If there is one undeniable piece every kitchen and dining table is worthy of, design-forward salt and pepper mills would have to be it. They are the sort of staples we tend to overlook, but they’re also ones we typically use on a daily basis, especially for those who consider themselves avid cooks. Solely based on that reasoning alone, it’s only natural that we require an aesthetically pleasing take on the essential—albeit it being one that doesn’t compromise on style.

Somewhere between the marriage of form and function is the area that defines the pieces ahead. Each distinct in shape and personality, the handpicked options ahead prove the versatility of the culinary mainstays. See for yourself.

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Plus Salt and Pepper Grinder, Muuto, $56.30

Scandinavian simplicity is reinvented with a daring color-blocked iteration from Muuto, and we’re so here for it.

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Amare Salt and Pepper Set, Anna by RabLabs, $157.50

With its mid-century-inspired silhouette and elegant contrast between the alabaster top and steel base, this streamlined rendition results in an artful finish.

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Olivier Roellinger Pepper Mill, Peugeot, $100

A product of the iconic French brand, world-renowned for its pepper mills, this solid beechwood option is for the seasoned gourmand.

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Pepper Grinder, HAY,  $39

Infuse your tabletop with a spirited pop of color and a Scandi-chic influence, courtesy of this dynamically structured grinder.

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Italic Pepper Mill — X-Filed, Carl Auböck, $600

Available in four streamlined, lustrous finishes, these design-forward options channel the grandeur of the Bauhaus movement with a captivating ode to minimalism.

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Salt & Pepper Bottle Grinders, Menu, $75

If you’re in for a subtle yet impactful touch of color, these modern grinders are all about sleek sophistication.

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Salt and Pepper Grinder, Arne Jacobsen, $32

For the home cook who’s all about structured forms and a no-frills approach to their pantry essentials, this dynamic duo will be your ultimate pairing.

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Ivorine and Silver Churn Salt and Pepper Mills, March, $265

Consider this modern elegance at its finest. With its ivory finish, these churn-style salt and pepper mills are accented with sterling-silver metal bands for an added dose of shine.

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Lilliput Salt and Pepper Set, Alessi, $46

For those who prefer that their culinary basics uphold a playful element, this cheeky pairing is prime.

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Pepper Grinder, Umbra Shift, $35.99

We love this one for its understated simplicity and its rustic finish with a subtle nod to the contemporary.


Marbletree Salt Cellar, Anthropologie, $34

Prefer a more easily accessible vessel for your seasonings? This open-top salt and pepper cellar will do the trick.