24 Kitchen Products People Are Swearing By In Quarantine

24 Kitchen Products People Are Swearing By In Quarantine

Including bamboo paper towels, a cold brew coffee maker, and the teensy milk frother of your caffeinated dreams.

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A tiny milk frother to sub out your beloved Starbucks lattes, so everything you drink will still taste like it was lovingly handcrafted by a barista.


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It’s also teensy for storing and cleans with a quick stream of hot running water, and works on cold *and* hot beverages.

Promising review:This is seriously my best quarantine purchase and I have made a lot! No need for Starbucks anymore. My craving has been fulfilled. I make at least one fancy drink every morning. To make the cold foam similar to Starbucks salted honey you use a little milk (I use almond), a sprinkle of salt, and some honey then use the frother. It makes so much from a small amount and the taste is delicious!! This will be your new morning best friend. I am so happy!” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $14.95 (available in 10 colors).

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An air fryer that can cook so many different dishes using the power of rapid air technology that it’ll spoil you for other methods of cooking forever. Perfectly crisped french fries, veggies, and chicken wings in less than 20 minutes — no oil required. Dinner just got lit 🔥.


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Promising review: “I absolutely love this air fryer. It’s easy to use and clean. We use it almost daily for french fries, chicken nuggets and strips. It makes the taste of frozen food taste more like fast food. It also cooks faster than baking in the oven. With us safe at home due to COVID, it’s made meal time more fun.” —Kindle Customer

Get it from Amazon for $75.99+ (available in four colors).

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A set of three adorable, machine-washable Swedish dish cloths – they’re super absorbent and designed with a cross-hatch pattern for easier scrubbing. Each one of these can replace over a DOZEN paper towel rolls. The Brawny paper towel man is shaking.


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Promising review: “I originally picked these up to use in lieu of nasty, nasty dishrags that invoke my inner THIS IS NOT CLEAN demon. Since then, I have used them for everything from cleaning the kitchen to wiping up spills. After use, just toss in the wash and they are ready to go again. They are the perfect size and do an excellent job on every task to which I have applied them. They come in a variety of fun prints and I have yet to wear one out. Paper towel usage has taken a real nosedive, which is a good thing given its relative scarcity at present.” —sandra simpson-kraft

Get a three-pack from Amazon for $15.70 (available in 12 prints).

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Or a roll of reusable bamboo paper towels designed to replace six whole human months of them, since each one is washable and reusable up to 120 (!!) times.


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Promising review: “These have been a great addition to our lives during quarantine. We have effectively phased out disposable paper towels for the most part because of these, and have overall saved a good bit of money.” —Meghan

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

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A mini waffle maker versatile enough to do way more than its main job — if you’re waffling on the waffles, you can also use it for hash browns, paninis, biscuits, and even (gasp) PIZZA. If you can dream it, you can mini waffle it.


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Promising review: “I am not a good cook, I’ll admit. I’m one of those ‘burn a salad’ kind of girls. In quarantine I’ve decided to expand my horizons and try new ways to make food. Outside of my air fryer this is the best product I own. One can figure out how to work it with no instructions (ask me how I know) and it cooks waffles PERFECTLY every time. I was so thrilled with the way my food came out I tried it again to ensure it wasn’t a fluke and guess what — it’s not! At the price point I know what all my family and friends are getting for Christmas! Easy to use and clean and store. I would recommend this to everyone.” —Danielle

Get it from Amazon for $17.99 (available in red and nine other non-heart-shaped colors).

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A produce-saver storage container designed to keep your fruits and veggies fresh way longer, so you can finally stop surrendering to the race against time when your produce goes bad faster than you can finish it.


