Updated: November 2017
Kitchen Torch Reviews:Over the last few years my wife has turned herself into an amazing home chef. With trips to Italy and France to refine her skills, our kitchen has become the centerpiece to our house. With the creation of delicious foods comes the price that you pay for all the various gadgets. On her recent wish list was a 'kitchen torch'. Naive as I am, I had to ask what that would be used for. I was imagining something from medieval times with flames burning huge chunks of meat. I was told not to worry, that a kitchen torch was very safe and mostly used on things like Creme Brulee - caramelizing sugars. My biggest concern has always been spending money on rarely used items that just sit there in your kitchen cupboards. Just how much are kitchen torches? We found many between $30 and $60. Where do you buy a kitchen torch? Your best source is a kitchen specialty store like Sur La Table or Williams Sonoma, although pricing at those places may not give you the deal you are looking for. We prefer shopping online where shipping is often free and prices are very competitive at online retailers like Amazon.com or even Walmart.com.
Choosing a Kitchen Torch - There are a few features that seem to be a 'must' when buying one of these kitchen torches - they are the fuel gauge/window so you know how much fuel is left and the ability to use the torch without having to hold down the flame button the entire time you are using it. Cheaper models like the Orka Kitchen Torch ($20) not only don't have fuel gauges but you have to hold the 'on' button continuously which can be tiresome. Hands free operation is the easiest way to go. The BonJour Creme Brulee Pro Culinary Torch for $35 has a fuel gauge and a continuous "on" switch. Other key features are thing like a safety lock, adjustable temperature control, and a removable stand. The Rosle Kitchen Torch is the top dog in this category at close to $60. The gas reservoir guarantees up to 60 minutes of operation with a continuous flame - not that anyone needs that much torching time, but if you have a dozen creme brulees to caramelize, you don't want to run out of gas while torching them. Beyond creme brulees, the Rosle is perfect for roasting peppers, browning meringues, crisping meats, skinning tomatoes and melting cheese on gratins. Many of the culinary torches come with recipes that use the torch. Culinary Torch Reviews - If you want feedback and consumer opinions on the varios models, we suggest going to websites like Amazon.com, Williams Sonoma, Crateandbarrel.com, and view online forum discussions at Cheftalk.com, and Chow.com. We like to look up specific kitchen torches and see what actual chefs have to say about them. Amazon carries the biggest selection of owner reviews. You can browse the best selling kitchen torches online here.