17 Best Kitchen Gadgets of 2021 | Buyer’s Guide

Having the right kitchen utensils and appliances is essential for home cooking. There are some underrated gems out there you might not have considered, from thermometers to mandolines. Find your new favorite gadget for your cookery arsenal with our guide to the best kitchen gadgets.

best kitchen cooking gadgets

There are a whole bunch of crazy kitchen hacks to make you a kitchen maestro, but sometimes kitchen hacks aren’t enough. To get the cutting edge you need an arsenal of kitchen equipment to cut corners and save time. These are the 17 best kitchen gadgets for 2021.

Instant Read Thermometer

Instant Read Thermometer

Easily forgotten, but undercooked food is dangerous as well as far-from-tasty: It contains harmful bacteria and could put you well on your way to a spell of food poisoning.

Save yourself from those painful symptoms and use an instant-read digital thermometer to tell when your meat is good and ready. At only a few inches long, these are compact and incredibly accurate. Great in the oven as well as on the grill.

We recommend: Lavatools Thermowand (See prices on Amazon)

Lavatools PT12 Javelin Digital Instant Read Meat Thermometer
  • 3-4 second ultra-fast response time with an accuracy better than ±0.9°F.
  • Large 1.4" easy-to-read display and IP65 splash-proof construction.
  • Integrated magnet for convenient storage on refrigerators or ovens.

Mandoline Slicer

kitchen mandoline

Cutting, cubing and julianning food is difficult to do with machine-like precision unless you’re a seasoned cooking veteran. Luckily for us amateurs there’s the mandoline. This brilliant gadget allows you to create perfectly symmetrical slices and cubes of food, and is brilliant easy to use.

The thickness of your slices can be easily adjusted, and can be done with a range of blade edges and styles of cut, and allows you brilliant flexibility to produce the kind of cuts that you want.

We recommend: PL8 Professional Mandoline (See prices on Amazon)

Progressive International PL8 Mandoline Slicer
  • SUPERIOR QUALITY: Strength, simplicity and safety inspired the design of our Professional Mandoline....
  • DIAL-STYLE SETTINGS: Advanced adjustable knob provides manual Settings; Slice in Paper Thin 1.0mm or...
  • WIDE STAINLESS-STEEL SLICING DECK: Extra-wide, stainless steel slicing deck allows food to glide...

Santoku Knife

santoku knife

These Japanese equivalents of the modern chef knife are a lot lighter and thinner than their Western counterparts, and will offer you greater variety in your cooking preparation.

What benefits do santoku knife offer? Their beveled blade improves their cutting performance, especially for fish, and makes it easy to release thin slices of meat. A must for the modern kitchen.

We recommend: Wusthof Santoku Knife (See prices on Amazon)

Wusthof IKON Santoku Knife
  • Made In Solingen, Germany
  • Handle Is Made Of African Blackwood, One Of The Hardest Types Of Wood In The World.
  • Blade Forged From One Piece Of High Carbon Stainless Steel

Knife Sharpener

electric knife sharpener

On the outset these may seem like heavy-duty and specialist pieces of machinery, but modern knife sharpeners are now very easy-to-use, safe, and compact enough not to dominate space on kitchen counter.

Many of the best knife sharpeners offer different stages in order to perfect the cut and finish on your blade, and have a set angle to make it easy on the most novice users of us. These machines will ensure your knives last for years, and in the best possible shape.

We recommend: Chef’s Choice EdgeSelect (See prices on Amazon)

Chef'sChoice Trizor XV EdgeSelect Professional...
  • CONVERT YOUR KNIVES: Ideal for converting traditional 20-degree factory edges of household knives...
  • DIAMONDS: Advanced stropping stage and 100 percent diamond abrasives for sharpening straight edge...
  • EASY TO USE: Advanced, patented flexible spring guides for automatic adjustment and accurate control...

Blender System

kitchen blender system

Blending up fresh fruit and vegetabes to make juices and smoothies is one of our favorite things to do, but what so often puts us off is the arduous cleanup operation after. It messy and it takes forever.

The Nutribullet eradicates almost all of this, making it our favorite by far. It’s a very compact number that offers you the best of a juicer and a blender in one, and is brilliant at breaking down skins, seeds and stems as well as the main body of each piece of fruit.

We recommend: Magic Bullet Nutribullet (See prices on Amazon)

NutriBullet NBR-1201 12-Piece High-Speed...
  • The Nutribullet is the fastest, easiest solution for making nutrient- packed smoothies. Load it up...
  • Powerful 600-watt motor and refined nutrient-extraction blades blend whole foods into liquid fuel...
  • Included: (1) 600W motor base, (1) Extractor blade, (1) milling blade, (1) Handled cup, (1) 24 oz...

