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14 TikTok-famous kitchen tools to give your food-loving friends

What better way to express your appreciation than by gifting a smart kitchen tool? I found the best viral cooking tools to give friends and family.
Written by Emery Wright, Contributing Editor
Reviewed by Amy Lieu
SodaStream Terra Sparkling Water Maker Bundle | For the mixologist
Image of a SodaStream Terra on a marble kitchen counter with a hand pouring sparkling water into a cup.
SodaStream Terra Sparkling Water Maker Bundle
For the mixologist
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Ooni Karu 12 Multi-Fuel Pizza Oven | For the adventurous chef
Image of a person's hand removing a pizza from Ooni Karu 12 Multi-Fuel Pizza Oven on a wooden surface with a forest backgorund.
Ooni Karu 12 Multi-Fuel Pizza Oven
For the adventurous chef
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Nespresso Vertuo Next Coffee and Espresso Machine | For coffee connoisseurs
Image of a Nespresso Vertuo Next Coffee and Espresso Machine producing a cup of coffee on a wooden kitchen counter.
Nespresso Vertuo Next Coffee and Espresso Machine
For coffee connoisseurs
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Charmline Smart Cutting Board and Knife Set | For the clean freak
Charmline Smart Cutting Board and Knife Set
For the clean freak
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Revolution Instaglo Touchscreen Toaster | For the aspiring influencer
Collage of two images of the Revolution Instaglo R180 Touchscreen Toaster in a white, modern kitchen, toasting waffles and a bagel.
Revolution Instaglo Touchscreen Toaster
For the aspiring influencer
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Vitamix Professional Series 750 Blender | For the health nut
Image of a Vitamix Professional Series 750 Blender filled with a strawberry smoothie on a wooden counter in a light-filled kitchen.
Vitamix Professional Series 750 Blender
For the health nut
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Ninja AF101 Air Fryer, 4 Quart Capacity | For anyone, really
Image of a person closing the Ninja AF101 Air Fryer, 4 Quart Capacity in a light-filled kitchen
Ninja AF101 Air Fryer, 4 Quart Capacity
For anyone, really
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PantryChic Smart Storage System | For the busybody
PantryChic Smart Storage System
For the busybody
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Kizen Digital Meat Thermometer with Probe | For the grill master
Image of Kizen Digital Meat Thermometer with Probe take the temperature of a roasted bird on top of a wooden cutting board.
Kizen Digital Meat Thermometer with Probe
For the grill master
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Crock-pot 7-Quart Oval Manual Slow Cooker | For the best host
Image of a Crock-pot manual slow cooker filled with and surrounded by food in a light-filled kitchen.
Crock-pot 7-Quart Oval Manual Slow Cooker
For the best host
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Dash Rapid Egg Cooker | For big families
Image of a Dash Rapid Egg Cooker filled with eggs and surrounded by deviled eggs on a kitchen counter.
Dash Rapid Egg Cooker
For big families
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Mueller Immersion Hand Blender | For new parents
Mueller Immersion Hand Blender
For new parents
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Cosori Electric Kettle with Stainless Steel Filter and Lid | For avid tea drinkers
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Cosori Electric Kettle with Stainless Steel Filter and Lid
For avid tea drinkers
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Dash Mini Waffle Maker | For waffle fans
Image of an open Dash Mini Waffle Maker on a wooden table with fried chicken, waffles, and syrup.
Dash Mini Waffle Maker
For waffle fans
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Cooking is more than mixing ingredients together -- it's a way to express love. Whether you're spending time in the kitchen with someone special or hosting a dinner party with friends, food unites people in the experience of creating, sharing, and tasting.

Charcuterie boards, cookbooks, and decorative bowls are all great, but smart kitchen tools can actually make your family and friends' lives easier (and much more fun). Touchscreen toasters are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the best smart kitchen tools I've seen on TikTok.

To make your shopping easier, I've rounded up the best kitchen tools to gift your family and friends. I've personally tested many of these appliances, but I considered different diets and price points to help you find the best cooking present this year. 

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Below I've rounded up 14 smart kitchen tools that will make your favorite foodies smile.

