Kitchen Basics

112 Kitchen-Tested Products

Small Stand Mixers
Published: May 2019
Small Stand Mixers
Can smaller, lighter stand mixers pull their weight in the kitchen?
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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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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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Potholders
Published: April 2019
Potholders
Don't get burned by bad potholders. We tested nine sets to find two models that …
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12-Inch Stainless-Steel Skillets
Published: January 2019
12-Inch Stainless-Steel Skillets
Our longtime favorite 12-inch pan by All-Clad faces new competition. Is it still…
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Tube Pans
Published: January 2019
Tube Pans
A tube pan may not seem like essential baking equipment—until you try making ang…
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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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Bento-Style Lunchboxes
Published: January 2019
Bento-Style Lunchboxes
These Japanese-inspired containers make it easy to pack a variety of foods into …
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Rimmed Baking Sheet Lid
Published: January 2019
Rimmed Baking Sheet Lid
No kitchen should be without a rimmed baking sheet and a matching wire rack. Is …
Glass Water Bottles
Published: November 2018
Glass Water Bottles
Glass water bottles have a fervent following, so we put them to the test. Were a…
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Silicone Brushes
Published: November 2018
Silicone Brushes
Silicone brushes can baste, glaze, and then clean up in the dishwasher. Which is…
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Funnels
Published: September 2018
Funnels
One simple tool can prevent so many messes.
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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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Large Dutch Ovens
Published: September 2018
Large Dutch Ovens
Dutch ovens do it all. But which pot makes “it all” easiest?
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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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Digital Instant-Read Thermometers
Published: July 2018
Digital Instant-Read Thermometers
We've recommended a Thermapen for more than a decade, but there's new competitio…
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Collapsible Steamer Baskets
Published: July 2018
Collapsible Steamer Baskets
A bad steamer basket can be a hot mess. Could we find a good one?
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Chef's Knives for Kids
Published: July 2018
Chef's Knives for Kids
When kids help in the kitchen, they need real tools—not toys. Which knives are s…
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Glass Food Storage Containers
Published: May 2018
Glass Food Storage Containers
Sturdy, stain-proof, and microwavable, glass can be a good choice for food stora…
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Kitchen Shears
Published: May 2018
Kitchen Shears
A pair of scissors can be a sheer pleasure to use in the kitchen—if you get the …
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Plastic Food Storage Containers
Published: May 2018
Plastic Food Storage Containers
Could we find a well-made, easy-to-use container that wouldn't warp, stain, leak…
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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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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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Flexible Cutting Mats
Published: March 2018
Flexible Cutting Mats
Thin, lightweight plastic mats are easier to lift, wash, and store than conventi…
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Small Cutting Boards
Published: January 2018
Small Cutting Boards
Compact cutting boards can be easier to handle and clean than their larger count…
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Wine Openers (Twist Corkscrews)
Published: January 2018
Wine Openers (Twist Corkscrews)
Wine can be intimidating. Your corkscrew shouldn’t make it more so.
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Automatic Hand Soap Dispensers
Published: January 2018
Automatic Hand Soap Dispensers
Whether you’ve been handling raw chicken or buttery dough, there’s an easy way t…
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Compact Spatulas
Published: January 2018
Compact Spatulas
The surprisingly versatile utensil that can handle (almost) anything.
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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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Santoku Knives
Published: September 2017
Santoku Knives
With its petite build and curved tip, this friendly-looking Japanese blade is gi…
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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…
Meat Cleavers
Published: November 2017
Meat Cleavers
Traditional meat cleavers are built like medieval weapons. Could we find one fit…
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Stovetop Kettles
Published: September 2017
Stovetop Kettles
Double, double toil and trouble, fire burn and kettle bubble.
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Handheld Spiralizers
Published: September 2017
Handheld Spiralizers
Vegetable “noodles” aren’t going away, but tabletop spiralizers are bulky. Are s…
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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