy creating their own custom concoction. This kit includes everything necessary to get started and allows for ample experimentation to find that perfect flavor/spice combination.

Five bottles of hot sauce with homemade labels and one open bottle partially filled with a funnel at the top surrounded by peppers and other various ingredients


Uncommon Goods

The kit includes various ground and whole spices, distilled white vinegar, six glass sauce bottles with lids, six labels, a funnel, gloves, and an instruction booklet with recipes.

Promising review: “Pandemic or not, this product is HOT. This product lets you create your own hot sauces, the good thing is that you can adjust the hotness and flavors. The content in the box felt fresh and was really tasty. The bottles are super cute and this is a great Christmas or birthday gift.” —Pandemic Panda

Get it from Uncommon Goods for $40.

14.

A 3-in-1 avocado tool so you can split, pit, and slice avocadoes with ease. Now the only hard part is eating the avocado in that small window between not ripe and rotten.


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This handy tool is top rack-safe for easy cleaning!

Promising review: “Are you an avocado lover? This product is for you. If you even looked through these reviews to decide if you truly needed an avocado slicer, the answer is clear — your avocado obsessions clearly requires this. I will admit, you can do everything this tool does without it. You may lose a minimal amount of avocado by using a knife instead to remove the seed and cut it open. This product is mainly for convenience’s sake. However, I will say, the convenience is uncanny. It’s simple to use, cuts everything just how you want it, and is worth the small investment for the future of my avocado enjoyment. If you inhale avocado, then the convenience is well worth the investment :)” —Friendly redwood

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.


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This handy tool is top rack-safe for easy cleaning!

Promising review: “Are you an avocado lover? This product is for you. If you even looked through these reviews to decide if you truly needed an avocado slicer, the answer is clear — your avocado obsessions clearly requires this. I will admit, you can do everything this tool does without it. You may lose a minimal amount of avocado by using a knife instead to remove the seed and cut it open. This product is mainly for convenience’s sake. However, I will say, the convenience is uncanny. It’s simple to use, cuts everything just how you want it, and is worth the small investment for the future of my avocado enjoyment. If you inhale avocado, then the convenience is well worth the investment :)” —Friendly redwood

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

15.

A do-everything Always Pan designed to replace eight pieces of cookware. Saute, steam, serve, and so much more with this nonstick beauty, which comes with a lockable lid, steamer basket, pouring spout, and a nesting spatula with a built-in rest.


Our Place

Our Place is a WOC-founded brand bringing inventive cookware and kitchen products. You can braise, sear, steam, strain, saute, fry, boil, and more with this pan. It does the same job as a fry pan, saute pan, steamer, skillet, saucier, saucepan, nonstick pan, spatula, and spoon rest. The spatula is designed with an integrated spoon rest. The pan is dishwasher-safe and only weighs 3 pounds thanks to the lightweight aluminum body.

Promising review: “This pan is EVERYTHING! I went from making pasta in the basket to steaming broccoli in it and then finishing my meal in there. Then I forgot about cleaning it because I’m lazy and the nonstick cleaned up so easily. The sponge they include is incredible, I do all my dishes with it now. Also it looks really cute sitting on my stove all day.” —Darby S.

Get it from Our Place for $145 (available in six colors).


Our Place

Our Place is a WOC-founded brand bringing inventive cookware and kitchen products. You can braise, sear, steam, strain, saute, fry, boil, and more with this pan. It does the same job as a fry pan, saute pan, steamer, skillet, saucier, saucepan, nonstick pan, spatula, and spoon rest. The spatula is designed with an integrated spoon rest. The pan is dishwasher-safe and only weighs 3 pounds thanks to the lightweight aluminum body.

Promising review: “This pan is EVERYTHING! I went from making pasta in the basket to steaming broccoli in it and then finishing my meal in there. Then I forgot about cleaning it because I’m lazy and the nonstick cleaned up so easily. The sponge they include is incredible, I do all my dishes with it now. Also it looks really cute sitting on my stove all day.” —Darby S.

Get it from Our Place for $145 (available in six colors).

16.

A compact knife sharpener that’s easy to store and will keep your blades in tiptop shape. I didn’t know vigorously sawing through potatoes wasn’t normal until I learned you actually should be sharpening your knives, like, ALL the time!


