Our test includes an assessment of performance and ease of use.
If an appliance is difficult to master, it won’t be used very often – and no one wants an expensive white elephant cluttering up their kitchen. To find out which ones are worth the investment, we put them to the test at our lab.
We aim to test brands and models you’re likely to see when you head to the shops, plus some you might not be aware of.
Before we buy anything, we do our research: we visit stores, both online and physical; we talk to experts and consumers; and we ask manufacturers about their range of models. We want to capture new developments in the market and make sure the products we test will be available after we publish our results.
We then compile a list of models and head out to purchase them, just as any consumer would. When it isn’t possible or reasonable to purchase, we occasionally arrange to borrow products for our testing.
We put each machine through 15 cooking-related tests while assessing how easy it is to use.
Our overall score for all-in-one kitchen machines comprises:
ease of use (60%)
We whisk egg whites, melt chocolate, knead dough, chop carrots, mash potatoes, cook a stew and more.
We assess the controls for access and ease of use (this includes any digital controls, recipe guidance, pre-programmed settings and manual settings).
We check how easy it is to lock the bowl, attachments and lid in to place.
We measure the noise and watch for jolts and excessive vibration.
Then we clean the machine, paying attention to cracks and crevices where food can hide.