Your kitchen is probably the room in your home where you spend most of your time during the day, whether you are preparing a meal, making beverages or performing any other activity and everyone wants it to be of the highest quality. That being said, you are probably always looking for some gadget to introduce into your kitchen in order to make your meal and beverage preparation easier, healthier and more pleasant. Below is a list of additions you should consider buying, going into 2019:

Vegetable Slicer
The best kitchen gadgets are those which make your cooking easier, and a vegetable slicer does just that. With different models with a variety of functions available, choosing one that’s right for you shouldn’t be too hard. Cutting and peeling vegetables will cease to be a time-consuming task, and you can even have fun experimenting with different ways of cutting your favorite vegetables.

Herb Saver
Everyone likes to use fresh herbs to prepare their meals. If you are often forced to throw away herbs from your fridge because they started turning, you will enjoy this little gadget, since it will extend the time your herbs stay fresh in your fridge several times, allowing you to save some money and always have fresh herbs available.

Needle meat tenderizer
If you are like most people, you are probably using a mallet to tenderize your steak meat. However, there is a better (and less noisy) alternative. Getting yourself a needle meat tenderizer will help you prepare more succulent and tastier steaks faster and easier, by tenderizing it with steel needles, instead of smashing it with a mallet.

Electric can opener
Struggling to open a can manually will be a thing of the past with an electric can opener. They are easy and safe to use and will help you open cans in no time while reducing the possibility of spilling the contents of the can.

Immersion blender
Whether you want to blend drinks, make dressings, prepare sauces, or puree vegetables, a good immersion blender is your best friend. While it can’t perform some tasks a counter-top blender can, its main advantage lies in mobility, since it allows you to blend almost anything in the cooking pot, instead of a stationary container.

Coffee machine
For those who love to have a warm cup of coffee first thing in the morning, or rely on it to get them through a busy day, a coffee machine is an absolutely essential gadget for their kitchen. If you are one of those people, you should consider adding one of the Lavazza coffee machines to your kitchen appliances to make sure you start every day with a high quality, tasty and easy to prepare cup of coffee.

Pasta maker
If you enjoy preparing your own pasta from time to time, getting your own pasta maker will save you a lot of time and effort, and will probably encourage you to do so more often. While electric pasta machines can be quite expensive, the manually operated alternatives are much more affordable and will probably prove sufficient for making pasta at home. With a variety of different models available, it’s just a matter of finding one that suits you best.

Clip-on colander
Draining your spaghetti can be somewhat of a struggle, with some of it often ending up in the sink. A simple to use, adjustable silicone clip-on colander can solve this problem for you, regardless of the pot size, and allow you to easily drain any type of food.

Smoking gun
If you live in an apartment, or an area where grilling is not allowed, you probably seldom have a chance to eat smoky tasting meat. However, now you can buy your own meat smoker and give the meat or other food you are preparing the desired smoky flavor without worrying about excessive heat or complaining neighbors.

Stainless steel knives set
You can hardly imagine a good chef working without a high quality, durable and comfortable-to-use set of knives, so why should you? If you are still using a couple of knives to cut everything, it’s time to get yourself a set of quality knives and stop worrying whether the metal will rust or the plastic handle will break, and start cutting through anything confidently and comfortably.

Finger guard
If you like cutting your onions, garlic or salad manually, getting yourself a finger guard along with quality knives is probably a good idea, since it will allow you to cut your vegetables as close as you like, safely and at a low price.

Regardless of whether you want to freshen up your kitchen with a new appliance, or make cooking a more pleasant experience, spending money on kitchen gadgets which you will use regularly, is never a bad investment. After all, you want the food and drinks you prepare for yourself and your family to be as tasty and healthy as possible, and also save some time and effort spent in the kitchen, where you can.

Chloe Smith is a business consultant and a part-time writer always willing to share tidbits of advice. She believes that passion, courage and, above all, knowledge breed success. When she’s not working, she’s probably somewhere cuddled up with a good book, and a cup of lemongrass tea (or more honestly binge-watching the newest Netflix hit show).