You guys know that we are wary of technological innovation in the kitchen, just for innovation's sake. We are even mildly suspicious of innovation for convenience's sake. Look, we are certainly not Luddites, but we believe whole-heartedly in the tried-and-true methods that have served us well -- fire, steel, wood, cast iron, etc. We're saying this so you understand that our excitement over this see-through toaster is 100 percent genuine and surprised even us.
The Vision Toaster by Magimix is probably one of the smartest kitchen innovations we've seen in our time living on this planet. WHY have toasters never had glass sides before? WHY have toasters never let you toast one single side of a bagel before? WHY have toasters never defrosted things safely before? We have so many questions, and the Vision Toaster has answers. The future is here and it's a toaster!
Here's the rub (isn't there always?): this thing, like most brilliant innovations in a product's field, is really expensive. Williams-Sonoma lists it as $350, suggested, with their price clocking in at $249.95. There is also a version that comes in three colors and is only $199 -- so far we can't find any discernable difference between the two aside from less chrome? So make very good friends with someone who wants to devote some of their disposable income to the integrity of your toast. We're now accepting applications for toast benefactors.
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15 Percent Ice Cream Spoon
The 15 Percent Ice Cream Spoon makes eating ice cream easier. According to the site "the spoon is made of solid aluminum. With a high thermal conductivity of aluminum, the temperature of the hand holding the spoon will slowly melt the ice cream making it easier to scoop it out." <strong>Check out the <a href="http://www.lemnos.jp/en/products/2012/03/150.html" target="_blank">15 Percent Ice Cream Spoon by lemnos</a></strong>
The biggest problem with a toaster is all the counter space it takes up. Well, that's no longer an issue with this toaster that rolls up and stores easily. <strong>Check out the <a href="http://www.yankodesign.com/2010/10/25/toasted-wrap/" target="_hplink">Toasted Wrap at Yanko Design</a></strong>
Divisible -- The Easy To Wash Balloon Whisk
Divisible, the easy to wash balloon whisk, may not seem like such a futuristic kitchen gadget, but if you've ever had the misfortune of having to clean out a sticky whisk, you know how helpful this small innovation can be. <strong>Check out <a href="http://www.red-dot.sg/concept/porfolio/o_e/DA/B013.htm" target="_hplink">the Divisible whisk at red dot</a></strong>
Cutting Board With Scale
Who needs measuring cups when this cutting board exists? You can chop your ingredients and then measure them all on this one board. We can't wait till it comes out! <strong>Check out the <a href="http://www.designboom.com/contest/view.php?contest_pk=11&item_pk=8191&p=1" target="_hplink">cutting board with a scale</a> at Design Boom</strong>
How many of us say we just can't live without our cellphones? And now, with the Qumi, we can't cook without them either. This cooking device can be used for heating, frying and steaming and can only be controlled through your mobile device. <strong>Check out <a href="http://www.yankodesign.com/2010/06/14/the-top-25-entries-of-electrolux-design-lab-2010/" target="_hplink">The Qumi</a> by Ilia Vostrov</strong>
HALO Heating Spoon
You might not think you need a heating spoon, but trust us, you do. This spoon comes in handy when your morning cup of coffee cools to that disagreeable room temperature. And it's also handy for cooking when you don't want to use the stove top for a small task -- especially if you don't have a microwave. <strong>Check out the <a href="http://www.yankodesign.com/2011/10/11/an-angel-in-the-morning/" target="_hplink">HALO Heating Spoon at Yanko Design</a></strong>
You won't have to worry about not knowing when your milk is going to spoil. The milkmaid sends an alert to your iPad letting you know when it's time to get a new carton. <strong>Check out <a href="http://www.quirky.com/products/327-The-Milkmaid-smart-milk-jug" target="_hplink">the Milkmaid</a> at Quirky</strong>
902 Mobile Induction Heat Plate
This mobile induction plate is easy to take with you wherever you go, making cooking anywhere a real possibility. It's also a great solution for small apartment living (in those spaces that are so small they don't have a kitchen). The best part is that you control the heat level and time with your cellphone. <strong>Check out the <a href="http://www.id-mag.com/gallery/902-Mobile-Induction-Hot-Plate/1566857" target="_hplink">902 Mobile Induction Heat Plate</a> by Electrolux</strong>
No need to waste your time or energy stirring that pot of soup, this little gadget can do it for you. <strong>Check out the <a href="http://www.electroluxdesignlab.com/?s=cooking" target="_hplink">Easy Stir</a> at Electrolux</strong>
The Portable Toaster
You will never have to be without toast again with this portable toaster. <strong>Check out <a href="http://www.designlaunches.com/gadgets/a_crisp_cut_with_the_portable_toaster.php" target="_hplink">The Portable Toaster</a> at Design Launches</strong>
Cruet Salt & Pepper
You've never seen salt and pepper shakers like these. Not only do they dispense salt and pepper, but they also play music (streaming from your cellphone). And, their round shape means you can roll them across they table when diners need them. <strong>Check out the<a href="http://www.electroluxdesignlab.com/?s=cooking" target="_hplink"> Cruet Salt & Pepper </a>by Electrolux</strong>
Taylor Digital Measuring Cup And Scale
This measuring cup gives you traditional measurements and also offers a digital reading of your measurements, making it easier to ensure accuracy. One thing we love about this gadget, which is on the market already, is that it calculates conversions for you. <strong>Get the<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Taylor-Digital-Measuring-Cup-Scale/dp/B002E1AVTI&tag=aolfood-20" target="_hplink"> Taylor Digital Measuring Cup and Scale</a> at Amazon, $12.18</strong>