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21 Multifunctional Kitchen Tools That’ll Get the Job(s) Done

multifunctional kitchen products that do more than one job
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Feb 13, 2023

This post was originally published in February 2022 and has been updated.

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If you’re working with limited kitchen're not alone. (Really, is anyone’s kitchen ever big enough?) Which means you may have one too many utensils and gadgets shoved into a drawer or cabinet. To minimize clutter, we rounded up multifunctional kitchen tools that’ll get more than one job done. Consider these all-in-one items (and appliances) the things that’ll help you cut down on your prep and cook time, plus make cleanup a breeze. These tools really do wear many hats, and who can say no to that?

A salad dressing shaker that does it all…

Let’s face it. Making your own dressing at home tastes so much better. With this handy vessel, you can measure, shake, pour, and store. Not to mention it has a watertight, leakproof seal and is dishwasher-safe. The opening is wide enough to easily measure ingredients and the flip-top lever means it's super easy to drizzle to your liking too. It holds up to a cup, so keep a couple on hand so you can store multiple dressings and marinades at once. ($11.95, Amazon)

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A dishwasher-safe cleaning squeegee…

This multifunctional tool allows you to quickly remove leftovers from plates, collect crumbs off countertops, push food into garbage disposals, and even clear excess water in your kitchen or bathroom — instead of having to use your bare hands. It has a sturdy grip and a slightly flexible edge to really get into dish crevices. Plus, the curved edge makes it easy to clean pots and pans. Forget having to use endless paper towels to scrape off any extra debris in your pre-wash step. Psst…peep our full review of this product and more from OXO. ($7.95, Amazon)

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A scrubbing brush that also dispenses soap…

Dirty dishes are no match for this brush. Its nylon bristles will power through grease, while its built-in scraper will tackle caked-on food. Plus, you’ll be able to add soap with just a press of a button. ($11.99, Amazon)

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An avocado tool that can cut, pit, and slice…

Avo toast for breakfast? Coming right up. This three-in-one must-have from OXO will easily cut through the fruit’s skin, remove the pit, and create uniform slices fit for Instagram. Seriously. Your breakfast never looked this good. ($11.95, Amazon)

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A 12-in-1 stainless steel tool that belongs in every kitchen…

It’s a cheese grater, zester, garlic crusher, peeler, carving fork, stirring spoon, corkscrew, bottle opener, channel knife, serrated knife, small paring knife, and can opener. And it can split into two so it’s easier to handle. Your go-to item? Yup, you just found it. ($30.34, Amazon)

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An over-the-sink strainer board so you can wash and chop veggies…

It rests securely on top of your sink and when you’re done, the strainer will collapse so you can slide the board into a cabinet. If you’re worried about chopping, don’t be. The edges have a rubber covering that’ll grip your countertop and sink. Any food pieces you’ve cut away will fall into your sink and directly into your garbage disposal. You love to see it. ($19.99+, Amazon)

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A 5-in-1 utensil every cook should be using…

We’re talking a slotted spoon, solid spoon, spatula, turner, and cutting tool. So you can flip, cut, scoop, and spread. When you think about it, this means you’ll have less to wash once your meal is ready. Sunday meal prep has never been this easy. ($9.99, Amazon)

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A heat-resistant utensil rest that’ll keep your counter clean…

This BPA-free hub has notches for spoons, spatulas, and any other kitchen utensils of varying shapes and sizes. The edges are raised so your counter stays drip-free. And because it’s made of food-grade silicone, it’ll stay put. Just throw it in the dishwasher when you’re done. It's that easy. ($7.99+, Amazon)

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A 6-in-1 product that lets you flip, pierce, and grab hot food…

As you move from pan to pan, you’ll be able to stick to one utensil. No matter the size of what you’re dealing with. So flip a burger, then toss and pick up smaller veggies. Nothing will get left behind. ($9.99, Amazon)

