Best kitchen appliances 2022: Our top stand mixers, air fryers, kettles and more

Jamie Stedmond
21 Jun 2022

Kit out your countertops with our selection of well-priced and feature-packed appliances

We can all picture it in our minds – our dream kitchen. Bright, sparkling and spacious, it would have the perfect kitchen island, the ideal breakfast bar and the best kitchen appliances to tie it all together. Nothing makes cooking, baking or just day-to-day kitchen life easier than having a range of sturdy, multi-featured appliances at hand to take care of tasks like smoothie making, coffee brewing and air frying. It also doesn’t hurt if these appliances are aesthetically pleasing and reasonably priced. To that end, we’ve selected appliances that have the best intersection of functionality and price-point, to get you a lot of bang for the minimum amount of buck.

Our short buying guide below offers some general tips on picking out appliances, while our mini-reviews further down the page break down our favourite kitchen appliances in a little more detail.

If you’re still undecided, we’ll also provide links to our full lists for each category, so you can see our full range of picks for lists such as best stand mixer, best toaster and best multi cooker.

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Best kitchen appliances: At a glance

How to choose the best kitchen appliances for you

What should I look out for when buying kitchen appliances?

While there are a variety of kitchen appliances listed below, with various factors that can affect whether or not they’re worth purchasing, there are a few common things to look out for.

Build quality: Nothing is worse than shelling out hard-earned pounds on an appliance only to find that it rattles when you turn it on or a bit has fallen off without any obvious spot for it to be reattached. When buying kitchen appliances, always look for devices made of stainless steel, high-quality hard plastic or other similarly sturdy materials, as well as parts that fit cleanly together without gaps – a lengthy warranty doesn’t hurt either. For the roundup below, we’ve focussed on finding items with superior build qualities that also come at reasonable prices.

Capacity and wattage: Using most kitchen appliances involves at least two steps, you fill something up and then you turn it on and let it get to work. To that end, you’ll always want to ensure that when purchasing an appliance, you buy one that has a large enough capacity to boil, blend, brew or chop whatever amount of ingredients you’re planning to work with. A high-wattage motor, similarly, is not only a sign of a good quality appliance, but will allow you to prepare larger amounts of food and drink quickly and effectively.

Worktop footprint: Without decent forward planning, your kitchen countertops can easily become overfull and you may end up with those dreaded, overstuffed cupboards filled with different attachments and pieces of various appliances. To avoid this scenario, it’s worth your while noting the dimensions of the appliances you’re planning to buy and quickly checking your worktop size with a measuring tape to ensure everything will fit neatly into your kitchen.

Multi-functionality: Buying an appliance which has multiple functions is a great way to not only save space, but to also get the best return on the money you’re spending. A stand mixer with extra attachments or a food processor, such as the Ninja 3-in-1, which also functions as a blender, can make everyday cooking a lot easier without cluttering your kitchen or stretching your budget over multiple items. One thing to look out for when purchasing multi-functional devices are ones which suffer for trying to do too much. That said, all the multi-purpose appliances on our list have been chosen because they perform both their main and auxiliary functions to a high standard, so there’s no need to worry about that for now.

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The best kitchen appliances to buy

1. Russell Hobbs Luna: The best kettle for your kitchen

Price: £55 | Buy now from Argos

This kettle from Russell Hobbs is a reliable model that ticks all the boxes – the big two being speed and noise. So, if you tend to be in a hurry in the mornings, you’ll be happy to hear it boils a litre of water in just over two minutes and a single cup in roughly 45 seconds. We also really appreciated how quietly it gets to work, in our original test the noise metre recorded a decibel level of just under 75dB on average – meaning you don’t have to stall your conversations or wake up the whole house if you want a cup of tea.

Other notable features are the illuminated gauge, allowing you to quickly and easily check the water level inside and its excellent limescale filter, ideal for those of us who live in hard water areas. The Russell Hobbs Luna is a great kettle at its price point, but it’s missing one niche, luxury feature: temperature control. While it's on the pricey side compared to the Luna, our favourite variable temperature model is the KitchenAid Artisan Kettle.

For more info on the ins, outs, gauges and spouts of our favourite kettles, check out our roundup of the best kettles to buy.

Key specs – Power: 3,000W; Maximum fill: 1.7L; Minimum fill: 235ml; Warranty: 2yrs; Illuminated gauge: Yes

Buy now from Argos

2. KitchenAid 5KSM175PS Artisan Stand Mixer: A high-performance stand mixer with a great range of attachments

Price: £499 | Buy now from Argos

A quality stand mixer is every home baker's dream, reducing the physical workload of baking, while also ensuring thorough and consistent mixing so recipes turn out as they should. Cheaper models will get the job done, but if you want a machine that will last for years while providing tons of functionality, then you won’t find much better than this Artisan model from KitchenAid.

It works by a powerful direct drive motor, so you don’t lose any power between the motor and the attachment and mixes uses a planetary mixing motion, meaning both the attachment and the head rotate, moving in opposite directions to ensure ingredients are thoroughly combined.

Beyond that, it has ten speed settings, comes with two stainless steel mixing bowls and a range of quality attachments including a dough hook, which makes kneading dough for bread a doddle. If you want to learn more about stand mixers or check out other models, then head on over to our full best stand mixer list.

Key specs – Power: 300W; Capacity: 4.8L (with additional 3L bowl); Speed settings: 10; Attachments: Non-stick flex edge beater, non-stick flat beater, wire whisk, non-stick dough hook; Manufacturer’s guarantee: 5 years

Buy now from Argos

3. DeLonghi Distinta X 4-Slice Toaster: The best four slice toaster

Price: £110 | Buy now from Amazon

A crap toaster, and we’ve all had one, can really throw your mornings out of whack, taking random amounts of time to either undertoast or burn your bread. Well worth it for an upgrade, this model from DeLonghi has a solid build quality, four slots for making toast for the whole family and an excellent range of features for a toaster.

