Some men want to eat healthier. Others want to cut their food budget. And some men just love cooking.
It doesn’t matter what drives you into the kitchen, you’ll eventually want to save some of the time you spend in food preparation and cleanup. These are the tools and gadgets that will help you do just that.
When you’re ready to save some time in the kitchen, take a look at the tasks that cause you the most irritation first. It could be chopping onions or wrapping up leftovers.
Don’t invest in a time saving gadget until you’ll actually use it. Try making a dish the hard way before you invest in a gadget. You never want to buy a rice maker, for example, if you’re only hoping to eat more rice this year.
Need more tips? Take a look at these faves - they’ve got the ideas you need to save time and money.
If your someone who cooks a lot of rice or quinoa, you need this cooker in your home. The "Zojirushi Rice Cooker and Warmer" makes cooking rice at home quick and easy.
A little on the pricier side - but well worth the investment.
This rice cooker has a 3-cup capacity and makes 6 cups of perfectly cooked rice. There are five different cooking functions and an inner cooking pan that provides even heating. There are measuring lines for precise control of ingredients.
This cooker has a detachable inner lid, easy-to-read LCD control panel, automatic and extended keep-warm setting, reheating cycle, delay timer, and a built-in retractable power cord. The "Zojirushi Rice Cooker and Warmer," is very compact, so it won't take up too much counter space and can be easily stored.
This cooker also comes with a measuring cup, nonstick rice spatula, and a spatula holder!
This rice cooker is definitely on the pricier side, but it's going to last for a long time. The cooker is made of quality material and will save you countless hours when it comes to cooking grains, oatmeal, even porridge.
It should come as no surprise that the sharper your knives, the easier it is to prepare food. The European Smooth & Serrated Knife Sharpener can bring even your old, dull blades back to life. This sharpener is a worthwhile investment for those who do a lot of chopping in the kitchen.
Pricey, but you are getting what you pay for - a sharpener that will genuinely cut down chop time, and last for a long time.
This knife sharpener automatically adjusts for professional-quality results with standard, serrated, or Japanese-style single-bevel knives. It delivers a superior cutting edge without ever damaging the blade.
This sharpener is extremely user-friendly and compact so it won't take up too much counter space. You simply swipe your blade through the center opening and the spring-action bars will automatically adjust to accommodate different blade angles. The base of this sharpener has rubber feet that prevent it from sliding or scratching your countertop.
Priced at $129.95 and you'll want another sharpener again. This sharpener is also going to help you save on buying new knives by bringing your dulled blades back to life.
This KitchenAid 5-Speed Hand Blender is like magic. It's a quick and easy solution for whipping up smoothies, shakes, salsa, salad dressings, and puree soups right in the pot! Once you try it, you'll never understand how you existed without one.
Some users had issues with the cord getting in the way.
This blender comes with a lot of great features.
You get a removable 8" Blending Arm that locks into the motor body, three interchangeable bell blades (crush, puree, froth, you name it!), a whisk attachment (anyone up for some fluffy eggs or a creamy mayonnaise?), a 2 1/12-Cup BPA-Free Chopper Attachment with lid locks, and a 1-Liter BPA-Free Blending Pitcher (go ahead, blend a double batch!).
The containers are all top-rack dishwasher friendly, and the tools are super easy to clean.
This KitchenAid 5-Speed Blender is actually on sale on Amazon right now for only $89.99. It comes with a 1-year hassle-free replacement warranty and is going to make your life in the kitchen so much easier.
The Wusthof Kitchen Shears can cut everything you need, cutting down your kitchen prep significantly. You can use these shears to cut through anything from meat, to bread, to onions! You can also use these shears to open jars and bottles.
Some users say the handles are a little small for their hands.
Wusthof has an excellent reputation for making fine cutting utensils for over 190 years.
The sharp shears have steel-tooth insets in the handles to open bottles or jars, and they come apart for easy cleaning. They are made for both rightys and leftys. You can use these scissors for all your kitchen cutting needs - whether it be opening a pack of sauce or cutting through meat.
You're getting quality shears for only $24.75. They are durable, sharp, and will significantly cut down your kitchen prep time.
The Williams Sonoma Multi-Chopper comes with three interchangeable blades to cut foods into wedges, diced cubes, or slices. This multi-chopper will significantly help you cut down on your prep time in the kitchen.
Some users wish there were a smaller blade for mincing.
The Williams Sonoma Multi-Chopper is going to cut your prep time in half. This chopper comes with three interchangeable stainless-steel blades that make precise cuts.
The handle is force-reduced, so you don't have to use as much pressure to chop your veggies, fruits, etc. All of the prepped food is collected into a removable measuring container, and this chopper comes with a customized cleaning tool! The chopper itself is dishwasher friendly, and the blades should be washed separately.
