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    Updated on Sep 12, 2020. Posted on Sep 5, 2020

    20 Kitchen Products That Are Straight From The Future

    Don't talk to me until you've talked to your voice-activated trash can.

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    1. A pair of aerating wineglasses to win over even the hardest-to-please drinkers who can always sniff out a gimmick like a sommelier checking for "floral notes."

    Aerating wine glasses
    Amazon

    Promising review: "We tested them by comparing the wine before and after using the glass and there WAS a difference in the quality of the taste. Most items are mostly hype but this one seems to be real. Besides, it's cute to watch it flow." —KHofferMD

    Get a pair from Amazon for $50.

    2. A hands-free stirrer if you'd rather skip the elbow grease and exert your energy elsewhere.

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    Promising review: "I enjoy soups and puddings but hate to stand at the stove for 30 minutes or whatever making sure the milk doesn't burn. The StirMATE solved my problem. I would recommend this item to everyone who cooks; what a great help in the kitchen." —Mary Jarvis

    Get it from Amazon for $58.60.

    3. An air purifier to rid your cooking space of lingering odors and update you on the quality of the air via mobile app.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Very sensitive. If I cook, peel onions, leave the patio door open for a few minutes during a poor air quality day, it automatically kicks on. It recognizes and reacts to any change in air quality. Amazing watching the fan speeds change as the the inside air quality changes. App works great. Zero issues." —P. Stein

    Get it from Amazon for $499.99.

    4. A flask-style water bottle that'll fit where other bottles don't in your bag.

    Flask-style water bottle
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This bottle is an eye-catcher — I get tons of compliments, people ask me all the time where I purchased my bottle. It's a great conversation piece. The bottle itself is very versatile and I love that it comes with two different lids — black and white. I get to change the lids depending on my mood. Plenty of people do ask me if I'm carrying a flask and it makes for a great laugh. The design actually makes it easier to carry in my purse than a traditional water bottle." —Jackiesomething

    Get it from Amazon for $36 (available in four sizes).

    5. A countertop garden to give your kitchen some nice ornamental greenery and a hefty supply of herbs and veggies for your next homemade meal. (Even if you have a terrible track record with keeping plants alive, it'll be pretty hard to mess this one up.)

    Aerogarden growing fresh herbs
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I have a black thumb which I think is important to add to this review. The Aerogarden takes care of itself and the herbs grow a little bit more each day. It's the most exciting part of my morning routine — while my coffee brews I admire my plants!" —kristy campbell

    Get it from Amazon for $99.99 (available in black and white).

    6. A set of portable straws made of platinum-grade silicone (arguably superior to glass, stainless-steel, or bamboo alternatives) so you can convert your whole family to an eco-friendly lifestyle.

    Food52

    Includes: 10 straws, four travel cases, and four clean-up squeegees. (Oh, and everything is completely dishwasher-safe!)

    Get it from Food52 for $25.

    7. An electric egg cooker that'll only require of you two easy steps: crack the egg into the spout (and add toppings if you wish). No pans required.

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    Promising review: "This product is stupid, but I'm giving it 5 stars because it's so damned funny to have it poop eggs out at you. It's worth the $20, and if you prep them correctly, adding spices, salt, pepper, etc. to the raw egg and mixing carefully without breaking the yolk, it really does cook nicely. It looks weird and it IS WEIRD...but it works. I have yet to try some of the other recipes, but this is a really cool way to make scrambled eggs to put in a potato hot dog bun with some hash browns. I might like that. My kids are calling them SHEGGS, an abbreviation for excrement and eggs, which we all laughed at and is why I bought it. But it works and it's fun and an interesting way to eat eggs. The eggs are cooked pretty much all the way through. This little item is worth $30, let alone $20 for a novel way to prepare breakfast." —DAVISION INC.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.50.

    8. A two-sided cutting board (your new best eco-friendly friend) for the freedom to choose between a juice groove and a clever phone slot.

    Food52

    Get it from Food52 for $59.