  • Price: $95
  • Features: Energy-efficient | Easy to use | Variety of flavor drops

You never have to lug a 12-pack of sparkling water home from the store again when you have this smart kitchen tool. With the SodaStream Terra, you can make tap water sparkle with the touch of a button. The energy-efficient device is powered by a Co2 cylinder, which can carbonate up to 60 liters of water per cylinder. Plus, the SodaStream Terra is easy to use -- just snap the water bottle into place for quick carbonation. 

And if sparkling water isn't exciting enough, you can flavor your beverage with SodaStream flavors, like diet cola, diet tonic, and other fruity flavors. Plus, SodaStream has a partnership with Bubly, so you can add your favorite Bubly sparkling water flavors like grapefruit, peach, and blackberry.

The SodaStream Terra bundle includes the sparkling water maker, 2 cylinders, 3 carbonating bottles, and 2 Bubly drop flavors of your choice. It's the perfect gift for the carbonation lover who simply can't live without bubbly beverages. And if there's a mixologist in your life, you can save them time and energy lugging the good stuff home from the store. 

  • Price: $399
  • Features: Portable | Multiple fuel options | Reaches 950 degrees Fahrenheit

The Ooni Karu 12 Multi-Fuel Pizza Oven is the ultimate party trick. The pizza oven can be powered by multiple fuel options for maximum flexibility, so you can choose between wood, charcoal, or gas (although gas offers the most temperature control). Plus, advanced insulation helps manage airflow and retain heat without burning your pizza to a crisp.

The Ooni Karu 12 can reach 950 degrees Fahrenheit in only 15 minutes, and it cooks authentic stone 12-inch pizzas in just 60 seconds. Plus, the pizza oven is portable, weighing only 26.4 pounds, so you can take it to a holiday party and feed the whole neighborhood.

With the Ooni Karu 12, you'll never bake pizza in the oven again. It's the perfect kitchen gift for pizza lovers who enjoy hosting backyard kickbacks, and adventurous eaters who love to experiment with food at home. 

  • Price: $155
  • Features: One-touch brewing | Removable water tank | Bluetooth connectivity

The Nespresso Vertuo Next is an excellent espresso and coffee maker, the latest model from the beloved brand. For each signature capsule, the machine automatically adjusts brewing parameters, including coffee size, temperature, pressure, and brewing time. Plus, the slim fit design is only 5.5 inches wide, so it won't take up too much valuable kitchen space.

Capsule recognition and one-touch technology make your morning coffee process a breeze. Besides that, the removable water tank is convenient for easy refills and the occasional rinse. The kitchen tool is also Bluetooth-compatible. You can pair the luxury machine with the Nespresso app to receive notifications when something is wrong, whether the machine needs an update or a water refill.

  • Price: $190
  • Features: Color-coded | UV Sterilization | Dishwasher safe

Let's be real -- cooking often means chopping, especially if you're balancing your diet with fresh vegetables. Washing kitchen tools can feel like a drag after you've prepared a culinary masterpiece, but it doesn't have to. The Charmline Smart Cutting Board and Knife Set automatically dries and disinfects kitchen tools for you (and yes, I found it on TikTok).

The set includes four knives and four cutting boards inside the smart heating and drying holder. Plus, each color-coded cutting board and knife is designed for handling a specific type of ingredient: slippery fish, cooked food, meat, and fruits/vegetables. 

Each piece has a dedicated spot inside the smart holder, where you can store them away immediately after washing -- no drying required. The holder uses UV sterilization to disinfect your cooking tools, and it comes with a dedicated charger. 

  • Price: $306
  • Features: Touchscreen | Sleek | Countdown clock | Instagram-worthy

The Revolution Instaglo R180 toaster is not your average toaster. With the touchscreen display, you can choose between 60 toasting algorithms to start your morning with the perfect breakfast. The Instaglo R180 toasts 30% faster than the average toaster while using less energy.   

You can choose your desired level of toastiness on a scale of one to seven, and the toaster adjusts the slot size and heat settings depending on the type of bread. The toaster features a countdown clock, so you'll know exactly when your English muffin, bagel, or toaster pastry is ready. Plus, it heats on the front and back, too, so you'll have an uneven frozen waffle again.

The stainless-steel construction is sleek, and the 6.5-inch width barely takes up space atop kitchen counters. When not in use, the touchscreen displays an analog clock. The Instaglo R180 will also remind you when it's time to empty the convenient crumb tray.

