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Counter clutter can restrict your freedom to experiment with food and drink, as well as the plan you have for your “dream kitchen” from ever happening.
If streamlining your collection of kitchen contraptions has been a goal of yours for some time, this Christmas is a perfect opportunity to score yourself a couple of quality, multi-faceted mechanisms that exceed the modern aesthetics you had in mind.
Ready to make less mess? Take a peek at the functional, carefully-designed gadgets listed below that effortlessly clear up countertops.
Even better, they make practical gifts for anyone who loves spending time in the kitchen as much as you do.
Star rating: 4.6./5
Gift to: The design-minded caféphile
Recognized for brewing the gold cup standard around the world, the Moccamaster brews a full 40-ounce pot of coffee in just six minutes. Available in more than 25 dazzling colours, its unique hot plate is engineered to roll heat into coffee to ensure an even taste from the first cup to the last. Handmade in the Netherlands, it’s reliable, energy efficient, recyclable and BPA-free. It’ll be the last coffee maker you ever buy - guaranteed.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $401
Star rating: 4.7/5
Gift to: The latte lover
Available in three vintage-inspired colours, the only old school thing about this milk frother is its design. Smeg appliances combine iconic style with innovation to make truly efficient products. This ‘50s-looking machine features a stainless steel body and and polished chrome collar. It also includes six preset functions for optimum froth and its transparent lid doubles as a measuring cup. You’ll have the perfect cappuccino or foamy matcha in 3-2-1.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $300
Star rating: 4.4/5
Gift to: The busiest of parents
You can finally clear the cereal boxes off of your counter thanks to the Zevro Compact Dry Food Dispenser. At only a foot high, it holds 17.5 ounces of dry food such as cereal, trail mix, granola or nuts. Its airtight seal helps prevent food from going stale for up to 45 days and it dispenses a measured amount that reduces spills. It’s possible that the kids might never make a mess again (when filling their cereal bowls, that is).
SHOP IT: Amazon, $25
Star rating: 4.1/5
Gift to: The WFH convert
If you present a loved one with a gift this Christmas, let it be something that never lets their coffee go cold while they’re working. Beautifully designed for any desk space, the Ember Mug keeps beverages at the perfect temperature from the first sip to the last drop. Place it on its charging coaster or control it with the Ember App so that their cuppa Joe is just right.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $199
Star rating: 4.8/5
Gift to: The meal prep fanatic
This year, the Always Pan rose to fame on social media for its minimal, cutely-coloured design and its ability to replace eight traditional pieces of cookware. The non-stick and non-toxic ceramic vessel works as a fry pan, sauté pan, steamer, skillet, saucier, saucepan, spatula, and spoon rest. It’s also compatible with all cooktops, comes with pour spouts, and a beechwood spatula with an integrated spoon rest for convenience.
SHOP IT: Our Place, $145
Star rating: N/A
Gift to: The organization obsessed
A set of these tidy glass canisters can help you clean up your kitchen counters and stylize your open shelving. With grained wood lids and scoops that rest inside a special nook on top, they smooth out the cooking process. Since 1955, Nambé products have done just that - the company has collaborated with the world's most esteemed designers to develop products that bring function and impeccable style into the home.
SHOP IT: Nordstrom, $75
Star rating: N/A
Gift to: The home chef
Shelf your clunky mortar and pestle when you need spices ground in a snap and pick up this handheld grinder from W&P Design. Made from porcelain, it allows you to control the fineness of homemade blends. Freshly ground spices like cumin, cloves and nutmeg can add richer flavour to your cooking when milled inside this compact kitchen tool.
SHOP IT: Nordstrom, $35
Star rating: 4.8/5
Gift to: The plant parent
The Smart Garden 3 allows you to grow your own fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables on even the smallest kitchen countertops. The self-watering device works just like a capsule coffee machine, but for plants. It comes with a complimentary set of three basil plants and an app to help you brush-up on your gardening skills. Get ready to enjoy homegrown food all year round.
SHOP IT: Nordstrom, $100
Star rating: 5/5
Gift to: The sparkling water addict
This sleek, non-bulky carbonator produces crisp sparkling water in 10 seconds or less. It comes with a BPA-free water bottle and a stainless steel drip tray. Plus, it’s cordless and electricity-free. Can you say efficiency?
SHOP IT: Nordstrom, $249
Star rating: 4.6/5
Gift to: The coffee connoisseur
Since grind quality and consistency are key to a great tasting cup of coffee, a powerful motor that produces precise particles is key. This electric grinder perfects your daily brew and makes your regular morning routine a more enjoyable experience. With an extra quiet hopper and a magnetically aligned catch for added cleanliness, it causes zero headaches. It’s about time you elevate your coffee-making game.
*The Ode Electric Brew Grinder is not an espresso grinder and is not suitable for moka pots.
SHOP IT: Nordstrom, $299
Star rating: 5/5
Gift to: The feng shui phenom
This architecture-inspired stacking salt cellar features two shallow boxes with cutouts designed to house a small bamboo spoon (included with every purchase). Use them to store salt, sugar or spices on your table top, or keep it next to your stove for easy access while cooking. Each cellar is cast out of real concrete and carefully finished by hand, then sealed with a food safe, all-natural beeswax.
SHOP IT: Etsy, $88