Cost of living crisis: 7 cheap kitchen appliances from £20 that will save you money on meals

Karen Silas

With soaring energy prices, everyone is starting to feel the effects. But there’s a way to make a small investment for a long-term return on your budget: find inexpensive but high-quality kitchen appliances that make cooking more economical and reduce energy costs.

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A May 2022 study by Unconventional Connections commissioned by Instant Marks – the company behind popular devices like Instant Pots as well as brands like Pyrex and Corningware – found that cooking in electric ovens can be expensive more than 5 times more than cooking in air fryers and electric pressure cookers.

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But small kitchen appliances aren’t the only way to save on your monthly bills – you can also cut expenses by batch cooking and storing pre-prepared meals in the freezer, and sealing produce and leftovers. so that they last longer.

You might not have a fully stocked kitchen to take these steps, and we think a tight budget shouldn’t stop you from taking steps to make your kitchen, home, and everyday life more efficient when it’s time. it’s all about time. and silver. So take a look at six small kitchen appliances to invest in if you want to save some cash – and they all cost under £75.

Crock-Pot Lift and Serve Digital Slow Cooker 4.7 litres, was £65 now £45, Amazon


If you want something bigger, this Crock-Pot 4.7 liter digital slow cooker can feed up to five people, with three heat settings and an automatic keep-warm function to cook everything from soups and stews to roasts and desserts. There’s a hinged lid to reduce mess and the inner ceramic bowl is removable so you can use it as a serving platter.

Ambiano 3.5L 3.5 Liter Slow Cooker, £19.99, Aldi


If you have a small household, the Aldi Ambiano 3.5L Compact Slow Cooker also features a removable inner pot and a handy outer chalkboard to easily jot down your dinner notes!

Daewoo Healthy Living Family 3.6L Air Fryer, £59.99, curries


Air fryers save money on cooking oils, they’re healthier because they use less fat AND they’re an energy efficient way to bake, air fry, roast and more . What’s not to like?

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Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Smart Cooker, 3L, Amazon


For individuals or small families, the Instant Pot Duo 3L is a lifesaver – it doubles as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, sauté pan, steamer and food warmer… and even yogurt maker! You can virtually eliminate the use of your energy-guzzling full-size stove and if you need a bigger one

Geepas 25L mini oven and grill, £74.99, Amazon


A toaster oven uses more energy than a microwave, but still much less, about half as much, as a standard oven. The Geepas Mini Oven has six heating functions, with temperatures from 100°C to 230°C for everything from roasting, grilling and baking to simply reheating meals, and comes complete with a baking tray, a grill and a rotisserie.

Bonsenkitchen Vacuum Sealer, £26.99, Amazon


A handy vacuum sealer will help prevent food waste by allowing your fresh foods and leftovers to stay fresh longer. This Amazon’s Choice vacuum sealer has wet and dry settings and can seal multiple bags simultaneously.

Toshiba 800W microwave, £66.99, Amazon


If you don’t already have one, a microwave is another handy appliance to help reduce energy consumption. Amazon’s pick for “cheap microwave” is this Toshiba 800w 20L model with manual timer and five power levels. For a little more – £77 – you can opt for the digital version, which has six preset recipes and 11 power levels.

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Karl M. Bailey