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Whether you’re looking to bring a little more order to a pantry or aiming to cut down on single-use plastic in the kitchen, there are plenty of tools and accessories that can get the job done. This means that the only thing standing between you and a beautifully organized, Instagram-ready kitchen is a streamlined storage solution. 

Don’t know where to start? We have you covered with an assortment of staples, plus a handful of kitchen gadgets to boot.

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Kitchen Tools

Greater Goods Digital Food Kitchen Scale

A digital kitchen scale can be a true workhorse of a kitchen. It’s also especially important for baking, which often requires precision when measuring ingredients. Jesse Szewczyk, a food stylist and cookbook author, uses this Greater Goods digital kitchen scale almost every day.

“A standard cup of flour can be wildly inconsistent depending on how you fill the measuring cup (scooping into a bag vs. spooning it in), but by weighing your flour, you remove the inconsistency factor and ensure your baked goods come out perfect every time,” Szewczyk says.

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Learn more about the Greater Goods Digital Food Kitchen Scale.

Dash Safe Slice Mandoline

If “safety first” is your motto, this stand-up mandoline can’t be beat. Its safety features are great for people who fear traditional mandolines or for people with mobility issues. Unlike other mandolines where the blade is stationary and exposed, this mandoline has an internal guillotine that slices your food, not your fingers.

Learn more about the Dash Safe Slice Mandoline.

Müeller V-Pro 5 Blade Mandoline

We tried out 11 mandoline slicers at home, and this one by Müeller was the most “extra,” and by that we mean it had the most variety of attachments. This mandoline can make thick cuts, beautiful thin slices, and fun waffle cuts. The julienne blades are easy to use, too.

Learn more about the Müeller V-Pro 5 Blade Mandoline.

Vitamix FoodCycler FC-50

The Vitamix FoodCycler is an electronic countertop appliance, an alternative to traditional composters, that quietly dries and grinds food scraps before you throw them away in the trash or turn them into a nutrient-rich soil additive by adding probiotics via “foodilizer tablets.” The stuff that comes out of the FoodCycler will degrade faster in landfills than fresh food and prevents rotting food from stinking up your kitchen.

Learn more about the Vitamix FoodCycler.

Chef’s Choice Model 4643 AngleSelect Professional Manual Knife Sharpener

The Chef’s Choice 4643 knife sharpener looks like the analog version of the brand’s electric sharpener, but it works a bit differently. It has two basic sharpening settings, one for sharpening knives to 15 degrees and another for sharpening knives to 20. A third stage polishes the edge on any knife, regardless of which sharpening angle you choose. Like the brand’s electric sharpener, the 4643 feels well designed, with grooves that hold your knife at the perfect angle as you slowly draw it through. 

Learn more about the Chef’s Choice 4643 knife sharpener.

Gorilla Grip Durable Cutting Board, set of 3

Even at its everyday price, this trio of plastic cutting boards could be considered a steal. Our assessment found that these boards stayed all but glued to kitchen countertops while we prepped everything from parsley to poultry. They’re reversible, easy to transport, and dishwasher-safe. 

Learn more about the Gorilla Grip Durable Cutting Board.

Instant Milk Frother

As one of the more affordable options among the best milk frothers we evaluated, this Instant Milk Frother works with a variety of milk types and offers four modes: cold foam; warm foam; warm, thick foam; and warm, no foam. Of the two warm-foam modes, the regular warm-foam mode seemed to perform better across the different milk types, yielding froth that’s easier to pour (helpful if you want to try making latte art).

Learn more about the Instant Milk Frother.

Label Makers

Phomemo D30 Label Maker

The Phomemo D30 Label Maker was the choice label maker in our evaluations. Using an app, you can produce labels in under 10 seconds or connect it to your printer for more elaborate jobs. The Phomemo offers extensive font options and a preview of what they will look like as well. The lithium battery comes charged and ready to print, and you can even print pictures, bar codes, or date and time stamps. The easy-tear labels can be separated with just one hand, and the device is smart enough to calibrate the paper roll to the proper position if you don’t align it perfectly.

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Learn more about the Phomemo D30 Label Maker.

