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Kitchen

From blenders to chef's knives to rolling pins to nonstick skillets, our team of kitchen experts recommends the best equipment to help you whip up the finest meals, whether you're just starting out or you're a seasoned pro in the kitchen. These reviews are the result of hundreds of hours of research, expert interviews, crowdsourced opinions and owner ratings, hands-on testing, personal experience, and so much more.

The Best Stand Mixer KitchenAid Artisan
After more than two years of making cookies, cakes, and even grinding meat, we still think the 5-quart KitchenAid Artisan is the best stand mixer. It creams butter and whips cake batter more effectively than nearly every other model we tried, and it effortlessly kneads dough without knocking around on the counter. For its performance, versatility, and price, the Artisan is still the absolute best.   Read More >
The Best Instant-Read Meat Thermometer for Your Kitchen ThermoWorks ThermoPop
After sticking more than 24 instant-read digital thermometers into pork chops, ice water, sous vide water baths, and frying oil, we still think the ThermoWorks ThermoPop provides the best speed and accuracy value for its price.   Read More >
The Best Waffle Maker Krups GQ502D
After spending 63 hours on research, talking with four experts, and testing 21 models, we now recommend the Krups GQ502D as the best waffle maker for most people.   Read More >
The Best Slow Cooker Hamilton Beach Set & Forget 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker
After 86 hours of research and testing, we think the Hamilton Beach Set & Forget 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker is the best slow cooker for most people. It has been our favorite for four years running, thanks to its intuitive interface, locking lid, and modest price.   Read More >
Should I Get a Pressure Cooker, a Slow Cooker, or a Rice Cooker?
The answer depends on what you cook and when you want it ready. We’ve tested dozens over the past few years. Here’s how to choose the right one(s) for you.   Read More >
The Best Under-Sink Water Filter Filtrete Maximum Under Sink Water Filtration System With Dedicated Faucet
The Filtrete Maximum Under Sink Water Filtration System With Dedicated Faucet removes more contaminants for less money than hundreds of other under-sink filters we compared it with.   Read More >
The Best Travel Mug Zojirushi New Stainless Mug
After doing nearly 50 hours of research over the past three years and considering more than 60 different models, we think the Zojirushi New Stainless Steel Mug is the best travel mug for most people. It offers the best balance of heat retention and versatility of any model we tested. It costs more than its competitors, but its thoughtful design and foolproof locking mechanism make it worth the price.   Read More >
The Best Dutch Oven Lodge Color 6-Quart Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven
The Lodge Color 6-quart Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven braises recipes well— on par with pots that cost six times the price. It’s our favorite Dutch oven for the fourth year running.    Read More >
The Best Blender Oster Versa
The Oster Versa is our favorite blender for the second year running (and after testing 20 during the past four years). It blends almost as well as machines more than twice the price.   Read More >
The Best Knife Set Wüsthof Classic Ikon 7-Piece Walnut Block Knife Set
After more than 60 hours of researching knife sets and testing 11—chopping, slicing, and peeling over 20 pounds of fruits and vegetables—we’re confident that you won’t beat the Wüsthof Classic Ikon 7-Piece Walnut Block Knife Set.   Read More >
The Best Paper Towel Bounty Select-A-Size
Bounty Select-A-Size paper towels have more scrubbing ability and wet strength than anything else available, as we’ve confirmed over years of use and in interviews, research, and tests.    Read More >
The Best Measuring Spoons Prepworks by Progressive Magnetic Measuring Spoons
After about five hours and many hundreds of spoonfuls testing nine different sets of measuring spoons, we think the Prepworks by Progressive Magnetic Measuring Spoons are the best choice for most home cooks.   Read More >
The Best Lunch Boxes L.L.Bean Lunch Box
After 30 hours researching and testing more than a dozen lunch boxes, we think the L.L.Bean Lunch Box is the best for kids and adults who pack a smaller lunch. The Coleman 9-Can Soft Cooler works better if you pack a large lunch and don’t have access to a fridge.    Read More >
The Best Nonstick Pan Tramontina 10-Inch Professional Nonstick Fry Pan
