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The Strategist Kitchen 100

Obsessively curated kitchen items for cooking and eating every day.

Photo-Illustration: The Strategist; Photos: Getty, Retailers
Photo-Illustration: The Strategist; Photos: Getty, Retailers

Over the years, we’ve surfaced hundreds of kitchen essentials — the tools, cookware, appliances, organizers, cleaning supplies, gadgets, textiles, and tableware that countless experts and our own (discerning, always-testing) staff really get behind. Here, we’ve curated those picks into a neat inventory of items that make up the ultimate kitchen, whether you’re a veteran home cook who has been using the same Vitamix blender for ages or someone moving into their first apartment.

To decide which products made the cut, we started with the fundamentals and then sprinkled in the things that make cooking (and eating) fun — all while balancing practicality with style and the splurge-worthy with the affordable. So whether you’re hunting for the very best basics (like a workhorse sheet pan that will last a decade), upgrading what you already own (like the small-but-might kitchen scissors Ruth Reichl swears by), or browsing for some more niche but no less useful items (like stackable condiment bowls for decanting soy sauce and grainy mustard), we’ve got you covered.

Below, you’ll find plenty of classics that live up to their reputation: a Staub Dutch oven, an All-Clad stainless-steel saucepan, and Pyrex liquid measuring cups, to name a few. There are also more unexpected picks, like a handy tool for stripping greens a salad-obsessed cookbook author told us about, the durable and timeless plates our kitchen and dining writer is spotting all over New York City right now (and owns herself), the inexpensive vegetable peeler used at the French Laundry, and even painters’ tape and Sharpies — because every cook worth their salt loves a label. Buy everything on this page and you’ll have the best-stocked kitchen outside of Eleven Madison Park — or scroll through and pick up the pieces you may be missing or never knew you needed.