In today’s highly connected world, with our smartphones in hand we’re literally just a few clicks away from ordering our next meal online. It’s a tempting but expensive habit to get into, so for most of us the weekly budget means we need to prepare our own food at home. Even if you hate the idea of cooking, preparing your own food comes with many benefits - it encourages family bonding, builds good habits, and puts food safety and cleanliness control in your hands. And to top it all off, home cooked meals are generally more nutritious and a healthier option than fast food meals.
Whether you are a culinary novice, a certified genius in the kitchen or just looking out for the perfect gift for your partner, we’ve done the hard work for you and found 2018’s best kitchen gadgets that will have you whipping up a storm in no time.*
1. 3L Air Fryer 5 Star Chef | $82.95 at Amazon
An air fryer is a great investment if you are trying to eat healthier. With 80% less fat you’ll definitely feel a lot less guilty since your food will be crispy and flavourful without the need to fry it in lots of oil. It also comes with a recipe book.
2. Kogan Precision Cooker Stick Sous Vide | $149 from Kogan
Sous-vide is all the rage thanks to foodie realty television. It’s a method of slow cooking food by vacuum sealing with herbs and spices and then cooking at a consistent (usually quite low) temperature. This unique gadget makes sure your food is cooked evenly and to perfection. Once you set the temperature and timer, just clamp it on to the edge of your pot and wait for your perfect meal to cook.
3. KitchenAid Artisan Series Stand Mixer | $549 from Kogan
KitchenAid has long been a premium brand and for anyone who loves to bake, this is a definite must have. It comes with a 10-speed slide control ranging from a very fast whip to a very slow stir, which makes it easier to get the desired consistency. The high-quality stainless steel also keeps ingredients nice and cool as they mix; perfect for our Aussie climate as it reduces the risk of splitting and gets those egg whites extra fluffy.
4. The Master Pan Nonstick Divided Meal Skillet | $196 from Amazon
What we love about this nifty little skillet is that you can actually cook 5 different kinds of food all in the same pan - because it has divided areas, your different foods won’t bleed or blend into each other. It’s quite a large pan but because it’s made from cast iron just 1 burner is all you’ll need to distribute heat evenly.
5. George Foreman Veggie Spiraliser | $65.00 from Catch of the Day
If you want to cut down on those carbs but still enjoy pasta, this spiraliser is the gadget for you! Instantly create your favourite pasta from veggies like zucchini, carrots and parsnips with the turn of a dial.
6. Chef'n XL Garlic Chopper | $21.95 from Kogan
Love garlic but hate the smell of it on your fingers when you try to crush it? Then this is the perfect kitchen tool for you. Dual gears let you get the most out of each clove and you can also customise how coarse or fine you want your garlic chopped.
7. Self Cooling Ice Cream Maker | $188 from Kogan
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! You’ll never run out with this handy ice cream maker in your kitchen repertoire. No pre-chilling or bowl freezing required, just pour in your ingredients and let it get to work – quick, easy and cost effective!
8. Russell HobbsExpress Chef Digital Multi Cooker | $149.00 from Big W
This awesome pressure cooker will save the day when you need to whip up a tasty meal in a hurry. It features 7 pressure settings for quick meals and also has 4 non-pressure settings to slow cook or sauté. It even comes with an auto keep-warm feature so your meal can stay hot once it’s finished cooking.
9. Nutribullet | $169.00 from Target
If you’re a bit late jumping on to the green smoothie bandwagon, here’s your chance to get with it! The Nutribullet 1000 watt 9 piece set comes with a pocket nutritionist and recipe book and includes 2 different cups. The drop and go auto blast feature means you’ll be whipping up a delicious treat before you can say healthy smoothie!
10. Thermomix | $2089.00 – sold through independent Thermomix Consultants
Yes we know it’s a bit on the pricey side but with a Thermomix in your kitchen you don’t really need much else. It brings together the functions of 10 appliances into one compact unit. Yes that’s right – TEN:
Need it now?
Like the sound of that Thermomix but the budget won’t quite stretch that far at the moment? These super versatile little machines will save you a whole heap of time and money - and we can help you get your hands on one sooner rather than later! Just check out our cash loans from $1,000 to find out how quick and easy it is to get your hands on some extra funds. Once a loan is approved, we can usually deposit the cash into your bank account within a few hours - so you could get your Thermomix order in today!
* Prices quoted are correct at date of publishing (11 October 2018) and may be subject to change.