Zester & Grater

lemon zester

Classic cheese graters are old fashioned. Sorry to tell you that. You need something that can go beyond mere cheese.

With a zester-grater combo like this you can easily zest lemons and oranges, or grate ginger, parmesan or garlic. The grip is comfortable and sturdy, easy to put away, and dishwasher safe.

We recommend: Microplane Zester (See prices on Amazon)

Microplane Classic Zester/Grater, Black
  • Ultra Sharp Made in USA blades: Microplane uses photo-etched technology to make ultra sharp grating...
  • Zest Citrus: The blade is designed with a specific tooth set that takes the flavorful rind directly...
  • Grate Cheese: Grate parmesan into fluffy mounds that melt quickly and look beautiful when treating...

Salad Spinner

salad spinner

Who said salad spinners are pointless? The simplest tools are often the most effective. A good spinner will quickly dry your greens, removing all the work and leaving you with a freshly mixed bowl of veggies.

We recommend: OXO Steel Salad Spinner (See prices on Amazon)

OXO Stainless Steel Salad Spinner
  • Easy, one-handed operation; Patented pump mechanism and brake button
  • Clear lid lets you see inside and comes apart for easy cleaning
  • Soft, non-slip knob locks down for convenient storage

Garlic Peeler

garlic peeler

Peeling garlic cloves is the bane of any home cook’s life. It completely slows you down as you prepare your recipe, and everyone is always looking for a quick kitchen hack to get around the chore. That’s where a good garlic peeler comes in. A quick roll over cloves of garlic and it strips them of their skin, leaving you with a naked and fully prepped clove. Completely saves you from the irritating task of individually peeling the cloves and from getting the smell firmly under your nails.

We recommend: Zak Designs Garlic Peeler (See prices on Amazon)

Zak Designs Silicone Garlic Peeler, Red
  • GREAT EVERYDAY KITCHEN ITEM:This Zak Designs embossed garlic peeler is great for everyday use in...
  • SAFE MATERIAL:This garlic peeler is made of 100% silicone material that is durable and...
  • SAVE PREP TIME: Simply place garlic cloves inside the silicone peeler and roll on a flat surface....

Measuring Cups

kitchen measuring cups

Now something to correct a crime that I’m constantly guitly of: Being overgenerous with my portions. Getting these wrong can be disastrous, and can ruin a dinner.

Get it spot on every time by using precision measuring cups. Their build makes them much better than their plastic counterparts, plus they don’t look too bad either.

We recommend: Bellemain Measuring Cups (See prices on Amazon)

Bellemain Measuring Cups (Stainless Steel, 6...
  • EXPERIENCE THE BEST-RATED MEASURING CUPS ON AMAZON: Whether its the beauty in the smooth stainless...
  • COOK SAFELY WITH STEEL: You don’t want silicone or BPA-infested plastic to touch your cooking. We...



A kitchen essential, a meat tenderizer will effortlessly cut through tough meat and help dramatically reduce cooking time, giving you a much more juicy and tasty cut of meat.

It works on a large range of meats, from steaks to tenderloin, and will allow fantastic penetration for your marinade to soak through.

We recommend: XSpecial Tenderizer (See prices on Amazon)

Toughest Meat Tenderizer Tool | 48 Needle Meat...
  • Mouthwatering Flavor In Every Bite – Money Back Guaranteed: Ask Any Chef Foodie Grill Master Or...
  • Unique - Ultra-thin, Extra-long Chefs Knife Design – Won’t Pulverize Meat: While Most Meat...
  • Want To Save Time, Save Money & Eat Juicier Meat? Ever Looked At Your Cooked Meat And Thought,...

Pizza Stone

pizza stone

It might seem like fairly reasonable logic that any wooden board will do, but oh no. The best ones have deep grooves that collect any juices that run off your meat. This will keep your kitchen counter surface clean, as well as help you recycle the juices for later.

Leaving your meat or pizza on the board for a few minutes away from the heat of your oven will also help prevent the juices from escaping, keeping your food moist and fresh.

We recommend: Old Stone Oven Round Pizza Stone (See prices on Amazon)

Honey-Can-Do Oven Round Pizza Stone
  • Makes restaurant-quality pizza and bread with crunchy-chewy crust
  • Ideal for baking 16” family-style pizza, bread, biscuits and more
  • Absorbs oven’s heat and transfers it evenly

Hamburger Press

hamburger press

Modern store-bought beef patties are hardly healthy, some even pushing 50% fat. It’s time to take back control over what you put in your body by making your own.

