25 Game-Changing Amazon Products We Loved in 2020 — Starting at Just $9!

updated Dec 31, 2020
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It’s been a whopper of a year, but looking back, there were a ton of really awesome things about 2020. Ina Garten blessed us with a delightful video of her massive cosmo. That Fleetwood Mac-vibing, skateboard-riding, cranberry juice-drinking dude got so famous on TikTok that he was able to buy a house. Here at Kitchn, we’re also thankful for all the little things that made cooking and eating a whole lot more fun, efficient, and creative this past year. From simple organization racks to an epic butter dish, we fell in love with lots of items that were total game-changers for our kitchen routines. And lucky for us, you can find them all on Amazon. Below, a roundup of the top 25 products that made our kitchens even happier places in 2020 and will continue to do so in the years to come.

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was $10.88

Amazon shoppers are obsessed with this simple brush for cleaning cast iron skillets. We tried it out, and we were very impressed. It's responsibly made, thoughtfully designed, and does a great job of keeping our cast iron in tip-top shape.

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was $24.99

We promise that once you try these Swedish Dishcloths, you'll find yourself giving up paper towels completely (or at least partially). They're a joy to use—and reuse, since you can just toss them in your dishwasher or washing machine for easy cleaning. You'll likely end up saving a whole grove of trees.

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was $20.99

This is our absolute favorite affordable kitchen thermometer. It's simple, takes temps in an instant, and even has a magnet so you can stick it to your fridge. It's great for checking to see if your steak is perfectly medium-rare, but it's also sturdy enough to be used for candy making and other extra-hot tasks.

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Family-owned Lodge makes some of our favorite cast iron skillets, and this 10.25-inch version has the added bonus of a silicone handle holder that protects from heat up to 450 degrees and is dishwasher safe. The pan is also pre-seasoned, so you'll be ready to get cooking as soon as it arrives.

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The O-Cedar Easywring Microfiber Mop has thousands of five-star ratings, thanks to its clever design. After inserting the wet mop into the bucket, you press a foot pedal that spins the mop head around for easy wringing. The microfiber mop heads are also machine washable, and you get two extras with this set.

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YouCopia is one of our go-to brands for kitchen organization, and their food container lid organizer does not disappoint. It stores round and square lids up to 9 inches and has adjustable dividers to keep everything upright.

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was $12.18

Stains happen, but having a pack of these handy stain-erasing towelettes around makes them a lot easier to deal with. They erase wine, food, and even Sharpie stains from fabrics and surfaces, so they're a must-have for anyone with kids.

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Leave it to OXO to design the perfect squeegee. It's great in the kitchen for quickly cleaning countertops and other smooth surfaces, and you might be shocked at what it can do for your carpets. Its slim profile and suction cup mount are also big bonuses.

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was $19.99

Smart outlets are quite handy, and we find this one to be the best affordable option. It can be used for everything from scheduling your lighting to keeping your coffee maker on a timer, all from the convenience of your phone.

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We're seriously obsessed with the Copco Non-Skid Turntable. It's compact, makes finding the right spice or seasoning effortless, and the two-tiered version can help double your cabinet or pantry storage space.

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Ah, the humble butter dish. It usually doesn't get a second thought, but once again OXO stepped in to design one that we really, really love. The Good Grips Butter Dish is "the platonic ideal of butter dishes" since it has a clear lid, allows for effortless butter slicing, and is easy to keep clean.

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was $25.99

These kitchen towels are an editor favorite and have a massive following on Amazon as well. They're 100 percent cotton and have a light weave that's very absorbent yet allows for quick drying. Plus, they look nice and are one of the most affordable options out there.

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We fell for this old-school metal polish after using it to seriously shine up an antique jewelry tray, and it really worked! It's a great product to add to your kitchen cleaning toolkit for polishing faucets, cabinet hardware, and silverware.

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was $32.98

With a capacity of up to 36 cans and jars, this stackable can rack organizer can add oh-so-much storage to your kitchen. It comes with adjustable plastic dividers that you can move around to accommodate a variety of different container sizes.

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was $12.99

If you own a mandolin, a cheese grater, or a kitchen knife for that matter, you need these gloves. They protect against accidental nicks and cuts, all while allowing for excellent dexterity and grip.

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was $39.99

Adding an Echo Dot to your kitchen just makes cooking, eating, and cleaning more fun. We like that the Dot is tiny enough to be placed almost anywhere, and it will keep your hands free if you suddenly get the urge to dance to some Lizzo while you're cooking.

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was $29.03

If you're doing the right thing and reusing plastic baggies, or if you've already converted to a silicone set, then you've probably realized that they're not exactly compatible with your dish drying rack. Enter the Yamazaki Home Tower Plastic Bag Holder, which allows for plenty of airflow for quick drying. It can also be used for bottles and jars.

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was $299.99

There's nothing like waking up to a clean kitchen, and the iRobot Roomba 692 can literally do the work for you while you sleep. There are lots of robot vacuums out there, but we like that this one has powerful suction, comes with voice control, and can charge itself.

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Another great kitchen cleaning product that's been getting the job done for decades, Jubilee Kitchen Wax is a versatile salve that can clean and protect everything from granite countertops to antique wood. It's especially great for countertops since it easily removes grease yet is mild enough for sensitive surfaces like marble and granite.

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was $34.99

For a serious cast iron skillet scrubber, look no further than The Ringer. It has an imposing medieval look, and it's what most pros use for cleaning or restoring well-used cast iron skillets. It'll last as long as your skillet itself.

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A pack of these natural air purifying bags will go a long way. They can be used in your kitchen, laundry, or car, and once their air purifying superpowers start to fade, they can be placed in the sun for two hours to reactivate the charcoal inside.

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was $51.80

This highly rated set of three baking sheets is a game-changer if you're using old, warped baking sheets or have never invested in a professional-level set. They're made from commercial-grade aluminum, with the rims wrapped in galvanized steel to prevent warping over time.

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We love this splatter screen not just because it's durable and effective at preventing splatters when you're cooking with lots of oil, but also because it features an activated carbon filter that helps absorb odors. That's a definite plus if you don't really want your whole house to smell like bacon for days after Sunday breakfast.

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This collapsible tiered party bowl sure is practical for entertaining! All of the components fold down into the bottom bowl for easy storage, and with just a twist you've got a tiered station for serving chips, dips, or other snacks. It's a major space saver on the table and in your cabinet.

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was $39.99

This kit has everything you need to start growing your own herbs on your windowsill. You get nine reusable pots, compacted soil, nine packets of seed to start growing, and stylish bamboo markers to keep track of your seedlings as they grow.