To accurately follow recipes, our seven kitchen-tested favorites are an essential investment.
Price: $11.50 These durable stainless steel cups boast rims flush with the long handles, making leveling off dry ingredients easy.
Price: $14.95 A pour spout and handle are musts in liquid measuring cups. Read from above, the plastic Cuisipro measures more accurately—and is more durable—than a glass Pyrex cup.
Price: $13.95 We like that these sturdy, elongated spoons are slim enough to dip into narrow spice jars.
Price: $7.99 The best insurance against varying oven temperatures. For maximum stability, this model sports a magnet, a hook, and a base stand.
Price: $49.99 For close to 100 percent accuracy when baking, weigh your ingredients on a scale; digital models with large readout displays like this one are the easiest to read.
Price: $15.12 This compact test kitchen favorite is a two-timer, keeping track of two dishes at once.
Forgo guesswork and pinpoint exactly when food is done. We call the Thermapen the Ferrari of thermometers for its fast, accurate readings and long probes.
Best Buy Alternative: Maverick Redi-Chek Professional Chef's Digital Thermometer DT-01 ($12.99)