Forget about a partner in life – come home to a slow cooker!
5 Mar 2014 |
Much simpler and more reliable than their human counterparts, slow cookers require very little attention and give great foot massa… wait, too far!
Looking for faster, energy-efficient cooking for your kitchen? An induction cooktop could be just what you're after.
14 Feb 2014 |
Induction cooktops can cost thousands of dollars, but our test results show you don’t always have to pay top dollar for a good one.
We put the major refrigerators through their paces in our laboratories.
13 Feb 2014 |
See performance results for fridges from major brands including Westinghouse, Fisher and Paykel, Electrolux, LG and Samsung refrigerators.
We take the guesswork out of buying the best dishwasher, with models from Bosch, Dishlex, LG, Miele and Westinghouse among those on test.
17 Jan 2014 |
We've rated over 50 dishwashers on their washing and drying performance, energy and water efficiency.
If you have a large family to feed, or love to entertain, a double oven is worth considering.
24 Oct 2013 |
Our home economist has put eight double ovens priced from $1399 to $3299 to the test, from brands including Bosch, Euromaid, Smeg and Westinghouse.
When it comes to food processors, is price an indicator of quality?
1 Oct 2013 |
While all these things can be done with a chopping board and knife or a grater, hand whisk and so on, food processors are much quicker.
Is an upright freezer the way to go, or is a chest model the true treasure?
24 Sep 2013 |
Upright or chest? When it comes to freezers, both have their pros and cons.
You can spend big bucks on a juicer, but one of the cheapest models on test comes equal first.
19 Sep 2013 |
We test a range of centrifugal and non-centrifugal juicers and find a high price tag doesn't necessarily mean outstanding performance.
Automatic espresso machines are more convenient - and some make very good coffee.
20 Aug 2013 |
For a fast coffee hit, doesn't real espresso at the push of a button sound more appealing than instant coffee from a tin?
A benchtop mixer is worth your while if you're an avid baker.
31 Jul 2013 |
Our home economist has tested 24 benchtop mixers, priced from $60 to $999.
Benchtop blenders are versatile and are ideal for making ice cold drinks and smoothies, as well as grinding, emulsifying, sifting and mixing ingredients.
23 Jul 2013 |
Our home economist has tested 21 benchtop blenders priced from $20 to $379.
These appliances can blend soups and prepare baby food, and now many come with an additional processing attachment that increases their versatility.
10 Jul 2013 |
Our home economist reviews 33 stick blenders, priced from $10 to $299, including models from Bamix, Breville, Philips and Sunbeam.
These compact and efficient helpers are useful for small jobs.
5 Jul 2013 |
Our home economist has reviewed 23 handheld mixers and found they are one of the handiest appliances to have in your kitchen.
We've tested canopy and retracting rangehoods for both 60cm and 90cm cooktops.
20 Jun 2013 |
Find out which newly tested rangehoods from brands including Blanco, Westinghouse and Fisher and Paykel will vanquish kitchen smells and steam.
We've reviewed 56 electric wall and underbench ovens, including models from Westinghouse, Miele and Electrolux.
11 Jun 2013 |
Find out which models we recommend and how they stack up when it comes to cooking performance and impressive features.
We've tested 13 non-stick frypans from brands including Le Creuset, Jamie Oliver, Scanpan, Tefal and Circulon.
9 May 2013 |
We reveal how some non-stick frypans perform when it comes to non-stick capabilities, heat distribution, durability and ease of use.
CHOICE member John Eleftheriou and his family trial four pizza makers.
24 Apr 2013 |
Our home tester and his family trialled four pizza makers - find out which one they preferred.
We review 35 cordless kettles, with models from Breville, Kambrook, Sunbeam and Tiffany on test.
22 Apr 2013 |
Forget mere good looks: find out which cordless electric kettles are efficient as well as quiet. We've tested models ranging in price from $9 to $220.
Which slow cookers make tasty meals with minimum fuss? We've tested 35, including new models from Breville, Kambrook and Crock-pot.
12 Apr 2013 |
If you could do with a bit of help in the kitchen, or are always short of time, a slow cooker could be the answer to your problems.
