Tefal Fruit Sensation
Compact blender that is great for whipping up smoothies without a load of washing up afterwards. There’s a capacity of 600ml, a good size for one or two drinks. Plus two speeds to choose from. It can even handles nuts, garlic and onions - so you’re not restricted to just drinks.
Cuisinart Mini processor
Powerful, yet cupboard kitchen friendly food processor that packs a sharp blade, powerful motor and a sleek, silver design.
Tefal Fresh Express Cube and Stick
Perfectly julienned carrots are not worth the threat of slicing your ingers off with a mandolin. Luckily this device removes the element of danger: just feed it your fruit and veg and it will cube, grate, shred and, yes, julienne to your exact specifications, dropping produce into a bowl beneath.
Best Grills: Philips Avance Taste Infusion
This glorified barbecue lets you infuse your meat with lovely smoke, wine and herb flavours via the reservoirs at the back. Only the middle of the grill has the heat for proper charring, though the edges still come out very tasty.
Best Grills: George Foreman Family Grill & Melt
Fat drains smartly into the drip tray on this lean, mean, etc machine, whilst your meat sears beautifully in between scorching hot plates. It’s a tad on the small side though – maybe George Foreman’s “Family” isn’t any too peckish.
Best Grills: Russell Hobbs 3 in 1
This capable budget offering sears furiously and can be opened out for one-sided grilling, or used as a press. Features are limited beyond that, and it’s the only one here whose non-stick plates are not removable.
Price: £24.50 | Link: uk.russellhobbs.com | Buy it now on Amazon
Best Cookers: Gorenje iChef+
This touchscreen-controlled new oven cooks any of 65 pre-programmed meals for you, telling you when to add ingredients and cooking everything to perfection. There’s also space for up to 150 of your own specialities. Frankly, it’s so idiot-proof, even Come Dine With Me contestants can’t mess up.
Price: On Application | Link: gorenje.co.uk
Best Cookers: LG MC8088HL
These combi ovens are the absolute chien couilles, to use a French culinary term, when it comes to single blokes and crowded couples. They do the job of a full-size oven in half the space and cook by blasting food with microwaves, a grill and convection cooking simultaneously. The results have to be tasted to be believed, particularly with meat.
Price: £240 | Link: lg.com/uk
Best Cookers: SousVide SVS-10LS Supreme
This water oven looks complicated. It isn’t. Simply place your meat in a bag, dunk it in the H2O and leave it for as long as you like. you’ll never have tasted more tender flesh – guaranteed.
Best Mixers: Kenwood ‘Fire Cracker’ kMix KMX84 Food Mixer
This 500-watt, aluminium marvel brings substance and style to the kitchen. Sporting Paul Smith-like stripes and coming with a full pastry kit and a myriad of attachments, the kMix is your ultimate epicurean wingman.
Best Mixers: KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer
Rustle up artisan breads and pastries with this retro mixer. It’s sturdily built and nice to look at, especially as you can have it in your choice of 26 different colours.
Best Mixers: Cuisinart Soup Maker
You want soup? You can’t handle the soup! What’s that, you can? Oh. Then dunk fresh ingredients into this baby’s 1.4-litre tank; it’ll sauté or boil, then simmer before blending up the results, keeping it warm till you’re ready to sup. Healthy, fast and simple.
Best Mixers: Magimix Le Mini Plus
Combines Sabatier blades and all the functionality you’d expect from Magimix with a more compact footprint and a choice of 11 vibrant colours. Tasty.
Best Kitchen Accessories: Bugatti Uma Kitchen Scale
Bugatti turns what’s traditionally the ugliest of all appliances into a thing of beauty by combining chromed stainless steel with vibrantly hued, thermoplastic containers. The UMA measurement resetting system lets you weigh several ingredients at once with read-outs for each, and the dial doubles as a kitchen timer.
Best Kitchen Accessories: Jacob Jenson kettle
Have designer tiffin time with this sandblasted aluminium kettle. The lid opens with a touch and there’s a removable limescale filter.
Best Kitchen Accessories: Imperia SP150 pasta machine
Fancy a bit of culinary showing off? This is so quick compared to hand rolling, but oh so superior to buying pasta. Once you’ve finished wowing your house guests, it’s also a doddle to clean.
Best Kitchen Accessories: Joseph Joseph switch peeler
At one end lurks a standard peeler; at the other a julienne blade - a great one-two for any travelling fruit and veg aficionado.
Best Kitchen Accessories: Kinto floating tea strainer
Put your tea leaves in the strainer, drop it into a cup of hot water, and it fl oats. Let it brew. Take out. Drink up. Repeat. Bye-bye, PG Tips…
Price: £22 | Link: kinto.co.jp
Best Kitchen Accessories: Krups XL-2000 Milk Frother
If you like your coffee frothy but can’t be bothered messing around with a jug and a steamer spout, then this Krups Milk Frother is a must have. Whack in a cup’s worth of cow juice, hit one of three settings: cappuccino, latte or straight hot milk and moments later you’ve got yourself the perfect cuppa. It’s easy to clean too but the real killer blow is the hidden bonus feature. Chuck in chunks of milk chocolate, hit any of the three settings and before you can say “do want Baileys in that?” you’ve got the perfect frothy hot chocolate.
Best Kitchen Accessories: The Herby Brother Chopper
Make like a more culinary Wolverine and rock that thyme into oblivion with these dual claws of adamantium (stainless steel, strictly speaking).
Price: £25 | Link: ziggiziggi.com
Best Kitchen Accessories: Belgian Waffler
This non-stick baker serves up crisp waffles with deep pockets to soak up your favourite toppings. It’s nice and compact, and works on induction, electric, gas and ceramic hobs – so you really have no excuses for not owning one.
Best Kitchen Accessories: Vipp15 Bin Copenhagen
Found in the architecture and design wing of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, this 14-litre pedal bin is made of zinc-coated stainless steel.
Price: £255 | Link: vipp.com
Best Kitchen Accessories: Master Class Cook’s Blowtorch
Caramelises sugar toppings on crème brulée, browns meringues and chases unwelcome visitors from your kitchen. No you can’t try a bit.
Best Kitchen Accessories: Yves Béhar SodaStream
Like Madonna, this fizzy pop merchant has been around for years, but reinvents itself for each new era. This fresh, “reduce and refine”, space-saving look from the guy who created the Jambox brings a lock ’n’ load bottle, LED display and touch-responsive top surface.
Price: Various from £69.99 | Link: sodastream.co.uk
Best Kitchen Accessories: Onion Goggles
Fashionable they are not, but a “no more tears” foam seal to protect eyes from evil vapours, they are.
Best Kitchen Accessories: Conran Wine Filter & Pourer
This prevents cork and sediment from besmirching your vino, while giving an even pour for better aeration and fewer spillages.
Price: £32 | Link: conranshop.co.uk