There are thousands of strange and unnecessary products out there for the chef that has everything, and many bizarre kitchen gadgets don’t live up to the hype. Every once in a while, though, a weird product hits the market that solves a real problem. Here is a collection of unexpected yet well received gadgets ranging in price from only $6 to $126 that’ll get you cooking in bold, new ways: For the outdoorsmen and women whose carnal need for handmade espresso is keeping them from the wild blue yonder, fear not—the Handpresso Portable Espresso Machine ($126.17 shipped) is here! The Handpresso weighs 1.1lbs, uses ground coffee or ESE (Easy Serving Espresso) pods, and costs around $125. Hikers afraid to hit the Appalachian Trail or (go) up the Andes without their midday latte can now be their own barista. Pump up the pressure using a bicycle pump and within minutes you’ll have a tasty coffee to keep you going. The highly rated Handspresso even has its very own lightweight travel case ($20 Prime shipped) for $20. Trek on!
With the CuiZen Pizza Box Oven ($56 shipped) you can cook and deliver your own 12” pizza in the comfort of your own kitchen, living room, bedroom, garage…well…anywhere you have an outlet. With a 4+-star rating on Amazon and a $55 price tag, the Pizza Box Oven is a 525-degree sure-fire way to save money on pizza AND delivery charges.
Have you ever wanted to see your face on a piece of toast? Good news, you can! The Selfie Toaster ($75 + $5 shipping) uses custom-made plates to burn images into slices of bread. In addition to a standard plate, this oddball toaster comes with a redeemable coupon for one custom plate printed with the photo of your choice. Not only does the Selfie Toaster seem fun, one reviewer reports that the company has exceptional customer service.
College kids have a lot on their plate—statistics even show that university students get less sleep than new parents. Take care of your busy undergrad with the Rapid Ramen Cooker! This delightful and affordable (only $6 Prime shipped!) microwaveable device is BPA free, reusable, and inexpensive. According to one reviewer, your ramen will be done in 3 minutes or less. Move over, Cup O’Noodles—the Rapid Ramen Cooker is where it’s at.
And yes, Virginia, there is a Rapid Mac Cooker.
Instead of giving a poorly poured craft beer to a less-discerning friend, beer connoisseurs can enjoy every element of an exceptional microbrew with the Sonic Foamer ($30 + $6.95 shipping). This low-profile, AA-battery-powered, coaster-esque device uses ultrasonic waves to revitalize each pint by recarbonating the drink back to its former glory.Check out this video review to see it in action and hear first hand how it works. Also, here’s Beer Advocate on the Sonic Foamer’s importance:
A good foam collar on a beer isn’t just a pretty accessory, it helps lift aromas to your nose, which, in turn, amplify the flavors. (If you doubt the importance of aroma in beer, just try picking out flavors in food the next time you have a head cold.)
A party trick with a purpose that does “exactly what it is supposed to”, the Sonic Foamer is perfect for the gadget-loving beer aficionado.
Or maybe you’re just looking for a way to freshen up your weekend brunch? Take a look at these off-centered waffle makers/irons we found:
- The Keyboard Waffle Iron: $60 pre-order – ships next month
- Disney Olaf Waffle Maker: $24.99 – rated 4.5/5 stars
- Smart Planet Peanuts Snoopy and Charlie Brown Waffle Iron: $24.39 – rated 4.3/5 stars
- Hamilton Beach Double Breakfast Sandwich Maker Iron: $39.99 – rated: 4.8/5 stars
- Sportsman Classic Waffle Pro, Deer Head: $49.99 – rated: 5/5 stars
- Fleur de Lis NoLA Waffle Maker: $63.95 shipped – rated: 4.1/5 stars