Le Flore - Set of 4 Tumblers

The best kitchen gadgets and accessories 2018

Our guide to the coolest kitchen gear to buy in 2018, from barking mad dog plates to modern lighting and a kitchen bin to treasure

Check out our guide to the best kitchen gadgets and kitchen accessories to ensure you have the best kitchen design… 


Great shakes

Watermelon salt and pepper shakers. Shake things up at the last of the summer BBQs with these vibrant ceramics. £24, notonthehighstreet.com

One salt and one pepper shaker shaped like watermelons. They are red with black spots and a white trim around the bottom

Hot pot

Cast-iron casserole. Le Creuset’s new collection features this smouldering volcanic shade of orange in a shallow 26cm casserole. Pretty enough to take straight from oven to table. £189, lecreuset.co.uk

Le Creuset volcanic shallow casserole dish

Mug shot

Ceramic mug. Sip your morning coffee in this Picasso-esque piece. £12, oliverbonas.com

Oliver Bonas orange faces mug

Peachy pink

Terracotta pot. Brighten up your windowsill with this mini rustic-looking, hand-painted pot. £6, anthropologie.com

An orange terracotta pot with green leaf print and crackle glaze effect with a tree planted in it

Llama charmer

Llama egg cup. How everyone eats their boiled eggs in the Andes. £14, notonthehighstreet.com

Llama Egg Cup

Roar recruits

Dinosaurs salt and pepper shakers. This duo of dolomite dinos comes in two shades of peach with gold foiling detail. £14.50, oliverbonas.com

Dinosaurs Salt and Pepper Shakers

Face plant

Miko the Panda bowl. This sweet bowl is made from sustainable bamboo. £3.95, dotcomgiftshop.com

Miko the Panda Bowl

Have you herd?

Cotton tote bag. Dodge the plastic bag levy and support the #chefsagainstplastic campaign by carrying your shopping home in this Nelly-themed saffronyellow reuseable tote bag. £7, habitat.co.uk

Elephant Cotton Tote Bag

Microplane spice mill

What is it? A handheld mill featuring an ultra-sharp blade, designed to quickly grate whole spices such as nutmeg and cinnamon into fine shavings.

Features: We can’t live without Microplane’s essential zester blades at olive, and this spice mill features the same photo-etched, stainless-steel blade. It’s a simple case of pulling off the top, dropping in the whole spice, popping the top back on and gently pushing the contents against the blade as you grind. The top also unscrews to double as an airtight container for storing unused whole spices, and a rubber base cap protects the blade when not in use.

Why buy it? This is a well designed, compact alternative to an electric spice grinder, that even works on whole seeds such as cumin and coriander. And no need to worry about losing your fingertips next time you grate nutmeg. £24.95, hartsofstur.com

Refined palette

Georgi dinner plate. This hand-painted, multicoloured plate is glazed to give a subtle sheen. £20, anthropologie.com


Tumbling nice

Oliver Bonas Le Flore set of four tumblers. With its frosted glass and ice-cream shades, what’s not to love about this set of tumblers? You can even put tealights in them to cast a colourful glow across your dining room. £14, oliverbonas.com 

Le Flore - Set of 4 Tumblers

Femme fatale

Boho femme plate. Dusky pink is so hot right now — and this glazed plate will make a stylish addition to your kitchen. Pile high with freshly made cinnamon buns. £24, urbanoutfitters.com

Urban Outfitters pastel plate

Pack it in

Bamboo forks.Take these eco-friendly eating irons on your next outing for a picture-perfect picnic spread. They’re made from sturdy bamboo so you can pop them in the dishwasher after. £7.74 for a set of six, smallable.com 

Bamboo forks - set of 6

The daily grind

Tala wooden pepper mills. We love this combo of beechwood and matte pastel colours. Plus, you can be sure they’ll last – Tala have been in the business since 1899! £22.50, Ocado 

The daily grind, pepper mill. Ocado

Keep it clean

Usva napkins. These delicate linen napkins are as chic as they are practical – and will complement most neutral table schemes. £10 each, skandium.com

Lapuan Kankurit Usva napkins

Keep it in check

Checked storage tin. Pop baked goods into these contemporary tins for safe keeping; hungry housemates, kids and partners won’t even know they’re hiding inside. £18.50 for a set of three, carosomerset.com 

Caro Storage Tins

P-P-P-pick up a picnic pack

Pineapple picnic pack. Make sure you’ve got the trendiest picnic in the field with this funky pineapple pack. All you need for a pretty picnic, including paper napkins, plates and cups and plastic cutlery. £4, Flying Tiger 

