🥬 Ninja Express Chop
It’s a real time-saver that can chop fruits and vegetables in seconds and is handy for making purees and sauces, says Sana Mujahid, a scientist who manages food safety research and testing at CR, including including inspection of pathogens in meats and products.

From $20 at Home deposit and Target.

🍷 Cork Pops Bottle Opener
For anyone who’s ever struggled to open a bottle of wine, this bottle opener is a godsend that’s also a lot of fun to use, says Trisha Calvo, CR’s associate health and food editor, who has been interested in food and cooking ever since. she made her first Easy Bake Oven chocolate cake when she was 6 years old.

The only caveat is that the bottle opener uses a cartridge that needs to be replaced after opening about 60 bottles.

From $25 at cork lollipops and Walmart.

🍟 GoWise USA GW22731 Air Fryer
An air fryer is the one appliance that Larry Ciufo, a mechanical engineer who developed CR’s air fryer test program, can’t do without, because it cooks faster than an oven and doesn’t soften the meat. fried foods when you reheat them, unlike a microwave oven. The GoWise USA GW22731 model he recommends was rated by us as one of the best air fryers in 2022.

Check out the GoWise USA GW22731 CR Rating here.

Other great choices include this Lodge Cast Iron Skillet (excellent for searing and browning according to CR ratings) and Williams Sonoma Citrus Reamer (makes lemon juice extraction so much easier).

For tools over $100:

🥣 Vitamix 5200 Blender
Perfect for making smoothies or pureed soups, the Vitamix blender received enthusiastic and widespread praise among the CR experts I interviewed. “Until I’m blessed with [this] blender, I had no idea homemade smoothies didn’t need to be muffled,” says Perry, who is also the star of CR’s Instagram video on how to make the smoothest smoothie with a blender.

It’s “the best blender I’ve ever used,” confirms Paul Hope, a home produce editor and classically trained chef who has also worked in several restaurants in New York City. The Vitamix is ​​the only product that does something it really can’t do on its own. “If my food processor broke down, I could still easily chop onions and slice cucumbers with my knife,” says Paul. “But I really can’t crush ice or spray frozen blueberries with anything else!”

Check out the Vitamix 5200 Blender CR Rating here.

🍗 Le Creuset Signature Casserole
The versatile product is “a real kitchen workhorse,” says Trisha. She’s been using her Signature Dutch Oven, given to her as a wedding gift, to make stews, roast, gravies, roast chicken, no-knead bread and even popcorn for over 20 years, and it is in great shape so far. .

Discover the CR rating of the Le Creuset Signature Dutch Oven here.

🎂 KitchenAid Classic Stand Mixer
This blender is described as a game changer by Perry, who learned to cook before he learned to cook. It bakes much fluffier cakes and cookies than its hand mixer ever could and produces softer bread dough than its hands could ever hope to knead.

Check out the CR rating of the KitchenAid Classic Stand Mixer here.

🔪 Zwilling JA Henckels Pro S 7 Piece Knife Block
A good set of knives and a sharpening stone ($99 for a set at Set) are some of the most important tools in the kitchen, as a sharp knife will make chopping vegetables or deboning a chicken much faster, says James Rogers, director of food safety research and testing at CR, who also regularly answers food safety questions from her own children, including whether you should wash your chicken.

If you are on a budget and don’t want to buy a whole set, you can buy this Misen chef’s knife for less than $100.

From $350 at Amazon, Bed bath and beyondand Williams Sonoma.

Other great choices include the Oxo Brew Conical Burr Coffee Grinder (eliminates static electricity so coffee grounds don’t fly away when you use the grinder) and the Ninja AG301 Foodi 5-in-1 Indoor Grill (from $170 to Amazon and Targetit grills food in a short time and offers functions like an air fryer).

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