37 Kitchen Gadgets Under $20 That Are Basically Genius

Every once in awhile you come across a new gadget and think, "Wow! This is brilliant!" Certainly, most kitchen gadgets don't meet this criteria, but when one does, and it's affordable, it definitely belongs in your kitchen.

A few well conceived, clever gadgets can make all the difference in your kitchen, and your life in general. When it comes to kitchen gadgets, a little innovation can go a long way towards transforming an ordinary object into a brilliant one. And when innovation comes at a bargain price? It's a win!

We've collected 37 of the most ingenious kitchen gadgets and gizmos that will keep your kitchen game strong.

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These Herb Scissors Have Five Blades to Help You Fly Through Kitchen Prepwork

Two snips with these five bladed scissors is like 10 knife cuts. Think of how quickly you could get through basil, cilantro, and green onions with these Herb Scissors. Snip your herbs directly into the pot, or directly onto your plates for that perfect finishing touch. The Herb Scissors can be used for veggies like celery and bell peppers too, making short work of meal prep.

This Giant Cupcake Pan Will Definitely Amaze and Delight at Every Party

This is a real thing: some kids don't like cake, but they do like cupcakes. Yes, this defies all logic and reason, but it's true nonetheless. Even without that tidbit of childish insanity, a giant cupcake is about 1000 times more fun and exciting than a regular old cake. This Giant Cupcake Pan not only makes a mega sized cupcake, practically guaranteed to delight and impress, it also lets you make Food TV worthy magic center cakes which will up your cake game a lot.

Make Grilled Cheese in Your Regular Toaster With These Toaster Bags

Yes, that's right. Oooey, gooey grilled cheese from your regular old pop up toaster. What's not to love about that? These Non Stick Toaster Bags contain any melty cheese while also ensuring even toasting and melting. But wait! There's more! You can use these reusable, washable bags to reheat pizza, cook frozen chicken nuggets or patties, or really anything else that you want heated evenly and nice and crispy.

The Microwave Pasta Cooker is a Fan Favorite

If you doubt that you can get perfectly cooked, al dente pasta in just a few minutes from your microwave, there are over 2,500 super happy Amazon reviewers who beg to differ. This Microwave Pasta Cooker makes believers out of skeptics. Sure, waiting for water to boil in a pot and then throwing your pasta in isn't complicated, but it still could be easier, faster, and more streamlined.

These Stick-On Flexible LED Strip Lights Give You the Look of Professional Lighting Design

Next time you find yourself in a very expensive home, check out the lighting in the kitchen. Actually, in every room. One thing that sets expensive homes apart from the rest is the lighting design. Because lighting is expensive. However, you can cheat and get the look without the expense with these Flexible LED Strip Lights. Simply stick them up and plug them in and you've got yourself all the fancy under-the-cabinet lighting you could wish for!

The Garlic Twist Annihilates Cloves of Garlic Without the Sticky Mess

You may think you don't need this in your life, until you try it. Then you will never want to prepare garlic any other way. Simply smash a couple of cloves with the outside of the Garlic Twist, remove the skins and pop them in. A couple of twists that literally take a couple of seconds, and you've got perfectly minced garlic. It works great for ginger too!

French People Know That the Absolute Best Way to Store Butter is With a French Butter Dish

Everyone agrees that nothing is better than spreadable butter, and yet there's a heated debate about butter storage: on the counter vs in the fridge. If the fridge people are ever going to be swayed, it will be because of a French Butter Dish. The French know a thing or two about butter! For those worried about contamination or ruination, this butter dish has you covered. The butter is completely protected from the outside environment in this ingenious contraption, and yet it remains soft and spreadable.

These Fridge Bin Liners Will Help Your Foods Last Longer

Nothing is worse than throwing out unused produce. Fruits and vegetables are expensive, and we buy them with the best of intentions, but, for one reason or another, we all end up tossing soft, slimy, brown, and mushy produce because we didn't use it in time. It's a waste of food AND money. These Fruit and Veggie Extender Liners allow air to circulate in your fridge drawers, helping keep your produce fresh and buying you more time to get around to eating the fruits and veggies you buy.

