One of the most frustrating things that can happen while cooking is not having the proper tools to make a dish. Yes, burning stuff is stressful and overseasoning can ruin a meal, but realizing that you can’t make your mashed potatoes perfectly creamy because you don’t have the right stand mixer or potato ricer is, well, a significant bummer. That’s why I always like to invest in useful kitchen gadgets, not only for myself, but for family and friends who like to come over and cook with me. After all, if someone is helping you make dinner, the least you can do is make sure you provide them with the proper utensils they need to do the job well.
We’ve tested a lot of kitchenware in our labs here at Reviewed, and have meticulously curated our Best Right Now series to include as many kitchen products as possible. From air fryers to stand mixers, the list goes on and on ‘til the break of dawn. Along with some helpful info from Home Depot, we did some research on the Home Depot site and found that a lot of our top picks aligned with their bestseller list, which we always love to see. If you’re curious as to which devices made the cut, check out the list below.
1. A pour-over coffee maker for java connoisseurs
When it comes to the quality of your coffee, pour-overs are often considered the best method to get the tastiest results. There are a lot of different factors that go into brewing a stellar cup, including water temperature and pouring consistency, but thankfully we’ve done our fair share of testing the best pour-over coffee makers, and have found that the Chemex Classic Eight Cup Classic never disappoints due to its simplicity and ability to make subtle flavors and aromas shine. With a perfect five-star rating on Home Depot, the (happily caffeinated) masses agree.
2. Juicers for a truly freshly squeezed cup of OJ
Aside from having a citrus tree in your backyard, a juicer is one of the most authentic ways to get a fresh dose of vitamin C right at home. They’re not just for delicious mimosas though (sorry, that’s where our minds immediately go)—from green smoothies to yummy salsa, juicers can come in handy for all sorts of situations in the kitchen. Two of our favorite vertical masticating juicers, the Hurom H-AA and the Tribest Slowstar SW-2000, make quick work out of vegetables, leafy greens, and fruits, extracting all the liquid possible to produce a very high juice yield. So if you’re thinking about where your next glass of OJ will come from, please don’t settle for Tropicana. Be better than Tropicana.
- Get the Hurom H-AA Slow Juicer for $439
- Get the Tribest Slowstar Vertical Slow Juicer and Mincer SW-2000 for $379
3. A food processor fit for an Iron Chef
We truly aren’t exaggerating when we say that you’ve never known a timesaver in the kitchen until you’ve used a food processor. Slicing and shredding your ingredients has never been easier than with the Cuisinart Custom 14 Cup Food Processor. Whether you want to grate cheese or knead pie dough, it’s the most powerful food processor machine that we’ve tested, earning the title of Best Food Processor, and one that will open up new realms of possibilities in your kitchen.
4. This fabric steamer to get your garments wrinkle-free
I hate to admit it, but sometimes when I’m in a hurry, I get dressed and then use my hair straightener to iron the hem of my skirt. I’ve sustained several burns this way and I don’t recommend it. What I can safely recommend is the Rowenta Compact Valet steamer, one of our favorite fabric steamers, which heats up quickly and unwrinkles your clothes way faster than the steam from your shower can—don’t lie, we’ve all tried it! Trust us, you’ll soon be in a steamy relationship with the Rowenta (pun intended), and will be kicking your iron to the curb.
5. A fancy indoor grill for year-round barbecues
One might say that an indoor grill seems like an unnecessary kitchen addition, but when they realize just how much the beloved Cuisinart Griddler Deluxe can do, they’ll be swallowing more than their words. You can pretty much make whatever you want on this bad boy—pancakes, grilled cheese, French toast, eggs, and asparagus to name a few—and it’ll come out evenly cooked within minutes. It’s not only a popular model among Home Depot shoppers, but we also named it our top pick after testing the best indoor grills. And heck, sometimes you just get a burger craving when it isn’t grilling weather. Don’t worry, you can make that too.
6. This speedy electric kettle for tea time in minutes
Let me tell you, switching from a stovetop kettle to an electric one was a huge change in my life. Though I do miss the familiar whistle when my water’s ready, I don’t miss waiting more than a few minutes for it to boil. The Cuisinart PerfecTemp outshines all other kettles we’ve ever tested in terms of delivering hot water quickly. Plus you can set different temperatures depending on what you’re sippin’ on and it even beeps when your water’s ready so no more watching the pot. It’s truly tea-rrific, if you ask us.
