New kettles do far more than just boil water. As well as being available in a range of colours and material finishes, jugs also pack in useful features. Certain models can keep water at a desired temperature, show you the temperature on a digital display and save temperature settings.
Breville’s Smart Kettle has preset options for different types of tea and a soft open lid to prevent steam racing out and scalding your skin.
A staple of any well-equipped kitchen, the blender is useful for pureeing foods, creaming soups and creating delicious gravies. Unlike jugs and toasters, however, there hasn’t been the same sort of innovation in the blender space.
Instead, there are now a number of smaller, more powerful blenders available, including the Magic Bullet and Nutri Bullet. The focus of these appliances is on ease of use, as they often include to-go cups that you attach to the bladed part of the blender. Once attached, you create your smoothie or shake, detach the bladed section and pop on a portable lid.
Electric frypans (also known as electric skillets) aren’t an entirely necessary kitchen appliance, but they can prove quite useful if the food you’re cooking requires a steady temperature. Unlike the stove, these appliances are far more adept at maintaining consistent temperatures, making them great for pancakes as well as most fried foods.
Sunbeam’s Classic Banquet electric frypan is an excellent example of the kinds of features you can expect to find in one of these appliances. There are a number of heat settings, a glass lid and teflon coating.
As with blenders, there hasn’t been much innovation when it comes to food processors. At the higher end of the market, you’ll find models like Sunbeam’s Cafe Series, which is adept at grating, variable slicing, julienne and shredding. It also uses a stainless steel interlock to avoid food catching and building up.
When purchasing appliances for your kitchen, the key thing is to shop around – and stick to the most reputable brands. By paying for cheaper, no-name appliances, you run the risk of buying appliances unable to keep up with the demands of food preparation, or failing after a very short period of time.
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