Top 10 kitchen appliances you need to make cooking an effortless part of your daily routine

If you love cooking but can never find enough time for it, or you’re completely terrified of cooking but you need to start, and don’t know where to start – then you’ve reached the right place. The first step towards having a streamlined and efficient cooking experience is to have an arsenal of functional kitchen appliances by your side. With the right kitchen tools and appliances, cooking can be a fun and effortless process. The right products can reduce your prep time in half, make the little cooking tasks much easier, and help you with tedious and complicated techniques. From the Electrolux GRO kitchen that offers a fresh take on sustainable eating to a tiny cooking appliance that helps you cook for one – these innovative kitchen accessories are all you need to undertake cooking and become a MasterChef in the comfort of your own home. Happy cooking!

1. Electrolux GRO

The one thing that COVID-19 brought to the forefront – is that health is DEFINITELY wealth. Whether that means maintaining a healthy diet, drinking enough water, working out daily, having your vitamins and minerals, or a mix of all these great habits. Eating healthy has gained almost a cult-like status now. New diet trends are always on the rise, and people are constantly trying to figure out which diets work the best for them – often forgetting that a certain amount of attention must be paid to the ingredients from which their meals are prepared. They often turn a blind eye to the long-term effects of our food supply systems on the Earth’s ecosystem. Our food shouldn’t be healthy for us only, but for the planet as well. And one great solution to tackle this issue would be plant-based diets!

Why is it noteworthy?

GRO includes a modular compartment system that you can combine like LEGO bricks, depending on your dietary needs and kitchen space. Each compartment is designed not only to preserve ingredients but also to showcase its diversity and beauty. A Plant Gallery, for example, provides optimal conditions for storing fruits and vegetables while also letting you enjoy their fresh appearance behind textured glass.

What we like

  • The GRO Coach digital food companion will help you make the right sustainable choices based on your habits and needs
  • The system also defies stereotypes of plant-forward diets as bland or unexciting, especially to taste buds. In fact, GRO encourages exploration and experimentation, like the Grain and Pulse Library, which lets you try out alternative sources of protein from grains and pulses

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

2. Minepot

Millennials, today, usually live alone. As great as living alone can be at times, it can also be quite a hassle in some ways. For example – cooking for one is almost always an issue. You need to cook the perfect amount so that you don’t end up wasting food or eating the same damn dish for three days in a row, which is no better a fate (according to me). However, we are seeing products in the market that are being made for this specific niche of people!

Why is it noteworthy?

One such example is this latest product concept from Yifeeling which is all about making cooking for yourself a part of your daily “ritual” and not just a chore you have to get through. Minepot looks like a food processor at first glance but it actually seems to be an air fryer or food fryer type of appliance. It is noticeably smaller than other similar kitchen tools and it is designed that way so that you not only cook for one but you are also able to have food intake that’s just right for you.

What we like

  • Opaque or semi-transparent upper section which allows you to keep an eye on your food as it is being cooked
  • Helps include cooking in your daily ritual

What we dislike

  • It’s still a concept!

3. Reusable Seal Tray

One of my favorite parts of the cooking process is chopping up fruits and veggies. There is almost a therapeutic quality to this activity, I believe. But as much as I love chopping up a couple of carrots and cucumbers, I almost always have a portion of chopped veggies that are untouched by the time I’m done with my cooking. Storing these leftover vegetables and fruits usually involves single-use plastic, which is a downright catastrophe for the environment. However, thinking of kitchen accessories to reduce the use of these kinds of plastics is something that product designers have been conscious about the past few years.

Why is it noteworthy?

This Reusable Seal Tray is a food preservation tray that is simple yet highly functional. It is able to preserve your pre-cut food ingredients in your ref, reduce oxidation, and also prevent odor contamination by other stuff inside your ref. It has a sealing system with a 100% Platinum Silicone flexible sheet that will still keep various shapes and sizes of vegetables and even cheese and sausages. There is a disclaimer though that what you can store here are those that have just a little liquid.

What we like

  • You’ll be able to use it in two positions depending on the size of the items that you’ll store
  • Dishwasher safe design

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

4. The BA/CA Board

Portability is a quality that’s often mutually exclusive to kitchen appliances. Or so was the case earlier. Recently, we have been seeing a lot of travel-friendly kitchen appliances being introduced into the market, however, a travel-friendly ‘cutting board’ isn’t something that’s been truly experimented with. But, AK Studios Design decided to change that with the BA/CA Board.

Why is it noteworthy?

The BA/CA Board is a compact, travel-friendly cutting board that’s perfect indoors and outdoors… because it also happens to have a chef’s knife docked right into it! The cutting board doubles as a sheath for your knife, making it safer and easier to carry outdoors, and if you’re not a travel bug, The BA/CA Board works just as well in your indoor kitchen, conveniently organizing your knife and board together so you can easily begin meal prep in just seconds

What we like

  • Super portable and easy to carry around
  • A strong magnetic retention system makes sure that the razor-sharp 440c stainless steel knife stays put and safe inside

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

5. The Kreis Cup

Meet the Kreis Cup, a coffee cup that’s sustainable, durable, and designed to enhance your coffee drinking experience! Available in cup and travel-mug styles, the Kreis Cup is a reusable cup made from used coffee grounds and plant-based materials, free of petroleum-based plastics.

