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29 Kitchen Gadgets You'll Wish You'd Bought Years Ago

"How did I even live?" —you after shopping this post, obviously

1. A kitchen scale with measurement conversions etched onto it so you can continue on with your recipe instead of dirtying up your computer or phone with literal butter hands.

Macy's

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

2. A flat whisk that anyone who's had to hand-wash a balloon whisk will know why I included in this story.

Amazon

BTW, it's dishwasher-safe. But if you're like me and have to hand-wash everything, this'll be so much easier to wash than a balloon whisk!

Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

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3. A holy grail Instant Pot because the 7-in-1 multicooker isn't going anywhere anytime soon and you'll get it once you actually get it.

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It's used as a rice cooker, pressure cooker, slow cooker, steamer, sauté, yogurt maker and warmer. Pinterest has been all about the Instant Pot for a few years and you should really hop on this bandwagon. Just check out a BuzzFeeder's review and Instant Pot recipes that'll basically cook themselves. If you're still feeling meh about it, just

Promising review: "There are so many people who say they can't cook, but I swear I'm on a whole new level of not being able to cook. This little appliance helps expand our menu and I have learned to do so much with it. I will sum up in a nutshell, I love how easy it is and how I throw everything in it comes out done. No stirring and not many messy dishes. I still don't love it for meats (which I don't eat much of anyway), but I think that's just a matter of needing to experiment more with them. I seriously can't believe how many foods can be cooked in here!" —Aundrea

Get it from Amazon for $79.95+ (available in 3-, 6-, or 8-quart sizes).

4. An egg yolk separator in case you're following the Nora Ephron method of using an extra egg yolk in that omelette you're making. (Truly the best method.)

Amazon

You can also use it for soufflés, cakes, meringues, and other yummy creations. Some of the best things in life! It's BPA-free and dishwasher-safe.

Get it from Amazon for $6.95. Also check out a separator that clips onto the edge of a bowl.

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5. And a rapid egg cooker that'll do wonders for adding some protein to your diet or helping your perfect your at-home Eggs Benedict.

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My friend Marissa bought one after I wrote about it in a story and she loves it so much she bought a SECOND one. Just for herself! She has zero regrets and has threatened to buy a third. (She lives by herself.)

Promising review: "If hard-boiled eggs are at all a part of your life, this device will change everything. Reclaim lost hours, catch up on missed TV, reconnect with old friends and family — anything is possible with the free time you'll find at your disposal as you drop 6 eggs into this beast, press a button, and then walk away. What will you do? High-intensity exercise? Model building? Learn a second language? I hear your concern. 'What if I become so engrossed in my newfound love of taxonomy that I forget about my eggs?' Fear not, efficient chef. Like the trump of Gabriel himself, the unmistakable tone of this technological marvel could rouse the dead and will bring you running to your fresh-and-ready ova's side. The Dash Go Rapid Egg Cooker is what mankind has been working towards since the first roundish stone was shaped into a wheel. Witness the apex of human innovation! Did not love the poaching tray." —J. Mercer Crenshaw

Get it from Amazon for $19.76+ (available in five colors).

6. A mounted jar opener — it'll be a welcome addition for anyone with limited dexterity or who is just always having to tag in a partner to help open jars.

Amazon

Promising review: "This was bought for a physically challenged person who can't open ANY jars on their own. I installed it backward from the description — so the opening is facing away from you and you have to pull the jar TOWARD yourself. There's way more leverage available that way to open things. The person using it said, 'It's one of the best mobility aids I've ever used.' Unbelievable for just a jar opener but you can use it for pill bottles, milk lids, just anything with a twisting lid really." —wetcoast79

Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

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7. A cheese plane cutter to transform blocks of hard cheese into beautiful slices for display. Or just for the perfect grilled cheese sandwich. Everyone has different priorities!

Amazon

Made of heavy-duty stainless steel.

Get it from Amazon for $8.97.

8. A collapsible colander you can also use as a steamer or pot lid. Here's to some serious versatility that frees up cabinet space!

Macy's

Made of silicone that't dishwasher-safe and heat-resistant up to 425°.

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

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9. A *strong* spiralizer with a hand crank that'll make you forget about that hand-operated one you threw away after you tried to spiralize a beet. Oof.

Amazon

Yep, that happened to me. Beets are hard! Spiralizing your veggies shouldn't be. This one includes five blades that'll give you differently shaped veggie peelings. BPA-free.

