Must-have kitchen gadgets and accessories for 2022
Lakeland My Kitchen silicone-coated mini cooking spatula
Best mini spatula
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OXO Good Grips julienne prep peeler
Best julienne peeler
This kitchen gadget is both thrifty and nifty, and will save you the hassle of fiddly chopping. Its little blades are uber-sharp. Just drag it along the veg as if peeling to get perfectly julienned strips of goodness.
Looking for a standard peeler? Read our best peeler review.
Joseph Joseph Folio chopping board set
Best chopping board set
Out of all the chopping boards we’ve tested, this set by Joseph Joseph is our favourite. It’s a contemporary looking space-saver with a ‘library’ stacker design that has four slots for four boards. Each has non-slip feet, too, which is a nice touch.
Read our best chopping boards review for more.
AnySharp knife sharpener
Best knife sharpener
With a sucker to secure it to your work surface, the AnySharp gives you added security when sharpening knives. It’s a secure way to ensure an extra-sharp finish on the blades.
Read on for our best knife sharpeners
Magic reusable non-stick baking tray liner sheet
Best reusable liner
We should all be making a concerted effort to use fewer single-use items. This reusable liner can be used in place of baking parchment and foil. Best of all, it lasts for up to five years, saving you lots in the long term.
For more sustainable ideas, head over to our best sustainable gifts round-up.
KitchenAid K400 blender
Rated the best blender to keep on the countertop, this KitchenAid is as sleek-looking as it is powerful. This blender is a real workhorse, and it powered through all of our tests with absolute ease.
Read our full review of the KitchenAid K400 blender
ProCook ice mould, two globes
Best novelty ice cube mould
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KitchenAid mini chopper 5KFC3516
Best mini chopper
A mini chopper is a super-nifty gadget to keep on hand in the kitchen, and best of all, it takes up very little space. This KitchenAid model powered through a variety of tests and produced a perfectly smooth curry paste.
Read our best mini chopper review.
Ninja Foodi MAX health grill & air fryer
Best air fryer
Useful? Tick. Cool? Tick. Air fryers are a versatile appliance that uses little to no oil to achieve a similar texture to deep-frying. This Ninja model requires no oil and doubles as a health grill for any meat or vegetable cooking.
Read our full review Ninja Foodi MAX health grill & air fryer.
Microplane spice mill
Best spice mill
This neat and compact spice mill is a niche product, but if you cook often with nutmeg, cinnamon or even tonka beans, this Microplane mill grinds ingredients to a fine powder. A must-have if you often cook with those ingredients.
Read our full Microplane spice mill review.
Salter 10kg glass electronic digital kitchen scales
Best kitchen scales
While they’re not the most glamorous of kitchen gadgets, a pair of good-quality kitchen scales will make cooking a lot easier and more enjoyable. Salter is the go-to brand for great scales, and this model holds up to an impressive 10kg.
Read our best kitchen scales review.
Best fine grater
The grater of choice for home cooks and chefs alike, the Microplane zester/grater features ultra-sharp blades that produce fine and even results, whether grating cheese or chocolate, or zesting ginger or citrus.
Breville HeatSoft VFM021 hand mixer
Best nifty hand mixer
Although this looks like a standard hand mixer, the Breville HeatSoft features an inbuilt heater, ideal for softening butter when you’ve forgotten to take it out of the fridge ahead of time. We love the storage box, too.
Read our full Breville HeatSoft VFM021 hand mixer review.
Joseph Joseph Nest 9 Plus
Best mixing bowls
A set of mixing bowls is an absolute essential if you love to cook. These nesting bowls from Joseph Joseph take up very little space, and the bowls come in a good range of sizes. There are even measuring cups.
Read our best mixing bowls review.
Our Place knife trio
Best knife set of the basics
Everyone should have a set of basic knives: one bread knife, one chef’s knife and one paring knife. This set from ultra-Instagrammable brand Our Place impressed us in test and looks great to boot.
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For meats, fish, bakes and patisserie, a great-quality thermometer ensures accurate and safe results every time. The Thermapen delivers ultra-accurate results in seconds.
Find more thermometers in our best thermometers review.