Picnic pack, from Flying Tiger stores - flyingtiger.com

Put a ring on it

Napkin rings. Papa Stour showcases Scottish designers and artisans, and the website is a great place to find unique products for your kitchen. We love these stoneware napkin rings that also double up as rustic eggcups. £3.50 each, papastour.com 

Napkin rings papastour.com

Stone works

Lane and Parkwood pottery speckled white mug. A stylish addition to the breakfast table, these stone mugs are handmade in Derbyshire. Their pretty speckled white glaze and natural sand-brown base give them a unique look. £16, lanebypost.com

Lane and Parkwood pottery speckled white mug. lanebypost.com

Wheel cool

Small slip bowl. With influences from the East, clay from Cornwall and the fact they were thrown on a potter’s wheel in Wales, make Tim Lake’s contemporary slip bowls truly unique. From £42, midgleygreen.com

Small slip bowl - MidgleyGreen.com

Flat earth news

Silvia K terracotta small platter. Grey, dark green and teal tin glazes coat these earthy terracotta platters. The subtle speckled finish from the clay is stunning. From £64, thenewcraftsmen.com

Silvia K terracotta small plate. thenewcraftsmen.com

Go with the grain

Plane chopping board. British artisans use a hand-planing process to create super-smooth chopping boards that let the character of oak, beech and sycamore shine through. They’re handmade to order, and every piece is unique. From £45, temperstudio.com

Plane chopping board.temperstudio.com

Shell out

Lobster cotton tea towel. Add some colour to your kitchen with a lobster or two. Ulster Weavers have specialised in textiles since 1880, so its 100% cotton tea towels are worth snapping up. £6.50, ulsterweavers.com

Lobster cotton tea towel. ulsterweavers.com

Dig it!

Kana spoons.These hand-shaped and pressed wooden spoons are glazed with imperfect patterns to give them plenty of character. From £8, kanalondon.com 

Kana spoons

Work your angles

We love these mouth-blown, crystal glass geometric tumblers. Simple but special enough to add a finishing touch to your table, they’re designed to sit up or on their side (reducing the chance of spilling), and are perfect for water or after-dinner digestifs. £24/a pair, redcandy.co.uk

Red candy.co.uk

The write lines

Perfect foodies pencils. Not sure whether to pair gin and eggs or bacon and tonic? It’s unlikely you’ll ever muddle those classic combos, especially with this pencil set. £12, iamfy.co

Perfect foodies pencil

Cover up

Black organic cotton apron. Get on message (Virginia Woolf’s in this case) with this smart chalkboard-style apron. £29, finecellwork.co.uk

Finecellwork.co.uk Black Apron

Drink up

Three Sheets To The Wind hip flask. Toast your wellbeing with an engraved stainless steel hip flask. Whether you fill it with wheatgrass or whisky is up to you. £25, carosomerset.com

Carosomerset.com Hip Flask

Alphabet street

Children’s melamine cutlery set. Spoon-feed them their ABCs with this classic cutlery set from Danish typography whizzes Design Letters. £25, moraapproved.com

Alphabet street cutlery

Lock in

Donut Society key ring. Not everything  is for sharing. Whether the key to your heart lies with doughnuts or diamonds, keep it safe on this motel-style ring. €11, madeofsundays.com 

Donut Society key ring

Flipping ‘Eck

Nomad Society Banana Pancakes candle. Light up one of these small-batch soy wax candles and tell your other half exactly what you fancy for brunch. From £15, osmology.co

Nomad Society Banana pancakes candle

Doctor away

Red apple melamine plate.  Do as the plate states and start your day right – though you might want to peel it first if your apple is as prickly as this one. £11.18, smallable.com

Red apple melamine plate

Beat it

Beat mugs. Ease gently into the morning after with a cuppa in one of these handleless porcelain mugs by Copenhagen type foundry, Playtype. £15 each, futureandfound.com

Playtime Beat mug futureandfound.com

Beating the daily grind

Porlex – A firm favourite among coffee aficionados, this stainless steel, Japanese-made grinder features replaceable ceramic burrs and a simple mechanism that allows you to easily tweak the grind size to suit your brewing style. It’s also small enough to fit inside an Aeropress, if you’re short on storage. £43, workshopcoffee.com

Porlex coffee grinder

Shade of green

Marimekko apron. Super stylish as well as practical, the bold Ruutu-Unikko square poppy print makes a real statement while you’re cooking. £39, marimekko.com


Cutlery chronicles

DITO Flatware set. This 24-piece cutlery set makes any mealtime a bit more cheery and perfectly matches Pantone’s greenery hue. £11, ikea.com


