Best Kitchen Gadgets of 2020
Time in the kitchen is spent well if you have the kitchen tools that make your life easier, especially when you have to multitask, and you find yourself wishing for an extra set of hands. This led us to search for exciting gadgets that would be handy around the kitchen for a home chef. We never knew there were so many super cool kitchen gadgets out there!
Some kitchen gadgets make you wonder why you did not start looking earlier, as it would have saved you a lot of trouble. Like a collapsible colander that makes storage more manageable, a pasta maker that lets you make fresh, homemade pasta from scratch, a zoodle maker that spiralizes your zucchinis for a healthy pasta alternative… the list goes on.
Things to look for when buying Kitchen Tools
There are a plethora of gadgets available in the market, which makes it pretty hard to actually buy something useful. But no worries, we have here 10 devices that are bound to make your life easier. Furthermore, they are pretty cool and comfortable to work with.
Many a time, we have struggled with avocado, to pit it and peel it and slice it. Turns out, there is a pretty fantastic gadget for doing all of that! These little, apparently ‘non-essential’ things have features that you never imagined would make your time in the kitchen a whole lot more fun.
Therefore, since there are so many kitchen accessories available, you should be really careful when buying one such thing as you don’t just want something that looks cool; it should actually be cool. Also, nobody wants to throw away money at something that doesn’t end up doing what you wanted it for.
So, what we would recommend is that you should really think about the following features when you are looking to buy a ‘cool’ gadget. Following are those features:
- Is the material durable?
- Is it storage-friendly?
- Is it easy to use?
- Does it save time?
- Does it save energy?
- Will you actually be using it?
- Or will you use it just that one time and toss it in the drawer?
Here are the 10 cool gadgets for your Kitchen, as promised!
The collapsible colander/strainer is the coolest gadget that we have come across and is one of the must-have kitchen items. It is something that everyone should have in their kitchen. This cooking tool on its own is a pretty cool thing since it makes it so easy to wash a lot of fruits and veggies at the same time, and straining pasta becomes a child’s play. Add the feature of collapsibility to it, and you’ve got yourself a pretty cool gadget.
Many collapsible colanders collapse to ‘levels,’ allowing you to use them according to your capacity requirements. When you’re done, just collapse the colander all the way and store it comfortably! Quite unlike the traditional colander.
What we like:
Having a stylish design along with ease of use is quite remarkable, just like the Qimh collapsible colander. It has silicone sides, allowing it to fold downwards, which makes it quite a space-saving gadget as you can just collapse it to keep in a drawer or a cabinet. When you want to use it, you can extend the non-slip handles or retract them when needed, as they can be pulled out for the colander to be placed easily over the sink. In this way, you have both your hands free for thoroughly rinsing the fruits and vegetables.
You can also drain pasta in it quite comfortably. Moreover, the large holes in the bottom mean the water drains away conveniently fast. Also, the base is designed for firm placement as it does not slip.
Prepping an avocado-rich salad and not worrying about cutting one perfectly can actually be accomplished by an avocado slicer, which is one of the more unique kitchen gadgets. The most amazing thing is that you don’t have to switch tools; you can just slice, pit, and make pieces with this single gadget. You won’t have to make a mess or turn your ripe avocados into a mush anymore.
What we like:
Slicing with comfort is what OXO avocado slicer provides. The most important thing for cutting tools is the grip, and this slicer has a pretty firm grip to get the task at hand done conveniently. The blades are serrated to cut through the soft avocados, but they are not sharp to the touch. Hence, you can safely slice the avocados without endangering yourself. Moreover, it comes with a very stylish design with a green and black color combination. It is pretty user-friendly and exudes convenience.
Pitting also becomes simple with the stainless steel pitter, which allows you to remove the pit with a simple twist of the wrist. The last part of this tool is the fan blade that has seven partitions, and it separates the avocado into seven neat slices. This all-in-one tool will definitely make salad prepping time-saving and fun time for you.
Ever had difficulty spreading butter? Especially when you’ve just taken it out of the fridge? It is definitely an irritating and challenging job as you end up crushing and tearing through the bread. This is where a serrated warming butter knife and spreader comes to the rescue. And guess what, it is not only for butter, but you can use it to spread jam, peanut butter, cheese, and even icing. But its primary use is to spread butter because, yeah, cold butter and soft bread do not go together.
