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25 Kitchen Products For Anyone Who’s Always Exhausted After Work

~Roast~ assured, you'll have dinner in no time using these items.

1. An Instant Pot that just might revolutionize the way you cook because it does it all. Say goodbye to eating cereal for dinner and hello to delicious meals in a matter of minutes.

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It's a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté pan, yogurt maker, and food warmer all rolled into one snazzy appliance. (Check out our full review of the Instant Pot!)

Promising review: "I absolutely despise spending a lot of time in the kitchen after work. I am tired, just want to pour a glass of wine, and binge-watch Supernatural. My boyfriend can't cook to save his life, so that isn't much help either. I'd feel better eating something created out of real, edible foods rather than microwaved in a pouch with fake cheese, so I cook even when I stay over at his house. Just when I was pondering the option of breaking up and finding a man who can cook (not really), INSTANT POT HAPPENED! Dinner is done and ready to eat every time in less than an hour. Sometimes WAY less than an hour. I can't believe I survived 30 years without one! It would have been AMAZING back when I was in college! I am constantly learning new things I can whip up (sometimes trial and error, sometimes recipe books). I can throw frozen chicken breasts in it, seasoning, just hit poultry setting, adjust the time up a bit, and boom. Super tender amazing chicken. Something about handling raw chicken makes me too disgusted to eat it once it's cooked, so being able to throw it in frozen is such a relief." —Sunahm

Get it from Amazon for $69.95+ (available in 6- and 8-quart).

2. Or just a rice cooker with a delayed timer, so you can put rice in it before you leave for work, and come home to delicious food that's ready to eat.

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Promising review: "If you're pressed for time and you cook a lot of rice or other boiled/steamed grains, BUY THIS RICE COOKER. I would give it more than five stars if I could. It's a triumph of convenience engineering. I've owned a couple $20 rice cookers, which I used when I didn't have enough time to spare to pay attention to heat-on, heat-off cycles when I was making a meal. Now, I just select the type of grain from a super-intuitive menu, select the time I want it ready, and push a button. The rice is always perfect when the beeper goes off, and is still perfect the next day." —Kringle

Get it from Amazon for $170.99 (available in 5.5- and 10-cup) or get a similar one from Amazon for $18.92+ (available in black and red).

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3. A Vidalia Chop Wizard because chopping takes an absurd amount of time. Like, seriously, when I read a recipe and it says it will take 20 minutes, they're not taking my slow chopping skills into account. This gadget will ~cut~ that chopping time in half.

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Promising review: "I love my vidalia chopper! It works great! I am really lazy when it comes to chopping up veggies and such, I really don't like doing it because it takes a lot of time, but the Vidalia Chop Wizard makes it go so much faster and smoother. I don't know what I would do without it." —Rebecca

Get it from Amazon for $19.40.

4. A nonstick cookware set that distributes heat evenly, so your food cooks faster (and better).

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Promising review: "This cookware set has it all! Not just all the pieces (11) one needs in the kitchen, it also has flamin' red-hot STYLE! This set looks too good to simply push the old pots and pans back in the cupboard — gotta get rid of 'em altogether! Really though, the nonstick ceramic surface makes the pieces easy to clean, but thankfully they're dishwasher-safe, too, for those of us who prefer to toss 'em in the wash and migrate to the couch. The silicone handles keep the handles cool — greatest thing since sliced bread! LOVE this set." —Ifei

Get an 11-piece set from the BuzzFeed Tasty collection at Walmart for $79 (available in four colors).

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5. An EZ Off Jar Opener because I can't be the only one who's abandoned making dinner and simply ordered takeout because I couldn't get a jar open.

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This little gadget can not only open jars, but also other hard lids (like on plastic bottles). Just put it in the corner and twist for easy opening.

Promising review: "I bought this last year and have used it many times on many different lids, even use it to open gallon milk jugs when those pesky plastic attachments just won't seem to give. I haven't found anything I try that it won't open for me. No more banging on the counter, just hold it under my cabinet and slid it in the V shaped opening, give it a little twist to open, hardly any effort at all. It was easy to attach under the cabinet, I put mine so the wide opening faces forward. I personally think every house should have one of these." —Addie

Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

6. A set of microwave-safe nesting storage bowls you can fill with food and then put directly in the microwave, essentially cutting out the middle man when it comes to transferring food. Less work = best work.

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Get a set of four from Food52 for $60+ (available in seven colors and two sizes).

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7. A convection oven way more convenient to use than your actual oven because it cooks faster and more evenly. You can toast, bake, broil, roast, and more in this bright red baby.

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Plus, it has a removable crumb tray for easy clean up.

