21 Things Self-Proclaimed Lazy Cooks Swear By

21 Things Self-Proclaimed Lazy Cooks Swear By

Why order pasta takeout when you can just make it in the microwave?

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1.

An automatic bread maker to churn out delectable breads, cakes, and jams so yummy, the little cafe in town might come to your house for a treat.


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This machine has 12 settings: French, quick bread (no yeast), sweet, 1.5-pound express, 2-pound express, dough, jam, cake, whole grain, and bake. It allows you to select your loaf size and between a light, medium, or dark crust setting. Includes an interior pan and two kneading paddles that are all dishwasher-safe!

Promising review: “The machine is perfect!!!!. I already made two loaves of bread yesterday and am getting ready to make another loaf today. If you are lazy like me and would rather put all the ingredients into a machine and let it do all the work, this is the bread maker for you.” —Pam Charmley

Get it from Amazon for $69.99.


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It yields up to four servings at a time, and is top-rack dishwasher-safe.

Promising review:Works great for a lazy cook like myself who prefers to put in as little effort as possible. Easy to use, and doesn’t boil over and make a mess in the microwave. Have used it to make about four different types of pasta, and all have turned out great using the times given in the easy guide.” —michael lemke

Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

3.

A rapid egg cooker to prepare your favorite style of the yummy breakfast food EGGtra quick — hard/medium/soft boiled, poached, scrambled, omelet — breakfast for every meal, anyone?


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It also features an auto-shutoff function! It can boil up to six eggs at a time, poach up to two eggs at a time, or make an omelet! There’s a poaching tray, omelet tray, a six-egg holder tray, a measuring cup, a recipe book, and access to a recipe database. All nonelectric parts are dishwasher-safe! To learn more about this EGGcellent product, check out our write-up of the Dash Rapid Egg Cooker!

I love cooking, I really do, but there are two very inconvenient times that my cooking laziness strikes, and that is first thing in the morning when I wake up, and at the end of the day when it’s time for dinner. Thankfully, in the morning, I now have this rapid egg cooker which allows me to make soft-, medium-, or hard-boiled eggs, poached eggs, or an omelet, all without having to stand over the stove.

It’s also a great way to whip up a high protein snack during the day when you’re busy with work, school, or just in the middle of a very important Netflix binge. The egg maker will let out a sound when your eggs are cooked, and then all you have to do is enjoy them!

Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in five colors).

4.

A veggie chopper that’ll quickly chop, slice, dice, and spiralize your produce — you thought meal prepping was tedious but now it’s actually quite…enjoyable?!


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Comes with four interchangeable blades so you can julienne, chop, slice, and cut easily! This is FDA-approved, BPA-free, and can be fully disassembled and put in the top rack of the dishwasher. It also has a soft-grip handle to make prepping your ingredients easy on your hands.

Promising review:If you’re lazy like me, this is for you. One thing I don’t like doing in the kitchen is chopping vegetables. You do have to cut the vegetables to a certain size so it can fit correctly in the blades, but I don’t mind doing half the work.” —J Rivera

Get it from Amazon for $17.82.

5.

An Instant Pot sure to become your new go-to kitchen gadget — this thing is a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, warmer, and sauté-r all in one, so it’s here to make your hectic life feel a lot less hectic.


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It can prepare food up to 70% faster than other gadgets. It can keep food warm automatically for up to 10 hours, and there are three temperatures for sautéing and slow-cooking. The inner cooking pot, lid, and steam-rack are dishwasher-safe!

Promising review: “This thing changed my life. It makes dinner prep so much easier. I’m lazy, I admit. I hate cooking, but I’ve got a husband and a kid, and I don’t want my son just eating frozen, prepared food. So far I’ve made: beef stew, coconut chicken, Moroccan chicken stew, curry chicken , pulled pork, corned beef and cabbage, chicken noodle soup, vegetable stock, shiitake and asparagus risotto, white bean and kale soup, and more!

Admittedly, I was intimidated at first to buy this, because it looks complicated. Plus, I already had a slow cooker. I’m so glad I bought it. It was easy to use and clean-up was fast and simple. There’s a reason so many of these have been sold, it’s simply awesome!” —RtisticFX

Get it from Amazon for $59.99+ (available in three sizes).

6.

A microwave bacon-cooker that’ll make it so simple to whip up that salty goodness. When you wake up in the morning, do you really feel like taking a pan out, putting bacon into it, having to remember to flip the bacon, and then drain the grease? Nope, forget that!


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Microwave time is just one minute per slice! The tray catches all the grease, and it’s dishwasher-safe!

Promising review:I love this for my lazy Sunday mornings. First, get the coffee maker going, because priorities. Then, throw some bacon on this thing, drape a paper towel over it for splatter control,and pop it in the microwave. While that goes, fry a couple eggs and toast some bread. Next thing you know, you have a pretty good breakfast for not a lot of effort.

