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I Found These Kitchen Essentials on the Strategist

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Welcome to the Strategist, a site for helping you shop the internet. It is written by journalists (not robots), and is designed to surface the most useful, expert recommendations for things to buy across the vast e-commerce landscape. Our goal first and foremost is to help you find the best version of whatever it is you are looking to buy, while introducing you to the stuff (a Japanese nail clipper that cuts with the precision of a Santoku knife, for instance) that you didn’t know you needed. We’ll test things ourselves; we’ll call up 40 interior designers to find the best-looking and most comfortable couch under $2,000; we’ll investigate how a certain coat from a certain retailer became a nationwide phenomenon; we’ll write odes to products that we’d happily do an infomercial for; and we’ll ask Anwar Hadid about his favorite hand soap. To give you a taste of what we do, here are some of our favorite things for the kitchen.

A Ladle That Makes Every Bowl of Soup a Little Cuter

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The feet on this ladle not only make it incredibly cute, but they also allow it to stay upright in your pot or on your counter. Read more here.

These Absorbent Swedish Dishcloths Got Me Off Paper Towels for Good

These reusable Swedish dishcloths are super absorbent, dry quickly, and come in a variety of cheerful prints, even though they’re made of biodegradable cellulose. Read more here.

I Sip My Iced Coffee from These Stylish (Ecofriendly) Straws

These extra-wide metal straws make sipping thick milkshakes and smoothies a little bit easier (but they’re great for drinking iced coffee, too). Read more here.

A Less-expensive (and Lighter) Enameled Dutch Oven

Our managing editor, Maxine Builder, tested a bunch of Dutch ovens to find one that rivals a Le Creuset. She concluded that this Danish-designed one “comes the closest to hitting all of the same marks” in terms of performance, but is noticeably lighter in weight. Read more here.

Space-Saving Measuring Cups That’ll Add Some Kitsch to a Kitchen

A set of nesting measuring cups that will save you space and doll up your kitchen. Read more here.