Most people have items in their kitchen that simply gather dust or take up valuable kitchen worktop space. So we went on the hunt for some cool kitchen gadgets that don’t suck. Whether you’re looking for an electrical item that does the job of seven, or a small tool that performs one (important) task, every gadget in this selection actually works and will be used far too often to ever get dusty.
Ember Heated Coffee Mug
Taking a slug of gone-cold coffee is never good, so save someone the horror with the Ember mug. With two sizes available, this cool gadget will not only keep hot drinks hot for up to 90 minutes, but the user can set the exact temperature it stays at.
Anova Culinary Precision Oven
anovaculinary.com Prices vary
Kitchen gadgets don’t come much more impressive than the Anova precision oven. Through the clever use of steam and a Wet Bulb sensor, this oven will cook food exactly the way it’s wanted without overcooking, with the added benefits of roasting and crisping, too.
The Gourmet's Smoking Cloche
uncommongoods.com $10.00 - $200.00
If you’re looking for a kitchen addition with bonus ‘wow’ appeal, this Gourmet’s Smoking Cloche fits the bill. Delightful to look at even when not in use, this cloche can impart delicious smokiness to meats, cheeses, and herbs, and can also be used to create impressive smoky cocktails.
Mighty Carver Electric Knife
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Carving the Thanksgiving turkey is a job that requires precision and skill. If the head of the family never gets it quite right, the Mighty Carver will do it for them. Designed to look like a chainsaw, this electric knife is both fun and functional and will bring out anyone’s inner lumberjack.
Stasher Reusable Silicone Bags
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Plastic bags are so handy in the kitchen, but they are a disaster for the planet. Save leftover food and the earth at the same time with Stasher reusable silicone bags. Safe to use in the oven, microwave, dishwasher, and fridge, these bags are so much more than simple storage solutions.
Coravin Wine Saver Gadget
Occasional wine drinkers will know the pain of opening a bottle only to waste two thirds of its contents. With the Coravin Model Five, they can pour the required amount and then keep the rest for weeks, months, or even years as the cork cleverly reseals itself.
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Putting a cup of tea or a glass of wine on the floor might be convenient, but it’s asking for stained floors and wasted drinks. The CouchCoaster fits over the arm of the couch and comes with an adjustable holder to accommodate mugs, cans, and bottles up to 90mm.
The Ultimate Peanut Butter Knife
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Peanut butter fiends will know the pain of not being able to reach the bottom of the jar, but the PB Jife will solve that problem. The extra-long blade means knuckles stay clean, while the curved blade reaches under the rim so not even a smidgen is ever wasted.
Frywall Splatter Guard
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Keep stove tops and splashbacks clean and splatter-free with a Frywall splatter screen. Available in 3 sizes, this conical screen is made from silicone and fits inside the pan so that food can be stirred and simmered without making a mess, while also allowing steam to escape.
Anyone who cooks knows how much of a pain it is to peel and grate a garlic bulb. This brilliant set allows for effortless peeling with just a simple rolling action, and includes a useful grating plate and brush for not only grating garlic but hard cheese, ginger, and nutmeg, too.
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The clink of ice cubes in a glass is all well and good, but it’s not visually different, is it? Give the whiskey drinker a brand new way to chill their tipple with this fabulous silicone mold that creates an attractive, slow-melting ice wedge inside their favorite tumbler.
Ooni Koda Gas-Powered Outdoor Pizza Oven
Add some Italian dolce vita to their cook-out with the Ooni Koda Gas-Powered Outdoor Pizza Oven. Not only can this oven cook pizzas in a mere minute, but it can also produce perfectly cooked fish, vegetables, and steaks, too. Plus, every purchase helps to plant trees and save the planet.
Food Guard Reusable Lids
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Say goodbye to mismatching lids and put an end to planet-destroying plastic wrap with Food Guards. Made from a durable, BPA-free material, these colorful oven, microwave, and freezer-safe circles can stretch 2-3 times their size to cover most bowls, plates, and containers, and will never lose their shape.
BeepEgg Egg Timer
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Perfect for anyone who really doesn’t know how to boil an egg, the BeepEgg will do all the guesswork for them. Simply place the BeepEgg in the pan alongside the real eggs, and this clever gadget will play one of three tunes to signify soft, medium, and hard boiled perfection.
