It’s possible to choose the necessary kitchen gadgets for your new kitchen when you have the right tips. Such tips can save you money and guarantee the best possible kitchen gadgets.
So, are you wondering what the must have kitchen gadgets are? We have the answer in this post. What’s more, we’ll provide you with 5 tips to choose the necessary kitchen gadgets for your new kitchen.
The truth is that gadgets make cooking and food preparation easy, safe, and fast. So, if you are hoping to enjoy spending time in your new kitchen, you have to find the best gadgets to buy.
But what are some of the best kitchen gadgets you can’t live without?
Generally, the gadgets that you buy depend on how you plan to use your kitchen, the foods you’ll prepare, and your financial power. But just so you know, there are electronic and non-electronic kitchen gadgets.
Here are the necessary ones based on the two categories:
- Electronic kitchen gadgets: Coffee maker, blender, toaster, rice cooker, oven, microwave, slow cooker, dishwasher, kitchen scale, timer, mixer, fridge, and electric kettle.
- Non-electric kitchen gadgets: Knives, measuring spoons, peelers, kitchen scissors, iron skillet, baking sheets, kitchen tongs, mixing bowls, saucepan, measuring cups, storage containers, kitchen towels, cutting boards, and juicers.
How Do You Shop For the Above Kitchen Gadgets? 5 Expert Tips
If you are looking to invest in the best kitchen gadgets and tools, these five expert tips are a must-consider:
1. Get to know their uses
Given that most people ruin their gadgets for misusing them, you should avoid committing such a mistake. Remember, some of these gadgets are quite costly and come with high maintenance costs. So, misusing them can only shorten their lifespan.
So, ensure you first know the necessary kitchen gadgets and their uses before making a purchase. If you want to experiment on your gadget, first research about it. You can even refer to its manual in the case of electronics.
2. Consider your budget
How much are you planning to spend on kitchen gadgets? Again, it’s essential to consider your kitchen needs. If, for example, you are budget-tied and want a mixer, you may find it cheaper buying a handheld mixer as opposed to a multipurpose countertop mixer.
Similarly, it may be cheaper to buy a single-serve blender as opposed to a countertop blender, especially when you are just alone. So, before you can resort to buying a particular gadget, first consider if you should buy it or look for its cheaper alternative.
You may be surprised to find some kitchen gadgets under $20 that are more necessary than those that cost $100 or more.
3. Quality is key
Kitchen gadgets come in different materials, such as stainless steel, aluminium, plastic, wood, and Teflon. What’s important is that the material is strong and durable, thus high-quality.
If, for example, you have to choose between steel and aluminium for your utensils, it may be a good idea to go for steel. It’s not only reliable in construction but also easy to clean and maintain.
And if you have to choose between a plastic and wooden handle, it may make more sense to go for plastic because it’s lightweight. Also, plastic tends to be cheaper than wood in most cases.
Generally, you can identify a quality gadget by looking at its warranty. Usually, a warranty shows product confidence and contributes to customer satisfaction. The provision is more critical when buying kitchen appliances.
4. Search for the ‘energy star’ label
Remember, it is not just the buying cost of the gadget that matters. You also have to consider the cost of using it. For the electronic devices highlighted above, you should find those that are energy efficient.
Are you wondering how you can identify them? Look for the special ‘energy star’ label. It’s a sign that the kitchen appliance will save you energy and, more importantly, money.
Appliances with the label have met the necessary EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) requirements, which means they are not just energy-efficient but also food safe.
5. Research! Research! Research!
It’s only through research that you can identify kitchen gadgets you never knew about. Research is critical to finding the best brands, prices, and the use of different kitchen gadgets.
It allows you to compare products and get to buy the most pocket-friendly without compromising on quality. Research also allows you to carefully consider if you should go ahead with a given purchase or not
More importantly, research allows you to find the best deals and avoid making common purchase mistakes like most buyers. You may be surprised to learn of kitchen gadgets under $5 if you research more frequently. So, never give up on researching if you want to invest in a useful kitchen gadget.
Undoubtedly, it takes smart tips like the ones discussed to choose the necessary kitchen tools and gadgets. So, use them to determine which kitchen gadgets are worth buying and which ones are not. Hopefully, they can help you furnish your new kitchen affordably. Do you have any other tips you’d want to share? Let us know in the comments.
Authors Bio: Nellie Rodriguez is a retired cook and blogger. Nellie writes about food and fascinating places around the world. She’s currently working as a consultant for high-end restaurants. Raised in the UK, she’s moved to DC as a student and traveled for two years before settling in LA.