A Guide to Essential Kitchen Equipment

The kitchen is one of my favourite places to be. From prepping new dishes, to cooking and baking, my kitchen is where I feel most at home.

My passion for food means I’m always on the lookout for the best kitchen equipment, so if you’re in need of some inspiration when it comes to the kitchen, you’re in the right place!

I’ve whipped up a selection of the most handy kitchen gadgets, utensils and affordable finds.

Kitchen Equipment List

Stir some style into your home with these handy kitchen utensils and my list of must-have kitchen equipment to enhance your home.

Utensils & Gadgets

Cooking Utensil Set

I always try to buy kitchen utensils that are of a high quality. You don’t want to end up re-buying kitchen items because they haven’t lasted as long as you’d like.

This fantastic Home Hero cooking utensil set is wonderfully versatile and is made from high-quality non-stick silicone and wood to ensure your kitchen equipment lasts.

Home Hero Silicone Cooking Utensils Kitchen Utensil Set - 8 Natural Acacia Wooden Silicone Kitchen Utensils Set - Silicone Utensil Set Spatula Set - Silicone Utensils Cooking Utensil Set
The wooden handles have great heat insulation, protecting your hands from scalding. The silicone heads can withstand temperatures ranging from -22°F/-30°C to 392°F/200°C.

Wooden Spoons Set

Made of solid beech wood, these sturdy spoons are designed with comfortable handles and are safe for non-stick cookware.

So if you’re in search of quality wooden utensils, this OXO Good Grips Utensil Set is ideal for your kitchen.

OXO Good Grips 3-Piece Utensil Set
  • Made of solid beech wood
  • Safe for non-stick cookware

Whisk with Good Grip

A kitchen isn’t complete without an effective whisk that is also comfortable to hold. Your whisk should offer a good grip so you can whisk without worrying about it slipping.

This OXO’s Good Grips 11-Inch Balloon Whisk is designed to ensure you can whisk quickly and effectively with ease, and has become my go-to whisk when I’m baking.

OXO Good Grips Balloon Whisk - 28cm
  • Comfortable, nonslip handle, wet or dry
  • Highly polished stainless-steel wires

Kitchen Tongs

An essential piece of kitchen equipment, it’s well-worth investing in a good pair of tongs. These tongs by StarPack Home do just the trick for getting to grips with your food!

The stainless steel kitchen tongs with high heat resistance and a non-stick silicone tips are perfect for cooking and serving, especially for BBQs and salads.

StarPack Basics Silicone Kitchen Tongs (9-Inch & 12-Inch) - Stainless Steel with Non-Stick Silicone Tips, High Heat Resistant to 480°F, For Cooking, Serving, Grill, BBQ & Salad (Teal Blue)
tarPack Premium Kitchen Tongs with silicone tips offer the best grip and control available, and they won’t melt, rust or flake into your food. These tongs are made with extra thick 1.00mm stainless steel, and feature a ring-pull locking system which is made to last.

Cookware Pots

If you’re in need of handy and affordable cookware, the following set is ideal for you – it’s also fantastically affordable if you’re sticking to a budget.

This sleek black cookware set by AmazonBasics includes the pans you’ll need for frying and cooking, so whether you’re making a stir fry or a soup, you’ll have the kitchen equipment you need to get started.

AmazonBasics 8-Piece Non-Stick Cookware Set
  • 8-piece nonstick cookware set includes 20 cm fry pan, 25 cm fry pan, 1.41 L sauce pan with lid, 2.12 L sauce pan with lid, and 2.83 L casserole pan with lid
  • Aluminum body with non-stick coating for easy cooking and cleaning--BPA-free

Available in a range of colours, this higher end cookware set by Rachael Ray is fantastic for kitchens with a modern or rustic theme. The nonstick pots and pans have been designed with durable aluminium and hard enamel porcelain exteriors.

Rachael Ray 16344 Cucina Nonstick Cookware Pots and Pans Set, Aluminum, Agave Blue
  • Set includes: 1-quart and 3-quart saucepans with lids, 6-quart stockpot with lid, 8.5-inch and 10-inch frying pans, 3-quart saute pan with lid, slotted turner and spoon
  • Durable nonstick cookware design: Nonstick pots and pans are crafted with durable aluminum and sturdy hard enamel porcelain exteriors

Salad Spinners

The next piece of kitchen equipment on my list is a high-quality salad spinner. After testing multiple for my guide to the best salad spinners I found this product really stood out.

My go-to salad spinner is this compact and convenient design by OXO. It is very easy to use, non-slip and is also a nice enough bowl for serving delicious salads to guests.

