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Whether cooking a gourmet meal or a quick dinner for the kids, every chef has his or her favorite kitchen utensils and gadgets. Here we look at several vintage gadgets and their counterparts from recent years.

-- RHONDA M. MAY

Spray bottles

Spray bottles are a versatile item to have in the kitchen as they can help manage flare up when grill season comes around. They can also be helpful when making pie crusts by spritzing the dough as needed.

Vintage water sprinkler bottle vs. 16-ounce clear glass Boston round spray bottle, set of two

Cost: $10.75; amazon.com

Muffin tins

Easily bake muffins with an ultra-convenient silicone muffin pan. Most are heat-resistant up to 500 degrees and feature a non-stick coating for easy cleaning.

Vintage metal muffin tin vs. nonstick 6-cup silicone muffin pan in red

Cost: $9.99; various retailers

Potato mashers

The Smooth Potato Masher features a firm, safe, no-slip grip and a stainless steel plate that mashes potatoes to create a smooth texture without bumps. The design is sleek for easy storage and is made of stainless steel which is dishwasher safe.

Vintage potato masher vs. OXO Good Grips smooth potato masher

Cost: $12.99; bedbathandbeyond.com

Box graters

The Farberware grater featuring four extra-sharp blade patterns made of durable stainless steel and includes a one-cup container with non-slip feet with lid for storing grated ingredients.

Vintage metal box grater vs. Farberware Professional Slim box grater

Cost: $12.97; Walmart.com

Mixer

This KitchenAid 5-quart stand mixer is a workhorse that looks great on your counter. It's built with the quality you would expect from KitchenAid, packing 300 watts of power that generates the strength to mix cookie dough or the speed for whipping meringue.

Vintage hand mixer vs. KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer, 5 quart

Cost: $499.99; macys.com

Toaster

Who would want to make toast with a vintage model when you could make it with style. The kate spade new york Toasters are cooking up chic style for the kitchen. Crafted of stainless steel, this indispensable 2-slice toaster combines functionality with designer color.

Vintage toaster vs. kate spade new york toaster in turquoise

Cost: $249.99; bedbathandbeyond.com

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