You want the tools you use for cooking, cleaning, entertaining and other household tasks to be reliable, easy to understand, and durable. That goes for everything from the coffee maker that brews your morning cup, to the corkscrew that opens your dinner-party wines, to the brush you use to clean your baby’s bottles. We take pride in excelling at exactly these kinds of things—and you don’t even have to take our word for it. The pros at Wirecutter, the New York Times-owned product review site, have a long list of the best OXO products they adore. Read on for their top picks—and some of our favorites too—then stock up on expert-approved essentials that’ll make your every day a little easier.
Whether you’re stuffing a turkey or slicing up steaks, this double-sided cutting board is spacious and sturdy. Wirecutter is impressed by how well the drip catcher captures juices, and how effectively the non-slip feet keep the board in place. They also like the board’s resistance to warping, staining and soaking up odors.
Made from die-cast zinc with a durable stainless steel blade, this peeler also has an eyer to remove odd spots and blemishes. Wirecutter loves how sharp the blade stays over time; they also give it points for its comfortable handle and ease with trickier foods (parmesan, lemon peel).
These spinners, a Wirecutter top pick since 2014, are also wedding registry favorites, with a basket that doubles as a colander and a built-in brake button that might become your new favorite toy. Wirecutter is a fan of the spinner’s stability and how easy it is to use, clean and store. The glass salad spinner is lovely enough to earn a place on the dining table; just remove the colander and serve greens in the glass bowl.
Make veggie noodles, curly fries and bartender-worthy garnishes with these cool tools. Wirecutter appreciates the spiralizer’s three different-sized, sharp blades and the suction cup base that holds the spiralizer steady on countertops; they like the handheld version because it cuts long, strong noodles and is easy to clean.
Great for gravies, soups and sauces, this tool ranks among Wirecutter’s “Best Thanksgiving Kitchen Tools and Tableware.” The reviewers found it to be one of the best at separating out unwanted fats and other tidbits from juices, thanks to its deep strainer.
Every good grill deserves a basting brush that satisfyingly slathers your food in sauce and keeps your hand a safe distance away. Wirecutter found that this brush does both, because of unique features like its two layers of flexible bristles and its long, curved handle.
Head off to potlucks and picnics with these two easy-to-transport dishes. Their borosilicate glass construction stands up to big temperature changes (like going from the freezer to the oven), and both come with lids. Wirecutter likes the baking dish’s wide, easy-to-grip handles. The site’s reviewers also praise the pie plate’s 2-inch depth (deeper than many), evenly baked crusts (crisp and not-too-brown) and wide rim (with room to make decorative touches like fluting).
Merrily you whisk along with this kitchen staple, which Wirecutter loves for its lightweight feel, comfortable handle, and quick whipping of everything from egg whites to heavy cream.
Coffee aficionados know that a fresh grind goes a long way towards making an especially delicious cup of coffee. This grinder—which forces beans through cone-shaped, grooved surfaces called burrs—is Wirecutter’s Budget Pick because of its $99.99 price tag, its even grinding and the user-friendly features like a timer and 15 grind-size settings.
Because some like it cold. OXO’s Cold Brew Makers serve up iced coffee that’s smooth and flavorful, not bitter. Wirecutter also likes how easy these makers are to assemble. The compact maker is perfect for kitchens short on countertop space.
At the Bar
Pour out the perfect drink with nary a drip or puddle in sight, courtesy of this strainer’s clever raised-lip design. Wirecutter appreciates how snugly it fits inside a shaker, keeping ice and other ingredients from sneaking past.
Measure while you’re mixing with these Wirecutter favorites. The reviewers liked the easy-to-read measurement markings and durability, and also praised the measuring cup for its clean pours.
Tools for Baby Things
Getting a baby bottle truly clean is not as easy as it seems—which is why a good bottle brush is so important. This one has two types of bristles, so you can go gentle or vigorous with your scrubbing. Wirecutter likes how easily the brush fits into narrow bottle openings, and points out that unlike other bottle brushes, this one comes with tools to clean the bottle-nipple tips.
Herding cats, or getting a clean diaper on a wiggly baby: Pretty much the same difficulty level. Luckily, you only need one hand to grab wipes out of this dispenser, something that Wirecutter adores; the design features a weighted plate that releases only one wipe at a time.
Cleaning and Organizing Tools
Wirecutter ranks this Not-So-Lazy Susan Turntable on its list of “Best Ways to Create More Space in a Small Kitchen,” citing the size options (an 11-inch and 16-inch version) and the non-slip base. Use these on countertops, pantry shelves, cupboards or even in the refrigerator.
If you wash dishes often (and who doesn’t?), you’ll reach for these two tools regularly, given how effective they are at scrubbing out everything from stubborn pan residue to stained wine glasses and narrow bottle openings. Because of these skills, Wirecutter included the brushes among the top 10 “Cheap, Unexpected Kitchen Essentials We Rely On.”
A toilet brush is the household’s unsung and indispensable hero, and Wirecutter loves this one for its top-notch cleaning ability. The brush has two kinds of bristles and replaceable heads, and it magically vanishes inside the canister when you’re done.
Soap, razor, shampoo, bubble bath…get all your shower stuff organized in one place. This caddy, which comes with a range of hooks and trays, is made from rust-proof aluminum. Wirecutter likes its stability, durability and how easy it is to install, hooking gracefully over a showerhead and holding fast to the wall with suction cups.