22 Kitchen Products With Dramatic Before-And-After Photos

22 Kitchen Products With Dramatic Before-And-After Photos

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1.

A pack of spice liners to control the chaos in your kitchen drawers.


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Promising review: “This is one of the favorite things I’ve ever purchased from Amazon! They are so customizable and allow you to cut them and shape them to any drawer size. I think this will be my go-to gift for all of my friends who love cooking as much as I do! Freeing up cabinet space and having something that can so easily be rinsed off in the sink makes this a for sure buy!” —momonono

Get a six-pack from Amazon for $14.99.

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A plastic storage container that’ll make your fresh produce last a lot longer.


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Read our full review of the Rubbermaid FreshWorks food storage containers!

Promising review: “I wish I would have gotten these sooner. I bought strawberries for my children, and then I forgot about them. I found them in the back of the refrigerator almost TWO WEEKS later, and they were still good. The real miracle is how long it keeps zucchini. Zucchini starts to get mushy in the crisper drawer after just a few days. Again, these miracle containers have kept it fresh for close to two weeks now. I’ve kept cut lettuce, cut cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, cucumbers, zucchini, sliced bell peppers, strawberries, blackberries, cut jicama, and carrots in these containers. I’ve had fantastic results with all of them.” —Laura

Get a three-piece set from Amazon for $26.99.

3.

A tea bag organizer so you can declutter your cabinets and get rid of those half-empty boxes.


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Promising review: “Do I really need a tea bag organizer? That’s what I was thinking when I ordered this. And when I took it out of the box. And when I filled the first little bag holder. But as the pile of empty boxes grew larger, I knew the answer was yes, I do need a tea bag organizer. I was using a whole shelf and a half of jumbled tea boxes which I had to sift through to look for a specific tea. In the end, I think this held about eight or nine boxes of tea bags (I crammed some of them). I am so happy that I got this!” —Sarah C.

Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

4.

A corn stripper for removing kernels swiftly and smoothly —it’s so easy to use, you’ll be smiling from ear to ear.


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Promising review: “I bought this to help me prepare corn for freezing and canning. I honestly wasn’t expecting it to work as well as it actually did (lol my track record with kitchen gizmos isn’t the best). First, it’s very easy to grip (and I have bad carpal tunnel so this can be an issue for me), and the way it’s designed makes it very safe to use, there’s no chance of fingers near the cutting blade. I used it initially on a dozen ears of farm stand sweet corn. I blanched the ears for four minutes then put them in an ice water bath. From there, I put them through this corn stripper. It took very little effort on my part, and the cobs were really well cleaned off. I did do a little knife scraping on the smaller tapered ends of the ears, but only there — it cleanly took off all the rest. It took me longer to blanch two batches of ears than it did to strip off all the corn, this made such quick work of the job. This first batch I’m intending to freeze, but I’m planning on canning a huge batch very soon and this fantastic little gizmo is going to shave off hours of work (pun completely intended!). I’m a VERY happy purchaser!” —Cynthia Jendrejcak

Get it from Amazon for $6.83.

5.

A can rack to keep your collection of non-perishable food items neat and organized — no more haphazard stacks that could collapse at any moment!


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This rack can store up to 36 cans of varying sizes.

Promising review: “This can rack organizer is a great product that makes storing cans in a cupboard so much easier. Before we had this product, we were stacking the cans in rows, which was fine but hard to see what you still had. Every time you take a can, the next can rolls to the front. This rack saves us time and space and makes our seven-can soup recipe so much easier to make. I recommend this product to anyone who stores and uses canned foods often and for those looking to improve on storage and organization of their pantry.” —Jason and Kelle

Get it from Amazon for $19.87.

6.

A stainless steel cleaner that’ll not only polish away existing grease, watermarks, and fingerprints but will also help prevent new ones from sticking.


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Promising review: “I was truly surprised at how well this product worked. A friend recommended it, and I thought at this price, I would give it a try. I couldn’t believe the difference it made to my stainless steel appliances. Highly recommend using a microfiber cloth as directed. It buffed out all the smudges and fingerprints and does a good job of preventing future fingerprints. See photo: Right side is before and left side is after.” —Amanda

Get it from Amazon for $4.79.


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It can hold up to nine knives.

Promising review: “This knife organizer is the greatest thing ever. I have tiny kitchen drawers and cabinets, and two young children. I took all my sharp things and stuck them in a drawer, and my husband complained that the knives were haphazardly stuck in the drawer, and he always would nearly cut himself looking for a knife. So I bought this, which fits in my ridiculously small drawers very well, and I am able to neatly stack my knives and have a nice organized drawer that you won’t cut yourself in if you’re looking for a knife. I can’t say enough good things about this organizer!” —Sloan

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

8.

A pair of handheld scrapers for restoring your beloved cast-iron pan to a brand new state.


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Promising review: “Necessary tool to clean your cast iron pots and pans. Perfectly contoured to the rounded corners used by Lodge in their pans so you’ll get any food stuck to your pan off easily. The plastic is sturdy, malleable but not so much that it will deform. Been using them for a couple months now, and I haven’t had them break, and since I still can’t get a properly seasoned coating on my pans, I have a lot of food that sticks (my fault), but these scrapers get pretty much everything off easily.” —JGtz

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $2.99.

