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14 Cool Pocket Knives in 2019

14 Cool Pocket Knives in 2019

Pocket knives have been used by man since the early Iron Age. Folding blade knives were already being forged in the Iberian peninsula even before the pre-Roman era. Pocket knives have become one of the most indispensable tools of man. True enough, these small marvels of cutting technology have evolved to become one of the most versatile gadgets any man could ever have. It is this utility that has given the device the status of a popular icon. Hence, we’re bringing you 14 cool pocket knives that you surely don’t want to miss this 2019.

Swiss Army Pocket Knife by Victorinox

Although it was initially intended as a multi-purpose tool that served the men of the Swiss military in 1891, the Swiss Army Pocket Knife has achieved worldwide recognition after it was popularized by Angus MacGyver in the popular 80’s TV series. Today, the term Swiss Army knife is often used as a metaphor for describing a person’s or an object’s adaptability and usefulness. Made by the same company that has been producing these fine quality and highly useful devices since the middle of the 19th century, Victorinox, today’s incarnation of the fabled multipurpose bladed tool never fails to draw admiration for its sleek lines and the technology that’s been put into its creation. Available in various combinations to cater to the active lifestyles of different personalities, the quintessential Swiss Army knife is great for campers, climbers, hunters, sportsmen, handymen, and extreme adventurers as well as other professions. Depending on the variant that you’ll get, you’ll be treated to a variety of tools that have been the signature of Victorinox products. This is, of course, in addition to the 2.45 inch blade. For example, getting the Camper II variant wil give you a corkscrew, screwdriver, bottle opener, and even a wood saw which makes it ideal for camping, hiking, or even fishing. The Champion Plus, on the other hand, will give you a whopping 30 pieces of high grade stainless steel tools. The Climber II has 14 tools while the Huntsman II gives you 15 different functionalities. The Spartan II and Sportsman II variants both give you 12 different stainless tools. The nice thing about this bladed tool is that you get lifetime warranty for any defects observed in its craftsmanship as well as the materials used in its production. Exclusively handmade, you’ll never go wrong with a Victorinox. That’s why our favorite improviser MacGyver uses it all the time even in life-and-death situations. You don’t need life threatening situations to enjoy the full benefits of this knife, though.

What We Like about It – With more than a century of perfecting the art of multifunctional and high quality bladed tools, it would simply be foolish not to think about the Victorinox Swiss Army Pocket Knife. There’s only one of its kind. And if there are other blades in the world, they’d just be competing for the number 2 spot.

US Navy SEAL Team Punisher Tanto Blade Rescue Pocket Knife by The X Bay

Everybody knows what the US Navy SEAL stands for and what its men are truly capable of. Often given assignments nobody else would dare take, these tough military specialists are known for improvisations as well as for their toughness. These qualities are well integrated into the design of the US Navy SEAL Team Punisher TANTO Blade rescue Pocket Knife. With an all-steel construction, the Punisher is built to cut almost anything. With partial serrations on the 3.5 inch tanto blade made of stainless steel, the Punisher can rip through leather as well as other materials. The sleek blade is emblazoned with the iconic skull logo of the Punisher to warn others of how unforgiving the blade can be. The SEAL Team logo adorns the metallic handle. While it’s no Swiss Army knife, the Punisher is able to integrate two useful rescue tools on its backside. One enables you to break glass perfect for rescuing trapped individuals in their locked vehicles as well as buildings and structures. There’s even a seatbelt cutter to help free trapped motorists so rescue can be initiated. Of course, you’re not going to go around parading the Punisher in public as you’ll be using its integrated belt clip. With the Punisher and the SEAL Team logos in one single tool, you’re bound to be the talk of the town.

What We Like about It – The use of Tanto blade, known for combat blades, on the Punisher is quite exceptional. We guess this is designed specifically for those in the defense industry, although, anybody can just as easily use it.

TF-469 Gentleman’s Assisted Opening Folding Knife by TAC Force

If you love your kitchen knife, we guarantee you’ll love the TF-469 Gentleman’s Assisted Opening Folding Knife. From afar you’d think that it’s the paring knife that you lost a week ago in your kitchen. However, when the blade is folded into the cavity of the TF-469, then you’d realize that it’s actually one of the most elegant pocket knives you’ll ever see. Sure, it doesn’t have all the tools that will make you a MacGyver nor does it have all that fancy curves and attachments seen in other brands. The TF-469 is nonetheless, a beautiful blade you can put in your pocket or even your purse. Deploying the 3 inch straight edge black stainless steel blade is accomplished with just one hand as the TF-469 comes with a spring assisted mechanism. Locking it into place is also made super convenient as the liner comes with an ingenious lock solution. Personally, what we really love about the TF-469 is its 4 inch pakkawood handle. You can see the beautiful lines of the wood grain, giving it an elegance that you can never get from all-steel or even rubberized handles. Carrying it is made easy as a clip is already attached to the handle.

What We Like about It – Sexy and elegant. That’s how we can describe the TF-469. Its spring mechanism is also amazing.

Kershaw Cryo Knife by Kershaw

Small but terrible. This phrase is often taken to mean the tenacity of someone despite his or her small stature. The blade of the Kershaw Cryo Knife may be small but it cuts like a newly opened surgical scalpel. This is thanks in part to the premium 8Cr13MoV steel construction of its 2.75 inch blade that has been coated with titanium carbo-nitride. As we all know, titanium is one of the hardest metals on earth with a very high melting point. It’s used in various applications that require extreme temperatures. With such material coating the Cryo, there’s no doubt that this beautiful and curvaceous blade is going to be a magnet for fine blade enthusiasts. The Cryo can be carried in 4 different ways giving you absolute control over how you wish to keep the Cryo’s 3.75 inch titanium carbo-nitride coated handle. Deploying the miniscule yet mighty blade is assisted by a patented SpeedSafe mechanism which is activated by a purposeful push on the thumb stud. It’s also possible to deploy the blade by pulling back on the Cryo’s flipper. However you wish to deploy it, you can be sure your fingers stay connected to the rest of your hands. There’s also a frame lock which helps secure the blade while in use so it won’t accidentally fold into the chamber.

What We Like about It – With a super sleek design, a host of safety features, and titanium coated blade, the Kershaw Cryo is one magnificent tool that puts into perspective the belief that the best things in life come in small packages.

Swiss Army Classic SD Pocket Knife by Victorinox

We have already shared with you the favorite tool of MacGyver. Obviously, if you are not really into a lot of action, you’ll definitely find no use for the impressive array of tools that the Victorinox Swiss Army knife has to offer. So, let’s try to tone the functionalities down a bit so you’ll be able to find use for them on a daily basis whether it’s for your home or in the office. The Victorinox Swiss Army Classic SD provides the same guarantees that the brand is known for. The only difference is that you’ll get a shorter blade, about 1.25 inches to be exact. But don’t laugh at this really short and small blade as it is still very functional. Together with the blade is a nail file, tweezers, a screwdriver, scissors, and a key ring. They’ve even managed to squeeze in a toothpick so you’ll have no problems cleaning the spaces in between teeth when the resto you just dined in happens to run out of toothpicks. The Classic SD is also available in 35 different colors and designs so you’ll have plenty of options to include in your set of keys. With its very small size and very lightweight design at only three-quarters of an ounce, you won’t even know it’s in your pocket.