OXO Good Grips Salad and Herb Spinner, Little -Transparent
  • 10-ounce salad spinner for herbs, berries, salad for two
  • Patented pump mechanism and brake button


Another staple piece of kitchen equipment is a ladle that will last! And this particular ladle has served me well over the years – it is perfect for when I’m making warming soups during the winter.

The silicone and stainless steel ladle by Cooler Kitchen is my go-to recommendation for an affordable, sizeable and high-quality utensil.

Silicone & Stainless Steel Black 4 Ounce Soup Ladle w/CoolGrip Handle & Flexedge Silicone by Cooler Kitchen (4 Oz)
  • OUR STRONG & STURDY LADLES ARE BUILT TO LAST - Flimsy nylon or plastic ladles can break or melt the first time you cook a large pot of thick soup for your family & can often be difficult to clean. What's the point of buying a ladle that will break or melt after a few months?
  • OUR LADLES ARE ALMOST INDISTRUCTABLE UNDER NORMAL USE - LIFETIME GUARANTEE! Instead of weak nylon or plastic, our ladles are made of sturdy STAINLESS STEEL and food grade BPA FREE NON-STICK SILICONE. They are also heat resistant up to 450 degrees, so you know they will not melt. EASY TO CLEAN - No need for intense scraping to remove excess residue. DISHWASHER SAFE!

Wooden Cutting Board

A quality cutting board is essential in my eyes when it comes to the best kitchen equipment. Wooden cutting boards are fantastic and also look lovely in the kitchen.

I went for an organic bamboo cutting board because of the glowing reviews online and the fact it is 100% organic. I’m so pleased to say that it lived up to the reviews – expect plenty of space and a board that doesn’t dull your knives.

Organic Bamboo Cutting Board with Juice Groove - Best Kitchen Chopping Board for Meat (Butcher Block) Cheese and Vegetables | Anti Microbial Heavy Duty Serving Tray w/Handles (XL (18x12"))
  • EXTRA LARGE with SIDE HANDLES to use it as Cutting-Chopping-Cheese Board or Serving Tray.
  • PROFESSIONAL GRADE, KNIFE FRIENDLY: Bamboo won't cause excessive wear and tear to cutlery.

Easy Prep

Pancake Pan

Pancakes are one of our favourite breakfasts in my house – they always go down a treat with my kids, so being able to make multiple at the same time has been a game changer!

This fabulous pancake pan has made my mornings quick and easy, so if your household loves this tasty breakfast just as much as we do, I recommend purchasing a pancake pan such as this one.

GonZalo GraCia. 30cm Non Stick Marble Coated Roti Dosa Tawa Pancake Maker Crepe Pan For Induction and Gas Hob
  • ► This Heavy Crepe Pan Suitable for Gas Hob and Induction Hob
  • ► Specially designed heat proof grip for extra safety & easy use. ► Non-stick coating provides a superior surface that requires less cooking oil. Use plastic , wooden , silicon or nylon utensils to avoid scratching non stick surface.

Vegetable Chopper

My go-to vegetable chopper has really been a life changing addition to my kitchen equipment – the 4 interchangeable blades are ideal for slicing veg quickly and efficiently.

One of the best kitchen gadgets I’ve used is this vegetable chopper and spiraliser with container. It means I can cut everything from potatoes to carrots and cucumbers with ease! This product is so handy and affordable.

Vegetable Chopper Spiralizer Vegetable Slicer - Pro Food Chopper Food Slicer Nicer Dicer - Veg Chopper Onion Chopper with Container - Salad Chopper Manual Onion Cutter (4 Blades)
  • 4 interchangeable blades let you julienne, chop and slice vegetables with ease. Built-in chop lid lets you cut foods directly into the 1.2L collection tray without the mess of a knife and cutting board. STORAGE CONTAINER lets you hold prepared vegetables in the Fullstar Vegetable Cutter until you are ready to begin cooking. This 7-piece set is destined to become the favorite among all your home kitchen tools.
  • Rust resistant heavy-duty 420 stainless steel retains razor sharpness for crisp, smooth cutting and grating. Blades snap in and out with ease. Cut potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots and more.

Instant Pot

My Instant Pot is another game changer when it comes to kitchen equipment. After reading the reviews for this amazing kitchen gadget, I knew I had to give it a go. So, what does it do? Well, this best-seller can serve up to 6 people, making it perfect for my family.

With multi-use features, this go-to gadget does everything from monitoring pressure to adjusting to the perfect temperature. This is essentially a pressure cooker, saute, slow cooker, steamer and warmer all in one.

