20 cool kitchen gadgets and unique utensils to make cooking fun

No matter how you slice it, finding a gift for the home chef or foodie who has everything can be dicey.

Good thing we have the vast internet and all of TikTok’s viral recommendations to keep up. Kitchen gadgets are all over the app, one more crazy and inventive than the next.

So in an effort to stay with the times, the New York Post wanted to take a deep dive into the most unique, helpful and even silly selects from the web, compiling them all into this helpful article (or gift guide). That way the next time you’re shopping for the personal chef or foodie in your life, you’ll be able to gift them something fun and fast — and that you know they’ll love no matter what.

From a strainer that makes draining pasta a breeze to a pencil sharpener fit for a carrot, we have rounded up some of the silliest kitchen gadgets that you won’t be able to live without from now on.

Amazon

No more losing precious pasta down the drain. This snap-on strainer and drainer is the coolest contraption, as it easily attaches to any pot or pan and is easy to then detach when you need to wash.


A red bowl of popcorn with a clear lid
Amazon

Movie time! This popcorn maker is a breeze to use, as all you need to do is add kernels into the bowl along with the oil, salt and seasonings of your choosing and pop in the microwave. The bowl won’t be too hot to the touch and you’ll have 15 cups of popcorn in minutes. Feel free to eat right from the popper.


A pink platter over a matching pan, made for flipping
Our Place

Don’t flip out, but Our Place has a new contraption. The Flipping Platter is perfect for any dish that needs an 180-degree flip, like an upside-down cake, crispy rice dishes, crepes and more. It’s currently available in one color but only while supplies last.


A hand holding a syrup dispenser over a stack of waffles
Amazon

Don’t get caught in a sticky situation when it comes to syrup. This adorable syrup and honey dispenser is the best way to add some sweetness to the breakfast table. Simply fill and then squeeze the handle to let the syrup, honey or other sauce trickle down onto your flapjacks.


A bacon grease metal holder and strainer
Amazon

Please don’t clog your drain or bother with a freezer full of fat containers. Use this device instead when cooking bacon or other fatty meats. It comes with a strainer to easily drain and strain the grease from your pots and pans, and then use it again to pour the bacon-y flavor back into your favorite dishes.


Circular balls with spoons for chili oil
Fly by Jing

This adorable spoon is perfect for your coveted chili oils. Fly By Jing has designed the Salsero Spoons in four different colors to match any kitchen aesthetic. They are not only a spoon to stir and grab your oils with, but they also serve as a cover to keep the oil nice and fresh on the dinner table.


A carrot in an orange pencil sharpener
Walmart

This isn’t your ordinary sharpener. The carrot peeler and curler is adorably shaped like a pencil sharpener, adding some humor and ease to a mundane task like peeling veggies. Plus, adding carrot shavings to a salad or other dish just got a whole lot easier.


A toaster with a grilled cheese in a bag inside and a grilled cheese on a plate
Uncommon Goods

Save your toaster from a messy lunch with these toaster bags, perfect for a gooey grilled cheese. They fit a standard piece of bread and protect your toaster from getting covered in melted cheese and starting a fire, while producing a melty and crispy sandwich.


A grate over the sink and a knife and bell pepper sitting on the grate
Amazon

Full disclosure, the writer of this article has one of these and may or may not also use it to keep her cats from jumping into the sink! This is truly a multi-purpose rack, as you can use it to block the sink, dry your dishes (traditionally) or even as extra counter space in a small kitchen. It rolls up for easy storage and can be rinsed clean if it gets messy.


A red can opener device
Amazon

One touch and you are all set. This one-touch can opener is a super cool contraption, as all you need to do is secure it to the can, press the button and the little device makes its way around the can, opening it and saving you time and energy.


A bottle of wine in a silver wine cooling contraption
Amazon

No one likes warm wine. This wine chiller is a cool and classy way to serve your favorite bottle of vino, coming in a silver color that looks great on any dining table or bar cart. Just grab a cold bottle of wine, insert it into the container and it will keep it cold for up to six hours.


Cheese and butter with silicone caps on the end to keep them fresh
Uncommon Goods

We would hug butter and cheese if we could but this silicone cover will do the trick, too. The little covers are great for keeping opened cheese and butter fresh, without wasting a container or excess room in the fridge.


A circular spice dispenser
Amazon

This spice contraption is really a work of art, as not only does it display the labeled spices in a stunning lazy Susan type way, but it also dispenses the perfect amount for any recipe, with settings to let out teaspoons, tablespoons and other exact measurements.


A pair of green herb scissors with five blades cutting a green onion
Walmart

Chop chop, you need this gadget now. These scissors are way better than a knife and will sharpen your cutting skills in seconds. They have five blades instead of one and are perfect for evenly and quickly chopping up herbs and veggies like dill, chives, green onions and so much more.


A breakfast sandwich maker with an egg, meat, English muffin and veggies
Target

Breakfast is served. Come get the best breakfast sandwich while it’s hot, with this amazing all-in-one sandwich maker. It not only toasts the muffins or bread, but perfectly fries your egg, heats the bacon or sausage and melts the cheese all at the same time, so no part of your sammie is ever cold.


A black automatic stirrer in a pan of red sauce
Uncommon Goods

Whisk away your worries when trying to multitask in the kitchen and let this device do the stirring for you. If you love to cook sauces and other stirred dishes but hate standing over the pot, simply turn on the timer and let this auto-stirring machine do the work.


A wooden spoon that pulls the oven rack out to show a pan of cookies
Uncommon Goods

Don’t burn your baking hands! This oven rack puller is a great solution, allowing you to pull out the hot rack without scalding your fingers or holding the rack with cloth oven mitts for too long.


A watermelon slicer that cubes watermelon
Amazon

Slice and dice up a juicy watermelon in seconds with this fun device. The watermelon slicer makes perfect bite-sized cubes — great for a picnic, school lunches or to throw in a salad when you don’t want to bother with messy eating or disposing of the rinds on-the-go.


A red strawberry huller
Amazon

Get the most out of your strawberry with this genius way to remove the stem and leaves. This strawberry-shaped device is super cute and gets the job done, getting rid of the core without sacrificing a lot of the fruit.


A green and black avocado tool
OXO

Save yourself a trip to the hospital with avocado hand injuries and get this tool instead. The 3-in-1 device opens, pits and slices your avocados, so you won’t have to worry about cutting yourself in the process.


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