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This teeny-tiny knife sharpener features two slots with carbide blades on one side to provide quick edge setting capabilities, and ceramic rods on the other for the final edge honing. Plus, there is a nonslip base for added stability and control.

Promising review: “I am a former chef and have many knife sharpeners. I rotate about 10 knives at home and have found this to be a tremendous sharpener to put an edge back on a blade. Use along with a honing steel after sharpening. I have purchased a bunch of these for friends due to their effectiveness and ease of use.” —drockchef

Get it from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in four colors).


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This teeny-tiny knife sharpener features two slots with carbide blades on one side to provide quick edge setting capabilities, and ceramic rods on the other for the final edge honing. Plus, there is a nonslip base for added stability and control.

Promising review: “I am a former chef and have many knife sharpeners. I rotate about 10 knives at home and have found this to be a tremendous sharpener to put an edge back on a blade. Use along with a honing steel after sharpening. I have purchased a bunch of these for friends due to their effectiveness and ease of use.” —drockchef

Get it from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in four colors).

17.

A bunch of Rubbermaid food storage containers with leak-proof lids that are microwave-, dishwasher-, and freezer-safe and won’t stain after a week of storing your saucy leftovers!


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This BPA-free plastic 24-piece set includes four 0.5-cup mini containers, four 1.3-cup small containers, two 3.2-cup medium containers, and two 4.7-cup deep containers, plus 12 corresponding lids.

Promising review: “I bought these on a whim when they were on sale. I am so glad I got them! They are a sturdy, hard plastic and dishwasher-safe. I love the clamp-on lids with the rubber seal. No escaped smells, stained plastic, or leaks. My set has several different sizes so I always have a container that fits my leftover food. They stack well in my cupboards too! I threw out all my warped and stained Glad plasticware and am replacing them with these. I want to buy another set, but I will wait until they go on sale again. Recommended.” —Bookworm from WV

Get a 24-piece set from Amazon for $39.99.


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This BPA-free plastic 24-piece set includes four 0.5-cup mini containers, four 1.3-cup small containers, two 3.2-cup medium containers, and two 4.7-cup deep containers, plus 12 corresponding lids.

Promising review: “I bought these on a whim when they were on sale. I am so glad I got them! They are a sturdy, hard plastic and dishwasher-safe. I love the clamp-on lids with the rubber seal. No escaped smells, stained plastic, or leaks. My set has several different sizes so I always have a container that fits my leftover food. They stack well in my cupboards too! I threw out all my warped and stained Glad plasticware and am replacing them with these. I want to buy another set, but I will wait until they go on sale again. Recommended.” —Bookworm from WV

Get a 24-piece set from Amazon for $39.99.

18.

A space-saving drawer organizer so you can actually find the cutlery you need when you need it instead of rummaging through a pile of potentially painful pointy things.


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Suitable for drawers with a minimum height of 3.25 inches, this organizer fits up to 24 pieces of cutlery.

Promising review: “I thought this would be handy and help with space management in a small apartment. It turned out to be absolutely perfect. It keeps the silverware clean, and stores a lot in a very small space. I love it. I got two because I inherited my grandmother’s silverware, so there are two types of forks and two types of spoons, and I wanted things separate and organized. Two organizers fit side by side in a standard apartment drawer. After getting these, I picked up the knife organizer, and it’s just as handy and useful.” —Jerimi

Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in three colors and two sizes).


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Suitable for drawers with a minimum height of 3.25 inches, this organizer fits up to 24 pieces of cutlery.

Promising review: “I thought this would be handy and help with space management in a small apartment. It turned out to be absolutely perfect. It keeps the silverware clean, and stores a lot in a very small space. I love it. I got two because I inherited my grandmother’s silverware, so there are two types of forks and two types of spoons, and I wanted things separate and organized. Two organizers fit side by side in a standard apartment drawer. After getting these, I picked up the knife organizer, and it’s just as handy and useful.” —Jerimi

Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in three colors and two sizes).

19.

An eco-friendly washable sponge to replace the probably-kinda-smelly disposable sponge you’re currently using. These work just as well, and can be tossed in the washing machine or dishwasher and reused again and again!


Marley’s Monsters / Etsy

Based in Oregon, Marley’s Monsters creates colorful zero-waste swaps for everyday paper essentials.

