Kitchen Essential

Chef's Knives

One chef’s knife has been a champ in our kitchen for nearly two decades. Can any other blade come close to offering what it does—and at a bargain price?

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It Slices, It Dices

Food Processors

After testing nine food processors, we found our favorite: It's simple to operate, powerful, moderately priced, and offers ample capacity in an intuitive, compact design.

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Cooking Under Vacuum

Sous Vide Machines

High-end restaurants have cooked using the sous vide method for decades, but we tested five sous vide machines designed for home use: two water ovens and three stick-like circulators.

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Bake Better

Broiler-Safe Baking Dish

Since our favorite 13 by 9-inch Pyrex dish can’t go under the broiler, we looked for one that could. When it’s time to turn up the heat, this baking dish has it all.

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Heating Up

Baking Stones

Our winning clay stone is roomy but not cumbersome to maneuver, and we like how the ridged “feet” lift the edge, allowing for a comfortable grip. Pizza and calzones emerge evenly golden brown and crisp with this product's help.

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Slow and Steady

Slow Cookers

Slow cookers with jazzy new features promise easier, better food. Would any of them deliver?

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Kitchen Workhorse

Cutting Boards

We thought we’d picked a winner—until our favorite board warped after just a few years. This time we upped the ante: three months of test kitchen boot camp.

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Beverage Service

French Press Coffee Makers

French press coffee makers are not only elegant, but they also can potentially deliver a thicker, more full-bodied cup of coffee.

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