Kitchen Equipment

MUST HAVE TOOLS

A comprehensive list of hand-picked gadgets in various price ranges to help you find the best value products for your budget.

When you start shifting your diet towards eating whole, plant foods, you want to make sure that your kitchen is well equipped to make food preparation easy, enjoyable and fun. There are a few essential tools, like a high-speed blender, a couple of decent knives or a nonstick pan, you really shouldn’t miss out on, if you’re truly committed to being successful on this new way of living. And then there are a few optional gadgets like spiralizers or nut milk bags that will help you to create fun and creative dishes and therefore make your journey even easier.

KNIFE

Knives are probably the utensils you are going to use most frequently, so you really want to invest in a high-quality chef’s knife to make everyday’s cutting and chopping a breeze. You don’t even have to spend a ton of money to get a solid model that will probably last you years and years to come.

Knife and Sharpener

Chef's Knife


The Victorinox Swiss Classic 8″ is a fantastic choice for its sharpness,  robust build quality and fair pricing.  Ideally, you also want to have a knife sharpener to take good care of your knife and keep it in sharp condition.

Ceramic Knives


A few smaller ceramic knives are an excellent addition to your chef’s knife. They are very lightweight and sharp and actually stay sharp for years without sharpening them. This knife set consistent of 4 different sizes will give you the best value for money:

4 different sizes of ceramic knives

BLENDER

Another vital component of your plant-based kitchen is a high-performance blender. It’s used for (green) smoothies, sauces, dressings, nut milk, spreads and much more. There’s a good chance you’ll use your blender on a daily basis, so you really want to have a robust and reliable product.

Vitamix Blender

High-end


If you can afford it, we highly recommend a high-end blender from the Vitamix or Blendtec Product range. Both brands stand for blenders with superb quality and cutting-edge performance. Both come with a worry-free 7-year warranty. You won’t go wrong, whether you choose one or the other – it’s up to your personal preference.

The Vitamix 5300 and Blendtec Designer Blender are 2 fabulous options in the high-end segment. Yes, they are a bit on the pricier side, but certainly worth every penny.

Mid-range


Blendtec and Vitamix also offer refurbished products which provide fantastic value for their midrange prices. You don’t have to dig that deep into your pocket and still get a very powerful and durable blender with a 7 year (Blendtec) / 5 year (Vitamix) warranty.

Blendtec Total Blender Refurbished

KitchenAid Blender

Basic


This Kitchen Aid Blender provides a BPA-free jar and is still reasonably potent for its price. It will be a good option until you can afford one of the premium blenders.

JUICER

Juicing is excellent for cleansing your body. While still getting all the nutrients in, your digestion doesn’t have to cope with all the fiber and gets a well-deserved rest. Now all energies can flow towards healing and re-energizing your body. Whether you go on a full-on juice fast or just want to incorporate a daily morning juice to start things off, a good juicer is invaluable.

Omega Juicer

High-end


The Omega J8006 is a low speed, masticating juicer. Contrary to high-speed centrifugal juicers, there won’t be any oxidation and all nutrients and vitamins will be preserved. This exemplar is super efficient and does a crazy good job on extracting as much juice as possible. The pulp that’s left behind is extremely dry. You’ll be able to prepare vegetable and green juices with the greatest ease. There’s even an attachment that allows you to create your own fresh nut butter.

Mid-range


For those looking for a fast, durable and easy to clean juicer, the Breville BJE200XL is a very good choice. It’s a centrifugal juicer and delivers unrivaled performance in this price segment. Be aware though that due to its centrifugal nature you won’t be able to make green juices effectively.

Breville Juicer

Hamilton Beach Juicer

Basic


The Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Juicer is a good option if you’re wanting to find out if juicing is your thing. It does a fairly good job of extracting juice even from tougher produce. A good buy for the price.

