Spring has officially sprung, which means it’s out with the old and in with the new. And when it comes to what’s new in your kitchen, consider Chowhound’s editorial team the experts on the latest and greatest products, appliances, and tools to hit the cooking scene. We’ve rounded up our top six favorite items (all on Amazon) to replace everything Marie Kondo inspired you to throw away. Check them out below and best of luck with spring cleaning!
Price: $39.95 on Amazon (See It)
I LOVE this thing! It seems to boil even large batches of water way faster than our older stainless steel electric kettle, so everyone can have their tea or coffee in no time. You can also get a jump on boiling water for pasta or vegetables if (like me) you always forget to start the pot on the stove ahead of time. As a bonus, it has a bright blue light that’s legit pretty to watch as it’s boiling, with a sort of underwater aquarium effect. One con: It’s not a gooseneck style like we used to have, so not as good for precision pouring over coffee grounds, but it’s not a big deal. – Jen Wheeler, Associate Editor and Content Producer
Price: $16.50 on Amazon (See It)
If there’s a set of kitchen tools I surprisingly can’t live without, it’s this bad boy. Whether it’s to mix sauce into pasta, turn meatballs in the oven, or flip a steak on the grill, tongs should be a staple in every kitchen. These also come in every color of the rainbow, so you can easily match the decor of your eating space (if it’s not already ruined by stains and splatters for not having tongs). – Joey Skladany, Editor-at-Large
Price: $42.22 on Amazon (See It)
I got this as a gift over the holidays and I haven’t been cooking in anything else since. It really works for almost anything I could want to make, and it’s a beautiful piece to have in my kitchen. Bonus: It also comes with a snazzy silicone hot handle holder because cast iron gets super hot and it’s easy to burn your hand on the naked metal handle. I’ll never need another frying pan again! – Nathan Carpenter, Video Producer
Price: $45 on Amazon (See It)
I love this pepper mill from Unicorn Magnum. It makes grinding pepper fast and fun when you’re trying to get dinner on the table in a hurry. It’ll make you feel like you’re in a fancy restaurant getting table service instead of your small apartment! All the parts are from Italy and the U.S.A. Their milling mechanisms are from an Italian company that has been manufacturing continuously since 1894. And if you know me, you know I LOVE a company that has some deep history. They are based in Nantucket Island, Mass., which is great if you’re looking to support local businesses (which you always should). – Lauren Zaser, Social Media Strategist
Price: $69.95 on Amazon (See It)
I am OBSESSED with the Nespresso Aeroccino Milk Frother. This handy little device makes the perfect froth for my morning coffee, and it’s small enough that I can easily store it in my (New York-sized) tiny kitchen cupboards. It can froth all different types of milk, but my personal favorite is oat milk (it makes the best froth IMO). Add a dash of Vietnamese Cinnamon (more intense/spicy than traditional Indonesian cinnamon) and you’ll be in heaven, trust me. As an added bonus, once you make about 14 lattes at home, you’ll have more than paid the upfront cost of this frother (versus paying out of pocket each morning at the coffee shop). Enjoy! – Kristin Cassidy, Director of Special Projects
Price: $59.99 on Amazon (See It)
My recommendation is this baker’s rack/shelf. I love this (and this type of chrome shelving) because I’m used to tiny N.Y.C. kitchens and I cook all the time. This is the only way to customize and create storage, shelving, and counter space in kitchens that usually have one cabinet and maybe 15 inches of counter space. They’re easy to move around, break down, and put together, and are super durable. – Guillermo Riveros, Senior Video Producer
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