Kitchen

The Best Pie Plate
The sturdy, well-crafted Emile Henry 9-Inch Pie Dish ($40) is our favorite plate for pies of all kinds. Made of durable stoneware that conducts heat slowly and uniformly, this plate creates perfectly browned, crisp crusts and evenly-cooked fillings. It’s also the preferred plate of many enthusiastic pie makers we spoke with—pros and home bakers alike. For this update, we built on the initial 12 hours of research (and many more of testing) in our original guide with an additional 7 hours of baking in top-rated pie plates. The Emile Henry was the clear winner.    Read More >
The Best Travel Mug
The new Zojirushi Stainless Mug is an evolutionary improvement over its predecessor (our previous pick for best travel mug) and doesn't compromise on design or insulating abilities. After 8 hours, coffee was 20 degrees hotter in the Zojirushi than the next mug down in our test group.   Read More >
The Best Kitchen Trash Can
After 30 hours of research, arguing the merits of 50+ trash cans, talking to six food professionals, and testing 12 finalists with 12 average users, we found the best trash can. The simplehuman Wide Step has a removable liner for easy cleaning and a stay-open switch keeps it from closing while you bustle around the kitchen.    Read More >
The Best Pepper Mill
After 45 hours of research and testing, we found the best pepper mill for most people. The Peugeot Paris U’Select was the first pepper mill over a century ago, and it’s still the best. Its sharp, steel mechanism ground 1/2 tsp. of pepper faster and more evenly than the competition.   Read More >
The Best Drinking Glass
We spent 28 hours researching and testing drinking glasses to find the best, subjecting the top eight contenders to punishing drops and temperature tests. The Bormioli Rocco Rock Bar drinking glasses were one of only four glasses to survive a 42-inch drop onto concrete. Plus, they stack easily without ever sticking.   Read More >
The Best Salad Spinner
The OXO Good Grips Salad Spinner has the best balance of the features you'd want: it's simple to use, gentle on delicate produce, and easy to clean. We found this after researching 22 models and pitting three head-to-head in order to dry spinach, raspberries, and dill.   Read More >
The Best Ice Cream Maker
We talked to Brooklyn ice cream experts, asked our readers for advice, and ate over 25 quarts of ice cream before settling on the Whynter SNO. It makes the creamiest ice cream of any machine we tested and uses a compressor, so it can churn out batch after batch with almost no time in between.   Read More >
The Best Waffle Maker
We made 62 waffles for 10 taste testers to find the best waffle maker. The Chef’s Choice WafflePro Express makes delicious waffles regardless of batter and has settings for both crisp and airy or tender and fluffy waffles. Plus, it stores easily while being simple to use and keep clean.   Read More >
The Best Mandoline
After considering more than 40 mandolines, we settled on the Swissmar Börner V-Power as our favorite for its razor-sharpness, a secure hand guard, and durability. For $38, the you can slice, dice, and julienne. But for under $20, we also think the KitchenAid V-Slicer is the best compact mandoline.   Read More >
The Best Blender
The $480 Vitamix5200 is a serious blender investment, but worth it for its versatility in making smoothies, nut butters, and emulsifications. It’s the only model we tested that could handle it all, though if almost $500 is too rich for your blood, we also have two decently powerful—but cheaper—alternatives.   Read More >
The Best Soda Maker
After disappearing for a while, our favorite soda maker has returned. The Mastrad PureFizz is simple to use, easy to clean, and makes the best-tasting fizzy water of anything we tested. If it's unavailable again, the Sodastream Jet is a good alternative, though it's not as tasty.    Read More >
The Best Can Opener
After speaking to home cooking pros, researching and testing for nine hours, and opening 54 cans with 17 different can openers, we’ve determined that OXO’s $17 Good Grips Locking Can Opener with Lid Catch is the best one for most people. It locks on to cans, cuts through their lids with ease, and lifts the cut tops off with a magnet. Both our left-handed and right-handed testers found it a pleasure to use. A smoothly spinning knob with a soft-touch finish makes it comfortable as well.    Read More >
The Best Paring Knife
