Super useful kitchen gadgets that make great gifts – CBS News

From this luxe Philips espresso machine to an Amazon reviewer-loved smart meat thermometer that doesn’t break the bank, gifting the right kitchen gadget will brighten any chef’s holiday.

Philips via Amazon

Shopping for home chefs, cooking enthusiasts and even kitchen beginners takes a little tactical thinking. After all, most people who cook already have the basics, such as vegetable peelers, mixing bowls, measuring cups and pots and pans. However, some very handy gadgets, small appliances, and other techy devices to upgrade the home kitchen, always make the perfect gift during the holidays or other gift-giving occasions throughout the year. 

The latest Amazon Echo Show can serve as a kitchen assistant. A coffee-slash-espresso machine that brews nearly every handcrafted barista beverage makes their morning all the more enjoyable. And the latest multifunctional pressure cooker-air fryer-oven from Ninja can eliminate the need for other bulky gadgets. 

Here are 10 CBS Essentials top picks to please any cook this holiday season. 

Yummly smart meat thermometer 


This Bluetooth-enabled smart thermometer boasts presets, timers and alerts for different types of meat, taking the guesswork out of grilling and meat cooking. Cooking can also be monitored via the free Yummly App, available on iOS and Android, allowing the chef to step out of the kitchen without worry.

Yummly smart meat thermometer, $87 (reduced from $99)

Amazon Echo Show 10 


Amazon’s latest digital workhorse, the Echo Show 10, majorly upgrades any kitchen. It offers the home chef a gateway to watch favorite shows and movies, make video calls to family, stream a favorite cooking show and listen to motivating music. The major upgrade from previous incarnations involves a voice-sensitive screen that rotates toward sound, so while the chef is making magic all around the kitchen, all their recipes, visual guidance and entertainment remains in perfect view. And Alexa can also take questions about unit conversions, setting timers and adding items to a grocery list. 

Amazon Echo Show 10, $250

Want a more affordable option? Check out the Echo Show 8 (2019 model), currently on sale at Amazon.

Amazon Echo Show 8, $70 (regularly $110)

Ninja Foodi pressure cooker steam fryer …….


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