As a product tester and editor at America’s Test Kitchen, I’m constantly discovering new things about kitchen gear. I’m also learning from the work my coworkers do. And when someone arrives at a team meeting with a special glimmer in their eye, I know I’m about to get the scoop on something good.
I’ve also learned which pieces of kitchen equipment are worth my time and money. Here are five test kitchen–tested pieces of equipment that I’ve bought at the advice of my team. Each one of these products was compared with similar models in side-by-side tests and bested its competition. I use all these items throughout the year, but summer is when they shine.