Top 10 Best Workout Headphones

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The best workout headphones are what most people look for on the internet. Workouts include a list of activities like gym, sports, cross-fit, cycling and fell trekking, as well as running and many more.

Whatever your activities of choice, these buds and headphones will soundtrack your path to fitness. That’s because they resist sweat, have Bluetooth wireless convenience and a fit that can stand up to the movement inherent in running, gym workouts and other physical jerks.

The post will help you know basics features you should aware off before choosing the best on-ear headphones for working out. Before any delay let’s get started.

How to choose the best work out headphones?

A decent pair of sports headphones is a very worthy investment. Research has shown that the right type and tempo of tune can keep you in the zone for longer, and we’ve all ran up park steps to a suitably bombastic soundtrack like we’re Rocky. Even if we’ve then keeled over at the top.

There are four things to look for, really before getting the best on-ear headphones for working out.

·        Waterproofing:

Although a ‘normal’ pair of headphones can work well for exercise, if they fit well enough, they’re just not built to stand up to heavy rain when running or, more importantly, sweat when doing any exercise. And sooner or later, sweat or heavy rain will find them. And it will kill them. All the headphones here are sweatproof and rain resistant, but not suitable for immersion (ie: swimming, or running in Manchester).

·        A secure but comfortable fit:

You can get all sorts of fitness-oriented designs that wrap tightly around your head, over and around your ears, and then deep into your cranium. However in my experience, the best types of running headphones are actually either true wireless or lightweight Bluetooth in-ears with tips that go into the ear as usual, but with additional, curved, tapered ‘hooks’ that sit under the antihelix of your ear. For those of you who aren’t ear doctors, which is the crater of cartilage that sits above your earhole.

·        Decent sound quality:

I don’t want to overly generalize but really this is the least important element in sports headphones. Most people want to be able to hear/feel their tunes as they workout and be motivated by them, whilst blocking out the gym/the world. They don’t necessarily want to be picking out hitherto undetected nuances in the string quartets of Brahms or the early works of Fleetwood Mac. So two of the headphones here sound really good and the rest sound good enough, usually with a lot of low-end and mid-range tones.

·        Situational awareness:

This is all-important for some people, who feel that effectively deafening themselves leaves them in danger of traffic or muggers when road running. It’s of no importance to me, as I prefer to shut out the world entirely when working out, but nonetheless I’ve included three great pairs of headphones specifically designed to let ambient sound through.

Whatever the sound you want, there is nothing more annoying than earbuds worming their way out when you’re trying to stay focused. The main causes of this are poorly fitting ear-tips, plus the vibrations through your body and movements of your head as you run or work out. Even the best running headphones can become annoying when their cable snags on the back of your neck or your clothing.

Confused, need further help? If yes in this part, we have listed all the 10 best workout headphones. These headphones are a really great deal. You’d never regret choosing any one of it to carry out your favorite workouts activities.

1. JABRA ELITE ACTIVE 65T

best wireless headphones for running

Best wireless headphones for running and gym

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: Bluetooth true wireless in-ear with anchoring hooksBattery life: 5 hours (plus 10 hours from recharging in its case)Sound isolating: Yes

REASONS TO BUY

+The best fit of any true wireless bud

+Decent comfort too

+Great for the gym and running

REASONS TO AVOID

-Pricier than partially-wired buds

If you’re after best wireless headphones for running, Jabra’s Elite Active 65t is your new workout bud. It’s also great for gym workouts, cross training, cycling, spinning, rope thrashing and anything else where you get sweaty. Since I started using them, I would now not willingly go back to even the most minimally wired Bluetooth headphones, such as the Optoma below.

For workout purposes the 65t sound great. At launch they sounded a bit ‘off’ but Jabra has honed the sound with a seemingly never-ending sequence of software updates since then. They’re sufficiently bassy, great with pounding, workout-friendly music, and have a reasonable amount of musicality too. I’ve used them many times as headphones outside of a gym/run environment.

There is actually an accelerometer in these, for counting reps and working in conjunction with Jabra’s own fitness app. I don’t recommend that – get a running/gym watch instead – but some people might find it useful.

It’s the comfortable yet unshakeable fit, and complete absence of wires that make the Jabra Elite 65t so essential for workouts. Once you’ve tried true wireless, it’s very hard to go back to having that wire joining your buds, snagging on your neck or running vest.