9.

A bottle of Bar Keepers Friend to tackle anything from rusty knives to grease-marked pans to stained porcelain sinks.


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One reviewer said it even removed permanent marker. Check out our full review of Bar Keeper’s Friend!

Promising review: “Bar Keeper’s Friend should really be called ‘Homeowner’s Magician’! I purchased this cleanser in an attempt to revive our stainless steel knife set, which is a great moderately-priced set that has seen better days, and I’m extremely happy that I did. The cleanser not only took away the rust spots with minimal difficulty, but it returned them to their original luster! After cleaning our knives, I gave it a shot on our porcelain sink, which I typically have to douse in bleach cleaner to remove the stains from, causing the entire kitchen to be filled with noxious fumes… and it worked beautifully! The stains came clean, and it made the sink look pretty enough to eat off of.” —Kat Ferrari

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $9.29.

10.

A 7-in-1 Instant Pot that’ll basically cook dinner for you. Just dump in some ingredients, hit a button, and let it work its magic.


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It’s a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté pan, yogurt maker, and food warmer all rolled into one nifty appliance. Read our full review of the Instant Pot!

Promising review: “This is quite possibly the coolest, most versatile kitchen gadget I’ve ever owned. I love it so much that I’ve purchased two more for friends and relatives. What can it do? I think the real question is ‘What can’t it do?’ I truly believe you could replace every cooking appliance (including your oven and stove top) and do EVERYTHING in the Instant Pot. I purchased two sizes for my own use: the three-quart (which is my almost-every-day workhorse for two person dishes) and the eight-quart (which I bring out to handle my dinner party dishes). Everything I’ve tried has been fabulous. In the realm of kitchen appliances, there is no better investment than the Instant Pot. Highly recommended!!!” —Stereoman

Get it from Amazon for $59.89+ (available in three sizes).


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Just add water and vinegar and place this gadget in the microwave for 5–8 minutes on high heat. Afterward, wipe off with sponge, rag or napkin, and all the grime will come right off!

Promising review: “I’m embarrassed to say I hadn’t cleaned my microwave in about six months. It’s an awful task. I ran Angry Mama one time, wiped down easily, then ran it one more time to get it detailed really clean. Highly recommend using it more often than once every six months for a super fast, super clean microwave!” —Kelsey

Get it from Amazon for $8.68.

12.

A storage rack for an easy way to access all your water bottles without having to shuffle them around.


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Promising review: “This is just what I needed to organize the mess of water bottles my daughter and I have. For just two people in the home, we have a large collection, and they can be hard to reach and dig through in cabinets. This is the perfect solution. I used three in my cabinets and put the fourth in the fridge to hold wine bottles. My cabinets are fairly skinny but I was able to still use these on one side and access the bottles. For standard sized cabinets these would work even better. This looks nice in the fridge as well. Hydration and wine organization. Perfect combo.” —AbbyValentine

Get a four-pack from Amazon for $39.99.

13.

A cleaning kit to transform your stained cooktop into a flawless mirror.


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This set comes with a 10-ounce bottle of cooktop cleaner, one cleaning pad, and one scraper.

Promising review: “As soon as I used this stuff, I couldn’t believe it! We had a new stove that I didn’t clean for months and assumed the burnt pea juice (my enemy) would just be a new stain forever. However, after one application, it was basically gone. I used the scraper that came with it and did one more small application on just that spot, and it was gone! Every time I use this it looks like my stove could be brand new.” —Christi Lambertson

Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

14.

A powerful blender that can crush uncooked rice into a powder and whole almonds into a paste — all within a matter of minutes.


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Promising review: “The holy grail blender, y’all. I grew up with a Vitamix (big, tall, classic model), and since being on my own I have really missed it. I tried food processors (because they’re cheaper), less expensive blenders, immersion blenders, etc. Nothing came close to what a Vitamix can do. If you’re wondering if it’s worth the price, I would give a resounding YES. It’s so supportive of a healthy diet (smoothies, soups, scratch-made dips and salsas, nut milks and butters, etc.), and it’s stupid easy to use AND clean. What sold me ultimately was 1) the smaller size (the classic ones are larger), and 2) I thought about how much I spend (or would like to spend) at my local smoothie/juice bar. A 16 oz. smoothie costs a ridiculous $8-9, and a juice at least that much, if not more. If I could afford it, I would have gotten one daily. So, this Vitamix pays for itself in about a month.” —lovespuppies

Get it from Amazon for $349.95 (available in three colors).

This is our pick for the best luxury blender on BuzzFeed Reviews!


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Promising review: “I really needed something to store my big pots and pans in the cabinet. I just took a chance and ordered this. I was worried that this is going to be very flimsy. I was wrong. It’s very strong. I have expanded the rack and put two big pots/pans on top and two big ones on the bottom. It’s amazing how much space my cabinet has now. This is really a good buy.” —Mrspjr

Get them from Amazon for $14.87 (available in two finishes).

