22 Editor-Loved Cooking Products Every Home Chef Should Own
There's an easy way to get excited about stepping up your game in the kitchen, and it's not finding a new viral recipe — it's buying yourself some new supplies. Shopping isn't the answer to everything, but we're firm believers that with the right kitchen gadget or cooking appliance, you might actually look forward to making yourself a meal, rather than viewing it as a chore or an added obstacle. Fortunately, the internet is a great place to find the best cooking products for any home chef (shout-out to #CookTok!), regardless of whether you're a culinary artist or a new home cook. Don't believe us? Not to worry, because our shopping experts have tested a number of cool kitchen appliances that not only come highly recommended, but are also available to shop from some of our favorite brands like Our Place, Great Jones, Caraway, Brightland, Made In, Hedley & Bennett, and more.
These useful kitchen tools will not only make you look good in the kitchen, but they might also inspire you to start cooking from scratch more often, too. Whether you want a versatile pan or a high-quality knife, we have you covered. Ahead, check out our editor's picks for must-have cooking products and gadgets, and get yourself a few. We've tested and reviewed all of these brilliant products ourselves, so they even have the coveted POPSUGAR stamp of approval.
An Ice-Cream Maker
Ninja CREAMi Ice Cream Maker ($184)
This TikTok-famous ice cream maker gives users the freedom to easily whip up their own decadent, icy deserts at home. From fruit sorbets to homemade versions of your favorite specialty pints, the possibilities are endless. Learn more about the editor-loved tool in this Ninja Creami Ice Cream Maker product review.
Editor Quote: "This ice cream machine is great for ice cream aficionados of all kinds. My fiancé and I are most excited about creating healthy-ish ice cream alternatives that don't cost 10 bucks a pint." — Marisa Petrarca, Contributing Editor, Commerce
A Top-Rated Air Fryer
Cosori Smart Air Fryer ($110, originally $130)
This air fryer is a cooking essential for pro chefs and self-proclaimed foodies alike. The product serves as an efficient, easy-to-use alternative to crisping up flavorful meals at home, and one POPSUGAR editor even said that the air fryer changed her life for the better in this Cosari Smart Air Fryer product review.
Editor Quote: "If counter space isn't an issue and you're looking for an air fryer with multiple functions and a spacious basket, this air fryer is a great option. I very much enjoy mine, and I use it on a day-to-day basis." — Haley Lyndes, Former Assistant Editor, Commerce
A Plant-Based-Milk Maker
With this handy appliance, you can whip up your own custom plant-based milk varieties in minutes. Plus, it's a POPSUGAR editor favorite; read our Almond Cow Milk Maker Machine review for photos and more details.
Editor Quote: "What I like most about the Almond Cow Milk Maker Machine is how ridiculously easy it is to use. Once you're familiar with the steps, you can turn a bag of almonds into almond milk in under five minutes (I'm not exaggerating)." — Marisa Petrarca, Contributing Editor, Commerce
An Outdoor Oven
Ninja's latest cooking innovation is an impressive wood-fired outdoor oven. The electric heat can range from 105-700°F with eight different functions: pizza, max roast, specialty roast, broil, bake, smoker, dehydrate, and keep warm. It might look smaller than a regular oven, but it can fit plenty: up to a 12-pound turkey, a full sheet pan meal, a nine-pound pork shoulder, and more. There is an integrated smoke box on the side of the oven to add Ninja's real wood pellets that instantly infuse food with that wood-fired flavor.
Editor Quote: "If you like to entertain, this outdoor oven is an absolute must. The fact that you can make both homemade pizzas, a rack of ribs, or brownies in the same device is beyond impressive. I was lucky enough to test out the product, and not only did all types of foods cook faster than they would have in a traditional oven, but there was zero compromise on taste or quality. As a pizza-lover, my favorite feature is that the product can make either New Yorkm style, Neapolitan, thin crust, pan, or frozen on the pizza stone in under three minutes. The options are limitless!" — Perri Konecky, associate director, Breaking News
A Practical Pizza Oven
This epic pizza oven can also make flame-cooked steaks, fish, and vegetables. All you have to do is switch on the instant gas ignition, and you'll be ready to cook in 20 minutes. Two of our own POPSUGAR editors put the pizza oven to the test and shared their honest experience in this Ooni Pizza Oven product review.
