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Posted: 26 Nov 2015 09:50 AM PST
Some kitchen gadgets can really help you quicken things up, and it requires a little patience to search through the hundreds of them available online these days. A quick search will yield a plethora of gadgets and devices that claim to help you in your culinary efforts. How many of these are really useful? We made a list of some of quirky and cool gadgets we thought are really cool.
With 50 of them listed in this article, you are bound to find something that will help you to cook a meal quickly and creatively, without the usual mess or clutter on the kitchen platform. Go ahead and invite your friends home for a dinner or a party, and also find time to enjoy yourself, instead of having to fix dinner for all your guests. We carefully selected products that not only do a great job but are slick looking and you’d be happy to show them off.
Impress your friends with your almost chef-like cooking skills, and they will be left wondering how you managed to slice those vegetables so artistically. This time, you get to have the cake and eat it as well!
iPrep Tablet Stand and Stylus
We all tend to use our tablets in the kitchen to search for recipes and then prepare something delicious for dinner. Yet, we end up using our sticky fingers on the touchscreen and end up harming it. Even if it doesn’t harm the tablet, it might leave stains or just make it messy. The IPrep Tablet Stand and Stylus by Prepara can be used with most tablets available today including the Kindle, iPad and Surface. Both the stylus and the stand help you to keep your tablet clean and stain free. It comes with a non-slip rubber grip, which means, you do not have to worry about it sliding down on the kitchen counter. Available for $18.94
Non-contact Digital Laser Infrared Thermometer Temperature Gun
How many times have you burned your fingers trying to measure the temperature of something that is being grilled, baked or steamed? Chances are, you have suffered burns one too many times. Yet, measuring temperature of ingredients being cooked is very crucial when it comes to preparing food. The Non-contact Digital Laser Infrared Thermometer Temperature Gun by Etekcity is a great way to measure the temperature of anything that is being cooked in either Celsius or Fahrenheit. It comes with a battery that aids in precise laser aiming and helps you to measure the temperature very accurately. At $16.88, this is quite a steal.
Monkey Business Karoto Sharpener & Peeler
One of the first things that we notice when we go to a fancy restaurant is the way the carrots, cucumbers and other vegetables are sliced and cut in salads and as decorative pieces. They all look too pretty to be eaten. Now you too can impress your guests by using the Monkey Business Karoto Sharpener & Peeler which helps you to slice these salad vegetables beautifully. Starting $14.95
OXO Good Grips Handheld Spiralizer
If you wanted your children or family members to eat more vegetables without making a fuss, this OXO Good Grips Handheld Spiralizer should help you. The gadget creates uniform and curly noodles from vegetables such as cucumbers, potatoes and other vegetables. It also helps you to prepare great fries and chop things without hurting your fingers. The food holder helps you to save and store whatever you have chopped as well. The gadget costs $14.99 and can easily be cleaned in a dishwasher. So go ahead and get one for yourself.
6-Piece Kitchen Utensil Set
This is one of those sets which cannot be ignored in any kitchen. The 6-piece kitchen utensil set comes with a spaghetti server, a slotted spoon, a ladle, a slotted turner, a spoon and a flexible turner. What’s more, it even comes in a gift box. The utensils are heat resistant up to 480 degrees F. You can use these with your nonstick cookware and bakeware without the risk of contaminating your food. The steel-weighted handles are patented and help you to avoid mess on the counter surface. At $32, it is a great purchase and you should really buy this if you want something that is affordable and functional.
Joseph Joseph Index Chopping Board Set
The Index Chopping Board Set by Joseph Joseph had 4 color-coded chopping boards aimed to prevent cross-contamination of different food types. All of the board are easily storabge in the storage case. Each board has a index-style tabs for: raw meat, vegetables, fish, and cooked food. Available for $65.53
6-Piece Knife Set with Rotating Knife Block
This kitchen knife set comes with 6 knives and are all non-stick and silicone-coated. These stainless steel blades are also ergonomic and the handles are made in such a way that it is easy for you to cut and chop without hurting yourself. The knives also improve hygiene and reduce mess, which is very important if you want to feel good about cooking. The blades also do not come into contact with the surface so that your surface remains clean. At $88.90, the 6-Piece Knife Set may sound a little pricy but then you get what you pay for. The knives are stored in a magnetized carousel so that it's safe as well.
Herbcicle Frozen Herb Keeper
Everybody likes to use herbs in their sauces, curries, noodles and pastas. Herbs add aroma and fragrance to whatever we are eating and as most of us find it difficult to store herbs, this Frozen Herb Keeper is a great way to preserve them. It freezes and preserves your fresh leafy herbs and acts as a spice rack for the freezer. You just need to twist the handle and it cuts or grates over the recipes. It can easily be cleaned in the dishwasher. At $6.99, this Herbicle Frozen Herb Keeper is a great gift to yourself or someone you love.
Dry Dock Hygienic Dish Mat
The Dry Dock Hygienic Dish Mat by Prepare costs just $11.77 and comes with a unique honeycomb structure which helps in drying things quickly. The material is eco-friendly and has a permanent antibacterial treatment built in to it. Therefore, you will never have that musty odor which you usually get in kitchens. It is 5 times more absorbent than regular towels and it can easily be washed in machines. This is something that every kitchen needs to maintain hygiene and cleanliness. It doesn’t hurt that it also looks stylish in its rich grey hue and the honeycomb pattern.
