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

5 min read|Feb 24, 2022|fbtwitteremail

If you’re like us, you’re probably working with limited kitchen space. (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 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 tool 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, Amazon)

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A 12-in-1 stainless steel multi-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 tool? Yup, you just found it. ($52, Gentlemen's Hardware)

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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 prep has never been this easy. ($9.99, Amazon)

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

It’ll rest securely over your sink so you can wash, strain, and chop in one spot. 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 6-in-1 tool so you can 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. ($19.95, Grommet)

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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. ($12, Grommet)

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A kale and herb razor that’ll strip ’em in seconds…

Whether you’re making 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. ($29.97, 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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An 8-in-1 spiralizer to create veggie noodles…

From thin strands to thicker ribbons, this spiralizer has different blades that can be easily interchanged. 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. ($11.99, 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. ($149.99, Bed Bath & Beyond)

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Or an Instant Pot that has 13 customizable smart programs…

Soups, stews, chili, rice, and more. This Instant Pot can do it all. It can cook food up to 70% faster than traditional cooking methods, or you can switch it up and go the slow-cooking way for savory dishes. Plus it’s got overheat protection and a lid that’ll lock, so spills will never be an issue. ($69.99+, 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, grill 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. ($69.99, Amazon)

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A sandwich maker that’ll cook all the parts 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. ($19.99, Amazon)

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