Ah, cooking. It’s definitely one of those things you either love or you hate. But most people fall somewhere between hopeless failure and kitchen whiz—progress is all about trending more toward the latter and away from the former. And good news: If you’re here browsing Delish, chances are that you’re already headed in the right direction.
Are you a beginner on a mission to improve your egg-frying game? A seasoned pro who strives to cook up restaurant-quality fare? Rest assured that no matter your skill level, there’s always room for growth. To maximize kitchen success, it’s key to streamline the cooking experience as much as possible—and we’ve got just the tools to do it.
Read on for some of our favorite kitchen instruments, from gadgets you didn’t know you needed to must-haves you didn’t even know existed. Whether they’re designed to speed up the cooking process or to cut down on manual labor, every product here is made to improve your time in the kitchen.
Plus, it must be said: There’s just something so satisfying about buying kitchen gadgets. Whether it’s a brand new set of sturdy spice jars (and racks) to keep ingredients super fresh, the perfect pasta bowl to cradle any variety of noods, or an all-powerful blender for making supercharged smoothies, there’s nothing better than finding that perfect product .
From juicers and spiralizers to knives and graters, these are the products you’ll want to add to your kitchen arsenal—and maybe buy a few for your food-loving friends too.
Warning: Once you start using these tools, there’s no going back.
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Bamboo Kitchen Compost Bin
Want to jump into composting, but don’t know where to start? Well, start here with these delightful bamboo bins that bring style to composting. No more ugly plastic bins or foul-smelling compost—this one’s made of sustainable materials that will eventually compost themselves!!
There’s nothing like resting your feet after a long day. And with this kitchen comfort mat, you can do just that—even while standing. Its thick rubber backing shields your feet from the hard floor, melting away the pain that comes with standing for long periods of time.
Bamboo Drawer Divider Drawer Organizer
You can never go wrong with a drawer organizer, and this bamboo tray fits the bill perfectly. It’s expandable to accommodate almost every drawer width and utensil size imaginable, and its natural color will complement any kitchen palette.
Stainless-Steel French Press
This stainless steel take on the classic French Press means your coffee will stay hot way longer than the glass varieties. No one likes a cold cup of coffee. Unless it’s cold brew. But that’s a different story.
Insulated Wine Cooler Bag
Going on a picnic and can’t fathom the thought of leaving your wine behind? Take it with you! This insulated cooler bag will keep your wine (or Champagne) cool, safe, and stylish, too. And it fits two bottles.
Stop paying so much for expensive cold brew! You can make your own at home with KitchenAid’s stainless steel coffee maker. All you have to do is add beans and water (or milk), let it sit for 12-24 hours, and so! A rich cup of coffee.
Smooth Touch Can Opener
Amazon shoppers are obsessed with this Kuhn Rikon can opener (hence the more than 1,500 five-star reviews). Besides functioning as a traditional can opener, the other end can be used to open tricky metal lids without ruining your nails, twist open stubborn plastic bottles, and pop off glass bottle tops. Plus, the can opener side has a tiny set of tweezers attached so you don’t have to remove lids with your hands.
Smooth Touch Can Opener
This is the easiest way to open a can ever, even one-handed. And it’s extra tall, for those giant cans of tomato paste, too. Pizza, anyone?
Precision Sous Vide Vacuum Sealer
Tired of throwing out food that’s gone bad before you’ve even had a chance to touch it, let alone cook it? A vacuum sealer will seriously extend the lifespan of your meals—up to three years for meat. It’ll extend your freezer space, too!
Update your oven mitt situation with this Royal Harlequin Oven Mitt, which puts a royal spin on the classic jester pattern. It’s made with 100-percent cotton to ensure your hands never get burned again. You’d be a clown not to buy this!
Mickey Mouse Cookie Jar
Need somewhere to put your cookies that’s both adorable and practical? Consider this totally cute Mickey Mouse cookie jar, crafted with sturdy stoneware and hand-painted decorations. Bonus points if you put Mickey Mouse shaped cookies in them.
Breakfast Sandwich Maker
Looking for a gadget that will make all of your sandwich components in one fell swoop? Hamilton Beach has got you covered. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, after all.
This ergonomically designed goldfish tool is hands down the cutest way to separate your egg yolks from your egg whites.
Sushi Maker Roller Machine
New to making sushi at home? It’s no secret that getting a tight roll is the hardest part. However, this one-touch machine will make things a little easier.
Your next steak dinner is going to taste awesome with this handy-dandy meat tenderizer. You’ll be cooking like the pros in a 5-star restaurant with this one.
Good Grips 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer
Avocado toast lovers, listen up: This gadget makes it easier than ever to chop, pit, and slice an avo, so your avocado toast can be both tasty, and symmetrical.