Why is it noteworthy?

It is heat resistant and designed to keep your coffee hot longer. That being said, the Kreis Cup is still ultimately biodegradable, unlike plastic-based to-go mugs you get at your local cafe or the breakable ceramic mugs you use at home. Once it reaches the end of its lifespan, the Kreis Cup disintegrates easily into the soil, leaving absolutely nothing behind.

What we like

  • Made from spent coffee grounds that have been dried, treated, and are then suspended in a natural, plant-based polymer
  • Has the faint, unmistakable scent of coffee

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

6. The Froli All-Purpose Holder

Froli Alleshalter All-Purpose Holder

Something that’s been gaining immense popularity since the pandemic is mobile home living. It’s economical, flexible, and more energy-efficient.  However, storing items in a mobile home that’s always on the go can be a pain in the butt. The constant clinking and clanking of plates, bowls, glasses, and cutlery can make you want to shove in your earplugs! A solution that can keep stuff stowed away safely and quietly is called the Froli All-Purpose Holder.

Why is it noteworthy?

The Froli All-Purpose Holder (Froli Alleshalter) is a modular system that holds small kitchen objects from rattling or slipping while stored inside a cabinet or a drawer. One packaged set features 16 individual plastic concave square parts that can be easily plugged in and connected to create compact storage for your moving home or vehicle. The extra side connecting pieces can be removed to fit most cupboards.

What we like

  • Can accommodate glasses and cups of different shapes and sizes
  • A buildable design you can assemble by yourself

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

7. SOC Lunch Box

As relaxing and recalibrating as sitting down to eat a proper meal can be, work always seems to come first. SOC is a lunch box created by designers at Midea who hope to bring back the ceremony of enjoying a meal, even during the busier workdays.

Why is it noteworthy?

SOC Lunch Box is a three-tier lunch container packaged inside a magnetic carrying case that doubles as a tablecloth. The three levels of SOC provide space for the user’s different food items to be separated and neatly arranged, with enough room inside for utensils and a metal cover that keeps the food steamed throughout the day. With three enclosed compartments, each meal taken from SOC will taste as fresh as when it was made. Once each meal is properly placed inside SOC, the closed lunch box gets folded into its case which securely locks with a magnetic buckle.

What we like

  • A magnetic carrying case unfolds to create a tablecloth or placemat for mealtime
  • SOC Lunch Box comes in three layers, with enough room for a full meal, steam cover, and utensils

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

8. The 4T7 Smart Chopping Board

The 4T7 Smart Chopping Board is one of those amazing kitchen appliances that help you in almost every stage of the cooking process, while also counting calories as you weigh the ingredients that’ll go into your meal. Healthy meal prep can often be complicated and tedious, but this smart chopping board makes the entire process streamlined and easier!

Why is it noteworthy?

4T7 breaks meal prep into its different components, adding good design and tech wherever necessary. The board comes with 4 distinct parts, a main bamboo chopping board, a secondary silver-ion anti-bacterial board for veggies to prevent cross-contamination, and a third heat-conducting defrosting tray that helps rapidly thaw frozen foods, and lastly, the 4T7’s base, which has its own built-in weighing scale. The only part of the 4T7 experience to exist outside the actual board is its smartphone app, which counts calories as you weigh your ingredients. Once your prep-work is done, the digital display on the 4T7 can also function as a kitchen timer, while the board itself becomes a magnetic knife-holder.

What we like

  • All of 4T7’s components are designed to be wonderfully functional as independent items
  • The board works equally well for fruits/veggies as well as for meats

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

9. The ECLIPSE

Meet the ECLIPSE, a portable tea brewing station that isn’t as limiting or as archaic as the teabag. It combines a travel thermos and a french-press-style brewing system in one easy-to-use, easy-to-carry design, and lets you brew two cups (or one large mug) of the tea of your choice.

Why is it noteworthy?

In all fairness, I’m not surprised that a device like the ECLIPSE hasn’t become ubiquitous all this while. Tea is the second-most consumed beverage in the world, and as far as tea cultures go, its brewing methods are still deeply rooted in tradition. What ECLIPSE does is simply modernize it, by providing the same steps you’d expect in regular tea brewing. The multi-part travel press comes with a measuring cup, a brewing teapot, a plunger (that acts as a strainer), and a drinking vessel.

What we like

  • Portable and easy-to-carry design
  • The inner layer of the ECLIPSE is lined with a ceramic coating to honor the traditional practice of brewing in ceramic teapots

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

10. BORA x BO Smart Steam Oven

BORA’s latest innovation, the BORA X BO flex oven, comes close to being the ultimate dream smart oven, automating and taking care of many parts of the cooking process, leaving you free to focus on preparing and then enjoying your healthy dish.

Why is it noteworthy?

