The kitchen is undoubtedly the heart of any modern home. Conversations are a lot more meaningful while concocting your signature dish. Laughter is best shared over a cup of coffee, a plate of warm toast with jelly, and a heaping teaspoon of jest. The point is you can actually do a lot of things in the kitchen. That’s why it’s also important to look for gadgets that can make life a lot easier in this part of your home. Our 15 cool kitchen gadgets in 2017 should take care of that.
15 Cool Kitchen Gadgets
1The Original SpiraLife Vegetable Spiralizer by Lifestyle Dynamics
They say we eat with our eyes. We don’t know about you but a meal that really looks delicious should pave the way for your gastric juices to start flowing. And like what Andrew Zimmern always tells his audience, if it looks good, then eat it. So, why not fascinate your guests with your very own specially cut vegetables? Forget the usual round and flower cuts of veggies. Why not create something like a noodle of pizza or even like a very thin and long band of ribbon? Well, now you can. The Original SpiraLife Vegetable Spiralizer is the one kitchen gadget that you will need to make really wonderful spaghetti-like strands of zucchinis and other veggies. Create a more interesting carrot ribbon or even long strips of aubergine. The SpiraLife is a beautiful, portable vegetable spiralizer that fits comfortably in your hands. It comes with two heavily engineered blades, one designed for creating spaghetti strands and another for slicing wider ribbons. Lifestyle Dynamics also throws in away a hand slicer as well as a cleaning brush in the set, although we found it to be not really needed as the whole system itself has been designed to be clog- and jam- free. Just rinse it in water and put it in the dishwasher. The sturdy construction is matched by its revolutionary space age design.
What We Like about It – It’s a great tool for those fantastic looking dishes. We also love the guarantees that the company provides.
2MBR-1101 Magic Bullet Blender by Magic Bullet
Blenders, choppers, and mixers are some of the most versatile kitchen appliances we can ever have in our homes. These devices help us chop veggies, create salsas, and even make our very own smoothies. Unfortunately, many of these appliances are way too bulky that we no longer have space in our kitchen countertop for other things. Additionally, many of these come with complicated controls that you have to find the right combination of settings to get the desired outcome. The time we spend fumbling with these settings significantly reduces the time we spend cooking and enjoying our food. A much better solution is to use the MBR-1101 Magic Bullet Blender. It should not come as a surprise that it’s called Magic Bullet because it is shaped like a bullet. We all associate bullets with speed and that’s just what the Magic Bullet does. It did away with complicated controls so all you’ll ever need is to put your ingredients into its container, pop it right into the Magic Bullet’s high torque power base, and press the cup to get the outcome you need. Want it roughly chopped? Then press it briefly. Want it really fine like a smoothie? Then you’ll have to press longer. It’s up to you how you want your ingredients to be blended and mixed. It’s all in the length of time you’ll be pressing on the canister. No buttons or settings to fumble with. What’s best is that the Magic Bullet doesn’t take too much of your countertop space as it is as wide as your regular cup. So, if you need a really quick salsa or smoothie, the Magic Bullet is the answer.
What We Like about It – It’s super sleek and very easy to use. No complicated setups. Plus, the design is really space-saving.
3ARC-914SBD 8-Cup Digital Cool Touch Rice Cooker and Food Steamer by Aroma Housewares
One of the easiest to cook is rice. Just wash it, rinse it, add water, and you’re done. Unfortunately, not everyone can cook perfect rice all the time. It’s not really their fault because it all depends on the variety of rice that you cook. If you’re after the perfect steamed white or brown rice every time, then you simply must have the ARC-914SBD Digital Cool Touch Rice Cooker and Food Steamer. Here’s the thing, the ARC has an intelligent computer board that allows you to program the different controls depending on what you’re cooking. There’s even a delay timer for a maximum of 15 hours so you can effectively set it to start cooking at a given time. Want white rice? How about brown rice? Do you have salmon or red snapper you want to steam? Or even beef and veggie stew? Whatever you want to serve your family, the ARC has you covered. It comes with all the utensils and accessories you will ever need to cook up some beautiful and fragrant rice every time. Now, a word of caution. While the ARC says that it has an 8-cup capacity, this is the cooked version, not the uncooked variety. So, if you have a rice variety that cooks 1:2, then you know that you have at most 4 cups of uncooked rice to cook.