One final note: this model, the Elite Active 65t, has a special coating so it ‘sticks’ in the ear a little better. Jabra’s other model, the Elite 65t lacks that coating (there’s also no accelerometer, but I’m not too bothered about that). As such, that’s less recommendable if you work out outdoors, where there’s a risk of them falling out and being lost forever – as, in fact, happened to me. It’s otherwise a similarly excellent true wireless earbud.

Best headphones for running, gym, sports and fitness: Optoma NuForce BE Sport4

2. OPTOMA NUFORCE BE SPORT4

Best  Bluetooth workout headphones

Best  Bluetooth workout headphones.

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: Bluetooth in-ear with anchoring hooksBattery life: 10 hours sound isolating: Yes

REASONS TO BUY

+Astounding audio for running headphones

+Great fit: secure but comfortable

+Excellent value

REASONS TO AVOID

-Minimal wiring but not ‘true’ wireless

The BE Sport4 takes the T3-Award-winning BE Sport3, which previously topped this chart since about 1987, and improves on it in several ways whilst maintaining the sub-£100 price tag. And so, naturally enough, it’s our top-rated, non-true-wireless wireless headphones for workouts and running.

These in-ear headphones with ear-hugging hooks are the best headphones for exercise that you can get at their price point. The only caveat I’d add to that is personally, I’d advise spending more and going true wireless with the Jabra Elite Active 65t. But then I’m a big-ticket guy.

That aside, the BE Sport4 is great; easily good enough to use as day-to-day headphones, thanks to fantastic clarity, support for both AAC and Apt-X (giving improved audio quality on Apple and Android devices respectively), well-deployed bass and 10-hour battery life (up from 8 on the previous model). They also offer a very secure yet comfortable fit.

Downsides? If you prefer to be able to hear the world around you whilst exercising – I don’t – there might not be to your liking, because their noise isolation is very good. See further down this buying guide for some headphones that let more sound filter in.

The choice of tips includes different size buds (so you don’t have to use the slightly horrific-looking ‘double-penetrator’ pictured above) and in-ear hooks, which strike just the right balance of very good anchoring, without sacrificing comfort.

The price is very reasonable given the quality of the Optoma NuForce BE Sport4. If you aren’t ready to embrace true wireless, they’re the best headphones for running and gym that you can get, and also a pair of headphones you can happily use when doing nothing strenuous at all.

3. SOUNDCORE SPIRIT SPORTS BY ANKER

Best wireless headphones for running

Best wireless headphones for running and gym.

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: Bluetooth in-ear with anchoring hooksBattery life: 8 hoursSound isolating: Yes

REASONS TO BUY

+Very waterproof indeed

+So cheap

+Perfectly acceptable audio

+Brilliant fit

REASONS TO AVOID

-Obviously can’t compete with the pricier options here on audio quality

The first two options are at least somewhat high-end, and tailored for those who value good audio quality. These are a bit scrappier in the musical department but easily as good when it comes to running and workout essentials such as sweat-proofing, secure but comfy fit and solid battery life, and they can be had for less than 30 quid. What can you get for 30 quid nowadays? Practically nothing!

The killer features here, besides the value for money, are the excellent fit (at least in my ears, although a variety of ear tips mean they should work for most people) and the fact that they’re not just sweat-proof but actually submergible in sea water. There’s no little cover over the USB charging socket, as on most such headphones, because the socket itself is water resistant.

Now personally, I would not advise going swimming in the sea in these because they will eventually corrode, but this level of protection does inspire confidence they will survive multiple sweaty workouts. I’ve had supposedly gym-friendly headphones literally explode because sweat got into the charging port, so know of what I speak, here.

Sound quality-wise these are nowhere near as good as the Optoma Nuforce buds, nor are they as high-tech as the Jabra ones. However at this price, you might well shrug and ask, ‘who cares?’

4. RHA TRUECONNECT

best wireless headphones for running

Run-friendly AirPod lookalikes with better sound and proper sweatproof.

SPECIFICATIONS

Listening time per charge: 5 hours listening time with the case: 20 hours

REASONS TO BUY

+Excellent audio especially by true wireless standards

+Comfortable yet secure fit

REASONS TO AVOID

-Minor pairing issues

-Iffy case design

These look quite like Apple AirPods, and aren’t a million miles away in terms of comfort. However, they go into your ear rather than sitting just outside, and have sweat-proofing for all your run/cycle/gym needs.

What you end up with is a pair of headphones that sound at least as good as the Bose SoundSport Free (#5), are just as workout-friendly, but look less peculiar, and are not as susceptible to wind noise.

There’s a lack of overt bass, but I’ve found there’s enough to keep you motivated whilst listening to ‘Techno Workout Playlist 57’, and mid-range and treble sparkle more than on the Jabras.

