With the increase of cooking programmes and books from celebrity chefs such as Jamie Oliver, Heston Blumenthal and Gordon Ramsay, more people are getting into cooking and trying out different recipes. As a result, there’s more demand for kitchen accessories to make cooking preparation easier.
In addition, a wave of cool kitchen gadgets has been made to keep hygiene standards in the kitchen high and to improve our cooking and cleaning experiences. Here are some of the best kitchen gadgets and our favourite modern kitchen accessories that we must have.
1. Morphy Richards 42 L Sensor Bin
One of our must have kitchen gadgets has got to be the Morphy Richards 42 L Sensor Bin (check out our top 10 best kitchen bins here) due to the fact that it’s a hands free bin opener. A sensor bin is ideal for busy family homes particularly when there are kids around and you don’t want them touching the bin.
Bins are of course unhygienic so everytime you touch the bin, you get your hands dirty but the spread of germs can be prevented with this sensor bin as it will automatically open when your hand is 15-20cm away and closes after 5 seconds of inactivity.
This bin comes in a round and square shape and in 4 different colours so you can get one to fit in with your kitchen design ideas. It works with 4 x AA batteries but there are manual buttons should it run out of power before it can be changed. If the 42 litre size isn’t right for your kitchen, it also comes in 30 and 52 litres.
2. SimpleHuman Compact Sensor Pump Soap Dispenser
Continue the prevention of the spread of germs with the SimpleHuman Compact Sensor Soap Dispenser which provides a more hygienic way of hand washing therefore keeping surfaces clean. Soap is dispensed hands free into your hands when it’s beneath the sensor valve.
There’s no need to worry about dripping soap either because of the no drip valve which gives a quick and steady flow. The amount dispensed can be adjusted and refillable with the SimpleHuman soap or any other liquid soap. This is one of the best kitchen gadgets you will need to keep your hands clean whilst cleaning or cooking in the kitchen.
3. BRITA Elemaris Water Filter Jug
In many modern homes, one of the most common and used kitchen accessories has got to be the Brita Elemaris Water Filter Jug. Using this is cheaper than buying bottled water and reduces the need to boil water in your kettle. Tap water is filtered with the use of the MAXTRA filter cartridges and into the jug which reduces the amount of limescale in water and helps to improve the taste of tap water.
Each cartridge lasts a month and the intelligent indicator will indicate when it’s time to change it. There’s a wide range of colours to choose from as well so there’s one to suit every kitchen design.
4. Jamie Oliver Granite Pestle and Mortar
Some vintage kitchen accessories include a pestle and mortar which has been used since the ancient times to grind or crush ingredients into powder or paste. It became less and less used as better kitchen accessories could be used to do the same thing or people would just buy dried herbs or ready-made sauces.
However, by using the Jamie Oliver Pestle and Mortar to freshly prepare ingredients, it will help to improve the taste of recipes. It’s made from granite which is robust and durable so it won’t crack or break no matter how hard you grind. The polished surface inside ensures a smoother performance with minimal effort.
5. Bogey Man Egg Separator
Separating the egg white and egg yolk is never fun and is always messy as it’s so slippery. There’s an easier and mess free way to do this with the the Bogey Man Egg Separator. Simply crack an egg over the top of this unusual kitchen gadget and tilt forward for the egg white to drip from the nose into a bowl. It sounds gross but it’s pretty funny!
Having an egg separator is one of the most useful kitchen accessories particularly when it comes to baking recipes which require separating the yolk from the egg such as meringues. With this one, it’s ideal for anyone who loves fun kitchen gadgets.
6. Twinzee Compact Vegetable Spiralizer
Since the craze of low carb diets began, vegetables turned into spiral strips as substitutes to pastas and rice e.g. zucchini spaghetti. As a result, the Twinzee Compact Vegetable Spiralizer was made and went on many people’s list of must have kitchen gadgets.
