24 kitchen gadgets under $20 you'll actually use
You don't have to spend a lot to have a great product
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There are some kitchen products that are definitely worth splurging on, like the wildly popular KitchenAid stand mixer or everyone's go-to Instant Pot. But there are also some gadgets and tools that you don't have to spend a lot of money on—and that are just as good.
Below are 24 things for your kitchen that you can buy on Amazon for less than $20, from the best measuring cups to a handheld milk frother.
1. Our favorite spiralizer
Veggie noodles are having a moment—and there's no better way to make them than with our number one spiralizer. After testing some of the most popular models out there, we found that the Veggetti was the sturdiest and easiest to use and was the only spiralizer with a food cap to help you grind every last bit of your veggies.
2. This egg cooker everyone is obsessed with
Breakfast is not only the most important meal of the day, it's also the best meal. Our own staff put this popular egg cooker to the test to find out if it's as good as it seems—and it is. It made delicious eggs every time (from poached to hard-boiled) without leaving a mess and its fast speed makes it ideal for busy weekday mornings.
3. This best-selling cheese grater
The only thing standing in front of you and a bowl of deliciously creamy mac and cheese? The tedious chore that is shredding cheese. This grater, however, makes it a little less painful (and a lot easier on your arms). Dubbed one of the best value cheese graters, it's one of the fastest graters we've ever used and has nonstick feet so it doesn't slide around while you shred.
4. This tiny product that will save you tons of time
Picking kale leaves (or worse, tiny basil leaves) off the steam one by one? No thanks. Instead, a lot of home cooks have turned to this stripper, which they say is super simple to use. All you have to do is pull your greens or herbs through the hole and it strips the leaves in seconds. Bonus: It's small enough to slide right into your kitchen drawer when you're done.
5. These reusable cups for your coffee maker
The only downside to pod coffee makers is that the pods themselves are pricier than bulk coffee. Fortunately, you can save money with reusable pods like these, which fit into any Keurig machine. Customers appreciate that they're eco-friendly and that they brew a great cup of joe without any stray grounds getting through the mesh.
6. This mandoline to make chopping vegetables easier
Trying to cut your veggies into uniform, thin slices with a regular old knife is frustratingly difficult. Instead, use a mandoline slicer like this one from KitchenAid. It's our top-rated mandoline because it was the only one with a V-shaped blade (making it easy to slice through even the toughest skins) and has a very effective guard to keep your fingers safe.
7. This avocado slicer that does everything
Sure you could prep your avocado with a paring knife but why would you when you could use nifty tool instead? It has over 3,000 positive reviews on Amazon, with users raving about how easily the 3-in-1 gadget peels and pits avocados. One person even says he's had his for over three years and the blade is just as sharp as ever.
8. This strainer that clips right onto your pots
Regular colanders get the job done but if you've ever tried to hold one in place in the sink while simultaneously pouring a hot pot of pasta into it, you know they can be a serious struggle. Enter the Snap 'N Strain, which is a streamlined colander that clips right onto your pots and pans and has received over 1,000 positive reviews on Amazon.
9. The best measuring cups
Everyone needs a solid set of measuring cups and of all the ones we've tried, these are by far the best. They're heavy-duty thanks to the fact that they're stainless steel (so they won't bend or warp) and even have liquid measurements marked on them so you can use them for both dry and wet ingredients.
10. This popular reusable bag
Reusable bags are all the rage right now—they're better for the environment and for your budget. This Stasher bag, which comes in all different sizes, is one of the most popular ones out there. When we tried it, we liked how sturdy and durable it was and how it can be used for more than just carrying around sandwiches and snacks (you can use it for sous vide cooking or as a makeshift toiletry bag!).
11. The cutest tea infuser you can buy
This tea infuser is more than just a pretty (or rather, an adorable) face. It's also surprisingly good at brewing a cuppa. It steeps evenly and grips onto your mug so it won't fall out while you sip. Plus, tea leaves don't get stuck in its tiny holes so it's easy to clean out when you're finished.