One way these £149 AirPods-a-likes are not like actual AIrPods is that pairing is very occasionally a bit clonky – if you return them to the case and try again, it tends to work second time. The case it self is a bit fiddly too, but again not enough to make the TrueConnect lose my love.

Fit is obviously important with true wireless, and the RHAs are excellent in this respect because they come with about 15 billion choices of ear tip. They don’t feel as super secure as the Jabra buds, but the flip side of that is that they’re a little more comfortable. In the gym, they’re perfect, although on the road you may find yourself at times nervously prodding them back into your ear holes as you pound potholed roads.

Overall, these fall just short of Jabra’s superb workout buds, but many punters will prefer their less intrusive fit and more musical audio. If the price starts to slide down below the Elite 65t, they’ll become very attractive indeed.

5. BOSE SOUNDSPORT FREE

Best  Bluetooth workout headphones

 

Best  Bluetooth workout headphones except for running.

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: Bluetooth true wireless in-ear with anchoring hooksBattery life: 5 hours (plus 10 hours from recharging in its case)Sound isolating: Yes

REASONS TO BUY

+Very good sound

+Unshakeable connectivity

+Incredibly comfortable

REASONS TO AVOID

-Incredibly susceptible to wind interference

-They look stupid even by true wireless standards

The way Bose’s buds protrude from your ears gives a look that is somewhat less than icy cool, but if you work out a lot, you probably value performance over appearance, and are well used to looking a tad ‘off-beat’. And their is no doubt that at the gym, the SoundSport Free perform.

Sonically, these are a better true wireless option than the slightly artificial sounding Jabra Elite 65t. Like them, they give you five hours of battery life, with 10 more hours provided by recharging in their case. A quick-charge facility gives you 45 minutes use from 15 minutes charging.

Although perfect for the gym or home, I don’t consider these great for running outdoors, or cycling. The fit is brilliantly comfy but less unshakeable than the Jabras, which is off-putting if you hit the ground like a runaway giraffe, as I do. The way they protrude also makes them impossible to wear with your hood up in winter, as they will catch on it. The real problem with the way they protrude, however, is wind noise. They whoosh quite a bit in a breeze and in a high wind, I’d go so far as to say they are unusable.

However, the weird fit is also why they’re so comfortable, and with notably better audio than Jabra’s Elite 65t, and a more unshakeable fit than the RHA true wireless, the SoundSport Free are among the very best true wireless buds for the gym and other sports where no wind is likely. Yes, you look a bit stupid wearing them but, come on, you’re working out – you probably already look daft.

6. MONSTER ISPORT VICTORY WIRELESS

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Best on-ear headphones for working out which is cheap.

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: Bluetooth in-ear with anchoring hooksBattery life: 6-7 hoursSound isolating: Yes

 

REASONS TO BUY

+Unshakeable fit

+Reliable connection

+Decent enough sound

REASONS TO AVOID

-Slightly iffy battery life

These are an interesting counterpoint to the NuForce BE Sport3 and Sennheiser CX Sport. Overall there’s not a great deal to tell between them, and your choice could boil down to whether you value sound quality or firm fit, and what this week’s best prices on each happen to be.

Thanks to a wide range of tips and wings, the iSport Victory can be made to sit pretty much unshakeably in your ears. As such, although they are slightly less comfortable than their NuForce and Sennheiser rivals, they are arguably better suited to really vigorous exercise.

They also pair via Bluetooth more quickly and reliably than the NuForce, with a clear voice announcing the battery level (high, medium or low) as well.

On the other hand, this is less musically gifted than its rivals, with Monster going for a more standard ‘pumping’ sound. But then, to be fair, most people don’t listen to Vivaldi or Andrew Bird at the gym, and they do sound suitably ‘motivational’ when pumping out bass-laced power tunes. I just wouldn’t use them for general, non-exercise-related listening, which I do with the NuForce.

One other thing to note: they actually only sound suitably motivational, pumping (etc) so long as the ‘Sport’ mode is activated (by pushing down both volume controls for a few seconds). In standard, ‘Warm Up’ mode they’re a bit weedy.

As I felt the need to permanently keep it in Sport mode, battery life also suffers slightly, although you still get a good 6-7 hours per charge.

7. URBANEARS STADION

best wireless headphones for running

Best wireless headphones for running.