Promising review: “This is my second time purchasing these sponges. Love them! I’m going on a whole year with my first two sponges and just wanted to buy a few more as gifts and to add another sponge into my rotation. Great quality.” —lilflostein

Get it from Marley’s Monsters on Etsy for $10+ (available in three backing colors).


Marley’s Monsters / Etsy

Based in Oregon, Marley’s Monsters creates colorful zero-waste swaps for everyday paper essentials.

Promising review: “This is my second time purchasing these sponges. Love them! I’m going on a whole year with my first two sponges and just wanted to buy a few more as gifts and to add another sponge into my rotation. Great quality.” —lilflostein

Get it from Marley’s Monsters on Etsy for $10+ (available in three backing colors).

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A nonstick microwave pasta cooker for the need-it-now noodle lover. This easy-to-use container cooks and drains so you get perfect al dente pasta every time without dirtying multiple dishes!


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Promising review: “One of those ‘why didn’t I think of this?’ kind of things. It makes cooking pasta so easy and foolproof! No trying to bend/break pasta to get it to fit into a round pan. The instructions tell you exactly how long to microwave it for the different size proportions.” —EQUUS

Get it from Amazon for $16.99.


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Promising review: “One of those ‘why didn’t I think of this?’ kind of things. It makes cooking pasta so easy and foolproof! No trying to bend/break pasta to get it to fit into a round pan. The instructions tell you exactly how long to microwave it for the different size proportions.” —EQUUS

Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

21.

An Instant Pot Ultra that does the work of seven kitchen appliances in one compact cooker, saving you invaluable kitchen space while making it easy to whip up delectable meals fast.

Instant Pot sitting on a countertop among an array of different prepared food dishes


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This handy kitchen gadget is a rice cooker, pressure cooker, slow cooker, steamer, sauté, yogurt maker, and warmer all in one. Read our full Instant Pot review!

Promising review:When my range blew up, I had to find a way to feed my family. Instant pot to the rescue! This has all the bells and whistles, and is worth every dollar. I have used this from day one, at least twice a day, to cook meals. I have proofed bread in it and baked cheesecake in it. It does a great job. I like the upgraded safety lock, it is very easy to clean, and I highly recommend it.” —CKE

Get it from Amazon for $119.95 (available in three sizes and in two styles).

22.

A money-saving Bluapple freshness ball that’ll extend the life of fruits and vegetables by just existing in-proximity to your produce.


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Just refill the Bluapple with a new packet every three months. Refills Kits available.

Promising review:These do seem to work, extending the life of my fruits and vegetable up to a week longer. Change the packet inside on schedule. I shake them occasionally and make sure that no produce is covering the top holes. I bought more for family/friends when I told them about it. No food is more expensive than that which you throw away (thanks, Mom).” —ttmadison

Get it from Amazon for $11.99.


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Just refill the Bluapple with a new packet every three months. Refills Kits available.

Promising review:These do seem to work, extending the life of my fruits and vegetable up to a week longer. Change the packet inside on schedule. I shake them occasionally and make sure that no produce is covering the top holes. I bought more for family/friends when I told them about it. No food is more expensive than that which you throw away (thanks, Mom).” —ttmadison

Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

23.

A sugar-saving bear to turn your hard-as-rock clump of brown sugar into a soft pile of ready-to-use sweetness (and keep it that way).


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Just soak it in water for 20 minutes and place it in your sugar to soften and maintain moisture for approximately three to six months.

Promising review: “I was nervous to try them in case they were a waste of money. Yesterday, I followed the directions, i.e. soaked them in water for 20 minutes, then plopped one each in containers of hard-as-concrete dark brown sugar and one of light brown sugar. I didn’t dry them, just dropped them in on top. So today, I took the containers down and looked, and each container of formerly concrete-hard sugar was easy to measure out, no lumps, it’s a miracle!” —NGS

Get it from Amazon for $5.03+ (available in three styles).


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Just soak it in water for 20 minutes and place it in your sugar to soften and maintain moisture for approximately three to six months.

Promising review: “I was nervous to try them in case they were a waste of money. Yesterday, I followed the directions, i.e. soaked them in water for 20 minutes, then plopped one each in containers of hard-as-concrete dark brown sugar and one of light brown sugar. I didn’t dry them, just dropped them in on top. So today, I took the containers down and looked, and each container of formerly concrete-hard sugar was easy to measure out, no lumps, it’s a miracle!” —NGS

Get it from Amazon for $5.03+ (available in three styles).