Joseph Joseph Y-Peeler with Multi-Peel
The Y-shaped peeler is an indispensable item in your kitchen. Its blade is made from durable stainless steel and is tough enough to scrape difficult vegetables and roots. It also comes with a protective sheath which ensures that you will not injure yourself. It costs just $8 and is a great addition to your kitchen. With this, peeling ginger or potato will never be a problem again. So, go ahead and get one for yourself. After all, what’s a kitchen without an eye-catching peeler tucked away in a corner?
3-in-1 Design Rotary Peeler
The 3-in-1 Design Rotary Peeler by Joseph Joseph is a compact and handheld device that comes with 3 utilities. It comes with a standard blade, a soft skin blade for tomatoes and kiwi and a julienne blade for just about any fruit or vegetable. You just need to twist the dial and blade changes easily. It is designed with both right and left handed users in mind. It costs $9 and is one of the best peelers you can find online. It is usually advisable to eat the peel as well but if you can’t do that, this peeler will certainly help you.
The 2-in-1 Silicone 11.5-Inch Balloon and Flat Whisk by Joseph Joseph too is a great kitchen device. It is a multi-use tool and comes with two essential whisks required for your everyday kitchen tasks. It comes with silicone-coated steel wires and can be used with non-stick cookware. You can scrape and combine ingredients with this tool and you just have to turn the handle to turn it into an effective balloon whisk. At $8.82 it is a great tool that you can use to whisk eggs and other ingredients while vegetables and other ingredients can be peeled as well.
If you like your vegetables with their skin, as you must really do if you are health-conscious, you should go ahead and buy the Chef’n PalmBrush, which is a great way to dislodge mud, dirt and dust from vegetables that you probably bring home along with the vegetables. Both fruits and vegetables can be brushed to a shining surface and the bristles are made from sturdy nylon. The soft rubber finger grip is a great way to make sure that you do not accidentally drop the brush while scrubbing your potatoes or apples. At $6.99, it is quite a steal.
GarlicZoom Garlic Chopper
There is nothing more divine and fragrant than the aroma of garlic being peeled, crushed, fried on butter or simply boiled. Each method gives off a different aroma all of which are very fragrant. If you are a garlic lover, you will probably use a lot of them in your cooking. However, peeling garlic can be a very difficult and bothersome task. This Chef’n Garlic Chopper costs just $14.50 and is a great way to chop and mince garlic in seconds. All you need to do is shake the device and your minced garlic is ready. However, you still need to peel those garlic cloves. There is no running away from that, yet.
Jenaluca Herb Scissors Stainless Steel
We all know that eating herbs and green leafy vegetables is important for maintaining good health. However, chopping or mincing them can be a bit of a task because traditional knives were not designed with herbs in mind. The Jenaluca Herb Scissors are made from stainless steel and cost just $12.95 but do a wonderful job at chopping or mincing any kind of herb or green leafy vegetable. The kitchen shear comes with 5 blades and with just two snips you can create herbal confetti to your heart's content. However, this device maybe too tempting for your visitors so the manufacturer recommends that you hide them, lest they take it away.
PalmMincer Fresh Herb Mincer
Fresh herbs, as we all know, add fragrance and aroma to whatever we cook. There are many gadgets around but this PalmMincer Fresh Herb Mincer by Chef’n is a great tool to have in the kitchen. If you just want a small device to mince and slice fresh herb, this one is a great choice. In just seconds, it minces all the herbs that you want. The sharp blades make sure that your herbs are minced properly and that they are not crushed or bruised. It is also easy to clean and can be easily cleaned in the dishwasher. Available for $14.23.
Trio-Tri Blade Peeler
Salads are really important for your health and well-being. SO it only makes sense to eat more of those raw vegetables and eggs when you are at it. However, chopping vegetables is a task that many people find annoying. IN order to chop vegetables properly, you might even need to peel the skin off the vegetables. The Trio-Tri Blade Peeler by Prepara costs just $5.99 and allows you to do all this and more. It is made from high quality Japanese steel and is great to peel tomatoes and peaches. It can even skin potatoes, carrots and cucumbers easily. Moreover, the julienne blade helps you to create julienne strips of carrots and cucumbers for your salads.
Glass Food Storage Container
If you were looking for a good airtight container, this has to be the one. The EVAK Glass Food Storage Container by Prepara is made from a high quality borosilicate glass and the twin valve system pushes the air out, so that there is no air left in the jar. You can store coffee, tea, nuts, herbs and other condiments in this container without worrying about its aroma reducing. It is also safe to use with dishwasher, which means you will not have to worry about cleaning it if you decide to store something else. It costs $19.99 and is a great addition to your kitchen.
Stem Gem Strawberry Huller
This Strawberry Huller by Chef’n is a great way to remove the stem of those strawberries. It makes it easier to eat those berries loaded with antioxidants. The claw is made from stainless steel so it is always easy to clean and will last longer too. The tool can be used in the dishwasher and can easily be found amidst other tools because of its attractive color. It costs $6.27 and is a great way to core other similar fruits such as tomatoes, and some berries. All you need to do is twist and remove the stem. The fruit remains intact.
