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«If you could just cook yourself, that’d be great, thanks.» — Me, to my pound of frozen chicken.
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A pot with a grill plate that’s extremely versatile (one reviewer even made a pizza in it!) and heats up quicker than your stove. You can cook and serve directly from it, saving you time and the hassle of washing several different pans. Amazon
It can grill, stew, steam, and simmer. You can also stir-fry in it. I have this hot pot and it’s probably the most-used kitchen appliance I own. It’s perfect for shabu shabu, BBQ, and stews. It’s been three years since I first got it and it still functions like new!
Promising review: «Admittedly, at first it seemed strange that this hot pot could boil and grill better than its $100+ counterparts. But I am now fully convinced of the validity of Amazon’s customer review system. Boil: For hot pot, we add room temperature chicken broth and some spices. It takes about 6 minutes to get it to a rolling boil on the MAX setting. Much faster than my stove top. Grill: It takes about a minute to get to the searing temperature on MAX setting. I drop some cuts of Char Siu on it and get PERFECT grill marks in 30 seconds. Also, you can grill fish on this thing and it tastes amazing! Each piece of fish will have the crusty outer layer (yum) and a very moist interior. Steam: Just put food in and add some water. We steam spinach and broccoli in a few minutes. We recently started using this machine the same way that we would use our oven for baked ginger, onion, sugar, and soy chicken. The ingredients make a pretty amazing sauce and this machine will cook the drumstick chicken in 15 minutes. The exterior will have a nice glaze and the interior is super moist — almost wet — but cooked thoroughly.» —Minoh Kim
Get it from Amazon for $42.99.
A microwave steam case for preparing a whole meal in under 15 minutes. Microwave dinners have never looked better. Amazon, amazon.com Promising review: «I put chicken, cut-up potatoes, and a little water plus spices. Three to four minutes in the microwave found everything cooked to perfection! I then added spicy peanut sauce to the chicken, a little butter and parsley to the taters, plus corn on the cob and tomatoes with vinegar and sugar, and we had a great meal in under 15 minutes! Haven’t tried beef yet but it’s on my list.» —Moviegal246
Get it from Amazon for $25.98+ (available in three colors).
A breakfast sandwich maker so you can whip up your very own version of an Egg McMuffin at home in five minutes — definitely faster than waiting for drive-thru at McDonald’s. Hamilton Beach
The cooking surfaces are non-stick and the removable parts are dishwasher-safe.
Promising review: «I’ve been using this for about two months now and it has paid for itself many times over. I use it the most for muffin breakfast sandwiches but also use it to make crispy garlic bread. It’s super easy to use and clean! Once you get a hang of the removable piece and how to use it, it’s so quick to remove, wash, and return. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!» —S Loftin
Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in three colors and a double-size).
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 so you’ll know exactly when the turkey/steak/pork chop is done. Amazon 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 $13.99.
A 7-in-1 Instant Pot that’ll basically cook dinner for you. Just dump in some ingredients, hit a button, and let it work its magic. Amazon, amazon.com
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!
Promising review: «This is quite possibly the coolest, most versatile kitchen gadget I’ve ever owned. I love it so much that I’ve purchased two more for friends and relatives. What can it do? I think the real question is ‘What can’t it do?’ I truly believe you could replace every cooking appliance (including your oven and stove top) and do EVERYTHING in the Instant Pot. I purchased two sizes for my own use: the three-quart (which is my almost-every-day workhorse for two person dishes) and the eight-quart (which I bring out to handle my dinner party dishes). Everything I’ve tried has been fabulous. In the realm of kitchen appliances, there is no better investment than the Instant Pot. Highly recommended!!!» —Stereoman
Get it from Amazon for $59.99+ (available in three sizes).
A two-stage electric knife-sharpener to rejuvenate even the dullest of blades so you can stop saying «My knives don’t work — guess I’ll order takeout!» And when you’re done sharpening, it’ll fit nicely in the drawers. Amazon
Read our full review of the KitchenIQ knife sharpener!
