November 12, 2020

The best kitchen gifts of 2020

By Jennifer Blair

It's likely that many people on your list have spent more time in their kitchens this year. We've compiled a list of the best and most useful kitchen gifts for everyone from new cooks to experienced home chefs. 

 

*Prices and availability subject to change.

For the grill master

Ninja Foodi Smart Air Fryer

Ninja Foodi Smart XL 6-in-1 Indoor Grill: $279.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond

This impressive, extremely easy-to-use grill will be a huge hit with the grill master in your life. In cold weather, this indoor model provides perfectly grilled food without producing any smoke. It can air fry, bake, roast, and broil, too. Also available at Best Buy and Kohl’s.

For the caffeine fiend

De'Longhi Espresso machine

De’Longhi Stilosa Espresso Machine: $99.95 at Amazon

For the wannabe barista on your holiday list, this espresso machine can take their at-home coffee game to the next level. It offers a compact design and modern appearance, as well as a 15-bar pump for the richest espresso around. Also available at Bed Bath & Beyond and Best Buy.

For the person who thirsts for happy hour

Bartesian Cocktail Machine

Bartesian Premium Cocktail Machine: $349.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond

Make happy hours as easy as possible for your loved ones with this intelligent cocktail system. It uses capsules with mixer ingredients that are automatically blended with their spirit of choice for perfect cocktails every time. Also available at Amazon and Kohl’s.

For the person who wants healthy, delicious cuisine

De'Longhi Air Fry Digital Convection Oven

De’Longhi Livenza Air Fryer Convection Oven: $199.96 at Amazon (was $249.95)

Home cooks looking to eat a little healthier will love this convenient air fryer and countertop oven. Thanks to its convection heating, it can cook up to 60% faster than full-size traditional ovens — and no oil or added fat is required for crispy, “fried” favorites.  Also available at Kohl’s.

For the novice bartender

GE Profile Opal Countertop Nugget Ice Maker

GE Opal Countertop Ice Maker: $549.00 at Amazon

Thrill the friend who likes to play amateur mixologist with this handy smart ice maker. It’s compact enough to fit on most countertops and Bluetooth-enabled so they can schedule their ice-making from their phone to ensure there’s always enough for cocktails. Also available at Best Buy.

For the culinary artist on your list

KitchenAid Classic Series 4.5 Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer

KitchenAid Classic Series 4.5 Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer: $259.99 at KitchenAid

Home bakers all appreciate how a classic stand mixer like this one can make life easier in the kitchen. It’s powerful enough to make mixing up even thick cookie batter a breeze and is compatible with a whole host of attachments for other recipes. Also available at Best Buy and Macy’s.

For the innovative cook who likes convenience

Braun Hand Blender

Braun Multi-Quick 7 Smart Speed Immersion Hand Blender: $79.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond (was $99)

This immersion blender is a sure hit with anyone who enjoys soups, sauces, and even smoothies. It features a powerful motor that delivers plenty of speed, all with the simple press of your fingers. It comes with a blending beaker, whisk, and mini chopper, too. 

For the person who thrives on morning coffee

KitchenAid 12-Cup Drip Coffee Maker

KitchenAid 12-Cup Drip Coffee Maker with Spiral Showerhead: $89.99 at KitchenAid

Gift the coffee aficionado in your life this drip coffee maker that provides the most flavorful coffee with every brew. Its spiral showerhead design fully saturates the grounds for optimal extraction, and the variable brew strength feature lets them choose between regular and bold. Also available at Amazon, Best Buy, and Home Depot.

For the Instant Pot enthusiast

Instant Pot Official Springform Pan

Instant Pot Official Springform Pan: $13.59 at Amazon (was $14.99)

For that friend who can’t get enough of their Instant Pot, this springform pan can expand their recipe options. Not only can you make cheesecake and other desserts with it in your Instant Pot, but you can whip up dishes like lasagna and macaroni and cheese, too. Also available at Bed Bath & Beyond.

For the person who loves stir-fry

Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Signature Wok

Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Signature Wok: $299.99 at Amazon

This wok will make the holidays for anyone on your list who loves stir fry. Made of durable, enameled cast iron, it can hold up to years of heavy use. It also comes with a tight-fitting glass lid to seal in the heat. Also available at Macy’s.

For the waffle lover

Dash Mini Waffle Maker

Dash Mini Waffle Maker: $9.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond

This convenient little waffle maker makes it quick and easy to prepare a fresh, homemade breakfast. The nonstick cooking surface also means cleanup is a breeze, and its smaller size keeps it from taking up much space on the counter. Also available at Amazon and Kohl’s.

For the person who loves to bake

Pyrex Glass Measuring Cup Set

Pyrex Glass Measuring Cup Set: $17.99 at Amazon (was $47)

As far as practical gifts go, it’s hard to top this set of classic glass measuring cups. They’re dishwasher-, microwave-, and freezer-safe, so they’re highly versatile — and the glass won’t absorb odors and flavors like plastic does. 

For the person with a sweet tooth

Nostalgia Indoor S'mores Maker

Nostalgia Indoor Electric Stainless-Steel S’mores Maker: $19.99 at Amazon (was $24.99)

With this handy indoor s’mores maker, you don’t just have to enjoy your favorite treat around the campfire. The flameless electric heat toasts marshmallows safely and easily, and the divided serving tray offers a spot to hold graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows. Also available at Home Depot.

