Kitchen Basics

123 Kitchen-Tested Products

The Best Plastic Food Storage Containers for Every Need
The Best Plastic Food Storage Containers for Every Need
We bought several sizes of our favorite plastic container to see which are most …
Published: July 2019
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The Best Glass Storage Containers for Every Need
The Best Glass Storage Containers for Every Need
We found the right sizes for everything from a serving of salad dressing to a bi…
Published: July 2019
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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
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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
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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: May 2019
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Kitchen Sponges
Kitchen Sponges
Doing dishes is a dirty job. Is there a kitchen sponge that makes it easier? 
Published: May 2019
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Stockpots
Stockpots
To find out, we boiled, stirred, and sautéed in every pot, ending up with gallon…
Published: May 2019
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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: January 2019
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: July 2018
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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: May 2018
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Flexible Cutting Mats
Flexible Cutting Mats
Thin, lightweight plastic mats are easier to lift, wash, and store than conventi…
Published: January 2018
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Compact Spatulas
Compact Spatulas
The surprisingly versatile utensil that can handle (almost) anything.
Published: October 2017
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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: January 2018
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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: September 2017
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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: September 2017
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Plastic-Wrap Dispensers
Plastic-Wrap Dispensers
Are special dispensers for plastic wrap really worth buying? We found one that d…
Published: September 2017
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Cheese Planes
Cheese Planes
Sometimes a knife just doesn’t cut it.
Published: July 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: July 2017
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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
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Reusable Storage Bags
Reusable Storage Bags
What’s the scoop on reusable storage bags?
Published: May 2017
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Large Portion Scoops
Large 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
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