Spider Skimmers

Published July 1, 2016.

A bad skimmer can turn even the most patient cook into a basket case.

Spider Skimmers

Digital Kitchen Scales

Published July 1, 2016.

No matter what you’re cooking or baking, weighing the ingredients helps guarantee perfect results. But only if your scale is accurate and easy to use.

Digital Kitchen Scales

Smart Scales

Published July 1, 2016.

How do high-tech "smart" scales stack up against our favorite digital scale?

Smart Scales

Canning Jar Lifters

Published July 1, 2016.

Canning jar lifters are essential for home canning. To find the very best one, we tested four nationally available models, priced from about $6 to about $11, lifting filled cup, pint, and quart jars into and out of a boiling water bath.

Canning Jar Lifters

Chain Mail Scrubbers

Published July 1, 2016.

Can these little gadgets clean cast iron better than oil and salt?

Chain Mail Scrubbers

Kitchen Timers

Published June 1, 2016.

Timing is everything—don’t use just anything.

Kitchen Timers

Spiralizers

Published May 1, 2016.

Spiral vegetable cutters, or spiralizers, cut fruits and vegetables into long noodles and ribbons for “pastas,” salads, and side dishes.

Spiralizers

Avocado Gadgets

Published May 1, 2016.

As avocados have become more common in American kitchens, so, too, have specialized gadgets that promise to make it easier, neater, and safer than using a knife to prepare them. Were any of these gadgets worth buying?

Avocado Gadgets

Manual Spice Grinders

Published March 1, 2016.

We tested six spice grinders by grinding measured amounts of cumin seeds at the finest and coarsest settings and then grinding a teaspoon of dried rosemary needles into a fine powder.

Manual Spice Grinders

Instant-Read Thermometers

Published March 1, 2016.

The test kitchen's favorite instant-read thermometer gets an upgrade

Instant-Read Thermometers

Salad Dressing Shakers

Published March 1, 2016.

We tested seven salad dressing shakers to see if we could find one worth buying.

Salad Dressing Shakers

Wearable Timers

Published January 1, 2016.

An extra minute of cooking time can spell disaster for a dish. Timers that hang from a lanyard around your neck or clip to a pocket allow you to move freely around the house while still tracking the progress of your recipe.

ThermoWorks TimeStick

Manual Citrus Juicers

Published January 1, 2016.

The Amco Houseworks Lemon Squeezer has long been our favorite manual citrus juicer. But when we started replacing kitchen copies every couple of months because of worn or chipped enamel, we wondered if there was something more durable that we would like equally well.

Chef’n FreshForce Citrus Juicer

Cake Stands

Published December 1, 2015.

What Makes a Great Cake Stand?

Winco Revolving Cake Decorating Stand

Champagne Savers

Published November 1, 2015.

Champagne savers promise to keep champagne and sparkling wine fresh for anywhere from three days to a few months. Do they deliver?

Cilio Champagne Bottle Sealer

Pie Carriers

Published November 1, 2015.

Traveling with a delicate pie can feel like tempting fate, but a good pie carrier can make the task easier and more secure.

Prepworks Collapsible Party Carrier

Oven Thermometers

Published November 1, 2015.

An oven thermometer is the only reliable way to know what’s happening inside your oven—unless you have a model that’s inaccurate, hard to read, or falls off the racks.

CDN Pro Accurate Oven Thermometer

Spatula-Spoons (Spoonulas)

Published November 1, 2015.

A spatula-spoon (or “spoonula”) promises to serve both functions in one handy item. But can it really replace two must-have kitchen tools or is it just a clever gimmick?

Starpack Premium Silicone Spoonula

Offset Spatulas

Published September 1, 2015.

We tested six offset spatulas by slathering dozens of jelly rolls and layer cakes with heavy cream cheese frosting, glossy meringue, thick caramel, and smooth buttercream.

OXO Good Grips Bent Icing Knife

Wine Travel Bags

Published September 1, 2015.

We tested four wine travel bags made of various types of plastic or neoprene by running them through a series of abuse tests.

VinniBag

Cold Brew Coffee Makers

Published July 1, 2015.

We tested 7 cold brewing products, as well as our DIY method, using our favorite medium-roast coffee.

Toddy Cold Brew System

Jar Openers

Published July 1, 2015.

We tested seven jar openers and tested them on jars of all shapes, sizes, and materials to find the best all around pick.

Amco Swing-A-Way Jar Opener

Grillbot

Published July 1, 2015.

Could a robotic grill cleaner be the answer to your grill-cleaning woes?

Grillbot

Knife Sharpeners

Published July 1, 2015.

What if you could buy a sharpener that not only repaired the new breed of ultrathin chef’s knives but also honed the wider cutting edge of more traditional blades?

Chef'sChoice Trizor XV Knife Sharpener

Insulated Shopping Totes

Published July 1, 2015.

We tested six insulated shopping totes in order to find an easy-to-carry tote that could keep our groceries at a food-safe temperature for at least an hour.

Rachael Ray ChillOut Thermal Tote
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