These are the best kitchen & cooking products of 2020
Reviewed's 2020 Best of Year awards
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Whether they wanted to or not, most everyone became a home cook this year. Without restaurants or even regular trips to the grocery store, people got creative, using meal kits for a steady influx of produce, and swapping recipes for dinners heavy on non-perishable pantry staples. They even used cooking to find comfort—sourdough bread and TikTok-famous whipped coffee provided welcome reprieves.
Our experts have been there all along, offering helpful advice and continuing to test the best products on the market. These are the tools deserving of a place in any kitchen, and sure to make cooking the next meal a more enjoyable experience for pros and beginners alike.
Here are our favorite kitchen & cooking products, or jump to all the 2020 Best of Year awards.
The Cuisinart MCP-12N Multiclad Pro Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set offers incredible performance at a great value. We had no complaints with the medium-sized sauté pan (which not only comfortably fit four chicken thighs but also seared each one to perfection). The large stockpot is well-sized for making soup, cooking pasta, or blanching vegetables and is dishwasher-safe for an added bonus. This set has everything you need for a starter kitchen and it’s a great choice for those looking to upgrade their old sets, too. Read the full review.
The KitchenAid Artisan is the quintessential stand mixer for a reason. Easy to set up and with the quietest motor we tested, the Artisan was a pleasure to use and passed through all our tests with aplomb. Despite its many competitors, our tests prove that it is still number one out of the best stand mixers you can buy. Read the full review.
With its mid-century design and an exposed reservoir, you'll want to leave the Moccamaster out on the counter even when it’s not in use. But it doesn't just look great. Indeed, the pricey Moccamaster brews a complex and smooth pot of coffee that ranked the highest—and continues to—in our taste tests. This machine also fills a full pot quickly—a necessity for the morning rush. Read the full review.
The Wüsthof 8845 Grand Prix II 7-Piece Block Set has it all: four knives (an 8-inch chef’s knife, an 8-inch bread knife, a 4.5-inch utility knife, and a 3.5-inch paring knife), a honing steel, kitchen shears, and a wooden block. The knives are perfectly well-balanced, keeping our hands from tiring out after extended use. Their heft also helped the sharp blades effortless cut through a variety of different ingredients. Read the full review.
Solidly built, perfectly round, and easy to clean, the Staub Round Cocotte aced every test we threw at it. From braising meat and vegetables to simmering a stew, this Dutch oven nailed it. While a little heavier than some of the others, the evenness of cooking and the large sautéing area bumped this one all the way to the top. Read the full review.
Instant Pot is continuously improving upon its best-in-class design. Not only does the Instant Pot Ultra 10-in-1 have solid cooking ability, the updated interface offers a simplified dial and comprehensive display that takes the uncertainty out of cooking times. One of the best parts is the display's progress graph that keeps you appraised on how far into the preheating, cooking, or “keeping warm” process you are. So unlike pressure cookers, you’re not left wondering how long it will take for the cooking process to start. Read the full review.
The Philips Airfryer XXL was the most user-friendly air fryer we tested, making it our top choice. During testing, this air fryer made our favorite french fries thanks to the combination of crunchiness, tenderness, and potato flavor that make great fries so delectable. Battered Nashville hot chicken came out with a crackling crust as if it had been deep-fried, and hamburgers rivaled ones made on the grill. What makes the Philips Airfryer our top pick is that it’s consistently the very best at air frying, even with large family-size portions of healthier fried foods. Read the full review.
Like its name suggests, Home Chef provides customers with the tools necessary to become true masters of the kitchen. From Home Chef’s fresh, high-quality ingredients to well-written recipes that break down intimidating cooking methods into digestible steps, everything about this service made me feel like we were preparing restaurant-worthy (or at least guest-worthy) meals without running around like a maniac. Read the full review.
The Breville ChefSteps Joule impressed us with its sleek, minimalist design, easy-to-use app, and precise temperature control. With voice control integration and an ever-improving app available across many platforms, using this beautiful device is simpler than ever, and the core product is still excellent at heating water quickly and evenly to turn out perfectly cooked steaks and more. Read the full review.
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