The Best American-Made Products for Your Kitchen: From Classics to New Makers, Cake Stands to Utensils
These are our favorite hardworking, heirloom-quality wares for cooking and dining in style.
Cooks across the country, it's your time to shine. That goes for your gear, too. To celebrate and support homegrown talent, we've gathered the best, most built-to-last tools and tableware produced right here in the USA. From pots and pans to chopping boards to cake stands to dessert plates, these items deserve a prime spot in your kitchen or on the dining table this holiday season and for years to come. In this collection you'll find enduring classic, venerable, and often family-owned companies producing kitchen essentials like measuring jugs, flatware, and humble kitchen towels. But we're also highlighting bold newcomers who are making the next generation of cast iron skillets and ceramics.
While we're touting American-made products, let us ask an important question: Did you know that many of the most coveted icons of American domestic life are proudly made, well, domestically? Viking stoves are produced in the small delta town of Greenwood, Mississippi, where the beloved brand has its own hotel, spa, and cooking school. Wisconsin-based Sub Zero, established in 1945, grew out of founder Westye Bakke's need to store his son's diabetes medicine at very low temperature. His solution: the first freestanding freezer. In 2000, the company added a hot commodity to their portfolio: Wolf's top-of-the-line kitchen ranges. Though the Blue Star range came to market only in 2002, its maker, Prizer-Painter Stove Works from Reading, Pennsylvania, has been in operation since 1880, when coal stoves were the norm. And Vitamix blenders have been made in Olmstead, Ohio, since 1948 by the Barnard family, now in its fourth generation at the helm. The company is also responsible for another American innovation: the infomercial. Vitamix produced the first example of the much parodied ad genre back in 1949.
Shop Now: Turnco Wood Goods Glass Jars with Hand-Turned Lids, from $29.50, turncowoodgoods.com; Tracie Hervy Wheel-Thrown Crock , $240, marchsf.com; Two Tree Studios Hand-Carved Spatulas and Spoons, prices vary by size, twotreestudios.com.
Prop Styling by Paige Hicks.
Baking Essentials: Pyrex
Pyrex measuring cups have been an essential in American kitchens for over a century. Martha and our test kitchen always use them for liquid ingredients when baking or cooking.
Shop Now: Pyrex Two-Cup Measuring Cup, from $11.14, amazon.com.
Baking Essentials: Nordic Ware
Baking Essentials: Corning Ware
The casseroles you grew up with have an unlikely ancestor: the railway signal lantern. Its temperature-resistant, low-expansion, shatterproof cover was devised in the early 1900s by New York's Corning Glass Works, which then applied the technology to the kitchen. For more than a century, cooks have layered lasagna in these mainstays.
Shop Now: Corning Ware 23-Ounce Oval Dish, $26, amazon.com.
Baking Essentials: Chicago Metallic
Whether you're roasting vegetables or baking a jelly roll, the Chicago Metallic sheet is the pan for the job, delivering even heat and optimum air circulation (which means no soupy middles or burned bottoms). Founded in Illinois in 1898, the company makes warp-proof workhorses with reinforced sidewalls, steel rims, and an innovative internal structure that prevents bowing.
Shop Now: Chicago Metallic Sheet Pans, from $11.99, amazon.com.
Cake Stands: Mosser
A Martha favorite, family-owned and -operated Mosser—out of Cambridge, Ohio—presses the prettiest pastel glass cake stands using decades old molds. Each piece is hand crafted so there are swirls and slight color variations, making each piece unique.
Shop Now: Mosser Glass Six-Inch Cake Stand, $44, food52.com.
Cake Stands: Julie Hadley
New York City-based ceramicist Julie Hadley makes and glazes each of her cake stands herself. The glazed ceramic pedestals are trimmed with cheerful scallops.
Shop Now: Julie Hadley Handmade Wabi Sabi Ceramic Cake Stand, $90, food52.com.
Cake Stands: AHeirloom
Brooklyn-based husband-and-wife team Amy Stringer-Mowat and Bill Mowat started out making cutting boards in the shape of states but have expanded into other kitchen tools and these elegant cake stands, with FSC-certified hardwood bases and corian tops, come as small as four inches across—because even a cupcake deserves its own platform.
Shop Now: AHeirloom Walnut Cake Stand, $70, food52.com.
Cast-Iron Skillets: Lodge
The patriarch of American made cast iron cookware is Lodge, established over a century ago in tiny South Pittsburgh, Tennessee and still based there today. But just because it's stayed put doesn't mean that the company hasn't evolved. In 2002, Lodge debuted the world's first pre-seasoned cast iron pans and, in 2019, they introduced Blacklock, a lighter-weight line with a practically non-stick finish. Recently they launched cast iron bakeware.
Shop Now: Lodge Cast Iron Cookware, from $14.88, amazon.com.