Promising review: "The first thing that struck me when unpacking this item was the bright shiny red color with silver/black trim. It's very attractive and something I want to keep in view on my kitchen countertop. The instructions are spot on. It's very simple to set up and use. It gives options for toasting, baking, broiling, and convection cooking. It does it all! It's great for reheating leftovers, making some quick snacks, browning dishes, cooking a casserole and everything in between. It's much more economical than heating up a regular electric stove/oven when a large oven rack isn't needed. Cleanup is a snap, too! No more messy accumulation of crumbs in a toaster. There's a crumb tray that's very easy to slide out and empty after every use. I've only had this for a very short while but I'm already spoiled by all of the diversity that it delivers. I wouldn't want to give it up, and I highly recommend it to everyone who likes ease of use, energy savings and lots of cooking options."—Zanni

Get it from Walmart for $59.96.

8. A microwave pasta cooker because waiting for water to boil is the WORST part of making pasta. What's the saying about watching paint dry? Well, when you're hungry, boiling water is worse than that.

Fasta Pasta

Just put the past and water in this, stick it in the microwave, and you'll have al dente past in no time.

Promising review: "I'm lazy...so lazy I'd rather microwave my dinner than get out a pot to boil water for it. That said this pasta cooker is one of my most favorite purchases. Every batch of pasta I have made has been perfect. The handy guide that references the cooking times for the different pastas is spot on. I just wish it came with a solid top too so I can stick my leftovers right in the fridge instead of having to transfer to Tupperware." —melissa

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

Read more about this microwave pasta cooker here.

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9. A five-minute chef that cooks both the top and bottom of the food at once so you have more time to get in bed and watch Netflix before passing out.

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Promising review: "I bought this product for my husband for Christmas, after watching the advertisement on TV. We have used the cookbook as a guide and have come up with a lot of meals. It works really well and the food is cooked thoroughly. Everything comes out light and fluffy. We've made eggs, chocolate chip pancakes, country style potatoes, hotdogs, and the list just keeps on going!" —Luv Newman

Get it from Amazon for $24.59.

10. A baby food maker for the busy parent who doesn't have the hours in the day to make homemade baby food each night. Just make a batch and put it in the pouches so you can freeze it and have it ready when needed.

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Promising review: "I've had this for two years now and am writing a review now because I just busted it out to make some more stuff. It's not just for baby food. When I received it as a gift from my mom, I was ecstatic and immediately destroyed my kitchen making all kinds of baby food. It's very easy to use, easy to wash, easy to store. I LOVE IT!!! Now that my daughter is 2+, I use it to make yogurt pouches. I throw my yogurt in a food processor with a variety of fruits, blend well, fill using the squeeze station, and VOILA!! I have yogurt pouches that are good in the fridge/freezer without having to buy the ones from the store with god only knows what preservatives in it." —Jade Voyles

Get it from Amazon for $19.79.

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11. A rapid ramen cooker because ramen isn't just for students living in college dorms. Plus, you can make you own version of a dish many restaurants are now serving at high prices.

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Promising review: "This has been a total lifesaver! Kids LOVE this, and I love that it takes only 3 minutes to make and has hardly any clean up. We love this product and have bought multiple ones. The only negative is that the ramen packages from Japan and Korea are too large for this size. It's meant more for smaller Top Ramen and Maruchan brands, not so much the Sapporo Ichiban or Nong Shim ramen brands etc. We end up having to break them up on squeezing the excess of the dry ramen in vertically to get it in totally." —kimchic

Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

12. A banana slicer you'll wonder how you ever lived without. It's a simple task, but it might even change your life.

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Promising review: "When I first saw this product I was like, how lazy can you be? Apparently pretty lazy because I bought one and have never regretted it. LOL" —Robin, Chicago Il

Get it from Amazon for $4.36.

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13. A grilled cheese bag designed to make the perfect grilled cheese without turning on the stove. You'll brie so thankful.

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Promising review: "This is perfect for people who hate cooking but like to eat. This is GREAT for making a relatively mess-free, hot, quick meal on the run. Plus, it keeps my son's gluten out of my gluten free toaster!" —Mom of many cheese loving sons

Get it from Uncommon Goods for $10.

14. A meal planner – it'll be helpful for you to write down what you're going to have for dinner instead of just staring into your fridge when you get home, hoping some sort of inspiration will come to you.

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Promising review: "As a busy working mom, this is fantastic! I keep an ongoing list of groceries needed on the right side (I modify mine based on what store I am going to) and then what's for dinner on the left side. I have four teenagers, and there is always someone who is asking, "What's for dinner?" so this does the trick as now they just need to look at the list! Perfect for the busy family, and LOVE the magnet on the back!" —Lauren T.

Get it from Amazon for $7.

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15. A non-stick baking sheet you can fill with veggies and a protein, throw some spices on it, and stick in the oven for 15 minutes to make a delicious (and healthy) meal.

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Seriously, sheet-pan dinner have changed my life. They're so easy and taste so good. If you need some inspiration, check out these recipes.

Get a set of two from the BuzzFeed Tasty collection at Walmart for $16.29.

16. A fruit soft-serve maker that'll turn whatever fruit you have into a delicious treat for dessert. You won't even realize you're being healthy.

