Whether you’re a professional chef or want to get away from late night microwave dinners (we’ve all been there!), you can never have too many kitchen utensils and gadgets to prepare your favorite meals. Chic kitchen gadgets can help with manual labor or just spice things up in the kitchen, visually or literally. Below, our editors share their beloved kitchen essentials to help make cooking easier (and fun)!
10 cup water pitcher
Brita, but make her chic. The Soma pitcher is a BPA-free alternative to the water purifier you’ve been using for years, and its filter is sustainably made with coconut fiber and charcoal.
Courteous Plaid Utensil Holder
My studio kitchen has hardly any drawers, so it’s all about creativity when it comes to arranging the kitchen pieces I use daily. This utensil holder can hold a lot more pieces than I originally thought, plus it fits my kettle!
Vintage ice bucket from the 1970s
The vintage kelly green ice bucket that originally belonged to my grandparents is the focal point of my kitchen, and I found the exact same one for sale on Chairish! A staple that has seemingly been forgotten by Gen Z, the ice bucket is an entertainment staple in my home.
3 Piece Bamboo Double Sided Cutting Board
Good cutting boards are a kitchen staple, and I’m obsessed with this set. The grooves on one side are great when I’m making homemade pasta dough (the number of times I’ve spilled eggs on my counter before I got these boards…let’s not talk about it) and the stand phone is so handy for keeping a recipe open and in sight when I need it. Plus, the smaller size is perfect for bringing to the park to lay out a mini snack board for a picnic and the bamboo is so chic!
EasyPop™ Hot Air Popcorn Maker
Normally I’m pretty hesitant about single-use appliances in my already crowded kitchen, but this guy is totally worth it and honestly doesn’t take up too much space! The air popper allows almost any kernel to be popped perfectly, taking movie night to the next level. I also like to season my popcorn from scratch (olive oil and lime chili seasoning every time).
2-speed hand blender
This little hand blender has been a longtime staple in my kitchen due to the number of soups in my regular recipe rotation. Not having to transfer hot liquid to a blender to get the right consistency is so game-changing. Now all I have to do is learn how to make my own bread bowls…
Pour over the kit
“Coffee addiction” is the best term to describe me. I need a cup of coffee to start my mornings and this pour kit makes it so easy. Something about making your own cup of coffee from start to finish is so satisfying.
Electric knife sharpener
One of the most dangerous and annoying things in the kitchen is a dull knife. This keeps all of our knives sharp, so we can better prepare safely and efficiently. Also, I love doing a paper test to see how sharp a knife is!
I strongly believe that everyone needs a dutch oven. Stews, soups, sauces, bake bread in it! Cast iron contributes to even heat retention, which reduces the risk of food burns! And just in case something got burned, this hack changed my life.