Kitchen Basics

82 Kitchen-Tested Products

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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Dry Storage Containers
Dry Storage Containers
Dry storage containers are designed to ensure that staples like flour and sugar …
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Flat Whisks
Flat Whisks
We tested six flat whisks, using them to make a béchamel sauce and a pan sauce f…
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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…
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Mini Prep Bowl Sets
Mini Prep Bowl Sets
Mini prep bowls allow cooks to measure out, separate, and organize these element…
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Carving Boards
Carving Boards
Clever features on new carving boards promise easier carving and serving. But do…
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Mixing Bowls
Mixing Bowls
This most basic piece of cooking equipment might not seem worthy of scrutiny—unt…
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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 …
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…
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Parchment Paper
Parchment Paper
Parchment paper is a work horse in our kitchen—can any retail-grade brand match …
Potholders
Potholders
Cool is good, hot is not.
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