What We Like about It – With a lifetime guarantee provided by a name that’s synonymous with perfection, it’s no wonder close to 5,000 customers happily left their positive views about this Swiss product of perfection.

Key Shaped Folding Pocket Knife by Zjskin

If you’re looking for a truly inconspicuous knife, one that nobody else will think that you have a weapon in you, then the Zjskin Key Shaped Folding Pocket Knife is the answer. Just imagine the size of your average key at about 9.2 centimeters or roughly 3.6 inches from the key head to the key tip and you’ve got one of the smallest knives you’ll ever have. This is, of course, with the blade fully folded into the chamber. The stainless steel blade itself is only 3.7 centimeters long or roughly 1.45 inches, a hair shorter than the blade of the Victorinox Classic SD. While it may look so tiny, it nevertheless, can cut like any other blade tool. What’s amazing about the Zjskin is that the handle or chamber of the blade is actually designed like a real key. You can include this in your set of keys and no one will ever know you’ve got a beautiful Zjskin in there. Talk about cool.

What We Like about It – It’s cute and it’s lightweight. The best thing is that everyone will think it’s a key but you know very well that it’s not.

Squid Folding Pocket Knife by Columbia River Knife and Tool

With its blade fully deployed, you’d really think the CRKT Squid Folding Pocket Knife is like a squid that’s colored in shimmering steely silver. This is how most people look at this Columbia River Knife and Tool creation. It may be shaped like a squid but its functionalities are never fishy. Designed by well-known blades designer, Burnley Lucas, the CRKT Squid comes in a very compact frame but is oozing with features that put to shame even the features of more expensive brands have to offer. Friction grooves have been meticulously integrated on the drop point blade to give you a firm and secure grip on its 2Cr13 steel handle. Adding safety to its handling is a frame lock which secures the 2.25 inch 8Cr13MoV steel blade in place during use. Speaking of the blade, its drop point design allows for an excellent balance between point geometry and tip strength. You’d have to be careful where you’re pointing the Squid. Deploying the drop point blade is accomplished with the thumb stud. Burnley designed the Squid as a very serious tool for the serious blade-handler. Its design inspiration came from a compact pistol that may be diminutive in size but can deliver a killer blow. This is the perfect gadget for serious handymen: small yet packs a punch.

What We Like about It – The drop point blade designs is a perfect example of how balanced the Squid is from tip to tip. Too bad, it doesn’t have other tools otherwise, it could very well be great heir to the Victorinox.

Kershaw Leek Knife by Kershaw

We’ve presented the Kershaw Cryo and its sexy design. Now, if you want a pointier tip much more like a dagger, then the Kershaw Leek Knife is the answer. Aside from its super sharp needle-point, the Kershaw Leek is also different in the choice of its blade construction. Instead of the 8Cr13MoV steel seen in the Cryo, the Leek boasts of a 14C28N Sandvik steel that has been finished blasted with microbeads giving it a certain texture that is part of its allure. The handle is also different. Instead of a handle that’s coated in titanium carbo-nitride, the Leek’s handle comes as a 410 bead-blasted stainless steel. While the Leek’s blade is shorter by three quarters of an inch at only 3 inches it is the sharp pointed tip that is its primary weapon. At 3 ounces, it is heavy enough to provide excellent handling while lightweight enough to be carried conveniently whether you’re going to simply slip it inside your pocket or clip it in your belt or even pocket. And speaking of clips, the Leek has a reversible pocket clip which allows you to reposition it either at the tip or the side. Like the Squid, the Leek also features a drop point blade which gives it superb balance. However, the drop point style has been modified a bit to allow for accurate detailing work. For chefs and food designers, the Leek is a valuable asset. For the handyman, its pointed tip can really provide the versatility to work across a variety of projects.

What We Like about It – The Leek is excellent for everyday use. The modified drop point blade is also superb for more detailed cutting and slicing. Its clean and sleek look is well loved by more than 1,600 very satisfied knivesmen.

MTA882 Series Spring Assist Folding Knife by MTech USA

Looking more like a menacing shark when viewed from the side, the MTech USA MTA882 Series Spring Assist Folding Knife is one mean-looking pocket knife with wavy features that resemble the fins of a shark. The 2.75 inch stainless steel blade has an unusual hole in the upper portion, perfect for slotting lengthy items to be broken. Large serrations are also integrated on the top of the blade with an inward curved right next to the blade guard. This should be perfect for freeing people strapped onto their seatbelts. The handle is wrapped in black nylon fiber and completed with a Lanyard hole as well as a bottle opener. Never again will you have to use your teeth in opening your bottle of beer. Opening the MTech is achieved by activating the spring assisted mechanism which should take only one hand. A liner lock mechanism is also integrated in the chamber to help secure the stainless steel blade in place. With six different blade colors to choose from, you will certainly pick something out that best represents your personality.

What We Like about It – The MTech looks very rugged, very sporty. But with a few tools well-integrated into its design, the MTech should appeal more to yuppies.

Imperial IMP16S Stockman Folding Pocket Knife by Schrade

We already said that the Victorinox Swiss Army knife remain the undisputed king of pocket utility knives. But this doesn’t mean that others are light-years behind. Take for example Schrade that has managed to create a really stunning masterpiece in its Imperial IMP16S Stockman Folding Pocket Knife. The Schrade Imperial doesn’t only have a beautiful and razor sharp stainless steel blade from the 400 series, it has three of them. There’s the clip point blade made of 3Cr13MoV stainless steel as well as the spay blade and the sheepsfoot blade. The combination of 3 different steely edges provides excellent options whether you’re a master craftsman or an ordinary homeowner. On the spay blade are nail pulls giving you an additional functionality. The handle is finished in amazing grey swirl POM complete with bolsters that are also made from premium grade stainless steel. The back springs are ingeniously heat treated to give durability and strength while the brass pins help secure all the different components together. At just 1.9 ounces, the Schrade Imperial is super convenient to hold. The blades are perfectly positioned to give it a balanced feel on the hands. Unfortunately, while the 3 blades are a rarity, potential users are quite baffled as to what to do with three knives in one.

What We Like about It – The Schrade Imperial is lightweight making it easy on the hands. The inclusion of three blades is also noteworthy although, you’d have to find use for each edge.