The Tramontina 10-Inch Professional Nonstick Fry Pan is the best nonstick pan. It offers a slick nonstick coating, good heat distribution, and excellent maneuverability and comfort. It’s a great value, performing as well as—in some cases even better than—pans over twice the price.   Read More >
The Best Spatulas Victorinox Chef's Slotted Fish Turner
We spent over 40 hours researching and testing six different types of spatulas—including fish, plastic, silicone, metal, wood, and offset spatulas—to discover the best in each category.   Read More >
The Best Electric and Gas Ranges Samsung NE59J7630SS
After 35 hours of research, we think the Samsung NE59J7630SS (electric) and Frigidaire FGGF3058RF (gas) have the features, versatility, and durability most people need.   Read More >
The Best Cheap Coffee Maker Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Coffee Maker (46201)
After considering 17 coffee makers and testing six top candidates, we think that the Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Coffee Maker is the best cheap coffee maker. The only machine that made better-tasting coffee costs five times as much.   Read More >
The Best Cold-Brew Coffee Maker Filtron Cold Water Coffee Concentrate Brewer
We tried five cold-brew makers, brewing enough for 200 cups of coffee, and the Filtron Cold Water Coffee Concentrate Brewer made the best-tasting coffee for the lowest price per cup.   Read More >
The Best Serrated Bread Knife Victorinox Fibrox Pro 10.25-inch Serrated Curved Bread Knife
We spent over 15 hours researching and testing serrated knives, and the well-made, versatile Victorinox Fibrox Pro 10.25-Inch Serrated Curved Bread Knife beat knives that cost three times as much.   Read More >
The Best Knife-Sharpening Tool Chef’sChoice ProntoPro 4643
After 15 hours of research and testing, and several adult lifetimes of kitchen experience, we recommend the manual Chef’sChoice ProntoPro 4643 knife sharpener. Tomatoes (and everything else) don’t stand a chance.   Read More >
The Best Portable Induction Cooktop Duxtop 8100MC Induction Cooktop
After putting in more than 40 hours on research and testing, we’re confident that the Duxtop 8100MC Induction Cooktop is the best for most people. It’s a reasonably priced induction burner that offers up a solid performance and an easy-to-use interface.   Read More >
The Best Food Storage Containers Glasslock 18-Piece Container Set
After three years of long-term testing, we still think the sturdy and leakproof Glasslock 18-Piece containers are the best for storing your leftovers.   Read More >
The Best Skillet All-Clad Stainless Steel 12-Inch Covered Fry Pan
After over 50 collective hours on research and testing, and three years of long-term testing, we still think the All-Clad Stainless Steel 12-Inch Covered Fry Pan is the best skillet for the money.   Read More >
The Best Portable Dishwasher Danby DDW1801MWP
The best portable dishwasher is the Danby DDW1899WP-1. It costs less and cleans more reliably than other wheeled stowable dishwashers that hook up to a faucet.   Read More >
The Best Espresso Machine, Grinder, and Accessories for Beginners Breville BES840XL the Infuser Espresso Machine
After spending more than 60 hours to research and test five top-rated espresso machines, four grinders, and a dozen accessories, we’ve put together the best espresso setup under $1,000.   Read More >
The Best Spiralizer OXO Good Grips Spiralizer
We spent over 20 hours spiralizing several pounds of vegetables after consulting with multiple culinary professionals and chefs; we think the OXO Good Grips Spiralizer is best for most people.   Read More >
The Best Dinnerware Set The Fitz and Floyd Nevaeh Dinnerware Collection
After studying over 60 dinnerware sets and testing seven, we recommend the Fitz and Floyd Nevaeh Dinnerware Collection. These dishes can handle everyday breakfasts and are still beautiful enough for fancy dinners.   Read More >
The Best Cake Pans USA Pan Aluminized Steel 9x2 Inch Round Layer Cake Pan
We spent more than 30 hours researching and testing cake pans, and the essential shapes from USA Pan—in round, rectangle/square, and loaf varieties—came out on top time and time again.   Read More >
The Best Bundt Pan Nordic Ware Platinum Collection Original 10- to 15-Cup Bundt Pan
After testing four different bundt pans, we think the Nordic Ware Platinum Collection Original 10- to 15-Cup Bundt Pan is the best for most people. It’s thick and sturdy but not too heavy, and it has a nonstick coating that allows cakes to come out cleanly even from tight crevices.    Read More >
The Best Springform Pan Farberware Nonstick Bakeware 9-Inch Springform Pan
After researching and testing six springform pans over 12 hours and baking cheesecakes head to head, we’re recommending the sturdy Farberware Nonstick Bakeware 9-Inch Springform Pan, which beat out a pan that cost three times as much.   Read More >
