Top 10 Best Cool Kitchen Gadgets of 2017

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A kitchen gadget is often a tool that you might not think you need, yet wonder how you ever prepared meals without such a device once you’ve had a chance to use it. From salad spinners to ice cream scoops and electric jar openers, there’s a kitchen gadget for every stage of meal prep.

Browse our list of our top picks for the best kitchen gadgets below. If you need something else or just want more options, check out more kitchen gadgets on Amazon for a wider selection.


1. OXO Good Grips Ice Cream Scoop

ice cream scoop

OXO

Instead of waiting for your favorite ice cream to soften enough for scooping, the OXO Good Grips Ice Cream Scoop features a pointed tip that lets you scoop out the delicious dessert even when it’s still hard. The flat edges reach into tricky corners of containers to ensure you get every last bit of ice cream. A non-slip grip keeps this ice cream scoop secure in your hand at all times. Its stainless steel construction means this handy tool won’t discolor or chip over time. When you’re done, simply stick it in the dishwasher for cleaning.

Price: $14.99

Buy the OXO Good Grips Ice Cream Scoop here.



Pros:

  • Can scoop out hard ice cream
  • Non-slip grip
  • Dishwasher safe

Cons:

  • Only comes in one color
  • A bit heavy
  • Doesn’t have a nonstick surface

Find more OXO Good Grips Ice Cream Scoop information and reviews here.



2. SLC Swift Rotary Drum Grater

SLC

Not only is this kitchen gadget versatile, it’s also available in a variety of colors. You can use it to grate cheese as well as potatoes, nuts, vegetables, onions, and more. The hand-powered rotary grater comes with three interchangeable rotary cylinders. A suction base holds it securely in place as you work. To use the gadget, just turn the hand crank to grate the ingredients.

Price: $28.99 (52 percent off MSRP)

Buy the SLC Swift Rotary Drum Grater here.



Pros:

  • Easy to use
  • Ideal for grating cheese, vegetables, onions, and more
  • Comes in several colors

Cons:

  • Hand crank requires a bit of effort
  • Can take a few minutes to disassemble
  • Some find it a bit bulky for storage

Find more SLC Swift Rotary Drum Grater information and reviews here.



3. Hamilton Beach Breakfast Burrito Maker

sandwich maker

Hamilton Beach

If you find yourself with just a few extra minutes to spare for making breakfast in the morning, the Hamilton Beach Breakfast Burrito Maker will fit right into your schedule. This small appliance cooks up a delicious, healthy breakfast in minutes. All you need to do is add your favorite breakfast burrito ingredients then wait for the timer to signal your meal is ready. Nonstick cooking surfaces and dishwasher safe parts make cleanup simple. Check out the included recipes if you’re not sure how or where to start.

If you prefer breakfast sandwiches, consider the Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker.

Price: $13.49 (73 percent off MSRP)

Buy the Hamilton Beach Breakfast Burrito Maker here.



Pros:

  • Makes burritos in five minutes
  • Audible alert when meal is complete
  • Nonstick surfaces

Cons:

  • Not large enough to feed a crowd
  • Can’t cook two eggs at once
  • Meat needs to be cooked prior to using with this appliance

Find more Hamilton Beach Breakfast Burrito Maker information and reviews here.



4. Pacific Precision Metals THE CRUSHER Aluminum Can Compactor

can crusher, aluminum can crusher

Basic Industries International

Aluminum cans can take up a lot of space in the recycling bin. This can crusher reduces the size of 12 to 16-inch cans down to approximately 1 inch for easier storage and transportation. To use the device, just grab onto the crushing handle and pull it down. For optimal results, mount it vertically on a wall.

Price: $20.32

Buy the Pacific Precision Metals THE CRUSHER Aluminum Can Compactor here.



Pros:

  • Reduces the size of 12 to 16-inch cans
  • Easy to use
  • Mounts vertically on walls

Cons:

  • Best for smaller cans
  • Several note theirs only came with three screws despite four holes for mounting
  • May periodically miss a can or only crush half of it

Find more Pacific Precision Metals THE CRUSHER Aluminum Can Compactor information and reviews here.



5. Kitchen Gizmo Snap ‘N Strain Strainer

strainer

Kitchen Gizmo

If kitchen space is limited, you may not have enough room for a full-size strainer. This compact strainer snaps onto just a portion of the pot or pan for effective straining. To use, just snap the two clips into place on bowls, pots, and pans of nearly any size. Once the strainer is securely in place, just tilt it to strain the food without removing the contents from the pot. If green isn’t your favorite color, you’ll also find this handy gadget in red and gray.

Price: $12.99 (35 percent off MSRP)

Buy the Kitchen Gizmo Snap ‘N Strain Strainer here.