FreshForce Citrus Juicer
If you are not getting enough Vitamin C, it is probably because you are not eating enough oranges or lime. There is also probably a reason for that. You probably feel lazy and annoyed to press juice from those halved lemons, oranges and limes. The Chef’n Fresh Citrus Juicer comes with an extra gear mechanism juicing power to minimize hard strain. This particular device is designed to work with lemons but probably will work with tiny oranges as well, if you can find those. At $21.95, the Citrus Juicer is a must-have for all health conscious individuals.
Strawberry Slicester Hand-Held Strawberry Slicer
The Strawberry Slicester Hand-Held Strawberry Slicer by Chef’n is a tool which helps you to slice strawberries easily. You will need no knife and you simply have to press to slice. It is made from a long lasting steel and will not retain tastes and odors. If you are planning to make pies and sweets, you can quickly chop strawberries with this handy tool. It costs $14.50 and is a great way to make strawberry chopping easy and quick. Strawberries are packed with antioxidants, so you should only be consuming more of them.
Grape and Tomato Slicer & Cutter
Grapes and cherry tomatoes are an integral part of cooking. If you like your sauces tangy and delicious, you will need a lot of tomatoes chopped. This particular device chops tomatoes, cherries, kumquats and other fruits in just one go. There are many serrated knives and markings so that you always get the shape and quantity you desire. The Tomato Slicer and Cutter costs $9.99 and is one of the most important kitchen gadgets that you can find. You will no longer have to chop tomatoes and make your fingers sticky.
Joie Stainless Steel Strawberry Huller
The Joie Stainless Steel Strawberry Huller works with strawberries and tomatoes as well. It is a fun and functional device that looks great and helps you with your kitchen requirements. The working end is made from steel and you can remove strawberry stems with precision and ease. It is also dishwasher safe and will last for a very long time. This device helps you to remove the leaves off strawberries and get them ready for your dessert or your breakfast. It is important to incorporate a lot of berries in your diet as they are filled with antioxidants. Available for $5.36.
Woody Pineapple Easy Slicer and De-corer
The Pineapple Easy Slicer and De-corer is made from high quality stainless steel and helps you to peel, core and slice pineapples without having to take a lot of trouble. it is very durable and can create slices one at a time or cut up a pineapple all at once. It retains the shell of a pineapple perfectly so that you can use it as a bowl later on. The device costs $5.25 and is a great gift for those who like fruits a lot. So go ahead and buy this one as a gift for someone that you love.
Hutzler Banana Slicer
Slicing bananas is an important task, though it sounds like a very simple one. While it hardly takes a few seconds to slice a banana with a knife, it may not be safe for a child to do so. If you want your child to try their hand at slicing bananas, this banana slicer is a great purchase. It is great for cereal and slices your banana in one quick motion. It is ideal for children and those who are lazier than the few seconds it takes to slice a banana with a knife. At $3.79, the Banana Slicer a great purchase.
Customisable Cookie Stamp
If you thought your cookies looked very boring, that is probably because you did not have the Customizable Cookie Stamp by SUCK UK. This stamp helps you to design and create your own cookie stamps and even comes with all the alphabet of letters. This way, you can completely customize your cookies. There are also special symbols such as exclamation marks, stars and others. The solid wooden handle and the base both are made from silicone rubber, which means they are resistant to heat and can be safely used with bakeware. At $12.33, this is a sure shot way to get more people to appreciate your delicious cookies.
Cake Batter Dispenser With Measuring Label
This is a fantastic little gizmo, if you are a backer this one is perfect for you. With this batter dispenser you can easily pour the cake or you cupcake mix easily to your pan. With this dispenser you can neatly deposit the perfect amount of batter you need, it’s fantastic for making pancakes or other desserts too. Available here $6.99.
Babycakes Mini Cake Pop Maker
Cake pops are a great dessert and with this little maker you can easily make it. This maker has 9 non stick cake pop. It’s super easy to make those little cake, it has great review online and it seems that this mini cake pop maker is a total must have. Get it for $18.60
Arthur Boiled Egg Cup Holder
This egg holder also comes with an eating spoon. This is probably the knight in shining armor that you needed. At $10, it is a great addition to your kitchen and people can easily eat boiled eggs. In fact, you may even carry this to picnics. Unfortunately, it seems to hold just one egg and that is not a great thing. If you eat two boiled eggs at a time, this knight in shining armor may not be so helpful. Yet, it is a really cute gadget to have on the table. If you are an egg lover, this is a must-have.
Sumo Egg Cups
If you are the kind of egg-eater who likes boiled eggs always available, you will know that it is important to boil them beforehand and keep them somewhere readily accessible. These Sumo Egg Cups are not only funny but will remind you that you need to eat your eggs without forgetting. Moreover, they are incredibly humorous. One comes in red and the other in black. The Sumo Egg Cups cost $11.99 and are a great way to ensure that you get all the protein you need in a meal. Boil away those eggs and start building some mass.
