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Before you head to the store, check here first for gift ideas and must-have equipment, as well as candid product reviews that can help you make the best purchase.
  1. Gift & Buying Guides (100)
  2. Kitchen Stores (14)
  3. Product Spotlight (12)
  4. Readers' Choice Awards (16)

Review: Nambe CookServ Cookware
Read a review of Nambe's CookServ cookware.

Review: Calphalon 3-in-1 Immersion Blender
A review of Calphalon's 3-in-1 Immersion Blender, with blending wand, whisk and mini chopper.

Dash Blender Review
Is the Dash blender as good as a Vitamix or a Blendtec?

Review: Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker
Read the review of the Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker.

KitchenAid 13-cup Food Processor Review, Model KFP1333
The KitchenAid 13-Cup Food Processor, model KFP1333, has a ton of versatility for the price.

Vitamix Professional Series 750 Review
Read the review of the Vitamix 750.

Review of RSVP Endurance Double Boiler (1 quart)
A conveniently sized double boiler that doubles as a small saucepan.

Review: Misto Gourmet Olive Oil Sprayer
The Misto reusable oil sprayer helps you be more eco-conscious and healthier at the same time.

Review of the OXO Food Mill
A review of the OXO Food Mill, ideal for pureeing baby food and cooked fruits and vegetables.

Review of the PoachPod Egg Poacher
A review of the PoachPod, a tool for making foolproof poached eggs.

Presto Cool Touch Electric Griddle Review (Model 07030)
A review of the Presto Cool Touch Electric Griddle, an affordable, basic countertop griddle.

Review: Sil-Pin French Style Rolling Pin
A review of a silicone rolling pin.

Microplane Garlic Mincer Review
A review of the Microplane Garlic Mincer.

Cherry-It Pitter by Progressive International
The Cherry-It Pitter is easy to use for pitting multiple cherries at once.

DeLonghi Gelato Maker
Read the review of the DeLonghi Gelato Maker (Model GM6000), which has a compression freezer.

Review: Victorinox Swiss Classic Chef's Knife
A review of the Victorinox Swiss Classic Chef's Knife, which has stellar performance for a great price.

Microplane Ultimate Citrus Tool
Read a review of the Microplane Ultimate Citrus Tool, which has several functions for working with citrus peel and zest.

An Interview with Joan Lunden
An interview with talk show host Joan Lunden about Twiztt, her new cookware line.

5 Questions with Duff Goldman
An interview with Duff Goldman about his line of cake decorating tools.

Review: JuiceLab Citrus Juicer by NewMetro Design
A review of the JuiceLab Citrus Juicer, a manual juicer by the makers of BeaterBlade.

Review: Swiss Diamond Crepiere Crepe Pan
Read a review of Swiss Diamond's Crepiere Crepe Pan.

Progressive International Magnetic Measuring Spoons
A review of Progressive International's Magnetic Measuring Spoon set.

Review: Sanyo Rice & Slow Cooker (Model ECJ-HC55S and HC100S)
A review of the Sanyo Micom rice cooker (MOdel ECJ-HC55S and ECJ-HC100S), which doubles as a slow cooker.

Bialetti Aeternum Nonstick Cookware Review
Bialetti Aeternum Cookware is a great eco-friendly choice for nonstick cookware.

Review: TofuXpress Tofu Press
The Tofu XPress can efficently press the liquid out of tofu blocks, creating a firmer, denser texture ideal for baking or frying.

Review: Zyliss Baster
A cleaning brush, interchangeable tips and other features set the Zyliss Baster apart from others.

Citristar Citrus Juicer
With a powerful motor and a streamlined design, the CitriStar Citrus Juicer is a good option for everyday citrus juicing.

Crock-Pot Cooking Tools
Slow cooker cooking is even easier with the line of Crock-Pot branded cooking tools. Read the review of the Crock Pot cooking tools.

Anolon Nouvelle Copper Cookware
Meyer Corp.'s Anolon Nouvelle Copper Cookware has a construction that uses 3 different types of metals. We test its mettle.

George Foreman Evolve Grill
A bevy of interchangeable plates make the George Foreman Evolve grill versatile.

