Go straight from juice to a frosty smoothie with the Breville Juice & Blend ($500). This healthful kitchen appliance lets you push whole fruits and vegetables down to be juiced without cutting thanks to a wide three-inch chute, and once in the 51-oz. glass pitcher, the juice can be set back on the same base — with the blender attachment on, of course — and mixed with ice to create tasty smoothies with no prep work and little mess.
It won't get up, get a cup and single-serve disc out of the cabinet, and deliver your drink to you as you relax in a recliner with your iPad, but the Tassimo T65 Brewbot ($200) can handle pretty much everything else with the single press of a button. It's preprogrammed to make seven different beverages — coffee, tea, espresso, cappuccino, latte, crema, and hot chocolate — one cup at a time, and knows exactly what to make and how to brew it thanks to barcodes found on each T disc. Be sure to look for its cameo in the upcoming film Transformers 3: Crushing the life out of cinema one slo-mo explosion at a time.
The holidays are coming up, which means its time to bust out your pie-making skills, and hours of baking. Or you could grab up a Breville Pie Maker ($80). This handy mini-appliance can cook up to four personal-sized pies in just eight minutes, with a ready light to let you know when it's time to cook, a locking latch and crimper seal to make sure the pies stay intact, and a non-stick interior for easy clean up. Great for sweet fruit pies, tangy vegetable mixes, or even quiches, but if we see you holding a straight razor and hawking blood red "meat pies," we're outta there.
Take your cooking to the next level while simplifying your spice rack at the same time. The twin-chamber of the Y-Grinder ($30) allows you to dispense two seasonings from the same unit, saving you space, while its adjustable grinder allows you to go from coarse to fine grain with ease.
They say a watched pot never boils, but with the Boil Buoy ($10), you'll never again have to worry about your gaze stopping the process. This nifty kitchen helper floats in your pot of water, and when the action starts, you'll get a audible alert from the stainless steel chime, letting you know it's time to add your food — which frees you up to do other things, like work on another part of the meal, or simply watch some more football.