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Silicone Spatulas
Silicone Spatulas
A spatula should feel like an extension of your arm, nimbly stirring, scraping, and folding any food you put in its path. Why is a good one so hard to find?
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Magnetic Knife Strips
Magnetic Knife Strips
No one wants to scrape their knuckles when they go to grab a knife.
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Manual Pasta Machines
Manual Pasta Machines
What separates a great pasta machine from one that’s just good?
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Fine-Mesh Strainers
Fine-Mesh Strainers
These handy tools are useless unless they live up to their names.
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Tart Pans
Tart Pans
For making crisp-looking tarts, pans with a sharper, fluted design have the edge.
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Citrus Zesters/Channel Knives
Citrus Zesters/Channel Knives
These dual-use tools are supposed to make pretty garnishes from citrus peels. But were any ready for prime time?
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Bundt Pans
Bundt Pans
Our testing proved that all Bundt pans are not created equal.
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Portion Scoops
Portion Scoops
This restaurant-kitchen tool can make you a faster, more efficient home cook.
Thermal Carafes
Thermal Carafes
Could we find a thermal carafe that excelled with both hot and cold liquids?
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Slow Cookers
Slow Cookers
Can machines designed for the same simple purpose—cooking food slowly enough that you can walk away—be all that different? You’d be surprised.
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Fat Separators
Fat Separators
We tested six 4-cup fat separators made of glass or plastic, ranging in price from $11.99 to $33.95.
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Cooling Racks
Cooling Racks
We tested three wire cooling racks priced from $7.99 to $12.95, focusing on models that fit inside standard-size rimmed baking sheets.
Cocktail Shakers
Cocktail Shakers
We tested three Boston shakers and eight cobbler shakers with capacities ranging from 16 to 28 ounces and priced from $8.99 to $41.95, using them to make stirre…
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Universal Knife Blocks
Universal Knife Blocks
We tested 10 universal knife blocks priced from $24.99 to $248.64, using them to hold our winning and Best Buy à la carte knife sets, each featuring a chef’s kn…
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Glass Baking Dishes
Glass Baking Dishes
We tested five 3-quart glass baking dishes priced from $7.29 to $18.77, using them to make sheet cake and lasagna.
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Rimmed Baking Sheets
Rimmed Baking Sheets
A rimmed baking sheet is essential for sheet cakes and handy for cookies. But if yours is flimsy or you use it only for baking, you’re not getting your money’s…
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Baking Stones & Baking Steels
Baking Stones & Baking Steels
We tested five models of baking stones (also called pizza stones) and baking steels, preparing pizza, bread, and roast turkey and evaluating their performance a…
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Food Dehydrators
Food Dehydrators
To find the best dehydrator, we purchased five models and set them to work creating some of our favorite dried snacks (apple chips, kale chips, beef jerky, and …
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Electric Kettles
Electric Kettles
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 th…
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Slotted Spoons
Slotted Spoons
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…
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Gourd Tools
Gourd Tools
We tested three tools, rating them on their ability to scoop, de-string, and cut (where applicable) honeydew melons, butternut squash, and pumpkins.
Food Mills
Food Mills
We wanted to know which food mill was the most stable, efficient, and easy to use.
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Ice Cream Makers
Ice Cream Makers
Home ice cream makers are well worth the money and counter space—if you buy a good one.
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Smart Scales
Smart Scales
How do high-tech "smart" scales stack up against our favorite digital scale?
Digital Kitchen Scales
Digital Kitchen Scales
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.
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Paella Pans
Paella Pans
Are all paella pans created equally?
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Spider Skimmers
Spider Skimmers
A bad skimmer can turn even the most patient cook into a basket case.
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Charcoal Fire Starters
Charcoal Fire Starters
Charcoal fire starters promise to light charcoal—even when wet. Do they work?
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Chain Mail Scrubbers
Chain Mail Scrubbers
Can these little gadgets clean cast iron better than oil and salt?
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Canning Jar Lifters
Canning Jar Lifters
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, li…
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Dry Storage Containers
Dry Storage Containers
Dry storage containers are designed to ensure that staples like flour and sugar stay fresh, dry, and safe from bugs or dust.
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Gas Grills Under $500
Gas Grills Under $500
It doesn’t matter how powerful a grill is. If it can’t distribute and hold the heat where you want it, your food will suffer.
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Avocado Gadgets
Avocado Gadgets
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 knif…
Barbecue Basting Brushes
Barbecue Basting Brushes
We tested our old favorite barbecue basting brush against five new silicone brushes priced between $8.49 and $14.95.
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Flat Whisks
Flat Whisks
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 th…
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Spiralizers
Spiralizers
Spiral vegetable cutters, or spiralizers, cut fruits and vegetables into long noodles and ribbons for “pastas,” salads, and side dishes.
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