Hundreds of kitchen products have passed through the doors of the Which? test lab this year – so we’ve rounded-up some of 2011’s most popular gadgets, as ranked by visits by you to our product reviews.
Of course, most popular doesn’t necessarily equate to a top performance. We award Best Buy and Don’t Buy recommendations to the best and worst we’ve seen – follow the links to read our in-depth reviews.
Kenwood K20MSS10 microwave
This stainless steel finish microwave from Kenwood is a solo model – the most basic ‘cook and defrost’ type of machine. Despite that it still manages to pack in plenty of auto cook and reheat programs – but it’s on the small side.
Read the review: Kenwood K20MSS10 microwave, £55
Philips HD4656 kettle
The stainless steel HD 4656 kettle is quick, taking under two-and-a-half minutes to boil a litre of water. It also comes with a useful illuminating on/off switch, so you can see when it’s finished boiling.
Read the review: Philips HD4656 kettle, £39
The Airfryer promises great-tasting chips with minimal oil. To test it out, we prepared about 300g of fresh chips, covered them in half a tablespoon of oil and cooked for around 16 minutes at 200°C.
Watch our First Look video review: Philips Airfryer, £130
Gaggia Baby Class coffee machine
The Baby coffee machine uses ground coffee or convenient ‘easy serving espresso’ (ESE) pods to brew either espressos or cappuccinos. We like its simple control panel, made up of two indicator lights and two control buttons.
Read the review: Gaggia Baby Class coffee machine, £250
Tefal Jamie Oliver food processor
Jamie has teamed up with Tefal on a kitchen electrical range, and his food processor – which mixes, purees, grates, slices and more – makes our 2011 list. It also comes with a jug blender attachment for making smoothies.
Read the review: Tefal Jamie Oliver food processor, £70
Panasonic SD-257 breadmaker
The now discontinued SD-257 breadmaker has been replaced by the updated SD-2501- which comes complete with sleek white cool-touch finish and lots of features, including automatic fruit and nut dispenser for speciality breads and even a jam-making program.
Read the review: Panasonic SD-2501 breadmaker (updated version of the SD-257), £120
Gino D’Acampo ice cream maker
Another celebrity-chef endorsed entry, Gino’s ice cream maker is a black, bucket-shaped machine with a freezer bowl. For home-made ice cream, freeze the bowl in advance, then churn your ingredients using its single switch mechanism.
Read the review: Gino D’Acampo ice cream maker, £30
Argos Cookworks slow cooker
Our only own-brand entry on the 2011 list, this silver slow cooker from Argos’ Cookworks range is a good value option. It’s got a large cooking bowl suitable for family-sized casseroles and stews and has three straightforward settings: low, high and keep warm.
Read the review: Argos Cookworks slow cooker (catalogue number 422/8826), £20
Black & Decker Autoselect steam mop
Steam mops, like this Black & Decker model, harness the power of steam to clean your floors without a mop and bucket. By popular demand, we’ve reviewed and rated 16 of the most popular steam cleaners.
Read the review: Black & Decker Autoselect steam mop, £80