Editor Quote: "I've got to say, the Ooni Karu 16 Multi-Fuel Pizza Oven is a total crowd pleaser and party must have. If you have to feed a bunch of people, you can serve several pizzas swiftly. I also appreciate how easy the design is to use — you don't need to be some chef extraordinaire to make spectacular pizzas. That being said, my chef boyfriend with ridiculously high standards is equally impressed with the results as my father who barely knows how to boil water. It's truly a product designed for anyone." — Macy Cate Williams, Former Content Director, Commerce
An Indoor Herb Garden
Click & Grow Indoor Herb Garden Kit ($172, originally $182)
Take your cooking game to the next level with the help of this herb garden kit, which allows anyone (even the most amateur of gardeners) to grow their favorite herbs right within the comforts of their home. One POPSUGAR editor said the tool was especially "perfect for beginners" in this Click & Grow Indoor Smart Garden product review.
Editor Quote: "The Click & Grow Smart Garden is a great home addition for both beginner and advanced plant enthusiasts. For anyone who's too busy to grow traditionally, this is a perfect way to still get the experience of growing without stress. It's also a great home addition for anyone who just wants to enjoy greenery in the home to brighten up a space — this minimal maintenance is worth the air-quality benefit alone." — Moná Thomas, Living Editor and Content Strategist
An Oprah-Loved Toaster
This touchscreen toaster comes highly recommended by both Oprah and POPSUGAR editors alike — talk about a testimony! The smart appliance features customizable settings so you can program the kitchen essential to better suit your toast preferences. Oprah included it in her favorite things list for 2022, and one POPSUGAR editor also put the tool to the test in this product review on the Revolution Touchscreen Toaster.
Editor Quote: "The Revolution R270 InstaGLO Toaster creates the perfect blend of crispness and crunch while keeping the inner layers soft and moist. No matter how you like your toast, this smart toaster will deliver with chef's kiss perfection." — Anvita Reddy, Assistant Editor, Commerce
Caraway Cookware Set ($395)
This 12-piece cookware set has taken the internet by storm. It's hailed for its nonstick capabilities, which help to make cooking and cleanup a total breeze. Not only does the set come in a multitude of fun colors (bonus!), but our own editor even tested the product for herself and confirmed it's totally worth the hype. Read POPSUGAR's Caraway Home Cookware Set product review to learn more.
Editor Quote: "I am not exaggerating when I tell you that the Caraway Cookware Set ($395, originally $545) has totally changed my daily routine for the better." — Macy Cate Williams, Former Content Director, Commerce
A More Affordable Stylish Cookware Set
If you'd prefer to spend less on a comprehensive cookware set, this one's editor and Amazon-shopper approved. This 11-piece set has received approval from editors and Amazon shoppers alike. It includes essential pieces such as a 9.5 and 11-inch fry pan, a two-quart covered saucepan, a three and six-quart Dutch oven, a four-quart deep sauté pan with a lid, and a multi-function stainless-steel basket. While it may be slightly less scratch-resistant compared to pricier alternatives, it remains a great choice for those seeking to save some money without sacrificing functionality. Read our editor review of the Member's Mark 11 Piece Modern Ceramic Cookware Set for more.
Editor Quote: "Two things I noticed right away was that they're decently lightweight and heated up quicker than my previous ones thanks to their aluminum construction. While making scrambled eggs, I found that I could get away with using less oil to coat the pan and they slid right off the pan when they were done – as opposed to scraping them out like I hate to admit I did in the past. The result: Faster cleanup and healthier meals — a double-win." — Marisa Petrarca, Contributing Editor, Commerce
A Smart Toaster
Tovala Smart Oven Pro ($200, originally $300)
If you love to stock your kitchen with the latest and greatest smart appliances, this one should be on your radar. This versatile six-in-one device allows you to switch between air frying, steaming, baking, broiling, reheating, and toasting. What sets it apart is its smartphone app connectivity, which allows you to heat up specific recipes or frozen foods to perfection. One of our former editors is a big fan. Read her review of the Tovala Smart Oven Pro for more.
Editor Quote: "I'm not one for gimmicky gadgets, and this is far from that. Every single meal was delicious and easy. I think the best thing about this device though is that not only does it work on scanning its own meals, but it also works for popular microwaveable and toaster meals that include everything from Trader Joe's frozen meals to Eggo Waffles." — Krista Jones, Former Editor, Commerce
A Cleanup Essential
This item is more of a cleanup essential than a cooking product, but it's definitely worth adding to your cart, especially if you frequently encounter stubborn food residue on your pans. For more info, check out our review of the Lodge SCRAPERPK Durable Pan Scrapers .
