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NGL, we're total suckers for cool kitchen gadgets and gizmos. Bonus points if said gadgets help cut down on meal prep time (because you’ve got a lot on your plate) or just make cooking that much more enjoyable. From a mess-free pancake batter dispenser and motion-sensor trash can to a singing pasta timer for perfectly al dente noodles every time to a nifty wine purifier that eliminates hangovers (yep, seriously!), the kitchen gadgets we curated below are quite literally game changers for home cooks. Cute, colorful kitchen tools paired with a fun apron and a chic cookware set can make even the most monotonous meal prep a joy, if you ask us.
Whether you're looking for a funny conversation starter (like an adorable owl-shaped egg and pancake mold or a spaghetti monster colander) or a time-saving tool that'll take the hassle out of cooking at home, these kitchen gadgets are actually useful, in addition to being delightfully quirky.
From must-haves for wine lovers and amateur chefs to silly and sophisticated tools you’ll wonder how you ever lived without, we have something for every type of cook and cooking style. Scroll through to see what’s good.
Select-A-Spice Auto-Measure Carousel
Sometimes, with food prep, manually measuring out your spices is just one step too many. This rotating, mountable spice rack features a twist-dial for precise 1/4-teaspoon quantities and can also be stacked for easy storage. Never worry about breaking out those cumbersome measuring spoons (plus, ugh, rinsing them out in between spices) ever again.
Conquer painful stovetop spills and splatters with a genius cone-shaped guard that'll surround your pan to keep contents contained and cooking —which means more time enjoying your meal and less time cleaning up after it.
Snap N’ Strain Strainer
Strain your pasta with ease with this gadget that clips on to the side of your pot, eliminating the need for those bulky bowl strainers that never fit into the sink or cabinet properly.
Plus, this will keep you from trying to strain all the water out by just holding the lid of the pot slightly ajar, because let's be real: That always ends in chaos and disappointment.
Bamboo Cutting Board with Drawers
Cutting multiple fruits and veggies can clutter up a cutting board real quick.
This system not only has an opening for you to swipe your freshly chopped ingredients into, but it also has three containers beneath to catch them all. For things like soups and salads, you can keep the ingredients separate until you want to mix them.
For single ingredients, you can use one bin for your cuts and another for scraps, making them easy to toss into the compost or trash.
Angry Mama Microwave Oven Cleaner
There’s something about cleaning a microwave that is unbelievably annoying. There are so many nooks and crannies, food gets baked on, and it never seems to stay clean for very long. But don’t despair: This little kitchen gadget works to release all the gunk from your microwave walls and doors with just water and a little bit of vinegar.
Simply fill the “Angry Mama” torso with water and vinegar, then put her head on. Steam will come out of the holes in her head, softening any baked-on food or grease.
Al Dente - The Singing Floating Pasta Timer
Don't you wish you could have a little helper to keep an eye on your pasta, and let you know when it's just right? How about a diminutive dinner helper named Al Dente who has a song in his heart? This floating singing pasta timer features four different tunes which will be sung at 3-, 7-, 9-, and 11-minute intervals to let you know when different types of noodles are done.
Now you have no excuse to keep buying those frozen crinkle-cut fries, thanks to this easy Crinkle Cutter that'll let you slice potatoes with the perfect edge. If you're feeling extra ambitious, you can make some crinkle-cut chips by slicing a potato thinly. Or, you can make some carrot chips or wavy pickle slices if you so please.
OXO Good Grips Salad Chopper With Bowl
Stop, chop, and roll! If you're a little lazy in the kitchen or just short on time, whip up chopped salads in no time with this top-rated salad chopper and bowl combo. From lettuce and chicken to fruit and veggies, this luxe stainless steel chopper slices through all your ingredients with ease so you can get them from farm to table faster.
It has a non-slip handle so you don't hurt yourself in the process, and many reviewers rave about the sturdiness and thickness of the bowl, which you can use to chop directly in.