Pros:

  • Ideal for smaller spaces
  • Snaps onto pots, pans, and bowls of nearly any size
  • Comes in several colors

Cons:

  • Pasta can spill over the top if pouring too quickly
  • Several note it doesn’t work well on pots with lips
  • Some wish it was larger

Find more Kitchen Gizmo Snap ‘N Strain Strainer information and reviews here.



6. Robo Twist Electric Jar Opener

can opener, jar opener, electric can opener, electric jar opener

Robo Twist

If you’re tired of struggling to open tight jar lids with your hands or you just want a fun alternative to the average jar opener, consider the Robo Twist Electric Jar Opener. This compact device sits on top of the lid you’re trying to open. Once it’s in the proper position, the Robo Twist gets to work by rotating the lid to uncap. To start, just press the switch button. This device is compact enough for storage and sips AA batteries.

Price: $19.00

Buy the Robo Twist Electric Jar Opener here.



Pros:

  • Easy to use
  • Compact
  • Energy efficient

Cons:

  • Not ideal for smaller lids
  • Loud
  • Can take longer than manual openers

Find more Robo Twist Electric Jar Opener information and reviews here.



7. Weighmax Electronic Kitchen Scale

kitchen scale

Weighmax

Weighing out ingredients doesn’t have to be a messy process. The Weighmax Electronic Kitchen Scale comes with a removable bowl for extra protection when necessary. The bowl is also easy to clean and store. Available measuring units include pounds, ounces, and grams. A sensitivity of 1 gram, or 0.1 ounce, ensures optimal end results. This kitchen scale features a maximum 5 pound weight capacity.

Price: $11.78 (61 percent off MSRP)

Buy the Weighmax Electronic Kitchen Scale here.



Pros:

  • Removable bowl
  • Measures in pounds, ounces, and grams
  • 5 pound weight capacity

Cons:

  • Bowl is plastic
  • Some wish it didn’t automatically shut off so quickly
  • Easy to accidentally knock bowl off of platform

Find more Weighmax Electronic Kitchen Scale information and reviews here.



8. Westmark German Vegetable and Salad Spinner

Westmark

Rinse and dry lettuce and herbs with this colorful salad spinner. The Westmark Salad Spinner features a durable polypropylene construction. It also has an ergonomic handle that requires just a minimal amount of effort to separate the lettuce and liquids. All you need to do is add the lettuce, rinse it with water, and drain the excess water. Once the extra water is out, crank the handle until the lettuce is dry. A pouring spout lets you easily get rid of the remaining liquid. This salad spinner is dishwasher safe and comes in several colors.

Price: $19.99 (33 percent off MSRP)

Buy the Westmark German Vegetable and Salad Spinner here.



Pros:

  • Ergonomic handle
  • Has a pouring spout
  • Comes in several colors

Cons:

  • Top can’t be easily disassembled for cleaning
  • A few mention the lid could be more secure
  • Doesn’t have a non-slip base

Find more Westmark German Vegetable and Salad Spinner information and reviews here.



9. Laxinis World Measuring Cups And Spoons Set

measuring cups, measuring cups and spoons

Laxinis World

Baking without proper measurements can be a recipe for disaster. This 13-piece set includes a variety of spoons and measuring cups to help you keep track. Each piece is crafted with a durable stainless steel metal with a rust-resistant finish. They’re also dishwasher safe. The cups and spoons stack into each other for added convenience. They’re also engraved with US and metric measurement markings. Food-grand handles keep the cups and spoons from slipping as you measure out ingredients.

Price: $27.95 (44 percent off MSRP)

Buy the Laxinis World Measuring Cups And Spoons Set here.



Pros:

  • Durable stainless steel metal with rust-free finish
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Engraved with US and metric measurement markings

Cons:

  • Relatively small measurement markings
  • Handles could be longer
  • Some find the spoons a bit big/heavy

Find more Laxinis World Measuring Cups And Spoons Set information and reviews here.



10. ThermoPro Digital Food Thermometer

ThermoPro

A food grade stainless steel probe allows you to get fast and precise readings with the ThermoPro Digital Food Thermometer. If you’re tired of squinting to read smaller numbers, you’ll appreciate the large LCD digital display. The user-friendly display also lets you choose a meat button, such as poultry, pork, or ham, for accurate results. Highlights include a temperature range from 32 to 572 degrees Fahrenheit along with a timer. A flip out stand lets you place the thermometer safely on a counter top or other surface.

Price: $16.19 (46 percent off MSRP)

Buy the ThermoPro Digital Food Thermometer here.



Pros:

  • Displays Fahrenheit and Celsius readings
  • Includes several cook modes
  • Lifetime sensor probe warranty

Cons:

  • Sensor probe can become less accurate over time
  • Weak magnet in back
  • Navigation buttons are a bit small

Find more ThermoPro Digital Food Thermometer information and reviews here.


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