Cooking is a multi-step process that may feel overwhelming for some, especially when they think about the cleanup they have to do afterward. Ovens, in particular, are notorious for being hard to clean, especially to get rid of odors. Keeping tabs on the food’s temperature and making sure you don’t stink up the whole house are tiring jobs in themselves, and you’ll be forgiven if you wished that ovens were smart enough to do that themselves. The BORA X BO is, thankfully, and it makes the cooking process a lot less burdensome, especially for the parts you might have taken for granted.

What we like

  • All its operations are driven by a bright and colorful 19-inch touch display on top, including setting food preferences, looking up recipes, or manually tweaking each and every possible option there is
  • BORA included an animated guide right on the screen

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

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Cloud-shaped sugar cubes comes with magnetic grinder to regulate your intake

People have now become more conscious about their sugar intake given that diabetes and other related diseases have become much more prevalent. There are a lot of sugar alternatives and zero-calorie sugar options out there but sometimes, you still need something more than just that. Also, these sugar cube alternatives don’t always melt in iced coffee easily so some go to syrups or powders which are not always still the best options. So a sugar cube that can dissolve in anything and is still zero calories would probably be welcomed by those still needing a little sugar in their life.

Designer: Younghyun Kim and js C

Snowy is a cloud-shaped sugar “cube” that is packaged in a jar with the term “0 Kal” so that you won’t forget that it is the healthy kind of sugar. The playful shape is not just to make it fun but it also serves a purpose if you want to use the additional feature of the jar. There’s a magnet grinder included so holding a cloud is better than just a sugar cube or ball. The grinder is there so you can control how much sugar you want to put not just in your coffee but on your other food that you want to sweeten up.

They say the sugar cloud is also easily dissolvable in iced coffee if that’s the way you want to drink your coffee that way. However whether you drop it directly in your iced coffee or you use the grinder to be able to “shred” it onto your ice and therefore dissolve quickly, that is unclear. But either way, it is a better alternative to what’s currently in the market. And being able to control how much sugar you are able to put in your drinks or food is always a good thing.

Packaging it in a see-through jar with the label of 0 Kal and Stevia clearly visible as well is also a good idea as not only is it informative, it also shows off the design of the cubes themselves. The white cover and grinder adds to the minimalist and soft look of the sugar clouds. It’s a nice piece of kitchen accessory to have in your personal kitchen or at your coffee shop.

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Tiny cooking appliance can help you cook for one

A few years ago, most ads and marketing efforts for cooking appliances are mostly for families, specifically mothers. But now that we’re seeing a growing population of single people living on their own and cooking for themselves, we’re seeing a shift not just in the marketing but in the actual products being made for this specific market. We’re also seeing appliances now becoming more conscious about the effect on the health of those using them.

Designer: Yifeeling Design Lab

This latest product concept from Yifeeling is all about making cooking for yourself a part of your daily “ritual” and not just a chore you have to get through. Minepot looks like a food processor at first glance but it actually seems to be an air fryer or food fryer type of appliance. It is noticeably smaller than other similar kitchen tools and it is designed that way so that you not only cook for one but you are also able to have food intake that’s just right for you.

The design inspiration for this concept is to use hazy and mellow colors and in the renders it ends up as mint green but there also seems to be a light yellow version as well. The part where the food is cooked looks to be opaque or semi-transparent which should give you a good view of what’s being cooked inside. The idea is for this cooking or heating appliance to be part of your cooking and eating ritual especially as you’re preparing and eating just for yourself.

As one of those single people who live alone, cooking for one can often be a challenge. So having an appliance like this may solve a bit of the issues faced. Although in my case, it’s really more of an it’s-easier-to-order-out-than-cook type of thing and no cooking device concept can probably solve that, at least for now.

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This travel cutting board with a built-in knife cuts out the stress of food prep on the go

We love good food, and we love to travel but why are there so many tools for making food on the go that are inconvenient, difficult to use, and of such cheap quality. You can either get portable camping cooking tools that are compact but don’t last and suck to actually cook with, or you have to lug around a full-size cutting board, while safely carrying a chef’s knife while on the go. When adventuring and traveling, you want to have the best gear possible while still being easy and convenient to travel with. It would be great if you could safely tie a chef’s knife and a high-quality cutting board together, without it being hard to carry, awkward to use and a pain to maintain. AK Studios have elegantly solved this problem with their new high-quality tool for food prep on the go The BACA Board. Standing for Bring Anywhere and Cut Anything, The BACA Board shows how out-of-the-box thinking and acute attention to detail can go a long way in cutting through the problem of a sub-par cooking experience.

Designer: AK Studios Design

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In effect, the BACA Board acts as a knife holder like the ones you might have in the kitchen, except it’s portable and easy to carry around. The knife slots perfectly into the side of the board, and a strong magnetic retention system makes sure that the razor-sharp 440c stainless steel knife stays put and safe inside, no matter how much the board shakes and jiggles, whether it’s in your bag, on the boat or in the RV.