24.

A gorgeous monogrammed mug that makes the perfect personalized gift for a friend — or yourself!

Four mugs with metallic handles and single-letter monogrammes printed with a multicolor floral print


Anthropologie

To note, these mugs are hand-wash only and not microwave-safe!

Promising review: “I adore this mug! The quality in the gilding and the printed flowers makes this mug stand out above all the rest! Definitely my new favorite mug!” —Anthropologie Customer

Get it from Anthropologie for $9.80+ (originally $14; available in 26 styles).

25.

A set of reusable nonstick oven liners to catch spills from all those drippy pies, pizzas, and casseroles! To clean, just rinse by hand or wash on the top rack of the dishwasher.


Amazon

100% BPA and PFOA-free, these liners are sized for a standard oven but are easy to cut to size for non-standard oven models.

Promising review: “These liners were recommended by a friend and I was happy to find them on Amazon. The material is heavy-duty and thick. They are easy to wipe and dishwasher-safe as well. The design is great to catch any overspills or pieces of food that may drop on the oven bottom. They lay nicely on the bottom of my standard size oven. These are something definitely needed to make cooking and baking easier. The price for a three-pack is well worth what is received. Nice, clear instructions were enclosed. Great company. Definitely recommend!” —meshelle

Get a three-pack from Amazon for $13.99.


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100% BPA and PFOA-free, these liners are sized for a standard oven but are easy to cut to size for non-standard oven models.

Promising review: “These liners were recommended by a friend and I was happy to find them on Amazon. The material is heavy-duty and thick. They are easy to wipe and dishwasher-safe as well. The design is great to catch any overspills or pieces of food that may drop on the oven bottom. They lay nicely on the bottom of my standard size oven. These are something definitely needed to make cooking and baking easier. The price for a three-pack is well worth what is received. Nice, clear instructions were enclosed. Great company. Definitely recommend!” —meshelle

Get a three-pack from Amazon for $13.99.

26.

A handy corn butterer that makes slicing and applying butter waaaayyy easier thanks to its curved shape.


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Promising review: “I purchased the corn butter knife early in the summer — just in time for corn season. Since it comes in a set of two, I gave one to my daughter and son-in-law; their comment was, “Why hasn’t anyone ever thought of this before?!” It’s a MUCH better solution than rolling the cob in a slab of butter!” —Anne

Get a two-pack from The Grommet for $13.95.


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Promising review: “I purchased the corn butter knife early in the summer — just in time for corn season. Since it comes in a set of two, I gave one to my daughter and son-in-law; their comment was, “Why hasn’t anyone ever thought of this before?!” It’s a MUCH better solution than rolling the cob in a slab of butter!” —Anne

Get a two-pack from The Grommet for $13.95.

27.

A sweet-and-spicy bottle of Mike’s Hot Honey for a quick and easy way to crank up the flavor on your favorite foods.


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This certified-Kosher honey is made with 100% pure honey, real chili peppers, and vinegar.

Promising review: “I started using it on tortilla chips with salsa, etc. Now I use it to add flavor to soups, eggs, and stir-fries. It has just enough sweetness and bite to make anything more interesting. It’s simple to add complexity to most anything I cook. I truly enjoy this product!” —Carol

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.


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This certified-Kosher honey is made with 100% pure honey, real chili peppers, and vinegar.

Promising review: “I started using it on tortilla chips with salsa, etc. Now I use it to add flavor to soups, eggs, and stir-fries. It has just enough sweetness and bite to make anything more interesting. It’s simple to add complexity to most anything I cook. I truly enjoy this product!” —Carol

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

28.

A Takeya cold brew maker with an airtight seal that’ll keep your coffee tasting so fresh, I won’t even judge you cranking up the heat while you down that cold coffee like water in the dead of winter.

A clear pitcher with a black lid and handle filled with cold brew coffee sitting next to a glass filled with ice and cold brew coffee


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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 Tayeka cold brew maker review!

Promising review: “I have some stomach issues and hot brewed coffee can make me feel queasy, or make my stomach hurt. The reduced acidity of using the cold brew makes a marked difference for me. The flavor is smoother and more flavorful.” —Kimberly

Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in two sizes and in three colors).

