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28 Kitchen-Tested Products

Gas Grills Under $500
From the EpisodeSummer Dinner Party
Published: May 2016
Gas Grills Under $500
It doesn’t matter how powerful a grill is. If it can’t distribute and hold the h…
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Food Processors
From the EpisodeHearty One Pot Meals
Published: January 2016
Food Processors
How much do you need to spend to get a machine that makes light work of chopping…
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Paper Towel Holders
From the EpisodeCast Iron Staples
Published: September 2015
Paper Towel Holders
We purchased six paper towel holders, priced from $13.00 to $24.99, determined t…
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Pie Carriers
From the EpisodeAutumn Desserts
Published: November 2015
Pie Carriers
Traveling with a delicate pie can feel like tempting fate, but a good pie carrie…
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Personal Blenders
From the EpisodeRefreshing Desserts
Published: November 2015
Personal Blenders
“Personal blenders” offer promising perks over full-size blenders, such as small…
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Manual Citrus Juicers
From the EpisodeItalian Chicken
Published: January 2016
Manual Citrus Juicers
The Amco Houseworks Lemon Squeezer has long been our favorite manual citrus juic…
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Ice Cream Makers
From the EpisodeBaked Alaska Showstopper
Published: July 2016
Ice Cream Makers
Home ice cream makers are well worth the money and counter space—if you buy a go…
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Offset Spatulas
From the EpisodeBaked Alaska Showstopper
Published: September 2015
Offset Spatulas
We tested six offset spatulas by slathering dozens of jelly rolls and layer cake…
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Charcoal Fire Starters
From the EpisodeSummer Pork Supper
Published: July 2016
Charcoal Fire Starters
Charcoal fire starters promise to light charcoal—even when wet. Do they work?
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Barbecue Basting Brushes
From the EpisodeSummer Pork Supper
Published: May 2016
Barbecue Basting Brushes
We tested our old favorite barbecue basting brush against five new silicone brus…
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Flat Whisks
From the EpisodeSummer Dinner Party
Published: May 2016
Flat Whisks
We tested six flat whisks, using them to make a béchamel sauce and a pan sauce f…
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Spatula-Spoons (Spoonulas)
From the EpisodeSummer Dinner Party
Published: November 2015
Spatula-Spoons (Spoonulas)
A spatula-spoon (or “spoonula”) promises to serve both functions in one handy it…
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Avocado Gadgets
From the EpisodeFast Food Makeovers
Published: May 2016
Avocado Gadgets
As avocados have become more common in American kitchens, so, too, have special…
Paella Pans
From the EpisodeA Spanish Affair
Published: July 2016
Paella Pans
Are all paella pans created equally?
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Carbon-Steel Skillets
From the EpisodeSteak and Veggies
Published: September 2015
Carbon-Steel Skillets
What if one pan could do everything the best traditional stainless-steel, cast-i…
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Canning Jar Lifters
From the EpisodeCanning Classics
Published: July 2016
Canning Jar Lifters
Canning jar lifters are essential for home canning. To find the very best one, w…
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Canning Pots
From the EpisodeCanning Classics
Published: April 2016
Canning Pots
What’s the Best Big Pot for Canning?
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Champagne Savers
From the EpisodeElegant Fall Dinner
Published: November 2015
Champagne Savers
Champagne savers promise to keep champagne and sparkling wine fresh for anywhere…
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Wine Travel Bags
From the EpisodeElegant Fall Dinner
Published: September 2015
Wine Travel Bags
We tested four wine travel bags made of various types of plastic or neoprene by …
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Mini Prep Bowl Sets
From the EpisodeAutumn Desserts
Published: January 2016
Mini Prep Bowl Sets
Mini prep bowls allow cooks to measure out, separate, and organize these element…
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Digital Kitchen Scales
From the EpisodeRefreshing Desserts
Published: July 2016
Digital Kitchen Scales
No matter what you’re cooking or baking, weighing the ingredients helps guarante…
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Spider Skimmers
From the EpisodeKorean Feast
Published: July 2016
Spider Skimmers
A bad skimmer can turn even the most patient cook into a basket case.
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Oven Thermometers
From the EpisodeOutsmarting Thanksgiving
Published: November 2015
Oven Thermometers
An oven thermometer is the only reliable way to know what’s happening inside you…
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Electric Waffle Makers (Waffle Irons)
From the EpisodeThe Ultimate Sticky Buns
Published: January 2016
Electric Waffle Makers (Waffle Irons)
We set a price cap of $100 and tested 13 irons, making batches of both a Belgian…
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New-Generation Kitchen Trash Cans
From the EpisodeBack to Basics
Published: September 2015
New-Generation Kitchen Trash Cans
We purchased five tall kitchen trash cans, including standard bargain bins and l…
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Manual Spice Grinders
From the EpisodeTwo Modern Stews
Published: March 2016
Manual Spice Grinders
We tested six spice grinders by grinding measured amounts of cumin seeds at the …
Salad Dressing Shakers
From the EpisodeTwo Modern Stews
Published: March 2016
Salad Dressing Shakers
We tested seven salad dressing shakers to see if we could find one worth buying.
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Mason Jar Adapters
From the EpisodeTwo Modern Stews
Published: May 2015
Mason Jar Adapters
Mason jars make great food-storage containers, but the traditional lid offers li…
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