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Tongs that’ll also whisk…

The most convenient thing about these is that they fold flat and lock. Aka they won’t block that one drawer that holds every gadget in your kitchen. Plus, no matter what you’re dealing with, these tongs can handle the heat. From boiling water to hot oil, go on and grab that hard-boiled egg. ($13.99, Amazon)

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A five-piece kitchen utensil set that nests together…

The worst feeling = opening your utensil drawer and getting it stuck due to clutter. This magnetic set of five fits together compactly and can sit right on your countertop. You’ll get a slotted spatula, a spaghetti server, a slotted spoon, a solid spoon, and a ladle. They’re heat resistant up to 200 degrees, dishwasher safe, and of course, save you a ton of space. So satisfying. ($32.07, Amazon)

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A kale and herb razor that’ll make meal prep easier…

Whether you’re craving a salad or want fresh herbs to season meat with, this stainless steel razor can shear and strip faster than your hands can. The different-sized holes work for various stems, from rosemary to parsley. ($15, Uncommon Goods)

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A veggie chopper that’ll make things quick and easy…

Trying to get a handle on potatoes or onions can be tough. To keep all your fingers intact, reach for a chopping bin instead. This one has eight blades: three for chopping and five for slicing, julienne, grating, and shredding. The cut pieces will fall into the bin below, which means less mess on your counters. As an added bonus, everything will be uniform, so you won’t run into that one piece of garlic that you couldn’t hold still to cut. ($29.99, Amazon)

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A stackable container that doubles as a lunch box…

Soggy salads, no more. This handy bowl has four stackable compartments. One for your base, one for any toppings, one for condiments, and one for your utensil with a cover. The lid is airtight, so it’ll keep everything extra fresh. Bring it on the go or use it for easy meal prep at home. Obsessed. ($14.99, Amazon)

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A scoop that’s also a colander…

Pick up pasta, fried foods, and more. If you wanna let things strain for longer, the scoop has little grooves that allow it to rest on pot and pan edges. ($6.99+, Amazon)

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A Ninja Foodi that combines 11 programmable functions into one handy appliance…

It can pressure cook, air fry and crisp, steam, slow cook, bake and roast, sear and saute, broil, dehydrate, and make yogurt. So you don’t need more than one appliance hogging counter space. And this one can hold over 6 quarts. Get ready to feed the whole family. ($187.93, Wayfair)

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An 8-in-1 spiralizer to create veggie noodles…

From thin strands to thicker ribbons, this spiralizer has different blades that you can easily interchange. It also comes with two grater blades for cheese and two juicer attachments. The entire gadget is pretty compact and is easy to store since the blades can stack on top of each other. ($19.98, Amazon)

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A heat-resistant silicone mat that can act as a trivet…

Open stubborn jars with it or place it on top of bowls in the microwave as a splatter guard. You can even use it as a pot holder. It’s 12 inches in diameter and will perfectly fit most microwave plates. ($7.97+, Amazon)

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An Instant Pot that has 13 customizable smart programs…

Soups, stews, chili, rice, and more. This Instant Pot can cook food up to 70% faster than traditional cooking methods. Or you can switch it up and go the slow-cooking route for savory dishes. Plus, it’s got a lid that’ll lock, so spills will never be an issue. ($79.99+, Amazon)

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An indoor electric grill that’s perfect for small spaces…

Along with the grill plate, this appliance also comes with griddle plates so you can fry bacon and eggs, make pancakes, burgers, and more. It’s also got adjustable temperature control so you can cook your steak to the perfect level of medium-rare. And if your preference is well-done, then you’re wrong. ($79.99, Amazon)

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A sandwich maker that’ll cook all the parts individually for you…

If you’re going the breakfast sandwich route, you can add the bread, cheese, and egg onto the different levels of the cooker. Let everything sit for five minutes and presto — you’ve got breakfast ready and waiting. You can also use this sandwich maker for lunch or check out the different recipe ideas it comes with (hello, mini pizza). The removable plate parts are dishwasher safe, so once you’re done, let the appliance cool before you clean it. ($29.99+, Amazon)

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