The Best Soda Maker Sodastream Jet
If you drink a lot of seltzer and are tired of wasting plastic bottle after plastic bottle from the grocery store, you should get the Sodastream Jet. It’s the best soda maker we’ve found after our favorite—the Mastrad Purefizz—went off the market. It’s simple to use, easy to clean, and (besides the Purefizz) made the best-tasting soda water.    Read More >
The Best Can Opener Good Grips Locking Can Opener with Lid Catch
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 Victorinox 3¼-inch
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 Victorinox Rosewood Straight-Edge Steak Knives (Set of 6)
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 Seventh Generation Dish Liquid
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 Schott Zwiesel Vinao
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 Riedel Ouverture Magnum
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 Applica/Spectrum Brands CJ625
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 Mercer Hell’s Handle Fish 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 KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart
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 Nordic Ware Naturals Baker’s Half 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 Pie Plate Haeger Natural Stone Deep Pie Dish
The Haeger Natural Stone Deep Pie Dish ($18 to $25, depending on where you purchase it) is the best pie plate for pies of all kinds. This heavy stoneware plate conducts heat slowly and uniformly, creating perfectly browned, crisp crusts and evenly cooked fillings. In our testing, it baked a variety of pies on par with an industry favorite nearly twice as expensive. It’s also a pretty dish, with ruffled edges that will help even novice bakers make a perfectly fluted edge every time.    Read More >
The Best Roasting Pan Cuisinart MCP117-16BR MultiClad
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 Breville Control Grip
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 Bounty Select-a-Size
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 The Gripstic
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 Finum Brewing Basket
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 Travel Mug Zojirushi Stainless Mug
If you're looking for a new insulated travel mug and want a high-quality replacement, the Zojirushi Stainless Mug has the best balance of heat retention and versatility. It kept coffee at least 10 degrees hotter after 8 hours than the next travel mug down on our list—just enough to make the difference between drinkable and lukewarm. Though it's at the higher end of the price spectrum, its well-designed exterior, one-handed usability and easy-to-use locking mechanism make it well worth it for something you’ll likely use on a regular basis. Plus, it will never, ever spill in your bag.    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 Cuisinart Custom (14-Cup)
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 Kinetic Go Green Glasslock
For leftovers, lunches and everyday food storage, I would choose the Kinetic Go Green Glasslock, a set of 8 straight-sided containers for $61. They are heavier than plastic, but they’re durable, surprisingly break-resistant and safe from chemical leaching. They’re also the best of all the various kinds of Glasslock-made containers, which are the best in general.    Read More >
The Best Rice Cookers Hamilton Beach Digital Simplicity Deluxe Rice Cooker/Steamer
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 Scotch-Brite Dobie Cleaning Pad
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 Zoku Round Slow Pop Mold
After eating enough ice pops to make myself sick, I’ve found that the Zoku Round Slow Pop Mold works best with all kinds of ingredients, fitting most budgets and mouths.    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 Cuisinart CPK-17
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 Glad Tall Kitchen Drawstring Bag Stronger with Less Plastic
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) Wüsthof Classic 8-Piece Deluxe Knife Set
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 OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Scale
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 All-Clad 12-inch Stainless Steel Fry Pan
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 True Fabrications Truetap
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 OXO Good Grips Pro Swivel 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 ProAccurate Quick-Read Thermometer
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 Zeroll 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 Tovolo King Cube Ice 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 Lodge 6-Quart 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 John Boos Chop-N-Slice
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 Klean Kanteen Classic
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 Victorinox Fibrox
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 >