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: Bluetooth in-ear with wrap-around neckbandBattery life: 7 hours sound isolating: No

REASONS TO BUY

+Secure fit but ambient sound does penetrate

+Good value for money

REASONS TO AVOID

-Controls are on the back of your neck

I didn’t necessarily expect much from the Stadion headphones from hipsters’ favourite, Stockholm’s Urbanears. However, this is actually a great pair of headphones for running.

Because the Stadion has a solid (but not uncomfortable) neck band, and springy, coiled cables, running to hooked earbuds, it pulls off the unlikely feat of an unshakeable fit, without totally blocking out the world around you.

Personally, I don’t like hearing the world around me, but I know many runners and cyclists would like to be able to hear large, wheeled objects bearing down on them when on the roads, and some people, more bizarrely, even want to be able to hear the ambience of their local gym.

Well, the Stadion is just the ticket for those people. Add perfectly decent audio (the fact that a dose of ambient sound is allowed in means that by definition it’s not amazing), plus 7 hours of battery life per charge and a choice of attractive colourways, and you have a winner. I can even forgive the bizarre design flaw that plants the control buttons, mystifyingly, on the part that sits directly on the back of your neck, thereby rendering them almost entirely unusable when you’re running.

8. BOSE SOUNDSPORT WIRELESS

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Yet another strong rival to the Monster, Sennheiser and NuForce wired buds

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: Bluetooth in-ear with anchoring hooksBattery life: 6 hoursSound isolating: Yes

REASONS TO BUY

+Excellent sound quality

+Great comfort and fit

 

REASONS TO AVOID

-Pricier than NuForce and Monster

Bose is yet another competitor in the ‘lightweight buds joined together with a short wire’ gym-and-run headphones stakes, and its creation is, again, very good. However, like the Sennheiser offering it’s also somewhat more expensive than NuForce and Monster’s takes on the style.

That aside, I don’t really have a bad word to say about the SoundSport Wireless. Sound quality is very solid and you could use them outside the gym or after a run quite happily. They also pair and fit very well.

The usual, pleasingly forceful Bose sound quality is present, and the overall package is sweatproof, reasonably rugged and unfailingly comfortable. My only reservation is that the marginal gains over the Monster and NuForce headphones are not sufficient to justify the price, which tends to be considerably higher.

  • Traditionalists may want to consider the wired version of the SoundSport. They’re very similar, the cable aside, and a fair bit cheaper.
  • And there’s also the SoundSport Pulse with built in cardio tracking

9. AFTERSHOKZ TREKZ AIR

Best workout headphones

Best bone conducting headphones for running and cycling

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: Bone conductionBattery life: 6 hoursSound isolating: No

REASONS TO BUY

+Cool bone conduction tech

+Comfortable

REASONS TO AVOID

-By definition, not ‘hi-fi’ kinda sound

If you really don’t want to block out external sound, you can’t get much better than a pair of ‘earphones’ that don’t even sit in your ears. Aftershokz Trekz Air follow on from the older Titanium model and are 20% lighter, but the way they work remains the same.

Sound is transmitted via bone conduction, from just next to your ear, so as well as enjoying the music, you can hear approaching cars and buses. It also makes it somewhat harder to damage your ears from excessive volume.

Early bone conduction headphones were pretty awful, but these ones work, and are a further step up from the – also very good – Trekz Titanium in terms of comfort.

By definition, sound quality can’t compare with the best traditional headphones, but when you aren’t being yelled at by taxi drivers, or beeped at by a truck that’s about to run you over, you can enjoy audio that’s surprisingly punchy and enjoyable. When there is sound around you, you’ll be able hear it very easily.

The only slight issue with this is that on a noisy road, or in high wind, you can hear all that sound over your music as well, which is less useful. For those who want tunes but really prize situational awareness, however, this strikes me as a price worth paying.

Connecting to your phone via Bluetooth is simple, and the Trekz Air is sturdy waterproof, sweatproof, dustproof and easily portable. As much as the Aftershokz Trekz Air is not for musical purists, for safely soundtracking your cycling or road runs, it’s hard to beat.

10. BEATS POWERBEATS3

Best  Bluetooth workout headphones

Best on-ear headphones for working out .

SPECIFICATIONS

 

Type: Bluetooth in-ear with over-ear hooksBattery life: 10-12 hours sound isolating: Yes

REASONS TO BUY

+Gym-friendly sound

+Great battery life

REASONS TO AVOID

-Not the snuggest fit

-A bit overpriced

A lot of punters moan about headphones from the Apple-owned Beats by Dre being overtly bassy and punchy, but that is no bad thing when you’re talking about running/gym headphones.

