Flat Whisks

Published May 1, 2016.

We tested six flat whisks, using them to make a béchamel sauce and a pan sauce for skillet-roasted chicken breast alongside the tools we’d ordinarily use for these dishes—a wooden spoon and our favorite all-purpose whisk.

Flat Whisks

Dry Storage Containers

Published May 1, 2016.

Dry storage containers are designed to ensure that staples like flour and sugar stay fresh, dry, and safe from bugs or dust.

Dry Storage Containers

Salt Storage Containers

Published May 1, 2016.

Salt containers placed near the stove make it easy to season a steak or a pot of boiling water on the fly. We put five to the test.

Salt Storage Containers

Inexpensive Digital Thermometers

Published April 1, 2016.

Throw away your old analog dial thermometer: The next generation of inexpensive instant-read thermometers is here.

Inexpensive Digital Thermometers

Piping Set

Published February 1, 2016.

We tried five sets, priced from $11.63 to $29.95, each containing between nine and 12 pastry tips and either cloth or plastic bags.

Wilton 20-piece Beginning Buttercream Decorating Set

Mini Prep Bowl Sets

Published January 1, 2016.

Mini prep bowls allow cooks to measure out, separate, and organize these elements, making cooking tidier and more efficient.

Anchor Hocking 6-Piece Nesting Prep Bowl Set

New-Generation Kitchen Trash Cans

Published September 1, 2015.

We purchased five tall kitchen trash cans, including standard bargain bins and luxury models, priced from $17.99 to $180.00.

Simplehuman Rectangular Step Trash Can, Fingerprint-Proof Brushed Stainless Steel, 50 Liter/13 Gallon

Paper Towel Holders

Published September 1, 2015.

We purchased six paper towel holders, priced from $13.00 to $24.99, determined to find a sturdy holder that would make tearing quick, precise, and tidy.

Simplehuman Tension Arm Paper Towel Holder

Water Bottles

Published August 1, 2015.

Smart, durable, and spill-proof, one bottle clobbers the competition.

Nathan LittleShot

Innovative Pot Holders

Published June 1, 2015.

Svelte silhouettes, high-heat silicone, and innovative designs—how does the next generation of potholders stack up against the classic terry-cloth square?

OXO Good Grips Silicone Pot Holder with Magnet

Can Openers

Published April 1, 2015.

One smart new opener kicked the rest to the curb.

Can Openers

Nonstick Cooking Sprays

Published February 1, 2015.

New sprays promise performance without the chemicals—can any take the heat?

Nonstick Cooking Sprays

Carving Boards

Published January 1, 2015.

Clever features on new carving boards promise easier carving and serving. But does clever always mean useful?

Carving Boards

Mixing Bowls

Published September 1, 2014.

This most basic piece of cooking equipment might not seem worthy of scrutiny—until you have one that wobbles when you whisk, slips in your hand, or traps food in its crevices.

Mixing Bowls

Food Storage Bags

Published July 1, 2014.

Crummy plastic food storage bags leak, rip, and are tricky to seal. We wanted a strong, leakproof bag that would close securely without a fuss and keep food fresher longer.

Ziploc Brand Double Zipper Gallon Freezer Bags with the Smart Zip Seal

Soup Ladles

Published May 1, 2014.

We put five soup ladles to the test.

Rösle Hook Ladle with Pouring Rim

Liquid Dish Soap

Published April 1, 2014.

Humans have been washing dishes for centuries. Are innovations in dish soap making the job any easier?

Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Liquid Dish Soap, Lavender

Dish Towels

Published February 1, 2014.

Seeking: an absorbent, tough, and versatile towel. Must be handy, flexible, attractive, and willing to tackle multiple tasks.

Williams-Sonoma Striped Towels, Set of 4

Innovative Food Wrap

Published January 1, 2014.

Is this environmentally friendly plastic wrap alternative a viable option?

Bee’s Wrap

Food Storage Gadgets

Published December 1, 2013.

From Beer Savers to Avocado Keepers, we put six new food storage gadgets to the test.

Hutzler Grapefruit Saver, Pepper Saver

Silicone Food Covers

Published November 1, 2013.

Flexible, silicone food covers help reduce the need for plastic wrap in both food storage and microwaving applications.

Rachael Ray Top This! Silicone Lid Set

Herb Keepers

Published September 1, 2013.

These devices promise to keep herbs fresh longer. Do they deliver?

Norpro Herb Keeper


Published August 1, 2013.

A good apron is a kitchen essential. We put seven no-nonsense, utilitarian cooks’ aprons to the test.

Bragard Travail Bib Apron


Published July 1, 2013.

We got grilling with six different sets to find the best of the bunch.

Norpro 12-Inch Stainless Steel Skewers

Heavy-Duty Handled Scrub Brushes

Published May 1, 2013.

Scrub brushes are essential for cleaning heavily soiled cookware, so which brush reigns supreme?

Caldrea Dishwashing Brush
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