Ninja Professional Blender (Model NJ600)
The Ninja Professional Blender is one of the most affordable high-powered blenders on the market. Read a review of the Ninja Professional Blender.

Microplane Twist 'n' Grate
The Microplane Twist 'n' Grate is a double-sided collapsible grater that is

Review of Panasonic Automatic Breadmaker (Model SD-RD250)
The Panasonic Automatic Bread Maker, model SD-RD250, has easy-to-use controls and a dispenser for fruits and nuts. Read this review.

Best Cooking Equipment of 2011 - Readers' Choice Awards
Nominated by and voted on by About.com readers, here is the best cooking equipment in 10 different categories, including cookware, cutlery, slow cookers, gadgets, cookbooks, countertop grills, ice cream makers, blenders and food processors.

New Products from the 2011 Housewares Show
The annual International Home + Housewares Show, held in Chicago every March, is where the cooking equipment industry gets the chance to see the newest products and technologies. Here's a look at some of the newest cooking equipment products that were shown at the 2011 International Home + Housewares Show

Cuisinart Vertical Rotisserie
The Cuisinart Vertical Rotisserie can not only cook chickens, but also roasts, kebabs, fish and vegetables. Read a review of the Cuisinart Vertical Rotisserie

The Readers' Choice Awards 2011: Cooking Equipment
It's time to vote for the best Cooking Equipment of 2011 in the About.com Readers' Choice Awards. Cast your vote in the 10 cooking equipment categories in the About.com Readers' Choice Awards.

Vitamix Blenders
Do you own a Vitamix blender? If so, write a review of your Vitamix here, and read the reviews of other Vitamix owners.See submissions

Slow Cookers or Crock Pots
A slow cooker or Crock pot is an indispensable tool in the kitchen for cooking meals while you're out and about. Write a review of your slow cooker or crock pot See submissions

New Cooking Equipment From the 2010 International Home + Hous…
The International Home and Housewares Show, held in March 2010, was the launching pad for a number of new pieces of cooking equipment and housewares items. Take a look at some of the new kitchen products you can expect to see in stores later this year.

Setting up a Bridal Registry for Kitchenware
Your bridal registry gives you the perfect opportunity to set up your kitchen for a lifetime of cooking. But it's often difficult to know what you'll need in your new life. These tips will help you set up a bridal registry that will let your wedding guests equip your kitchen for everything you'll need for your future.

SousVide Supreme Home Sous Vide Machine
Sous vide cooking has become popular thanks to the molecular gastronomy movement and celebrity chefs like Thomas Keller and Richard Blais. The SousVide Supreme allows home cooks to try their hand at sous vide cooking. Read the review of the SousVide Supreme to see if it's a good investment for your kitchen.

Pastry Pro Pastry Blender
The Pastry Pro Pastry Blender is a durable pastry blender. This pastry blender will make it easy to make flaky, perfect biscuits, pie crust and other pastry.

Odor Absorbing Splatter Screen
The Farberware Odor Absorbing Splatter Screen can reduce cooking odors in your kitchen while keeping your stove free of grease and splatters. Read the review of the Odor Absorbing Splatter Screen.

Original Spaghetti Scrub from Goodbye Detergent
If you're on the lookout for green cleaning products, the Spaghetti Scrub from Goodbye Detergent is just the ticket. Made of natural materials, this green cleaning product can be used without detergent and is long-lasting.

The Latest Kitchenware From the Atlanta Gift Show

This past weekend was The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market, where gift and kitchenware retailers from around the world come to shop for the latest and greatest products to sell in their stores.

The Atlanta Gift Market is only open to members of the industry, but here is a glimpse of some of the products you might be seeing in a store near you. Some of them might alre…

SodaStream Jet Soda Maker
The Sodastream soda maker can carbonate water for seltzer, sodas and spritzers. The Sodastream soda maker is easy to use and environmentally friendly. Read the review of the Sodastream soda maker

Comparing SideSwipe and BeaterBlade Mixer Blades
SideSwipe and BeaterBlade stand mixer attachments both make the same promise - to eliminate the need to scrape down the sides of your stand mixer bowl. Here's how the SideSwipe and BeaterBlade products compare

Wilton Cookie Pro Ultra II Cookie Press
The Wilton Cookie Pro Ultra II Cookie Press makes it easy to make batches of formed butter cookies, also called spritz cookies. Read the review of this easy-to-use cookie press.

