10 best kitchen gadgets to make dinner times easier

Browse these best kitchen gadgets to help make dinnertime a stress-free experience. From avocado tools to an automatic pan stirrer and even an egg topper...

The best kitchen gadgets: üutensil Stirr Automatic Pan Stirrer
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Looking to deck yourself out with some top kitchen gadgets? Whether lockdown boredom has officially set in, or maybe you are someone who often struggles with cooking meals? We've found 10 best kitchen gadgets you need in your cupboard. These will make cooking (and cleaning, and prepping) a lot easier, and they can make your kitchen look instantly tidier. These buys also make great Christmas gifts for foodies – and some of them are stocking filler-worthy cheap.

From Amazon to John Lewis, these kitchen gadgets can be ordered now and delivered (or picked up in-store) from tomorrow. Don't spend any more time in your kitchen without them...

10 best kitchen gadgets to make dinner times easier

1. An extendable dish rack WITH a draining plug

Joseph Joseph Extend Expandable Dish Rack

Joseph Joseph Extend Expandable Dish Rack | £50 at John Lewis & Partners
Whether you have a dishwasher or you prefer to hand wash your dishes – perhaps you do both? This extendable dish rack will prove handy when you have large items to wash every now and then –vases, roasting tins and more. It can extend to twice its size, it comes with a cutlery basket and it has a plug for easy draining. No more stagnant water build-up...

2. A small handheld zester for cheese, ginger, chocolate, lemons and more – no need to wash up that giant four-sided grater 

OXO Good Grips Etched Fine Zester

OXO Good Grips Etched Fine Zester | £15 at John Lewis & Partners
This handheld zester is here for when you've got a small job to tackle, or if you don't fancy having to wash up that four-sided grater again. Perfect for parmesan, garlic, limes and more, it's a helping hand when cooking and baking. It also takes up less space in the dishwasher...

3. An automatic pan stirrer so you can chill on the sofa while your food is cooking

üutensil Stirr Automatic Pan Stirrer

üutensil Stirr Automatic Pan Stirrer | £18.99 at Amazon
After a long, hard day of working (from home) no one wants to stand in their kitchen stirring their dinner in the pan for 20 plus minutes, right? With this automatic pan stirrer, you needn't worry. It has three speeds, it comes in three colours and it's dishwasher-safe. Simply pop it in your soup, risotto, pasta sauce or whatever else and put those feet up.

4. An egg cutter for the most perfect boiled eggs – get your soldiers ready

John Lewis & Partners Stainless Steel Egg Topper

John Lewis & Partners Stainless Steel Egg Topper | £5 at John Lewis & Partners
Has anyone ever successfully (and tidily) cut the top of an egg off? Not without using this egg topper, that's for sure. Essentially, these are scissors for your boiled egg. And they work a treat – no eggshell remnants insight.

5. A VERY easy to use vegetable chopper – for cutting onions, carrots, herbs and more, in a flash

Tefal K1330404 Manual Food Chopper

Tefal K1330404 Manual Food Chopper | £14.99 at Amazon
This food chopper will make your life ten times easier while in your kitchen, and you needn't get your knifes dirty. Simply add your ingredients, close the lid and start pulling the handle. The more you pull, the finer your ingredients will come out. Simple.

6. An avocado tool for de-seeding and slicing the good stuff – for very Instagrammable breakfasts

OXO Good Grips 3-in-1 Avocado Tool

OXO Good Grips 3-in-1 Avocado Tool | £5.99 at John Lewis & Partners
Avocado lover or not, this is a handy kitchen tool to own. And it can prevent a nasty avocado seed accident with ease. Use one side of this tool to de-seed the avocado, and the other side to slice perfectly. For toast, salads and more.

7. Invest in the best knife sharpener to prevent cut fingers

AnySharp World's Best Knife Sharpener

AnySharp World's Best Knife Sharpener | £8 at Amazon
You're most likely to cut yourself on a blunt knife than a sharp one, so it's smart to give all of your knives a quick health check every now and then. Use this sharpener to do so hands-free, and it'll fit in your drawer after use.

8.  Buy this easy to use squeezer for a mess-free experience

John Lewis & Partners Lemon Squeezer

John Lewis & Partners Lemon Squeezer | £7.50 at Amazon
A lot of recipes require fresh lemon or lime juice, and unless you fancy getting your hands sticky or losing half of the juice to your kitchen surface, you should probably buy one of these squeezers. This one is dishwasher-safe and it doesn't let the pips out.

9. Some cute fridge storage to keep your tomatoes away from your carrots

HapiLeap Plastic Kitchen Refrigerator Fridge Storage

HapiLeap Plastic Kitchen Refrigerator Fridge Storage | £11.95 at Amazon
Reorganize your fridge so it's easy to navigate with help from these storage racks. They slip onto your shelves and can be used for storing everything from cheese to fruit and veg, eggs and more. They also come in different colours if you want to colour code your food types – one colour for dairy items, another for meat, a certain colour for fruit and a different colour for veg. This ought to keep you busy in lockdown.

10. An over-the-cupboard bin for veg peelings

NiLooki Hanging Trash Can

NiLooki Hanging Trash Can | £8.99 at Amazon
Peeling fruit and veg is all fine and dandy until you have to carry it from your worktop to your bin and it drops all over the floor. Buy a hanging trash can and pop it over your cupboard, and use it to scoop your peelings inside as you cut. Then, take it to the bin to empty and wash and collapse it ready for its next use. Sunday roast cleanup just got 100 times simpler.

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Annie Collyer
Annie Collyer

Annie joined the Real Homes team in 2018 as our Deals Editor. Now, as our UK Shopping Editor, she spends much of her time giving advice on what you need to add to your shopping cart. Whether that be a sofa bed for your spare room, accessories to give your space a new lease of life, shiny new appliances for a kitchen or some smart tech for an easier life. She's also our fitness and beauty guru, with hands-on experience with some of the top hair tools and the best home gym equipment around. Otherwise, you can find her rearranging the furniture in her space-savvy London flat, DIYing accessories to fit with her ever-changing colour scheme, or going on long walks with her pug. Next up on her to-renovate list is her bathroom...