Can you remember every tool, gadget and one-off product you’ve bought for your kitchen? We can’t either. But between all the fancy blenders, pretty cutting boards and stand mixers, a handful of items have stood the test of time and proudly sit in our cabinets today. Here, the 14 best kitchen tools we've ever tried, from long-lasting essentials to fun inventions you had no idea you needed.
From Corn Huskers to Olive Oil Sprayers, These Are the Best Kitchen Tools We’ve Ever Tried
1. Global 8-inch Chef’s Knife
If it was good enough for Anthony Bourdain, it’s good enough for us. This Japanese-style, stainless-steel blade is lightweight and super comfortable to hold. It also stays razor-sharp for ages. Did we mention how sleek and cool it looks? Consider us sold.
2. Whisk Wiper
It can be pretty frustrating trying to clean (read: lick) a whisk completely clean. Save yourself the rinsing and snacking with the Whisk Wiper, a plastic disk that fits over the whisk’s prongs and slides all the leftover batter or frosting back into the mixing bowl. Bonus? Hold the whisk upright and the disk will catch every drop of batter before it ends up on the counter or your hand.
3. Oxo Good Grips Corn Peeler
We love summer corn. Hacking at it with a knife and getting kernels all over the table and ground though? Not so much. Enter this handy-dandy tool that’s as easy to use as a Y-shaped vegetable peeler and equipped with a serrated blade removes every last bit of corn right off the cob.
4. Angurello Watermelon Slicer & Server
The last thing we want to do on a hot summer day? Wrestle with a slippery watermelon. While you could totally cut watermelon yourself, this invention will save you a ton of time and cut uniform pieces of melon that are ready to eat—minus the mess. It’s basically half knife, half tongs.
5. Our Place Always Pan
OK, ready to clear some cabinet space? This all-in-one pan can replace a 16-piece cooking set and do the job of every nonstick skillet you own. Our food editor Katherine Gillen swears by it. It’s versatile, durable and super easy on the eyes. Need we say more?
6. Ontel Veggetti Spiral Vegetable Cutter
Ah zoodles, the alternative pasta trend that lasted way longer than anyone thought it would. With the Veggetti in our toolbelt, we’ll be spiralizing for a long time to come. Make healthy veggie noodles in seconds out of produce like cucumbers, carrots, zucchini and spaghetti squash.
7. Le Creuset Enamel-on-steel Demi Teakettle
If your kitchen is anything like ours, your teakettle is displayed on the stovetop basically all the time. So, it certainly can’t hurt to buy one that’s nice to look at (especially if it has lots of exceptional customer reviews).
8. Oxo Good Grips Garlic Press
This is the one and only single-use item our food editor owns, and for good reason. While some of the pros avoid garlic presses like the plague, there are plenty of pluses. It’ll keep your hands from getting sticky (and smelly), save you mincing time by pressing multiple cloves at once and keep all that precious garlic juice off your cutting board and in your food.
9. Chef’n Original Stem Gem Strawberry Huller
Whether you’re making fruit salad or strawberry shortcake, this little rocket-shaped tool comes in clutch. It removes the cores and leaves of your berries in seconds so you can spend less time prepping and more time snacking. It’s safer than a knife and can tackle other soft fruits and vegetables like mini sweet peppers, pineapples and tomatoes to boot.
10. Misto Aluminum Olive Oil Sprayer
Cooking spray is a total lifesaver, but those aerosol cans aren’t exactly eco-friendly. This stainless-steel gem is a waste-free, reusable alternative that can turn oil, citrus juice, vinegar or cooking wine into an easy-to-use spray.
11. Swededishcloths Reusable Cleaning Cloths
From meatballs to potatoes to furniture, the Swedes know a thing or two about…well, everything. Senior Editor Alexia Dellner has no shortage of good things to say about this absorbent, compostable workhorse that’s way less wasteful than paper towels. The cloth (which replaces up to a whopping 17 rolls of paper towels and can be cleaned in the dishwasher up to 200 times) can mop up liquid on dishes or counters like a sponge and dries quickly so it stays bacteria- and odor-free.
12. 6-wheel Stainless Steel Pastry Cutter
Molly Yeh, host of Food Network’s Girl Meets Farm, let us in on an epic secret. There’s no easier, more precise way to cut baked goods, pizza or even pasta dough than with an accordion pastry cutter. The pizza wheels can expand or collapse to make wide or narrow cuts and slice bars, brownies and beyond into straight, symmetrical squares or strips.
13. Müeller Austria Multi-purpose Immersion Hand Blender
Meet your new favorite way to whip cream, beat eggs, make peanut butter, purée soup and more. This gadget does everything your blender can do with *way* less mess and comes with milk frother and whisk attachments. Not sold? Maybe the 18,000 rave reviews on Amazon will sway you.
14. Oxo Good Grips Better Flat Wire Whisk
There’s a reason Ree Drummond, aka the Pioneer Woman, loves this tool more than most. Also known as a roux whisk, it flattens when it’s pressed against a skillet or saucepan. It scrapes up all the browned bits stuck to the bottom, meaning it’s just the thing for deglazing and making pan sauce or gravy.