Digital Kitchen Food Scale and Measuring Cup
The internet has just about every recipe imaginable, but that doesn't mean you always understand the measurements. If you're making a dessert that has flour listed in grams instead of cups, fear no more: This two-in-one measuring cup and scale does all the math for you.
Simply pour in your ingredients, and a small screen on the handle will tell you how much is in the cup. This tool also doubles as a regular measuring cup when you don't need any conversions.
We love a good spiralizer here at Best Products, and this best-selling handheld pick from Fullstar is one of the easiest to use. With four different blade options, this handheld kitchen appliance is super versatile, and really fun to use during dinner prep.
SoftShell Ice Cream Ball
Making homemade ice cream at home with the kids just got a lot more fun, thanks to this ice cream ball from Yaylabs. Just load in all of your ingredients into the ball, give it a good shake, and get ready to enjoy perfect ice cream or frozen yogurt all year long.
Dazey Butter Churn
If you've ever made butter using a Mason jar, a marble, and some heavy cream, this is basically the same thing — but way less labor-intensive.
You can have fresh, hand-churned butter in just minutes by using this crank, and as a bonus, you can also use it to exhaust your child when they have too much energy. This set also includes two butter paddles and an e-book of recipes.
2 Slot Hot Dog and Bun Toaster with Mini Tongs
Love a good hot dog? Before you fire up the outdoor grill, pop your favorite ingredients into this retro toaster for a meal that’ll have you saying, “Hot diggity dog!” Franks and buns done all in one — just how we like it.
Pro Gen 2 Air Fryer
This Cosori Pro Gen 2 Air Fryer feeds the whole family with its 5.8-quart capacity, and it's one of the most versatile, top-selling air fryer models out there. In just a few minutes, you can cook veggies and desserts with ease. The basket is even big enough to hold a 5-pound chicken!
Cob Corn Stripper
It's happened to all of us — you try to cut the kernels off the cob and they end up rolling off the cutting board all over the counter. A week later, you find little pieces of corn hiding behind your coffee maker. Don't be that guy. This corn stripper quickly and easily separates your kernels from the cob without making a mess.
It's a lot easier to lick frosting off this wiper than off the tines of your whisk! Simply place the wiper on before you use your whisk, and when you're done, push it down the tines for a spotless utensil. Post-baking cleanup just got so much better.
Clean Dreams Kitchen Sponge Holder
Never place your wet and soapy sponge on a clean kitchen countertop again, thanks to this cute (and kind of ridiculous) kitchen sponge holder. It keeps the sponge off your most-used surfaces, but it also allows the soggy sponge to dry more quickly. Sweet dreams to your sponge!
Partyclette To-Go Mini Raclette Set
Sweet dreams are made of cheese. Make your cheesy dreams a delicious reality with this portable mini raclette machine from Boska Holland. Just light the tea lights to get things heated up, and before you know it, you'll be in a melty, cheese-filled heaven.
Oil Sprayer Mister
Stop buying can after can of nonstick cooking spray and use what you already have: This mister allows you to use the cooking oil of your choice to grease pots, pans, and baking sheets. You can also use it to mist food, so you don't get a pool of oil at the bottom of your salad bowl.
Herb Scissors Set
If you're as clumsy as some of us on the Best Products team are, cutting tiny herbs is a dangerous task. These scissors finely chop small herbs like chives and cilantro, so not only will your food be free of irregularly sized herbs (we've all gotten a whole cilantro leaf in a bite of guac before), but your fingertips will also be spared from any cuts or mishaps.
Instant Pot Duo 60
Boasting more than 158,000 reviews, this Instant Pot IP-DUO60 6-quart model is one of the most popular iterations of the gadget.
With 13 customizable Smart Programs, this appliance allows you to pressure and slow cook everything from meats, stews, and chilis to rice, breakfast porridge and other grains. Talk about multipurpose.
