The Best Mini Kitchen Blow Torches
We have all seen the top chefs using these torches to create very impressive looking creme brulees and other toppings. If you want to achieve the same brown, slightly roasted toppings on your desserts, then owning one of these is the secret to that success. These are also great for braising peppers.
They can also be used for cooking tasks such as Baked Alaska, Tarte Tatin, caramelising sugar, char grilling vegetables, melting cheese toppings, browning joints of meat and toasting marshmallows, to name but a few.
Below I have picked out some of the best blow torches, that are currently available on the UK market. I hope you find this helpful. Underneath the table, you will find more detailed reviews, on each blowtorch on our top 5 list.
Top 5 Rated Kitchen Blowtorches UK MarketBelow we have lined up the top 5 kitchen blow torches. We have placed these in order of best value along with the highest rated by buyers. Any ratings shown are an average, and marked out of a maximum of 5 stars. We have also used average retail UK prices. Both ratings and prices change constantly, so please always check before deciding to make any purchase.
|Blow Torch Name||Average Price||Average Rating||Blow Torch Image|
|LeChef- Pro - DOUBLE FLAME Kitchen Blow Torch V2.0||£18||4.7|
|CDC® GF-851 Micro Butane Gas Torch Lighter||£10||4.2|
|Ankway Culinary Torch Kitchen Blowtorch Gas Torch||£17||4.5|
|Andrew James Chef's Kitchen Blowtorch||£16||4.9||Currently not available|
|Kitchen Craft Colours Cook's Blowtorch||£12-15||4.4|
How To Use a Kitchen Blow Torch
You may already know how to use one of these. If not, I recommend watching the excellent video below, to see how they should be used.
NO 1 CHOICE - LeChef- Pro - DOUBLE FLAME Kitchen Blow Torch V2.0 for Creme Brulee
This is the highest rated blow torch for cooks and chefs. This is a professional grade culinary torch that almost every single buyer loves. With over 200 buyer reviews, it is an extremely popular choice. With ratings of 4.8 out of 5 stars, it is also clearly a very good kitchen product.
This is a very good little kitchen blowtorch that really does have a lot of power. It comes with simple to read instructions on which butane canister is best, and how to start the torch safely and simply.
Please note that it doesn't come with any gas. You will have to buy that separately, and most of the pound shops will get you the best deal on that.
This torch is well made and weighs around 320 grams. Its light enough however to feel comfortable in your hand. It has a powerful double flame torch which is ideal for novices all the way through to the more advanced chef.
NO 2 CHOICE - CDC® GF-851 Micro Butane Gas Torch Lighter - Culinary Torch
This is the best seller blow torch on Amazon It is a very lightweight torch with a very good grip. This one can also be used outdoors for such things as BBQ, thanks to its unique windproof design.
The torch seems well made, and is mainly metallic, apart from the handle. The texturing on the handle ensures a goof grip, but some users found it too spiky.
It has a nice solid base as well, so when setting it down, there is no need to worry about this falling over. You fill this one in the same way as you would fill a lighter.
Please note that it doesn't come with any gas. The flame is really very powerful and easy to control.
This one has a double lumen, which is like a flame within a flame. That is a good thing as it gives the heat concentrated in the right place. However, the disadvantage is that it will use more gas in a shorter period of time.
NO 3 CHOICE - Ankway Culinary Torch Kitchen Blowtorch Gas Torch
This is a relatively new product to the UK market. It is from a company called Ankway, who really do make high quality products. For under £14, this is also I think really great value for money.
Like the others this works when you fill it up with butane gas. The flame on this one is excellent, and it is also easy to set and control.
Buyers use this one for making meringues, toasting and caramelising. This one fits comfortable into the palm of your hand.
Great simple ergonomics and aesthetics. All in all, a very nice product.
None of the buyers had anything negative to say about this useful kitchen gadget. It is small, light and compact and looks very professional.
NO 4 CHOICE - Andrew James Chef's Kitchen Blowtorch
Andrew James is now becoming a household brand name in the UK. They do make good products. What makes them unique though, is that they always look that little bit different. They still retain all the functionality of course, but for many of their product lines, they are just more stylish.
This one is more expensive than many of the other blow torches that I have so far reviewed. Personally I think it looks better and it is the one that I use myself. I also have the first one on the list, but this one does look better.
It comes with a 2-year warranty, and is fuelled by butane gas. It also has a safety lock, and with my grand children running around, that is something I like to have.
(Please note this one is currently not available though worth checking from time to time)
The Blowtorch has an instant ignition. The flame reaches temperatures of up to 1300°c. It has a very stable base, and I think looks really cool.
NO 5 CHOICE - Kitchen Craft Colours Cook's Blowtorch
A very well known brand who offer something a little different in the appearance. As you can see this is like a pistol grip style, that has been designed to fit snugly into the hand. The 15cc refillable cylinder uses butane gas
Thisone does the job nicely, though it is not rated as highly as all of the other kitchen blow torches shown above. I simply included this one as some people will prefer this particular style.
Some people did say that it was hard to fill this one with gas, and that it was also more difficult to use. That is because they had to hold the switch in to keep the flame lit.
That isn't a great design feature, but it didn't put off that many of the buyers.
For around £14-15, this one is not bad value. I just think any of the other 4 on the list are a better choice. That is unless you like this particular style.
Quick Buying Guide for Cooking Blow Torches
Most mini blow torches used in the kitchen, are fuelled by butane gas. In the main they are used for recipes such as creme brulee, or for caramelising sugar. They can however also be used for searing fish or beef. Some chefs use these to melt cheese quickly.
With most decent models, the flame can be adjusted, and that is important. It is important always that safety should be your paramount consideration. When you have gas and flames then you have a potential explosive mixture. You just need to take extra care. One thing that can happen, is when you have finished using it, it is all too easy to forget to switch it off.