Promising review: «Wow, this little gadget is pretty amazing! I have some old (expensive) non-serrated knives that are supposed to never need sharpening but unfortunately, lost their sharp edge long ago. I saw this gadget and decided to try it. I set the bottom of this gadget on the edge of the counter and ran one of the knives through the side labeled ‘Coarse’ about 10 times, then ran it through the side labeled ‘Fine’ another 8-10 times. Bingo! The knife was transformed back to its former high-dollar cutlery glory. I could hardly believe how effectively it had sharpened the knife, which I had been ready to throw away a week before. I’ve been happily sharpening all our knives and trying to add up in my head how much money I’ve saved by NOT having to buy another set of expensive knives. I don’t know where else you can spend $6 and get this return for the money. Great score!» —Schelly L. Wagoner
Get it from Amazon for $5.95+ (available in three colors).
A digital food scale (with a removable bowl for catching messy ingredients like blueberries and chocolate chips) so you can get extremely precise with your recipes instead of ~guess-timating~. Amazon
It works for both dry and liquid ingredients.
Promising review: «This product is worth so much more than it cost. My last scale did not have a bowl that fits so nicely in it, so when I used to measure things, I had to be sure the bowl was centered to get the accurate weight. This measures fluid ounces in addition to pounds, and it also has its own bowl and stores so nicely in my utensil drawer. I no longer need multiple scales in my kitchen. This just made my cooking and baking a breeze.» —JGL
Get it from Amazon for $16.99.
A color-coded cutting board that can prevent cross-contamination and help you save on prep space in a small kitchen. Plus, you only have to wash the plastic mats and not the bamboo board. Amazon
This set includes one bamboo cutting board and seven flexible, BPA-free mats. The mats can be inserted inside the bamboo board for storage. I actually own this cutting board and can confirm it’s extremely convenient to use and the bamboo is quite sturdy!
Promising review: «One of our biggest issues in the kitchen is always the prep space! I loved the idea of this cutting board simply because of the different mats that come with it. Since there are many mats that are labeled for different purposes, cross-contamination is never an issue. Additionally, cleanup is really easy as we no longer have to clean a wooden board and then maintain the board after washing damage. Great purchase!» —K. Vance
Get it from Amazon for $26.92.
A manual food chopper for handling the annoying tasks of breaking up ground meats, mashing potatoes, and cutting up hard-boiled eggs. Anything to save a little effort, amirite? Amazon
This food chopper is made of food-safe nylon and has no sharp edges. It’s safe to use with nonstick cookware.
Promising review: «This is truly a game-changer and time-saver when cooking ground beef/turkey. It was so easy to break up the meat. Even better, the meat didn’t fly out of the skillet or splash hot grease onto my hand. This utensil is sturdy; no bending or melting. This really is an invaluable tool.» —jellybean55
Get it from Amazon for $6.90+ (available in three colors).
An adjustable measuring cup so you only have to wash and handle one tool instead of several. The rotating plunger can easily push out sticky ingredients like peanut butter or honey. Amazon
It has a 2-cup capacity and is dishwasher-safe and BPA-free. The silicone disk inside acts as a squeegee and scrapes off any leftover residue. It also comes apart completely for thorough cleaning.
Promising review: «This is the greatest kitchen tool ever! I cook and bake often and was forever having to first dig for, then clean endless numbers of measuring cups; I actually had three sets. No more though. I just need this one extremely well made, adjustable measuring cup. It works perfectly for me for all kinds of things, such as flour, butter, syrups, dressings, oils, etc. If I am baking, I will first use it to measure the dry items. I then just wipe it out with a paper towel and measure out the butter, etc. This way involves less washing. The suction is as effective as day one, and the units of measure on it are clear and not at all faded.» —Gabriella W.
Get it from Amazon for $11.99.
An automatic pan stirrer for those annoying recipes that call for continuous stirring. Now you can take a break and let this lil’ gadget do all the work for you. UncommonGoods
It has a built-in timer and runs on four AA batteries.
Promising review: «Honestly I laughed at myself for buying this. I stopped laughing the first time I used it! What a help! It freed me up to do other things while it stirred the sauce that needed constant attention. Bought another one! Not laughing now!» —Luvdvm
Get it from UncommonGoods for $25.
An immersion blender to whip up smoothies, soups, sauces, and batters. It’s a lot easier to handle and store than a full-size blender, and you can stick directly into a pot. Amazon
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.
Promising review: «Now that I have a hand blender, I can’t believe I ever cooked without one.
