10 Kitchen Tools for the Best Brunch

We tested the kitchen tools you'd use to make a weekend brunch -- see which ones will make your favorite weekend meal even easier!
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We tested the kitchen tools you'd use to make a weekend brunch -- see which ones will make your favorite weekend meal even easier!

JUICERS

juicers

We like Williams-Sonoma Two-in-One Citrus Juicer, $20, williams-sonoma.com

Upside Two reamer sizes for limes, lemons or small oranges; easy to clean; manually operated.

Downside Too small for grapefruit or large oranges; tiring for large jobs.

Use it to make Kiwi-Orange-Mango Juice

COFFEEMAKERS

coffee makers

We like Zojirushi 10-cup Fresh Brew Thermal Carafe CoffeeMaker, $90, target.com

Upside Shuts off automatically after brewing; thermal carafe keeps coffee hot; clock with timer delay.

Downside Pause-and-serve function is only 30 seconds long.

Use it to make Spiced Iced Coffee

BLENDERS

blenders

We like L'Equip Model 228 R.P.M. Blender, $150, lequip.com

Upside Sturdy, wide nylon head is ideal for flipping large foods like pancakes and fried eggs; extra-long handle.

Downside Edge frays over time; blade too thick for delicate foods like crepes.

Use it to make Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie

MUFFIN PANS

muffin pans

We like KitchenAid 12-cup Nonstick Silicone Pop-out Muffin Pan, $30, kitchenaid.com

Upside Pop-out cups can be used individually; cups cool quickly.

Downside Expensive; baked goods may turn out slightly misshapen when used without the frame; uneven browning; surface may discolor with use.

Use it to make Banana-Walnut Muffins

WHISKS

whisks

We like Oxo Good Grips Balloon Whisk, $8, oxo.com

Upside Rubber handle prevents slipping; wide bottom is great for whipping cream and egg whites.

Downside Too bulbous for whisking pan sauces and small batches of salad dressing.

Use it to make Ludia's BLD Toast and Special Scrambled Eggs

TOASTERS

toasters

We like Hamilton Beach SmartToast, $40, target.com

Upside Four toasting slots with separate controls for each pair; smudge-proof chrome exterior.

Downside Extra-hot exterior during use; no cord storage.

TOASTER OVENS

toaster ovens

We like Black & Decker Toast-R-Oven, $55, amazon.com

Upside Simple toasting dial; curved door for greater visibility.

Downside Only two rack positions.

Use it to make Egg, Goat Cheese and Tomato Toasts

WAFFLE IRONS

waffle irons

We like Proctor-Silex 26500 Morning Baker Belgian Waffle Iron, $23, proctorsilex.com

Upside Audible alert; stores upright; inexpensive.

Downside Difficult to clean; single setting.

Use it to make Classic Waffles

GRIDDLES

griddles

We like Anolon Advanced Double Burner Griddle, $50, anolon.com

Upside Comfortable, nonslip silicone-coated handles stay cool; oven-safe to 400°F.

Downside No grease cup or well; incompatible with ceramic cooktops.

Use it to make Plum and Pecan Pancakes

TURNERS

turners

We like Calphalon Slotted Turner, $9, bedbathandbeyond.com

Upside Sturdy, wide nylon head is ideal for flipping large foods like pancakes and fried eggs; extra-long handle.

Downside Edge frays over time; blade too thick for delicate foods like crepes.

Use it to make Potatoes with Dandelion Greens and Fried Eggs

*Prices and other details were accurate when we published these articles.