These cool kitchen gadgets made our 2018 cooking endeavors a little simpler.
Cool kitchen gadgets seem like they can do anything, and the 2018 additions to this helpful list are no different. They really can do anything and everything, short of the actual cooking—maybe a robot chef will finally arrive in 2019. Some kitchen gadgets stand the test of time, while others are improved year after year with sleeker options that are a little more space-friendly. (How we're supposed to fit all these cool new kitchen gadgets into a typical kitchen, much less a small one, is another issue altogether.)
Our food editors have their own picks for the best kitchen gadgets they can’t live without and old-school gadgets they swear by; these gadgets came from Real Simple’s weekly 6 Clever Items to Simplify Your Life column and Little Helpers, which appears in most issues of the print magazine. There, we seek out the cleverest, most helpful, or most innovative problem solvers around, to take care of everything from life’s minor annoyances to offering life strategies to make every day a little smoother.
Listed in no particular order, these kitchen gadgets impressed us in 2018. They may help food last longer, they may offer a better way (maybe quieter, maybe quicker, maybe easier) to accomplish a common cooking task, or they may combine several cool kitchen gadgets into one genius tool.
Best of all, they’re not necessarily specialty items—most are gadgets even beginner cooks can use, especially for nuisance prep steps. (Stripping kale has never been easier.) More advanced cooks can revel in reducing tasks that could take several minutes of chopping to seconds-long efforts. Whatever they do, the cool kitchen gadgets of 2018 make spending time in the kitchen a little easier—read on to see which particularly impressed us this year.
Help delicious, crusty bread last longer with these silicone caps.
To buy: $15 for a set of two; uncommongoods.com.
Chef’n LooseLeaf Plus
You can strip everything from kale and collards to oregano and thyme and cut stems with the same tool, thanks to this upgraded kitchen gadget.
To buy: $13; amazon.com.
Goodful 5-Qt. Grater Prep Bowl
Change the way you grate forever with this bowl, which has a lid with grated inserts. The grated cheese will fall straight into the container, so there's less mess to clean up later.
To buy: $30; macys.com.
Chef’N CoffeeHouse 3-in-1 Craft Coffee Brewer
This nonelectric, dishwasher-safe coffeemaker can make tasty cold brew, pour-over, and French press coffee—and it will fit easily in a cabinet.
To buy: $49; crateandbarrel.com.
Farberware Food Huggers Reusable Silicone Avocado Savers
Save avocados from turning brown too fast with these BPA-free, dishwasher-safe covers.
To buy: $7 for a set of two; amazon.com.
Black+Decker PowerCrush Personal Quiet Blender
This stainless steel blender is quieter than other varieties, so making a smoothie in the morning doesn't have to wake the whole house.
To buy: $30; walmart.com.
Fiskars Non-Scratch Kitchen Shears
The heat-resistant base on these dishwasher-safe scissors means you can cut pizza, quesadillas, and more directly on the (slightly cooled) cooking surface without scratching it.
To buy: $17; amazon.com.
Rabbit Pinch Foil Cutter & Bottle Stopper
This multi-capable tool can cut and remove the foil on wine and champagne bottles with a simple pinch. When the evening is over, it doubles as a bottle-stopper.
To buy: $10; rabbitwine.com.
Turn a peeled garlic clove into perfectly-minced pieces with a few quick zooms of this hand-held gadget.
To buy: $14; amazon.com.