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Promising review: “I’ve been using this container for a number of months and decided it’s finally time to write a review. We eat a lot of broccoli and I used to find myself running to the grocery store every few days to get another head of broccoli. With the safer-at-home guidelines in place I’ve had to reduce my grocery store visits to once every seven to ten days. I am sure glad I have this container because I can put two, sometimes three, heads of broccoli inside and they last the entire time between shopping trips. Previously they wouldn’t last that long.” —Amazon Customer

Read BuzzFeed’s review of these “miracle” produce containers for more deets.

Get it from Amazon for $15.05 (available in various sizes and sets).

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Or a set of reusable produce-saving bags for those larger grocery hauls where you have a lot more greens to protect.


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Promising review: “Now that we are in the COVID-19 pandemic and supplies are harder to get, I have gone back to using these GreenBags to keep my produce fresh longer. They definitely help keep food fresh longer.” —Lyn

Get a 20-pack from Amazon for $9.99 (available in four sizes).

8.

A collapsible microwave popcorn maker that doubles as a serving bowl, so you can make yourself popcorn so warm and salty that your Friday movie nights will feel like you’re smack dab in the middle of a theater.


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All you have to do is add generic kernels + whatever oils or butters you feel in your heart, and you’ll be raring to go.

Promising review: “Looks weird, feels even weirder. But can it make popcorn? Oh, my, YES! With everyone hunkering in place because of COVID-19, we really need home movie night — complete with popcorn and refreshments! And this little popcorn maker helps to make it so very pleasant.” —Edward S.

Psst — if you’re looking for way to add some pizzazz to your snack, check out BuzzFeed’s ideas for flavoring popcorn!

Get it from Amazon for $17.90 (available in 16 other colors).

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A weekly meal planner you can use to map out all your grocery needs in advance — particularly handy if you want a handwritten list to take to the grocery store, so you don’t have to keep pulling out and unlocking your phone.


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The list magnetizes to the fridge, and has the meal plan on one side, and a perforated “shopping list” you can tear off and take with you on the other side.

Promising review: “I ordered this meal planner not long before COVID and have since found it very useful. I usually use a grocery list app but have wanted to use paper lately, so this is perfect for meal planning, and has a paper list.” —Victoria

Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

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A rapid egg cooker so you can cook a week’s worth of breakfast eggs in a matter of minutes, whether you want a good old-fashioned hard boil or like ’em a little runnier.


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I’ve owned one of these babies and have faithfully used it every week for upward of two years, and especially love it during lockdown — it simplifies breakfast because I know no matter what weird assortment of groceries I’m working with, there are precooked eggs to add some protein to it (I like mine medium-boiled 🍳). Some reviews note that the alarm on it is a little loud, but the new models have significantly decreased the volume and sing a little song instead!

Promising review: “Best quarantine purchase yet! This little guy is so cute and handy! I just tested three eggs in case they didn’t turn out, and they were perfect!! I was all prepared to be blasted out of my house for the buzzer at the end (according to other reviews), but it wasn’t bad at all. It literally plays a little song. So cute!” —Austin Klimek

Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in five colors).

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A gorgeous 1.5-quart Dutch oven designed to stand the test of time and the test of you channeling your inner Ina Garten. Luckily, this bb can stand up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit of heat on the stove or the oven.


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The enameled cast iron is designed for heat retention for perfect, evenly-cooked braises, sautés, and bakes. It also has some big Le Creuset energy, but with a much more reasonable price tag — this size typically runs in the $170 range.

Promising review: “I’ve been searching for a larger enamel dutch oven for quite some time but was always hesitant to invest in a really expensive one. I pulled the trigger on this purchase and I am so happy I did! I have had it less than a week and used it more times than I can count…especially because of the quarantine. ALWAYS COOKING! BUY THIS POT! The price is amazing for the product you receive.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $44.90 (available in five sizes and ten colors).

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A cold brew coffee maker so gloriously easy to use that all you have to do is stick your favorite ground coffee in the filter, seal the airtight lid on top, and pop it in the fridge overnight. Boom, four cups of cold brew.


