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31 Useful Kitchen Gadgets To Put On Your Holiday Wish List

🎶On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me a multi-tasking Ninja Foodi🎶

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1. A Ninja Foodi that makes it super easy to pressure cook, steam, slow cook, sauté, air fry, bake, roast, broil, and more — all in one device.

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Not only can it cook food up to 70% faster than traditional cooking methods, it can basically turn any dish into crispy, air-fried goodness. For example, you can use the pressure cook setting to whip up casseroles, stews, chilis, and desserts and then give it a crispy or bubbly layer of your favorite topping using the air fry setting. You can also throw in frozen foods (like chicken wings or mozzarella sticks) directly without having to thaw them out first. Of course, if you're not in the mood for fried food, you can always use it as a regular pressure cooker or slow cooker!

Promising review: "I purchased the Ninja Foodi when we unfortunately lost gas for 2.5 months from gas explosions in Massachusetts and no longer could use our stove. When I say we literally lived on the Foodi, we did! I made all types of meals for a family of four — chicken, pasta dishes, steak, veggies! The crisping technology is mind-blowing and easy to use. The Foodi is a little larger and heavier than I anticipated so just be sure you have counter space or storage to accommodate it when you’re not using it. I would highly recommend if you’re in the market for a pressure cooking system. I did all of my homework beforehand with other systems on the market and you definitely get more bang for your buck with the Foodi!" —danielle hardee

Get it from Amazon for $154.95+ (available in five sizes).

2. An automatic pan stirrer so you can stop avoiding those recipes that call for lengthy continuous stirring. It even has a built-in timer, so you can let it take over at the stove while you bask in the glory of your newfound free time.

The three-pronged stirrer in a pan
UncommonGoods

Promising review: "Honestly I laughed at myself for buying this. I stopped laughing the first time I used it! What a help! It freed me up to do other things while it stirred the sauce that needed constant attention. Bought another one! Not laughing now!" —Luvdvm

Get it from UncommonGoods for $25.

3. An old-fashioned popcorn maker if you want the full cinema experience in the comfort of your home.

The popcorn maker filled with popcorn
Crate & Barrel

Promising review: "I have had this machine for several years and still love it. We have used it for birthday parties, movie nights, or just for an evening snack. Works great." —Melissa1234

Get it from Crate & Barrel for $79.95 or Amazon for $93.90.

4. A ratchet mill that effortlessly crushes salt, pepper, and other spices using a ceramic stone grinder that won’t corrode. You can adjust the grind thickness to fine or coarse and easily refill it using the front-loading door. Plus, it looks and feels way more expensive than it is.

Sur La Table

Now you can feel fancy and start off every meal by saying "can I top you off with some freshly ground black pepper?" even if it's to yourself.

Promising review: "I have gone through countless salt and pepper grinders over the years, and this will be my last set for many years! It grinds so effortlessly and is so easy to fill. I love it!" —Joan L

Get it from Sur La Table for $19.95 (available in four colors).

5. An ice cube tray with a lid so you won't splash water all over the place every time you need to refill it. PLUS, it helps keep your ice cubes from getting that bleh taste that — idk about you — but for some reason that really grosses me out. *shudders*

Model putting tray in the freezer
Amazon

Promising review: "I absolutely LOVE ice cubes in my drinks, and it's so annoying to have ice cube problems. I really researched ice cube trays and read a lot of reviews until I found these trays. It's so nice not to have to worry about spilling water just trying to get them in there. Also, they come out of the tray so easily! No more fighting to get the cubes out. These just kind of pop out when you press down on one side." —Kalisa

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

6. A dual breakfast sandwich maker that can cook two sandwiches in FIVE MINUTES. Plus, all the removable parts are dishwasher-safe.