Roll Up Dish Drying Rack
Save counter space and stop worrying about soggy dish mats with this over-the-sink drying rack. It's perfect for apartment dwellers with minimal counter space, as it can be rolled up and stowed away when it's not in use.
You can also use it as a colander of sorts for large veggies and fruits, rinsing them directly on the rack for a quick and easy clean. Even better? Put it on your counter to use as a trivet for large pots and pans.
Reusable Silicone Avocado Hugger
Whether you slice it up on your morning toast, scoop it out for a smoothie, or dice it up for taco night, deliciously creamy avocados truly are nature's butter. Keep your cut avocado fresh for longer with these genius silicone cups that securely fit to each half of an avocado. No browning here.
Boil Over Spill Stopper Lid
Perfect your pasta-making skills with a smart spill-stopping tool that'll keep boiling water from overflowing and splattering all over your stove.
Its unique two-tier lid effectively lets steam and pressure escape, so you're not stuck scraping off burnt-on spills long after your pasta is eaten.
Batter Mixer and Dispenser
Make pancakes with less of a mess. Simply add your ingredients into this bottle, shake, and squeeze onto a hot griddle. You'll have stacks on stacks of hotcakes in no time! When it's time to clean up, just fill the bottle with some soap and water, shake it up, and rinse — it's that easy.
Himalayan Salt BBQ Plank
Transform your next batch of grilled veggies with this gorgeous, hand-carved Himalayan salt platter. In addition to providing a natural source of seasoning, Himalayan salt also retains heat evenly, so you won't have to stress about overcooking.
Rapid Egg Cooker
This six-egg-capacity electric egg cooker from DASH takes the guesswork out of cooking hard-boiled eggs. For bigger batches of hard-boiled eggs, this kitchen appliance is a game changer: It also has a small footprint to save you precious countertop space.
8-in-1 Kitchen Tool Set
Say it with us: Eight tools in one! Save precious drawer and cabinet space with this doodad. Together, all the tools stack into a wine-bottle-shaped gadget, taking up only a few inches of space.
There's a funnel, juicer, grater, egg cracker, shredder, can opener, egg separator, and measuring cup included, giving you just about everything you could need — other than measuring spoons.
Ice Cube Tray With Lid and Bin
If you don't have a built-in ice maker in your freezer, the struggle is real. Traditional ice trays are bulky and don't make many cubes, plus they come with no real storage system, so you're stuck with half-full trays or using a random plastic container to hold your ice in while you make a new batch.
This silicone ice tray comes with a container to hold your fresh cubes, so you can have a stash when you need it and make more at the same time. There's even a cover for the ice tray, which keeps your freezer free from spills.
Pre-Seasoned Cast-Iron Skillet
When it comes to cast-iron skillets, Lodge is the O.G. household brand. This 10.25-inch pre-seasoned cast iron skillet is a workhorse in the kitchen, and one of those adult purchases you'll thank us for later.
Retro 3-in-1 Family Size Electric Breakfast Station
Combining a coffeemaker, griddle, and toaster oven in one compact appliance, this retro-styled 3-in-1 electric breakfast station is beyond cool. (Plus, check out that fun retro hue.) You'll feel like you have the best seat in the house at your favorite local diner every single day with this thing.
Clear Soda Can Lids (6 Pack)
There's nothing worse than opening the fridge to finish off that can of soda you opened earlier, only to find it's gone flat. This nifty gadget turns your soda or seltzer cans into a bottle, so you can easily sip and seal your drink without having to worry about losing carbonation.
Electric Can Opener
If you're still using a manual crank-style can opener, it's definitely time to upgrade with a much cooler kitchen appliance. This bestselling electric can opener from Kitchen Mama is portable, battery operated, and comes in a range of bright colors.
