The best gear for your own Great British Bake Off: stand mixers, range cookers, hand blenders and more

Laying out the kit you need, so you can take back the time to enjoy it

You’re on the hunt for the right gear to suit the situation and don’t have the time to spend trawling the interwebs. Fear not T3 is here.

This guide will offer you the best of the best, the cream of the crop, so you know what to buy for what you need - no matter what it is.

This week it’s all about bringing you the best gear to get your Great British Bake Off going on. That means items that make the whole process of baking easier so you can focus on creating a better end result. We’re not saying you’ll be in for a Hollywood hand-shake but you should be able to bake impressive enough creations to keep your family and friends in awe. From stand mixers to range cookers, these are the best bits of kit to get you to the level of baking behemoth.

Best stand mixers

Stand mixers are the golden boys of the kitchen tech world. With the recent, reasonably inexplicable, explosion in the popularity of baking, many people are even buying them and ACTUALLY USING THEM, rather than having them serve their traditional purpose: looking nice and impressing visitors to your kitchen, who went away thinking you were baking all the time, even though you actually were not.

Our favourite stand mixer at the moment is the Sage The Scrape Mixer Pro. It may not be the most beautiful, but it's fantastic as well as being quiet.

The best stand mixer 2017

Best hand blender

When it comes to instant food prep or whipping up a quick solo smoothie or soup, you don’t necessarily want to be dragging out a huge tabletop blender.

Instead, reach for a hand blender. The BEST hand blender.

Best hand blenders 2017

Best range cookers

Range cookers are the SUVs of the cooking world. They're a sizeable hob and a semi-pro oven, in one peer-group-pleasing package.

If you're looking for a new one but haven’t a clue where to begin, you can stop right here because we’ve done our homework. And our cakework. 

The best range cookers 2017

Best bread makers

For the cheaters out there the easy way to bake bread is using a dedicated bread maker. Bread making has been a British tradition since the Middle Ages, but its reputation has been sullied by mass production, dubious additives and Mother's Pride.

Rest assured there'll be no more of those kind of shoddy, dough-based results when you have a bread maker, though. When they work well, it really is as simple as chucking in a load of ingredients and then going away to do something more productive. There's no kneading, no stirring, no pouring in of mixed seeds: the best bread makers do it for you.

Best bread makers 2017