Make Everything Easier with These 30 Kitchen Accessories
Stocking your kitchen with the right tools isn’t as easy as you might think. The number of gadgets out there can be more than a little overwhelming. Where do you even start? You obviously need the basics, but what are the basics exactly?
With so much to choose from, you want to cut through the confusion and get back to the fun of shopping. Start by making everything you do in your kitchen easier with these 30 kitchen accessories you can’t live without. Each comes with high ratings and reviews so you can shop with confidence.
Fibrox Pro Chef's Knife
This may seem like an obvious item to have in your kitchen, but many people overlook the benefits of a high-quality chef's knife. The Fibrox Pro Chef's Knife has an 8-inch blade that will cut through the firmest potatoes like butter. To stay this sharp, however, the knife requires some care — no dishwasher, for example.
If you've never used a high-quality knife, you may not understand the difference until you hold it in your hand. It makes cutting vegetables and slicing meat much easier and much faster. For less than $40, it’s also an affordable chef's knife option.
In order to care for that chef's knife, you'll need a great sharpener, such as the Kitchellence Knife Sharpener . It uses a three-stage process to straighten, sharpen and polish for a smooth finish.that keeps your high-quality blade in top-notch condition.
Reviewers like the sturdiness of this product — it doesn't slip around on the counter — and the bonus of a cut-resistant glove, all at a price point lower than $20. Use the sharpener any time your knives get dull to keep your kitchen safer. Dull knives often lead to loss of control and sliced fingers.
Mueller Onion & Vegetable Chopper
Dicing onions or tomatoes is a task that consumes a lot of kitchen time. Using a product like the Mueller Vegetable Chopper can cut that time in half for less than $25. With one pump of your hand, you can chop half an onion into diced pieces — just like that.
It's not just for onions, of course. You can use it for chopping carrots, peppers, potatoes and more. With two blade options, you can control the chunk size to accommodate your recipe. Just be careful when washing and disassembling the product, as customers attested to the blades’ sharpness. Be sure to keep it away from kids.
Electric Citrus Juicer
Another product that can save you time and energy on food prep is the Electric Citrus Juicer from Black & Decker. Instead of tiring out your arm twisting away on a manual citrus juicer, you can plug in this electric juicer and let it do the rotating for you. All you need to do is press on the juicing cone, and it turns under the pressure, collecting pulp at the base.
Customers say this product is easy to take apart and clean, but you must do it after every juicing. At under $20, it's a low-cost option if you're looking to make fresh-squeezed orange juice on a regular basis or mix up some lemony cocktails.
Herb Scissors Set
Slicing up chives, basil, cilantro, rosemary, mint and other tasty herbs can quickly turn into a pesky job. Before you start asking yourself if fresh herbs are really worth the effort, think about adding the Herb Scissors Set to your kitchen lifesavers list. You can easily slice herbs directly onto your food, and the set comes with "combs" for easy cleaning of the blades should herbs get stuck between them.
This product is popular with those who like using fresh herbs in their cooking. It’s small, however, so you won't be able to use it on larger foods like celery or peppers. Be sure to clean and store the scissors in their cover to keep them sharp. This set sells for less than $15, on average.
StirMATE Smart Pot Stirrer
There are few things less pleasant than standing over a hot stove all day because you have to frequently stir the stew. For people who spend a lot of time cooking, especially in large quantities, the StirMATE Smart Pot Stirrer could offer you some much-needed relief.
You can adjust this stirrer to work with pots and pans from 6 inches to 12 inches in diameter and from 3 inches to 9 inches deep. Use it to continuously stir to prevent burning soups, chili, sauces, onions and even roasted nuts — all hands-free. It’s more of an investment at around $60, but you will spend a lot less time hovering in the kitchen.
Nylon Slotted Spoon
Speaking of soups and stews, you need to add a good Nylon Slotted Spoon to your collection of kitchen gear. A slotted spoon allows you to remove larger ingredients like meat or potatoes from broth to check doneness and tenderness. You can also use it to drain excess oil from foods and remove pasta from water.
