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Mark Marino, Contributing Editor: Cleaning a skillet is no easy task — at least it wasn't until now. The Ringer is a sheet of chainmail that acts like an abrisive, easily scrubbing away gunk without stripping the pan's seasoning. And the best part? It's safe enough to use on glassware, cookie sheets, casserole dishes and more kitchen cookware!
BUY IT! The Ringer, $14.99; amazon.com
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Method Kitchen Gel Hand Wash
Sonal Dutt, food & lifestyle director: While riding a packed subway last month, the woman beside me leaned over and asked what perfume I was wearing because, according to her, "It smells so amazing." My response: onions and garlic. This is the life of a food editor—always smelling like whatever concoction of ingredients we're experimenting with that day. While some fellow commuters may appreciate that distinct eau de garlic, I would rather not have that be my signature scent. (Sidenote: Next time you see me, ask about the day I spent cooking 20 pounds of bacon and had three different guys ask for my number.) That's why Method's kitchen gel hand washes are my new kitchen essential—in one wash, it removes almost every food smell I've encountered (yes, even onions, garlic and fish). Plus, the gel formula doesn't dry out my hands like other soaps—which is great for someone like me who's constantly at the sink. The gels come in four light scents: Basil, Lemongrass, Thyme and (my personal favorite) Clementine.
BUY IT: $3.99 each; target.com
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Chef'n PopTop Microwave Popcorn Popper
Mark Marino, Contributing Editor: Get ready to say bye-bye to bags! This cheery baby gives off no chemical smell, requires no oil—so it's healthy, right?—and pops 10 cups of corn in about 2 minutes. Just pour in the kernels, close the flaps at the top and let the microwave do the rest. The best part is that the easy-to-clean silicone bowl doesn’t conduct heat, so you won't need to let it cool down before you dive in. Score!
BUY IT: Microwave Popcorn Popper; $18, amazon.com
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Chef’n Avoquado 4-in-1 Avocado Tool
Jessica Fecteau, writer/reporter: This tool completely changed the way I eat an avocado. In seconds, I can safely slice it open, pluck out the pit and scoop out the insides—all without making a mushy mess on my counter. Chef'n's flexible loop works on any avocado by squeezing the outside to fit its shape, which means I'll be eating guacamole in no time.
BUY IT: $9.95, surlatable.com
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Tovolo Cupcake Scoop
Ana Calderone, associate food editor:
I'm a bit of a cupcake fanatic (see here, here, and here). So when I got my hands on this tool my world was kind of rocked. The scoop measures and dispenses the precise amount of batter you need to make a standard-size cupcake. Genius! Though I like to think my creations were pretty perfect to begin with, now I know they are.
BUY IT: $8.95; williams-sonoma.com
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Scanpan Square Grill Pan
Shay Spence, deputy food editor: In the summer I am all about my charcoal grill, but now that fall is around the corner I'm coming to terms with the fact that most of my grilling will soon be happening indoors. After years of trial and error with grill pans that are either impossible to clean or don't heat evenly, I've finally found one I love. This pan is sturdy yet surprisingly lightweight so it heats up quickly, and gets those perfect grillmarks on meats and veggies for Instagram-worthy food photos. The best part is it's totally non-stick, which makes cleanup a breeze. It's a bit on the pricey side, to be sure, but it's worth the investment for how often you'll use it — and you won't need to replace it for many years to come.
BUY IT: $139.95; williams-sonoma.com
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Chef'n Twist Handheld Spiralizer
Grace Gavilanes, writer-reporter: I've been trying to eat healthier these past few months, and this spiralizer makes it all the more easy. While I'm not the best at making the meals I cook look super pretty, this tool does the hard work for me in slicing veggies into spirals — three types, to be exact (Thick Ribbon, Thin Spaghetti, Shoe String). I haven't been this excited for salads and zucchini spaghetti in a REALLY long time.
BUY IT: $24.99; amazon.com
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KitchenAid Artisan Black Tie Stand Mixer
Sonal Dutt, food & lifestyle director: Each year, KitchenAid unveils a new limited-edition stand mixer design. And, folks, feast your eyes on this 2017 beauty. The new monochromatic mixer with all-black finishes—including a cast-iron matte black finish, black stainless-steel bowl and all-black accessories—is just oh-so-sleek. Seriously, I feel fabulous just having it on my countertop—even if I don't actually mix anything in it. (Although, for the record, I made Fixer Upper Chip and Joanna Gaines' chocolate chip bundt cake recipe last night and, I swear, it looked more chic than any other cake I've baked.) The company is only making 500 all-black models, and each one is individually numbered on the trim band so you know it's official. Not surprisingly, they're going fast. Stars like Jordin Sparks, Minka Kelly, Kristen Cavallari and Tamron Hall have all requested models, too.
BUY IT: $999; kitchenaid.com
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Rabbit Wine Aerator Pourer
Maria Yagoda, writer-reporter: If you're like me, you buy bottles of wine under $10 when you're trying to stick to a budget (or plan on making a giant vat of sangria.) Using an aerator, a devise through which you pour your wine into the glass, actually improves the wine's flavor. We swear its powers can even work onthe $5.99 bottle of pinot noir that's been gathering dust in your cabinet.
BUY IT: $13 each; amazon.com
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Rainbow Nesting Container Set
Elliot Stokes, deputy art director: My leftovers look good in these colorful nesting containers. Perfect for smaller spaces, the 6-piece set features snap-together lids and are microwave safe.
BUY IT: $35, store.moma.org
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No Kid Hungry Chef Series Silicone Spatulas
Sonal Dutt, food & lifestyle director: I love these heat-resistant spatulas as much for their durable, flexible heads (to get into those tight corners of a pan) as I do for their adorable designs created by stars like Jimmy Kimmel, Chrissy Teigen, Ayesha Curry and Ina Garten. (I'm particularly obsessed with Jimmy's spot-on self portrait!) The best part: Proceeds from sales benefit No Kid Hungry, which aims to end childhood hunger in America.
BUY IT: $12.95 each; williams-sonoma.com