Editor Quote: "After hearing people rave about this pan scraper and reading through reviews, I was sold. You have to wait until the pan cools off before using it (the scraper is likely to melt otherwise), but then you're free to flick off those reluctant pieces that seem to just want to hold on for dear life." — Britt Stephens, Former Content Director, Celebrity and Entertainment
A Celeb-Founded Pan Set
Love staying up-to-date on celeb-founded brands? Enter Risa, a cookware brand founded by Eva Longoria. This particular set comes with an eight-quart stock pot with a lid, a 4.5-quart sauté pan with a lid, and two pot holders. Amazon shoppers and our very own editors praise its ceramic nonstick coating. Learn more via our Risa Induction Cookware Pot and Pan Set review.
Editor Quote: "My first impression of the Risa Cookware Set in Natural Ivory was how lightweight it felt, especially considering the large size of the pot and pan. It's easy to maneuver, and the handles are conveniently located." — Anvita Reddy, Assistant Editor, POPSUGAR Commerce
A Beautiful Baking Dish
If you (like me) secretly want to be Joanna Gaines and attempt to channel the lifestyle expert every time you're in the kitchen, then this baking dish will definitely be a worthwhile purchase for you. Whether you're making casseroles, lasagnas, or even cobblers, this dish can truly do it all — just check out our product review on the Heart & Hand with Magnolia Baking Dish to learn more.
Editor Quote: "From cobblers to casseroles, the bakeware has allowed me to whip up some of the easiest and most delicious meals and desserts — giving me the freedom to throw all of the ingredients into the dish base, cook it to perfection in the oven, then seamlessly take it straight to the dining table with the metal carrier (no need to transfer to another, more stylish serving plate and run the risk of ruining my bake)." — Kyley Warren, Assistant Editor, Commerce
A Cult-Favorite Pan
Our Place Always Pan 2.0 ($150)
If you have an Instagram account or find yourself regularly scrolling through the #CookTok hashtag on TikTok, chances are you've probably seen this pan splashed all over your feed — and for good reason. This multi-functional pan eliminates the need for a ton of cookware, as its nonstick composition allows users to cook up just about anything they'd like. It's even a POPSUGAR editor favorite — as detailed in this Our Place Always Pan 2.0 product review.
Editor Quote: "The versatility of the Our Place Always Pan 2.0 is unmatched; you can cook breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert all in one place. I've been experimenting with this pan for a little while, and I've made everything, including fried eggs, chicken curry, pasta, and baked cinnamon rolls. I use this pan so much that it's perpetually sitting on my drying rack." — Anvita Reddy, Assistant Editor, Commerce
An Essential Knife Set
Made In Knife Sets and Kitchen Knives ($349, originally $406)
You don't have to be a professional chef to love this knife set — though one POPSUGAR editor argued that the practical set actually made her feel like one in our product review on the Made In Knives. Whether you're cutting through dense meats or are meal-prepping vegetables for your upcoming week, these knives are sure to be a kitchen savior!
Editor Quote: "After owning these deluxe knives for about two months, I found myself reaching for the Chef Knife most often, using it to cut everything from meats to vegetables into different chops and sizes. But my favorite is actually the Nakiri Knife because it's made me chop vegetables finer that I ever could have imagined." — Yerin Kim, Editor, Breaking News
A Better Baking Sheet
Every household should have a great baking sheet on hand for when they need to whip up flavorful, oven-ready treats in an instant, and this baking sheet is considered one of the very best. Whether you're baking a large batch of cookies or are playing around with new, sheet-pan dinners, this tool can accommodate it all. Plus, one POPSUGAR editor even went as far as calling it her "new favorite kitchen product" in this Great Jones Holy Sheet Pan review.
Editor Quote: "It's sturdy and a smidge heavier than other options in my cabinets, which means it has yet to show any signs of damage, despite being stored alongside wire racks. Plus, the bottom doesn't puff up when baking in high heat unlike some flimsier options out there. And if you've ever had to scrape burnt pieces off a new pan, rest assured the nonstick coating on the Holy Sheet pan is impressively slick, even after handwashing it several times." — Lisa Peterson, Director, Social Media
An Elevated Olive Oil
You can easily elevate any meal with the help of this internet-loved olive oil. Not only does the olive oil boast a flavorful, ingredient-packed base, but it's also hailed as being one of the most authentic olive oils on the market, with no fillers or artificial preservatives. One POPSUGAR editor even admitted that the product is so great, it's the "only thing" she cooks with now, as detailed in this Brightland Olive Oil product review.
