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21 Kitchen Products That’ll Make Cooking Feel A Lot Less Daunting

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You mean to tell me that cooking isn’t all that scary? I’m listening.

We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

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An Instant Pot that’ll pretty much become your new favorite gadget — this thing is a pressure cooker, a slow cooker, a rice cooker, a steamer, a sauté-r, a yogurt maker, and a warmer all in ONE.


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It can prepare food up to 70% faster than other methods. It can keep food warm automatically for up to 10 hours, and there are three temperatures for sautéing and slow-cooking. The inner cooking pot, lid, and steam-rack are dishwasher-safe! Check out our write-up about the incredible Instant Pot!

Promising review: “This is quite possibly the coolest, most versatile kitchen gadget I’ve ever owned. I love it so much that I’ve purchased two more for friends and relatives. What can it do? I think the real question is ‘What can’t it do?’ I truly believe you could replace every cooking appliance (including your oven and stove top) and do EVERYTHING in the Instant Pot. I purchased two sizes for my own use: the 3-quart (which is my almost-every-day workhorse for two-person dishes) and the 8-quart (which I bring out to handle my dinner party dishes). Everything I’ve tried has been fabulous. In the realm of kitchen appliances, there is no better investment than the Instant Pot. Highly recommended!!!” —Stereoman

Get it from Amazon for $59.99+ (available in three styles, and three sizes).

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A rapid egg cooker to prepare your favorite style of the yummy breakfast food EGGtra quick — hard/medium/soft boiled, poached, scrambled, omelet — breakfast for every meal anyone?


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It also features an auto-shutoff function! It can boil up to six eggs at a time, poach up to two eggs at a time, or make an omelet! There’s a poaching tray, omelet tray, a six-egg holder tray, a measuring cup, a recipe book, and access to a recipe database. All nonelectric parts are dishwasher-safe! To learn more about this EGGcellent product, check out our write-up of the Dash Rapid Egg Cooker!

Promising review: “I don’t like watching my pot to find out when the water starts boiling, so I bought this. It delivers perfect eggs by steaming them until the water placed in the device has evaporated. The exact amount of water is added to the cooker before it steams the eggs — there is a measuring line on the plastic cup that comes with the device. Next to each measuring line are the following words: ‘hard boiled, soft boiled, poached, etc.’ Fill the cup with water to the line for the egg type you want, and then add the water to the device. Then simply puncture each egg with a spike that is attached to the measuring cup, place the eggs in the device with the hole on top (duh). You close it, press the button on front and walk away. When an alarm sounds, it turns off automatically. Your eggs are done. No need to watch water boil. No need for daily cleaning. It’s quite small. Love this thing. For the price, what’s not to like?” —SunscreenAl

Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in five colors).

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An air fryer for turning all of your favorite foods into deliciously crispy versions, minus all the oil! Chicken tenders and french fries for dinner every night? Yes, please.


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All you have to do is put your food in the fryer basket, set the temp and the timer, and your food will come out crispy and delish. The auto-shutoff feature will help prevent overcooking, and the cool-touch handle means no hand burns when pulling your food out. Comes with a recipe book for inspo! And if you need further convincing, check out a BuzzFeeder’s review (#1) here.

Promising review: “This little gem does exactly what you want it to do. Mozzarella sticks, wings, pizza snacks come out perfectly. Takes a little while to find out just how long to do each snack, but once you get used to it, just perfect. Not for large amounts, but for one or two people it’s great. Takes up very little space.” —Swimmer

Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in five colors).

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A cauliflower prep tool that’ll make de-stalking the vegetable less chore-like. We want you to spend more time eating your veggies, not taking them apart.


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This tool features an ergonomic handle that’ll be easy on the wrist while using, so those with arthritis can use it without worry. It’s dishwasher-safe and easy to store.

Promising review: “I love cauliflower, but what a pain it is to cut off the little florets. This actually works, and works well. It doesn’t seem very sharp, but it sure preps like it is.” —Animal Lover

Get it from Amazon for $7.96+ (available in two colors).

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A veggie spiralizer for making “vegetable pasta,” with just the turn of a handle. Yep, it’s really that easy. Now all you need to do is cook it up with your favorite sauce and toppings!


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It comes with seven interchangeable blades and four e-books filled with delish recipes; the spiralizer has a lifetime warranty and is easy to take apart for top-rack dishwashing.

