Gear Guide: Food Prep

Make meal prep a little less laborious with these must-have kitchen appliances for every price point.

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Electrolux Masterpiece Immersion blender


This 300-watt, 9-speed stainless-steel tri-blade blender with drip-catching stand mixes ingredients uniformly and quickly. Perfect for soups, dressings and sauces. Also comes with a dual whisk and mini-chopper attachments.


IMUSA GlobalKitchen Citrus squeezer


Make juice extraction a breeze and boost your vitamin C with this hand-held, ergonomic press.

Target, $7.99

Krups F230 Egg Cooker


Make up to seven perfectly hard-boiled or poached eggs every time with this quick and easy cooker.


Excalibur Spiral Vegetable Slicer


This 3-attachment spiralizer makes large and small vegetable and fruit ‘noodles,’ as well as paper-thin slices., $34.95

Nutri-Ninja Duo Blender with Auto-IQ


This appliance plays triple duty, acting as blender, food prep/processor and nutrient extraction system. The 1500-watt base comes with 3 different-sized cups, 2 sets of blades, a 72-ounce blending pitcher, sip-and-seal lids and a 5-year warranty.

Major retailers, $249.99

Omega Juice Cube


This space-saving, masticating extractor can be used to make juice as well as nut butters, baby food, hummus and nut milks. Low RPMs mean minimized heat build-up and oxidation.


Cuisinart CookFresh Digital Glass Steamer


A 1-liter removable water tank delivers steam from the top down, surrounding food in the 5-liter glass vessel, cooking family-sized portions of chicken, fish, vegetables and rice quickly and evenly.


Zing Anything Flex Scrub


Remove dirt, wax and pesticide residue with this flexible scrub brush, perfectly curved to fit your hand. Dishwasher safe, BPA/halogen and phthalate-free.

Major retailers, $7.99

T-Fal OptiGrill Plus


The perfect way to grill indoors: six different cooking programs and a unique cooking sensor guarantee meal perfection by adapting to the thickness and type of food to deliver perfect doneness. Angled plates allow fat to drip off easily, and both drip tray and cook plates are dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.

$179.99, Bed Bath and Beyond