Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm

Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm was the Tools Editor at The Kitchn. A professional kitchen equipment tester, she's worked for America's Test Kitchen, EatingWell, and Food52. Her goal: to find the best gear for your kitchen so you don't waste time or money on anything else. She lives in Boston, MA with her two dogs.
We Tested Four Rice Cookers — Here’s Our Favorites, Ranked
Best List
We reviewed both pricey and cheaper rice cookers to find the best of the best.
Apr 22, 2024
We Tested 5 Different Butter Storage Options — The Winner Was Not What We Expected
Tools Showdown
"At first glance, I definitely didn't appreciate it enough."
Apr 12, 2024
The Absolute Best Saucepans You Can Buy Right Now
Shopping
Including our thoughts on the best size for most home cooks. Plus a stainless steel winner and a nonstick winner.
Mar 26, 2024
The Best Dutch Ovens You Can Buy Right Now
Best List
We tested nearly every Dutch oven on the market to find the very best ones. And we found something for every kind of home cook.
Mar 21, 2024
31 Super-Thoughtful Mother’s Day Gifts for $100 or Less
Shopping
And a lot of them are under $50!
Mar 14, 2024
The 5 Best Collapsible Food Storage Containers for Anyone Short on Space
Shopping
Including a super-pretty option that often sells out, but is currently in stock!
Mar 12, 2024
The Slickest, Absolute Best Nonstick Skillets You Can Buy Right Now
Best List
These are the pans The Kitchn editors (and readers!) can't get enough of.
Feb 29, 2024
Every Whisk Type You Could Possibly Need (And Yes, You Need More than One!)
Tools
Whisk it. Whisk it good.
Jan 29, 2024
The Best Toasters You Can Buy Right Now
Best List
Including top picks from Breville, Smeg, and Black + Decker.
Dec 7, 2023
The Best Meat Thermometers to Buy Right Now
Best List
Including a truly awesome, accurate pick for just $35.
Nov 6, 2023
We Tried 6 Different Types of Wine Openers — And the Winner Isn’t the One You’d Think
Tools Showdown
If you've ever struggled to open a bottle of wine, you need to read this.
Nov 3, 2023
We Tried 5 Different Types of Pie Weights — And Your Pie Crust Will Never Slump Again
Tools Showdown
Because a slumped, shrunken pie crust is just sad. And pie should (always!) make you happy.
Nov 3, 2023
The Best Roasting Pans You Can Buy Right Now
Best List
Thanksgiving's coming up!
Nov 3, 2023
The Best Cast Iron Skillets You Can Buy Right Now
Best List
One of our top picks is just $30.
Nov 2, 2023
We Tested 5 Wildly Different Types of Pie Slicers — And the Winner Was Exceptional
Tools
We even tested some super-retro options!
Oct 27, 2023
The Very Best Coffee Makers You Can Buy Right Now
The Kitchn Best List
If you love coffee, it's worthwhile to invest in a machine that'll brew the best of the best.
Oct 20, 2023
The Brand Behind Some of Our Favorite Instant-Read Thermometers Is Having a Huge Early Labor Day Sale
Shopping
It has a ONE-second response time!
Aug 29, 2023
Ottolenghi’s Chicken Marbella Is a Modern Take on the Comfort Classic
The Comfort Food Collection
It's easy and impressive!
Jul 24, 2023
The Very Best Coolers You Can Buy Right Now
Best List
Our favorite still had ice in it after 7 days in full-sun and 90-degree weather.
Jul 7, 2023
10 Things That Will Make Eating and Drinking at the Beach a Million Times Better
Shopping
These tools keep your drinks cold and your snacks sand-free.
Jun 13, 2023
This Gas-Powered Ooni Pizza Oven Is a Worthwhile Investment for Pro-Level Pies — Plus, It’s on Sale Right Now
Outdoor Pizza Party
Is it really possible to make pro-level pizza pies at home?
May 26, 2023
30 Splurge-Worthy Mother’s Day Gifts That’ll Make Her Smile
Shopping
Moms do *so* much. They deserve something extra.
Mar 27, 2023
We Tested 5 Different Travel Mugs for Keeping Coffee and Tea Hot
Shopping
The winner kept coffee piping-hot for hours and hours during our testing.
Mar 22, 2023
The $5 Tool I Inherited from My Grandma and Use Every Time I Make Pie
Shopping
They were invented in the 19th century! Any guesses?
Mar 6, 2023
16 of the Best Valentine’s Day Gifts If You Want to Splurge a Little
Shopping
These will ABSOLUTELY makes someone's day.
Jan 30, 2023
22 Valentine’s Day Gifts (for $25 or Less) That Every Home Cook Will Love
Shopping
You don't have to spend big to get a great, thoughtful gift.
Jan 27, 2023
The Unexpected Piece of Cast Iron Cookware I Can’t Live Without
Tools
It's not a skillet or a Dutch oven.
Jan 25, 2023
Our Favorite Instant-Read Thermometer Is on Sale for Prime Day — Grab One Before the Sale Is Over!
shopping
It has a ONE-second response time!!!
Oct 11, 2022
I’m Obsessed with This Controversial Appliance — And It’s On Sale for Prime Day Right Now
Shopping
Bonus: It's over $250 off for Prime Day!
Jul 13, 2022
This Is The Most Impressive Nonstick Skillet I’ve Ever Tested
Tools
"I've been using mine for a while now and it's well past the point when other pans would have failed me."
Mar 1, 2022
The 6 Coffee Gadgets That Got Us Through 2021 and Made Our Mornings So Much Better
Tools
Including a $30 brewer, travel mugs, and more.
Dec 7, 2021
The 8 Best Splurges We Made for Our Kitchens in 2021
Tools
Including $25 parchment paper that's totally worth it.
Dec 5, 2021
Our Favorite Instant-Read Thermometer Just Got Even Faster — and It’s 20% Off Right Now
Shopping
It has a ONE-second response time!!!
Nov 24, 2021
3 Super-Helpful Pie Tools Our Grandmas Absolutely Swore By
Tools
Numbers 1 and 3 feel especially retro!
Nov 18, 2021
5 Things That Will Make Cooking Thanksgiving Easier, According to an Expert
Tools
Really, they're mighty helpful beyond Thanksgiving, too.
Nov 13, 2021