The grease also pours out of the tray easily, so just grab a jar from your recycling bin and place the grease in that to throw away.

Also, ALSO — it’s dishwasher-safe. You gotta love that.” —Jess

Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

7.

A griddler so you can grill meat and veggies, or whip up a panini or grilled cheese, without having to turn on a stove or a barbecue.


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This handy gadget works as a contact grill, panini press, full grill, full griddle, and half grill/half griddle! It comes with removable and reversible nonstick cooking plates that are dishwasher-safe!

Promising review: “I used it for the first time today to make a grilled cheese sandwich. Yes, I’m so lazy I didn’t want to make it on the stove and have to flip the sandwich over. It was outstanding — pepper jack cheese, bacon, and jalapeño slices — and the clean-up was simple. The cheese had bubbled out of the sandwich onto the plates and it wiped up easily. I probably won’t put the plates in the dishwasher, but the fact that they’re removable will make them easier to clean than my Foreman grill. I can wash them in the sink and they dry quickly and easily.” —Gin Snob

Get it from Amazon for $79.95.

8.

And while we’re on the subject of grilled cheese — these toaster bags that allow you to make them right in your toaster oven without worry of a crumb-filled, melty mess!


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Promising review:I love grilled cheese sandwiches, but I’m too lazy/impatient to use the stovetop. This is super easy to use and reduces prep and clean-up time. I love that you can make your sandwich, drop it in the bag, shove it in your toaster and toast. When done, the sandwich just slides out of the bag.” —KVA

Get them from Amazon for $7.99/four, or $12.99/nine.

9.

A microwave rice cooker, because let’s be real here, a food like rice that is the staple of so many amazing dishes, shouldn’t be difficult or time-consuming to cook!


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This is dishwasher-safe!

Promising review: “A dorm room necessity! Makes pretty good rice fast and simple. Way tastier than minute rice and no hassle of buying an expensive rice cooker or using the stove. Definitely recommend to lazy rice lovers or college kids who barely have time to cook real food.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $24.61.

10.

A sous vide that will have you making 5-star meals right at home. Wouldn’t you rather wear your pajamas while cutting into a perfectly cooked piece of meat?


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The temperature range is 32-197 degrees Fahrenheit. The cooker can be controlled right from your phone, so you don’t even have to stay in the kitchen while cooking. It also provides cooking notifications, and stays connected through Bluetooth from up to 30 feet away. Plus, you get access to over 1,000 recipes, so you’ll have inspiration for yummy meals! Get the Anova app here.

Promising review: “I use this at least three times a week. Great for us lazy cookers, so you don’t have to stand in the kitchen waiting for your food.” —Craig R Payne III

Get it from Amazon for $129.

11.

An air fryer for turning all of your favorite foods into deliciously crispy versions, minus all the oil! Chicken tenders and french fries for dinner every night? Yes please!


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All you have to do is put your food in the fryer basket, set the temp and the timer, and your food will come out crispy and delish. The auto-shutoff feature will help prevent overcooking, and the cool-touch handle means no hand burns when pulling your food out. Comes with a recipe book for inspo! And if you need further convincing, check out a BuzzFeeder’s review (#1) here.

Promising review:I always thought of the air fryer as being a thing for the lazy. Yes, it is. But it makes miracles! You have tons of possibilities ‚ you get crispy tasty food, you can easily clean it, and there is absolutely NO SMELL of plastic or burned parts. Great size, perfect for one to two people. A lifesaver.” —Flávia De Luca

Get it from Amazon for $49.99 (available in five colors).

12.

A Crock-Pot that is sure to become your new favorite appliance. All you need to do is plug it into an outlet, put your ingredients for whatever you plan on making inside, turn the switch to your desired heat level, cover, and then go about your day.


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Be sure to check out my colleague’s full review of the wonderful Crock-Pot!

Promising review:I use this during my busier days or if I feel lazy, (i.e. I don’t want to cook at night). If you don’t know how to cook, you should definitely get this as it will save you money in the long run: all you need to do is chuck in a bunch of food into the pot and set it on low for a few hours.” —William Htoo Wai Lwin

Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in three sizes, and three colors). If you’re feeling like the heart eyes emoji right now looking at Rachel’s red Crock-Pot in the picture above, get a similar one from Amazon for $24.99.

13.

And if you’re lazy when it comes to cleanup, too, these liners make for the simplest slow-cooker cleanup you’ll ever experience. You’re welcome.


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Promising review: “These things EXIST?!?! My lazy dinner days just got even lazier and I am HERE FOR IT. 10/5 stars!” —Ashmac2112

Get a pack of six from Amazon for $2.98.

14.

A clip-on colander that’ll make draining the liquid from the pot and pan incredibly easy, and preparing dinner a lot less messy.


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Designed to fit almost all round pots, pans, and bowls! It’s compact and easy-to-store. Plus, it’s BPA-free, FDA-approved, made of top-quality silicone, and dishwasher-safe!

