Wackiest Kitchen Products IV
16 more crazy kitchen accessories, including an egg cuber, a Star Wars pizza cutter, and other quirky gadgets you never knew you always wanted
Where will the wackiness end? From Star Wars-themed utensils to a surprisingly efficient egg cuber, TOH has gathered the weirdest of the weird for the fourth installment of Wackiest Kitchen Products.
While we admit that some of these gadgets aren't exactly essential to a functioning kitchen, we also admit that we don't really care. After all, it's not about what you need, it's about what you want. And we want wacky.
Still slicing your Boboli with a regular old pizza cutter? C'mon Trekkie, get with the program! This official Star Trek collectible is a pizza cutter ingeniously shaped as the NCC-1701 Enterprise ship from the original television series. Better make room next to your Spock-shaped serving spoon.
About $25; Think Geek
Do you routinely destroy clothing, keyboards and/or important documents by knocking over your coffee? If you find yourself wishing liquid-filled cups were attached to your tabletop, then you need a Spink. This smart and simple device suctions any standard coffee mug to any surface, providing a spill-proof base for your drink.
About $20; Dreamfarm
Pouring a glass of water couldn't get easier, right? But it can get harder—and perhaps more fun. Part science experiment, part elegant tableware, this table tap provides the perfect opportunity to turn antsy kid energy into complacent servitude. Why would your little ones want to bury their G.I. Joes in spaghetti when they could refill your water glass with a futuristic-looking device? Prepare to be served.
About $285; Droog
If waking up to the sight of a masked space villain on your breakfast is your idea of a perfect morning, then this is the appliance for you. This official Star Wars product is equipped with two temperature settings, so you can keep your toast light or bring it over to the dark side.
Note: If you're a Star Wars singleton trying to impress your lovely Leia, keep this particular appliance under wraps 'til the tenth date or so. Just a thought.
About $55; Think Geek
We've always wondered why appliance manufacturers didn't take more cues from The Jetsons. This futuristic concept oven is conveniently mounted to the wall and zaps food to perfection using just three lasers. Oven-worthy food in microwave time? Sign us up!
Concept by Ludovic Peperstraete, Institut Superieur de Design, France.
Tired of your coworkers snagging your yogurt? Put your lunch on lock down with the Fridge Locker, an easy-to-assemble food security device, complete with combination lock. Let's face it, though. This is no high-tech safe. But it'll send a clear, passive-aggressive corporate message, minus the letterhead.
About $20; Amazon
Turn snack time into a veritable feast of the senses with this artistic apple slicer. Not only can you create core-free spirals of your favorite healthy treat, but you can also use the slicer as a cover to prevent a half-eaten apple from getting brown and dried out.
About $36; Unica Home
For some people, cracking an egg is hard. No more! This handheld device will allow you to effortlessly separate egg from shell in one swift motion, no culinary flair or advanced motor skills required.
About $11; Amazon
Tired of breaking out the ruler every time you want perfectly measured ½-inch banana slices? Who isn't! Now you can indulge your OCD and take the guesswork out of banana slicing with this not-so-essential kitchen tool. Whether they're atop a cream pie or a bowl of Wheaties, your fruity toppers will be the model of uniformity.
About $3; Fantes
Mother Nature always has to make things difficult. Take eggs, for example. Why make them round? How is one supposed to comfortably eat a hard-boiled egg when it keeps rolling around the plate? Enter the Chickenborg Egg Cuber, a gadget that allows you to improve upon nature's best by changing the shape of everyone's favorite breakfast food.
About $6; Think Geek
Ever looked at your rusty old typewriter and think, "Hey, I bet that could make a tasty waffle"? No? Well, Chris Dimino did! And now he can make delightful morning confections complete with space bars and shift keys. This may be the only instance we'd be happy to eat our words.
Coronamatic Waffle Maker concept by Chris Dimino; chrisdimino.com
Go from craving to consumption in ten minutes or less with this mini cupcake maker. Just mix it, pour it, bake it and munch it. It's almost as easy as gaining five pounds.
Want more miniature munchies? A Mini Donut Factory is also available. Try to resist. Just try.
About $20; Think Geek
Want to make good on that New Year's resolution to go on a diet? Disguise your fridge with this jumbo mustache magnet. If you can't find it, you can't eat it, and this fridge is one trench coat short of disappearing.
About $11; Perpetual Kid
What's the next best thing to throwing razor-sharp knives at a live person strapped to a rotating wooden block? A miniature Wheel of Death replica in the form of a practical kitchen accessory, of course. This circus-style knife block features magnetized protective sheaths and spins for effect.
About $55; Amazon
Just because you live in a small apartment doesn't mean you are doomed to a life of dishpan hands. Equipped with one compartment for washing and another for storing clean dishes, this sleek wall-mounted dishwasher brings hope to the space-challenged. And it ain't too hard on the eyes either.
Concept by Toma Brundzaite, Vilnius Academy of Art, Lithuania.