The Strategist Kitchen 100 | The Strategist

The Strategist Kitchen 100 | The Strategist

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Over the years, we’ve surfaced hundreds of kitchen essentials — the tools, cookware, appliances, organizers, cleaning supplies, gadgets, textiles, and tableware that countless experts and our own staff really get behind. Here, we’ve curated those picks into a neat inventory of items that make up the ultimate kitchen, whether you’re a veteran home cook who has been using the same KitchenAid stand mixer for decades or someone moving into their first apartment.

To decide which products made the cut, we started with the fundamentals and then sprinkled in the things that make cooking (and eating) fun — all while balancing practicality with style and the splurge-worthy with the affordable. So whether you’re hunting for the very best basics (like a workhorse sheet pan that will last a decade), upgrading what you already own (like a Yamazaki dish rack that’s the nicest looking we’ve ever seen), or browsing for some more niche but no less useful items (like the gadget that lets a Strategist writer mince whole bulbs of garlic in one go), we’ve got you covered.

Below, you’ll find plenty of classics that live up to their reputation: a Le Creuset Dutch oven, an All-Clad stainless-steel saucepan, and a Pyrex liquid measuring cup, to name a few. There are also more unexpected items, like a handy tool for stripping greens a salad-obsessed cookbook author told us about, the weight Sohla El-Waylly uses for crisp fish skin and grilled cheeses, the inexpensive vegetable peeler used at the French Laundry, and the ice-cube tray that has become something of a Strategist phenomenon. Buy everything on this page and you’ll have the best-stocked kitchen outside of Eleven Madison Park — or scroll through and pick up the pieces you may be missing or never knew you needed.

Healthy Packers Deli Containers with Lids
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W&P Peak Everyday Ice Tray

Bee’s Wrap Reusable Beeswax Food Wraps, Honeycomb Print (3-pack)

Stasher Platinum Silicone Reusable Storage Bags

DII Swedish Dishcloths
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Utopia Kitchen Flour-Sack Kitchen Towels (12-Pack)

Bamboozle Compost Bin

Mater Soap Multipurpose Kitchen Block

Gripstic Bag Sealer 12-pack Assorted Set

OXO Good Grips Lazy Susan

Toplife Kitchen Sink Suction Holder
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Iris Hantverk Desktop Table Dustpan and Brush Set

Bogo Brands Nylon Plastic Pot and Pan Scraper with Grip (set of 3)

Yamazaki Tosca Dish Rack - Steel + Wood

Simplehuman Dual Compartment Butterfly Lid Kitchen Recycling Step Trash Can

Duck Brand 394693 General Purpose Masking Tape

Sharpie Permanent Markers, Fine Point, Black, 12 Count
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Material Kitchen The reBoard

Five Two Bamboo Cutting Board
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Made In the Knife Set

Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker's Half-Sheet

Great Jones Little Sheet

Lodge 10.25-Inch Pre-Seasoned Cast-Iron Skillet
Very Good Deal

Zwilling Madura Plus Nonstick Skillet

All-Clad D3™ Stainless Steel Saucepan with Lid

Made In Stainless Clad Stock Pot

Le Creuset Round Dutch Oven

Culinary Depot Store Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls

OXO Steel Salad Spinner

Microplane 40020 Classic Zester/Grater

Benriner Mandoline Slicer
Very Good Deal

Cuisinart Box Grater

Kuhn Rikon Original Swiss Peeler

OXO Good Grips Small Citrus Juicer

OXO Steel Can Opener

9” Kitchen Fine Mesh Strainer With Sturdy Handle and Wider Hook

Bellemain Micro-perforated Stainless Steel 5-quart Colander

Magnus Design Natural Stone Mortar & Pestle

YLYL Steamer Basket

Chef’n Looseleaf Kale and Greens Stripper

Chef'n Garliczoom Garlic Chopper

The Fish Weight by Josh Niland

Maison Plus Heavyweight Stainless Steel Oval Measuring Spoons

Pyrex Prepware Glass Measuring Cup

Sur La Table Stainless Steel Measuring Cups

Dansk Købenstyle Baker

Staub Ceramic Nesting Oval Baking-Dish Set
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Material Kitchen The Air Whisk

Hawkins New York Porcelain Enamel Ladle

Joyce Chen Kitchen Scissors
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GIR Ultimate Silicone Spatula

GIR Flip Spatula

Victorinox Slotted Fish Turner
Very Good Deal

GIR Silicone Basting Brush

Food52 The Corner-Getter Spoon (Lefty)

Oxo Nylon and Stainless Steel Tongs

Vitamix Professional Series 750 Blender

Zojirushi NS-TSC10 Rice Cooker
Very Good Deal

Cuisinart 14 Cup Food Processor

KitchenAid 4-Slice Toaster with Manual High-Lift Lever
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Bonavita Connoisseur 8-Cup One-Touch Coffee Maker

Breville Infuser

Baratza Encore Electric Grinder

Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Kettle

KitchenAid Ultra Power 5 Speed Hand Mixer

Escali Primo Lightweight Scale

Nordic Ware Heritage Bundt Pan
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Five Two Bench Scraper

Fat Daddio’s Round Cake Pan

Wilton Nonstick Navy-Blue Loaf Baking Pan

Pyrex Easy Grab Pie Pan

Ateco Stainless-Steel Offset Icing Spatula

Joseph Joseph Adjustable Rolling Pin Plus, Multi

Thermapen One

EvridWear Cut-Resistant Gloves (two-pack)

White Bark Workwear Dark Green Full Cross-Back Apron

Dusen Dusen Oven Mitt

Casafina Blue Speckled Spoon Rest

Pepper Mill Imports Atlas Pepper Mill

Sawyer Ceramics Salt Cellar

Virginia Sin Speckled Prong Fruit Bowl

Williams Sonoma Encore Bar Tools Set and Cocktail Shaker

Georg Jensen Elephant Bottle Opener

Kit Home Professional Waiter Corkscrew Wine Openers Set

Rabbit Wine Bottle Stoppers

Apace Living Coffee Scoop (Set of Two)
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East Fork Everyday Bowl

Sabre Bistro Shiny Solid Flatware 4-Piece Set

Crate & Barrel Marin Grey Small Oval Platter

MM Clay Sierra Rimless Serving Platter

Crate & Barrel Scoop 3-Piece Serving Set

Fortessa Tableware Solutions Purio White Condiment Bowls

Mosser Glass Cake Stand

Bordallo Pinheiro Cabbage Green Charger Plate, Set of 2

Clic Notched Wild Olive Wood Salad Servers

East Fork The Mug

IKEA Vardagen Glasses

Libbey Vina Tall Wine Glass

Williams Sonoma Italian Washed Linen Napkins

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