While any cook will be just fine with a set of knives and mixing bowls, sometimes we want a little help from gadgets. When we’re not in the mood to hand-julienne carrots for dinner or poach multiple eggs for Sunday brunch, we turn to one these nine cooking tools. They may be extra things to buy, but trust us—they’ll save you infinite hours and energy, so you can spend more time on the important part: eating.
Your fear of the mandoline is about to be over, thanks to this safety-conscious version from T-fal. The gadget slices, minces, and juliennes ingredients from chocolate to cheese to veggies. Plus, unlike the standard tool, you hold onto a grip instead of the ingredient, which means no accidental finger gashes.
This isn’t your average stockpot. The Black and Decker all-in-one acts as a rice cooker, steamer, sauté pan, and slow cooker—you can quite literally cook every part of your meal in this guy.
If you’re feeding more than just one, a standard two-slice toaster really isn’t enough. This four-slicer from Cuisinart grills four pieces of bread at a time (duh!). Think of it this way: You’ll be biting into a BLT so much sooner if you add one to your cart right now.
Once you see how much more powerful the Vitamix is than that $20 blender you got in college, you’ll know why it’s time to shell out the big bucks. Whether you’re making DIY almond milk, grinding peanuts to make your own nut butter, puréeing butternut squash soup for dinner, or whipping up a quick green smoothie recipe, the blender basically pays for itself.
Poaching your eggs via a free-fall into boiling water takes practice and patience, so if you need eggs benedict ASAP, look no further than this four-egg poacher from ExcelSteel. (And if you’re a careful reader, you’ll have four slices of toast ready when the eggs are done. Hint: See No. 3.)
This Microplane zester isn’t just for lemons and limes. Shower Parmesan over your pasta directly from the cheese block (it tastes so much better than pre-grated), quickly grate garlic and shallots, and never get annoyed mincing stringy fresh ginger again.
If you’re constantly pulling lemon seeds out of your salad dressing, it’s time to invest in this OXO juicer. Our favorite part is the built-in measuring cup and strainer, so only the perfect amount of the good stuff gets into your food.
We love a good full-size spiralizer, but if you don’t need another big gadget on your kitchen counter, check out this mini Veggetti. It’ll make all your favorite zoodles just like the big one, but it fits snugly in a drawer.
Not a fan of chopping? We’ve got you covered. Rather, the VeggiChop does. A few pulls of a handle and you’ve got diced onions and carrots, fresh salsa or pesto—even perfectly diced chicken just waiting to top your salad.