What We Like about It – The programmable features are exceptional. What’s amazing is that close to 8,000 customers find the ARC simply fabulous. Now, beat that!
4Original BEAR PAWS Pulled Pork Shredder Claws by Bear Paw Products, Inc.
Everyone loves barbecued pulled pork especially one with its rich and savory juices oozing out of each strand of tender pork meat. It can be a great sandwich filling or enjoyed as is complete with slaw and mashed potatoes or any other classic side dishes. Of course, making your very own pulled pork can be quite tedious. You can shred the meat with your hands. However, the meat is often hot from the oven so you’d be hurting yourself. A better way is to use the Original BEAR PAWS Pulled Pork Shredder Claws. Just imagine you’re Wolverine or perhaps a grizzly tearing at a nice slab of barbecued pork to pieces. The Bear Paws is made of FDA-approved nylon that has been specially designed to withstand the heat of just-cooked meat. It can withstand up to temperatures of 475oF. The Bear Paws is not only great for shredding meats, of course. Because of the fork-like parts, you can use it to lift your Thanksgiving turkey right from the pan and onto your serving plate. You can also use it to toss your vegetable greens and other salads. It’s so versatile that more than 2,000 customers happily include it in their own kitchens.
What We Like about It – The Bear Paws has a very simple design. Yet, basing on the countless happy and satisfied customers, we’d say it’s one truly effective handheld meat shredder.
5Amco Rub Away Bar by Amco
One of the tradeoffs of working in the kitchen is that some of the ingredients you will be preparing have a nasty reputation of leaving telltaleodors on your hands. Sometimes, no amount of washing with soap and water can really remove the smell of onions, garlic, or even fish from your hands. While wearing gloves should do the trick, it just isn’t practical since you’d also want to have a very firm grip on the ingredient you’re preparing. A better solution is to get the Amco Rub Away Bar. It’s a very simple stainless steel bar that is beautifully shaped like soap. Here’s the thing: if it’s stainless steel, isn’t it that we already have plenty of stainless steel utensils in our kitchen? We tried looking for answers but couldn’t really find something that makes the Amco Rub Away so effective in removing odors off our skin. Our thinking is that, if the Amco is purely stainless steel, then all stainless steel devices and gadgets have the capability to remove these unwanted odors, right? Suprisingly, close to a thousand consumers have left their positive comments about the product so who are we to argue? We’ve read that the Amco Rub Away bar has been used in almost every conceivable manner from deodorizing the toilet to absorbing the smell inside the fridge. Some have even used it to remove the odors on their intimate body parts. Again, if so many people are saying a lot of good things, then it must be that good.
What We Like about It – It’s a surprisingly effective way of removing kitchen odors from our hands. Its soap shape reminds us that it’s no ordinary stainless steel bar.
625490A Dual Breakfast Sandwich Maker by Hamilton Beach
Sandwiches remain a favorite tummy filler especially for those on the go. However, instead of queuing for your breakfast sandwich, why not just make it yourself? At any rate you get to choose the freshest and healthiest ingredients. If you’re on a mission to shave off some pounds off your belly or on the underside of your upper arms, then the Hamilton Beach Dual Breakfast Sandwich Maker is the way to go. Unlike your typical sandwich maker, the Hamilton Beach comes with beautifully designed pans that are perfect for accommodating your type of bun. Each of the sandwich makers are composed of two layers of pans that are separated by a thin opening mechanism. Here’s the trick: preheat the Hamilton Beach, put the lower half of your chosen bun on the lower pan, add your favorite ingredients like tuna, cheese, ham, and veggies, close the lower pan with the middle ring lid, then add your other ingredients like eggs and cheese, and close the top lid. Now, sit back and just wait for the timer to end. Once you hear the tune, simply twist the middle ring all the way around the assembly, open the top cover, and enjoy your hearty sandwich. Making sandwiches has never been this easy. And now, you can make two at a time.
