We all have well-used kitchen essentials, but there’s nothing like a cool kitchen gadget to make cooking a lot more exciting.


On a practical level, useful gadgets can not only change the way you cook but save you time and money, particularly if you choose a multifunctional piece of kit. This collection is a round-up of some of the best kitchen gadgets we’ve tried and tested, top-rated for their quality, value for money and overall genius (among other things).

From cleverly designed budget buys that prove you don’t have to break the bank to to find a great kitchen gadget, to multi-functional machines that over-perform in their versatility, whatever your budget or kitchen size, discover 30 of the best and brightest new kitchen gadgets to buy in 2022.

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Must-have kitchen gadgets and accessories for 2023

Lakeland My Kitchen silicone-coated mini cooking spatula


Best mini spatula

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Small but mighty, an inexpensive mini silicone spatula is an endlessly useful tool in the kitchen. Use it for custard, melting chocolate, getting every last drop out of a jar and much more.

Read on to find more of the best spatulas.

OXO Good Grips julienne prep peeler


Best julienne peeler

This kitchen gadget is both thrifty and nifty, and will save you the hassle of fiddly chopping. Its little blades are uber-sharp. Just drag it along the veg as if peeling to get perfectly julienned strips of goodness.

Looking for a standard peeler? Read our best peeler review.

Joseph Joseph Folio chopping board set


Best chopping board set

Out of all the chopping boards we’ve tested, this set by Joseph Joseph is our favourite. It’s a contemporary looking space-saver with a ‘library’ stacker design that has four slots for four boards. Each has non-slip feet, too, which is a nice touch.

Read our best chopping boards review for more.

AnySharp knife sharpener


Best knife sharpener

With a sucker to secure it to your work surface, the AnySharp gives you added security when sharpening knives. It’s a secure way to ensure an extra-sharp finish on the blades.

Read on for our best knife sharpeners

Magic reusable non-stick baking tray liner sheet


Best reusable liner

We should all be making a concerted effort to use fewer single-use items. This reusable liner can be used in place of baking parchment and foil. Best of all, it lasts for up to five years, saving you lots in the long term.

For more sustainable ideas, head over to our best sustainable gifts round-up.

KitchenAid K400 blender

KitchenAid blender in red

Best blender

Rated the best blender to keep on the countertop, this KitchenAid is as sleek-looking as it is powerful. This blender is a real workhorse, and it powered through all of our tests with absolute ease.

Read our full review of the KitchenAid K400 blender

ProCook ice mould, two globes


Best novelty ice cube mould

This ice cube mould makes two spherical ice balls. It's easy to fill and dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning. This is ideal for making cocktails or even your morning iced coffee extra-special.

Head to our best easy cocktail recipes for inspiration.

KitchenAid mini chopper 5KFC3516

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Best mini chopper

A mini chopper is a super-nifty gadget to keep on hand in the kitchen, and best of all, it takes up very little space. This KitchenAid model powered through a variety of tests and produced a perfectly smooth curry paste.

Read our best mini chopper review.

Ninja Foodi MAX health grill & air fryer

Ninja Foodi MAX Health Grill & Air Fryer, best air fryers

Best air fryer

Useful? Tick. Cool? Tick. Air fryers are a versatile appliance that uses little to no oil to achieve a similar texture to deep-frying. This Ninja model requires no oil and doubles as a health grill for any meat or vegetable cooking.

Read our full review Ninja Foodi MAX health grill & air fryer.

Microplane spice mill

A spice mill with whole and ground spices

Best spice mill

This neat and compact spice mill is a niche product, but if you cook often with nutmeg, cinnamon or even tonka beans, this Microplane mill grinds ingredients to a fine powder. A must-have if you often cook with those ingredients.

Read our full Microplane spice mill review.

Salter 10kg glass electronic digital kitchen scales


Best kitchen scales

While they're not the most glamorous of kitchen gadgets, a pair of good-quality kitchen scales will make cooking a lot easier and more enjoyable. Salter is the go-to brand for great scales, and this model holds up to an impressive 10kg.

Read our best kitchen scales review.

Microplane zester/grater

Microplane Zester

Best fine grater

The grater of choice for home cooks and chefs alike, the Microplane zester/grater features ultra-sharp blades that produce fine and even results, whether grating cheese or chocolate, or zesting ginger or citrus.

Breville HeatSoft VFM021 hand mixer


Best nifty hand mixer

Although this looks like a standard hand mixer, the Breville HeatSoft features an inbuilt heater, ideal for softening butter when you've forgotten to take it out of the fridge ahead of time. We love the storage box, too.

Read our full Breville HeatSoft VFM021 hand mixer review.

Joseph Joseph Nest 9 Plus


Best mixing bowls

A set of mixing bowls is an absolute essential if you love to cook. These nesting bowls from Joseph Joseph take up very little space, and the bowls come in a good range of sizes. There are even measuring cups.

Read our best mixing bowls review.

