• Summer is also the time to prepare delicious meals to enjoy with family or friends.

  • Manufacturers of household appliances accompany the French taste for cooking with equipment to make everything, from appetizer to dessert.

  • Sometimes connected, products always go the extra mile to save us from nightmares in the kitchen and help us cook up tasty dishes.

The summer and its holidays, it's the time found to prepare good meals and meet up with family or friends around a table, in the shade of a parasol.

Manufacturers of small household appliances are not to be outdone, offering us new tech and design tools to garnish the table with tasty dishes.

From aperitif to dessert, without forgetting the drink, "20 Minutes" plays the kitchen clerk and offers you its selection.

For the aperitif: KitchenAid mini chopper

With a capacity of 830 ml, the KitchenAid mini-chopper will be an effective aide-de-camp for making hummus, taramasalata, pesto, sauces, vinaigrettes... even purees for babies.

As the preparation progresses, it allows you to add different liquid ingredients, such as oil, to your bowl.

Available in five colours, all of its accessories are dishwasher safe.

75 euro.

Our opinion:

Compact and quite discreet, this device for daily use can be used to make thin or thick preparations with its two modes (chopper or puree).

We salute the practicality of its bowl, which has a handle and a spout.

For the main course: plancha QPL1230 from Riviera & Bar

With its large cooking surface (55 x 40 cm), the QPL1230 stainless steel griddle from Rivera & Bar has been designed for meals with friends.

To be used outdoors (IPX4 standard) or indoors, it has two cooking zones and emits little smoke.

It has a grease drip tray compatible with the dishwasher.

499 euros.

Our opinion:

Easier to set up than a BBQ, a plancha remains a safe bet for sunny days.

The interest of this model designed and produced in France consists of its two heating zones: from 50° to 300°, adjustable by two independent thermostats.

Enough to prepare two dishes simultaneously, such as fish and meat, or cook on one side and simmer on the other.

We also salute the quality of the materials, with a 4 mm thick stainless steel cooking plate.

For steaming: Philips Air Cooker

Praising the nutritional qualities of steam cooking, Philips launches its Air Cooker.

Meat, fish, but also vegetables that will keep their original colors... this cooking appliance combines steam and convection heat, all controlled by the NutriFlavor home application.

In addition to the recipes offered, it adapts temperature and heating time automatically with 8 cooking modes, including defrosting.

579 euro.

Our opinion:

Although very expensive, this device tries to surf in its own way on the success of the Thermomix or the Cookeo with its application and its “connected” recipes.

It can resonate with cooks who love particularly healthy dishes, steam cooking having many arguments in this direction, with the preservation of vitamins in the ingredients, but also that of taste.

For dessert: Cuisinart ICE40BCE ice cream maker

A little guilty pleasure?

Or rather two!

The Cuisinart ICE40BCE ice cream maker allows you to make ice cream with different flavors at the same time.

Its secret: a double bowl of 1 liter each to prepare sorbets, ice creams or frozen yogurts in record time.

The principle: just leave the two bowls in the freezer overnight, then make the recipe of your choice, 25 minutes of preparation then being necessary.

179 euros.

Our opinion:

The originality of this appliance, which only sells around 20 euros more than a classic ice cream maker, lies in its double bowl.

We appreciate the large hopper that allows you to add ingredients, such as fresh fruit, during preparation.

To prepare your sodas: Woody from Mysoda

To carbonate your tap water (or filtered water), Woody from the Finnish company Mysoda, is simplicity incarnate.

Equipped with its returnable gas cartridge (for about 60 liters of drink), the device made with almost 100% renewable bio-composite material (wood-based) can gasify assorted 0.5 or 1 liter bottles.

70 euros.

Our opinion:

With a basic price practically equivalent to that of Sodastream, Mysoda highlights environmental values.

Its gas cartridges contain food CO2 and are filled in France, in Comines (59).

The eight “flavours” offered to accompany its sparkling water are also made locally: cola, lime, lemonade, mojito… Alas, the machines are still made in China, from residues collected from the forestry industry.

For a small foam: The PerfectDraft Pro

Indispensable for quenching your thirst or accompanying televised sporting events in the summer, the beer dispenser is investing more and more homes.

Connected, the PerfectDraft Pro goes further than many competitors with its application which allows you to monitor the level of the keg but also that of the number of days remaining for the beer to retain all its aroma, to modify the temperature when desired, or even to be alerted when the keg is ready to use.

385 euros.

Our opinion:

Compatible with 50 kegs available on this site (to be consumed in moderation), this beer dispenser will seduce geeks with its advanced functions.

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