What We Like about It – The ingenious design of the Hamilton Beach is perfect for diet watchers as they get to create their own healthier, low calorie sandwiches. Everything is super-easy to clean, too.
7Herb Saver Best Keeper for Freshest Produce by Prepara
Some prefer using dried herbs in their dishes because they only need little amounts to give a really aromatic flavor. However, nothing can still beat fresh herbs. Unfortunately, these easily wilt if not well hydrated. And even if you’re going to place them in a cool place like your ref, they will still not be as fresh as when you first picked them or bought them. There’s a simple answer to this dilemma: the Herb Saver Best Keeper for Freshest Produce. Imagine a large capsule with a clear window to give you an idea of what herbs are inside. There’s a tethered filler right at the back of the canister where you’ll be pouring water. The point is for you to place your fresh herbs on the pod and then fill the compartment with water. Put inside your ref and you’ve got the freshest herbs for up to 3 weeks, so long as you replace the water every 3 to 5 days. Since the Herb Saver has a built-in clear cover, you can bet that your herbs won’t be squished by other items in your ref. This helps prevent bruising of the leaves which can significantly hasten the degradation process. At the very least, you don’t have to buy your cilantro, parsley, mint, basil, rosemary, dill, thyme, chives, or even oregano as well as other herbs, every now and then. You can keep them fresh up to 3 times longer than normal.
What We Like about It – The way in which the Herb Saver is able to keep the freshness of herbs even after 3 weeks is amazing. Add to this its ability to hydrate these ingredients and you have one cool kitchen gadget.
8The Original SNAP’N STRAIN by Kitchen Gizmo
What’s the most inconvenient part of cooking pasta aside from the fact that you have to cook it al dente? It’s the draining process, of course. You don’t want your pasta dish to be so watery than it is saucy, right? Now, instead of pouring your pasta on a dedicated sieve or pasta strainer, why not drain the pasta water straight from the pot itself? To do this, you’d need the Original SNAP’N STRAIN gizmo. You can look at it as a plastic strainer that you clip onto the lip of any pot, bowl, or pan. All you need now is to tip the bowl or pot and drain away. The SNAP’N STRAIN is made of high grade silicone that’s been duly approved by the FDA and has been tested to be resistant to heat. The best part of it is that it works on any type of dish or cooking utensil. Just clip it onto the lip and drain away. You don’t need a separate bowl, pot, or pan to contain the pasta. This reduces the number of utensils or cooking wares that you’ll be cleaning afterwards. At least, you’ll also be eliminating wastes.
What We Like about It – It’s versatile, portable, and very convenient. It makes the process of transferring pastas a breeze.
9Deco Brothers Pan Organizer Rack by Deco Brothers
While some homeowners prefer organizing their pans hanging on the wall or inside their cabinets, for those who don’t actually have the luxury of wall space, maybe a small portion of the countertop will suffice to organize 5 pans. That’s the idea behind the design of the Deco Brothers Pan Organizer Rack. Made of superior quality stainless steel, the Deco Brothers can be oriented either horizontally or vertically, often depending on your space requirements. If you have ample space in your countertop, then a horizontal orientation, with the pans stacked side by side should suffice. However, if space is not a luxury, you can let the Deco Brothers stand to allow you to stack your pans one on top of the other. And with a very elegant contemporary design, this should be an excellent addition to any modern kitchen.
What We Like about It – The versatility of the Deco Brothers is exceptional. It organizes your pans based on your space requirements.