What we like:
THAT Inventions warming butter knife works scientifically with heat-conducting technology in such a way that it transfers heat from the palm of your hand to the spreader. That heat allows you to melt the butter and hence shave it off smoothly and put it on a piece of bread. Technological inventions like these make it seem like magic! The serrated edge of the blade also allows you to make patterns (e.g., with icing) if you so desire. Moreover, the materials that it is made of, like the copper core and the titanium shell, are food safe. Take care: this may become one of your must-have kitchen gadgets in no time!
Meat handling can be something of a daunting task, may it be lifting the meat from one place to another, slicing it, or shredding it. Your grip needs to be pretty firm for carrying out all these tasks. Well, claw-shaped meat shredders are just what you need in this scenario is you can handle the hot, delicious turkey, chicken, or any other meat very conveniently without burning your hands or damaging your utensils unnecessarily.
The claws can also be one of the best kitchen gifts for someone who loves to barbeque, even if they are one of those weird kitchen gadgets.
What we like:
Though it is a meat shredder, you will be amazed by the variety of tasks you can do with the Original Bear Paws Shredder Claws. The claws are designed in a way that they seem to be an extension of your arms and fit your hands perfectly. Moreover, they are food safe as they are made of nylon that is BPA free and up to 475-degrees heat resistant.
It was basically designed for shredding pork, but you can also use it for lifting chicken or turkey brisket, beef, pork, or anything else that you grill. You can also use these paws to have a stable grip on anything you want to cut or carve like meat, watermelon, etc. They can also be great for tossing a salad as well. It would come as no surprise if you were to find more innovative ways to use them.
Who doesn’t like a lemony, citrusy flavor? But the problem arises when you don’t want to put much effort into squeezing out the actual juice. You are well aware that citrus fruits add a delicious flavor to your cuisine, but it is a tedious process to squeeze out the last drop, and you want to do it in the easiest, fastest way possible. Also, this little gadget is quite helpful in adding that fresh tang without having to get your hands involved directly.
What we like:
The screw, lock, and pump part of the Foamily Citrus sprayer can be placed onto the lime or lemon and simply spray on the dish you want. You can use it for smaller fruits, limes & tangerines and for larger fruits, lemons & grapefruits, etc. It also comes with a holder plate so you can comfortably place your citrus-cum-sprayer when not in use.
It comes in 2 sizes of 8 cm and 10.5 cm and is made of ABS plastic and silicone that is food safe and can withstand temperatures between 158F and 425F. It will not only add flavor to your salads, but you can also use it to spray juice uniformly on fish or meat to enhance flavor. Even your children will have fun helping you around the kitchen with this fun kitchen gadget.
Do you want your party to be unique? Well, what could be more unique than pouring out drinks directly from a watermelon? And yes, it’s totally possible! You can serve cider, juice, punch, beer, wine, sangria, water, soda, vodka, gin, moonshine, martinis, lemonade, iced coffee, Arnold Palmers, ginger ale or any drink from your melon keg and impress your friends & family with this creative idea. Moreover, you don’t have too much to do as the set up is a breeze.
What we like:
You will be surprised at the simple installation process of the Blazin watermelon tap that it requires. You can do it in 3 simple steps. The first step is all on your discretion whether you want to make the melon more stable or use it as it is. For this, you can slice some portion at the bottom and place it where you want to serve. Then, you need to cut the melon from the top and empty its contents. You can use the fruit in your drink or serve it separately. The last step is to make a hole in the melon to place the shank of the in the tap, tighten the nut, fill in the beverage, and have a wonderful time enjoying a delicious drink.
Summertime never goes by without having a pleasant encounter with the watermelon. Consuming this deliciously juicy fruit can be a messy affair most of the time. Slicing and cutting a watermelon is certainly not an easy task. That’s why a watermelon cutter, corer, and slicer is the perfect solution to deal with all things watermelon.
What we like:
This special Chuzy Chef’s tool is not only mess-free but also reduces the time spent on slicing the melon. In fact, besides watermelon, you can use it for slicing cantaloupes, honeydews, Calabasas, cakes, and much more. What is more interesting is that you will have evenly carved pieces with the same size and shape, which would be quite hard to acquire with a knife. The perfection in slicing the fruit with this would definitely take your fruit salads to a new high.
