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29 Things Basically Every Adult Will Want To Have In Their Kitchen

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1. A cohesive set of glassware to replace the mismatched drinking vessels you've accumulated through your college years. It's time to let those plastic cups go.

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The 18-piece set includes 11-, 12-, and 16-ounce glasses that are dishwasher-safe and have a limited one-year warranty.

Promising review: "These are a great starter set of glasses. They are pretty and simple with nice thin rims and a variety of useful sizes — from smaller to larger. They have held up well and are good for everyday use! We haven’t had any break yet, which is always impressive with my glass-breaking husband around." —Yolanda S. Bean

Get it from Amazon for $22.68.

2. A pair of kitchen scissors so you can stop trying to open things with a knife (and save yourself from getting cut). Plus, it has a useful herb stripper!

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Promising review: "I love these scissors! It makes cutting anything so much easier with its sharp blades. I also find it easy to clean since the scissors are able to come apart in two pieces, so no leftover gunk is trapped between the connectors. These are the best scissors I've ever used in 15 years of cooking." —Mama Jo

Get it from Amazon for $17.95.

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3. A collapsible strainer that will make cooking pasta and frozen vegetables a hole lot easier.

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The strainer is made from silicone, so it's flexible and durable. It can also be used to steam veggies or as a lid when you boil pasta.

Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $21.99.

4. A programmable Crock-Pot, especially if you're not the greatest cook. This makes preparing delicious meals a breeze — just dump the ingredients in, set it, and walk away.

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I love my Crock-Pot. It's seriously so easy to use and makes delicious meals. Plus, this one is programmable for 30 minutes up to 20 hours.

Promising review: "This is my first Crock-Pot. The programmable timer works as advertised. Once the countdown is complete, it reverts to keeping the food warm. Plus, it's a great price for a timer Crock-Pot with locking latches. I transported my chili in the back seat of my car without any problems or spillages." —Mr. EcoBoost

Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

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5. A 14-piece cutlery set that will not only look ~sharp~ sitting on your counter but will also prove super useful for all your culinary needs.

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The set comes with a 8-inch chef knife, 7-inch santoku knife, 8-inch bread knife, 5-inch utility knife, 3.5-inch paring knife, six 4.5-inch steak knives, a sharpener, kitchen scissors, and a rubberwood block.

Promising review: "I'm a light cooker and these work great for my needs. they are sharp and the color looks great. I have put them in the dishwasher a few times now and there hasn't been any damage. I would buy these as a housewarming gift for someone else." —Calvin

Get it from Amazon for $34.49+ (available in turquoise and red).

6. A stainless steel bowl set great for meal-prepping but also for everyday use for mixing ingredients.

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The set includes a 1.5-quart, a 3-quart, and a 5-quart bowl, each with a lid and a spout for easy pouring.

Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $71.99.

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7. A tool that splits, pits, and slices all those avocados you're buying for your toast instead of things like, you know, a house.

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Promising review: "I used to laugh at this kind of product until my friend was using hers. It made it all so easy! Honestly, I can't believe someone as clumsy as me was functioning without it. Where I used to use a knife and spoon or fork to deal with avocados, it's now just this one thing. Each part of the tool does its job really well, and it's easy to clean. I love it so much. Even if you're not a clever tool kinda person, just get it. It's worth it." —kikikitten

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

8. An electric bottle opener so you can uncork bottles in seconds, no struggling required.

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This removes corks in seconds, can open up to 30 bottles on a single charge, and has a built-in rechargeable battery.

Promising review: "OMG! I LOVE this wine opener. It opens with ease. I don’t post many reviews, but this is definitely worth the money. I can't say enough good things about this wine opener. It comes with an awesome charging stand and foil cutter. Don’t waste your time on other electric wine openers. This is the one! I love it! The blue light is really cool too!" —Allison Parks

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

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9. A measuring cup and mixing bowl set that nest together and store super easily in your oh-so-precious cabinet space.

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Promising review: "These look even better in person! They are brightly colored and are very striking even after multiple washes. The set takes up a minimal amount of space, so if you are like me and short on cabinet space this is a great choice. The bowls are built well, have a solid feel, and have pretty much everything you need to function in the kitchen. I can't recommend these enough!" —Yanks1

Get it from Amazon for $35.61 (available in multicolor and blue).

10. A utensil set with 23 essentials to get you one step closer to being a master chef.

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Promising review: "This set has everything! It is inexpensive enough for someone starting out, yet it is high quality for those of us that have been in the kitchen for years! I needed to replace some of these items in my kitchen, and this set gave me all that then some! I especially like the silver with the black. Also, I was worried the whisk would be flimsy since this set was not that expensive, but it is awesome! I highly recommend and also believe this would make a great gift!" —mamavazquez

Get it from Amazon for $20.89.