Get Every Last Drop of Frosting With the Whisk Wiper

It's amazing that this is a new innovation, and now how all whisks were designed since forever. The Whisk Wiper is simple and ingenious. Slide it along your batter coated whisk and you'll get every last drop of the good stuff into the mixing bowl. The only downside is that you will miss out on the silliness of watching your kids try to lick the frosting off your whisk. There is no dignity in whisk licking.

This Foldable Chopping Board Might Have You Wondering Why You Didn't Think of it First

There's not a home cook among us who hasn't inadvertently deposited freshly chopped veggies all over the counter and stove top while trying to balance a heavy chopping board over a hot pan with one hand and scrape the food off into the pan with the other. This incredibly handy Foldable Chopping Board completely solves this problem. It's a flat, non skid surface to chop on, and then when you squeeze the handle to pick it up, the sides fold up creating a chute which easily directs your veggies into your pan. Genius!

Go Ahead and Play With Your Food With These Bear Paws Shredder Claws

If you ever prepare meat in that wonderful, tender, shreddable way that is perfect for tacos and sandwiches, you are going to want a set of these Bear Paws Shredder Claws. Sure, using forks to pull apart your pork or chicken works, but it takes time and it's not fun. Why not tear it apart the way a bear would? These claws will neatly and easily shred your meat in no time, and you'll feel like a kid when you use them.

If You Want a Product That's Built to Last, Look No Further Than a Cast Iron Skillet

To say that your cast iron skillet will last a lifetime is to underestimate its durability. Your Cast Iron Skillet will most certainly outlive you. With just a little bit of basic maintenance, it will literally last forever. It's not often that the gold standard of a product is also found at rock bottom prices, but Lodge is exactly that. These pre-seasoned skillets are extremely affordable, essentially indestructible, and made in the USA.

Be the Coolest Adult on the Planet and Make S'mores Year Round With This Microwave S'mores Maker

This Microwave S'mores Maker gives you perfectly cooked s'mores all year in 30 seconds. You may be asking if this gadget is necessary for making microwave s'mores, and the answer is yes. Without it, you get over inflated, messy marshmallows and uneven heating between marshmallow and chocolate. This gadget is a problem solver. And at only $10, it makes a great gift. I mean, look at this thing! Who wouldn't want one?

See What You're Doing From the Comfort of Not Bending Over With This Angled Measuring Cup

We all know the drill. Pour liquid into measuring cup. Stop pouring. Bend over to look at volume markings at eye level. Stand up. Pour more. Bend over again. Etc. Who designed these things? Obviously not the genius over at OXO who came up with this Angled Measuring Cup, which allows you to read the volume measurements as you pour from your comfortable position of standing upright. Brilliant!

Never Scrub Your Slow Cooker Again With These Slow Cooker Liners

Slow cooker users already know how much a slow cooker can simplify your meal times. They cook slow so you can get dinner served quick, even on the busiest nights. Imagine if the clean up was just as easy? It might seem impossible not to have to scrub something that's been baked on for hours and hours, but these Slow Cooker Liners will completely take the place of all soaking and scrubbing. Simply line your slow cooker with one of these durable, BPA free bags and cook as usual. When you're done, just toss the bag and that's it for clean up!

Keep Your Microwave Clean With This Microwave Cover

The dreaded sauce splatter in your microwave can be a problem of your past. This Vented, Collapsible Microwave Cover is big enough to fit over a dinner plate, a bowl of soup, just about anything you might be reheating in your microwave. All splatters are contained while the vents allow air circulation. When you're done, the cover rinses clean and collapses flat for easy storage.

Keep Your Brown Sugar Soft and Fresh With a Brown Sugar Bear

On the spectrum of life's potential headaches, hardened brown sugar isn't a major one. But it is inconvenient and frustrating, so why not make it go away? This ridiculously adorable Brown Sugar Bear lives right in the sugar, keeping it soft, fresh, and usable. The way I see it, eradicate all the small annoyances and you'll always be less annoyed. This little bear is a win.