Promising review: “You’re not going to find a better built, better functioning spiralizer anywhere! I wasn’t planning on buying one — I started out just researching. After researching the various models and reading reviews, I thought, ‘I gotta get me one of those.’ This is probably one of the best purchases I’ve ever made. My girlfriend just bought one two weeks ago and after seeing mine, said said there’s no comparison. She’s sending hers back!” —Marie Walker

Get it from Amazon for $25.97.

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A Crock-Pot so you can just throw in your ingredients in the morning and have a hot meal ready by dinnertime.


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This 7-quart slow cooker can serve for about eight or more people, and can fit a 6-pound roast. It features an easy-to-use locking lid. You can set it to high for quicker cooking, or set on low for more of a slow roast, with a warm setting to keep food warm, but no longer cooking until you’re ready to serve. The lid and removable stoneware are dishwasher-safe!

Promising review: “I’ve had one of these for a few years and it’s my favorite of all my slow cookers. My sister borrowed it once, and promptly put it on her Christmas wishlist. Its oblong shape allows it to fit comfortably on counters, breakfast bars, etc., without ‘overhanging,’ and risking being knocked over. The locking lid with the rubberized ring is great when transporting it, (no leaking, even when using liners). The other thing I really appreciate is the ‘warm’ option. It has allowed food to stay warm for hours without continuing to cook it, (which the low function does).” —Bast

Get it from Amazon for $41.78.


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It yields up to four servings at a time, and is top-rack dishwasher-safe.

Promising review: “I don’t want to get all gushy over a pasta maker, but man… I really love this gizmo! I try to limit my monthly food expenditures, and the Fasta Pasta helps me work in at least one inexpensive pasta meal every week, if not more. First of all, I like spaghetti, but I’m lazy and impatient and don’t like things that take a long time to make, with a bunch of steps, and a big cleanup afterward. The Fasta Pasta is perfect for me. I get the exact amount of correctly measured spaghetti; it’s faster than boiling water in a big pot then having to watch and stir the pasta; the pasta comes out perfectly cooked every time and the cleanup is a snap. No big pot, no colander, no spaghetti fork to lift out the pasta. Just the easy-to-clean Fasta Pasta, and a pot to heat up the sauce. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!” —Smilin Sam

Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

8.

A colander spoon that’ll help eliminate the struggle that is… well… dealing with colanders. Just scoop up your food directly from the pot!


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It’s made from toughened nylon and is suitable for use on nonstick cookware. It’s resistant to temps of up to 392 degrees Fahrenheit, and it’s dishwasher-safe!

Promising review: “I’ve owned this for just over a month and I don’t know how I lived without it! From spooning potatoes into boiling water without a mess to draining a full can of beans and far, far beyond, this scoop is a must-have in the kitchen. I find myself reaching for it every day. It has easily replaced the other spoons/scoops that I would usually use. You cannot go wrong with this purchase!” —Jill Clement

Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in three colors).

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A garlic chopper you simply roll back and forth to chop up fresh garlic. Not only is it easy, but, it’s pretty fun. Mom only said I couldn’t play with my food, she never said anything about not playing with my kitchen gadgets.


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This is top-rack dishwasher-safe!

Promising review: “Love! Love! Love the Garlic Zoom! Mincing garlic has never been easy or fun until now. It makes mince work out of garlic, onion, chilis and herbs. I’m not sure what I love most about this little gadget. Not smelling stinky garlic fingers all night? No burning fingers or eyes from chopping a super hot chili? Or mincing fresh herbs in a blink of an eye? Anything I can throw in the GarlicZoom I zoom. It’s fun! I have a problem wrist from an injury and an arm and hand that suffers from nerve damage. I can still manage to zoom this.” —Kennedy Collins

Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

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Spill-stopper lids you simply place over your pots or pans while cooking to prevent unwanted spillage. Look, when I’m making pasta, I want to pass the time by watching Gilmore Girls uninterrupted, and I can’t quite do that if I have to worry about water bubbling out of the pot. Rude.


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They’re made of BPA-free, food-grade silicone! They’re resistant to temps of up to 482 degrees Fahrenheit.

