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23 Essential Kitchen Products All Adults Should Have In Their Kitchen

You need these essentials in your kitchen — no if, ands, or buts!

1. A heavy-duty stainless-steel fry pan with a lid you'll use to do everything — sauté veggies, whip up gravy, pan fry sausage, make spaghetti sauce, fry up some eggs, and more!

Amazon

Promising review: "Well, I am very impressed with this 12-inch stainless steel fry pan! It is very heavy duty and plenty deep. It is deep enough for frying chicken and fish, or even making graves or sauces. It is exactly what I was looking for. I use it for making my healthy veggie frittata, making spaghetti sauce, even stews! This is my go to 12-inch frypan! My favorite thing is that the bottom is plenty wide, I can easily fry three large eggs in it." —Daisy S.

Get it from Amazon for $26.99.

2. A set of non-stick bakeware no kitchen is complete without; so you can make sheet pan dinners, brownies, cakes, and other baked goods!

Amazon

Set includes: a cookie pan, two round cake pans, and a six-cup muffin pan; oven-safe up to 450ºF

Promising review: "I was needing a good-quality baking set and I'm so happy I went with this one. All four pieces are great quality and I love that they match my kitchen colors. They washed up very easily by hand-washing them and food slides right off them and doesn't stick. I do wish the muffin tin was a 12-holder pan. But, overall, I am very happy with this product.” —Ten7blonde



Get it from Amazon for $33.99.

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3. A hand immersion blender that can ~handle~ purees, mashed potatoes, food prep, smoothies, and everything else you've somehow been managing to do without this miracle worker.

Amazon

Promising review: "I love this stick blender. Over Thanksgiving week with food prep for 30 people, I deployed it repeatedly. It managed every task with ease. The components clean easily. It has the power and more of my KA in its earlier years. It pureed my butternut squash to perfect smoothness. It mixed the deviled egg filling quickly and smoothly. As a test I attempted to chop my crackers for stuffing-but it powdered them quickly. Good to know. It chopped radish, celery and onion easily for an appetizer. I blended my shortening, salt, and flour for pie crust, added the water and had very fast dough ready to chill. The crust was smooth and flaky. With no hesitation, this device is a champion." —My Own Mind

Get it from Amazon for $38.50.

4. A revolving 16-jar spice rack for anyone who knows good cooking *revolves* around a well-stocked spice cabinet, but doesn't want to sacrifice the storage space.

Amazon

Promising review: "Heavy duty with a sleek look on the counter. The five year supply of free spices is a wonderful bonus. I highly recommend this product." —Kindle Customer

Get it from Amazon for $20.84.

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5. An investment-worthy Instant Pot capable of browning, steaming, pressure cooking, rice cooking, yogurt making, and more (at speeds way faster than the oven). This babe is a dinner party host's dream come true.

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Features: dishwasher-safe 3-ply bottom stainless steel inner pot, 12 built-in cooker programs (soup, meat/stew, cake, egg, sauté, steam, rice, porridge, pressure cook, keep warm, multigrain, and slow cook), 24-hour delayed start timer, up to six times faster than standard cooking, energy efficient

Promising review: "This is the most awesome kitchen gadget ever! I love it and would recommend it to everyone. I made fall-apart pot roast in two hours instead of the seven hours my Crock Pot used to take. Perfect rice and homemade yogurt. I got rid of two slow-cookers, a yogurt maker (that sucked), a rice cooker, and a stove top pressure cooker (that also sucked). Get one of these!" —ColoradoSunshine

Check out 21 easy Instant Pot recipes from Tasty.

Get it from Amazon for $69.95+ (available in three sizes).

6. A set of stackable measuring cups and spoons so you can stop guesstimating how much a tablespoon is and adding way too much soy sauce to your recipes 😬.

Amazon

Set includes: 1/4 tsp, 1/2 tsp, 1 tsp, and 1 tbsp measurements for the spoons; and 1/4 cup, 1/2 cup, 1/3 cup, and 1-cup measurements for the cups

Get them from Amazon for $18.95.