The Revolution Instaglo R180 is the perfect kitchen tool gift for any toast lover, aspiring influencer, or big family. If you can stomach the steep $350 price, the sleek touchscreen design is Instagram-worthy and sure to impress.

  • Price: $507
  • Features: Variable speed control | Pulse feature Stainless steel blades | Self-cleaning

Yes, this blender is worth the money. And no, the Nutribullet is not as good. I've personally used the Vitamix Professional Series 750 Blender for years to make high-protein smoothies, chunky salsas, and my favorite zucchini soup. The best part? It's incredibly easy to use.

Once you've added your ingredients, you can adjust the speed in real-time using the speed dial, which ranges from one to ten (slow to fast). The blender also features a pulse button along with five program settings for consistent results. Plus, the stainless-steel blades and high-performance motor ensure the blender will last you a lifetime -- or at least a decade or two. 

The self-cleaning setting is a lifesaver. Simply add a drop of dish soap and a few cups of warm water, and the machine will blend itself clean with a soapy concoction. Voila, you'll never find chunks of food stuck in the blade again.

The recipe possibilities are endless, but homemade nut butter, seasoned hummus, and popsicle puree are a few of my favorites. Whether I'm making frozen margaritas or vegetable lasagna, Vitamix is one of my go-to kitchen tools.

  • Price: $87
  • Features: 4-quart nonstick basket | Wide temperature range | 2.6-foot cord | Dishwasher-safe basket 

Air fryers have become one of the most popular kitchen tools, and it's easy to see why. The Ninja AF101 Air Fryer has nearly 40,000 reviews and an average rating of 4.8 stars on Amazon. It can reach temperatures ranging from 105 to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, so you can roast, reheat, and dehydrate your favorite foods quickly. 

Air fryers can give you the crispy fried-food crunch you crave without added fat and oil. Whether you want a healthier diet or a fun way to reheat cold pizza, the Ninja Air Fryer will change the way you cook for the better.

I use my air fryer every week to "boil" eggs, roast vegetables, and crisp up leftover French fries. But really, there's no wrong way to use an air fryer. You can toss food in and see what happens or prepare specific recipes -- like chicken wings and buffalo cauliflower, to name a few.

  • Price: $400
  • Features: Exact measurements | Airtight containers | Bluetooth

In viral cooking videos, ingredients are usually pre-measured in separate bowls -- and it's simply unrealistic. Most of us make a mess in the kitchen, and it's often part of the beauty. But if you're short on pantry space or need to save time on home-cooked meals, this kitchen tool is for you. 

The PantryChic Smart Storage System automatically measures and dispenses ingredients with less mess. It comes with airtight containers to keep ingredients fresh, and the containers are stackable for convenient storage. You can select your measurement units of choice, and the dispensing device will neatly pour ingredients into a bowl on command. 

  • Price: $13
  • Features: LED screen | Waterproof | Temperature chart | Magnetic body

The Kizen Digital Meat Thermometer takes the guesswork out of cooking. It only takes a few seconds to take a temperature, and the large LED screen is easy to read. Simply open and insert the probe into your latest recipe.

And the kitchen tool isn't just for meat, either. You can also use the waterproof thermometer to check the temperature of liquids, like frying oil, baby formula, and even a cup of coffee. But remember to handwash it in running water, because the device is not dishwasher safe.

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I use this Kizen thermometer weekly to avoid giving myself food poisoning with an undercooked turkey burger. The handle features a temperature chart for popular meats, so you'll never undercook poultry or overcook fish again. Even my dad, an advanced grill master, uses the device to perfect his grilled pork tenderloin.

This smart kitchen gift is perfect for anyone who regularly cooks meat -- especially that friend, partner, or relative who dreads undercooked poultry. Plus, it's under $20. 

  • Price: $30
  • Features: 7-quart capacity | High, low, and warm settings | Removable stoneware | Dishwasher-safe

Would you like to come home from a long day of work to a slow-cooked pot roast? Then the Crock-pot 7-Quart Slow Cooker is for you -- and it's incredibly easy to use. You can set the smart kitchen tool on high to crank out a hot meal quickly, or on low to slowly roast all day. You can actually serve up to nine people if you cook a 7-pound roast -- or save the leftovers as your meal prep for the week. 