We've tested 11 new gas cooktops, including Blanco, Bosch, Electrolux and Miele models.
14 Mar 2013 |
We have test results for 39 gas cooktops ranging in price from $329 to $3389. Which are the best performers?
We put the heat on 14 rice cookers priced between $13 and $139, including models from Breville, Panasonic, Tiffany and Homemaker.
13 Mar 2013 |
Want to cook perfect rice? A rice cooker might be the answer, especially if you eat lots of rice or feed lots of people.
We check out the newly released multi-cooker from Sunbeam, which combines five appliances in one.
18 Jan 2013 |
We give this all-in-one appliance, which functions as a deep fryer, frypan, slow cooker, saucepan and steamer the once-over.
We've tested nine convection benchtop ovens priced under $600, including Panasonic, Electrolux and Sharp models.
16 Jan 2013 |
These convection (combination) microwave ovens are capable of convection cooking, microwaving, grilling or combinations of all three.
This benchtop cooking appliance can save you time in the kitchen.
10 Jan 2013 |
The Jamie Oliver HomeCooker with cutting tower can chop, stir, cook, steam, melt, simmer, boil, sear and keep food warm.
The Thermomix has dominated the European market for decades, but how do the new kitchen machines compare?
15 Oct 2012 |
We compare the Thermomix TM31 to Bellini's Intelli Kitchen Master and the ThermoChef Natura to see if the market leader is worth the cash splash.
A cooking technique that cooks foods perfectly, but is it a kitchen necessity?
8 Oct 2012 |
Sous Vide is a cooking technique that requires foods to be vacuum packed and heated at controlled temperatures over a period of time.
Ceramic cooktops have the looks, and they perform well too.
2 Oct 2012 |
Ceramic cooktops have easy-to-clean surfaces and a mid-range price tag. Which ones perform best?
The Vitamix is said to make healthy living easy and claims to replace 10 kitchen appliances
27 Sep 2012 |
It can juice, cook, freeze, blend, chop, grind and also has a self-cleaning function
This appliance allows you to vacuum pack your food at home.
24 Sep 2012 |
Breville now has a food sealing device in their range, to complement its Sous Vide appliance.
They all grind coffee, but which coffee grinder does it best?
17 Feb 2012 |
Grinding your coffee beans immediately before making coffee is the best way to extract their full flavour.
How does the Thermochef stack up against its famous rival, the Thermomix?
25 Jan 2012 |
The Thermochef performed well, but how does it stack up against its rival, the Thermomix?
This all-in-one appliance is great for busy people.
21 Dec 2011 |
This eight-function cooker has settings for steaming, baking, and slow cooking.
These gift ideas will please any budding amateur chef.
29 Nov 2011 |
CHOICE picks the kitchen gadgets that will make great Christmas presents for anyone who loves to cook.
There is an increased risk of the mixer leaking and in rare cases the handle & cartridge assembly may disengage from the body of the mixer.
21 Oct 2011 |
Starion Industries is recalling kitchen and laundry mixer taps sold nationally between 1st February 2010 and the 5th October 2011.
A sandwich press is a handy appliance if you like cafe-style lunches
21 Sep 2011 |
Our latest test reveals which sandwich makers will easily turn your favourite sangers into mouthwatering snacks.
The Décor Corporation recalls its thermo glass cookware products sold in Coles nationally - RE-ANNOUNCEMENT
7 Sep 2011 |
A range of products did not meet Décor's temperature differential specification, which may lead to breakage. it was initially thought that there were 13 affected cookware products sold at Coles in Berwick, Victoria, but it has since been found that they were sold nationally.
This reasonably priced appliance is ideal if you’re pressed for time.
5 Aug 2011 |
Looking to save time in the kitchen? The Breville fast slow cooker offers four functions in one cooker.
CHOICE looks into the new air fryer to see if it the benefits are worth the cost.
13 Jul 2011 |
The Philips Airfryer promotes itself as a healthy alternative to traditional deep frying.
There's room for improvement, but the MyCook has potential.
