There’s nothing quite like cooking. Preparing meals for yourself or your loved ones can be so satisfying, but it can also be incredibly stressful if you don’t have the right tools to hand. With a focus on functionality and cost, here are our top 10 picks for essential kitchen tools.

1. Vegetable slicers

If you have a mandolin, but don’t love searching for parts or reaching for the first aid kit, there’s a new, safer slicer on the market. With the blades set inside the lid and a section for slicing a myriad of fruits, vegetables, and even cheeses, all you do is cut your chosen option in half, set it inside, and press down. The chopped pieces are caught in a handy pot attached below, so clean-up is minimal too!

2. Egg cookers

Buying an egg cooker can change your cooking game. While some will only have options to boil soft, medium, and hard-boiled eggs, others have attachments that allow for poached eggs and omeletes too, all in under 10 minutes.

3. Rubber spatulas

You might not know it, but rubber spatulas have such great functionality in the kitchen outside of simply mixing cake batter. Use them to get the last of the mayo or chocolate spread out of the jar and even try using one to spread your favorite sandwich filling. You’ll be surprised how much time you can save over using a butter knife.

4. Adjustable rolling pins

An adjustable rolling pin typically comes with a set of differently sized rings that you attach to the handles to ensure level, perfectly even dough every time. This is great for cookies or any pastry that you’d like to keep uniform.

5. Smart strainer

This strainer isn’t smart in the sense that it’s digital and features a host of apps, it’s smart because it’s a silicone device that you can fit straight to your pots and pans and strain. No mess, no fuss, and you can use both hands for added safety.

6. Can strainers

Just as the strainer above fits on pots, a can strainer can fit to cans for easy straining. If you need to drain tuna, canned fruits or vegetables, or anything else for that matter, it’ll be so simple to just attach and go.

7. Multi purpose sandwich maker

The humble sandwich maker has been a kitchen essential for many years, but some manufacturers have stepped up the game. You can now buy multi-tired appliances that cook all of your breakfast sandwich essentials in one go!

8. Whisk attachments

Nobody likes wasting the precious cake batter that builds up in a traditional whisk, so why not look out for a whisk wiper? This attachment clips onto the top of your whisk during use and you can slide it down when you’re done to grab the build-up and add it back to the bowl.

9. Herb slicers

Five-bladed herb slicers are much safer, faster, and better for cutting fresh herbs in a snap than traditional scissors.

10. Reusable lids

For those who are environmentally conscious, reusable lids make a great addition to kitchens over plastic wrap or tin foil. They are often stretchy and easy to clean, so why not make the switch today?

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