Two sandwiches cooking in the maker surrounded by bread, bagels, eggs, ham, and more.
Amazon

Promising review: "Winner! This is such a great gadget, and I don't normally like gadgets; I usually prefer the old ways of doing things, but this tool allows me to get my kids fed and out of the house in the morning so much faster and with less mess and clean up! I was worried about how easy this would be to clean, but the inserts come out so easily and are dishwasher-safe, so it's a breeze. I don't see this thing leaving my counter ever." —jo

Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

7. A sous vide precision cooker so you can make *chef's kiss* perfectly cooked meats, veggies, desserts, and much much more EVERY SINGLE TIME.

Fish cooking in the cooker
Amazon

Sous vide, which means “under vacuum” in French, refers to the process of vacuum-sealing food in a bag, then cooking it to a very precise temperature in a water bath. This method ensures maximum tenderness and moisture retention — without worry of overcooking.

Promising review: "Add this nifty gadget to your kitchen arsenal and get time back normally spent hovering over, carefully trying not to overcook meats! Not only that, but you'll have perfectly cooked meat every time! I used to never buy steaks because they were too difficult to perfectly cook without a grill, but now with this, all they need is a sear in a pan for a minute and you are ready to have the juiciest, well-cooked steak. This tackles more than just meat though, I have had success in cooking eggs in here as well, some of the silkiest, smoothest you will ever try. It's almost confusing at first when you taste it because they are so smooth, but once you have that first bite, you will clear the plate in no time. Take this, an Instant Pot, and an air fryer, and you'll be noticing that oven and stovetop staying A LOT cleaner." —Brian

Get it from Amazon for $79.99.

8. A Vitamix Explorian blender that'll crush borderline anything (including the competition). I'm talking rice to flour in seconds. Watch your raw almonds become a smooth, spreadable paste right before your eyes. It can even turn cold ingredients into STEAMING HOT SOUP using only the friction of its blades. Is this...magic??

The blender on a counter next to some cherries
Vitamix

Promising review: "I'm single so spending a lot of time in the kitchen to prepare a meal for one person isn't that fun. This product has helped me to simplify how I prepare foods. Specifically, I can prepare nutritional meals in minutes using whole foods. I can quickly create a smoothie chock full of vegetables or fruits to perfection to start my day in a healthy way. I love the fact I can create fresh hot single serving soups for lunch or dinner. No freezing of the excess or having to consume the same soup day in day out (variety is the spice of life). Since purchasing, I've found myself eating more healthy and not using my microwave. Of course, if you need larger quantities, it certainly can handle that too. LOVE IT! It's been a game changer for me!" —Roni

Get it from Vitamix for $349.95.

9. Or, BuzzFeed's Tasty by Cuisinart mini food processor for anyone looking for something a little more low key (but still great!) that also won't require a lot of storage space.

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The BPA-free food bowl has a 4-cup capacity that's perfect for one person or a couple. It features a reversible stainless-steel blade, with sharp and blunt edges for chopping and grinding. You'll also get a spatula with this lil' food processor to help scoop all the deliciousness out.

Get it from the BuzzFeed Tasty by Cuisinart collection at HSN for $39.99 (available in three colors).

10. A classic pie bird that 1) keeps your pie filling from boiling over and getting your oven all messy, 2) distributes moisture to avoid the bottom getting soggy, and 3) makes sure the top crust cooks evenly without splitting — all while looking very adorable.

The pie bird sticking out of the middle of a cooked pie
Amazon

This pie bird is safe for the freezer, microwave, oven, broiler, and dishwasher!

Promising review: "Amazing what difference this bird can make to your pie! I definitely made the best apple pie I've ever made with this little device. For the first time ever, my pie did not spill out juices onto the pan below or into the stove, and the crust was flaky and crisper than it has ever been. I really cannot speak highly enough of how well this pie bird worked. If you make pies, you need one of these!" —Happylakedreamer

Get it from Amazon for $12.95+ (available in five colors).

11. A vacuum sealer that's indispensable if you want to keep things fresh for a long, long time. It's great if you love cooking or buying in bulk, and it'll be your sous vide's new BFF.

