The 16 kitchen essentials food experts can't live without

The results are finally in and the Food Awards winners are ready to be shared! We asked bloggers in our Lifestyle Collective to review and rank a number of spring and summer cooking products ranging from blenders and juicers to pizza stones and food prep gadgets. Their feedback has officially been tallied, and the winners have been named!

These 16 kitchen must-haves are proven to transform your cooking routine and make life in the kitchen a whole lot easier (and tastier). We are absolutely obsessed with all of these items and know that you will be too -- check them out in the gallery below!

See which kitchen gadgets won the 2017 Spring Food Awards

Spring/Summer Food Awards Winners
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Spring/Summer Food Awards Winners
Capresso Ice Tea Maker

"I love the ease and quality of this Tea Maker, and it's so nice to have something dedicated to making just tea, especially for iced tea in the summer." -Oh Bite it

"I love that this iced tea maker has a "flavor enhancer," which allows me to adjust the brew strength from mild to strong. As someone who typically prefers weak tea, I really appreciate this!" -JJ Begonia

Emile Henry Pizza Stone

"This is a beautiful pizza stone. We used it for a night we were having friends over and it was lovely sitting out on the counter. It was easy to use and clean and made a nice, crispy crust." -Namely Marly

"This has changed the way I cook, and even re-heat pizza forever. Talk about an incredible crust!" -Oh Bite it

Pampered Chef Indoor Outdoor Portable Grill
This grill is "perfect for those living in apartments without a backyard but still want to enjoy grilling. It can be used indoor and out!" Plus it is "compact so it stores well." -Nutrition by Mia
Lagostina Nonstick Skillet with Lid

"What I love about this skillet is its versatility. It’s nonstick (but BPA free), oven-safe, and its higher sides make it great for sautéing and for simmering dishes with more liquid. I’ll use it for everything from braised short ribs to frittatas." -Domesticate Me

"Loved the oven safe feature as it makes food taste SO much better when you’re able to fry it then bake after (i.e. chicken)." -Public Lives, Secret Recipes

Vonshef 4 Person Picnic Backpack

This backpack would be perfect at "the park or beach; it's got everything you could possibly think of for a picnic from wine glasses to plates. It's even got a cutting board!" -Fix Feast Flair

"This is perfect for warm weather picnics. It comes with everything you need including a blanket, cutlery, napkins and plates. It also stores food well keeping your picnic food fresh." -Nutrition by Mia

OXO Good Grips Salad Spinner

The OXO salad spinner is "a must-have for those who grow their own lettuce, shop the local farmers market, or buy who heads of lettuce," as it "makes washing and rinsing SO easy..." -Lemons & Basil

"This salad spinner is great for prepping all garden-fresh vegetables, as it has a built-in removable colander. I can see myself pulling it out to use at least once a day!" -JJ Begonia

Kuhn Rikon Easy Cut
"I really like that the Kuhn Rikon Easy Cut is so easy to use and doesn't have a whole bunch of attachments. I love the color and that it's lightweight. You don't need a whole bunch of space to store this product that doesn't even have a chord.I am excited to use it to cut peppers for fajitas. I would also use it for cheeses and to cut ingredients for pasta salads." -Cupcake Diaries
OXO Good Grips 3-Blade Spiralizer

A favorite feature of this spiralizer is that "the blades are held in a very secure, clear plastic container, which is very nice and helps prevent losing blades or being cut by them." -Lily the Wandering Gypsy

Plus you "can also use it for sweet potatoes & other veggies aside form zucchini. Perfect for making salads, noodles, & more!" -Public Lives, Secret Recipes

Kitchen Gizmo Unbreakable Wine Tumblers
"I loved these Kitchen Gizmo Stemless Tumblers because they’re BPA free and shatter proof making them ideal for spring/summer entertaining outdoors, at the beach or by the pool. They’re lightweight, dishwasher safe but look pretty enough to pair nicely with more elegant dishes and party ware. " -Ashton Keefe
Cuisinart Precision Master™ 5.5 Quart Stand Mixer

This mixer is "a kitchen workhorse. It'll be used for cookies and cakes, breads and buns. I'm especially excited to make my next batch of macarons!" -Sweet & Savory

"In my opinion, this stand mixer is a kitchen must-have! It makes baking an absolute breeze! This model is particularly wonderful as it features 12 speeds, and comes with 3 separate attachments." -JJ Begonia

SodaStream Power

"If you like soda but want something a bit healthier, this is perfect. I like it with lemon or lime squeezed in anytime I want something refreshing and spritzy. It's also a great substitute for soda water in cocktail recipes." -Displaced Housewife

Not to mention that "the build feels very sturdy, does not take up a lot of room, and the CO2 cartridge is very well made." -Lily the Wandering Gypsy

All-Clad LTD Soup Pot
"What don't I love about the All Clad Soup Pot? This is the perfect sized pot. I have a stock pot and another pot that are bigger and I'm always thinking about how I would love a pot that is just a little smaller. This is that pot. It's pretty, it's durable, and I love the extra tall sides. We made soup for our family of five in this pot." -Cupcake Diaries
Braun PureMix Smoothie2Go Blender

"We make a lot of smoothies in this house, and the to-go smoothie cup feature is awesome! The blender is high-quality glass and easy to put together, right out of the box. In comparison to the other blender we own, this one is extra powerful and blends SO quickly!" -The Usual Bliss

"This product is not only SO easy to use, but it has multiple features making it possible to create numerous recipes with just the one device! Hello storage saver!" -Public Lives, Secret Recipes

Shun Sora Knife

"This is hands down the best knife on the market, the best knife I have ever used." -Oh Bite It

This Sora Knife is "extremely sharp and makes cutting so effortless... I chop vegetables nearly every day and when it comes to the sweet potatoes and other root vegetables, a sharp knife makes it so much easier." -Lemons & Basil

Chantal Saute & Serve Pan

The Saute & Serve Pan "cooks evenly, and it's absolutely beautiful!" Not to mention "clean up is a breeze, and it's easy to store!" -Oh Bite It

"This product is really well made & transitions easily from stovetop to tabletop." -Public Lives, Secret Recipes

Le Creuset Winged Lever

"In addition to making opening a bottle of wine a total breeze, this corkscrew is a total looker—something I’m excited to display on my bar!" -Domesticate Me

"OK I’m a total failure when it comes to opening wine bottles normally… This opener was actually super easy to use because it’s so sturdy & durable." -Public Lives, Secret Recipes


Shop all these top products and read blogger reviews in the gallery above! Want to check out all the nominees? Head to the Food Awards Page. Don't forget to tell us which winning product you are most excited about in the poll below!

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