30 Useful Amazon Products The Kitchn Readers Can’t Stop Buying (Starting at $8

updated Feb 15, 2024
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Everyone has that one truly life-changing kitchen product they can’t stop telling folks who’d listen. And more often than not, these lifesavers aren’t expensive or even all that exciting — in fact, they’re often so amazing simply because they’re so cheap and useful. Because all of us get a kick out of hearing about these products (come on, you wouldn’t be here if you didn’t!), we wanted to round up some of the absolute best ones. So we decided to turn to you to gather the top, most can’t-live-without kitchen and home tools, all which you can conveniently find on Amazon.

Drumroll, please … below you’ll find 30 of the most purchased and ultra-practical Amazon products Kitchn readers love that start at just $8.

Do you have anything else to add to this list? We want to hear all about it! Tell us about your favorite finds in the comments below!

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One of our favorite affordable cast iron skillets, the 10.25-inch option from Lodge is the perfect size to accommodate quick weeknight meals, a side of crusty cornbread, or even the fluffiest Dutch baby pancake for Sunday brunches. Even better? It comes pre-seasoned, which means it’s ready to use right out of the box.

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Hands-down one of the most popular products with Kitchn readers, this heavy-duty (but extremely affordable!) brush and scraper is the key to keeping your cast iron cookware in top shape. It scrubs off burnt-on messes without, well, messing with that seasoning you've worked so hard to develop.

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In a matter of minutes, the Dash Rapid Egg Cooker can hard boil up to six eggs, so it's ideal for prepping appetizers or road-trip snacks. Poached eggs come together in 10 minutes, and the egg cooker also comes with trays for making omelets, too. 

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Hiware's Stainless Steel Spider is not only an essential tool for scooping pasta out of boiling water, but it's also incredibly handy when frying popcorn chicken or blanching vegetables. In fact, it's so popular that it even made it to our Kitchn Essentials list, and is a favorite of our senior contributing food editor, Kelli Foster. It's super sturdy, and unlike spiders with wooden handles, it can go in the dishwasher.

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One of the fastest and most accurate kitchen scales, the Escali Primo Precision Kitchen Food Scale is incredibly easy to use — and a Kitchn Essential!v It has just two buttons (one for switching units of measure, and another to tare or power on and off), and also stays on for longer than most before automatically powering off, which is especially handy when you're in the middle of an intense recipe.

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The Kuhn Rikon peeler is not only a favorite with Kitchn editors, but Ina Garten and Giada DeLaurentiis also swear by it. Its elongated handle gives you a comfortable grip, and the sharp blade easily peels everything from potatoes to carrots. Plus, it comes with a handy little brush that snaps right into the handle and helps clean off stuck-on skins.

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In a perfect world, the bottles, sponges, and detergents under our sinks would be impeccably organized. Until then, this customizable shelf will get you closer to that goal. You can resize the shelf rails between 15 and 25 inches and even arrange it into separate tiers for more or less shelving as needed.

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Looking for the best way to store utensils in a super-skinny kitchen drawer? This organizer does the trick. Kitchn's former executive lifestyle director Lisa Freedman uses it in her own home, and it even made it to our Kitchn Essentials list.

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Puracy's non-abrasive surface cleaner is made from natural ingredients and gently buffs away the toughest stains without scuffing delicate surfaces. It comes in a concentrated liquid, as well as a spray bottle version for convenience. Though it's currently out of stock, former commerce editor Sholeen Damarwala swears by the latter to tackle everything from dark streaky coffee blotches to spice spills on her white countertops.

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These effervescent tablets were made to clean reusable water bottles but are also ideal for cleaning pots and pans. Just fill the bottle or pan with water, add a tablet and let it bubble away to loosen gunk and grime.

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Don't let the name fool you — this useful slicer can tackle way more than just Brussels sprouts! It turns sprouts (and other similarly sized veggies!) into perfectly sliced sheets. And we can confirm it yields amazing results.

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Giada DeLaurentiis puts these crushed, oil-packed spicy chiles in pasta, hummus, marinades, and even butter for her popcorn. She can’t live without them, and neither can we.

