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An Our Place Always Pan to erase the need for EIGHT different pieces of cookware (yes, you heard that right). This pan is a fry pan, saute pan, steamer, skillet, saucier, saucepan, non-stick pan, spatula, and spoon rest — ALL IN ONE (the sorcerery).


Our Place

Promising review: “Best and most versatile one out there. I’ve had a few great pans; this is more than that. You can cook so many different things easily. I love experimental cooking, and I also love trying to make foods from cultures I’m not experienced with. The size, shape, depth, ‘accessories’ sold with it, and additional pieces they offer to work with it make it the most versatile one out there. It makes cooking any food from any recipe a million times more simple. Super easy to clean too with a non-stick surface that’s better than any other out there.” —Anna C.

Get it from Our Place for $145 (available in six colors).


Our Place

Promising review: “Best and most versatile one out there. I’ve had a few great pans; this is more than that. You can cook so many different things easily. I love experimental cooking, and I also love trying to make foods from cultures I’m not experienced with. The size, shape, depth, ‘accessories’ sold with it, and additional pieces they offer to work with it make it the most versatile one out there. It makes cooking any food from any recipe a million times more simple. Super easy to clean too with a non-stick surface that’s better than any other out there.” —Anna C.

Get it from Our Place for $145 (available in six colors).

2.

A foldable cutting board so after you chop your veggies you can easily transport them to the pan. It’s time to stop sliding them off of your cutting board with your knife and only half of ’em actually making it into the pan…

Foldable cutting board transporting veggies to pan


Amazon

This board features a textured knife-friendly surface so you can chop away and then folding sides so transporting your ingredients safely and efficiently to the pan. (Sorry pups, no more grabbing the fallen scraps that end up on the floor.)

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

3.

A pair of meat shredding paws to help you save precious time when you’re preparing your favorite pulled pork dish or trying to make some shredded chicken for your taco Tuesday.

shredding chicken with the bear paws


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Promising review: “We’ve been on a shredded chicken breast kick and were using table forks to do the shredding. It was a miserable task and we dreaded it but prefer the taste of shredded chicken over other cooking methods. I saw these in a newsfeed article on inexpensive things that will save you time. It seemed too good to be true but after quickly shredding four chicken breasts we have to say it definitely saves a lot of time and effort. I think they are actually intended for larger cuts of meat like roasts so are kind of bulky but worked really well on the chicken breasts. Life changing.” —Michele

Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

4.

A countertop utensil set so you can finally get rid of that packed-to-the-brim drawer you have to weed through when trying to find a wooden spoon… This also has a ledge for holding your phone in you want to time when your penne pasta will be cooked to perfection.

countertop utensil set


Macy’s

The set comes with a hexagonally-shaped wooden crock that includes a built-in slot to hold your phone as well as a crock, turner, and spoon.

Get it from Macy’s for $92.

5.

A chopping tool to break up ground meats or veggies so they’re not sitting in a big lump in the pan. This will ensure a more even cook!

the five-bladed chopper with a long handle mashing up ground meat


Amazon

Promising review: “This changed my life! In our household we use ground turkey instead of ground beef. Ground turkey doesn’t crumble as well as beef. Enter this tool. We can get turkey the same texture(ish) and crumbled as well as beef! Also we just throw it in the dishwasher for easy clean!” —Samantha

Get it from Amazon for $3.97.

6.

A drawer organizer if your utensil drawer has started getting out of hand and you’d prefer to grab a knife and go when it’s veggie prepping time.

a neatly organized drawer with the utensils


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BuzzFeed writer Chelsea Stuart has used this product to make her kitchen feel less chaotic, “Just got this and it has freed up SO much space in our cutlery drawer that we can now store teas, small Tupperware, etc. vs. before it was just a mess of utensils.”

Promising review: “I had never seen this before I bought it, and holy crap it changed my life. So. Much. Room. There is so much room left in my drawer now that I moved stuff from another drawer and I have an entirely empty drawer in my kitchen now. Now only HALF the drawer is silverware and the other half is spatulas and cooking utensils. It is great. It also seems very sturdy. Highly recommend.” —van31050

Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in four sizes and three colors).

7.

A bamboo burner cover so when you’re not utilizing the stove you can have additional counter space. A true kitchen miracle.