Smeg milk frother
Best milk frother
A must-have gadget for anyone who loves a cappuccino or latte but doesn’t have the space for a full-blown coffee machine. We love this Smeg model for its sleek design, large capacity and consistent heating abilities.
Read our best milk frothers review.
Oxo Good Grips kitchen & herb scissors
Best kitchen scissors with inbuilt herb stripper
Every keen cook needs a good pair of kitchen scissors, and no, that pair you’ve had for 10 years just won’t cut it. These scissors cut through poultry and woody herbs with ease. We love the herb strimmer that makes removing fiddly needles and leaves a doddle.
Find more reviews in our best kitchen scissor review.
Kenwood Titanium Chef Patissier XL
Best stand mixer
A stand mixer is like an extra pair of hands in the kitchen, but this Kenwood Chef Patissier XL is on a whole other level. Not only did it excel in our classic mixer tests, it also comes with inbuilt scales and bowl warming for proving bread or melting chocolate.
Read our full Kenwood Titanium Chef Patissier XL review.
School of Wok Wok & Roll 33cm round bottom wok
Best traditional carbon steel wok
Not just the tool for speedy stir-fries, a good-quality wok can be used for standard frying and deep-frying. This uncoated wok requires a little bit of work to season it properly and develop flavour, but once that’s done, it’ll pay you back in dividends.
Looking for a non-stick wok? Read our best wok review.
Hotel Chocolat Podcycler
Best sustainable gadget
Senior digital reviews writer Anya Gilbert called the Podcycler a ‘game-changer’. This small device is a must-buy for those with a pod coffee machine. The Podcycler separates the spent coffee grounds from the pod, making it easier to recycle.
Read our full review of the best pod coffee machines
OXO Good Grips chef’s mandoline 2.0
Best versatile mandoline
The gadget of choice for guaranteed uniform results. We rated this OXO Good Grips model for its 21 easy to adjust settings, plus matchstick, waffle and crinkle-cut options. For those nervous about using a mandoline, this model also comes with a finger guard.
Read our review of the best mandolines
Wacaco Minipresso GR
Best portable espresso maker
This compact and handy little gadget produces a smooth, full-bodied, single shot of espresso with a thick crema top. We love the convenience of this espresso machine, which is ideal for use at home or on the go.
Read our full Wacaco Minipresso GR review
Ninja Foodi multi-cooker OP350UK
Best blow-out multitasking multi-cooker
This is another multi-function gadget that we highly rate. Make easy everyday meals like our slow-cooker beef stew with minimal effort, or switch through other functions including pressure cooker, steamer or air-fryer. It can also roast, sear and sauté.
Lakeland cooling rolling pin
Best innovative rolling pin
This rolling pin is ideal for pastry or any other ingredients than need to be kept cool. Simply fill the chamber with ice or water and roll out your dough without any sticking. We also like the metric and imperial measurements printed on either end.
Read our full best rolling pins review.
Best multi-functional casserole dish
This sleek and attractive casserole dish claims to offer eight different cooking tools in one. It impressed us in test and we love the trivet for our one-pot chicken with chorizo & new potatoes test. The casserole dish is significantly lighter than others we’ve tested, too.
Read our full Perfect Pot first look review.
BRITA Style water filter jug
Best water filter jug
Rated the best all-round water filter jug, we favoured this BRITA jug for its sleek design and useful traffic light indicator that lets you know if you’ll need to replace your filter soon. The reservoir holds one litre, so it’s a great option for couples.
Netherton Foundry 12-inch Prospector pan
Best iron skillet
Made in England, this Netherton Foundry pan is much-loved by chefs and cooks. It’s made from spun iron, so is slightly lighter than traditional cast iron. Its non-stick coating is impressive and it sears food brilliantly well, too.
Read our full best cast iron skillet review
De Buyer micro-perforated aluminium baking tray
Best baking tray for crisp bottoms
If you bake a lot of pastry, this nifty tray from De Buyer is a great buy. The tray consists of hundreds of holes that allow air to circulate fully, ensuring a crisp, even bake, top to bottom.
Read our best puff pastry recipes.
Stasher sandwich bag
Best reusable storage bags
These sturdy silicone storage bags are a brilliant alternative to single-use plastic sandwich bags. They form a tight seal and are versatile, too: they’ll happily go in the microwave, freezer and dishwasher.
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