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7. Non-slip, color-coded cutting boards to keep you safe as you dice and chop, and the colors will help you remember which cutting board is for veggies vs. meat!

Amazon

Promising review: "They are perfect! I use at least one of these every day and every time I use them, I love them more. They are non-slip and easy to clean in the sink or dishwasher. I can't believe I waited so long to buy some nice cutting boards." —TucsonTNR

Get them from Amazon for $26.99 (available in 10 colors).

8. A set of stainless steel kitchen utensils that have to be in your kitchen. They are dishwasher-safe, food-safe, and ideal for everyday use.

Amazon

Set includes: basting spoon, slotted spoon, square slotted turner, ladle, skimmer spoon, potato masher, meat fork, spaghetti spoon, and tongs

Get them from Amazon for $22.99.

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9. A set of glass mixing/prep bowls perfect for anyone who always forgets to add key ingredients. You can lay everything out in these, and get to cooking like a pro!

Walmart

Promising review: "Love them...watched Tasty on Facebook and wanted to try them. Very satisfied by quality of products." —none

Get them from BuzzFeed's Tasty collection exclusively at Walmart for $18.99.

10. A 6-cup rice cooker to make you into a multi-tasking kitchen champion. This cooker can make rice while steaming veggies or dumplings at the same time. It can also cook oats, meat, and nearly anything you can throw in it!

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Promising Review: "It's difficult to eat healthy while making time for work, leisure, and rest. Eating out a few nights a week gets expensive very fast. This little angel will put those worries behind. I was hesitant about purchasing this product. As the old saying goes, 'you get what you pay for.' This cooker will possibly save you hundreds of dollars throughout the year with quick, healthy, inexpensive dinners you can make. If you're single, this is the answer to all of your cooking woes." —Ricky

Get it from Amazon for $18.92+ (available in two colors).

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11. A good kitchen scale essential for carefully weighing ingredients and getting precise measurements, especially if you're an avid baker!

Macy's

This scale measures pounds, grams, ounces, fluid ounce, and milliliters. It comes with batteries, and has an easy-to-read screen.

Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $19.99.

12. A cast iron pan so durable, it'll probably outlive us all, so you might as well make the most crisp and delish pizza with it while you're still here.

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Promising review: "I love this skillet! I've used it on the stove, gas, and electric, as well as over fire outdoors. I've owned it for eight months now, and it still looks as new as it did eight months ago. Make sure to research how to clean your cast-iron cookware and always heat them up to evaporate any surface moisture after cleaning before oiling. I've made many different foods in this, Utica greens, bacon, eggs, steak, pizza...etc. and all of it has come out perfect. I would say I would buy this again, but I see this skillet lasting forever!" —Tinkerman

Get it from Amazon for $14.90.

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13. A rubber spatula — if you don't have this in your kitchen, how do you get the last pancake out of all the pancake batter stuck to the edge of your bowl?!? End the chaos and add this to your cart.

Amazon

Get it from Amazon for $11.

14. A set of stainless steel mixing bowls with a lid, built-in grater, and no-slip bottom probably giving whatever mixing bowls you currently own some major side-eye right now. I need these in my kitchen!

Macy's

Set includes: 1.5-quart, a 3-quart, and a 5-quart bowl

Features: non-slip bottoms and measurements etched on the inside; lids; spouts for easy pouring.

Get them from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $28.83.

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15. A set of colorful, sharp knives so you can chop, slice, and dice for stir fry in no time.

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Set includes: 8-inch chef knife, 8-inch serrated bread knife, 8-inch slicing knife, 7-inch santoku knife (the Japanese version of a chef knife), 6.5-inch serrated utility knife, 3.5-inch paring knife, and protective guards for each knife

Read our full review of these knives here.

