Kitchen Basics

117 Kitchen-Tested Products

Pepper Mills
Pepper Mills
We were looking for a mill that was easy to fill with peppercorns, had well-mark…
Published: August 2019
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Nonstick-Safe Spatulas
Nonstick-Safe Spatulas
Nonstick-safe spatulas are gentler on your cookware than metal versions. But are…
Published: June 2019
Large Liquid Measuring Cups
Large Liquid Measuring Cups
Large-volume liquid measuring cups are handy for bigger jobs. Which ones are bes…
Published: June 2019
Honing Rods
Honing Rods
It's supposed to keep your knife sharp, but does it work?
Published: July 2019
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Small Stand Mixers
Small Stand Mixers
Can smaller, lighter stand mixers pull their weight in the kitchen?
Published: April 2019
Kitchen Sponges
Kitchen Sponges
Doing dishes is a dirty job. Is there a kitchen sponge that makes it easier?
Published: April 2019
Stockpots
Stockpots
To find out, we boiled, stirred, and sautéed in every pot, ending up with gallon…
Published: April 2019
Tube Pans
Tube Pans
A tube pan may not seem like essential baking equipment—until you try making ang…
Published: January 2019
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Indoor Gardens
Indoor Gardens
Countertop garden systems promise to make it easy to grow fresh herbs. Do they d…
Published: January 2019
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Bento-Style Lunchboxes
Bento-Style Lunchboxes
These Japanese-inspired containers make it easy to pack a variety of foods into …
Published: January 2019
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Rimmed Baking Sheet Lid
Rimmed Baking Sheet Lid
No kitchen should be without a rimmed baking sheet and a matching wire rack. Is …
Published: September 2018
Glass Water Bottles
Glass Water Bottles
Glass water bottles have a fervent following, so we put them to the test. Were a…
Published: November 2018
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Silicone Brushes
Silicone Brushes
Silicone brushes can baste, glaze, and then clean up in the dishwasher. Which is…
Published: November 2018
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Oven Mitts for Kids
Oven Mitts for Kids
Cooking is all fun and games—until someone gets burnt.
Published: September 2018
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9-Inch Tongs
9-Inch Tongs
We typically reach for 12-inch tongs to protect our hands from heat and messes, …
Published: May 2018
Glass Food Storage Containers
Glass Food Storage Containers
Sturdy, stain-proof, and microwavable, glass can be a good choice for food stora…
Published: May 2018
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Plastic Food Storage Containers
Plastic Food Storage Containers
Could we find a well-made, easy-to-use container that wouldn't warp, stain, leak…
Published: March 2018
Flexible Cutting Mats
Flexible Cutting Mats
Thin, lightweight plastic mats are easier to lift, wash, and store than conventi…
Published: January 2018
Compact Spatulas
Compact Spatulas
The surprisingly versatile utensil that can handle (almost) anything.
Published: January 2018
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Wine Openers (Twist Corkscrews)
Wine Openers (Twist Corkscrews)
Wine can be intimidating. Your corkscrew shouldn’t make it more so.
Published: October 2017
Automatic Hand Soap Dispensers
Automatic Hand Soap Dispensers
Whether you’ve been handling raw chicken or buttery dough, there’s an easy way t…
Published: January 2018
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Small Cutting Boards
Small Cutting Boards
Compact cutting boards can be easier to handle and clean than their larger count…
Published: January 2018
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Santoku Knives
Santoku Knives
With its petite build and curved tip, this friendly-looking Japanese blade is gi…
Published: June 2017
Microwave Egg Cookers
Microwave Egg Cookers
We hatched a plan to find the best microwave egg cooker. But first we had to lo…
Published: November 2017
Stovetop Kettles
Stovetop Kettles
Double, double toil and trouble, fire burn and kettle bubble.
Published: July 2017
Plastic-Wrap Dispensers
Plastic-Wrap Dispensers
Are special dispensers for plastic wrap really worth buying? We found one that d…
Published: July 2017
Cheese Planes
Cheese Planes
Sometimes a knife just doesn’t cut it.
Published: September 2017
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Handheld Spiralizers
Handheld Spiralizers
Vegetable “noodles” aren’t going away, but tabletop spiralizers are bulky. Are s…
Published: September 2017
Ice Pop Molds
Ice Pop Molds
A simple design feature makes all the difference when it comes time to make—and …
Published: May 2017
Watermelon Slicer and Server
Watermelon Slicer and Server
Many of our kitchen drawers are filled with gadgets that are adept at performing…
Published: July 2017
Syrup/Honey Dispensers
Syrup/Honey Dispensers
What’s the best tool to control a sticky situation?
Published: March 2017
Reusable Storage Bags
Reusable Storage Bags
What’s the scoop on reusable storage bags?
Published: May 2017
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Portion Scoops
Portion Scoops
This restaurant-kitchen tool can make you a faster, more efficient home cook.
Published: January 2017
Citrus Zesters/Channel Knives
Citrus Zesters/Channel Knives
These dual-use tools are supposed to make pretty garnishes from citrus peels. Bu…
Published: November 2016
Gourd Tools
Gourd Tools
We tested three tools, rating them on their ability to scoop, de-string, and cut…
Published: September 2016
Food Mills
Food Mills
We wanted to know which food mill was the most stable, efficient, and easy to us…
Published: July 2016