While the Sunbeam model heats up faster, the Breville can steam milk and make coffee at the same time thanks to its double boiler design.
Our guide to buying the best coffee machine breaks down the different types to help you find the best machine for your gift recipient. It takes you from pod machines for people who just want their coffee, like, now... through to manual machines for coffee snobs who want control over each step of the process.
Okay, okay – you got us. $550 is by no means cheap. But if you're going to buy a machine that whips, beats, kneads and mixes, you're going to have to drop a bit of cash.
The iconic KitchenAid is a home cook's dream. But if $900 for a bit of benchtop bling seems too steep, the Breville Scraper Mixer Pro does all the same things for a much lower price – and it scored slightly higher than the KitchenAid in our kitchen mixer reviews.
Same score – big price difference. A juicer can be a great gift to help your loved one get started on a new year health kick. But you don't need to spend a fortune: the $59 Home & Co juicer performed just as well as the $500 Breville Juice Fountain juicer in our juicer reviews.
However, Breville juicers scored well in our CHOICE reliability survey while Home & Co wasn't mentioned – so you might find that it's worth your while spending a bit extra. But given how short-lived health kicks can be, reliability might not be a priority for you!
There's a lot of competition and ambitious marketing claims in the single-serve blender industry – which we've had some fun with in this video featuring none other than '80s game-show royalty, Greg Evans.
Fun fact: some people believe that giving a knife is bad luck as it can symbolise severing the friendship. If you're thinking of buying a knife for a friend who's the superstitious type, you can combat the supposed bad luck by taping a coin to the knife. Your friend can then 'pay' you for the knife by giving you the coin, thus negating the bad luck.
A good-quality Japanese knife is a great gift for foodies. Good knives aren't cheap, but if you choose wisely they'll last a lifetime.
In our reviews, the luxe Tojiro Flash Chef's Knife performed well but was outclassed by the Global g-2 20cm Cooks Knife which is nearly $140 cheaper.
At $286, the Shun Classic Chef's Knife 20cm is another good option. It received the same score as the Global knife in our review, also beating the Tojiro knife.
Not sure about which knife to buy? Check out our kitchen knife reviews and see how to buy the best kitchen knife for your needs.