Tac-Force Red Cross Folding Blade Pocket Knife by Get

For individuals who are fans of Arthurian legends or the Crusades, maybe you’d like to have the Tac-Force Red Cross Folding Blade Pocket Knife. Designed to be like the broadswords used in the medieval period (we were actually reminded of the Excalibur sword), the Tac-Force Red Cross is a stunning piece of metal work that consists of a spring assisted mechanism that launches its 4 inch long stainless steel blade straight out and fully adorned with a blood groove running along its center. While the TacForce Red Cross is not double-edged, it is highly possible to sharpen the blunt edge to give it a more stunning, albeit deadlier, look. Doing so will give the Tac-Force a more realistic representation of medieval swords, nonetheless. The handle is made of silver aluminum and adorned with a red cross overlay made of stainless steel. Looking at all the red crosses that embellish the handle and the crossguard of the Tac-Force, we’re reminded of the Crusades with the cross as a major symbol of Christian armies. Now, you’re not only getting a cutting tool, you’ve got a piece of history as well.

What We Like about It – The unique design of the Tac-Force Red Cross is truly amazing. It’s like a miniature medieval sword.

0371BRS Stockman 3 Blade Pocket Knife with Woodgrain Handle by Buck Knives

If you think the Schrade Imperial looks stunning, you’d agree with us that the Buck Knives 0371BRS Stockman 3 Blade Pocket Knife is more elegant simply because of its woodgrain handle. Technically, the Buck Knives is similar to the Schrade except for its wooden handle and completed with bolsters made of nickel silver. It also has the same 3-blade system as the Schrade Imperial making it a good multipurpose knife for daily carry.

What We Like about It – The woodgrain handle is something worth having in a pocket knife. There’s just a different feel to wood compared to other materials.

Old Timer 8OT Senior Pocket Knife by Schrade

Just like the Schrade Imperial, the Schrade Old Timer 8OT Senior Pocket Knife comes with the same 3-blade design complete with heat-treated back springs. The only difference is the use of an old timer sawcut for its handle. It’s got the same spey, clip point, and sheepsfoot 3 inch long blades.

What We Like about It – The 3 blade design remains noteworthy as it gives versatility in its use.

The Original Rifle Shaped AK47 Style Steel Pocket Knife by EverydayGear 

Designed like the rifle stock of the most famous and most versatile assault rifle of all time, the AK-47, the EverydayGear Original Rifle Shaped AK47 Style Steel Pocket Knife may look like a novelty item but it is a very useful tool. Instead of the usual hardware tools seen in other pocket knives, however, the EverydayGear comes with a LED flashlight that has already been integrated into the rifle stock. The 2.5 inch long solid steel blade easily folds under the stock that is, just like the AK47, made of quality wood. There’s a safety lock mechanism to prevent accidental deployments of the folded edge. It even managed to incorporate a trigger guard which can also double as a superb anchor point for your finger while holding the pocket knife.

What We Like about It – With a design that is patterned after the AK-47, this one’s sure to appeal to rifle enthusiasts.

How We Chose the Pocket Knives in Our List

Like the utensil that we use in our kitchen, pocket knives must be able to perform its primary purpose exceptionally well. This means, it must be able to cut or slice; otherwise, it wouldn’t be called as such. This is also the main focus of our search. While we agree that pocket knives can come in various shapes, forms, and built-in features, they must be able to cut or slice through things with ease. Part of the cutting ability of these bladed tools is the material upon which the blade is made of. It is imperative that it is of the highest possible quality so that it can withstand the rigors of outdoor utilization. We believe that these gadgets are designed specifically for cutting or slicing through objects other than those we find in our kitchens. Be it in the great outdoors or your workhouse, these should provide you with the strength and durability of the blade to cut through non-food items.

All sharp objects can be considered safety risks. And this includes knives. As such, we had to carefully consider the safety features that have been built into these tools to make sure you’re not going to accidentally cut or injure yourself while using it. The way in which the handle is designed can also play an important factor in knife safety. So, we considered this, too.

Obviously, since the most famous of all pocket knives is the venerable Swiss Army knife, it was important for us to look at the different features that can be utilized for a variety of purposes. If a feature doesn’t serve a particular useful purpose, then the item was scrapped from our list.

Other factors that we considered included the reputation of the knife-maker as reflected in the number of positive feedbacks and a minimum of 4 star rating in product reviews. We believed this will give you the peace of mind that you need in ascertaining the quality and “coolness” of these pocket knives.

Tips to Choosing the Right Pocket Knife

While we just shared with you how we chose the pocket knives in this list, you may want to perform your very own search. Here are some tips to choosing the right pocket knife for you.

  • Consider what you really need.It is very important to understand that knives are toolsthat you use for a specific purpose. This is also dependent on where  you’re going to use it. Will it be for everyday carry or just on special activities like camping or hiking? These questions may look so easy to answer to you but they provide the most crucial information on the kind of tool you need to choose.
  • Learn the different shapes of knife blades.Understand that the shape of the edge of your knife will determine how it is supposed to be used. For example, drop point blades are excellent for general knife work as well as heavy tasks while a tanto blade is great for piercing, prying, and scraping.
  • Determine the material you want for the handle. The handle should never be taken too lightly as this is where your hand is in contact with your pocket knife. You can choose wood for its elegance, plastic for affordability, rubber for excellent grip, or aluminum or stainless steel for durability. Obviously, each one has its downsides as well, so, you’ll need to study your options carefully.
  • Look at features you really need. Some of the more common features that pocket knives have include frame locks, one-handed opening mechanisms, and assisted opening systems. Also, you may need to decide if you want a multi-tool, a camp tool, or none.

The Bottom Line

Every man deserves to have the right kind of tool in his possession at all times. These 14 cool pocket knives in 2019 are guaranteed to elevate your creativity and resourcefulness.

15 Cool Keyboards in 2019

15 Cool Keyboards in 2019

Many computers today already have their built-in keyboards which can truly elevate the whole typing experience as one punches or swipes across the screen. But the tactile experience as well as the visual and auditory sensations provided by a good keyboard can never be replaced by digital versions. As such, if you’re looking for really cool keyboards, you’ve come to the right place as we’re here to share with you 15 cool keyboards in 2019.

15 Seriously Cool Keyboards

MK270 Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo by Logitech

For the modern-day office worker or even road warrior, wireless connectivity is a must. That’s why one of the best input devices that you can ever get, especially if you’re the type of person who makes his or her home an extension of the office, is the MK270 Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo. What’s really amazing about this combination is that you don’t need two separate 2.4 GHz wireless nano receivers for both input devices. Both of these can already be connected to your computer using a single receiver slotted into a single USB port. This means you’ll still have plenty of USB ports to use for your other peripherals. You won’t be bored while working either, as the MK270 has already integrated a variety of hot keys into its slim chassis. There are buttons to instantly access the internet as well as your emails. You don’t need to fumble through the different menus in your desktop as everything is already made accessible with a touch of a button. Even your music and video files can be opened and managed with the hot keys of the MK270. It comes as an easy plug-and-play device so it can run even on legacy operating systems like Windows XP as well as the newer versions of Windows 10. While it is wireless, it is not Bluetooth compatible however.

