By Joel Lim
Joyoung Soy Milk Maker DJ13C- D08SG(S)
This refreshed model comes with an additional ‘Double Thick’ function, grinding down the beans into ultra-fine particles which impart more nutrients, greater taste and fragrance. It is also more than just a soy milk maker–it has the function to create porridge as well. With its tubeless heating system, heat is distributed to allow for even cooking and reduced chance of burning at the base.
$288 from major electrical stores including Mustafa Centre, 145 Syed Alwi Road. Tel: 6295 5855
Cookut Ceramic Knives
This French brand’s unique ceramic blades are made of zirconium oxide, a material which can be sharpened to a razor sharp edge. Why ceramic? The blade actually helps prevent oxidisation of fruits and vegetables when being sliced. A good choice for new cooks and regular cooks alike for its lightweight handling.
From $33 from Robinsons, www.robinsons.com.sg
Corelle and Snapware’s new 3-in-1 dinnerware is so named as you can take the container from fridge to oven to table. The triple-layered Vitrelle glass, Corelle’s hallmark, is lightweight yet resistant to breaking, chipping and cracking; while Snapware provides an airtight storage system with maximum security so that whatever you need to keep stays fresh for as long as possible.
$23-$40 from Tangs Orchard, 310 Orchard Road. Tel: 6737 5500
Rapido Handheld Vacuum Cleaner – ZB6106WD
This hand-held device embodies everything you need in a vacuum cleaner. Powered by lithium batteries, it is lighter and has an extended battery life. With wheels at the front, it gracefully rolls over most surfaces with ease and does not catch onto fabrics. The ergonomic handle means a good and comfortable grip as you glide it along picking up spills and crumbs both wet and dry. It comes with a pull-out nozzle for those hard to reach places.
$129 from major electrical stores and Electrolux authorised dealers.
Rowenta Mini Tower Fan
With the weather being as hot as it is here, the gentle respite granted by this tower fan is a welcome relief. Weighing in at 2.3kg, it is light-weight and portable, so you can take it anywhere there is a plug. Whether you are slaving over a stove, doing the ironing or going about mopping and sweeping the house, this mini tower fan will quite literally help make any chore a breeze.
$49 (U.P. $61.90) from all Harvey Norman stores till 31 August
This high speed, 2L multi-function blender sporting a sleek design is simple to use. With a one dial auto function key, the blender is programmed for a wide variety of ingredients, one of which is a “Phyto-Rich Vegetable” setting, designed to extract the phytonutrients from fresh fruits and vegetables. Blades are made of durable Japanese high carbon stainless steel which make short work of nuts or ice.
$729 (U.P. $1,288) from Mayer Marketing showroom, #02-25 Great World City, 1 Kim Seng Promenade. Tel: 6838 4079
Tefal Multi Moulinette
This will become an indispensable part of your kitchen toolbox. Small and compact, it makes mincing and chopping a walk in the park. Throw in your onions, garlic and ginger–this appliance will find a permanent home on your counter top. Its leak-free bowl and safety seal lid mean it must be locked in order to operate, preventing any accidental spillage.
$49 (U.P. $69) from all Harvey Norman stores till 31 August
Cookut Garden Knife Block
This knife block doubles as a decorative flower vase, featuring bamboo sticks which are used to hold the knives in place. This method of storing the knives means that there is no abrasion to cause knife edges to blunt unlike a regular knife block. It can fit most knives from your kitchen drawer (up to 18cm), keeping them sharp and within easy reach.
$78 from Robinsons, www.robinsons.com.sg
Thermos THV-series carafes
This new range of containers is 24 percent lighter than previous models and comes in three sizes: 1L, 1.5L and 2L. A leak-proof top means no spills, even when toppled. One-handed pouring is a snap, with a lever action designed for that purpose. Also, the mouth opening (7cm) is wide enough to reach in with most brushes for a thorough clean.
From $59 at Takashimaya, 391 Orchard Road. Tel: 6738 1111