With our modern lives becoming busier and busier, any time saving device or gadget is always welcome. Here is a kitchen gadget top 5 that will help you to find the best labour and time saving machines that are essential for all of your kitchen needs.
Artisan 5 Series – Tilted Head Stand Mixer
- 20 Colour Options
- 15 optional attachments available.
- 5-Qt. stainless steel bowl
- 59-point planetary mixing action means 59 touchpoints per rotation
- The tilt-head design allows clear access to the bowl
Don’t be daunted by the fact these mixers can be expensive. If you buy one, they have been known to last for a decade or more.
They come in all shapes, sizes, colors, old fashioned and modern. They are so versatile they really are a ‘must’ for the modern kitchen. If you’re not a big baker and don’t have one, you need one, they will cut your preparation time by half. These machines are popular because what they do, they do perfectly. Fresh whipped cream couldn’t be easier to make, making cookie dough is turned into an almost hands-free process, and your back will thank you when you see how nicely these things can knead dough.
Baking simply becomes easier with them and they’re worth the investment even if you only use it once or twice a month.
2. Cuisinart SSB1U Soup Maker
- 500W motor and 1000W heating element
- Non-stick cooking plate that cooks and simmers
- Can also be used as a normal blender
If you love soup or you need something to warm you up during the winter, then a soup maker is a great way to make delicious and healthy meals. This Cuisinart model is truly outstanding. It makes up to 1.4 litres of soup in twenty minutes.
You can cook, blend and simmer your ingredients in the jug and it features a non-stick heating plate.
This machine has three heat settings, ranging from 80 degrees C to 110 degrees and there are four speed options. It works just as well as a normal blender, so you get plenty of features and flexibility for your money.
- Keeps meat moist
- Cooks from frozen
- Large cooking surfaces for big batches
- Easy to clean
In terms of design, the Tefal Optigrill is beautiful, yet practical. The grey and black machine design is absolutely huge, but this allows you to grill more items at a time on its 600cm2 cooking surface. It has removable, non-stick cooking plates which have deep grooves and are as easy to clean as the dripping tray.
The large handle holds the control keys (defrost options for burgers, chicken, bacon, sausages, steak and fish, as well as a manual button and OK) and a very handy LED indicator, which displays the various stages of the cooking process, from pre-heating to well-done, and bleeps when each different stage is reached. With so many features you will need to keep the instruction manual a while to familiarize yourself with the settings.
It cooks steak, chicken breasts and fish steaks brilliantly, producing succulent results.
It also cooks really well straight from frozen too.
4. Nespresso Lattissima EN520 by DeLonghi
- Produces tasty coffee
- Removable milk dispenser
- Easy to use
The DeLonghi Latissima is a user-friendly coffee machine, even if you are not technically minded, it doesn’t matter, anyone can use it. This machine is simple to operate; it has an in-built bin where all of the used coffee pods end up. The milk dispenser heats and froths the liquid, is removable, so you can conveniently store it in the fridge when it’s not in use.
It may seem a little expensive for a fairly casual-use coffee machine, and the Nespresso pods aren’t exactly cheap, but the drinks it produces are fantastic, it really is well worth the money.
Smoothie Maker – Ninja Master Prep QB900B
- Quad blade technology
- Blender function features large 48-ounce container
- 2-cup processor
- Includes a 45-ounce master prep pitcher and 16-ounce master prep bowl
- Blends from frozen
The beauty of this smoothie maker is its portability. The body of the machine is small but it still has a reasonably large capacity. You don’t just have to keep this in the kitchen, you can transport it wherever you go as it comes with a portable, universal adapter. It blends smoothies without chunks and does this efficiently, quickly and quietly. It is definitely the best smoothie blender in its’ class and price range.
A great alternative for the Ninja is the Breville JE98XL which is fully reviewed here.