    9. A status-y drinking vessel to fill with coffee on your way to outer-space.

    Kinto drinking vessel in different colors
    Amazon

    Promising review: "It has everything I want in an insulated bottle. Double wall stainless, easy to clean, you can put ice in it, you drink from a plastic rim and it is a nice and simple design. I love the way the mouthpiece holds ice in the bottle and creates a steady flow of water. It’s the best bottle I’ve used so far!" —Fabiano Sarra

    Get it from Amazon for $30.79+ (available in three colors).

    10. A countertop prep system for the most organized meal-making of your life. I'm opening a Subway franchise as we speak.

    Food52

    The system includes: a cutting board fold-out, 15 food containers with measurement markings: five large, two medium, two small, six mini. As well as: a grater, zester, juicer, garlic crusher, peeler, julienne peeler, green stripper, bottle opener, and trash and storage drawer.

    Get it from Food52 for $120 (available in four colors).

    11. A wine vacuum to save your open bottle of wine for up to 10 days.

    Amazon

    August really sipped away like a bottle of wine!

    Promising review: "I’ve owned one of these for the last five years. If sealed with Vacu Vin, an opened bottle will be good for an extra three days easily. No more feeling obligated to finish the bottle so it doesn’t go bad. We keep spares to give out as last minute gifts to wine-drinking friends and everyone who’s gotten one loves it." —Phizak

    Get the pump and stopper on Amazon for $12.99.

    12. A temperature-controlled mug with a charging coaster so you can have a leisurely drink of morning coffee instead of racing to finish it in a five-minute window. (It'll keep your drink perfectly hot for 1.5 hours on a single charge.)

    Ember smart mug next to French press
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this cup! I play video games and watch movies on the weekend for a few hours of entertainment. And this cup delivers a perfect cup of hot coffee throughout my gaming sessions even with my fans blowing in my face. I now must have this cup for life. I love coffee, and it tastes even better in this cup because the coffee is consistently hot. It is simply fantastic!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $129.95.

    Or, check out the original model on Amazon for $67.46 (available in black and white).

    13. A stainless-steel spatula you'll either want to use for your morning eggs or...just stare at with heart eyes. Look at that sleek design!

    Food52

    It's dishwasher-safe. You can bend it and use it to get under pretty much anything.

    Promising review: "This is a beautiful and extremely useful little spatula. Perfect for delicate treatments like crepes and also will fit in places other spatulas will not, while having the power to scrape or lift when you need it. Love it." —Andrea S.

    Get it from Food52 for $30.

    14. An automatic pet-feeder so you can be sure that your pup always gets fed even when you're not physically present to administer it. (You can do it right from your smartphone!)

    A cute dog eating dry food out of the automatic feeder
    Amazon

    You can set up to 12 meals to feed on your pet's schedule, and you can also use the "Feed Now" option to feed your pet outside normal feeding times. Consider also: the "Slow Feed" option, which allows the food to dispense slowly over a 15-minute period. Even if Wi-Fi connection is lost, this thing will work as programmed.

    Promising review: "Great product. Feeds my pets automatically or I have a webcam to see if their bowl is empty. If it is, I’ll manually feed them either next door or across the country. Very dependable. Works great." —NotSatisfied

    Get it from Amazon for $135.95+.

    15. A HyperChiller if you don't have all day to brew your coffee and refrigerate it to desired temps. This machine will have your bev ready to go in 60 seconds.

    Coffee being poured into HyperChiller pitcher
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I have a cold brew set to make concentrate, which is nice but it takes 24+ hours. Sometimes I forget/run out/am lazy and you can literally brew hot coffee into this thing and have ice cold coffee about two minutes later. From hot brewed to so cold in less than two minutes that the coffee doesn't even melt ice in the glass. Highly recommend if you're an iced coffee fan like me!" —Billy S.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    16. A very beautiful trash can (yes, they're out there!) that'll open its lid when you: a) say "open can" or b) wave your hands in front of its sensor — perfect for those times when you don't have an extra hand to do it yourself.