These offer rapid pairing with Apple devices via the W1 chip (a sort of typically Apple-esque ‘Bluetooth with knobs on’ concept) and also pair perfectly fine via ‘normal’ Bluetooth with non-W1-compatible devices.

I enjoyed using the Powerbeats3 a lot; the sound is great, battery lasts a good 10-12 hours and you can also charge them up for 5 minutes and get an hour’s play out of them – very handy at times.

On the other hand, I found the ear-hook design didn’t give as good a fit as the headphones above it in the list, as it tends to wobble up and down when you run or even when cycling hard. The price maybe feels a bit high, given that. For more sedentary workouts – pumping iron, basically – they’re good.

 The piece of advice if you are looking to buy best on-ear headphones for working out.

My advice is to go true wireless. There are several true wireless bud options for the gym – think Apple Earbuds but more robust and sweatproof. I know a lot of you reading this will think, “no way, I’m not an early adopter and they’re too expensive.” However, you are bang wrong: once you get used to having no wire at all rubbing on the back of your neck and no snagging on things ever, it is bloody hard to go back to the more traditional styles of running/gym headphones.

I also feel that the various limitations of true wireless, which make them irritating to use as full-time buds, just don’t apply if you only run, ride or work out in them. The battery life is invariably short but it’s more than long enough for gym and running, at least for anyone who’s not doing ultra-marathons. The usually slightly poorer sound quality is also less important for pumpin’, workout-style listening. Obviously, if you work out to Nick Drake, it’ll be more of an issue, but I think you may be in a minority, there.

True wireless is still in its infancy as a product category but already some clear leaders have emerged: Jabra Elite 65t are THE best, while RHA’s splendid TrueConnect offers a more comfortable fit and less bass-heavy sound than the Jabra pair.

However, those who prefer the old-fashioned, considerably more affordable route to a sweat-soaked soundtrack should get a pair of NuForce.

If you prefer headphones that let through sound from the outside world (for instance, a double decker bus bearing down on you at 30mph), go for the Urbanears Stadion. I know that brand usually turns out hipster-friendly basics, but these are impressive.

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Cool Gadgets For Kitchen

Cool Gadgets for Kitchen

The kitchen is the hub of most households, so it’s important to buy cool gadgets for kitchen and appliances that will stand up to regular use.

So, if you are actually looking for boosting your cooking skills, you must check our list of useful kitchen gadgets. These cool gadgets will surely help you on your way of becoming a master chef.

We’ve individually tested and reviewed every product in this roundup to make sure it’s up to our high standards. There are all sorts to consider, from fridges, dishwashers and blenders, to kettles, toasters and coffee machines.

One is a stunning four-door French-style Hisense fridge freezer, which is easy on the wallet as well as the eye. Another is the compact and powerful Morphy Richards hand mixer – our favorite mini-mixer for whipping up tasty bakes.

For the multi-tasking chef, the Mastrad Thermometer Spoon is a fun, affordable tool for cooking with ultimate precision. Like to wake up to freshly squeezed OJ? Then Smeg’s citrus juicer should be the kitchen gadget gracing your worktop.

Feeling inspired? Read on for more.

1. Philips Viva Airfryer health fryer

Airfryer Useful kitchen gadgets

Key features:  

  • 1425W motor
  • 0.8kg food capacity
  • H276 x W292 x D266mm

Small appliances rarely combine convenience and healthy eating as much as the Philips Viva Airfryer health fryer. Not only can it make fresh fries with up to 80% less fat and perfectly crispy food from the freezer in the time it takes some ovens to pre-heat, but also it’s also a whizz at roasting vegetables, baking and grilling. There’s a recipe app to help you explore its potential (for example, it’ll bake fruit crumble, cook a rack of lamb or even roast a whole chicken).

The Airfryer’s speedy cooking is all thanks to an instant heat up and improved technology for golden brown, even results. Simply set the timer (up to 30 mins) and temperature (80C to 200C) and when you’re finished, detach the handle and pop the basket and drawer in the dishwasher, or clean by hand in less than 90 seconds. Make room for it in your kitchen and you’ll be richly rewarded. At the time of review, the Philips Viva Airfryer was available for £180.

2. Smeg CJF01 Citrus Juicer

Key features:

  • 70W motor
  • Dishwasher-safe removable parts
  • H166 x W281 x D166mm

Smeg’s range of small appliances continues to expand and now includes this gorgeously retro citrus juicer.

