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Must-haves for a smooth-running kitchen. (Photo: Amazon)

Some of our favorite things start off as a recommendation from a friend. Whether they swear by a genius way to pit an avocado, a K-cup you can use over and over again or just something to make dinner prep a little less exhausting, we rely on those in the know to give us the scoop on what really works. Now, imagine you had access to the opinions of tens of thousands of friends from all different walks of life — if that many people rally behind something, there’s no way it’s a dud.

No need to join any new social media groups; instead, trust the opinions of countless Amazon reviewers. They know how to differentiate something gimmicky from something great, and chances are, when hoards of them swear by something, it’s the real deal. They’re a discerning bunch, and you can use their knowledge to your advantage.

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Scroll for our favorite Amazon cult-favorite kitchen finds.

The reusable K-Cups with over 27,000 five-star reviews

reusable k-cup

Up your Keurig game. (Photo: Amazon)

How many single-use K-Cups do you go through weekly? These reusable cups — which are compatible with most Keurig models — can be filled with your favorite tea or ground coffee and used over and over again. Not only will you save a fortune on those expensive coffee pods, but you’ll reduce your carbon footprint, too. Score!

One green-minded shopper shared: “I am thankful that I have saved a LOT of money on not purchasing disposable pods, and the amount of excellent ground coffee I can enjoy with these pods, but I am MOST content that we are not contributing to the vast amount of plastic pods produced each day that have, and will, end up in landfills and our oceans. I used disposable pods previously that were recyclable, but even then was uncomfortable, knowing that I was wasting the power that would be used to put them through the recycling process.”

$9 $11 at Amazon

A must for Memorial Day BBQs

Kizen meat thermometer

We’ll do you a solid with this tip: The Kizen can check the temperature of liquids too. (Photo: Amazon)

Planning a cookout for the long weekend? Make sure you have this handy digital thermometer by your side. Just poke it into your dinner-to-be and you’ll have a temperature readout in three seconds. Use it for making medium-rare steaks, properly cooked poultry, or satisfyingly seared salmon. But not only that; you can also use the Kizen to test frying oil, gauge the done-ness of casseroles and desserts and more, without the guesswork. And oh yeah: It’s waterproof and super easy to clean!

“An instant-read thermometer is a must for anyone grilling or cooking meat, poultry or fish,” said one happy customer. “This is the secret to not overcooking! The best food thermometer I have ever owned. Would definitely recommend to my friends or anyone looking to purchase a thermometer. Good value too!”

$14 $20 at Amazon

A genius way to make the most out of each avocado

Person holding avocado tool

Never risk your fingers trying to pit an avocado again. (Photo: Amazon)

Pitting, splitting and slicing avocados doesn’t have to be tricky (or borderline violent — how many times have you accidentally cut your finger when trying to remove a pit?).

This tool does it all for you in a seamless, fluid motion. It’s so easy to clean, too — just pop it on the top rack of your dishwasher.

“Avocado? Yes, please!” shared one happy shopper. “This tool is awesome. Easy to cut open the fruit. Pit remover works well, just push onto the pit and give it a twist, and the pit pops right out. The best part is the slicer. Makes beautiful slices for a great presentation…The tool can then be used to scrape any remaining fruit out of the skin.”

$12 at Amazon

An easy machine to make the perfect breakfast

One perfect omelet, please! (Photo: Amazon)

One perfect omelet, please! (Photo: Amazon)

Making a perfect omelet can be difficult, especially when it comes to the flipping and folding. That’s where the nonstick Holstein Housewares omelet maker comes in. It makes two beautiful omelets at once, no flipping required. You can also use it to make frittatas, pizza pockets, apple turnovers or whatever other delicious pocket-shaped food your heart desires.

“I ordered it as a Christmas gift for my wife and myself,” this reviewer shares. “We immediately began using it and have never looked back! It makes a perfect omelet every time and the clean-up is so simple. We just dampen a soft cloth and wipe it down.”

$25 $30 at Amazon

These clever strips make bakery-worthy cakes

These bands make cakes bake more evenly. (Photo: Amazon)

These bands make cakes bake more evenly. (Photo: Amazon)

Whether you aspire to compete in The Great British Bake-off, or you simply want to improve your cake baking game, you need to get your hands on the Wilton Bake-Even Cake Strips. The simple fabric bands fasten around the outside of your cake pan, helping your cake bake more evenly while preventing the formation of domes and cracks. This set includes three different sizes — 35-inch, 25-inch and 10-inch— to accommodate different sized cake tins.