My fancy blender broke on me last year and I kept on putting off buying a new one because I’m cheap. Then a friend suggested a buy a hand blender, and at first I was unsure. I was afraid that it wouldn’t blend as well. But thankfully, I bought this product from Epica. It’s awesome.
I like to make soups and back in the day, I used to blend my soups in the blender. It was messy, time-consuming, and created a lot of dishes. Now, with this puppy, I just blend the soup in the pot. So friggin’ easy.
I’ve also used the tall cup to make smoothies and the small food processor to make pesto. I haven’t used the whisk attachment yet, but I’m excited to. So far I haven’t encountered anything that this in unable to handle. It’s worked great with everything. I’m really happy I bought it.» —Sarah Smith
Get it from Amazon for $36.50.
A handheld spiralizer for an easy way to turn every vegetable in your fridge into noodles. Simply add seasoning and stir-fry, easy peasy. Amazon
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! Read our full review of the Vegetti!
Promising review: «What a fantastic kitchen widget! I actually have a large spiralizer and never use it because it is a pain to get out and clean. I saw this and bought it and couldn’t be happier. Easy to use and easy to clean if you rinse and clean right away. Small and compact makes this easy to store without taking up tons of space! The option for two different size of noodles is a nice feature!» —Jamie E.
Get it from Amazon for $9.99.
A compact air fryer that’ll work faster than your oven and deliver crispier results (without any oil). It’s not just for fries and frozen foods — you can even cook empanadas and fried dumplings. Amazon
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.
Promising review: «If you like the taste of fried foods, but do not care for the health risks of frying foods in the traditional way, air frying is the way to go. This air fryer from Dash is awesome. My wife and I have always wanted to try an air fryer, and since we got this one, we have not looked back. We make oven fries very often, but they are not crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. However, with an air fryer and 20 minutes to spare, you can have restaurant-grade fries that have the crispy outside/juicy inside. Easy to clean-up and store the fryer. Five stars all the way!» —David M.
Get it from Amazon for $49.99 (available in five colors).
An egg cooker for making six hard-boiled, soft-boiled, or poached eggs in under 10 minutes. It can even cook an omelet. Heck, you might just be a breakfast person after all. Amazon
🎶 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 $19.99 (available in five colors).
A silicone freezing tray to make meal prep a breeze. You can cook in large batches and freeze everything into perfect individual portions to enjoy over the week. No need to start dinner from scratch at 8 p.m. on a Tuesday night. amazon.com
It comes with a lid to help maintain freshness and keep out odors. It’s made of food-safe silicone that’s BPA-free and dishwasher-safe.
Promising review: «This is the best invention since sliced bread! How many times have you thrown out soup that you forgot about in your fridge??? Well, say goodbye to spoiled soup! Finally, a way to store measured quantities of broth, but I love to use mine for soup and…wait for it…SMOOTHIES! These cubes are the best for freezing measured quantities of smoothies, simply throw one in the Vitamix, and boom! You have a fresh, already icy cold smoothie for breakfast or a snack! For anyone with limited freezer space which, let’s face it, is most of us, this is a real gem. I was a bit worried about how easily the cubes would slide out, but no problems at all! The best part is how easy the cubes store in a gallon sized ziplock bag so you can reuse the cubes. AND they are dishwasher safe??? Souper Cubes, why did you take so long to come into my life!??! I can’t wait until the holiday season so I can gift these as stocking stuffers — to anyone I know, you now know your gift.» —jane s. catalano
Get it from Amazon for $19.95.
An indoor grill and electric griddle so you can grill burger patties, press paninis, fry bacon, and cook pancakes (aka 90% of my dietary needs) all in the comfort of your own home. Amazon
This grill opens up 180 degrees so you can double the cooking space. It allows for cooking at low or high heat settings up to 400 degrees. The nonstick plates and drip tray are removable for easy, dishwasher-safe cleaning.
Promising review: «Had indoor grills previously, but this one is awesome. So far cooked pork chops, steaks, hamburgers, even grilled shrimp. This thing is ultra-easy to use and the fact that you can throw everything into a dishwasher, in my opinion, has already paid for itself. For years I’ve tried to replicate hamburgers that my dad and I used to have at a small diner in western NC, and I’ve pretty much matched the cooking and flavor. I think having the lid actually helps the food stay more moist and cook evenly. Even if it broke today, I would possibly order another.» —jle
Get it from Amazon for $64.99.
