“Happiness is a small house, with a big kitchen.” - Alfred Hitchcock
The Kitchen. La Cocina. Die Küche.
However you say it, the kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the house. And even a small kitchen can produce big things.
Equipping your kitchen with the right tools will transform your home and make healthy eating within your grasp.
* These 35 kitchen gadgets will help you channel your inner Julia Child and run a kitchen sure to satisfy even the toughest food critic.
This gadget is always on the coffee-drinkers wish list and for a good reason.
Similar to a Keurig, the Nespresso Breville Vertuo Coffee and Espresso Machine utilizes pods to deliver a quick coffee fix.
But unlike its counterpart, Nespresso can also produce an espresso. And with a milk frother of our dreams, it has often been likened to Starbucks.
Sure it’s not technically cooking, but it’s definitely a splurge-worthy gadget that will take your life to the next level. You can make cups of coffee in 1.35 ounces to 14 ounces doses to satisfy any caffeine addict level.
For the seasoned coffee connoisseur, this manual three-in-one coffee maker makes a great addition to a traditional coffee maker (or Nespresso).
Combining a french press and a pour-over coffee style, users will experience a rich and customizable flavor.
This particular gadget is built with a double-wall design, keeping your coffee hot (or cold!) longer.
Note, some of the coffee maker pieces are hand wash only (the cork and glass), but the porcelain and metal pieces are safe to throw in the dishwasher.
I don’t care what you’ve heard; blenders are not created equally.
Both machines are built to create those beautiful smoothies, soups, and nut butters that your current blender can only dream about.
They both offer multiple speeds to blend to different textures, can blend warm or cold food and are both self-cleaning with a dash of soap and water.
So which is better, Vitamix or Blendtec? That age-old question is left for you to decide and is really a personal preference because both of these blenders are top-notch.
I know everyone’s about the Instant Pot nowadays, but I need to throw mention to the classic slow cooker a crock-pot.
This is a game-changer for those of us who dread preparing dinner after a long day at work, making it worth the cupboard space.
This crockpot can hold 6 quarts of food and serve up to 7 people. You can set it and forget it with the internal timer controls ranging from 30 minutes up to 20 hours.
Instant Pots are great, but still require some time at the end of the workday to get things ready. And some recipes are just built for slow cooking.
So do yourself a favor and hold onto that slow cooker. You won’t regret it, and it will last a lifetime.
Baking buffs will appreciate the ease of whipping up delectable treats with a KitchenAid stand mixer.
Not only will this machine compliment your kitchen aesthetics, but it is incredibly versatile. It has ten speeds, includes a dough hook, flat beater, flex edge beater, 6-wire whip and a 5-quart stainless steel bowl.
Both the bowl and the accessories are safe to put in the dishwasher, and accessories can easily be stored inside the bowl when not in use.
Armed with some attachments, this mixer can also churn ice cream, make pasta, and spiralize veggies, to name a few.
The versatility and ease of use make this gadget likely to become one of the most frequented kitchen tools.
6. Instant Pot
While I am a strong advocate for a slow cooker, I am not one to ignore the many benefits of an Instant Pot, including the number of dinners saved after forgetting to thaw the meat.
This gadget is unmatchable at producing delicious homemade meals in a hurry and, therefore, will become a kitchen staple.
You can whip up tons of goodies in this machine because it is technically 7 appliances in 1. You can use it as a slower cooker, a sauté pan, a pressure cooker, a rice cooker, a steamer, a food warmer, a slower cooker and a yogurt maker.
This device also has a smart lid, meaning it automatically locks when you close it, and there are 10 extra safety features within the Instant Pot so you can rest easy when your food cooks away if you aren’t home.
While it is a bit cumbersome to store, it’s a small price to pay for the ability to make your own jerky and dried fruit.
Not only will you get to customize your creations, but you will get to enjoy trail-friendly snacks for half of the cost with a Cosori Food Dehydrator.
This food dehydrator comes with 6 baking sheet trays, 1 fruit roll screen and 1 mesh screen. It’s easy to use, has a digital control panel that you can set for increments from 30 minutes to 48 hours.