Promising review: "I bought a set of these knives for my granddaughter who was setting up an apartment after living in a dorm. I was not expecting much, but the reviews were good and if the knives were no good, there wasn't much lost. But when she unwrapped them, I was impressed. The different sizes were perfect for a first set of knives, and the blades were extremely sharp. This set is a heck of a good deal for the money spent." —Velho

Get them from Amazon for $19.99 (available in seven colors).

16. And a handy little knife sharpener to keep the kitchen knives in tip-top shape so they last way longer!

Amazon

Promising review: "I gotta say this is the best sharpener I ever bought in my whole life. I got it today and brought it to work. I work at a Japanese restaurant as a sushi chef and I sharpened it at work, and wow my knife was sharp like a samurai sword! Even my coworkers were surprised and asked me to order one for them. Thanks for the product!" —Rodrigo

Get it from Amazon for $5.50.

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17. BPA-free stacking liquid measuring cups featuring an angled pour spout to avoid drips and keep your measurements in view as you fill these babes up!

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Set includes: large 4-cup, medium 2-cup, and small 1-cup

Get a set of three from Amazon for $8.99.

18. A classic wooden spoon that's safe to use with all cookware, and is a trusty basic everyone should have.

Amazon

Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

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19. A metal rolling pin featuring rings and a dough chart to help you measure everything out perfectly. Goodbye forever wonky cookies and pie crust!

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Promising review: "Love it! Now all my cookies, biscuits, pie crusts, etc. will no longer be 'wonky'. Uniform thickness across the board. Love how easy it is to adjust. Just swap out the rings. The stainless steel is wonderful and even has measurements on the rolling pin itself. Came with a mat!" —Traci Hall

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

20. An invesment-worthy Le Creuset Dutch oven you'll honestly be passing down to your grandkids, after you've used it to cook literally everything in, of course. I have one of these and it is the pride and joy of my kitchen!!

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Promising review: "I love the way this Dutch oven cooks. This product keeps the heat in so well I can cook at a lower temp. The Dutch oven saves time and money. The food you prepare will be delicious; the meat will be tender, the flavors in your food will be enhanced. I used to love using my slow cooker. Since I got my Dutch oven I have not used the slow cooker. The Dutch oven will make you look like a pro. I am an experienced cook, this baby makes me look like a galloping Gourmet. Le Creuset is perfection, worth the money. Enjoy your cooking, you will love it!!!" —D. Cederquist

Get it from Amazon for $384.95 (available in 13 colors).

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21. And a more affordable enameled Dutch oven for anyone who is new to Dutch oven recipes and needs to learn how to make soups, bread, and fried chicken in this babe, for starters.

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Promising review: "I bought this as a present for my brother. He received it last Monday and has pretty much used it everyday. He has baked, sautéed, and fried in it. He said that it was the best forever gift that he had ever gotten. I am thinking about getting a smaller one for myself." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $58.70 (available in seven sizes and 12 colors).

22. A powerful hand-held vegetable chopper so you can stop shedding tears from dicing onions — just throw that bad boy in here and chop!

amazon.com

Promising review: "This is one of the best kitchen tools I've ever bought. Super-easy to use, and it takes up very little space. You will love how effectively this tool does its job. I use it to chop ingredients for salsa. I can fit a whole large onion in this chopper if I need too. No more watery eyes to deal with! It is also easy to clean — I just washed it off at the sink. Use care with the removable spindle which contains three blades, which are quite sharp." —Travel_Quest

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

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23. And a heavy-duty wood chopping block that'll help you dice up meals for the whole family. It's gorgeous enough to use as a serving tray too!

Amazon, amazon.com

Promising review: "I am very pleased with this butcher block! It was nicely packaged, which is great if you are considering giving this as a gift, perfect for a housewarming or wedding. It also comes with care instructions, which I appreciate. The craftsmanship is impeccable. The built-in handles are a thoughtful touch. This product can be used for multiple purposes.; cutting board, serving platter, etc. I will be proudly displaying this in my kitchen when not in use. I plan to purchase this product several times over to give as gifts!" —Christina

Get it from Amazon for $79.95.

Everyone when they come over and see your well-stocked kitchen:

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Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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