This spoon will withstand temperatures of up to 400 degrees, but don't let it rest on a hot pan, or it could melt. Reviewers liked this product for its sturdiness compared to other spoons. With a price under $10, it doesn't get much wallet-friendlier than that.
ThermoPro Meat Thermometer
In order to properly test if your meat is cooked, you need a product like the ThermoPro Meat Thermometer . Neglecting this type of tool could lead to undercooked meat and potential illness, which is why it's a staple in most kitchens.
If you don’t already have one, try this Amazon favorite. It's a good choice for first-timers and veterans alike, as it's simple to use, compact and costs less than $15. It measures up to an astonishing 572 degrees, but most meats only require internal temperatures somewhere between 145 and 165 degrees, depending on the type and cut.
Is there anything worse than a soggy salad? You have to rinse the ingredients, but too much water leaves the lettuce limp and the dressing runny. That's where the Good Grips Salad Spinner comes in. Toss your rinsed lettuce inside, give the handle some spins and enjoy your crisp salad.
Don't be fooled by the apparent simplicity, however. Customers say this salad spinner takes some practice to master. If you find your greens are still dripping, you might be missing something mentioned in the directions. For less than $35, it can make a world of difference if you love salads.
This simple gadget will have you adding fresh garlic to everything. A good quality Orblue Garlic Press removes the need for endless, sticky grating by hand and lets you take out pent-up stress on a garlic clove. Just squeeze as hard as you can, and you have finely minced garlic in seconds.
Some customers use this tool to crush nuts, mince ginger and even juice limes as well. It’s resistant to rust and comes with an added garlic peeler (all under $15). Multi-purpose and easy to clean, it's an inexpensive way to make life in the kitchen a little more efficient.
The Crock-Pot Slow Cooker is a classic kitchen appliance that is probably most appreciated by those who work long hours. Coming home from work after a long day, the last thing you want to do is head to the kitchen and spend a lot of time cooking dinner. Spend less than $30 for this item, and you’ll spend a lot less time in the kitchen.
With this cooker, you can simply prep your ingredients, throw everything together in the pot and let it do its thing throughout the day or overnight. Just make sure your heat setting is on low and it's in a safe spot in your home.
Adjustable Bib Apron
Ah, the classic apron! With all the slicing and mincing and mixing going on, you can probably count on some spills and splatters in the process. If you cook frequently, an Adjustable Bib Apron is the necessity that saves your clothes from being stained and possibly ruined.
If this style is a little too tame, there are plenty of funkier styles to choose from, including options with witty sayings or colorful patterns. Pick the apron that brings you the most joy and puts a smile on your face every time you cook. This one is a customer favorite with 4.8 stars and a price point less than $10.
Glass Meal Prep Containers
If you're looking to start eating healthier, a good way to do that is to prepare your meals ahead of time. You can then store your servings in Prep Naturals Glass Meal Prep Containers for use throughout the week.
Unlike some plastic containers, this glass product is sturdier and better for reheating in the microwave — no fear of plastic chemicals leaching into your food. The containers can even be used in the oven. That’s pretty good for a five-piece set that costs less than $25. The downside is they're heavier than other food containers and breakable, so be sure to store and transport them safely.
Organic Bamboo Cutting Board
Similar to the chef's knife, a cutting board is a staple in every kitchen. You would be hard-pressed to find someone who can cook without one. Investing in a high-quality Organic Bamboo Cutting Board is a good way to take your kitchen game up a notch.
Bamboo material is easier on knives than plastic and is more eco-friendly to manufacture. This product also includes juice grooves to catch excess liquids from tomatoes, meats and more before they spill all over your countertop. Customers especially loved how large it is — 18 inches by 12 inches — for its reasonable price point of around $25.
Cast Iron Skillet
If you're not privy to the wonders of a Cast Iron Skillet , prepare to discover the secret to better fried foods. First, these skillets are incredibly sturdy and virtually impossible to break. They are also stick-resistant and can be used for baking in the oven as well as cooking on the stove. The material distributes heat evenly for better results every time.
