Kitchen Gadgets

Philips 3200 LatteGo Automatic Espresso Machine: Worth the Price of Admission

Listen, we all have better things to do than stressing over making the perfect espresso, right? For those who love espresso but don’t want to spend hours fidgeting with difficult to use equipment to end up with a mediocre espresso drink, the Philips 3200 LatteGo is for you. The Philips 3200 LatteGo retails for $799 and makes a great cappuccino.


Spärkel Carbonator: Create Your Own Carbonated Drinks without Synthesized Chemicals or CO2 Tanks

I gave up Diet Cokes a few years ago, for many reasons. One of the things that helped me keep my resolve to stop drinking “DC”s was flavored carbonated water; I could still get that bubbly burn that I craved but without all of the artificial sweeteners, caffeine, and caramel food coloring. With the Spärkel Carbonator, I can now make my own flavored carbonated drinks at home.







Zavor’s Elite Pressure Cooker Makes Better Food, Faster

Lately, I’ve become a huge fan of one-pot meals. There are fewer dishes to use or clean, and everything gets tossed in at the same time. Typically when you think of one-pot meals, “Instant Pots” or “Pressure Cookers” come to mind. But if you want to cook a tad bit faster, and don’t mind using your stovetop to get the same results, you should really check out Zavor’s Stovetop Pressure…




Gear Diary’s 2019 Back to School Guide

September is almost here, and you’re probably seeing endless “Back to School” commercials which can only mean one thing — people are headed back to the classroom. We’ve found quite a few products that you might enjoy, whether you are a parent, a student, or even a teacher.


ThermoWorks IR Gun Thermometers Are Perfect for Many Uses

An accurate IR (infrared) Gun thermometer like the ones made by ThermoWorks can be an invaluable tool for a number of different activities. An IR Gun thermometer measures surface temperatures from a distance, so it’s great for the kitchen and BBQ, HVAC repair, construction, and maintenance. ThermoWorks offers a range of accurate IR Gun thermometers starting at $69.00.


Good Dee’s Review: My Wife Has Found Bliss in My Baking

A lot of people are into low-carb keto diets; I know I’ve tried and failed at them multiple times, mainly because I have poor structural habits when it comes to limits in my foods. I like good snacks, but most of the good treats have everything bad for you. Then there’s Good Dee’s, a product that has changed our household snacking habits, much to the enjoyment of my wife.


The Forno Bello Wood Fired Oven Ignited My Love of Cooking

Everyone knows that one house that has a fancy outdoor kitchen in the backyard with a built-in grill and pizza oven, right? You don’t need a huge, expensive masonry oven anymore to be the house that throws the best parties. All you need is the Forno Bello from BackyardBrickOvens.com. At $1,599, it represents the best value full-size pizza oven available.


Ninja Announces New Kitchen Items That Need to Be in Your Home

Whenever you hear about Ninja’s Products, you just know for a fact that they are going to make sure you don’t have to spend precious moments hovering over your kitchen, but most importantly have justified prices that means the products will last for years, and starting today, there are multiple new products that you’ll want on your countertop.


Woken Compostable Espresso Pods Remove the Single-Serve-Coffee-Making Guilt

Everyone likes the convenience and choice offered by using a single-serve coffee maker, right? But one of the biggest problems is that single-serve coffee makers produce unrecyclable waste. Some coffee pod makers offer to recycle used pods, but you have to return those used pods to them. Woken Coffee makes user compostable pods that reduce waste with minimal effort.


The Gas-Powered Ooni Koda Delivers Pizza Heaven

Last year I reviewed an Ooni wood-fired pizza oven. The oven did a great job despite the fact that I used premade pizza dough. (And boy did I hear about it in the comments on the video.) The company sent me one of their new Ooni Koda gas-powered outdoor pizza ovens It’s pretty impressive. (And I used real pizza dough!)


FireBoard Brings WiFi while Watching BBQ

I smoke a lot of meat and closely monitor temps in the pit as well as the meat. Some of these cooks can be up to 16 hours which can be a long time tied to the smoker. I recently was able to try out the FireBoard WiFi thermometer ($189-$249) and it has been a game changer. Let’s take a look.


Thermoworks Thermapen IR Is the Ultimate Chef’s Accessory

I used to be nervous about grilling for my family and friends, never sure if the steak, burgers, or chicken would be cooked to the proper, or even safe, temperature. With the Thermoworks Thermapen IR, my confidence has grown immensely knowing that I’m getting an accurate internal (or surface) temperature reading within seconds of inserting the probe.



Cuisinart’s Air Fryer Toaster Oven: Finger Foods Made a Bit Healthier

If you Google “Is air frying healthier than deep frying”, you’ll get mixed reviews on methods and recipes, but one thing is for sure: You reduce the fat, calories and bad items that you consume. So when Cuisinart sent me their Digital Air Fryer Toaster Oven, I wanted to test out the benefits of making meals using this compared to oil-fried meals, and boy was I surprised.