Skid Wooden Chef Knife

Wood wouldn’t quite keep a razor-sharp edge, so the Skid Wooden Chef Knife isn’t technically 100% made of wood. Instead this remarkable knife’s composition is closer to 97% wood and 3% alloyed carbon steel, the latter very hard and used just for the blade’s edge. The Robinia wood used itself is harder than oak and boasts a high percentage of tannin which has antibacterial properties so that nothing but warm water is needed to clean the blade. Wood and metal come together seamlessly and durably, and the knife handles nicely due to its low weight. Also available in other woods including mahogany, smoked mood oak coupled to Damascus steel, and ebony.

Find it at Kickstarter – roughly $180

GET IT: ~$180


Frankfurter Brett Basic Kitchen Workbench

As its name suggests the Frankfurter Brett Basic Kitchen Workbench aims to be more than just a simple cutting board. Two pull-out brackets in the front hold up to two containers for waste while other brackets at the back hold other containers as well as a cookbook or tablet (by way of an optional stand) to display and consult the recipe you’re working on. It’s definitely on the big side but the way it extends off the kitchen countertop actually works to increase working space, and near-nonexistent gaps between the board and the containers up front minimize the mess and simplify cleanup. Comes in several wood options such as oak, maple, and walnut, though with six plastic containers and nothing else — the cookbook stand ($16) and all other containers, including metal, are extra.

Check it out at Kickstarter – roughly $130

GET IT: ~$130


Spinn Coffee Maker

The Spinn Coffee Maker is as convenient as a Keurig machine while resulting in far better coffee. One single machine can make either Espresso, Lungo, Americano, or a carafe full of standard drip coffee with a touch of its capacitive front panel. Its name — Spinn — insinuates what lies within the machine: a centrifugal brewing core varies in speed between 500 and 6,000 rpm depending on the selection of coffee and during the brewing process for optimal extraction. Alongside this is an instant flash heater, a nano water filter, a conical burr grinder with variable grind coarseness, and a reservoir for your whole beans. It’s also connected through Amazon’s Alexa and your smartphone (via an app) to start a brew or schedule one from anywhere with minimal effort, always making just as much java as you need and not one cup more. Higher end options include a larger XL bean reservoir and a milk frother.

Hit up Spinn for details – $300+

GET IT: $300+

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Click & Grow Smart Garden

Think of the Click & Grow Smart Garden like their Wall Farm, only much smaller. It’s capable enough to grow a large variety of fruits and vegetables from strawberries and cherry tomatoes to green lettuce and bok choy without much fuss. First, plug it in, put in nine plant refills, and fill its reservoir — hidden in its base — with water. Every two months or so you’ll need to refill the reservoir and, as the plants grow big, you’ll need to raise lamp, which has nine OSRAM LEDs that boast an optimized spectra to maximize plant growth. But that’s it, and frankly, you could barely screw this up if you tried.

Find it at Kickstarter – $130+

GET IT: $130+

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North Drinkware Tumbler

They started off as a Kickstarter project with their pint glasses, and now North Drinkware’s back with a triad of similarly-inspired tumblers better suited for spirits and the like. Each tumbler is handmade in Portland, Oregan of lead-free glass that’s individually handblown and that goes in the dishwasher. Of course, its defining characteristic is the molded form of one of three mountains in its base that’s based on USGS data of either Yosemite’s Half Dome, Oregon’s Mt. Hood, or Washington’s Mt. Rainier. They look good empty and even better with some drink.

Learn more at North Drinkware – $45 each

GET IT: $45


Osaka Pour-Over Coffee Dripper Brewing Set

A good pour-over dripper doesn’t absolutely require a stand, but for a few extra bucks, why not? The Osaka Pour-Over Coffee Dripper brewing set includes Osaka’s reusable laser-cut stainless steel cone ($25) — that’s doubled-up to avoid grids making their way through — as well as a 20 ounce borosilicate glass carafe and a wire stand. The latter boasts a base made of treated wood (for water resistance) in either black, mahogany (shown), or natural, matched by the wooden handle and lid of the carafe for a slick-looking setup overall. All that’s missing is a good pour-over kettle (and perhaps a bit of skill refining).

Grab one at Amazon – $36

GET IT: $36


Giveaway: Kenyon City Grill

Winter is fast coming, which generally means less barbecue — unless you’ve got a balcony and a lax fire code. We’ve teamed up with Kenyon to change that, at least for one lucky reader. Kenyon’s City Grill ($475) brings the grilling inside instead, sparing you the pleasure of flipping burgers in boots and with a puffy winter jacket over your robe.