“The best-kept secret in the baking industry. Why hasn’t anyone spoken of these?” says one fan. “I made a cake with these strips, and I feel like I am a professional baker. I’m still dreaming about that birthday cake I baked for my daughter. No more crusty, dried-out cakes!”

$19 $26 at Amazon

An essential gadget for the impatient pasta eater

Microwave pasta

Yes, it’s okay to microwave pasta — and it actually works. (Photo: Amazon)

Italians may give you some furious hand gestures over this, but yes, it is possible to cook pasta in the microwave. Instead of waiting for water to boil, fill the Fasta Pasta‘s reservoir with water and the pasta of your choice, then pop it in the microwave. You’ll get the perfect al dente bite in 15 minutes or less, and even Rachael Ray swears by it.

“I bought this microwave pasta cooker at a time when I did not have a stove,” this reviewer says. “Even though I have a stove now, I still use this cooker for dinner for myself sometimes because it works so well and quickly!”

$17 $20 at Amazon

Make the perfect hot weather treat in no time

Ice cream maker

A genius tool for all your favorite cold treats. (Photo: Amazon)

Love ice cream and sorbets? You used to have to fiddle with a massive ice cream maker if you wanted to make your own flavor, but now, all you need is 30 minutes and space in the freezer.

With this electric ice cream maker, all it takes are three steps — chilling it overnight, adding the ingredients, and finally, churning it for 30 minutes (don’t worry, it does that part automatically). You’re left with delicious ice cream, frozen yogurt and sorbets, all in one perfectly-portioned container.

“I love my dairy treats but not the lactose or tons of added sugar,” shared a shopper. “Don’t even get me started on the gross diet ice creams…Thanks to this machine I can make what I want! I was afraid the one cup capacity was too small but it’s just the right size, and you could always make a second batch if needed… If you’re picky with dairy treats like I am, buy this!”

$20 $25 at Amazon

The most Earth-friendly way to store leftovers

Bee's Wrap

They come in multiple sizes, perfect for all sorts of treats. (Photo: Amazon)

Forget plastic bags and Tupperware you can never find the lids for — this beeswax wrap can store your leftovers just as well as the less sustainable options. They’re good for packing lunches, keeping fruits and veggies fresh, and are infinitely reusable, washable, and even biodegradeable. Plus: They’re made in the USA, are made with certified organic cotton, responsibly sourced beeswax, organic plant oils and tree resin.

“Can’t recommend these beeswax wraps enough,” shared one happy shopper. “The antimicrobial aspect of the beeswax keeps fruits and vegetables super fresh for much longer than plastic bags. They keep bread soft and fresh for much longer than ziplocs. They are so much better for the environment, and they can be reused for months. We have been using our set for almost 2 years and they are still as good as new. No waste!”

$15 $18 at Amazon

A frother to end all frothers

Zulay milk frother

Perfect for frothy lattes. (Photo: Amazon)

Forget having to go to a coffeeshop for those perfectly frothy lattes, cappuccinos and matchas — this magical little frother can do it all. It makes just about any drink so much creamier in seconds, and it’s so easy to use. Plus, it comes in a ton of different colors, so you can get one to match your coffeemaker.

“This is by far the best frothers I’ve ever used,” one shopper commented. “It’s super powerful, so you have to be careful not to use it if your mug is really full, because it will runneth over. Instead, I froth my coffee in a large plastic cup and then transfer it to my normal mug. It’s a little extra step but I absolutely love how it turns out.”

$15 $22 at Amazon

Amazon’s No. 1 bestselling electric can opener, now just $30

You'll have this for decades. (Photo: Amazon)

You’ll have this for decades. (Photo: Amazon)

Say goodbye to dangerous sharp edges and fiddling with a manual can opener — this electric one (which is Amazon’s No. 1 best-seller in the category) gets to work with just the push of a button, and it’s worth its weight in gold if that meant you never have to accidentally nick your fingers on a jagged lid again.

“By far, the best one handed can opener I’ve found. A little powerhouse compared to every other kind I’ve used,” shared a shopper. “…The moment I turned it on, I knew, finally, I’d hit the can opener jackpot. There was no doubt I’d no longer have to deal with any more half-opened cans, stuck openers that couldn’t be separated from the cans, frustration, wasted money and having to toss another ridiculous busted device in the trash.”

$30 $35 at Amazon

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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