Efficient cutting and slicing need a firm grip, and this slicer has been designed with the firmest and most comfortable grip for getting the melon pieces out easily. Besides, the blades are not sharp, and the edges are rounded, so even your children can slice the watermelon safely.
Have you ever wanted to have a grand breakfast with a little bit of everything, but you didn’t have the stamina to cope with the dirty pots and pans afterward? A divided frying pan is a legitimate heaven for a multitasker, especially if you want to prepare several things at once and don’t want extra cleaning up to do. It is quite a unique gadget for not only the home chefs but also for the professionals.
What we like:
Think how easy it becomes to fry eggs, bacon, sausages, bake pancakes, and roast buns at the same time… fun, isn’t it? The MasterPan Divided Frying Pan has a stable base and an ergonomic handle, and its five compartments make this kitchen tool your friend for a lifetime. You must be wondering that some things need more heat while others need less to cook perfectly. Well, this pan provides for that in such a manner that it is higher at the center and lower at the sides, so you can manage accordingly.
This means you can grill meat, fish, sausages, bacon in the middle and fry eggs, vegetables, pancakes, etc. on the sides. With a bakelite handle, it is oven safe as well. Moreover, it is safe and durable owing to its Xylan Plus double layer non-stick coating. This pan is surely an excellent all-rounder for a mini cooking extravaganza!
Pouring melted cheese over everything is all the rage these days, and a cheese lover would undoubtedly want a gadget in their kitchen that would enable them to have melted cheese whenever they want. But melting cheese in an oven or a pan on top of the target food is not as flavorsome as melting it in a cheese melt pan and pouring over the food. It adds a simply divine, deliciously smoky flavor to cheese that will surely be cherished.
What we like:
Grilling cheese directly in a pan will definitely be an excellent experience for you if this Cuisinart BBQ Cheese Melt Pan is new to you. Just as you grill meat and it ends up with a smoky flavor, the same thing happens to the cheese as it gets infused with the smoky flavor when it is melting. It will just take a few minutes for the cheese to melt. Then, you can use it to melt cheese for several dishes like nachos, enchiladas, meatballs, hamburgers, pasta, and vegetables.
The cheese melt pan, with its integrated handle that can be folded for storage purposes and a scraper as an accessory, is simple & easy to use. Not only can you melt the cheese, but also scrape it off comfortably over whatever you like.
One of the hardest fruits to cut on the planet earth is the pineapple. It takes a lot of time, effort, and energy to ultimately taste this heavenly fruit. Thankfully, this gadget makes it a little simpler. Hence, anyone can just simply twist and turn the slicer to get the perfect pineapple slices.
What we like:
How can it be your savior? You just have to place the Pineapple Corer on the top and rotate it down. Within 30 seconds, it will peel, core, and slice the whole pineapple. It has sharp, reinforced, thick stainless steel blades that go through the pineapple-like a knife goes through butter.
The handle is sturdy and is designed in such a manner that it makes the twisting of the slicer easy and comfortable. The blades are sharp and serrated, clockwise rotation of which can remove the skin and the core. The slices come out in perfect ring shapes while the shell remains as it is and can be used for decoration purposes e.g., as a bowl to serve salads, drinks, or desserts.
Now, you wouldn’t have to think twice before eating a pineapple!
Kitchen Gadget Buying Guide
When you set out to buy a kitchen gadget, you should be well aware of certain things, like is the material durable or is it food-safe, should you have it near kids, etc. Let’s take a look at what essential things we need to keep in mind.
Any plastic present should be food-grade?
Yes, not all the types of plastics that are available in the market are food-safe, and we really need to pay attention when buying kitchen items as they come in direct contact with food. There are some requirements and regulations regarding this, so if the gadget or any other thing you have bought is labeled ‘food-safe,’ then it is following the government’s rules, and you’re all set.
Is the plastic recyclable?
We all are very aware of how the trash of the world is piling up, and we do not want to be a part of it. What we can do is ensure that whatever plastic we are buying is recyclable. Here you can find more insights about plastic, which will change the way you look at things.
Which plastic is durable?
Although there are many types of plastics, some of them seem to have the most robust qualities and a certain hardness that makes them durable. Since the use of plastic is worldwide and occupies almost all areas of life, one finds oneself wondering which of the types of plastics are durable and which can withstand thorough usage. So, it seems that ABS, PPSU, and UHMW are the toughest and most durable.
