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The best kitchen gear from Cook's Country

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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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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Disposable Plates
Published: August 2016
Disposable Plates
We tested eight nationally available, top-selling disposable plates made from a …
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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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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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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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Medium Dutch Ovens
Published: May 2019
Medium Dutch Ovens
Need a lighter pot that can still hold full-size recipes? A medium-size Dutch ov…
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Small Dutch Ovens
Published: May 2019
Small Dutch Ovens
Do you need a small Dutch oven, and for what?
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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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12-Inch Stainless-Steel Skillets
Published: January 2019
12-Inch Stainless-Steel Skillets
Our longtime favorite 12-inch pan by All-Clad faces new competition. Is it still…
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Rimmed Baking Sheet Lid
Published: January 2019
Rimmed Baking Sheet Lid
No kitchen should be without a rimmed baking sheet and a matching wire rack. Is …
Bento-Style Lunchboxes
Published: January 2019
Bento-Style Lunchboxes
These Japanese-inspired containers make it easy to pack a variety of foods into …
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Indoor Gardens
Published: January 2019
Indoor Gardens
Countertop garden systems promise to make it easy to grow fresh herbs. Do they d…
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Glass Water Bottles
Published: November 2018
Glass Water Bottles
Glass water bottles have a fervent following, so we put them to the test. Were a…
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Silicone Brushes
Published: November 2018
Silicone Brushes
Silicone brushes can baste, glaze, and then clean up in the dishwasher. Which is…
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Funnels
Published: September 2018
Funnels
One simple tool can prevent so many messes.
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Oven Mitts for Kids
Published: September 2018
Oven Mitts for Kids
Cooking is all fun and games—until someone gets burnt.
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Full-Size Dutch Ovens
Published: September 2018
Full-Size Dutch Ovens
Dutch ovens do it all. But which pot makes “it all” easiest?
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