When it comes to making quick work of small tasks like mincing a shallot or making perfect orange segments, only a sharp paring knife will do. After over 30 hours of research and testing knives on a variety of fruits and vegetables, we think the Victorinox 3¼-inch paring knife is the best knife for the money. It’s comfortable, sharp, and comes with an agreeable price tag of $8. It’s also a top pick at Cook’s Illustrated and Good Housekeeping, and it's a favorite of culinary professionals throughout the industry.    Read More >
The Best Steak Knife Set
Whether you’re serving a fine Ribeye, humble flank steak, or even a thick-cut pork chop, you need sharp steak knives. And, really, nice meat deserves nice knives. After 28 hours of research, testing, and interviewing professional chefs and knife experts, we think the Victorinox Rosewood Straight Edge Steak Knife Set ($130 for 6) is the set you want. The knives cut beautifully, they’re well balanced, and they come at a reasonable price. They’re also nice enough to complement a formal table setting—but not so fancy that you wouldn’t want to use them on a weeknight.    Read More >
The Best Dish Soap
Dishwashing liquid, the kind you squirt into your sink to do dishes by hand, is something that most of us have in our kitchens. After over 60 hours of research we think Seventh Generation Dish Liquid is the one you want. Out of the 20 different hand dishwashing detergents we lab tested, it has the best combination of cleaning power, safety, price, and social responsibility. It also smells good if that’s your thing and comes unscented if it isn’t.    Read More >
The Best Champagne Glass
After interviewing several Champagne educators, it turns out the best thing to drink Champagne out of is a wine glass. But there’s a lot of fine print to that statement, and if you don’t traditionally spend $40 or more on a bottle of Champagne to drink at home, a flute will still do the job nicely. And for some people, it has that elegant look that differs from that of a wine glass. After culling the ranks of more than 30 brands, the $13 Schott Zwiesel Vinao Champagne glass was my favorite due largely to its balance of aesthetics and durability. A more traditionally flute-shaped option that I also found to be a good value was the Viv Sparkling Wine glass from Crate & Barrel.    Read More >
The Best Wine Glass
If you’re looking for a workhorse wine glass for everyday use, able to showcase both red and white wine, we recommend the Riedel Ouverture Magnum (also available on Zappos), which is reliable, versatile, and highly regarded by wine experts. If you’re looking for something a little more elegant, but less versatile, we like the Nachtmann Vivendi Bordeaux Glass.    Read More >
The Best Citrus Juicer
If you’re lucky enough to have an orange tree in your backyard, or just have an affinity for fresh-squeezed OJ, the smartest choice when it comes to electric citrus juicers is Applica/Spectrum Brands’ CJ625, formerly Black & Decker.    Read More >
The Best Spatula
If I could only buy one spatula, I’d get the Mercer Hell’s Handle Fish Spatula. Forget that it’s got fish in its name—it’s a versatile, all-purpose slotted spatula with the right amount of flexibility and strength for only ~$15.    Read More >
The Best Stand Mixer
A stand mixer is a great way to take your baking game to the next level, and we believe that the KitchenAid Artisan is the best mixer for the home baker looking for an equipment upgrade. Not only did it expertly cream butter and sugar for cookies and whip up a genoise cake batter to perfection, it also effortlessly kneaded whole wheat bread dough without straining or walking around on the countertop. For the money, the KitchenAid can’t be beat in performance and versatility.    Read More >
The Best Cookie Sheet
If you’re in the market for a sturdy cookie sheet, the Nordic Ware Naturals Baker’s Half Sheet ($11) is the best one for baking all kinds of cookies. This rimmed baking sheet also makes a great all-purpose pan for everything from baking pizza to roasting vegetables. We tested nine baking sheets and this one performed every task perfectly, without warping at high heat and at a fraction of the price of some of the other top-rated sheets.    Read More >
The Best Roasting Pan
After 15 hours of research and roasting over 150 pounds of poultry and veggies, we decided the Cuisinart MCP117-16BR MultiClad 16-inch Rectangular Roasting Pan with stainless steel rack was our favorite roasting pan. It not only roasted a 15-pound turkey to golden, juicy perfection; it also performed well making gravy and searing chicken to golden crispness on the stovetop. With sturdy, riveted handles and tri-ply construction throughout, this pan performed like a champ for a middle-of-the-road price of $80.    Read More >