    Simplehuman voice-activated garbage can
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Who knew a voice-activated trash can could so quickly become an essential around my house. When my hands are dirty or full, I no longer have to worry about how I'm going to get the garbage into the can. Set up couldn't be easier: plug it in or drop in 6 AA batteries. From there all you have to do is activate the motion sensor by walking up to the can, or you can say 'open can' and it flips right open.

    But there's more to it than that. The 58L is well designed from the ground up. It has a sleek, minimalist vibe with a stainless steel exterior that resists fingerprints. On the back of the can is a little slot that holds the batteries or where the adapter plugs in, but it also has a little spot to hold can liners. That is actually a nice feature to have because I used to keep my liners in the base of the can and they have been ruined by leaky bags. While you can use any bag that is the right size for the can, the Q bags that are made to fit this particular shape are very nice. They can hold a lot and they don't tear or rip easily. The liner is held in place by a plastic piece that fits over the edge, making it stay in place and looking much nicer than your typical liner.

    The motion sensor works very well. I've never approached the can and not had it open. I have it in my hallway, and I was worried that it would open every time I walked by, but the sensitivity is calibrated so that you really have to get right up to the can to open it. Walking by doesn't generally set it off. The can will also stay open if you stay by it, which is nice when you are struggling to get something in there. The voice feature has worked an astounding 100% of the time. " —Kristine Hale

    Get it from Amazon for $199.99 (available in five colors).

    17. A trusty thermometer, if your least favorite part of cooking is never knowing whether you are about to get very, very sick from eating undercooked meat.

    Thermometer hooked up to app
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I don't know why for years I have allowed myself to worry if the meat I am cooking is JUST RIGHT. You don't need a college degree to figure this out, it seems. Just an iDevice. I used to probe the meat several times upon finishing the cooking process — which works, but you watch all the juices from the meat escape when you remove the probe. And it's always a guessing game as to when to start the other dishes you plan on serving with the meat. With this device, you get results throughout the whole cooking period, allowing better meal planning. The device works great and makes me a champion when cooking meats of all types." —Bbqsmoke

    Get it from Amazon for $99.99.

    18. A super-thorough mop robot, because cleanup shouldn't be the deterrent that keeps you out of the kitchen — just fire this baby up, sit back, and watch it do its magic.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "For under $200, this device is great for lazy folks like me who may only 'mop' when there is a spill. I now expect to regularly clean my kitchen and bathrooms (and by 'I' I mean the Braava robot). At .79 per use (or .20 with the re-usable pads), it compares favorably to the current price of Swiffer Wetjet refills of .60 each on Amazon, plus the cost of the Wetjet cleaning solution. Heck, it might actually be cheaper than manual cleaning (less cost of electricity). As much as I hate 'disposable cleaning pads' (think of the landfills!), I do like the convenience." —Allen C. Huffman

    Get it from Amazon for $179.

    19. An Alexa-enabled Crock-Pot if you've resisted the craze because you're convinced you'll somehow manage to burn your meal to a crisp by leaving it unattended. Good news: Now you can manage heat settings from your device.

    Alexa-enabled Crock Pot
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Absolutely LOVE this Crock-Pot! As a working mom, commuting at least 1.5 hours each day, with a family of four, I have found this to be a lifesaver! I was recently introduced to freezer meals by a friend and while the very few that required to be cooked for 10-12 hours worked, I tried a few that needed only seven or eight hours, only to come home and find dinner burned to a crisp when using my standard Crock-Pot with just the manual switch for off, low, or high. With this I was able to easily set up the app on my iPhone and now in the mornings I just dump a meal in and set an alarm on my phone for when I need to turn on the app." —Breanne

    Get it from Amazon for $119.99 (or check out the original best-seller here.)

    20. A veggie and fruit to-go cup for a perfect "I'm running extremely late this morning" breakfast solution — it even has a built-in colander so you can take care of rinsing in the same cup.

    Food52

    Get it from Food52 for $26 (available in three colors).

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