With so many spiralizers, blenders, food processors and other kitchen gadgets jostling for position, it can be difficult to know which model to invest in. Luckily, we’ve done the hard work for you, and gathered together some real-world reviews you can trust, from foodies like yourselves.
Read on to find out which kitchen gadget came out on top.
Chef’n Potato Rice: 9/10
Amy, of She Cooks, She Eats, took on the challenge of testing out the Chef’n Potato Rice, a nifty gadget designed to help you whip up the perfect, creamy mash. This versatile ricer is also said to be handy for pureeing fruit and vegetables for baby food, but what did Amy think?
“I think this might be my new favourite kitchen gadget. I boiled the potatoes until they were soft and fed them through this into a bowl, which I then roughly mixed together with a fork and served. Even without adding milk and butter they were fluffy, light and lovely. It was also really easy to clean – I was initially scathing about how much use it’d be being able to remove the metal bowl, but actually it meant I was able to get into the nooks and crannies of the ricer much more easily.”
The Spiralizer has taken the health food world by storm, but does it actually work? Michelle Minnar, foodie-extraordinaire at Greedy Gourmet, put the Spiralizer to the test – would it really create a delicious alternative to pasta? Or leave Michelle craving a bowl of traditional spaghetti bolognese?
“The internet became awash with courgetti recipes a few years ago when the Spiralizer came onto the market. With healthy fats being everyone's new best friend and carbs being vilified, this gadget is great if you'd like to switch to a healthier lifestyle. You can save calories by substituting pasta with swirly vegetable strands, and it tastes fantastic, too. Setup is super easy; I didn't even need the manual. Watching how a courgette is transformed into seriously long spaghetti is hypnotic and older kids will enjoy cooking with mum or dad. Just watch for the sharp edges!”
VonShef Whole Fruit Juicer: 7.9/10
Daisy Hatami, head foodie at Pretty Green Tea, reviewed the VonShef Whole Fruit Juicer. The Great British Food Magazine rated the juicer as one of their top five juicers on the market, and with a sleek, stainless steel finish and 990W maximum power setting, we can understand why. With juicing heading up the ranks of health food trends, we couldn’t wait to see whether Daisy thought the juicer measured up to the hype.
“I found the machine fairly easy to clean by hand, but it's useful that all the removable parts can also be popped into the dishwasher.
This juicer is very easy to use. You can put whole fruits into the machine but, out of habit, I always chop mine first. There are suction pads on the bottom of the juicer to stop it moving about on the worktop when it's in action. I found the machine to be quite noisy, but I'm yet to find a quiet one. The machine works quickly to juice the fruit and vegetables so I didn't find the noise an issue overall.”
Culinare One Touch: 6.8/10
Tin openers can be fiddly and frustrating, which is why the Culinare One Touch got us so excited. Incorporating a magnet that latches onto the tin, and operational with just the touch of a button, it certainly sounds like this could be the answer to our prayers. Emily Knight, of Bristol Bites, took on the challenge of reviewing this convenient gadget.
“A battery-operated tin opener seems like a great way to save time, but I'm not convinced by this one. There are good aspects - like the magnet that sticks to the lid to make it easier to dispose of.
The idea is simple: push a button on the top to start the battery-operated opener, and it'll slice through the can, making it easy to open. In reality, though, it's not that easy: I find it hard to make the first cut to get the thing started, and it doesn't seem to work too well on larger, thicker tins.”
John Lewis Pasta Machine: 6/10
There’s nothing like homemade food, but when it comes to things like pasta, it feels much easier to buy the ready-made stuff. There’s something to be said for savouring something made with your own fair hands, however, so we couldn’t wait to see what Erren Hart, of Erren’s Kitchen’s review would reveal about the John Lewis pasta machine.
“I would have returned the machine, if I had bought it. I know I just said I was successful at making pasta and I was, but we did find metal shavings in the edges (even though I ran some dough through a few times to start like it said in the instructions). During the entire session, it happened every time the dough touched the edges. I had to keep trimming it down to remove the shavings. It also came apart a couple of times during use. This wasn’t a terrible disaster, but it happened and it shouldn’t. So should you buy it? No.”
So, the scores are in: which of 2016’s five must-have kitchen gadgets comes in at number one? We’re pleased to announce that the winner is the Chef’n Potato Ricer!
Versatile and effective, this nifty gadget is the perfect way to make gloriously creamy mashed potatoes in no time. Would you agree, or have you discovered your very own kitchen saviour this year? Let us know!