The Best Water Filter Pitcher Pur Classic 11-Cup
We tested seven models for water taste and filtration performance, and Pur’s Classic 11-Cup pitcher is head and shoulders above the rest—even the ubiquitous Brita.   Read More >
The Best Refrigerator Whirlpool WRF535SMBM
After 65 hours of research, we think the Whirlpool WRF535SMBM is probably the best fridge for you. It’s one of the most affordable and reliable 36-inch French door models, which is the most popular size and style today.   Read More >
The Best Pepper Mill Peugeot Paris u’Select Pepper Mill
After spending more than 60 hours of research over the past three years and testing 18 different pepper mills, we’re confident that the Peugeot Paris U’Select is the best for most people. While the Peugeot is more expensive than its competition, a great pepper mill is a buy-it-for-life kind of item.   Read More >
The Best Food Processor Cuisinart Custom 14-Cup Food Processor
After spending 40 hours researching food processors, interviewing experts, and conducting nearly three years of longterm testing, we think the Cuisinart Custom 14-Cup Food Processor is still the best choice for most home cooks.   Read More >
The Best Paring Knife Victorinox 3¼-Inch Paring Knife
After putting in more than 45 hours of research, testing 20 blades by carving many fruits and veggies, we think the Victorinox 3¼-Inch paring knife is the best. It’s comfortable, sharp, and only $8.   Read More >
The Best Immersion Blender Breville BSB510XL Control Grip Immersion Blender
We’re confident that the best immersion blender is the Breville Control Grip. After testing immersion blenders over two years — we pureed gallons of soup, smoothies, salsa, and mayonnaise — the Breville proved itself over and over. It excelled at tougher tasks that other immersion blenders just couldn’t handle.   Read More >
The Best Dish Rack Polder 4-Piece Advantage
After putting in 70 hours of research, looking at 28 new dish racks, and doing the equivalent of 39 loads of dishes, we think the Polder 4-Piece Advantage Dish Rack System is the best option for most kitchens. It isn’t perfect—no dish rack is—but it holds a heavy load within a relatively small footprint, drains well, and is easier to keep clean than other models.   Read More >
The Best Electric Kettle Cuisinart CPK-17
After spending dozens of hours researching and testing electric kettles over the past three years, we think the Cuisinart CPK-17 is the best electric kettle for most people. It quickly brings water to the temperature needed for optimum flavor from teas and coffee, and it offers the best combination of speed, accuracy, and ease of use of all the electric kettles we tested.   Read More >
The Best Rice Cooker Hamilton Beach Digital Simplicity Rice Cooker and Steamer
After more than 100 hours of research and cooking more than 200 pounds of rice, we found the Hamilton Beach 37549 2-to-14-cup Digital Simplicity is the best rice cooker for most people. It’s well-designed and makes delicious Japanese rice better than models that cost 10 times more. It also has an insulated lid and other features you won’t see on models at this price.   Read More >
The Best Way to Keep Open Wine Fresh Private Preserve
After 20 hours of research and testing, we think using Private Preserve is the best way to keep opened wine fresh. In our tests it beat out seven other wine-preserving methods and proved to be the best at maintaining the wine’s flavor after five days. It was also the only tool we tried that was better than recorking and refrigerating a half-full bottle of wine, and it doesn't cost hundreds of dollars.   Read More >
The Best Coffee Maker OXO On 9-Cup Coffee Maker
After putting in 41 hours of research over the past two years and brewing hundreds of cups of coffee in 12 machines, we found that the OXO On 9-Cup Coffee Maker is the best for most people. The OXO makes better-tasting coffee than other drip coffee makers, and it’s much easier to use than other high-end coffee makers we’ve tested.   Read More >
The Best Rolling Pin Whetstone Woodenware French Rolling Pin
After nearly 20 hours of research and testing 12 carefully selected rolling pins on three types of dough, we found the timeless maple Whetstone Woodenware French Rolling Pin is the best option for most people. It’s more agile than a handled pin, it doesn’t stick to the dough as much as cheaper models, and it has just enough heft to do some of the work for you without smashing fragile dough. Plus, it’s one of the easiest to clean.   Read More >
The Best Dish Soap Seventh Generation Dish Liquid
After more than 65 hours of research and testing 28 detergents, we found the Seventh Generation Dish Liquid is the best for most people. You can’t beat the cleaning power of Seventh Generation. Plus, the company doesn’t use dyes or synthetic fragrances in its product, and it doesn’t test on animals.   Read More >