During your next party, you can also use the warm setting to keep queso and other warm dips ready to eat at the snack table. The lid and removable stoneware are dishwasher-safe, and with one pot, you'll have fewer dishes to clean -- that way, you can spend less time scrubbing and more time relaxing. Plus, the stoneware is oven and microwave-safe.

  • Price: $17
  • Features: Six-egg capacity | Easy to use | Versatile | Weighs only 1 lb

The Dash Rapid Egg Cooker is an eggcellent kitchen tool for expediting breakfast in the morning. The device can cook up to 6 six eggs any way you want: hard-boiled, soft-boiled, poached, and even scrambled. It's not only the gift of healthy, fresh-cooked eggs but also the ability to cook them perfectly with minimal effort required.

If you don't want to gift a $100 air fryer that will take up valuable counter space, the Dash Rapid Egg Cooker is the perfect alternative. The device weighs only one pound, and it's compact enough to fit in a small kitchen or dorm room. Plus, it has over 100,000 reviews and an average rating of 4.7 stars on Amazon. 

The Dash Rapid Egg Cooker is the perfect present for an egg-lover, big family, or busybody. And of course, it's easy to use and comes with a recipe guide.

  • Price: $30
  • Features: Stainless steel bade | Dishwasher safe | Variable speed options | Versatile

The Mueller Immersion Multi-Purpose Hand Blender is one of the kitchen tools you didn't know you needed. The versatile device can blend just about anything with its durable S-shaped stainless-steel blade. You can quickly beat eggs, blend smoothies, mash potatoes, and grind chickpeas into hummus with this sleek handheld blender. 

The multi-purpose blender comes with a frother and whisk head, and it features nine speed options, so you'll have constant control over the blending process. The powerful motor is made of copper, and the device comes with a one-year warranty, so your purchase will be protected. Plus, the detachable shaft is dishwasher safe, so it's easier to clean than a full-body blender. 

The Mueller Immersion Handheld Blender is an excellent gift for your friends and family who love to make quick, simple meals with the touch of a button. Plus, new parents will love the ability to blend baby food right at home. 

  • Price: $28
  • Features: Rapid boil | Safety features | Easy to clean | Large capacity

A watched pot never boils, but the Cosori Electric Kettle boils water in as little as 3 minutes. The kettle is made with high-quality stainless steel and glass, so it's heat-resistant and durable. And the wide mouth opening makes it more convenient to fill and clean compared to traditional kettles. The V-shaped spout can help you avoid potentially dangerous hot water spills, so you can enjoy your French press coffee or tea of choice with ease.

The kitchen tool holds 1.7L (7 cups) of water, so big families can enjoy oatmeal together every morning with just one pot. Plus, you don't need to worry about safety, because the electric kettle automatically shuts off 30 seconds after it finishes boiling.

The Cosori Electric Kettle is an excellent gift for avid tea drinkers, French press coffee lovers, and big families looking for a more convenient way to have breakfast.

  • Price: $10
  • Features: Versatile | 4-inch nonstick surface | Easy to clean | Great for keto

The Dash Mini Waffle Maker has more than 200,000 reviews and an average of 4.7 stars on Amazon. While it makes excellent waffles, this versatile kitchen tool can also crisp up hash browns, cookies, and even paninis. It's great for a variety of diets, and many keto dieters rave about how the device can crisp up keto "chaffles," which are egg and cheese waffles.

The 4-inch nonstick surface is easy to clean, and it won't take up too much kitchen countertop space. Plus, you can easily store it in a cabinet when it's not in use. The indicator light tells you when the device is finished preheating, and non-slip feet are an added safety measure.

Whether you want to make Eggo-size waffles with your grandchildren or create pizza lunches for your busy schedule, the Dash Mini Waffle Maker is an excellent tool that makes life in the kitchen more fun. It's the perfect cooking gift for families, keto dieters, and waffle lovers alike.

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How did we choose these kitchen gift ideas?

I chose these smart kitchen gift ideas using a variety of methods: personally testing them, hearing first-hand reviews, scouring TikTok for niche tools that each bring unique value to consumers, and considering the price. 

