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The best kitchen gear from Cook's Country

Multicookers (Electric Pressure Cookers)
Published: November 2017
Multicookers (Electric Pressure Cookers)
The Instant Pot is incredibly popular. But is it really the best multicooker on …
Inexpensive Blenders
Published: December 2017
Inexpensive Blenders
Our winning midrange and high-end blenders are excellent—but pricey. Could we fi…
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Immersion Blenders
Published: February 2017
Immersion Blenders
Manufacturers brag about speeds and power, but what really makes a good blender?…
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Fondue Pots
Published: February 2017
Fondue Pots
Retro? Maybe. But nothing beats a good old-fashioned fondue pot when it comes to…
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Small Food Processors
Published: December 2015
Small Food Processors
We love our winning food processor, but it’s big and costs nearly $200. Could we…
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Electric Citrus Juicers
Published: February 2015
Electric Citrus Juicers
We tested seven inexpensive citrus juicers to see how they compare to our favori…
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Handheld Electric Mixers
Published: December 2014
Handheld Electric Mixers
We whipped ourselves into a frenzy looking for the best mixer.
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Vacuum Sealers
Published: August 2014
Vacuum Sealers
With the next generation of home vacuum sealers out, could we find one that keep…
Small Slow Cookers
Published: August 2013
Small Slow Cookers
We looked for a model that was consistent and easy to use—and could guarantee pe…
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Two-Slice Toasters
Published: June 2013
Two-Slice Toasters
If we can send a robot to Mars, why can’t anybody make a decent toaster?
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Stand Mixers (Inexpensive)
Published: December 2007
Stand Mixers (Inexpensive)
Can you buy a solid mixer for under $250?
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Quesadilla Maker
Published: March 2005
Quesadilla Maker
Do you really need this?
Electric Spice Grinders
Published: May 2004
Electric Spice Grinders
Is it worth the trouble? Yes. And it’s no trouble at all if you choose the right…
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Coffee Grinders
Published: November 2001
Coffee Grinders
It's more of a challenge to choose among available coffee grinders than it is to…
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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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Burr Grinders
Published: January 2019
Burr Grinders
Coffee aficionados have long debated the best brewing method, but is the secret …
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The June Intelligent Oven
Published: September 2018
The June Intelligent Oven
A countertop oven with artificial intelligence that “recognizes” and automatical…
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Hestan Cue Smart Cooking System
Published: September 2018
Hestan Cue Smart Cooking System
This intelligent cooking set includes an induction burner that wirelessly commun…
Indoor Pizza Ovens
Published: September 2018
Indoor Pizza Ovens
Is a specialty appliance the secret to making great pizza at home?
Cuisinart Automatic Cold Brew Coffeemaker
Published: July 2018
Cuisinart Automatic Cold Brew Coffeemaker
Cold-brewed coffee in 25 minutes instead of the standard 12 to 24 hours: the rea…
Behmor Connected 8-Cup Brew System
Published: May 2018
Behmor Connected 8-Cup Brew System
Does it matter if your coffee maker is smart?
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Air Fryers
Published: March 2018
Air Fryers
We cooked more than 3,600 frozen french fries, 60 potatoes, and 40 pounds of chi…
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High-End Blenders
Published: January 2018
High-End Blenders
We investigate the new crop of pricey blenders to see what you get—and whether i…
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Sous Vide Machines (Immersion Circulators)
Published: October 2017
Sous Vide Machines (Immersion Circulators)
Sous vide machines are cheaper, sleeker, and smarter than ever before. Can we fi…
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Midpriced Blenders
Published: July 2017
Midpriced Blenders
From burnt-out motors to cracked pitchers and smoothies that aren’t smooth, most…
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Espresso Machines
Published: July 2017
Espresso Machines
Want to skip the lines—and the expense—at the coffee bar and get your espresso o…
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Mini Slow Cookers
Published: May 2017
Mini Slow Cookers
They may look like novelty items, but these itty-bitty slow cookers are more ver…
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Slow Cookers
Published: January 2017
Slow Cookers
Can machines designed for the same simple purpose—cooking food slowly enough th…
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Food Dehydrators
Published: September 2016
Food Dehydrators
To find the best dehydrator, we purchased five models and set them to work creat…
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Ice Cream Makers
Published: July 2016
Ice Cream Makers
Home ice cream makers are well worth the money and counter space—if you buy a go…
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High-End Professional-Style Food Processors
Published: January 2016
High-End Professional-Style Food Processors
We tested two high-end food processors to see whether they offered any extra fea…
Electric Waffle Makers (Waffle Irons)
Published: January 2016
Electric Waffle Makers (Waffle Irons)
We set a price cap of $100 and tested 13 irons, making batches of both a Belgian…
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Personal Blenders
Published: November 2015
Personal Blenders
“Personal blenders” offer promising perks over full-size blenders, such as small…
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Knife Sharpeners, 20-Degree (Conventional Western)
Published: June 2015
Knife Sharpeners, 20-Degree (Conventional Western)
We tested nine sharpeners designed to maintain 20-degree (Western style) knives.
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Rice Cookers
Published: May 2015
Rice Cookers
A good rice cooker should make the task of cooking rice convenient and foolproof…
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Large Ice Cream Makers
Published: May 2015
Large Ice Cream Makers
We churned vanilla ice cream and raspberry sorbet in five different large ice cr…