Our Place knife trio

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Best knife set of the basics

Everyone should have a set of basic knives: one bread knife, one chef's knife and one paring knife. This set from ultra-Instagrammable brand Our Place impressed us in test and looks great to boot.

Click here for more of the best knife sets.

Thermapen Professional


Best thermometer

For meats, fish, bakes and patisserie, a great-quality thermometer ensures accurate and safe results every time. The Thermapen delivers ultra-accurate results in seconds.

Find more thermometers in our best thermometers review.

Smeg milk frother

Smeg milk frother in white

Best milk frother

A must-have gadget for anyone who loves a cappuccino or latte but doesn't have the space for a full-blown coffee machine. We love this Smeg model for its sleek design, large capacity and consistent heating abilities.

Read our best milk frothers review.

Oxo Good Grips kitchen & herb scissors

OXO Kitchen & Herb Scissors

Best kitchen scissors with inbuilt herb stripper

Every keen cook needs a good pair of kitchen scissors, and no, that pair you've had for 10 years just won't cut it. These scissors cut through poultry and woody herbs with ease. We love the herb strimmer that makes removing fiddly needles and leaves a doddle.

Find more reviews in our best kitchen scissor review.

Kenwood Titanium Chef Patissier XL

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Best stand mixer

A stand mixer is like an extra pair of hands in the kitchen, but this Kenwood Chef Patissier XL is on a whole other level. Not only did it excel in our classic mixer tests, it also comes with inbuilt scales and bowl warming for proving bread or melting chocolate.

Read our full Kenwood Titanium Chef Patissier XL review.

School of Wok Wok & Roll 33cm round bottom wok

School of Wok Wok & Roll 33cm round bottom wok

Best traditional carbon steel wok

Not just the tool for speedy stir-fries, a good-quality wok can be used for standard frying and deep-frying. This uncoated wok requires a little bit of work to season it properly and develop flavour, but once that's done, it'll pay you back in dividends.

Looking for a non-stick wok? Read our best wok review.

Hotel Chocolat Podcycler


Best sustainable gadget

Senior digital reviews writer Anya Gilbert called the Podcycler a 'game-changer'. This small device is a must-buy for those with a pod coffee machine. The Podcycler separates the spent coffee grounds from the pod, making it easier to recycle.

Read our full review of the best pod coffee machines

OXO Good Grips chef's mandoline 2.0


Best versatile mandoline

The gadget of choice for guaranteed uniform results. We rated this OXO Good Grips model for its 21 easy to adjust settings, plus matchstick, waffle and crinkle-cut options. For those nervous about using a mandoline, this model also comes with a finger guard.

Read our review of the best mandolines.

Wacaco Minipresso GR

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Best portable espresso maker

This compact and handy little gadget produces a smooth, full-bodied, single shot of espresso with a thick crema top. We love the convenience of this espresso machine, which is ideal for use at home or on the go.

Read our full Wacaco Minipresso GR review.

Ninja Foodi multi-cooker OP350UK

Ninja Foodi 9-in-1 multicooker 6-litre OP350UK

Best blow-out multitasking multi-cooker

This is another multi-function gadget that we highly rate. Make easy everyday meals like our slow-cooker beef stew with minimal effort, or switch through other functions including pressure cooker, steamer or air-fryer. It can also roast, sear and sauté.

Lakeland cooling rolling pin

Lakeland rolling pin

Best innovative rolling pin

This rolling pin is ideal for pastry or any other ingredients than need to be kept cool. Simply fill the chamber with ice or water and roll out your dough without any sticking. We also like the metric and imperial measurements printed on either end.

Read our full best rolling pins review.

Perfect Pot


Best multi-functional casserole dish

This sleek and attractive casserole dish claims to offer eight different cooking tools in one. It impressed us in test and we love the trivet for our one-pot chicken with chorizo & new potatoes test. The casserole dish is significantly lighter than others we've tested, too.

Read our full Perfect Pot first look review.

BRITA Style water filter jug


Best water filter jug

Rated the best all-round water filter jug, we favoured this BRITA jug for its sleek design and useful traffic light indicator that lets you know if you'll need to replace your filter soon. The reservoir holds one litre, so it's a great option for couples.

Netherton Foundry 12-inch Prospector pan


Best iron skillet

Made in England, this Netherton Foundry pan is much-loved by chefs and cooks. It's made from spun iron, so is slightly lighter than traditional cast iron. Its non-stick coating is impressive and it sears food brilliantly well, too.

Read our full best cast iron skillet review

De Buyer micro-perforated aluminium baking tray


Best baking tray for crisp bottoms

If you bake a lot of pastry, this nifty tray from De Buyer is a great buy. The tray consists of hundreds of holes that allow air to circulate fully, ensuring a crisp, even bake, top to bottom.

Read our best puff pastry recipes.

Stasher sandwich bag


Best reusable storage bags

These sturdy silicone storage bags are a brilliant alternative to single-use plastic sandwich bags. They form a tight seal and are versatile, too: they'll happily go in the microwave, freezer and dishwasher.

Looking for more sustainable products? Head over to our best sustainable gifts round-up.

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