When upgrading the appliances in your kitchen, how do you begin to decide what is and isn’t necessary? It can certainly get a little overwhelming once you start investigating the countless options available on the market. Have a look at the following gadgets to see what are 2022’s must-have kitchen items and get ready to show off your skills in the kitchen.
If, like me, you can barely see straight until you’ve had that first cup of coffee in the morning, a good quality coffee machine is a no-brainer. Whether your budget is big or small and whether you like a one-touch, pod-operated gadget or a full-blown bean-to-cup experience, there is a coffee machine to suit your needs.
If you find the price of some of the higher-end coffee machines a little eye-watering, have a quick think about what you pay for that daily latte on the work commute and think how much you could save in the long run. This makes investing in a high-end coffee machine a much more palatable decision (in more ways than one).
Hot Water Tap
Instant hot water taps are becoming increasingly popular in contemporary kitchens. If you and your family are big tea and coffee drinkers, they will help you save time, water, and energy so you can do your bit to cut down on your bills and your water consumption in one appliance.
They’re also great if you have hungry teenagers in the house who don’t have time to wait for the kettle to boil when making a quick pasta snack. Many hot water taps also include built-in safety features to prevent accidents. This actually makes them considerably safer than traditional kettle methods of boiling water and so are great if you have little ones underfoot.
When comparing hot water taps decide whether you want a separate hot water tap or wish to incorporate it into your current sink setup. There is a range of options available from individual taps to the top-of-the-line 4-in-1 taps that produce standard hot and cold water, boiling water, and filtered water.
Whether you’re a health-food aficionado or a comfort food home cook, a decent food processor or a high-power blender is essential to make soups, smoothies, shakes, and more. There are many options on the market that incorporate the two gadgets in one. As a general rule, your food processor attachment is used for work that you would do with a knife (think chopping or grating vegetables or making pastry). A food processor is a must-have if you want to save time cooking for a large family or enjoy batch-cooking. The time you can save when prepping large quantities of food makes a food processor one of the best investments you can make in your kitchen.
A blender is ideal if you love to make healthy drinks or soups from scratch. Whilst there are many cheap blenders available on the market, paying a bit more will ensure a better quality motor and will get you an appliance than can tackle ice as well as softer foods – perfect for refreshing summer drinks.
A stand mixer isn’t a necessity if cooking from scratch isn’t your thing. However, if you love to get creative in the kitchen, a stand mixer will be your new best friend in the kitchen. As with food processors and blenders, paying more ensures a better quality motor and construction so you’ll get a gadget that will stand the test of time and be able to tackle bigger quantities of food.
Stand mixers are heavy-duty gadgets and are a lot of effort to move around. With that in mind, many of the higher-end models are beautifully designed and come in a range of colors to match your kitchen’s decor, making it a useful and beautiful investment.
Air frying is one of the most popular cooking trends at the moment. And it’s not surprising when you get delicious food by using only a fraction of the oil used in traditional cooking methods such as frying.
From veggies to fries, to pizzas, air fryers are a great gadget if you have a hungry family to feed. You can even make dried fruit in them if you want to create a healthy snack. There are also ranges available that incorporate other cooking methods in one appliance so, if space comes at a premium in your kitchen, save on counter space by choosing one of these ingenious appliances.
It can be tricky to decide what gadgets are essential in your kitchen without cluttering your countertops with the latest must-haves that soon collect dust. However, some gadgets are tried and tested classics that will see you reaching for them for years to come and will be well worth investing in to make your life that much easier.