Garlic Press Rocker
This simple, yet effective garlic rocker is one thing you never know you needed until you try it. For those of us that consider garlic-chopping the most tedious of chores during food prep, this nifty tool does away with most, if not all, the work. Just press the stainless steel grate onto a peeled clove, rock back and forth till the garlic is completely squeezed through, and scrape off.
It's gentler and less effort to use for those with joint issues, or for those that may find a traditional garlic press a bit too hard to squeeze. Plus, it can be used to crush other things, like nuts, seeds, and spices.
Good Grips 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer
We bet you never realized you needed an avocado slicer until right now. This handy tool splits, pits, and slices avocados with ease: It's a serious game changer for meal prep.
Good Grips Baker’s Dusting Wand
Ever been gingerly sprinkling powdered sugar on your waffles or French toast, when suddenly, a giant clump decides to fall out of the bag and onto your breakfast? There's no scooping that up and putting it back into the bag, so breakfast is all but ruined.
This dusting wand is a sifter and measuring spoon all in one: Use the spoon to scoop out what you want to sift (flour, powdered sugar, cocoa, etc.) and flip the mesh cover over it to create an easily controllable dusting device. Gently tap the wand to sift whatever you need on top of your dish.
Salad BPA-Free Lunch Container
We've all experienced the bummer of soggy salads for lunch at work or on the go, but this BPA-free plastic lunch container from Bentgo is here to change all of that.
With a built-in fork, separate salad dressing compartment, and individual pockets to add toppings or citrus wedges, this tiered lunch container keeps your salad greens fresh and crispy.
Silicone Universal Lid
You know that endless game where you hunt around your cabinets for the proper-sized lid to fit your pot? Luckily, this genius silicone universal lid from Made In Cookware eliminates the guesswork for good.
Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Grill Pan
Never use a flimsy grill pan ever again! This 10.5-inch pre-seasoned cast-iron grill pan is virtually indestructible and will last you a lifetime. You'll love the assist handle for saving your wrists, too.
Mini Waffle Maker
We're obsessed with this budget-friendly, nonstick mini waffle maker from DASH. Waffles are really just the starting point of this 4-inch appliance's range, as reviewers also rave about its ability to make hash brown patties and egg scrambles.
This basting brush has a multithreaded top that fits most sauce bottles, so you can baste directly onto your food. Finally, no more pools of undipped, wasted sauce — and no sad, sauceless bites either.
Lobster Claw Pot Pinchers
Pick up hot pots in a pinch with these adorable lobster claw pot holders. They only cover your thumb and your index finger, so they're easy to slip on and off.
Premium Pineapple Corer Remover
Slicing a pineapple is a messy, complicated task. Thankfully, some genius out there invented this pineapple corer, which removes the tough center of the fruit, and slices the meat into perfect spirals for you to eat.
To use it, remove the top of the pineapple, place the teeth of the corer in the center, and twist until you reach the bottom of the fruit. Pull the corer straight up, and the fruit should come out wrapped around the tool. The skin will slide right off.
Taiyaki Japanese Fish-shaped Pancake Pan
Take your brunch under the sea with this Japanese fish-shaped pancake maker. These pancakes look even better as a finished stack, swimming in a sea of syrup, next to a pile of bacon. If you want, you can even add fillings to your pancakes by filling the mold with some batter, adding your filling (like chocolate or peanut butter), and gently spooning a bit more batter on top.
If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that tacos are the best. Now, all of you hard-shell lovers can enjoy them without worrying that they’ll fall over, since these sleekly-shaped holders will keep everything in place — fillings and all.
Animal House Monkey Peeler
Okay, we admit, this item doesn't work any differently than your average vegetable peeler. But it is way cuter, and might actually convince your kids to help around the kitchen. Who could ask for more?
Wine Bottle Insulator
This stainless steel, double-walled, vacuum-insulated wine chiller from Vinglacé will keep your bubbly or favorite white wine chilling all afternoon long as you dine al fresco. This is basically a must-have kitchen gadget for any serious wine lover.