Cast-Iron Skillets: Field Company
Cast-Iron Skillets: Borough Furnace
A small, family-owned cast-iron foundry in New York's Finger Lakes region creates hand-cast cookware with contemporary designs.
Shop Now: Borough Furnace Seasoned Cast-Iron Cookware, from $280, boroughfurnace.com.
Cast-Iron Skillets: Finex
These distinctly different skillets are octagonal-shaped to allow eight easy access points for flipping food. And handles are wrapped in a stainless-steel spring to keep the handle from getting hot. They're designed and made in Portland, Oregon.
Shop Now: Finex Seasoned Cast Iron Cookware, from $150, williams-sonoma.com.
Ceramics: Bennington Potters
David Gil started Bennington Potters in Vermont in 1948; the company continues to create spare handmade stoneware pitchers, crocks, and dishes designed for daily use.
Shop Now: Bennington Potters Rimmed Serving Bowl, from $54, benningtonpotters.com.
Ceramics: Tracie Hervy
Long Island City, New York-based ceramicist Tracie Hervy's stark-white cylindrical pots are hand-thrown and stripped of all extras.
Shop Now: Tracie Hervy Cylinder Vases, $120, marchsf.com.
Ceramics: Amanda Moffat Pottery
Cutting Boards: John Boos
A sturdy cutting board is one a cook's most indispensable tools, and in our test kitchen, as well as on all of Martha's TV shows, they've always come from John Boos. The company has been making classic, simple, and sustainable hardwood boards—which never seem to warp or split, even after years of use—in Effingham, Illinois, since 1887.
Shop Now: John Boos Maple Cutting Boards, from $74.95, williams-sonoma.com.
Cutting Boards: The Wooden Palate
Los Angeles-based The Wooden Palate is a labor of love for woodworker Ryan Silverman and chef Eileen O'Dea—the couple make some of the heftiest end-grain chopping blocks we've seen.
Shop Now: The Wooden Palate Edge Grain Chopping Boards, from $330, thewoodenpalate.com.
Cutting Boards: Edward Wohl
Design buffs should look to Wisconsin, where the masterful Edward Wohl turns out unique bird's-eye-maple cutting boards as well as chopping blocks and made-to-order furniture.
Shop Now: Edward Wohl Cutting Boards, from $120, designwithinreach.
Cutting Boards: Blackcreek Mercantile
Cutting Boards: Soundview Millworks
Custom, nautical-inspired maple-and-mahogany boards with polished cleat handles are exactly what you'll find at Soundview Millworks, a company based in Darien, Connecticut.
Shop Now: Soundview Millworks Cutting Boards, from $45, soundviewmillworks.com.
Dish Towels: Family Heirloom Weavers
Working on linen and cotton looms in Pennsylvania since 1983, Family Heirloom Weavers make classic towels. They recently partnered with lifestyle brand Save Khaki on dish towels with a naturally scrubby texture that make quick work of cooking mishaps.
Shop Now: Family Heirloom Weavers Linen Dish Towels, $40 for three, savekhaki.com.
Dish Towels: Studiopatró
Glassware: Simon Pearce
Forty years ago, the Simon Pearce company began hand-blowing pieces with serene, symmetrical elegance in Quechee, Vermont.
Shop Now: Simon Pearce "Bristol" Wine Decanter, $165, simonpearce.com.
Pittsburgh-based sculptor Jason Forck has lent his artful touch to Penn/Fairmount's sleek cups, flutes, and vases in luminous, translucent shades.
Shop Now: Penn/Fairmount "Sway" Cup, from $35, pennfairmount.com.
Glassware: Malfatti Glass
The husband-and-wife team behind Malfatti, in Beacon, New York, aim for amorphous imperfection in their whisper-thin vessels which are made from durable borosilicate glass (also used for lab beakers).
Shop Now: Malfatti Medium Glasses, $76 for two, food52.com.
Knives: R. Murphy
Knives: Middleton Made
South Carolina—based bladesmith Quintin Middleton began honing his skills in elementary school, when he flattened the tubing of a shower curtain rod into a Conan the Barbarian sword. Now chefs like Emeril Lagasse and Sean Brock wield his Middleton Made handiwork.
Shop Now: Middleton Made Knives, from $100, middeltonmade.com.
Plates and Bowls: Russel Wright
The best-selling line of American dishes ever, designer Russel Wright's American Modern Collection was introduced by Ohio's Steubenville Pottery Company back in 1939. Now produced exclusively by Bauer in California, the distinctively curvy pieces—glazed in a range of earthy, Midcentury mod hues—remain, as Wright himself described them, the "little black dress" of tableware. These classics go with everything.
Shop Now: Russel Wright American Modern Dinnerware, from $64 for two salad plates, food52.com.