16.

A bottle of fume-free cleaner for giving your oven a thorough wipe down. Haven’t cleaned your oven in over half a decade? After this, no one will be able to tell.


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Promising review: “I’m a little embarrassed to write this review; it’s been six years since my last oven cleaning… After seeing the results, I couldn’t help but spread the word. Sure, it took some beer, a little John Mayer, and a lot of elbow grease, but I got the job done, thanks to this handy little product. It did require two treatments; however, given the circumstances, this product accomplished quite a feat in just an hour. The attached pictures speak for themselves.” —William Fredericks

Get it from Amazon for $5.97.

17.

A spiral slicer to turn whole zucchinis (and other veggies) into delicious noodles.


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Read our full review of the Veggetti spiral vegetable slicer!

Promising review: “This is a great product. I have used a spiral slicer that cost $50 and was a pain to clean for the last few years. The Veggetti works the same way as the one I’ve been using, costs less, and is easy to clean. I have only used it for zucchini, summer squash, and carrots. Every time, it consistently performs well and makes a nice spiral cut.” —A. Hawkbird

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.


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These are BPA-free, dishwasher-safe, and heat-resistant up to 475 degrees.

Promising review: “These work wonderfully! I originally purchased them because I was cooking for a group of 100+ on a trip. We made about 40 pounds of shredded chicken thighs. Having made the same meal about a year prior, and spending a couple of hours shredding chicken with two kitchen forks, we knew there had to be an easier way! Using these shredding claws, we shredded 40 pounds of thighs in about 45 minutes. There were two of us and we kept swapping out because shredding still hurts your back/shoulders. But these claws are so sharp and useful that it took less than half the time! I’ve since used them to make shredded pork at home and they also work wonderfully for that!” —H. L. Kern

Get them from Amazon for $12.95 (available in six colors).

19.

A pot lid rack and pan organizer rack so grabbing your favorite skillet doesn’t result in an avalanche.


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Promising review: “This product may have saved our marriage! A simple solution to a complex problem. Our cabinet that held the pans and lids turned into an avalanche of despair every time we wanted to use a pan. We gave up on trying to find the correct lid. Now we have a simple stack of pans in the cabinet with biggest on the bottom and smallest on top with their corresponding lids hanging in the same order from the door on this nifty organizer. My wife is still wondering what to do with the extra time and lack of stress every time she goes to grab a pan or lid.” —AmosJK

Get them from Amazon: lid rack for $15.99 and pan rack for $14.77

20.

A pack of cleaning tablets for removing the lime and mineral build-up (as well any food residue) in your dishwasher, leaving it clean and odor-free.


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Promising review: “After using this product, I am happy to report that my $5 investment saved me over $500. I was ready to replace my dishwasher, due to super cloudy glasses, residue, and just not getting clean. Then I saw a product test review for Affresh in Good Housekeeping magazine. I was ordering some stuff from Amazon anyway, so I added that to my order. I did not expect the results I got! The glassware that I thought was permanently etched and ruined came out like new. Same with cutlery. The difference is unbelievable. I am amazed!” —Sheila

Get a six-pack from Amazon for $5.96.

21.

Peel-and-stick marble contact paper to give your kitchen countertops a dramatic transformation.


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Each roll measures 2’x6.56′ and covers approximately 13.12 square feet.

Promising review: “This contact paper is awesome. I had a small, black, foldable plastic table from Walmart that was $10 or so, and I covered the top with this paper and my table looks super nice now. I use the table daily as my vanity table for my makeup, and looking at it first thing in the morning (compared to bumpy, black plastic) makes me quite happy, especially since it came out so smooth and perfect. The hard part was that the edges and corners of my table are slightly rounded, and at those edges, the paper doesn’t stick as well. But on any other flat, cornered surface, it should work like a dream. I love this contact paper and I had leftovers to even stick on my wall (I cut out my initials). It looks really nice aesthetically, and it’s worth the price! It’s also super easy to wipe down because of its laminated finish. Would recommend!” —Sharon

Get it from Amazon for $25.70+ (available in two sizes and 17 patterns).

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All-natural bottle cleaning tablets that’ll dissolve decade-old coffee stains in your (supposedly) stainless steel thermos. The best part? No scrubbing required!


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These are biodegradable and odor-free.

Promising review: “I seriously can’t believe how well these little tablets work. I had the most disgusting HydroFlask coffee mug — I tried everything. A bottle brush, different kinds of soap, vinegar, EVERYTHING, and there was still a seemingly impenetrable layer of black sludge inside. I let a tablet sit in each of my mugs for an hour or two, and the black sludge rinsed out COMPLETELY, without even scrubbing. They look brand new. What a magical product. No weird smell or taste afterward, either. I liked it so much I used it on another HydroFlask I use primarily to hold my Bloody Mary mix in the fridge. I couldn’t put anything else in it because it would always taste like spicy tomato juice. Bottle Bright to the rescue! No residual smell or taste anymore. AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING.” —Amazon Customer

Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $8.

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