Out of all of the things that you could invest your money in, kitchen equipment offers up the best bang for your buck. Honest. The more equipped your kitchen is, the more you’ll use it. And the more you use your kitchen, the healthier, happier, and better of you’ll be.
We’re not just making this up. According to a study conducted by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research, those who cook most of their meals at home eat less fat, sugar, carbs and calories – making for an overall healthier diet. If that kind of lifestyle is something you aspire to, one of the best things you can do to kickstart a change in your habits is to set up a better-equipped kitchen. We’re not talking just kitchen essentials here. Pots, pans, knives, and baking sheets are all fine and good – but some of the most fun things in the kitchen are better qualified as gadgets. A toaster you’re particularly proud of, or a spiralizer that allows you to take on fun, out of the ordinary cooking projects. Take a look at our list of the best kitchen gadgets on the list and see for yourself what you’re missing out on when you eat out.
Cuisinart Stuffed Burger Press
Burgers are good. Burgers stuffed with things like goat cheese, mushrooms, and bell pepper are better. And now, thanks to this clever little piece from Cuisinart, making stuffed burger patties at home is super simple. Just press your ground-beef, throw in an ingredient of your choice, and press another piece of beef right on top. That is literally all it takes to make restaurant quality stuffed patties.
Bellemain Splatter Screen
This is far from the sexiest piece of kitchen equipment, but it sure is useful when you’re cooking up something greasy. This screen easily fits over smoking-hot pans to save you from spitting bacon, popping sausage, or whatever else might jump up and burn you while you’re helming the stovetop.
OXO Good Grips Jar Opener
OK, guys. We know that there isn’t a single jar out there that you can’t open. But for the sake of everyone else in your house, having a solid jar opener in your drawer is a good call. You know. Just in case you aren’t around to pry that jar of pickles open.
Bike Chain Bottle Opener
Show a little bit of pride for your two-wheeled steed with this clever but decidedly not-kitsch bottle opener from Graham Bergh. To top off the fact that it is totally unique and fun – it’s designed and built right here in the U.S.
Original Bear Paws Shredder Claws
If you want to look like Wolverine, these Bear Paws are great. If you want to use them to cook…they’re ok. Really, they’re actually no better than using a couple forks to pull apart your meat. But that isn’t really the point. These fun, conversation starters are prefect for the grill master looking to put on a show for their guests.
Zoku Classic Pop Molds
Sure. You could go to the grocery store and pick up pre-made popsicles. But where is the fun in that? This popsicle mold is built to hold 6 at a time with 3.1-fluid-ounces each. And not to worry. These are BPA and phthalate free – making them totally safe to use for the whole family.
Hoan Bagel Guillotine Slicer
Nothing sucks more than an unevenly cut bagel. Not only will it not toast properly (awful) but it means you won’t get an even cream-cheese to bread ratio with each bite (a travesty). One of the best ways to avoid this is by using a bagel guillotine. Much like the French revolutionaries mercilessly chopped monarchs in two, this slicer from Hoan makes quick work of your gloriously carbohydrate-filled breakfast thanks to its non-stick Xylan coated blade.
Garlic is amazing. Chopping garlic…not so much. Thankfully, this mincer is built specifically for chopping up peeled cloves of garlic into small, uniform bits that you can either throw on a simmering pan or into a big pot of soup. All you have to do is throw in a peeled piece of garlic, squeeze the handle, and out it’ll come in fine, evenly cut bits.
Zyliss Rotary Cheese Grater
Pre-grated cheese from the supermarket is A) not as fresh as a big hunk of Romano and B) usually a bit more expensive than it needs to be. If you are pasta addicts like we are, you can actually stand to improve your meals and save a good bit of money if you pick up something like this rotary cheese grater. These things churn out two different sizes of sliced cheese and are much easier to operate than an old-school box cheese grater.
Chef’n FreshForce Citrus Juicer
Whether you want to juice some limes for a cocktail or to dress up some tacos – this simple and sturdy tool from Chef’n is an ideal pick. Not only does it absolutely crush citrus, but it is easy to use and a breeze to clean.
Williams Sonoma Herb Keeper
This preserver stores your freshly picked herbs and totally preserves their flavor and fragrance. This small, unique tool is just about air-tight – allowing you to store it in the refrigerator or out on the counter without worrying about loosing what is so great about the herbs in the first place.
Escali Digital Kitchen Scale
This is a little bit of a no-brainer – but you’d be surprised by how few people have proper measuring equipment in their kitchens. This simple scale measures out liquid and solids by grams and ounces and boasts a small but easily legible spill-proof LED face.
One of the most efficient and precise ways to cut food – either hard or soft – is by using a mandoline. And no. We’re not talking about the instrument loved by twee musicians. This simple tool features a V-shaped blade with an adjustable recessed piece of plastic. Users can change the depth of the recessed plastic to cut their vegetables at thickness levels ranging from 1/32 of an inch to 1/4 an inch.
Presto PopLite Air Popper
No one goes to the movies anymore. Honestly. How can you even justify it with all of these great streaming services? Instead of going out and spending ten times what you should on popcorn, set yourself up for a solid Netflix night with something like this hot air popper from presto. In just two and a half minutes it can cook up 18 cups of popcorn for your enjoyment.
Nostalgia Bacon Grill
This is a dumb gadget. But it is one of those things that is so dumb it is actually kind of brilliant. Designed to hold 6 strips at a time, this toaster-oven for pork cooks bacon in just minutes while also draining away excess grease. No longer will you have to worry about grease jumping up and getting your or having to wrap your strips in paper towels to soak up the bad (read: good) stuff.