Joie Egg Yolky Egg Separator
There are a number of times when we need to separate the egg whites from their yolks. This is mostly for certain baking recipes or also for a few other recipes as maybe recommended by chefs. However, it is always messy to do so and there is the danger of letting the yolk break and run into the whites. The Joie Egg Yolky Egg Separator costs just $4.20 and looks cute and is functional as well. It makes it very simple to separate the eggs. The clips on the edge of a bowl or mug retain the yolk while the rest of the white flows through the sides. it is non-stick and can be easily cleaned.
Jole Wedgey Egg Slicer
Egg lovers will admit that it is important to slice eggs before adding them to salads. This wire slicer cuts the egg into 8 neat pieces and it is also very easy to use. If you are the kind of person who eats more eggs than normal people do, this device will help you to get your daily quota of those boiled eggs, albeit well-cut and shaped. The Jole Wedgey Egg Slicer costs $4.33 and is one of the better devices to have in the kitchen. In case your friends drop by, you can easily cut several boiled eggs to add into salads or appetizers.
Silicone Round Egg Yolk Out Separators
Of all the egg yolk separators we have come across, the Silicone Round Egg Yolk Out Separators by Niceeshop is really impressive and it just costs $2.99. It is made from silicone and PP, which makes it healthier to use. The device comes with the squeeze chamber and a yolk chamber. Both of these can be easily cleaned without any mess left behind. All you need to do is place the gadget on top of a cracked egg and the silicone chamber sucks the yolk up into it. Bakers and diet watchers sometimes discard the egg yolks and this device is just what the doctor ordered for them.
For the Counter
Monkey Business Hug Doug Spoon Saver
It is very annoying when you find that your ladle or spoon keeps sliding into the pot, while you leave them to wipe your hands or chop more vegetables. This is especially true when you are cooking a pot of stew or some soup. Even worse, when you keep the ladle on the kitchen platform, you will have to wipe the mess later on. Afterwards, you will find that your clothes are probably stained from the mess that the ladle left behind on the platform, because you leaned too far against it. The Hug Doug Spoon Saver is a solution to problems like these. For $12.99, you can order one of these handsome little men and ensure that they hug your spoon, ladle and many other kitchen devices to ensure that don't slide into the pot or touch the surface of the counter.
Ototo Nessie Ladle
Ototo Nessie Ladle is a great solution to ensure that your ladle remains upright in the pot or pan. While cooking a sauce or curry that involves constant stirring and tasting, a ladle is indispensable. However, it is mighty annoying when the ladle is no more in the upright position and tilts into whatever you are cooking. Ototo Nessie Ladle is blue in color and costs just $2. It can easily be washed in a dishwasher but cannot be used in a microwave, unfortunately.
Avocado Spoon Rest
Some like to use a spoon to stir liquid while cooking and may prefer the comfort of its small size and the control which it gives, to fry and stir. However, spoons are not ergonomical to cook and may slide easily into the pot or pan. If you don’t want that to happen and want your counter to be clean, you can use this Avocado Spoon Rest by Ototo to make your life easier. Moreover, even after the spoon has been cleaned, you can keep it back on the Avocado Spoon Rest so that you always know where it is and you will not have to keep searching for it. At $11.25, it is one of the more expensive spoons around.
Monkey Business Lid Sid Pot Steam Vent
How many times have you burned your fingers trying to release some steam from a saucepan? I am sure that happens quite often. Even if you use a cloth, there is the risk of having your thumb or forefinger being greeted by that awfully painful jet of steam. The Monkey Business Lid Sid Pot Steam Vent is a great tool to ensure that steam is released through the lids whenever you want, for whatever duration you think is necessary. At $14.50, it is one of the cooler devices around and is certainly a great gift for those who eat a lot of steamed vegetables and meat. Most importantly, it helps you to cook healthy.
Prepara Better Batter Beater
If you were looking for a good hand-held mixer, look no further than the Prepara Better Batter Beater. It costs only $29.90 and can make batters for your cakes, brownies, pancakes and many more. It comes with a high torque and has 350 RPM, which makes it a powerful device. It is suitable for both wet and dry ingredients and results in fluffy dishes. The rubber edges ensure that you won’t be hurt and the slim and compact design ensures that you can take it wherever you want. It requires 4 AAA batteries which are not provided along with the device. Still, this is a value addition to your kitchen.
TriScale Compact Folding Digital Scale
It is very important to get the quantities of ingredients right. This helps you to ensure that your recipe is exactly according to the cookbook. This TriScale Compact Folding Digital Scale is what you require if you already do not have a kitchen weigh. IT measures in pounds, grams, fluid ounces and millimeters. It also comes with a battery and you can wipe it clean after use. The tare which is provided alongside helps you to add and weigh different ingredients. At $29.99, it is one of the better devices that we have come across.
Classic Loop Top Shaker Bottle
If you are the kind of person who likes to drink smoothies and shakes on the go, then you must really try the Classic Loop Top Shaker Bottle by BlenderBottle. The device comes in several attractive colors and can hold up to 28 ounces. The Classic Loop Top Shaker Bottle comes with 316 surgical-grade stainless BlenderBall, which are patented. You could even make pancake batter using this device, which we feel is a great way to add some healthy calories to your diet. The device comes in three different sizes: 20, 28 and 32 ounces. At $7.99, this is one of the most affordable gifts you can buy for your friends or for yourself.
