When you buy high-end kitchen items, you don’t just shell out a wad of cash for shiny tools and gadgets. You invest in heirloom pieces that will stand the test of time. Why buy chintzy cookware that you’ll end up replacing year after year, when you can do it once (read: do it right)?
To get you on the right track, we’ve tested a plethora of items to see which small appliances and tools are worth buying. We have looked for elements that will help optimize each step of the process. What speeds up prep so you spend less time chopping and mixing? What cookware can perfectly sear a sirloin for two and also make a holiday dinner for twelve? What serving dishes enhance the dining experience so your cooking can be fully enjoyed?
We’ve prioritized items that live at the intersection of style and design, which are beautifully crafted to not only enhance the optics of your space, but make any task at hand more efficient and enjoyable.
To note: This is not an exhaustive list. We will continue to update as we test higher kitchen essentials. Stay tuned for more Elevated Essentials roundups, too.
Premium kitchen essentials that combine style and design
1. Balmuda The Toaster Oven
This Japanese-made device uses steam to revolutionize the art of grilling. Add 1ml of water with the included measuring cup – a very small cup – to the inlet on the top of the machine before each use (except in oven mode). This heating element in the boiler turns it into steam, which circulates inside the chamber, enveloping your bread, croissant or other baked goods in a cloud of humidity. It crisps the outside while preserving that soft texture inside, as if it had just been cooked. You can adjust the mode and its corresponding time (there’s a printed guide just at the top) for perfectly toasted breads. We also love the connection to nature: while the toaster does its job, it glows orange to mimic the embers of a wood fire. Expect everyone to gather around him…[$299; balmuda.com]
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