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11. A digital food scale with a conversion chart on top so you don't have to call your parents when you can't figure out how many pints are in a quart...again.

Macy's

The scale measure grams, ounces, pounds, milliliters, and fluid ounces. A battery is included.

Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $35.99.

12. A pizza cutter, because even personal pizzas need slicing too.

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Promising review: "This is by far the best rotary pizza cutter I have used. It is VERY sharp, easy to guide, and requires very little effort because it is directly over the axis and the heel of your hand presses down with a natural movement and force. Also easy to clean. What's not to like?" —Old Minnesota Shopper

Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in red, green, and blue).

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13. A set of food storage containers to make meal-prepping and storing leftovers so easy. Sure, takeout containers are free, but these will last way longer and stack together nicely in your cabinet.

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Promising review: "In the amount of time that I have had these, they have performed flawlessly. There have been no issues with leaking, and they are very easy to wash. With the Rubbermaid lid, there is nothing extra in the lid, so washing is easy and there is no chance for mold to grow. I am very pleased with the performance of these containers and I have also purchased the larger sizes on their own. I would highly recommend them." —gisamail

Get the 42-piece set from Amazon for $27.80.

14. A silicone baking mat that'll make baking a breeze and eliminate your need for oil, sprays, or parchment paper.

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Your food will come out looking and tasting delicious, plus you'll have a way easier cleanup. Each sheet measures 11.6" x 16.5" and is oven-safe up to 480°F.

Promising review: "These have changed my life. They are wonderful, and I use them for everything. We roast vegetables about every night, and they make cleanup a breeze. If you do a lot of baking (e.g., cookies), I would maybe keep one for baking and one for cooking with fat as sometimes the grease/oil is a little hard to get off, but nothing ever sticks to them." —Heather K

Get a set of two from Amazon for $8.93.

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15. A stainless steel tea kettle to boil water on the stove, not in the microwave, because it's not amateur hour anymore.

Macy's

Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $39.99.

16. An essential tool that'll do un-peel-evable things for your vegetable game.

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Promising review: "This is the best! I can't believe how great these work on sweet potatoes! Carrots are a breeze! In fact, they cut my potato peeling time in half! I used this to peel apples, and it was fantastic! And butternut squash, I never had a better tool for peeling that. Can't wait to try it on cucumbers and zucchini. This is the one peeler everyone should have!" —Bookworm

Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

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17. A sharpener to keep all your knives at the top of their game.

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Promising review: "This little bad boy sharpens my old kitchen knives into slicing ninjas!! It works so great! I don't use it on an edge, but you do have that option if you so choose to hold it at an angle. I like that it has a metal 'course' sharpener and a 'fine' sharpener. For my really dull knives, I use the coarse followed by my fine, and my old, dull knives are like new. For my sharp-but-not-sharp-enough knives, I use the 'fine' section. It's definitely worth the purchase!!" —S.S.Lear

Get it from Amazon for $5.95+ (available in black, red, and green).

18. A prep bowl you'll wonder how you lived without for so long. This one has a lid and opening to keep your precious ingredients inside and not all over the floor.

Macy's

The dishwasher-safe set includes a 5-quart stainless steel bowl, plus a lid with a hole to fit three different grating and slicing pieces.

Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $42.99.

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19. A digital thermometer that will help make sure your meat is cooked thoroughly so no one has to worry about undercooked turkey at your next Friendsgiving.

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Promising review: "I've had a lot of bad luck with thermometers. They stop working so quickly or don't read correctly. I have owned this now for five months and it hasn't let me down yet, so I consider that a win. Even when I'm having to test items of different temperatures, one right after the other, it's changing the reading accordingly and the temperature seems spot-on with the results." —Kae

Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in silver, blue, and red).

20. A garlic press, so you don't have to deal with the annoyance (and injury risk!) of mincing garlic with a knife.

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Promising review: "This is so much better than my old garlic press! The old one hurt my hand to use and could only hold one garlic clove. This can hold three or four, is easy to press, and easy to clean. No need to peel the 'papery' skin off of the clove; this press will squish the garlic right through, skin and all. I loved it so much I bought another for my son, and he loves his too." —Kathy Harding

Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

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21. A set of stemless wineglasses that are seriously shatterproof — because accidents happen even if you're above an age when it's acceptable to yell "FRESHMAN!" whenever someone drops a drink.

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Promising review: "These are so fantastic. We keep these glasses and champagne flutes in our pantry for when we have larger groups of people over. They look just like real glasses, and they are heavy-duty. We always get tons of comments about them from friends who ask us where we got them." —PK

Get a set of 12 from Amazon for $11.99.