The Smeg CJF01 is classily built and available in a choice of colourful finishes. It has an incredibly quiet 70W motor that starts up from the moment you press your half-sliced citrus fruit onto the reaming cone, which is stainless steel and dishwasher-safe.

The non-drip spout can be pushed up to operate a valve that stops any unrequired juice from pouring out of the collector – a nice touch.

There are cheaper motorised citrus juicers out there, but none that look or feel as luxurious as this one. And its juicing performance is beyond reproach.

3. Bosch MUM59340GB Kitchen Machine Stand Mixer

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Key features:

  • 1,000W motor
  • Three tools and a shredding attachment
  • Stainless steel 3.9-litre bowl with splash guard
  • H28.2 x W28 x D27.1cm

Part stand mixer, part multi-functional kitchen machine – if the Transformers did small appliances, they’d look like this.

The Bosch MUM59340GB Kitchen Machine is equipped with a three-zone moveable arm, seven mixing speeds and all the attachments and functions you’d expect from a premium price mixer – except without the premium price tag.

In its stand-mixer role, it beats, mixes, whisks and kneads, while a continuous feed shredder covers five types of chopping, slicing and shredding – both finely and coarsely – and grating. A citrus-press attachment transforms it into a juicer, plus there’s a mincing attachment for meat and a blender.

Add to that a large-capacity mixing bowl and a handy storage bag for all of those precious tools, and you’ve got yourself the most versatile, powerful mixer for every stage of food prep.

4. Panasonic MJ-L500 Slow Juicer

best kitchen gadgets

Key features:

  • 150W slow juicer
  • Frozen attachment for sorbets and cocktails
  • H43.2 x W18.5 x D17.6cm

The Panasonic MJ-L500 might be one of the smallest juicers we’ve ever tested, but it’s definitely the most efficient.

By using a technique called “slow juicing”, which squeezes fruit and vegetables at 45rpm rather than dicing and spinning at speed, it’s designed for maximum extraction with minimal effort. It means more nutrients remain in your juices, too.

With a frozen attachment in the box, anyone on a health kick or desperate to get their kids to eat their five-a-day will love the versatility that particular attachment brings.

Newbies to juicing shouldn’t be put off by its vast talents, Simple to use, easy to clean and compact enough to stay permanently on your kitchen worktop, it’s as good for beginners as it is for more experienced juicers after a more powerful upgrade.

5. Sage Boss To Go

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Key features:

  • 1,000W motor
  • Kinetix blade
  • 2 x 500ml Tritan tumblers and 2 x flip-top lids
  • H37 x Dia16cm

The Sage Boss To Go is more of an investment buy, but it’s also the best smoothie blender we’ve tested.

Smooth-edged cups that are ready to drink from without having to screw on rims, a mighty 1,000W motor that makes drinks with particles up to 42% finer, and dishwasher-safe blades all make blending a much smoother experience.

All of its parts are dishwasher-safe, making clean-up is a doddle – and unlike a lot of blenders out there, there aren’t any annoying little nooks into which food can become lodged.

Top that off with robust design and a Kinetix blade that produces silky-smooth, grit-free juices and shakes, and you’re looking at the finest smoothie blender on the market right now.

6. Sage Smart Kettle BKE820UK

cool gadgets for kitchen

Key features

  • 1.7-litre capacity, 3kW
  • Two water-level indicators
  • Variable temperature 80-100 degrees
  • Auto shut-off

Although it’s a tad pricier than some might be prepared to pay for a kettle, we couldn’t help but name the Sage Smart Kettle as our favorite water boiler. Tea connoisseurs and coffee bean addicts, prepare for some seriously smart brewing.

The kettle sits on a base that houses an impressive seven buttons – five to let you select temperature, one for switching the kettle on, and another to activate the “Keep Warm” feature.

That keeps your boiled water hot for 20 minutes once it’s boiled. The temperature settings produce brilliantly accurate results, which is great news for both coffee and tea lovers alike.

Design-wise, the Sage Smart Kettle feels lovely in the hand. Its large see-through lids pop up smoothly for refilling, and the kettle’s chrome finish will be at home in any kitchen. If you’re put off by the price, you might want to look towards the cheaper Tefal Safe To Touch as your next best option.

7. Mastrad Thermometer Spoon

best kitchen gadgets

Key features:

  • Nylon/Silicone Spoon with detachable probe
  • Digital temperature reading, accurate to the nearest tenth of a degree
  • Measurement range: -40 to 250 degrees C
  • Buttons for on/off, Celsius/Fahrenheit

Home jam makers and Sunday roast extraordinaire will get no end of use from this infinitely handy Thermometer Spoon by French kitchen utensil maker Mastrad. Combining a large nylon/silicone-blend spoon with a detachable thermometer probe, it makes the task of monitoring food both in the pan and the oven an absolute snap.