MEATER Wireless Smart Meat Thermometer
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Take the guesswork out of ‘just right’ meat with the Meater. This wireless kitchen gadget is skewered into the meat before cooking and then tracked with the smartphone app, meaning you can leave the kitchen and get on with other jobs until your phone tells you it’s done.
KettlePizza Pizza Oven Kit
Turn a 22.5” kettle grill into a pizza oven with this clever kit. Working with both charcoal and hardwood, this addition can cook pizzas as well as meats, fish, and vegetables and ensures a constant heat as the lid stays on even when removing the food.
Smartignition Rechargeable Lighter
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Light fires and barbeques the easy way with the Smartignition electric rechargeable lighter. Both butane and flame-free, this lighter uses an electric arc instead of a standard lighter flame, and can be used up to 300 times on a single charge. USB cord and built-in lithium ion battery are included.
Rad High Lip Pan
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Take healthy eating to a whole new level with the Radical Pan. Available in three sizes, this pan is the only SGS, NSF, and FDA certified non-stick pan on the market, thanks to its toxin-free design. With a superior non-stick finish, both cooking and cleaning are super easy.
BagPodz Reusable Bags
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Forget single-use plastic grocery bags and switch to BagPodz, instead. This handy little system comes with 5 or 10 durable ripstop nylon bags inside a pouch which enables the bags to be removed one by one to make packing easy. Once shopping is unpacked, the bags are reinstalled for next time.
Hamama Micro Greens Kits
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Even the smallest of homes can have an abundant supply of healthy microgreens with this handy indoor growing kit. Choose from vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, and kale, fill the growing tray with water, and then lay the pre-seeded quilt inside for edible greenery in a week to 10 days.
Vejibag Reusable Produce Bags
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Keep vegetables fresher for longer in the refrigerator with the Vejibag. Made from eco-friendly, organic cotton, each bag is moistened with water, wrung out, and filled with washed veggies before being stored in the fridge, keeping them crisp and fresh for a week or more.
Vinglace Wine Chiller
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Warm wine – or even worse, warm champagne – will be a thing of the past thanks to Vinglacé. Stylish and practical, this insulated sleeve comes with an adjustable top to fit most bottles, and will keep them cold for hours without needing to be placed in the refrigerator first.
Souper Cubes Trays
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Freezing food in the right portion size can be a bit of a struggle. Make sure leftovers are perfectly proportioned with Souper Cubes, the silicone trays which divide foods up into ½, 1, or 2 cup quantities. Being oven-safe, they can even be used for easy reheating for added convenience.
Bluapple Produce Keeper
Ethylene gas is responsible for the ripening of fruits and vegetables, but too much of it in concentrated form (as in a fridge) means that foods go ‘off’ far too quickly. Bluapple absorbs the gas naturally, meaning produce stays fresh for longer and only needs to be ‘refilled’ 4 times per year.
BBQ Croc Tongs
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Cut down on multiple tools with the BBQ Croc Tongs. Long enough to protect hands from the heat, this handy gadget also incorporates bevelled edges for getting under burgers or steaks, and grooves for cleaning burnt-on food from the grill. It even comes with a bottle opener built in.
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Let VeggiDome keep your fruit and veg fresh and crisp all day long without the need for a fridge. Allowing ethylene gas to escape throughout the day, the dome creates a humid atmosphere to keep the produce well-hydrated and wilt-free, while keeping healthy snacks on full display to encourage healthier eating.
VertiGrille Grill Rack
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The Vertigrille can be used with a grill, oven, or smoker to cook food in an upright position. Not only does this method save space and the use of multiple tools, but it also allows fats to run out of the meat, leaving behind tender, succulent wings, ribs, fish, and vegetables.
Like having your own personal tutor, the Thermomix TM6 comes with a full color screen on which you can watch demonstrations, share shopping lists, and more. Providing 22 functions, including slow cooking, sautéing, caramelizing, and rice cooking, the TM6 will also keep track of cooking times for perfect results every time.
