In-depth product reviews, helpful how-to articles...and a few recipes.

The Rational Kitchen

Our reviews will help you find the best kitchen products at every budget. We dig until we find the facts, and we go beyond the most popular to find the best. Sometimes they're the same. But not always. And sometimes the good stuff costs more. But not always. 

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The Ultimate Green Pan Review
The Best Nonstick Cookware (And How to Buy It): A Complete Guide
All-Clad Vs. Demeyere: Which Is Better?
Saladmaster Cookware: Okay, Outstanding, or Overpriced?


Frigidaire Induction Range Review: An Affordable Option
The Vollrath Mirage Pro 59500P (The Ultimate Induction Cooker?)
The Samsung Induction Range and Induction Cooktop: A Detailed Review
Bosch Induction Cooktop Reviews: 500, 800, and Benchmark (Updated for 2020!)

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 labor of love. We have many, 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 page 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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