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This medieval-looking piece of chainmail is made for cleaning cast iron without scratching it or stripping away its seasoning. Just scrub away in warm water — no soap required — and those rusty old pans will look as good as new.

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This pocket-sized knife sharpener is truly a game-changer. It has two slots and a grippy bottom, so it won’t slide around on your countertop when you pull your knives through. The coarse slot has carbide blades to sharpen dull knives, and the fine slot, made of ceramic rods, provides touch-ups for already-sharp knives.

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These washable drawstring bags come in three different sizes to help produce last longer. Each set comes with 15 (!!!) bags so you can take them along when grocery shopping and cut down on plastic. Barcodes can be scanned through the bags and you can even rinse fruits and veggies in the bags when you get home.

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A Kitchn Essential, this YouCopia organizer is the ultimate solution for pesky pans, lids, bakeware, and cutting boards. The contraption includes 10 adjustable dividers, which store pots and pans on their sides and allow them to easily slide in and out without causing an avalanche. It's even sturdy enough to hold up cast iron and is seriously a life-changing organizer.

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Dirty, dusty floors won't stand a chance when this mop enters the picture. See why one of our writers thinks it's way better than your typical Swiffer.

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Non-toxic and eco-friendly, this detergent powder is said to work even better than your standard pods.

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No matter how good of a home cook you are, everyone can use a thermometer — it's a fact. This efficient, easy-to-use food thermometer will provide you with an accurate read while cooking without any fuss.

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Whether you're looking to remove a price sticker, oil and maintain wooden cutting boards or spoons, or clean a stainless steel appliance, you'll want to keep a bottle of this mineral oil around.

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Give your drains a good, deep cleaning with these handy sticks, which promise to tackle odors and eliminate grease, oil, fat, and anything else that may be hanging out in there.

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These editor-approved measuring spoons are smartly designed to fit into standard spice jars. Plus, they snap together for easy storage!

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You probably don’t enjoy cleaning the oven, but it’s one of those chores that must be done. This power scrub brush should cut your cleaning and scrubbing time in half — just attach the brush head to your cordless drill and scrub away. But why stop at the kitchen? You can use the Drillbrush to conquer any hard-to-clean surface at home, like the bathroom or patio furniture.

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If you're trying to cut down on plastic in the kitchen, then this clever bag holder is a must-have. It’s unobtrusive enough to leave out, plus you can dry up to four bags (and even bottles) on its tines.

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This scrub brush is the real deal and makes a major impact in both the kitchen and the bathroom. The handle ensures your hands and fingers won't ache during long cleaning sessions, and the perfectly lined-up bristles make sure you'll get the full length of grout.

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Flaky sea salt is a staple of kitchens everywhere, and Maldon has some of the best sea salt we've ever tasted. If you need inspo, check out some of our favorite ways to use this smoked version. (Spoilter: You can use it savory and sweet dishes!)

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A favorite with Kitchn editors as well as a Best List topper, Mercer Culinary's 10-inch bread knife has a super long blade that allows you to cut clean, crumbless slices from large loaves. It's also lightweight, making it easy to control when cutting soft items like juicy fruits or delicate flaky pastries like croissants.

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Whether you’re cooking a meal, drying dishes, or sopping up messes, you’re going to want a set of these popular kitchen towels. No matter if you grab the 15- or 30-count set, you'll use them for much, much longer than paper towels!

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If Alton Brown loves this pizza cutter, it must be good, right? We’ve also tested this cutter and agree with Alton — it’s all about leverage with this little gadget, and it works for thick and thin pizzas alike. But, perhaps the best part, the blade is removable for thorough cleaning in the dishwasher.

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This is the multi-purpose kitchen cleanser we didn't realize we needed. Krud Kutter is a non-toxic, environmentally friendly, EPA Safer Choice-certified, multi-surface spray cleaner that has been around since the '70s and has nothing short of a cult-like following. Use it to de-grease kitchen countertops, get grime off of cabinets and walls, and clean your stovetop after a day of deep-frying.