The Top 10 Kitchen Tools Our Readers Bought in 2019

published Jan 3, 2020
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Life isn’t a popularity contest. If it were, the Instant Pot would probably win, anyway. (Yes, for LIFE. Over Taylor Swift and Baby Yoda.) Beyond the multi-cooker, though, there are loads of kitchen tools and gadgets that have also earned a cult-like following — especially among Kitchn readers.

These are the 10 most purchased, most popular products our readers loved this year.

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1. KitchenIQ Edge Grip 2-Stage Knife Sharpener

How good can a $6 knife sharpener actually be? Pretty darn good, it turns out! It has a coarse and fine sharpening slot; the first for dull and damaged knives and the latter for polishing and quick touchups. It’s small and easy to store, and has a non-slip base for sharpening (safely!) on a tabletop.

Buy: KitchenIQ Edge Grip 2-Stage Knife Sharpener, $6

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2. Milo Dutch Oven

A simple-yet-gorgeous Dutch oven that’s a fraction of the price of the classic brands? Yes, please! We reviewed the Milo back in the fall and couldn’t have been more impressed with it — until we remembered that it was only $95.

Buy: Milo Dutch Oven, $95 at Milo

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3. Lodge 10-Inch Seasoned Carbon Steel Skillet

When Carla Lalli Music (the Food Director at Bon Appétit) tells you to buy a carbon steel skillet, you buy a carbon steel skillet. We did and we had zero regrets. It’s naturally nonstick, it heats up faster than cast iron, it sears like a dream, and the handle stays cool.

Buy: Lodge 10-Inch Seasoned Carbon Steel Skillet, $35

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4. PepperMate Pepper Mill

Another person we should all always listen to? Ina Garten. And Ina says this pepper mill is her favorite. It’s incredibly easy to fill, has a cap that measures and contains messes, and is comfortable to use — no matter how much pepper you’re dispensing.

Buy: PepperMate Pepper Mill, $25

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5. Dash Rapid Egg Cooker

After we ran this hard-boiled egg Skills Battle, we got SO MANY EMAILS from you guys, saying that lots of you prefer to use an electric egg cooker. This one is a bestseller and cooks up to six eggs in just a few minutes.

Buy: Dash Rapid Egg Cooker, $15

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6. Great Jones Holy Sheet

A full year overdue, our friends at Great Jones finally launched this gorgeous sheet pan last month. More than just a pretty face, it also will not warp, is dishwasher-safe, and has a ceramic coating.

Buy: Great Jones Holy Sheet, $25 at Great Jones

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7. Material Cutting Board

These cutting boards are so popular (not just among Kitchn readers!) that they keep selling out. The first time, they sold out in just three days! Made of recycled materials, these cutting boards are a no-brainer. The hardest part is just figuring out which color to get.

Buy: Material Cutting Board, $35 at Material

8. Ovalware Cold Brew Coffee Maker

This cold brew coffee maker has more than 1,500 five-star reviews on Amazon, and we totally see why. First of all, it’s super sleek and well-designed. It’s also easy to clean and use. And it brews smooth-tasting cold brew that’s free of any errant coffee grinds (something you’d expect but don’t always get).

Buy: Ovalware Cold Brew Coffee Maker, $30

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9. ThermoPro Digital Instant Read Meat Thermometer

This $13 meat thermometer is just as fast and accurate as other brands that cost significantly more. While most Kitchn readers seem to know this already, we’d like to stress again that EVERY cook (professional ones and home cooks!) needs a meat thermometer. Why? It takes out any of that unnecessary guesswork!

Buy: ThermoPro Digital Instant Read Meat Thermometer, $13

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10. Instant Vortex Air Fryer Oven

Instant Pot now makes a few different air fryers, but this air fryer oven is the most interesting. In addition to air frying, it bakes, toasts, dehydrates, can be used as a rotisserie, and more. We got our hands on one earlier this year, when it first came out, and found it endlessly fun to play with (er, we mean use).

Buy: Instant Vortex Air Fryer Oven, $119 at Walmart

Did you buy anything else in 2019 that you’re totally obsessed with? Add to this list in the comments below!