Kitchen Gadgets & Small Appliance Deals (KitchenAid, Le Creuset)

KitchenAid MixerIn this section, we list deals in the Black Friday sales for top brand kitchen gadgets and small appliances, such as the ever-coveted KitchenAid mixer, Le Creuset stoneware and pans, and NutriBullet smoothie makers. We also cover other great brands with great deals on other popular gadgets like blenders, juicers, slow cookers, and air fryers.

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Small Kitchen Appliances Buying Guide

Kitchen Home AppliancesWhen we think of gadgets, we tend to think of things like the Amazon Echo, smart bulbs or mobile phones and tablets. Yet given we spend a huge chunk of our home lives in the kitchen, it’s no real surprise that there are a whole host of gadgets that are designed to make life easier for us when we’re there.

In fairness, the likes of Alexa can help thanks to its ability to convert measurements and set timers, but that’s not the sort of gadget we’re talking about in the case. These are things designed to help you in the kitchen, whether that be by being a well made item or because of what it can help you do.

Mixers

Mixers are the perfect addition to any kitchen, not just for those of you that consider yourselves to love cakes but also people who quite like to make their own bread or even make mixtures for the likes of pancakes and batter, whilst buying a different type of machine will let you do even more. There are so many on the market, though, that it can be difficult to figure out which one’s the right one to go for.

The Different Types

There are two main types of mixers that you’ll want to consider, depending on what it is that you’re hoping to use your machine for. The first variation is a standard food mixer, which tend to come with the usual mixing bowl as well as attachments that will do all of the kneading, whisking and, of course, mixing that you need to know.

The other variety is that of a kitchen machine, which is a bit more all-encompassing than a food mixer. These have attachments that can be added to them that may allow you to do things like blending, mincing meat and chopping or slicing vegetables. Obviously, those of you that tend to bake more than cook will want a mixer, whilst those that couldn’t cook toast but like to be adventurous with dinner will want a machine.

KitchenAid Mixers

KitchenAid MixerOne of the most popular machines on the market is the KitchenAid Artisan, which the Good Housekeeping Institute rewarded with virtually perfect scores. It’s got a capacity of 4.8 litres and is available in a series of different colours. There’s also a 6.9 litre version, which is a bit more heavy duty. The beauty of the KitchenAid series is the number of attachments you can buy for it, including an ice cream maker, pasta roller and food grinder.

If the Artisan doesn’t appeal then maybe the Mini Mixer might be more your sort of thing. With a 3.3 litre capacity, it’s smaller and lighter than any of the other stands in the KitchenAid family. It can still cope with most jobs you can throw at it, but if it sounds a little on the small side then you might want to opt for the KitchenAid classic instead. Available in black and white, it’s got a 4.28 litre bowl.

Kenwood Mixers

Kenwood Mixer AmazonThe biggest rival to KitchenAid in terms of the food mixer market is definitely Kenwood, with their kMix stand mixer being the equivalent to the Artisan. If you’d rather something a little smaller then the Prospero is what you’re looking for, whilst if you think your Kenwood should be able to do more than just combine the mixture for cake then the Multi One is what you’ll want in your kitchen. As with the KitchenAid devices, you can buy attachments to add to the Kenwoods, too.

Le Creuset

When it comes to stoneware, there’s really only one name that most people think of and that’s that of Le Creuset. What most people may not realise, however, is that the French company, which was founded by Armand Desaegher and Octave Aubecq in 1925, make so much more than just enamel cast iron pots for making a casserole. Here’s a brief look at their entire range so that you’ll know what you’ll be able to buy if you’re a fan of the brand.

Casserole Dishes

Le Creuset Casserole DishThe foundry in Fresnoy-le-Grand continues to be the location where the Le Creuset dishes are made, with the company’s round casserole dish remaining their most easily identifiable product. It’s available in sizes from eighteen centimetres in diameter to thirty-four, moving up in two cm increments. That gives them a capacity ranging from 1.8 litres to 2.4 litres, which should be enough for almost any occasion.