What We Like about It – The MK270 has the right combination of slim profile, wireless connectivity, ease of operation, and multifunctionality that everyone can truly appreciate. It’s no surprise that it gains more than 8,500 strongly positive comments.

Mechanical Feel Wired Gaming Keyboard by Emarth

Video gamers need to have the best experience whenever they sit in front of their computers and play their favorite games. If you can get all the different controls of a gaming joystick or controller pad into the computer peripheral, then it would really be a fantastic gadget. Such is what the Emarth Mechanical Feel Wired Gaming Keyboard promises. This computer peripheral has integrated quite a few gaming controls into its ergonomically designed chassis. For example, the 4 directional joystick buttons in control pads are now conveniently integrated into the Earth. It allows for the simultaneous pressing of up to 19 keys without conflict. The Emarth also has a fully changeable LED color backlighting. And get this, the Emarth also comes with a variety of brightness and breathing modes to complement the colorful backlighting, giving any gamer a superb gaming experience. The keys are built on suspension mechanisms with a concave cap and clear tones to provide a superb tactile and auditory experience. The spacebar has been duly strengthened since this is one of the keys that are often abused by serious PC gamers. It’s also plug-and-play but, unlike the MK270, its backward compatibility extends well into Windows ME. We are not really sure if it can be used on legacy devices running on older systems, though.

What We Like about It – The backlighting and sound effects plus the ergonomic design of the Emarth are amazing. With the strengthening of the keys, this is great for avid gamers.

SI-859 Backlit Gaming Keyboard with Adjustable Backlight by AULA

Futuristic and space age are what can be said about the AULA SI-859 Backlit Gaming Keyboard. The ergonomic and stylish board design reminds you of the sleek curves of a Lamborghini or even the ROG series of gaming laptops like those from Asus and Dell. The characters in each of the keys have been laser carved to make sure it won’t wear off or peal so you’ll get the same quality of characters every time. The laser carved characters also provide a wonderful backlighting effect which is made possible by its intelligent controls. The backlight of the SI-859 can be changed in 3 different colors, each of which has 4 different modes to provide a really cool gaming experience. While the SI-859 does not have the joystick control keys such as those found on the Emarth, it does makes up for this with its super strengthened spacebar to give you superb durability over long hours of gaming abuse. The Windows key can be easily toggled into either the locked or unlocked position so you’ll have greater freedom over your game. With a superbly futuristic profile and an excellent backlighting effect, the SI-859 is a great bargain especially if you’re on the lookout for excellent keyboards for sale.

What We Like about It – The SI-859’s sleek design is what we really fell in love with the first time. The cool colors of its backlight are also remarkable.

STRAFE Mechanical Gaming Keyboard by Corsair

One major drawback of using keyboards for gaming is the incidence of ghosting which typically occurs if you need to press several keys all at once to effect a particular action in the game. For instance, you may need to press A, W, S, and D all at once to produce an effect. Unfortunately, many keyboards won’t be able to read all of these keys at once so some of these keys may be missing in the resulting process. As such, the effect might be different from the one desired. This is effectively addressed by the Corsair STRAFE Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with its anti-ghosting technology. This helps ensure that all of your keystrokes will be registered in the board to give you one seamless and truly immersive gaming experience. The STRAFE also comes with a unique USB pass-through port so all of your USB-enabled peripherals such as mouse and headset adapter, among others, will not be in the way to an immersive playtime. One amazing thing about the STRAFE is that you can program the keys to fit your personal preferences. If you don’t like using the usual AWSD format, then you can easily assign a different set of keys that works best for you. Each key is contoured and textured to provide an amazing grip as well as enhanced tactile sensations. The dynamic backlighting is also remarkable, although you’re stuck with a red color. There are also a row of multimedia controls for ease of access.

What We Like about It – The STRAFE may not have a very futuristic design but its functionality more than makes up for it.

K400 Plus Wireless Touch Keyboard by Logitech

Don’t you just wish your computer had a larger screen, say a 50+ inch vivid LED? Well, if you have a Smart TV or if you can connect your TV to your computer, then it is at all possible. But how do you control it, you ask? With Logitech’s K400 Plus Wireless Touch Keyboard, of course. Capable of wirelessly connecting to your device up to 10 meters away, the K400 wireless keyboard offers seamless and highly responsive connection enabling you to watch your favorite videos on YouTube or Netflix, stay in touch with your friends on social media networks, browse through the gazillions of web pages, stream music, and many others. Technically, what you can do on your computer you can now do it while sitting conveniently in your couch 33 feet away. Built with a 3.5 inch touchpad that is a hallmark of all laptops, navigating through the various menu interfaces on your computer-connected TV is now super easy. The touchpad also comes with the signature two buttons which effectively takes the place of the mouse. Control buttons and hot keys are laid out in the K400’s chassis for effortless access. Hot keys no longer require any configuration as they function right from the box. Worried about the longevity of its battery? Fear not; the next time you’ll be replacing it will be 18 months from the first time you’ve used it.

What We Like about It – The superb wireless connectivity of the K400 is amazing. The addition of a touchpad is an awesome feature that laptop and netbook users will find very useful.

Rainbow Backlit Wired Gaming Keyboard and Mouse Combo by HAVIT

Need a more colorful backlight for your gaming keyboard? How about HAVIT’s Rainbow Backlit Wired Gaming Keyboard and Mouse Combo? Unlike the other computer peripherals we featured in this list, the HAVIT Rainbow comes with a variety of colors that illuminate the keys of this input device. It should be noted that only the base of the keys are illuminated so if you’re expecting the characters to light up as well, then you’re in for a surprise. Nevertheless, controlling the rainbow effects is also possible as you can choose from three different modes: breath, medium, and high. The HAVIT Rainbow also boasts of 19 non-conflict keys. The usual WASD layout can also be changed depending on your preference. Even the Windows hotkey can be disabled so that you’re not going to accidentally activate it during gameplay. The accompanying mouse also has a well-integrated backlight mechanism that you can change its breathing light. The mouse itself can be used to control the DPI settings of your computer from a low 800 DPI to a high 2400 DPI. With backwards compatibility up to Windows XP as well as the Mac OS, the HAVIT Rainbow is a great gear to include in any computer gameplay.

What We Like about It – The backlit keyboard and mouse combo is great as one amazingly complements the other. We just wished it were wireless, though.

BlueFinger Adjustable Crack Backlit LED Gaming Keyboard with Mouse Pad by BlueFinger

If you’re the kind of gamer who likes sparks in every keystroke, then the BlueFinger Adjustable Crack backlit LED Gaming Keyboard with Mouse Pad is an excellent choice. The description says the backlighting effects are a lot similar to a cracked surface. However, a closer inspection reveals that it actually depends on the color of the backlight. If it’s blue or purple, the pattern actually resembles more of a multi-forked lightning while the red backlight reminds you more of the cracks in a lava rock with the bright red molten lava being revealed in the spaces. Regardless, the BlueFinger is one fashionable keyboard that you can easily change the color of its backlight. A press of the Function key in combination with other keys can help you toggle between the different backlight colors as well as adjust the brightness of the light. Additionally, pressing on the Fn key plus the keys P and S will activate the 3-color breath mode. If you prefer a single color breath, then the key to press is Fn + PB. The point is the BlueFinger is not just a cool-looking device. It’s also highly functional giving you 19 non-conflict keys for more aggressive gaming.

