After spending 12 hours researching and testing six different springform pans, we think the best option for most bakers is the Farberware Nonstick Bakeware 9-Inch Springform Pan (also see our guides to cake pans and bundt pans). It was the sturdiest pan we tested at such a reasonable price (around $15). Though no springform pan is entirely leakproof, the Farberware Nonstick Bakeware 9-Inch Springform Pan was closer to watertight than most othe...

After spending 11 hours researching and testing four bundt pans, we found a clear winner: the Nordic Ware Platinum Collection Original 10- to 15-Cup Bundt Pan (for other choices, also see our guides to cake pans and springform pans). It’s made of cast aluminum, so it’s thick and sturdy but not too heavy, and it has a nonstick coating that allows cakes to come out cleanly even from tight crevices. The shape of the Nordic Ware Platinum Collectio...

After spending nearly 50 hours baking dozens of pies over the past three years, as well as talking with some of the best pie makers in the country, we’re confident that the inexpensive Baker’s Advantage Ceramic Pie Dish (about $20) is the best pie plate for most people. In our testing, it made some of the most evenly browned crusts, which never stuck to the bottom of the plate. Because the Baker’s Advantage Ceramic Pie Dish is a deep dish, it ...

We spent more than 30 hours researching and testing cake pans in three essential shapes–round, rectangular/square, and loaf–to come up with the best of each (also see our guides to bundt pans and springform pans). And in each test, pans from USA Pan came out on top, easily outclassing the competition in the nonstick department. Highly recommended by experts, bakeware from USA Pan features a combination of a corrugated texture with slight ridge...

After about five hours and many hundreds of spoonfuls testing nine different sets of measuring spoons, we think the Prepworks by Progressive Magnetic Measuring Spoons are the best choice for most home cooks. The Prepworks by Progressive Magnetic Measuring Spoons are accurate, easy to use, and conveniently held together by magnets. The double-ended spoons mean you’re essentially getting two sets for the price of one, which means you can switch ...

If you need a basic 13-by-9 baking dish for making gratin, lasagna, or stuffing, or even for roasting vegetables and small cuts of meat, the HIC Porcelain Lasagna Pan represents the best possible value. Though it’s inexpensive, the HIC dish performed in our tests as well as those that cost more than twice as much. In fact, all the dishes—ranging from $10 to $180—functioned generally similarly, but this dish’s balance of features at such a grea...

If you’re looking for a sturdy cookie sheet, the Nordic Ware Baker’s Half Sheet is the best one for baking all kinds of cookies. After spending more than 35 hours testing 13 sheet pans and cookie sheets over the past two years, making 23 batches of cookies, six pizzas, and several pounds of sweet potato fries and oven chips, we found that the Nordic Ware performed every task nearly perfectly—better than sheets twice the price—and without warpi...

We spent 200 hours researching and tested 20 types of essential cookie-related items to find the best gear to make holiday baking fun and stress-free. In compiling this guide, we sought advice from renowned bakers such as Alice Medrich, author of books like Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy Melt-In-Your-Mouth Cookies and, most recently, Flavor Flours; Rose Levy Beranbaum, author of Rose’s Christmas Cookies and The Baking Bible, among others; Matt Lew...

We scooped 200 balls of cookie dough, cracked more than 60 eggs, sifted almost 4 pounds of flour, and tossed four boxes of cereal in a dozen mixing bowl sets to discover that the Tramontina ProLine 3-Piece Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls set is the best for most people. These bowls are deep enough to contain splatters from a hand mixer yet wide enough for comfortable whisking, folding, mixing, and tossing. If you want a durable glass set, the Pyr...

After more than 10 hours of combing through whisks of all shapes and sizes, and whipping or stirring our way through bowl after bowl of cream, custard, béchamel, and egg whites, we think the OXO Good Grips 11-Inch Balloon Whisk is the best whisk for most people. It’s a great all-purpose whisk, equally efficient at whipping cream or stirring a pot of sauce. It’s flexible but sturdy, and its cushy, rubbery handle was the most comfortable we trie...