There are two removable crumb trays, settings for reheating and defrosting – even one just for bagels – as well as regular toasting settings which offered a great range of “toastiness”, while remaining consistent across uses. We also really liked the extra width the toasting slots this model has, allowing you to fit chunkier slices into your toaster.

This model is our top pick for getting the most out of your toast, but if you want to see more, do check out our full roundup of the best toasters.

Key specs – Number of slots: 4; Reheat mode: Yes; Defrost mode: Yes; Bagel mode: Yes; Muffin rack: No; Warranty: Not specified

4. Gaggia Classic Pro: The best espresso machine under £500

Price: £429 | Buy now from Gaggia

For those who like their coffee, a quality espresso machine is often the final piece of the kitchen puzzle, saving money on overpriced takeaway coffee and providing the luxury of cortados and espresso at any hour of the day. Simply put, the Gaggia Classic Pro is the best coffee machine you’ll find in the sub-£500 range.

It has a beautiful, classic look that would fit nicely on any countertop, it's simple enough for novices to use and, most importantly, it makes excellent espresso. Its potent internal boiler heats up in about 45 seconds, and its metal steam wand provides a healthy jet of steam, giving you all the basic tools you need for the perfect start to the day.

If you’d like to consider everything from pod and capsule models, to bean-to-cup machines and filter coffee makers, then check out our full best coffee machine roundup.

Key specs – Dimensions (HWD): 380 x 230 x 240mm; Water capacity: 2.1L; Cup warmer: Yes; Milk frothing: Manual (steam wand); Warranty: 2 years +1

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5. Tefal ActiFry Genius+: The best smart air fryer

Price: £169 | Buy now from Argos

From the outside, the rise in popularity of air fryers might look like something of a fad. However, once you’ve given one a go, you’ll quickly see that they provide relatively healthy, quick and simple convection cooking, all from your counter. Among air fryers, the Tefal ActiFry Genius+ is among the best we’ve tested. There’s a roomy 1.2kg capacity, a self-stirring wand to ensure even cooking and a digital touchscreen that gives you access to a wide range of preset cooking functions, as well as buttons for manual adjustments.

Using these presets is where the Genius plus earns its name, as it can cleverly self-adjust cooking times based on volume. So whether you’re cooking 100g or 300g of chicken nuggets, you can use the same preset and you should get consistent, crispy chicken every time.

For a more in-depth look at the air frying process and a wider range of models, check out our full best air fryer roundup, though, as you’ll see, the Genius plus is still the pick of the bunch.

Key specs – Power: 1,500W; Capacity: 1.2kg; Display: Digital touchscreen; Accessories: Measuring spoon; Manufacturer’s guarantee: 2 years

Buy now from Argos

6. Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1: The most versatile multicooker

Price: £90 | Buy now from Amazon

Multi cookers save time, space and money in the kitchen, allowing you to whip up meals using a variety of different methods. The Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1, as its name would suggest, has a wide range of functions, serving as an effective pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer and more. It has a spacious 5.7L capacity and a number of simple-to-use, one-touch programs, making it the ideal set-and-forget option for midweek soups, stews and pasta bakes, as well as a whole range of recipes and suggestions which are available via the companion app.

Our multi-cooker roundup hailed the Instant Pot Duo as the best intersection between high-functionality and low-price, but if you want to check out other options, you can peruse our full best multi cooker roundup.

Key specs – Capacity: 5.7L; Dimensions: 31 x 34 x 31.7cm (WDH); Accessories: None; Dishwasher safe bowl: Yes; Warranty: Not specified

7. Nutribullet 600 Series: The best high-powered, compact blender

Price: £70 | Buy now from Argos

For those of you looking to introduce daily smoothies into your life, the Nutribullet 600 Series is our top choice, offering high-powered blending without taking up too much countertop space. An affordable model, the 600 Series performed well in our original tests, blending nuts, seeds and fibrous veggies easily and quickly. Smoothies from the Nutribullet seemed to keep their colour and freshness for longer than those made in cheaper models.

While powerful, this model did have a little trouble standing up to ice and some tougher ingredients, so if you’re planning on doing any heavy duty blending, the more powerful Nutribullet 900 Series might be more your speed.

For our full range of top blender picks, pop your head into our best blender list.

Key specs – Power: 600W; Capacity: 0.6L; Speed settings: 1; Attachment/Accessories: 7; Removable blades: Yes; Dishwasher safe parts: Yes; Manufacturer’s guarantee: 1 year

Buy now from Argos

8. Ninja 3-in-1 Food Processor with Auto-IQ: The best food processor for everyday use

Price: £169 | Buy now from Argos

For the avid amateur chef, home baker or just anyone who hates chopping things, a food processor can be a life changing purchase. The Ninja 3-in-1 comes with three different sized and shaped blending chambers, a powerful 1,200w motor and a range of detachable blades, giving you all the tools you need to effectively chop, blitz, grind, mix, mince or purée just about anything you can think of. Alongside manual settings, this Ninja model also has a number of “smart” Auto-IQ settings, for many of the previously listed tasks. In our original tests, the Ninja 3-in-1 performed impressively, chopping vegetables uniformly, blending to a very smooth consistency and blitzing ingredients to a fine, powder-y state.

For more information on the boundless capabilities of food processors and a range of alternative models, refer to our full best food processor roundup.

Key specs – Capacity: 1.8L (food processor), 2.1L (large blending jug), 700ml (personal blending cup); Power: 1,200W; Manufacturer’s guarantee: 1 year

Buy now from Argos

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