In its spoon form, the Mastrad Thermometer Spoon allows you to stir a bubbling mixture of fruit and sugar (and in our case, prosecco and edible glitter) while keeping an eye out for that all-important jam setting temperature.

The end of the probe is nestled near the tip of the spoon, giving you an accurate reading on the handle’s digital display. Unlike traditional Ethanol jam thermometers, which can sometimes be difficult to read at certain angles amidst a cloud of steam, the Mastrad’s display is clearly legible.

Slide the handle away from the spoon, and this clever tool becomes a 5-inch probe for testing meats and pastries. With accuracy to the nearest tenth of a degree and super-speedy temperature reading, it lets you quickly and neatly checks if the meat is cooked without wasting valuable time dissecting it mid-cook.

There’s a handy button on the handle for memorizing the maximum and minimum temperatures from its last use, too, which helps you nail the perfect tenderness every time.

If you like your cooking tools to be practical, durable and useful for all kinds of important cooking tasks, the Mastrad Thermometer Spoon is a must-have tool for your utensil pot.

8. Hisense RQ560N4WC1

Useful kitchen gadgets

Key features:

  • French-style fridge-freezer, 289-litre fridge space, 2 x 71-litre freezer space
  • H181 x W79.4 x D70cm
  • A+ energy rating
  • Chilled-water container with door dispenser

The Hisense RQ560N4WC1 is an affordable, French-style fridge-freezer that will make quite the statement in your kitchen. From the in-door water dispenser and touch-control LED panel to the stainless-steel finish and frost-free freezer compartment, there are tons of great features crammed in for a humble price tag.

The fridge is properly cavernous at 289 litres, with four full-width shelves and two big salad drawers. The whole fridge area is well lit by two side-mounted bright-white LED strips.

Downstairs, two independent compartments can be run at different temperatures to suit the contents. The lower-left drawer houses a removable “twist and serve”-style ice-cube maker, which is a nice touch.

Both the fridge and the two freezer compartments fared well in temperature tests, with the fridge achieving a narrow spread of temperatures and the freezer compartments proving equally solid performers.

9. Morphy Richards Sear and Stew Compact

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Key features:

  • 800W
  • 3 heat settings
  • 4.5-litre cooking pot and glass lid
  • H31 x W23.5 x D16.5cm
  • This dinky Morphy Richards Sear and Stew Compact is the most fuss-free way to feed a crowd.

Its stripped-back design with minimal buttons and knobs, compact size and versatile hob-friendly pot makes it the most desirable slow cooker for stews, soups and everything in between. If your cooking style is chucking in a few ingredients and then forgetting about them for a few hours, this hot-pot is your friend.

Our favorite feature is the square-shaped pot, which can be popped on the hob to brown meat and seal in the flavor before placing it back on the base unit for a slow cook.

It’s made from lightweight aluminum with a non-stick coating, making it super-easy to clean. The entire unit stacks in on itself for easy storage and that 4.5-litre capacity is big enough to feed up to four hungry mouths.

10. Miele G 6820 SC

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Key features:

  • 14 place settings and 3D cutlery tray
  • Interior lighting and Wi-Fi connected
  • programmes and Quick PowerWash
  • A+++ -20% energy efficiency

If you have a wad of cash to lay down on a top-spec dishwasher, the Miele G 6820 SC is a top-class choice. This fine £1,200 specimen comes with a Wi-Fi connection for remote control from an app, interior lighting, and some of the best washing results that money can buy. What’s more, it’s super energy efficient.

A star performer all round, the G 6820 SC comes with seven brilliant programs, including a 69oC Hygiene program for washing baby bottles. You access the program settings via a one-push button, which scrolls through the menu on a dot-matrix screen.

The G 6820 SC is a sensor machine, which means it can work out how much food is deposited on a load before it kicks in, altering its wash cycle to suit what’s inside it. This is perfect for anyone who chooses not to rinse their plates before loading the dishwasher.

One feature we love is the G 6820 SC’s auto door-opening drying. It pops the door open towards the very end of the program to let the last of the moisture evaporate.

11. KitchenAid Nespresso Artisan

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Key features:

  • 19-bar pump pressure
  • 1.4-litre water tank
  • H33 x W20.8 x D33cm

The KitchenAid Nespresso Artisan is yet another KitchenAid appliance that wins the beauty contest in its field.

