The Very Best Coffee, Tea, and Beverage Gear You Can Buy for 2022

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Water being poured from a kettle into a chemex coffee maker. Black and white tile background and green countertop. Small coffee mug in the background
Credit: Photo: Joe Lingeman; Food Styling: Jesse Szewczyk; Prop Styling: JoJo Li

Raise your hand if you start each day off with a cup of coffee? Or if you enjoy a nice cuppa tea in the afternoon? Or if you’re trying to drink more water? Chances are, by now, every last one of you has at least one hand up in the air. Even if you didn’t actually play along with our little game, we’re guessing you clicked on this story for a reason.

So let’s get into it. These are the coffee makers, tea kettles, and beverage-related tools that just made it onto our 2022 list of Kitchn Essentials.

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Best Drip Coffee Maker
Williams Sonoma

This coffee maker from Technivorm Moccamaster is famous in the coffee world. Tons of java nerds — er, pros — swear by it, and it won the top spot in our Best List testing. It consistently makes amazing Joe, brews quickly, and has a thermal carafe that keeps coffee hot for hours. We also love its sleek design and its not-too-fussy interface. Just flip on a button and you're good to go.

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Best Coffee Grinder
Bed Bath & Beyond

No matter how you make coffee, a coffee grinder is your most important tool — and this versatile, easy-to-use, and exceptionally quiet grinder took the top spot in our Best List testing. It's especially great for those of us who can't settle on one way to make coffee and insist on pour-over one day and espresso the next.

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Best Gooseneck Kettle

If you're the kind of coffee person who is very serious about pour-over, this barista-approved kettle is the only one you should be using. Its easy-to-read thermometer shows when the water reaches ideal temps, its counterbalanced handle is comfortable to grip, and its precise pour spout means you get a perfect cup every single time.

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Best Pour Over

Speaking of pour-over! It's really hard to beat a Chemex. It comes in a few different sizes, is incredibly durable, and is a total looker. And while it's not insulated, it can be kept warm on the stovetop.

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Best French Press

If you took a classic French press and upgraded it, you'd have this 8-cup beauty. It has a stainless steel sleeve that helps keep your coffee hot, a comfy plastic handle, and a snug lid for easy pouring. And it has a GroundsLifter — a revolutionary feature that lets you easily pull up spent coffee grounds and toss them in one fell swoop.

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Best Cold Brew Maker
was $51.95

This little brewer has it all: a tiny countertop footprint, straightforward instructions, and a sturdy (mostly plastic) design. It produces a small batch of concentrate via a rainwater head design that disperses water evenly over the grounds in a 12- to 14-hour period. It fits easily in the fridge and comes with a cork lid for storage.

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Best Travel Mug
was $53.50

There are a gazillion travel mugs on the market, but if quality and craftsmanship are what you're after, then there's only one: the Zojirushi. This reasonably priced, expertly crafted container is absolutely spill-proof, keeps drinks *piping* hot for hours on end, is easy to clean, and comes with a five-year warranty. Plus, it's easy on the eyes.

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Best Water Bottle

The problem with most water bottles is that they take up so much space when you're not using them. Space that could be used for other things, like snacks. (Just saying.) Enter: this sleek and stylish water bottle, which collapses when it's empty. Now you see it, now you only kinda see it.

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Best Water Filter Pitcher
Bed Bath & Beyond

When Soma's stylish water pitchers popped onto the market a few years back, it was love at first sight. And we still can't find a better looking option. It holds around 80 ounces and uses plant-based filters that will get you through about 40 gallons of water. "I actually hate the taste of the tap water where I live, but this pitcher has me chugging plenty of ounces a day," says Executive Lifestyle Director Lisa Freedman.

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Best Soda Maker

If you love seltzer, but don't love all the resulting cans and bottles, you're going to want to invest in this bubbly-maker. Just pull the lever and you can customize the level of carbonation to your exact preferences. Besides that, it also looks like a dream and comes in a variety of colors to match pretty much any decor.

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Best Electric Kettle
Williams Sonoma

Easy to use and easy on the eyes, this kettle — with single-touch functions and preset settings — is awesome for tea drinkers, whether you like black tea, green tea, herbal tea, or a little of all of the above. It's also great when you want to boil water for other things (like oatmeal) in a hurry. And it's a helper to new parents: It has a bottle feature, which allows you to place a baby bottle inside and warm.

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Best Corkscrew

There are many (many) more complicated corkscrews out there, but ask any bartender or waiter to recommend a corkscrew and they'll almost always suggest this one. With a built-in foil cutter and a two-step lever, it's foolproof — promise.

How many of these Essentials do you have? Tell us in the comments below!