  • Gone viral: Some of my favorite kitchen tools have gone viral on TikTok. I use the blender, meat thermometer, and air fryer on a weekly basis. These smart kitchen tools have improved my quality of food, and therefore life. Though some gimmicky kitchen tools have also gone viral on TikTok, I still conducted extensive research to eliminate single-purpose tools that most people will toss in a kitchen drawer and forget about until spring cleaning.  
  • Novelty & trends: I chose some gift ideas, like the Revolution Instaglo Touchscreen Toaster, based on novelty and trending popularity. TikTok is an excellent platform filled with creative recipes and health advice, but it's also home to trending tech. After all, who doesn't want to open a surprising new gift? 
  • Reviews & opinions: I selected other smart kitchen gift ideas based on excellent customer reviews and opinions of my family and friends who rave about the tools. The Nespresso Vertuo Next and Crock-Pot Slow Cooker fall into this category, and I actually gifted my brother a Crock-Pot last year (it's a winner). 
  • Price: I selected gifts that fit into a variety of price points. Not everyone wants to buy a $350 toaster, but a $17 egg cooker may not feel right either. This gift guide offers a variety of gift ideas so you can find the right smart kitchen tool for your gift recipient and budget. 

What are smart kitchen tools?

Smart kitchen tools are culinary appliances that employ advanced technology in some way. The Revolution Instaglo 180 is considered "smart" because it features a touchscreen interface that allows you to select your bread and toastiness level of choice. The toaster adapts to that data and performs according to your input.

The Cosori Electric Kettle is a wire-free way to boil water faster than a normal pot and stove. If a tool is newly electric, or if it simply works faster and more efficiently than previous technology, then it may be considered "smart."

Of course, many things these days are considered smart: our phones, our homes, and maybe even our dogs' kennels. At the end of the day, perhaps it's up to you as a tech enthusiast to determine whether a device is truly worthy of the "smart" adjective.

Are smart kitchen appliances worth it?

Well, it depends. I use various smart kitchen tools in my daily life, and some are more useful and versatile than others. I can toss just about anything in the air fryer and, voila, it renders food warm and crispy.

When you're looking for a good kitchen gift, think about who you're buying it for: A health nut, adventurous chef, or low-effort eater? Consider your gift recipient's personality and cooking habits when choosing the best smart kitchen gift.

Not all kitchen appliances are created equal, but the most important factors can help you weed out the junk. Ease of cleaning is a major consideration -- is the tool dishwasher safe, or does it have a self-cleaning mode like the Vitamix? Plus, you'll need to weigh novelty (i.e. the touchscreen toaster) against price, and consider how often your recipient will realistically use the tool.

Why is cooking a great hobby?

If you're searching for the best smart kitchen gifts, you likely already appreciate cooking in some way. You may want to benefit from a new tool that your partner is excited to use (like the pizza oven), or gift a time-saving smart appliance to a busy friend (like the egg cooker). Mixing fresh vegetables, meats, and spices into a shareable meal is not only fun -- it's also a way to express love and appreciation for others.

Plus, cooking meals at home is often healthier than dining in or taking out from restaurants, because you can control the ingredients, especially when it comes to added fats and sugar. We all want our friends and family to live forever and gifting the best cooking tools can help you spend time making healthy meals in the kitchen together.

What are the best kitchen gifts for your significant other?

There are many devices on the market, so ultimately the best kitchen gifts for friends depend on their personality and your relationship with them. Once you determine your budget for the cooking gift, you can begin to narrow down the options for high-quality kitchen appliances worthy of wrapping paper.

Next, consider your significant other's hobbies and personal preferences -- after all, food can be deeply personal. Your companion could be bummed to receive an egg cooker but stoked about firing up their new pan stirrer during next week's pasta adventure.

With so many options on the market, you can surely find the perfect smart kitchen gift for your budget and wants. If these highly-rated cooking tools don't speak to you, then consider this list a starting point for your own brainstorming process.

How do I get a recipe from TikTok?

When you're looking for a new recipe on TikTok, you can take one of two approaches. You can either search for a specific type of recipe, like "easy chicken parmesan," or browse a more general category, like "healthy dinner" or "keto breakfast." 

TikTok is filled with millions of culinary content creators, so there's no shortage of recipe ideas. And if you find a recipe or cooking profile that you love, I suggest saving it -- it'll come in handy when you're making a grocery list. 

What qualifies as going viral?

For a kitchen tool to "go viral," it means the number of people sharing it online is increasing exponentially. On TikTok, anything can go viral: a post, a profile, a product, or a trend. Viral posts are often shared among friends either online or by word of mouth.

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