You don't need to appreciate clever design to like the Deglon Meeting Knife Set ($740) — but it helps. Crafted from high-quality stainless steel, this ingenious set includes a 3-1/4-inch paring knife, 5-1/4-inch utility knife, 8-inch chef knife, and 8-3/4-inch slicer, alternatively made with an internal cavity or shaped to go inside one, such that the entire set fits into the included steel block using roughly the same amount of space as a standard chef's knife — which also makes it perfect for those times when space is at a premium.
The difference between a good design and a great one is longevity — great design is timeless, but as such, it takes time to recognize. The OXO Anniversary Edition Uplift Tea Kettle ($70) was created to do exactly that — recognize ten years of the company's classic kettle, with long-lasting stainless steel and zinc construction and handles made from natural cork. As an added bonus, you can pretty much guarantee it'll look as cool in 2022 as it does today.
Fans of colorful kitchen appliances, fear not: the Delonghi kMix Collection ($100-$300) has you covered. Available in a variety of colors — including black, white, blue, red, green, yellow, orange, magenta, and the ever-popular un-color stainless steel — the collection includes a toaster, tea kettle, 5- or 10-cup coffee maker, and an espresso maker, each of which features a durable die-cast aluminum exterior, high-quality components, and a simple, elegant, and perfectly-matching design.
Unsatisfied with the quality of coffee created by your average drip machine, Bodum went about re-inventing it as only they can. The result is the Bodum Bistro Pour Over Coffee Machine ($250), which aims to replicate the tedious yet tasty pour over process. It uses a spiral heating element to get the water as close to boiling as possible before transporting it over to the fine-mesh, titanium-plated coffee filter. It then passes though a shower head to ensure even distribution, while the filter lets through all the flavor and none of the grit. Finally, the double-walled thermos ensures the stuff stays warm, yet still opens with a simple press of a button. [via]
Some of our favorite salsas and sauces come in plain, reusable jars — but unless you're running a country-themed bar, they aren't so useful for drinking out of thereafter. Unless you've got a Cuppow ($9). This brilliant little tool acts like a coffee cup lid, working with most normal wide-mouth canning jars to turn them into efficient, reusable, spill-free travel mugs — although it still won't stop you from burning your hands should you decide to fill it with hot coffee.