You do, however, need to know how to care for a cast iron skillet. You can't simply put it in the dishwasher like other pans, for example. The skillet has to cool completely, be cleaned with hot soapy water and lightly coated with vegetable oil after drying. This one costs less than $25.
Snap’N Strain Strainer
Why didn't anyone think of this sooner? The Kitchen Gizmo Snap’N Strain Strainer serves the purpose of a colander, without actually pouring the noodles out of the pan. All you have to do is snap it on the side of the pot and pour the water through the strainer into the sink.
Customers say this tool is easy to wash, convenient to use and stays in place on your pots and pans. Use it for straining pasta, vegetables or even grease from meat. BPA-free and made from silicone, it can withstand high heat as well and is priced under $15.
Silicone Oven Mitts
If you've ever felt the heat of a scorching baking dish seep through a low-quality oven mitt, you know how important sturdy Silicone Oven Mitts are for protecting your hands. Temperatures get high in the kitchen, and these mitts can withstand up to 450 degrees.
Reviewers especially like the soft, quilted interior and the lightweight feel. At almost 15 inches long, they also provide added protection for your wrists and part of your forearm. The mitts sport a textured design meant to create a non-slip grip and can be washed in the dishwasher or washing machine. The pair comes in at less than $15.
Mueller Ultra Juicer
You may have heard a lot about juicers lately. They're a popular method for creating healthy drinks and smoothies. With the Mueller Ultra Juicer , you can quickly and easily turn oranges, strawberries, tomatoes, carrots, beets, kale and more into smooth liquid. Yes, even carrots!
Some swear the fresh juice combinations you can create from this appliance lead to better skin, increased energy and a healthier body in general. You’ll have to be the judge of that. This Amazon bestseller is in the $50 to $60 dollar range, which is actually a fair price for a health-related product these days, especially if it inspires you to live healthier.
Speaking of living healthier, if you’re looking to incorporate some restrictions into your diet, you’ll need a useful kitchen accessory like the Greater Goods Kitchen Scale for measuring precise quantities. It can help you manage portions to control the amount of sugar, cholesterol or salt you consume. Instead of estimating how much you should eat, you can measure it out exactly.
This scale holds up to 11 pounds and measures to the nearest gram or 0.1 ounce. Some customers reported poor accuracy, but most thought it got the job done. For less than $10, it's one of the more affordable kitchen scales out there.
If you're just delving into the world of baking, you may not have nice quality baking dishes yet. When you’re ready to buy, it's a good idea to invest in a good Bakeware Set before pulling out your recipes. This particular set of three ceramic glazed dishes usually sells for less than $60.
Even if you're not into baking, you never know when that family party will roll around, and suddenly you need to bake a casserole or a cake for grandma. Everyone will recognize you’re really on top of your game, and it will make your food turn out better too.
Non-Stick Toaster Bags
Of course, if you actually have your life together, then you know all the tips and tricks for making quick meals without making a huge mess, right? For those times when speed is key, these Non-Stick Toaster Bags come in handy.
All you have to do is slide in your sandwich, left-over pizza or chicken nuggets, and pop the bag right into the toaster. You get a warm, crispy meal without burning your fingers fishing fallen pieces of sandwich out of the toaster. The toaster stays clean as well. Win-win! It’s a product that makes life a lot easier for less than $10.
If you like to focus on living an environmentally-friendly life, then Food Huggers are a new way to be even more green conscious at green-friendly price of less than $10. These reusable silicone covers are sold in packs of four different sizes and slip over the open ends of halved fruits and vegetables to keep them fresh.
You can also use them to cover opened cans or jars. They are 100% BPA-free and phthalate-free as well as dishwasher-, microwave- and freezer-safe. Considering how much you will save on plastic wrap, it’s a purchase that benefits you along with the planet.
