If you’ve ever needed to outfit an apartment or home from scratch, you know that the kitchen gadgets section of any Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, or Crate & Barrel can put you in a Little Mermaid frame of mind. There are whozits and whatzits galore, but which kitchen tools are actually worth the price? Do you really need the 25-piece cooking set, seven types of pie slicers, and that battery-operated corkscrew?
The kitchen tools you use most will depend on how often you cook at home, and how much you try to emulate Julia Child. There’s also quite a price difference and choice of peculiar gadgetry available. Obviously, some items are going to be more useful than others.
With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of 11 of the most useful kitchen tools there are. You might disagree with a few, depending on your own cooking preferences, but in most cases the gadgets are universally helpful in the kitchen. In many cases, they also serve multiple purposes, making them especially essential. Some are upgrades from classic products, others are classics all on their own, and a few more have been growing in popularity in recent years. Take a look to see if you’re missing out on the most handy of kitchen tools.