What is meant by BPA free?
You might have heard this term many times while buying plastic stuff, especially for your kitchen, but what does it actually mean? It is actually Bisphenol A, which is a chemical additive used to make hard plastics harder. Always ensure that whatever plastic product you are buying is labeled BPA-free. This is very important, people!
What is silicone, and is it safe for food-related use?
Food-grade silicone is made with petroleum-based chemicals. Plus, it is safer for food and can be put into the microwave, freezer, oven, and it can easily be cleaned in a dishwasher, so there’s absolutely no hassle at all. Silicone seems to be better than plastic, as it has certain qualities that plastic seems to lack. It is lightweight and non-toxic, and it is also odorless and is considered to be non-hazardous to the environment.
Is stainless steel durable and rust-resistant?
Yes, stainless steel is considered to be more rust-resistant and durable than many other materials. It is long-lasting and isn’t destroyed by the heat as well. It can withstand high temperatures and remain undamaged. It can last a lifetime and won’t dull or rust over time.
How to take care of your gadgets or how to maintain them?
All kitchen gadgets need to be taken care of at the very best level. Make sure you follow the use and care instructions given by the manufacturer. Always wash and dry your gadgets after using them and put them away safely. There’s little point in getting yourself a cute little gadget and then losing it to carelessness.
Care instructions for your cool kitchen gadgets, one by one!
Collapsible colander: Once you’re done using your collapsible colander, in the dishwasher it goes (if it’s dishwasher safe) at once. Once it’s clean, make sure you collapse it properly and ensure that it is fully collapsed, and you’re not putting it away in a distorted position, which will undoubtedly damage the colander over time.
Avocado slicer: Taking care of this gadget is very simple. You can either put it in a dishwasher, or you can simply use water to rinse it and a brush to clean it. But what you must ensure is this: wash it after use and absolutely do not let any avocado remain on it.
Warming butter knife: Since the knife uses body heat to get the warmth and needs no electricity or battery to charge, it can be safely placed in a dishwasher for cleaning. You can also wash it by hand if you want. In a professional setting, it would take a long time to heat up with body heat, so it is placed in a metal container with hot water to keep it warm. The water needs to be changed every 30 minutes, and the knife needs to be washed once the work is done.
Claw shaped meat shredder: You can simply wash it with soapy water and rinse it thoroughly. Try to wash it immediately after use, and do not let the meat or anything else remain sticking on it for a long period of time. Otherwise, it will become quite challenging to clean. You can also wash it in the top rack of the dishwasher.
Citrus sprayer: Taking care of the citrus sprayer is a bit of a hassle as you have to rinse it thoroughly. The best way to go about it is to soak it in water for some time and then use soapy water to wash it.
Fruit keg tapping kit: The fruit keg tapping kit is easy to assemble. Taking care of the kit is simple, as it can be easily washed and stored. All the parts can be cleaned with soapy water and rinsed thoroughly for better maintenance.
Watermelon slicer: This slicer is usually dishwasher safe, so you can simply place it in the dishwasher for easy cleaning. Some people use the watermelon slicer in the summers only, in which case it must be washed thoroughly and dried before being stored.
Divided frying pan: If you have this amazing pan and it has a non-stick coating, then it makes its care and maintenance very simple & easy. You have to gently scrape off anything on the pan and then rinse it with soap and water.
Cheese melt pan: The melted cheese does not stick to the pan and slides off easily. Thus, making the cleaning process simple. You can use mild, soapy water to hand wash the pan and the spatula.
Pineapple slicer: Taking care of this slicer is a pretty easy task. If it is dishwasher safe, then you can safely place it in the dishwasher for cleaning. You can also hand wash it if you don’t want to use the dishwasher or if your slicer isn’t dishwasher-safe.
Not only has technology made our life easier but has provided gadgets that can transform the way we live. The things that we had to think twice before consuming can become a part of our regular diet due to the ease of cutting or slicing them e.g., fruits like pineapple and watermelon.
Meat handling is also a big issue that has been made convenient with easy-to-use kitchen tools. Hence, you will also want to advance with technology and make your kitchen a place that is not only comfortable but a fun place to work in!
Author Bio: Sarah likes to try new and exciting gadgets for kitchenfaction.com and, in the process, makes her life more comfortable, and her time spent in the kitchen more fun.