This dehydrator is perfect for beginners, very quiet when in use and easy to clean.
Veggie chowders have never been easier thanks to an immersion blender.
This KitchenAid Hand Blender will save you the hassle of transferring the soup to the blender and removes the complications of achieving a perfect consistency.
Quickly whip up soups, hummus, smoothies and more with this handheld tool.
This kitchen gadget also gets an honorable mention for its ease of storage.
Not only will a SodaStream reduce your household waste and budget as you forego the convenience store, but it will also step up your brunch game as you serve guests fresh, fruit-infused soda water.
Some stores will offer a discount on Co2 refills for returning your empty bottle to customer service.
Elevate your still water and with some bubbles.
You have probably heard that great cooking starts with a great knife. And that’s true.
This Wusthof classic knife is a great beginner knife to get you acquainted with some higher-end selections with this Japanese style blade.
Sure it’s a bit of an investment, but you and your kitchen are worth it. Just make sure to use it with a cutting board underneath; these babies are sharp.
11. Cosori Air Fryer
Fried food is just plain glorious. The greasy aftermath of fried food is not.
Using a fraction of the oil, this Cosori Air Fryer provides the best of both worlds. And this 8-quart unit will feed a family of 3-5, making dinner a breeze.
So go ahead and try your hand at fried foods. You might be pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to satisfy your craving without sacrificing your gut health with a new air fryer.
Plus, the basket is dishwasher safe so you can easily clean it.
Nothing beats fresh ingredients, especially at fingers length.
Perfect for anyone with a brown thumb, this Smart Garden only requires watering once a month and is totally sustainable without any sunlight.
Just plug it in, throw in the seed pods and enjoy! It’s important to note that you can’t combine herbs in a unit, so you will need one for each plant.
Homestead life just became attainable with this WonderMill grain grinder.
This heavy-duty machine can transform easy-to-store wheat berries into fresh, nutritious flour with a push of a button. (That’s right. Did you know wheat has nutrients?)
This mill can also grind quinoa, beans, and rice into flour, making it a versatile and functional tool for any household. It’s super easy to use with a push of a button and is quiet and dust-free, so you will barely notice it’s working!
You can have homemade whipped cream at the touch of a nozzle with this Otis Classic, stainless steel whipped cream dispenser.
Not only can you enjoy fresh toppings with no preservatives, but this gadget also makes it easy to accommodate just about any dietary restriction.
It comes with 3 different decorating tips so you can work on creating the perfect whipped cream artwork. This is an elevated way to put whipped cream on whatever you want! Ditch the spatula and level up with this whipped cream dispenser.
You could buy a budget-friendly coffee grinder, but in many cases, those grinders around the $25 mark aren’t going to deliver consistent results and aren’t going to make you as happy as they could — and when it comes to something as important as your daily brew, you want to have that high quality.
Coffee connoisseurs taut the reliability of the Baratza Encore Coffee Grinder, no matter what kind of coffee you’re brewing up or how you’re brewing it. You can choose the fineness or coarseness of your grounds, and the grinder works quickly, producing consistent grounds each time.
Forget stabbing a pork tenderloin to ensure that it’s the perfect (and safe) temperature on the inside, or playing a guessing game with your holiday turkey or a roast chicken. If you want to instantly know when and if your food is done, you want an instant-read thermometer in your kitchen.
This option from Thermoworks offers an accurate reading in as little as two seconds and is designed to take temperatures from a variety of angles for easier and safer temperature checks when you’re reaching inside a hot oven.
The thermometer is waterproof and boasts a 3,000-hour battery life.
How annoying is it to sit and stir and stir and stir … and stir some more? If you’re cooking up something that requires constant stirring, from a batch of fudge to a pan of southern-style grits, you can save your wrist and your mind by investing in an automatic pan stirrer.
This little affordable gadget is only $25 and runs on a timer, so you can set it and forget it. It works in both low-heat and simmering liquids.
