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Our Top 15 Kitchen Tools Under $15

We’ve put together a list of 15 of our favorite tools—all of which cost less than $15. The bread baker in your life deserves our favorite bread lame for precisely scoring beautiful loaves. Our winning bottle brush is perfect for your friend who always carries a water bottle. Its bristles effectively and easily scrub water bottles clean. And our top-rated milk frother, which brings frothy goodness to coffee and hot chocolate, is perfect for just about anyone in your life. We’re sure your loved ones will like them just as much as our team of testers did.

—Carolyn Grillo, Associate Editor, ATK Reviews

Our Top 15 Kitchen Tools Under $15
Kuhn Rikon Original Swiss Peeler
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Kuhn Rikon Original Swiss Peeler

Don’t be fooled by its featherweight design and cheap price tag. This Y-shaped peeler easily tackled every task, thanks to a razor-sharp blade and a ridged guide, which ensured a smooth ride with minimal surface drag.

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$3.50
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small rimmed baking sheet
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Highly Recommended
Nordic Ware Naturals Quarter Sheet

This extremely sturdy, warp-resistant baking sheet turned out evenly cooked and browned chicken, cauliflower, and focaccia. Its lightweight, compact size made it easy to maneuver into and out of the oven. Its size is ideal for preparing recipes that serve two and for kitchen tasks that require only a small amount of space, such as toasting a handful of nuts or a few tablespoons of sesame seeds.

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Purchased for $8.99 at time of testing
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Checkered Chef Quarter Sheet Cooling/Baking Rack

Although it shifted around a bit in the our favorite small rimmed baking sheet, this affordable rack was strong and sturdy. It easily fit 12 cookies (a half-batch of many cookie recipes). Testers felt comfortable maneuvering the rack when it was loaded with 1¼ pounds of pork spareribs. The rack is also dishwasher-safe, which made cleanup easy.

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BUY FOR $14
Purchased for $11.45 for 2 at time of testing
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Tovolo Stainless Steel 6" Mini Whisk

We loved using this diminutive whisk, which performed every task quickly and efficiently, thanks to the five sturdy wire loops in its relatively broad head. And with a thick, medium-length handle, it was easy to grip. The handle itself was made from smooth metal that was completely sealed off where the loops connected, so it was particularly easy to clean.

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$7.00
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Cilio Champagne Bottle Sealer
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Cilio Champagne Bottle Sealer

This inexpensive sealer attaches with an easy one-handed motion and an affirming click. Wine saved with it was just as fresh as a newly opened bottle for two full days (a full week if left undisturbed) and still drinkable on day three, thanks to its protruding plug and a secure closure that combined to make the best seal. Once on, it was almost flat against the top of the bottle and fit easily in the fridge.

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$7.50
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Quickie Bottle Brush

This brush had an ideally sized brush head—neither too short nor too long—with bristles that were just under 1 inch long and optimally positioned on both the brush head's sides and tip, allowing us to effectively scrub most containers we tried. The rigid handle had a large, rubber-coated grip that made it comfortable to hold. One tester said this brush was “remarkably easy to rinse” and “seems clean and non-icky,” but it's also dishwasher-safe for even simpler cleaning.

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BUY FOR $9
Purchased for $5.80 at time of testing
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OXO Good Grips Silicone Cookie Spatula

This spatula was great for flipping eggs and pancakes, and the flexible silicone head was especially good at gliding in the pan—even navigating rounded sides with ease. The silicone material kept cookies stable during transport, and we liked the generous handle. The spatula’s head was an ideal length, though we found it too wide to easily scoop up brownies. And while this spatula’s flexible head was ideal for skillet cooking, it was too pliable to scrape up leftover brownie bits.

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$7.99
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Zulay Kitchen Milk Boss Electric Milk Frother

This frother consistently made satisfying foam at the push of a button. As with all the handheld models, we had to operate it for longer than the manufacturer instructions recommended when making cold foam, but once we did, it created the richest cold foam of the handheld bunch. Since it was our winner, we put it through additional testing, mixing up small batches of whipped cream, beating one or two eggs, and emulsifying vinaigrette. In addition to being a great milk frother, it’s a handy tool for small cooking tasks. We loved the comfortable grip, and we appreciated that it took little effort to rinse the wand clean.

