6 Genius Products for a Clutter-Free Kitchen
More space = more deliciousness.
There are endless numbers of innovative and high-performing kitchen products. So many that if you got them all, you’d end up with no space left in the kitchen to actually cook. Luckily, there are some creative options for being efficient with your kitchen space while still delivering results. From a 2-in-1 coffee maker to a countertop grill that doubles as a waffle iron/griddle/panini press to stackable cookware, these kitchen products work overtime to simplify your life and reduce kitchen clutter.
There is a lot of talk about high-powered blenders like the Vitamix on the internet, and when I began my journey into healthy living I was convinced that I would never be able to make a superfood smoothie without that fancy appliance. Unwilling to shell out that much money for a blender right out of the gate, I decided to start with a Nutribullet personal blender. Five years later and I still have never upgraded. I discovered that I could actually make a thick, smooth concoction perfectly well with the single-cup system, with the benefit of easier cleanup and using less counter space. The Nutribullet base is small and light enough to make storage a breeze, meaning that it’s never sitting out in my kitchen when not in use. Whether you’re blending up a sauce, making a morning shake or even chopping up veggies,
To Buy: $90; amazon.com
Sometimes you want just a single cup of coffee, but having both a drip machine and a single server brewer can feel like a real waste of space. Sure, you could make a pour-over for yourself, but what about those times when you need to make coffee for a drowsy crowd? The Keurig K-Duo Coffee Maker is the perfect, compact solution to this brewing dilemma, and prevents you from having to buy multiple brewing apparatuses. With the choice of brewing a full pot of your favorite ground coffee or a single cup using K-Cup pods, the Keurig K-Duo Coffee Maker means you've got all the options in one appliance.
To Buy: $170; keurig.com
Nothing can make a kitchen feel cluttered more quickly than pots and pans strewn across the burners, countertops, and clattering out of cabinets. If you have limited storage or just want to stop digging around trying to find that one frying pan you want to use, consider hanging your cookware from your ceiling with a pot rack like the elegant, oval-shaped rack from Old Dutch. An additional benefit, other than saving your kitchen from disarray, is that hanging cookware is a surefire way to add a cozy vibe to the room.
To Buy: $60; amazon.com
Sometimes there are appliances for our kitchen that we don’t necessarily need, but they can certainly make things more fun. A panini press is a good example of this, as well as a waffle maker. We might not use these items everyday, but having the option to make a toasty sandwich or Saturday morning waffles is not something we’re ready to give up, even if it means cramming more gear into an already stuffed kitchen. Enter: the Black and Decker 3-in-1 waffle maker. Reversible cooking plates make this compact contraption a griddle, waffle maker, and panini press all in one. That’s an appliance that works hard for its place in the kitchen.
To Buy: $27; amazon.com
Even if you choose not to hang your pots and pans from the ceiling, you still have options when it comes to saving space. One of the main problems with cookware and why it tends to take up so much room is that nothing stacks properly, resulting in a leaning tower of frying pans and stock pots that tends to cascade out whenever you open up your cabinets. Stackable cookware solves this problem by allowing for neat, easily storable sets of pots. The All-Clad Essentials nonstick collection is made up of 10 products that you can buy either as a set or individually that nest on top of one another without scratching the non-stick coating. So whether you want to brown, bake, or simmer, you won’t need any additional storage space.
To Buy: $400 for 10-piece set; williams-sonoma.com
For a long time, I didn’t have a toaster oven or a toaster. I thought my oven did a fine enough job and I really didn’t want another appliance taking up space in my small kitchen. Then the summer came, and along with it, a serious heat wave that made the idea of turning on the oven seem as appealing as walking barefoot on hot coals. But I wasn’t willing to give up my avocado toast, so I had to find a solution. What I found was the Breville Mini Smart Oven. This genius appliance does toast but is also capable of so much more. The countertop oven can also bake, broil, reheat, melt, and even make cookies—can someone remind me why I even need a regular oven?
To Buy: $229; amazon.com