The Kitchen Essentials Guide

The Kitchen is the heart of the home, and it’s important to keep it fully functional and well stocked. But there’s no set rule to furnishing a kitchen. Products and appliances can be bought all at once, or collected throughout the years.

And while no kitchen is created equal, each kitchen needs the same set of essentials. It’s simply vital to have everything needed to prep, cook, entertain and clean. Here’s our definitive list of every essential product, item, and appliance.

Best Overall
Zwilling  J.A. Henckels Professional S, Chef Knife, Kitchen Knife, German Knife, 8 Inch, Stainless Steel, Black
Global 8" Chef's Knife
Mercer Culinary Renaissance Forged Chef's Knife, 10 Inch
Zwilling  J.A. Henckels Professional S, Chef Knife, Kitchen Knife, German Knife, 8 Inch, Stainless Steel, Black
Global 8" Chef's Knife
Mercer Culinary Renaissance Forged Chef's Knife, 10 Inch
$135.61
$123.95
$50.95
Best Overall
Zwilling  J.A. Henckels Professional S, Chef Knife, Kitchen Knife, German Knife, 8 Inch, Stainless Steel, Black
Zwilling  J.A. Henckels Professional S, Chef Knife, Kitchen Knife, German Knife, 8 Inch, Stainless Steel, Black
$135.61
Global 8" Chef's Knife
Global 8" Chef's Knife
$123.95
Mercer Culinary Renaissance Forged Chef's Knife, 10 Inch
Mercer Culinary Renaissance Forged Chef's Knife, 10 Inch
$50.95

Prices last updated on 2021-03-27

No chef, amateur or professional, is at home in their kitchen without a sharp and well made Chef’s knife. They’re one of the most important investments you can make in your kitchen. A proper chef’s knife can be used in the general utility of almost every aspect of cooking and preparation. Trying to slice something with a dull or poorly made knife will drive any cook crazy. One of the best investments you can make in your kitchen is a Chef’s Knife, and while they can sometimes skew towards a more expensive item, trust us when we say it’s worth it.

Read More: The Best Chef’s Knives For Everyday Use

Best Overall
John Boos Maple Classic Reversible Wood End Grain Chopping Block, 20"x 15" x 2.25
TeakHaus Edge Grain Carving Board w/Hand Grip (Rectangle) | 20" x 15" x 1.5"
Kitory Heavy Duty Cutting Boards - Large Size Acacia Wood Board Corrosion Resistance High Toughness - Ultra Thick Kitchen Cutting Board-Ideal for Butchers Chopping Bones, Meat, Vegetables, Fruits
Villa Acacia Extra Large Wood Cutting Board 24 x 18 Inch, 1.5 Inches Thick, Reversible Wooden Kitchen Block
John Boos Maple Classic Reversible Wood End Grain Chopping Block, 20"x 15" x 2.25
TeakHaus Edge Grain Carving Board w/Hand Grip (Rectangle) | 20" x 15" x 1.5"
Kitory Heavy Duty Cutting Boards - Large Size Acacia Wood Board Corrosion Resistance High Toughness - Ultra Thick Kitchen Cutting Board-Ideal for Butchers Chopping Bones, Meat, Vegetables, Fruits
Villa Acacia Extra Large Wood Cutting Board 24 x 18 Inch, 1.5 Inches Thick, Reversible Wooden Kitchen Block
$199.95
$109.95
$58.95
$94.95
Best Overall
John Boos Maple Classic Reversible Wood End Grain Chopping Block, 20"x 15" x 2.25
John Boos Maple Classic Reversible Wood End Grain Chopping Block, 20"x 15" x 2.25
$199.95
TeakHaus Edge Grain Carving Board w/Hand Grip (Rectangle) | 20" x 15" x 1.5"
TeakHaus Edge Grain Carving Board w/Hand Grip (Rectangle) | 20" x 15" x 1.5"
$109.95
Kitory Heavy Duty Cutting Boards - Large Size Acacia Wood Board Corrosion Resistance High Toughness - Ultra Thick Kitchen Cutting Board-Ideal for Butchers Chopping Bones, Meat, Vegetables, Fruits
Kitory Heavy Duty Cutting Boards - Large Size Acacia Wood Board Corrosion Resistance High Toughness - Ultra Thick Kitchen Cutting Board-Ideal for Butchers Chopping Bones, Meat, Vegetables, Fruits
$58.95
Villa Acacia Extra Large Wood Cutting Board 24 x 18 Inch, 1.5 Inches Thick, Reversible Wooden Kitchen Block
Villa Acacia Extra Large Wood Cutting Board 24 x 18 Inch, 1.5 Inches Thick, Reversible Wooden Kitchen Block
$94.95