Citrus Squeezers

KitchenAid Citrus Juice Press Squeezer

The KitchenAid Citrus Juice Press Squeezer comes with a pretty cool feature: a built-in cup to catch it all, plus a little spout for easy pours. This squeezer is easy to use and by far one of the cleaner options: A built-in well captures all the juice post-squeeze. Once you’ve finished squeezing the lemons, you can pour the juice into a glass or run it through a strainer for an even smoother version. In our evaluations, we found that it required a moderate amount of force with an unripe lemon but was much easier with a softer, ripe one. 

Learn more about the KitchenAid Citrus Juice Press Squeezer.

Zulay Kitchen Lemon Squeezer Stainless Steel

In evaluating the best manual citrus squeezers, this stainless steel Zulay Kitchen lemon squeezer proved to be particularly easier to use with more ripe lemons, and little pulp made it into the cup. Its sleek composition makes it ideal for storing in compact drawers, and it’s dishwasher-safe. 

Learn more about Zulay Kitchen Lemon Squeezer.

Zulay 2-in-1 Lemon Lime Squeezer

The Zulay 2-in-1 squeezer is meant to serve as a versatile device that can work with lemons and limes. In our at-home evaluations of the best citrus squeezers, we found that this model was somewhat easy to use, though it still required a bit of effort and wasn’t as mess-free as other devices. That said, the double flaps make this one conducive to squeezing citrus of varying sizes. 

Learn more about the Zulay 2-in-1 Lemon Lime Squeezer.

Vacuum Sealers

The Hamilton Beach NutriFresh vacuum sealer is a good choice if you like to marinate food, scoring high on our moist-sealing test. It operates quickly, which you’ll appreciate if you’re sealing multiple bags of food to freeze. It doesn’t notch a perfect ease-of-use score but comes close. To latch the unit, you press the top down firmly and press two buttons on the sides. Once the cycle is complete, the latch releases automatically. The controls are sealed, making them easy to clean, and both gaskets can be removed for cleaning, though the catch basin must be cleaned in place. There’s ample storage for both the cord and the bag roll.

CR’s test results: Hamilton Beach NutriFresh vacuum sealer.

The Anova Culinary is the smallest of all the vacuum sealers we tested, and it’s also the quietest. It seals quickly and can handle moist sealing with aplomb. The only thing holding it back? Its lackluster ease-of-use score. Only the bottom gasket can be removed for cleaning, and the catch basin must be cleaned in place. Of the seven models we tested, this is the only one that doesn’t come with a bag roll, though you can buy one separately. There’s no onboard storage for a bag roll, a trade-off made to reduce the size of the unit.

CR’s test results: Anova Culinary ANVS01-US00 vacuum sealer

Earning top marks for dry-food sealing and speed, the Geryon E2900-MS is a relatively quiet vacuum sealer. While it lacks storage for plastic rolls, it comes with them for making custom-sized bags. The device’s control buttons are sensitive to the touch, and it features an accessory port and hose for vacuum-sealing containers with special lids. 

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CR’s test results: Geryon E2900-MS

Storage and Organization

Chef’s Path Cereal Containers Storage Set

When it comes to pantry staples bought in larger quantities—such as cereal, oats, and rice—stackable canisters or basic jars can help maximize shelf space. This storage set comes with four 4-liter airtight containers that are primed to keep your dry goods neatly in place and easily accessible. 

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Learn more about Chef’s Path Cereal Containers Storage Set.

iDesign Linus Plastic Storage Bin

The key to a neater fridge or an organized pantry can be as simple as using a streamlined storage bin, like this iDesign version. Its minimalist composition means it can be stacked easily—either side by side or on top of one another—and the clear plastic makes it a cinch to see what’s inside. They’re versatile enough to hold fruits, veggies, and even dry goods like chips or flour.

Learn more about the iDesign Linus Plastic Storage Bin.

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Anna Kocharian

Based in New York City, I'm a shopping editor for Consumer Reports, writing about home, tech, and everything in between. Previously, I covered interior design and market trends as the digital editor of Domino, which shaped my multidisciplinary background in lifestyle journalism. When I'm not seeking out the everyday essentials worth investing in, you may find me perusing my favorite bookstores, cooking, or wandering around the city.