29.

A bamboo cutting board with seven color-coded mats that prevent cross contamination and make food prep organization a breeze. Plus, all these cutting mats store inside the wooden base, saving you tons of space.

A bamboo cutting board with a green mat inserted on the top with a knife and vegetables on it next to six different colored mats each with a different food icon in the bottom right corner


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The flexible cutting mats are BPA-free and designed to fit snugly into the top surface of the cutting board. Use them with or without the bamboo cutting board, and store them inside when not in use.

Promising review: “I was shopping for a set of small, identical cutting boards for prep work. Instead, I ordered this. The board itself is beautifully crafted bamboo, with an inset for the removable cutting mats. The rest store neatly under the board, ready to be pulled out and placed in the inset. This keeps the mat in place during use. A small thumb dent in the board makes for easy removal. I season meat or chicken, and simply leave them on a mat. Pull out the next and chop onions, dump those and pull out another for buttering buns. Or whatever. The most useful cutting board I’ve ever seen!” —Gary P. Olson

Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

30.

Reusable Stasher food storage bags to make ditching those single-use plastic bags so much easier! These airtight baggies come in a range of sizes and are safe to use in the microwave and freezer. Then just toss ’em in the dishwasher for easy cleaning!


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Promising review:We’ve been using all sizes of Stasher bags for nearly a year — mostly food-related — and have not had any issues with a single one. We use them to keep crackers, chips, and bread from getting stale after opened; to keep leftovers in the fridge or freezer; pack sandwiches, meds, dog food, or treats; and so many more things. We sous vide in them, heat up food in the microwave in them, put them in the dishwasher, and marinate in them. They don’t leak, they don’t smell, are easy to close and open, and don’t take up much room compared to traditional Tupperware or other food storage. If you put squishy stuff or liquid in there, soaking with baking soda and vinegar for 30 minutes can make sure the crevices don’t mold as some reviewers mention. They do cost more than regular plastic baggies and require more work because, obviously, you don’t just use them once — make the switch and stop with the single-use plastics.” —Maison Leach

Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in six sizes and in 12 colors).


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Promising review:We’ve been using all sizes of Stasher bags for nearly a year — mostly food-related — and have not had any issues with a single one. We use them to keep crackers, chips, and bread from getting stale after opened; to keep leftovers in the fridge or freezer; pack sandwiches, meds, dog food, or treats; and so many more things. We sous vide in them, heat up food in the microwave in them, put them in the dishwasher, and marinate in them. They don’t leak, they don’t smell, are easy to close and open, and don’t take up much room compared to traditional Tupperware or other food storage. If you put squishy stuff or liquid in there, soaking with baking soda and vinegar for 30 minutes can make sure the crevices don’t mold as some reviewers mention. They do cost more than regular plastic baggies and require more work because, obviously, you don’t just use them once — make the switch and stop with the single-use plastics.” —Maison Leach

Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in six sizes and in 12 colors).

31.

A pair of light saber chopsticks for an out of this world mealtime experience any Star Wars fan will love! Beware, only true masters of the Force will be able to yield these glowing tools of (food) destruction.


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This set includes two lightsaber chopsticks, and batteries are included!

Promising review: “These are the coolest chopsticks I have ever seen. The instructions for use and cleaning were clear and concise and the light that they give off is amazing!” —Jennifer P. Lane

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $16.47.


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This set includes two lightsaber chopsticks, and batteries are included!

Promising review: “These are the coolest chopsticks I have ever seen. The instructions for use and cleaning were clear and concise and the light that they give off is amazing!” —Jennifer P. Lane

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $16.47.

32.

A wine aerator spout designed to optimally oxygenate wine as you pour. It enhances the flavor or even the cheapest bottles, perfect for winos with expensive taste on a budget.

A reviewer photo of a hand pouring a bottle of wine with an aerator stuck in the top into a wine glass that says "Pardon my french" with an image of a French Bulldog head


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This compact design fits 95–98% of all wine bottles. On occasion, newer screw-cap type bottles will have a loose fit.

Promising review: “This is so worth the money!! Did many taste tests before and after using it and it definitely does something magical to the wine. It makes it taste so much better! This is a great product. Turns a cheap wine into something delicious!” —Anna Van

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $14.95.

