If you must cook, you might as well have gear that looks like it belongs in a museum. But the stainless steel Ball Whisk from WMF isn't just a looker — it's more effective than regular whisks at whipping eggs and batters thanks to its individual wires that are topped with weighted balls. It also gets into corners and the bottom of bowls better, and is available in a variety of lengths to suit your needs.
This protective oven mitt set is just about as badass as you can get when it comes to removing a casserole from the oven. Made in the USA and winner of the American Culinary Institute's Gold Excellence Award, the Duncan Industries Kitchen Grip Chef's Mitt can handle temperatures from -134 to +500 degrees F. They're water and stain repellant, have a secure grip, accommodate both left- and right-handed chefs, and can be cleaned on the top shelf of the dishwasher.