What We Like about It – The fashionable patterns are amazing. The material used in its construction allows for a softer tactile experience.

Amazon Basics Wired Keyboard by Amazon Basics

There’s no denying that not everyone needs really fancy and cool keyboards. As long as you can do what you’re supposed to do and perform it well, then you’re good. But if you can add other functionalities without impacting the price, then we’d say go for it. The Wired Keyboard of AmazonBasics is a good keyboard that is made even more appealing by its low price. The keys are almost flushed into the board to achieve a very low profile giving you comfortable and quiet typing experience. Hotkeys are also well-thought of as there are keys specifically for opening or accessing some of the more common tasks that we perform everyday such as managing our media files, accessing files and folders on My Computer, as well as many others. AmazonBasics says the product works well as a plug and play device for Windows 2000 up to Windows 7. Unfortunately, there are no indications whether it will work with a Windows 8 or even a Windows 10 computer.

What We Like about It – For its price, it’s amazing to see Amazon packing some of the features that you’ll only see in more expensive brands. What’s really superb is its super quiet operation.

Gryphon LED Illuminated Programmable Gaming Keyboard by TeckNet

Serious gamers often spend countless hours in front of their computers without getting a break. They’d eat, drink, and even eliminate right there and then. You’ll never know when you’ll be slipping your glass of juice or can of soda on your peripherals. That’s why it’s best to get the fully water-resistant Gryphon LED Illuminated Programmable Gaming Keyboard. Not only will it protect your gear against spills, the Gryphon also has a very futuristic and awesome design that it makes for a great companion of other game gears. It features 3 fully adjustable LED backlighting complete with adjustable brightness to customize your gaming experience. What’s amazing about the Gryphon is that you can program up to 10 different keys that will simplify all of your redundant keystrokes which is a lot similar to the creation of macros in your computer. So, instead of striking several keys to perform a particular action, you only need to press a single dedicated key that you can program. This works well with its anti-ghosting feature. There are also multimedia controls; 12 of them, actually, so you’ll have absolute control of your gameplay all within Gryphon.

What We Like about It – The water-resistant and programmable properties of the Gryphon make it a great gaming keyboard. Add the stylish design and you’ve got for yourself a winner.

4000 Natural Ergonomic Keyboard for Business by Microsoft

If you’re typing 8 hours a day for 5 days a week, chances are you’ll have a variety of painful syndromes not only in your fingers but also in your wrist. To help avoid this problem, you can use the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 for Business. This USB keyboard has a very unique ergonomic design that lets your forearm, wrist, and hands to rest comfortably while you’re doing your job. Its palm rest is well cushioned to add to the comfort and relieve pressure off bony prominences. The 4000 also comes with all of your favorite buttons on a Windows 7 taskbar so there’s no need to navigate to your computer screen to activate these features.

What We Like about It – The ergonomic design is outstanding. Obviously, close to 6,000 positively happy customers agree.

K360 Wireless USB Keyboard by Logitech

Designed for the employee with no space to spare in his or her work desk, the K360 Wireless USB keyboard is a fantastic solution. With a very slim and small profile, the K360 is perfect for work areas that don’t have the luxury of space. There are also 12 hotkeys that give you instant access to the most commonly used programs in your desktop including the internet and emails. There are no complicated installations; it’s a simple plug and play. The battery on the wireless receiver should last up to 3 years, giving it superb longevity.

What We Like about It – It’s a space-saver. The features of the K360 don’t disappoint as well.

4 Professional Soft Tactile MX Brown Mechanical Keyboard by Das Keyboard

Whether for work or for play, the Das Keyboard 4 Professional is simply amazing. It has gold contact-Cherry MX mechanical key switches which give you a superb tactile sensation. What makes it superb for both gaming and work applications is its N-Key Rollover which is a significant step against ghosting. This simply means that you’ll have seamless control of the keyboard regardless of how many keys you press at the same time. The top panel is made of anodized aluminum giving you excellent durability. Hotkeys also adorn the face of the Das complete with an instant sleep function. It also has an oversized volume control knob which makes it a lot easier to manage your audio.

What We Like about It – The use of NKRO is astounding. The minimalist design is also remarkable.

VM01 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with Brown Switches by Velocifire

It’s a cross between an excellent gaming keyboard and a multifunctional office input device. That’s how the Velocifire VM01 is aptly described. It’s got wonderful backlighting that can be managed in various modes. It has mechanism brown switches that are designed to give an entirely different tactile experience. What the Velocifire is particularly famous for is its 104-key anti-ghosting functionality. There are also 12 hotkeys for various multimedia applications.

What We Like about It – The Velocifire is excellent for people who would like to add a little spice to their work. The anti-ghosting functionality is simply astounding.

MK550 Wave Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo by Logitech

With an ergonomic wave design that aims to put all the keys within easy reach, the MK550 Wave Wireless Keyboard is perfect for the office worker of today. All the essential functions are neatly arranged on the wide body of the Wave. The cushioned palm rests also help prevent soreness in the hands while providing optimum comfort. The laser mouse is dutifully contoured to fit well in your hands.

What We Like about It – It’s a combo from Logitech. Quality is never a question as shown by its close to 5,000 satisfied keyboardists.

MK710 Desktop Wireless Keyboard/Mouse Combo by Logitech 

Almost similar to the MK550 but with a slightly smaller palm rest and more streamlined chassis, the MK710 Desktop Wireless Keyboard/Mouse Combo is nonetheless a cool input device to have. It has all the features that all Logitech products are known for including easy-to-access hotkeys. It also features hyper-fast scrolling as well as an LCD dashboard to keep you heads up with the status of your device.

What We Like about It – The comfortable positioning of the keys is noteworthy. Plus, it’s from Logitech, too.

How We Chose the Fabulous Keyboards in Our List

As there are literally thousands of input devices in the market we had to streamline the list first. We only included those with at least 4 star ratings in their customer reviews. However, even after doing this, we still ended with a few hundreds. It was a tough task going through each one of these, so we focused on what other consumers think about the keyboards that they have already bought. Since these products already have no less than 4 stars, we considered the negatives and determined if these are legitimate concerns. If it’s a design flaw, then we scrapped it. If not, we still gave it the benefit of the doubt.

Depending on the type of keyboard, we examined the features that will make the experience of using the input device truly worthwhile. For instance, keyboards for gamers usually come with backlights. There are also multimedia input devices. We had to examine these features carefully and try to analyze the benefits that they will bring to anyone who uses these computer input devices.

We also considered the company that made the device. There are well-established companies that provide excellent feature-packed keyboards at a reasonable price. There are also certain brands that really command a high price. We had to factor all of these in our evaluation.

