Regardless of how much you enjoy spending time in the kitchen, certain cooking tasks can feel tedious, like chopping multiple vegetables, continuously stirring a sauce and even keeping your refrigerator organized. Luckily, there are hundreds of products on the market designed to simplify or speed up cooking, including ingredient prep, clean up and storage. Below, we rounded up a handful of problem-solving kitchen tools, all of which are Amazon bestsellers or recommended by NBC Select staff.

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The best Amazon kitchen gadgets of 2024

All of the kitchen gadgets below have at least a 4.0-star rating on Amazon and are under $50. We included some items recommended by NBC Select staff as well.

The best Amazon kitchen gadgets under $15

Spring Chef Magnetic Measuring Spoons Set

4.9-star average rating from 41,006 reviews on Amazon

These stainless steel magnetic measuring spoons nest together, making them compact and easy to store. The set comes with seven spoons that measure from 1/8 teaspoon to one tablespoon. Each one has teaspoon/tablespoon and milliliter markings, and you can use them for liquid or solid ingredients. The spoons are also dual-sided — there’s a round side and a narrow oval side that fits into most spice jars, according to the brand. The spoons lay flat on your countertop so you don’t have to worry about spills, plus they come with a leveler to help you measure precisely.

Operation: Manual | Dishwasher-safe: Yes

Zulay Premium Apple Corer

4.7-star average rating from 18,530 reviews on Amazon

“Baking apple desserts is one of my favorite fall activities, but coring apples can take forever with just a knife,” says Rosalie Sparaco, NBC Select senior social media editor. “This tool significantly cuts down prep time and frustration.” The stainless steel tool has a soft grip handle and sharp blades that help you push it through an apple. It’s also designed with a lever that releases the apple core when you want to throw it out.

Operation: Manual | Dishwasher-safe: Yes

Kitchen Gizmo Snap N’ Strain Pot Strainer

4.4-star average rating from 35,934 reviews on Amazon

Snap this silicone strainer onto the edge of any round cookware or dinnerware using the built-in clips, then tip it over the sink to pour water out while keeping food inside. It has a spout that helps guide water into the drain and folds up so you can store it in a drawer. In addition to straining pasta and boiled potatoes, you can use this colander to wash fruits and veggies. It’s heat-resistant up to 440 degrees Fahrenheit.

Operation: Manual | Dishwasher-safe: Yes

Dash Mini Waffle Maker

4.7-star average rating from 240,331 reviews on Amazon

I find homemade waffles much more delicious than reheated frozen ones, and this little appliance helps me make them from scratch in my small kitchen. Its nonstick plates are four inches in diameter and cooked waffles easily release from them when coated with a spritz of oil, in my experience. The waffle maker heats up in minutes and a light on the top of it turns off when it reaches the optimal cooking temperature. I use the kitchen appliance to make waffles, but you can add any batter to it to make waffle-shaped cookies, biscuits, hashbrowns and more.

Operation: Electric | Dishwasher-safe: No

Ecolution Micro-Pop Microwave Popcorn Popper

4.4-star average rating from 64,513 reviews on Amazon

Instead of buying bagged popcorn, you can add kernels to this popper, throw it in the microwave and enjoy a fresh, warm snack in minutes. The popper’s body is made of glass so you can watch kernels pop, and its removable lid doubles as a measuring cup, telling you exactly how many kernels to add. The lid also has little holes on it — you can add butter directly on top, allowing the butter to melt in the microwave and drip down onto your popcorn. The gadget’s handle stays cool in the microwave and it comes in two sizes: 1.5 quarts and 3 quarts.

Operation: Manual | Dishwasher-safe: Yes

Dreamfarm Supoon

4.8-star average rating from 1,225 reviews on Amazon

The shape of this spoon’s handle sits it upright, preventing its head from touching your countertop and eliminating the need for a spoon rest. The nonstick silicone head has a flat tip, flexible sides and a deep bowl, which lets you scrape your pan clean, as well as scoop, stir, serve and mix food. There are also one tablespoon and one teaspoon measurement lines written into the spoon’s head. The utensil’s handle stays cool while you’re cooking, and it’s heat-resistant up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

Operation: Manual | Dishwasher-safe: Yes 

Etekcity Digital Kitchen Scale

4.6-star average rating from 151,922 reviews on Amazon

Whether you’re baking cookies and pie or cooking with salt, experts recommend measuring ingredients by weight, instead of volume, with a digital food scale like this one. You can also use a kitchen scale to portion out food while meal prepping. Etekcity’s battery-operated scale has a bright display and is slim enough to store in most kitchen drawers, according to the brand. You can choose from five different units of measurement, like grams, pounds/ounces and fluid ounces, and buy the scale in medium and large sizes.

