8 Kitchen Items You Should Definitely Snag On Your Next Home Shopping Haul

These beyond-basic appliances are worth adding to your arsenal.

ninja indoor grill, deluxe 12 egg cooker, and heart mini waffle maker

While of course you need your kitchen basics—pots, pans, and spatulas—there are ways to make cooking more fun. Take, for example, an indoor grill that can also bake, roast, dehydrate, and more, or a blush-colored toaster to complement golden-hued slices of toast. Cool, colorful, count us in.

Admittedly, single use gadgets can often feel like a use-once-and-toss situation. But, hold onto your oven mitt, because we’ve done our research to find the ones you’ll really come to love for ages. These are eight of our favorite kitchen items to snag next time you’re doing some shopping.

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1 A Vacuum Sealer
FoodSaver samsclub.com
$139.98

While you could toss your food in a baggie and hope it seals in freshness, vacuum-sealing practically guarantees your food will be good to go whenever you're ready to eat it. This Food Saver 2-in-1 vacuum sealing system lets you keep fridge, freezer and pantry items fresh up to five times longer than baggies. You can even seal marinades into meat for that just-right flavor. 

2 A Vintage-Look Toaster
kate spade new york bedbathandbeyond.com
$59.99

Who says kitchen appliances have to look blah? The Kate Spade 2-Slice Toaster comes in pretty, soft shades of yellow, pink, or purple, for a hint of color on your counter. The toaster is stainless steel and enamel, and easy to wipe clean—a must. It also includes defrost and reheat selections, giving you some options outside of standard toasting.

3 A Do-It-All Indoor Grill
Ninja samsclub.com
$30.00

Ninja has really outdone itself with its Ninja Foodi XL 5-in-1 Indoor Grill. This gadget features a four-quart air fryer, roaster, baker, dehydrator, and, ya know, grill.  The whole thing is compact enough to fit on your counter and—massive bonus—it’s easy to clean.

You can snag this right now at Sam’s Club and enjoy the company’s Curbside Pickup perk. There’s no minimum purchase required and—this is a really nice perk—Plus members get exclusive hours for curbside pickup from 7 – 10 a.m.

4 A Space-Saving Kitchen Tool Set
walmart.com
$11.99

The 8 in 1 Kitchen Tool Set is the ultimate in space-saving gadgets. This stackable set has eight accessories in one bottle shape—a funnel, lemon squeezer, spice grater, egg masher, cheese grater, cap opener, egg separator, and graduated measuring cup. Just pull out the tool you need at any given moment and stash it away with the set when you’re done. It’s also pretty enough to leave out on your counter.

5 A High-Capacity Egg Cooker
Dash samsclub.com
$29.98

It can be tricky to whip up a bunch of eggs at once when all you have is a pan and a burner, but it doesn’t have to be. The Dash Deluxe 12-Egg Cooker allows you to fire up to a dozen eggs in one go, cooked in a variety of ways. You can enjoy them hard- or soft-boiled, poached, or in omelette form. Just load up your eggs in the omelette, poaching, or boiling tray, push a button, and enjoy the results in minutes.

6 A Too-Fun Mini Waffle Maker
Dash bydash.com
$11.99

Mini waffles are having a moment, and with good reason—they’re delicious and adorable. The Dash Heart Mini Waffle Maker lets you churn out heart-shaped waffles that are just 4 inches wide. It works just like a “regular” waffle iron, in pint-sized form: Plug it in, add your waffle mix, press down, wait a minute, and voila! You’ve got mini waffles the whole family will love.

7 A Guac Preserver
Casabella williams-sonoma.com
$19.95

One of the major downsides of having guacamole in your fridge is that it can turn an unappetizing brown shade within hours. Well, now there’s a device to help in the fight against brown guac. It’s called the Casabella Guaclock Guacamole Storage Container and it’s nothing short of genius. The container has a special seal to release air after it’s filled. An “elevator” raises the base to create an even more airtight seal, keeping your guac nice and green for 2-3 days.

8 The Ultimate Pancake-Making Accessory
BlenderBottle whiskware.com
$14.99

Batter-covered countertops can feel like a necessary evil of making pancakes, but that’s about to change. The Whiskware Batter Mixer mixes, dispenses, and stores your pancake batter, eliminating the need for extra tools and a lengthy cleanup session. Just add your ingredients, mix ‘em up, and squeeze ‘em out into the pan, all from one handy device.

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