7. These personal blenders for your morning smoothie
There’s no shame in wanting things only for yourself; in fact, this is self-care 101. Just like my leftovers from the night before, I like having a personal blender in my kitchen to wake up to in the morning, knowing that it’s just for me. The Ninja Fit and the Magic Bullet are intended for this exact reason. They’re both perfectly sized, have powerful motors, and are easy to clean. Either will make an excellent single-serving smoothie, and scored highly in our tests of the best personal blenders and among Home Depot customers because of their convenience and capabilities.
8. This iconic stand mixer that’ll complete your kitchen
The KitchenAid stand mixer is not just an iconic statement piece—they honestly make baking easy as pie. This machine is lauded (we’re talking over 23,000 reviews here) for its ability to expertly blend ingredients as well as its multi-functional features. We at Reviewed especially love the best stand mixer for its diverse set of attachments, which are both easy to clean and use, and make things like kneading dough, mixing batter, and even shredding meat simple.
9. An ice cream maker to create any flavor imaginable
I always get excited when someone uses the ice cream maker on Chopped, mainly because there’s only one machine and four contestants, so tension always ensues. As it turns out, ice cream makers aren’t all that expensive, and the execs at Food Network can definitely afford more than one, but they just live for drama. For instance, the Cuisinart ICE-21 1.5-Quart is a very reasonably priced yet high-performing ice cream maker that whips up tasty frozen yogurts, sorbets, and of course ice cream in around thirty minutes, making it Reviewed’s choice for best ice cream maker, hands down. With it in your kitchen, anything is popsicle.
10. This popcorn maker for movie nights at home
For any movie lovers out there, a popcorn maker is probably the one thing missing to complete your home theater. And let’s be honest, one of the main reasons for going out to the movies in the first place is to gorge on the buttery popcorn that is way better tasting (and artery clogging) than the microwavable bags you use at home. What you may not realize is that there’s a much better, healthier way to enjoy amazing-tasting popcorn. There’s no need to splurge on an expensive, carnival-esque machine though, as simple popcorn poppers exist, like the Cuisinart Pop and Serve. It’s our top pick out of every popcorn maker we tested, as it pops every kernel with ease without coating them in unhealthy oils.
11. A roasting pan for the perfect Thanksgiving turkey
As the cornerstone of any Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, turkey can make or break your holiday meal. You can eliminate stress with a proper roasting pan, however, which will evenly cook not just turkey but many other meats such as short ribs and whole chickens, so you can get a lot more use out of it than just holiday dinners. Made of 3-ply stainless steel, the Cuisinart MultiClad Pro 6-quart is one of the top roasting pans we’ve tried and earns its nearly perfect reputation on Home Depot by wowing reviewers with its excellent heat distribution and heavy-duty, durable feel. However, our reviewer did note that the handles were on the smaller side and the pan was a little trickier to clean than other pans we tested.
12. This waffle maker for fluffy waffles straight outta Belgium
On a scale of one to Leslie Knope, how big of a waffle fan are you? If you rank on the higher end, a waffle maker, particularly the award-winning Cuisinart Double Belgian Waffle Maker, is a must-have item in the kitchen that will turn your breakfast game upside down (really though, you rotate it to finish cooking your waffle). This waffle maker earned extra points in our tests of the best waffle makers because it can make two waffles at once, both of which come out fluffy on the inside yet crunchy on the outside.
13. This cold brew coffee maker for summertime iced macchiatos
Even though I prefer to drink iced coffee all year round, most people would categorize it as a summer drink. So with the weather warming up, now’s the time that cold brew makes its comeback. You don’t have to spring for Starbucks every time you have a hankering for it though, because cold brew makers can bring high-quality coffee right to your home. This one by OXO delivers on taste, and while our tester found it to be a bit difficult to set up when we tested the best cold brew makers, the quality of the cold brew makes up for it, according to many reviewers.
14. An electric griddle to make your short stack worthy of an IHOP ad
In my twenty-odd years of life, I still haven’t mastered how to make the perfect pancake on a stove. Instead of being golden brown and fluffy, mine come out undercooked yet also burned, and I know it’s not an issue with the batter because I use the just-add-water mix (don’t judge me). The Presto Tilt n’ Drain Big Griddle griddle could easily solve my pancake woes, with its heat control and extra large surface that reviewers swear by. Though we didn’t choose the Presto as the absolute best-o, we still think it’s pretty good-o.
15. This electric can opener, because manually opening cans is so last year
With its ergonomic design, Reviewed’s favorite can opener is so easy to use that it barely requires you to lift a finger. With its sturdy base and powercut blade, the Cuisinart Electric Can Opener will effortlessly remove the lid from any can in seconds, according to reviewers, so it’s no surprise it is a top seller in its category. Some reviewers have even said it has lasted them for many years.