18. Dusting Wand
Whether you’re decorating a cake or dusting fresh, homemade donuts with powdered sugar, or even just whipping up some delightful drinks, a dusting wand will allow you to sprinkle whatever you’re serving with a little cocoa powder, powdered sugar or anything else with ease and little mess.
It’s incredibly affordable, too, at just $10 on Amazon, and when you’re not using the dusting wand, there’s a covered side that allows you to set it on any countertop without spilling the contents all over yourself and the floor. Better yet — it’s dishwasher safe, for no cleaning headaches.
No, it’s not an instrument. A mandoline is a helpful little kitchen gadget that keeps your fingers safe while you quickly and conveniently cut all your favorite veggies into your desired sizes and shapes.
This mandoline comes with a finger guard for extra safety, as well as a very sharp, adjustable blade. Everything is removable for easy cleaning and storage, too.
Julienne a carrot for a salad, slice up some potatoes into thin chips for a healthier take on your favorite junk food or use it as an avocado slicer for taco toppings. Whatever your culinary project, if slicing up some veggies is involved, a mandoline slicer will make your job easier.
If you want a kitchen gadget that’s going to pull double (and triple) duty, then opt for investing in a food processor. Shred, dice, whip, chop and pulverize a number of ingredients with just a push of a button, fast.
Whether you want to shred up a block of cheese, pulverize some chickpeas for homemade hummus or whip up the perfect batch of homemade mayonnaise, you can do so with a food processor’s range of settings and attachments.
While many food processors are on the pricier side, they do usually stand up to years of use.
21. Sous Vide Joule
The growing sous vide trend is difficult to nail on your own. The Joule Sous Vide tool makes this cooking technique easy and tech-friendly.
Sous vide cooking is a method of cooking (usually proteins) at a very low temperature for a very long time, in a water bath. Food is placed in glass or plastic, then immersed in the water bath for however long it takes to cook while keeping the water at a very specific temperature.
The Joule tool brings the water bath up to the perfect temperature and then keeps it there, no babysitting the water required on your part, and even works with an app, for easier use.
Does fresh ground pepper really make a difference? Yes.
Add freshly ground pepper to all of your sauces, pastas, salads and more, with this easy peppercorn mill that works via a hand crank. The built-in measurer ensures you only grind what you need for a recipe, and it stores the pepper until you’re ready to use it, for less mess.
This pepper mill is also on the more affordable side, at $35 on Amazon. This is not your run of the mill pepper shaker.
Your wrists will thank you for switching over from a manual can opener to an electric one. No more struggling with a traditional can opener as you try to pry open a can of tomatoes for a recipe quickly, and definitely no more struggling to clean a can opener that's not dishwasher-friendly.
This Black+Decker electric can opener is easy to use. Just hold the can, press the button and watch it go. The lid is cleanly sliced away in seconds, and your wrists are saved from extra straining and stiffness.
While, yes, you could use an InstantPot for cooking your rice, if you don’t want to drop the money on an InstantPot, you can find a rice cooker for a much more affordable price, and rice cookers are suitable for much more than just rice.
Not only will a rice cooker guarantee perfect rice every time, but it can also be used for oatmeal, pasta, soups and stews. This family-sized option has enough room to make up to 28 cups of rice and comes with a steaming basket for steaming veggies and fish while your rice cooks, as well as measuring cups and a spoon.
25. Milk Frother
Get that frothy top on your homemade cappuccinos or even atop your hot chocolate, with a milk frother. A kitchen tool that’s relatively inexpensive and easy to use, it’s well worth the investment if you love coffee that’s just a little bit elevated over your traditional cup o’ joe.
All you have to do is pour in the milk, use the plunger to froth the milk, heat it up in the microwave and you’re good to add the freshly frothed milk to your favorite beverage.
Okay, so you might wonder — why exactly do I need this $10 sheet of stainless steel? And if you’re not an avid baker, it’s a valid question.
But if you do bake a lot and don't yet have a stainless steel scraper in your kitchen, then this is one kitchen gadget you're going to want to add to your cabinets immediately.