Spaghetti Monster Colander Strainer
This googly-eyed spaghetti monster strainer perfectly accommodates one box of pasta, and the draining slots at the bottom are small enough to prevent the spaghetti from slipping out. Plus the cute monster face may entertain your toddler enough to keep them at the table just a little bit longer.
Anti-Soggy Cereal Bowl
If you know someone who hates soggy cereal (raises hand), this is the ultimate BPA-free bowl for them. Your puffs go in one side, while your milk goes in the other. So, you can dip in your milk and achieve just the right amount of crunch. It's also perfect for chips and dip, toddler meals, and picky eaters who cringe at the thought of their food touching.
Pulled Pork Shredder Claws
Wolverine may have some serious competition from anyone wearing these Bear Paws to pull apart some pork. Just be sure to keep them out of reach if you have little ones around, lest they think these are toys... and not, you know, meat-shredding claws.
Melii Baby 5-Piece Mini Baking Tool Set
Embrace the mess with this adorable child-sized baking set so littles can help whip up brownies and babkas without stealing all your stuff.
This cute and colorful set comes with a mini rolling pan, turner, whisk, spatula, and basting brush crafted with soft, food-grade silicone on the outside and sturdy stainless steel on the inside. Add them to the play kitchen for endless pretend plan fun when you're done.
Motion Sensor Trash Can
Look ma, no hands! You know you're getting old when the thought of a cool new trash can makes you giddy. This smart motion sensor trash can from SimpleHuman is absolutely worth the splurge, using touch-free technology to open with a simple wave of the hand.
There's a liner pocket and dispenser on the inside of the can for fast, hassle-free changes. The can's stainless steel surface is also protected by an invisible silver-ion coating to help prevent fingerprints and germs.
FryAway Pan Fry Cooking Oil Solidifier
Ready to save your drains and reduce your cooking carbon footprint? This popular plant-based oil solidifier is one of those things you'll wonder how you ever lived without. You simply sprinkle and stir it into hot oil once you're done cooking and wait until it's fully dissolved. Once cooled and solidified, simply toss it in the trash, where it'll break down in a landfill in about 30 days. Cool, right?
The Grip Jar Opener
Never struggle to open a stubborn jar or bottle cap again. This easy-grip jar opener is a great gift idea for grandparents or anyone with arthritis. Even if you have strong hands, there's bound to be that one tight jar that gives you trouble, ultimately ruining all your dinner or snack plans. Mount it right under your kitchen cabinet for quick and easy access.
PureWine Wand Wine Filter
Cheers to no more wine headaches or hangovers! This genius Wand Wine Filter purifies all red, white, and sparkling wines, removing histamines and sulfites to enhance the wine's natural flavor, color, and aroma. It also eliminates all those annoying side effects of drinking, from redness and nausea to headaches and congestion.
Oh, and that bottle of vino you popped open but never finished? Use this purifier to make it taste as good as new again.
Black Rain Pepper Mill Grinder
Perfect for the home or professional chef, this luxurious pepper grinder can be used with one hand, freeing up your other to shake, stir, and toss. There are six LED lights to illuminate your food so you can see exactly where you're seasoning, and presets to mix up the coarseness of your pepper, from super fine to extra coarse, depending on what you're making.
Chicco Digital Bottle Warmer & Sterilizer
If you're a new parent, trust us when we say you need this now. This two-in-one digital bottle warmer and sterilizer makes all those middle-of-the-night feeds a million times faster, heating bottles to the perfect temperature so you can get your fussy babe fed ASAP — and then get yourself right back to dreamland.
It also doubles as a sterilizer to clean dirty bottles in between feedings so you're not doing it all by hand. Use it with both breast milk, including thawing frozen milk bags, and formula.
