Gadgets to Bring Brunch Home
Start your day with sizzling bacon, freshly squeezed orange juice, and crispy waffles. With the equipment we’ve gathered this week, breakfast at home won't just be the most important meal of the day—it will be the most delicious. Our winning double-burner griddle quickly cooks enough bacon to feed the whole family. Our favorite waffle maker produces crispy and light waffles every time. And our highest-rated maple syrup dispenser ensures that syrup lands only where you want it to. The last thing you’ll need for breakfast perfection is our special issue All-Time Best Breakfast & Brunch Recipes. With these 110 recipes, from Huevos Rancheros to Muffin Tin Doughnuts, you're guaranteed brunch perfection.
Accurate and extremely durable, this set snaps together for compact storage. The handles are seamless with the cups themselves, making them easy to level off.
BUY FOR $20
The unbeatable traditional version of the Pyrex Liquid Measuring Cup is back on the market.
BUY FOR $14
With an ergonomic Santoprene rubber handle and a balanced, lightweight feel, this whisk was like an extension of a hand. It whipped cream and egg whites quickly, thanks to 10 wires that were thin enough to move through the liquid quickly but thick enough to push through heavy mixtures and blend pan sauces to smoothness.
BUY FOR $10
Comfortable from any angle, this spatula boasts a thin front edge and moderately flexible head with a slight upward tilt that kept food secure. It melted slightly at 380 degrees, despite the manufacturers' claims that it was heat resistant to 430 degrees.
BUY FOR $13
This dispenser’s spring-loaded spout cover worked like a charm. Pushing the lever let us open it any amount from a sliver to fully open, so we could pour neatly and precisely while controlling the flow. Releasing the lever let it slide smoothly and shut completely for no-drip handling. It was easy to fill and clean, too. One quibble: The glass jar isn’t microwave-safe, so we had to heat syrup in a separate vessel and then transfer it. On the plus side, the ridged glass jar stayed comfortable to hold as we replaced the lid, even when the syrup was fairly hot.
BUY FOR $11
Stainless-Steel Bowls - Highly Recommended
The broad, shallow shape of these inexpensive bowls put food within easy reach and allowed for wide turns of a spatula. these were also the lightest bowls in the lineup—the combined weight of all three that we tested was less than 1 1/2 pounds— allowing us to comfortably lift, scrape, and pour.
BUY FOR $10
This griddle cooked up golden-brown pancakes every time. Bacon crisped quickly, and a convenient pour spout made grease disposal easy. Light construction makes this griddle cool down quickly (only 14 minutes) and easy to wash—convenient enough for everyday use.
BUY FOR $60
Featuring a six-point dial for customizing waffle doneness, this waffle maker quickly and consistently turned out two perfect waffles at a time, each with a crisp, evenly browned exterior and custardy interior. With indicator lights on both sides of the waffle maker and a loud audible alert, it was easy to tell when each waffle was done. Weighing nearly 10 pounds and measuring over 20 inches tall with the lid up, this model was by far the biggest and heaviest of those tested—but that extra bulk ensured stability and durability. Two minor flaws: the lack of a removable drip tray and the shortness of the handle, on which hot condensation tended to accumulate.
This juicer extracted every last drop of juice smoothly and efficiently, but it's expensive.
BUY FOR $196
With all-over tiny perforations that don’t allow small foods to escape, our longtime favorite colander has a draining performance that remains unmatched. Its 1 1/8 inches of ground clearance was enough to keep nearly all the drained pasta from getting hit with backwash. The model cleans up nicely in the dishwasher, and its handles are slim but still substantial enough to grip easily.
BUY FOR $26
Made of shatter-resistant, BPA-free plastic, this pour-over coffee device allows us to control water temperature and steeping time and eliminates the need for paper filters. It produces 2.5 cups of full-bodied coffee and has a drip tray and cover, making it convenient for keeping our coffee warm and our counters clean. The Incred ’a Brew is top-rack dishwasher-safe. Our only quibble: It won’t work with mugs wider than 3½ inches in diameter, since they won’t engage the valve to dispense the coffee. But that didn’t stop us from holding the carafe above a wider mug while pushing on the valve manually.
BUY FOR $18
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