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.
Tools & Gadgets

Dexas 4-Inch Nib Mini Mitt

Many cooks have a preferred way to grab hot pans, be it with quilted oven pads or wadded dishtowels. How about nubby, brightly colored silicone mitts that look a bit like hand puppets? We gave the Dexas 4-Inch Nib Mini Mitts a try. READ MORE

Tools & Gadgets

Norpro Stainless Steel Baster

The problem with the old-school bulb baster is that it’s hard to clean—at some point, the plastic and rubber wear a permanent film of grease. Norpro remade the classic design with stainless steel and silicone. We gave it a try. READ MORE

Cookware

Tumbleweed Deep Dish Chicken Cooker

Whatever you call it—beer can chicken, beer-butt chicken—vertical roasting is here to stay. Tumbleweed Pottery's ceramic Deep Dish Chicken Cooker is nice and roomy, plus it looks handsome, but can it cook a better bird? We found out. READ MORE

Tools & Gadgets

Microplane Classic Spice Grater

Microplane's wood rasps have been kitchen grating and zesting essentials for more than a decade. Is the smaller Microplane Classic Spice Grater a must-have for grating nutmeg over that punch glass of holiday eggnog? We got busy on a whole bunch of grateables to find out. READ MORE

Tools & Gadgets

Tovolo Easy Reach Baster

The good old bulb baster is something you probably fish out of the tool drawer once a year, on Thanksgiving morning. Kitchenware company Tovolo, for one, hasn't been content with the rubbery classic—its Easy Reach Baster is full of design innovations. We gave it a squeeze to see how it works. READ MORE

Roasting Pans

The Best Turkey Roasting Pan

A roasting pan should be a once-in-a-lifetime purchase—something you buy once, then rely on for an unbroken string of Thanksgiving turkeys and birthday rib roasts. We tested three midpriced roasters (between $70 and $200): the All-Clad Roti Pan Op... READ MORE

Tools & Gadgets

Polder Classic Digital Thermometer/Timer

Every cook needs a decent thermometer. There are so many out there, from the inexpensive instant-read to the high-end digital, it can be confusing to pick the right one. The Classic Digital Thermometer/Timer from Polder promises a lot of features for around $20. We cranked up the oven and gave it a spin. READ MORE

Roasting Pans

Viking Stainless Steel Roasting Pan

When you're ready to invest in a roasting pan, you want one that you can spend the rest of your life with. Viking has a great reputation for heavy-duty ranges; can a pan embossed with the same name be just as good? We tested the Viking Stainless Steel Roasting Pan to find out. READ MORE

Small Appliances

Breville Scraper Mixer Pro

Stand mixers are countertop must-haves these days. Everybody knows the KitchenAid classic, but what about a competitor, one with more power and fancy extras? We took the Breville Scraper Mixer Pro for a test ride to see if it's the one we want to park in our appliance garage. READ MORE

Cookware

All-Clad Stainless 1.5-Quart Sauce Pan

All-Clad has a well-deserved reputation for quality stainless cookware, but which pieces are you going to use often enough to justify the investment? A 1.5-quart saucepan sounds useful—we got busy in the CHOW Test Kitchen to see just how utilitarian it is. READ MORE

Roasting Pans

KitchenAid Gourmet Distinctions Stainless Steel Roaster

The KitchenAid Gourmet Distinctions Stainless Steel Roaster is affordable for the size, but does this large roasting pan pass the crucial holiday-bird test? We cranked the oven to find out. READ MORE

Bakeware

Emile Henry 9-Inch Pie Dish

Pie is America's quintessential homey comfort dessert. Should anyone pay $40 for a fancy French pie dish? That's the question we asked ourselves as we baked up a trio of pies in our Emile Henry 9-Inch Pie Dish. READ MORE

Cookware

All-Clad Hard Anodized Nonstick Grande Grille Pan

Range-top grills are great when you don't feel like firing up the outdoor barbecue. All-Clad's Grande Grille Pan has deluxe dimensions, but is it worth the $100 you'll drop on it? We got out the tongs to find out. READ MORE

Roasting Pans

All-Clad Roti Pan Open Rectangular Stainless Roaster

Even if you only use a roasting pan during the holidays, you want to buy one that lasts. That means making an investment. All-Clad pots and saucepans are well-made and durable, so does it follow that an All-Clad roaster is just as good? We trussed up a bird and got roasting to find out. READ MORE

Cookware

Lodge Logic 12-Inch Cast Iron Pan

Cast iron is as American as Paul Bunyan's ax, but it's always been fussy about seasoning and rust. Lodge tried to fix that with its Logic line, but can these pans be useful as everyday cookware? We fired up the stove to find out. READ MORE

Cookware

Simply Calphalon Ceramic Nonstick 8-Inch and 10-Inch Omelet Pan Set

So-called ecofriendly ceramic nonstick pans have proliferated so much it's hard to keep track of them all. This Simply Calphalon set of omelet pans in two sizes is a Bed Bath & Beyond exclusive. It's affordable, but can the pans hold their own against a hot burner? We cracked a few eggs to find out. READ MORE

Slow Cookers

The Best Slow Cooker

To be worthy of counter space, a digital slow cooker should be easy to program, have a keep-warm setting low enough to keep a pot roast from turning dry, and be able to handle delicate recipes like rice pudding. We tested three midrange models—the... READ MORE

Tools & Gadgets

Sur La Table Potato Ricer

A ricer is a simple mechanical gadget for producing mashed potatoes, but not all ricers are created equal. Where does Sur La Table's classic lever-style model fall on the ricer scale? We cooked up some potatoes to find out. READ MORE

Blenders

Magic Bullet Express 17-Piece High-Speed Blender Mixing System

The popular Magic Bullet blender system makes a lot of promises about what it can do, but does it deliver? We blended, ground, and chopped to see if it's worth keeping track of its many parts. READ MORE

Slow Cookers

Hamilton Beach Set & Forget 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker (33969)

The Hamilton Beach Set & Forget 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker offers tons of features for a very modest price, but do all the extra doodads help you cook better or just get in the way? We got slow-cooking to find out. READ MORE