Kitchen Basics

43 Kitchen-Tested Products

Nonstick-Safe Spatulas
Published: June 2019
Nonstick-Safe Spatulas
Nonstick-safe spatulas are gentler on your cookware than metal versions. But are…
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Large Liquid Measuring Cups
Published: June 2019
Large Liquid Measuring Cups
Large-volume liquid measuring cups are handy for bigger jobs. Which ones are bes…
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Kitchen Sponges
Published: May 2019
Kitchen Sponges
Doing dishes is a dirty job. Is there a kitchen sponge that makes it easier? 
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Stockpots
Published: May 2019
Stockpots
To find out, we boiled, stirred, and sautéed in every pot, ending up with gallon…
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Indoor Gardens
Published: January 2019
Indoor Gardens
Countertop garden systems promise to make it easy to grow fresh herbs. Do they d…
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Oven Mitts for Kids
Published: September 2018
Oven Mitts for Kids
Cooking is all fun and games—until someone gets burnt.
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9-Inch Tongs
Published: July 2018
9-Inch Tongs
We typically reach for 12-inch tongs to protect our hands from heat and messes, …
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Microwave Egg Cookers
Published: November 2017
Microwave Egg Cookers
We hatched a plan to find the best microwave egg cooker. But first we had to lo…
Plastic-Wrap Dispensers
Published: September 2017
Plastic-Wrap Dispensers
Are special dispensers for plastic wrap really worth buying? We found one that d…
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Handheld Spiralizers
Published: September 2017
Handheld Spiralizers
Vegetable “noodles” aren’t going away, but tabletop spiralizers are bulky. Are s…
Watermelon Slicer and Server
Published: July 2017
Watermelon Slicer and Server
Many of our kitchen drawers are filled with gadgets that are adept at performing…
Reusable Storage Bags
Published: May 2017
Reusable Storage Bags
What’s the scoop on reusable storage bags?
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Refrigerator/Freezer Thermometers
Published: May 2017
Refrigerator/Freezer Thermometers
Food quality and safety can be affected if temperatures go outside of the safe z…
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Gourd Tools
Published: September 2016
Gourd Tools
We tested three tools, rating them on their ability to scoop, de-string, and cut…
Innovative Food Wrap
Published: January 2014
Innovative Food Wrap
Is this environmentally friendly plastic wrap alternative a viable option?
Silicone Food Covers
Published: November 2013
Silicone Food Covers
Flexible, silicone food covers help reduce the need for plastic wrap in both foo…
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Innovative Ice Cube Trays
Published: May 2013
Innovative Ice Cube Trays
No freezer is complete without a good ice tray. We tested some new designs that …
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Dish Squeegee
Published: May 2012
Dish Squeegee
Caked-on sauce and gummy dough were no match for this eco-friendly sponge.
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Wash Basin
Published: January 2012
Wash Basin
For your most delicate glassware, even handwashing in the sink may be too risky.
Large Coolers
Published: August 2018
Large Coolers
Premium coolers have become aspirational accessories, but do you really need to …
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Produce Keepers
Published: July 2010
Produce Keepers
A new wave of “produce keepers” is cramming supermarket shelves, promising to ex…
Soap-Filled Scrub Brushes
Published: September 2009
Soap-Filled Scrub Brushes
Can any of these brushes outscrub our trusty scouring pad?
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Funnels
Published: September 2018
Funnels
One simple tool can prevent so many messes.
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Parchment Paper
Published: March 2018
Parchment Paper
Parchment paper is simple. Why are so many products hard to use?
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Electric Kettles
Published: September 2016
Electric Kettles
Electric kettles are handy for making tea or coffee and for any cooking task tha…
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Heavy-Duty Cutting Boards
Published: April 2019
Heavy-Duty Cutting Boards
A good wood or bamboo cutting board can serve you well for years to come. Which …
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Universal Knife Blocks
Published: November 2016
Universal Knife Blocks
We tested 10 universal knife blocks priced from about $25 to just under $250, us…
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Cast-Iron Skillet Handle Covers
Published: March 2018
Cast-Iron Skillet Handle Covers
When your cast-iron skillet is too hot to handle, can these covers help you out?
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Plastic Wrap
Published: June 2018
Plastic Wrap
Using plastic wrap can be an exercise in frustration. Could we find a stress-fre…
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Cookie Presses
Published: November 2017
Cookie Presses
Could we find a cookie press that consistently produced beautiful cookies?
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Meat Cleavers
Published: November 2017
Meat Cleavers
Traditional meat cleavers are built like medieval weapons. Could we find one fit…
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Salt Storage Containers
Published: May 2016
Salt Storage Containers
Salt containers placed near the stove make it easy to season a steak or a pot of…
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Can Openers
Published: April 2019
Can Openers
Our previous winner billed itself as “magic,” but our test cooks found it confus…
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Rolling Pins for Kids
Published: September 2019
Rolling Pins for Kids
Could we find a rolling pin small enough for kids to use but large enough to get…
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Pepper Mills
Published: August 2019
Pepper Mills
We were looking for a mill that was easy to fill with peppercorns, had well-mark…
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The Best Plastic Food Storage Containers for Every Need
Published: July 2019
The Best Plastic Food Storage Containers for Every Need
We bought several sizes of our favorite plastic container to see which are most …
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