10 Wacky Kitchen Gadgets You'll Probably Never Need
Take a walk through any department store in the country, and you'll find hundreds of appliances, tools and gadgets for the kitchen. And of those hundreds of items, there's maybe six you might need.
The rest seem to exist mainly for fun. Or, they serve such a specific purpose that it would be hard to justify owning them, let alone spending money for them, and then trying to find a place for them in your ever-shrinking kitchen.
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Still, some of these gadgets look like they might impress your guests, or at least a cube-shaped egg or two. Have a look below to see what we mean.
The Banana Bunker
If you routinely get into street fights on the way to work, a Banana Bunker ($6.99) will keep your delicate banana from getting squished, smashed or bruised before lunchtime.
Serving a hot dog on a bun is too boring for kids, at least according to the people behind the FrankFormer ($7.99). This odd gadget slices frankfurters into little humanoid shapes that can be decorated to resemble fun personalities your kids will instantly recognize (like Santa or a caveman) and some they won't (like Ivan Drago from "Rocky IV").
Eddingtons Egg Cuber
If there's one reason we curse chickens every morning around breakfast time, it's the fact that they lay ovalular eggs. Until evolution fixes this problem, the Eddingtons Egg Cuber ($6.00–$8.20 on Amazon) will re-shape your hardboiled eggs into cubes that won't slide off your plate.
Fred & Friends Gin and Titonic Ice Cube Tray
Have you ever looked into your cocktail glass and thought, "Man, this would be so much better if my ice were shaped like a tiny ocean liners." No? It doesn't matter, because now you will, and only a Gin and Titonic Ice Cube Tray ($7.99) will make that happen.
(Fred & Friends)
If the act of slicing onions irritates your eyes but you outright refuse to stop slicing onions, pick up a pair of Onion Goggles ($19.99). They feature a foam seal and anti-fog lenses to protect your sensitive peepers from onion fumes.
(Kitchen and Company)
Alfille Butter Wizard
The Allfille Butter Wizard ($49.99 for standard models, $59.99 for stainless steel) is a temperature controlled dish that keeps you butter at the perfect spreadable temperature all day. It's fully portable, and comes with its own power adapter for re-charging.
OXO Good Grips 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer
This 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer ($9.99) features a blade for slicing the avocado in half, a pitting tool that grabs and removes the pit with a simple twist, and a fan blade for cutting the fruit into slices. It's definitely sleek, but we previously pointed out that it doesn't do anything a knife can't do already.
Peter Petrie Egg Separator
Separate an egg in the grossest way possible with the Peter Petrie Egg Separator (currently sold out at Stupid.com, but still available on eBay for $22.99). Simply crack an egg into this stoneware vessel and pour out the whites through its nose.
The Homo Sapien
The multi-purpose Homo Sapiens ($59.00) is essentially a rock, but it's supposedly perfect for sharpening knives, crushing garlic and grinding herbs. It's even got a little red wristband so you don't drop it on your foot.
Sagaform Pizza Scissors
The pizza wheel is a fantastic invention, but it can't serve a slice. That's where a pair of Sagaform Pizza Scissors ($20.90) comes in, complete with stainless steel blades and an integrated spatula.