If you’ve decided to make cooking your next favourite past-time but you haven’t got the right tools to aid you on your next gastronomic creation, we’ve got you covered. 

Cooking can be a daunting hobby, especially when it comes to stories of burnt fingers and oil splatters — not to mention all those cooking fail videos on Facebook. However, one thing you have to keep in mind when comes to whipping up your dishes in the kitchen is that the right tools will make or break your experience. 

In general, you don’t need a bunch of expensive equipment to get you going. You must first gather enough experience while using different tools and appliances before moving on to complex devices for intricate dishes that require a little more work. 

Here, we’ve put together a beginner-friendly list of kitchen appliances that’ll help you cook up a storm in the kitchen. Read on for more.

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KitchenAid 14 Cup Food Processor

Food processors are one of the most essential items you need in your kitchen. They take the work out of meal preparation by chopping, dicing and slicing for you so you don’t have to risk your fingers on the chopping block. One of our favourite functions? Making hummus, nut butter and pesto at home without having to head to the supermarket.

This 14 Cup Food Processor from KitchenAid comes with a reversible shredding disc so you can have your vegetables for coleslaws and salads shredded for you with a touch of a button. It even has a dough blade to knead doughs for homemade pasta and bread, saving both time and effort on your part.

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Cornell 4.2L Stand Mixer

If you’re looking to get into baking as well, a stand mixer will definitely come in handy. All you need to do is dump your ingredients into the bowl and watch as the whisker does the work for you. Other than using a mixer for cake batters, you can also use the it to make some Dalgona coffee, meringues, or just to whip your mashed potatoes into shape.

This beginner-friendly one from Cornell comes with 8 different speed functions so that you’ll be able to reach the right consistency with your creations every single time.

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Mayer 6L Intelligent Multi-Pressure Cooker

Pressure cookers are a handy appliance for busy bees. It allows you to try your hand at dishes that take a long time to cook with conventional methods. This means you don’t have to stand by the stove for your soups, or constantly check back with your meat every few minutes: fuss-free cooking in less time. Pressure cooking is not only way more efficient than using multiple pots on separate burners, they also require less cooking time as well.

This Intelligent Multi-Pressure Cooker from Mayer comes with 14 different cooking functions, as well as a push-key button for pressure release for increased safety measures.

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Philips Daily Collection Airfryer

Gone are the days where you need to stand next to a bubbling pot of oil to deep fry your chicken cutlets, potato wedges and whatnot. Not only does that conventional way of frying waste cooking oil, it also creates an environment for oil burns and fires in your kitchen as well.

The Philips Daily Collection Airfryer combines fast circulating superheated air, a smart starfish design and an optimal heating profile that allows you to fry your food in a quick, healthy way — oil-free. It doesn’t leave the same sort of oily film on your floors and walls like a conventional deep fryer, and it is much easier to clean as well.

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Panasonic NU-SC300BYPQ Convection Steam Oven

If you’re into healthy eating, you might want to consider getting a convection steam oven. It uses steam to retain vitamins, minerals and nutrients of food, as well as preserve its colour, texture and flavour.

This model from Panasonic comes in a range of temperatures that is fit for a multitude of dishes: the low temperature is great of eggs, prawns and chicken, while the medium temperature is ideal for meats and seafood. The slow steam function also creates delicious porridge, puddings and soups each time.

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Jocelyn Tan
Jocelyn Tan is a travel and design writer. She's probably indulging in serial killer podcasts or reading one too many books on East Asian history. When she actually gets to travel, you can find her attempting to stuff her entire wardrobe into her luggage. Yes, she's a chronic over-packer.