34 of the Smartest New Household Gadgets

These fun new toys make everyday tasks a snap.
by Sarah Newell
  1. A Cake Decoration Pen

    This pen makes writing messages on a cake as easy as writing a memo!

    Browne USA Cuisipro deluxe decorating pen, $15, Cuisipro.com

  2. A Colander Bowl

    The new larger size holds up to two quarts.

    Zak Designs colander and dew bowl, $25, Zak.com

  3. A Salad Spinner

    This one is battery-operated, so all you do is toss in the lettuce and press start.

    Ergo battery-operated salad spinner, $40, Chef-Select.com

  4. A Custom Coffee Machine

    This machine can make one cup at a time, and if you’re not ready to enjoy it, it’ll keep the internal coffee tank warm for up to four hours.

    Krups Cup on Request coffee machine, coming soon

  5. Silicone Measuring Cups

    These cups are ideal for sticky foods like peanut butter and shortening.

    Measuring cups $20, Casabella.com

  6. Battery-Powered Salt and Pepper Mills

    A battery-operated mill with a lifetime warranty -- that’s pretty great.

    Peugeot Elis Sense salt and pepper mills, $130 each, Williams-Sonoma.com

  7. A (Genius) Popcorn Maker

    Make delicious popcorn at home with this updated classic -- the lid doubles as a bowl.

    West Bend Housewares Stir Crazy Deluxe, $50

  8. A Battery-Operated Ice Cream Maker

    Now available as a battery-operated model so you can make ice cream anywhere!

    Ice cream maker, $30-$35, HamiltonBeach.com

  9. A Better Blender

    This blender and soup maker will chop and saute your veggies before pureeing to make soup -- all in one!

    Cuisinart soup maker and blender, $200, Williams-Sonoma.com

  10. A Luggage Scale

    No more overweight bag fees! Weigh your luggage before heading to the airport.

    Frieling ADE digital luggage scale, $19, Amazon.com

  11. A Soda Maker

    Quickly carbonate any beverage with a twist of the lid.

    iSi North America Twist ‘n Sparkle direct carbonator, $50, Williams-Sonoma.com

  12. An Egg Cracker

    Never drop a piece of shell into your bowl again with this handy tool.

    Amco Houseworks egg cracker, $5

  13. A Tough Toaster

    We love the new Peek & Pop function so you can check your toast without stopping the toasting cycle.

    Dualit Lite “chunky” Four Slice Toaster, $130, Target.com

  14. Corn Desilker

    Remove any remaining silk from corn by sliding each cob through the bristles.

    Amco Houseworks Clean Glide corn desilker, $7, BedBathandBeyond.com

  15. A Pepper Prepper

    Pit and core a fresh pepper without breaking the shape of it -- perfect for making stuffed peppers.

    Amco Houseworks Pepper Prepper, $8, Cooking.com

  16. A Tea Infuser

    Fill the infuser with your favorite loose tea, place in a mug or kettle filled with hot water, and pull the tab to press the leaves and make perfectly brewed tea. It’s also dishwasher-safe!

    Tea infuser, $20, RosleUSA.com

  17. Cooktop

    Great for holidays or large dinner parties, this stainless-steel model is twice as efficient as your stove, has 10 power and temperature levels, and is a safe alternative to an open-flame, gas stove.

    Aervoe Industries deluxe induction cooktop, $120, Aervoe.com

  18. A Fast Can Opener

    Quickly opens a can in eight seconds flat.

    West Bend Houseworks electric can opener, $28, Amazon.com

  19. Measuring Cup Bowls

    These bowls do double duty -- measure your ingredients and then mix!

    Measure Up Bowl, $20, ShopMeasureUpBowl.com

  20. A Thermal Cooking Pot

    Reduce your energy costs with this pot -- simply heat the inner cooking pan, and then place it in the outer container and close for a perfectly cooked meal.

    Zojirushi America stainless-steel thermal vacuum cooking pot, $269 for 1-1.5 gallons, Amazon.com

  21. An Apple Divider

    Smooth, comfort-grip handles allow for precise apple coring and cutting.

    DKB Houseworks USA Zyliss apple divider, $8, available in summer 2011 at Amazon.com

  22. A Food Dam

    Cook two sides in one pan with this nifty food dam -- it expands to fit 8- to 14-inch pans.

    Food dam, $10, Fusionbrands.com

  23. Tough Knives

    Made of high-carbon stainless steel with a colorful nonstick coating, this knife is sturdy and pretty.

    Kuhn Rixon Farmers Market knives, from $10 each, FactoryDirect2you.com

  24. A Trivet With a Twist

    This vibrant trivet expands to hold small platters, big platters, and everything in between.

    Stretch trivet (in green, pink or black), $16, JosephJoseph.com

  25. A Hand-Crank Juicer

    Pretty enough to display on your counter when not in use.

    IMUSA juicer, $25, BedBathandBeyond.com

  26. A Tea Thermos

    The double-walled plastic keeps your tea hot; plus, the brewing basket is removable, so you can use bagged or loose tea.

    Majes-Tea Brewer (in Earl Grey, Oregon Berry, and Green Tea), $18, Liquid-Solutions.com

  27. A Digital Thermometer

    This two-in-one thermometer measures the inside temp of the oven as well as the internal temp of the meat.

    Digital roasting thermometer, $40, RosleUSA.com

  28. A Kitchen Timer

    This space-age-looking timer will change colors to let you know when there’s five minutes left, and then it’ll blink red when there’s only one minute left!

    Amco Houseworks Color Alert kitchen timers, $10

  29. A Pie and Cake Maker

    Kind of like a waffle maker, you can bake four individually sized pies or cakes in under 10 minutes with this guy.

    Emeril pie and cake maker, T-falUSA.com

  30. A Cotton Candy Maker

    This tabletop-size machine makes individual servings of cotton candy on a stick. (You know you want it!)

    Back to Basics cotton candy machine, $40

  31. Stainless-Steel Coffeemaker

    New high-gloss chrome and touches of natural wood elevate the traditional kitchen appliance to a piece of art.

    Silver Art Collection, Krups.com

  32. A Spice Grater

    This handheld grater has etched teeth that can tackle hard spices like nutmeg.

    Edgeware spice grater, $13, Amazon.com

  33. Man Claws

    Like tongs but better -- just stick and easily lift a large piece of meat (even a whole chicken) from a hot pan while keeping it intact.

    Cameron Products Man Claws

  34. A Snow Cone Maker

    This kit comes with everything you need to make shaved-ice treats: maker, syrup, cups and straws.

    Back to Basics Ice Treats Party Pack, $40

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