A multi-purpose kitchen stand for holding a dripping pot lid and ladle or a cookbook/tablet so you can have a better view of the recipe. Amazon Promising review: «I love this product! I have always had a difficult time removing hot and steamy lids from dishes with no place to put them without making a mess on my countertop. If placed upside down on the counter, then it’s too hot to pick back up. This stand works perfectly for all my lids from my heavy lid on the Dutch oven to small lids. It’s also great for large spoons and ladles without making a mess. I highly recommend it.» —Colleen R.
Get it from Amazon for $18+ (available in two colors).
A microwave pasta cooker to save you on nights when you’re too tired to cook (and possibly too broke to order takeout). Amazon, youtube.com
Just add pasta and water into the cooker, put on the lid, throw the whole thing into the microwave, and drain the water once the pasta is cooked. Then add sauce and you’re done.
Promising review: «I don’t want to get all gushy over a pasta maker, but man… I really love this gizmo! I try to limit my monthly food expenditures, and the Fasta Pasta helps me work in at least one inexpensive pasta meal every week, if not more. First of all, I like spaghetti, but I’m lazy and impatient and don’t like things that take a long time to make, with a bunch of steps, and a big clean up afterward. The Fasta Pasta is perfect for me. I get the exact amount of correctly measured spaghetti; it’s faster than boiling water in a big pot then having to watch and stir the pasta; the pasta comes out perfectly cooked every time and the cleanup is a snap. No big pot, no colander, no spaghetti fork to lift out the pasta. Just the easy-to-clean Fasta Pasta, and a pot to heat up the sauce. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!» —Smilin Sam
Get it from Amazon for $15.99.
A rotating waffle maker so you can whip up your fave brunch foods in no time. Plus, you essentially get endless toppings. amazon.com, Amazon
This gadget makes seven-inch Belgian waffles. The rotating feature allows the batter to spread and cook more evenly, resulting in waffles that are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.
Promising review: «This is the one! Stop looking around and buy this now! Makes great waffles with ease. As long as it lasts, I would say it’s the best breakfast appliance I’ve bought. Cooks waffles really nicely with slight crispy exterior and soft fluffy interior.» —Nev
Get it from Amazon for $39.99.
A manual food chopper that’ll do all the slicing and dicing for you. You’ll have an excuse to make more guac (not that you needed one). amazon.com Promising review: «Game changer. Life in kitchen changes, if you are a person like me who doesn’t know how to cut well and which make you lazy to cook, BUY IT NOW. It has made my life so easy and I have used to cut onion, carrots, peppers, garlic, cucumber and even tomatoes sometimes.» —Moody
Get it from Amazon for $13.99.
A nonstick baking mat (with helpful measurements) to use for prepping the dough as well as baking in the oven. Amazon
This silicone mat can withstand temperatures from minus-40 degrees Fahrenheit to 480 degrees Fahrenheit.
Promising review: «I’ve never used these before, and I regret all of the time I’ve lost scrubbing baking dishes clean. Now those days are over for me. These clean up easily with soap and water, and the baking sheets are spotless. The really great thing about these mats is you can roll out the dough on the mat and place the mat directly on the baking sheet to go into the oven. Just lift and go. It’s really great for making pizzas. I even use the pizza cutter on it without damaging the mat. Bonus: everything comes out beautifully. I haven’t had any dough stick to the mat. Everything we’ve baked has an even, tawny color on the bottom.» —bfcomedywriter
Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in five styles).
A garlic twist for getting a perfect mince in a matter of seconds. It’ll also keep the smell from getting on your hands. Amazon
It also works with ginger, olives, chili peppers, onions, herbs, nuts, and more! You can adjust it for coarse to fine mincing.
Promising review: «I’ve had this little gem since 2012, and I’ve used it all these years. It still works as well as the day I bought it and makes mincing garlic the easiest thing ever! Well worth the money! I also use it to mince shallots, after I cut them up into smaller pieces. This item is head and shoulder above the old garlic press types.» —E. J. Wagner
Get it from Amazon for $17.50.
An electric kettle so you won’t have to fire up the stove just to brew some tea or enjoy some Cup Noodles. amazon.com Promising review: «This kettle is great at getting the water hot quickly. Great for tea and ramen.» —M. Chapman
Get it from Amazon for $22.99.
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