The 13 Best Kitchen Gadgets of 2020

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I’m constantly surprised by the sheer amount of kitchen gadgets and cooking tools that exist. There’s a slicer, dicer, peeler, and chopper for just about every fruit and vegetable. There are specialized spatulas and pans for cooking all sorts of things. And you can even get machines that only make mini waffles. 

So, If your kitchen is packed with all the essential appliances, it is not only convenient but saves you a lot of time. Whether you are passionate about cooking or an occasional sandwich maker, when you have the right tools, it makes the process so much easier and fun. And let’s be honest, it cool to show it off to our friends and family.

In Fact, There are endless options when you go out to buy some kitchen must-haves on the market. However, choosing the best kitchen gadgets is fairly simple. You need to review their functionality and durability to ensure how perfect they are. After extensive research, we came up with a list of the top 13 kitchen gadgets in 2020.

Why We Choose These Kitchen Gadgets?

Functionality: Kitchen gadgets can be alluring, but how much you’ll really use one is the question to ask before you add it to your collection—if it’ll help you with a task you perform on a regular basis, it may be worth it. On the other hand, if it’s a gadget you don’t expect to use often, you may want to think about a more practical purchase. 

Size: One can only have so many kitchen gadgets, and the bigger they are, the more space they occupy. If you have lots of storage space, size might not be the most important factor, but if yours is limited, you want to choose your gadgets with care. In many cases, gadgets come in a variety of sizes, and you can get similar functionality on a smaller scale.

Durability: Make sure to look at quality when selecting a kitchen gadget. Higher-quality products will hold up better over time—and they can also make any task easier and safer to perform.

Who wouldn’t want these amazing cooking tools in their kitchen?

Best Overall: Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Pressure Cooker

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What We LikeWhat We Don’t Like
++ Remembers previous settings
++ Three temperature levels
++ Precise temperature control
— Comes with minimal accessories

There’s no doubt about it, the Instant Pot has become the “it” appliance in American homes. Electric pressure cookers existed before the Instant Pot entered the market, but they popularized the appliance and made it nearly as ubiquitous as slow cookers were for previous generations.

The 6-quart DUO60 is one of the most popular models with seven cooking modes (pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker saute/browning, yogurt maker, steamer, and warmer) and 14 preset cooking programs that make it simple to cook dinner from scratch on a busy night. Our tester highlighted the yogurt and slow cooker functions: when making yogurt, she never had to click “sauté” to get the milk to reach optimal temperature; and slow-cooking “always produced tender beans and meat in four hours on high.”

“The device has its temperature and pressure sensors dialed in, resulting in precise results when cooking.” 

Danielle Centoni, Product Tester

Best Silicone Strainer: Dreamfarm Vebo

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++ Versatile
++ Collapsible
++ Dishwasher-safe
— Inside bottom surface may be tricky to clean

Sooner or later everyone needs a strainer, whether it’s for draining pasta or straining bones out of soup stock. This squishy silicone strainer does all that and so much more. The shape fits inside an Instant Pot or electric pressure cooker, so you can use it as a steamer basket in the cooker. You can also put it in a pot on the stove to boil pasta (simply lift it to drain), or use it as a steamer basket for vegetables, fish, or eggs in your favorite saucepan.

Handles make it easy to move the basket, but they fold down when you’re trying to fit the strainer in a pot. Because it’s made from silicone, it withstands heat up to 260°C/500°F and can be washed in the dishwasher. Several reviewers do note, however, that the silicone mesh surface at the bottom of the strainer may need a thorough cleaning.

Best Avocado Slicer: OXO Good Grips 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer

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++ Safe and easy to use
++ Rubber grip
++ Produces even slices
— May be tricky to clean

Avocados can be tricky to open, especially if you aren’t confident with a knife. If you find yourself constantly reaching for this nutritious vegetable you might want to invest in an avocado slicer. It will make the job safer and easier, as the cutting edge is plastic.

Besides opening the avocado, you can use it to remove the pit and slice the avocado while removing it from its shell. Many reviewers love that while the tool is sharp enough to cut through the avocado’s skin and produce even slices, it’s not sharp enough to cut through human skin. Even kids will be able to help make guacamole when you have this in the kitchen!