The Best Mandoline KitchenAid V-Slicer
After putting in more than 40 hours of research and testing, we found that the KitchenAid V-Slicer is the best mandoline for most people. This razor-sharp tool has a decent hand guard and can fit in most kitchen drawers. In our tests, it made the thinnest, most even shavings and performed better than much more expensive models.   Read More >
The Best Vegetable Peeler Kuhn Rikon Original Swiss Peeler
After 20 hours of research and testing peelers over two years, we found that the lightweight, Y-shaped Kuhn Rikon Original Swiss Peeler and the heavier straight swivel OXO Good Grips Pro Swivel Peeler are the best options. In testing, both tackled vegetables and fruits better than the competition, and they were the easiest and most comfortable to hold during prolonged peeling.   Read More >
The Best Label Maker Brother P-Touch PT-D210
After 40 hours of researching—including talking to small business owners and home users—and testing eight popular models, we’ve determined that the Brother PT-D210 is the best label maker. It was the easiest to use and printed consistently high-quality labels, despite being one of the cheapest models we tested.   Read More >
The Best Soda Maker SodaStream Source
After more than 42 hours of research, 150 hours of testing over the past three years, and even our own DIY version, we think the SodaStream Source is the best home soda maker. It makes the fizziest, best-tasting seltzer; its cartridge refills are among the most affordable; and it's easier to use and clean than the competition.   Read More >
The Best Chocolate Bar Michel Cluizel Noir de Cacao 72%
After taste testing 13 chocolate bars, we found that the Michel Cluizel Noir de Cacao 72 is our favorite. It's smooth with a great ratio of sweet and bitter flavors, and it melts effortlessly on the tongue, delivering a rounded sensory experience. This is the third year we’ve tasted this chocolate, and it’s reliably excellent year after year. It even beat a boutique chocolate bar that costs twice as much.   Read More >
The Best Can Opener OXO Good Grips Locking Can Opener with Lid Catch
Over the past two years, we’ve opened 85 cans with 22 can openers to find that the OXO Good Grips Locking Can Opener with Lid Catch is the best option for most people. It locks onto cans, cuts them with ease, and costs half the price of the better safety openers we tested.   Read More >
The Best Steak Knife Set Messermeister Avanta Pakkawood
After 40 hours of research, interviews, and testing, we found the Messermeister Avanta Pakkawood are the best steak knives for most people. Not only are they beautiful to look at and comfortable in the hand, but they’re as high-performing as knives six times their price. No other knives came close to their combination of performance, price, and quality.   Read More >
The Best Kitchen Trash Can Simplehuman Rectangular Step Trash Can
After spending more than 60 hours researching 70 trash cans, then testing 15 of them, we've found that the Simplehuman Rectangular Step Trash Can is the best for most kitchens. It's better than any other can we’ve seen at keeping trash bags in place, and its lid opens more smoothly, too. Plus, it's easier to clean, and it's truly airtight, unlike most of the competition.   Read More >
The Best Cookbook Stands
After testing dozens of device and book stands for the kitchen, we found the Stump Stand is the best option for your electronics. It sits more solidly on the counter than the competition, and it’s one of the easiest stands to store. For books, we recommend the sturdy Clear Solutions Deluxe Large Cookbook Holder with Cherry Base, which has a better splatter shield than any other stand we’ve found.   Read More >
The Best Champagne Glass Riedel Vinum Cuvee Prestige
After considering more than 80 glasses and drinking from 10 different styles, we found that the Riedel Vinum Cuvee Prestige is still the best Champagne glass for most people. Its tulip shape, formed of elegant leaded crystal, preserved carbonation better than any other glass we tested. Plus, it’s comfortable to hold.   Read More >
The Best Coffee Grinder Baratza Virtuoso
After more than 40 hours researching and testing nine top-rated coffee grinders, we found the Baratza Virtuoso was the best for making coffee at home. It produced the most uniform grind consistency of any model we tested, comparable with a $2,500 commercial-grade grinder. Our science editor couldn’t even tell the samples apart under a microscope.   Read More >
The Best Flatware
