Best. Gadgets. Ever.
Sometimes it can be hard to shop for foodies who already stock their kitchen with the latest and greatest in small appliances, cooking tools and utensils. Enter: Our pros' list of cool kitchen gadgets, selected by our Test Kitchen and food editors, or tested by our Lab pros. We're talkin' do-it-all kitchen tools that are way cuter than boring measuring cups, brilliant breakfast sandwich makers, clever knives designed specifically for butter and watermelon and so much more.
In the Good Housekeeping Kitchen Appliances and Culinary Innovation Lab, we test all types of kitchen and cooking related products from knives to cookware and large appliances like refrigerators, to find the very best kitchen gear on the market. That means we rarely recommend something just because it’s cute – it needs to perform well, too! These picks just happen to do both: Perform and delight. With these gifts, you'll be equipped to serve up some great gifts for foodies (or yourself!) whether it's for a birthday, anniversary or another holiday.
Is it a lemon squeezer? Is it a cheese grater? Is it a measuring cup? Yes, yes and yes. This nifty gift is eight tools in one.
Remove food splatters with steam — not by working up a sweat. Fill this angry lady with water and white vinegar, pop it in the microwave for seven minutes and watch her go.
Breakfast sandwiches are the under-appreciated best grab-and-go breakfast option. Serve up the classic BEC for breakfast — without having to dirty up a bunch of dishes with this gadget that has a special cooking compartment for each component.
Easily shred cold butter for smoother toast application with this nifty spreader.
A straw for hot coffee? These HotSips have narrow openings to prevent large sips that could scald your tongue. Bonus: they help keep lipstick in place.
Remove stuck-on food and batter from the loops, cutting cleanup time and waste. The plastic piece catches drips before they hit the counter and detaches to scrape inside the bowl, too.
No need for rulers thanks to this rolling pin! It features rings to guide the thickness and measurement markings so you can keep track of the diameter while rolling.
This gadget seamlessly rolls through watermelon flesh to make perfectly portioned pieces for a less messy snack. It's also safe for kids to use because it uses rounded plastic edges rather than blades.
This squeezable bottle was a winner in our 2021 Kitchen Gear Awards. It will mix your pancake batter and allow you to neatly dispense it. When you're done, just rinse the inside and toss it in the dishwasher to clean.
You'll never use a knife again on pizza. These are designed to cut right through so you can easily cut a slice as wide or thin as you want it.
Remove pesky crumbs and coffee grinds from your countertops with this pint-sized battery operated vacuum – just like our Kitchen Appliances Lab Product Analyst does!
Want iced coffee, like, now? Chill drinks instantly with this frozen container. Just add hot coffee, swirl, and icy cold coffee comes out.
A spoonful of sugar is fine and all, but this clutch tool lets you sprinkle cookies and cakes with confectioners sugar or cocoa as if you were a fairy. Plus it takes up way less space than a traditional sifter.
Sure you don’t NEED an egg separator, but how are you supposed to say no to this little cutie?
If you're still on the Mason Jar bandwagon, add this pretty measuring cup set to your countertop. It's adorable!
This top-selling waffle maker comes in more than 20 different colors and patterns as well as different shapes for different holidays, like hearts or stars.
Never argue over "what's for dinner" again — simply roll and let the dice decide for you.
Protect your hands – but mostly your drink – with this insulated can cooler that keeps slim cans, like hard seltzer, cold for hours. In our Kitchen Appliance Lab test, it kept one drink almost 80% cooler than the controlled sample without the sleeve.
Natural nut butters are delicious and all but they can be a pain to scoop when they separate. This gadget helps you stir it from the bottom up.
You’ll be amazed how much use you’ll get out of this cookie spatula. It’s the perfect size for eggs or sometimes even burgers.
This wireless thermometer tracks the internal temp of food as well as the air temp so you know how hot your oven or grill is. It connects to an app and even guesstimates how much cooking time is left.
This adorable, affordable coffee maker combines two of our favorite things: cats and coffee. Gift it to the caffeinated cat mom in your friend group.
This tortilla press takes Taco Tuesday to a whole new level. Add the dough to the center of the disc and push down for a thin, uniform disc that’s ready to be cooked.
Sure you can use a knife to remove corn from a cob, but this peeler makes it fun – and safer.
PopSockets are fun, especially on your cup. The sleeve can be used for hot or cold beverages.
This nifty gadget presses and slices; plus, it performed well in our side-by-side garlic press tests.
Hands down, this is the Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen's favorite peeler. It's easy to hold and quickly gets the job done.
Cut fruits and vegetables into uniform pieces with this chopper that comes with three different sized blades and a pull-out drawer for easy access to ingredients.
Trim the top off your pineapple and twist this gadget into the fruit to core and create slices. Use the shell as a serving pitcher or bowl after.
Uncrustables barely stand a chance.
We love how easy it is to pour from these flexible measuring cups that nest together for storage.
This knife gets to the bottom of jars easily and the wide blade allows for effortless spreading into thin layers.
There’s nothing like a good set of shears. These have oversized handles and a pointy tip to make cutting a cinch. The herb shears make chopping parsley a thing of the past.
This peeler will transform your carrots, zucchini and even soft, seedless cucumbers into zoodles sans a bulky spiralizer. Use for salads or to cook cut veggies faster.
This mini chopper makes chopping garlic and parsley a breeze –without having to reach for a knife or find an outlet for a food processor.
Cocktail ice was never so easy to make with these molds that you fill to the line and seal. They stack in your freezer and unmold in seconds. Choose from an assortment of different designs like flowers, footballs and even ornaments.
Elevate your hot chocolate experience with this hot chocolate maker that melts your chocolate flakes as it heats and froths your milk.
This scoop that measures out your grinds quickly, and doubles as a clip to keep your bag of beans fresh.
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We love our air fryers around here and the Evo Oil Sprayer makes the perfect companion. Fill with your favorite cooking oil and use to evenly spray foods for perfectly golden results. Each propellant-free spritz claims to dispense 1/4 teaspoon.
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This fish turner is for more than just fish. Its thin, flexible head, gets under food well, even if it has stuck onto the pan so you can flip with ease.
No more burns while trying to get something out of the toaster oven: Simply hook the open notch over the edge of the oven rack to push it away or pull it closer.
Even if each of your kids has a different "favorite," this pan can help you still make sure everyone is happy.
Sometimes it’s just easier to have a handheld gizmo do the work for you than struggle with a traditional can opener.
A favorite for making ice pops quick. Just keep the base in the freezer, and it’ll be ready to go when cravings hit.
This plastic taco holder set will add the perfect pop of color to your next taco party. More taco holders can be bought separately as add-ons here.
Say goodbye to brown guacamole! This GH-tested tool locks out air to keep dip tasting and looking fresh. Simply add your mix and slide up the base to squeeze out the air.
Add a literal pop of flavor to food with this device that uses science to transform liquids into caviar-like spheres that can be used as garnish.
Leftover soup or sauce? No problem. Freeze and cover for later.
You'll find a million uses for this space optimizer.
Why have just normal square ice when you can have fun, cocktail-ready ice? Store extras in the ice box.