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The Rational Kitchen

Our reviews will help you find the best kitchen products. We do extensive research and testing, and we go beyond the most popular to find great products for every budget. 


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cookWARE

Waterless Cookware: A Detailed Analysis
What Is PFOA? A Guide to Nonstick Cookware Chemicals
The Best le Creuset Dutch Oven Deal Around (Save Big on a New Size!)
The Best Stainless Steel Cookware Reviewed: The Top 5 Brands

INDUCTION

Is Induction Cooking Safe?
Induction Cooktop Pros and Cons
The Vollrath Mirage Pro 59500P (The Ultimate Induction Cooker?)
Portable Induction Cooktop Reviews (And How to Choose the Best One)

Vacuum sealers

VacMaster Vacuum Sealer Reviews: The Best Models for Home Users
Avid Armor: The Best New Vacuum Sealers on the Market?
NutriChef Vacuum Sealer: Which One Is Best For You?
The Best FoodSaver Vacuum Sealers on Amazon

sous vide, pressure cookers, food dehydrators, and range hoods

Make life easier with our  simple-yet-detailed infographic guide for cooking all proteins sous vide. Includes info on desired texture, cooking from frozen, and more.

5 Reasons to Buy a Stovetop Pressure Cooker (and NOT an Instant Pot)
The Best Sous Vide Circulators Under $100
Sous Vide: Passing Fad or Here to Stay?
5 (Or So) Ways to Minimize Sous Vide Plastic Use
The Best Electric Pressure Cookers on Amazon (By Popularity)
Instant Pot Vs. Pressure Cooker: Which Is Better? (Beginners Start Here!)

Check out our great how-to articles

We cover a wide range of topics, including pantry stocking, food waste, cleaning tips, basic knife skills, the magic of whipping siphons, savvy online shopping, and more. Tons of great info. 

See our Baked Goods Doneness Infographic (and never overbake anything again):

Who We Are

The Rational Kitchen is a kitchen product review site. We have many contributors who research, test and write content. Our editor-in-chief is Melanie Johnson. With a background in technical communication and two decades of experience in the consumer products industry, she manages the site with insight and attention to detail. Her award-winning writing has appeared in dozens of publications and on hundreds of websites.

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