8 Editor Favorites from Material Kitchen

published Mar 17, 2023
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We take our kitchen gear seriously here at Kitchn (I mean, what else would you expect?), and it’s particularly hard not to take Material Kitchen as seriously as its name suggests. In fact, the direct-to-consumer kitchenware brand is behind some of our favorite pans, glassware, and spatulas with superior quality, beautiful form, impressive function, and reasonable prices, to boot. Keep reading to learn more about Material, including our favorite essentials.

What Is Material Kitchen?

Material Kitchen was born out of necessity. The brand’s founders, Eunice Byun and David Nguyen, didn’t have any experience in the culinary world, but what they did have was experience with kitchen clutter (don’t we all?). Clunky knife blocks and an abundance of unnecessary kitchen tools not only took up precious counter space, but also created the lightbulb moment so many great brands start with. The two saw a lack of affordable, innovative, and good-looking solutions, so they set out to create a line of pared-down, sleek kitchenware. 

What Does Material Sell?

Material sells beautifully crafted cookware, prepware, and bakeware essentials that don’t sacrifice performance. The brand has high standards when it comes to their products, so you can always expect best-in-class materials, design, and user experience.

Like you would with a hearty boeuf bourguignon or a savory roast chicken, Material takes things low and slow when it comes to developing new products. Each new addition is researched extensively to make sure it’s a value-add, because the last thing we all need is more cabinet clutter. And the result? A small, well-curated selection of thoughtfully designed kitchen essentials any home cook would need. 

Where Can You Shop Material Kitchen?

Shopping directly on Material’s site is our preferred way to explore the brand, as it naturally has the biggest selection. You can find some Material products at other retailers including West Elm and Nordstrom, although the offerings will be more limited. 

Is Material Expensive?

Material products are priced reasonably, especially if you value performance and great design. Prices are not cheap, but are accessible when compared to similar direct-to-consumer brands. With prices ranging from $20 for small kitchen accessories to $295 for cookware sets, there’s something for every budget. 

The brand does have sales, so you’ll find great deals. Currently, Material is celebrating its birthday with discounts up to 25 percent now through March 19. The discount depends on your order total, so the more you shop, the more you’ll save. It’s the steepest discount that the brand has offered, making its reasonable prices even more wallet-friendly. There’s no code necessary, and prices already reflect the sale price. 

Is Material Worth It?

Whether you’re looking to swap in some new knives or are starting to outfit your kitchen from square one, Material is certainly worth a peek. To help you get started, check out eight editor-favorites and best-sellers, below. 

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was $115.00

Finding a great nonstick pan is no easy feat. Many lose their slippery surface over time or are made with toxic chemicals that can leave shoppers wary. When our team came across Material's Coated Pan, it was love at first use. The nontoxic, Teflon-free pan is made with a copper core coated in a stainless steel alloy, which allows the pan to heat up quickly and evenly. Use it to fry eggs, flip pancakes, or sauté veggies with or without oil — this surface truly stays nonstick so you don’t even need it (but we love the depth of flavor that comes from using oils and butters). The sleek look is a pleasure to look at — and even more of a pleasure is the fact that it’s dishwasher-safe.

Material purports that their special coating allows this pan to last 37 times longer than ceramic nonstick. Copy Chief, Lauren Kodiak, has used Material's Coated Pan daily for years and while she might not have calculated how much longer it has outlived her ceramic cookware, she can confirm that it lives up to the hype. Even with lots of dishwasher use and sometimes unsavory cooking methods (aka metal knife on nonstick pan), this pan has held up.

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was $65.00

The Full Glass Set can make even your morning glass of water feel a bit more special. This set includes four full-sized drinking glasses that are elegant enough for special occasions and durable enough for everyday use. They’re made of a super-thin, super-strong borosilicate glass, so you don’t have to worry about being too precious with them. They’re dishwasher-safe and thermal-shock-resistant, too.