Glazing over green

VIETRI Forma Leaf stoneware. With a soft green glaze, VIETRI’s Forma Leaf collection will suit any kitchen. Made in Veneto, Italy, the range includes uniquely shaped pitchers, cereal bowls and pretty plates. From $26, vietri.com


Funk is in the house

Funky Paper Napkins. Designed by the leading American textile designer, Alexander Girard, these stylish napkins bring a really visual element to your table. £4.90, selfridges.com

Paper Napkins

Home comforts

Le Creuset casserole dish. We smartened-up our koji roast chicken in the March issue with Le Creuset’s latest colour, rosemary. Make your food look even more appealing and serve straight to the table. From £159, lecreuset.co.uk


Spin the arrow

Camilla Engdahl Triangles tea jar. Swedish ceramicist Camilla Engdahl has designed a bold and bright treasury for your loose-leaf tea, coffee or favourite sweets. It’s decorated by hand and has a cork stopper for a handmade feel. £32.11, clippings.com


Olive in style!

Hario – If a grinder’s style is just as important to you as the grounds it produces, this Hario ceramic and olive wood coffee grinder is something you’d be proud to have out on the worktop. A combination of the ever-popular Skerton and Mini mill, it’s hand-made and ergonomically designed with adjustable ceramic burrs. £99, hario.co.uk

Hario olive coffee grinder

Mix it up

Kitchen Aid stand mixer. Brighten up your kitchen with the freshness of spring with Kitchen Aid’s green apple stand mixer. £549.95, johnlewis.com

John Lewis KitchenAid Green Apple £549.95

Cool breeze

Textured glass jug. Add a breezy Mediterranean feel to your kitchen table with the subtle turquoise hue of this beaut jug. £12.99, hm.com


Personalised caffeine fix

Krups – Easy to use, with burr grinders and 17 different settings to suit every type of coffee maker, this electric machine also has a cup capacity selector so you only grind what you need. £36, lakeland.co.uk

Krups coffee grinder

Stamp duty

Mixed coast four-pack napkins.These chic monochrome napkins are screen-printed by hand and 10% of all profit made on them goes to the Happy & Co Farm in Cambodia. £20, happyandco.com 


Hang in there

Lara linen apron.Made with 100% linen, this apron is super soft, primed for spillages, and you can buy matching tea towels, all in a range of colours. £29.99, linenme.com

Hang in there

Potting around

Amelia pot holder.Because your pots want to be kept toasty this winter, too. £14, anthropologie.com

Amelia Pot Holder

Like a glove

House of Hackney Palmeral oven glove. Step away from the wet tea towel – a stylish oven glove is what you really need. £22, johnlewis.com


Green with envy

Issey Miyake table flower. Coaster, table mat, decorative thingymajig – however you decide to use this table flower, it will look bloomin’ beautiful. £42, skandium.com


Hay ho, let’s go!

Scholten & Baijings for Hay tea towel set. We’re dotty about this set… get it? £18, scp.co.uk

HAY Tea Towel layer dots

Say what you sea

Sea Green Raffia Placemat (set of two). Just the ticket to set off those natural earthenware bowls you’ve been collecting… £11.99, zarahome.com


Table talk

Patterned tablecloth.>White is so 2016. Make your crockery sing with this organic cotton number. £12.99, H&M

Tablecloth- 12.99

Hello, is it me you’re looking for?

Hello Coat Rack. Suitable for coats, aprons, bags and naughty children. Maybe not the latter. £38, redcandy.co.uk


Dog days are over

Ben de Lisi Home Yellow Dog Oven Mitt. No burnt paws here. £8, debenhams.com


Lighten up

E27 pendant light by Mattias Ståhlbom. The modern Scandi equivalent of a chandelier for your dining table. It’s available in 11 colours but we love mustard and yellow best. From £55, twentytwentyone.com


On the tiles

Encaustic. If you’re really buying into the whole ‘new year, new you’ thing, update your kitchen properly with these handmade Portuguese tiles for the walls or floor. £8.99/tile, firedearth.com


Zig and zag

Freesia Yellow Chevron Zigzag kitchen towel. Because if you’re landed with the drying up, you’ll need something jazzy to cheer you up. £11.85 each, zazzle.co.uk


Barking rad

Barking side plate. Because what else would you want to serve your morning sausage sarnie from? £9.95, joules.com


Big sitter

Daisy Dining Chair Yellow. A classic design in a very on trend pastel palette. £39, very.co.uk


Nice pear

Pear print. Modern art by a modern British printmaker, Claire Spencer. £19.95, howkapow.com


Bin it

Alto Saffron Yellow Kitchen Bin 32L. One person’s trash (can) is another person’s treasure. £30, habitat.co.uk