Real Simple's Top 20 Kitchen Tools
Shown from left to right:
Progressive Magnetic Measuring Spoons
Unlike spoons on a ring, these stacking utensils separate easily, so you don't have to dirty the entire set if you need to use just one. The narrow ends fit into spice jars; the flat bottoms rest steady on a counter.
To buy: $9, amazon.com.
Zyliss Smart-Touch Salad Spinner
A few pushes on the pop-up pump lets you dry greens effortlessly. When you're done, the lever folds flat for storage. Or just stow it full of washed greens in the refrigerator: The interior basket keeps lettuce fresh for days.
To buy: $30, amazon.com.
Lamsonsharp Chef's Slotted Turner
Designed for flipping fish, this spatula's beveled edges also glide under delicate eggs and cookies. The high-carbon/stainless-steel construction makes the tool sturdy enough to turn a half-pound burger or chop.
To buy: $22 to $35, lamsonsharp.com.
Cuisipro Bamboo Handle Egg Whisk
Good-bye, wrist strain. Whipping egg whites is a breeze with this light and exceptionally well-balanced tool. The heatproof handle has a comfortable grip and a loop for hanging, and it's gorgeous, too.
To buy: $13, kitchenclique.com.
Rosle Garlic Press
This high-tech stainless-steel press works even on unpeeled cloves, crushing them with a single smooth motion. Unlike other presses, it doesn't leave half the garlic behind in the barrel. Even better, it actually rinses clean in the dishwasher.
To buy: $45, surlatable.com.