Sporting KitchenAid’s iconic retro design with soft curves and a sturdy build, it will look great both as a standalone gadget and teamed with matching KitchenAid appliances. It’s available in six colours to allow you to get the perfect match.

Aesthetics aside, it’s the best machine for getting your morning hit or entertaining guests. With a large 1.4-litre water tank and a pod bin that can hold up to 14 pods, it’s low maintenance, convenient solution for coffee-heads that find themselves frequently topping up their smaller machine.

You can choose from six drink sizes, but sadly there’s no milk function built in. You’ll have to splash that in yourself.

12. Tefal Cook4Me Connect

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Key features:

  • Digital controls
  • 6-litre capacity
  • 5 cook settings (pressure cook, steam, brown, simmer, reheat)
  • App connectivity
  • Hundreds of recipes

The Tefal Cook4Me Connect brings all the brilliant features of the original Cook4Me but adds app connectivity to put a smart spin on pressure cooking.

With the app on your smartphone or tablet, you can keep an eye on cooking while you pop to the shops, access hundreds of recipes online to send to the cooker, and follow handy “smart” recipes.

The cooker itself comes with around 60 built-in recipes. As well as complete dishes, it can cook rice, steam vegetables and much more.

Like a pressure cooker, the Cook4Me Connect cooks significantly faster than if you were making the same dish in a saucepan, so it’s great for unconfident cooks who want to wean themselves off a ready-meal and takeaway diet.

However, its app connectivity will also appeal to more advanced cooks who are seeking the perfect smart kitchen,

13. KitchenAid Artisan Magnetic Drive Blender

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Key Features:

  • 1,500W 2hp motor
  • 1.75-litre plastic jug with push-on sealed lid
  • H41 x W19 x D33cm

Keen cooks and cocktail devotees alike will love this robust, powerful and versatile KitchenAid Artisan Magnetic Drive Blender.

With a control wheel for preset programmes such as Icy Drinks/Smoothies, Milkshakes, Soups/Sauces and Juice, and availability in a huge range of colours, this all-crushing kitchen whizz is sure to become a permanent fixture on your kitchen worktop.

An option for pulse mixing or constant variable speeds provides ultimate control over your mixtures, and faceted sides to the jug make it super-easy to scoop out your blended concoctions.

Unlike conventional blenders, the jug slides onto the base horizontally rather than twisting on top, which is just one of the genius extra touches that make the KitchenAid Artisan a cut above other blenders in its – albeit rather steep – price range.

14. Morphy Richards 400505 Total Control Hand Mixer

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Key features:

  • 85W motor
  • whisk, 2 x beaters, 2 x dough hooks
  • H31 x W9 x D19cm

It might be the smallest gadget in our kitchen roundup, but the Morphy Richards 400505 Total Control Hand Mixer serves an incredibly important purpose. With tools for whipping, mixing, beating and kneading, it’s the ideal companion for all kinds of kitchen prep.

This hardworking mixer performs well, with a soft start that helps ease it into any mixing task, a speed-control dial and a trigger that lets it mix slowly, rapidly blitz or pulse on demand.

Importantly for a handheld device, it’s incredibly light and comfortable to hold, so it’s a pleasure to use when you’re combining more stubborn, time-consuming mixtures.

Whether you’re new to baking, want more help with everyday mixing, or are a confident cook, it’s a staple kitchen gadget you’ll reach for time and again.

15. Morphy Richards 402052 Total Control Hand Blender Pro Set

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Key features:

  • Stainless-steel blending leg
  • Potato masher, chopping bowl and whisk accessories
  • 2 x gearboxes
  • 650W
  • H39 x D6.5cm

Versatility is the name of the game with the Morphy Richards 402052 Total Control hand blender.

This powerful yet lightweight blitzing tool is cleverly designed to handle important kitchen tasks like chopping and mashing first, with attachments for pureeing, ice-crushing, whisking and blending. It’s a smart all-rounder with plenty of oomph.

The Total Control’s buttons are within easy reach of your thumb, making handling it a breeze. A Turbo button sits right next to a responsive Precision Control Trigger button, which increases the power the harder your press.

Smart Response Technology means the blades speed up and slow down gradually to prevent unfortunate splatters. Rotating dial with eight speeds sits conveniently on top of the unit.

Unlike many other hand blenders, the Total Control also comes with handy lids for its chopping bowl and jug for easy blitzing and storing. Whether you’re a kitchen first-timer or an experienced chef, the sheer power and versatility of the Total Control will make it your go-to taskmaster.

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