Do Pink Ribbon Products Truly Support Breast Cancer Research …
In October, it seems like every kitchenware store has a selection of pink products purporting to support breast cancer research and awareness. But do these pink ribbon products really support breast cancer as they promise? Here's how to choose wisely so that your pink ribbon purchases count.

Comparing Crock Pot and West Bend Slow Cookers
Crock Pot certainly is the best known brand of slow cookers, but there are plenty of other slow cookers on the market as well. Here is a comparison of two popular oval 6-quart slow cookers, the Crock Pot VersaWare Slow Cooker and the West Bend Versatility Slow Cooker.

Fissler Blue-Point Pressure Cooker
The Fissler pressure cooker is a sturdy, well-designed pressure cooker. Read the review of the Fissler pressure cooker.

All-Clad MC2 Cookware
The MC2 line from All-Clad cookware is at the lower end of the cookware company's price spectrum, but still has all of the durability and superior quality for which All-Clad cookware is known.

360 Cookware
360 Cookware is high-quality cookware with a special claim - it purports to cook in its own vapors, without added fat and oil. Read the review of 360 Cookware to see if it works.

Cooking Equipment - What's Your Favorite Piece of Cooking Equipment?
Every cook has a favorite tool in the kitchen that they use on a daily basis and can't live without. What's your favorite piece of cooking equipment?

Fagor Portable Induction Cooktop
The Fagor Portable Induction Cooktop is a sleek, efficient, safe cooktop that can serve as a portable kitchen or an extra burner in your own kitchen. Read the review of the Fagor Portable Induction Cooktop.

Guide to Cookers
Rice Cookers, Pressure Cookers and Slow Cookers (aka Crock-Pots) all have their place in a well-equipped kitchen. This guide tells you which cooker can be used for which type of recipe and what to look for as you're shopping for cookers.

Review of the Demy Recipe Reader
The Demy Recipe Reader is a great idea - a device with which you can store and view recipes. Read the review of the Demy Recipe Reader to see if it's as good as it sounds

Fagor Electric Multi Cooker
The Fagor Electric Multi Cooker is a handy multitasker in the kitchen, ideal for kitchens with limited storage space. But it's important to know that each of the appliance's functions don't necessarily have all the bells, whistles and features that a single-use appliance would have. Read the review of the Fagor Electric Multi Cooker.

BeaterBlade Mixer Attachment from New Metro Designs
The BeaterBlade is a paddle blade attachment for Kitchenaid and other stand mixer brands. Read the full review of the BeaterBlade attachment.

Budget Cooking Equipment - Readers Share Budget Cooking Equipment Tips
What is your favorite budget cooking equipment purchase? Share tips on buying cooking equipment on a budget, and learn about the best budget buys other readers have made.

Lodge Logic Cast Iron Cookware
Lodge Logic cast iron cookware is timeless, durable and comes already seasoned. Read a review of The Lodge Logic line of cast iron cookware.

Leifheit Swingo Power Peeler
The Leifheit Swingo Power Peeler is an electric potato peeler that uses battery power to create a vibrating sensation designed to make peeling easier. But does the Leifheit Swingo Power Peeler actually work? Read this review to find out.

EdgeCraft Chef's Choice Electric Knife Sharpener (Model 120)
Having an at-home knife sharpener can help you keep your kitchen knives in prime working order. Read the review of the EdgeCraft Electric Knife Sharpener Model #120, which uses diamond abrasives to sharpen and hone.

AeroGarden Classic
The AeroGarden can grow herbs, vegetables and flowers indoors, with no dirt and minimal attention. Read this review of the AeroGarden classic, the company's flagship model.