However, it’s not just useful for diets because by spiral slicing veggies, it reduces food wastage and it’s a great way to get kids to eat vegetables too. You can make decorative salads so it’s more appealing to eat. The spiralizer is non-toxic and it’s easy to use – just like sharpening a pencil.
7. Zyliss Acid Etched Rotary Fine and Coarse Drum Grater
One of the best kitchen accessories to have in your kitchen has got to be the Zyliss Acid Etched Rotary Fine and Coarse Drum Grater. Its small size makes it ideal for simple things such as lemon zest, cheese or ginger without needing to get the big grater out.
There are two rotary drums for fine or coarse grating and due to the large hopper, a big chunk can be grated at once. Left handed users love this kitchen accessory as the handle can be set in a left or right handed position and not many kitchen accessories are as versatile.
8. Joseph Joseph Wash and Drain Washing Up Bowl
Make washing up easier with this Joseph Joseph Wash and Drain Washing Up Bowl. There’s an integrated plug which eliminates the need to lift the bowl to pour water out so you won’t end up accidentally spilling water over the sides.
With the plug, bits of food can be strained instead of going down the sink which can end up blocking the pipes. Unlike many washing up bowls as well, this one has carry handles so it’s easier to carry it if needed.
9. Bodum Bistro Universal knife Block
Instead of storing knives in your cutlery drawer, keep them safe and away from little hands with the Bodum Bistro Universal Knife Block. Made from very fine plastic sticks inside the block, knives will be tightly secured once inside.
There are silicone feet at the bottom of the block so the block sits securely on the countertop. Having this kitchen accessory on the countertop is ideal as you can easily access the knives quickly. There’s a variety of colours available to match your kitchen design too.
10. Kenwood Mini Chopper
Another one of our best kitchen gadgets is the Kenwood Mini Chopper which is essential in making food preparation efficient and easier. Because of its compact size, it can be left out on the countertop or stored in the cupboard. Vegetables or fruit can be chopped up in this without the mess or effort. And you know what the best thing about this is? You can chop onions without the tears flowing!
With the 2 speeds, you can even blend ingredients together to make sauces or purees. It’s quicker to take this small chopper out instead of the big food processor just to chop a few bits of veg up or prepare a sauce.
11. Morphy Richards 3-in-1 Digital Kitchen Jug Scales
Stop guessing measurements for your recipes and start measuring instead with the Morphy Richards 3 in 1 Jug Scales. Every kitchen should have scales but it’s no good using manual ones since you have to guess where the needle is pointing to. This digital scale gives accurate measurements with an easy to read display, a removable stainless steel bowl and offers multi volume measurements.
With its add and weigh function, ingredients can continue to be measured and added into the same bowl by resetting the scales to zero each time so you can weigh, mix and measure in one bowl which is particularly useful for baking recipes. As a result, this reduces the amount of dishes you have to wash up!
12. Kenwood 3-in-1 Can Opener
Cool kitchen gadgets that are useful and versatile are hard to come by. Most tend to look good but function poorly. However, the Kenwood 3-in-1 Electric Can Opener provides an easier and hands free way to cut open cans without the mess and struggle. Additionally, a knife sharpener and bottle opener is built into it as well.
The self-starting blade will start when the can is placed underneath with the lever in place and the can and lid will remain fixed until you remove it. An electric can opener should be one of the top kitchen gadgets to have in every modern home as it saves time and requires no effort.
13. OXO Good Grips New Garlic Press
Food always tastes better with garlic but it’s a hassle to peel and chop garlic cloves. The Oxo Good Grips Garlic Press provides an easy way to get garlic into meals in just a few seconds. There’s no peeling involved either!
Simply pop the whole garlic clove in the chamber and squeeze the handles together. Clean it with the built in cleaner by flipping the handles over. It’s one of the handiest kitchen accessories to have just to make cooking that bit easier and fun.