Features to Look for in a Gaming Keyboard

If you’re wondering how to buy a gaming keyboard, we’ve prepared this short list of the features that you may want to look for. For some, these may not look essential but they can definitely improve your gaming experience. Before we proceed with the list, understand that it’s a lot better to buy a mechanical keyboard for gaming purposes rather than other types of keys. So here are the features you can look for:

  • Macro functions – Some computer game actions require a combination of keys. Rather than pressing all of these, you can program one particular key as the trigger for the action.
  • Digital displays – Some devices come with touchscreens and LCD trackpads that can elevate the whole gameplay experience.
  • Backlighting – You don’t play a game in a bright room. You play in a darkened environment. However, doing so will make hitting the correct keys particularly difficult. As such, keyboard illumination is very important.
  • Multimedia function – Volume and zoom controls are just two of the most common multimedia functions you’ll see in these computer peripherals. If it has a dedicated key to connect you instantly to your social media account, then that’s good.
  • Gaming mode – While playing, you don’t need the context menus or even Windows to keep on popping up, disturbing your concentration.
  • Extra keys – If there are additional keys you can program, then buy the keyboard.

The Bottom Line

These amazing input devices are meant to provide you with a totally different experience. This 2019 don’t be content on what you have for work or play; get any of these 15 cool keyboards and lead a much more productive life.

15 Cool Kitchen Gadgets in 2019

15 Cool Kitchen Gadgets in 2019

The kitchen is undoubtedly the heart of any modern home. Conversations are a lot more meaningful while concocting your signature dish. Laughter is best shared over a cup of coffee, a plate of warm toast with jelly, and a heaping teaspoon of jest. The point is you can actually do a lot of things in the kitchen. That’s why it’s also important to look for gadgets that can make life a lot easier in this part of your home. Our 15 cool kitchen gadgets in 2019 should take care of that.

15 Cool Kitchen Gadgets

The Original SpiraLife Vegetable Spiralizer by Lifestyle Dynamics

They say we eat with our eyes. We don’t know about you but a meal that really looks delicious should pave the way for your gastric juices to start flowing. And like what Andrew Zimmern always tells his audience, if it looks good, then eat it. So, why not fascinate your guests with your very own specially cut vegetables? Forget the usual round and flower cuts of veggies. Why not create something like a noodle of pizza or even like a very thin and long band of ribbon? Well, now you can. The Original SpiraLife Vegetable Spiralizer is the one kitchen gadget that you will need to make really wonderful spaghetti-like strands of zucchinis and other veggies. Create a more interesting carrot ribbon or even long strips of aubergine. The SpiraLife is a beautiful, portable vegetable spiralizer that fits comfortably in your hands. It comes with two heavily engineered blades, one designed for creating spaghetti strands and another for slicing wider ribbons. Lifestyle Dynamics also throws in away a hand slicer as well as a cleaning brush in the set, although we found it to be not really needed as the whole system itself has been designed to be clog- and jam- free. Just rinse it in water and put it in the dishwasher. The sturdy construction is matched by its revolutionary space age design.

What We Like about It – It’s a great tool for those fantastic looking dishes. We also love the guarantees that the company provides.

MBR-1101 Magic Bullet Blender by Magic Bullet

Blenders, choppers, and mixers are some of the most versatile kitchen appliances we can ever have in our homes. These devices help us chop veggies, create salsas, and even make our very own smoothies. Unfortunately, many of these appliances are way too bulky that we no longer have space in our kitchen countertop for other things. Additionally, many of these come with complicated controls that you have to find the right combination of settings to get the desired outcome. The time we spend fumbling with these settings significantly reduces the time we spend cooking and enjoying our food. A much better solution is to use the MBR-1101 Magic Bullet Blender. It should not come as a surprise that it’s called Magic Bullet because it is shaped like a bullet. We all associate bullets with speed and that’s just what the Magic Bullet does. It did away with complicated controls so all you’ll ever need is to put your ingredients into its container, pop it right into the Magic Bullet’s high torque power base, and press the cup to get the outcome you need. Want it roughly chopped? Then press it briefly. Want it really fine like a smoothie? Then you’ll have to press longer. It’s up to you how you want your ingredients to be blended and mixed. It’s all in the length of time you’ll be pressing on the canister. No buttons or settings to fumble with. What’s best is that the Magic Bullet doesn’t take too much of your countertop space as it is as wide as your regular cup. So, if you need a really quick salsa or smoothie, the Magic Bullet is the answer.

What We Like about It – It’s super sleek and very easy to use. No complicated setups. Plus, the design is really space-saving.

ARC-914SBD 8-Cup Digital Cool Touch Rice Cooker and Food Steamer by Aroma Housewares

One of the easiest to cook is rice. Just wash it, rinse it, add water, and you’re done. Unfortunately, not everyone can cook perfect rice all the time. It’s not really their fault because it all depends on the variety of rice that you cook. If you’re after the perfect steamed white or brown rice every time, then you simply must have the ARC-914SBD Digital Cool Touch Rice Cooker and Food Steamer. Here’s the thing, the ARC has an intelligent computer board that allows you to program the different controls depending on what you’re cooking. There’s even a delay timer for a maximum of 15 hours so you can effectively set it to start cooking at a given time. Want white rice? How about brown rice? Do you have salmon or red snapper you want to steam? Or even beef and veggie stew? Whatever you want to serve your family, the ARC has you covered. It comes with all the utensils and accessories you will ever need to cook up some beautiful and fragrant rice every time. Now, a word of caution. While the ARC says that it has an 8-cup capacity, this is the cooked version, not the uncooked variety. So, if you have a rice variety that cooks 1:2, then you know that you have at most 4 cups of uncooked rice to cook.

What We Like about It – The programmable features are exceptional. What’s amazing is that close to 8,000 customers find the ARC simply fabulous. Now, beat that!

Original BEAR PAWS Pulled Pork Shredder Claws by Bear Paw Products, Inc.

Everyone loves barbecued pulled pork especially one with its rich and savory juices oozing out of each strand of tender pork meat. It can be a great sandwich filling or enjoyed as is complete with slaw and mashed potatoes or any other classic side dishes. Of course, making your very own pulled pork can be quite tedious. You can shred the meat with your hands. However, the meat is often hot from the oven so you’d be hurting yourself. A better way is to use the Original BEAR PAWS Pulled Pork Shredder Claws. Just imagine you’re Wolverine or perhaps a grizzly tearing at a nice slab of barbecued pork to pieces. The Bear Paws is made of FDA-approved nylon that has been specially designed to withstand the heat of just-cooked meat. It can withstand up to temperatures of 475oF. The Bear Paws is not only great for shredding meats, of course. Because of the fork-like parts, you can use it to lift your Thanksgiving turkey right from the pan and onto your serving plate. You can also use it to toss your vegetable greens and other salads. It’s so versatile that more than 2,000 customers happily include it in their own kitchens.

