Technology is moving fast in many spheres of our life, including in food preparation. Kitchen appliance makers are now revving up new technologies to provide new and better ways for home cooks to get tasty results in half the time.
Here are 16 new kitchen must-haves to help fire up the domestic goddess in you:
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Have access to thousands of recipes at your fingertips with the new Thermomix TM6 that comes with an integrated screen, pre-installed with the Cookidoo recipe platform with step-by-step guides. The kitchen hero, which combines 20 functions in one machine from chopping to kneading and mixing, helps to simplify the cooking process and comes with a slew of new functions such as sous vide, slow cooking and caramelising.
A new built-in weighing scale lets you weigh ingredients directly in the bowl with one-gram accuracy. Plus, the TM6 continuously updates itself with new features to improve your cooking experience. At $2,520, from Thermomix Singapore.
The new Tefal Ingenio range of cookware is a brilliant space-saver. Comprising of nonstick frypans, saucepans and wokpans, this game-changing range features removable handles that you can simply attach when you need them, and detach when you want to store, serve or transfer to the oven. Available in gorgeous metallic colours like blue, pink and purple, the pans double up as serving dishes you’ll be proud to place on your dining table.
The glass lids are also space-saving as the knob handles can be collapsed when you don’t need to use them. From $79.90 for a wokpan and removable handle, on Tefal’s official store on Lazada.
Ever left your smoothie out for too long and start to see it lose colours, become foamy and start to separate? A trick to keeping your smoothies fresh for longer is with a vacuum blender that works to reduce oxidation and seal in nutrients, which also preserves the bright colour of your ingredients. The new and powerful Philips High Speed Vacuum Blender does just that; it’s able to blend both soft and hard ingredients and comes with a variety of speed and programmes to suit your fancy. Getting your five-a-day just got way easier. At $599, from Philips e-shop and authorised retailers.
Perfect for everything from prepping everyday family meals to batches of baked goods for your next home party, KitchenAid’s 100 Year Queen of Hearts Stand Mixer features a unique custom chrome Power Hub cover and a substantial 5-quart (4.7L) capacity. The limited edition kitchen helper comes in a modern, passion-inspired red colour to brighten up your countertop too. Inspired? Check out five ways you never thought to use a KitchenAid mixer! At $999, from Mayer.
For discerning home owners who want to have more kitchen space, the Franke Box comes with two sink bowls and a range of accessories – two chopping boards, three knives, a knife holder designed to self-stand, a colander and draining rack. Get more countertop space by simply laying down the fitted chopping boards over the sink. For more details, visit www.franke.com.
With a large 72 litre capacity, cooking small or big meals is not a problem for this mighty oven. Electrolux’s stylish new Black Built-In Oven EVE614BCE also features a cooler touch door which protects you from heat while its FullFlex telescopic runners help you maintain easy and safe cooking. At $849, from leading electronics stores.
Be spoiled for choice with the induction hobs from V-zug. The FullFlex induction hob does away entirely with specified cooking zones, allowing you to place up to six pans anywhere you like on the glass ceramic base. With 48 state-of-the-art inductors, it is able to automatically detect the position and size of the cookware used.
Another great feature of the FullFlex hob is the Teppan Yaki function. When the hob detects the Teppan Yaki plate, the appropriate function is automatically activated and the plate can be split into two separate temperature zones, allowing low-fat cooking of meat and vegetables at the same time. Price unavailable, for more information call +65 6926 0878.
Good news for those who dread cleaning their coffee machine especially when rushing for your cuppa. The Bosch VeroBarista TIS65621RW’s AutoMilk Clean function activates a fully-automatic steam cleaning after every beverage. Its OneTouch DoubleCup function can also dispense two cups at the same time! At $2,188, from leading electronics and department stores.
A small kitchen won’t limit your cooking prowess especially with Brandt’s new Combi Microwave Oven. This multi-tasker gives you the luxury of having both a microwave and oven for all your cooking needs. Equipped with Autoprogramme, simply enter the type of food and its weight and the oven will automatically calculate the duration and the cooking mode of the dish.
Also, with the same food information, its Speed Defrost function enables defrosting of food six times faster by calculating the ideal amount of time, saving you precious minutes. Available in a standard cut-out size for easy installation. At $2,499, from leading electronics stores.
You no longer have to open the fridge door to take a peek at what’s inside. With two quick knocks, the LG Side-by-Side Refrigerator with InstaView Door-in-Door GS-X6018MT has a sleek mirrored glass panel that illuminates to allow you to easily view the contents inside. Its HygieneFRESH+ filtering system works to purify the air and remove acid as well as alkaline odors to keep foods fresh. At $4,199, from leading electronics stores.
Size is not a problem for this innovative Furi East/West Santoku Knife. Engineered with a deep blade made of Japanese stainless steel, large cutting tasks or smaller jobs can be easily done with this knife. Its unique handle also gives you extra leverage and a secure grip to reduce hand fatigue. At $79, from leading department stores.
Among the offerings by Wolf are a ceiling-mounted hood, French door fridge, vacuum drawer and convection steam oven. The built-in appliances fit into any kitchen design with ease. The vacuum drawer, for instance, lets you seal food to lock in flavours, for sous vide cooking. It can also be used to preserve frozen food effortlessly. For convenience, position it near the steam or convection oven.
The founder of Bora had a vision to eliminate the ubiquitous extractor hood. Using cross flow suction that is greater than the rising speed of cooking vapours, the new cooktop extractor system by BORA combines the hob with the hood so that cooking vapours and odours are drawn away at the source – as they arise from boiling soups and sizzling pans. Not only is it a quiet technology, but it is also more pleasant – allowing a clear view of what’s cooking. Available at Kitchen Culture in three ranges – Bora Basic, Bora Classic and Bora Professional – to cater to specific needs.
For easy loading and unloading, the Comfort Lift dishwasher by Electrolux raises the lower basket so that the task is done more easily. Other notable features are the Airdry technology, and the Flexiwash and Flexispray features; the Airdry technology automatically opens the door slightly near the end of the drying to enhance drying and eliminate humidity inside the dishwasher. With Flexiwash, you can choose from different settings to suit the content and load. Lastly, Flexispray has five spray levels and mobile arms for a thorough cleaning. At $1,399, from leading electronics stores.
Candy’s latest multi-function oven, the Watch & Touch, combines the latest technology with an app, a high-definition video camera, and a Full Touch Total Control Screen door with a 19-inch user-friendly interface. The video camera lets you monitor the cooking process despite a closed door. The display will also show the time left, the internal temperature and the progress – so you have control. The 78-litre oven provides a range of cooking options, including personal programmes and video recipes equipped with tutorials that you can watch on the oven touchscreen. At $2,999, from Mayer.
Designed with new technology, the Dialog Oven by Miele is set to revolutionise baking, roasting and cooking. It allows food of different textures to be cooked together – perfectly well too – so you don’t have to spend more time in the kitchen. The oven uses electromagnetic waves at various frequencies to detect the food and adjust the cooking intensity to match the ingredients. That way, you get perfectly cooked vegetables with your roast. Sadly, it’s not available in Singapore just yet.
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This post was first published in April 15, 2019, and updated on October 17, 2019.