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Promising review: "Took me longer to unpack the unit than it did to figure how to use it. Very simple process and it works great! My first project was some cheese I just smoked. I'm even impressed with the seal line, some units only have a thin wire and make a flimsy seal, this unit seals almost 1/8 of an inch! The locking lid ensures a proper seal when vacuuming and then sealing the bag. The clips which hold the lid shut are plastic, however as long as you don't manhandle the unit I don't see them being an issue." —Grill Reapa'

Get it from Amazon for $65.99+ (available in two colors).

12. A versatile waffle maker in case your homemade brunches are missing some of that wow factor.

Model making a waffle using the maker
Oster

Promising review: "Great waffle maker and a good value. We make everything in this: hashbrowns, mochi, waffles, green onion pancakes — you name it. We love it!" —J. Law

Get it from Amazon for $17.88.

13. A two-stage electric knife-sharpener to bring even the dullest blades back to life. Why buy new knives when you have this thing?

Hands running a knife through the small sharpener
Amazon

Read our full review of the KitchenIQ knife sharpener!

Promising review: "Wow, this little gadget is pretty amazing! I have some old (expensive) nonserrated knives that are supposed to never need sharpening but unfortunately, lost their sharp edge long ago. I saw this gadget and decided to try it. I set the bottom of this gadget on the edge of the counter and ran one of the knives through the side labeled 'Coarse' about 10 times, then ran it through the side labeled 'Fine' another 8-10 times. Bingo! The knife was transformed back to its former high-dollar cutlery glory. I could hardly believe how effectively it had sharpened the knife, which I had been ready to throw away a week before. I've been happily sharpening all our knives and trying to add up in my head how much money I've saved by NOT having to buy another set of expensive knives. I don't know where else you can spend $6 and get this return for the money. Great score!" —Schelly L. Wagoner

Get it from Amazon for $5.99 (available in three colors).

14. A digital food thermometer so you can stop hemming and hawing over whether or not your chicken is cooked enough and quit losing precious juice from your steaks every time you cut them open to check on the middle. Just stick this lil' guy in and get an instant temperature reading!

The red thermometer with its stainless steel reading needle inserted into a roasted turkey
Amazon

Promising review: "This digital meat thermometer is the best I've ever had. I own others, but they are either too bulky to fit in the drawer or too hard to read. This one is small and lightweight; it's easy to pull out the probe and very easy to read the temperature. I purchased several as stocking stuffers for Christmas. They make a gift that will be appreciated for its size and ease of use, but most importantly, it will be a gift that gets used instead of put away in the closet." —Yardleydoc

Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

15. An egg cooker that can cook six hard-boiled, soft-boiled, or poached eggs in under 10 minutes while you do...literally anything else! It also includes an omelet tray in case you were skeptical that it could handle all of your eggy needs.

The egg cooker in aqua, featuring a transparent dome-shaped lid and a large power button in the front
Amazon

🎶 When I was a lad, I ate four dozen eggs every morning to help me get large. And now that I'm grown, I eat five dozen eggs so I'm roughly the size of a barge!🎶

Promising review: "Best quarantine purchase yet! This little guy is so cute and handy! I just tested three eggs in case they didn’t turn out, and they were perfect!! I was all prepared to be blasted out of my house by the buzzer at the end (according to other reviews), but it wasn’t bad at all. It literally plays a little song. So cute!" —Austin Klimek

Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in seven colors).

16. A pretty impressive cold-brew maker so you can stop overpaying for chilled bean juice.

The cold-brew maker sitting next to a cup of cold brew
Amazon

Just add coarse-ground coffee into the mesh filter, pour water into the pitcher, screw the lid on (with the filter attached and submerged in the water), let it brew for 12–24 hours, and serve. You can pour it straight over ice cubes, or cut it with water or milk. Read our review of the Tayeka cold brew maker!