6 May 2011 |
With a similar price tag and functions to the famous Thermomix, the MyCook has a way to go before it's in the same class.
Side by side or upside down? Find the right fridge and freezer for your needs.
10 Mar 2011 |
There are big variations in temperature uniformity, efficiency, noise and running costs.
A great vegetarian option at your next barbecue
2 Mar 2011 |
A tasty recipe for BBQ mushrooms with herbs.
A simple salad that you can whip up in seconds
2 Mar 2011 |
An accompaniment to any meal.
We show you how to whip up this versatile sauce without using a cooktop.
8 Feb 2011 |
A tasty sauce to go with different dishes like lasagna and au gratin
Make your own homemade dough, fresh from your kitchen.
25 Jan 2011 |
Try this simple, low-fuss pizza dough recipe.
The perfect addition to any big breakfast or a BLT on the run.
21 Jan 2011 |
Cook's CHOICE reveals how easy it is to prepare soft bacon every time.
Add a unique sweet touch to your pasta - a great recipe for slow cookers.
20 Jan 2011 |
A tasty chicken and cinnamon recipe best served with pasta.
A tasty vegetable pasta with a touch of cinnamon.
14 Jan 2011 |
Eggplant and mushroom pasta with a touch of cinnamon, topped with parmasan cheese.
This surprising benchtop appliance could make many of your kitchen essentials obsolete.
2 Nov 2010 |
This 10-function cooking appliance is much praised for its versatility in the kitchen.
What to look for and how to stay on budget.
12 Aug 2010 |
A kitchen is often the showcase in today’s open-plan living space, so designing and building one that suits your home and needs is essential.
With such a range of cooking oils on supermarket shelves, which are better for what purpose?
9 Aug 2010 |
Not all oils are equal. We tell you the right ones to use for the cooking purpose in mind.
Get rid of kitchen steam and smells.
2 Jul 2010 |
You can pay $1000 or more for a rangehood, but during testing we've found some good ones among the lower-priced models.
Does paying more get you a better food processor?
2 Jul 2010 |
A food processor can slice, shred, chop and blend foods; some can also mix cakes and knead dough.
This sponge cake recipe can be adapted to many different desserts.
1 Jul 2010 |
This slow cooker makes delicious meals that practically cook themselves.
30 Jun 2010 |
If you're pressed for time when it comes to making dinner, a slow cooker could be the answer to your problems.
Mushroom with a hint of sage make this great pasta dish
24 Jun 2010 |
A tasty mushroom pasta with a hint of sage.
CHOICE recipe for radish with danish feta dip
24 Jun 2010 |
Sliced radish used to eat this feta dip adds a fresh taste.
Pine mushroom risotto
24 Jun 2010 |
Delicious recipe for pine mushroom risotto and white wine.
CHOICE recipe for passionfruit butter
24 Jun 2010 |
A great accompaniment to scones, sponge cake or as a spread on toast.
A whizz in the kitchen
21 Jun 2010 |
There are hundreds of clever gizmos on the market, all claiming to make cooking easier. But do you really need to fill your kitchen drawers with all these gadgets?
Berry creamy delights
8 Jun 2010 |
Puns aside, these are simple and delicious.
Berry creamy delights
8 Jun 2010 |
Puns aside, these are simple and delicious.
A fresh zucchini and feta salad with a hint of mint
8 Jun 2010 |
Using zuchini in a salad, adding feta and mint for that special flavour
Quick and easy savory pasta
8 Jun 2010 |
CHOICE recipe egg and bacon pasta that's quick and easy.
The latest kettle that also brews the perfect cup of tea.
4 Jun 2010 |
If you enjoy a good cup of tea, you're sure to find your perfect brew with this tea maker and kettle.
Stylish overhead heating comes at a price.
17 May 2010 |
This appliance does the job, but is it worth the hefty price tag?
The latest kettle has a glassy design, but at a cost.
7 Mar 2010 |
Is it worth sacrificing ease of use for style when buying your next kettle?
Keep your regular household cleaning simple and green with a microfibre cloth and a spray of water.
11 Dec 2009 |
Microfibre cloths minimise the need for chemical cleaners, so they're good for the environment and the hip pocket.
