The kitchen is a place of refuge and experimentation. It's where childhood memories are forged and where late nights come to a satisfying end. In other words; the kitchen is the heart and soul of the home.
Simmering pots, wafts of butter, oil and garlic — if the kitchen is your favourite room you no doubt have a gadget or two. While a really good food processor will always come in handy, we're looking to the lesser known products that still pack a punch at dinner time.
From America's cult favourite 7 in 1 pressure cooker, to a heated hand mixer and a food vacuum sealer fit for survivalists — these are the best kitchen gadgets you never knew existed. Check back for new updates each month.
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OXO Good Grips Salad Spinner
One way to incorporate more greens into your diet, this salad spinner from OXO has an insert for easy washing and draining and a spin function to do the latter in an efficient way. This is also handy for making sure dressing and toppings are evenly distributed. There’s a deep clear base that offers ample space for dinner parties.
Buy now £25.99, Lakeland
Zwilling Fresh & Save
Keep your produce fresher for longer with this invention from Zwilling. The tupperwares (available in plastic or glass) come alongside a vacuum function that pumps the air out in order to elongate the life of the contents. The borosilicate glass is also microwave, freezer and dishwasher safe as well as heat resistant.
Buy now £89.95, Zwilling
OXO Good Grips Cherry & Olive Pitter
The OXO innovations continue. With this device, you can remove the dreaded pit from the likes of olives and cherries in one fell swoop.
Buy now £11.96, Amazon
Boska Partyclette To Go Oak Raclette Set
Ahh cheese; giver of life, mother to all. Heated with three tea lights, this mini raclette set is the perfect dinner party centrepiece. Alternatively, make a gooey cheese brick just for yourself and never look back.
Buy now £30.00, Amazon
2 in 1 Silicone Spatula Tongs
Grab it, scoop it, eat it. Get every last little bit of goodness onto your plate with this spatula tong combo. So simple. So helpful.
Buy now £9.99, Amazon
Breville HeatSoft VFM021 Hand Mixer
Launched in 2019, no need to wait for the butter to soften with the HeatSoft hand mixer from Breville. Heating butter up to 12 times faster compared to leaving it on the counter top, you can also use this hand mixer sans the heat function.
It also comes with an attachable clear case so the attachments are kept close to the machine. If you are in the market for a hand mixer this is a well performing option to consider.
Buy now £34.34, Amazon
Instant Pot Duo V2 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker
Long story short: when Instant Pot first debuted in the US, they all sold out. So why the cult following? The Instant Pot is a multi-cooker that can perform seven jobs in one pot; electric pressure cooker, slow cooker, steamer, rice cooker, yogurt maker, sauté pan, and warming pot.
Easy to use, easy to clean, just whack a bunch of veg, meat or lentils into the pot as you leave for work and come home to a hard earned meal you didn’t have to cook. The hype is real.
Buy now £67.99, Amazon
Smart Garden 3
Grow your own fresh herbs year-round with this smart tech device that features built-in sensors, Smart Soil and an adjustable LED grow lamp. Add basil, peppermint, lavender or coriander refills and have fresh flavour on hand no matter the season.
Buy now £95.00, Amazon
Skystuff Kitchen Sponge Holder
Okay — this doesn’t actually do anything extra special...except look adorable!! Make washing up slightly more enjoyable with this ridiculous, fun and somewhat practical product. The bottom is an open grid so the sponge can drain and dry properly.
Buy now £7.80, Amazon
Dinosaur Taco Holder
One for the kids but no less useful. Helping fussy eaters everywhere, this dino taco holder will also accommodate sandwiches, hot dogs and whatever else you can cram onto its back. Sometimes you just need to entertain kids into eating and this silly device is perfect for accomplishing that mission.
Buy now £14.59, Amazon
Fred MR TEA Tea Infuser
There’s nothing like sitting and relaxing with a cuppa after a stressful day. The Fred Mr Tea infuser will make that all the more true with an infuser that attaches to the side of the mug to look like the ultimate chiller we all hope to be at the end of the day.
