12 Kitchen Gadgets From TikTok That Actually Work
And they’re all under $40.
While no one is sad to see 2020 go, the year did have a few silver linings, and one was the plethora of food-related videos that emerged from TikTok. Whether it was a simple, yet awesome recipe video or a clip showcasing a trendy treat we didn’t know we needed, for many, the video-sharing platform has been a constant source of entertainment and innovation in quarantine.
And, for those of us who juggled a lot this year, TikTok introduced us to a bevy of kitchen gadgets designed to save time and make cooking as efficient as possible. These are our favorite TikTok-approved kitchen tools that really work.
Watermelons taste delicious, but, let’s be honest, they can be a real pain to slice without getting watermelon juice on everything you own. TikTok user @corripowell made watermelon lovers' lives a lot easier when she posted a clip of this gadget methodically cutting a watermelon up into bite-sized cubes with very little effort on her part. The video went viral and has since been liked by more than 212,000 people. We tried the slicer out, the slicer has earned rave reviews online.
As this kitchen tool’s name suggests, it’s designed to slice a banana. However, unlike a knife, which requires you cut each individual piece, this gadget works in one swift motion and saves you plenty of time in the process. Simply place a banana horizontally on a cutting board or hard surface, line the slicer and banana up as best you can and press down firmly so the slicer goes all the way through the banana’s flesh. Reviewers love that this slicer creates uniform pieces and doesn’t have any sharp edges, meaning kids can also give it a whirl.
Anyone noticing a pattern here? This slicer has been seen on TikTok cutting up strawberries, mushrooms, hard-boiled eggs and more. Though it’s a tad pricier than some of the other food slicers out there, the stainless steel design ensures that it will last for a long, long time. It even comes with a five-year warranty.
Cracking an egg without making a mess can be tricky, but this beloved TikTok tool features a little edge in the center that perfectly cracks the egg without breaking the yolk inside. What’s more? This gadget doubles as a spoon rest so you can lay your spoon down while you’re cooking without getting your countertop dirty.
If you tend to do plenty of slicing and dicing in the kitchen, you’ll want to keep this bamboo cutting board with multiple drawers on your radar. As seen on TikTok, you can use this gizmo to slice onions, for example, and sweep them to the end of the board (and into a waiting container/drawer) when you’re all done. This not only allows you to keep all of your veggies (or fruits) in one place until you’re ready to cook or eat them, but it also lets you continually work on a mess-free surface, making meal prep a cinch.
This tool makes delving into a prickly pineapple ridiculously easy. TikTok user @feelgoodfoodie showed it off and received hundreds of comments inquiring about the gadget, which is also a favorite among Amazon users. Pro tip: This handy item can also be used to peel, slice and cut those tasty yellow fruits.
Since you’re probably not venturing out to restaurants much these days, you’ve likely had to resort to making your own smoothies at home (which can be messy) or omitting them altogether. Luckily, this handheld, personal blender has you covered. It lets you blend on the go, is rechargeable as well as dishwasher-safe, and it even comes with its own mini ice cube tray. Plus, the blender portion also functions as the cup, making clean up a breeze. If the thousands of five-star Amazon reviews can’t convince you this gadget is worth a try, see it in action on TikTok.
Not only is this ice cream maker different from the typically bulky machines that take up too much room in your already crowded kitchen, but this TikTok-approved tool makes drool-worthy ice cream in a matter of minutes. All you need to do is put your ingredients inside and toss the ball around for a few minutes while everything freezes. Just watch TikTok user @rachel_meaders whip up a frozen vanilla treat in about the amount of time it’ll take you to decide what you really want for dessert.
Washing dishes isn’t fun, and likely never will be, but this easy-to-use soap dispenser that’s been the focus of multiple kitchen hack TikToks makes it pretty darn simple. All you need to do is pour some dish soap of your choice into the bottom container and put the lid on. When you’re ready to wash some dishes, just press your sponge into the lid. This gizmo, which you can use with one hand, dispenses the perfect amount of soap each time and allows you to clean everything more efficiently.
If you’ve ever struggled with separating an egg yolk from the egg white, this little frog is about to become your best friend. Just crack an egg in a bowl, place the frog’s mouth right above the yolk and squeeze. In a matter of seconds the yolk and the white will be two completely different entities. As seen in a TikTok video from user @realchefpaul, this dishwasher-safe gadget (which also comes in a fish shape and a pig shape!) is a real time saver and consumers love it.
For those of us who hate getting corn bits stuck in our teeth (who doesn’t?) this tool is a total game-changer. As TikTok user @cookhacks demonstrated, this handy gadget basically gobbles up corn kernels like a little vacuum cleaner and expertly separates them from the cob in seconds, so you're not awkwardly gnawing away at the dinner table. Trust us, your teeth will thank you for this one.
Though not a gadget per se, we’d be remiss not to include these sweet treats in a list of trendy items that gained traction on TikTok this year. As thousands of TikTok users can attest to, these chocolate balls break open when put in contact with hot milk or water and reveal mini-marshmallows within. The result is a social media-worthy cup of hot chocolate that also happens to be pretty darn tasty. This Thoughtfully gift set includes a pack of five hot chocolate bombs filled with marshmallows with flavors ranging from Fudge Brownie to Caramel Candy.