Mr. Coffee 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker
Who doesn’t love a cup of coffee while cooking something laborious? Instead of gulping down glasses of wine while cooking food, it is a better idea to sip on some black coffee as you will not only remain alert at the dinner table, but also will be consuming less alcohol, especially if you plan to drink during your dinner. The Mr. Coffee 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker costs $29.74 and is also water filtration ready. It removes up to 97% of chlorine so that your coffee tastes as good as it can. You can even set the brewing time before hand so that when you wake up your coffee is ready. Most importantly, you will stay away from munching on sugar or drinking wine while cooking in the kitchen.
Magic Bullet NutriBullet 12-Piece High-Speed Blender
No kitchen is really complete without a good blender/mixer to grind and mix ingredients. A good blender helps you to prepare pastes, minces and juices. This Magic Bullet NutriBullet 12-Piece High-Speed Blender easily grinds vegetables, fruits, superfoods and shakes. With a 600-watt motor, you can easily grind whatever you want. The patented blade design helps to grind with a cyclonic action. The gadget comes with a tall cup, 2 short cups, an emulsifying blade and a flat blade. At $79.94, it may seem a little expensive but you should always invest in a good blender.
Dining & Entertaining
Table Set – Olive Oil, Salt and Pepper
It is becoming increasingly clear that olive oil is the key to good health, while pepper can help with your metabolism. Thus, the common pepper and salt stands now usually have a third one too, that contains olive oil. This table set is neatly designed and dispenses oil, pepper and salt. At $24.59, this Table Set doubles up as a great gift for those who like to cook. You can keep it on your kitchen counter, or even on the tabletop of a stove. The olive oil holder is made of glass while the shakers are made from ceramic. So you can rest assured that there will be no chemical reactivity due to the material of the container.
Monkey Business Set Sail Elegant Napkin Holder
One of the reasons why the European colonists set off from the shores of Portugal was to discover new spice routes, which were monopolized by Venetian and Genoese merchants. When Vasco da Gama set sail from Lisbon to India, he created history by discovering a new route to bring back all those fragrant spices such as pepper, cardamom and cloves. This Monkey Business Set Sail Elegant Napkin Holder can be thought of as an ode to those marine conquests in search of spices. The napkin holder looks just like a boat and when you place the napkins in it, it looks like a boat that is sailing. It even comes with 6 paper napkins. The set costs $23 and is a steal.
Pistachio Nuts and Seeds Serving Melamine Bowl Set
A good meal should not go without nuts and olives. With that in mind, you can encourage your guests or family to eat more of these healthy products when you stuff them in the Ototo Pistachio Nuts and Seeds Serving Melamine Bowl. Made from melamine, this nut and olive dispenser is a great and practical solution that also looks good on the table. Now, people will be reaching out for more nuts whenever they are at your dinner table! At $14.25, the Ototo Pistachio Nuts and Seeds Serving Melamine Bowl Set is quite affordable and could be a great gift for Christmas or New Year.
If you were tired of all the normal looking ice-trays, you could give the Black+Blum Brrrrr Ice Tray a try. It is made from food grade PE which is recyclable and is BPA free, so you will not have to worry about harmful contaminants in your drink. It is also dishwasher free, which means, you can easily clean it without having to worry. It is always a good thing to have one of these near you so that your guests do not feel bored by the same old boring ice trays. The Black+Blum Brrrrr Ice Tray costs $15 and is a great purchase for your friends, if you are thinking of some gifts to give.
Prepara Gourmet Cruet Set
More and more people use olive oil and vinegar at the table these days to add zest, health and nutrition to their plates. This Prepara Gourmet Cruet Set costs $26.50 and includes 2 148 ml capacity cruets, 2 stoppers and a carrier. The product has a patent-pending drip free spout which ensures that there are no unsightly drops on the tablecloth. It can be washed easily in a dishwasher and you can infuse your oils with whatever you want in order to make your oils more fragrant. It is a good idea to infuse spices in olive oil and then use it for dressing.
The Napkin Zoo by Ototo Design brings wildlife right onto your table. Whichever your favorite animal is, you could just stick the napkins in so that people get to know your favorite animal. It might be an interesting talking point at the dinner table as most wild animals are endangered these days and they desperately need intervention to be saved. At least, with these napkin holders, you can bring awareness about the declining population of your favorite animal. Most endangered species desperately need attention from those who can donate for conservation programs. Available for $15.
SUCK UK Robot Nut Cracker
This curiously named nut cracker is fun to use and highly efficient. It can be used to crack open walnuts, hazelnuts and just about any nut of any size or toughness. All you need to do is place the nut inside the robot’s belly and twist the key to crack your nuts open. The SUCK UK Robot Nut Cracker will help you to maintain a healthy lifestyle and include more nuts into your diet. It costs only $20.52 and is made from beech wood. Now, you will no longer have excuses not to eat more nuts. After all, we all can agree that cracking nuts open is not for the lazy-hearted.
