The best health gadgets and kit for supporting your goals
Cooking nutritious meals from scratch is easier when you have clever kitchen kit. Read the BBC Good Food review of the best gadgets for health buffs.
Some kitchen gadgets can be used to help support your health goals by making healthy eating quicker, easier and more varied. They'll take tedious pre-work off your hands and often chug away independently, saving you time and leaving you free to focus on other things.
Our reviews experts continuously test the newest and best appliances on the market to bring you trusted recommendations of what's really worth your money. We've compiled a list below of new launches, as well as firm favourites which continue to hold their own against newer releases.
Our review section is full of buyers' advice for everyday kitchen kit, but before filling your cupboards to the nines, it’s worth considering your dietary habits – so we've added some recipe inspiration alongside the gadgets. If you're looking to replace an old appliance or upgrade your kitchen kit, find out how to recycle your old electricals with our handy guide.
So, whether you've kicked off some health changes or are keen to keep cooking balanced and fun, we've got you covered. Discover some of our firm favourites below.
Those eating healthily are likely to want to pack their diet with fresh fruit and vegetables, less fat, and balanced meals, and there are some pieces of kit to help with this.
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Best healthy gadgets at a glance
- Best portable smoothie maker: Ninja Blast portable blender, £49.99
- Best blender for keeping on the countertop: KitchenAid K400 blender, £296.95
- Best versatile juicer: Fridja F1900 juicer, £123.45
- Best multi-cooker for quick results: Ninja Speedi 10-in-1 rapid cooker, £144.45
- Best cast iron grill pan: Le Creuset Signature cast iron Grillit, £111.76
- Best budget salad spinner for storage: Habitat healthy eating salad spinner, £9.50
- Best budget-friendly large dehydrator: SousVide Tools six-tray dehydrator, £75
- Best food processor for small kitchens: Kenwood MultiPro Go food processor, £57
- Best soup maker with extra features: Drew and Cole Soup Chef Pro, £72.99
- Best for lightweight quality: Netherton Foundry 33cm iron wok, £79.35
Best healthy gadgets
Ninja Blast portable blender
Best portable smoothie maker
Star rating: 5/5
Portable blenders are compact and built for convenience. Many are cordless and can be charged by USB, so are great for taking on the go. Quiet and intuitive to use, the Ninja Blast is packed with power and prepares drinks in 30 seconds, easily taking on frozen fruit and veg for making lump-free protein shakes, super berry smoothies, frozen cocktails or even pesto. Just pop it in your travel bag.
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KitchenAid K400 blender
Best blender for keeping on the countertop
Star rating: 4.5/5
A glass-jug blender is an excellent kitchen assistant for helping make delicious soups, drinks, sauces and more. You have total control for adjusting the flavour and texture of recipes to your taste, while also adapting ingredients if you have dietary requirements. Plus they can save you money on shop-bought versions in the long run.
This blender’s glass jug has handy ml and oz measuring notches and is dishwasher-friendly on the top shelf. It’s perfect for blending hot soups and sauces as well as cold drinks.
Blenders are usually packed with power, making them superior to stick blenders for blitzing thicker ingredients. This unlocks recipes including acai bowls, nut butters like almond and sunflower, low-fat and low-sugar 'nice' creams like our quick banana ice cream, and no-cook green pasta sauces using fresh, fibrous ingredients.
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Fridja F1900 juicer
Best versatile juicer
Star rating: 4.5/5
Juicing can be a great way to use up any leftover seasonal fruit and veg, while controlling what goes into your juices to minimise sugar. Juicers can also save you money in the long-term over buying shop-bought cold press juices. This Fridga model is one of the most affordable on the market and can even be used to make sorbet, ice cream and nut milks.
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Ninja Speedi 10-in-1 rapid cooker
Best multi-cooker for quick results
Star rating: 4.5/5 stars
Air-fryers are effectively hyper-efficient mini ovens and can create a crisp exterior on food without the need for any oil. They're a more economical way to cook small quantities than heating your traditional oven and could save you money on your electricity bills when used strategically. They are usually multifunctional so can save you storage space as well as money versus buying multiple appliances. This Ninja model has air-frying among its 10 cooking functions and has a nice contemporary look on the countertop.
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Le Creuset Signature cast iron Grillit
Best cast-iron grill pan
Griddle pans are great at achieving delicious char lines and sealing in flavour, while allowing excess fat to drain off to the sides. This works particularly well when cooking meat, but works well with watery vegetables too. Non-stick or cast-iron griddle pans help to further reduce the oil required by building a non-stick patina over time.
With the right care, a cast-iron pan will last you a lifetime. The Grillet's non-stick capabilities only improve with use. It's oven-safe up to 250C and can be used in pizza ovens, on your BBQ or even over a campfire. It's an investment piece but worth the money.
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Habitat healthy eating salad spinner
Best budget salad spinner for storage
Salad spinners aren't just for salads, they're also great for preparing soft fruits and fresh herbs, which are easily bruised. This one doubles as a practical salad bowl and a lidded storage container. It works like a spin dryer, whizzing water off from its contents using centrifugal force.
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Kenwood MultiPro Go food processor
Best food processor for small kitchens
Star rating: 5/5
Despite its compact footprint, the 1.3L capacity of this Kenwood sits between a mini-chopper and a large food processor, making it an easy-to-store and practical addition to the cupboard. The powerful little motor dices, slices and grates, plus it comes with an express serve bowl attachment for processing ingredients directly into a bowl or pan. It's a fast and simple way to process fresh ingredients whatever the season, such as for courgette fritters, for blitzing fresh aromatics like ginger, turmeric and garlic to freeze in bulk, or for light dishes like this shredded greens salad. Read our full Kenwood MultiPro Go food processor review.
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Drew & Cole Soup Chef Pro
Best soup maker with extra features
Star rating: 4.5/5
Some soup makers take all the various stages of soup making off your hands. This model from Drew & Cole includes a sauté function for the preparation of base ingredients such as onion and garlic or even meats, while also offering blending selectivity for smooth and chunky soups among its six functions. This gadget is one for convenience, good for making hearty meals from fresh and frozen ingredients without the faff of constant stirring.
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Netherton Foundry 33cm iron wok
- Available from Netherton Foundry £79.35
Best for lightweight quality
Not quite a gadget, but an essential tool nonetheless, woks are the perfect pan for cooking hot and quickly, locking in the goodness while maximising the flavour of your ingredients. Made from spun iron with a branded oak handle, this Netherton Foundary wok is the perfect combination of style and substance, offering leading heat conductivity without too much weight. With a bit of seasoning this pan will last a lifetime, whether you're stir-frying crunchy vegetables with immune boosting aromatics, or making delicious noodle dishes like pad Thai, Superfood Singapore noodles or Teriyaki tofu.
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SousVide Tools six-tray dehydrator
Best budget-friendly large dehydrator
Dehydrators stray into the realm of investment, trophy kit. But if you have the space, they can be used for air-drying fruit, veg and meat without losing any of the nutritional benefits, and they can be left to work their magic overnight. This model has six internal trays, making it a practical size for dehydrating in bulk. Its controls are intuitive and, although not the quickest model, the size makes it an efficient way to use up your surplus fruit or veg. Fruit leather is a favourite of ours, and dried tomatoes and mushrooms are flavour bombs for adding to risotto recipes, soups and more.
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