Then, there’s the design. A domed bottom provides a comfortable grip and an effortlessly chic silhouette. The unique shape also makes for easy stacking, a win for anyone low on kitchen storage (read: everyone). Each cup holds a heavy pour of whatever you love — whether that’s iced coffee before a big meeting or a glass of wine after work. Currently, the set is sold in three gorgeous colors: Malachite, Clear, and Haze.

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was $170.00

Knives can really be a make-or-break tool when it comes to prepping and cooking. Working with dull knives is not only difficult, but can also be dangerous. You deserve something easy to use, easy to hold, and easy to clean — something that makes slicing, dicing, and chopping a breeze. Whatever your knife skill level, Material's Trio of Knives checks all of those boxes above and then some.

The trio includes a 6-inch serrated knife, 8-inch chef’s knife, and (almost) 4-inch paring knife. Each blade is made with cryogenically tempered Japanese stainless steel and high carbon. In non-technical terms, that means these blades will stay super sharp, and scratch- and rust-free for a really long time. They’re also full-tang, which means the blade extends into the handle, distributing the weight evenly and making these knives much easier to hold

Kitchn contributor and former pastry chef Stella Totino has seen her fair share of knives; she calls these pro-level and has made room for them in her knife roll. With these three blades you’re equipped to handle pretty much any cutting job, from slicing bread to mincing garlic.

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A cutting board is the type of kitchen tool that doesn’t get too much thought, although it certainly should. There are many cutting board pain points you often don’t realize until you’re already using one: too flimsy, too heavy, too slippery of a surface, too big to fit in the sink and clean. Material's reBoard gained an immediate following for addressing these annoyances and making a really good cutting board that (in classic Material fashion) looks good too.

The reBoard is made entirely of recycled kitchen plastic scraps and renewable sugarcane. It’s lightweight, but can still handle chopping heavy ingredients. At 14.75 inches long and 10.75 inches wide, the reBoard provides a large-enough surface area for slicing big batches of fruits and veggies, but is still small enough to fit in the dishwasher (because yes, it’s dishwasher-safe too!). The board comes in five beautiful colors, but if you choose to buy the To Pó-Po, with Love shade, 50 percent of the profits will be donated to Heart of Dinner, a nonprofit organization that delivers meals to Asian elders in New York City.

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was $25.00

If you love the reBoard but are looking to add some variety in size to your cutting board collection or are low on storage space, the reBoard Mini is a great option. It’s everything we love about the reBoard, but in a more compact design. The mini is 13.3 inches long and 8.5 inches wide. It’s the perfect size for those small cutting tasks when you don’t want to dirty a full-size cutting board, like cubing a block of cheese for a snack or slicing some citrus garnishes.

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Spatulas are the kind of kitchen item we often find ourselves with multiples of. If you’re looking for one that can do the job of many, you need to check out the Soft-Edge Turner. Made with soft, BPA-free silicone and a reinforced nylon core, this spatula is flexible without being flimsy. It can handle flipping hefty foods like burgers and steaks, while still being able to squeeze into the curved sides of any cookware to get the last bits of food and sauce. We’ve seen this spatula sell out often, so if you’re intrigued, now’s the time to make your move.

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Kitchen shears are so versatile, and so underrated — use them to snip herbs, cut chicken breasts into nuggets, or slice open a bag of frozen veggies. The Good Shears from Material are one of the best pairs on the market right now. Not only have we sung the praises of them before, but these shears have also sold out multiple times since launching.

What makes these shears so great? They’re crafted with German stainless steel (which, according to the brand, is virtually indestructible) and a silicone grip for added comfort. The micro-serrated blades are super sharp and can cut through everything from a thick steak to the occasional cardboard box.

8 / 8

As the name suggests, the Forever Peeler is designed to last forever. How does that happen? To start, it’s made with durable stainless steel and a razor-sharp blade that cuts through both thick and thin produce skin with ease. The ergonomic U-shaped design makes for easy holding, and it’s dishwasher-safe for quick cleaning. If and when the blade becomes dull, pop in the included replacement blade. With a process this easy, it’s no wonder this is one of the brand’s bestsellers.