Gadgets and tools are an important part of a properly stocked kitchen. With the right equipment, a home cook can tackle all the latest recipes as well as make family favorites passed down from generation to generation. As Christmas rapidly approaches, people are inevitably thinking about kitchen gadgets as gifts. Surety First consulted Google Trends to determine the most popular kitchen gadget being searched in each state.
What they found was that it was not the newfangled air fryers or the Instant Pot that dominated this list—though they both made an appearance—nor was the Vitamix anywhere to be found. Lots of simple tools like digital thermometers, vegetable peelers, and even ice cube trays popped up on the list. Some kitschy gadgets showed up, but overall, functionality seemed to trump fashion or novelty with these tools.
Use this list as a guide for what to buy for your friends and family across the country, or get an idea of what you need to add to your kitchen in 2022. (And next, don't miss The Most Popular Slow Cooker Dish in Every State.)
Alabama – Deep Fryer
Our list begins with the old-school deep fryer. While we realize some people may be unable to part with a family tradition of deep frying, this is, alas, one of the worst ways to cook food. Two states favor the deep fryer, maybe it's time to teach your family and friends in Alabama about the wonders of the air fryer.
Alaska – Ice Cream Maker
That Alaska loves the ice cream maker is definitive proof that ice cream's perfectly acceptable in sub-zero temperatures.
Arizona – Digital Food Thermometer
The food thermometer is one of the most important tools in a cook's repertoire. Avoid overcooking and undercooking with this essential tool. Plus, you'll know when your food is safe to consume. Alas, Arizona is the only state where the digital food thermometer is the most popular.
Arkansas – Jar Opener
If you've ever struggled with a top that just won't come off, you know the importance of a jar opener. Here's to Arkansas for practicality.
California – Juicer
The folks in the Sunshine State are keeping it healthy with the latest juicers. Cali is one of two states to favor the gadget.
Colorado – French Press
If you're passionate about coffee, at some point you're going to need a French press. While it's more difficult to make coffee this way as opposed to your trusty Keurig, the taste is incomparable.
Connecticut – Sushi Maker
If you're looking for a last-minute gift for your favorite aunt from Connecticut, get a sushi-making kit.
Delaware – Mortar and Pestle
In Delaware, they're bringing out the elbow grease with a mortar and pestle. Here's a list of 10 things that taste better prepared in one, including authentic pesto, hummus, and aioli. Nothing says "serious chef" like this tool.
Florida – Universal Lid
In Florida, cooks are sick of hunting for the lid that fits the pot on the stove. They opt instead for an all-in-one. Do they make one of these for the random take-out containers that we all use as storage containers?
Georgia – Taco Holders
While hands are perfectly good taco holders, sometimes you want to be fancy and display your tacos.
Hawaii – Rice Cooker
In Hawaii, everyone is seeking out the perfect rice cooker. This gadget is life-changing if you make a lot of rice. The great thing about rice cookers is there's one for every budget.
Idaho – Instant Pot
The Instant Pot only comes up once on this list, which is surprising because this gadget can do so much. What's interesting about this list is lots of low-tech gadgets are still very popular with cooks.
Illinois – Garlic Press
A good garlic press is a must in the kitchen. Grab one that has a little cleaner to take out the bits that get stuck in the teeny, tiny holes.
Indiana – Air Fryer
You might think that the air fryer would be the most popular item on this list, but it isn't. Only two states are seeking out the air fryer. If you do decide to get one check out: 27 Air Fryer Recipes That Make Healthier Fried Foods
Iowa – Cheese Slicer
It's not clear what kind of cheese slicer the folks in Iowa are looking for, but a good knife can probably take the place of this gadget.
Kansas – Air Fryer
The cooks in Kansas have jumped on the air fryer bandwagon. If you love crispy food without all the extra oil, this is the gadget for you.
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Kentucky – Deep Fryer
In Kentucky, they're sticking with the old-school deep fryer.
Louisiana – Electric Wine Opener
While an electric wine opener sounds like a time-saver, this product fails a lot. Be sure to have a tried-and-true cork screw on hand.
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Maine – Peeler
If you splurge on one thing in your kitchen–besides good knives–make it a great peeler. A sharp peeler that can hand tough-skinned veggies is worth the extra few bucks.
Maryland – Splatter Guard
Everyone should have a splatter guard. This essential tool will save you from scrubbing oil off your stove for an hour after cooking.