The cutting board itself is a work of engineering and art despite its unassuming appearance. Made from a staggered grain hard maple wood butcher block, the board is specially manufactured to resist warping and cracking. Its perfectly portable size makes it easy to stash quickly inside any bag or compartment, while its minimalist design will make you proud to have it hanging for everyone to see. This product would be a great fit for van life, boating, wilderness camping, or just those looking to enjoy a picnic or equip their city apartment kitchen.

Magnetic Retention System – Secures the knife in the board until you’re ready to use it.

440c Stainless Steel – The knife is honed to a razor-sharp edge.

Drainage Channel – This allows for deep cleaning and proper drying.

Juice Groove – Keep the juices where you want them and your work surface clear and clean.

Bottle Opener – Perfectly sized to pop tops.

The BACA Board’s story doesn’t end there, though, and it’s the little details that really make this cooking tool shine. For example, the groove near the edges of the board isn’t just a random design detail but actually functions as a canal for juices to drain out of and keep your work area clean. There’s also a drainage channel that makes cleaning and maintaining both the board and knife easy and painless. The knife itself also has a secret talent in the form of a bottle opener on the dull edge, removing the need to have another tool you might forget at home.

From the simple design choices to the high quality of the manufacturing, the attention even to the smallest detail makes The BACA Board the sharpest knife in the drawer. Or rather the sharpest drawer for the sharpest knife. AK Studios has a focus on making high-quality products that last. That perfectionism even extends to the maintenance kit, which includes a dual-sided diamond sharpening plate, a 100% heavyweight cotton maintenance cloth, a 2oz amber glass bottle of food-safe mineral oil for re-oiling the board on the go, and even some black paracord for hanging your board if you so choose. The BACA Board come with everything you need for a worry-free outdoor cooking experience as well as the tools to keep the board and knife in top shape. The preorder pricing of $120 is a steal given the quality of these tools, which have a retail price of $150.00. Life is too short to deal with and is an adventurous journey, and it always helps to have top-quality tools that you’ll be able to enjoy for the full trip. Buy once. cry once. Cooking on the go doesn’t have to be a disaster when you have the right tools for the job, especially with The BACA travel cutting board and its built-in razor-sharp knife.

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Top 10 kitchen appliances to help you prepare + pack the ultimate lunchbox for work

With offices opening up, and our life gaining a semblance of normalcy again, our daily routines are back to being as hectic as ever! With everything that life manages to throw at us in the duration of a day, preparing and packing our lunchbox for work, is often one of the last things we pay attention to every morning – although it should be the one we focus the most on! Packing a healthy and balanced meal for work is extremely integral, and with ready-to-eat, instant, and processed meals slowly taking over the world, cooking a wholesome and fresh lunch for ourselves is becoming a rarity. Hence, we’ve curated a collection of kitchen appliances to help simplify + speed up your morning prepping + packing routine! These innovative kitchen appliances will assist you in not only cooking a delicious and fresh meal, but also to carry it to work in a hassle-free and efficient manner. From a sleek self-heating bento box to electric chopsticks that can enhance the taste of low-sodium food – these nifty designs are all you need to put together the ultimate lunchbox!

1. SOC Lunch Box

As relaxing and recalibrating as sitting down to eat a proper meal can be, work always seems to come first. SOC is a lunch box created by designers at Midea who hope to bring back the ceremony of enjoying a meal, even during the busier workdays.

Why is it noteworthy?

SOC Lunch Box is a three-tier lunch container packaged inside a magnetic carrying case that doubles as a tablecloth. The three levels of SOC provide space for the user’s different food items to be separated and neatly arranged, with enough room inside for utensils and a metal cover that keeps the food steamed throughout the day. With three enclosed compartments, each meal taken from SOC will taste as fresh as when it was made. Once each meal is properly placed inside SOC, the closed lunch box gets folded into its case which securely locks with a magnetic buckle.

What we like

  • A magnetic carrying case unfolds to create a tablecloth or placemat for mealtime
  • SOC Lunch Box comes in three layers, with enough room for a full meal, steam cover, and utensils

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

2. Electric Chopsticks

Electric Chopsticks

Electric Chopsticks Information

Chopstick innovations and redesigns have been presented, but nothing like this project introduced together by Kirin Holdings and the Miyashita Laboratory (Meiji University Dr. Homei Miyashita Laboratory of the Department of Frontier Media Science, School of Interdisciplinary Mathematical Sciences). The chopstick device comes with an electrical stimulation waveform that together work to adjust the taste of low-sodium food.

Why is it noteworthy?

The chopsticks can make low-sodium food taste salty. So you can enjoy the food more but sans the high sodium content. This idea can benefit those who need to go on a low-sodium diet. Right now, chopsticks can be used, but other utensils can also take advantage of the system. Salty taste enhancement is possible with electrical stimulation on a utensil. With the goal of improving the electric taste sensation, more people can enjoy what they eat even with reduced salt.

What we like

  • The device uses a weak electrical current in transmitting sodium ions from the food to the mouth
  • Creates a sense of saltiness

What we dislike

  • It’s still in the prototype stage!

