For many students who are heading off to university for the first time, this is also the first time that they will be preparing and cooking meals for themselves.
Sure, beans on toast are nutritional and are likely to become a favourite staple of the impoverished student, but if you kit them out with a decent kitchen starter kit they might turn out to be a little more adventurous.
If your child is already a good cook in their own right at home, it’s a good idea to get them a quality kitchen set that will last. For beginners, a cheaper set will suffice as you are just trying to steer them away from take-outs and microwave ready meals.
Here are eight of the best kitchen starter kits for students that we recommend:
Argos Simple Value 20-Piece Kitchen Essentials Starter Set -£20.99
You get 20 items for just over twenty pounds which works out at each item costing just over a pound. This makes this kitchen starter kits one of the best for value. You get cutlery, kitchen knives and scissors, a tin opener and wooden spoons and a variety of pans including a frying pan and a saucepan. We have seen better quality pans but for a pound a-piece you can easily replace them.
Swan 10-Piece Non-Stick Cookware Set – £42.99
You certainly won’t mix up these pans with your housemates as they are a very distinctive cream colour. You get three good sized saucepans, two frying pans and five essential cooking utensils including a spatula and ladle. Lovely soft handles on the pans and all the lids have vents for steam. Only downside is that they are not dishwasher safe but it is unlikely that your child will have access to one so we are not that bothered.
Typhoon Living 10-Piece Cookware Set – £49.99
If quality is important to you then you might like to know that this set is made from durable stainless steel and consists of three saucepans and a deep frying pan with a milk pan. You also get five kitchen utensils which include a potato masher, ladle, serving spoon and spaghetti spoon. We like the saucepans in this range as each one has a measuring gauge and even better, Typhoon guarantee this set for 10 years.
Standard Student Pack – £51.59
There is simply everything you need to start cooking and plate up and eat with this standard student pack from The Home Shop Catalogue. You get a frying pan and a saucepan, full cutlery set, grater, peeler, chopping board with paring knife, plates, mugs, tea towels and even a spatula and wooden spoons. Great value for money and pretty decent quality too.
Tower Essentials 22-Piece Kitchen Starter Set – £59.99
Twenty two pieces in this high-end range from Tower, and are a good buy for students who have some experience with cooking and don’t want a cheaper quality. A nice selection of pans including a three-tier steamer which is great for healthy eating. All the pots are made from stainless-steel and if your child also loves to bake then there are also baking and roasting trays. You also get an apron, oven mitts and knives and kitchen utensils.
My Student Essentials Just Cook Pack – £69.99
This set is aimed at students and contains everything you need for cooking. We love the non-stick pans that come with their own lids, but it’s the extras we particularly love, such as the wooden chopping board, balloon whisk, grater, measuring jug and mixing bowl. There is also a luxury version that contains cutlery and crockery for £99.99.
Complete Students Kitchen Pack – £79.99
This is a really comprehensive student kitchen starter pack which contains the essentials and some items you might not have thought of. You get two frying and saucepans, crockery and cutlery for one person, can and bottle opener, a tea mug and three glasses, there are also oven gloves, oven mitts, kitchen scissors and knives, salt and pepper shakers, and even a baking tray and cheese grater. All you do to order is select the date your child is moving in and they will do the rest.
Morphy Richards 17-Piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set – £79.99
Another kitchen student set that has a three-tier steamer, and lots of handy gadgets including a handheld grater, pizza slicer, peeler and tin opener. You also get two pans and three pots that are made from highly polished stainless steel. Best of all, all the pans are dishwasher safe.