AmazonBasics 23 in 1 Multi-Purpose Electric Steamer, Pressure Cooker, 5.5 Litre, 1000 W, Brushed Stainless Steel, now with Free Recipe Book (UK plug)
  • Multi-purpose electric cooker with 15 pre-set menu options: Meat, Poultry, Vegetables, Steam, Sauté, Slow Cook, White Rice, Brown Rice, Beans, Broth, Curry, Soup, Multigrain, Congee, and Chili
  • Large 5.5-litre capacity offers a useful size for entertaining or everyday cooking for the family


If you’re stocking up on kitchen equipment essentials, I’d recommend a multi functional toaster that is easy to use and high quality.

This Hamilton Beach Classic 4 Slice Toaster has four fantastic functions for toasting, including the option to defrost, reheat and choose your ideal shade. The large slots have been great for mornings in my house, as we like to toast thicker slices of bread when I buy unsliced loaves or make homemade bread.

Hamilton Beach Classic Chrome 4 Slice Toaster (24790)
  • Lifts slices higher with toast boost
  • Cool touch exterior

Crepe Maker

I love to make crepes throughout the year, but especially as a festive family treat throughout the lead up to Christmas! Crepes are one of my favourite treats and can be made sweet or savoury depending on your taste.

The CucinoPro crepe maker is ideal for making delicious crepes quickly and efficiently so you can sit and eat your crepes together.

Cucinapro-Crepe Pan and Non-Stick 12" Griddle - Electric Crepe Pan with Squeezer and Recipes Included - Also Use for Blintz, Eggs, Fryers and Much More
  • Delicate crepes and blintzes are made quickly and easily on this 12" non-stick pancake and plate.
  • Five different temperature settings, you will have precise control for perfect results.

Dough Blender

As someone who absolutely loves to bake, having a high-quality dough blender is a must for me. So if you’re the same, don’t miss out on this fantastic product.

My Spring Chef dough blender is one of my go-to kitchen gadgets – it is the perfect pastry cutter and has stood the test of time! This high quality piece works like a charm for cutting butter, blend dough and can even be used for mashing avocado and potatoes.

Spring Chef Dough Blender, Top Professional Pastry Cutter with Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Blades, Medium Size
  • BETTER THAN YOUR GRANDMA'S DOUGH BLENDER - You'll be shocked by the high quality and WANT to bake more just so you can use it, which is ultimately healthier for you and your family. Sturdy and durable with metal blades that are twice as thick as our competitors...Your search is over for one of the greatest kitchen gadgets that you can now pass on to future generations.
  • WOW THE CROWD WITH IMPRESSIVE RESULTS - Get ready for better texture and taste from all of your baked goods. Make flakier and fluffier biscuits, pie crust, pizza dough, scones, pastries and more. You'll be amazed at how quickly this tool works to get uniform pieces of butter mixed in flour which creates a better, yummier end product.


I cook a lot of pasta in our house – it’s one of my go-to meals to make after a busy day for my family. So when it comes to making the process a little easier, I’m all for it!

This clip-on strainer ensures that you can tilt your pot over the sink with ease, keeping the food safely in the pot while the liquid is emptied. Kitchen Gizmo’s Snap n Strain Strainer is one of my favourite kitchen gadgets ever.

Kitchen Gizmo Snap 'N Strain Strainer, Clip On Silicone Colander, Fits All Pots and Bowls - Lime Green
  • PRACTICAL. Small, Compact Strainer That is Easy to Use and Store in a quarter the size of the traditional Strainer. Great when Working with Limited Counter Space.
  • INNOVATIVE. Snaps onto Nearly All Size Pots, Pans and Bowls, Big and Small. Attaches Easily with Two Clips.

Electric Egg Cooker

Eggs are a staple food for savoury breakfasts in our house, so when I saw this handy egg cooker, I decided it was time to give it a whirl. This is one of the most genius kitchen gadgets I’ve come across.

This amazing electric egg cooker can prepare up to 7 eggs at a time and can prepare everything from poached eggs to omelettes and boiled eggs. Is there anything more eggcellent?!

Elite Platinum EGC-207 Complete Egg Cooker, Aluminum, Black/Stainless Steel
  • Prepares up to 7 eggs in their shells - hard, medium or soft
  • The built in piercing pin releases the sulfur within the eggs leaving you with nice yellow yolks every time

Taco Holders

Sometimes the best kitchen equipment is a simple idea, and that’s the case with these handy taco holder stands.

The Midelo taco holder stands with handles and free serving spoon has been a fantastic addition to my kitchen equipment, making Mexican nights easy to prepare and far less messy!

4 Pack Stainless Steel Heavy Duty Taco Holder Stands with Easy-Carry Handles | Dishwasher & Oven Safe
  • International products have separate terms, are sold from abroad and may differ from local products, including fit, age ratings, and language of product, labeling or instructions.
  • 🌮 UPGRADED DESIGN WITH HANDLES - Our masterfully crafted taco trays with ergonomic handles make serving a breeze. The smooth wave bends perfectly fit tacos & minimize the risk of ingredients spilling over.

