The kitchen is one of the most vital rooms in any home. It’s where we seek nourishment (like coffee!). However, if you find your kitchen is lacking a certain je ne sais quoi, you don’t need to call upon the Kitchen Crashers team to completely demolish and rebuild your cooking space. Start small! Add slight touches that will breathe some life into your meal prep. Below, we’ve rounded up 10 quirky kitchen gadgets you can find at Amazon for under $20.
We get it — sometimes you want to conserve energy after a long day at work. Instead of distributing your favorite flavor enhancers on your own, pull the cords on these shakers and they’ll do the work for you.
Alternatively, you can also use them to shock dinner guests into thinking your tableware is possessed (but we won’t be held liable for any messes and/or fractured friendships that may culminate from doing that).
Clip the on-page coupon to get the above price for this bar of…soap? It’s not quite soap but it works the same way. Simply rub it between your hands to remove odors left behind by strong-smelling foods.
Apart from its novelty, it’s also quite efficient. It doesn’t require water for use, meaning you can save the planet (and maybe a few extra dollars) by grabbing one of these.
No longer do you have to avoid buying canned goods that lack a nifty pull tab. This compact opener latches on to a can with merely a twist and cuts lids open with ease. It even has a push-button release so you don’t have to fight with the opener to get your can back and potentially cut a finger or two.
Available in two colors, it’s aesthetically pleasing without taking up too much space on your counter or in your gadget drawer.
Are you still brewing tea in bags? That’s nice, but a little mundane, wouldn’t you say? This 4-inch infuser holds your favorite tea leaves and hangs over your mug in order to brew your favorite beverage.
Like a real cat, it features a content, if not slightly judgmental, gaze. If you’re somehow not a cat person, plenty of other animals are on hand to help with your tea needs. Maybe you fancy dogs instead, or are super keen on whatever a narwhal is.
What does the fox say? Aside from, “Please stop, 2013 is over,” not very much. In this case, this kitchen tool just quietly grates your favorite blocks of cheese, veggies, or other grate-worthy foods.
This adorable kitchen helper has a silicone rubber casing and stainless steel grater. And did we mention it’s cute?
How’s this for an oil lamp? If you’ve wished for a better way to dispense your oil, wish no more. This bottle topper not only pours your favorite olive oil, it also has a built-in stopper to help keep it fresh. Unfortunately, a genie is not included, but you will likely get several compliments from impressed guests, and that’s just as good.
Excuse me, but there’s a Loch Ness Monster in your soup. You don’t have to fly to Scotland to find this brightly colored ladle that’s modeled after the elusive creature. It’s BPA-free, dishwasher-safe, and resistant to boiling water. Can the real Nessie claim all of that? (Maybe. We don’t know.)
Have a Coke, a toothpick, and a smile thanks to this dispenser. Introduce a touch of Americana to your kitchen with this retro-inspired piece.
Made of plastic and featuring chrome accents, it can hold up to 200 toothpicks at once. Fortunately, unlike an actual vending machine, it doesn’t require you to insert change.
Regardless of your stance on Pastafarianism, you can’t deny that this strainer is equal parts practical and funky. This BPA-free colander can fit and drain one box worth of spaghetti. It can also double as a hat, if you’re into that.
A case for quirky kitchen gadgets
As someone who recently went through a total kitchen renovation, trust me when I say that if you want to change up your cooking space, it’s okay to start small. Not to say you should completely write off those bigger-budget projects — absolutely do something about those busted cabinets or the dishwasher that leaks every time you use it. However, if your cooking area is otherwise functional and not terribly outdated, and you’re simply bored with the arrangement, adding a few of the above quirky kitchen gadgets may be all you need to breathe some life into your space.
Now over to you…
Did we cover your favorite quirky kitchen gadgets? Or did we overlook something especially off-the-wall? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.