3. The 4T7 Smart Chopping Board

The key to making a product smart is to figure out how technology can enhance its core abilities. To that very end, a smart refrigerator that connects to your social media may be a terrible idea… but something like the 4T7 Smart Chopping Board actually makes a world of sense. With functions and features that make meal prep much easier and more streamlined, the 4T7 Smart Chopping Board helps with every stage of meal prep, and then some more. The built-in calorie counter makes it extremely efficient to pack healthy lunches, and encourages you to eat better even when you’re busy at work!

Why is it noteworthy?

4T7 breaks meal prep into its different components, adding good design and tech wherever necessary. The board comes with 4 distinct parts, a main bamboo chopping board, a secondary silver-ion anti-bacterial board for veggies to prevent cross-contamination, a third heat-conducting defrosting tray that helps rapidly thaw frozen foods, and lastly, the 4T7’s base, which has its own built-in weighing scale. The only part of the 4T7 experience to exist outside the actual board is its smartphone app, which counts calories as you weigh your ingredients. Once your prep-work is done, the digital display on the 4T7 can also function as a kitchen timer, while the board itself becomes a magnetic knife-holder.

What we like

  • All of 4T7’s components are designed to be wonderfully functional as independent items
  • The board works equally well for fruits/veggies as well as for meats

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

4. MEALZTIME

If Steve Jobs were less of a tech enthusiast and more of a culinary specialist, maybe we’d be staring at a state-of-the-art culinary heating device instead of the M2 MacBook Air. Although that reality didn’t quite pan out, we still have the MEALZTIME, an incredibly slim, self-heating bento box that’s leak-proof, easy to clean, and works on a single-button interface.

Why is it noteworthy?

MEALZTIME hopes to make the office microwave obsolete. Given the sheer number of people who use the microwave on a daily basis (and that occasional dimwit who heats up their tuna casserole in it, ruining it for everyone), MEALZTIME was designed as a personalized alternative that heats your food up to the right temperature for you, without you having to wait in line. All you do is press the power button on your bento box and MEALZTIME gets to work, automatically shutting down after your food’s been heated. It does so without needing to be plugged in too, so you could potentially grab a hot meal on the subway, in your car, in the outdoors, or even at work during a power cut.

What we like

  • Great replacement for the microwave
  • MEALZTIME lets you heat up to 4 meals on a single charge, so you really have to juice it up just about once or twice a week

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

5. The ECLIPSE

Meet the ECLIPSE, a portable tea brewing station that isn’t as limiting or as archaic as the teabag. It combines a travel thermos and a french-press-style brewing system in one easy-to-use, easy-to-carry design, and lets you brew two cups (or one large mug) of the tea of your choice.

Why is it noteworthy?

In all fairness, I’m not surprised that a device like the ECLIPSE hasn’t become ubiquitous all this while. Tea is the second-most consumed beverage in the world, and as far as tea cultures go, its brewing methods are still deeply rooted in tradition. What ECLIPSE does is simply modernize it, by providing the same steps you’d expect in regular tea brewing. The multi-part travel press comes with a measuring cup, a brewing teapot, a plunger (that acts as a strainer), and a drinking vessel.

What we like

  • Portable and easy-to-carry design
  • The inner layer of the ECLIPSE is lined with a ceramic coating to honor the traditional practice of brewing in ceramic teapots

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

6. The Fresh Fridge

Ditching trendy diets for mindful eating, the Fresh Fridge designed by Tati Feruccio is paired with an array of technical features that encourage a health-conscious lifestyle. The Fresh Fridge is a sort of smart refrigerator that analyzes each user’s distinct eating and health habits to portion out nutritious meals throughout the day. The main technical detail that stands out is the Fresh Fridge’s digital interface that’s located just above the small refrigerator. It’s a fun + efficient way to make healthy meals for work!

Why is it noteworthy?

Broadcasting mindful facts and cooking recipes from its screen, the digital interface is like your own personal cooking show for various meals throughout the day. Just below the interface, allocated space for meal preparation feels intuitive and makes following along with recipes while chopping up produce items easier than ever before.

What we like

  • Encourages mindful eating over trendy short-term diets
  • An integrated digital interface

What we dislike

  • We don’t know how well would the fridge’s analyzed portions work for everyone

7. Pinchy

With the classy appeal of a switchblade (although much safer) Pinchy is a cutlery set where the protective case turns into the cutlery’s ergonomic grip. Just pinch and flip and the case opens, with a metal spoon, fork, or knife popping out.

Why is it noteworthy?

Shaped to be compact and easy to grip, the case is hollow and holds the metallic half of the spoon/fork/knife inside. Pinch it open and flip the metal end out, and the case goes from being an outer cover to an ergonomic grip that’s easy to hold and maneuver. When you’re done, just flip the cutlery back in and they go right back in their protective little shell.

What we like

  • Intuitive + well designed
  • Made from a combination of 304 stainless steel and antibacterial plastic

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

8. The All-in-One Coffee Grinder

The All-in-One Coffee Grinder is a handheld, portable coffee grinder with integrated brew methods for coffee on the go.

Why is it noteworthy?

