The 13 Best Kitchen Gadgets to Buy in 2018

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Pressure Cooker at Amazon

"One of the most popular models with seven cooking modes...and 14 preset cooking programs."

Best Silicone Strainer: Dreamfarm Vebo at Amazon

"Handles make it easy to move the basket, but they fold down when you're trying to fit the strainer in a pot."

Best Avocado Slicer: OXO Good Grips 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer at Amazon

"Even kids will be able to help make guacamole when you have this in the kitchen."

Best Mandoline: Benriner Vegetable Slicer at Amazon

"An amazingly useful tool, and it’s easy to store since it doesn’t have bulky legs or other attachments."

Best Ice Pop Molds: Tovolo Tiki Pop Molds at Amazon

"It’s easy to push the pops out and they can be easily cleaned in the dishwasher." 

Best Whisk Set: AmazonBasics Stainless Steel Wire Whisk Set at Amazon

"You will always have the right whisk for the job."

Best Immersion Blender: KitchenAid 2-Speed Hand Blender at Amazon

"Where it really shines is blending soups and sauces right in the cooking pot." 

Best Coffee Grinder: KRUPS Electric Spice and Coffee Grinder at Amazon

"This versatile grinder can grind just about anything—it can grind coffee, beans, nuts, herbs, and spices."

Best Electric Can Opener: Hamilton Beach® Extra-Tall Electric Can Opener

"You're going to wonder how you ever lived without one."

Best Spatula Set: GIR Silicone Spatula Set at Amazon

"The one-piece design doesn’t have joints where food can accumulate."

Best Zester: Microplane Zester Grater at Amazon

"It can handle zesting citrus, hard cheese, ginger, nutmeg, and even chocolate." 

Best Citrus Juicer: Chef'n FreshForce Citrus Juicer at Amazon

"This medium-sized machine can handle a wide variety of citrus sizes."

Best Swivel Peeler: OXO Good Grips Pro Swivel Peeler at Amazon

"Well worth the extra money."

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    Best Overall: Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Pressure Cooker

    Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Pressure Cooker
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    There’s no doubt about it, the Instant Pot has become the “it” appliance in American homes. Electric pressure cookers existed before the Instant Pot entered the market, but they popularized the appliance and made it nearly as ubiquitous as slow cookers were for previous generations.

    The 6-quart DUO60 is one of the most popular models with seven cooking modes (pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker saute/browning, yogurt maker, steamer, and warmer) and 14 preset cooking programs that make it simple to cook dinner from scratch on a busy night.

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    Best Silicone Strainer: Dreamfarm Vebo

    Sooner or later everyone needs a strainer, whether it’s for draining pasta or straining bones out of soup stock. This squishy silicone strainer does all that and so much more. The shape fits inside an Instant Pot or electric pressure cooker, so you can use it as a steamer basket in the cooker. You can also put it in a pot on the stove to boil pasta (simply lift it to drain), or use it as a steamer basket for vegetables, fish, or eggs in your favorite saucepan.

    Handles make it easy to move the basket, but they fold down when you're trying to fit the strainer in a pot. Because it’s made from silicone, it withstands heat up to 260°C/500°F and can be washed in the dishwasher.

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    Best Avocado Slicer: OXO Good Grips 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer

    Avocados can be tricky to open, especially if you aren't confident with a knife. If you find yourself constantly reaching for this nutritious vegetable you might want to invest in an avocado slicer. It will make the job safer and easier, as the cutting edge is plastic.

    Besides opening the avocado, you can use it to remove the pit and slice the avocado while removing it from its shell. Even kids will be able to help make guacamole when you have this in the kitchen!

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    Best Mandoline: Benriner Vegetable Slicer

    Vegetable Slicer
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    The classic mandoline from Benriner is an amazingly useful tool, and it’s easy to store since it doesn’t have bulky legs or other attachments that get in the way. A knob lets you adjust the thickness of your slices, so you can go from making potato chips to au gratins with ease. Extra cutting blades are included for making different julienne cuts as well. Mastering the most common culinary knife cuts, like the julienne or the batonnet, is an easy way to improve your cooking.

    Keep in mind that the blades on this vegetable slicer are extremely sharp, so it should be used with the finger guard (included) or a cut-proof glove. Extra care should be taken when cleaning.

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    Best Ice Pop Molds: Tovolo Tiki Pop Molds

    Ice pops aren’t just for kids. These tiki-style molds will make the kids happy, of course, but they can also be used to make icy adult pops (think Margarita pops or Piña colada pops). Each pop has a different design, which adds to the fun, and the handles fit the tiki theme as well. The molds are made from silicone, so it’s easy to push the pops out and they can be easily cleaned in the dishwasher. Several other designs are available, including robots and dinosaurs, which will absolutely delight your little ones.