Review of George Foreman Lean Mean Spin Frying Machine (Model GSFO26B)
The George Foreman fryer, called the George Foreman Lean Mean Spin Frying Machine, is designed to reduce the amount of fat retained in fried foods. Made by the company that revolutionized the indoor grilling category, George Foreman, this fryer is easy to use. Read a review of the George Foreman fryer.

Zyliss Pizza Wheel (Item 72476)
The Zyliss pizza cutter is easy to use and easy to clean. Read a review of the Zyliss Pizza Wutter.

Review of the Vita Mix Blender (Model 5200)
The Vita Mix blender is one of the most powerful blenders on the market, and also among the most expensive. Read the review of the Vita Mix blender to determine if a Vita Mix is a good choice for you

Caphalon Panini Grill Pan With Press
The Calphalon Panini Grill Pan comes with a panini press to make crusty sandwiches with perfectly melted fillings. Read a review of the Calphalon Panini Grill Pan with Press.

Cooking Equipment Winners of the 2009 Housewares Design Awards

The winners of the Housewares Design Awards are the cream of the crop in the housewares, cooking equipment and kitchenware industry. Winners are chosen based on such criteria as innovative technology, unique design, environmental benefits and social impact. The 2009 Housewares Design Awards were announced at a luncheon in January in New York City.

In the cooking equipment category, the…

Guide to Cookware Shapes
Pots and pans come in many different shapes, each with specific features that make it ideal for certain techniques and types of recipes. This cookware guide will help you identify the characteristics of the wide range of pots and pans, and what purpose each piece of cookware is best suited for.

Marcato Atlas 150 Pasta Maker
The Marcato Atlas 150 Pasta Maker allows you to make delicious handmade pasta the old-fashioned way. Read a review of the Atlas 150 Pasta Maker

All-Clad 4-Square Belgian Waffle Maker
The All-Clad 4-Square Belgian Waffle Maker is a pricey model as far as waffle makers go, but it's beautifully designed and makes thick, fluffy waffles.

KitchenAid Classic Series Stand Mixer (Model K45SSWH)
A KitchenAid mixer on the countertop is a status symbol in the kitchens of many cooking enthusiast. The classic series KitchenAid mixer is the company's entry-level product but still delivers power and versatility. Read the review of the Classic Series KitchenAid mixer, model K45SSWH.

Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignonne Braising Base from Williams-Sonoma
Slow cooker meals are even easier to prepare when you start out with a braising base or jarred sauce like the Williams-Sonoma Beef Bourguignonne Braising Base. This product, albeit expensive, will help you make an authentic slow cooker meal.

Review of Crock-Pot Slow Cooker with eLume Touchscreen (Model SCVT650-PS)
The Crock-Pot Slow Cooker with eLume Touchscreen Technology has a sleek design and a fun touchscreen control panel. Read the review of the Crock-Pot Slow Cooker with eLume Touchscreen Technology.

Camerons Stovetop Smoker
Smoke foods quickly and easily with a Cameron Stovetop Smoker. Read a review of the Cameron Stovetop Smoker.

Epicurean Cutting Boards, Recycled Series
Epicurean Cutting Boards are made of environmentally friendly and knife friendly composites. These cutting boards are maintenance free, since they can be cleaned in the dishwasher. Read the review of Epicurean Cutting Boards.

OXO Good Grips V-Blade Mandoline Slicer (Item 1071480)
A mandoline slicer can make your cooking look more professional. The OXO Good Grips V-Blade Mandoline Slicer has some nice safety features and is easy to use, once you master the basics.

Comparing Stainless Steel Indoor Grills – George Foreman and Breville Grills
If you want the versatility of year-round indoor grilling coupled with a well-designed product that will meet your contemporary kitchen, opt for a stainless steel indoor grill. This article compares two of the most popular stainless indoor grills: George Foreman's Stainless Steel Grill and Breville's Indoor BBQ and Grill.

Zojirushi Home Bakery Supreme Bread Machine (Model BBCC-X20)
Zojirushi's Home Bakery bread machine is a favorite among baking aficionados, but there are some drawbacks. Here is a review of the Zojirushi bread machine.

