Me, I’m champing at the bit to taste test the output of a real spaghetti maker — the snazzy Philips Viva Compact Pasta Maker ($199.99 at HSN, Williams-Sonoma, Kohl’s, Philips.com, and Bed, Bath & Beyond, “coming soon” to Amazon.com.) While capable of processing and spewing forth up to 14 ounces of fresh, super-fast cooking spaghetti (2 to 3 servings), this small-footprint motorized processor hardly takes up any shelf or counter space. Pasta shape and flavor can be customized. And the see-through ingredients compartment offers quite the entertaining mixing/kneading/extruding show.
More in Less: Also responding to limited counter room, many a manufacturer (such as Kalorik, Fagor, Karrsem, Yedi, Nu-Wave, Nesco) were touting “7-in-1” cooking options in “one-pot solutions.” Devices that start life as a slow cooker or pressure cooker and build from there.
Gourmia’s lid-flipping, “9-in-1” Fly High Auto Rotisserie Multi Fryer qualifies as an air fryer, halogen-powered vertical rotisserie oven, stir fryer, and countertop grill. And with a smartphone app, you can control temp and cook time and even share snaps of what you’re making on social media. Woo-woo!
Smokeless Grilling: Already a hit in Germany, the just-landed LotusGrill is the answer to an apartment dweller’s prayers, suitable for balcony use, claims technical developer Mischa Ohler. These “virtually smokeless” grills suspend a covered charcoal container in the center of a dual-walled, cool-exterior round metal cooker. Coals are heated fast (by a small, battery powered fan) and shielded from grease droppings that cause flare-ups, smoke, and neighbors’ aggravation. The smallest 14-inch diameter grill model is newly on sale at Sur La Table for $200.
Fridge fun: Hate to make a beer run to the kitchen, for fear of missing a big play? The Sobro Coffee Table from Storebound.com has a pullout, refrigerated drawer that holds two dozen bottles of your favorite beverages. Currently on Indiegogo at an early-bird $599 price, this tempered-glass-top table also sports LED lighting, stereo Bluetooth speakers that can relay sound from your TV (with a supplied transmitter dongle), plus two AC power ports, and two USB ports for recharging gadgets. From the folks who brought us the pancakebot!