They also produce oval dishes, which begin with a diameter or twenty-three centimetres and increase to forty cm, offering you between 2.6 litres and 14.8 litres. They size once more increased in two cm increments until you hit the thirty-one cm point, at which time it shifts to four and then five cm variants. To give you some indication of what that means, a twenty-four centimetre dish should be enough for up to six people.

Other Dishes

Le Creuset RamekinsAway from the signature dishes, Le Creuset also make dishes that are suitable for other dinners you might want to produce, with lasagne being an option in their Rectangular Dish, for example. They also produce the likes of ramekins, pie dishes and bowls that you can serve soup you’ve made in. In short, if there’s a dish that you’d like to use to cook something in then Le Creuset have got you covered.

Stoneware

Le Creuset StonewareMuch as there are plenty of options when it comes to what you would want to cook food in, so too does the French company have you covered in terms of serving ideas. Here’s a brief list of some of the things that you can buy from the Le Creuset brand:

  • Twenty-four piece dinnerware set
  • Mugs
  • Jug
  • Storage jar
  • Serving bowls
  • Pasta bowls
  • Cafetière
  • Tea pots
  • Jam jar
  • Salt and pepper shakers

That list is by no means exhaustive, but should give you a fair idea of what you’ll be able to buy if you’re the sort of person that likes to have all of their kitchenware from the same company and believes that quality is high on the list of priorities.

Cookware

Le Creuset PotsThe last thing that’s worth mentioning in its own section is the company’s collection of cookware items. Though the casserole dishes are the things that helped Le Creuset to gain its reputation, it’s since branched out into every form of kitchen cooking equipment that you might reasonably need on a day-to-day basis.

Cast iron frying pans of all different shapes and sizes is the most obvious place to start, with the company even going so far as to make individual ones for the specific jobs you might want to take on like making Crêpes. If a company’s going to make frying pans then it makes sense that they’ll also make saucepans, so you can buy a series of them in a variety of sizes for each job you might take on and they are fantastic quality!

As you’d imagine from a brand that has grown and grown since hitting the mainstream, Le Creuset make items that most amateur chefs who just like to cook something nice for their partner or family won’t even have heard of. Nevertheless, if you want to continue your purchasing journey to take in splatter guards, preserving pans and ribbed square grills then you’re in luck. You can, of course, buy things individually or in sets, so whether you’re trying to kit out your new home or simply buy something well-made to cook omelettes in, Le Creuset have got you covered.

Air Fryers

Air FryerOf all of the kitchen gadgets that have been invented over the years, the air fryer is perhaps the one that appears to be the least needed and yet may actually do some people the most good. The idea behind the device is that is circulates hot air around food in a convection system, meaning that the food cooks well and the outside of it gets a crispy texture. This is something known as the Maillard effect and more traditional fryers achieve this by having the food submerged into hot oil.

Obviously, oil isn’t the healthiest of cooking ingredients, so air fryers coat the food in a far slimmer amount of oil before the air heats to around two hundred degrees and thereby cooking the likes of chips, chicken, burgers, crisps and pastries whilst using up to eighty percent less oil. Depending on the air fryer that you buy, you’ll likely find that it has a timer for how long you’d like to leave it on for and a temperature gauge for you to select how hot you’d like things to be cooked. That might make it seem like a conventional oven, but it’s the fan inside the machine that keeps the air moving around that makes it a worthwhile investment.

Which Brands to Buy

As with any device, there are a host of different ones available, making it tricky to know which one is for you. There are a few things you can think about before making your purchase in order to narrow down your choices. The first and most obvious one is the budget that you’re working with. Brands like Tefal and Philips produce ones that you’d want to be looking at if you’re keen on the top-end of the market, for example, whilst there are a whole host of companies that produce ones that are, shall we say, less reputable.

That said, cheap doesn’t automatically mean rubbish. The Duronic AF1 is a good example of an air fryer that does everything that you need to but without the high price tag that some of the better-known brands immediately attach to their products. If you’d rather find something a little more mid-range then Salter is a good brand to look out for. The second thing that you’ll be thinking about when buying your air fryer is its capacity, but this is something that will likely be dictated by your budget - the cheaper the device is, the smaller its capacity is probably going to be.

