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The Ikea Essentials: Editors’ 10 Favorite Kitchen Tools

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The Ikea Essentials: Editors’ 10 Favorite Kitchen Tools

March 21, 2019

When it comes to kitchenware, Remodelista editors are known to stockpile a few trusty (and inexpensive) Ikea standbys. Here are our most-reached-for favorites.

The Ikea Essentials Editors 10 Favorite Kitchen Tools For no fail roast chickens, Fan favors the compact Fantast meat thermometer; \$6.99.
Above: For no-fail roast chickens, Fan favors the compact Fantast meat thermometer; $6.99.
The Ikea Essentials Editors 10 Favorite Kitchen Tools Social media manager Kristina keeps the multifunctional 365+ Glasses on hand; \$5.99 for a set of six. The heat proof tempered glass and affordability makes them indispensable for cooking prep.
Above: Social media manager Kristina keeps the multifunctional 365+ Glasses on hand; $5.99 for a set of six. The heat-proof tempered glass and affordability makes them indispensable for cooking prep.

The Ikea Essentials Editors 10 Favorite Kitchen Tools Izabella swears by the stainless steel Grunka four piece kitchen utensils. At \$5.99, it&#8\2\17;s a surprisingly hefty set for everyday use.
Above: Izabella swears by the stainless steel Grunka four-piece kitchen utensils. At $5.99, it’s a surprisingly hefty set for everyday use.
The Ikea Essentials Editors 10 Favorite Kitchen Tools Margot has been known to give the 365+ carafe (\$4.99) as a hostess gift; with a cork stopper, it keeps water and juice fresh and can fit in the fridge door.
Above: Margot has been known to give the 365+ carafe ($4.99) as a hostess gift; with a cork stopper, it keeps water and juice fresh and can fit in the fridge door.
The Ikea Essentials Editors 10 Favorite Kitchen Tools &#8\2\20;I admit, I have a mental block on liquid measure conversions,&#8\2\2\1; confesses Justine. &#8\2\20;Therefore, I find Ikea&#8\2\17;s stylish, no conversions Vardagen liquid measure (\$3.99) to be a lifesaver.&#8\2\2\1;
Above: “I admit, I have a mental block on liquid measure conversions,” confesses Justine. “Therefore, I find Ikea’s stylish, no-conversions Vardagen liquid measure ($3.99) to be a lifesaver.”
The Ikea Essentials Editors 10 Favorite Kitchen Tools The Tekla dish towels are my pick: The red striped cotton towels look neat (and more expensive than they are), but at 79 cents each I don&#8\2\17;t hesitate to use them to clean up spills (or as stand ins for cloth napkins).
Above: The Tekla dish towels are my pick: The red-striped cotton towels look neat (and more expensive than they are), but at 79 cents each I don’t hesitate to use them to clean up spills (or as stand-ins for cloth napkins).
The Ikea Essentials Editors 10 Favorite Kitchen Tools Meredith uses the Sinnerlig glass jar (\$\14.99), an Ilse Crawford design, to store herbal teas.
Above: Meredith uses the Sinnerlig glass jar ($14.99), an Ilse Crawford design, to store herbal teas.
The Ikea Essentials Editors 10 Favorite Kitchen Tools Julie recommends the Blanda serving bowl: &#8\2\20;It has the look of handblown glass (and almost reminds me of a Belgian Henry Dean piece) for only \$4.99.&#8\2\2\1;
Above: Julie recommends the Blanda serving bowl: “It has the look of handblown glass (and almost reminds me of a Belgian Henry Dean piece) for only $4.99.”
The Ikea Essentials Editors 10 Favorite Kitchen Tools The Ordning colander (\$\1\2.99) also has a place in Julie&#8\2\17;s kitchen: &#8\2\20;It&#8\2\17;s a sturdy, deep colander workhorse; I use it almost daily and it&#8\2\17;s held up for years,&#8\2\2\1; she says.
Above: The Ordning colander ($12.99) also has a place in Julie’s kitchen: “It’s a sturdy, deep colander workhorse; I use it almost daily and it’s held up for years,” she says.

The Ikea Essentials Editors 10 Favorite Kitchen Tools Alexa says, &#8\2\20;Ikea&#8\2\17;s stainless steel Småbröd roasting pan does the trick—and for a good price.&#8\2\2\1; It&#8\2\17;s no longer available, but the simple Koncis Roasting Pan is similar; \$9.99.
Above: Alexa says, “Ikea’s stainless steel Småbröd roasting pan does the trick—and for a good price.” It’s no longer available, but the simple Koncis Roasting Pan is similar; $9.99.

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N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on January 19, 2017.

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