Over the course of six months, we spent more than 80 hours researching flatware and testing 23 sets based on visual appeal, how they felt, and their materials. We also gave people of varying ages, income, and design savvy a chance to weigh in. We’d usually suss out the best choice for most, but because choosing flatware is personal, we've instead narrowed it down to 10 sets of varying styles that ranked highest in our tests.   Read More >
The Best Wine Glasses Riedel Ouverture Magnum
After spending eight hours blind-tasting wine in 33 different glasses, we found that the Riedel Ouverture Magnum is the best wine glass for casual drinking. The Magnum outperformed glasses that cost three times as much, and it’s able to bring out the best flavors in whatever wine you pour into it. Plus, it’s dishwasher-safe and shatter-resistant, so it can endure daily wear and tear.   Read More >
The Best Roasting Pan Cuisinart MCP117-16BR MultiClad 16-Inch Rectangular Roaster
After roasting more than 190 pounds of turkey, 200 pounds of chicken, and 30 pounds of veggies in 11 pans over the past three years, the Cuisinart MCP117-16BR continues to be our favorite roasting pan. It cooks more evenly than similarly priced roasters, and it’s better at searing and sauce making than most competitors. Plus, it roasted nearly as well as one pan that cost twice as much.   Read More >
The Best Drinking Glass Duralex Picardie
After year of long-term testing and flinging dozens of glasses off a roof to see which could survive the drop, we've decided that the Duralex Picardie Tumbler is the best drinking glass you can buy. It's durable, stackable, dishwasher-safe, and more pleasurable to drink from than anything else we found. It isn't the cheapest glass we looked at, but it’s the glass we reached for the most.   Read More >
The Best Potato Masher, Ricer, and Food Mill OXO Good Grips Smooth Potato Masher
After performing 21 hours of research and looking at 39 mashers, potato ricers, and food mills, plus interviewing two pro chefs and mashing 51 pounds of potatoes, apples, and tomatoes, we found the OXO Good Grips Smooth Potato Masher to be the best tool for mashing. It’s easy to use, clean, and store, it’s the least messy masher we tried, and it’s one of most inexpensive tools we looked at.   Read More >
The Best 13-by-9 Casserole Dish HIC Porcelain Lasagna Pan
After considering 39 models and spending 41 hours on research and testing over the past three years, we've found that the Mrs. Anderson's Baking Oblong Rectangular Baking Dish Roasting Lasagna Pan is the best 13-by-9 casserole dish for most kitchens. It's broiler safe and easy to clean, it has big handles for carrying, it serves a family of four, and it performs as well as dishes that cost three times as much.   Read More >
The Best Cookie Sheet Nordic Ware Baker’s Half Sheet
After baking 23 batches of cookies, six pizzas, and several pounds of sweet potato fries with 13 different pans over the past two years, we found that the Nordic Ware Baker’s Half Sheet is the best option. The Nordic Ware excelled at every task—performing better than sheets twice the price—without warping at high heat, unlike most of the competition. It’s a great all-purpose pan for everything from roasting vegetables to preparing bones for stock.   Read More >
The Best Chip Clips Gripstic - 3 Pack
After putting in nearly 40 hours of research over two years and testing more than 25 of the highest-rated models, we found the Gripstic to be the best at clipping chip bags, ensuring freshness for a long time. The wide Gripstic closes more bags than the competition and creates an incredibly tight seal, which in our taste tests led to very high scores, and it’s small enough to easily store in a drawer.   Read More >
The Best Barware for Making Cocktails at Home
Making cocktails at home doesn’t have to be complicated, but we can all aspire to more than dumping margarita mix in a blender. Over the past two years, we’ve spent 70 hours researching bar tools, speaking with some of the top bartenders in the country and testing five dozen models to bring you this guide to the absolute best items for home mixology.   Read More >
The Best Pie Plate Baker's Advantage Ceramic Pie Dish
After nearly 50 hours baking dozens of pies over the past three years, we found the Baker’s Advantage Ceramic Pie Dish is the best pie plate for most people. In our testing, it performed as well as plates twice the price. It baked crust an even brown that never stuck to the bottom of the plate, its deep dish held a wider variety of recipes than shallower ones, and its gently ruffled lip was one of the easiest for forming beautiful fluting.   Read More >
The Best Tea Steeper Finum Brewing Basket