Promising review: "If you LOVE iced coffee (I drink it year-round regardless of the weather), then you NEED this cold brewer. I work for Starbucks, and I love their cold brew. I was skeptical to make it at home, but I love mine more than theirs. It’s especially nice since Starbucks only brews one kind of beans for cold brew, but at home, you can brew your favorite kind. Absolutely love this, and it’s worth more than it costs. A must-buy for yourself or a wonderful gift for the coffee lover in your life!" —j.blaine

Get it from Amazon for $21.05+ (available in two sizes and three colors).

17. An electric kettle that'll look super cute on the counter while letting you boil water without involving the stove.

The kettle sitting on a counter
Crate & Barrel

I own and love this kettle — read my review for more deets (#5)!

Here's an excerpt: "Two years and three apartments later, I still have zero regrets about shelling out $$$ for this kettle. It takes zero maintenance — if I get it dirty, all I need to do is wipe it off with a wet cloth, and it’s good as new. Even after being jostled around in the trunk during several cross-country trips, it hasn’t dented, rusted, or chipped. The design is so charming that I just leave it out on my dining table and people always compliment it. It has just one button that you push to turn it on, and I honestly enjoy the simplicity — because it’s really all I need. I use it on a daily basis, and it still functions like the day I got it." —Yi Yang

Get it from Amazon for $79+ (available in six colors).

18. A compact juice-extractor that makes it easy to turn any fruit around the house into a delicious beverage that you'd probably pay wayyyy too much for at a juice bar.

The juice extractor on a counter surrounded by cups of different juice as well as apples and tomatoes
Hamilton Beach

Promising review: "I wanted a reasonably priced juicer to make sure I actually LIKED juicing first. I decided to go with this one based on its reviews, and I really don't plan on upgrading any time soon! This juicer does a great job, and it's so easy to clean. I love that it comes with a brush to get the pulp out of the mesh part, too. For anyone who wants to start juicing without breaking the bank, definitely try this one out. PROS: Easy to clean, not too bulky on the counter, comes apart easily, juices well. CONS: Loud. (But what do you expect when you're extracting the juice out of fruits and veggies?)" —Kate Bugusky

Get it from Amazon for $54.99.

19. A quiet and easy-to-use manual coffee grinder so you can make a cup of joe as early in the morning as you want without waking up your roommates.

The grinder surrounded by coffee beans and an example of some that it has ground.
Amazon

It has an adjustable grind selector with 18 (!!!) click settings to ensure you have precise control over the coarseness of your beans.

Promising review: "My old coffee grinder of 15 years finally kicked the bucket and after much research into what would make me a delicious cup of coffee in my French press, I decided on getting the JavaPresse manual grinder. Not only is it super quiet (my roommates are usually asleep while I am making coffee in the morning), but it is very easy and fast to use. It took me a few batches to get the grind right, but my coffee tastes much better now than with my old electric blade grinder." —Fitzmcgee

Get it from Amazon for $43.99.

20. Or, an electric conical burr grinder to get consistent, perfectly even grounds every. single. time. If you want to improve your coffee game, this thing is worth the splurge.

The grinder filled with beans
Amazon

This powerful machine can turn a large batch of whole beans into grounds within minutes!

Promising review: "After five years of using a $40 burr grinder, it broke down and we replaced it with a Baratza upgrade. I had trouble justifying the expense, but having tasted the results, the purchase was more than vindicated. The grinder is quieter and produces a more uniform grind. Hario pour-overs go faster and are more predictable, as I guess the previous grinder was producing a dust that would clog the filter. The consistency in flavor between cups is much closer than before. Most strikingly, the flavor profile of the same coffee we were drinking before went through the roof. Suddenly, our simple morning pour-over is on par with my favorite coffee shops in town. Possibly better. It's made me extremely excited about experimenting with different coffee sources in the future. It was the fastest, easiest way to make an extreme improvement to your morning cup. I wish that I had done this years ago." —Chando

Get it from Amazon for $139 (available in two colors.