Best Mandoline: Benriner Vegetable Slicer

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++ Easy to store
++ Knob for adjusting slice thickness
++ Extra cutting blades included
— Larger vegetables may need to be trimmed

The classic mandoline from Benriner is an amazingly useful tool, and it’s easy to store since it doesn’t have bulky legs or other attachments that get in the way. A knob lets you adjust the thickness of your slices, so you can go from making potato chips to au gratins with ease. Extra cutting blades are included for making different julienne cuts as well. Mastering the most common culinary knife cuts, like the julienne or the batonnet, is an easy way to improve your cooking.

Many reviewers praise that the blades on this vegetable slicer are extremely sharp—but also warn that it should be used with the finger guard (included) or a cut-proof glove. Extra care should be taken when cleaning.

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Best Ice Pop Molds: Tovolo Tiki Pop Molds

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What We LikeWhat We Don’t Like
++ Molds are made from silicone
++ Each mold has a different design
++ Dishwasher-safe
— May be tricky to remove pops from molds

Ice pops aren’t just for kids. These tiki-style molds will make the kids happy, of course, but they can also be used to make icy adult pops (think Margarita pops or Piña colada pops). Each pop has a different design, which adds to the fun, and the handles fit the tiki theme as well. The molds are made from silicone, so they can be easily cleaned in the dishwasher. Some reviewers note, though, that it’s a little tricky to remove the pops from the mold (the trick is to peel the mold off instead of sliding out the pops). Several other designs are available, including robots and dinosaurs, which will absolutely delight your little ones.

When you’re not making ice pops, you can use the molds for freezing herb oils, molding flavored butters, or making plain ice cubes for drinks.

Best Whisk Set: Amazon Basics Stainless Steel Wire Whisk Set

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++ Comfortable soft-grip handles
++ Lightweight build
++ Affordable
— May not be for heavy-duty use

Every kitchen needs a whisk. Or two. This set gives you three whisks in different sizes, so you will always have the right whisk for the job. This set of three includes a 9″ whisk, a 10″ whisk, and an 11.5″ whisk. Use the largest one for whipping cream, use the medium for whisking salad dressings, and use the smallest one for whisking hot chocolate. Many reviewers rave about the soft-grip black handles, which are comfortable to hold, though others note that the whisks might not work for heavier-duty or professional uses. They’re also dishwasher safe for easy cleaning when the cooking is done.

Best Immersion Blender: KitchenAid 2-Speed Hand Blender

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++ Comfortable soft-grip handle
++ Variety of colors to choose from
++ Simple, easy-to-use design
— Cord may get in the way

An immersion blender can do just about everything a countertop blender can do, but it has a few extra tricks up its sleeve. While it can’t crush ice like a countertop blender, it can blend drinks, emulsify dressings, make mayonnaise, and puree soft vegetables. Where it really shines is blending soups and sauces right in the cooking pot. It’s also great for pureeing beans for refried beans right in your cast iron frying pan. Reviewers highlight how easy it is to use, especially because it comes with only two settings, though some note that the cord sometimes got in the way.

This includes a lidded blender cup with side measurements, but you can also use your own container. The blending arm is removable for easy washing without the motor and cord getting in the way, and it comes in a wide variety of colors to match your other KitchenAid appliances.

This KitchenAid blender gets the job done well (and fast!). Plus, it’s so easy to clean. The blending arm quickly detaches, so you can rinse it in the sink

Julia Warren, Senior Director, The Spruce Eats
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Best Coffee Grinder: KRUPS Electric Spice and Coffee Grinder

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What We LikeWhat We Don’t Like
++ Versatile
++ Easy to use
++ Compact
— Difficult to control grind size

This versatile grinder can grind just about anything—it can grind coffee, beans, nuts, herbs, and spices. Whole bean coffee lovers rave about the power of this compact grinder, although some were disappointed that it didn’t come with presets for different grind sizes. Although most customers use this as a coffee grinder, it makes a phenomenal spice grinder (mashing spices in a mortar and pestle can be a lot of work). Just drop the spices into this grinder and push the top button to grind them to your preferred fineness. It can be easily cleaned of spice aromas by grinding plain white rice, but the price is reasonable enough to keep one grinder for spices and another for coffee.

