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The best kitchen gear from Cook's Country

Liquid Measuring Cups
Published: June 2019
Liquid Measuring Cups
Many versions of this simple tool are surprisingly flawed: drippy, hard to read,…
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Stockpots
Published: May 2019
Stockpots
To find out, we boiled, stirred, and sautéed in every pot, ending up with gallon…
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Small Stand Mixers
Published: May 2019
Small Stand Mixers
Can smaller, lighter stand mixers pull their weight in the kitchen?
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Potholders
Published: April 2019
Potholders
Don't get burned by bad potholders. We tested nine sets to find two models that …
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Heavy-Duty Cutting Boards
Published: April 2019
Heavy-Duty Cutting Boards
A good wood or bamboo cutting board can serve you well for years to come. Which …
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Measuring Spoons
Published: December 2018
Measuring Spoons
Small design elements make a big difference.
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Large Coolers
Published: August 2018
Large Coolers
Premium coolers have become aspirational accessories, but do you really need to …
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Plastic Wrap
Published: June 2018
Plastic Wrap
Using plastic wrap can be an exercise in frustration. Could we find a stress-fre…
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Kitchen Tongs
Published: February 2018
Kitchen Tongs
Which pair offers the best precision and comfort?
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Paper Towels
Published: May 2017
Paper Towels
It took 96 rolls—88,608 sheets—to find one phenomenal paper towel.
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Rasp-Style Graters
Published: May 2017
Rasp-Style Graters
We love the Microplane Classic, but it’s not the only rasp around anymore. Can a…
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Ice Packs
Published: May 2017
Ice Packs
Ice is cheap and effective, but it can leave a sloshy mess in your cooler. Is th…
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Dry Measuring Cups
Published: August 2016
Dry Measuring Cups
Could we find a perfect set to sweep the competition?
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Piping Sets
Published: February 2016
Piping Sets
We tried five sets, priced from $11.63 to $29.95, each containing between nine a…
Plastic and Metal Water Bottles
Published: August 2015
Plastic and Metal Water Bottles
Smart, durable, and spill-proof, one bottle clobbers the competition.
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Can Openers
Published: March 2019
Can Openers
Our previous winner billed itself as “magic,” but our test cooks found it confus…
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Nonstick Cooking Sprays
Published: February 2015
Nonstick Cooking Sprays
New sprays promise performance without the chemicals—can any take the heat?
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Liquid Dish Soap
Published: April 2014
Liquid Dish Soap
Humans have been washing dishes for centuries. Are innovations in dish soap maki…
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Dish Towels
Published: February 2014
Dish Towels
Seeking: an absorbent, tough, and versatile towel. Must be handy, flexible, attr…
Food Storage Gadgets
Published: December 2013
Food Storage Gadgets
From Beer Savers to Avocado Keepers, we put six new food storage gadgets to the …
Aprons
Published: August 2013
Aprons
A good apron is a kitchen essential. We put seven no-nonsense, utilitarian cooks…
Twines & Ties
Published: April 2013
Twines & Ties
We tested cotton and linen kitchen twine as well as two brands of silicone food …
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All-Purpose Whisks
Published: June 2012
All-Purpose Whisks
Do you need a bunch of different shapes and styles crowding your kitchen, or can…
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Cookie Jars
Published: February 2012
Cookie Jars
We wanted our jar to keep cookies fresh, intact, and easy to grab.
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Oven Mitts
Published: December 2011
Oven Mitts
Obviously, they should prevent burns, but the best mitts should also be comforta…
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Kitchen Shears
Published: May 2018
Kitchen Shears
A pair of scissors can be a sheer pleasure to use in the kitchen—if you get the …
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Cake Carriers
Published: December 2010
Cake Carriers
Take your cake on the road and a frosting-smeared trunk (or lap) is guaranteed.…
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Tube Pans
Published: January 2019
Tube Pans
A tube pan may not seem like essential baking equipment—until you try making ang…
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Disposable Plates
Published: August 2016
Disposable Plates
We tested eight nationally available, top-selling disposable plates made from a …
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Digital Instant-Read Thermometers
Published: July 2018
Digital Instant-Read Thermometers
We've recommended a Thermapen for more than a decade, but there's new competitio…
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Flexible Cutting Mats
Published: March 2018
Flexible Cutting Mats
Thin, lightweight plastic mats are easier to lift, wash, and store than conventi…
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Large Dutch Ovens
Published: September 2018
Large Dutch Ovens
Dutch ovens do it all. But which pot makes “it all” easiest?
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The Best Plastic Food Storage Containers for Every Need
Published: July 2019
The Best Plastic Food Storage Containers for Every Need
We bought several sizes of our favorite plastic container to see which are most …
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The Best Glass Storage Containers for Every Need
Published: July 2019
The Best Glass Storage Containers for Every Need
We found the right sizes for everything from a serving of salad dressing to a bi…
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10-Inch Stainless-Steel Skillet
Published: June 2019
10-Inch Stainless-Steel Skillet
Does the smaller version of our winning 12-inch skillet perform just as well?
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Large Liquid Measuring Cups
Published: June 2019
Large Liquid Measuring Cups
Large-volume liquid measuring cups are handy for bigger jobs. Which ones are bes…
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