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

West Bend Back to Basics Peel Away Apple Peeler

West Bend's Back to Basics Peel Away Apple Peeler looks like it should be in some farm kitchen diorama in a museum. Is this old-time mechanical gadget still relevant in the age of KitchenAid and Cuisinart? We took it on a little spin to find out. READ MORE

Slow Cookers

Crock-Pot Countdown Touchscreen Digital Slow Cooker

As midrange digital slow cookers go, the Crock-Pot Countdown Touchscreen model is pretty basic. But does a minimal design translate to minimal performance? We got slow-cooking to find out. READ MORE

Tools & Gadgets

Harold Imports Dual-Action Potato Masher

A potato masher that combines the virtues of an old-fashioned wire zigzag with a ricer seems too good to be true, but is it? We tested the Harold Imports Dual-Action Potato Masher to see if it's the masher we've been waiting for. READ MORE

Bakeware

Baking Steel, Modernist Cuisine Special Edition

Pizza geeks will go to any lengths to produce perfect pies at home. Can a 3/8-inch slab of industrial steel produce pizza as good as the best pies in Naples or Brooklyn? We tested the Baking Steel to find out. READ MORE

Slow Cookers

Cuisinart Programmable Slow Cooker

The new generation of slow cookers has carefully calibrated cook temps and digital convenience features, but can they change your life for the better? We tested the midpriced Cuisinart Programmable Slow Cooker to see if its bells and whistles are actually worth the money. READ MORE

Cookware

Williams-Sonoma 14-Inch Hammered Flat Bottom Wok

Like a cast-iron skillet you'll cherish for decades, a wok should be something you keep for life. That means the one you bring into your kitchen has to be just right. Is this Williams-Sonoma 14-inch carbon-steel wok the one you'll want to grow old gracefully with? We got stir-frying to find out. READ MORE

Tools & Gadgets

KitchenAid Gourmet Dual-Headed Melon Baller

Does anybody even need a melon baller? The KitchenAid Gourmet Dual-Headed Melon Baller tries to convince you it's an essential culinary tool. We got scooping with this baby to find out if it's true. READ MORE

Bakeware

Norpro Nonstick 12 Mini Cheesecake Pan (3919)

Really? A baking pan designed for just three-bite party cheesecakes? We got baking with the Norpro Nonstick 12 Mini Cheesecake Pan to see if we'd want it hanging around after the party's over. READ MORE

Blenders

Cuisinart Smart Stick Variable Speed Hand Blender (CSB-79)

Immersion blenders have gotten a whole lot more sophisticated in the past decade. This late-generation model from Cuisinart is supposed to be able to replace three small appliances in your kitchen, but can it hack it? We plugged it in and rolled our sleeves up to find out. READ MORE

Tools & Gadgets

OXO Good Grips 3 Piece Angled Measuring Cup Set

We've all done it—held a measuring cup aloft and strained our eyes to see if the liquid is exactly at the 1/2-cup line. Angled measuring cups allow you to look down into the cup instead. Does this three-cup set from OXO Good Grips put an end to squinting and guesswork? We decided to see how these cups measure up. READ MORE

Small Appliances

Cuisinart ICE-21 Frozen Yogurt – Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker

High-end machines produce beautifully smooth, creamy ice creams, but what if you've got a budget of less than $60? Cuisinart's ICE-21 machine is certainly wallet-friendly, but will it make your ice cream dreams come true? We risked multiple brain freezes to find out. READ MORE

Tools & Gadgets

Taylor Glass Digital Kitchen Scale (3842)

A good scale is a kitchen must-have. But whether this compact digital model from Taylor measures up is a question of how often you plan to use it, and for what. We did some testing and weigh in. READ MORE

Tools & Gadgets

Taylor TruTemp Instant Read Digital Thermometer

Taylor Precision Products sells many kinds of instant-read kitchen thermometers. We wanted to see if a basic one priced under 10 bucks—the TruTemp Digital—has what it takes to be the home cook's go-to temperature gauge. To find out, we got cooking. READ MORE

Tools & Gadgets

Tovolo Groovy Pop Molds

What makes one set of ice pop molds better than another? Ultimately, it's how easily the ice pops release. Tovolo's Groovy molds have textured grooves that make the finished pops look kind of cool, but do they facilitate an easy exit? We got freezing to find out. READ MORE

Tools & Gadgets

Chef’n Emulstir

Seattle-based Chef'n makes kitchen gadgets whose forms spring directly from function. Is the company's new, improved Emulstir salad dressing mixer a modern masterpiece? We get out the oil and vinegar to find out. READ MORE

Cookware

Victorio Stainless Steel Multi-Use Canner

You can do water bath canning in an old stockpot or a Dutch oven, but a roomy, heavy-duty canner with a few bells and whistles is an urban homesteader's dream. How does the Victorio VKP1130 stack up? We put up some summer fruit jams to find out. READ MORE

Tools & Gadgets

OXO Good Grips Ratcheting Pineapple Slicer

It's always kind of a pain to peel, core, and slice a pineapple into neat rings. The OXO Good Grips Ratcheting Pineapple Slicer seems to offer a sweet solution, but does it really work? We get to the heart of the matter. READ MORE

Tools & Gadgets

Zoku Slush and Shake Maker

It's a cool idea: a single-serve slushie maker that works along the lines of an ice cream maker. But can Zoku's Slush and Shake Maker help you stay chill, or will it leave you feeling burned for dropping close to 20 bucks? We're on it. READ MORE

Tools & Gadgets

Prodyne Fruit Infusion Natural Fruit Flavor Pitcher

Other infusion pitchers allow for free-flowing aromatics, with a strainer in the lid to catch the floaters. Prodyne's Fruit Infusion traps the fruit or herbs in a perforated core, so you can pour and refill without hassle. Does it work? We tested to find out. READ MORE

Tools & Gadgets

Kitchen Essentials from Calphalon Meat Tenderizer

A good hammer-style meat tenderizer should have three things: weight, balance, and the right surface area. Where does the Kitchen Essentials from Calphalon fall? Our Product Review Team pounded some protein to find out. READ MORE