21. A cordless electric wine opener so you can skip the struggle and get straight to the drinking wine part. It also comes with a handy foil cutter to ensure that there is nothing left standing between you and your vino.

Closeup of the wine opener
Amazon

Promising review: "One of the best items I bought for $20 or less from Amazon. Out the box without charging it, I opened a bottled wine that the cork was mutilated by a hand opener. Opened the bottle like a champ. When it is charging, it has a blue light that the kids love! For you sci-fi fans out there, when it is charging, it looks like a light saber! Hands down an awesome product. Would highly recommend!" —Eric M Johnson

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

22. A multi-function chopping board that has a smooth side for normal cutting, and a side with specially designed spikes to grip meat, making it much easier to slice. It also features an angled cutting surface designed to catch any dripping juices or crumbs that go a-tumblin'.

Model cuts meat on the cutting board, using the spikes to keep it in place
Amazon

Promising review: "I bought this cutting board with the hopes of being able to cut veggies (specifically watery tomatoes) and meats (drippy pork loin comes to mind) without spilling juices all over the countertop. This board is everything I've been looking for — and does it better than I expected. The dense plastic won't dull my knives, and it is sure to last for years. Each side's edges are covered with a thick silicone rubber to prevent slipping. Overall, this is a fantastic cutting board which we use regularly and has even replaced my favorite wood board simply because of its functionality." —Sidney Shore

Get it from Amazon for $19.19+ (available in four colors).

23. An immersion blender that does A LOT without taking up a bunch of counter space. Plus, it's super easy to clean!

The blender in the process of blending some strawberries
Sur La Table

Along with the stainless-steel stick blender, you’ll get a whisk attachment, a three-cup chopper bowl with stainless-steel blades, and a 42-ounce jug with a dual-purpose storage lid and anti-slip mat.

Promising review: "This immersion blender is excellent. It has a comfortable grip with a trigger button and isn't too heavy to hold for longer periods. Cleanup is easy and the attachments make it useful for many tasks. I made madeleines last night and instead of having to whisk by hand for five minutes, I used my Breville (with the whisk attachment) and the eggs frothed beautifully. Great performance, great price, and lots of extras. I leave it out on the counter so it is easy to access." —MandyMoo

Get it from Amazon for $114.72 or Sur La Table for $99.95.

24. An easy-to-use crepe maker because there is nothing quite like enjoying a perfect crepe in your own home.

A crepe cooking on the crepe maker
Amazon

Promising review: "Fabulous product. Works great. Had it for four years, and it's still in perfect condition — and we eat a lot of crêpes." —Rebecca

Get it from Amazon for $39.95.

25. A very ~cool~ gadget that'll turn any hot or cold non-carbonated drink into an iced one in mere minutes without watering it down. Try it out with wine or steaming hot coffee and thank me later.

Model pouring coffee out of the gadget
Amazon

Fill the device with water and pop it into the freezer for 12 hours before using. It has a 12.5 oz. capacity and is dishwasher-safe!

Promising review: "My son loves cold coffee but doesn’t like the process or taste of trying to cool it the traditional way. Instead, he would go buy a cold coffee, so when I saw this, I got it for him as a gift. He called me the other day just to tell me how much he loves this chiller. He says it works perfectly to give him instantly cold coffee. All he has to do is pour his fresh brewed coffee into the chiller, and it is immediately turned into ready-to-drink cold coffee. He told me I really scored with this gift." —Monica

Get it from Amazon $24.99.

26. An adjustable thickness cheese slicer to take your charcuterie boards to the next level.

Model cutting cheese with the slicer
Amazon

This slicer comes with an extra wire in case the first one wears out!

Promising review: "Cheese is considered a major food group in our house, so replacing our broken slicer was an absolute necessity. This slicer is an absolute dream. It's very sturdy (without being too heavy) and it cuts extra sharp cheddar as if it were room temperature butter! Don't waste your time and money on a cheap slicer — this one will probably last for years." —StillontheEdge

Get it from Amazon for $10.