The Pot Clip is the Perfect Place to Keep Your Spoon or Whisk

Needing a place to rest your spoon is a universal kitchen problem. You can put it down on your counter, but that makes a mess. If only there was a way to keep all the saucy mess inside the pot! Clearly, one day a genius pondered this very dilemma and came up with this Pot Clip. It clips onto the side of any pot, and will hold any utensil.

Making Perfect Eggs Every Time is a Cinch With the Dash Rapid Egg Cooker

I've been told that "cute" isn't the most important characteristic to consider when choosing kitchen appliances, so it's lucky that the Dash Rapid Egg Cooker has more than just good looks. Take the headache out of preparing perfect eggs. Hard or soft boiled, scrambled, even omelets are no challenge for this handy little egg cooker. And it's super cute. Perfect eggs are my favorite kind!

This Folding Potato Masher Allows You to Mash Potatoes AND Open Your Kitchen Drawers

We all have that drawer that we can't easily open because it's where we keep our unwieldy potato masher. Why do we keep it in a drawer anyway? Surely, any other place would be better. But, a drawer is where it is, and so a we have a drawer we can't open. Some brilliant person decided life didn't have to be that way, and came up with the idea of a Folding Potato Masher. And, thus, all of your drawers can open!

Take Your Pancake Game to the Next Level With This Pancake Batter Mixer with BlenderBall

It's undeniable that pancakes are amazing. But they're also notoriously messy. Whether you're a strictly from the box type of pancake maker, or you have a secret recipe that you will maybe consider parting with on your deathbed, you will love this no-mess, no-fuss, incredibly easy to use Batter Mixer and Dispenser. One container to mix and dispense your batter for perfect pancake after perfect pancake.

The Angry Mama Microwave Cleaner Takes All The Elbow Grease Out of Cleaning Even the Dirtiest Microwaves

If messes make you feel even half as upset as this Angry Mama looks, you're going to love her. Just fill her up with a mix of vinegar and water and place her in your dirty microwave. Seven minutes later even the most cooked on spills, splatters, and splashes wipe away with ease. This angry mama is dishwasher safe, so clean up after your clean up is a breeze.

Why Didn't Someone Invent This Clip On Silicone Colander Sooner?

Instead of inadvertently dumping all of your pasta all over the sink and counter in a face-searing plume of steam, simply pop this Clip On Silicone Colander onto your cooking pot and pour. Brilliant! The universal design fits nearly any round pot, pan, or bowl, and the clip on colander is a fraction of the size of a traditional colander so it saves you a ton of room in your cupboard.

These Baggy Racks are the Next Best Thing to Having Four Hands

Have you ever tried pouring liquids into a ziplock bag? If so, then you already see how awesomely helpful it would be to be able to clip your bags securely into Baggy Racks for the task. These clever racks hold your bags upright and open so you can cook and freeze all the sauces, all the soups, and all the meatballs. Go ahead, be amazing.

A French Press Coffee Maker is Easy to Use and Makes a Great Cup of Coffee

Whether you need just one cup or a whole pot, you'll have coffee in hand in 4 minutes flat with this French Press Coffee Maker. Adulting is hard enough under the best circumstances, and damn near impossible to do uncaffeinated. Make sure you never have to. Want coffee at your desk any time of the day? At about $15 apiece, you can have one and home and keep one at the office.

This Spice and Coffee Grinder Not Only Does a Great Job Grinding Coffee, But Could Also Be Used to Grind Herbs, Spices, Nuts, or Grains

Freshly ground coffee is better, and there is no good reason not have better coffee. This Spice and Coffee Grinder can grind beans for up to 12 cups of coffee in mere seconds. Get the perfect grind for your coffee brewing system simply by adjusting the length of time you grind the beans. Go ahead and up your home coffee game. You deserve it.

If You Like Tea, You Should Have This Stainless Steel Electric Kettle

The best way to quickly boil water for a hot drink is with an electric kettle. These are kitchen staples in tea drinking countries like England and Ireland, and should be a staple here too. This Stainless Steel Electric Kettle looks great on your countertop, will last forever, and will boil a liter of water faster than on your stovetop. You'll wonder how you ever lived without one.