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Promising review: “I love cold brew and iced coffee beverages. I cut back on caffeine when I found out I was pregnant, so I’m happy to be able to make my own decaf cold brew at home. I purchased this right before we went on lockdown with COVID-19, and I have gotten so much use out of it while in quarantine. I’m very happy with this purchase.” —Alayne

Get it from Amazon for $23.58.

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An avocado slicer that’ll more than earn its keep, especially since “meatless Mondays” and “wheat-less Wednesdays” are making us more creative with our quarantine cooking.


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This three-in-one tool can split an avocado with its pointy tip, remove the pit with its center, and make perfectly even slices with the bottom — a much safer alternative to using a regular knife and potential falling prey to the dreaded “avocado hand.

Promising review: “I’m a millennial and can’t live without my avocado toast a few times weekly. Thank goodness for this little gadget that is literally getting me through this quarantine. #bravocado!” —Alissa Nemnich

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

14.

A silicone muffin mold handy enough to cook single-size portions of eggs, pastries, and muffins without a ton of nonstick prep, and with ridiculously easy cleanup.


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Psst — if you’re looking for some easy cooking inspo, try this list of muffin recipes that are four ingredients or less, including sweet potato applesauce muffins and cheddar broccoli egg muffins.

Promising review: “Just purchased this silicone cupcake baking pan and I couldn’t be happier. Easy to clean and store. Can’t wait to make so many new treats during quarantine.” —Hadas A.

Get one from Amazon for $9.99.

15.

A breakfast sandwich maker that may be small but can cook an egg, toast bread, warm precooked meat, and melt cheese into the perfect sammie all at once. Dunkin’ whomst??


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Promising review: “I bought the double size cause even though the cycle is only about five minutes, it is good to have two finished by then. It works well and is easy to clean. I’m careful to cut the cheese and meat to a proper size so there is very little mess. I have not needed to run the parts through the dishwasher yet. We use it fairly often now with the virus keeping us at home and it works well.” —Mr. Wayne S. Mergott Jr.

Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

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A game-changing nonstick panini press you can use for anything from sandwiches to quesadillas to fruit turnovers (or, if you’re me, 18,000 different types of grilled cheese).


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Promising review: “Well, I’m stuck at home and need something to eat in these trying times of COVID. What better time to make paninis!? I use some turkey and cheese then some veggies. It’s quick and easy with minimal cleanup. If something does make its way onto the hot surface, it’s super easy to clean and comes off fast. It has an adjustable swing so it hits the right angle, for short or tall sandwiches. It heats up fast and was the most reasonable option. I tend not to go for the very cheapest or most expensive options. Too cheap, and you see problems. Too expensive, and who needs all those bells and whistles?” —Aaron Burleson

Get it from Amazon for $32.75+ (available in two colors).

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A sleek digital food scale that measures in grams and ounces, so you can get the *chef’s kiss* perfect amount of ingredients all your recipes call for.


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Promising review: “During COVID-19 stay-at-home everyone is baking! I needed the scale for measuring bread ingredients. Trying to make sourdough, which is proving more challenging than I had hoped, but the scale really helps. It came sooner than I expected and it is really easy to use! Came with an extra battery which is helpful, assuming I can find it when I need it!” —Carol Wilsey

Get it from Amazon for $17.95 (available in six colors).

18.

A slim cutlery drawer organizer for anyone who is looking to maximize their kitchen efficiency, especially now that a lot of us are becoming amateur restaurateurs.


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Promising review: “This was a quarantine impulse buy for me: I suddenly want everything in my home perfectly organized. This was great — the top row fits my set of steak knives and the bottom row holds miscellaneous knives for chopping.” —MKB from CT

Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in two colors).

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A set of reusable silicone Stasher bags you can get in a ton of different sizes to help significantly cut down your plastic use, saving both your money *and* the environment. Plus, these work in more than just the fridge — they’re freezer- and microwave-safe, too.