Coolin Curve Ice Bucket
You'll be the hostess with the mostest at your next party thanks to this cool curved wine chiller, which makes inserting your favorite bottle of bubbly or vino a snap. It's completely sweat-resistant, and the innovative slanted design gets ice all the way around the bottle on the first try so you don't have to work for it. Plus, it keeps your bottles perfectly chilled at just the right temperature.
VoChill Stemmed Wine Glass Chiller
Sip, sip hooray! Because there’s nothing worse than hot wine, this gorgeous gadget ensures your glass always stays chilled even when it’s warm out. It keeps glasses chilled for up to an hour inside and 45 minutes in the shade outside. Simply pop it in the freezer three hours before using.
BlendQuik Portable Blender
Your blender should be as stylish as you are. Whether you’re whipping up morning smoothies and pre-gym protein shakes or pureeing baby food, this portable mason jar blender gets the job done beautifully.
BlendQuick features ten stainless steel blades and a rechargeable battery so you can blend on the go no matter where you are. Then just sip your creations straight out of the jar for the ultimate convenience. Available in five colors, you'll want to buy them all.
Owl About Breakfast Egg and Pancake Mold
This purple owl-shaped mold is such a hoot. Whether you have kids or are just a kid at heart yourself, take breakfast to the nest level with eggs and pancakes in the shape of an owl. It's sure to put a smile on your face and maybe even convince some picky eaters to take a bite. We love that it's made of BPA-free silicone too.
Boska Holland Reusable Non-stick Toastabags
Keep your toaster fresh and clean with these reusable Toastabags, which eliminate the hassle of cleanup. They’re also perfect for anyone with food allergies, as the woven fiberglass bags feature a PTFE coating that prevents cross-contamination so you can safely use your kitchen devices without worry.
These Toastabags come in a set of three, are dishwasher-safe and can be used up to 50 times before throwing them out.
LuoCoCo Cute Chicken Egg Separator
This novelty chicken egg separator will make you want to eat healthier. To use, simply break the egg into the ceramic separator and then pour the egg white straight out of the chick's mouth.
Ravioli-Shaped Spoon Rest
It's fun, it's functional, and you can't help but smile every time you use it. This Ravioli-Shaped Spoon Rest is "the kitchen item you didn’t know you needed," according to one reviewer. It's easy to clean and will keep your kitchen counters mess-free, whether you're making mac and cheese out of the box or homemade chili.
Proctor Silex Portable Electric Lunch Box Food Heater
If the line for the microwave at your office is always a mile long, you'll love this traveling slow cooker to evenly heat up all your meals on the go. The inner pot and lid are completely removable so you can keep last night's leftovers in the fridge fresh until you're ready to reheat and eat.
OTOTO Splatypus Jar Spatula
Getting every last drop of jam out of the jar is way more fun with this cute platypus-shaped spatula that's sure to be a conversation starter. With no sharp edges, it's safe for the kids to use when they're making their own peanut butter and jelly sandwiches too.
Cute Chip Clips
Your pantry is basically begging you to buy these. And while you could always get basic, boring chip clips, these quirky, realistic-looking chip-shaped clips also double as snack bag organizers. Use the round ones for regular potato chips and the triangular ones for tortilla chips (and other snacks shaped similarly) so you can grab what you need at a glance.
DRKIO 4 Pack Overnight Oats Containers
Calling all overnight oats lovers! This colorful four-piece set of 16oz glass jars features measurement markings for precise prep and a stainless steel spoon with a spoon holder on the jar for easy portability. They work great for everything from yogurt parfaits and overnight oats to on-the-go fruits and salads.
Baggy Rack For Ziploc Bag Holder Stand
Meal planning by yourself just got a whole lot easier. Whether you're freezing food or drying ziplock bags you want to reuse again, these hand-free racks are sure to come in handy. They keep bags open so you transfer food solo sans all the mess.
Axe Pizza Cutter
The only way to chop pizza, obviously. This quirky axe pizza cutter makes a great gift and works best for slicing up thin-crust pizzas, as opposed to thicker ones.
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