Butter can be made by vigorously shaking cream in a jar until it’s thick and separated, but that’s a lot of hard work. Retain the charm of homemade butter with a lot less elbow grease by using this butter churner, instead. Just add whipping cream and crank the handle until it’s done.
Stone in or stone out, this avocado hugger will keep an unused half of an avocado fresh and vibrant, without going brown. Made from BPA- and phthalate-free silicone, this cool gadget will fit tightly over the fruit meaning it’s ready for smashing the following day.
Ensure guests have ice-cold shots every time with this reusable ice luge. Made from plastic, this food-grade mold can be filled with water and frozen 24 hours before it’s needed. Once set up on the stand, it can be used to cool spirits as they’re poured down the double track.
Sleek Sparkling Water Carbonator
uncommongoods.com $20.00 - $219.00
Have bubbly on tap without the alcohol thanks to this sleek sparkling water carbonator. The stainless steel lends an air of sophistication, while the reusable bottle puts paid to ever needing to buy plastic single use bottles again. Standard CO2 cartridges sold separately.
Cold Brew Coffee Maker & Carafe
Make coffee the night before and let it steep for 12-18 hours, and you will have delicious cold pour-over coffee-to-go ready to be dispensed at the touch of a button. Fully insulated, the carafe comes with a travel lid, and will keep the drink cold for up to 24 hours.
Butter & Cheese Huggers
There’s nothing more annoying than taking cheese from the fridge and finding it’s gone all hard because it’s not been wrapped. End that problem by using a silicone hugger. Available in 5 sizes, these huggers can also be used for butter while ending the need for eco-unfriendly plastic wrap.
Obol Never Soggy Cereal Bowl
Make soggy cereal a thing of the past with an Obol. Divided into two parts, the Obol features a handy grip and keeps the cereal and milk separate, allowing for a single spoonful of cereal to be added to the milk at a time, while retaining that all-important crunch.
Gyoza are Japanese dumplings that are delicious to eat but not so easy to make. This kit makes creating these little morsels simple by rolling the dough in the hand-cranked rollers and then stuffing with a choice of delicious fillings.
3-in-1 Breakfast Station
There’ll be no more slaving over a hot stove with three or more pans on the go with this smart breakfast station. Combining a toaster oven, griddle, and coffee maker, this 3-in-1 machine can cook eggs and bacon while the bread toasts and the coffee brews to perfection.
Bacon Master Cooker
Cook bacon the easy way using this Smart Planet Bacon Master Cooker. Stainless steel and easy to clean, this innovative cooker will produce six to eight evenly cooked bacon slices in around 8 minutes without the need for turning, while the fat is collected in the tray underneath.
Dual Breakfast Sandwich Maker
Rustle up two delicious breakfast sandwiches without the hassle with the Hamilton Beach Dual Breakfast Sandwich Maker. In just 4 easy steps, you can have custom sandwiches filled with egg, cheese, bacon, or anything else you fancy. A recipe book is also included full of exciting meal ideas.
Balancing Kitchen Scale Scoop
There are no batteries required for this innovative kitchen weighing scales, meaning they’re ready to use when you need them. Slide the marker to the desired weight, and balance the scoop on the side of a bowl while you add wet or dry ingredients until the scales level out.
Whiskware Pancake Batter Mixer
Get rid of nasty lumps with this simple but ingenious kitchen gadget for mixing smooth batter. Ingredients are added to the bottle which is shaken vigorously; the enclosed BlenderBall takes care of clumps and lumps while you shake, and cleaning up is super simple, either by hand or in the dishwasher.
Instant Pot Duo
The Instant Pot will take the place of seven kitchen gadgets, freeing up countertop space and revolutionizing the way you cook. This sleek pot can steam, sauté, slow cook, and make perfect rice, while also being a yogurt maker, pressure cooker, and warmer, all at the touch of a few buttons.
Kitchen Gizmo Snap N Strain Strainer
If juggling hot pans and colanders at the same time is a little like hard work, try this silicone strainer that clips on to any size pan. Leaving the food in the pan, this versatile strainer will allow water to drain away easily, while taking up hardly any room.
Rollie Quick Egg Cooker
Omelettes and frittatas become super simple with Rollie, the hands-free vertical egg cooker that turns out perfect cylindrical egg dishes every time. Whether cooking just egg or adding the ingredients of a Spanish omelette, this easy clean gadget will have it ready in less than 10 minutes.