The final thing worth mentioning about air fryers is that different ones have different capabilities. Some, for example, will have built in paddles to rotate the food for you and ensure that it’s all cooked properly without you needing to go back to it every five minutes. Speaking of which, some air fryers have manual timers, which can obviously be a little bit vague in terms of timing, whilst others have digital ones that allow you to be more specific. The majority of them have temperature gauges and most will be dishwasher safe, but keep your eye out for those that are big enough to have an extra cooking rack, have a grill mode or even have smart controls!

Juicers & Smoothie Makers

Given that we’re on the topic of healthy eating thanks to the air fryer’s ability to help you remove oil from your diet, one of the biggest crazes over the past few years has been the explosion of juicers and blenders. These allow you to take in a large amount of fruit and/or veg in a quick and tasty manner, helping you to get your fibre and five-a-day in without having to think about it too much. The first thing to note, though, is that there’s actually a difference between the two products.

Jug Blenders

Jug BlenderJug blenders are nothing new, having been on the kitchen shelf of most families almost since the days of electricity. They’re a versatile device that can help you to chop up food, purée it or even crush ice if you need it to. However, they tend to be big and bulky and often fail to get the chunkier food stuffs cut down enough to make them into an appetising drink. Here are the main brands you’ll want to look out for:

  • Vitamix
  • Philips
  • KitchenAid
  • Russell Hobbs

Juicers

JuicerThat’s where the idea of a juicer comes in hand. These devices allow you to place your fruit or veg into them and often give you a piece of the machine that helps to push the foodstuff onto the blades. This, combined with the work of gravity, aids in the mashing up of the fruit and the creation of a much smoother drink. The most obvious use of a juicer is for turning something like a series of orange chunks into tasty orange juice, though they tend to be at their best when they’re used on vegetables, such as beetroot or carrot. The best juicers on the market are made by the following companies:

  • Smeg
  • Panasonic
  • Electriq
  • Morphy Richards

Blenders (Nutribullet)

Nutri BulletThe final thing that we need to mention in this list is the personal blender, taken to the mass market by the producers of Nutribullet. These claim to offer users the best of both worlds, essentially being a smaller, upside down blender. The idea here is that gravity forces the food down onto the blades, as with juicers, and there’s therefore no excuse for the food stuff not to be chopped up quite small.

They also tend to extract the goodness of the fruit or veg and allow you to put things in whole that you’d normally chop up first. Nutribullets offer a separate set of blades for if you want to grind the likes of coffee beans or nuts. Nutribullet is the market leader, but these companies also make personal blenders worth your consideration:

  • Morphy Richards
  • Breville
  • Kenwood
  • Cuisinart

Slow Cookers

Slow CookerThe last thing worth mentioning in terms of kitchen gadgets is the humble slow cooker. It’s the sort of thing you tend to associate with parties in the 1970s, but this device is something that can be used for so much more than just soups and casseroles.

Slow cookers remain as popular now as they ever have been, thanks to the fact that you can throw a heap of ingredients into them and then leave it until later in the day, with many busy people choosing to put them on before the go to work in the morning in order to return home to a freshly cooked dinner. Here are some of there things that you can make in a slow cooker that you might not have thought about:

  • Cakes
  • Bread
  • English Breakfast
  • Spaghetti Bolognese
  • Jacket Potatoes
  • Stew

Quality Brands

Unsurprisingly, given the item’s enduring success, there are new companies making them with every passing day. The one that arguably helped the slow cooker get into the mainstream is Crock-Pot, so much so that some people still refer to theirs as a crock-pot regardless of who made it. Other brands, such as Morphy Richards, Tefal and Lakeland have made a name for themselves in recent years, too.

What to Consider

There are a number of things that you’ll want to think about when it comes to buying a slow cooker, not least of which is the fact that they come in various different sizes. If you’re a couple that will only be cooking for yourselves, then you’ll only need a small one, whilst if you’re a family of six then you’ll have to keep an eye out for larger ones.

Most slow cookers give you the option of having them on High or Medium in terms of heat, but the better ones allow you to control when they turn on. The top-of-the-ranges ones have smart capabilities, meaning that you can turn them on and alter their temperature from anywhere you have Internet access.