    When you’re not making ice pops, you can use the molds for freezing herb oils, molding flavored butters, or making plain ice cubes for drinks.

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    Best Whisk Set: AmazonBasics Stainless Steel Wire Whisk Set

    Every kitchen needs a whisk. Or two. This set gives you three whisks in different sizes, so you will always have the right whisk for the job. This set of three includes a 9" whisk, a 10" whisk, and an 11.5" whisk. Use the largest one for whipping cream, use the medium for whisking salad dressings, and use the smallest one for whisking hot chocolate. They each have soft-grip black handles that are comfortable to hold, and they're dishwasher safe for easy cleaning when the cooking is done.

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    Best Immersion Blender: KitchenAid 2-Speed Hand Blender

    An immersion blender can do just about everything a countertop blender can do, but it has a few extra tricks up its sleeve. While it can’t crush ice like a countertop blender, it can blend drinks, emulsify dressings, make mayonnaise, and puree soft vegetables. Where it really shines is blending soups and sauces right in the cooking pot. It’s also great for pureeing beans for refried beans right in your cast iron frying pan.

    This includes a lidded blender cup with side measurements, but you can also use your own container. The blending arm is removable for easy washing without the motor and cord getting in the way, and it comes in a wide variety of colors to match your other KitchenAid appliances.

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    Best Coffee Grinder: KRUPS Electric Spice and Coffee Grinder

    KRUPS Electric Coffee Grinder
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    This versatile grinder can grind just about anything—it can grind coffee, beans, nuts, herbs, and spices. Although most customers use this as a coffee grinder, it makes a phenomenal spice grinder (mashing spices in a mortar and pestle can be a lot of work). Just drop the spices into this grinder and push the top button to grind them to your preferred fineness. It can be easily cleaned of spice aromas by grinding plain white rice, but the price is reasonable enough to keep one grinder for spices and another for coffee.

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    Best Electric Can Opener: Hamilton Beach® Extra-Tall Electric Can Opener

    can-opener
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    Once you buy an electric can opener, you're going to wonder how you ever lived without one! The Hamilton Beach Electric Can Opener with SureCut Opening Technology opens cans the first time so you don't have to struggle with manual can openers. To use, place the can against the front of the opener until the rim is right under the cutting mechanism. Hold the lever down until the can has fully rotated once, and then take the lid off. It's that easy. As an added bonus, it has a knife sharpener and cord storage in the back.

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    Best Spatula Set: GIR Silicone Spatula Set

    These days, silicone spatulas are almost a necessity in the kitchen. They can withstand high heat, they're incredibly flexible, and you can use them for a variety of tasks such as stirring food in nonstick pots or mixing batter. This set of three spatulas includes a mini spatula for small jobs, a skinny spatula that has a narrow head and long handle (it's perfect for getting into jars), and a large spatula for mixing thick ingredients. The one-piece design doesn’t have joints where food can accumulate.

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    Best Zester: Microplane Zester Grater

    Having a microplane zester can be a huge asset in the kitchen, as it can handle zesting citrus, hard cheese, ginger, nutmeg, and even chocolate. Use it with the grating side up to grate directly onto the food, or use it with the grating side down to see how much you’ve grated before you add it to the food. For easy storage, this grater has a hole in the handle so you can hang it on a hook or knife rack. It's also dishwasher safe for easy cleaning after each use.

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    Best Citrus Juicer: Chef'n FreshForce Citrus Juicer

    Squeezing lemons is easy with this manual citrus juicer! It's similar to other Mexican-style citrus squeezers, but with a gear system that multiplies the force so you don’t have to work as hard to release all the juice. There are different sized juicers that can accommodate small limes and large oranges, but this medium-sized machine can handle a wide variety of citrus sizes. Made from nylon and stainless steel, it's top rack dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.

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    Best Swivel Peeler: OXO Good Grips Pro Swivel Peeler

    A swivel peeler is a basic kitchen gadget, so make sure you buy one that will last for years to come. This peeler is similar in shape to the standard Good Grips model, but with a little more metal and a slightly better blade. It has the same comfortable grip and a potato-eye-remover at the top, so it will feel the same way when using it. While this peeler is more expensive than other options on the market, but considering how often you’ll use a peeler in your kitchen and how long this will last, it's well worth the extra money.