Prices last updated on 2021-03-27

Unless you want your tabletops to look like something out of a slasher film, a cutting board is a must have kitchen item. From slicing breads to paring meats and cheeses, cutting boards are essential buffers. They come in a dizzying array of styles and and materials, but can be purchased cheaply and generally cleaned easily.

Best Overall
OXO Good Grips 3-Piece Stainless-Steel Mixing Bowl Set
Cook with Color Plastic Mixing Bowls with Lids - 12 Piece Nesting Bowls Set includes 6 Prep Bowls and 6 Lids, Microwave Safe Mixing Bowl Set (Blue Ombre)
Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls (Set of 6) Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl Set - Easy To Clean, Nesting Bowls for Space Saving Storage, Great for Cooking, Baking, Prepping
OXO Good Grips 3-Piece Stainless-Steel Mixing Bowl Set
Cook with Color Plastic Mixing Bowls with Lids - 12 Piece Nesting Bowls Set includes 6 Prep Bowls and 6 Lids, Microwave Safe Mixing Bowl Set (Blue Ombre)
Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls (Set of 6) Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl Set - Easy To Clean, Nesting Bowls for Space Saving Storage, Great for Cooking, Baking, Prepping
$59.99
$23.99
$19.99
Best Overall
OXO Good Grips 3-Piece Stainless-Steel Mixing Bowl Set
OXO Good Grips 3-Piece Stainless-Steel Mixing Bowl Set
$59.99
Cook with Color Plastic Mixing Bowls with Lids - 12 Piece Nesting Bowls Set includes 6 Prep Bowls and 6 Lids, Microwave Safe Mixing Bowl Set (Blue Ombre)
Cook with Color Plastic Mixing Bowls with Lids - 12 Piece Nesting Bowls Set includes 6 Prep Bowls and 6 Lids, Microwave Safe Mixing Bowl Set (Blue Ombre)
$23.99
Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls (Set of 6) Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl Set - Easy To Clean, Nesting Bowls for Space Saving Storage, Great for Cooking, Baking, Prepping
Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls (Set of 6) Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl Set - Easy To Clean, Nesting Bowls for Space Saving Storage, Great for Cooking, Baking, Prepping
$19.99

Prices last updated on 2021-03-27

If you spend a decent amount of time cooking or baking in the kitchen, chances are pretty high that you recognize the value of a set of mixing bowls. Under appreciated but highly used, a trusty set of mixing bowls go a long way. Whether you love to bake, whip up some eggs, mix up some salads or just need a great set of bowls to eat out of, mixing bowls should be in the mix in every kitchen.

Colander

Best Overall
Bellemain Micro-perforated Stainless Steel Colander-Dishwasher Safe (5-Quart)
HÖLM 3-Piece Stainless Steel Mesh Micro-Perforated Strainer Colander Set (1-Quart, 2.5-Quart and 4.5-Quart)
Stainless Steel Colander With Handle and Legs, Large Metal Green Strainer for Pasta, Spaghetti, Berry, Veggies, Fruits, Noodles, Salads, 5-quart 10.5” Kitchen Food Mesh Colander, Dishwasher Safe
Bellemain Micro-perforated Stainless Steel Colander-Dishwasher Safe (5-Quart)
HÖLM 3-Piece Stainless Steel Mesh Micro-Perforated Strainer Colander Set (1-Quart, 2.5-Quart and 4.5-Quart)
Stainless Steel Colander With Handle and Legs, Large Metal Green Strainer for Pasta, Spaghetti, Berry, Veggies, Fruits, Noodles, Salads, 5-quart 10.5” Kitchen Food Mesh Colander, Dishwasher Safe
$17.50
$19.99
$9.95
Best Overall
Bellemain Micro-perforated Stainless Steel Colander-Dishwasher Safe (5-Quart)
Bellemain Micro-perforated Stainless Steel Colander-Dishwasher Safe (5-Quart)
$17.50
HÖLM 3-Piece Stainless Steel Mesh Micro-Perforated Strainer Colander Set (1-Quart, 2.5-Quart and 4.5-Quart)
HÖLM 3-Piece Stainless Steel Mesh Micro-Perforated Strainer Colander Set (1-Quart, 2.5-Quart and 4.5-Quart)
$19.99
Stainless Steel Colander With Handle and Legs, Large Metal Green Strainer for Pasta, Spaghetti, Berry, Veggies, Fruits, Noodles, Salads, 5-quart 10.5” Kitchen Food Mesh Colander, Dishwasher Safe
Stainless Steel Colander With Handle and Legs, Large Metal Green Strainer for Pasta, Spaghetti, Berry, Veggies, Fruits, Noodles, Salads, 5-quart 10.5” Kitchen Food Mesh Colander, Dishwasher Safe
$9.95

