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30 Totally Awesome Kitchen Gadgets (That You Probably Don’t Need)

You can Invent Anything

If you know an inventor, then you’ll know they love to make anything. Even if that thing is nearly useless. Every now and then an inventor will find success in their inventions. You may be familiar with gadgets such as the Magic Bullet, Slapchop, and the George Foreman Grill. However, today we’re going to poke a little fun in the land of kitchen gadgets that are both cool and fun.  If you were to hang around the Deal Ninja kitchen, then none of these gizmos would seem out-of-place. Follow us on our journey through the world of kitchen gadgets.

Solving Problems you Never Knew Existed:

We bet these gadgets solved those cooking problems you never knew existed.

The Pop-Up Hot Dog Cooker

Dinner for two

We just never eat enough hot dogs to justify buying this. However, we can imagine this would be perfect for starting your kid’s roadside business. You can use this gadget  in your RV, in a motel room, or at the office for a quick lunch. I guess we’ll have to get one soon.

Dough-Nu-Matic Automatic Doughnut Machine

Krispy-Kreme for the kitchen

There is something sweet about being able to make hot and fresh doughnuts anytime of day. Now all we are left to wonder is if they come out glazed.

Chef’n Garlic Zoom

No more smelly fingers

All you have to do is roll the ball around it peels the garlic without getting your fingers smelly. Simple enough that even your vampire teenager is safe to cook in the kitchen.

The Towel-Matic

Every bathroom has one… now your kitchen does too

Maybe the most sanitary way to get a paper towel. Germaphobes can rejoice.

Taca Cup

If only they made king size Oreos

The only flaw we see with this design is that it just doesn’t hold quiet enough milk.

Quintuple Bladed Herb Scissors

When all else fails, add more blades

This is what we imagine Gillette would make if they ever went into the scissor business.

Pizza Scissors

Two great gadgets in one

Our only wish: it really needs some tongs. Then we could add toppings on our pizza without ever having to touch anything.

Twister Fork

Noodles beware

Next time you go on a date to Olive Garden, whip out one of these bad boys and you’ll  surely impress your date. (At least we would be impressed)

Apple Peeler


Only a man would think of this

If my woodshop teacher were to invent something, this would be it.

Pour a Better Beer

Because pouring a can of beer is just too much work

Personally, we would forego the glass and pour directly into our mouths.

For the Geeky Kitchen

We will admit, we are nerds. I mean, we would have to be somewhat geeky to enjoy writing a blog about kitchen gadgets. So, naturally, we have a soft spot for all things geeky. If nerd is your shtick, then these will sure to please.

Star Wars Toaster

Luke, I am your toaster…

You can’t have a geek gadget list and not have something from Star Wars, especially if you like your toast a little on the dark side.

OCD Cutting Board

Now if we could just cut in a straight line

Step 1: Put birthday cake on cutting board

Step 2: Cut evenly along lines

Step 3: Now everyone get the same size slice

Perfect for making sure nobody gets the bigger half.

Fun Facts Measuring Cup

Fun facts to tell your date while you cook

A little science in the kitchen never hurt anyone. Fun facts to use at your next trivia night.

Click Kitchen Gloves

Pop-ups not included

It’s what Mickey Mouse would wear if he were created in the 90s. We like to wear our gloves when we’re driving around town in the convertible.

Sharky Tea Infuser

Dun-dun… dun-dun….dun-dun

We couldn’t imagine a better way to serve tea to your in-laws.

Time Bomb Kitchen timer

Tick, tick, tick

We would advise against sending this as a gift via the post office… ever.

Table Setting Placemat

For the future architect

The key ingredient to a fancy dinner: presentation.

Spicy Invaders: Salt and Pepper Shakers

80s kind of cool

First they invaded space and now my table. Somehow, we don’t mind.

CTRL +O Bottle Opener

This probably wont be your last bottle opened

Did you catch what we did there?

Ninjabread Men Cookie Cutters

We just had to pick this

Santa won’t know what hit him when you put out ninjabread men.

Other Random Fun

Other kitchen gadgets  that are way way more fun than useful. If your idea of cooking is playing with your food, then these nifty items are perfect. Food always taste better when you having  fun anyway.

Cherry Seed Remover

Oddly cute

You could just buy seedless, but this is way more fun.

Edible Jello Cups

There is so much party potential here… 

Have you ever tried to hold Jell-O? Well, now you can and it’s not in a shot.

Hillary Nutcracker

She doesn’t mess around

It seems that she can do it all.

Flip-Flop Corn Holder

No more burned fingers

Not just cute, but you don’t have to worry about getting your fingers burned or greasy. +2 Points for awesomeness

Zoku Frozen Pop Maker

Why waste valuable freezer space

Actually useful, but I do have a freezer that does the exact same thing.

