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The Verge’s 23 favorite kitchen gadgets of 2022

The Verge’s 23 favorite kitchen gadgets of 2022


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When you’re stuck at home because of pandemics, bad weather, or just because you don’t feel like going out, there’s nothing more satisfying than cooking something really fantastic. Even if you’re not an experienced or enthusiastic cook, sometimes it’s really satisfying to create a new and tasty dish for you, your friends, and / or family.

We asked the staff of The Verge what kinds of equipment, gadgets, and tools they use to make their kitchen adventures better tasting, easier, or just more fun. Here are some of the answers we got.

Pots, pans, and cookers

Air fryer

GoWise air fryer
GoWise air fryer.
Photo: GoWise

We just received a GoWise Air Fryer as a quarantine gift, and we couldn’t be happier with it! It replaces our microwave 90 percent of the time for reheating, and food comes out tasting crisp and delicious. It’s also great at cooking. We’ve made stuffed mushrooms, fried chicken, steak sandwiches — you name it, this thing makes it. — Grayson Blackmon, senior designer


Air fryer

Cast iron pot

Lodge Cast Iron Double Dutch Oven
Lodge Cast Iron Double Dutch Oven.
Photo: Lodge

Cast iron pots are one of my key kitchen tools. First off, they’re essential for getting a great crust on a homemade loaf of bread (especially sourdough). But they’ve got myriad uses beyond that: soups, stews, roasting, deep-frying, and more. Plus, they’re relatively cheap, and if you take care of them, they can last a lifetime. 

I’m a big fan of Lodge’s Double Dutch Oven since the lid doubles as a second cast iron pan, making it twice as useful. — Chaim Gartenberg, former Verger


Five-quart cast iron Dutch oven

Instant Pot

Instant Pot cooker
Instant Pot cooker.
Photo: Instant Pot

I’ve never been a great cook so, in an attempt to get me to eat more home-cooked food, my mom gifted me an Instant Pot. This was years ago, and I’ve never looked back. I am the queen of soups, but it’s such a handy tool to cut down cooking time and effort on almost any dish. For the most part, you just toss in all the ingredients, set the timer, and go about your business. — Kaitlin Hatton, audience manager

About 90 percent of our quarantine meals have been made in an Instant Pot. There’s just no time to do anything anymore, and we can make large amounts of healthy food, with little attention, and have leftovers. I liked it before, but now I’m ready to build a shrine to it. — Christopher Grant, group publisher, Polygon and The Verge

+1 to everything above. Also, the Instant Pot makes delicious rice — just make sure to wash the rice a few times before you put it in! — Jay Peters, news writer

Sous Vide

Sous vide
A sous vide heats your food with the help of a mobile app.
Photo: ChefSteps

I only use it once every few months, but I love my Joule sous vide. It takes a bit of setup, but once everything is in the water bath, my job is basically over for a few hours. It cooks everything to the perfect temperature every time, meaning no more over- or undercooking. I get the perfect amount of pink with my steak, my veggies don’t get mushy, my chicken breasts stay moist, and I don’t have to stick everything with a food thermometer 15 times to make sure I don’t accidentally give my family food poisoning. — Sarah Smithers, senior editorial coordinator

A sous vide is great. I use mine all the time — I can proof bread in it, make garlic confit, lots of good meat / fish options. — Chaim Gartenberg

Big-ass wok

wok with handle
13.5-inch Yosukata Carbon Steel Wok Pan.
Photo: Yosukata

Every home kitchen should have a big-ass wok. They’re great for all kinds of meals, because they heat up quickly and fit a lot of rice, veggies, noodles, or whatever — all at once. A quick, stir-fry meal on a busy weeknight is much easier with a wok and you probably have enough leftovers for another night. — Antonio Di Benedetto, writer, commerce


Large 13.5-inch flat-bottomed wok

Ice cream machine  

Cuisinart Frozen Yogurt, Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker
Cuisinart Frozen Yogurt, Ice Cream, and Sorbet Maker.
Photo: Cuisinart

Is it big? Yes. Is it extremely limited in what it can do? Also yes. Can I make ice cream and sorbet whenever I want? Yes. — Chaim Gartenberg