Prices last updated on 2021-03-27

Anytime you wash vegetables, salad greens, or drain pasta you will absolutely need a colander. You’ll want to find a sturdy and well designed one that can fit into a kitchen minimally. This item will also last a lifetime so don’t worry about every needing to buy a new one. This is why we suggest finding a quality one with good grip that is build to be a staple in your kitchen.

Grater

Best Overall
Cuisipro Surface Glide Technology 4-Sided Boxed Grater
Professional Box Grater, Stainless Steel with 4 Sides, Best for Parmesan Cheese, Vegetables, Ginger, XL Size, Black
Cuisinart Boxed Grater, Black, One Size
Cuisipro Surface Glide Technology 4-Sided Boxed Grater
Professional Box Grater, Stainless Steel with 4 Sides, Best for Parmesan Cheese, Vegetables, Ginger, XL Size, Black
Cuisinart Boxed Grater, Black, One Size
$35.00
$11.97
$12.99
Best Overall
Cuisipro Surface Glide Technology 4-Sided Boxed Grater
Cuisipro Surface Glide Technology 4-Sided Boxed Grater
$35.00
Professional Box Grater, Stainless Steel with 4 Sides, Best for Parmesan Cheese, Vegetables, Ginger, XL Size, Black
Professional Box Grater, Stainless Steel with 4 Sides, Best for Parmesan Cheese, Vegetables, Ginger, XL Size, Black
$11.97
Cuisinart Boxed Grater, Black, One Size
Cuisinart Boxed Grater, Black, One Size
$12.99

Prices last updated on 2021-03-27

A grater is a multi purpose tool that you sometimes don’t think of needing until you really need one. They can be used to grate cheese, ginger, garlic, or any other spice but also serve as a quality slicer or zester for citrus fruits. Think of them as a multi purpose cutting tool and start to experiment in your kitchen. The next time you need shredded cheese on your pizza and you realized a knife just won’t do the job, you’ll thank us that you got a quality grater.

Non Stick Pan

Best Overall
Greenpan Valencia 10-Inch Anodized Aluminum Ceramic Nonstick Fry Pan, Size One Size - Grey
Tramontina 80114/535DS Professional Aluminum Nonstick Restaurant Fry Pan, 10", NSF-Certified
Cuisinart 622-20 Chef's Classic Nonstick Hard-Anodized 8-Inch Open Skillet,Black
Greenpan Valencia 10-Inch Anodized Aluminum Ceramic Nonstick Fry Pan, Size One Size - Grey
Tramontina 80114/535DS Professional Aluminum Nonstick Restaurant Fry Pan, 10", NSF-Certified
Cuisinart 622-20 Chef's Classic Nonstick Hard-Anodized 8-Inch Open Skillet,Black
$55.98
$27.32
$19.95
Best Overall
Greenpan Valencia 10-Inch Anodized Aluminum Ceramic Nonstick Fry Pan, Size One Size - Grey
Greenpan Valencia 10-Inch Anodized Aluminum Ceramic Nonstick Fry Pan, Size One Size - Grey
$55.98
Tramontina 80114/535DS Professional Aluminum Nonstick Restaurant Fry Pan, 10", NSF-Certified
Tramontina 80114/535DS Professional Aluminum Nonstick Restaurant Fry Pan, 10", NSF-Certified
$27.32
Cuisinart 622-20 Chef's Classic Nonstick Hard-Anodized 8-Inch Open Skillet,Black
Cuisinart 622-20 Chef's Classic Nonstick Hard-Anodized 8-Inch Open Skillet,Black
$19.95

