These are the best kitchen & cooking products of 2021
Reviewed's 2021 Best of Year awards
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2021 was another big year for cooking. Whether you were easing back into the routine of packing school lunches for little ones or mastering the art of air frying, the chances are good that you probably spent a lot of time in the kitchen.
Our experts were right alongside you, cooking, baking, grilling, and otherwise testing their way through the best products available. These are the top tools, best appliances, and go-to gadgets we think are worthy of occupying precious space in your kitchen.
Here are our favorite kitchen & cooking products, or jump to all the 2021 Best of Year awards.
HexClad cookware is relatively new to the scene, and its claim to fame is its unique hybrid technology that combines all the features you love about stainless steel with the ease of use of nonstick pans. Our chicken thighs had some of the most even, gorgeous searing out of any skillet we’ve used, and it was exceptionally easy to clean because any built-up bits wiped off easily with a paper towel. Unlike most nonstick, the Hexclad can be used with metal utensils because of its unique laser-etched hexagon top, which also makes it less likely to scratch. These pans contain a magnetic layer, too, so you can use them on induction cooktops. 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 Classic 7-Piece Slim Knife Block Set has it all. This set includes five knives—an 8-inch chef’s knife, a 6-inch Kiritsuke utility knife, an 8-inch serrated bread knife, a 5-inch serrated utility knife, and a 3.5-inch paring knife—along with come-apart kitchen shears, and a slim design wooden block. Each knife is a joy to use and features a relatively lightweight design, high-carbon stainless steel construction, full-tang blades, and comfortable handles that won't slip. 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.
The 30-inch, 5-burner Samsung NX58K9500WG impresses with its premium look and performance that was as good or better than the best gas ranges we've ever tested. It tops our list because it offers flexible cooking on notched cast-iron grates and a stellar oven experience with its true convection heating system. It also preheats fast and is packed with useful features, like a warming drawer for proving bread, pre-heating plates, or keeping side dishes warm. Read the full review.
The Whirlpool WGE745C0FS electric range is a knockout across the board. It passed every test we threw at it with flying colors, from boiling water to baking pizza. Its ability to multitask sets it apart from other ranges, in particular having the option to bake two dishes at different temperatures simultaneously and fit at least four pots on the cooktop at once. It's chock-full of features, and True Convection mode will produce deliciously crispy foods akin to an air fryer. It's available in stainless steel, black, and white finishes, so it’s designed to match most kitchens. Regardless of the finish, we like the look of this range in particular because of the ultra-sleek smooth cooktop. There's a reason it's the best electric range we've tested. Read the full review.
The single-oven Frigidaire FGIH3047VF range is the best induction range we’ve tested thanks to its quick boil times, great temperature control, and useful settings. It covers all your basic cooking needs, as well as some not-so-basic ones—special features like true convection and air fry add something extra. Read the full review.
The Weber Spirit II E-310 may be the brand’s entry-level grill, but it didn’t act like a lesser product when it came to performance. It was our favorite grill to use on every test, producing perfect sear marks on up to 18 burgers at a time, evenly cooked chicken, and picture-perfect asparagus. Its 30,000 BTUs (71 per square inch) crank out an impressive amount of heat. We also loved some of the aesthetic features, and the grill itself felt well put together and built to last. Read the full review.
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