As America's Test Kitchen's gadget expert and the executive editor of its Tasting and Testing Team, I've tested thousands of products over the years. I’ve already told you which pots and pans you should gift to newly married couples or put on your wedding registry. This week, I’m here to tell you what pieces of essential kitchen gear—with a focus on sets and kits—deserve a place in any newlywed couple’s first kitchen together.
Before you go shopping, a few words of warning: Resist the temptation to buy a knife set. Our testing has proven that you’ll spend more and get less with a set than buying open stock of the pieces that you really need. Don’t be fooled, and don’t get stuck with a lot of stuff you won’t use—making your own kits is your best bet. Read on and discover the stuff you really do need.