What We Like about It – The Bear Paws has a very simple design. Yet, basing on the countless happy and satisfied customers, we’d say it’s one truly effective handheld meat shredder.

Amco Rub Away Bar by Amco

One of the tradeoffs of working in the kitchen is that some of the ingredients you will be preparing have a nasty reputation of leaving telltaleodors on your hands. Sometimes, no amount of washing with soap and water can really remove the smell of onions, garlic, or even fish from your hands. While wearing gloves should do the trick, it just isn’t practical since you’d also want to have a very firm grip on the ingredient you’re preparing. A better solution is to get the Amco Rub Away Bar. It’s a very simple stainless steel bar that is beautifully shaped like soap. Here’s the thing: if it’s stainless steel, isn’t it that we already have plenty of stainless steel utensils in our kitchen? We tried looking for answers but couldn’t really find something that makes the Amco Rub Away so effective in removing odors off our skin. Our thinking is that, if the Amco is purely stainless steel, then all stainless steel devices and gadgets have the capability to remove these unwanted odors, right? Suprisingly, close to a thousand consumers have left their positive comments about the product so who are we to argue? We’ve read that the Amco Rub Away bar has been used in almost every conceivable manner from deodorizing the toilet to absorbing the smell inside the fridge. Some have even used it to remove the odors on their intimate body parts. Again, if so many people are saying a lot of good things, then it must be that good.

What We Like about It – It’s a surprisingly effective way of removing kitchen odors from our hands. Its soap shape reminds us that it’s no ordinary stainless steel bar.

25490A Dual Breakfast Sandwich Maker by Hamilton Beach

Sandwiches remain a favorite tummy filler especially for those on the go. However, instead of queuing for your breakfast sandwich, why not just make it yourself? At any rate you get to choose the freshest and healthiest ingredients. If you’re on a mission to shave off some pounds off your belly or on the underside of your upper arms, then the Hamilton Beach Dual Breakfast Sandwich Maker is the way to go. Unlike your typical sandwich maker, the Hamilton Beach comes with beautifully designed pans that are perfect for accommodating your type of bun. Each of the sandwich makers are composed of two layers of pans that are separated by a thin opening mechanism. Here’s the trick: preheat the Hamilton Beach, put the lower half of your chosen bun on the lower pan, add your favorite ingredients like tuna, cheese, ham, and veggies, close the lower pan with the middle ring lid, then add your other ingredients like eggs and cheese, and close the top lid. Now, sit back and just wait for the timer to end. Once you hear the tune, simply twist the middle ring all the way around the assembly, open the top cover, and enjoy your hearty sandwich. Making sandwiches has never been this easy. And now, you can make two at a time.

What We Like about It – The ingenious design of the Hamilton Beach is perfect for diet watchers as they get to create their own healthier, low calorie sandwiches. Everything is super-easy to clean, too.

Herb Saver Best Keeper for Freshest Produce by Prepara

Some prefer using dried herbs in their dishes because they only need little amounts to give a really aromatic flavor. However, nothing can still beat fresh herbs. Unfortunately, these easily wilt if not well hydrated. And even if you’re going to place them in a cool place like your ref, they will still not be as fresh as when you first picked them or bought them. There’s a simple answer to this dilemma: the Herb Saver Best Keeper for Freshest Produce. Imagine a large capsule with a clear window to give you an idea of what herbs are inside. There’s a tethered filler right at the back of the canister where you’ll be pouring water. The point is for you to place your fresh herbs on the pod and then fill the compartment with water. Put inside your ref and you’ve got the freshest herbs for up to 3 weeks, so long as you replace the water every 3 to 5 days. Since the Herb Saver has a built-in clear cover, you can bet that your herbs won’t be squished by other items in your ref. This helps prevent bruising of the leaves which can significantly hasten the degradation process. At the very least, you don’t have to buy your cilantro, parsley, mint, basil, rosemary, dill, thyme, chives, or even oregano as well as other herbs, every now and then. You can keep them fresh up to 3 times longer than normal.

What We Like about It – The way in which the Herb Saver is able to keep the freshness of herbs even after 3 weeks is amazing. Add to this its ability to hydrate these ingredients and you have one cool kitchen gadget.

The Original SNAP’N STRAIN by Kitchen Gizmo

What’s the most inconvenient part of cooking pasta aside from the fact that you have to cook it al dente? It’s the draining process, of course. You don’t want your pasta dish to be so watery than it is saucy, right? Now, instead of pouring your pasta on a dedicated sieve or pasta strainer, why not drain the pasta water straight from the pot itself? To do this, you’d need the Original SNAP’N STRAIN gizmo. You can look at it as a plastic strainer that you clip onto the lip of any pot, bowl, or pan. All you need now is to tip the bowl or pot and drain away. The SNAP’N STRAIN is made of high grade silicone that’s been duly approved by the FDA and has been tested to be resistant to heat. The best part of it is that it works on any type of dish or cooking utensil. Just clip it onto the lip and drain away. You don’t need a separate bowl, pot, or pan to contain the pasta. This reduces the number of utensils or cooking wares that you’ll be cleaning afterwards. At least, you’ll also be eliminating wastes.

What We Like about It – It’s versatile, portable, and very convenient. It makes the process of transferring pastas a breeze.

Deco Brothers Pan Organizer Rack by Deco Brothers

While some homeowners prefer organizing their pans hanging on the wall or inside their cabinets, for those who don’t actually have the luxury of wall space, maybe a small portion of the countertop will suffice to organize 5 pans. That’s the idea behind the design of the Deco Brothers Pan Organizer Rack. Made of superior quality stainless steel, the Deco Brothers can be oriented either horizontally or vertically, often depending on your space requirements. If you have ample space in your countertop, then a horizontal orientation, with the pans stacked side by side should suffice. However, if space is not a luxury, you can let the Deco Brothers stand to allow you to stack your pans one on top of the other. And with a very elegant contemporary design, this should be an excellent addition to any modern kitchen.

What We Like about It – The versatility of the Deco Brothers is exceptional. It organizes your pans based on your space requirements.

Vidalia Pro Vegetable Chopper by Müeller 

In the kitchen, mastery of the knife is a must. This is especially in the preparation of a variety of ingredients. From dicing to chopping to slicing to julienning to fileting and a whole lot more, the value of a dish is inherently tied to how well the ingredients have been prepared. Regrettably, not everyone likes chopping onions, garlic, and other spices as well as vegetables. An easier solution is to get a bulky food processor to do the chopping for you. Sadly, it’s not a space saver. So, a better answer is the Vidalia Pro Vegetable Chopper. Simply slip your vegetable into the slicing area, push the handle down, and watch your veggies be cut into uniform pieces as they fall into a sealed chamber. You no longer have to cry every time you need to chop onions as the spacious chamber can hold up to 4 cups of veggies. You can even process your cheese with the Vidalia Pro.