Buy now £9.05, Amazon
Stainless Steel Pasta Pot Spaghetti Pot
Let’s face it, pasta is one of the most simple dishes to make but for some the admin involved with the draining can add unnecessary mess to the process. Enter the straining pot that locks on to allow a safe and easy pour.
Buy now £21.99, Amazon
Brentwood Ts-251 Mini Pretzel Maker
Pretzel maker. Need we say more. This device will help you create professional looking pretzels at the touch of a button. When your pretzels are complete you can season them anyway you like — traditional sea salt, spicy chili flakes or for added indulgence brush with butter and top with garlic powder.
Buy now £51.11, OnBuy
THEE Multi-Function Over The Sink Cutting Board Strainer
Not only will this device help you free up extra counter space but it will stop any extra mess, too. With a convenient over the sink design and a basket to hold your vegetables as they are dry, this is a straightforward product that makes a common task more efficient.
Buy now £22.57, Amazon
How do you like your eggs in the morning? If you opt for egg and soldiers, this device is for you. The cutter helps you slice the top off your egg leaving you with perfectly trimed edges. Burnt fingers not included.
Buy now £7.99, Amazon
3-in-1 Avocado Slicer
Last year, doctors called for a safety warning over what became known as ‘avocado hand’ where people were seriously injuring themselves by cutting up the nation’s favourite breakfast food. Well no more. This avocado slicer has a blade to slice through the skin, a pitter to remove the pit with a twisting motion and a fan blade to cut up the good stuff. It also has a non-slip grip so you can kiss avocado hand goodbye once and for all.
Buy now £6.99, Amazon
Magimix Vision Toaster
This may just be the greatest thing since sliced bread. Let burnt toast be a thing of the past with this see-through toaster. Ensuring you get perfect results every time with this attractive device.
Buy now £399.00, Amazon
Anyone who has awkwardly wrestled with a knife while trying to cut a watermelon will love this handy device. The watermelon slicer does what it says on the tin - but it allows you to cut up the fruit in one fell swoop, creating equally sized slices with the stainless steel blade. A picnic game changer.
Buy now £18.00, Amazon
Skull Ice Cube Tray Mould
We’re all familiar with cubed ice, shaved ice and the daiquiri favourite crushed ice. But ask yourself this: Have you ever had skull shaped ice? We didn’t think so. If skulls aren’t your thing there’s also a dachshund ice mould and diamond ice mould to really give those drinks an extra special twist.
Buy now £5.99, Amazon
Corn Kernel Peeler/Stripper
Love corn but hate hacking away at it like a lumberjack? Well friends, allow us to introduce the Corn Keneler. It’s quick, it’s simple and it works. It is also an excellent option for fussy kids, the UFO shaped gadget looks like a miniature magic trick for the very little ones in particular that will have them reaching for kernels instead of pushing them away.
Buy now £7.49, Amazon
KitchenCraft Herb Scissors, Multi-Bladed
Finely chop like a professional chef without the fear of taking out a finger. These stainless steel scissors with non-slip handles quickly chop any herbs in a fraction of the time.
Buy now £8.75, Amazon
Storage Bag Opener and Holder
Putting leftover food into storage bags just got a whole lot easier with this device that holds Ziplocs open while you pour. The contraption is adjustable for different size bags and folds flat so that it is easy to store.
Buy now £9.04, Amazon
2-in-1 Food Chopper
Saving time and clearing up, this food chopper has both a knife and a cutting board. The anti-slip design and safety hinge option ensure that you can slice food quickly but safely.
Buy now £5.99, Amazon
This fun device is perfect for summer BBQs or a silly birthday party. The condiment gun comes with two refillable cartridges; one for mustard and one for ketchup - or whatever floats your boat. You just point and shoot.
Buy now £4.99, Glow
Banana Guard Holder Case
The banana guard protects your fruit against bumps and bruises. This case fits different shapes and sizes so that you can slip a banana in your bag and snack on it later.
Buy now £5.99, Amazon