Operation: Electric | Dishwasher-safe: No

Chef’n Cob Corn Stripper

4.2-star average rating from 8,380 reviews on Amazon

Not everyone prefers to eat corn on the cob, especially since it often requires flossing afterward. You can easily remove cooked kernels from the cob with this small gizmo. It has a circular stainless steel blade that goes around a cob and cuts kernels off as you twist and pull it. 

Operation: Manual | Dishwasher-safe: Yes

Oxo Good Grips Baker’s Dusting Wand

4.8-star average rating from 5,514 reviews on Amazon

Sprinkle desserts with confectioner’s sugar, top cappuccinos with cinnamon or coat cake pans with flour using this dusting wand. Its globe opens and closes when you turn the bottom of its handle. Half of the globe is solid so you can fill the tool without ingredients dumping out, while the other half is perforated.

Operation: Manual | Dishwasher-safe: Yes 

Ototo Dunk N’ Egg Yolk Separator

4.8-star average rating from 53 reviews on Amazon

Sadhana Daruvuri, NBC Select social media editor, says she can separate the yolks and whites of four eggs in about 20 seconds using this tool. “The first time I used it, I was surprised by how well it worked,” she says. “I previously tried another egg separator, and it failed miserably, leaving me with a goopy mess of broken yolks. With this one, all I have to do is clip it onto a bowl and crack an egg into the basket. Then I can lift out the basket and pour the yolk into a different bowl.” To clean the egg separator, the brand recommends rinsing it with dish soap and warm water. 

Operation: Manual | Dishwasher-safe: No 

Oxo Good Grips 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer

4.6-star average rating from 35,649 reviews on Amazon

Quickly prepare avocados for a salad, sandwich or guacamole with this gadget. There’s a knife on one end to cut avocados open, a slicer on the other end to create even pieces and a softgrip handle between them. You can also use the stainless steel blades in the middle of the tool to remove an avocado’s pit. 

Operation: Manual | Dishwasher-safe: Yes

Gannk 3-in-1 Peeler

4.5-star average rating from 3,798 reviews on Amazon

This peeler has three types of stainless steel blades to choose from depending on what you’re cooking: a standard blade, serrated blade and julienne blade. The blades sit on two wheels and you spin the one you want to use toward the front to lock it in place. The peeler’s handle has a nonslip grip and it comes with a cleaning brush.

Operation: Manual | Dishwasher-safe: Yes

The best Amazon kitchen gadgets under $25

Kitchy Pizza Cutter Wheel

4.6-star average rating from 44,352 reviews on Amazon

This pizza cutter fits in the palm of your hand unlike standard models that have a long handle. Its compact size allows you to grip the top and apply a steady amount of vertical pressure, giving you more control over the tool’s stainless steel blade as you roll it over pizza crust, according to the brand. The pizza cutter disassembles so you can put it in the dishwasher and it comes with a blade guard for safe storage. 

Operation: Manual | Dishwasher-safe: Yes

Souper Cubes

4.8-star average rating from 17,974 reviews on Amazon

I use Souper Cubes every week to store leftover food like sauces, soups, broth and pasta. It’s essentially an ice cube tray, but instead of filling each little container with water, you fill them with food you want to freeze. Containers have half cup and one cup fill lines written on them, and since the tray is made from food-grade silicone, it’s flexible and nonstick, making it very easy to remove frozen portions of food, in my experience. The Souper Cubes tray comes with a lid, and it’s oven-safe up to 415 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the brand.

