Your kitchen might have appliances that are very helpful in preparing meals at any time of the day. You might also have some literally useless and very unsuspecting items. If there could ever be a best of the best and worst of the worst mash-up of kitchen accessories and gadgets guide, this is it. We’ll also give you a bit of info and bonus tips on what makes these items useful or not so great.
5 best kitchen accessories
Food steamers have been gaining traction now for the last couple of years. They’re considered the new slow cooker and are great for making entire meals. What’s interesting is that it uses steam to cook your food to perfection. This 2-tier design allows you to separate your favorite foods on two separate shelves. It’s also set-up so you can steam items on a timer. It also gives you quick tips on how long specific items right next to the timer switch.
It also features a water level so you know how much water is left in your reservoir. The advantage is adding herbs to your water to infuse vegetables and food with more flavors.
This convenient microwave features all the best functions that you want in a microwave. It’s a 360-degree rotation cooker and has 700 watts that can be varied for cooking settings. It also has a great LED display that tells you which function gets activated. There’s also a nice big button that serves as the start button. It defrosts based on weight and set to specific times, so you can’t go wrong. There are also 0.7 cubic feet so it’s perfect for self-serve meals.
What makes this microwave ideal is that it has a child-proof lock that locks the keypad. This means it won’t work by accident if they play with the buttons.
No matter what you want to call them, slow cookers are the modern-day crockpot. The advantage is that it’s a pressure cooker that will cook your food faster. This is great for soups, chili, meat stew, and even steaming rice. It also allows up to 3 quarts inside the main vessel but you can also buy a 6 quart and 8-quart model additionally. The control setting already features recipe functions for what you’re cooking.
Three pressure settings will also speed-up or slow down the types of food you want to prepare. One advantage is being able to sterilize baby bottles and other selected items.
Induction cooktops are handy since they heat up quickly and are handy for certain types of meals you cook. It replaces the old-style heating pad that’s a fan favorite to college dorms. This induction stove also has two separate heating elements that are well vented for being an induction cooktop. The advantage with these kinds of kitchen accessories is that you can cook up to 1800 watts and uses touch sensors to control heat settings.
The nice this about this model is that it’s completely child safe and has touch sensor locks so it can’t be turned on by accident. It has automatic settings that determine the boiling point, steaming, frying, and warming settings.
Oven top tandoor
This tandoor cooking pot is quite an achievement that combines a few key features that help cook your food. You can place this on any gas stove which cooks that unmistakable Tandoori chicken. It’s excellent for pizzas too. The only limitations are what you put into this unique pot. It won’t break like other oven top tandoors since the heat generated can shatter glass tops. This well-constructed stainless steel hold-up quite well as a result.
The diameter allows 13 inches of cooking space with a convenient grill lid. It also comes with a free pair of tongs to move your chicken and food items around.
5 worst kitchen accessories
Electric martini shaker
We’re not sure how this odd machine can make a martini better, since some menial tasks are now getting sidelined. But some items do find their way into the kitchen for meaningful reasons. The disadvantage of this machine is that it’s from the UK, so it does need an electrical adapter plug. The vessel contains a 20-ounce mixing cup so it could be used for making milkshakes ideally.
Egg counter storage tray
Here’s a quirky egg tray that comes with an interactive app. You can see which egg is the oldest and how many you have remaining using sensors in this tray. It also alerts you with notifications when you start to run low. You just can’t make this kind of stuff up unless you see it for yourself. Somehow it can also indicate if your eggs are going bad so you never risk cracking open a rotten egg.
Now that everyone is using the smartphone to do everything, here’s a kettle that works via the iKettle app. Now you can set and start your water boiling using an app. The temperature can also be set to keep the water at a select temperature too. It can even work with smart home devices such as Amazon Alexa and Google Home. If you need a kettle that boils water using your phone, this kettle is perfect for you.
Taste enhancing fork
As if smell-o-vision could ever be a thing this fork is following closely in those footsteps. This set provides you with 4 forks that can contain flavor-enhancing scents while you eat. The scents can be combined to create a unique eating experience that may change the way you think about food. There are a total of 21 aromas that you can apply a drop onto a white pad that’s inserted into the smell center of each fork.
Electric wine opener
It used to be that a wine bottle opener was a tough job getting the cork out of the bottle. Now you can have a machine that automatically takes out the cork for you. What makes this kind of kitchen accessories device even more special, is that it comes with its own recharging base so it’s always ready to open any wine bottle. This model even comes with a free foil cutter so the foil cap can be removed with a nice clean cut line.