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Promising review: “I have been using these for about two years and let me tell you, they look like the day I bought them! I was using them for school lunches, but now with the stay at home orders, I’ve begun making batches of rice and pasta and freezing those with these bags. They work great and heat up in the microwave beautifully. No damage to the bags at all! I actually ordered some more just to have plenty on hand since I’m using more of them now than in the past. I have tried other brands of reusable storage bags that got pitted and messed up in the microwave. These may cost a little more, but they are almost indestructible and last a long long time! Did I mention you can throw them in dishwasher? Just open the bag and fit it onto the upper rack spikes and they wash up great. I just shake them out and let them air dry. I’m not using plastic bags anymore! Thanks for the great product.” —John S.

Get it from Amazon for $9.97+ (available in four sizes and eight colors).

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A reliable single-serve coffee maker that won’t take up much room in your kitchen, but will take up a whole lotta room in your caffeine-loving heart.


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You can use this with K-cups or normal ground coffee, and even select the strength of the coffee. It also comes with auto-shutoff and self-cleaning abilities, so you can play barista without half the hassle.

Promising review: “This is my first coffee machine bought for myself during the lockdown. This is a cool one, which brews quickly under five mins and easy to clean. I used it with the Dunkin Donuts ground coffee and it tastes as good as brought from a Dunkin coffee shop. Good thing is, it can be used with K-cup pods as well, but I am yet to use with k-cup pods.” —Dinesh

Get it from Amazon for $58.59.

21.

A kombucha starter kit, because you deserve to be the captain of your own quarantine ‘booch.


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Each set includes instructions, sugar, a tea blend, pH test strips, a kombucha culture starter, a dropper, a gallon jar, and a cloth covering for it. Plus, you can customize flavors like orange, ginger, strawberry, and ~more~.

Promising review: “Bought this for my daughter for Christmas and she finally had time to get started during the quarantine and she LOVES it! The instructions were clear, everything was included, and she had success from the very first try.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $44.99.

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A small, low commitment slow cooker that’s the perfect size for anyone dabbling in their first-ever one, or anyone who lives in a smaller household.


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This lil’ bub features a spill-proof, locked lid, can cook on mix and match high, low, and heat settings with preset cooking times that automatically shift to “warm” when they’re done, so your dish will still be raring to go whenever you are. Plus, the removable stoneware vessel and glass lid are dishwasher-safe for easy cleanup!

Promising review: “Bought this for my 19-year-old daughter, her first crock pot of her own. She has been using it constantly during this quarantine and calls me for recipes everyday. Easy to use and clean. She loves it!” —Lori Miller

Get it from Amazon for $34.96 (available in four sizes).

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An ice pop mold complete with a funnel, 50 sticks, and 50 bags so you can make your own personalized ice pops and take them with you on the go for all your summer picnics.


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Promising review: “My grandkids eat Popsicles everyday and with the 2020 pandemic I did not want to go to the store every couple of days for popsicles so I got these. They are just so easy to use. They clean easy they freeze solid and evenly and I only wish that they came with plastic reusable sticks. But I’ll still give it five stars because I’m so impressed with how well and how fast and how even they freeze. It was such a nice surprise to have the individual bags so that I could keep making them. And a booklet of recipes was nice too. Good price.” —Penta

Get it from Amazon for $26.99.

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A quality, lightweight stainless-steel knife set to replace all the loose ones you have in your kitchen, designed for precision and accuracy not just to make chopping up ingredients easier, but safer.


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This set comes with six knives with different blades, a kitchen scissor, and six hot-forged steak knives you can use at the dinner table. They’re also dishwasher-safe for easy cleanup, and have easy-to-grip handles both for beginners and the more kitchen knife-savvy among us.

Promising review: “Don’t underestimate the value of good knives for your kit. Changed my kitchen experience at home during the quarantine.” —Lila

Get it from Amazon for $70.59.

You making kitchen power moves all through lockdown:


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Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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