These are fine for whisking eggs, whipping cream or gentle mixing. Some come with attachments for preparing soups or puréeing baby food.
A useful gadget around the kitchen, some are merely for grinding coffee beans but others are good for finely chopping herbs or ground spices.
Juicers vary from the simple hand-operated contraptions to ‘use the whole fruit’ machines. Some can only handle citrus fruits so watch out if carrot juice is your favourite tipple. A citrus juicer may look like an old-fashioned option, but you’ll find the two-directional operation will squeeze every last drop out very effectively.
Centrifugal juice extractors work like a washing machine and are even more ruthless. Fruit and vegetables spin in a basket, with the juice falling through, leaving all the pulp behind. It’s great for drinks like apple juice. Some even have a ‘coulis’ function, perfect for putting that finishing touch on a pudding!
Hand and stick blenders make a useful addition to any kitchen and can do everything from whisking up milkshakes to puréeing soups and crushing ice. Price tends to be dictated by capacity, speed and power. More powerful blenders can crush ice easily but cheaper models might struggle. They also have a choice of speeds for puréeing baby food or soups for example, with some boasting a built-in sensor that automatically adjusts to the correct speed for the task required