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20 Essential Kitchen Tools Under $20

Build the perfect kitchen with tools and gadgets that get the job done, but won’t break the bank.


The secret to the perfect kitchen: knowing when to splurge. A solid chef’s knife, a dependable coffee machine — some workhorses warrant the investment. That said, there are many unsung heroes of the kitchen, most of which cost less than $20 a pop. Some haven’t changed in decades. Others are new-and-improved versions of the classics. But they all share the same trait: they work. (Already have your perfect kitchen? Then learn how to use it.)

Spatula by Winco $5

Long-Probe Cooking Thermometers by Harbor $7

Original Swiss Peeler by Kuhn Rikon $7

All-Purpose Beechwood Spoon by Sur La Table $8

Narrow Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons by CEK Choice $10

11-Inch Balloon Whisk by OXO Good Grips $10

4-Quart Rimmed Mixing Bowl by Pyrex $10

Swiss Classic 4-Inch Paring Knife by Victorinox $10

Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Barker’s Half Sheet by Nordic Ware $11

Cotton Classic Kitchen Towels by Royal $12

Classic Zester and Grater by Microplane $12

Deluxe Can Opener by EZ-DUZ-IT $13

12-Inch Stainless Steel Locking Tongs by OXO Good Grips $13

Susi 3-Garlic Press by Zyliss $14

Gray Kunz Perforated Spoon by JB Prince $13

Prepworks Cutting Board by Progressive $15

Kitchen Shears by J.A. Henckels $16

10.5-Inch Cast Iron Skillet by Lodge $16

Micro-perforated Stainless Steel 5-quart Colander by Bellemain $17

Lemon Squeezer by A&A Home $19

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