Kitchen Basics

99 Kitchen-Tested Products

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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Dutch Ovens
Published: September 2018
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Compact Spatulas
The surprisingly versatile utensil that can handle (almost) anything.
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Cookie Presses
Published: November 2017
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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
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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
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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
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Handheld Spiralizers
Vegetable “noodles” aren’t going away, but tabletop spiralizers are bulky. Are s…
Plastic-Wrap Dispensers
Published: September 2017
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Plastic-Wrap Dispensers
Are special dispensers for plastic wrap really worth buying? We found one that d…
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Cheese Planes
Published: September 2017
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Cheese Planes
Sometimes a knife just doesn’t cut it.
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Watermelon Slicer and Server
Published: July 2017
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Watermelon Slicer and Server
Many of our kitchen drawers are filled with gadgets that are adept at performing…
Ice Pop Molds
Published: July 2017
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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
Published: May 2017
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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
Published: May 2017
Reusable Storage Bags
What’s the scoop on reusable storage bags?
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Syrup/Honey Dispensers
Published: May 2017
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Syrup/Honey Dispensers
What’s the best tool to control a sticky situation?
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Silicone Spatulas
Published: March 2017
Silicone Spatulas
A spatula should feel like an extension of your arm, nimbly stirring, scraping, …
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