Coffee makers tend to be multifunctional by design, merging brew and drip mechanisms into one machine, but integrated grinders are always missing. Noticing a gap in the market, Locus Hsu conceptualized their All-in-One Coffee Grinder, a portable, electric coffee grinder that also incorporates brew methods.

What we like

  • Hsu’s All-in-One Coffee Grinder is about the same size as a conventional, reusable water bottle
  • The bottommost compartment is the All-in-One Coffee Grinder’s capacity cup that works like a reusable travel mug

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

9. FoldEat

FoldEat’s solution is elegant, organized, and potentially game-changing. The kit comprises a roll-top bag with modular vessels and cutlery kits inside. Zip open the bag and it unfolds into a table mat with your food at its center and the cutlery right beside it.

Why is it noteworthy?

The way the FoldEat transforms from a food kit to a dining set is perhaps its biggest advantage over conventional lunchboxes. All homogenously packed in a single bag that’s easy to carry around, the FoldEat is perfect for office lunches, travel lunches on a plane or train, or even an outdoor picnic. Its all-inclusive set includes main containers, side containers, and cutlery, all elegantly laid out on a mat, almost like you’d expect at a restaurant. The outer cover (which doubles up as a mat) comes with a zip and clasp to secure your boxes in place. Its roll-top design allows you to add more boxes to the kit, letting you pack meals for an entire day, or even for an extra person.

What we like

  • Embedded within the mat is also a flexible magnetic layer that keeps all your boxes and cutlery in place
  • FoldEat designed its containers to be modular, allowing them to pair up and stack on top of each other, while also keeping them microwave and dishwasher-safe

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

10. Oblic Dropper

Oblic Dropper is an immersion coffee brewer that’s designed with an angled silhouette and silicone covering for accurate pouring and coffee on the go.

Why is it noteworthy?

If we can agree on one thing, it’s that there can never be enough coffee designs. From portable grinders to instant brewers, and from robotic coffee makers to smart espresso machines, designers are endlessly inspired by the thrill of a morning brew. Reinterpreting the classic coffee dripper through a portable, compact lens, industrial designer JenFu Yang conceptualized the Oblic Dropper, a handheld pour-over device ideal for bringing coffee with you on the go.

What we like

  • Equipped with an integrated stopper, transferring Oblic Dropper from one cup to the next can be a clean, seamless transition without any spillage

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

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Froli All-Purpose Holder keeps your bottles and plates from clinking and slipping in your trailer home

Mobile home living has become more popular across the country, especially during the past couple of years of the pandemic. Many people have started to consider this kind of lifestyle for its numerous benefits like affordability, energy efficiency, simplicity, and flexibility. If you have been considering this investment, you may want to list the disadvantages you will encounter. One perennial issue that must be solved is the constant clinking of plates, glasses, and utensils, especially when the trailer is moving. A solution that can keep stuff stowed away safely and quietly is called the Froli All-Purpose Holder.

Designer: Froli

Froli Alleshalter All-Purpose Holder

The Froli All-Purpose Holder (Froli Alleshalter) is a modular system that holds small kitchen objects from rattling or slipping while stored inside a cabinet or a drawer. One packaged set features 16 individual plastic concave square parts that can be easily plugged in and connected to create a compact storage for your moving home or vehicle. The extra side connecting pieces can be removed to fit most cupboards.

Froli Alleshalter All-Purpose Holder

Froli Alleshalter All-Purpose Holder

The Froli All-Purpose Holder can be assembled to accommodate cups and glasses of different sizes and shapes. You can also stack the units at different heights to accommodate taller objects like bottles or wine glasses. Of course, the higher the tower you make, the better it can support the objects.

Froli Alleshalter All-Purpose Holder

Froli Alleshalter All-Purpose Holder

Froli Alleshalter All-Purpose Holder

The FrolI All-Purpose Holder can be put together without any tool. It can also be reconfigured depending on your needs. With this modular solution, you can easily keep your cabinet or drawer organized.

This useful modular system not only helps you with storage and organization but also helps you with being environmentally friendly. It is made from 95% bio-plastic and is also 100% recyclable. This means the entire Froli All-Purpose Holder can be recycled at the end of its life, thus reducing waste and conserving our precious resources.

Froli Alleshalter All-Purpose Holder

Froli Alleshalter All-Purpose Holder

The Froli All-Purpose Holder securely houses objects prone to breakage even when there are unexpected speed humps on the road. It keeps everyday kitchen stuff safe from sliding, scratching, or chipping while the trailer home is moving. The modular setup lessens the stress of living a mobile and sustainable lifestyle.

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Froli Alleshalter All-Purpose Holder

Froli Alleshalter All-Purpose Holder

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Get the party started with alphabet ice cubes that give drinks a personalized touch

G is for Gary, J is for Juice, and U will be the star of the show.