What We Like about It – It’s compact and super-lightweight. Best of all, it does chop your veggies, fruits, and cheeses like a pro.

Premium Herb Scissors Set by Chefast 

If you like cooking with fresh herbs, then you know that one of the most tedious task of preparing these types of ingredients is in chopping them into finer bits. While a chopping knife or a cleaver will often do the trick, there are instances when you miss certain segments of the herb that they are naturally longer than the others. What you get is not finely chopped herbs but rather uneven ones. The Chefast Premium Herb Scissors should help you chop your herbs in a more uniform manner. Using the Chefast is very easy as it is designed to be used like any other scissor. The only difference is that, instead of having just a pair of blades, the Chefast has 5 pairs of stainless steel blades. What this essentially means is that with each cut, you are effectively cutting 5 uniform segments of the herb. It even comes with 2 pieces of drawstring bags so you can place your newly-cut herbs inside these bags and use in your stock.

What We Like about It – The 5-blade design of the Chefast is amazing. The addition of a chopper, safety cover, and a cleaning comb makes the Chefast an ideal companion for any kitchen warrior, beginning or otherwise.

LifeJoy Onion Holder Vegetable Cutter Slicer by LifeJoy 

Onions are one of the toughest vegetables to work with; not really because of their hardness but because of the substances that they emit during preparation. Now, you don’t have to shed a tear every time you work with onions. Just pierce the LifeJoy Onion Holder vegetable Cutter Slicer into the onion, work your knife in between the teeth of the LifeJoy, and you’ve got evenly-sliced onion rings. At any rate, you don’t need to hold the onion anymore. And since the teeth of the LifeJoy are uniformly spaced, you can bet that you’ll also get uniform thickness with each slice. Tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, hard-boiled eggs, and even cucumbers or anything at all that needs slicing, the LifeJoy can give you a more “hands-off” approach. Worried about the odor of onion sticking in your hands? Just rub your hands against the attached odor remover and you’re done.

What We Like about It – It’s a very convenient way to get uniform slices of veggies especially onions, tomatoes, and others.

Savvy Infusion Water Bottle by Savvy Infusion 

Nothing beats natural. Instead of buying ready-to-drink juices, it’s a lot healthier to make your own. With the savvy Infusion Water Bottle, all you need are slices of your favorite fruits and/or veggies into the infusion chamber, some cool refreshing water, and you’ve got the healthiest drink you’ll ever have. The Savvy Infusion is perfect for diet watchers as well as fitness buffs who would like to stay hydrated using only vitamin-rich liquids that they mixed themselves.

What We Like about It – The design of the infusion chamber of the Savvy Infusion is exceptional. Now, you can enjoy nutritious and healthier drinks whenever you need to.

Tour de Pizza Dual Stainless Steel Bicycle Pizza Cutter by SoHo Kitchen 

Need a gift idea for your pizza-loving friend? How about the Tour de Pizza Dual Stainless Steel Bicycle Pizza Cutter? The two wheels of the Tour de Pizza serve as pizza slicers. However, instead of the usual handle that rolls the slicer, you’ll get a racing bike frame to hold onto. The bike itself comes with the signature racing handlebar, a seat, and a bike stand. Now, all you need is to zoom the wheels of the Tour de Pizza across your pie and you’ve got slices for everyone to enjoy.

What We Like about It – It has a very fun and ingenious design. What more is there to say?

Glide Signs Dishwasher Magnet Clean Dirty Sign by Glide Signs 

Modern kitchens have dishwashers. Unfortunately, we won’t really know if the dish we have popped in have already been washed or not yet? Of course, we can just open the drawer to find out. However, a better solution is to put the Glide Signs Dishwasher Magnet Clean Dirty Sign. Just like your “Doctor is In/Out” glide signs, this should help you determine at first look if the dishes need some cleaning or are already done. At least, there’s no need to open the dishwasher anymore just to see if the dishes are still dirty or are already clean. The Glide Signs works on all types of dishwashers as well as surfaces as you have the option to use either a magnet or an adhesive tape.

What We Like about It – It’s an entirely different way of informing you of the current status of your dishes without having to open the dishwasher. It’s a cool gift, to say the least.

How We Chose the Coolest Kitchen Gadgets in Our List

We understand that different kitchens can be designed or styled differently, yet the fundamental components that make up any modern kitchen are essentially the same. From kitchen utensils to cooking implements as well as other technologies, simple or otherwise, choosing a cool gadget to use in your kitchen is pretty straightforward. Well, that’s what we hoped for. But, after the initial stages in our search, we knew it would take us a considerable length of time to make a shortlist. So, we had to narrow the field first down to just a few tens upon which we can eventually deliberate and choose our final 15.

To achieve this, the kitchen gadget’s consumer rating was taken into consideration in our initial screening process. We thought that the product should have at least 4 stars in its consumer ratings. Any product that had fewer than 4 stars was automatically dropped from the list. Eventually, we ended up with several tens of cool kitchen gadgets. This is where the actual work began.

Since we are talking about gizmos that will make our lives easier as we go about our business in our kitchen, we looked at the overall utility of the products. These must provide a certain benefit that cannot be obtained from other types of tools or devices in the kitchen. Additionally, if it can substantially reduce the amount of time it would normally take to complete a particular task, then we included this, too.

Gadgets don’t need to be very complicated. It must be ready to use straight from the packaging. This extends well into its maintenance. We all know how tedious it can be to wash off food debris from blades and small parts of our kitchen appliances and devices. So, if this can be made very simple as popping them right in our dishwasher, we’re confident you’d love that, too.

Tips to Choosing the Right Gadget for Your Kitchen

As we move towards the 22nd century, more and more homes are integrating smart technologies in every aspect of their homes. Many of today’s modern homes already have an array of high tech kitchen gadgets and gizmos that make their kitchens truly cutting  edge. However, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you will need all of these gadgets for your kitchen. That’s why it is important to consider our tips to choosing the right kitchen gadget for your home.

  • Know your strengths. 

Before you start splurging on kitchen gadgets, it’s important to reflect on your strengths and weaknesses. For instance, if you have excellent knife skills, do you still need a chopper, dicer, or slicer? Perhaps. But isn’t the joy of cooking is partly found in the hands-on preparation of the ingredients? The point is for you to understand your limitations. Gadgets are supposed to help you execute a particular task a lot more efficiently. If you’re already doing great, what’s the gadget for?

  • Consider your workspace. 

Not all of us have the luxury of a restaurant-sized kitchen. As such, we need to consider gadgets that will not take too much of our precious space. We may have all the technologies we need. But, if these will take most of our workspace, then everything will be for naught.

  • Start with the basics. 

To pick out the best kitchen gadget for your home, it is essential to stick with the basics like those you’ll need for preparing and serving your food. You’ll never go wrong if you keep this in mind.

The Bottom Line

Gadgets are designed to make our lives easier. However, it should not take the joys of food preparation or cooking away from us. With our 15 cool kitchen gadgets, you’re now in full control of what’s going on in your kitchen.