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Should You Buy a Citrus Sprayer?

Stores like Williams-Sonoma and Sur La Table are full of gadgets that purport to solve all manner of culinary problems. Often, these gadgets look stupid. Sometimes, they look promising. But are they actually worth buying? To help you answer this question, Slate presents “Should You Buy This Thing?”, a video series in which we test kitchen gewgaws and rate them based on effectiveness, cost, and the clutter factor (i.e., how much space they take up in your kitchen).

This week’s thing is a stainless steel citrus sprayer, a small device that you stab into a lemon or lime in order to produce “a fine spray of fresh citrus juice, straight from the source,” according to Williams-Sonoma. Is it really better than just cutting a lemon in half and squeezing the juice out with your hands? Watch the video above to find out.