12. This game-changing salad chopper
That salad from your favorite restaurant may taste good but the $18 price tag that comes with it certainly doesn't feel good. Make better salads at home with this stainless steel chopper. It has such a high rating on Amazon because it's sturdy and durable and makes cutting everything from lettuce to pizza a breeze (simply rock it back and forth).
13. This adjustable rolling pin
While you can use one of our favorite rolling pins to bake delicious desserts, if you want more control over the thickness of your dough, you may want to consider this adjustable one instead. You can choose from 1/16, 1/6, 1/4, and 3/8-inch rings, depending on what your recipe calls for. Bakers like that it's easy to change out the rings and that it helps them bake things like pie crusts and cookies uniformly and evenly.
14. This essential for cutting garlic
Mincing garlic is one of my most-hated kitchen tasks, which is why ordering the GarlicZoom was one of the best decisions I've ever made. There's no hours of cutting involved—I just stick a clove inside, then roll the chopper back and forth a few times and voila, perfectly minced garlic.
15. This cult-favorite microwave cleaner
Spaghetti sauce splatters, hardened oatmeal, grease—the inside of your microwave can get pretty gross. To help you clean it, people swear by the Angry Mama. One of our writers tested out the popular cleaner and says it worked miracles, softening hardened food enough to make it easy to wipe off.
16. This expert-approved loaf pan
Behind every great baker is an even better loaf pan. We put eight of the top ones to the test and found that this Rachael Ray loaf pan yielded the best results (a.k.a the most deliciously evenly cooked banana bread!). Bonus: It's extra deep so you don't have to worry about any batter or juices spilling onto your oven.
17. This handheld tool to make fancy coffee drinks
Become your own barista with this battery-powered milk frother, which has over 8,000 reviews on Amazon. According to happy (and well-caffeinated) reviewers, it whips up the frothiest, creamiest drinks in less than 20 seconds and is as easy to clean as it is to use. Bonus: The frother can blend other things, too, like soups, dressings, and milkshakes.
18. The number one cutting board
Not all cutting boards are created equal. Here at Reviewed, we love this bamboo board because it had the best feel and balance of all the ones we tried. Our tester has owned this exact board for five years and says it's just as flat and stable as when they bought it.
19. This peeler that professional chefs use
When it comes to the perfect vegetable peeler, we recommend this colorful one from Kuhn Rikon. It has sharp, stainless steel blades that peel effortlessly and quickly along with a comfortable grip and lightweight design that make it easy to handle. A professional chef says she's used hers for years and absolutely loves it.
20. This top-rated baking sheet
Does it really matter what type of baking sheet you use when you're making cookies or roasting veggies? The answer is a solid yes. Our favorite baking sheet is this high-quality aluminum one because it distributes heat evenly (a.k.a both the food on the edges and in the center will get cooked through) and is large enough to fit more than a dozen cookies.
21. This must-have to make the perfect cheese plate
Cheese addicts rejoice! This popular slicer—which has nearly 4,000 reviews on Amazon—will make it a lot easier for you to get your daily dairy fix. Users love how you can easily adjust the blade to cut any thickness of cheese from super thin slices to 1/4-inch chunks. And since it's made of heavy duty zinc alloy, it holds up well no matter how often you use it (cough, every day).
22. This highly-recommended electric can opener
If you don't own an electric can opener, what are you waiting for? They eliminate the struggle that is trying to open a can manually and look sleek and stylish sitting on your counter. The best can opener that we tested is this Cuisinart one because its strong magnet and lever perfectly removed the lid of every can, including larger 48-ounce sizes.
23. This brilliant gadget for meat lovers
Whether you're prepping the perfect pot of chili or cooking up meat for Taco Tuesday, everyone knows that evenly browned, perfectly minced ground beef is key. That's where this handy chopper comes in. According to its glowing reviews, the tool efficiently chops and stirs ground meat and is both heat-resistant and safe to use on nonstick surfaces.
24. This onion chopper to keep the tears at bay
Say goodbye to the ridiculous amount of tears you produce when chopping onions. The Vidalia Chop Wizard can chop any vegetables, big and small, and cut your prep time significantly. Our audience development manager uses this bad boy and she says she'll never go back to standard chopping again. It's safe, comes with two different blade sizes for your preference, and it's super easy to clean (even dishwasher safe!).
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