The Best Steak Knife Set

When steak (or any serious cut of meat) is on the table, a set of steak knives should be, too. After 40 hours of research, interviews, and testing, we’re convinced the Messermeister Avanta Pakkawood knives offer the best value by far. Beautiful to look at, comfortable in the hand, and as high-performing as knives six times their price, they’re great tools. (And if you prefer a classic black handle, the Messermeister Avanta knives com...

The Best Portable Ice Maker

After more than 30 hours of research and testing, we think the Igloo ICE108 is the best portable ice maker because it’s cheaper, faster, and more compact than any other model we’ve tested. But you probably don’t need to buy one. The Igloo ICE108 makes ice faster than most of the others we tested—enough ice for two small drinks in about seven minutes, and about 15 small drinks within an hour. (Most models make the same size of bullet-...

The Best Drinking Glass

After considering 50 options and spending more than 60 hours testing, we think the Bormioli Rocco Rock Bar tumbler is the best all-purpose drinking glass for most people. It’s durable, lightweight, and available in a variety of sizes, and in our tests it repeatedly survived counter-height drops onto a marble floor. The classic bistro styling of the Bormioli glass pairs nicely with almost any dinnerware, making it suitable for all occ...

The Best Champagne Glass

After 16 hours testing 10 different Champagne glasses, we think the Riedel Vinum Cuvee Prestige is the best flute for enjoying your favorite sparkling wine. This nonleaded crystal flute sparkles more under the light than regular glass, and it’s a pleasure to drink from and hold. Its tulip shape also preserved bubbles better than any other glass we tested. We’re confident it will add elegance to any celebration. The pros we spoke to a...

The Best Pepper Mill

After more than 60 hours of research over the past three years and testing 18 different pepper mills, we’re confident that the Peugeot Paris u’Select is the best for most people. It’s a bit more expensive than other grinders, but you’ll probably never need to buy another grinder; a great pepper mill is a buy-it-for-life kind of item. Since its introduction in 1874, the Peugeot pepper mill has been beloved among professional cooks and...

The Best Electric Kettle
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We’ve spent dozens of hours researching and long-term testing electric kettles. For the fourth year in a row, we think the Cuisinart CPK-17 PerfecTemp Cordless Electric Kettle is the best electric kettle for most people. It’s a high-end, variable-temperature model that’s ideal for brewing myriad teas, making pour-over coffee, or simply boiling water for instant oatmeal. Thanks to its winning combination of speed, accuracy, and ease o...

The Best Cold-Brew Coffee Maker
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Over the past two years, we’ve looked at 15 cold-brew coffee makers, analyzed dozens of at-home brewing methods and recipes, made concentrate for more than 300 cups of coffee, and served samples to a tasting panel that included expert baristas. And after all our testing, we found that the OXO Good Grips Cold Brew Coffee Maker offers the best way to make smooth, delicious iced coffee at home. It’s easy to use and well-designed, and in...

The Best Cheap Coffee Maker
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After considering 17 cheap coffee makers and testing the six most promising candidates, we think that the Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Coffee Maker (46205) is the best. For a little more than the price of three bags of specialty coffee beans, you get a machine that reliably makes a solid cup of coffee—even if you’re brewing pre-ground stuff from the grocery store. In addition to winning over our tasting panel of pro coffee roasters, it has ...

The Best French Press
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After putting in over 16 hours of research and testing, speaking with several baristas, testing six top contenders in a blind-tasting panel, and making more than 40 cups of coffee, we think the Bodum Brazil is the best French press for most casual coffee drinkers. In our tests, it brewed coffee that was as grit-free as brews from models that cost up to seven times as much. The Brazil is easy to clean and use, and we found that it mad...

The Best Espresso Machine, Grinder, and Accessories for Beginners
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After putting in more than 60 hours of research, we enlisted a former barista, aided by Stumptown Coffee’s education crew, to test five espresso machines, four grinders, and a dozen accessories to find the best beginner’s espresso setup for less than $1,000. We recommend starting with the Breville Infuserespresso machine, because it makes pulling consistently great-tasting espresso shots easier and more approachable than the other ma...