14. OXO Good Grips New Salad Spinner
It can take forever to drain water from salads especially when you need to serve it immediately. There’s a better solution to drain and dry salads with the Oxo Good Grips Salad Spinner.
After spin drying salads in the spinner, it can be stored in the fridge without having to put it into another bowl. The flat top of the salad spinner ensures easy storage so other items can be stacked on top. Salads even stay fresh for longer and with properly drained lettuce leaves, there will be no more soggy sandwiches or burgers.
15. Joseph Joseph Easy-Tear Kitchen Roll Holder
When we’re preparing food or cooking, we don’t always have both hands free so it can often be hard to tear off that piece of kitchen roll when we need it. The Joseph Joseph Easy Tear Kitchen Roll Holder makes it easy to tear off a sheet with just one hand because of the upright tearing edge.
The self-adjusting mechanism fits to any sized kitchen roll so the roll stays in place even as it decreases in sheets. There’s no need to worry about the holder sliding about or toppling over either because the heavy non-slip base will prevent this.
16. AnySharp Global Knife Sharpener
A sharp knife is an important tool in any kitchen to make cutting and chopping tasks effortless. This means a knife sharpener such as the AnySharp Global Knife Sharpener should be included in your range of kitchen accessories. This particular sharpener is not like the others because the angle of the sharpening edges is set specifically to a 20 degree angle which is the best angle to give a perfectly sharpened knife edge.
The AnySharp also has a safety feature which is the suction cup base that securely latches on to any flat smooth surface ready to use. It’s safer to sharpen knives this way too as your hands won’t be in the way. All types of knives can be used on this sharpener, even serrated blades.
17. Aerobie AeroPress Coffee Maker
Most of us need our caffeine fix first thing in the morning, in the afternoon during that 3pm slump or just throughout the day. This is why the Aerobie AeroPress Coffee Maker is on our list of must have kitchen gadgets because in less than a minute, you can get perfect coffee with just one press. A coffee machine will take ages as you will have to wait for it to finish dripping and it’s not ideal if it’s just you drinking the coffee.
With this, you will get great tasting smooth coffee as flavour will be evenly extracted and there’s less bitterness too. Cleaning this is easy and quick as there are no fiddly little parts with nooks and crannies that need to be cleaned. It’s a pretty cool kitchen gadget for coffee lovers.
18. Joseph Joseph Chop2Pot Plus Folding Chopping Board
If you’re one of the many people that still prefer to manually chop vegetables, fruits or meat by hand, then the Joseph Joseph Folding Chopping Board will be a handy addition to your kitchen accessories.
The board stays flat for chopping and to form a chute, all you need to do is squeeze the handles together and the sides of the board will fold up. With a foldable chopping board, this enables you to guide food into the pot or bowl without spilling any ingredients so there’s no mess and no food wastage too.
19. Braun MQ100 Hand Blender
In your range of must have kitchen gadgets, a hand blender should be included. The Braun MQ100 Hand Blender offers an easier way to mix ingredients without taking up space and no matter what size bowl you use. Using a full size food blender creates more things to wash, limited capacity and as the blades are at the bottom, ingredients aren’t mixed as well.
With this hand blender, it’s easier to get to every part of the mixture to ensure a smoother consistency. Due to the small and compact size, it takes up less storage space – you can even store it into your kitchen drawers. There’s no need to fiddle with different speed buttons either, there’s just one simple button to press and off you go.
20. VonShef Professional Stainless Steel Potato Masher
Using a standard masher can often be tiring on your arms and it doesn’t always create lovely smooth lump free mash. The VonShef Professional Potato Masher is a food press that makes mashing food easier and creates perfect lump free results. This food press has a large 10cm diameter cup which can store a good amount of boiled vegetables or fruit ready to be pressed with the soft silicone handles.
When pressed, the food will push through the tiny holes and come out pureed so it’s also ideal for making baby food. It’s a cool kitchen gadget to have in your range of kitchen accessories so you can enjoy delicious smooth mashed potatoes.