Sharon Franke

Sharon Franke is the kitchenware maven. For over 30 years, she was in charge of testing and reporting on everything from wooden spoons to connected refrigerators at Good Housekeeping. In her free time, you’ll find her banging pots in her own kitchen.
I’ve Tested Nearly Every Food Storage Container on the Market. This Is a List of the Best of the Best.
Whether you want glass, plastic, or something you can give away.
Jun 17, 2024
The Sharpest, Absolute Best Chef’s Knives You Can Buy Right Now, Starting at Just $30
One of the picks is less than $30!
Mar 15, 2024
I’ve Tested Nearly Every Piece of Induction Cookware on the Market. This Is a List of the Best of the Best.
Just because a package or Amazon listing describes a cookware set as induction-safe, that doesn't mean it will actually cook *well* on an induction stovetop — there are our favorite picks.
Nov 10, 2023
We Tested 36 Lunch Containers: Here Are the Best Ones for Every Kind of Lunch
The perfect container for every kind of lunch.
Nov 1, 2023
I Tested 10 Chef’s Knives That Are $25 or Less — This One Was Amazing
We actually really liked three of these inexpensive knives.
Oct 24, 2023
The Best Air Fryers for 2023 and Beyond
Including a budget-friendly option, a giant one, and a teeny tiny one!
Aug 9, 2023
Here’s What You Need to Know About Ceramic Nonstick Pans
For starters, they're not actually ceramic!
Sep 3, 2022
What’s the Difference Between All the Vitamix Models?
What do people have against names like Vitamix Regular Fancy and Vitamix Extra Fancy? Here, we explain what all the real names mean!
Aug 4, 2022
I’m a Professional Gear Tester and a Bit of a Minimalist — But I Use This $11 Gadget Every Day
Hint: I use it for garlic, ginger, lemons, limes, and more.
May 1, 2022
5 Things I’ve Learned About Cast Iron During My 30+ Years as a Professional Gear Tester
"To break in a new skillet, I've found that it really helps to make a batch of good old-fashioned fried chicken."
Feb 9, 2022
The Best Instant Pot Model You Can Buy
This model has a combination of settings and improvements to its design that make it the best Instant Pot yet! 
Jan 16, 2022
I’m a Gear Pro — These Are the 3 Things I Use to Take Care of My Knives
Including a sharpener that takes all the guesswork out of the process!
Jan 5, 2022
I Tried 8 Nonstick Skillets That Cost $25 or Less. One Blew Me Away.
It's actually from a commercial line, so it's got a pro-level look and some impressive heft to it.
Aug 29, 2021
I’ve Cooked with Nearly Every Casserole Dish. Here Are My Favorites.
One of our favorites is just $30.
Jul 9, 2021
I Tried the Cult-Favorite Coffee Maker That Starbucks Fans Are Obsessed With
We had to put it to the test.
Jun 29, 2021
Everything You Need to Know About Cast Iron Skillets — All in One Place
Tips from The Kitchn
Curious about which cast iron skillet is the best? What size to get? How to clean it? Whether or not it's okay to cook acidic food in it? We've got all those answers — and more.
Jun 28, 2021
Please Don't Put Grill Grates in the Dishwasher
Cleaning Tips from The Kitchn
Here's why it's not a good idea. And how you should actually clean them.
Jun 5, 2021
8 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Cast Iron Skillet
Tips from The Kitchn
You can use soap! It doesn't actually heat up all that evenly!
Apr 28, 2021
What Are Garlic Keepers, and Do You Need One?
These little containers sure do look cute, but do they keep garlic fresher, longer? We did some testing!
Jan 27, 2021
Why This Air Fryer from Walmart is The Appliance You Need for 2021
A simple search for an "air fryer" on results in pages and pages of machines. This is the one to get.
Jan 26, 2021
How Does an Air Fryer Work?
An air fryer is actually a lot like a countertop convection oven. Just with a few differences.
Jan 20, 2021
Everything You Need to Know About Drip Coffee Makers — No Matter Which Machine You Have
Yes, they need to be cleaned. And our budget pick is just $35!
Jan 18, 2021
I’ve Tested Nearly Every Toaster Oven on the Market. These Are the 4 Best for Most Home Cooks.
Whether you have tons of space, live in a small apartment, or are shopping on a budget, one of these will work for you.
Jan 6, 2021
I’ve Tested Nearly Every Toaster on the Market. These Are the Best Ones for Most Home Cooks.
These toasters are the best things to come along since sliced bread.
Jan 12, 2021
9 Things You Need to Know About That New Carbon Steel Pan You Just Got for the Holidays
Tips from The Kitchn
First of all, here's the deal with that waxy coating ...
Dec 28, 2020
What’s the Difference Between a Braiser and a Dutch Oven?
Using a Dutch oven to braise meat could result in steamed pork instead of perfectly seared chops.
Dec 9, 2020
What Is a Braiser, Do I Need One, and Which One Should I Get?
We have a budget-friendly option and a splurgier pick.
Dec 8, 2020
I’ve Tried Nearly Every Meat Thermometer. Here Are My 3 Favorites.
You're gonna need one of these for Thanksgiving — and beyond.
Oct 28, 2020
I’ve Used Nearly Every Roasting Pan Out There. Here Are My Favorites.
These are my three favorites, based on what you need and how much you're willing to spend.
Oct 26, 2020
I’ve Tested Nearly Every Stand Mixer on the Market. These Are the 2 Best for Most Home Cooks.
There's a great $100-option that rivals the KitchenAid.
Oct 25, 2020
What You Really Need to Know About Exploding Glass Bakeware
Tips from The Kitchn
ALWAYS set a hot dish on a dry cloth potholder!
Oct 15, 2020
What’s the Difference Between All the Instant Pot Models?
A model or two will most likely be on sale during Amazon Prime Day. Here's what you need to know before then.
Oct 7, 2020
Help! I’m Shopping for a New Fridge — Which Type of Freezer Combo Is Best?
Freezer Week
We got one of the top gear pros in the biz to weigh in on the major options.
Aug 11, 2020
Everything You Need to Know About Chest Freezers
Freezer Week
Our top pick is actually in stock RIGHT NOW!
Aug 11, 2020
How Can Lodge Cast Iron Skillets Be So Darn Inexpensive?
We're not complaining or anything — we just wanna know!
Jul 20, 2020