The Best Immersion Blender
If you’re a fan of puréed soups and smoothies or like making small batches of things like mayonnaise, pesto, baby food and even the occasional slushy cocktail, you should invest in the Breville Control Grip Immersion Blender ($100). Not only did it purée better than everything else we looked at, it was able to do tasks that none of the others were even capable of doing like crushing ice and making peanut butter.    Read More >
The Best Paper Towel
After dozens of hours of research, interviews and testing, I found that Bounty's Select-a-Size paper towels had more scrubbing strength than anything else available. They're also very absorbent, and the smaller individual sheets let you use (and waste) less.    Read More >
The Best Chip Clips
If you want a chip clip that will keep your chips (and cereal, coffee, salad greens and so on…) fresh for a long time, our favorite clip for most people is the Gripstic, which costs $4 for a pack of three. It doesn’t look like a normal bag clip, but it's easy to use and store, and it's sturdy and wide enough to create a tight seal that prevents food from going stale.    Read More >
The Best Tea Steeper
After interviews, hours of research and drinking dozens of cups of tea from no fewer than ten tea infusers and teapots, we recommend the Finum Brewing Basket for people who drink loose leaf tea on an occasional or frequent basis.    Read More >
The Best Barware for Making Cocktails at Home
If you want to get into homemade cocktails, we recommend picking up Oggi’s Marilyn Tall and Slim Cocktail Shaker, OXO’s Mini Angled Measuring Cup and its Steel Cocktail Strainer if you want to buy piece-by-piece for less than $30. Additionally, a hand levered citrus juicer is a great tool to have on hand and the ~$15 Chef’n’s FreshForce Citrus Juicer is our top pick.    Read More >
The Best Measuring Cups
If you want a solid set of measuring cups, I’d go with Pyrex's $6 two-cup measuring cup in its classic side-view design for liquid and the $20 six-cup Lifetime measuring cups set from Lee Valley for dry measuring.    Read More >
The Best Food Processor
If you’re looking for a food processor that’ll save you hours in the kitchen, our pick for most people is the classic Cuisinart Custom 14-Cup Food Processor for $179. It's a basic-but-efficient model that excels at most tasks. However, if you will use it several times a week or place a premium on thoughtful design, spring for the much more powerful 16-cup Breville Sous Chef for $400.    Read More >
The Best Food-Storage Containers
After over a year of long-term testing, I’m changing our recommendation to Snapware Total Solution. They’re cheaper than most glass containers (as little as $3.33 each), nestable, oven-, dishwasher-, and microwave-safe. Best of all, if you break a lid, Snapware provides a lifetime warranty for them, so all you have to do is call their customer service and you’ll get a speedy replacement.    Read More >
The Best Rice Cookers
After testing multiple rice cookers with friends and a panel of Japanese chefs, we recommend the $40 Hamilton Beach Digital Simplicity Deluxe Rice Cooker/Steamer for people who cook rice once in a while. But if you enjoy brown rice, cook rice multiple times a week, or like less-common rice-cooking methods like sticky rice or rice porridge, it’s probably worth investing in a high-end rice cooker—namely the $150 Zojirushi NS-TSC10.    Read More >
The Best Refrigerator
Your refrigerator is one of the most important gadgets in your home. You need to find one that runs efficiently and consistently when tasked with keeping your beer cold, your fruits & veggies fresh and your pizza frozen for as long as possible. Our pick for most people is the $900 Kenmore 79009, a basic but well-performing refrigerator for smaller 33-inch cutouts. For those with bigger 36-inch cutouts, the $1300 Frigidaire FGUS2642LF is our pick.    Read More >
The Best Sponge
After some longterm testing, we’ve decided the best sponge for most kitchens is the Scotch-Brite Dobie Cleaning Pad (especially when paired with the Scotch-Brite Heavy Duty for tougher messes). It feels good in use and makes quick work of almost any mess.    Read More >
The Best Popsicle Molds
