The Ultimate Kitchen Gadget Shopping Guide

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EZ Salad Cutting Bowl, $11.46

A slotted bowl promises “healthy and fresh salads in 60 seconds” (though much as a knife can’t guarantee what it cuts will be “healthy,” a bowl can’t either).

Egg Poacher, $23.99

Poaching eggs is notoriously difficult — which is why this ExcelSteel gadget promises perfectly poached eggs every time.

Mac and Cheese Maker, $42

This little contraption with the words “Mac & Cheese Nation” on it looks like a cross between an electric kettle and a children’s toy.

Kiwi Cutter, $4.49

A handy tool that changes the game — when a fruit salad calls for kiwi, at least. The real question is how it fares against a trusty knife.

Pineapple Corer, $4.99

Fresh fruit is so much better than weird precut chunks. And this pineapple corer will actually make you want to dice pineapples.

Tasty One Top, $149

Odds are you’ve laid eyes on this pentagon-shaped induction cooktop, the star of countless BuzzFeed videos, in your social media feeds.

Pancakebot, $240

No one really needs a nearly $300 tool that will make custom-shaped pancakes, but the PancakeBot is pure breakfast entertainment and a solid party trick.

Airfryer, $299.95

Say you don’t have a convection oven at home, but still want to eat crispy, fried food — all while being healthy. Well, this is your guy.

Rice Cooker and Warmer, $268

With this Zojirushi rice cooker, you’ll no longer have to babysit your pot of rice while it cooks. It also keeps rice warm for extended periods.

Rice Cooker, $29

A dorm room staple, this rice cooker is the one you know and love. Bonus: It can also handle oatmeal, soups, omelets, and pasta.

Rapid Egg Cooker, $19

Achieving perfect eggs is one of the most common cooking challenges. This cooker does a pretty good job at delivering hard-boiled eggs.

Onigiri Roll Tool, $16

No prior sushi-making experience is needed to use this “perfect” sushi roll machine (though it doesn’t exactly make flawless rolls).

The Sushi Bazooka, $12

This sushi roll bazooka has probably the greatest gadget name in this bunch. The all-in-one tool pumps out pretty neat rolls, too.

Pizza Box Oven, $54

Who doesn’t love pizza in a box? Cook and serve your pie right inside the pizza-box oven for a fun party trick.

Fluffy Ice Machine, $90

Of all the shaved ice machines out there, this one will yield the fluffiest ice for the best Korean bingsu. Condensed milk and red bean sold separately.

Copper Chef Pan, $60

This famous infomercial pan wants to replace almost all of the cookware in your kitchen — including pots and pans — with one single tool.

Keyboard Vacuum, $20

A keyboard vacuum is probably a surprising add on a kitchen gadget roundup, but with a little work, it can be turned into a cold smoker.

Egg Separator, $8

Maybe you’re tired of having to separate your egg whites from your egg yolks by hand? If so, try this gadget.

Breville Induction Cooker, $1,800

If you have a gas stove at home but want the option of induction, this big-ticket item lets you easily control any temperature from 86 degrees F to 482 degrees F.

Culinary Centrifuge, $800

Long used by restaurants, this centrifuge means flavored oils, homemade butter, and quick cold-brew coffee could be in your future.

Instant Pot, $85

An all-in-one pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, and yogurt maker? There’s a reason this is the internet’s favorite appliance.

Vitamix, $400

Chef-backed and high-performance, the Vitamix can chop, emulsify, grind, blend, and heat right on your countertop.

Magic Bullet, $32

In addition to smoothies and juices, the Magic Bullet promises to whip up sauces, spreads, and omelets.

Clever Kebab

This gadget calls itself “barbecue’s perfect companion,” but FYI: It’s not that great at assembling kebabs.

Butter Pan Cast Iron, $195

The already-durable cast iron pan gets a polished pick up from Butter Pan, which promises a uniquely smooth version of the kitchen essential.

Lodge Cast Iron Pan, $30

Maybe the most recognizable name in cast iron, the Lodge pan will give your steaks a more perfect sear and bake knockout cornbread.

Ninja Foodi, $200

Because of this gadget’s dual lids, you can pressure cook a chicken to lock in its juices, then finish by roasting it under a convention fan.

Takoyaki Grill Pan, $22

This pan comes fully-equipped to be non-stick, which is exactly what you want when making takoyaki — fried octopus balls beloved in Japan.

Electric Takoyaki Pan, $33

When Yamazen decided to craft a takoyaki grill, it went with an electric model — but you still have to flip the octopus balls on your own.

Wusthof Electric Knife Sharpener, $180

It’s a no-brainer for a popular knife maker like Wusthof to create its own knife sharpener; this one is electric which results in a more refined edge (at least, compared to the cheap manual ones).

Work Sharp Knife Sharpener, $129

For the hands-on knife user who’s maybe a perfectionist, this sharpener is extremely technical and precise; but the different options can be confusing and messy.