Operation: Manual | Dishwasher-safe: Yes 

Oxo Good Grips 2.8-Quart GreenSaver Herb Keeper

4.5-star average rating from 2,174 reviews on Amazon

Nothing is more frustrating than buying herbs, only to have them go bad in a few days. Oxo’s herb keeper helps prolong their freshness by keeping them hydrated and maintaining optimal humidity conditions. In my experience,  it also keeps them bright green and crisp for a week or longer. To use, put a little water in the outer part of the container and place herbs in the removable inner basket. This allows air to circulate around the herbs while the lid traps humidity inside, according to the brand.

Operation: Manual | Dishwasher-safe: Yes 

Jofuyu Herb Scissors

4.4-star average rating from 2,724 reviews on Amazon

These scissors let me cut fresh herbs and green onions directly into dishes like salads, curries, dips and dressings so I don’t need to chop them with a cutting board and knife. They have five sharp stainless steel blades and their handle is covered in soft rubber, giving me a comfortable place to grip. They come with a protective sheath and a cleaning brush.

Operation: Manual | Dishwasher-safe: Yes

Flairosol Olivia The Original Advanced Oil Sprayer

4.6-star average rating from 2,179 reviews on Amazon

Evenly coat food with oil using this dispenser, which has a sprayer head you control via a trigger on the side of the glass bottle. The dispenser continuously sprays in a fan shape so you get wide coverage across ingredients. One spray lets out about one gram of oil, according to the brand. The sprayer’s bottle has a large opening so you can easily fill it with your favorite cooking oil, like olive oil or avocado oil.

Operation: Manual | Dishwasher-safe: Yes 

KitchenAid Box Grater with Detachable Storage Container

4.8-star average rating from 11,582 reviews on Amazon

KitchenAid’s stainless steel box grater comes with a detachable container that fits underneath it to catch the ingredients you’re preparing. All four sides of the grater offer different blades, including a coarse grate, medium grate, fine grate and slicer. There are measurement lines written on the container and comes with a storage lid. 

Operation: Manual | Dishwasher-safe: Yes

Joseph Joesph CleanForce Garlic Press

4.7-star average rating from 1,142 reviews on Amazon

Crush garlic in seconds with this mincer. You drop a clove into the tool’s head and squeeze its handles shut to crush. Then you pull a trigger to wipe the crushed garlic off the tool’s blade and into your bowl or pan. There’s also a cleaning tool attached to the inside of one of the tool’s handles. It has solid bristles on one end to clean the holes of the crushing plate, and a curved tip on the other end to remove garlic skin from the head.

Operation: Manual | Dishwasher-safe: Yes 

ThermPro TP03 Digital Meat Thermometer

4.6-star average rating from 125,827 reviews on Amazon

Thermometers like this one help you figure out when meat is done cooking, but you can also use it while making baked goods and bread. ThermPro’s meat thermometer is one of our favorites because it has an easy-to-read digital display and a foldable probe, letting you adjust its angle or put it away completely when not in use. The battery-operated thermometer reads temperatures in about three to five seconds, according to the brand. It shuts off after 10 minutes of inactivity and has a magnetic back so you can stick it to most metal surfaces. 

Operation: Electric | Dishwasher-safe: No

Chef’n FreshForce Citrus Juicer

4.7-star average rating from 13,532 reviews on Amazon

Rebecca Rodriguez, NBC Select editorial projects manager, recommends this handheld juicer because it squeezes every last drop out of lemons and limes while she’s cooking. The gadget’s dual-gear design applies even pressure across fruit, which means you don’t need to squeeze its handles super hard to get the maximum amount of juice out, she says.

Operation: Manual | Dishwasher-safe: Yes 

Oster Electric Wine Opener and Foil Cutter

4.5-star average rating from 48,368 reviews on Amazon

This cordless device can open up to 30 bottles of wine on a single charge, according to the brand. You put it over the nose of a wine bottle and press a button — seconds later, your bottle is uncorked. Then you press the button again to remove the cork from the spiral. The automatic wine opener comes with a charging base and a foil cutter.

