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Avoid oil burns while cooking with this $9 splatter guard — it's over 70% off for the Amazon Big Spring Sale

Over 30,000 fans say it's a meal-prep must, and it will help keep your stove clean, too.

Even if you enjoy cooking, there are certain things about meal prep that are objectively unpleasant — like when a spray of hot oil whacks you in the face or arm. Ouch! Luckily, splatter guards can help prevent that, and the top-selling BergKoch Splatter Screen is down to just $9 for the Amazon Big Spring Sale. Made of durable, extra-fine stainless steel mesh, it'll keep those scalding liquids in the pot or pan where they belong, while keeping your work surface clean in the process.

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Cooking just got so much less painful (and messy). 

$9 at Amazon

Why is it a good deal?

Protecting yourself from painful burns is priceless, but we're also not complaining about this little lifesaver being over 70% off — this is the best price we've seen! You'll only pay $9 (down from $30) for the 13-inch size, which can fit over many standard pots and pans. (It also comes in 9.5-inch, 11.5-inch and 15-inch sizes, though they're more expensive.)

Why do I need this?

According to the manufacturer, the BergKoch Splatter Screen can prevent up to 99% of liquids from escaping your pan as you cook, meaning you're much less likely to get burned — while sparing your stovetop from greasy messes. Plus, it'll help keep odors from consuming your kitchen, but unlike a lid, it'll still allow steam to be released.

Having a protective shield between you and hot, bubbling liquids is enough reason to add this to your kitchen arsenal, but it can be used for more. Its little feet mean it can rest on your counter with the mesh elevated, making it a cute little cooling rack. You can also use it as a strainer.

As far as cleaning goes, we have great news: It's dishwasher-safe. It's also heat- and rust-resistant, and the plastic-covered handle keeps it from being too hot to touch.

hand placing the splatter guard over a cast iron pan filled with food on a stove
Making dinner is more enjoyable when little droplets of hot oil aren't hitting your skin, right? Splatter guard to the rescue! (Amazon)

What reviewers say

Just how popular is the BergKoch Splatter Screen? Well, it's already racked up over 30,000 five-star ratings from Amazon customers.

"Love this product!" exclaimed one home cook. "Not only does it keep oil from popping out of the pan and onto the surrounding area, but I haven’t had a splatter burn since I started using it. I can keep the guard on the pan and it doesn’t burn or rupture. It is easy to clean in the dishwasher as well, and holds its strength and shape during cleaning."

"This is the perfect splatter screen," gushed another satisfied shopper. "It's lightweight, but very sturdy. I loved it so much, I ended up getting it in four different sizes. It has small 'feet' on one side so you can place it on the counter when you need to get inside the pan/pot without the greasy screen touching the countertop."

"The fine mesh does prevent the oil from spattering nearly 100%," wrote a final fan. "My only issue with it is that the support 'feet' don't fit inside my Lodge cast iron 10-inch skillet that I use most often, so I have to place the screen on the pan upside down. It works just fine that way, so no big deal, but it would be better on a 12-inch size pan where the 'feet' would fit inside the pan rim to keep it from slipping."

At this price, pick up one for yourself and another for your favorite home cook — they'll use it all the time. 

$9 at Amazon

Another kitchen safety product Amazon shoppers love? These LeeYean Oven Rack Shields:

These top-sellers slip over the edges of your oven racks to act as a guard, so just in case your arm grazes one, it'll be met by heatproof silicone instead of scalding metal.

"I am buying six sets of these for Christmas presents," gushed a happy host. "These install in SECONDS and will stop you from getting those annoying Thanksgiving Day burns when you're distracted by other things. I have two scars on my right thumb from front oven rack touches, so I highly recommend these. ... You can cut them to fit your rack in an instant and they are super pliable and easy to put on."

$7 at Amazon

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The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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