iSi Flex-It Measuring Cups
For easy, spill-free pouring, these smartly designed silicone measuring cups are just the thing. The flexible material allows you to squeeze the cup and create a spout anywhere on its rim, adjusting as you pour. So whether you need precision pouring for runny liquids—like a thin stream of oil when emulsifying aioli—or a wider lip to quickly pour thick batters, the Flex-It Measuring Cups will work perfectly. Plus, the food-grade silicone can be used in the microwave and is heat-resistant up to 490 degrees Fahrenheit. It's also dishwasher-safe: We found that even after we left the cups sitting overnight with turmeric and chili, the silicone was easy to clean and didn't have any residual smells or stains. Choose between a three-piece set with 1-cup, 2-cup and 4-cup sizes, or buy the largest cup on its own—it's large enough to mix up your favorite pancake batter without dirtying a bowl!
Escali Primo Digital Scale
Lightweight and multi-functional, the Primo Digital Scale is the best we've used at such a compact size. Many small kitchen scales are cheaply made, so their weight sensors are unreliable and give different readings depending on how your food is positioned. Escali's product gives consistent, accurate readings, with a two-button operation and straightforward tare function to subtract the weight of your container by resetting the scale to zero. It can handle up to 11 pounds and detect even the slightest weight change, down to a single gram. The buttons have a protective shield against splatter and are easy to clean; plus, the scale automatically shuts off after 4 minutes to conserve battery life.
Wine Punts Measuring Cup
Named for the dimpled indent at the bottom of your wine bottle, Colorado-based company Wine Punts makes these unique measuring cups out of recycled wine bottles, with a dedication to sustainable living. They partner with local restaurants and hotels to save tens of thousands of glass bottles per year from crowding our landfills. Artisans saw off the neck of the bottles then fire-polish and individually inspect every Wine Punts piece to ensure a seamless, smooth rim without any chipped or sharp edges. Each Wine Punts product has its own personality, from slight variations in diameter and hue to the patterned ridges on the bottom. Made with sturdy non-porous glass, these beaker-like measuring cups hold a 2-cup capacity and show cup and ounce equivalents and are great for cocktails, baking and more. The spout makes for mess-free pouring, while its high sides prevent microwave splattering when melting butter or heating sauces. Plus, the glass is well insulated and still comfortable to hold when filled with hot water.
KuchenProfi 3-Piece Mixing Bowls Set
This three-piece set of heavy-gauge stainless steel mixing bowls has a more durable construction than others. Each bowl has a black silicone lining on its bottom, which prevents the bowls from shifting and slipping during prep work. They are fairly tall-sided, rather than widening further from the base toward the rim; this means less food spilling out and a generous capacity to prepare large batches of food at a time. We also appreciate how the non-slip linings are tightly adhered to the bowls; on poorly made models, this rubberized base may detach and fall off over time.
Cuisipro Box Grater
This box grater features four cutting sides—coarse grate, medium grate, fine grate and slice—all made from etched metal, which increases each blade’s sharpness and durability, and they won’t buckle under pressure. And unlike other brands, which often have a thick frame of metal or plastic between each cutting surface, Cusipro extends each of their grater's cutting surfaces to the edge: more area means easier slicing, quicker grating and less work, so you can tackle soft foods like certain cheeses and sturdy veggies like carrots with ease. Plus, there aren’t any extra nooks and crannies for bits of food to get stuck in, making for easier cleanup. Its ergonomic top handle is coated in comfortable, nonslip rubber, and the grater has a rubberized detachable base that holds it steady, measures volume and collects the gratings. You can simply grate, measure, remove and dump directly into your pan without extra fuss.
Cuisipro Measuring Spoons
Every element of these stainless steel measuring spoons was thoughtfully designed to conveniently reach the bottoms of your most narrow spice containers, from the oval bowl to the long, slender handle. Their durable stainless steel feels sturdy and balanced in the hand, and the contours of the handle are comfortable to grip. We especially like that the spoons feature a gentle curve at the end that keeps them upright on countertops—no more spilled salt—and helps the spoons neatly nest into each other for compact storage.
Cuisipro Measuring Cups
Because of their robust construction and fine machining, Cuisipro’s award-winning precision tools are elevated kitchen essentials and a pleasure to use. These stainless steel measuring cups are our favorite brand because their perfectly flat rims make it easier for leveling off ingredients with a knife, while their elongated elliptical shape can fit into narrower containers. We found that the longer handles are useful for scooping ingredients—with these cups, you won’t need to stick your hand deep into a bag of flour each time you bake. These cups are also visually appealing; both the eyelet hole at the end of the cup and the handle shape have contours that echo the clever oval design.