Prep tech

Food mixers & processors

KitchenAid mixer
KitchenAid mixer.
Photo: KitchenAid

KitchenAid stand mixers are great for mixing cake mix or whisking, but the thing I most regularly use mine for is kneading dough using its dough hook accessory. I’m sure there are purists out there who’ll claim that a machine can never match the process of kneading by hand, but for me, it’s worth it just so I can get dough ready for baking without having to cover an entire work surface with flour. I will accept that using a stand mixer means I’ll never end up with Paul Hollywood’s forearms of steel, but that’s my burden to bear. — Jon Porter, reporter

I can’t stop buying KitchenAid attachments! Specifically, the sifter, scale, and the pasta roller. — Sarah Smithers

There are so many great things you can do with the Cuisinart food processor: pesto, perfectly mandolined veggie slices for lasagna, babka dough, savory crackers, dicing onions without weeping. My mom met a Cuisinart employee who swore by the 11-cup as their least-repaired model. — Helen Havlak, publisher


Food mixer

Immersion blender

The Mueller Austria Ultra-Stick hand blender
The Mueller Austria Ultra-Stick hand blender.
Photo: Mueller Austria

This is one of my favorite tools in the kitchen. It’s a hand-held blender that can be used to prepare soups, smoothies, whipped coffee, and more. I often use it in my Indian cooking just to smooth out the sauce a little and bring the dish together. It’s a game-changer, and I honestly just have so much fun using it. We also don’t own an actual blender so this has come in handy to make smoothies and shakes as well. — Dilpreet Kainth, former Verger

When I was in college, I drove through a literal Maine blizzard to buy an immersion blender because I really wanted soup. — Nicole Wetsman, reporter

I have been making a lot of sauces and smoothies, and since I have a tiny kitchen, I don’t have a lot of counter space for more gadgets. This is why I love my immersion blender. — Kim Lyons, former Verger

I love my Breville hand blender. It makes soups and stuff that you don’t want to transfer into a blender so easy. I love the model I have, but clearly, there are a lot of good options out there. — Amelia Holowaty Krales, senior photo editor

hand blender

Nine-speed immersion blender.

Cooking app

Paprika Recipe Manager.
Paprika Recipe Manager.

The Paprika Recipe Manager is my entire cooking process now. Paprika is good because it:

  • Isn’t linked to a specific cooking service, so the features aren’t tied to a particular set of recipes
  • Can download and cleanly convert recipes from almost any site pretty well, either through its built-in web browser or a bookmark widget
  • Comes with a meal calendar and grocery list function that has become remarkably useful now that I do weekly grocery runs — Adi Robertson, senior reporter

I’m seconding Adi’s recommendation of Paprika, which is the best recipe app, bar-none. It’s also got really great app support, with desktop and mobile apps on every platform: Mac ($30), Windows ($30), iOS ($5), and Android (free for up to 50 recipes).  — Chaim Gartenberg

Coffee and tea

Electric kettle

Bonavita electric kettle
Bonavita electric kettle.
Photo: Bonavita

In the UK, where I’m from, it’s pretty unusual for a kitchen to come without an electric kettle, and honestly, I’ve got no idea how anyone manages without them. Obviously, the main thing my kettle gets used for is brewing cups of tea, but it’s just as happy boiling water for coffee if you’re brewing it in a device like an AeroPress. When the water’s boiled the power automatically cuts off, which certainly feels a lot safer than the risk of leaving a burner on. Unfortunately, the US’s lower voltage means that electric kettles aren’t quite as fast as a burner if you’re boiling water to cook with, but I think they’re still a pretty useful kitchen addition. — Jon Porter

It’s so fast, and I never have to worry about stuff catching fire. — Russell Brandom, policy editor

Also +1ing an electric kettle. I love my Bonavita kettle. — Dan Seifert, deputy editor


Electric kettle

Coffee makers

Baratza coffee grinder
Baratza coffee grinder.
Photo: Baratza

I really like my overpriced Baratza Virtuoso coffee grinder. It’s expensive but has served me well for nearly five years now. It works very well for everything from fine-grind espresso to coarse French press. Almost every part is replaceable, as well, meaning I can keep it going for many more years to come. (Apparently, the exact model I have has been replaced by this newer one with a digital timer.) — Dan Seifert

I’m a big believer in the AeroPress. It’s especially good for camping. — Andrew Hawkins, transportation editor


Coffee grinder


The coffee maker that has made a name among enthusiasts for great brewing.