Prices last updated on 2021-03-27

While some chefs may scoff at the idea of a non stick pan we find them beyond an absolute essential for most cooks. Sure, stainless steel or cast iron may be the proper pans to cook certain dishes, but nothing beats the convenience of a non stick. If you were to only have a single pan in your kitchen we would recommend it being a non stick and our recommendations are build to handle almost any recipe you throw at it.

Read More: The Best Non Stick Pans For Everyday Use

Baking Sheet

Best Overall
Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker's Half Sheet (2 Pack), Silver
Wilton Perfect Results Premium Non-Stick Bakeware Cookie Baking Sheets Set, 2-Piece
Wilton Easy Layers Sheet Cake Pan, 2-Piece Set
Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker's Half Sheet (2 Pack), Silver
Wilton Perfect Results Premium Non-Stick Bakeware Cookie Baking Sheets Set, 2-Piece
Wilton Easy Layers Sheet Cake Pan, 2-Piece Set
$27.50
$18.79
$9.99
Best Overall
Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker's Half Sheet (2 Pack), Silver
Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker's Half Sheet (2 Pack), Silver
$27.50
Wilton Perfect Results Premium Non-Stick Bakeware Cookie Baking Sheets Set, 2-Piece
Wilton Perfect Results Premium Non-Stick Bakeware Cookie Baking Sheets Set, 2-Piece
$18.79
Wilton Easy Layers Sheet Cake Pan, 2-Piece Set
Wilton Easy Layers Sheet Cake Pan, 2-Piece Set
$9.99

Prices last updated on 2021-03-27

Having a reliable baking sheet can go a long way in your home kitchen. Not all ovens are made the same so having a support system to cook veggies, baking, or even reheating items is key to prepping tons of different meals. Shelling out for a quality baking sheet that is build to last will ensure heat is evenly distributed and the items you are making will come out perfectly cooked.

Bread Knife

Best Overall
Mercer Culinary Millennia Bread Knife, 10-Inch Wavy Edge Wide, Black
Cutluxe Bread Knife – 10" Serrated Edge Kitchen Knife Forged of High Carbon German Steel – Ergonomic Handle – Full Tang Razor Sharp Blade for Slicing Breads Cakes and Large Fruits
OXO Good Grips 8 Inch Bread Knife,Black/Silver,-
Mercer Culinary Millennia Bread Knife, 10-Inch Wavy Edge Wide, Black
Cutluxe Bread Knife – 10" Serrated Edge Kitchen Knife Forged of High Carbon German Steel – Ergonomic Handle – Full Tang Razor Sharp Blade for Slicing Breads Cakes and Large Fruits
OXO Good Grips 8 Inch Bread Knife,Black/Silver,-
$22.33
$39.99
$10.99
Best Overall
Mercer Culinary Millennia Bread Knife, 10-Inch Wavy Edge Wide, Black
Mercer Culinary Millennia Bread Knife, 10-Inch Wavy Edge Wide, Black
$22.33
Cutluxe Bread Knife – 10" Serrated Edge Kitchen Knife Forged of High Carbon German Steel – Ergonomic Handle – Full Tang Razor Sharp Blade for Slicing Breads Cakes and Large Fruits
Cutluxe Bread Knife – 10" Serrated Edge Kitchen Knife Forged of High Carbon German Steel – Ergonomic Handle – Full Tang Razor Sharp Blade for Slicing Breads Cakes and Large Fruits
$39.99
OXO Good Grips 8 Inch Bread Knife,Black/Silver,-
OXO Good Grips 8 Inch Bread Knife,Black/Silver,-
$10.99

Prices last updated on 2021-03-27

No knife set is complete without a bread knife. What you want to look for is a balanced knife that has a serrated edge to cuts breads, toasts, bagels, baguettes, brioche, cakes and more.