Electric Kettles

Published September 1, 2016.

Electric kettles are handy for making tea or coffee and for any cooking task that requires a few cups of boiling water. We tested 10 models and rated them on their speed, ease of use, and safety.

Electric Kettles

Gourd Tools

Published September 1, 2016.

We tested three tools, rating them on their ability to scoop, de-string, and cut (where applicable) honeydew melons, butternut squash, and pumpkins.

Gourd Tools

Slotted Spoons

Published September 1, 2016.

We rounded up eight dishwasher-safe nylon, silicone, and stainless-steel spoons, and used them to fish out green peas, poached eggs, meatballs, and jumbo shrimp from liquids in different kinds of cookware.

Slotted Spoons

Dry Measuring Cups

Published August 1, 2016.

Could we find a perfect set to sweep the competition?

Dry Measuring Cups

Disposable Plates

Published August 1, 2016.

We tested eight nationally available, top-selling disposable plates made from a variety of materials.

Disposable Plates

Food Mills

Published July 12, 2016.

We wanted to know which food mill was the most stable, efficient, and easy to use.

Food Mills

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.

Piping 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

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

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

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
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