Simple tools

Fish spatula

fish spatula
Agrus fish spatula.
Photo: Agrus

Full disclosure: I have never used my fish spatula for fish. But its thin, flexible edge makes it perfect for getting under the edges of fried eggs, seared meat, and grilled cheeses. — Nicole Wetsman

We actually do use our fish spatula for fish, among other things, and it works beautifully, especially when trying to flip over delicate filets. If you’re picking up an especially large piece, two are better. And if you’ve got one of the Lodge cast iron pans (see above), you can use it to scrape off the burned bits. — Barbara Krasnoff, reviews editor

Turner spatula

OXO Restaurant Solid Turner Spatula
OXO Restaurant Solid Turner Spatula
Photo: OXO

This is the best spatula I have ever owned — wide enough for large items, thin enough to get under things to turn them, sharp enough to double as a bench scraper — Helen Havlak


Solid, dishwasher safe beveled spatula

Cutting board

Bamboo cutting board
Bamboo cutting board.
Photo: Royal Craft Wood

I hate when pieces of chopped veggies roll off the edge of a cutting board, so I insist on using one big enough to fill up most of the counter. It can fit an onion and garlic with room to spare, so I don’t feel cramped while I’m focusing on my (mediocre) knife skills. — Nicole Wetsman

Pancake batter mixer

Whiskware Pancake Batter Mixer
Whiskware Pancake Batter Mixer.
Photo: Whiskware

Who doesn’t like pancakes? There’s something simply beautiful about a short stack of pancakes. But I felt I was using way too many dishes whenever I made pancakes. So I bought this pancake batter mixer. 

It looks like a huge baby bottle, but it’s one of the best things I purchased for under $20. You place all the ingredients to make the batter in the bottle and shake it like a protein shake. Once the batter forms, you can squirt the batter out and adjust how big or how little you want your pancakes. The nozzle is great because it’s wide enough for things like chocolate chips to squeeze out the bottle as well. — Taylor Lyles, former Verger


Pancake batter mixer and pourer

Garlic rocker

Garlic rocker / mincer / crusher
Garlic rocker / mincer / crusher.
Photo: Joseph Joseph

We use a lot of garlic in my household, and traditional garlic presses never did it for us — they usually produced a messy, slushy paste. A friend of ours introduced us to the garlic rocker, which is not only fun to play with but produces beautifully minced pieces of garlic, perfect for sautéing and other uses. — Barbara Krasnoff

Garlic rocker / mincer / crusher

The Joseph Joseph Garlic Rocker is just a simple curved piece of metal with holes in it, but it’s one of the easiest and most effective ways to mince / crush garlic.

Digital scale

Ozeri Pronto digital scale
Ozeri Pronto digital scale.
Photo: Ozeri

A must for bread baking, especially if you’ve gotten your hands on some sourdough starter (or made your own). Anything that measures in grams and ounces will work — just get whatever’s cheapest. — Chaim Gartenberg

Microplane grater

Microplane grater with oranges
Microplane grater.
Photo: Microplane

The Microplane is incredible for grating cheese super-fine and fast, it’s the ideal citrus zesting device, and it’s a solid replacement for a garlic press, all for a very reasonable price. — Adi Robertson

Label maker

label maker attached to computer
DYMO LabelManager 280.
Photo: DYMO

You might think of label makers as an office gadget, but I keep mine in the kitchen. It’s a must-have if you do any home canning or kombucha brewing, but also comes in handy for labeling your spice jars, pantry staples, or soups etc. that are going into the freezer. — Helen Havlak


Rechargeable portable label maker

Salad spinner

I love my salad spinner. I know it is bulky and there isn’t a lot of space in my small apartment kitchen, but it is well worth the real estate! After washing greens, the towel method is so messy and this is so easy and fast. — Amelia Holowaty Krales


Large salad spinner helps dry salad greens

Frozen pop molds

Molds for ice pops
Zoku Classic Pop Mold.
Photo: Zoku

My kids eat smoothies a lot and there’s always leftovers so I started pouring the remainder into popsicle molds and they love them. My favorite is lemonade pops in the summer. With this kind of mold you don’t have to make the whole batch either. — Amelia Holowaty Krales

When I was a kid, my mother had something very much like this to make ice pops using grape juice or orange juice. When I grew up, I saw a set of similar molds in a store and immediately grabbed them. It’s a great summer dessert. — Barbara Krasnoff


Fill with pureed fruit, juice, or yogurt and freeze to get great ice pops.

Update May 18th, 2022, 11:50AM ET: This article was originally published on June 6th, 2020; prices have been updated and several new entries have been added.