A hamburger press allows you the option to adjust the thickness, as well as a handy ejector to budge the patty out should it get stuck.

We recommend: Weston Burger Express Hamburger Press (See prices on Amazon)

Weston Burger Express Hamburger Press With Patty...
  • Press your favorite ground meat & seasonings into consistent, perfectly packed burgers
  • Spring plunger button compacts the patty tightly then pops back for quick patty removal
  • Also great for making stuffed burgers, crab cakes & sausage patties

Multifunction Pasta Server

You need to streamline your kitchen tools, and this pasta server does just that. Not only does it help you measure dry pasta as well as served it once it’s cooked, but you can also grate parmesan cheese along its side. It’s sleek and modern, and won’t look out of place in any modern kitchen.

We recommend: Sagaform Stainless Steel Multifunction Pasta Server (See prices on Amazon)

Sagaform Stainless Steel Multifunction Pasta...
  • This sleek designed multifunction pasta serving tool is the perfect tool for every kitchen
  • Measure dry pasta, use the tool to stir and serve
  • Built in grater is perfect for grating parmesan cheese at the table or counter

Wine Aerator

Too often we serve straight from bottle to glass to mouth, when in fact your best red wine needs to breathe in order to open it up and taste better.

A wine aerator is an easy and convenient way to speed up this process, giving you a much more smooth and rich tasting wine to have with your meal.

We recommend: Vinturi Wine Aerator (See prices on Amazon)

Vintorio Wine Aerator Pourer - Premium Aerating...
  • Aerate Your Wine to Perfection Instantly - The Vintorio Wine Aerator Pourer has a large aerating...
  • Keep Your Tablecloth Safe from Wine Stains - The rubber stopper is tapered and ribbed to create a...
  • Elegantly Designed and Made with Quality Materials - The Vintorio Aerating Pourer is manufactured...

Cocktail Set

cocktail set

They say that every man should know how to make one good cocktail. It’s time to get practicing, and where better to start with a cocktail set? Put the fun back in the kitchen and get mixing.

We recommend: Oggi Cocktail Set (See prices on Amazon)

Oggi Pro Stainless-Steel 10-Piece Cocktail Shaker...
  • SET: Mixology kit includes a professional, 2 part, Boston style cocktail shaker plus 6 essential bar...
  • QUALITY: Bartending set is crafted of high grade, food grade stainless steel
  • FUNCTIONAL: Sturdy & space saving stand keeps all bartender tools organized & close at hand

Spice Rack

spice rack

Any good cook worth his salt always has an arsenal of cooking spices at his disposal. But they don’t need to be hidden away in a corner cupboard. Show them off and do with style with a spice rack.

We recommend: Olde Thompson Spice Jar Rack (See prices on Amazon)

Olde Thompson 16-Jar Labeled Orbit Spice Rack Jars...
  • Wide selection of spices: This handy, well-stocked Orbit spice rack comes with 16 sealed glass spice...
  • Easy to read labels: Chrome-plated plastic spice caps display the names of each herb or spice in...
  • Convenient access: Spice rack rotates, bringing all the glass spice jars into view, which makes...

Popcorn Maker

popcorn maker

Because why not?

We recommend: Cuisinart CPM-700 EasyPop (See prices on Amazon)

Cuisinart CPM-700 EasyPop Popcorn Maker, Red
  • Popping bowl with built-in ventilation and bowl cover; motorized stirring arm for even mixing
  • Brushed stainless steel base with embossed logo with On/Off switch
  • Removable non-stick aluminum cooking plate; pops up to 16 cups of popcorn

Citrus Squeezer

lemon citrus squeezer

Ever since then I know Matt’s been working really hard on his range of kitchenware – including an actually usable spirzalizer (!!!) – and it’s awesome to see one of his first offerings from his Fresh Menu Kitchen range. As Matt himself says: Premium stainless steel citrus juicer allows you to juice lemons, limes, and even oranges with ease. Enjoy a healthy, fresh glass of juice daily, or add some extra citrus flavor to your favorite dishes.

A little while ago I was lucky enough to contribute a guest post to Matt’s site over at Fresh Menu Planner with a pan-fried chicken recipe.

We bonded over a shared hatred of (most) spiralizers, and I was really grateful to be featured on his site. Especially when Matt’s extensive culinary training and knowledge puts my limited skill to shame!

You can find it on Amazon here