Operation: Electric | Dishwasher-safe: No

The best Amazon kitchen gadgets under $50

Fullstar Vegetable Chopper

4.5-star average rating from 105,655 reviews on Amazon

Lindsay Schneider, NBC Select editor, says this vegetable chopper is a lifesaver in the kitchen because it saves her so much time when prepping ingredients. “It’s a really reliable crutch to have, especially for someone like me who doesn’t have the best knife skills and isn’t the most confident in the kitchen,” she says. “It’s also really satisfying. It perfectly chops vegetables into pieces that are the exact same size, which helps ensure even cooking times and makes aesthetically pleasing meals.” The vegetable chopper comes with four interchangeable blades, and its lid lets you chop food directly into the collection tray, which also acts as a storage container. A cleaning brush, scrapers and a finger guard are also included.

Operation: Manual | Dishwasher-safe: Yes 

Kitchen Mama Electric Can Opener

4.3-star average rating from 96,315 reviews on Amazon

Kitchen Mama’s electric can opener is a hands-free solution to manual models that some find difficult to maneuver.  You attach the battery-operated device to a can, press a button and watch it move around the can’s sides until the lid pops off. Then you press the button again to turn the device off. I’ve used this electric can opener for over a year and I love that it leaves behind smooth edges instead of sharp, jagged cuts. Its batteries also last a while — in fact, I’ve yet to replace them and use the can opener multiple times a week. 

Operation: Electric | Dishwasher-safe: No 

Kitchenmuh Electric Jar Opener

4.3-star average rating from 4,724 reviews on Amazon

“This jar opener has saved me time and time again,” says Daruvuri. “I used to struggle with opening jars often, but now I can get anything open with just one touch. I’ve yet to encounter a jar that it hasn’t been able to open.” The battery-operated device has adjustable jaws, allowing it to attach to jars of almost any size. You put it over a jar, press the button and watch as it unscrews the lid in seconds. The jaws automatically release once the jar is open.

Operation: Electric | Dishwasher-safe: No

Hoan The Original Bagel Guillotine

4.7-star average rating from 21,707 reviews on Amazon

Instead of struggling to create even halves with a knife, this tool perfectly cuts bagels down the middle. You put a bagel into the tool’s base to hold it in place and press the slicer’s V-shaped serrated blade through it. The slicer has a handle on top of it and an acrylic shield around it to keep your hand away from the blade at all times. You can also use it to slice muffins, buns and more, according to the brand.

Operation: Manual | Dishwasher-safe: Yes 

FinaMill Battery Operated Salt and Pepper Grinder

4.5-star average rating from 2,128 reviews on Amazon

FinaMill’s battery-operated grinder comes with interchangeable pods you can fill with spices and swap out as you’re cooking. “I appreciate that I only need one hand to operate it,” says Daruvuri. “It’s especially helpful when I’m handling raw meat so I don’t have to worry about cross contamination.” One full charge gives the grinder up to two months of battery life, according to the brand, and you can choose from multiple grind sizes. The grinder’s pods also serve as storage for spices.

Operation: Electric | Dishwasher-safe: No 

Oxo Good Grips Salad Spinner

4.7-star average rating from 38,750 reviews on Amazon

“The OXO Salad spinner can be best defined by one word: convenient,” says Jordan Bowman, NBC Select editor. “I’ve had it for years, it’s easy to use and it takes the hassle out of washing vegetables.” The spinner is composed of three parts: an outer bowl, a removable inner colander and a lid with a pump mechanism. As you press down on the lid’s pump, it spins the colander around inside the bowl, causing water to fly off lettuce, fruit and vegetables to dry them. There’s also a button on the lid that works as a break so the colander stops spinning. When you’re done drying your produce, you can take out the colander, wipe off the outer bowl and use it for serving. You can also lock the pump into a downward position so it stores flat.

Operation: Manual | Dishwasher-safe: Yes

Cuisinart Mini Food Processor

4.6-star average rating from 29,449 reviews on Amazon

Chop and grind ingredients like onions, nuts and cheese using this mini food processor. It has a 9-inch base, so it takes up very little countertop and storage space. The appliance comes with a motor base, 24-ounce bowl, cover and removable stainless steel blade. 

Operation: Electric | Dishwasher-safe: Some parts

Why trust NBC Select?

Zoe Malin is an associate updates editor at NBC Select who writes about kitchen products, including stories on ice cream makers, Dutch ovens and single-serve coffee makers. For this article, she rounded up highly rated Amazon kitchen gadgets and products that NBC Select staff recommend.

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