Eliminate the mess of whisking with Whisk Wiper, the little disc that catches drips, keeps the whisk off the worktop, and allows for easy cleaning when you’re done, making sure every last drop of mix is used and not wasted. An 11” stainless steel whisk is included.
Magnetic Dishcloth Holder
uncommongoods.com $20.00 - $40.00
Dishcloths can get rather whiffy when left scrunched up after doing the dishes, not to mention being a breeding ground for germs. Stop that from happening with this clever holder that sticks to the sink using magnets and keeps dishcloths neat, tidy, and out of the way.
Customizable Cookie Stamp
Have a cookie for every occasion simply by switching the letters and numbers around on this cookie stamp. Arriving in a set of two, the sky’s the limit on what you can say with your baked goods – happy birthday, merry Christmas, or even a sweet marriage proposal!
Automatic Pan Stirrer with Timer
Sauces can be tricky to make as they require constant attention. Gain an extra helping hand by putting this automatic stirrer to work. It comes with an in-built timer so you can select the duration, then leave it to work while you have a cuppa or get ready for your guests.
Play Your Way Ice Cream Maker
Eating ice cream is always good fun, but did you know that making it can be fun too? This ball is genius because while it’s thrown, rolled, tossed, and shaken, the ingredients inside will be turning to deliciously creamy homemade ice cream inside. Recipe booklet included to get you started.
Non-Stick Divided Skillet
The MasterPan can take the place of multiple pans when cooking a big breakfast, and even though it’s huge it only needs one burner. Made from heavy gauge cast aluminum, it is divided into 5 compartments so several foods can be cooked at the same time, with less washing up.
Crinkle Cut Knife
Add some variety to vegetables and fries with this clever crinkle cut knife. The sharp stainless steel blade is textured to produce a more pleasing appearance, and can be used on potatoes, veg, and even some fruits like strawberries and apple slices.
Kale & Herb Razor
Separate the leaves from the stems of your favorite leafy vegetables and herbs with this unusual kitchen gadget. Shaped like a leaf, it is fitted with holes of various sizes so stems of different thicknesses can be passed through as they shave the leaves neatly and efficiently.
Cob Corn Stripper
Eating corn on the cob is a lot of fun, but it can get quite messy. This smart utensil can accommodate any size cob and quickly and easily strips all the kernels with one swift, twisting motion, leaving just whole plump kernels to be added to salads, salsas, and soups.
Making sushi is an art form and one that many people just can’t master. Make it easy with the Sushi Bazooka. Load both sides of the opened cylinder with rice, fish, and vegetables of choice, then close and plunge to produce the perfect filling to be rolled in seaweed sheets.
Salad Cutter Bowl
The Websun salad cutter bowl makes light work of preparing salads. The vented bowl acts as a sieve for washing the vegetables, before those same vents guide the knife to make even cuts. Then simply invert, add dressing, and serve.
Fruit Keg Tapping Kit
Make full use of a watermelon’s size and appearance by turning it into a summer punch keg. Simply hollow out the fruit, add punch, and then insert the tap for fresh, fruity refreshments at any summer party. It can also be used with a pumpkin for an autumnal Halloween drink.
Chicago Metallic Professional Lasagna Trio Bread Loaf Pan
Whether you’re cooking for vegetarians and meat eaters at the same time, or just want to batch cook and freeze a couple of dinners, this triple lasagne tin is perfect. With three wells for three lasagnes, it can also be used for baking breads and cakes, too.
Nitro Cold Brew Coffee Maker
uncommongoods.com $17.00 - $200.00
Have the cool and creamy taste of nitro cold brew coffee on tap – literally – with this fancy coffee maker. Spending a few minutes in the evening preparing the brew will result in a cold, satisfying pour the next morning that will rival any coffee shop’s. Two N20 cartridges included.
Bacon Bin Grease Holder
surlatable.com Prices vary
Whether you want to keep bacon grease for cooking or just throw it away, it’s a dilemma knowing what to do with it while it cools. This fun silicone Bacon Bin grease holder can hold one cup of grease and is fridge, freezer, oven, and microwave safe.
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