A Wine Saver with Vacuum Stoppers is a Must Have For Any Wine Drinker

Every household where wine is even occasionally consumed should have a Wine Saver with Vacuum Stoppers. Ensure that the rest of that bottle of wine will keep for another night by removing all the air from the bottle. Without air, your wine will last longer on your counter or fridge. These stoppers universally fit into any wine bottle and a few quick pumps of the Wine Saver is all it takes to create a vacuum seal.

These Oven Liners Can Save You From Ever Cleaning Your Oven Again

Cleaning an oven is arguably the worst chore ever. Also horrible is when there's some mystery thing baked onto the bottom of your oven creating a smokey disaster. Avoid all of these terrible things with a set of Oven Liners. These non-stick, reusable liners can be removed and wiped clean super easily. Use them in electric or gas ovens, in toaster ovens, or even as grill mats!

Every Oven Should Be Equipped With Oven Rack Guards

Seemingly overnight we go from protected children to people who are expected to be fully competent at maneuvering extremely heavy and extremely hot dishes of food while awkwardly bent over with our face in an extremely hot oven. There are no training wheels for this. Or are there? If you've ever accidentally bumped into the edge of an oven rack, you're going to want to get a set of these Oven Rack Guards.

Take the Headache Out of Cleaning Your Grill With This Magic-Stone Grill Cleaner Scrub

Cleaning your grill can be a pain. Wire brushes never seem to get it all, and you practically break a sweat with all that scrubbing. This Magic-Stone Grill Cleaner Scrub is a wholly different way to attack the mess. The stone is eco-friendly and non-toxic, and it will get even the most stubbornly stuck on crusty, grimy stuff off your grill rack. This thing will make your grill shine like new again!

Keep Your Counters Clutter Free With This Roll Up Dish Rack

A drying rack is a kitchen necessity, but they are big and take up a ton of room and kitchen counter space is a precious commodity. This ingenious Roll Up Dish Drying Rack is there when you need it, and rolls up for easy storage when you don't. Best of all, even when it's fully loaded with drying dishes, it doesn't take up any counter space! Instead it stretches across your sink, leaving your counters free for other things.

Eliminate the Gap With These Great Looking Stove/Counter Gap Covers

Some things are designed in such a way that makes no sense and is universally annoying. Just like hot dogs and hot dog buns ought to be sold in equal number, but aren't, stoves ought to fit flush against counters, but they don't. The small gap between your counter top and your stove top is a food trap, and is impossible to clean. A set of these Silicone Gap Covers completely solves this problem.

Prevent the Dreaded Boil Over With These Pot Covers and Spill Stoppers

These Boil Over Safeguards will prevent those messy boiling overflows. With a steam release vent and easy to grip, stay cool silicone handle, these lids will keep your cooking surface clean and splatter free. But you can use them for more than just boil over prevention. These lids can go from the stove top, to the microwave, to the fridge. They can even be used as over pot steamers.

This Ingenious Brownie Pan with Dividers Pre-Slices Your Brownies as They Bake

It takes some special wizardry or witchcraft to cut a pan of brownies without squashing, pulling, tearing, and crumbling the edges. Luckily, brownies are delicious enough that their lack of perfect edged beauty doesn't detract too much. But, wouldn't it be better if they looked as amazing as they taste? Enter this Brownie Pan with Dividers. Your brownies bake already portioned, so the edges are perfect even if you're not a wizard or a witch.

Protect Your Gas Range With a Set of These Non-stick Stovetop Burner Liners

These teflon coated, easily removable and washable Stovetop Burner Liners are the answer to your dirty range. Simply cut them to fit your particular burners, and never worry about baked on splatters and spills again. Once in place the liners blend right into your stove top, but they handily catch all the spills and debris. They easily wipe clean and can even go in the dishwasher!

The Silicone Sit Up Scraping Spoon is the Kitchen Tool You Never Knew You Always Wanted

It never occurred to me that a flat spoon is stupid until I saw this non-stupid Silicone Sit Up Scraping Spoon. Of course it's better not to have the dirty spoon end rest on the counter! Not only does this safely sit up away from the counter top, but it has teaspoon and tablespoon demarcations right in the spoon head so you can mix, measure, and scrape with one handy tool.