1. 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.
£120 | Tefal
2. 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.
Price: £95 | Link: philips.co.uk
3. 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.
Price: £70 | Link: georgeforeman.co.uk
4. 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: £35 | Link: uk.russellhobbs.com
5. Best Grills: Tefal XL health grill
Tefal’s griller has a manual thermostat, but is still hot enough to get a proper sizzle on. Whether you open up the grill hotplate-style or use it conventionally, there’s loads of room for meat and veg. Ugly but effective.
Price: £90 | Link: tefal.co.uk
6. 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
7. 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