Jennifer Tonti / BuzzFeed

Here’s why my co-worker Jennifer Tonti loves this cover:

“OK so I just bought this for my own tiny apartment (pictured above) and OMG you guys. Life = changed. Food = chopped. Counter space = doubled. I mean the math is all there.”

Promising review: “This is so perfect for extra space. It covers the top of my apartment-sized stove so I can then use my stove space for my Instant Pot and food prep. The best space-saving and cosmetic thing I have ever gotten for this tiny apartment.” —Talyn Amber Skye

Get it from Amazon for $27.95+ (available in four styles).


Jennifer Tonti / BuzzFeed

Here’s why my co-worker Jennifer Tonti loves this cover:

“OK so I just bought this for my own tiny apartment (pictured above) and OMG you guys. Life = changed. Food = chopped. Counter space = doubled. I mean the math is all there.”

Promising review: “This is so perfect for extra space. It covers the top of my apartment-sized stove so I can then use my stove space for my Instant Pot and food prep. The best space-saving and cosmetic thing I have ever gotten for this tiny apartment.” —Talyn Amber Skye

Get it from Amazon for $27.95+ (available in four styles).

8.

An air fryer if you simply don’t have the time to wait for your chicken to cook in the oven. Pop a wide variety of foods into the air fryer and cut cook time in half. Brussels sprouts in the air fryer? *Chef’s Kiss*


Hannah Loewentheil / BuzzFeed

Promising review: “Best air fryer ever. I got this as a gift last year for Christmas, and it changed my life. I’m a 22-year-old nursing student, and I don’t have a lot of time to cook. This drastically cuts down time and makes food so crispy. Great for reheating leftovers (pizza). Preheats in minutes. I almost never use my oven anymore!” —TonyaM1973

Get it from Amazon for $99.99.

Check out our full review on the Instant Pot Air Fryer, plus some air fryer recipe suggestions.


Hannah Loewentheil / BuzzFeed

Promising review: “Best air fryer ever. I got this as a gift last year for Christmas, and it changed my life. I’m a 22-year-old nursing student, and I don’t have a lot of time to cook. This drastically cuts down time and makes food so crispy. Great for reheating leftovers (pizza). Preheats in minutes. I almost never use my oven anymore!” —TonyaM1973

Get it from Amazon for $99.99.

Check out our full review on the Instant Pot Air Fryer, plus some air fryer recipe suggestions.

9.

A classic handheld OXO can opener so when you’re opening that jar of crushed tomatoes for your homemade pasta sauce you can struggle just a little less.

the black and stainless steel handheld can opener


Amazon

I have this can opener and recently bought it for my parents when their old electric one died. It may not seem like the most essential purchase but when you’ve watched your dad try to open a can of tuna with a butcher knife, you’ll realize it’s best to have one on hand.

Promising review: “This is a top-notch can opener. Gone through several other cheap brands that have broken and left me nearly cutting a finger off trying to finish opening the half mutilated can, but this guy knows how to get the job done and the handle is much more ergonomic in my opinion. Do yourself a favor and buy five, one for yourself and four for people in your life because this guy will change their life.” —AK

Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

10.

A pasta machine because nothing tastes as good as freshly made pasta. Kick that boxed stuff to the curb and live the high life.


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Promising review: “Words cannot truly express how much I love this machine. It has changed my life. I had never made fresh pasta before and now that I have the Atlas 150, my family and I make fresh pasta or ravioli several times a week. We are never going back to boxed pre-made pasta again. The machine is easy to use, easy to clean — just wipe it down with a damp cloth and dry it, and you can tell it is well made.” —Ashley Coley

Get it from Amazon for $67.99.


Amazon, amazon.com

Promising review: “Words cannot truly express how much I love this machine. It has changed my life. I had never made fresh pasta before and now that I have the Atlas 150, my family and I make fresh pasta or ravioli several times a week. We are never going back to boxed pre-made pasta again. The machine is easy to use, easy to clean — just wipe it down with a damp cloth and dry it, and you can tell it is well made.” —Ashley Coley

Get it from Amazon for $67.99.

11.

A pack of oven liners so you can worry less about the burnt bits and drippings that can fall off your meals roasting in the oven and linger at the bottom.

the oven liner covered in goo on the bottom of an oven


Amazon

Promising review: “These liners are life-changing! I never thought I needed them until a friend raved about them. Clean up is so simple, no more melted cheese or sauces burnt to the bottom of my ovens. I love that I can cut them down to size to fit my toaster oven. My husband enjoys grilling with the liners now, he doesn’t have to line the grill with aluminum foil which he found so annoying, deterring him to grill. This product really has simplified my life in the kitchen and I love it.” —Kindle Custommer

Get a pack of three from Amazon for $13.99.