33.

A too-cute Dracula garlic crusher that minces several cloves with a simple twist of his head. Keep your hands odor free and the vampires at bay. Well, all of them except this one!

One garlic crusher that's shaped like a tiny vampire and another of the same crusher with the lid, which is shaped like a vamprie head, removed to reveal crushed garlic inside


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This little blood-sucker is 100% food-safe, BPA-free, and dishwasher safe!

Promising review: “I was getting very tired of the garlic presses that turn garlic into a mush and require incredible force to mash the clove into unrecognizable oblivion. This is far easier and turns the garlic into pieces rather than mush.” —C. Pearlman

Get it from Amazon for $18.90.

34.

A you-hate-to-love-it dad joke mug for anyone who has need of an emergency arsenal of groan-worthy jokes with their morning joe.

a mug that says "emergency dad jokes" with word bubbles filled with jokes all over it


We Are Paper Plane / Etsy

Based in the UK, We Are Paper Plane is a small biz owned by Laure and Jack who, after years working in magazine publishing, decided to pivot and create the kind of goods they wanted! The result is a store full of relatable, giftable, all-around hilarious cards, prints, clothes, and more!

Promising review: “I got the cup for my dad who LOVES dad jokes. He had the biggest smile. That is now his favorite cup. Thank you so much ❤️ —Emma Trittipo

Get it from We Are Paper Plane on Etsy for $13.90+ (with option to add a matching coaster).

35.

A handy-dandy digital meat thermometer with a backlit display to instantly tell whether your meat is cooked through. No need to poke and prod your chicken breast wondering if it’s going to give you food poisoning with this around!


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It’ll auto shut off if the readout stays on for 10 minutes, and it’s powered by AAA batteries (which are included). The screen is also backlit so you can see clearly even when cooking or grilling in low light scenarios.

Promising review:I was growing tired of waiting for my old analog food thermometer to register a food’s temperature so after seeing a friend using his digital thermometer while grilling chicken, I decided it was time to upgrade. This one looked like it would fit the bill so ordered it and I’m happy I did! Insert the battery, push the button to release the probe, lock it into place, turn it on and you are ready to go — plus, I like that it’s red! Unbeknownst to me, my husband was also impressed seeing our friend’s digital thermometer in action so he ordered one from another brand as a gift. That one arrived a few days after the one I had selected so we compared them and the ThermoPro is far superior in quality; the other one was returned.” —FLPats54

Get it from Amazon for $13.99.


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It’ll auto shut off if the readout stays on for 10 minutes, and it’s powered by AAA batteries (which are included). The screen is also backlit so you can see clearly even when cooking or grilling in low light scenarios.

Promising review:I was growing tired of waiting for my old analog food thermometer to register a food’s temperature so after seeing a friend using his digital thermometer while grilling chicken, I decided it was time to upgrade. This one looked like it would fit the bill so ordered it and I’m happy I did! Insert the battery, push the button to release the probe, lock it into place, turn it on and you are ready to go — plus, I like that it’s red! Unbeknownst to me, my husband was also impressed seeing our friend’s digital thermometer in action so he ordered one from another brand as a gift. That one arrived a few days after the one I had selected so we compared them and the ThermoPro is far superior in quality; the other one was returned.” —FLPats54

Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

36.

Some Maldon sea salt flakes that are basically the gold-standard for salt. One of life’s simple pleasures, this gourmet spice cabinet staple can enhance *literally* any dish.


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Promising review: “This stuff is cool as heck. They’re like diamonds of beautiful-tasting salt. As a salt connoisseur, I would say it’s definitely a must-buy item. I put it on popcorn, steak, bread dough…it really doesn’t matter. Enjoy!” —marlina

Get it from Amazon for $8.44.


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Promising review: “This stuff is cool as heck. They’re like diamonds of beautiful-tasting salt. As a salt connoisseur, I would say it’s definitely a must-buy item. I put it on popcorn, steak, bread dough…it really doesn’t matter. Enjoy!” —marlina

Get it from Amazon for $8.44.

37.

A pack of nonstick, reusable toaster bags for the grilled cheese lover who’s too lazy to actually ever make one (you have to get out the pan, and it’s a whole thing). With these, you can make toasted sandwiches of all kinds right in the toaster without clogging it up with crumbs and melted cheese.


