For anyone who likes to bake, roast, or barbecue, a silicone brush is a lifesaver. I used to get so grossed out by all the hairs that would fall off my traditional basting-brush, that eventually, I ditched it all together and would just use a spoon for glazes and washes.
Enter, the silicone brush. This tool eliminates all the nasty little hairs, is easy to clean, and lasts a lot longer than a hair-bristle brush. I actually have two: One from Mario Batali with thicker bristles, and another, finer bristled one from Williams Sonoma.
This is one tool where the brand isn’t super important. You can pretty much find a decent silicone brush at any store that sells kitchen supplies (Sur la Table, Macy’s, Amazon), and if you don’t have one already, I would highly recommend picking one up.