16. A potato ricer for lump-free mashed
When I was a kid I used to ask my mom to make mashed potatoes with lumps, but since then my palate has matured, which I’m thankful for. Smooth, creamy potatoes are a welcome addition to any dinner, and are easy enough to whip up with this potato ricer by OXO, which reviewers love and we named one of the best potato ricers, for its durable, stainless steel construction and non-slip silicone handles. According to Home Depot, a whopping 100% of customers recommend it, so the proof is in the creamy mashed rather than the pudding!
17. These pod coffee brewers for a quick caffeine boost
Sometimes you just don’t have time to grind beans, heat water, and make a really good cup of drip coffee. Pod coffee makers are designed with efficiency in mind, and will brew your morning cup of coffee within minutes. Both the Nespresso VertuoLine Evoluo and the Keurig K55 did well in our testing of the best pod coffee brewers, offer a wide variety of blends, and have a very intuitive functionality. If you’re just after decent, fast coffee without the gimmicks, these are your guys.
- Get the Keurig Classic K55 Single Serve Coffee Maker for $103.71
- Get the Nespresso VertuoLine Evoluo for $109.88
18. These air fryers for healthy(ish) fried foods
Air fryers have been super trendy lately, and it makes sense why—anything that makes fries healthier to eat is bound to be popular. You’ll find that most options, including two of our favorite air fryers—the Krups Fry Delight and the Cuisinart Air Fryer Toaster Oven—are great for cooking up all sorts of fried favorites without the heaps of unhealthy oil that are typically required for those types of recipes.
- Get the Krups Fry Delight from Home Depot for $129.99
- Get the Cuisinart Air Fryer Toaster Oven for $182.95
19. This toaster oven that even comes with a pizza stone
Any multipurpose kitchen appliance automatically strikes our fancy. When a gadget has 15 cooking functions though, like the Cuisinart Chef's Convection Toaster Oven, that’s just showing off. Whether you want to bake, broil, roast, or even use the pizza stone, this toaster oven, one of the best toaster ovens we’ve tested, does it all and does it well. Some reviewers even noted that they had started to use it more than their regular oven.
20. A bean grinder for more aromatic coffee
You can’t get a more fresh-tasting cup of coffee than by grinding the beans yourself; any true coffee lover knows that. Small but powerful, this blade grinder by Krups, the best blade grinder we reviewed, quickly grinds coffee beans into a uniform consistency that creates a more full-bodied, delicious coffee, as long as you don’t grind the beans too fine.
21. A cookware set that’ll make you feel like a celebrity chef
Having a sleek cookware set is one of the most important components of any kitchen aesthetic. It’s not all about looks though—using the proper pots and pans makes cooking tasks much simpler and can help your nightly dinners go off without a hitch. Our favorite cookware set, the Cuisinart MCP-12N, outperformed all the competition because of its incredible performance and amazing value. With almost 300 reviews on Home Depot and a 4.6-star rating, customers can’t stop praising this set for its sturdiness and overall top-notch quality.
22. A dish rack to skip the drying step of dishwashing
So get this, my family has a perfectly good dishwasher yet my mom often likes to clean and dry dirty dishes by hand. I don’t understand it, but she is very opposed to modern technology in this sense. One thing that could make her life easier is a drying rack, like this one by OXO that our reviewer described as “a pleasure to use” after testing all the best dish racks. It’s secure, doesn’t take up too much counter space, and can be rearranged to accommodate all of your drying needs.
23. This multi-cooker that’ll outshine your stove and oven
It’s really not an exaggeration when I say that pressure cookers will irrevocably change how you cook in the kitchen. From rice, to yogurt, to cake, you can cook essentially anything in this Crock-Pot, which is why it’s one of the most highly rated, versatile kitchen appliances in our book. In addition to its ultra speedy cooking process, it comes with eight digital meal controls that will help whatever recipe you decide on cooking to perfection. And it’s a lot more affordable than other options like the Instant Pot, earning it our award for Best Value Multi-Cooker of 2019.
24. A drip coffee maker, because slow and steady (coffee) wins the race
This Cuisinart 14-cup drip coffee maker has features that would make even the snobbiest of coffee drinkers happy. With its brew strength control, 24-hour programmability, and stainless steel finish, there really are not many complaints we had about it when we tested the best drip coffee makers, except that the flavor of coffee was not as strong as with some other machines we tested. Nevertheless, it makes a solid pot that will keep the whole family fueled all day.
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