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


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?


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…


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.


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


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


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.


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). 🙂


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!


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.


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?



I ditched the fridge / freezer the back-end of last year & it helped me get my elec to under £1 a week (£4 a month) and as I don’t use gas I am very pleased with a total energy bill of just under £52 a year (ebico/SSE no standing charge)

As for my food bill, I spend between £18 – £25 a week on food for me and the dog from Tesco, but she also gets food from Amazon too.

On the other hand, I have to admit you are correct, if i did bulk buy & freeze i could maybe get to under £18-£25 a week. But ditching the fridge / freezer has also helped me eat fresh food more too, which in turn is helping me lose weight so all in all it’s a win win 🙂


OK then. Food processor, hand mixer, two liquidisers (different sizes), two coffee machines (filter and pressure), coffee grinder, digital scales and a slow cooker. Plus the microwave and kettle if we must include such things.

Among the things I have but don’t use are an electric carving knife and can opener. I did not buy either of them.


I’m a bit curious about the average of seven gadgets. Since everybody I have ever met has at least three [kettle, toaster, and some sort of food preparation thingy], and most people seem to have cupboards full of things like carving knives and sharpeners, mixers/blenders/juicers in various combinations or separately, bread bakers, waffle makers, can openers, ice cream makers, coffee machines, candle-stick makers, deep fryers, cheese graters, and other choppers and grinders, to get to an average of only seven there must be an awful lot of people with nothing at all or just a kettle. I agree with Wavechange and ignore michaelwaves and all the hand operated kit like mincers, slicers, peelers, corers, whisks, and scales [sounds like jailhouse slang doesn’t it?]. Something I like using in the runner bean season is our 1948-vintage Spong rotary bean slicer which has to be clamped to the edge of the work-top and turns out perfect lengthy slices of bean with a gentle turn of the handle; can also do finger nails.


Gadgets I couldn’t live without are: Kettle, coffee makers (I have three but only use one so the other two are surplus to requirements, toaster, cheese grater, microwave oven which doubles as a convector and combi so I never have to use my large cooker oven except for boiling stuff on the gas hob rings on occasion. The rest I can live quite happily without, which include food processor, electric hand mixer, nicer dicer chopper that has so many bits and pieces I have never been able to fathom which bit chops what because the instructions are all written in German, electric meat carver, stubborn lid remover that makes such a din that it has been relegated to a bottom drawer forever silenced and replaced by a pair of rubber gloves and the offending lid placed under the hot tap which usually works. A total of twelve altogether but reckon I only need five. Time for a good clean out I guess!