Review of Hamilton Beach 3-in-One Slow Cooker (Model 33133)
This slow cooker, or crock pot, has a clever design in which three different sized crocks fit into one base, enabling the cook to make slow cooker recipes for two or for a crowd.

Emerilware BAM! Machine designed by Emeril Lagasse
Emeril Lagasse's Emerilware BAM! Machine is a food processor, blender and juicer. Read the review of Emeril's Emerilware BAM! Machine.

Cuisinart Automatic Frozen Yogurt, Ice Cream and Sorbet Maker (Model ICE-20)
Cuisinart's most basic ice cream maker is inexpensive and easy to use. This ice cream maker features an insulated freezer bowl, eliminating the need for ice and salt like old-fashioned ice cream makers.

Emerilware Bread & Baguette Maker by T-Fal (Model 42EW705)
The Emerilware Bread & Baguette Maker is versatile and easy to use. The review of the Emerilware Bread & Baguette Maker weighs its pros and cons.

KitchenAid Immersion Blender (Model KHB300)
A review of the KitchenAid Immersion Blender KHB300. This immersion blender is powerful and versatile.

Comparing Food Processors
There's no doubt that Cuisinart and KitchenAid are the reigning brands in the food processor category. Here's a side-by-side comparison between two of their models to help you decide which is for you.

Panasonic Automatic Bread Maker (Model SD-YD250)
A review of Panasonic's Automatic Bread Maker, a good all-purpose bread machine for the beginning bread baker.

Fagor uCook Pressure Cooker
Fagor's uCook Pressure Cooker set is easy to use and has plenty of safety mechanisms. Two pot sizes, a steamer insert and a pasta insert guarantee its usefulness.

5 New Kitchen Appliances
Here are some of the latest cooking equipment products introduced at the International Home + Housewares Show last month.

Choosing Cooking Equipment
There are certain things you should consider when you're buying kitchen equipment. Here are four questions to ask yourself before you make your next big purchase.

Panasonic 5.5 Cup Rice Cooker with Advanced Fuzzy Logic Technology SR NA-10
This Panasonic Fuzzy Logic Rice Cooker does much more than cook perfect rice.

KitchenAid 5-Speed Blender KSB-560
Loaded with features, KitchenAid's 5-Speed Blender is one of the most powerful blenders on the market.

Cuisinart Griddler GR-4
This review outlines the pros and cons of the versatile Cuisinart Griddler, which can serve as a contact grill, a grill top, a griddle and a sandwich press.

T-Fal ActiFry
The Actifry, made by T-Fal or Tefal, is a countertop cooking appliance designed to fry foods like French fries in a minimal amount of oil for healthier results. Read this review of the T-Fal Actifry.

EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale
The EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale is an affordable, basic scale. Read the review of the EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale.

Beaba Babycook
The Beaba Babycook is an all-in-one appliance to cook and puree your own fresh baby food. Read this review of the Beaba Babycook.

What is the difference between a masticating and a centrifugal juicer?
The two main types of juicers are masticating and centrifugal juice extractors. Learn the difference between masticating and centrifugal juicers.

Hamilton Beach Set 'n Forget Programmable Slow Cooker
The Hamilton Beach Set 'n Forget Programmable Slow Cooker comes with a probe to cook according to internal temperature. Read a review of the Hamilton Beach Set 'n Forget Programmable Slow Cooker.

Readers' Choice Awards 2011 -- Nominate Your Favorites
Nominate Your Favorite Cooking Equipment

7 Induction Compatible Cookware Lines
A variety of induction compatible cookware lines.

Review: Breville Hemisphere Control Blender
A review of the affordable and well-made Breville Hemisphere Control.

Review: Max Burton Induction Cooktop
A review of the Max Burton Induction Cooktop Model 6000.

Review: MiTutto Hand Blender
A review of the MiTutto hand blender, which has interchangeable blades and other accessories.

Review: Architec’s Gripper Flex Cutting Board
The Gripper Flex Cutting Board by Architec has a clever twist.

Review: OXO Good Grips Salad Spinner
Read a review of the redesigned OXO Salad Spinner.

Review: Wusthof Classic Cutlery Line
Wusthof Classic Cutlery line reviewed.

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