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BUY FOR $20
Purchased for $12.49 at time of testing
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Fletcher's Mill Maple Muddler
The longest model in our lineup, this double-headed muddler stood tall in vessels of all sizes. With a moderate weight and a large, smooth head, this model quickly and efficiently muddled everything under it, making great drinks. Testers liked that it also had a second, smaller head, which was handy for maneuvering in narrow vessels or for making a second drink without having to wash the muddler. Made of unvarnished wood with indentations cut into it, this model was particularly easy to grip, even when wet. And although the wood stained slightly after its overnight cocktail bath, the muddler was otherwise quite durable.
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$12.95
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Breadtopia Bread Lame
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Breadtopia Bread Lame

This lame was sharp and came with five extra blades that were a snap to change. Its cute baguette-shaped handle was easy to grasp, and though it seemed longer than necessary, we simply choked up a bit for good control while we scored the loaves. We did miss having a blade cover.

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$9.50
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Winco Flat Pastry and Basting Brush, 1½ Inch

This brush had the thickest head of bristles in the testing, allowing it to pick up and deposit the greatest volume of egg wash, oil, butter, or glaze in a single pass. And because the bristles weren't too densely packed, they still felt agile and precise. At a uniform 1.8 inches, they were the ideal length for most tasks (though some testers preferred brushes with slightly longer bristles for getting into the nooks and crannies on fruit tarts). While not as grippy as some, its medium-length, relatively fat, varnished wood handle was still comfortable to hold. Additionally, it lost the fewest bristles during testing.

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BUY FOR $7
Purchased for $6.93 at time of testing
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Rubbermaid Brilliance Food Storage Container, 3.2 Cup

This medium-size container offers a good amount of space for most lunches but isn’t necessarily large enough to accommodate a large portion of leafy greens. Instead, think grain bowls, barbecued chicken, mac and cheese, or a random assortment of leftovers from the refrigerator.

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BUY FOR $9
Purchased for $7.99 at time of testing
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OXO Good Grips Angled Measuring Cup, Clear
This small, inexpensive plastic beaker has bold, clearly marked lines and numbers that can be read from above; a single wide mouth made it a breeze to fill, and a tiny spout ensured a clean pour every time. In addition to the ounce lines you'll need for making cocktails, the beaker also has volume lines for tablespoons, fractions of a cup, and milliliters, so you can use it to measure liquids in the kitchen as well. Better still, the lines are positioned in such a way that no one set of measurements obscures another, making each set equally easy to read and use.
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$4.99
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Starpack Premium Silicone Spoonula
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Starpack Premium Silicone Spoonula

This stellar tool felt especially comfortable in hand, thanks to its lightly textured silicone material and gently rounded handle. The spatula head is spacious and sturdy and presses flush to the sides and bottoms of cookware. Since it’s wrapped in one continuous layer of silicone, there are no nooks or crannies to trap food. The vibrant red color hid stains, and it proved quite odor-resistant.

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BUY FOR $9
Purchased for $8.49 at time of testing
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Victorinox Swiss Army 3¼" Spear Point Paring Knife

The blade on this paring knife is identical to that of our original winner; it’s just as sharp, thin, and nimble as ever, and it’s capable of making ultraprecise slices and incisions. Its plastic handle is easy to grip and accommodates large and small hands easily. In addition, the handle doesn’t add too much weight to the knife overall, allowing for agile, effortless use.

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$7.51
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All products reviewed by America’s Test Kitchen are independently chosen, researched, and reviewed by our editors. We buy products for testing at retail locations and do not accept unsolicited samples for testing. We list suggested sources for recommended products as a convenience to our readers but do not endorse specific retailers. When you choose to purchase our editorial recommendations from the links we provide, we may earn an affiliate commission. Prices are subject to change.

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