If you are serious about your tea, you should look into the Bora Bora Doublewall Teapress from Bodum ($80). Its doublewall design keeps tea hot for longer while keeping the outside cooler, and the patented tea press system keeps tea form getting "stewed" or bitter, and it also lets you stop brewing at the push of a plunger. [Thanks, Eddy]
We all like to pretend we're chefs when we have dinner parties, and part of that is offering freshly ground spices to top your hopefully not-burnt-to-hell dishes. The Electric Salt/Pepper Grinder by Frank Kaltenbach ($40) helps achieve this goal in style, with one-hand operation, a rich orange exterior, and a built-in light so you know "when to say when."
We love to cook here at Uncrate, and anything to help us look and perform better in the kitchen is great for us. Take for instance this Oil and Vinegar Cruet Set by Achille Castiglioni ($470). Manufactured in Italy by Alessi, the cruets feature an angular design made with stainless steel and crystal, held in a complementing stand. A set so pretty, it can make that rare jump from meal preparation to meal presentation.
Sure, the Daiquiri Whacker gas powered blender is cool, but you really need a quality blender for drinks that can actually be used indoors. The absolute best (and priciest) that we've seen is the Waring MX1500S ($830). The commercial-grade blender has a heavy-duty 3-HP motor, LCD display with blue backlight, 4 reprogrammable blending stations, and a sleek 64 oz. stainless steel container. The best part, however, is the blender's unique sound enclosure for quiet operation and assurance that you won't wake up the neighbors while making that mangorita at 2 AM.
Yes, we realize that dishwashers aren't exactly a "sexy" subject — but it is extremely unsexy to have a sink full of dirty dishes. The Kenmore Elite Stainless Steel Dishwasher ($870) has a load of cool features, including QuietGuard Supreme sound insulation, a triple water filtration system, a Top Tier Only option, and hidden heating elements. QuietGuard, huh? I guess no more watching the game as far away from the kitchen as possible.