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125 Kitchen-Tested Products

Manual Pasta Machines
Manual Pasta Machines
What separates a great pasta machine from one that’s just good?
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Fine-Mesh Strainers
Fine-Mesh Strainers
These handy tools are useless unless they live up to their names.
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Fat Separators
Fat Separators
We tested six 4-cup fat separators made of glass or plastic, ranging in price from $11.99 to $33.95.
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Cocktail Shakers
Cocktail Shakers
We tested three Boston shakers and eight cobbler shakers with capacities ranging from 16 to 28 ounces and priced from $8.99 to $41.95, using them to make stirre…
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Spider Skimmers
Spider Skimmers
A bad skimmer can turn even the most patient cook into a basket case.
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Smart Scales
Smart Scales
How do high-tech "smart" scales stack up against our favorite digital scale?
Digital Kitchen Scales
Digital Kitchen Scales
No matter what you’re cooking or baking, weighing the ingredients helps guarantee perfect results. But only if your scale is accurate and easy to use.
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Chain Mail Scrubbers
Chain Mail Scrubbers
Can these little gadgets clean cast iron better than oil and salt?
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Canning Jar Lifters
Canning Jar Lifters
Canning jar lifters are essential for home canning. To find the very best one, we tested four nationally available models, priced from about $6 to about $11, li…
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Avocado Gadgets
Avocado Gadgets
As avocados have become more common in American kitchens, so, too, have specialized gadgets that promise to make it easier, neater, and safer than using a knif…
Spiralizers
Spiralizers
Spiral vegetable cutters, or spiralizers, cut fruits and vegetables into long noodles and ribbons for “pastas,” salads, and side dishes.
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Manual Spice Grinders
Manual Spice Grinders
We tested six spice grinders by grinding measured amounts of cumin seeds at the finest and coarsest settings and then grinding a teaspoon of dried rosemary need…
Salad Dressing Shakers
Salad Dressing Shakers
We tested seven salad dressing shakers to see if we could find one worth buying.
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Instant-Read Thermometers
Instant-Read Thermometers
The test kitchen's favorite instant-read thermometer gets an upgrade
Wearable Timers
Wearable Timers
An extra minute of cooking time can spell disaster for a dish. Timers that hang from a lanyard around your neck or clip to a pocket allow you to move freely aro…
Manual Citrus Juicers
Manual Citrus Juicers
The Amco Houseworks Lemon Squeezer has long been our favorite manual citrus juicer. But when we started replacing kitchen copies every couple of months because …
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Pie Carriers
Pie Carriers
Traveling with a delicate pie can feel like tempting fate, but a good pie carrier can make the task easier and more secure.
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Champagne Savers
Champagne Savers
Champagne savers promise to keep champagne and sparkling wine fresh for anywhere from three days to a few months. Do they deliver?
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Oven Thermometers
Oven Thermometers
An oven thermometer is the only reliable way to know what’s happening inside your oven—unless you have a model that’s inaccurate, hard to read, or falls off the…
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Spatula-Spoons (Spoonulas)
Spatula-Spoons (Spoonulas)
A spatula-spoon (or “spoonula”) promises to serve both functions in one handy item. But can it really replace two must-have kitchen tools or is it just a clever…
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Jar Openers
Jar Openers
We tested seven jar openers and tested them on jars of all shapes, sizes, and materials to find the best all around pick.
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Insulated Shopping Totes
Insulated Shopping Totes
We tested six insulated shopping totes in order to find an easy-to-carry tote that could keep our groceries at a food-safe temperature for at least an hour.
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Cold Brew Coffee Makers
Cold Brew Coffee Makers
We tested 7 cold brewing products, as well as our DIY method, using our favorite medium-roast coffee.
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Grillbot
Grillbot
Could a robotic grill cleaner be the answer to your grill-cleaning woes?
Knife Sharpeners
Knife Sharpeners
What if you could buy a sharpener that not only repaired the new breed of ultrathin chef’s knives but also honed the wider cutting edge of more traditional blad…
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Remote Thermometers
Remote Thermometers
Remote thermometers allow you to monitor, from a distance, the temperature of food cooking on the grill, the stovetop, or in the oven. We tested six models to f…
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Mason Jar Adapters
Mason Jar Adapters
Mason jars make great food-storage containers, but the traditional lid offers limited functionality. We tested two products that promise to make mason jars more…
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Ice Cream Scoops
Ice Cream Scoops
We tested seven classic and innovative ice cream scoop designs, as well as a portion scoop, to find the best model for scooping high-quality, dense ice cream.
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Rust Erasers for Carbon-Steel Knives
Rust Erasers for Carbon-Steel Knives
Rust erasers promise to rub away the unsightly corrosion that can build up carbon-steel knives. We tested five models to see if any would be worth buying.
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Thermal Food Jars
Thermal Food Jars
We tested six thermal food jars to see if any could keep their contents not only palatably hot or cold but also food-safe for several hours.
Jar Spatulas
Jar Spatulas
We tested nine models to see how well they could scrape out jars of marinara sauce, molasses, mayonnaise, honey, and Nutella.
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Laundry Stain Removers
Laundry Stain Removers
Stain removers abound, all guaranteeing spotless results on the first try. The reality? When it comes to getting out stubborn food stains, almost none of them w…
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Warming Trays
Warming Trays
Warming trays can be a godsend for serving and entertaining—but do they really keep food at a safe temperature?
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Bowl Stabilizer
Bowl Stabilizer
Having trouble keeping your mixing bowl stable when mixing or whisking ingredients? This useful gadget addresses that very problem.
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Apple Corers
Apple Corers
We used six new apple corers as well as our old favorite to core bushels of apples.
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Insulated Food Carriers
Insulated Food Carriers
Insulated carriers used to be for pizza delivery workers or caterers only, but we found five models designed to keep your famous lasagna piping hot all the way …
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