22. A glass measuring cup, so you'll never have to eyeball the ingredients for a recipe again.

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Promising review: "I absolutely love this measuring cup. I don't know why it is so hard to find a good-quality, big measuring cup, but this is an indispensable tool in my kitchen. Whether I'm making pancakes or mixing up formula for a farm animal, the size combined with the Pyrex quality make this my go-to. Honestly, I can't rave enough about this product." —Ashley O

Get it from Amazon for $10.13.

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23. A brown sugar-softening bear you soak in water for 20 minutes and then place in your brown sugar to ensure that it stays moist and ready for use for three to six months.

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Promising review: "This is the second brown sugar bear I've purchased because they work so well. They are simple to use and very effective. Soak it in water and then place it in your brown sugar container. It will keep the sugar soft and easy to scoop. If you have brown sugar that has already hardened and is like a solid rock, you can place the bear in the container and by the next day you will be able to scoop it again. It's simple, effective, and inexpensive. There is no reason not to get this little bear." —Hannah M.

Get it from Amazon for $6 (also available in gingerbread, maple leaf, and sugar cookie shapes).

24. An electric hand mixer that'll inspire you to bake cookies more just so you can take this for a spin.

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The mixer comes with a snap-on case for easy storage and and six speed options.

Promising review: "This is great for your basic mixing needs. It's medium-sized and comes equipped with two traditional beaters and a whisk attachment. It also includes a snap-on storage case so you can store all the parts together and won't have to go on a scavenger hunt in your drawers every time you need your beaters. If you've never owned a mixer before, it's best to start with a simple hand mixer such as this one instead of a stand mixer because they're easy and take up less space." —BeUtyTradeReVue

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

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25. A three-piece cutting board set you'll be so excited to use, when it's time to cook you'll chop right to it.

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Promising review: "I love these cutting boards. This is the third set I’ve purchased. The boards are of high quality and last a long time. I do like to replace my cutting boards due to germs, so the price point of these are perfect for that. They clean well and don’t hold food stains. The rubber sides are great for non-slip surface. The rubber itself adheres to the board smoothly, so I don’t worry about germs getting trapped inside the cracks." —Jesmski

Get it from Amazon for $14.97.

26. A drying rack that may actually motivate you to do the dishes piling up in your sink — you won't even have to worry about drying them.

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Promising review: "The cup hangers help keep space inside the drainer for larger items. Plenty of space for a family's meal dishes and more. Ample space in the flatware container, which sits centered on the outside front edge. Plenty of air circulation so that things dry quickly if rinsed with very hot water." —Seain Gutridge

Get it from Amazon for $19.49.

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27. A stainless steel ice cream scooper with a chiseled tip, ensuring that your ice cream is always ready to be scooped even if you just took it out of the freezer.

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This is also dishwasher-safe.

Promising review: "After hours of searching and comparing ice cream scoops I chose this one. I am VERY HAPPY with this purchase. It was delivered exactly on time and we immediately washed it so we could try it out. Wish we would've bought it sooner and saved the lives of our spoons ; -) We tried it on four different ice creams and it was like scooping whipped cream! This scoop is awesome!! Very heavy-duty but not too heavy. It has a nice covering that makes it easy to grip, especially since I have small hands. It's dishwasher-safe and comes with a lifetime warranty!!! This is the only scoop you'll ever need to buy!" —Jackie R.

Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in four colors).

28. A lemon squeezer that makes adding lemon juice to everything from a Bloody Mary to a salad 10 times easier — it's a small tool that makes a big difference.

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I got one of these a couple years ago and realized recently how much I use it. Whenever a recipe calls for lemon or lime juice, I bring this out and it makes squeezing fruits *so* much easier!

Promising review: "I don’t like writing reviews unless an item is exceptional or horrible. This item is exceptional! It not only works great, but I have had it for several months and there is absolutely no corrosion or chipping. I had previously bought a mostly yellow and green one from that expensive kitchen store. It corroded and the surface peeled and chipped. This one is wearing excellently! It still shines and looks like new, and I use it almost every day for lime in my seltzer. I highly recommend it!" —Pinkcrystals

Get it from Amazon for $21.99.

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29. And a cookbook to help you through this stage in life as you start to realize that you can't drink as much as you once did without severely regretting it in the morning.

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Promising review: "I'm currently hungover. I used this book a couple times. I almost burnt down my house once using this book. But it's my fault, not the book's. I highly recommend taking the quiz in the beginning of the book, so you can figure out what meal to prepare." —Kevin

Get it from Amazon for $8.50.

Me after doing nothing but working all day, coming home, and cooking a simple dinner.

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