Unless you’re serving only hot coffee or tea at a party, chances are you will need to keep your drinks cold or at least chilled, even after the drink is poured into glasses. Ice cubes and tubes are common and, to be honest, as boring as a stale drink. If you want to make your gatherings a bit more exciting and have your guests really talking, why not insert a bit of a surprise where they least expect it. Ice cubes that come in forms other than, well, cubes immediately attract attention, but ones that come in the 26 letters of the English alphabet are sure to pique people’s curiosities, especially when each glass and each letter are personalized to a guest’s name. It also ensures that you will be remembered as the best host ever, making it easier to get others to join next time.

Designer: DrinksPlinks

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There are so many things we can take for granted in our daily lives, even at parties. There are also so many small things we can tweak and change that would result in massive improvements to an experience. Seeing a frozen letter floating in your drink, for example, is sure to make anyone pause and ask, maybe even chuckle or laugh. It’s the perfect conversation starter and ice breaker, pun totally intended.

DrinksPlinks’ Alphabet of Ice Cubes offers a dead-simple way to make drinks interesting while also keeping them chilled for maximum enjoyment. You can use whatever system you prefer, whether to customize each drink to match a guest’s name or the drink’s name. Perhaps you can even use those letters to spell out your own name, making sure no one forgets you or your parties. Need to get the adrenaline pumping a little bit? Why not devise a party game designed around the letters of the alphabet? Hopefully, you also came prepared for prizes, because there will probably be a lot of eager participants.

Personal-ice Your Drinks – The A-Z of ice cubes means everyone from Adam – Zoe can personal-ice their drinks.

Chills Not Dilutes – Every letter is 4cm thick and melts slowly, keeping its shape.

Each ice tray comes with four molds for a single letter, making sure that you won’t run out of alphabets for Viviene, Violet, Vince, and Victor. The ice cubes not only make each glass interesting but also keeps the drink inside chilled without diluting its flavors. There’s no bigger downer than a large glass of iced tea that tastes like cold, brown-colored water. And despite their sizes and shapes, these frozen letters still let you easily stir your goblet’s contents to ensure an even distribution of flavor.

Not Just for Ice – Get creative and use DrinksPlinks molds for baking, chocolates, candles, resin, soap, candy, plaster + more.

Get rid of the awkward pauses of silence by handing everyone a drink with their names written on it, almost literally. DrinksPlinks thinks outside the cube to bring curiosity and whimsy to a party or any gathering for that matter, reminding guests, friends, and family members that it’s a time to kick back even for a little bit and have fun, establishing social connections with the people around you. With the Alphabet of Ice Cubes, you can easily personal-ice your drinks and make your parties more personal, more fun, and, most importantly, more memorable, too.

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Unique bottle opener concept is inspired by Chinese architecture

Most people have a lot of tools and devices in their kitchen that is mainly functional and not that decorative. All you need anyway is a knife to slice your veggies, a can opener to open your cans, a coffee maker to make your elixirs, and a bottle opener for your favorite bottle of beer. But there are product designers who will tell you that it’s possible to have both form and function. Well, at least we get a lot of those as product concepts and some of them even become actual products.

Designer: YUUE Design Studio

The Viiu Bottle Opener is a product concept for a tool in your kitchen that will mean more than just something to open a bottle of cola, juice, or beer. Normally you will just get a handle and a head whose main job is to just open that bottle with a crown. This time around you don’t get a handle but rather some decorative objects that will give you a pretty unique way of getting those drinks ready for you. At first glance, they look like some pieces of baubles or knick-knacks lying around but they do serve a very important purpose.

The design is inspired by window grill patterns, specifically those from classic Chinese architecture. There are three shapes featured: one hexagonal, one rectangular, and one with a semi-circular design. All of them have these patterns that may remind you of windows in old houses if you live in such a place influenced by this kind of architecture. While there are no handles to grip while opening a bottle, the grill design can help you with the grip problem.

I’m not sure though if something like this can be useful when opening bottle caps but the product renders seem to indicate it can fulfill its function. Well if it doesn’t work, at least you’ll have something pretty-looking lying around, maybe not in your kitchen but in your shelf housing all of your cute but useless knick-knacks.

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This series of blind cooking utensils allows a multi-sensory experience for the visually impaired

Haptics of Cooking

Cooking is not for the blind because the preparation of ingredients alone can be dangerous to them. But in a world where everything must be inclusive, we must think of ways to include the visually impaired. It can be a challenging task, but the person behind the ‘Haptics of Cooking’ believes there are kitchen tools that can help. The term “haptic” alone tells us this idea can use the sense of touch and motion because cooking may be difficult without the sense of sight. Anything is possible if the design is credible and workable, and that won’t be a problem when it comes to cooking and food preparation.

Designer: Boey Wang

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The Haptics of Cooking is a special series of blind cooking utensils designed by the experience of touch. Presented by designer Boey Want at the DIA 2021 (Design Intelligence Award), this set is for the visually impaired. It received an Honorable Mention Award at last year’s DIA and other recognitions from different award-giving bodies that also focus on design.

The Chinese designer describes himself as a narrator at heart with his ability to tell stories through an object’s visual and functional design. His works usually encourage the sense of hearing and touch for people to experience the world without any established routines. For example, his five cooking tools have been designed for such purposes: Cutting Board, Knife, Tall Measuring Cap, Low Measuring Cup, and a Pan Lid.

