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Contigo 16 oz. West Loop Stainless Travel Mug

Contigo 16 oz. West Loop Stainless Travel Mug

$21

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Contigo mugs have a uniquely intuitive unlocking mechanism that only activates when you’re going through the motions. No more forgetting to snap closed your top and spilling your beverage across your work station. These mugs are also phenomenally insulated and the top pops open for easy cleaning.

Cen-Tech Non-Contact Infrared Thermometer with Laser Targeting

Cen-Tech Non-Contact Infrared Thermometer with Laser Targeting

$36

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For precise control over your cooking process, you’ll want to dial in exact temperatures. This noninvasive thermometer uses a laser for increased accuracy. While this is an invaluable tool in any chef’s arsenal, you’ll often find it handy for inedible projects as well.

Microplane Zester

Microplane Zester

$13

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Fun fact: This was originally a woodworking tool. Use it for cheeses, chocolates, citrus, spices, and anything else you need to grate precisely. The slight concave shape of the zester forces it to hug an item as it shaves off the surface, and the handle has the perfect amount of grip to grate with confidence.

Drop Smart Kitchen Scale

Drop Smart Kitchen Scale

$100

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The Drop kitchen scale is everything I pined over in my past life as a pastry chef. Its smart recipe rescaling means it will adapt the ingredient measurements in proportion to your last handful of flour. The scale connects wirelessly to its companion app (currently iPhone-only) so you can seamlessly follow recipes, and the heat resistant silicone makes it a resilient countertop appliance.

Nomiku Sous Vide Stick

Nomiku Sous Vide Stick

$200

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You’ve heard of slow cookers. Now take your hands-off cooking to the next level with Nomiku, the sous vide appliance. Drop some vacuum-sealed food in a pot and Nomiku does the rest, providing you with consistently delicious slow cooked results. The device has two models: the original and a Wi-Fi enabled iteration.

Oxo Food Mill

Oxo Food Mill

$50

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Cited as one of an executive chef’s must-have kitchen tools, a food mill will have you efficiently cranking out purees, sauces, and soups in no time. This three-legged model is a solid option, complete with three inserts offering varying textures.

Whip Cream Whipper Canister

Whip Cream Whipper Canister

$55

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At first glance this may seem like a superfluous single-use appliance. However, unlike store bought whip creams, this canister can be reused again and again to make infusions for caffeine and cocktails, such as nitro-infused iced coffee. Want to liven up your whipped cream? Use chocolate milk or drop a smidge of peppermint oil in with your cream before charging.

Dremel VersaFlame Butane Torch

Dremel VersaFlame Butane Torch

$33

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Crème brûlée is just the beginning. A powerful handheld torch gives you the perfect tool to flambé, brûlée, char, and toast to your heart’s content. The best part? Dremel’s model comes as a 9-piece kit, including a soldering tip, so like the thermometer, you’ll be using this for a lot more than just kitchen experiments.

KitchenAid Pro 600 Series 6 Quart Mixer

KitchenAid Pro 600 Series 6 Quart Mixer

$570

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An electric stand mixer — complete with whisk, paddle, and hook attachments — will open up so many delicious possibilities, you’ll wonder how you made anything without it. KitchenAid is the choice of professional kitchens for good reason: It’s a reliable workhorse. Lower speeds are gentle enough for the most delicate creams, and even at high speed, the heavy-duty base keeps it grounded.