Looking to boost your cooking skills this year? Then you’ll want to check out our definitive list of the best kitchen gadgets sure to help you on your way to becoming a master chef.
The kitchen is the hub of most households, so it’s important to buy the best gadgets and appliances that will stand up to regular use.
We’ve individually tested and reviewed every product in this roundup to make sure it’s up to our high standards. There are all sorts to consider, from fridges, dishwashers and blenders, to kettles, toasters and coffee machines.
One is a stunning four-door French-style Hisense fridge freezer, which is easy on the wallet as well as the eye. Another is the compact and powerful Morphy Richards hand mixer – our favourite mini-mixer for whipping up tasty bakes.
For the multi-tasking chef, the Mastrad Thermometer Spoon is a fun, affordable tool for cooking with ultimate precision. Like to wake up to freshly squeezed OJ? Then Smeg’s citrus juicer should be the kitchen gadget gracing your worktop.
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Philips Viva Airfryer health fryer
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- 1425W motor
- 0.8kg food capacity
- H276 x W292 x D266mm
Small appliances rarely combine convenience and healthy eating as much as the Philips Viva Airfryer health fryer. Not only can it make fresh fries with up to 80% less fat and perfectly crispy food from the freezer in the time it takes some ovens to preheat, it’s also a whizz at roasting vegetables, baking and grilling. There’s a recipe app to help you explore its potential (for example, it’ll bake fruit crumble, cook a rack of lamb or even roast a whole chicken).
The Airfryer’s speedy cooking is all thanks to an instant heat up and improved technology for golden brown, even results. Simply set the timer (up to 30 mins) and temperature (80C to 200C) and when you’re finished, detach the handle and pop the basket and drawer in the dishwasher, or clean by hand in less than 90 seconds. Make room for it in your kitchen and you’ll be richly rewarded. At the time of review, the Philips Viva Airfryer was available for £180.
Mastrad Thermometer Spoon
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- Nylon/Silicone Spoon with detachable probe
- Digital temperature reading, accurate to nearest tenth of a degree
- Measurement range: -40 to 250 degrees C
- Buttons for on/off, Celsius/Fahrenheit
Home jam makers and Sunday roast extraordinaires will get no end of use from this infinitely handy Thermometer Spoon by French kitchen utensil maker Mastrad. Combining a large nylon/silicone-blend spoon with a detachable thermometer probe, it makes the task of monitoring food both in the pan and the oven an absolute snap.
In its spoon form, the Mastrad Thermometer Spoon allows you to stir a bubbling mixture of fruit and sugar (and in our case, prosecco and edible glitter) while keeping an eye out for that all-important jam setting temperature.
The end of the probe is nestled near the tip of the spoon, giving you an accurate reading on the handle’s digital display. Unlike traditional Ethanol jam thermometers, which can sometimes be difficult to read at certain angles amidst a cloud of steam, the Mastrad’s display is clearly legible.
Slide the handle away from the spoon, and this clever tool becomes a 5-inch probe for testing meats and pastries. With an accuracy to the nearest tenth of a degree and super-speedy temperature reading, it lets you quickly and neatly check if meat is cooked without wasting valuable time dissecting it mid-cook.
There’s a handy button on the handle for memorising the maximum and minimum temperatures from its last use, too, which helps you nail the perfect tenderness every time.
If you like your cooking tools to be practical, durable and useful for all kinds of important cooking tasks, the Mastrad Thermometer Spoon is a must-have tool for your utensil pot.
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At the time of the review the Mastrad Thermometer Spoon was available for £26.44