Many of our favorite things start off as recommendations from a friend. Whether they swear by a skin-care gem, a cleaning must-have or just something to make dinner prep easier, we rely on those in-the-know friends for the scoop on what really works. Now, imagine you had access to the opinions of tens of thousands of friends — if that many people rally behind something, there's no way it's a dud.
Mr. Siga Microfiber Cleaning Cloth, 12-Pack
Kitsch Satin Pillowcase
Kitchellence 3-Stage Knife Sharpener
Hot Logic Mini Portable Oven
Dash Mini Waffle Maker
Greater Goods Gray Food Scale
Lodge 10-1/4-Inch Pre-Seasoned Skillet
Kitchen Mama Electric Can Opener
Zulay Milk Frother
Hamilton Beach BPA-Free Personal Blender
No need to join any new social media groups. Instead, trust the opinions of countless Amazon reviewers. They can differentiate gimmicky from great, so when hoards of them swear by something, it's the real deal. Scroll on for some of the most useful and popular kitchen items you didn't know you needed, each with at least 10,000 five-star reviews.
If you didn't think people would go ga-ga for cleaning cloths, think again. More than 62,000 reviewers have given this 12-pack a perfect five-star rating, with its versatility as a duster, dryer and even facecloth being its major win.
"They get multiple uses in my house," wrote this fan. "From dusting to kitchen use to cleaning off my makeup in one swipe (seriously, best ever for that). They are versatile, sturdy, and wash well. I've used other microfiber cloths and they were a bit scratchy, but these are really great for your face. Fantastic value also. I definitely recommend."
Elevate your beauty sleep with a satin pillowcase, that not only feels great but is gentle on your hair. No more waking up to frizz! Shoppers also love the pillowcase's affordability. Available in 24 colors and patterns for all the boudoirs in your home.
"This is the one," said one. "I am blown away by the high quality of these affordable satin pillowcases. This is the third brand I’ve tried and these are hands down the winners. The material is high quality and feels silky and durable (yet soft and supple). The stitching and zipper feel like they will last. They fit beautifully and look great. I am so impressed, I plan to buy other products from this brand."
This little gadget will save you a few headaches and a lot of money. If you own a set of knives, there's a really good chance they need sharpening. Even if you use a sharpening steel every time you cut through a tomato or chop celery, each slice slowly dulls the blade. You could take your knives to a professional, but not everyone has the time or money for that. It has over 22,000 five-star ratings from many happy shoppers who were considering the same thing.
One satisfied cook shared: "I've had my poor chef knife in a drawer and over the last year it's gotten dull and has a small dent on the blade. I just got this sharpener and used the three steps. And I gotta say I'm impressed. I managed to cut through paper after doing the three-step sharpening. It's like the knife is brand-new. For the price and ease of use, I would recommend anyone get this for their home."
This simple yet brilliant item is kind of like a mini slow cooker, but it's designed to warm up your food, not cook it — perfect for people who want a hot lunch at the office without having to wait in long lines to get it. And it's beloved by nearly 22,000 people.
"Works great!" gushed one. "I got this for my boyfriend who works on a construction site and does not have access to a microwave. We have had it for a few months now and he absolutely loves it! Now he can take leftovers from dinner the night before. It has been super beneficial during these cold months so he is able to have a hot meal on his lunch break. It has also given him so many more options of what he can take to eat."
It might be small, but it heats up quickly and is so versatile — you can use it to make hash browns, biscuit pizzas, and so much more.
"Wow. This is the cutest and most practical mini waffle maker," shared one of over 189,000 five-star fans. "It’s perfect, compact and easy to clean. It makes excellent waffles and you can get creative with a ton of other fun creations for you and your friends/fam. Highly suggest it. Getting one for everyone I know."
Whether you're a home cook or a pro chef, a food scale can be the difference between an okay dish and a Michelin-star-worthy plate. This scale has a smooth, easy-to-clean surface, and even has four units of measurement so you can accurately portion your ingredients, as more than 119,000 five-star fans on Amazon can attest.
Shared one thrilled shopper: "I bought this kitchen scale for my mom, and she loves it. It's very thin and takes up almost no room at all in the cabinet, and the digital display is nice and clean. It appears to have an auto-on-and-off feature, and it comes with a spare battery! For the money, this is a terrific little tool for cooking, weighing for mail postage, or even hobbies."
If this pan is good enough for Ina Garten, it's good enough for us — and over 87,000 five-star fans.
"What's not good to say about cast iron?" revealed this home chef"It is a wonderful skillet, and everyone should have 5 or 16 of these in their kitchen! Preseason as described and you will have an excellent nonstick skillet for years and years and generations ahead!"
Say goodbye to dangerously sharp edges and fiddling with a manual can opener — this electric one is worth its weight in gold if you never accidentally nick your fingers on a jagged lid again.
"By far, the best one-handed can opener I've found. A little powerhouse compared to every other kind I've used," shared a shopper. "The moment I turned it on, I knew, finally, I'd hit the can opener jackpot. There was no doubt I'd no longer have to deal with any more half-opened cans, stuck openers that couldn't be separated from the cans, frustration, wasted money and having to toss another ridiculous busted device in the trash."
Forget having to go to a coffee shop for those perfectly frothy lattes, cappuccinos and matchas — this magical little frother can do it all. It makes just about any drink creamier in seconds, and it's so easy to use. Plus, it comes in a ton of different colors, so you can get one to match your coffeemaker or the rest of your small appliances. You can even use it for tea and honey!
One fan exclaimed, "Loved this so much we bought another! We initially purchased this frother for my husband to mix his coffee but I loved how well it whisks! We bought a second one so he could have one just for his coffee and I could use mine for whisking eggs, mixing sauces, etc."
Over 29,000 shoppers rave about this small but mighty blender. It has durable stainless steel blades that can rip through leafy greens and whole fruit, and crush ice.
One fan wrote: "This blender is easy to use. I add my weight loss supplement and fruit, blend it up in a minute, and drink right out of the blender cup. Add soap, water, blend, and it’s clean. Easy cheesy!"
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The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.