12.

A Magic Bullet blender that’ll help you do some of the most mundane tasks like chopping onions or pureeing avocados.

a model blending fruit in the magic bullet


Amazon

Promising review: “This product will change your life. When I’m at work I would only have 15 minute breaks and I would quickly stress what I would eat in that short time. This Magic Bullet allows me to make smoothies, dips, etc., and pre-pack my foods so I can eat healthier on the go. If you’re thinking about getting this blender, don’t hesitate!” —Valyncia Blackston

Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

13.

An Instant Pot you can leave simmering all day and can come back to at dinner time for a warm homemade meal. Pot roast anyone?


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It combines six kitchen appliances in one, including a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, sauté, steamer, and warmer.

Promising review: “I never cared enough about food to put the energy that’s required to cook, which would leave me snacking — it wasn’t healthy. This pressure cooker has seriously changed my life. It’s so easy to use, super fast to cook and super easy to clean. It’s one pot and if soaked a short time, it’s really easy to clean. I use this everyday for all my cooking. You can cook pretty much anything in it. It’s awesome. I honestly feel like everyone should have one.” —Shane

Get it from Amazon for $59.99+ (available in 3-, 6-, and 8-quarts).


amazon.com, Amazon

It combines six kitchen appliances in one, including a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, sauté, steamer, and warmer.

Promising review: “I never cared enough about food to put the energy that’s required to cook, which would leave me snacking — it wasn’t healthy. This pressure cooker has seriously changed my life. It’s so easy to use, super fast to cook and super easy to clean. It’s one pot and if soaked a short time, it’s really easy to clean. I use this everyday for all my cooking. You can cook pretty much anything in it. It’s awesome. I honestly feel like everyone should have one.” —Shane

Get it from Amazon for $59.99+ (available in 3-, 6-, and 8-quarts).

14.

A touchscreen toaster with an array of cook settings that’ll help you perfectly toast your waffle or English muffin.


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Promising review: “I have to say, this toaster was well worth the investment. This one beat my old toaster by mile in terms of how fast it toasts, and it adjusts easily and well to waffles and bagels. The toaster has a fantastic digital display too. I love the 10 second countdown feature so I can get my butter in place and slather it one while the toast is hot. The design is sleek and elegant, and my favorite surprise is the analog clock display. This makes my old toaster obsolete and is now collecting dust in the bottom cupboard.” —Rob

Get it from Amazon for $299.95.


amazon.com, Amazon

Promising review: “I have to say, this toaster was well worth the investment. This one beat my old toaster by mile in terms of how fast it toasts, and it adjusts easily and well to waffles and bagels. The toaster has a fantastic digital display too. I love the 10 second countdown feature so I can get my butter in place and slather it one while the toast is hot. The design is sleek and elegant, and my favorite surprise is the analog clock display. This makes my old toaster obsolete and is now collecting dust in the bottom cupboard.” —Rob

Get it from Amazon for $299.95.

15.

A 360 Cookware Sauté Pan that can transport from the stove top to the oven so you won’t have to switch cooking vessels ever again. This pan also has 360 vapor cooking technology so your food cooks all the way through when the lid is on.

360 cookware saute pan with chicken dish inside


360 Cookware

This sauté pan is durable as heck. It’s heavy and has a helpful lip around the perimeter of the pan so you can worry less about your meal spilling over the side. The fact that it can move from the stove to the oven has made cooking meals so much easier, especially when cooking steaks that I want to sear and then finish off cooking in the oven. I honestly feel like a top notch chef from the Food Network and can’t wait to start making meals for guests again post-pandemic while using this high end pan.

Get it from 360 Cookware for $239.

16.

A Snap N Strain silicone strainer so you don’t have to dirty a big colander just to remove the water from your pasta pot. Just snap this lil’ bb on and the pot you cooked in will also be the pot you strain in!


