15 editor-approved useful kitchen gadgets to buy now and love forever

Hey good lookin', what you got cookin'?

A selection of useful kitchen gadgets on pale pink background including garlic press, kitchen scales, kitchen knives and milk frother
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Much as I see myself as a MasterChef pundit, before accumulating my useful kitchen gadgets, my skills were a bit, well... blunt. My butter knife was as cheffy as it got, and any ceramic or plastic platter sufficed as a plate.

Thankfully, I've grown out of those college-type habits and my curated collection is much more sophisticated than my younger self cared for. Rather than frivolously spend money on marked-up martinis and meals, I prefer to host in my home; knowing what's in my food and how much liquor is in my cocktails.

It turns out, that's the case with the Real Homes team too, so we put together a list of culinary essentials you absolutely must get your hands on to start 2023 off right. Last year saw the best air fryers fly off the shelves, but you'll want these accessories to achieve amateur chef status. These tools won't get jammed in a drawer. Reason being is that a) many of them are super compact and b) you'll be using them on an almost-daily basis.

15 actually useful kitchen gadgets to buy in 2023

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Christina Chrysostomou
Ecommerce Editor

Bonjour, Yasou, Hello — I'm Christina, ecommerce editor at Real Homes. Along with my super creative colleagues, I create content to help you create a chic home on a budget. I live in a two-bed maisonette with a garage and garden in Essex. Geographically, it's perfect; I've got the forest on my doorstep, and London is just 15 minutes by tube or car. I specialize in small kitchen appliances so that you can prepare food with ease at home. Prior to working for the Future plc family, I've worked on a number of consumer events including the Ideal Home Show, Grand Designs Live, and Good Homes Magazine. With a plethora of experience in digital marketing, editorial, and social media, I have an eye for what should be in your shopping basket.