Massachusetts – Toaster Oven
If you love toasted bagels and abhor reheating pizza in the microwave, you need a toaster oven. Two states love this device.
Michigan – Strawberry Huller
This gadget is cute, but probably not worth the space in your cabinet.
Minnesota – Immersion Blender
This is another gadget that is worth every penny. Immersion blenders make blending soups and sauces a breeze. Also, there is one for every budget.
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Mississippi – Butter Churner
Wait, what? Old school is definitely making a comeback when a butter churner pops onto a list.
Missouri – Hot Dog Toaster
These adorable little gadgets are likely popular as gag gifts. The hot dogs and buns are placed in a little toaster-like machine that cooks everything together with varying results.
Montana – Digital Scale
Digital scales are great for bakers and anyone trying to eat more healthy. This is a tool that should be in every kitchen.
Nebraska – Wine Aerator
According to Wine Enthusiast, an aerator should be used on a young wine, especially a tannic red, while a decanter should be used for an older wine. But, don't expect miracles. A fancy aerator may improve the taste of a $10 wine, but it will not make it take like a $50 wine.
Nevada – Juicer
Just like California, the folks in Nevada value their trusty juicer.
New Hampshire – Waffle Maker
Eggos are great in a pinch, but there's nothing like a fresh, hot waffle on a chilly weekend morning.
New Jersey – Toaster Oven
Folks in New Jersey are pulling out the toaster oven.
New Mexico – Waffle Maker
Happy kids in New Mexico are getting waffles on Christmas morning like the kids in New Hampshire.
New York – Ice Cube Tray
Ice is important. You need it for healthy smoothies and holiday cocktails. It is surprising, however, that this is the most popular kitchen item in New York.
North Carolina – Sous Vide Precision Cooker
North Carolina is bringing the innovation by using a sous vide machine to cook. The beauty of a sous vide cooker is it can bring food to the correct temperature without overocoking it and often without a lot of added fat.
North Dakota – Popcorn Maker
A popcorn maker is a great thing to have at home for movie night. You save money and get a chance to add your own healthy ingredients to your popcorn.
Ohio – Sandwich Cutter
Need to cut your sandwiches into adorable little shapes for the kiddos? Follow Ohio's lead and pick up a few sandwich cutters.
Oklahoma – Ice Cube Tray
Like New York, in Oklahoma, they need some new ice cube trays.
Oregon – French Press
In Oregon, they're taking coffee seriously and investing in a good French Press.
Pennsylvania – Cordless Hand Mixer
We're guessing this gadget is popular with someone who is making internet cooking videos or wants the freedom to move around while mixing.
Rhode Island – Toaster
Enter the most basic of kitchen gadgets. Sometimes all you need is a perfect slice of toast.
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South Carolina – Peeler
Again, a nice sharp peeler can work wonders. Try using your peeler to shave thin strips of Parmesan over a salad.
South Dakota – Crock-Pot
Although the handy slow cooker has not yet shown up on this list, it is the most popular search in three states. If you're thinking of buying or already have a slow cooker be sure to check out: 50 Easy Slow Cooker Recipes You Shouldn't Live Without.
Tennessee – Multicooker
The multicooker, aka Instant Pot, takes the place of a slow cooker, pressure cooker, and steamer. Perhaps the learning curve has kept this from having a bigger presence on this list.
Texas – Meat Tenderizer
We're not sure this refers to the heavy hammer with little ridged teeth or the one with the needles, either way, it makes sense that meat-loving Texas prizes these tools.
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Utah – Dutch Oven
A Dutch oven is a pan that's great for soups, stews, and braising. If you don't have one in your kitchen, you definitely need one.
Vermont – Wok
Woks are great for high-heat stir-fries since they keep the veggies and meat constantly moving with their sloped sides.
Virginia – Electric Knife Sharpener
The best tool in a kitchen is a sharp knife. Regularly sharpening you knives can actually help you avoid cuts by causing the blade to slide cleanly through food. In between professional sharpenings, an electric knife sharpener can keep the blade honed.
Washington – Espresso Machine
It's no wonder that the state that birthed Starbucks and the craft coffee movement prizes the espresso machine.
West Virginia – Crock-Pot
Again, the simple slow cooker can do so many wonderful things to food.
Wisconsin – Splatter Guard
A splatter guard is one of those tools in the kitchen that you don't know you need until you really need it, so have one on hand.
Wyoming – Crock-Pot
We love our slow cookers in the U.S.
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