When it comes to specialized gadgets, our mantra is less is more: don’t clutter drawers with doodads you’ll use once in a blue moon. Here, our test kitchen scouted new tools and appliances you’ll want to stow front and center.

By Heath Goldman
July 28, 2015
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Bakers, you know the correct way to measure is to scoop, then level. This set of measuring spoons does the leveling for you: squeeze the handle together and a neat scraper swipes across. The spoons snap together for easy storage, too.To buy: $15, amazon.com.
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Chef’n PopTop

Constructed from heat-resistant silicone, this reusable gadget gives ‘microwave popcorn’ a new, healthier name. No need for oil–just fill with kernels and stick the whole thing in the microwave for up to ten cups of the crisp, fluffy snack.

To buy: $20, amazon.com.

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Dreamfarm Levoons

Bakers, you know the correct way to measure is to scoop, then level. This set of measuring spoons does the leveling for you: squeeze the handle together and a neat scraper swipes across. The spoons snap together for easy storage, too.

To buy: $15, amazon.com.

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Williams-Sonoma Lattice Pie Crust Cutter

Just like a giant cookie cutter, this durable plastic frame makes achieving a beautiful trellised top easy as—dare we say—pie.

To buy: $20, williams-sonoma.com.

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Hydro Flask True Pint

This vessel is the exact same shape as a beer glass, but it keeps your beverage frosty for hours, thanks to insulated stainless steel walls (which leave no metallic aftertaste).

To buy: $22, amazon.com.

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Polder Wine Glass Storage

Meet the ultimate organizational system for wine lovers (next to a wine rack, that is). A wire frame holds up to six glasses by their stems, so they dry without water stains. Bonus: It’s compact enough to stow in a cabinet.

To buy: $25, bedbathandbeyond.com.

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Soma Sustainable Water Filter

Forget that clunky purifier that’s hidden in the rear of the refrigerator. This sleek 10-cup model is made from BPA-free plastic and features a beautiful white oak handle and a plant-based filter. An optional subscription service delivers fresh filters every 60 days.

To buy: $40, amazon.com.

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Belle-V Kitchen Ice Cream Scoop

The uniquely shaped head makes achieving round scoops effortless—even at the bottom of the ice cream container. Available for lefties and righties in polished stainless steel or aluminum, each one is weighted to feel balanced—not cumbersome—in your hand.

To buy: $49, amazon.com.

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Crock-Pot Smart WiFi-Enabled WeMo 6-Quart Slow Cooker

If you’ve ever felt uneasy about leaving the slow cooker on while you’re not home, this smart appliance is here to save the day. An iOs and Android compatible app allows you to adjust the settings—cooking time, temperature, and more—from afar.

To buy: $125, amazon.com.

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