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Essential Equipment

Step 1 to pulling off a successful holiday meal? Arming yourself with the right tools. Shop smart with our equipment reviews.

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Carving Boards

Clever features on new carving boards promise easier carving and serving. But do…

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Fat Separators

We tested six 4-cup fat separators made of glass or plastic, ranging in price fr…

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Rimmed Baking Sheets

A rimmed baking sheet is essential for sheet cakes and handy for cookies. But if…

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Digital Instant-Read Thermometers

We've recommended a Thermapen for more than a decade, but there's new competitio…

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Electric Knives

Motorized cutlery may seem like a 1960s artifact, but we found one newer model t…

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Pie Servers

Don't destroy your pretty pie with a subpar serving tool.

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Potato Mashers

What makes a great potato masher?

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Paring Knives

For precision cuts, call on the (cheap) little guy.

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Wine Openers (Twist Corkscrews)

Wine can be intimidating. Your corkscrew shouldn’t make it more so.

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9-Inch Tongs

We typically reach for 12-inch tongs to protect our hands from heat and messes, …

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Flexible Cutting Mats

Thin, lightweight plastic mats are easier to lift, wash, and store than conventi…

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Large Saucepans

Most of us use a large saucepan daily, so it’s important to own one that perform…

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Silicone Baking Mats

For cookies and tuiles, silicone baking mats are as good as parchment—and someti…

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Parchment Paper

Parchment paper is simple. Why are so many products hard to use?

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Dutch Ovens

Dutch ovens do it all. But which pot makes “it all” easiest?

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Plastic Food Storage Containers

Could we find a well-made, easy-to-use container that wouldn't warp, stain, leak…

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Glass Food Storage Containers

Sturdy, stain-proof, and microwavable, glass can be a good choice for food stora…

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Pastry Brushes

Finding the best pastry brush is a delicate business.

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Plastic Wrap

Using plastic wrap can be an exercise in frustration. Could we find a stress-fre…

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Kitchen Tongs

Which pair offers the best precision and comfort?

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Garlic Presses

Sure, you can mince garlic with a knife, but a good garlic press makes the job f…

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Immersion Blenders

Manufacturers brag about speeds and power, but what really makes a good blender?…

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Rasp-Style Graters

We love the Microplane Classic, but it’s not the only rasp around anymore. Can a…

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Paper Towels

It took 96 rolls—88,608 sheets—to find one phenomenal paper towel.

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Bundt Pans

Our testing proved that all Bundt pans are not created equal.

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Slow Cookers

Can machines designed for the same simple purpose—cooking food slowly enough th…

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Silicone Spatulas

A spatula should feel like an extension of your arm, nimbly stirring, scraping, …

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Tart Pans

For making crisp-looking tarts, pans with a sharper, fluted design have the edge…

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Fine-Mesh Strainers

These handy tools are useless unless they live up to their names.

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Fire Extinguishers

When you have only seconds to put out a kitchen fire, you want an extinguisher t…

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Reusable Storage Bags

What’s the scoop on reusable storage bags?

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Turkey Brining Bags

With all the preparation that goes into the Thanksgiving turkey—do you really ne…

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Mini Slow Cookers

They may look like novelty items, but these itty-bitty slow cookers are more ver…

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Lid Holders

Do you really need a lid holder? Turns out, you just might.

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Wine Coolers

Warm white wine? No thanks. These gadgets help your wine stay cool.

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Santoku Knives

With its petite build and curved tip, this friendly-looking Japanese blade is gi…

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Small Roasting Pans with Racks

Our full-size roasting pan is perfect for big holiday meals. Could we find a sca…

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Meat Cleavers

Traditional meat cleavers are built like medieval weapons. Could we find one fit…

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Ramekins

Ramekins have had the same classic shape for centuries. But is traditional best?

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Inexpensive Blenders

Our winning midrange and high-end blenders are excellent—but pricey. Could we fi…

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Cookie Presses

Could we find a cookie press that consistently produced beautiful cookies?

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Lids for Cast-Iron Pans

Lodge, now makes two dedicated lids, sold separately, that fit its 12-inch tradi…

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Digital Instant-Read Thermometers

We've recommended a Thermapen for more than a decade, but there's new competitio…

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Biscuit Cutters

Do biscuit cutters really matter?

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Baking Stones & Baking Steels

We tested five models of baking stones (also called pizza stones) and baking ste…

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Glass Baking Dishes

We tested five 3-quart glass baking dishes priced from $7.29 to $18.77, using th…

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