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Promising review: “I was surprised at how well it worked! I can use it with grease to drain meat. I can drain water, or really whatever I want that’s been in a pan. Wide mouth pans that are shallow once in a while spit things from the top if you’re not careful. But thats the only type of pan I have had to “babysit” the strainer. Very good buy for a simpler way to strain multiple things.” —Kayla

Get it from Amazon for $15.99 (available in three colors).


amazon.com, Amazon

Promising review: “I was surprised at how well it worked! I can use it with grease to drain meat. I can drain water, or really whatever I want that’s been in a pan. Wide mouth pans that are shallow once in a while spit things from the top if you’re not careful. But thats the only type of pan I have had to “babysit” the strainer. Very good buy for a simpler way to strain multiple things.” —Kayla

Get it from Amazon for $15.99 (available in three colors).

17.

A hanging pot rack to free up cabinet space while also making it easier to reach for whatever pan you may need to make your next dish.


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Promising review: “Metal is lightweight, yet durable. The hooks can be arranged on the front bar (as shown in description photos) or scattered throughout the grid/shelf, which gives it a nice balance. Is compact and helps with organization anywhere in the home. Quick and easy to assemble.” —K.C.

Get it from Amazon for $24.99.


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Promising review: “Metal is lightweight, yet durable. The hooks can be arranged on the front bar (as shown in description photos) or scattered throughout the grid/shelf, which gives it a nice balance. Is compact and helps with organization anywhere in the home. Quick and easy to assemble.” —K.C.

Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

18.

A pineapple corer in case you want to enjoy these delicious fruits but don’t want to be responsible for utilizing a knife to cut out the core…


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Promising review: “Easy to use, light, durable and gets all the good edible part of the pineapple. Done in a matter of a couple of minutes, literally.” —Komasi

Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in 13 colors).


Amazon, amazon.com

Promising review: “Easy to use, light, durable and gets all the good edible part of the pineapple. Done in a matter of a couple of minutes, literally.” —Komasi

Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in 13 colors).

19.

Spice gripper clips so you can keep your cupboards organized and your spices easily accessible for when you need a dash of cinnamon or a pinch of garlic powder. These will also free up precious shelf space.


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Each gripper clip holds four jars!

Promising review: “This has been installed for over a year now and still works as well as when I first installed it. No holders have broke and nothing has peeled off the cabinets or anything. Still highly suggest buying and durability has proven to be great as we have them loaded up 24×7 as you can see in the pics. As far as the jar sizes, I haven’t come across one that doesn’t fit and I have multiple brands as you’ll see in my photos. As far as how well they actually work, I’d say they’re amazing! I have all shapes and sizes and weights of spices with ZERO issues. I bought these months ago so they’ve had time to fail if they were going to. The backing is a very thin foam type which is great for an application like this, especially if your cabinets flex a little when opening and closing. We also have soft close cabinets which may help improve these continuing to stick.” —Scott

Get a set of three clips from Amazon for $10.95.


amazon.com

Each gripper clip holds four jars!

Promising review: “This has been installed for over a year now and still works as well as when I first installed it. No holders have broke and nothing has peeled off the cabinets or anything. Still highly suggest buying and durability has proven to be great as we have them loaded up 24×7 as you can see in the pics. As far as the jar sizes, I haven’t come across one that doesn’t fit and I have multiple brands as you’ll see in my photos. As far as how well they actually work, I’d say they’re amazing! I have all shapes and sizes and weights of spices with ZERO issues. I bought these months ago so they’ve had time to fail if they were going to. The backing is a very thin foam type which is great for an application like this, especially if your cabinets flex a little when opening and closing. We also have soft close cabinets which may help improve these continuing to stick.” —Scott

Get a set of three clips from Amazon for $10.95.

20.

A pizza cutter that’s wayyyy more efficient than that old school one sitting in your kitchen drawer. This pizza cutter truly makes me want to eat pizza every day just so I can have fun cutting it into a million pieces.


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It has over 17,000 5-star reviews!

Promising review: “I’m Italian-American. I make pizza weekly in my house. I have the stone which has been passed down from earlier generations and the secret recipes. All is good, my kids, their friends, they all come over to our house when Dad is making pizza. A couple kids even nicknamed me Papa John. I quickly corrected them that it was insulting as my pizza is the best! The only ingredient I was missing was a decent pizza cutter. That was in the past, this is a GAME-CHANGER! Works great, is safe and way better than any other design. I was skeptical at first until I used it. Now this rocks!! Mangia!!!” —Educator Dude

Get it from Amazon for $12.95+ (available in three colors).


amazon.com, amazon.com

It has over 17,000 5-star reviews!

