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30 Useful Kitchen Tools You’ll Love for Under $30

You don’t need to spend a lot of money to fill your kitchen with useful cooking utensils, kitchen gadgets, appliances and cookware. GOBankingRates rounded up 30 useful kitchen tools for at-home chefs of all levels — and they all cost less than $30 a piece.

Click through to find out how you can outfit your entire kitchen for cheap.

As Seen on TV Veggetti Spiral Vegetable Slicer/Cutter

Price: $9.99

What reviewers said: “It works amazingly. No need to buy expensive spiralizer equipment. It is super fast and worked perfectly. It also cores out your zucchini for you. If you are wondering about this, definitely purchase it.”

Zyliss Julienne Peeler

Price: $8.99

What reviewers said: “This is a very nice peeler. It’s easy to use and easy to clean, and it comes with a cover to protect it.”

Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker With Timer

Price: $24.99

What reviewers said: “I am generally skeptical of products that claim to make cooking easy, but this egg sandwich maker is truly a well-designed product that has enabled us to add a new ‘menu item’ to our morning kitchen routine. Setup and cleaning are simple, and every sandwich we made so far has been perfect.”


Ninja Express Chop

Price: $19.99

What reviewers said: “I love this chopper. It is so easy to use. This one is fast, chops veggies fine or chunky. It is so versatile.”


Gourmia Manual Garlic Twist

Price: $7.99

What reviewers said: “I love this garlic twist! It works so much better than a press, and it’s easier than chopping. Clean-up is a matter of rinsing and throwing it in the dishwasher. It also minces several cloves at once.”

OXO Soft Handled Can Opener

Price: $12.99

What reviewers said: “I am very happy with this purchase. It is so smooth and easy to use. This is the best one I have bought so far.”

BergHOFF International Perfect Slice 3-Piece Square Cake Pan Set

Price: $22.99

What reviewers said: “This is a very high-quality product that is very easy to use. I can now cut perfect portions for any size group. This pan also makes entertaining a breeze — I can beautifully arrange my perfectly cut cakes, bars or casseroles on platters for my guests. Not only are these pans easy to use, but they are easy to clean as well.”


Sunbeam 2-Slice Panini Maker

Price: $24.99

What reviewers said: “This panini maker is wonderful. The Sunbeam heats up so fast. I use it not only as a panini maker, but make toast with it as well. I use it almost every day.”

OXO Softworks Apple Divider

Price: $9.99

What reviewers said: “For 40 years I’ve been slicing my own apples. Not until recently did I see one of these. It changed my life.”

Culina Pot Strainer with Handle

Price: $9.99

What reviewers said: “This is an awesome extra in the kitchen for smaller straining/draining jobs you don’t want to get your large cookware out for. It’s deep enough that I can use it in most of my larger pots without things spilling over, and it has a non-slip edge to make it really user-friendly. Easy to use, lightweight and quick. I use this way more than I thought I would.”

Starfrit Rotato Express Electric Peeler

Price: $17.99

What reviewers said: “It works right out of the box. It took less than 15 seconds to peel a potato. This will save me so much time in the kitchen.”

Hamilton Beach 8-Cup Food Processor

Price: $39.99

What reviewers said: “I adore my new food processor. It can shred cheese or create my own party dips. It’s easy to clean and very simple to put together. I definitely got a treasure for the money I paid for.”


Joseph Joseph Scroll Silicone Garlic Peeler

Price: $6.99

What reviewers said: “Great tool. In about six to seven rolls your garlic is peeled completely. This is a must for a garlic lover. No more sticky fingers.”

OXO Good Grips Fish Turner

Price: $13.99

What reviewers said: “I saw the versatility of this tool on a TV cooking show and decided to give it a try. I use it for flipping anything I put in my skillet, crockpot, oven, etc., and I can finally flip an egg without breaking the yolk. It is the most used utensil in my kitchen.”

Nordic Baking Mat

Price: $7.99

What reviewers said: “I love using this for baking instead of having to grease pans or use disposable parchment paper. Makes for easier cleanup, too.”

Oster Immersion Hand Blender

Price: $21

What reviewers said: “I made creamed soup, and this pureed it smooth. The chopper works well, too. It’s two gadgets in one.”


Threshold Stainless Steel Potato Masher

Price: $5.99

What reviewers said: “Nice sturdy masher. You will be pleased.”

OXO No Spill Ice Cube Tray

Price: $9.99

What reviewers said: “The product is true to its description and does not spill when tilted in the freezer. The ice cubes come out easier than any other ice tray I’ve ever used. Overall quality is exceptional. I highly recommended it.”

Bagel Cutter Guillotine

Price: $17.99

What reviewers said: “I love bagels, and this cutter is the best. Simple, easy to use, cuts perfectly.”

Chef’n ZipStrip Herb Stripper

Price: $7.99

What reviewers said: “This is a must-have for any home cook, and especially those who love to use fresh herbs. Works on all of them and makes removing herb leaves a breeze.”


OXO Pineapple Slicer

Price: $10.49

What reviewers said: “Very useful tool and practical to slice pineapples.”

Brix JarKey Jar Opener

Price: $4.99

What reviewers said: “This is the greatest little tool for opening tough jars. You just use it to break the vacuum seal, and the lid then twists off easily. I buy this for everyone I know.”

Squish Measuring Cups Set

Price: $9.99

What reviewers said: “I love these so much I purchased two sets. They take up less room than traditional sets.”

Pyrex Storage Plus 14-Piece Set With Covers

Price: $17.09

What reviewers said: “Love this set. We use it every day for storage of leftovers, taking lunches to work and storing cut-up veggies for a handy healthy snack.”

Mind Reader Handheld Milk Frother

Price: $6.99

What reviewers said: “For just over the price of a Starbucks, I have been making my own lattes and cappuccinos every day. Love this product and appreciate the low cost.”


OXO 3-In-1 Avocado Slicer

Price: $9.99

What reviewers said: “The ease of cutting into the avocado, removing the pit, gracefully slicing out the pieces of delicious green food: this is what dreams are made of.”


Taylor Compact Instant-Read Pen Style Digital Thermometer

Price: $14.99

What reviewers said: “I’m that person who always asks, ‘Is this chicken done?’ to all my roommates. It’s time to listen to the thermometer — and it works great.”

Microplane Citrus Zester

Price: $14.95

What reviewers said: “My husband is a former executive chef. Someone gave him this zester several years ago and he loves it. He uses it all the time, and every time he uses it he comments on how great it is.”


Rachael Ray Bench Scrape Shovel

Price: $8.99

What reviewers said: “I love using this kitchen bench shovel while cooking. It has a very flat and smooth edge, catching all sorts of foods from my chopping board as I scoop them up.”

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