Get it from Amazon for $24.97.

10. A salad dressing shaker that comes with a blending ball to help mix things up back to a delicious consistency once the ingredients of your homemade dressing start to separate.

Amazon

This 2.5-cup salad dressing shaker is perfect for making creamy salad dressings, vinaigrettes, and marinades. It has an easy open-and-close spout for one-handed operation and printed markings for measuring. Stain-resistant and BPA-free.

Get it from Amazon for $9.76+ (available in Tritan or glass).

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11. A citrus juicer with a container and non-slip bottom to safely catch the fruits of your fruit labor.

Macy's

Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $18.99.

12. A salad chopper bowl with slots for wiggling your knife in all the right places resulting in an evenly chopped meal packed with veggies you keep trying to add more of to your diet.

amazon.com, Amazon

I'm so proud of you.

Promising review: "Ok, I kinda got this as a joke because I HATE cooking chopping veggies. Well, the joke was on me. It took me longer to take carrots, celery hearts, and lettuce out of the bags than it did to chop a salad. Love it, will continue to use it and i will buy another if it breaks. Well worth the price." —Mickeymalone

Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

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13. A spatter-proof cookbook holder so those glossy pages will stay in tip-top shape and in place while you're wrist-deep in a bunch of wet ingredients.

Amazon

Get it from Amazon for $34.95. And check out a cheaper model for $10.74.

14. A set of four ziplock bag holders to serve as an extra set of hands when you need to put leftovers into bags or meal prep some freeze and dump slow cooker dinners.

Amazon

Just so you know, the arms extend to accommodate larger bags!

Get four from Amazon for $8.99.

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15. Dip clips that'll fit perfectly on the edge of a plate so everyone can double dip IN THEIR OWN personal dip bowls instead of the main one. Blech.

Amazon

Works on most plates, including paper plates. Has a 1/3-cup capacity and is dishwasher-safe.

Get four from Amazon for $7.99.

16. A couple of silicone oven mitts can pull double duty as splatter guards. Warning: You may consider cutting all the kitchen gadgets that only perform one task out of your life?!

Macy's

Dishwasher-safe, microwave-safe, and heat-safe up to 450°.

Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $28.99.

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17. A microwave tortilla warmer in case you have a convection stovetop and can't heat 'em up one by one the old-fashioned way. (It also works for rolls and buns!)

Amazon

I gave my mom this tortilla warmer a few years ago and she uses it for everything from dinner rolls to hot dog buns. And it keeps its contents nice and warm for as long as your meal lasts! Oh, and it was featured on America's Test Kitchen as a solid pick (in case you think I'm a liar).

Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

18. Magnetic measuring spoons with round spoons for liquid ingredients and narrow spoons for reaching into spice jars. Solving ALL of life's problems, more or less.

Amazon

No more bothering with a key ring–like getup for storing your oft-used tools in a drawer.

Get them from Amazon for $12.99.

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19. And a push-up measuring cup to help you get the most of sticky ingredients like butter and honey rather than scraping the dregs out of your OG 1/2 cup.

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But how does it work? The internal track easily guides the plunger to desired measurement marking and the silicone disk acts as a squeegee on inside of cup to scrape the ingredients as you push. Plus it's dishwasher-safe and BPA-free!

Get it from Amazon for $11.99 (2-cup size).

20. A strainer bowl set that can make rinsing veggies for big-batch meal prep sooo much easier.

Walmart

And they have non-slip bottoms!

Get it from Tasty's line, exclusively at Walmart for $10.97 (available in two color combos).

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21. A pull-out cabinet shelf kit that'll help you make excellent use of that one lower cabinet you just kinda shove everything in and then never see again.

Amazon

Yep, this'll be a great place to store those small kitchen appliances and stacks of mixing bowls for much easier access than elsewhere you could put 'em. Designed for a cabinet that is 15" width (B15) from outside to outside, with a 11-1/2" or wider opening, requires a 11-1/2" or larger cabinet opening to work properly, has a 100 lbs. full-extension ball-bearing slide system, and mounts on bottom, side and rear for total stability.

Get it from Amazon for $90.20+ (available in three sizes).

22. A tea bag organizer so you can find that one sleepytime bag without making your whole tea collection tumble in a v light but still annoying avalanche.

