It may strike you as odd that the humble spatula has made it into this Top 5. Truth be told, more exciting gadgets exist — but the spatula is perhaps the most satisfying utensil of all time. What else can perfectly smooth the icing on a cake, all the way around the rounded base? What else can successfully jiggle its way under the edge of an omelette to lift and perfectly flip? Nothing, that’s what.
Perfect for: Perfectionists, lovers of fried eggs.
4. Mortar and Pestle
Mortar and pestles always reminds me of Neanderthals. There’s just something delightfully primitive about pounding things between two bits of stone. More
convenient ways of grinding food probably exist now, but this one stays just for the novelty value.
Perfect for: Fred Flintstone, people with lots of feelings.
3. Salad Spinner
Salad spinners seem unnecessary but are actually super useful. Far superior to either air drying (too slow) or tea towel drying (just feels wrong), they are the best way to ensure that lettuce isn’t carrying excess water.
Perfect for: Herbivores.
2. KitchenAid Mixmaster
The KitchenAid Mixmaster is undoubtedly the Rolls Royce of kitchen appliances. Amazing in both capability and design, the Mixmaster is commanding in size and available in a huge range of colours.
Perfect for: People with lots of bench space.
1. Garlic Zoom
Unlike most times this claim is made, the Garlic Zoom legitimately makes chopping garlic fun for the whole family. It’s a small plastic ball with sharp blades inside, powered by wheels on the bottom. You open it up, pop in the garlic, and then zoom it back and forth like a kid with a toy car while your garlic is minced to within an inch of its life.
Perfect for: Time-poor parents, people who hate the smell of garlic on their fingers.