CHOW Reviews cover a wide range of kitchen tools, including knives, cookware, blenders, and gadgets. All products are rigorously tested in CHOW's 1300-square-foot Test Kitchen in San Francisco. Learn more here.
Cookware

Lékué Rice and Grain Cooker

Outside of the electric rice cooker, grain cookery is sort of a big question mark. With its microwave cooking pot, Lékué promises to make cooking seven types of grains as easy as nuking water for tea. We investigated. READ MORE

Cookware

Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick 12-Inch Everyday Pan

Calphalon calls this an everyday pan, meaning you'll reach for it nearly every time you make dinner. Can this high-sided nonstick pan measure up? We found out. READ MORE

Small Appliances

Omega Mega Mouth Juicer (BMJ330)

If you juice a lot, you don't want to be slowed down by a machine that can't keep up. The Omega Mega Mouth BMJ330 is designed to handle a lot of pulp so you can keep going. We stocked up on fruits and veggies and gave it a spin. READ MORE

Tools & Gadgets

RSVP International Onion Goggles

Slicing onions can be a painful, tear-filled process. Are the RSVP International Onion Goggles the key to smooth slicing and dry eyes? We got chopping to find out. READ MORE

Tools & Gadgets

Aerolatte Milk Frother

It's no sweat making frothy coffee drinks when you have an espresso machine. If you don't, it's a challenge. Aerolatte makes a battery-powered milk frother you can keep in your gadget drawer, but can it really froth like a pro? We gave it a whirl. READ MORE

Small Appliances

The Petite Pizzeria

If you have a tiny kitchen, a plug-in pizza oven can expand your world, but you need one that can handle more than just the occasional margherita. We tried Sur La Table's Petite Pizzeria to judge its overall pie worthiness. READ MORE

Cookware

Camerons Original Stovetop Smoker

Smoked foods are part of the kitchen repertoire, but firing up the backyard smoker isn't always practical. An indoor stovetop smoker sounds ideal, but can you find one that's easy to use and doesn't smoke you out? We fired up the Original Stovetop Smoker by Camerons. READ MORE

Small Appliances

SodaStream Source Soda Maker

Do you need an in-home soda machine? The Yves Béhar–designed SodaStream Source looks cool on the counter, but is it an economical option? We made some drinks and considered. READ MORE

Small Appliances

Breville Juice Fountain Plus JE98XL

Even if you use your juicer daily, you don't want it taking over your kitchen. The Breville Juice Fountain Plus is nice and compact, but does it have main squeeze potential? READ MORE

Tools & Gadgets

OXO Good Grips Cookie Press

The classic cookie press takes muscle and determination, so when we saw that OXO Good Grips had a press with a lever trigger, we were intrigued enough to give it a try. READ MORE

Knives

Zwilling J.A. Henckels Twin Cuisine 8-Inch Carving Knife

You should feel comfortable with every knife in your block, even ones you don't use every day, like a carving knife. The Zwilling J.A. Henckels Twin Cuisine 8-Inch Carving Knife has an ergonomic handle, but how does it slice? We gave it a try. READ MORE

Small Appliances

Waring Pro Belgian Waffle Maker (WMK600)

You're tired of cooking one waffle at a time, forcing your family to brunch in shifts. The rotary Waring Pro Belgian Waffle Maker turns out two waffles at a time, but is it the best solution to the Sunday morning bottleneck? We gave it a whirl. READ MORE

Tools & Gadgets

Chef’n PinPair 2-in-1 Rolling Pin

A solid, American-style rolling pin has distinct advantages over a nimble French-style pin, and vice versa. Can the two styles be combined in one convertible pin? We tested the Chef'n PinPair to see just how it rolls. READ MORE

Bakeware

Silpat Nonstick Baking Mat, U.S. Half Size

Silpat silicone baking mats are popular with home bakers. And while they're great at keeping foods from sticking, do they always achieve optimal baking results? We cranked up the oven to find out. READ MORE

Knives

Global G-9 8-3/4-Inch Bread Knife

Bread knives are the special teams of kitchen cutlery, entering the field to complete a specialized task. But they still need to be versatile enough to handle a range of loaves. We tried out the Global G-9 to see if this sleek bread knife can cut it. READ MORE

Tools & Gadgets

Dreamfarm Garject Garlic Press

Lots of different gadgets promise painless garlic mincing. Garject claims to top that, with a nifty eject button that's designed to remove the papery clove peels from the equation. We gave it a whirl. READ MORE

Cookware

Staub 5-1/2-Quart Round Cocotte

Enameled cast iron like Le Creuset is a natural for braising meats, but it has a few quirks. Staub makes braising pans (called cocottes) with a few features that Le Creuset's lack. Can they add up to a better beef bourguignon? We tested to find out. READ MORE

Small Appliances

Hamilton Beach 12 Cup Oil Capacity Deep Fryer (35030)

Few home cooks use a deep-fryer often enough to justify the purchase of a pro-grade machine. Most of us need one that's small, easy to store, and efficient. We tested the Hamilton Beach 12 Cup Oil Capacity Deep Fryer to see how it stacks up. READ MORE

Knives

Wüsthof Grand Prix II 8-Inch Carving Knife

A carving knife needs to be utilitarian enough for weeknight meals, and cool enough to stand up to company on holidays. Wüsthof's Grand Prix II 8-Inch Carving Knife is compact and streamlined, but can it handle every roast in your cook's arsenal? We tested it to find out. READ MORE

Bakeware

BonJour Bakeware 9-by-5-Inch Loaf Pan

Loaf pans come in glass, silicone, or metal. BonJour's 9-by-5-inch aluminized steel pan is priced to be top of the line, but does it perform that way? We mixed up a few batters and fired up the oven to find out. READ MORE