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Not just for sandwiches, these bags can be used in the toaster, microwave, oven, or on a grill to heat up pizza, burgers, pastries, and so much more! When you’re done, just wash them in warm soapy water or in the dishwasher. They’re designed to last through 50 to 100 uses.

Promising review: “At home, we use two different toasters since our son has a gluten sensitivity. Since we didn’t feel like traveling with the GF toaster for the holidays, we got these toaster bags. Not only did they toast a bagel nicely, but they also brought some really odd looks from people at the hotel breakfast bar which is one of my fortés in life. They wash up nice and we’ve gotten a few uses out of the first bag so far.” —Gene

Get a set of four from Amazon for $7.99.


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Not just for sandwiches, these bags can be used in the toaster, microwave, oven, or on a grill to heat up pizza, burgers, pastries, and so much more! When you’re done, just wash them in warm soapy water or in the dishwasher. They’re designed to last through 50 to 100 uses.

Promising review: “At home, we use two different toasters since our son has a gluten sensitivity. Since we didn’t feel like traveling with the GF toaster for the holidays, we got these toaster bags. Not only did they toast a bagel nicely, but they also brought some really odd looks from people at the hotel breakfast bar which is one of my fortés in life. They wash up nice and we’ve gotten a few uses out of the first bag so far.” —Gene

Get a set of four from Amazon for $7.99.

38.

A spoon/colander combo that dramatically simplifies the draining and scooping process. Sometimes fishing out the strainer and lifting that heavy, hot pot is just too much — so someone came up with a better way! Thank goodness.

A spoon with drainage holes scooping vegetables out of a pot full of water and vegetables


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It’s heat resistant up to 392 degrees Fahrenheit and is 100% dishwasher safe!

Promising review:I originally bought this tool for my aunt who has arthritis and has trouble lifting a full pot to drain it in a traditional colander but I quickly realized how beneficial this is for really anyone. Sometimes you don’t want to do all that lugging, other times you only want to take a portion out at a time out to drop something directly onto a plate or into a sauce. It’s very handy, I like it a lot.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in three colors).

39.

A decadent pumpkin pie sauce for getting that beloved PSL flavor anytime, anywhere.


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Promising review:This sauce is the best duplicate I could find for the pumpkin-flavored drinks they sell at Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks. Instead of being pumpkin spice, like most syrups and sauces I’ve found, this one is pumpkin pie, which means it’s just a tad on the sweet side compared to the spicy side of the former. To me, this makes it a lot more reminiscent of the drinks I buy at my favorite coffee shops. I use one or two teaspoons in my regular coffee with a small amount of sweetener and cream, and I can’t tell it apart from the one they sell at Dunkin. If that’s what you’re looking for, this is the one!” —Marcia Marine

Get it from Amazon for $9.27.


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Promising review:This sauce is the best duplicate I could find for the pumpkin-flavored drinks they sell at Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks. Instead of being pumpkin spice, like most syrups and sauces I’ve found, this one is pumpkin pie, which means it’s just a tad on the sweet side compared to the spicy side of the former. To me, this makes it a lot more reminiscent of the drinks I buy at my favorite coffee shops. I use one or two teaspoons in my regular coffee with a small amount of sweetener and cream, and I can’t tell it apart from the one they sell at Dunkin. If that’s what you’re looking for, this is the one!” —Marcia Marine

Get it from Amazon for $9.27.

40.

A pair of meat shredder claws that look like a fun Wolverine toy, but are actually incredibly effective at shredding meat quickly and easily. One session with these and you’ll scoff at the thought of poking at a pork shoulder with two forks again.


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Promising review: “I used these to shred chicken for Thanksgiving and was so excited when I realized how effective these were. They were easy to hold and I didn’t have to wait until the chicken was cooled. It made quick work of a usually tedious chore.” —Bonnie Maxfield

Get it from Amazon for $11+ (available in four colors).


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Promising review: “I used these to shred chicken for Thanksgiving and was so excited when I realized how effective these were. They were easy to hold and I didn’t have to wait until the chicken was cooled. It made quick work of a usually tedious chore.” —Bonnie Maxfield

Get it from Amazon for $11+ (available in four colors).

What Gordon Ramsay would say about your new and improved kitchen:


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