These chocolate fountains are better in theory than in practice.
18 Nov 2009 |
Given the mess it creates, a chocolate fountain isn't something you'll be bringing out for every occasion.
Pressure cookers are a fast means of cooking and a range of safety features ensure they won't explode.
19 Mar 2009 |
Pressure cooking is often used to braise, stew and simmer as you would in a slow cooker but in a shorter period of time.
Less than ideal settings reduce the storage life and quality of foods.
18 Mar 2009 |
For the optimal freshness and safety of your foods, you need to follow a set of recommendations when setting your fridge's temperature.
Searching for a new dishwasher? Consider these factors before buying one
3 Mar 2009 |
A dishwasher can save you hours of slaving over a hot sink and help save the planet too – used properly, dishwashers are generally more water and energy efficient than dishwashing by hand.
Energy-efficient and portable, this slow cooker is handy at home and outdoors.
12 Feb 2009 |
The Thermos Shuttle Chef consists of a steel cooking pot that fits inside an insulated outer pot.
It sounds out of this world, but can it deliver scrumptious meals in a flash?
5 Jan 2009 |
The DANOZ Flavorwave Oven Turbo claims to cook healthy meals, including frozen food, up to three times faster than ordinary methods, with no defrosting or preheating required.
Here’s the lowdown on buying a cooktop.
1 Oct 2008 |
The old kitchen range — albeit in an upmarket format — is making a comeback, but having a separate oven and cooktop allows you flexibility to put each where you like, at the height that suits you best.
They’re marketed as a healthy way to cook, but do you really need one?
17 Sep 2008 |
Health grills, which started to appear on the kitchen scene in the '90s, generally make claims to reduce both cooking time and the amount of fat and oil in your food.
Can you cook deliciously crispy, golden chips with only a spoonful of oil?
3 Sep 2008 |
The TEFAL ActiFry cooks food with hot air and minimal oil, claiming to make crunchy fried chips with fewer calories.
We take precautions to prevent burns to children from stovetop saucepans, but what if the stove itself is the danger?
7 Jul 2008 |
While parents are alert to the dangers of hot baths and unguarded pots, there’s another hazard you probably haven't thought of — tipping stoves.
Showing the way through the choice of kitchen benchtop materials.
1 Jul 2008 |
The kitchen is often described as the heart of the family home. No longer just a place for cooking and washing-up, it’s become one of the key entertaining areas.
Ovens aren't simple anymore – our buying guide takes you through the choices.
21 May 2008 |
But while looks may be important, they're only one of many things to think about when buying an oven.
Short on space? A combination microwave pizza grill could be the answer.
16 Apr 2008 |
If you don’t have room for a full-sized oven and don’t want to pay for a convection microwave, the Daewoo Pizza Oven Combo will make a crispier pizza than you’d get in a microwave.
If you find yourself playing the waiting game for your favourite beverage, this kettle may be for you.
10 Apr 2008 |
These days many of us are time-poor and environment aware, so any help we get to speed up a chore and reduce our energy footprint is welcome. The Tefal Quick Cup claims to help, producing hot water for a tea or coffee in a mere three seconds.
You can’t put a price on the smell of warm toast in the morning.
3 Mar 2008 |
Like all modern household appliances, the pop-up toaster has evolved beyond its basic duties over time.
A first look at this new processor.
9 Nov 2007 |
Every good cook needs a kitchen scale and having one integrated into your food processor can make food preparation a breeze.
We tested 24 fridge thermometers of varying types to find out which give the most accurate readings.
17 Oct 2007 |
To keep food safe to eat, it must be chilled below 5°C or frozen at or below –18°C. Any warmer allows for potential for harmful bacteria growth.
Modern ovens do a lot more than just bake.
16 Apr 2007 |
If you haven’t been in the market for a new oven for a while, you might be surprised to discover what they can do these days.
Is silicone bakeware a revolution or a fashion statement?
7 Jan 2006 |
We included, where available, a range of products from each brand - a muffin pan, a cake pan and baking sheet. We also compared their performance to traditional non-stick metal bakeware.