Avocado Slicer

It may be small, but this little piece of kitchen equipment is one of the best kitchen gadgets I’ve found in recent years. With avocados becoming a popular toast topping and sandwich filling, there’s a high demand for this avocado slicer.

OXO’s avocado slicer is such an effective tool that splits, pits and slices avocados, which has made my breakfast and lunch preps so much quicker! Gone are the days of struggling to remove the pit or making a mess trying to slice an avocado that isn’t soft enough.

OXO Good Grips 3-In-1 Avocado Slicer - Green
  • This all-in-one tool splits, pits and slices avocados
  • The pitting tool quickly and safely removes pits with a simple twist

Cheese Board Set

This piece of kitchen equipment is ideal for putting together a cheese board or a tapas-style meal without using lots of dishes.

I love to have guests visit for a night of wining and dining, and this is always my go-to way to prepare a starter. This practical cheese board features a hidden drawer including a cheese knife and utensils to make serving your sharing board all the easier.

Bambusi Cheese Board and Knife Set - Premium Bamboo Wood Charcuterie Platter Serving Tray with Cutlery - Perfect for Housewarming, Wedding & Birthday Gift
Bambüsi cheese tray is handmade with 100% quality bamboo material and superior quality. The nonporous surface of this natural cheese board makes the BEST choice for cheese lovers as it doesn’t stain or absorb odours. It’s a super speedy dinner tray for weeknights and spacious to add salty and sweet foods.


Blending fruit and veg is one of the easiest ways to make your diet more nutritious. This is also my go-to method for making sure my kids get the vitamins they need.

A Guide to Essential Kitchen EquipmentI’ve had several blenders over the years but none have lasted as long or done the job better than my NutriBullet high speed blender. This sturdy piece of kitchen equipment is one of the most reliable kitchen gadgets I’ve ever owned, and works a treat with a wide variety of fruit and veg, including frozen ingredients which is a great money saving method!

Nutri Bullet NBR-12 12-Piece Hi-Speed Blender/Mixer System
  • High speed and powerful blender
  • Stylish, looks great in your kitchen

Kitchen Scale

These electronic kitchen scales have been another game changer in my kitchen – this is the ideal kitchen gadget for baking fans and those that love to cook.

Fondue Maker

The perfect kitchen gadget for parties or family nights in, this fabulous fondue maker is one of my favourite pieces of kitchen equipment.

Nostalgia’s stainless steel fondue pot is ideal for dipping fruit or bread into chocolate, cheese or whichever fondue sauce you choose. This fondue machine is compact and easy to use. Plus, it’s heats quickly and holds a temperature well.

Nostalgia FPS200 6-Cup Stainless Steel Electric Fondue Temperature Control, 6 Color-Coded Forks and Removable Pot-Perfect for Chocolate, Caramel, Cheese, Sauces
6-Cup capacity - make up to 1.5 quarts (3 pounds!) of your favourite fondue for birthdays, pool parties or any special event to share with friends and family.

Kitchen Clothing

Oven Mitts

If there’s one piece of professional kitchen equipment you need, it’s a good pair of oven mitts. Safety in the kitchen is so important, so when it comes to choosing new oven mitts, I always do my research.

One of the best kitchen items I’ve found online, these extra long silicone oven mitts by Homwe are heat resistant and flame retardant. Plus, the extra long design ensures that your hands and wrists are protected. Not forgetting, you can pop these gloves in the washing machine, so they’ve nice and easy to clean!

HOMWE Extra Long Professional Silicone Oven Mitt, Oven Mitts with Quilted Liner, Heat Resistant Pot Holders, Flexible Oven Gloves, Red, 1 Pair, 14.7 Inch
  • Heat-Resistant and Flame Retardant – Offering protection up to 450°F, our oven gloves with quilted cotton lining offer improved comfort while cooking. They will also spare tender forearms from burns that can occur when your outdoor grill experiences a flare-up. They will not catch fire or melt when used near a flame.
  • Extra Long – At 14.7” inches long, our oven mitts better protect fingers, hands and wrists from burns. The longer wrist protection keeps you protected from fingertip to past your wrist. This lets you grip pots, pans and cookware safely without slips or spills.

I hope you’ve found my guide to kitchen equipment and essential kitchen utensils useful!

I’ll be adding to my guide when new products catch my eye, so make sure you check back soon for the latest kitchen items and must have kitchen gadgets to add to your collection.

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Pauline is a mother of four, when she isn't cooking up new dishes for her family and friends, she likes to dine out at newly-opened restaurants (especially tapas!) and review them in her blog posts.
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