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Whether you're looking to upgrade your own kitchen kit or are shopping for a Christmas present for a keen cook, Black Friday is a wise time to invest in culinary gadgets as there are some bargains to be had across air fryers, juicers, coffee machines, blenders and bread makers.
Let us let you in on a little secret: the difference between a delicious meal and a dog's dinner often lies in having the right apparatus to hand.
Now we know what you're thinking, "a bad workman blames his tools", but honestly, with the right gadgets making delicious meals and barista-style drinks at home has never been easier.
Whether you want to make perfectly cooked steaks, crisp roast potatoes, flavour-filled warming soups, or indulgent hot chocolates, we've found 12 clever gadgets with glowing reviews, which promise to produce impressive results.
Not only are they all currently reduced in price as part of Black Friday promotions, but you'll also save money as you'll be less tempted to splash out on takeaway meals, coffees and hot chocolates. Double win.
Tefal ActiFry Genius XL 2in1 YV970840 | £151 (Was £284.99) at Amazon
This air fryer isn't only useful for cooking healthier chips, you can also use it to whip up (stir-free) stir fries, stews or curries. With more than £130 off, this is the ultimate in one pot cooking (for up to eight portions), as you can use the two separate compartments to cook different elements simultaneously. Plus, the compartments are dishwasher safe, so cleaning up will be a breeze too. For more Black Friday air fryer deals, check out our round up here.
Hotel Chocolat Velvetiser Hot Chocolate Machine | £84.99 (Was £110) at Currys (Also at Amazon)
This sleek gadget is no stranger to Instagram and thankfully, this isn't a case of style over substance, as reviews testify that it makes rich, creamy hot chocolate. The Velvetiser comes with two ceramic cups and 10 Hotel Chocolat Hot Chocolate sachets, so you can try out different flavours.
Tassimo by Bosch Style Coffee Machine | £29 (Was £79.99) at Currys
Coffee machines often take up a lot of valuable counter space, but not this stylish compact design. They also typically cost a pretty penny, which is why we were delighted to see this one reduced by just over £50, bringing the price down to under £30. Simple to use – just slip in a disc, press the button and let the machine do the rest – it can be used to create more than 70 varieties of coffee and hot drinks from brands including Costa, Kenco, Twinings and Cadbury. With dishwasher safe parts, as well as automatic cleaning and descaling programmes, keeping it looking fresh will be hassle-free.
Kitchenaid Artisan 4.8L Stand Mixer - Milkshake | £399 (Was £499) at Currys
Turn your kitchen into The Bake Off tent with this iconic stand mixer that the contestants use to knead bread dough and whip up meringues. This 4.8L capacity model comes with a stainless steel mixing bowl, flat beater, 6-wire whip and a dough hook, and is currently reduced by £100 at Currys.
Philips HR1832/01 Viva Collection Compact Juicer | £64.99 (Was £75) at Amazon
With more than 2,400 five star reviews on Amazon, this top-performing juicer is always excellent value for money, but you can feel extra smug if you snap it up while it is reduced over Black Friday. It's quick and simple to use, easy to clean (with dishwasher safe parts) and won't take up too much counter space (despite having the capacity to make up to 1.5L of juice in one go).
Ninja OP350UK 6L 9in1 Multi Cooker | £149.99 (Was 199.99) at John Lewis (Also at Currys)
Looking for one gadget that does it all? Don't miss the chance to save £50 on this clever pot that can slow cook stews or a tender pork shoulder, steam rice, roast a 2kg chicken, sauté vegetables, grill salmon, pressure cook, air fry chips, bake cakes or bubbling pasta dishes, dehydrate fruit and even make yogurt. Layer ingredients to cook mains and sides for up to four people at the same time using the two-tier rack.
Ninja 3-in-1 Food Processor with Auto-iQ BN800UK | £129 (Was £199) at Very
Why choose between buying a food processor, multi-use blender and personal blender, when with this gadget you can get them all in one. Prep ingredients for chopped salads or fishcakes, or create dips, drinks, doughs or desserts, with five programs that chop, slice, grate, puree and mix. Not sure where to begin? A recipe guide is included in the box, which is packed with recipes to inspire you.
Panasonic SD-B2510WXC Breadmaker | £99.99 (Was £149) at Currys
Wake up to a freshly baked loaf, by using the 13 hour timer function on this bread maker. You can bake bread in three different loaf sizes and select how dark you like your crust. It also has programs to make gluten-free bread, cake, pasta or pizza dough. Plus, with its Jam and Compote Mode you can easily make homemade spreads.
Morphy Richards Compact Soup Maker 501021 | £33 (Was £54.99) at Lakeland (Also at Amazon)
Make hot soup from scratch in as little as 19 minutes with this compact soup maker. Its one litre capacity will allow you to make a trio of starters or two meal-sized portions – just the thing for smaller households or those who prefer to enjoy soup freshly-made. Choose between smooth and chunky soup, drinks and manual blending using the simple controls on the lid.
6L Slow Cooker | £29.99 (Was £42.99) at Lakeland
Return home at the end of a long day to a warming casserole that has been simmering away while you work in this large slow cooker. With a 4.5 litre working capacity you can make enough to feed your family and friends, or to stock your freezer up with go-to homemade ready meals to keep you going throughout the week.
Swan 0.24L 500W Milk Frother | £29.99 (Was £39.99) at Robert Dyas
Fans of frothy coffee will like this neat gadget that can foam 115ml of milk or warm up to 240ml. Enjoy professional–quality lattes, cappuccinos or treat kids to babyccinos, with warmed milk in just 80 seconds.
Nutribullet 600 Series Starter Kit - Grey | £39.99 (Was £59.99) at Robert Dyas
If you've been considering trying out a Nutribullet, now's a good time to take the plunge, as this starter kit is more than a third off. Famed for its powerful motor, this smoothie blender can crush ice, burst seeds, crack stems and shred skins, to access normally unused nutrition from ingredients and make silky smooth smoothies.