Take the work out of making an apple pie. Or a pear pie. Or a… potato pie? Is that a thing? Either way, you can peel and slice any of them in a heartbeat.
“As I spiralized, I looked towards Heaven and thanked my God for blessing the world with this tool,” said one reviewer. I don’t think we need any more convincing.
Digital Kitchen Food Scale
For those who can’t eyeball 86 grams of potatoes (most of us).
Three blades means you can peel hard skins, soft skins, and julienne, all in one. It’s ergonomically and thoughtfully designed, and works well for those with limited mobility.
Square corners = a way easier for. Who knew?
Buying those green juices every day seriously adds up, so why not try a juicer? Reviewers say it’s incredibly easy to clean: It disassembles completely for a thorough wash, and nothing gets trapped in the base or any of the removable pieces. And it’s extremely powerful—this baby can even handle a whole apple!
StemGem Strawberry Huller
Gone are the days of annihilated strawberries with this StemGem Strawberry Huller. Remove the leaves and stems easily without wasting any of the fruit!
Brushed Aluminum Olive Oil Sprayer
Take it from us: Misting your baking sheets with oil will save you so much clean-up time. And it’s so flexible—you can even use this for salad dressings! Add this olive oil sprayer to your cart ASAP.
Pop open bottle caps, lift soda can pop-tops, unseal bottle caps, remove pull-tabs, and break the seal of jar lids, all in one device.
Premium Garlic Press Set
Crush a ton of garlic at once! What could be better??
Skip the store-bought dressings from now on with this chef-approved salad dressing mixer.
For those who like loose tea leaves, this reusable metal straw lets you enjoy each sip without any stray leaves or pulp getting in. What an innovation!
EZ-Grip Silicone & Porcelain Mortar and Pestle
Say goodbye to heavy stone grinders and a tired arm: this silicone, non-slip grip makes grinding way easier.
Yes, this whisk might look like an old lady with big hair, but it’s surprisingly useful. Loops force more air into the mix, so you can cut your whisking time by 80 percent.
Now you can actually see your cheese-grating progress. With clear red measurements on the side, this box grater makes it easy to tell just how much more you need for your recipe, thus saving you a dirty measuring cup.
Twin Grip 3.5-Inch Paring Knife
Thin and chop, trim and shape, peel and core. Those are just a few of things you can master in the kitchen with this Zwilling knife, a surprisingly versatile tool in such a little body.
Good Grips Salad Spinner
Just press down and watch it spin.
Measuring Spoons, Set of 7
Good Grips 12-Inch Stainless-Steel Locking Flip Flops
These flip flops give you an edge over all types of food. They won’t melt, break, or warp, and have an extra-strong locking feature for easy hanging.
Universal Lids, Set of 2
Never search for the right lid again with these universal ones, that can fit any pot or pan. It’s one of those things you didn’t know you needed, but can never go back.
Pancake Batter Dispenser Bottle
Cob Corn Stripper, Set of 2
Don’t dig corn all up in your teeth? Try this instead. Also great if you hate canned corn.
Boiled Egg Peeler White
Hardboiled eggs will be way less tedious with this tool. All you need to peel an egg is water, an egg, and the Negg.
Sandwich Cutter and Sealer
Angry Mama Microwave Cleaner
Don’t go through the hassle of scrubbing down your microwave, use this instead. She’ll steam clean it and all you have to do is wipe the grime away.
Taco Stand Holders, Set of 6
Soft and hard shell tacos can be stuffed easily with this stainless steel stand, which keeps your tacos standing at attention.
Say goodbye to the melon baller, and hello to the melon cuber! We can confirm: Watermelon tastes better in tiny cubed pieces.
Cleaning Sponge Gloves
These gloves guarantee a good scrub when washing dishes, and you won’t have to worry about any lingering smells on your hands. Not only do these gloves keep your hands nice and drythey keep them from drying out.
Farewell, bread dough that sticks to your countertop! Be gone, stuck-on biscuits and baked-on croissants on your oven tray! This scraper ensures you everything comes off without a struggle.
Mini Bag Sealer Heat Seal
Stale chips and treats, be no more! This handy tool helps you heat seal bags again and again.
When you’re working on multiple dishes at once, you need a utensil rest that holds more than just one. Keep flavors and sauces separate (and off the counter) with this silicone utensil holder.
Get the most out of your homegrown herbs with this tool—no stems involved. This herb stripper makes it easy to peel the leaves off cilantro, rosemary, oregano, etc.
Go ahead, be extra AF with this ice luge. You can chill your drinks on the way down and look cool doing it.
You worked too hard on that homemade batter recipe to not get every last drop. Wipe those pesky batter droplets off your whisk with this whisk wiper you didn’t know you needed. It makes clean-up 10x easier, too.
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