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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.

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.

Kitchen Wooden Utensils: 11 Pieces Kitchen Wooden Utensils: 11 Pieces
$31.05

An ideal Wooden Kitchen Utensil Set that features all the essential cooking tools including spatula, fried spatula, slotted spatula, soup ladle, spaghetti server, tong, strainer spoon, salad fork, mixing spoon, egg whisk and holder.

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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.

DRAGONN Set of 3 Multi-Color Silicone Whisks DRAGONN Set of 3 Multi-Color Silicone Whisks

This DRAGONN kitchen whisk set is made of high quality durable stainless steel and silicone wires that won't scratch dishes. Ergonomically designed for excellent balance and control for a difference you can really feel in the hand.

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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.

Hinmay Salad Tongs 8-Inch Stainless Steel Hinmay Salad Tongs 8-Inch Stainless Steel

Hinmay kitchen serving tongs are made from a thick, corrosion resistant stainless steel for unbeatable strength and premium construction, while remaining lightweight and easy to handle!

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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.

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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.

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.

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Mueller Large 5L Salad Spinner Vegetable Washer with Bowl Mueller Large 5L Salad Spinner Vegetable Washer with Bowl

The Smart Choice - While other Salad Spinners struggle with quality and design issues, our patented design and quality craftsmanship solve those problems and make this the new standard in Salad Spinners. Anti-Wobble Feature - Revolutionary Pulling-Bar System and Braking Button on the Lid with 30% Heavier Duty 100% ABS plastic make our Salad Spinner the smart choice!


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Ladle

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.

Stainless Steel Kitchen Utensil Set - 10 piece Stainless Steel Kitchen Utensil Set - 10 piece

10-piece modern nonstick stainless-steel utensils. Includes basting spoon, slotted spoon, square slotted turner, ladle, skimmer spoon, potato masher, whisk, spaghetti spoon, and tongs, in addition to a sleek utensil holder to keep it all organized.

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

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.

Bamboo Cutting Board with Juice Groove (3-Piece Set) Bamboo Cutting Board with Juice Groove (3-Piece Set)

It’s a Bamboo Cutting Board, 3 pcs set - a small board on a trip, a medium-sized one for small chopping tasks, and the big one during party meal prep. 3 optimal sizes: 15”x10”x0.6”, 12”x8”x0.6”, 9”x6”x0.6”

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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.

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!

Simosho Electric Crepe Maker Simosho Electric Crepe Maker

This sleek Electric Pancake & Crepe Maker is an ideal addition to any kitchen, great for pancake day or for making American style breakfast's or sweet crepe deserts. It also features a large 7.87" non-stick hot plate making it easy to clean after use, simply wipe clean with a damp cloth and it's ready to use again.

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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.

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.

Fullstar Vegetable Chopper Dicer Mandoline Slicer Fullstar Vegetable Chopper Dicer Mandoline Slicer

Best functionality on the market - everything you need in this multifunctional all in one kitchen gadget. 11 easy to change inserts including two different sized chopper blades, two spiraliser inserts giving you the option of broad ribbons or thin spirals plus mandoline, julienne and grater functionality.


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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.

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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.

Instant Pot Ultra 10-in-1 Instant Pot Ultra 10-in-1

Instant Pot Ultra 10 In 1 Multi-Use Programmable Cooker is the next generation in kitchen appliances. Designed for the home chef looking for a greater degree of customisation and control for even greater precision cooking. The Ultra combines the functions of a Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice/Porridge Cooker, Cake Maker, Yogurt Maker, Saute/Searing, Steamer, Warmer, Steriliser, and, a truly new and unique feature, the ultra-program. 

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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.

Toaster

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.

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.

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.

Hamilton Beach Classic Hand and Stand Mixer Hamilton Beach Classic Hand and Stand Mixer

A variety of attachments, including classic beaters, whisk, and dough hooks, add to its versatility. Six speeds and QuickBurst let you tailor your mixing for anything from perfectly fluffy frosting to bread or pasta dough.

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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.

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?!

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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!

Taco Holder - Taco Holders, Stainless Steel with a Free Recipe Booklet Taco Holder - Taco Holders, Stainless Steel with a Free Recipe Booklet

Durable, oven, grill and dishwasher safe, this taco rack will be in use for years in your kitchen. The solid stainless steel tray design is ideal for serving your tacos warm.

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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.

Avocado Slicer, 3 in 1 Multifunctional Avocado Tool Avocado Slicer, 3 in 1 Multifunctional Avocado Tool

Have you ever spent too much time preparing an avocado salad? Our avocado slicer allows you to quickly remove the pit with a simple twist; any size of avocado core can easily removed, and then run the fan blade along the flesh to have perfect slices in mere minutes. Therefore, this avocado cutter helps you to save your time.

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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.

Blender

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.

Vitamix Explorian Blender, Professional-Grade Vitamix Explorian Blender, Professional-Grade

With intuitive controls, exhilarating power, and durability the Explorian Series E310 will forever change the way you prepare meals. It's never been easier to become a Vitamix owner and create healthy, whole-food recipes at home.

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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!

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.

YUTAT Oven Mitts Cook Mittens Heat Resistant YUTAT Oven Mitts Cook Mittens Heat Resistant

Made Of 100% Cotton, The Surface Of Gray Oven Mitts Is Coated With Silicone Provides Non-Slip,So Items Do Not Slip Or Fall;With Geometry Design Offering Heat Resistant Up To 480¨H ,Bring You And Your Family A Safer Protection.Enjoy Your Cooking Time.

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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!

Written by Pauline

I'm Pauline, a mother of four grown children, my passion for cooking stemmed from the joy i get cooking for my family. I love to try new dishes, especially when dining out but creating and sharing my own recipes is my favourite thing to do!

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