Best Electric Can Opener: Hamilton Beach® Extra-Tall Electric Can Opener

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++ Easy to use
++ Cuts cleanly
++ Knife-sharpening feature
— Sometimes tips with oversized cans

Once you buy an electric can opener, you’re going to wonder how you ever lived without one! The Hamilton Beach Electric Can Opener with SureCut Opening Technology opens cans the first time so you don’t have to struggle with manual can openers. To use, place the can against the front of the opener until the rim is right under the cutting mechanism. Hold the lever down until the can has fully rotated once, and then take the lid off. It’s that easy. As an added bonus, it has a knife sharpener and cord storage in the back.

Many reviewers praise the clean cuts this can opener makes, and those with arthritis or stiffness in their hands note how easy it is to use.

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Best Spatula Set: GIR Silicone Spatula Set

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++ Can withstand high heat
++ Easy to clean
++ Comfortable to use
— Pricey

These days, silicone spatulas are almost a necessity in the kitchen. They can withstand high heat, they’re incredibly flexible, and you can use them for a variety of tasks such as stirring food in nonstick pots or mixing batter. This set of three spatulas includes a mini spatula for small jobs, a skinny spatula that has a narrow head and long handle (it’s perfect for getting into jars), and a large spatula for mixing thick ingredients. The one-piece design doesn’t have joints where food can accumulate. Many reviewers also say the spatulas don’t retain any smells or stains.

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Best Zester: Microplane Zester Grater

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++ Sharp
++ Easy to store
++ Dishwasher-safe
— Some shavings may get stuck in the blade

Having a Microplane zester can be a huge asset in the kitchen, as it can handle zesting citrus, hard cheese, ginger, nutmeg, and even chocolate. Use it with the grating side up to grate directly onto the food, or use it with the grating side down to see how much you’ve grated before you add it to the food. For easy storage, this grater has a hole in the handle so you can hang it on a hook or knife rack. It’s also dishwasher safe for easy cleaning after each use. Reviewers highlight how sharp the blade’s cutters are, resulting in fine shavings; one customer notes, however, that because of the slight curve of the blade, some food shavings tend to get stuck in the blade, which may be tricky to scoop out.

Best Citrus Juicer: Chef’n FreshForce Citrus Juicer

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++ Takes up very little space
++ Easy to use
++ Dishwasher-safe
— Bowl doesn’t fit larger citrus fruits

Squeezing lemons is easy with this manual citrus juicer! It’s similar to other Mexican-style citrus squeezers, but with a gear system that multiplies the force so you don’t have to work as hard to release all the juice. In fact, several reviewers say they’re able to extract a large amount of juice without having to use excessive force. There are different sized juicers that can accommodate small limes and large oranges, but this medium-sized machine can handle a wide variety of citrus sizes. Made from nylon and stainless steel, it’s top-rack dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.

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Best Swivel Peeler: OXO Good Grips Pro Swivel Peeler

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What We LikeWhat We Don’t Like
++ Comfortable handle
++ Includes a potato eye remover
++ Very sharp, swiveling blade
— Not kid-friendly

A swivel peeler is a basic kitchen gadget, so make sure you buy one that will last for years to come. This peeler is similar in shape to the standard Good Grips model, but with a little more metal and a slightly better blade. While reviewers commend the sharpness of the blade, they also warn that it requires focus to use, and is not kid-friendly. It has the same comfortable grip and a potato eye remover at the top, so it will feel the same way when using it. This peeler may be more expensive than other options on the market, but considering how often you’ll use a peeler in your kitchen and how long this will last, it’s well worth the extra money.


# Final Verdict
The Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Pressure Cooker is our top pick due to its reliably precise results. Its yogurt and slow-cooker functions are standouts. If you’re an avocado lover, we recommend the OXO Good Grips 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer: it produces perfectly shaped slices, and while the blade is sharp enough to slice through avocado skin, it’s safe enough for human skin
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