Promising review: “I’m Italian-American. I make pizza weekly in my house. I have the stone which has been passed down from earlier generations and the secret recipes. All is good, my kids, their friends, they all come over to our house when Dad is making pizza. A couple kids even nicknamed me Papa John. I quickly corrected them that it was insulting as my pizza is the best! The only ingredient I was missing was a decent pizza cutter. That was in the past, this is a GAME-CHANGER! Works great, is safe and way better than any other design. I was skeptical at first until I used it. Now this rocks!! Mangia!!!” —Educator Dude

Get it from Amazon for $12.95+ (available in three colors).

21.

A set of stainless-steel mixing bowls in case you’re making recipes that require multiple steps or ingredients (aka all of them LOL), and that ONE mixing bowl you own just simply isn’t enough.

stainless steel mixing bowls holding various ingredients


Amazon

Set comes with six different sized bowls.

Promising review: “This is a great mixing bowl set with quality stainless steel, and the right thickness….sturdy but not heavy. And more importantly for me, I work with chocolates…tempering, casting, etc. You want thinner bowls to quickly transfer heat, or cold, depending on what your’e doing. The polish is near-mirror, so easy cleaning and scraping (buy yourself a silicone spatula, spoon, and spoontula, if you don’t already own them). The range of sizes is great. I can levin 9 lbs. of dough in the large one, or use the smaller ones for small batches of meringue, scrambled eggs, etc. The bowls nest into each other, so minimal space, and you always know where all the bowls are. Great set, I’m happy with them.” —Tinkererguy

Get them from Amazon for $24.99.

22.

A panini press to take boring sandwiches from drab to fab (and toasty)! It’s non-stick and super easy to clean after each use.


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Promising review: “Whether you are a college student, single urbanite, panini lover, or just want a questionable gift, you needn’t look any further than this. You may think now that you could have no conceivable need for a panini press, but with some culinary creativity it can become a hugely versatile tool. Other presses do more and maybe do it better, but those can exceed $150 for the same overall effect. I love mine and I recommend that you get one as well.” —Andrewn2468

Get it from Amazon for $38.92+ (available in three different versions).


Amazon, amazon.com

Promising review: “Whether you are a college student, single urbanite, panini lover, or just want a questionable gift, you needn’t look any further than this. You may think now that you could have no conceivable need for a panini press, but with some culinary creativity it can become a hugely versatile tool. Other presses do more and maybe do it better, but those can exceed $150 for the same overall effect. I love mine and I recommend that you get one as well.” —Andrewn2468

Get it from Amazon for $38.92+ (available in three different versions).

23.

A Martha Stewart Dutch Oven — perfect for cooking stews or anything that you’d also like to heat up in the oven after simmering it on the stove for a few hours.

dutch oven in blue


Macy’s

Promising review: “I bought these in two sizes and I love them!!! Also, I bought them for both daughters and they use them all the time now. I don’t know how I cooked before without these Dutch ovens!” —Lina

Get it from Macy’s for $99.99 (originally $199.99).

24.

A children’s wooden knife if having the perfect cookware collection also includes tools for the kiddos to help you out in the kitchen. (Or just get it for yourself if you don’t fully trust yourself with a knife…)

people using children safe wooden knife


JUstenbois / Etsy

JUstenbois is a small business based in Canada and prides itself on creating eco-friendly wooden goods.

Promising review: “Lovely piece, well made, came with helpful care instructions, arrived quickly. My toddler is so proud of himself using his new “chef’s knife!” —mama2mikey

Get it from JUstenbois on Etsy for $17.17.

25.

A wok you can keep handy for stir fry nights when you need to make something out of all those leftover veggies from yesterday.

wok


Zwilling

Promising review: “Demeyere cookware is truly exceptional. This nonstick fry pan is sturdy and light weight. It heats up evenly and has great browning capacity and has a stay cool handle. They call this a perfect pan because it’s really great for everything with a flat bottom and tall rounded sides it’s equally as good for stir frying or for incorporating ingredients into a one pot meal.” —HomeCook5

Get it from Zwilling for $99.99 (originally $215).

26.

A garlic press so you can maximize your time and use less effort to mince this delicious veggie. Garlic on everything please!

garlic press


Amazon

Promising review: “I don’t have to use a kitchen knife anymore to break fresh garlic!!! I don’t have to peels the garlic and have the between my fingernails hurt anymore!! This is very useful in my kitchen!” —Jas D.

Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

Let’s get cookin’!


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