10 Kitchen Tools Our Editors Wish They Had Right Now

KitchenAid K400 Variable Speed Blender

As the months of quarantine and sheltering at home wear on (and on, and on), we cannot help but turn around in our kitchens and wonder, “What if I just had that amazing appliance/tool I’ve been eyeing online all year?” Feeling that same itch to upgrade? Check out these 10 products our editors are currently craving (and maybe even order yours before they have a chance).

Mortar & Pestle

Sur La Table White Marble Mortar & Pestle

Buy it: Sur La Table White Marble Mortar & Pestle ($26), surlatable.com

“As I’ve been treating myself to more cocktail hours than usual in quarantine, I’ve been wishing I had more cocktail tools in my kitchen! Muddling herbs with a simple mortar and pestle would take my at-home cocktails up to restaurant quality. Plus, this white marble one would look nice sitting out on a countertop (or bar cart) if needed.” Annie Campbell, Assistant Social Media Editor

Pasta Roller Attachment Set

KitchenAid® 3-Piece Pasta Roller Attachment Set

Buy it: KitchenAid® 3-Piece Pasta Roller Attachment Set ($199.99), bedbathandbeyond.com

“At the time I was registering for my wedding/stocking my kitchen, it seemed like a splurge I would rarely use (like a one-time, $150 plate of pasta, you know?). Right now, I wish I had this set so that I could invest some time into learning to make homemade pasta!” Chandler Stroman Ayres, Social Media Editor

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A Powerful Blender

KitchenAid K400 Variable Speed Blender

Buy it: KitchenAid K400 Variable Speed Blender ($249.99), kitchenaid.com

“As a work-from-home afternoon snack, we've been whipping up peanut butter banana ‘nice cream’—essentially frozen bananas, a scoop of peanut butter, and a splash of milk. Our current blender is just fine, but I can tell it's riding the struggle bus a bit with those dense frozen bananas, and we could use the chopping power of something a little more burly like this KitchenAid blender, which also comes in delicious colors to boot.” Susan Hall Mahon, Executive Editor

Stainless-Steel Scale

OXO Stainless-Steel Scale

Buy it: OXO Stainless-Steel Scale ($69.95), williams-sonoma.com

“A good kitchen scale is something you always say you’re going to buy, but never actually do (or at least that’s the case for me). If I ever get around to actually ordering one, it would ideally be this OXO model.” Corey Williams, SEO Writer

Oyster Knife

Cuisinox Oyster Knife

Buy it: Cuisinox Oyster Knife ($11.99), wayfair.com

“Yes, it’s a single-use tool—but it’s a single use tool that makes a world of difference on the occasion that you need it. I recently bought a sack of 50 fresh oysters from a meat and seafood supplier in town (they typically only do wholesale business with restaurants, but during all of the coronavirus insanity, they’ve been selling to the general public) and I was so excited… until I got home and realized I’d be shucking 50 oysters with a screwdriver.” Darcy Lenz, Senior Editor

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16-Piece Glassware Set

Wayfair Basics 16 Piece Assorted Glassware Set

Buy it: Wayfair Basics 16 Piece Assorted Glassware Set ($23.99), wayfair.com

“The fact of the matter is that I have lost or broken more glasses in the last handful of years than I care to count—which means, my cabinets are overrun with coffee mugs but sparse in terms of actual drinking glasses. And in being home day in and out, this has become more apparent. I really do need to take 5 minutes and address that.” Darcy Lenz, Senior Editor

Stand Mixer

KitchenAid Artisan® Series 5 Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer

Buy it: KitchenAid Artisan® Series 5 Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer ($379.99), kitchenaid.com

“My Manhattan kitchen is a glorified postage stamp, so I've never been able to find a place for a KitchenAid stand mixer. And I've never felt that loss more than now. I've seen my friends post beautiful pies, cookies, cakes, and breads on Instagram and all I can do is dream of a day I can join them.” —Katie Macdonald, Ecommerce Food Write

Glass Prep Mixing Bowls

Glass Prep Mixing Bowls

Buy it: Glass Prep Mixing Bowls, Set of 8 ($24.95), williams-sonoma.com

“Part of what makes working in the test kitchen so great is an endless supply of prep bowls (well, that and counter space). Cooking at home daily, along with doing some baking projects for work each week, I’m realizing that I could really stand to up my prep bowl game.” Darcy Lenz, Senior Editor

Stainless Steel Cooling Rack

Hamilton Housewares Stainless Steel Cooling Rack

Buy it: Hamilton Housewares 8-1/2-Inch x 12-Inch Stainless Steel Cooling Rack ($14.99-$24.99), bedbathandbeyond.com

“I've been grilling and smoking meat a lot more lately, which oftentimes calls for dry brining or even just thawing frozen meats ahead of time. Baking racks are perfect for this because they can sit nicely over a baking pan while allowing air to flow beneath the meat. Unfortunately, the only racks I have are sized to fit half-sheet baking pans, which take up quite a bit of useful space in an already-crowded refrigerator. This quarter-sized rack will be perfect—just big enough for a 4-lb. pork butt, or a couple of New York strips.” —Kyle McKinnon, Video Assets Manager

Tapered Wooden Rolling Pin


Buy it: Nordic Ware 22.13" Tapered Wooden Rolling Pin ($16.99), wayfair.com

“Everyone getting all up on baking projects at home reminds me that I’ve been meaning to buy a French rolling pin (they offer more control and allow you to better feel the dough beneath the pin than the handled variety) for my home kitchen, but never have gotten around to it.” Darcy Lenz, Senior Editor

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