After more than 30 hours researching dozens of tea steepers, and drinking tea made in 15 infusers, teapots, and travel mugs over the past two years, we found that the Finum Brewing Basket is the best option. The fine mesh of this plastic in-cup steeping basket allows more water flow and keeps tea particles from escaping into the cup better than the competition. Plus, it’s one of the only models that fit both mugs and pots, and it’s among the easiest to clean.   Read More >
The Best Grill Tools
Pre-packaged grill kits usually include tools of substandard quality or poor design (although we found one exception this year). We think the smart money is on buying what you need piece by piece, which is why we’ve spent the past three years researching grill accessories, speaking with grilling experts, and testing 52 different tools to find the best equipment for hassle-free outdoor cooking.   Read More >
The Best Cutting Board Prepworks Cutting Board
After spending more than 120 hours on research and chopping 23 pounds of produce with 22 cutting boards, we found the Prepworks cutting board is the best for most kitchens. The Prepworks doesn’t require any maintenance and resists warping, staining, and strong odors better than other plastic boards we tested. Its textured plastic makes slicing easier, and it has a better juice groove and handle than any other board we tested.   Read More >
The Best Measuring Cups KitchenMade Stainless Steel Measuring Cups
After testing 33 measuring cups over the past two years, we found KitchenMade’s Stainless Steel Measuring Cups are best for dry ingredients, and Pyrex’s 2-Cup Measuring Cup is the best for liquids. They’re more durable than the competition, easier to clean, and the most compact models we tested. They’re also quite accurate (for cups).   Read More >
The Best Small Trash Cans simplehuman 10-Liter Profile Step Can
After a year spent researching 769 small trash cans (and no, that’s not a typo), and running a dozen standouts through a battery of tests, we found the best small trash cans are the simplehuman 10-Liter Profile Step Can for bathrooms, the Brighton Professional for offices, and the simplehuman in-cabinet for kitchens. These bins can fit tight spaces, resist denting and tipping, accept several types of bags, and look better than plastic buckets.   Read More >
The Best Ice Cream Scoop Zeroll Original Ice Cream Scoop
We spent more than 25 hours researching and testing five scoops (after considering 40), to find the classic Zeroll scoop is the best ice cream scoop. Thanks to its heat-conducting core, it cuts into hard ice cream more cleanly than other scoops, and its shape produces gorgeous scoops from the densest of desserts. It’s also easy to clean and durable, and its simple design has remained virtually unchanged since it debuted 75 years ago.   Read More >
The Best Ice Cream Maker Whynter ICM-15LS
After 85 hours of research, talking to professional ice cream makers and a food scientist, and testing 14 models, we found the $260 Whynter ICM-15LS is the best ice cream maker for most homes. The Whynter made smoother ice cream in a shorter amount of time than any other model we tested, was quieter than the rest, and the easiest to clean.   Read More >
The Best Popsicle Molds Zoku Round Pop Molds
After researching dozens of popsicle molds, testing 26, and making 140 ice pops over the past 2 years, we’ve found Zoku Round Pop Molds are the best molds for most households. They make the most consistent pops of all the molds we tried, are more durable, and easier to use than the competition. Plus, they are the least messy to eat, thanks to unobtrusive drip guards on the sticks.   Read More >
The Best Citrus Juicer Proctor Silex Alex’s Lemonade Stand Citrus Juicer
After juicing more than 53 pounds of citrus with 13 different juicers, we found the Proctor Silex Alex’s Lemonade Stand Citrus Juicer is the best OJ-producing machine for most homes. It produced as much (or more) juice as models 10 times its price. It’s also built better than the competition, and it has one of the best self-contained pitchers we’ve tested, with a pulp-control design that actually works.   Read More >
The Best Salad Spinner OXO Good Grips Salad Spinner
After 25 hours of research and testing eight salad spinners, we found that the OXO Good Grips is the best salad spinner for most people. Its simple design is sturdier and easier to use than any other model we tested, and its unique pump spinner is the easiest to operate. It’s also one of the most compact, though its plastic bowl is big enough for a large head of lettuce.   Read More >
The Best Chef’s Knife for Most Cooks MAC MTH-80 Chef's Knife
After 75 hours of research and testing 13 chef’s knives in our own kitchen, we found the best chef’s knife for most home cooks. The MAC MTH-80 8-inch Chef’s Knife with Dimples is the sharpest, most durable, and comfortable model we tested. Not only was the MAC much sharper than its competition, but its high-carbon blade will keep it sharp for longer than any other knife in its price range.   Read More >