Pop Quiz Math Clock

Instantly look smarter

Ok, so it’s not technically a kitchen gadget, but it does have pi on it.

Chopstick Fan

Solved one problem, but probably created another

No more waiting for your soup to cool. However, the fan probably makes the chopsticks a little bit heavier.

Roll and Pour

Singing Bruno Mars, “Today, I don’t feel like doing anything”

They really have thought of everything.

Gin and Titonic Ice Cup Tray

Too soon?

Add a little sophistication and class in your next drink.

…And Finally Something Useful:

Bowl Cutting Board

Hmmm…we could use one of these

This is the most well thought out thing we could find. Now if we could only get George Forman to attach a grill to it.

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Cell Phones: Stretching your Pockets (Literally)

Quick Summary:

Cellphones may be getting cheaper and more feature rich, but the sizes are getting bigger and bigger. We are at a crossroad in the cellphone world: Do people want their phones to be more like computers, and if so, shouldn’t they be made larger? I feel that cellphones should be the way they are and should not be getting any bigger. (This is an opinion article. Let us know your opinion on the poll at the bottom).

Remember these days?

Did you notice something odd about this picture? Yes, he’s checking the time on his watch and not his cellphone. Wait, that’s a cellphone? It may appear that cellphones this size are just relics of the past. If you were to follow logic, then you would know that as technology improves, the size of any given technology shrinks. Think about microchips, computers, and even your video games systems are slimming.

I was cool before cool was cool. Or something like that.

When cells phone first appeared in pop culture of the 80s/90s they were cool. The “it” thing to have (nothing has really changed). If you grew up in the 80s/90s then you will probably remember the Zack Morris Cell phone.

Yeah… this guy. Cellphones represented what was cool and hip in the world. Everyone knew when you were talking on one because it was bigger than your head.

If you want to go back further in time, they were even bigger. The first ones had their own carrying case and an antenna a mile long. I remember riding in the back seat of my dad’s car with the antenna going through the moon roof (OK I exaggerated a little). Seriously though, they were even bigger and less portable.

Blah Blah Blah. Who cares about the cell phones of yesterday?

Well, I do. I don’t want to go back to those times where having a cell phone was equal parts burden and equal parts cool. I will admit, having a mini computer in my pocket would have been near impossible 10 years ago. In fact, I can’t live without the ability to access the internet, find directions, or playing video games while waiting for my doctor’s appointment. In fact, yesterday, I may have auto-tuned a worse song than Rebecca Black and I did it all on my phone. But that is beside the point. I’m on the feature bandwagon as much as the next techie, but there has to be a limit.See. We need limits.

Seriously, what is the fuss all about?

Let me go over my brief history with “modern” cell phones. My first phone was a Kyocera. It was great because of 2 things: it kept time and the blue screen reminded me of my alarm clock. It was small like a candy bar and had this fun quirk where the screen didn’t work unless you pressed the 3 on the dial pad. After a couple of years tolerating that nonsense, I bought the Motorola Razr. It was cool, slim, had a camera, and the screen was in more than one color. It was the Zack Morris of cell phones. I thought to myself, “self, I can’t imagine how small cell phones will get. One day I’ll have a cell phone in my watch.”

Complete with a mini-antenna

Well, that never happened. I was like everyone else; I wanted features and features I got. I bought an iPhone and took pictures, typed emails, wrote research papers, and listened to my music anywhere and everywhere. It was bliss. I didn’t mind that the phone was bigger than my previous phone. The upgraded features were a perfectly good trade-off for the difference in size.

Enter the next wave of cell phones: Droid Razr, Samsung Galaxy SII, and LG Optimus 4X HD

                

What do they all have in common? They are huge! I already have enough in my pockets including my keys, wallet, loose change, chapstick, and other small items. I hardly have room for a bigger phone. If you haven’t seen the new wave of phones, then you’re in for a treat. Hold your hand out flat with your palm facing you.  Next grab a small envelope in your hand. The cell phones are like that.

Notice a difference? Neither do I.

They may be thin, but the size of the screen is getting bigger. I understand this for a couple of reasons. First, the screen is easier to see when it’s bigger for viewing the internet and videos. This will cause less eye strain. The second, as cells phones are increasingly getting more complicated and more features are put on there, they need a larger screen to display all the new information. Quickly cell phones are blurring the line between laptops, tablets, and regular phones.

Is bigger really better?

I’m not trying to cynical or anything, but I think cells phones are pushing their limits on size. It’s not necessarily a huge issue right now. In fact, I’m OK with the current size of cell phones, but I’m afraid that they are just going to get too big. I just want to be reasonably assured that when I look for phones in the near future,  that I’m not confusing the tablet and the cell phone sections.  Besides, I’ve found that I’m not very far from a laptop or computer at any given moment. I just don’t need to carry one in my pocket too.

Not my back pocket…

Tell us: What do you think?

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