This post is part of our 'This Is Fire' series, where our editors and writers tell you about the products they can't live without in the kitchen.
Like many, when I graduated from college, I was sick of instant ramen and leftover pizza for every other meal. Taking inspiration from YouTube cooking channels, old family recipes, and plain old curiosity, I started making my own food. The recipes started off simple, of course–almost always with some variation of chicken and rice–but the more I experimented, the more my skills (and my palate) grew.
There was one thing I could never seem to get right, though. Whenever I cooked chicken in a pan, I used way too much olive oil. It would bubble and spit, burning my hands with little pinpricks of hot oil. On the other hand, I was afraid of using too little oil, as well, for fear of triggering my much-too-sensitive fire alarm in my first post-college apartment.
On a visit to my parent’s house, my dad inadvertently showed me the perfect solution: While cooking a meal together, he whipped out a spray bottle and spritzed a pan with olive oil. He caught me staring and said, “This is my new favorite thing. I think I use it at least twice a day.”
Fast forward to Christmas that year and I was delighted to unwrap my very own Evo Oil Sprayer in red, of course, because my parents knew full well that every kitchen utensil I own has to be red.
I truly cannot sing the praises of the Evo Oil Sprayer loud enough.
Evo 18-Ounce Reusable Oil Sprayer
Each spray is consistent
Refills easily with the provided funnel
Comes in a variety of sizes, colors, and styles
Trigger and neck can get greasy over time
Not all models are dishwasher safe
I promise I’m not exaggerating when I say this sprayer changed my cooking game. With just a few squeezes of the trigger, I could evenly coat an entire pan, bowl of veggies, or baking sheet. No more drowning food, no more oil burns, no more waste.
Evo’s Oil Sprayer spritzes in a wide fan shape, which can be adjusted for a vertical or horizontal spray. Nine times out of ten, I use the horizontal setting myself. Each squeeze sprays out 1/4 teaspoon, meaning you’ll get consistent, measurable results.
There are a number of different sizes, shapes, styles, and colors available. For example, there are small 6-ounce glass bottles, 16-ounce stainless steel bottles, and large 18-ounce plastic bottles. I have an 18-ounce plastic sprayer, which can hold nearly an entire standard bottle of olive oil. One thing I really like about the plastic model is that you can see how much oil is inside, unlike the stainless steel version.
It’s simple to refill, too. All I have to do is screw the top off and pour in the oil. Evo provides a funnel to help keep things clean; I must have misplaced mine in a move, but it’s not hard to pour without the funnel, thanks to the sprayer’s wide neck.
For me, there are two minor downsides to the Evo Oil Sprayer. One is that the neck and trigger can get a little greasy over time, which has me reaching for a towel in the middle of cooking. The other downside is that the plastic model isn’t dishwasher safe. It’s easy enough to clean with warm soap and water, but some people may prefer the top-rack dishwasher-safe glass version.
Though I primarily use my sprayer for olive oil, it really can be filled with anything. Evo suggests ingredients from canola oil to lemon juice to balsamic vinegar to cooking wine. There are a few two-packs available if you want to use multiple sprayers. Evo also sells an accessory pack that comes with a funnel and three or four silicone identification bands. Each band is a different color and marked with two possible ingredients, which can be reversed depending on which one you need. There is a gray band for canola oil or balsamic vinegar, a red band for peanut oil or sesame oil, a yellow band for olive oil or vegetable oil, and a white band for avocado oil or coconut oil. (Please note that some retailers only sell packets with three bands instead of four.)
I promise I’m not exaggerating when I say this sprayer changed my cooking game.
I truly cannot sing the praises of the Evo Oil Sprayer loud enough. I’ve recommended it to friends and family alike–it even has a shoutout in my author bio page. It may seem like a small or simple kitchen tool, especially in the shadow of flashier kitchen gadgets like air fryers or food processors, but this little sprayer really did get me excited to cook. It’s a handy and convenient gadget that helps me cook consistently, avoid waste, save money, and make tasty meals.
Price at time of publish: $21
Capacity: 6, 16, or 18 ounces | Material: Plastic (stainless steel and glass also available) | Trigger Style: Squeeze | Dishwasher Safe: No
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Allison Wignall has been in love with her Evo Oil Sprayer since she got it in 2018. With it she’s created countless tasty meals like stuffed chicken parmesan or simple oven-roasted vegetables. She uses it at least once a day and will never go back to pouring olive oil directly out of the bottle. Her work has been featured in publications such as Travel + Leisure, Food & Wine, and Southern Living.