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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?

Blenders

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?

Vegetable Peelers

Published July 1, 2012.

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

Graters

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?

Sauté Pans

Published March 1, 2012.

These big, straight-sided vessels have their uses, but how much should you pay for a pan you don't pull out every day?

All-Purpose Spray Cleaners

Published January 1, 2012.

For cutting through grease, grime, and food splatters on counters, stoves, and cabinets, which household cleaning spray is best?

Knife Block Sets

Published November 1, 2011.

Nine pieces of matching cutlery, plus a block for easy storage? It could be a bargain—or a rip off.

Cutting Boards

Published September 1, 2011.

We thought we’d picked a winner—until our favorite board warped after just a few years. This time we upped the ante: three months of test kitchen boot camp.

Coolers

Published July 1, 2011.

The difference between a good cooler and a great one isn’t add-ons like cup holders and telescoping handles. The decisive element is much more fundamental: air.

Toaster Ovens

Published March 1, 2011.

Do you really need to spend $250 to get a good piece of toast?

Editors' Stocking Stuffers

Published December 1, 2010.

Buying a gift for your favorite foodie this season? Here are some gifts, chosen by the editors of America's Test Kitchen, that are guaranteed to impress.

Buying a Baking Stone

Published September 1, 2010.

The best baking stone in the world does you no good if it is not the proper fit for your oven.

Choosing an Inexpensive Ice Cream Maker

Published September 1, 2010.

We pitted inexpensive ice cream makers against their pricey counterparts to see if it is really worth more than $200 for a bowl of ice cream.

Testing Plastic Food Storage Containers

Published May 1, 2010.

We froze, washed, shook, microwaved, and dropped eight different storage containers and found only one model that could pass our battery of tests.

Buying Fish Spatulas

Published March 1, 2010.

When working with delicate foods, there is no substitute for a sturdy, flexible fish spatula.

Fat Separators

Published January 1, 2010.

When used properly, this tool is the best way to remove fat from pan drippings.

Using Portion Scoops

Published September 1, 2009.

In the test kitchen, we use portion scoops for everyday tasks. Here's why they make such a good measuring tool for more than just ice cream.

Green Skillets

Published September 1, 2009.

Eco-friendly nonstick skillets promise to help the planet while they cook your dinner. But do any actually measure up?

Electric Griddles

Published January 1, 2009.

A great griddle should heat up quickly, clean up easily, and have plenty of cooking space on a nonstick surface. We tested seven models to find the best griddle at the best price.

Traditional Skillets

Published January 1, 2009.

A 12-inch skillet should last a lifetime and cook almost anything. But does quality construction have to cost top dollar?

Silicone Spatulas

Published July 1, 2008.

Newfangled silicone spatulas are too flimsy, too rigid, weirdly shaped, or uncomfortable to hold. Do any avoid these problems and deliver a better tool?

Serving Pie

Published July 1, 2008.

Without a sharp and steady pie server, and the right slicing technique, dessert can go from flawless to fractured in moments.

Stand vs. Hand-Held Mixers

Published March 1, 2008.

In head-to-head competitions, stand mixers always best hand-held mixers. So does it make sense to even buy a hand-held mixer?

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