10Vidalia Pro Vegetable Chopper by Müeller
In the kitchen, mastery of the knife is a must. This is especially in the preparation of a variety of ingredients. From dicing to chopping to slicing to julienning to fileting and a whole lot more, the value of a dish is inherently tied to how well the ingredients have been prepared. Regrettably, not everyone likes chopping onions, garlic, and other spices as well as vegetables. An easier solution is to get a bulky food processor to do the chopping for you. Sadly, it’s not a space saver. So, a better answer is the Vidalia Pro Vegetable Chopper. Simply slip your vegetable into the slicing area, push the handle down, and watch your veggies be cut into uniform pieces as they fall into a sealed chamber. You no longer have to cry every time you need to chop onions as the spacious chamber can hold up to 4 cups of veggies. You can even process your cheese with the Vidalia Pro.
What We Like about It – It’s compact and super-lightweight. Best of all, it does chop your veggies, fruits, and cheeses like a pro.
11Premium Herb Scissors Set by Chefast
If you like cooking with fresh herbs, then you know that one of the most tedious task of preparing these types of ingredients is in chopping them into finer bits. While a chopping knife or a cleaver will often do the trick, there are instances when you miss certain segments of the herb that they are naturally longer than the others. What you get is not finely chopped herbs but rather uneven ones. The Chefast Premium Herb Scissors should help you chop your herbs in a more uniform manner. Using the Chefast is very easy as it is designed to be used like any other scissor. The only difference is that, instead of having just a pair of blades, the Chefast has 5 pairs of stainless steel blades. What this essentially means is that with each cut, you are effectively cutting 5 uniform segments of the herb. It even comes with 2 pieces of drawstring bags so you can place your newly-cut herbs inside these bags and use in your stock.
What We Like about It – The 5-blade design of the Chefast is amazing. The addition of a chopper, safety cover, and a cleaning comb makes the Chefast an ideal companion for any kitchen warrior, beginning or otherwise.
12LifeJoy Onion Holder Vegetable Cutter Slicer by LifeJoy
Onions are one of the toughest vegetables to work with; not really because of their hardness but because of the substances that they emit during preparation. Now, you don’t have to shed a tear every time you work with onions. Just pierce the LifeJoy Onion Holder vegetable Cutter Slicer into the onion, work your knife in between the teeth of the LifeJoy, and you’ve got evenly-sliced onion rings. At any rate, you don’t need to hold the onion anymore. And since the teeth of the LifeJoy are uniformly spaced, you can bet that you’ll also get uniform thickness with each slice. Tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, hard-boiled eggs, and even cucumbers or anything at all that needs slicing, the LifeJoy can give you a more “hands-off” approach. Worried about the odor of onion sticking in your hands? Just rub your hands against the attached odor remover and you’re done.
What We Like about It – It’s a very convenient way to get uniform slices of veggies especially onions, tomatoes, and others.
13Savvy Infusion Water Bottle by Savvy Infusion
Nothing beats natural. Instead of buying ready-to-drink juices, it’s a lot healthier to make your own. With the savvy Infusion Water Bottle, all you need are slices of your favorite fruits and/or veggies into the infusion chamber, some cool refreshing water, and you’ve got the healthiest drink you’ll ever have. The Savvy Infusion is perfect for diet watchers as well as fitness buffs who would like to stay hydrated using only vitamin-rich liquids that they mixed themselves.
What We Like about It – The design of the infusion chamber of the Savvy Infusion is exceptional. Now, you can enjoy nutritious and healthier drinks whenever you need to.
14Tour de Pizza Dual Stainless Steel Bicycle Pizza Cutter by SoHo Kitchen
Need a gift idea for your pizza-loving friend? How about the Tour de Pizza Dual Stainless Steel Bicycle Pizza Cutter? The two wheels of the Tour de Pizza serve as pizza slicers. However, instead of the usual handle that rolls the slicer, you’ll get a racing bike frame to hold onto. The bike itself comes with the signature racing handlebar, a seat, and a bike stand. Now, all you need is to zoom the wheels of the Tour de Pizza across your pie and you’ve got slices for everyone to enjoy.
