Primetime gadgets: Winter friendly
Clockwise from top left to right: LemonFriend, Drosselmeyer Nutcracker, AcuRite What-To-Wear Digital Weather Station, Therapedic Royal Mink Electric Blanket, Dr. Doormat
The LemonFriend is your friend too. It is a simple plastic squeezer for citrus slices that keeps sensitive hands free from potentially painful acid. It keeps things neat when you only need a small amount of lemon for tea, or a squeeze of lime on your food. LemonFriend's design also keeps the seeds from dropping into your food or drink. It's designed in Scandinavia, so it has a snappy modern look and a bright lemon color. Retails for $9.99 at specialty kitchen stores and online stores.
AcuRite What-To-Wear Digital Weather Station
Electronic thermometers that sense the temperature outdoors via a sensor unit, then give you a readout indoors debuted over a decade ago. Now they actually predict the weather for you. The AcuRite What-To-Wear Digital Weather Station has a sensor that collects data right from the user's backyard. The sensor tracks specific sets of weather-related variables, such as changes in temperature, humidity, and barometric pressure to generate a personalized forecast. It also displays the current indoor and outdoor temperature, indoor humidity, the time, date and more. Retails for $29.99 at discount stores, hardware stores and acurite.com.
Cracking nuts can be a tough task for anyone, and practically impossible for someone with weak hands or arthritis. The Drosselmeyer Nutcracker is an ergonomically designed nutcracker that makes cracking nuts a cinch. It has won numerous design awards for its form and function, and it's easy to see why. Its cool Scandinavian simplicity gives it an ultra-modern look. The nutcracker also holds the shells, so they don't go flying around the room making a mess to clean up later. It retails for $45 at specialty kitchen stores and online stores.
Dr. Doormat is an antimicrobial doormat that kills microbes on contact. The manufacturer claims that wiping your feet at least twice on a Dr. Doormat can remove 99 percent of debris from your shoes and help prevent allergens such as dust and mold from coming inside. The company suggests that allergy sufferers, children, seniors and people with compromised immune systems particularly benefit from using Dr. Doormat. It was invented by a mom who studied sanitation and housekeeping while getting a degree in hotel management. After two years of research, lab tests, field studies and consulting with microbiologists and home environmentalists, she launched Dr. Doormat. Other places it might come in handy are next to the cat box, and at the kitchen sink. It comes in six colors and costs $44.99 for the 2-by-3-foot house size and $24.99 for the 2-by-1 ½-foot apartment size. It is made in the U.S.A. from sustainable materials. Available now at drdoormat.com, and at Bed, Bath & Beyond in February.
Therapedic Royal Mink Electric Blanket
What could be more luxurious than something that feels like mink and warms itself and you? The Therapedic Royal Mink Electric Blanket keeps you warm with or without using the heat. It has 10 heat settings, and an automatic shut off after 10 hours for safety. It even has a pre-heat setting so it is warm when you get underneath. The Therapedic Royal Mink Electric Blanket is machine washable, and comes in three colors. It retails for $99.99 (twin); $219.99 (king) at Bed, Bath & Beyond.