Promising review: “When you use this, you’ll wonder where it’s been your whole life. This thing strains water like a B-O-S-S! Does not melt, even if you leave it on for an extended period of time. This is good for lazy people like myself who, when cooking, want to hurry up and eat.” —CxegCfiJjXRfuN9

Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in four colors).

15.

Nonstick oven liners to catch things like crumbs and other food particles/residue so all you have to do is clean these liners and not the oven itself.


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Comes with three! These are PFOA-, and BPA-free, and works well in electric and gas ovens, microwaves, toasters, and can also be used as a grill or baking mat, or pan liner. They’re nonstick, reusable, can withstand temperatures of up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, and dishwasher-safe.

Promising review: “What spurred me on to looking for these was after I tried a new recipe for oatmeal cookies. Even though I used vegetable spray on my cookie sheets, the cookies got stuck — not just a little — I had to chip the cookies off the sheets, hammer and chisel style! The next batches of these cookies I used parchment paper, which worked great, but I’m too lazy and cheap to keep cutting and throwing away the used parchment paper. I would reuse the paper for several batches, but they got to be kind of gross after a while.

After cutting these (easily done with a pair of scissors), I have made several batches of the oatmeal and other kinds of cookies, including sticky meringue coconut chocolate chip cookies, and NOTHING has stuck to them!. My cookie sheets have not touched water since I’ve started using them. I’ve also roasted vegetables on them.” —sdjobes

Get a pack of three from Amazon for $13.99.

16.

A microwave egg cooker for making omelets, scrambled eggs, and eggs that are the perfect size for breakfast sandwiches in the simplest way possible.


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This is top-rack dishwasher-safe!

Promising review: “Got this to help with my keto diet since sometimes I’m lazy and don’t want to cook. Convinced my husband to try it with me and it was a success! He even liked it! Woohoo for microwave egg burritos!!!” —Jason

Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

17.

A food processor that’ll make quick work of chopping, slicing, and pureeing so meal prepping is a whole lot less tedious.


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This has a 10-cup capacity and two speeds!

Promising review: “I love this food processor!!! I literally cannot live without it in my house. I use it for salsa, guacamole, etc. I even use it to make my own deep conditioner. I originally brought the same processor without the scraper on it, but after I lost a piece I decided to buy this one. The scraper is very useful. You don’t have to continue to open your processor to get the food off of the sides. Also, It chops beautifully. When I’m feeling lazy, I will put everything in my food processor so I don’t have to chop anything myself. I would recommend this processor to anyone.” —Taylor

Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in two sizes).

18.

A rapid ramen cooker so you can spend more time cozying up on the couch with your ramen and your favorite television show. Sounds better than standing over the stove and waiting for water to boil and noodles to cook, right?


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This is dishwasher-safe!

Promising review: “There’s not much to this. Stick the noodles in, add water, zap in microwave, add seasoning and eat. Great for when I need a quick dinner and am too lazy/tired to boil water on the stove (don’t lie, we’ve all been there).” —Breton Stailey

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

19.

A garlic chopper you simply roll back and forth to chop up fresh garlic. Not only is it easy, but, it’s pretty fun. Mom only said I couldn’t play with my food, she never said anything about not playing with my kitchen gadgets.


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This is top-rack dishwasher-safe!

Promising review: “This was recommended to me through a BuzzFeed article. I am SO GLAD I got this. I LOVE fresh garlic. I will put it in everything. If a recipe calls for it, I double it. But I’m also lazy and I hate chopping it. This thing saves so much time. I’m not usually one to crowd my kitchen with one-use tools, but this one is worth it. I’ve had it for about two weeks and I’ve used it probably six times, and I’m in love.” —Emntnmama

Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

20.

Silicone egg poaching cups for quickly and easily whipping up poached eggs — fixing yourself a delicious eggs Benedict next time you’re hungover on a Sunday morning will be much more manageable to do now.


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These are resistant to temps of up to 405 degrees Fahrenheit! Plus, they’re dishwasher-safe!

Promising review: “These are great! I’m lazy and had pretty much given up on quick nonboiled eggs. Made these in the microwave and was VERY impressed. Had I sprayed them, they probably would have come out easier, but overall were pretty fine to remove.” —Andrew

Get a pack of four from Amazon for $11.97.

21.

A microwave popcorn bowl to make homemade popcorn in a snap. Unlike pre-packaged popcorn bags, it’s a natural alternative that puts you in charge of seasoning it however you’d like. Plus, you don’t have to deal with cooking it on the stove or cleaning a pot afterwards!


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This is BPA-free and dishwasher-safe!

Promising review:This is a great option for a lazy person who doesn’t want to use the bagged fake butter popcorn from the store. I love that I have control over what exactly goes on my popcorn, without hassle of having to cook over the stove top!” —Laura Annette

Get it from Amazon for $15.90 (available in 16 colors).

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