Goodbye single-use gadgets! We’re giving you the backseat to these multipurpose marvels that are well designed with efficiency in mind. Which is your favourite?
Tablet Stand and Utensil Holder
Organizer and Multi-Device Charger
Banish counter clutter with a compact six-port charging station that houses the entire family’s digital collection. The holder is both functional charger and organizing tool, making it dual purpose. Includes cables for various devices. Hercules Tuff Organization, Amazon, $88.
Potholder, Coaster, Jar Opener and Trivet
These trivets make grandma’s look really old-fashioned. They have four – four! – different uses. Use it as a potholder, so you don’t burn your hand; as a large coaster, a jar opener and yes, as a trivet. Available in fun colours from mustard yellow to coral pink. Set of Two Premium Multipurpose Silicone Kitchen Tools, Amazon, $39.
Cutting Boards and Knife
Forget hauling out the cutting board and different types of knives. This hardworking tool has a razor-sharp blade that snips it all in a jiffy, from carrots to cheese to meat. The foodstuff then falls onto the little cutting board and into the bowl or pot. Clever Cutter Two-in-One Food Chopper and Cutting Board, Amazon, $13.
Colander and Bowl
Make the most out of your salad with this stylish mixing bowl that has an integrated colander for extra convenience; the perforations can close turning the strainer into a serving bowl. Joseph Joseph Prep & Serve Bowl, Wyrth, $19.
Fat Separator and Gravy Boat
This nifty gravy gadget separates the fat while capturing the flavour. Made of heat-resistant BPA-free Tritan (a form of plastic), the clarified liquid pours out of the snazzy spout at the bottom of the four-cup capacity vessel. Basically, you can separate the gunk and use the vessel to serve. Cuisipro Fat Separator and 3-in-1 Baster, Amazon, $47.
Bottle Dryer and Bag Stand
Who knew you could do so many things with four prongs? This contraption can be used to dry rinsed bottles and glasses and it holds a plastic bag for composting scraps or to hold sauces and soups. YAMAZAKI Home Tower Kitchen Multi Eco Stand Plastic Bag Holder, Amazon, $31.
Cutting Board and Art
Prop it up as a showpiece against your backsplash, use it to serve cheese or to chop – this board made out of 20 strips of exotic wood is both beautiful and functional. None of the wood – from maple and oak to walnut – has been altered or stained, letting its natural beauty shine. Striped Exotic Wood Cutting Board, Amazon, $42.
Whisk and Spatula
Hello stylish whiskaroo, where have you been all our lives? This tool scrapes and combines ingredients together, then with a simple turn of the handle becomes a balloon whisk. The silicone-coated steel wires are strong! Joseph Joseph 2-in-1-Whisk, Wyrth, $19.
Knife Sharpener and Holder
This is what you call cutting-edge design: a knife sharpener and holder that is also a strangely adorable Jaws head for your kitchen counter. The bottom of the shark’s head has a stabilizer so that it won’t slip as you’re running your blade across it to sharpen. Created by Propaganda Design Studio, this guy unfortunately isn’t for sale anymore.
Cutting Board and Tuck-Away Bowls
Prep chefs obsessed with their mise en place will love this cutting board: it features tuck-away stainless steel bowls. Chop up the ingredients and slide them right into the bowls through the cutouts. Napoleon Cutting Board and Tuck-Away Bowls, Barbecues Galore, $55.
Kitchen Storage and Takeaway Containers
Crafted from easy-to-wash melamine, this bento box is an eco-friendly option for on-the-go meals and office lunches. Or use it as a pretty storage container on a shelf. Those colours are rad! Kai Melamine Bento Box, Anthropologie, $14.
Toaster, Coffee Maker, Griddle Pan and Oven
Check out this compact cutie that’s about to make breakfast a whole lotta fun. It’s perfect if you live in a dorm or small space. This unit is equipped with a four-slice toaster, coffee maker, griddle pan and oven that both bakes and broils. Now if it could only do your homework for you. Courant Breakfast Center, Home Depot, $48.
Coffee Spoon and Clamp
A simple design with solid results, this brass spoon measures out coffee then clamps the bag close, keeping the coffee fresh. Also available in snazzy rose gold. Coffee Clamp and Spoon, Gifts Buddies, $20.