We were recently invited to London to review the very latest in technology for the kitchen and home. After spending the day there here is our choice for the top 7 pieces of kitchen kit for your kitchen:
7. Braun Carestyle 5 Iron
Not really classed as kitchen kit but for those of us who cannot stand ironing this iron is really quite a revelation! The team here at I Love Cooking are not big fans of ironing but having tried out this particular invention our approach to ironing has definitely changed! You can cut the time you spend on ironing in half by using the brand new CareStyle 5 ironing systems from Braun. Designed to make the whole ironing process much more simple and a lot quicker, this unique ironing system uses innovative integrated technology to eradicate creases faster and with the least possible amount of effort. We can confirm it actually does that. Here are some of the functions that we found quite impressive:
- A 10 min iron auto-off function switches off the device, bringing peace of mind and saving on electricity
- Powerful and even steam distribution across the whole soleplate
- An iron safe rest means that the system can be left unattended without burning textiles
- An Easy CalcClean LED light will appear when it is time to descale the ironing system helping you to maintain optimum performance
- Highly compact, the Braun CareStyle range is easy to carry and store
- An eco-mode can be used when less steam is required, saving power consumption
Gone are the days of burnt clothes, unsightly scorch marks and nasty staining from previous ironing disasters, thanks to specialist iCare technology used in the premium systems. This feature allows the iron to automatically adjust to the right temperature setting once it comes into contact with different types of fabric so they won’t ever scorch or burn delicate fabrics such as silk or lace. RRP starting at €229.99
6. De’Longhi Distinta Range
This stunning range is available in white, black, copper and bronze. As soon as we saw this gorgeous set it was straight on our wish list.
- Distinta Traditional Pump Espresso coffee machine €249.99 (available in Brown Thomas & Arnotts only)
- Distinta 1.7 litre digital kettle €149.99
- Distinta 1 litre mini kettle £84.99
- Distinta filter coffee machine £199.99
- Distinta two slice toaster €89.99
- Distinta four slice toaster €129.99
- Distinta 1.7 litre kettle €89.99
5. The De’Longhi Multifry
The future is here! The Multifry is an innovative cooking appliance combining a low-oil fryer and multicooker, designed to make cooking for friends and family easier and, most importantly, healthier.
The multitasking appliance introduces a unique Surround Heating System (SHS), to create a multitude of recipes from risottos and cous cous, stews and ratatouilles to pizzas, cakes and pies. The SHS guarantees excellent cooking performance, meaning food is crispy on the outside and tasty and juicy on the inside, as well as rapid cooking to save time. The upper heating element operates for convection cooking and grilling, whilst the lower heating element is designed for faster cooking.
A unique removable paddle fitted into the bowl allows for ingredients to be automatically stirred constantly and at the right speed, so recipes such as risottos will never be underdone, whilst the adjustable thermostat and timer mean you have total control from start to finish.
The Multifry is also a great helper in the kitchen for larger family meals. It can cook up to 1.7kg of potatoes (enough for eight people) in just 14ml of oil (equivalent to only 2.3% fat), whilst frozen, shop-bought chips require no oil at all, both resulting in crispy, tasty and guilt-free chips.
With minimal washing up, it’s set to become a must-have for home cooks.
4. The Braun Identity Food Steamer (€99.99)
We love the new food steamer from Braun. It offers a fast, easy and healthy way to prepare food. Each of the 3.1L baskets easily fits a variety of ingredients, including meat and vegetables, cooking them all perfectly with delicious results and, the handy drip pan stops any juices or flavours spreading between layers. There is an easy-to-use timer which allows you to do the other 101 tasks you need to do, while the steamer do all the work. It is really easy to use, simply fill up with water, add your ingredients and set the timer. Not only can you prepare healthy nutrition food, the steamer ideal for preparing baby food. The steamer also comes with a convenient rice steaming bowl and egg rack (which can also be used for terrines and sauces).
3. Kenwood CHEF Sense (€549.99)
Although on the more expensive side the Kenwood Chef Sense would be an investment piece for your kitchen, so make sure this is something you would use regularly before you make your purchase.
The Kenwood CHEF Sense is the ultimate kitchen machine for passionate novices and seasoned chefs alike, ensuring fantastic results every time.
This intuitive kitchen machine delivers the practical quality and execution expected from Kenwood, but with more advanced functions than ever before such as these new functions:
The new duo-finish bowl with convenient internal measurement graduations, together with its new easy-fit Tritan™ splashguard and extra-wide feed chute, means less clearing up for even the messiest of chefs. The CHEF Sense also comes complete with three dedicated, height-adjustable K-beater, whisk and dough hook bowl tools, ensuring the best in mixing, beating whipping and kneading performance
What’s more, an adaptor is included in pack, so die-hard CHEF fans are able to use old attachments with the new CHEF Sense Twist Fit technology. The new intelligent speed-regulation system ensures complete control, allowing even beginners to master a wide variety of food-preparation techniques.
2. Smoothie 2Go Sport
Kenwood recently launched a new variant of its popular Smoothie 2Go product just in time for summer; Smoothie 2Go Sport caters for those who like to take care of their body and need an on-the-go solution for workout fuel. It has been designed specifically for health conscious people and for those who have busy, on-the-go lifestyles. Supplied with 2 newly shaped sports bottles, making it easier for the user to grab and go are made from Tritan plastic, BPA free and making them tough and durable.
Smoothies are ideal for taking in those all-important nutrients quickly, and easily. From energy boosting banana, to protein powder shakes, get ready to push your body further with the Smoothie2Go Sport. All you need to do is whizz up your ingredients straight into the sport bottle, twist it from the base and switch the blade attachment for the non-spill drink through lid and you’re ready to go!
We really liked the sports bottles which makes it easy to bring breakfast wit h you if you are on the go. We loved the fact that it is only €44.99 which is great value compared to some of the competitors on the market.
1. Braun MultiMix (HM3135) RRP €89.99
This summer, Braun is making food preparation even more enjoyable with the introduction of the new MultiMix 3, designed to provide everything you need to create delicious baked goods and desserts with ease. Powerful enough to effectively tackle even the most challenging of mixing jobs, the MultiMix 3 comes with a wide range of versatile attachments that are easy to switch and, a smart design that makes baking prep easier and more efficient than ever before. After trying this great piece of kitchen kit out we have decided it is our number one piece kit as it has so many functions and it is good value.
The Braun MultiMix 3 comes with more attachments than any other Hand Mixer in the marketplace, so you can whip, knead, blend and chop till your heart’s content. Another unique feature is the Braun SmartMix technology, which means the motor is positioned vertically, directly above the attachments so the weight is directed into the bowl and not in your hand, meaning less effort and more comfort.
Switch from kneading dough to whipping meringue and chopping nuts within seconds with a range of convenient attachments; a blender shaft, dough hooks, whisks and chopper – simply slot into the front of the MulitMix. The variable speed motor can be adjusted using the speed dial: from low to a powerful turbo boost with a simple flick of the thumb.
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***All of these products are available in Arnotts