The Zoku Round Slow Pop Molds remain our favorite popsicle molds for when hot weather rolls around. They're a good size for adults and kids alike, don't take up much space in your freezer, and work with most ingredients without risking breakage.   Read More >
The Best BBQ Tools
If you want your backyard barbecues to be a frustration-free success this summer, you’ll need a few basic tools beyond that great charcoal or gas grill.    Read More >
The Best Home Kettle
If you’re looking for a high-end, temperature-variable kettle for brewing myriad teas, you’ll want to grab the Cuisinart CPK-17 for just over $90. It has a winning combination of speed, accuracy and ease of use.   Read More >
The Best Kitchen Trash Bag
The best trash bag for hauling garbage that is heavy or sharp or simply kitchen detritus is the Glad Tall Kitchen drawstring bag (labeled “Stronger with Less Plastic”). 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 Knife Set (Though We Prefer Piecemeal)
If you’re looking to buy nice kitchen knives—and are determined to buy a set—you won’t beat the Wüsthof Classic 8-Piece Deluxe Knife Set ($350) for price, performance and overall presentation. I came to this conclusion after more than 18 hours of research, testing and interviewing experts.   Read More >
The Best Digital Kitchen Scale Makes Anyone a Precision Cook
After hours of research, testing, and interviewing experts, I’ve concluded the best digital scale on the market hands-down is the OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Food Scale with Pull-Out Display ($50).   Read More >
The Best Skillet
For some items, it’s worth paying extra for reputation because that reputation is hard earned and well-deserved. The All-Clad 12-Inch Stainless Steel Fry Pan is one of those things. It’s beloved by professionals, enthusiasts, and home cooks alike for their superior heat conductivity, balanced handling, and durability.   Read More >
The Best Corkscrew for Opening Wine
Although you can spend plenty of money on a gadgety wine opener, the best bet is to stick with a simple double-hinged waiter's corkscrew. We especially like True Fabrications' Truetap—the best knock off of the legendary waiter's tap, the Pulltap—and recommend it as your best choice.   Read More >
The Best Vegetable Peeler
If you're in the market for a new vegetable peeler, you won't beat the performance of the OXO Good Grips Pro Swivel Peeler.   Read More >
The Best Instant-Read Thermometer for the Home Cook
A fast and accurate digital thermometer is all that stands between you and dry steak, unsafe chicken, and many other slight but crucial cooking missteps. For the vast majority of home cooks, the CDN DTQ450X, or ProAccurate Quick-Read Thermometer, is a sturdy, efficient, and reliable tool that's capable of handling just about any job.   Read More >
The Best Ice Cream Scoop
We brought four of the best ice scream scoops to real ice cream parlors and had them tested head to head. The verdict was unanimous: the classic Zerrol scoop will give you gorgeous scoops out of even the densest of desserts.   Read More >
The Best Ice Cube Tray
The best ice cube tray around for cocktails and other chilled beverages is Tovolo's King Ice Cube Tray. Literally every bartender and mixologist we've spoken to has recommended it—by name. Its large cubes are great for most drinks and it's easy to use and clean. It ranges from about $7.50 to $12, depending on which color you choose; blue and red happen to be the cheapest on Amazon.    Read More >
The Best Dutch Oven
The Dutch oven that works in every kitchen and fits most budgets is the Lodge Color 6-Quart Dutch Oven. It's a thick, reliable, versatile and well-designed piece of cookware that is far more affordable than the big name alternative(s).   Read More >
The Best (Two) Cutting Boards
You should pair a hard maple 20" Boos Chop-N-Slice with an affordable plastic board, preferably this OXO model. That's what you want under your knife.   Read More >
The Best Water Bottles
Water is delicious and good. Bottled water is delicious and bad: It's costly for the environment and people alike. After hours of research, I've decided the $18 Klean Kanteen Classic is the bottle I'd use to tote my water.   Read More >
Gear for making great coffee
There is no one "best" method of making coffee. So, there is no best gear for making coffee.   Read More >
The Best Chef’s Knife for Most Cooks
If you want a sharp and affordable knife to prep food with, you should get the Victorinox Fibrox 8-Inch Chef's Knife.   Read More >