QUAL­ITY ON THE MENU

Life & Style Weekend - - MAGAZINE | HOME - WORDS: TRACEY HORDERN

Worth an es­ti­mated $30 bil­lion an­nu­ally, Aus­tralians tend to be­lieve that when it comes to kitchen ap­pli­ances – you get what you pay for. Most of us recog­nise the value in spend­ing a lit­tle bit more for qual­ity. Multi-func­tion Kitchenaid: The Kitchenaid is un­ques­tion­ably the Holy Grail of kitchen ap­pli­ances. How­ever, there is lit­tle point in spend­ing a small for­tune un­less you in­tend to use most of the func­tions of this ap­pli­ance.

Cof­fee ma­chines: The new gen­er­a­tion pod cof­fee ma­chines and cafe-style cof­fee ma­chines are now al­most stan­dard in most kitchens. If you do use a cof­fee pod ma­chine, en­sure that you buy the en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly pods, oth­er­wise they are des­tined – in great num­bers – for long-term land­fill. Toaster: As well as an in­crease in the va­ri­ety of sizes avail­able, there are now at­trac­tive, coloured ce­ramic and metal­lic toast­ers to choose from. If you do pur­chase a toaster with stain­less steel fin­ish, en­sure you buy the best qual­ity you can af­ford as cheap stain­less steel ap­pli­ances de­grade very quickly. Ket­tle: The lat­est elec­tric glass ket­tles are con­sid­ered stylish and pos­si­bly health­ier, though the vin­tage in­spired ce­ramic ket­tles can be in­cred­i­bly at­trac­tive.

Blender: The blender is a kitchen sta­ple with mul­ti­ple func­tions, from blend­ing up a smoothie or veg­eta­bles for soup, to crush­ing ice for frozen drinks. So­dastream: The So­dastream saves on land­fill and al­lows you to make your own sparkling wa­ter. But some­what con­fus­ingly each of the large na­tional stores stock their own model of the gad­get, so you may find it help­ful to com­pare mod­els and prices be­fore pur­chas­ing.

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