Accuweight 207 Digital Food Scale
This lightweight, portable kitchen scale is the only one you'll ever need, with settings for five different units of measurement (pounds, ounces, grams, fluid ounces and milliliters) and four precision sensors for accurate readings within 1 gram or 0.1 ounce. User-friendly design details such as a large, backlit display and an auto shutoff function make the scale a pleasure to use, while its sleek, slim design will look great in any kitchen setting.
Net Weight: 1.46 pounds Materials: Tempered glass, plastic Dimensions: Length: 7.87 inches, Width: 6.42 inches, Height: 1.46 inches Max Weight Capacity: 11 pounds Graduation Increments: Accurate to 1 gram or 0.1 ounce Units of Measurement: Pounds, ounces, grams, milliliters, fluid ounces
Use: 2 AAA batteries required, not included
Christopher Kimball for Kuhn Rikon Traverse Power Whisk
Our Traverse Power Whisk has a revolutionary flat, coiled design, which works faster than a balloon whisk to whip up egg whites or heavy cream. It has more concentrated tines, which are in constant contact with liquid to incorporate more air. Also, it will reach all the way to the edges of your saucepans and containers, unlike that awkward balloon whisk. Use it back and forth, not in a circular fashion, and see how much time and energy you will save on whisking. The traverse whisk is also versatile enough to emulsify pan sauces or blend batters—it’s the only whisk you’ll need. Try it in our Tangy Maple Whipped Cream.
Christopher Kimball for Kuhn Rikon Comfort Balloon Whisk
This sturdy, fine-wired balloon whisk is broad enough for whipping eggs, yet small enough to fit into any utensil drawer. It’ll easily whip stiff peaks and the thickest pancake batter.
Falcon Enamelware Prep Set
In professional kitchens, chefs choose stainless steel bowls because they're lightweight, stackable, sturdy and easy to clean. British company Falcon Enamelware's Prep Set, made by fusing porcelain to metal, has all these features in addition to the non-stick and heat distribution properties of ceramic cookware. The graduated set consists of 5 bowls and a colander, all of which are not only useful but also a pleasure to look at, with bright white interiors and a variety of accent colors—navy blue, vivid red or cool gray—around the rim and exterior of the pieces. You won't need any other mixing bowls with the variety of sizes in this set. We especially love the colander, which not only features a charming floral pattern with its drain holes but also fits perfectly into the largest bowl in the prep set—no more dripping water on your tables or countertops.
This set contains:
- 1 x 9½ inches mixing bowl
- 1 x 9½ inches colander
- 1 x 7 inches mixing bowl
- 1 x 6⅓ inches mixing bowl
- 1 x 5½ inches mixing bowl
- 1 x 4¾ inches mixing bowl
Usage Instructions: Oven-safe up to 530°F (gas or electric), Not microwave safe
Care Instructions: Dishwasher safe
Serax PURE Wood Kitchen Tool — 5 piece Set
These carbonized ash kitchen utensils aren’t just beautiful—they’re also more durable and longer-lasting because the material is resistant to stains, water and odor-causing bacteria. The wood-carbonization process requires an expert hand and produces the beautiful near-black finish of these tools. This five-piece set includes two large spoons that are deeper-bowled than standard wooden spoons, making them more useful for scooping; two large flat-paddled spatulas with squared-off edges for scraping the bottoms and sides of your pans; and one tapered spatula similar in shape to a pie server, which works both as a stirrer in small pots or for serving slices of cake.
Cuisipro Silicone Balloon Whisk
Because of their robust construction and fine machining, Cuisipro’s award-winning precision tools are elevated kitchen essentials and a pleasure to use. For a whisk that won’t damage your nonstick pan as you make a roux or scramble eggs, the company’s patented Silicone Balloon Whisk is a must-have item. Its tines are made with stainless steel that is sturdy enough to whisk molten caramel into a smooth sauce, while the silicone coating protects cookware that might get scratched by a conventional balloon whisk. And, with a high heat resistance of 575 degrees Fahrenheit, you can use it directly on the stove. A cap at the end of the handle ensures that no cake batter or meringue will get stuck at the base of the tines, making clean-up easier. It’s even dishwasher-safe.