For the culinarian

Lodge 12-inch Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet

Lodge 12-inch Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet: $19.90 at Home Depot

Every kitchen can use a durable cast-iron skillet like this one for sautéing, baking, and even grilling. It offers an assist handle to make maneuvering it around the stove easier and is pre-seasoned to keep food from sticking to it. Also available at Kohl’s.

For the latte lover

 Aerolatte Handheld Milk Frother with Stand

Aerolatte Handheld Milk Frother with Stand: $19.99 at Amazon

Anyone on your shopping list who loves cappuccinos, lattes, or Dalgona coffee will appreciate this handheld milk frother that creates rich, creamy foam in a minute or less. It’s highly durable thanks to the stainless steel and high-quality plastic construction, and it works with all types of milk. Also available at Bed Bath & Beyond.

For the person who enjoys smoothies

Ninja Professional Countertop Blender

Ninja Professional Countertop Blender: $115.84 at Amazon

This powerful blender is perfect for anyone who enjoys a morning smoothie — or the occasional frozen cocktail. Its pitcher can hold over 72 ounces for family-size servings, but it also comes with two 16-ounce to-go cups for individual servings. Also available at Best Buy and Macy’s.

For the cooking connoisseur

Le Creuset Signature Enameled 9.5-Quart Dutch Oven

Le Creuset Signature Enameled 9.5-Quart Dutch Oven: $449.95 at Amazon

This exceptionally well-made Dutch oven is the perfect gift for anyone who loves making soups, stews, and chilis. It features extra-large handles to make it easier to move in and out of the oven and can withstand temperatures up to 500 degrees. Also available at Bed Bath & Beyond and Macy’s.

For the baker who loves easy cleanup

Calphalon Nonstick Bakeware

Calphalon Nonstick Bakeware Set: $99.99 at Amazon (was $119.99)

Anyone who’s just moved into a new house or apartment will get plenty of use out of this comprehensive bakeware set. Not only does it include all the baking sheets and pans that the casual home baker could need, but it’s also made of nonstick material for easy cleanup. Also available at Bed Bath & Beyond.

For the avid gardener

9 Herb Window Garden

Planter’s Choice 9 Herb Window Garden: $34.99 at Amazon

This windowsill herb garden set is the perfect gift for that loved one who doesn’t have space for a full-size garden. It comes with seeds for nine different herbs, including oregano, cilantro, and basil, plus easy-to-follow instructions to help them through the growing process.

For the veggie-lover

OXO Good Grips Vegetable and Onion Chopper

OXO Good Grips Vegetable and Onion Chopper: $19.99 at Amazon

You can’t go wrong with this convenient food chopper for anyone who enjoys cooking. It quickly and safely chops fruits and veggies with ease and can hold up to two and a half cups at a time for less mess. 

For the person who loves to entertain

Oceanstar Bamboo Cooking Utensil Set

Oceanstar Bamboo Cooking Utensil Set: $10 at Amazon

This easy-to-clean, attractive bamboo utensil set is an ideal option for anyone who entertains regularly. Environmentally minded people will especially appreciate this practical gift, since bamboo is a renewable resource. Also available at Kohl’s and Macy’s.

For the environmentally conscious

Stasher Reusable Storage Bag

Stasher Silicone Food Grade Reusable Sandwich Storage Bag: $11.99 at Amazon

Your eco-conscious loved ones will appreciate these reusable sandwich bags that limit waste and lock in freshness. They’re made of non-toxic, temperature-resistant silicone and are even safe for the microwave or oven and boiling. Also available at Bed Bath & Beyond and Kohl’s.

For the person who enjoys afternoon tea

Le Creuset Tea Kettle

Le Creuset Enamel on Steel Demi Tea Kettle: $69.95 at Amazon

The tea drinker on your shopping list will enjoy this lovely and durable kettle that looks just as good as it performs. The enamel-on-steel construction heats quickly and evenly, and the fixed harmonic whistle lets you know as soon as the water reaches a boil. Also available at Bed Bath & Beyond, and Macy’s.

For the person who loves to slice and dice

ZWILLING Professional Chef's Knife

Zwilling Pro 8-Inch Chef’s Knife: $121.76 at Amazon (was $142.92)

This versatile chef’s knife can tackle so many tasks that any home chef will be thrilled to receive it. It’s made of high-carbon stainless steel and is ice-hardened to help it maintain its super sharp edge — and the full tang design means it’s highly durable, too. Also available at Bed Bath & Beyond and Macy’s.

For the person who revels in a creamy, sweet treat

Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker

Cuisinart Pure Indulgence Ice Cream Maker: $89.99 at Amazon (was $165)

This user-friendly automatic ice cream maker is sure to please any young-at-heart loved ones who always want another scoop. The double-insulated freezer bowl can make 2 quarts of your favorite ice cream in less than 30 minutes — and the large spout makes adding mix-ins super easy.  Also available at Bed Bath & Beyond and Kohl’s.

For the high-tech chef

Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker

Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker Nano: $129 at Amazon

The aspiring five-star chef on your shopping list will love this sous vide machine that prepares restaurant-quality meals with ease. It doesn't take up much space and even comes with a full-service app that lets you start and stop cooking from your mobile device.  Also available at Best Buy.

 

 

Jennifer Blair is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money. 

 

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