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I don’t own seven kitchen gadgets – do you?

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How many kitchen gadgets do you own? Apparently the average British kitchen now houses seven gadgets – microwaves, juicers, coffee makers and so on. Do we really need all of them?

I’m sure lots of you remember that my latest flat move saw me ditching my microwave. Some of you doubted I’d be able to live without it, but I’m happy to reveal that I’ve coped relatively well.

There have been times when I wished I did own a microwave: to heat up leftover takeaway; to pre-cook a jacket potato; to heat up porridge. But these tasks just take a bit longer on the hob or in the oven. And, to be honest, I’m glad of the extra space on my kitchen worktops.

The kitchen gadgets you don’t need

That’s not to say I don’t own kitchen gadgets others might see as superfluous. I own a Nespresso coffee machine, a mini-chopper that I occasionally use to make pesto, and an electric whisk for a spot of cake baking. Still, I’m some way off seven kitchen gadgets.

According to a survey by Barclaycard’s deals website, British kitchens now house an estimated 163 million gadgets. On average, that’s seven per household. The top 10 list features everything from the aforementioned microwave and toaster, to smoothie makers and juicers. I have to say I am tempted by a juicer, but these words from Which? Convo community member Em have put me off somewhat:

‘Before you could buy a decent smoothie in a supermarket, I used to make my own in a Kenwood juicer which now sits at the back of the cupboard.

‘I came to the conclusion that I just couldn’t compete economically with the commercial product, by the time I had bought all the fruit, carried it home, peeled and diced it, then extracted the juice that would oxidise in little more time than it took to clear up the resultant mess.’

How many kitchen gadgets do you own? How often do you use them? Are there any you wish you hadn’t bought?

Comments
Member

I’ve never really thought about it… let’s count: microwave (did live without one for a year, that was enough), toaster, stick blender thing with various attachments, steamer (gift – never used), espresso machine (used lots, bought 2nd hand from an ex-colleague), electronic scales x 2 (one broken), kettle and a meat thermometer. That’s 9 (or 8 if you don’t count my broken scales), I didn’t think it would be that many! Wait, coffee grinder – that’s 10…. think that’s it…

Member

OK… I’ve counted properly now and it looks like I was fibbing a bit in the post. Kettle, toaster, coffee machine, mini-chopper, electric whisk and electric scales! That’s six! I’m reaching the average amount.

Member

Just been into my kitchen to check and I own 4 in total.

I have a Philips HR1861 Whole Fruit Juicer that I use everyday, it’s awesome, I have a Breville VKJ142 Hot Cup Dispenser (that really is a kettle), a table top hob that I use to cook on as I will not use the massive oven, and lastly, Breville VST025 Sandwich Press that i use to fry on, make toast on and even cook chicken on for my dog.

I do not use the main oven/cooker, I also do not use a fridge freezer as that was just eating away at my elec bill, plus do not use a microwave too. Since the last one broke & went back for a refund I didn’t replace it.

Oh and on a side note, Patrick, have you changed your photo on here? Or am I just going mad? lol

Member

Do you have a kettle or toaster? I have indeed Lee/Newt.

Member

I use my Breville VKJ142 Hot Cup Dispenser for hot water as I hated waiting for the kettle to boil for my tea, plus I cook bread on the Breville VST025 Sandwich Press to make toast 🙂

Oh and I forgot my slow cooker, now that I can’t live without in the winter months.

Member

I’m not counting until we have some clarification.

Is a microwave oven really a gadget? I thought it was a kitchen appliance.

How often do we have to use gadgets for them to count? I’m sure that I’m not alone in having a cupboard full of things that see the light of day a couple of times a year or less.

I had assumed that the discussion would be about electrical gadgets but Sam has mentioned a meat thermometer.

Lee – Yes Patrick has changed his photo and yes you are going mad (for not using your cooker or fridge-freezer). 🙂

Member

LOL wavechange,

When I started taking meter readings weekly (every Monday) I was shocked to find out my fridge/freezer was using 12 units of elec a week. Not used it since!

Member

Yes, I’m not sure about microwaves being a gadget, but it is according to this survey. We’ll just rule out fridges, freezers, ovens etc.

Sam’s thermometer is electric, so yes we’ll keep it to electric gadgets.

Member

Lee, for 20p a day a F/F mght pay for its running costs – stocking food when its cheap or on offer and keeping it fresh for longer?