27. A pair of bear claws that make it so much easier to shred meats. Hate getting your fingers covered in greasy rotisserie chicken? Use these instead!

Model shredding meat with the claws
Amazon

Promising review: "These claws are just what you need for shredding pork, chicken, beef, or any other items. The points are sharp, narrow, and long, and work well as a pair. It's much more efficient and quicker than using two forks. Even when I buy pulled pork from Trader Joe's and it's already 'pulled,' this is an excellent tool for really shredding it properly. I thought I might have been a little extravagant in ordering this, but now I realize it is very useful beyond shredding, e.g. holding a watermelon with one hand/claw as you cut with the other hand." —J. Renfrow

Get them from Amazon for $12.95+ (available in five colors).

28. A wine aerator to allow your wine to breathe instantly, giving it a more complex flavor and smoother finish — without the wait.

Model pouring wine through the aerator and into a glass
William Sonoma

It's top-rack dishwasher-safe.

Promising review: "This aerator works well, does not take up too much space, is not fragile, and is easy to clean. The screen filters out sediment or that occasional piece of cork. It's also very good for an inexpensive weeknight bottle of red. We think it makes a $10 bottle of wine taste like a $15 bottle and so on..." —SuSu2

Get it from Williams Sonoma for $29.95 or Amazon for $23.63.

29. A KitchenAid stand mixer that reviewers swear by over and over again because it is simply ~batter~ than the rest.

The mixer on a counter
Amazon

The 5-quart stainless-steel bowl can mix dough for nine dozen cookies or four loaves of bread in a single batch! The mixer comes with a coated flat beater, a coated dough hook, a six-wire whip, and a pouring shield.

Promising review: "Hands down this is the best blender on the market. It has multiple tools which enable you to do many tasks in the kitchen. The mixing capability is superior to all other mixers, especially the old hand-held models. This mixes everything so well that now it's hard to make a mistake when blending things because it does such a great job. It's quiet, and you can set it and go attend to other tasks while it works away." —Tie Dye John

Get it from Amazon for $399.87+ (available in 29 colors).

30. A frozen yogurt and ice cream maker so you can make all of your genius flavor combinations come true!

The device on a counter
Crate & Barrel

The best part is you get to decide what ingredients are used. For example, you can substitute sugar for maple syrup!

Promising review: "What a wonderful machine! I highly recommend this to everyone. I cannot believe how easy it is to make beautiful, silky ice cream that tastes better than any I've ever bought. We made our money back in two weeks...if that. Buy it, you won't regret it." —GreekPsyche

Get it from Amazon for $59.99+ or Crate & Barrel for $69.95 (available in three colors).

31. And an Instant Pot, that can be...whatever you want it to be! It's a pressure cooker, a slow cooker, a rice cooker, a steamer, a sauté pan, a yogurt maker, a food warmer, A BIRD, A PLANE (OK I made those last two up, but it really does everything else, and it does it all ASTOUNDINGLY well).

The Instant Pot on a counter
Amazon

This handy kitchen gadget has seven functions: rice cooker, pressure cooker, slow cooker, steamer, sauté, yogurt maker, and warmer. Read our full review of the Instant Pot!

Promising review: "This is quite possibly the coolest, most versatile kitchen gadget I’ve ever owned. I love it so much that I’ve purchased two more for friends and relatives. What can it do? I think the real question is 'What can’t it do?' I truly believe you could replace every cooking appliance (including your oven and stove top) and do EVERYTHING in the Instant Pot. I purchased two sizes for my own use: the 3-quart (which is my almost-every-day workhorse for two-person dishes) and the 8-quart (which I bring out to handle my dinner party dishes). Everything I’ve tried has been fabulous. In the realm of kitchen appliances, there is no better investment than the Instant Pot. Highly recommended!!!" —Stereoman

Get it from Amazon for $59.99+ (available in three sizes).

Let's hit the kitchen!

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