The Best Grater Cuisipro Surface Glide Technology 4-Sided Boxed Grater
After 40 hours of research, expert interviews, and testing 28 graters, we found the $30 Cuisipro Surface Glide Technology 4-Sided Box Grater is the best for most home kitchens. It shreds hard and soft cheeses, as well as carrots and potatoes, more efficiently than almost any other model we tested. Plus, it shaves off wisps of citrus zests without tearing into the bitter pith—unlike the competition—making it the most versatile grater we found.    Read More >
The Best Scissors & Kitchen Shears Kai 5210 8-inch Dressmaking Shears
The Kai 5210 8-Inch Dressmaking Shears are the best all-around household scissors because they’re light and they cut with the smoothest snip of any scissors we tested. They handled cardboard, blue jeans, and even picture-hanging wire without issue. For the kitchen, the OXO Good Grips Kitchen and Herb Scissors are the best for most people because their micro-serrated blade grips meat while the other blade cleanly cuts through—something the competition doesn’t do.   Read More >
The Best Aluminum Foil Reynolds Wrap Heavy Duty
We tested 18 aluminum foil brands for more than 15 hours and found that the Reynolds Wrap Heavy Duty foil is best for most kitchens. It's the most malleable, the thickest, and the least likely to puncture out of all the heavy-duty foils we tested, making it the easiest to work with. Plus, it’s widely available in a variety of widths and lengths.   Read More >
The Best Boxed Chocolates Recchiuti Confections Black Box
We tasted 11 chocolate brands and took suggestions from our readers to find our new favorite box of chocolates, Recchiuti Confections’s Black Box. Recchiuti distinguishes itself by combining unusual yet complementary flavors, and ultimately offering a full sensory experience.   Read More >
The Best Small Saucepan Cuisinart MultiClad Pro Stainless Steel 2-Quart Saucepan with Cover
We considered more than 40 saucepans before narrowing down to nine for in-depth testing. The Cuisinart MultiClad Pro 2-Quart is the best small saucepan for most households. Unlike the other saucepans we tested, it has every feature we want at an affordable price: tri-ply throughout, a comfortable handle secured with rivets, a bent lip for clean pouring, and a snug-fitting lid.    Read More >
Gear for Making Great Pour-Over Coffee Kalita Wave Dripper
We spent more than 30 hours on research and testing with a professional barista, plus we interviewed 10 coffee experts from across the US to find the best coffee brewing gear. The Kalita Wave 185-Series Glass makes pour-over coffee that’s easy to brew and highlights the individual flavor of high-quality beans. We also have recommendations for other gear (like grinders and kettles) if you need them.   Read More >
The Best Ice Cube Tray OXO Good Grips Trays
Long-term smell and taste tests led us to a whole new round of research and testing on ice cube trays. Ice for everyday use is basically the same no matter what mold you use, but the OXO Good Grips has the most useful design of those we tested: its hard plastic lid allows you to store the tray at an angle without spillage.   Read More >
The Best Kitchen Scale Jennings CJ4000
After 30 hours weighing everything from bread dough to coffee beans, the $26 Jennings CJ4000 is the best digital kitchen scale for most people. It’s the only model we tested that measures in half grams—something our prior pick can’t do—for better precision. For accuracy down to 0.1 g for coffee and spices, we also have a great pocket scale.   Read More >
The Best Kitchen Trash Bag Glad Tall Kitchen Drawstring Trash Bags, 13 Gallon, 90 Count
The best trash bag for hauling garbage that is heavy or sharp or simply kitchen detritus is the Glad Tall Kitchen drawstring bag. It’s the favorite of Consumer Reports and Good Housekeeping and consistently stood up to our testing, holding vastly more weight and demonstrating more resistance to rips and tears than other trash bags.    Read More >
The Best Corkscrew for Opening Wine True Fabrications Truetap
Although you can spend plenty of money on a gadgety wine opener, every wine expert we spoke to prefers a simple, double-hinged corkscrew. We especially like True Fabrications' Truetap. Yes, it’s a knockoff of the Pulltap’s—the corkscrew most recommended by experts—but in our tests, we found that it is similar in handling, one of the least expensive models we tried, and solidly built, and unlike the Pulltap’s, it can be shipped from a reliable, local source. And unlike wing corkscrews, it’s compact and slim, which means you can buy a couple and keep extras in your desk, glove compartment, or backyard—so you’re always ready to open up a bottle.   Read More >