Amazon

Promising review: "Do I really need a tea bag organizer? That's what I was thinking when I ordered this. And when I took it out of the box. And when I filled the first little bag holder. But as the pile of empty boxes grew larger, I knew the answer was yes, I do need a tea bag organizer. I was using a whole shelf and a half of jumbled tea boxes which I had to sift through to look for a specific tea. In the end, I think this held about eight or nine boxes of tea bags (I crammed some of them). I am so happy that I got this!" —Sarah C.

Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

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23. A handy bottle opener anyone who opens like two (tops) bottles of wine at home annually will be able to use with ease.

Amazon

I don't know where my mom got her bottle opener but it's terrible and I always forget about it 'til I have to use it. I need to get her this.

Get it from Amazon for $15.95.

24. A countertop compost bin that might make your discards look downright delicious (but of course you and I both know that's not the point).

Amazon

This holds up to 3 quarts of food scraps with a vented lid and charcoal filter that absorbs odors, keeping your kitchen smelling fresh. Scraps easily slide out thanks to a drafted bucket shape, though you can place a plastic bag inside the bin if you prefer. In short, this is a good solution if you don't have an outdoor spot for your compost!

Get it from Amazon for $29.72.

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25. A trio of cookie scoops you can use in case you haven't perfected the two-spoon technique. And they work for ice cream and fruit, too!

Amazon

I've nailed down the two-spoon technique. But no one's perfect!

Get them from Amazon for $10.99.

26. A motion-activated trash can you'll be so glad you bought the next time you've been handling raw chicken and need to throw out the grocery store packaging before washing your hands.

Amazon

Completely touch-less opening, just wave your hand. Includes a natural carbon odor filter to help fight funky kitchen smells.

Get it from Amazon for $69.99+ (available in other designs and finishes).

Or if you're not into motion activation, check out a trash can with recycling separation that my friend owns and is FANTASTIC.

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27. A sous vide gadget you can place in pots and open up a whole new realm of culinary possibilities for fancy restaurant–quality eats at home. Who knew putting stuff in plastic bags and then temperature-controlled water could end up with such delicious results? Lots of folks, apparently.

Amazon

This is relatively small in comparison to other sous vide machines and lightweight. Plus it's Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-enabled so you can keep tabs on what's cooking via an app.

Promising review: "Love it. I've made creme brûlée, egg bites, and a couple rib roasts. Love it. I'm saving so much money on NOT buying Starbucks egg bites it was worth it for that alone. I can't compare it to other sous vide units, but it heats quickly, the depth works well (I use my big old All-Clad lobster pot and clip it on the side, but before I pulled the lobster pot out I set it down in my Dutch oven and I loved the magnet that stood it up). The app is okay. It does its job. I like being able to check on the timer from wherever. I would buy again." —erin johnson

Get it from Amazon for $179.99+ (available in two color combos).

28. A vacuum-sealing machine to go with your new sous vide gadget *and* help you finally make the most of your Costco membership you resolved to get your money's worth out of in 2019.

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Includes five medium vacuum bags and one extra-long vacuum bag roll.

Promising review: "I'm so pleased with this food vacuum sealer. Our other food sealer broke but I hated that thing, (obviously a different brand). It was bulky, loud, and difficult to use. This is slim, sleek, and easy to use. No more multiple times just trying to get a bag to seal. It worked flawlessly and I really put it through its paces right out of the box with having to package about 60 lbs. of meat. Thank you for making such a great product." —Bryan E. Long

Get it from Amazon for $60.99.

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29. An oven thermometer so you can rest assured that when your oven says it's 350 degrees, it's *actually* 350 degrees.

amazon.com

Promising review: "Bought a brand new Bosch dual fuel range. The stove is five-burner gas but the oven is electric. I wasn't sure my oven was giving me a true reading so I wanted something to test it for accuracy. I put it into the oven, pushed bake 350, and let it preheat and chime when it hit that temp. Then I waited another five minutes just to be sure. Lo and behold, when I opened the oven door, it said 350 degrees RIGHT ON THE BUTTON (SEE PHOTO). Now I know when I set the oven to 350, it's going to be correct and accurate." —Lwos

Get it from Amazon for $7.

OK these gadgets won't do everything. But they'll help!

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Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

Check out more smart kitchen buys:

25 Small Kitchen Appliances From Amazon That People Actually Swear By

21 Products For Your New Kitchen That You Need ASAP

20 Kitchen Products From Walmart That Literally Everyone Will Want

28 Things That'll Actually Help You Keep Your Kitchen Organized In 2019

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