The scraper is most usually used for scraping dough off a countertop or slab of marble after working with it, dividing the dough into portions using the soft edge. However, even when you don't use it for baking, you might find it handy for scraping up any ingredient.
A microplane grater is a great tool to have on hand when you need to grate something on the smaller side that might be difficult when using a full-size grater or mandoline. Think nutmeg, chocolate, ginger, lemon zest or orange zest.
This particular microplane grater is very sharp and dishwasher safe, for easy use and easy clean-up no matter what ingredients you’re grating up.
28. KRUPS Tea Kettle
Stop heating up mugs of water in your microwave and then dunking a tea bag in the hot water. That’s not how real tea is made. If you consider yourself a true tea aficionado, then you need a tea kettle.
Adjust the kettle to heat water to the desired temperature for whatever type of tea you’re brewing (yes, there’s a difference in ideal temperatures for different types of tea), walk away and then come back in mere minutes to water heated to the perfect temperature. Then, pour the hot water over your favorite tea blend. It’s fast, efficient and easy.
But, tea kettles are good for not only tea. You can use them to heat water for things like instant oatmeal or noodles as well.
Don’t bother squeezing your lemons, limes and oranges by hand. You’re not only making mess, but you’re not getting all of that juice out as well as you could. A citrus juicer is a cheap, easy-to-use kitchen tool that’ll help you extract juice from your favorite citrus fruit with ease, while trapping the seeds and preventing them from ending up in your glass.
This option from Amazon is less than $10 — a no-brainer purchase to save you a lot of hassle.
Don’t have room in your kitchen for a stand mixer? Don’t feel like you’ll be reduced to mixing things by hand forever. A handheld mixer can help you out, whipping up your eggs, batters and other projects in a snap.
This hand mixer is fast, lightweight and easy to store, with a handful of attachments suitable for different baking projects. It’s also significantly more affordable than a stand mixer and tucks away out of sight into just about any kitchen cabinet.
Affordable and small, a digital scale might not seem like a big deal to you, but just believe us when we tell you what a difference having one will make in your baking. Baking is highly reliant on science, after all, and precise measurements make all the difference in your final product.
A digital scale will ensure you always follow a recipe to the letter, no guessing required. This digital scale also comes with a handy feature that allows you to subtract the weight of your bowl from your ingredient weight, so that you can measure your flour, sugar and other ingredients right within the bowl, no extra dishes required.
Whether you’re grilling some steaks or burgers, or making some paninis, an indoor grill is a great addition to your kitchen if you don’t have outdoor space for a full-size grill. This affordable option can cook four servings of protein at once, and is easy to clean nonstick coating, while the sloped cooking surface collects extra fat, so you’re not cooking your ingredients as they swim in their own juices.
Why do I need a potato ricer for mashed potatoes, you might ask. Can’t I just use my standing mixer, hand mixer or just a simple fork?
While yes, you could, the results won't be nearly as smooth as when you use a potato ricer. A potato ricer eliminates every single lump from boiled potatoes, creating smooth and silky mashed potatoes in a snap. This version is affordable, easy to use and an overall game-changer.
There are few things as delicious on a weekend morning than fresh waffles. If you’re hesitant about buying a waffle maker because you think you really will only be able to make one thing on it, every once in a while, stop.
Waffle makers can do so much more than just make delicious, sweet waffles. You can also make savory waffles, cornbread, brownies, bacon, grilled cheese, quesadillas, hash browns and more.
It’s truly an investment that’ll pay off sooner rather than later.
If you don’t wash your greens before you eat them, you need to start. Rinse off all that junk and all the chemicals that your poor greens have been exposed to before arriving on the grocery store shelf. This spinner makes it easy. Just throw in your greens, give ‘em a good wash, spin ‘em dry and you’re good to go.
Elevate your home chef or home cook game with these 35 cool kitchen gadgets.
You can proudly serve your guests and family and truly be the hostess with the mostest.
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The 35 Best Kitchen Gadgets:
6. Instant Pot
11. Cosori Air Fryer
18. Dusting Wand
21. Sous Vide Joule
25. Milk Frother
28. KRUPS Tea Kettle