Children's appliances review

They may not be enough to keep your children interested in cooking once the novelty has worn off.
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Novelty gadgets are a good way to get children away from the TV and into the kitchen.  CHOICE tested four cupcake and doughnut makers, and found that while the gadgets perform reasonably well, the novelty is generally short-lived, leaving them to become yet another appliance taking up storage space in your kitchen cupboard. So, are they really necessary? And can the same foods be created without them?

For more information on Benchtop appliances, see Kitchen.

Please note: this information was current as of November 2009 but is still a useful guide to today's market. 

How we tested

Ease of use Our tester, Fiona Mair, assesses how easy the controls are to use, and the appliances are to clean and store.

Performance She cooks party pies as well as a basic doughnut and cupcake mixture as provided in the instructions. Her eight-year-old daughter, Greta, assists by making cupcakes for the Girl Gourmet using the provided cake and icing sachets. This is not a comparative test, so there are no scores for each product – only a star rating.

Models tested

  • Breville BPI280 Party pie creations
  • Kambrook KDM1 Doughnut factory
  • Sunbeam DM3200 Sprinkles doughnut maker
  • Girl Gourmet cupcake maker


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