5 Essential Tools Every Kitchen Needs
Must-haves for every home cook.
If you're stocking your kitchen for the first time (or just looking to make some much-needed upgrades), this is the perfect list for you. We've narrowed it down to five must-have kitchen tools that no home cook should go without. No frills, no excess—just the essentials that you'll reach for every day for years to come.
This is your go-to daily pan for cooking eggs, flipping pancakes, and searing fish with ease (and easy clean-up afterwards). You'll want to look for one with a durable non-stick coating that heats up evenly and quickly. Bonus points if it's dishwasher-safe and oven-proof.
Our pick: The Coated Pan
Perhaps one of the most versatile pieces of cookware you could own, saucepans are great for cooking almost anything that's mostly liquid. Think boiling pasta, simmering soup, reheating and reducing sauces, etc.
Our pick: The Sauce Pot
If you only have one knife in the kitchen, let it be this one. A good chef's knife can handle just about all of your slicing and dicing needs while cooking. Look for a full-tang design, balanced weight, comfortable handle and quality materials.
Our pick: The 8" Knife
If you only have two knives in your toolkit, we'd recommend adding a small paring knife to your set to make tasks like peeling fruit, deveining shrimp or scoring meats and veggies a breeze.
Our pick: The Almost 4" Knife
These are your kitchen workhorses for daily dinner prep. Pro tip: we recommend using separate dedicated cutting boards for meat and produce.
Our pick: The reBoard®