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Promising review: "This is a pretty amazing machine. I cannot explain how skeptical I was of the Yonana. I also can't explain just how wrong I was. The machine works better than I could have ever imagined. I actually find the end product to be more like ice cream than some of the low-fat ice creams you buy in the store. It is delicious. The fact that you can have desert without any added sugar and fat is just total bonus." —D. Smith

Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

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17. An avocado splitter, pitter, and slicer because I refuse to accept that avocado toast isn't something you should be eating for dinner multiple nights a week.

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I usually put a fried egg on top, add some sriracha and everything bagel seasoning, and call it a delicious and easy meal.

Promising review: "Where has this been all my life? This is worth it just for the part of the tool that removes the pit. It makes it so much easier to make my avocado toast! The knife is lacking a little bit. It doesn't work great on larger avocados, but that isn't a big deal to me. I love the de-pitter and the part for removing the avocado from the peel. So happy I bought this!" —Chelsea Elizabeth

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

18. A defrosting tray so you can easily and quickly defrost meat because it's too hard to remember to take it out of the freezer before you leave for work.

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Promising review: "It thaws food out nice and even, and you don't have to worry about partially cooking the item or finding that it's still half frozen in the middle, like you would using a microwave. As per the instructions, it does help to run hot water on it first. No moving parts, easy to clean, and takes hardly any storage space." —RICKICAR

Get it from Bed Bath and Beyond for $14.99.

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19. A griddler that may change the way you make sandwiches – once you've turned your sandwich into a panini, there's no going back.

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You can use this as a contact grill, panini press, full grill, full griddle, and half grill/half griddle! The cooking plates are removable and dishwasher safe. Plus, there's an attached drip try and adjustable temperature controls.

Promising review: "This Griddler has become one of three indispensable counter-top appliances. (My toaster oven and microwave are the others.) It is perfect for cooking for two. It makes dinner quick and easy. We have fallen in love with home grilled potatoes. I microwave the potatoes, slice them put them on the grill." —Bruce H Beck

Get it from Amazon for $65.99.

20. A rapid egg cooker you can use to make hard, medium, or soft boiled eggs. Doesn't that sound delicious on top of a salad?

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Promising review: "I love hard boiled eggs for protein especially when I’m on the go as a student/worker but it’s hard to wait for the water to boil then put In the eggs and get ready all at the same time. This cooker is amazing!! Saves me time, it’s quick and I don’t have to watch it while it cooks I can go get ready and then I hear a loud buzzer notifying me when the eggs are done! (The buzzer is really loud sounds like a basketball game buzzer) I was surprised how fast the eggs cooked and was afraid they were still raw." —OnAJourney

Get it from Amazon for $18.96+ (available in five colors).

Read more about this rapid egg cooker here.

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21. A stoneware clay dish that makes an omelet in 45-seconds. Yes, you heard that right, only 45-seconds!! Plus, breakfast is too delicious of a meal to only eat in the morning.

Uncommon Goods

Promising review: "I have four men in my family — my husband, my father, and my two grown boys. I bought each one of them 45-Second Omelet Maker and each one them raves about it! My husband makes Denver omelets, my father uses egg whites, and my boys use it to make an omelet for a bagel sandwich. I have made several for myself and cannot believe what a wonderful-tasting, healthy, and eye-pleasing omelet is created in 45 seconds!" —Princess Geek

Get it from Uncommon Goods for $25.

22. A grill and griddle pan so you only have to get one pan dirty to make a complete meal.

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Promising review: "It's a very useful item, to be able to fry meat and eggs at the same time. Plus, being nonstick, it cleans up easily. I highly recommend this item." —mary p

Get it from Amazon for $49.95 (available in grey and bronze).

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23. A two-tier food steamer because you might be ~out of steam~, but that doesn't mean your dinner has to be!

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Promising review: "Amazed at how fast I can cook a meal with this product. Absolutely love it." —Cathy Parker

Get it from Amazon for $29.97.

24. An air fryer for when you're crazing fried food (i.e. basically all the time) but want something that's a little lighter. All you have to do is plug in the digits and you'll have good food in no time (minus the oil).

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Promising review: "The digital settings make it easy to select for different foods. So far we have cooked raw thawed-out chicken wings, drumsticks, hamburger patties w/blue cheese crumbles, and a bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin. All have turned out fantastic! The frozen Tater Tots come out crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. We have used it to heat up pizza and wings and it does it quickly and tastes just like you just cooked it. The absolute best part: cleanup. We just wipe it out in between uses and clean it when we are done. One small pot and basket. It used to take an entire batch of pots and pans to cook all day on a Sunday for the week, now it takes one. I would highly recommend this." —Keenbuddy

Get it from Walmart for $89.

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25. An Aroma Housewares 3-in-1 Superpot you can use for slow cooking, steaming, and simmering, oh my!

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Promising review: "I love this appliance!! It was very easy to start using and cooks everything perfectly. I have no complaints; this is definitely worth the money. I've used it to cook pasta, chicken, steak, grilled veggies, and more. It leaves nice grill marks on meat and veggies. I feel like a pro chef when I use it! I would recommend this to anyone looking to save cleaning time in the kitchen." —Diana L.

Get it from Amazon for $29.93.

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Some reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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