Couél 4in1 Wine Opener
No kitchen is complete with a good wine bottle opener. The Couél 4in1 Wine Opener is great at what it does and costs $19.99. It comes with a pour spout, stopper, foil cutter, screwpull corkscrew and other functions. You just have to place it on the bottle and turn it with a slight squeeze. Almost any cork can be removed with the help of this wine bottle opener. So, the next time you cook something delicious and invite friends home, you do not have to worry about uncorking the wine bottle. This device makes the task much simpler than it used to be with other gadgets.
Posted: 26 Nov 2015 07:45 AM PST
It’s difficult choosing a tablet computer from the endless selection out there, but sifting through the iPads, IPad minis, iPad Pros and also Samsung Tablets, Microsoft Surfaces and even a Dell tablet, we’ve managed to put together a useful list of the 10 best tablets out there.
LG G Pad 8.3
The LG G Pad 8.3 is the best tablet ever made by the company, and it’s an excellent choice for those looking for a nice tablet. Some consider it to be the best 8-inch tablet out there. The images are sharp and detailed, while text appears crisp and easy to read. The IPS panel has fantastic viewing angles and fantastic coloring as well.
Dell Venue 8 7000
An ultra thin tablet from a company that hit a home run with the Dell Venue 8 7000 contrary to the usual expectations from Dell tablets. The sharp OLED display makes it awesome to look at, and it’s great for photography and pictures thanks to a pair of cool depth of field-manipulating cameras to play with on back.
Amazon Fire HD 6
There are better tablets around, but when you mix in the issue of value, few are better than the Amazon Fire HD 6, which is almost small enough to be considered a smartphone. It comes with a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and both front and rear facing cameras. It might not be the best one out there, but for those looking to cheapen their costs, it’s an excellent option.
Google Nexus 9
For people who are 100% about android systems, the Google Nexus 9 just might be the thing for you, even if it a bit expensive. It comes with the latest Nvidia 64-bit processor, a decent 2GB of RAM, dual front-facing speakers and a decent battery to keep it all up and running for a little over nine hours. It’s hardware also makes it worthwhile.
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 might be the closest thing to a laptop you can get from you tablet computer, vastly upgraded from the previous version, even in the subtle changes. It looks gorgeous, especially without the Windows button for the extra room of three tenths of an inch. The display is incredibly responsive to touch, and the further nuance it brings to the stylus experience is huge. In tandem with the new Surface Pen, the screen detects 1,024 levels of pressure, even during one, single stroke.
It might be inferior to the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 in some visual aspects, but overall, the iPad Pro is the superior product, being the biggest and maybe the best tablet Apple have ever made. It’s incredibly powerful with a huge screen, and the excellent speaker sound provides another bonus to one of the best products of its kind out there if not the best.
Sony Xperia Z4
Sony hit a homerun with the Sony Xperia Z4 with some tablet reviews claiming it’s the only one that can compete with the number one tablet computer on our list. It might be a bit pricey, but it’s beautiful display, excellent new design compared to previous Sony products and a very strong battery life make it worth.
iPad Mini 4
As with most Apple products, the iPad MIni 4 is more expensive than most 8-inch tablets on the market. However, it has a much stronger processor, better cameras, more vivid Retina display, slightly slimmed-down design, and the ability to run split-screen apps in iOS 9, maintaining its superiority in the 8-inch tablet computer market.
Galaxy Tab S2
Not everything is perfect with the Galaxy Tab S2 like its battery life and so-so camera, but the thin and super light design, combined with the new 4:3 display, microSD card slot and improved TouchWiz software make it a fine competitor to the king of the tablet computer arena, with an “expertise” in web surfing and Flipboard reading.
iPad Air 2
Like every other tablet around, the iPad Air 2 isn’t perfect, but it’s probably the closest one to perfection. The size and weight are in excellent balance, the iOS 9 (including split screen apps) runs perfectly on it and it’s difficult to get smoother and crisper visuals from its competitors. Its price has become more and more affordable, making the 64GB version a must have if you’re going to go for this one.
Posted: 25 Nov 2015 01:45 PM PST
We spend so much time on our cars every day that we might as well consider them a second home. And like every home, it’s putting your personal tastes in it what makes it cozy. Here’s our list of cool accessories to help you do exactly that!
Geeks and cars go together extremely well, and throughout the years we have seen many examples of that such as Transformers, the DeLorean from Back to the Future, Knight RIder, and so on. These productions have, in turn, inspired a plethora of amazing accessories and fun things we can use to geek up our actual cars in real life – because we adore paying homage like this to the things we love. This is our list of accessories to geek up your car – some of them inspired by other cars, some by space ships, all of them incredibly geeky and awesome. Pick your favorites here!
Star Wars Car Accessories
Star Wars R2-D2 USB Charger for Cars
One thing we hate about smartphones and other modern gadgets is how many of them don’t have enough juice to last through a whole day of use. It seems that whenever you need them the most, they just happen to die on you, and that is a huge issue when we lead lives that are as hyper-connected as ours. So here comes R2-D2 from the Star Wars movies to do exactly what he does throughout all six Star Wars movies: solve everyone’s problems, worries and woes. This R2-D2 USB charger for cars is an officially licensed piece that has enough energy (2.1 Amps) to charge up to two tablets simultaneously.
