As apartment dwellers, we know how important it is to choose your belongings wisely. While there are ways you can save space and maximize your storage, you still have to be picky with what you keep in your home protect it from getting too cramped or cluttered. Kitchen gadgets can be bulky and often demand counter space, so it’s crucial that you only invest in the ones you need the most. That’s easier said than done, though, thanks to the ridiculous amount of kitchen gadgets available, many of which are just plain pointless (I mean, an egg cuber? Really?) To help you narrow down the necessary from the not-so-much, we’ve picked out four of our favorite kitchen gadgets that are actually worth buying.
If you’ve ever tried making rice in a pot, you know it can get complicated. Rice makers make it easy so that all you have to do is add the right amount of water and press a button. Then—voila, you’ve got rice that’s cooked to perfection, no scraping the bottom of the pot required. Rice cookers aren’t just for rice, either. You can use them for pasta, veggies, and more. Once you have one, you’ll wonder how you lived without it.
If the low-carb craze has hit you, a spiralizer may soon become your new best friend. Spiralizers allow you to “spiralize” veggies such as zucchini, resulting in “spaghetti” like strands of veggie goodness. You can find standard spiralizers for super cheap, or you can step it up a notch and go with something a little fancier and electronic (it’ll be easier on your wrists, too). Spiralizers will open up a whole new world of recipes for you. You may even be surprised how little you’ll miss pasta.
When it comes to kitchen gadgets that are actually worth buying, the crockpot may reign supreme. Crockpots can be lifesavers, especially for those with busy lifestyles. They simplify the cooking process by slowing it down and cooking the food with heat over long periods of time. You can dump a bunch of ingredients into your crockpot before bedtime, and wake up to a home cooked meal that hardly required any work on your part. Stews, soups, sauces, and so much more can be easily made in a crockpot. Seriously, you need one of these if you don’t already have one.
Have you ever heard of “avocado hand”? It’s a phrase that’s been coined by hospital staff due to the large number of hand injuries they see resulting from avocado-cutting gone wrong (spoiler: it’s a lot). Cutting an avocado is just plain tricky, but it doesn’t have to be. An avocado slicer makes it simple—use it to pull the pit out, then just push the slicer through each side for perfectly cut pieces of avocado. For $9.99, it’s worth it to keep you safe from the dreaded avocado hand.