DEHYDRATOR

Purchasing a dehydrator is an easy way to eat a lot more raw, nutritious foods. These machines add so much variety to your diet: You can make raw bread, crackers, chips, granola, fruit leather or just give vegetables that nice and soft texture of cooked food. Foods should not be heated over 115 °F to retain all their enzymes, therefore you should never buy a dehydrator without a precise thermostat. That’s why we don’t recommend any of the low priced products.

Excalibur Dehydrator

High-end


The Excalibur is the best of the best. It offers 9 trays with plenty of drying space and a unique airflow system that evenly spreads the heat over all trays. It also comes with an adjustable thermostat and a 26-hour timer. This device easily lives up to its great reputation and will effortlessly fullfill all your dehydrating needs.

Mid-range


As a little bit less expensive alternative, the Aroma features an adjustable thermostat and a fairly large capacity with 6 trays to spread your food. It produces good results and is an excellent choice if the Excalibur is just a little bit too costly for you.

Aroma Dehydrator

FOOD PROCESSOR

A food processor comes in very handy for preparing sauces, salsas, energy bars, nut butter or all kind of raw desserts. It also chops and slices vegetables conveniently and fast. The processed food can be easily removed out of the bowl in contrast to a blender, where foods often bind at the bottom.

Cuisinart Food Processor

High-end


A very solid machine built out of stainless steel and equipped with a very strong motor is the Cuisinart DLC-2009CHB Prep 9 9-Cup Food Processor.

Mid-range


If you’re on a budget, you can stick to a simple and still effective food processor like the Hamilton Beach 70730.

Hamilton Beach Food Processor

WATER FILTER

You probably heard of the fact that tap water is often times contaminated with toxins like chlorine, fluoride, arsenic or even hormones and pharmaceutical drugs. A good quality water filter will help you remove those unwanted substances to give you safe, clean and great tasting water. When it comes to water filters, we believe that anything but a quality reverse osmosis filter is a waste of money.

Apec Water Filter

High-end


This APEC Water Filter System meets all quality requirements and still has a reasonable price tag of just 200$. This investment will not only tremendously benefit your health, but also save you a good deal of money in the long run since you won’t have to buy bottled water anymore.

SPIRALIZER

A spiralizer is a nice little tool to turn your vegetables into noodle shape. A must have for every pasta lover.

Mueller Spiralizer

Advanced


The Müeller Spiral-Ultra 4-Blade is a fairly advanced spiralizer that offers durable design and great versatility with a mandolin slicer and a citrus juicer included in addition to its spiralizing function.

Basic


The Vegetizer one is more pure and handy in its design. It’s very easy to use and gets the job done in no time. If you don’t need any other bonus functionality, this is your perfect choice.

Vegetizer Spiralizer aligncenter

FURTHER TOOLS

While not being an absolute essential, these little gadgets are a great addition to make your life easier

Nut Milk Bag

Nut Milk Bag


A nut milk bag is the perfect utensil for creating your own homemade nut milk. Blend your favorite nuts together with some water (add vanilla or a few dates optionally), then strain it using your bag – you’ll be left with a smooth and flavorful milk. The bag is durable and reusable.

Jars


Jars are perfect for storing food and smoothies. You can use them for nuts, seeds, crackers, sauces, juices and much more. They also come in very handy for fermenting foods. The 32oz version is usually a pretty good fit but you can also choose 64oz, if you’re planning on preparing huge smoothies or just want to store in larger bulks.

Jar 32oz

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Sprouter


Sprouts are loaded with nutrients and protein and can be a very nice addition to your diet. If you’re keen to give sprouting a try, the Sprout Garden Complete Starter Kit leaves nothing to be desired. It even comes with a pack of organic alfalfa seeds to get you started right away.

Salad Spinner


A Salad Spinner makes it easy to wash and dry your leafy greens. Salads will be richer in flavor when the dressing is not diluted with water from the greens. The bowl itself has a large capacity and works great for serving the salad. The Brieftons Salad Spinner is our recommendation considering its nice looks and the solid build quality.

Briefton Salad Spinner

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