Right now you can get this chopper on Williams Sonoma for $59.99. That's $20 that its original price. This chopper is going to cut down your veggie and fruit prep significantly. You won't need to buy a new knife set (which can be super expensive), and its easy clean up so your post-meal clean up will be reduced significantly as well.
The iTouchless Handheld Heat Bag Sealer saves you time and money. You won't need to buy freezer bags anymore to keep things fresh, simply slide these along your already opened bags of food and create airtight, sealed storage!
Some reviewers had trouble using these Heat Bag Sealers. Make sure to read the directions, which instruct the user to clamp down and wait three seconds before sliding across the bag/package.
These gadgets genuinely save you time and money. They lock in the freshness, so your food lasts longer and enables you to re-use the packing or bags that your food came in.
To use these, you simply clamp down on the bag you want to re-seal, wait three seconds for the sealer to heat up, and then slide across the packaging or bag to seal in freshness. These re-sealers have magnetic backs for accessible storage on your refrigerator and are compact, making for easy travel companions.
You're getting two of these Bag Sealers for $15.62. Think of all the money you'll save with airtight food that will last longer and never having to buy freezer bags again.
While these sheers make pizza cutting easy - that's hardly where their usefulness ends. They're also great for pastry cutting (or even fabric). That's because of the lovely lifter on the bottom blade.
Some of the older models were made from substandard materials. Even now you may want to avoid putting these in the dishwasher.
These pizza scissors are one of the most fun kitchen gadgets you're going to find. They don't just cut your pizza; they also help to lift it so you can serve it quickly and easily. Cool, right?
It's super easy to use. Really, you just need to be able to use a pair of scissors to make these happen. The Scizza's unique spatula tip slides easily under food (or anything else), and the extra-long 4-inch blades wholly and cleanly slice through food. Brilliant.
You can put these scissors in the top rack of your dishwasher, but hand washing in warm, soapy water is recommended.
For scissors, these aren't exactly inexpensive. So, you'll want to make sure to take care of them - that's where the whole hand washing thing comes into play.
This combination cutting board is ideal for watching cooking videos and shows while prepping dinner. The bamboo is also durable and easy to use (besides being good looking in the kitchen).
You can store knives in it, but it's not ideal unless you can work it into your overall decor.
This awesome cutting board has a protective screen for your iPad. Follow a recipe, or watch a movie; it all depends on why you're cooking. The removable, clear screen shield protects the iPad from chopping debris. Plus, there are eight built-in storage slots for various kitchen knives.
If you can use a cutting board, it's about as simple as that. The side slots for knife storage are only essential if you leave this on your countertop for your kitchen tablet. But, all in all, it's as easy as you would think to use.
You'll need to hand-wash this cutter. And, think of this as a friendly reminder not to store dirty knives in any woodblock, drawer, or anywhere else. Wash them and then put them away. Anything else makes your kitchen unsafe to work in or eat from.
Only $30.00 for a gadget you're going to want to use every day. A definite worthwhile investment!
With this Crock-Pot 6-Quart WeMo-Enabled Smart Slow Cooker, you can adjust the cooking time, temperature, and turn the appliance on or off all from your mobile device! Use the WeMo app to operate this crockpot. That means you don't even need to be in the kitchen to make cooking adjustments!
Only works with Apple (iOS7 and higher) and Android (4.0 and higher.
With this slow cooker, you can come home from work with dinner already prepped. Did we mention this was a huge time saver?
This crockpot is enabled with WEMO, which allows you to control it from your smartphone (you can still also operate the slow cooker directly from the machine). The slow cooker holds up to 6 quarts of food and has built-in cord storage. Toss your meats, veggies, or grains in this slow cooker in the morning, and come home to a delicious ready-to-eat meal.
It's simple to clean, which makes post-meal clean up even easier.
Yes, this slow cooker is definitely on the pricier side coming in at $516.00. However, if this is within your budget, we think this is a must-have investment for making kitchen prep and cook time quick and easy.
Samsung's Smart Refrigerator comes with a Wi-Fi enabled LCD screen loaded with apps. You can organize your food and storage with the press of a button. This Smart Fridge has display photos, Google calendar, access to hundreds of recipes, and spillproof glass shelves with flex zone drawers!
Some users had issues with the ice maker.
This Samsung French Door Refrigerator comes with FlexZone Drawers for optimized family organization and twin cooling to help maintain the fridge's humidity. This fridge is stainless steel and has a built-in water filter and ice maker.
This refrigerator is 28 cubic feet internally, meaning you'll have plenty of space for you and your family. The compartments are lit well with high-efficiency LEDs designed for complete illumination. This smart fridge makes organization easy with its extra storage space and built-in WiFi-enabled LCD smart screen.
You're buying a new fridge; it's going to be a little pricey. This smart fridge is $2,149.99, which is definitely on the pricier side but worth it if within your means.