Cuisinart Mini Prep Food Processor
OK. So maybe you’re not quite cooking for big groups of people yet but you still want to make recipes that requires fine chopping. This is the perfect tool for that. It boasts a 250-watt motor, a 3-cup plastic bowl, and a stainless steel blade.
Hamilton Beach Ice Cream Maker
No longer will the checker at the grocery store or bodega give you that judgmental look for buying not one, not two, but four pints of Ben and Jerry’s. Now, thanks to Hamilton Beach, you can make and consume your own ice-cream in the privacy and comfort of your own home. The maker takes a 6-12 ounce mixture and can double as a storage container once you finish making your batch. So. You know.You don’t have to eat it all in one sitting.
Suzie Q Retro Minute Timer
Sure, you could use your smart phone to set a timer while you’re baking up those cookies – but you’d just get schmutz all over your nice gadget. Do yourself a solid and get something like this timer from Suzie Q. Not only will it keep accurate time while you’re baking, but it is an ideal addition to any mid-century kitchen.
OXO Good Grips Spiralizer
Do you have celiacs disease? Or just try and avoid carbohydrates sources from grain-based foods? If so – a spiralizer is a must-have in your kitchen. This simple piece of equipment makes it easy to turn vegetables of almost any kind into noodles, ribbons, chips, or even rice. This particular Spiralizer comes with three different types of blades and an overall durable design guaranteed to last year after year of use.
Cuisinart Smart Stick
Boasting a 200-Watt motor that powers the included blending, whipping, and chopping attachments, this piece of kitchen equipment from cuisinart has a whole load of applications. Whether you want to puree soup, chop up some almonds, or whisk up some eggs – it is more than capable. And to top it all off, the thing is really well designed. It has a solid stainless steel body and its attachments can be run through the dishwasher.
Chef’s Choice WafflePro Waffle Maker
One of the best ways to make sure everyone in your household wakes up happy is by cooking them all waffles. This maker from Chef’s Choice boasts a nonstick cooking surface that bakes up one waffle at a time in less than 90 seconds. It even has a special ‘deep bake’ mode for getting that crisp on the outside gooey on the inside feel. And to top it off, it comes with a year-long warranty.
KRUPS Stainless Steel Juice Extractor
Juicing is far from a staple in any kitchen, but it really is a fun way to get all of your vegetables everyday (for much less than a pre-made juice costs). This top of the juicer from Krups boasts a 900-watt motor that powers a centrifugal spinner with both high and low speeds. Throw in your favorite veggies, flip a switch, and just like that you’re good to go.
KRUPS Panini Maker
Stop spending money at the deli. This panini press from Krups is perfectly capable of grilling up food just as scrumptious food – and for a whole lot less. It features a nonstick top and bottom plate for grilling and a big floating hinge for fitting in sandwiches of all sizes.
NerdChef Steel Stone High Baking Surface
Pizza is amazing. Homemade pizza is transcendent. Don’t believe us? Try for yourself with this American made pizza stone. Rather than being made from a mineral sheet, this particular ‘stone’ is built from a quarter inch thick piece of steel – allowing for totally even distribution of heat and making it easy to get a super crisp crust.
Anova Sous Vide Cooker
One of the coolest things to have rolled out in the past year has to be this Sous Vide Cooker from Anova. It features Bluetooth functionality, making it easy for you to control the temperature of the water down to the precise degree. Whether cooking up eggs, steaks, or fish – it is game for just about anything.
Brod & Taylor Knife Sharpener
If you really want the best for your blades, this knife sharpener from Brod and Taylor is a perfect pick. Made from two pounds of solid stainless steel and featuring adjustable tungsten-carbibe sharpeners sourced from Austria, it is capable of honing the edge of straight, serrated, and Japanese blades.
Baratza Encore Conical Burr Coffee Grinder
Stop spending money at the cafe. Really. Stop it. You can make yourself coffee for much less money provided you set yourself up with the right gear. When it comes to grinding up coffee beans the best out there is the Baratza Encore. This burr coffee finder crushes beans rather slicing them, retaining more of their flavor and freshness. The gender has a bean hopper that can hold 227 grams of coffee, and can grind at a number of different settings.
Zojirushi Rice Cooker
If you are a fan of rice-based meals, this cooker from Zojirushi is a must. It features a micro computer for set-it-and-forget-it usage, the ability to keep your rice warm after cooking, and a 10 cup capacity. When it comes down to it, you really couldn’t ask for anything more.
Ninja Coffee Bar Brewer System
This setup from Ninja is genuinely one of the cooler coffee systems we’ve come across. Not only will it make your average cup of Joe, but it also comes with a carafe specifically built for iced coffee and has the ability to brew for a variety of different sized cups. Want to make a Cafe Au Lait? This coffee maker includes a milk frother for just that. Not bad. Not bad at all.
Dualit 2 Slice Toaster
Toasters are not that interesting. If anything, they’re a bit of an eyesore in a well put together kitchen. Thankfully there are toasters out their like this one from Duality. It features a copper exterior, a simple lever, and two dials – all of which come together to give it an attractive, almost old-school vibe. It comes in both two and four slice configurations.
35 Kitchen Essentials For The Home Cook
Ok. So you’ve gone through and looked at the fun gadgets you can add to your kitchen quiver. But what about the essentials? The pots, pans, and mixers? We’ve got a roundup of them all here in our list of the 35 kitchen essentials for the home cook.