Best Bet: Sculptural Nylon Whisks

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For fans of the multifunctional kitchen tool—be it a Swiss Army–style grater or convertible blender/mixer/slow ­cooker—the real beauty of these sculptural nylon whisks ($18 at is their transformability. Thanks to a gliding, contrast-colored ring, you can expand the prongs for whipping custard as easily as you shorten them to stir up salad dressing. Pull it down all the way, and you have a sleek cylinder to slip into a drawer or, better yet, hang by its convenient slide-out hook.