Kitchen Basics

90 Kitchen-Tested Products

Digital Instant-Read Thermometers
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
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
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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9-Inch Tongs
9-Inch Tongs
We typically reach for 12-inch tongs to protect our hands from heat and messes, …
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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…
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Kitchen Shears
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
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
Parchment Paper
Parchment paper is simple. Why are so many products hard to use?
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Cast-Iron Skillet Handle Covers
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
Flexible Cutting Mats
Thin, lightweight plastic mats are easier to lift, wash, and store than conventi…
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Small Cutting Boards
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)
Wine Openers (Twist Corkscrews)
Wine can be intimidating. Your corkscrew shouldn’t make it more so.
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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…
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Cookie Presses
Cookie Presses
Could we find a cookie press that consistently produced beautiful cookies?
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Santoku Knives
Santoku Knives
With its petite build and curved tip, this friendly-looking Japanese blade is gi…
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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…
Meat Cleavers
Meat Cleavers
Traditional meat cleavers are built like medieval weapons. Could we find one fit…
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Stovetop Kettles
Stovetop Kettles
Double, double toil and trouble, fire burn and kettle bubble.
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Handheld Spiralizers
Handheld Spiralizers
Vegetable “noodles” aren’t going away, but tabletop spiralizers are bulky. Are s…
Plastic-Wrap Dispensers
Plastic-Wrap Dispensers
Are special dispensers for plastic wrap really worth buying? We found one that d…
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Cheese Planes
Cheese Planes
Sometimes a knife just doesn’t cut it.
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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…
Ice Pop Molds
Ice Pop Molds
A simple design feature makes all the difference when it comes time to make—and …
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Refrigerator/Freezer Thermometers
Refrigerator/Freezer Thermometers
Food quality and safety can be affected if temperatures go outside of the safe z…
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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, …
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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. Bu…
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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…
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Electric Kettles
Electric Kettles
Electric kettles are handy for making tea or coffee and for any cooking task tha…
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Slotted Spoons
Slotted Spoons
We rounded up eight dishwasher-safe nylon, silicone, and stainless-steel spoons,…
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Gourd Tools
Gourd Tools
We tested three tools, rating them on their ability to scoop, de-string, and cut…
Food Mills
Food Mills
We wanted to know which food mill was the most stable, efficient, and easy to us…
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