Star Wars Car Seat Covers
If you happen to have a Dark Sith Lord in the family (you know, consider that thing dad does with his hands when he tries to convince you of doing something you don’t feel like), investing in these Darth Vader Seat Covers might be a good idea. Next thing you know, you will need to paint your car seat belts light saber red, and start breathing heavily whenever anyone gets in the car with you.
Star Wars Car Mat
This set of Star Wars Car Mats is all about Imperial pride, displaying the iconic helmets of a Storm Trooper and Lord Darth Vader himself – you can pick your favorite if you decide to purchase these. If you ever have an annoying back seat driver or someone’s pissing you off, you get to call them Rebel scum before you kick them out of your car, and that’s just priceless.
Star Wars Family Car Decals
We are going to be completely honest with you: we always hated car decals. That is, until we saw these ones which could represent our entire families as either Jedi, Sith, Stormtroopers or any character of your choosing. You can have a Darth Vader or Han Solo dad depending on the relationship with the children, or represent the kids as little Lukes and Leias or even Jawas. The idea is to give you range for self-expression with a Star Wars theme, and if this sounds appealing, you should totally check the full Star Wars pack including over 50 decals, and do it before Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens launches so you can flaunt these at the movie theater’s parking lot.
Knight Rider’s K.I.T.T. USB Charger
The dream of the talking car is closer than ever, and we don’t mean just a silly GPS giving us instructions like we don’t know exactly where we want to go. And, while this neat little gadget doesn’t exactly make conversation with you, it features some of the most iconic lines straight from the Knight Rider TV show as well as two fast-charging USB ports so you can recharge your gadgets while you ride around town. The Knight Rider USB Charger even features a button to make KITT shut up, in case you have had enough 80s for one day.
Super Mario Bros’ Boo Car Decal
Here’s a fun decal for those of us who grew up spending hours and hours at a time in front of the NES playing the classic Super Mario Bros games. This Super Mario Bros’ Boo Decal is absolutely perfect for when you’re tailing someone – if they look at you, you just got to stop and cover your face in shame, and resume the chase as soon as they turn around. Some people might call this creepy, we would rather just call it spooky.
Star Trek Car Seat Covers
We know you absolutely adore your ride, or have a love-hate relationship at worst – but we also know you would change it in a heartbeat for the USS Enterprise. Well, too bad: we’re not quite there when it comes to space travelling. It’s not all bad news, though, as your car can start giving off a great Star Trek vibe if you know just what to buy. That’s where these Star Trek Yellow Car Seat Covers come in, and man, we’re glad they’re not inspired on red shirts… that would be ominous.
Drivemocion LED Car Sign
Have you ever felt, while riding on the freeway or around town, that the ability to communicate with the cars behind you would really come in handy? So did the creators of the Drivemocion LED Car Sign, a device that displays a series of smileys in very clear LED that can be seen in broad daylight to express a variety of feelings for the driver behind you. Some of the included phrases are:
We know most of these would have been useful for us at one point or the other.
Attack on Titan Recon Corps Car Decal
Here’s a little something for the anime fans in your life. Attack on Titan is one of those anime that comes out once every few years and makes even people who don’t regularly watch anime get incredibly excited and talk about it all the time – just like Evangelion or Full Metal Alchemist did in the past. If you’re among this fantastic series’ fans, you might want to display the Recon Corps logo in this car decal for other fans, so you can identify each other
Here is a quick way to add some flair to your vehicle without having to spend a lot of money on shady places to end up with something that looks plain tacky. What you see here is 12 LED Solar Flash Tire Wheel Lights that store solar energy during the day, store them in high efficiency solar cells, and then use that same energy during the night to light up. If you were wondering how to add some colors and light to your ride, this is the way to go.
Heated Steering Wheel Cover
SuperTooth Bluetooth Buddy Speakerphone
Geeky things are fun and cool, but what’s most important is that you make it home to your loved ones – and part of that is understanding you just can’t drive while holding a phone to your ear. In the day and age we live in, having a speakerphone in our cars is basically essential, and out of all of them it’s the SuperTooth Bluetooth Buddy Speakerphone that is our favorite, for its price is relatively low, it can pair with up to two devices simultaneously and can just be clipped to the sun visor so it’s always accessible, whenever you need it. So take good care of yourself, and get one of this or whichever other model you prefer, but go and get one.
Bushnell BackTrack Point 3 GPS
Here’s a really cool gadget for those of us who have a thousand things on their minds and keep forgetting just where that darn car was. The Bushnell BackTrack Point 3 GPS will allow the user to “mark” just where exactly they left the car on a shopping mall or parking lot, so once they’re done doing whatever they went to do in the first place, they will only have to follow the arrow afterwards to get to their cars. This one gadget deserves particular praise for its fantastic screen, which is easy to read on almost any condition which puts it a step above from other alternatives.