Promising review: “This lid works great to keep the heat in and I don’t have to worry about the foamy water boiling over the pot and onto the stove. I love how I can get a rolling boil in the water, and I feel this helps cook the pasta faster. Thankfully there are the two little round ‘handles’ on the lid so that I can use tongs to lift up the lid on one side and let it drain back into the pot before removing the lid.” —dh

Get a pack of two from Amazon for $10.99.

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A batter dispenser to get the perfect amount of batter out and onto the griddle or into a cupcake liner (or wherever else you may be pouring batter), with just the squeeze of a handle.


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This dispenser is made of high quality BPA-free plastic and has a four-cup capacity. All you have to do is fill it with your choice of batter, squeeze the handle to pour it out evenly, and it’s dishwasher-safe, so then you can just pop it in there to clean!

Promising review: “Finally a kitchen utensil that saves time, mess, and frustration! I ordered this because my 10-year-old daughter loves to make pancakes but she also leaves an incredible mess. She also loves to make cupcakes and that’s even a double mess. Upon receiving the batter dispenser, my daughter took it out of the package and started making pancakes right away without my instructions. She loved the ease to make the pancakes in the container and then one click on the pan with no mess.” —Jim Hudson

Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

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A microwave bacon-cooker that’ll make it so simple to whip up that salty goodness. When you wake up in the morning, do you really feel like taking a pan out, putting bacon into it, having to remember to flip the bacon, and then drain the grease? Nope, forget that!


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Microwave time is just one minute per slice! The tray catches all the grease, and it’s dishwasher-safe!

Promising review: “This is the best little gadget I have tried in a long time. I lay a paper towel on top and fold to drape over the edges to catch the splatters, program for one minute per slice of bacon, and that is it. If you have a full rack, 12 slices, you will take the rack out, remove the ones that are done, put back in, cook for additional one minutes until all are to your satisfaction. You can put the gadget into the dishwasher or wash in good soapy water and have it ready for the next use.” —G. Carver

Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

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A 3-in-1 super pot you can practically replace your stove with because it can be used to grill, slow cook, steam, simmer, and serve… can your stove serve you and your loved ones while they’re sitting at the table? Uh, no it can’t. Point proven.


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Features a deep, large capacity 3-quart pot, and a large 10-inch grill. The non-electric parts are dishwasher-safe!

Promising review: “Bought this to replace my stove. I can grill in it, fry fish, make soups, stews, and omelets, steam vegetables, and bake in it. I love it. It’s easy on the electric bill and doesn’t heat up the house.” —William Thomas

Get it from Amazon for $42.99.

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A veggie chopper to quickly chop, slice, dice, and spiralize your produce — you thought meal prepping was tedious but now it’s actually quite…enjoyable?!


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Comes with four interchangeable blades so you can julienne, chop, slice, and cut easily! This is FDA-approved, BPA-free, and can be fully disassembled and put in the top rack of the dishwasher. It also has a soft-grip handle to make prepping your ingredients easy on your hands.

Promising review: “I’m not usually a fan of kitchen gadgets because they either don’t work as advertised or are more trouble than they’re worth when it comes to cleaning them. But this little vegetable chopper is a great little tool that does a wonderful job of chopping and dicing very quickly and uniformly. It’s also very easy to clean. I use it almost daily in my kitchen.” —Randy Clark

Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

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A pair of five-blade herb scissors that’ll help you make quick work of your herbs and not even bother with a cutting board.


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Did you know this set of five-blade shears is the equivalent to 10 knife chops? Impressive, right? This is made of quality stainless-steel so it’s dishwasher-safe, and it comes with a cover case for the blades when you’re not using!

Promising review: “These scissors are the best tool ever! Instead of chopping up my fresh herbs and scraping them into whatever dish I’m making, I just hold the herbs over the dish and clip away. Fast, convenient, no mess, no fuss. In the morning, when I’m preparing a fresh salad to take to work, instead of having to drag out the knife and cutting board, I just snip the fresh basil into the salad. If you flip the cover of the scissors around, the slotted side slides out the bits stuck in the scissors. Quick, easy, and no waste. Love it!” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

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A KitchenAid stand mixer to further fuel your baking endeavors. Whipping up your ingredients is about to become faster and easier, not to mention this thing is worth the investment, because it’s gonna last you for many, many years.


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This stand mixer has 10 different speeds from very slow stir all the way to very fast whip to meet all your prepping needs. It comes with a flat beater, a dough hook, and a wire whip. It features a 5-quart stainless-steel bowl, a head tilt back for easier access, and a two-piece pouring shield.

