Best Kitchen Gadgets That You'll Actually Use_cover

The Best Kitchen Gadgets That You'll Actually Use

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Gifts That Really Cook

When it comes to holiday shopping, kitchen tools and small appliances are on many wish lists. But how do you find the perfect multicooker or blender when there are so, so many look-alike products? That's where this shopping guide comes in handy; we've sorted owner feedback and professional tests to find the best gadgets and small appliances for your kitchen… and everyone on your gift list.

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Instant Pot Duo Evo Plus
Amazon

Instant Pot Duo Evo Plus

$120 from Amazon
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The beauty of the Instant Pot is in its versatility. What makes the Duo Evo Plus a standout is the addition of a sous vide cooking mode, plus nice-to-have extras like a quick-release valve in pressure-cooker mode and a stovetop-friendly stoneware cooking pot for sauteing that cheaper models lack.   

Owner rave: "This has all the bells and whistles, and is worth every dollar. I have used this from day 1 at least twice a day to cook meals."

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Ninja Foodi TenderCrisp 6.5-Quart Pressure Cooker OP301
Walmart

Ninja Foodi TenderCrisp Pressure Cooker and Air Fryer

$249 from Walmart
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Air fryers and multicookers have been two of the most popular kitchen gadgets in recent years, so it's no wonder that someone would think to combine the best of the two into one appliance. This one handles everything from pressure cooking to sauteing, plus the 8-quart crock is big enough to air-fry a whole chicken. 

Owner rave: "This machine does it all. It replaced 3 appliances and freed up counter space. More space is a good thing while cooking ."

Panasonic FlashXPress
Amazon

Panasonic FlashXPress

$130 from Amazon
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Panasonic takes the tried-and-true toaster oven and brings it into the 21st century with the addition of infrared cooking. Owners rave about how quickly it cooks, reheats, and toasts, and they love the programmed settings and its compact footprint. 

Owner rave: "(It) fits perfectly on my small counter with more than enough clearance from cabinets above. Very pleased with how quickly it toasts bread and heats up leftovers."

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Nespresso Vertuo Next Coffee and Espresso Machine with Aeroccino by Breville
Best Buy

Nespresso Vertuo Next Coffee and Espresso Machine with Aeroccino by Breville

$165 from Best Buy
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Cheapism readers know a good deal when they spot one, which is one reason why they snapped up so many of these Nespresso coffee makers during Black Friday and Cyber Monday when they were discounted heavily. Even at full price, owners say the Nespresso (and included milk frother) makes it darn easy to brew a coffee or espresso drink without fuss. 

Owner rave: "Closing and locking the lid took a little bit of practice but it makes a great coffee and I love the carafe brew size."

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Instant Vortex 4-in-1 Air Fryer
Target

Instant Vortex 4-in-1 Air Fryer

$90 from Target
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If fried foods are what you crave, buyers say this 6-quart air fryer is big enough to feed a family of four, easy to clean, and won't smell up the house like traditional deep fryer can. Frying isn't all the Vortex can do; it can bake, roast, and reheat, too. 

Owner rave: "I've cooked so many things in it since I got it a week ago. Bacon, toast, meatloaf, quesadillas, and more. It saves so much time and the food taste and texture is amazing."

Oxo Good Grips Cold Brew Coffee Maker
Bed Bath & Beyond

Oxo Good Grips Cold Brew Coffee Maker

$50 from Bed Bath and Beyond
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People have been brewing hot coffee at home for years, but in the past few years cold brew has become the trendy way to get your caffeine. This 4-cup brewer needs just 12 to 24 hours to produce smooth, low-acid cold brew. Best of all, it's completely manual; no cords or batteries needed. 

Owner rave: "My son and daughter in law are VERY fussy about their cold brew. But they loved this product! So much so, they returned home and ordered one of their own! As close to the taste of an upscale coffee place as you can get."

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Hamilton Beach Electric Tea Kettle
Amazon

Hamilton Beach Electric Tea Kettle

$26 from Amazon
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Electric tea kettles are great for making tea, it's true, but they're just as handy for pour-over coffee and heating water for cooking and baking without firing up the range. This well-regarded kettle lacks bells and whistles like an adjustable temperature, but buyers say it quickly boils up to 1.7 liters of water. 

Owner rave: "I love [the] window to view the water level. The top stays open until you close is, which is nice when you're filling it up with water, and the kettle is not heavy (unlike my ceramic kettle)."

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Nutri Ninja Personal and Countertop Blender
Amazon

Nutri Ninja Personal and Countertop Blender

$160 from Amazon
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If you make smoothies on a regular basis, like to make soups and purees, or need to make crushed ice for your home bar, this full-sized Ninja blender fits the bill nicely. Its 1,200-watt motor is powerful enough to pulverize the toughest fruits, veggies, and nuts, and the three to-go cups are a nice bonus for smoothie addicts. 

Owner rave: "The best part about this blender is the preset blend buttons! All you have to do is put everything in your bottle, apply the top and hit the button. It will be perfectly blended in 30 seconds."

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Mueller Austria Ultra-Stick Hand Blender
Amazon

Mueller Austria Ultra-Stick Hand Blender

$35 from Amazon
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Stick blenders are great for blending ingredients, making soups and smoothies, and for NOT taking up space on the countertop the way a full-sized blender does. The whisk and frother attachments are nice to have, but the star attraction is the hand blender itself. Owners say it makes quick work of whatever task you give it, plus the stainless-steel housing is durable and easy to clean. 

Owner rave: "It is solidly built, easy to clean, and with 500 watts, has plenty of power. For the price, it's fantastic. I've used it for several soups and it has blended whatever I put before it."

ThermoPro TP03 Digital Instant Read Meat Thermometer
Amazon

ThermoPro TP03 Digital Instant Read Meat Thermometer

$15 from Amazon
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Whether you're baking, grilling, or frying, an instant-read thermometer will guarantee that food comes out perfectly cooked every time. This one's a top seller among Cheapism readers. 

Owner rave: "This product had everything I was looking for: easy to use, shows temp quickly, uses regular batteries, and stores easily (magnet sticks to my refrigerator)."

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Ninja Foodi 5-in-1 AG301 B07S76WBG
Amazon

Ninja Foodi XL 5-in-1 Indoor Grill

$180 from Amazon
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For those of us who don't own a real grill — or can't be bothered to drag it out, clean it off, and fire it up — there's this indoor grill, which can also air fry, bake, and roast. Smoke-control technology will keep smoke detectors happy, and the nonstick parts are removable and easy to clean. 

Owner rave: "Finally crispy sweet potato fries without them burning like they do in the oven. I've roasted chicken, ribs, veggies and air fried fries, tater tots, popcorn chicken and I've only had it a couple of weeks."

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EZ-Duz-It Deluxe Can Opener
Amazon

EZ-Duz-It Deluxe Can Opener

$20 from Amazon
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A manual can opener is, compared to many of the other appliances on our list, a very simple gadget. But it's also one that you'll use constantly, and unlike electric models, a manual can opener won't take up valuable counter space. This American-made can opener does the job time after time. Just be sure to keep that blade clean. 

Owner rave: "Cuts the lid cleanly and operates smoothly on every size and shape of can….There's a reason why they haven't changed the design or the materials of this in decades."

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