Flux Capacitor USB Charger From Back to the Future
We seriously can’t believe we are on 2015, and that Back to the Future II got so many things right and wrong. Among those things it didn’t get quite right, there is the Flux Capacitor – instead of having to work and have to accelerate up to 88 mph to fire it up, this time it will fire up by itself and recharge your gadgets no matter how fast you go. There’s also no time-travelling involved, but hey, you can’t always get what you want. This Back to the Future Flux Capacitor USB Charger is completely lightweight and measures 2.5 x 3 inches approximately, while featuring two USB ports where users can plug any of their favorite gadgets for a quick charge while on the road.
Hello Kitty Car Accessories: Hello Kitty Car Mat & Car Wheel Cover
This one is for the guys and ladies who are into Hello Kitty, the cutest lady cat we know. Whether you like pink car accessories or feel like going for a more Japanese look. we got you covered with these Hello Kitty Steering Wheel Cover and Hello Kitty Utility Car Mats. Some might say these are some girly car accessories, but in this time and age, Kitty’s appeal is just universal, and hey, we’re not judging.
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Posted: 25 Nov 2015 12:42 PM PST
Money is a great incentive, there’s no denying about that, and in some cases, it’s the only thing that could motivate to lose weight or simply stay in shape. Bitwalking turns steps into digital currency, which can then be spent in real stores.
Obesity is affecting more and more people, and has become very difficult to fight in the recent years. The more weight people gain, the lower their self-esteem gets, and the lesser motivated they are to keep moving. Of course, you don’t need to be obese in order to workout, as physical exercises are essential for the healthy lifestyle of any person.
“We believe that everyone should have the freedom, and ability, to make money,” Bitwalking explained on their website. “A step is worth the same value for everyone — no matter who you are, or where you are. What matters is how much you walk.”
As for the Bitwalking dollar, the digital currency that can be earned for walking, it could have various applications. Each such dollar (BW$) is the equivalent of 10,000 steps (roughly 5 miles or 8km), and can either be converted into actual American dollars, or can be spent online. Needless to say, some people have already started comparing Bitwalking dollars with Nintendo’s 3DS “play coins.”
“It’s a currency that can be earned by anyone regardless of who they are and where they live,” explained co-founder Franky Imbesi in an interview with the BBC. “For some it will be a free cup of coffee a week perhaps offered by local businesses to encourage people to explore their local shops. For others it could be a game changer, transforming their lives by enabling them to earn and trade in the same way with the rest of the world. And all while encouraging us to protect the planet and stay healthy.”
In developing countries, where such an app could provide a source of revenue for people who are out of other options, Bitwalking could actually make the difference between surviving and not. Of course, we need to assume that the users of the app have money for a smartphone, in the first place, and for a data plan, be it prepay or not. The company included Kenya and Malawi in its initial launch, along with Kenya and Japan.
BBC explained that the Bitwalking dollar will be accepted by many partners: “Shoe manufacturers are poised to accept the currency, and a UK high street bank is in talks to partner with the project at one of the UK’s biggest music festivals next year.”
The Bitwalking app will be available on both Android and iOS, and Japanese electronics manufacturer Murata even plans to launch a smart wristband that replaces smartphones for the task of keep tracking of steps and Bitwalking dollars. Assuming that you leave in any of the countries included in the trial, head over to Bitwalking and get an invite so that you can install the app on your smartphone.
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[via Digital Trends]
Posted: 25 Nov 2015 11:57 AM PST
With Walyou Deals’ Learn to Code Bundle, anyone can pick up programming and turn their lives around. The fact that it’s offered in a Pay What You Want system enables you to spend as little as you want, depending on how much you want to learn.
By learning to code, people can become even more valuable assets for the companies they work for. On the other hand, starting from scratch and becoming an expert in any of the programming languages, operating systems and environments covered by this bundle increases people’s chances of getting hired, in case they don’t already have a job.
The 9 courses that make up this bundle are as follows:
While you can get the last two regardless of how much you pay, unlocking the other seven implies beating the average, which $12.25 at press time. You also have the option to become the giving leader for this deal by beating the leader price, which is $63, for the time being. Getting at the top of the leader board any time while the deal is running will grant you 5 entries to Walyou Deals’ exclusive giveaway, which currently is a MonoRover R2 Hoverboard. Considering that the courses typically cost between $99 and $299 each, getting the bundle is really an incredible deal.
Bear in mind that each of the coding languages, frameworks and operating systems that you’re supposed to learn about in this bundle has some specific system requirements, so make sure that your computer meets those before getting the bundle. More details about this can be found on the page of the deal, linked below.
The Learn to Code Bundle also has a charitable dimension, as 10% of all proceeds go to Project HOPE, a charity that “delivers essential medicines and supplies, health expertise and medical training to respond to disaster, prevent disease, promote wellness and save lives around the globe.”
To buy the bundle, head over to Walyou Deals and check the eLearning category or click here to get straight to the Learn to Code Bundle page. If coding is your thing or you want it to become so, make sure that you visit the page within the next 6 days, while the deal ends after that.
Unlike some of the other deals featured on our store, which cannot be shipped outside of continental US, the Learn to Code Bundle is exclusively made of digital products that can be delivered instantly, anywhere in the world. Take advantage of the offer now, as the average is bound to get higher, and beating it to get all the courses will become increasingly more difficult.
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