Top Product: Always Pan | $145 | Our Place
The kitchen is the heart and center of every home. But often, we let our cookware become neglected and just settle for the minimum. No more! It’s time to turn a new leaf and stop settling.
Just like upgrading your smartphone can instantly make your life better, so can upgrading your kitchen gadgets. After all, whether it’s in the office or on your stovetop, technology is always changing, and you have to stay on top of the game. Some of my favorite innovations include the handy Fullstar Vegetable Chopper, the convenient OXO Good Grips Salad Chopper and Bowl, and the innovative Always Pan.
And if that wasn’t convincing enough, take a look at testimonials from bloggers, food writers, and even everyday folks.
Best Non-Stick Frying Pan: Always Pan
“This [Always Pan] is super easy to clean, cute on the stovetop, and finally, I have a goddamn place to rest my spatula. This thing is super easy to clean, cute on the stovetop, and finally, I have a goddamn place to rest my spatula. Also, I am super excited to trash, like, 5 pans that are roughly the same size that I have absolutely destroyed. Do you know how much cabinet space we’re going to reclaim?? Do you????”- Victoria Song, Staff Writer for Gizmodo
“When it comes to the Our Place Always Pan and dishes bundle, I’m in love. In fact, I replaced ALL of my everyday dishes to use the Our Place dishes and it was worth it. They blend beauty and functionality in one simple bundle and don’t cost an arm and a leg.
It’s not just the dishes that are beautiful. For each of their collections, they find charities making what they call “systems-based change” in the community. During the pandemic, they worked with Feeding America, with a total donation of over 200,000 meals fighting huger caused in part by the pandemic. Our Place is also committed to ethical and human business practices. ‘This is something we care deeply about as well. To that end, we ensure all of our factories are paid above-living wages, have benefits, and are treated with respect. We validate this through regular rigorous factory visits, interviews with teams, and 3rd party audits such as BSCI, SA8000, Sedex, and ISO,’ they write in their FAQs” - Chaya M Milchtein, Freelance Writer for The Inventory
Best Hand Mixer: KitchenAid Cordless Hand Mixer
“One [of] my favorite things I’ve bought this year during lockdown has been the KitchenAid cordless hand mixer (in Passion Red of course)—I highly recommend! It works great and no more need for cords in uncomfortable spots in your kitchen - I love it, use it at least once a week. You can literally be anywhere and be mixing up your cookie dough, etc. I love the color of it too!” - Brian Theis, Author of The Infinite Feast: How to Host the Ones You Love
Best BBQ Thermometer: Signals™ Wireless Alarm Thermometer
“ThermoWorks designed the system to be a portable monitoring station that lets you keep an eye on everything on your cook at once. The main unit is waterproof although you will probably want to bring it in after your cooks to avoid potential sun damage...
Most are rated to handle temperatures as high as 700°F. But if a probe does fail from heat damage or a bad crink of one too many times in the oven or on the grill, you can replace it for $18. ThermWorks even sells extension cables for the probes themselves. In case you need more than length...
For really long smokes you’ll want to plan a little as the ThermoWorks Signal lasts 16 hours on a charge. That’s a bummer when you compare it to ThermoWorks pens, which can last through years of use. But the Signal is also rechargeable via USB-C and on a really, REALLY, long smoke you could plug it in if need be. And that’s part of the beauty of a thermometer like the Signals. It’s flexible and can be used for a wide variety of uses.” - John Biggs, Editor-in-Chief of Gizmodo.com
Best Onion Chopper: Fullstar Vegetable Chopper
“An onion chopper has been hands down the best kitchen gadget I’ve found. I am incredibly sensitive to onions and used to dread seeing onions as an ingredient. My eyes water and burn like no other every time I cut them. Then I found this onion chopper, now don’t really mind having to chop onions or feel like I need to put a whole odor deterrent armor on before chopping them up. It’s quick, easy, and perfect for anyone who also cries uncontrollably when met face to face with an onion.” - Rhyan Geiger, Vegan Coach at Phoenix Vegan Dietitian
Best Meat Thermometer: ThermoPro Digital Instant Read
“Every amateur cook should have in their kitchen a decent digital thermometer for cooking meat. It’s a godsend in particular for precise steak preparation. When you’re roasting meats, you also want to keep the oven door closed as much as possible. A good thermometer lets you get in, take a reading, and then get out before the cooking temperature is disturbed. I recommend the ThermoPro thermometer as it’s very accurate, reads temperatures quickly, and it folds away to nothing for easy storage.” - John Bedford, Founder of Viva Flavor
Best Herb Shears: Chefast Herb Scissors Set
“These scissors are great for us to “mince” basil, and other herbs from our Aerogarden. They make it a pick-cut-go process on the fly, even in the middle of making a nice dish. The included cover makes it super easy to clean because it has tines on the tip to clean between each blade. The blades are not super stuff, or robust, so this would not work for meats, vegetables, etc. But for herbs, perfect. Would buy again.” - Anonymous Shopper, Amazon
Best Cutting Board: Boos Block Cutting Board
“My favorite kitchen gadget has to be my Boos Block cutting board. I use it every day and can’t imagine prepping without it. It requires a little love from time to time, but worth every second. I love the size and feel of cutting and chopping. It really helps your knife skills to have a solid cutting surface. The size also allows me [to] stay organized. I chop everything from onions, meat, herbs, and squash with ease. It is worth every penny.” - Jennifer Mayne, Specialty Food Buyer at Dorothy Lane Market
Best Wisk: Cuisinart Mini Baking Tools (3-Pack)
“There are several gadgets that are useful but only a few that make my heart sing. My favorite kitchen gadget is my mini silicone whisk and not just because it’s adorbs. I use my mini whisk 90 percent of the time. I use it to whisk up mayos and sauces, to mix up dry ingredients for a cake, and to whisk eggs for an omelet. And if you spring for a silicone whisk it won’t scratch any of your nonstick pans.” - Carolyn, Blogger at Caramel and Cashews
Best Blender: Vitamix Explorian Blender
I highly recommend a Vitamix Blender. Life before having a quality blender was just not the same. A well designed and powerful blender makes smoothies smooth, not chunky. Sauce recipes like Mexican mole that require whole cinnamon sticks blended into a smooth sauce are impossible without a quality blender like a Vitamix. Even cleaning a Vitamix is fun, as all you have to do is add a drop or two of dish soap, and run it on the cleaning setting.” Jessica Randhawa, Head Chef at The Forked Spoon.
Best Salad Chopper: OXO Good Grips Salad Chopper and Bowl
“The kitchen gadget I can’t live without is my OXO salad bowl chopper, which I am literally eating out of right now. It gets your salads perfectly mixed and evenly coated. So good! My favorite thing to make in it is my hamburger salad (Big Mac in a Bowl recipe). So affordable and I use it daily.” Colleen Christensen, Food Blogger and Dietitian at Colleen Christensen Nutrition
This story was originally published by Chaya M. Milchtein on 09/15/2020 and updated with new information by Juliana Clark on 01/07/2021.