What We Like about It – It has a very fun and ingenious design. What more is there to say?
15Glide Signs Dishwasher Magnet Clean Dirty Sign by Glide Signs
Modern kitchens have dishwashers. Unfortunately, we won’t really know if the dish we have popped in have already been washed or not yet? Of course, we can just open the drawer to find out. However, a better solution is to put the Glide Signs Dishwasher Magnet Clean Dirty Sign. Just like your “Doctor is In/Out” glide signs, this should help you determine at first look if the dishes need some cleaning or are already done. At least, there’s no need to open the dishwasher anymore just to see if the dishes are still dirty or are already clean. The Glide Signs works on all types of dishwashers as well as surfaces as you have the option to use either a magnet or an adhesive tape.
What We Like about It – It’s an entirely different way of informing you of the current status of your dishes without having to open the dishwasher. It’s a cool gift, to say the least.
How We Chose the Coolest Kitchen Gadgets in Our List
We understand that different kitchens can be designed or styled differently, yet the fundamental components that make up any modern kitchen are essentially the same. From kitchen utensils to cooking implements as well as other technologies, simple or otherwise, choosing a cool gadget to use in your kitchen is pretty straightforward. Well, that’s what we hoped for. But, after the initial stages in our search, we knew it would take us a considerable length of time to make a shortlist. So, we had to narrow the field first down to just a few tens upon which we can eventually deliberate and choose our final 15.
To achieve this, the kitchen gadget’s consumer rating was taken into consideration in our initial screening process. We thought that the product should have at least 4 stars in its consumer ratings. Any product that had fewer than 4 stars was automatically dropped from the list. Eventually, we ended up with several tens of cool kitchen gadgets. This is where the actual work began.
Since we are talking about gizmos that will make our lives easier as we go about our business in our kitchen, we looked at the overall utility of the products. These must provide a certain benefit that cannot be obtained from other types of tools or devices in the kitchen. Additionally, if it can substantially reduce the amount of time it would normally take to complete a particular task, then we included this, too.
Gadgets don’t need to be very complicated. It must be ready to use straight from the packaging. This extends well into its maintenance. We all know how tedious it can be to wash off food debris from blades and small parts of our kitchen appliances and devices. So, if this can be made very simple as popping them right in our dishwasher, we’re confident you’d love that, too.
Tips to Choosing the Right Gadget for Your Kitchen
As we move towards the 22nd century, more and more homes are integrating smart technologies in every aspect of their homes. Many of today’s modern homes already have an array of high tech kitchen gadgets and gizmos that make their kitchens truly cutting edge. However, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you will need all of these gadgets for your kitchen. That’s why it is important to consider our tips to choosing the right kitchen gadget for your home.
- Know your strengths.
Before you start splurging on kitchen gadgets, it’s important to reflect on your strengths and weaknesses. For instance, if you have excellent knife skills, do you still need a chopper, dicer, or slicer? Perhaps. But isn’t the joy of cooking is partly found in the hands-on preparation of the ingredients? The point is for you to understand your limitations. Gadgets are supposed to help you execute a particular task a lot more efficiently. If you’re already doing great, what’s the gadget for?
- Consider your workspace.
Not all of us have the luxury of a restaurant-sized kitchen. As such, we need to consider gadgets that will not take too much of our precious space. We may have all the technologies we need. But, if these will take most of our workspace, then everything will be for naught.
- Start with the basics.
To pick out the best kitchen gadget for your home, it is essential to stick with the basics like those you’ll need for preparing and serving your food. You’ll never go wrong if you keep this in mind.
The Bottom Line
Gadgets are designed to make our lives easier. However, it should not take the joys of food preparation or cooking away from us. With our 15 cool kitchen gadgets, you’re now in full control of what’s going on in your kitchen.