Like most of the country, the test kitchen is in full KonMari mode. (If you haven’t heard about Marie Kondo and her transformational method of tidying up, you’re probably stuck under a pile of things you don’t need.) Our editors are reorganizing their cluttered desks, the kitchen operations team blessed our storage space, and test cooks are finding new homes for the ingredients they don't need. With all of the purging going on, this year's annual equipment giveaway should have a record number of items. (The photo above is from that event a few years ago.)
One of the touchpoints of the KonMari method of tidying up is only keeping items that bring you joy. And as people who love to cook, there are lots of kitchen tools and equipment that spark joy for us. So I asked some of our editors—including some America’s Test Kitchen TV cast members and folks on our Tastings & Testings team, who can spy a pretty but useless gadget from a mile away—what kitchen item sparks the most joy for them. Here’s what they had to say.