Editor Quote: "The oils taste as elevated as they look, likely because of the handpicked, organic heirloom olives that are milled soon after harvest. From my first blind taste, I immediately noticed the bright, herbaceous flavor of the Brightland Awake olive oil, while the Alive one tastes fruitier and nuttier." — Shelcy Joseph, Contributor
An Affordable Cookware Set
Compared to some of the other cookware sets on the market, this teal-colored bundle from Drew Barrymore's line is definitely on the more affordable side — which is even more refreshing considering how unbelievably chic it is, too. The 12-piece set comes with everything you'll need to fill your kitchen — including frying pans, dutch ovens, cookware protectors, and more — plus it's made with a nontoxic ceramic nonstick coating that you can feel good about cooking your food on. Read our review of the Beautiful by Drew Barrymore Nonstick Ceramic Cookware Set to learn more.
Editor Quote: "Despite how pretty the kitchenware is, it's also proven to be just as effective at cooking a wide variety of dishes. The durable, flat construction of the pots and pans ensures that all foods are cooked evenly, and it's designed to be compatible with all stovetops. From my morning eggs to my go-to fajitas dish, this set has the capacity to cook it all — and make your kitchen space look seriously cute while you're doing it." — Kyley Warren, Assistant Editor, Commerce
A Quality Cutting Board
Our Place Walnut Cutting Board ($65, originally $95)
If you're already a fan of Our Place's other, cult-favorite cooking products, then you'll definitely want to round out your stock with this editor-loved cutting board, which is both stylish and still totally durable. Learn more in this Our Place Cutting Board review.
Editor Quote: "You may think a cutting board is a cutting board, but this is the one you'll want, trust me. The design is well thought out, and so much more than that. The built-in juice trench on one side makes it easy to catch and drain liquids. It features a side that's completely flat, so it can even double as a serving tray too." — Krista Jones, Former Editor, Commerce
A Chic Dinnerware Set
Once you're finished cooking up something delicious and completely memorable, you'll need quality dinnerware and utensils to serve up your homemade dish in style. While there are so many stylish dish sets that are available to shop online, this minimalistic kit is definitely one of our favorites. Just read through our review on the Leeway Home Dinnerware set.
Editor Quote: "What impressed me the most: the quality. I've tried a lot of dinnerware brands over the years, and photos don't just do these pieces justice. The ceramic plates feel sturdy and luxe, without being overly heavy or feeling bulky, yet not cheap. The glassware is light — you can feel that it's well made and won't easily break." — Krista Jones, Former Editor, Commerce
A Top-Rated Kitchen Appliance
Looking for a cool cooking appliance that can help you to cook up something impressive with little to no effort? Look no further than this Dutch oven. The enameled cast-iron kitchen tool is safe for all stovetops and available to shop in a variety of colors. One POPSUGAR editor said that the appliance was totally "worth the hype" in this Great Jones Dutchess Oven product review.
Editor Quote: "I decided to roast a chicken, and it was the easiest process ever. I filled the pot with a whole chicken, lemon, rosemary, spices, and white wine — the deep design allows everything to cook without spewing out everywhere. Once it was ready to go, it honestly looked like the prettiest thing I ever cooked while sitting inside the Dutchess. It was easy to lift, even with my hands in oven mitts." — Macy Cate Williams, Former Content Director, Commerce
A Do-It-All Apliance
If your traditional oven just isn't doing it for you anymore, it might be time to look into a cooking alternative like this countertop oven set. While the product comes at a pretty steep price, it's definitely worth it considering the wide variety of dishes you can make with the appliance (including things like salmon, chicken tenders, and more), and all in a fraction of the time it might take to cook the same meal in a traditional oven. Read our Brava Countertop Oven review to learn more about this editor-loved essential!
Editor Quote: "Although this countertop oven doesn't come cheap, it can help save hundreds of dollars over the course of a few months. I swapped expensive restaurant checks for grocery receipts, meanwhile making me more aware of the ingredients in my food. My diet is more varied, too (I've discovered new recipes and meals, rather than opting to eat the same to-go orders again and again)." — Hilary Sheinbaum, Contributor