Top 10 brunch gadgets

Take a homemade brunch to the next level with our review of the best tools and gadgets for putting on a spread in no time, easing you into the weekend...

poached eggs benedict with smoked salmon on white background

Whether you're entertaining friends or family at the weekend, or simply want to read the Sunday papers while indulging in your favourite brunch dish, make sure you have the right kit to maximise your me-time.
 

Best... frying pan

 

 

Black divided frying pan on white background

Master Pan divided frying pan
We never realised how messy things can get trying to cook lots of breakfast items together until we tried this brilliant frying pan with lots of cooking sections. There's no need to despair over runny baked beans spilling into fried eggs as this frying pan has a compartment for everything. Storage wise, it may not suit if you're limited on cupboard space as it spans nearly 40cm in width, however you'll find no limit to the amount of items you can cook in each little segment. When we tried it out we had no problems with food sticking, meaning minimum cooking oil was needed and cleaning was easy. A solid investment that will get lots of use. (£44.99) Buy from Amazon

Check out our review of the five best non-stick frying pans
 

Best... poaching pan 

stainless steel poaching pan with black handle on white background

ProCook Gourmet steel 4-egg poacher
For those who love to brunch, a poaching pan should be considered a kitchen cupboard essential – and if you're looking for a reliable pan that delivers perfect poached eggs every time, this is the one. The ProCook poaching pan allows you to make consistently runny poached eggs within minutes and you don't have to waste time cooking them one-by-one, or risk a burn by having to swirl boiling water around a regular saucepan. Although it claims to be dishwasher safe, we would recommend you clean the individual compartments by hand as, with most pans, they may lose their non-stick properties over time. (£37) Buy from ProCook.

Now, how about whipping up some eggs Benedict? Check out our collection of poached egg recipes.
 

Best... pancake griddle 

Black flat griddle pan on white backgroundLakeland Swift flat griddle pan
Calling all pancake lovers... Lakeland's griddle pan offers a foolproof way to turn out perfect pancakes every time. When we put it to the test, we used hardly any oil because of the pan's super non-stick properties. You can also class it as a practical purchase because, apart from making pancakes, you can also use it for cooking naan breads, Welsh cakes, drop scones and omelettes. The pan can be used on all types of hobs and is also fairly easy to clean. (£65.99) Buy from Lakeland

 

Best... waffle maker

Stainless steel waffle maker on white backgroundCuisinart WAF1U waffle maker 
As waffles for breakfast (and dessert) become increasingly popular, lots of us are tempted to try making them at home. This machine is ideal if you're a novice and with our homemade waffle recipe, you can create perfect crispy creations with ease. It's great fun with the kids too, but it gets hot pretty quickly so we advise that an adult takes control when it comes to pressing the waffles. (£54) Buy from Currys

 

Best... toaster

See-through stainless steel toaster on white backgroundMagimix Vision toaster
We all have strong opinions on how light or dark we think our toast should be and now, with this incredible see-through gadget, we can actually watch the toasting process to make sure the end product is just right. As well as adding a bit of theatre to the kitchen, we found it really easy to use, attractive while sitting idle on the kitchen counter and quite simple to clean with a handy slide-out crumb tray. The attention to design, inside and out, is reflected in the price. (£149.99) Buy from Argos

 

Best... coffee machine 

Red espresso coffee machine on white backgroundKitchenAid Nespresso Artisan coffee maker
Wake up and smell the coffee! We reviewed the best equipment for that perfect cup of java in our coffee machine review and the KitchenAid Nespresso came out on top. This pod machine doesn’t have a milk attachment but the coffee extraction is excellent and if you are looking for milk-based coffee drinks, the Nespresso range has plenty of options. It’s quite large for a pod machine (almost as big as a manual home espresso maker) but the water chamber is built-in so the whole thing feels neat and tidy. (£309) Buy from KitchenAid

 

Best... slow juicer

Cream retro SMEG slow juicer on white backgroundSmeg slow juicer
Juicing is a fast-growing trend and fresh juice is a great addition to any brunch. This Smeg slow juicer, with its classic retro design, was crowned our Star Buy when we put a range of machines to the test. It affords you the option of two strainers for fine or thicker juice, producing incredibly smooth results. In contrast to some of the heavy and unattractive machinery on the market, this slickly designed and relatively lightweight model would keep pride of place on our kitchen counter. (£449.99) Buy from Smeg.

Check out which other machines made our list of the top 5 juicers.
 

Best... egg cups

Rainbow coloured stoneware egg cups on white backgroundLe Creuset stoneware rainbow egg cups
Add a splash of colour to your brunch service with this beautiful set of rainbow egg cups. True to the iconic style of Le Creuset, each stoneware egg cup is made from specialist clay, making them all robust, durable and safe for putting in the dishwasher. (£45) Buy from Le Creuset

Don't forget to check our guide to making the perfect boiled egg.

 

Best... avocado gadget

black and white avocado tool on white backgroundOXO Good Grips 2-in-1 avocado slicer
If you're looking for a tool that cuts open, pits and slices your avocado, allowing you to create the perfect avo on toast in a flash, this quirky little gadget is what you need. The blade is relatively sharp so it cuts through the skin of the avocado with ease, however it's not too sharp that you worry about cutting yourself. The slicer creates evenly-sized chunks of avocado which make for a pretty impressive dish at brunch time. (£8.75) Buy from OXO

 

Best... toast handling 

Red bamboo toast tong tool on white backgroundDivertimenti Pebbly magnetic toast tongs
Don't be fooled into thinking this is another gimmicky kitchen gadget – this set of bamboo toaster tongs is a genius way of avoiding burnt fingertips when retrieving toast from piping hot toasters. Particularly handy with larger appliances where pieces of bread may get lost inside, you will soon come to wonder why you didn't already have this fun and inexpensive kitchen accessory. (£5.50) Buy from Divertimenti.

Once you're kitted out with the best brunch gadgets, you'll want to host brunch every weekend. For more product picks, visit our reviews section and don't forget to check out our brunch recipes

What's your most valued piece of brunch equipment? Share your thoughts with us below...


This review was last updated in August 2017. If you have any questions, suggestions for future reviews or spot anything that has changed in price or availability please get in touch at goodfoodwebsite@bbc.com. 

 

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siannewbury
14th Aug, 2017
a toast handler is not a gimmick?
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