If you haven't given Onion Goggles a try, you don't know what you're missing — weeping onion eyes, that’s what! Although they aren’t the most stylish eyewear, they form a comfortable seal around your eyes so when you go to chop those onions, you don't end up crying into the stir-fry.
Most customers felt the glasses were comfortable and effective, although some do warn that they might not fit all head sizes. They have a price tag under $20, so assuming the fit is good for your head, your eyes will thank you.
Looking to change things up in the kitchen? Getting an Air Fryer will open up some new meal possibilities. You can fry meat, french fries and vegetables in this large 6-quart cooker. In fact, you can even fit an entire chicken in the frying basket. The best part of air frying is that it's oil-free, which means the food comes out healthier than normal fried food but still tastes delicious.
Reviewers liked the dishwasher-safe feature, but the size is something to keep in mind, as it will take up a good chunk of counter space. At around $90, it might be too costly for some to consider, but the great results make it worth it for others.
If you're one of the many people who can't get enough avocado in their life, then you might want to test out the OXO Avocado Slicer . It’s got all the necessary tools in one convenient gadget, so you no longer have to pull out a knife, fork and spoon just to prepare your avocado.
One side of the tool cuts through the skin, while the other slices the avocado halves into seven perfectly cut pieces at once. The center contains a concave semicircle that removes the pit. At less than $10, this product gives people plenty to love for its affordability, simplicity and effectiveness.
When dealing with hot pots and pans, it's easy to mindlessly set them on the table for serving. Without a Potholder Set , you're sure to burn the table or your hands. This set of three potholders is reasonably priced (less than $10) and is a stylish way to protect the surfaces in your home.
Some found that these potholders didn't withstand high heats, in which case you might prefer a silicone potholder. Many others, however, found the cotton to be thick enough to protect their tables and counters. If grays don’t fit your color scheme, they also come in blue, pink and purple.
Marble Mortar and Pestle
Apart from looking beautiful, a Marble Mortar and Pestle set helps you grind herbs and spices for all your cooking needs. This ancient tool beautifully crushes ingredients to make all your dishes fresher, assuming you're crushing them right before use. Better taste could be yours for around $20.
It's important to note that handwashing is best for this item, so don't put the pieces in the dishwasher. Crushing might take a little extra elbow grease, but it's an easy process that gives you the added benefit of controlling how fine you want the grind to be.
Spiralizer Ultimate Veggie Slicer
If you want a kitchen tool that's as fun as it is useful, try the Spiralizer Ultimate Veggie Slicer . This product will cut apples, zucchini, onions, cucumbers and any other firm fruit or vegetable into long spirals. All you do is stick the veggie or fruit on the Spiralizer's prongs and crank away!
Spiralizing foods is a fast way to cut them and create popular new dishes with healthy options like zucchini noodles. This particular Spiralizer also comes with seven different blades, so you can switch up the kind of spiral you make. At around $30, this specialty tool made fancy cutting much faster for many customers.
Electric Hand Mixer
If a whisk isn't enough power for your mixing needs, but you don't want to invest in a premium stand mixer, an Electric Hand Mixer is the perfect go-between. You won't have to throw your arm out whisking together ingredients, but this mixer is wallet-friendly with a price tag less than $20.
This mixer also comes with a built-in storage container, so you won't have to go hunting for a misplaced beater attachment. Keep in mind, however, that for thicker doughs, a stand mixer generally works better. Otherwise, a hand mixer provides freedom and flexibility not found with a stand mixer.
Mini Rice Cooker
Last on our list is this compact Mini Rice Cooker , which is almost as cute as it is useful. If you've never used this item, it just might change your life. It cooks perfectly-done rice with minimal effort. Just add the ingredients and press "cook."
It's not just for rice, either. Oatmeal, soup, quinoa, pasta and even steamed veggies are all suitable options for this cooker. Dinner will be a breeze and healthy too. With a 2-cup capacity, this product is for people who don’t need to make large quantities and want to spend less and take up less space. It sells for less than $25.