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We’ll take care of the rest. Giveaway closes at midnight EST on November 24th 2016. Open to entrants within the USA. One randomly selected winner bags the grill, announced on the widget above. As always we never share any data collected (in this case, email addresses) with any third parties.



Buster + Punch Machined Whiskey Set

As any food aficionado knows that you eat with your eyes first, any good whiskey lover knows the same applies to their drink. Buster & Punch applied this concept when designing their Machined Whiskey Set. Made of brushed solid steel or brass, these trays also come with a pair of hand blown whiskey — or whatever your poison is — glasses that fit perfectly within the plate’s two indentations. The beautiful yet simple design of these sets helps accentuate the star of the show, your cocktail.

Find it at Buster + Punch – roughly $150

GET IT: ~$150

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Stormtrooper Decanter & Shot Glass

Color accuracy would dictate you fill them with milk. Still, some sort of spirit would be a far better fit for either the Stormtrooper Decanter or Stormtrooper Shot Glass. Both are based on the authentic and original Stormtrooper helmet molds created by Andrew Ainsworth back in 1976 when his industrial design studio was commissioned to make props for a then unknown sci-fi movie. The Super Flint Glass decanter boasts a 750ml capacity while the shot glass actually holds far more than a standard shot at 150ml (a touch over 5 fluid ounces). If Imperial troops use these to throw back then that explains their aim.

Find them at The Fowndry – roughly $15 (shot) to $28 (decanter)

GET IT: ~$15+



Frywall keeps the sizzling confined to a pan without having to invest in a giant wok or wasting your time with ineffective splatter screens that stop working when lifted up. It doesn’t obstruct your pan whatsoever; instead, Frywall simply extends the edges of your pan by about 6 inches, catching virtually all airborne oil drops to spare you the trouble of cleaning them off your oven afterwards. Installation is as simple as lowering the silicone ring over your pan to rest it halfway down the rim, just slightly above the cooking surface, and when you’re done and it’s clean — throw it in a dishwasher if you’re feeling lazy — it rolls up compact for storage. Available in two sizes: Frywall 10, which fits pans with inside rim diameters of about 9.6 to 10.5 inches, and Frywall 12 for larger pans with diameters of 11.6 to 12.5 inches.

Pick one up at Amazon or Frywall – $22 to $29

GET IT: $22+


Polygons Flat Measuring Spoon

The spoon hasn’t changed much in the last few millennia. But the measuring spoon is about to with Rahul Agarwal’s Polygons Flat Measuring Spoon. Polygons is just a flat rectangle made of polypropylene with a variety of flush thermoplastic rubber hinges running across. When you need to measure, fold it at the corresponding lines to form a spoon with the exact volume required. Each set includes two Polygons — one in the tablespoon range and the other in the teaspoon range — which work just as well with liquids, viscous products like honey, or powdered goods. Since they sit flat when unfolded they’re easy to clean and store, and curb the messiness of storing a dozen traditional measuring spoons.

Find it at Kickstarter – $12

GET IT: $12


Joseph Joseph Adjustable Rolling Pin Plus

Normally, rolling pins are stupidly simple cylinders that result in thinner dough as you increase rolling pressure. And that’s fine most of the time, but if extreme consistency matters to you then the Joseph Joseph Adjustable Rolling Pin Plus might be a worthy add to your repertoire. Cleverly, the rolling ping features four removable color-coded disks on either end that stay in contact with the countertop and result in very even dough at four thicknesses: 1/16, 1/6, 1/4, and 3/8 inches. The 16.5-inch long pin also has width measurements etched in if you’re going for a particular diameter of dough as well. Of course the adjustability of the pin breaks down when using it to make dough with a very large diameter but worst case remove all four disks and just use it as a standard rolling pin.

Find it at Amazon – $16 [via]

GET IT: $16

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Vremi Olive Oil Dispenser

Oil containers are typically low-tech affairs, with a reservoir, a spout, and not much else, even in terms of thought put into them. Vremi’s Olive Oil Dispenser spares you the trouble of using a measuring cup or spoon since it’s cleverly equipped with a transparent measuring segment that fills with a squeeze or two of its rubber pump buttons on either side. Measurements are in teaspoons, tablespoons, and millilitres, and once you’ve filled it up to the right amount just pour it all out of its no-drip spout. Which means there’s going to be less to clean less often, considering we use oil just about every time we pull out a pan or make a salad. And it works just as well with other oils or vinegars.

Learn more at Amazon – $19 [via]

GET IT: $19