Kitchen Basics

78 Kitchen-Tested Products

Plastic-Wrap Dispensers
Plastic-Wrap Dispensers
Are special dispensers for plastic wrap really worth buying? We found one that definitely is.
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Stovetop Kettles
Stovetop Kettles
Double, double toil and trouble, fire burn and kettle bubble.
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Cheese Planes
Cheese Planes
Sometimes a knife just doesn’t cut it.
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Handheld Spiralizers
Handheld Spiralizers
Vegetable “noodles” aren’t going away, but tabletop spiralizers are bulky. Are smaller, handheld versions up to the task?
Watermelon Slicer and Server
Watermelon Slicer and Server
Many of our kitchen drawers are filled with gadgets that are adept at performing a single task. Did we need to make room for another one?
Ice Pop Molds
Ice Pop Molds
A simple design feature makes all the difference when it comes time to make—and eat—ice pops.
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Refrigerator/Freezer Thermometers
Refrigerator/Freezer Thermometers
Food quality and safety can be affected if temperatures go outside of the safe zone for too long.
Reusable Storage Bags
Reusable Storage Bags
What’s the scoop on reusable storage bags?
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Syrup/Honey Dispensers
Syrup/Honey Dispensers
What’s the best tool to control a sticky situation?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Salt Storage Containers
Salt Storage Containers
Salt containers placed near the stove make it easy to season a steak or a pot of boiling water on the fly. We put five to the test.
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Mini Prep Bowl Sets
Mini Prep Bowl Sets
Mini prep bowls allow cooks to measure out, separate, and organize these elements, making cooking tidier and more efficient.
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Carving Boards
Carving Boards
Clever features on new carving boards promise easier carving and serving. But does clever always mean useful?
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Mixing Bowls
Mixing Bowls
This most basic piece of cooking equipment might not seem worthy of scrutiny—until you have one that wobbles when you whisk, slips in your hand, or traps food i…
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Food Storage Bags
Food Storage Bags
Crummy plastic food storage bags leak, rip, and are tricky to seal. We wanted a strong, leakproof bag that would close securely without a fuss and keep food fre…
Soup Ladles
Soup Ladles
We put five soup ladles to the test.
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Innovative Food Wrap
Innovative Food Wrap
Is this environmentally friendly plastic wrap alternative a viable option?
Skewers
Skewers
We got grilling with six different sets to find the best of the bunch.
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Cutting Boards
Cutting Boards
We thought we’d picked a winner—until our favorite board warped after just a few years. This time we upped the ante: three months of test kitchen boot camp.
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Parchment Paper
Parchment Paper
Parchment paper is a work horse in our kitchen—can any retail-grade brand match the sheets we order from professional kitchen stores?
Potholders
Potholders
Cool is good, hot is not.
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Santoku Knives
Santoku Knives
With its petite build and curved tip, this friendly-looking Japanese blade is giving Western-style chef’s knives a run for their money. But does it offer someth…
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Paper Towels
Paper Towels
It took 96 rolls—88,608 sheets—to find one phenomenal paper towel.
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Ice Packs
Ice Packs
Ice is cheap and effective, but it can leave a sloshy mess in your cooler. Is there a better solution for keeping the contents of your cooler cold?
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Rasp-Style Graters
Rasp-Style Graters
We love the Microplane Classic, but it’s not the only rasp around anymore. Can any of the newcomers top our old favorite? 
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