Sectional Cutting Board

The Cutting Board allows the visually impaired to cut and slide food without the danger of getting their fingers cut. The round-shaped board is designed to keep the food neat inside, thanks to a flat surface and a groove where the cut food can be collected. There is small storage underneath the Sectional Cutting Board (a small gap) where the knife could be placed when not in use, this way, no one gets hurt.

Haptics of Cooking

The Close Holding Knife removes the fear of danger when cutting food because the knife is handy while keeping a sharp blade. This makes the knife more efficient because the grip is firm, and cutting can be done perfectly without repeating everything. A small knife is preferred by the visually impaired as it gives them total control and balance so this could be an ideal solution.

Haptics of Cooking

The Tactile Measuring Cup comes in two sizes (Tall and Low), but both work the same way; the only difference is the amount of water it can carry. What makes this efficient is that even without seeing, you can know the measure of the liquid by simply putting your fingers on a hole to feel if the amount of water is enough, instead of placing a finger inside. The idea of holes also prevents spilling as you don’t have to fill the cup up to the brim.

Haptics of Cooking 2

The Warm Pan Lid prevents burning, thanks to the wooden pan lid that allows friendly haptic feedback and safe touch. It also comes with a grooved inner edge for an all-rounded grab, while the lid can also carry the cooking ingredients. This way,  you can quickly put them on the pan when needed. So if you have similar smart product designs you want to share, feel free to submit an entry, and click here to enroll for the 2022 Design Intelligence Awards FOR FREE!. Your product design may be the next big thing in changing the way we live like this Haptics of Cooking set.

Close Holding Knife

Tactile Measuring Cup

Wooden Warm Pan Lid

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This wonder box lets you easily grow nature’s miracle food right inside your home

Building your diet and your life around plant-forward meals isn’t exactly easy, especially when you take special care in selecting where the ingredients come from or how they’re harvested. In an ideal world, we’d all grow our own organic food in our pesticide-free yards, but few actually have the luxury of free space in the first place. Growing vegetables and herbs indoors is actually gaining momentum these days, but those aren’t the only things you can cultivate inside your house. Mushrooms are relatively easier to grow, especially indoors, but getting the conditions right isn’t that straightforward and painless as well. Fortunately, Shrooly has your back and makes growing mushrooms not only dead simple but also interesting and attractive as well.

Designer: Shrooly

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Although some people might balk after learning about its classification (spoiler alert: it’s a fungus), mushrooms are one of nature’s mysteries and wonders. They can pop up almost anywhere, especially in dark environments, which has become the origin of some idiomatic expressions. Not only are the edible variants great sources of nutrition and flavor, they can also have therapeutic or even medicinal benefits if you know how to grow and use them. Despite their ubiquity, getting your hands on quality mushrooms is ironically difficult unless you grow them, and this unassuming minimalist appliance makes that happen almost instantly.

Shrooly makes growing mushrooms as easy as putting a prepared pod inside the box and turning it on. While many indoor farms take weeks to harvest your produce, Shrooly can grow mushrooms in days. The humble appliance takes all of the guesswork and monitoring out of the equation so that you can just watch your mushrooms grow day by day. And when you yourself have grown into some sort of a mushroom expert, you can easily take control of the whole process as well through Shrooly’s mobile app. Whether you want more humidity or more light, the settings are just a few flicks and taps away.

For Complete Beginners – It is a smart device that allows you to enjoy every aspect of the mushroom-growing process with little to no effort.

Grow Your Own Superfood at Home – Shiitake, Reishi, Lion’s mane, or Enoki, are just some of the numerous mushroom varieties you can easily grow at home.

Part of Shrooly’s magic is the ready-to-grow pods available for purchase. A single block can grow two harvests of mushrooms, which are often three times more than what would have been able to buy from the market. Presuming, of course, you can even buy the mushrooms you want from the market, which often isn’t the case. In contrast, Shrooly pods offer a wide variety of edible mushrooms, including pink oyster and shitake, as well as medicinal breeds like Reishi, Turkey Tail, and Lion’s Mane. The latter group is definitely not something you’ll be able to pick from a supermarket shelf. And going with the sustainability theme, the pod blocks are fully organic, pesticide-free, and made from 100% recycled materials.

Shrooly also has one other special trait that isn’t directly related to the use of mushrooms. The box itself is beautiful, with a minimalist design that will fit anywhere at home, even in the middle of your living room. Its large window is made to showcase the mushroom that grows bigger each day that passes, sparking interest and anticipation. It will definitely be a conversation starter that could tide your family and friends over to a healthier diet.

Convincing people to try more plant-forward diets requires giving them scents and flavors they never knew they wanted and making it easier to acquire these sources as well. Why should you settle for frozen mushrooms which came from who knows where and were grown with questionable methods when you can grow your own batch in seven days and have more than twice the amount? With Shrooly, you can get all the mushrooms you need when you need them, even the ones you can’t even buy in groceries, and all for a $299 starting price that quickly pays for itself in savings.

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