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What’s the best feature of your kitchen gadgets?

Kitchen appliances

Many of us own at least a couple of kitchen gadgets – appliances designed to make everyday cooking and baking tasks easier. But what’s the difference between a favourite food prep product and the one that sits in the back of the cupboard gathering dust?

For me, it doesn’t always come down to how well the appliance does its job, or even how fast it is. I don’t have a dishwasher at home, so my gadgets that are easiest to clean seem to get the most use in my kitchen.

Kitchen gadgets

My mum bought me a great Kenwood food processor for my last birthday which made delicious hummus quickly on two occasions. But since the large bowl and blade were such a pain to wash, I now never think to use it when I’m preparing an elaborate meal (and I’m more likely to buy my hummus from the local supermarket anyway).

Similarly, my housemate loves smoothies and was quick to jump on the personal blender trend. A year later it’s safe to say we all have a love/hate relationship with her noisy Nutribullet. While it makes tasty, healthy smoothies and can even blend pine nuts for a homemade pesto, it ruins all chance of having a conversation or listening to the radio when it’s switched on in our shared living space.

Buying the right appliance

Our reviews test scores are broken down into different features, so if you have a particular product bugbear you can make sure to avoid it. But it can be hard to know before you buy whether a kitchen appliance is going to revolutionise the way you cook or spend its life unloved in a drawer.

What makes a product a fad or a kitchen staple? It seems to be different for everyone. Some people love hybrid products, as one appliance with lots of different accessories saves space and money over time by not having to shell out for each individual gadget.

Or if you don’t need all the capabilities of a (often very large) hybrid appliance, you can buy smaller, cheaper and more specialised gadgets that are often less expensive and easier to store.

Your kitchen preferences

What matters most to you when buying and using new food prep products?

Maybe like me, you can’t stand spending ages washing up every night, you hate waiting around for your gadget to work its magic, or you simply want a product that does its job well. Let us know by voting in the poll or leaving a comment below.


Best kitchen gadget: the electric kettle.


I quite agree. It’s the only one that is virtually indispensable.


That might be why Which? tested kettles for its first issue, a little over 60 years ago. An indispensable product for dispensing boiling water.


I would definitely agree! It’s interesting though because it’s such a staple in the UK but elsewhere it would not be seen in the same way. The American equivalent may be a coffee maker :O

By the way, we just got a Tassimo and the tea pods are not good 👎 We’ve reverted back to the classic tea bag.


Tea bag? Have you tried investing in real tea leaves and a china tea pot? I’d recommend a trial.


I knew someone would pull me up on that 🙁 Yes I might need to experiment! Is there any you would recommend?


We use a white china pot and a traditional tea strainer, and M&S Luxury Gold Loose Tea (“other teas are available”). Not as convenient as tea bags, but I’d suggest a far nicer drink. You can get tea pots with infusers built in to contain the tea leaves and they work well.

If you do invest, please let us know how your experiments progress.

Patrick Taylor says:
20 February 2018

Have a Quooker and the kettle is eminently dispensable.

As for tea bags etc where they have plstic components … I think we need a Conversation on that : )


Presumably one of these has to remain on permanently in order to supply instant boiling water. Am I right in saying that there is a storage tank as part of the kit? I can see the advantage of boiling water for tea and cooking when ever it is wanted, but is this an added electricity bill for the household? I’ve often looked at these and wondered.


I saw an advert on the front page of the D. Telegraph the other day for a new Quooker system that features a pull-out hose so you can spray around the sink area. Although it can produce boiling water as well as cold and filtered water, the boil function is disabled once the hose is deployed, presumably in order to avoid scalding. The advert made no mention of how the water is continuously maintained at boiling point and I have often wondered whether there is any energy saving.


I expect that taps that produce boiling water will gain popularity because of the amount of money that many are spend on new kitchens. It’s worth factoring in the maintenance cost, particularly if you live in a hard water area.


The Qooker operation is shown here http://www.quooker.co.uk/fileupload/Documentation_UK/Facts_and_figures_UK.pdf
I’m sure its very convenient for making hot drinks, for example, but my value-for-money mind is quite happy with our new, quick, quiet, taint-free £30 delivered Russell Hobbs Dome kettle. A handy feature is that it can be detached from its base to transport boiled water to anywhere in or out of the house.


This morning I used a kettle filled with boiling water to clean a washbasin drain that has been installed horizontally rather than at an angle. Like Malcolm, I appreciate the portability of an electric kettle.

What puts me off having a hot water tap is the thought of having to grovel under the sink to remove it for servicing, or paying someone else to do this. Here is a video showing what is involved: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bc7bpswqHqY Anyone who does have one of these devices installed should check that the power socket is not mounted directly under the sink, where it could get wet. The video shows poor practice in this respect.

Limescale can be prevented by using a water softener but that may remove essential nutrients from tap water.