While any cook will be just fine with a set of knives and mixing bowls, sometimes we want a little help from gadgets. When we’re not in the mood to hand-julienne carrots for dinner or poach multiple eggs for Sunday brunch, we turn to one these nine cooking tools. They may be extra things to buy, but trust us—they’ll save you infinite hours and energy, so you can spend more time on the important part: eating.

1. OXO Comfort Mandoline SlicerShare on Pinterest

1. OXO Comfort Mandoline Slicer

Your fear of the mandoline is about to be over, thanks to this safety-conscious version from OXO.The gadget slices, minces, and juliennes ingredients from chocolate to cheese to veggies. Plus, unlike the standard tool, you hold onto a grip instead of the ingredient, which means no accidental finger gashes.($29.95; amazon.com)

2. Black and Decker All-in-One Cooking Pot Share on Pinterest

2. Black and Decker All-in-One Cooking Pot

This isn’t your average stockpot. The Black and Decker all-in-one acts as a rice cooker, steamer, sauté pan, and slow cooker—you can quite literally cook every part of your meal in this guy.($57.99; wayfair.com)

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3. Cuisinart Four-Slice Toaster

If you’re feeding more than just one, a standard two-slice toaster really isn’t enough. This four-slicer from Cuisinart grills four pieces of bread at a time (duh!). Think of it this way: You’ll be biting into a BLT so much sooner if you add one to your cart right now.($40.77; amazon.com)

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4. Cleanblend 3HP 1800-Watt Commercial Blender

Though we definitely think it’s worth it to shell out for a really good blender, you don’t need a $450 Vitamix unless you’re really serious. This blender from Cleanblend is nearly as powerful as those from brands that are hundreds of dollars more, and it can handle all your DIY almond milks, nut butters, puréed soups, smoothies, and more.($184.99; amazon.com)

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5. ExcelSteel Stainless Nonstick Four-Egg Poacher

Poaching your eggs via a free-fall into boiling water takes practice and patience, so if you need eggs benedict ASAP, look no further than this four-egg poacher from ExcelSteel. (And if you’re a careful reader, you’ll have four slices of toast ready when the eggs are done. Hint: See No. 3.)($22.99; amazon.com)

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6. Microplane 46820 Premium Zester and Grater

This Microplane zester isn’t just for lemons and limes. Shower Parmesan over your pasta directly from the cheese block (it tastes so much better than pre-grated), quickly grate garlic and shallots, and never get annoyed mincing stringy fresh ginger again.($11.20; amazon.com)

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7. OXO Citrus Juicer

If you’re constantly pulling lemon seeds out of your salad dressing, it’s time to invest in this OXO juicer. Our favorite part is the built-in measuring cup and strainer, so only the perfect amount of the good stuff gets into your food.($14.99; amazon.com)

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8. Veggetti Spiral Vegetable Slicer

We love a good full-size spiralizer, but if you don’t need another big gadget on your kitchen counter, check out this mini Veggetti. It’ll make all your favorite zoodles just like the big one, but it fits snugly in a drawer.($9.99; target.com)

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9. Chef’n VeggiChop Vegetable Chopper

Not a fan of chopping? We’ve got you covered. Rather, the VeggiChop does. A few pulls of a handle and you’ve got diced onions and carrots, fresh salsa or pesto—even perfectly diced chicken just waiting to top your salad. (And, yes, it actually works.)($19.99; amazon.com)

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