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Mike Garten

To say we love to cook and are obsessed with kitchen products in the Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances and Technologies Lab is an understatement. Lucky for us, thousands of pitches filled with new cooking-related products and innovations, from knives to air fryers, cross our desks each year.

While we typically get to test most of these, it's hard to get our hands on all of them – and that's why we launched our first annual Kitchen Gear Awards: To find and test the most innovative and best-performing products across kitchen appliance and cooking tool categories.

Meet the Judges

How We Tested

To settle on these 51 winners, we evaluated more than 150 products with our Lab pros and 660 consumer testers who put even more items through their paces in real-life settings. To find this year’s winners, our GH experts rigorously assessed entries for:

  • Innovation: How innovative is the product? How different is it from others like it on the market?
  • Performance: How well does the product work? How does it work compared to competitors?
  • Ease of Use: How easy is the product to use? Is it worth effort?
  • Timelessness: Is this an item someone can — and, most importantly, would want to — use for a long time?

    The following winners are tried and tested to make it a little easier to cook, slice, sear, smoke, store and more:

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    Trusty Tools

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    Sweet Indulgences

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    Applause-Worthy Appliances

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    Superior Storage

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    Outdoor Upgrades

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