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If you’re on a mission to eat right, order less delivery, or simply not to house cereal out of paper bowls you’ve been hanging on to since college, a good, clean, functioning kitchen is the best way to facilitate such a lifestyle.

Buying kitchen goods can feel like a chore, not least because kitchens feel like a chore a lot of the time. What, you have to do a bunch of cooking and also everything gets filthy and you have to clean up? What a scam. The best way to combat your resentment or dread towards the very act of cooking something nice is to get some good stuff. Here are 25 items that’ll give your kitchen, and your food, some much needed upgrades.

epicurious cookware

25. Epicurious 11-Piece Cookware Set

Not only a good cookware set for people just starting out, or moving somewhere new, but a good cookware set period. Epicurious’s line is stylish, useful, and easy to clean. [Amazon, $159.99]

sharpener

24. PriorityChef Knife Sharpener

What’s the point of a good knife if the blade’s dull? This low-key sharpener keeps all your knives good and slick. [Amazon, $17.95]

Amalon knife

23. Anolon Suregrip Japanese Knife Set

Japanese steel is the way to go when it comes to kitchen blades. This 17-piece set has something for just about any job your could throw at them. [Amazon, $167.99]

bruntmor cutlery

22. Bruntmore Silverware Cutlery Set

Throw out those three forks and mismatched spoons you got from IKEA before college, it’s time to get some adult cutlery. [Amazon, $69.95]

bottle opener

21. Cast Iron Wall Bottle Opener (Set of 4)

God forbid you still keep a bottle opener on your keychain (or, worse, remember when people would have them on their belt buckles?) [Amazon, $11.95]

steak knives

20. Bellemain Steak Knife Set

A good, sharp set of steak knives can really elevate a date night. Don’t make your date try to cut a steak with a butter knife, please. [Amazon, $19.95]

towels

19. Cotton and Microfiber Dish Towels

These towels’s blend of cotton and microfiber make for an attractive, versatile way to wipe down just about any surface. Machine-washable, too. [Amazon, $14.95])

wine glasses

18. Culinare Wine Glasses, Set of 4

It’s probably best you stop drinking merlot out of a Simpsons mug sooner rather than later. [Amazon, $19.99]

utensil set

17. Braviloni Untensil Set

Easy to wash and capable of handling just about any job you can throw at them, these silicone utensils are here to help you ladle, to help. you… tong stuff. You get the idea. [Amazon, $25.95]

rabbit wine opener

16. AceKool Rabbit Wine Opener

Never before has opening a bottle of wine been so easy. Just clamp it down and pop the cork out in a matter of seconds. A marvel of engineering. [Amazon, $24.99]

Epica kettle

15. Epica Electric Kettle

For those who want to bring a bit of a European vibe into their kitchens, an electric kettle is an essential item that still, amazingly, hasn’t found its way into many American homes. The Epica has six different heat settings, so you can choose exactly the right temperature for brewing coffee or cooking up some pasta. [Amazon, $39.95]

bialetti

14. Bialetti Espresso Maker

After you get acquainted with the new wave of coffee grinders, you might want to get on board with the Bialetti, by far the easiest and coolest way to make a cup of great espresso at home. [Amazon, $26.99]

thermos can

13. Thermos Can Insulator

The Thermos can insulator keeps canned drinks colder ten times longer than just leaving them out wherever. And, let’s be honest, beer cozies are a damn joke. [Amazon, $8.99]

etekcity

12. Etekcity Lasergrip Thermometer

An affordable laser thermometer is the feather in the cap of any at-home chef of any skill level. It’ll keep you from getting sick when you cook a rack of ribs, and it’s so cool it’ll make you feel like Iron Man when you use it. [Amazon, $14.95]

grill armor

11. Grill Armor Heat-Resistant Oven Gloves

The traditional oven glove is dead; a husk of its former self. An ineffective concept ravaged by time and tainted by so many first-degree thumb burn scars. You deserve better, like these five-finger oven gloves that can withstand temperatures of nearly one thousand degrees. [Amazon, $25.95]

chopping board

10. Bambusi Chopping Boards, Set of 4

Good for choppin’ stuff, or even serving cheese on if you want to look super grown-up and fancy. [Amazon, $19.99]

rocks glass

9. Libbey Gibraltar 12-piece Rocks Glass Set

Learn how to make an Old Fashioned then serve it in this. You’ll never need to go to a bar again. [Amazon, $29.95]

flatware

8. Cambridge Silversmiths Matte Black Flatware Set

These super cool-looking utensils will fit right in in any kitchen, and that nice finish doesn’t chip off on their first run in the dishwasher, we promise. [Amazon, $34.99]

stoneware bowls

7. Member’s Mark Stoneware Bowls

because you, and your nightly bedtime bowl of Frosted Flakes deserve better. [Amazon, $34.95]

marble creek

6. Marble Creek Ceramic Campfire Mug

A rugged and well-insulated mug for people who want a no-frills but solid and attractive coffee vehicle. [Amazon, $13.99]

candle holder

5. Le’Raze Candle Holder

I’m sorry to have to be the one to break it to you, but most candle holders are, in a word, hideous. Here’s one that breaks the mold, and will elevate your dine-in nights to something special. [Amazon, $24.88]

nutribullet

4. Nutribullet Blender

Blends stuff. Not too noisy. Quite small. Good. [Amazon, $69.99]

rice cooker

3. Oster 6 Cup Rice Cooker

If you’re not quite ready to pull the trigger on the millennial appliance of choice, the Instant Pot, just yet, this well-sized and nicely-designed rice cooker is a great start. [Amazon, $18.99]

espresso maker

2. Hamilton Beach Espresso Maker

Up your morning coffee game in a BIG WAY for the price of about 20 cups of Starbucks coffee. it’s a small price to pay. [Amazon, $105.97]

bruntmoor dutch oven

1. Bruntmor Cast Iron Dutch Oven

This pre-seasoned dutch oven can handle any kind of curry, stew, casserole, soup, or sauce you want to throw at it. The lid doubles as a skillet, too. What can’t this thing do? [Amazon, $39.95]