Slow Cookers

Published January 1, 2017.

Can machines designed for the same simple purpose—cooking food slowly enough that you can walk away—be all that different? You’d be surprised.

Rimmed Baking Sheets

Published November 1, 2016.

A rimmed baking sheet is essential for sheet cakes and handy for cookies. But if yours is flimsy or you use it only for baking, you’re not getting your money’s worth.


Published March 1, 2016.

An ordinary saucepan has its uses, but once you experience the ease of stirring in a saucier, you’ll wonder how you ever did without one.

Food Processors

Published January 1, 2016.

How much do you need to spend to get a machine that makes light work of chopping, slicing, shredding, and mixing?

Oven Thermometers

Published November 1, 2015.

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 racks.

Carbon-Steel Skillets

Published September 1, 2015.

What if one pan could do everything the best traditional stainless-steel, cast-iron, and nonstick pans can do—and, in some cases, even do it a little better?

Knife Sharpeners

Published July 1, 2015.

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 blades?

Cast-Iron Skillets

Published May 1, 2015.

Cheap and tough, a cast-iron skillet is a kitchen workhorse, but the upkeep makes some cooks balk. Could enameled cast-iron pans, which need no special care, top the classic?

Laundry Stain Removers

Published March 1, 2015.

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 work.

Carving Boards

Published January 1, 2015.

Clever features on new carving boards promise easier carving and serving. But does clever always mean useful?

Carbon-Steel Knives

Published November 1, 2014.

Carbon-steel enthusiasts have long considered these knives sharper and more durable than stainless. But do they really perform better—and are they worth the upkeep?

Mixing Bowls

Published September 1, 2014.

This most basic piece of cooking equipment might not seem worthy of scrutiny—until you have one that wobbles when you whisk, slips in your hand, or traps food in its crevices.

Science: Gluten-Free Pizza Dough

Published May 1, 2014.

Creating a great gluten-free pizza crust required weeks of thinking and experimenting. Dan Souza shows us the science behind the success.


Published March 1, 2014.

A colander is just a bowl with holes, right? Chasing loose pasta around the sink may change your mind about that.

13 by 9-Inch Baking Pans/Dishes

Published January 1, 2014.

Could it possibly make much difference which metal 13 by 9-inch pan you use? Several dozen rounds of baking later, the answer was an unequivocal yes.

Stand Mixers (High-End)

Published November 1, 2013.

A stand mixer is one of the most expensive appliances in your kitchen, so it had better do it all—from whipping a single egg white to kneading thick pizza dough.

Chef's Knives

Published September 1, 2013.

One chef’s knife has been a champ in our kitchen for nearly two decades. Can any other blade come close to offering what it does—and at a bargain price?

Innovative Cookware

Published July 1, 2013.

Can newfangled designs improve on—or even stand up to—the tried-and-true pots and pans we’ve used for years?

Charcoal Grills

Published May 1, 2013.

We’ve happily made do with Weber’s basic kettle for years. But would newer, more tricked-out charcoal cookers be worth the upgrade?

Automatic Drip Coffee Makers

Published March 1, 2013.

The success of our favorite—but very pricey—Dutch automatic drip model spurred the launch of new rivals. Could any brew a great cup with less pain to our wallets?

Pressure Cookers

Published January 1, 2013.

The convenience, ease, and (yes!) safety of the modern pressure cooker will put dinner on the table fast—and make it taste as if you spent the whole day at the stove.

Pepper Mills

Published November 1, 2012.

This everyday gadget has been designed and redesigned a thousand times. But does a fancier mill mean the perfect grind?


Published September 1, 2012.

When our affordable favorite went kaput after less than a year, we had to wonder: How much would we need to spend for durability and a little peace of mind?

Fruit/Vegetable Peelers

Published July 1, 2012.

Why do some peelers skin produce with ease while others barely make the cut?


Published May 1, 2012.

A box grater has always been the go-to tool for shredding cheese and vegetables by hand. But given that most of us only ever use one side, shouldn’t there be something better?

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