Promising review: “I bought this for my wife to help with our annual massive Christmas cookie bake-off. We had this thing filled to the brim with various types of dough and icing all day, and it kept up with ease. Everything worked great. The motor seemed to keep up without any straining. Going to this from a decent hand-mixer was like going from a Kia to a Mercedes. We’re eager to get and use some more attachments!” —M Smith

Get it from Amazon for $359.95 (available in various colors).

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A silicone pastry mat with measurements to make rolling perfectly-sized cookies, pies, cakes, and other pastries easy, peazy, lemon cookie squeezy.


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This can measure dough or crusts between 6 inches and 15 inches. It’s marked with easy-to-read measurements and is made of flexible, nonstick silicone. It can also double as a baking liner and is heat-resistant to temps of up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s FDA-approved, and dishwasher-safe!

Promising review: “This mat saved the day during my marathon baking sessions for Christmas. The mat stayed in place on my clean counter top so I could roll out pie crust and sugar cookies. I used the size guides to press out biscuit dough to the size of the pan before cutting out the circles to make sure I got the most out of each batch and they were uniform in size. The mat was easy to clean, dry off, and fold for storage. I’ve used Silpat-type mats in the past, and they worked well enough, but this mat is a perfect companion with the measurements and the fact that it can be folded to take up less room while leaving me free to use my Silpat mats for baking. This was supposed to be a Christmas present but my husband gave it to me early so I could utilize it and I’m so glad he did!” —Tawny9753

Get it from Amazon for $13.51.

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An immersion blender that’ll do the most stellar job of helping you whip up yummy smoothies, mashed potatoes, homemade pasta sauces, and so much more!


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It features adjustable blade speeds so you can ensure the perfect texture every time you puree, grind, juice, and chop. The components of the hand-blender are dishwasher-safe!

Promising review: “I love this blender! I’ve always avoided making things that needed blending because my old blender was so hard to use. This thing is magic. I used it to puree some pumpkin for soup — it was down in literally a second. I tried to make tomatillo salsa in my old blender — the veggies just went round and round. I put the veggies in the Epica food bowl, pressed the button, and whoosh! I had salsa in like two seconds. I am thoroughly impressed!” —SingingChemist

Get it from Amazon for $36.50.

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A 3-in-1 burger press for preparing delicious stuffed burgers and veggie burgers, sliders, and regular burgers. So many stuffed burgers to try, so little time.


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Made with nonstick coating! Plus, it’s dishwasher-safe!

Promising review: “I usually avoid these little gadgets because really, who actually needs something like this? But I’m eating my words now because I love the thing! After reading about the leftover stuff that winds up in store-bought hamburger I started grinding my own meats. It makes a huge difference and it’s not that much work. These presses allow me to put some meat in the press and gently tap it into place for a perfect burger. Creating stuffed burgers is much easier than doing it manually. Best small ticket item I’ve purchased in quite a while.” —NHShopper

Get it from Amazon for $10.86.

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A pair of knife-protection gloves to ensure your fingers and hands are kept safe when handling the sharpest of knives in the kitchen.


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Check out our review of these wonderful safety gloves!

Promising review: “I bought the gloves because I had two nasty cuts in quick succession from a cheese grater. Anyone who has had injuries to their fingers knows how difficult it is to continue to do everyday activities and meal preparation while still protecting your wound. I received the gloves quickly after my order and pressed them into use immediately that evening. I am most impressed. My fingers/hands were protected from my very sharp grater and knife while I prepared dinner. I bought two pairs, one to keep and one to give as a gift. I am now going to buy a third pair in a larger size for a friend who also likes to cook but suffers from occasional run-ins with mandolines, graters, and knives. Great product!” —O’Hare

Get them from Amazon for $11.49 (available in sizes S—XL).

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And because your fingers can never be too protected from sharp knives, you should also add this finger guard to your cart. It’s like having your very own knight in shining armor, minus the knight part.


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Features an adjustable finger loop, so it’ll fit any ring size!

Promising review: “I purchased this for my grandson who is learning to cook and handling kitchen knives for the first time. Not only does it protect his fingers, but it’s easy for him to use and is teaching him the right posture with his fingers for future cutting without a guard.” —MaryC

Get it from Amazon for $8.32.

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