Bodum wouldn't dare call their upcoming Bistro line of appliances "rugged", but wrapped in rubber and dotted with grippy nubs, they feel like power tools re-imagined by a toy company. And I mean that in the best possible way.
Fondling Bodum's latest product line at the International Home and Housewares Show, I become enamoured not just with the array of colours, but the hand feel of their kitchen appliances: Spongy but durable, cutesy but designed for people to actually use.
Bodum's Bistro line is a follow-up to their toaster from last year - a design I said left me with "an aftertaste of the '90s". But I've since changed my tune. In person, the colours pop just right. And, while I don't see the purpose of a rubber toaster, it makes complete sense in a hand blender. (Note: items like Bodum's new electric kettle keep the nubs but ditch the rubbery finish.)
Bodum's new Bistro products won't be available until the second half of the year, but here's a complete price list for when they pop up later this year:
Clockwise from the top: BISTRO Electric Burr Grinder, BISTRO Blade Grinder, BISTRO Electric Juicer, BISTRO Handheld Blender, BISTRO Electric Water Kettle, BISTRO Hand Mixer and ETTORE Electric Water Kettle.
The individual products in the collection include:
BISTRO Electric Burr Grinder: The BISTRO Electric Burr Grinder crushes the coffee beans between conical burrs rather than chopping them, preventing the coffee from losing its characteristic taste and aroma. By twisting the upper bean container, the variable grind settings can be adjusted from a coarse French Press setting all the way down to a fine ground for espresso, depending on the brewing method or personal taste. The BISTRO Electric Burr Grinder comes with an attractive, static-free borosilicate glass PRESSO container that conveniently sits within the base of the unit to collect ground coffee during use and also features a non-slip silicone band for secure handling. MSRP: $US99.95 USD
BISTRO Blade Grinder: The BISTRO Blade Grinder is equipped with a powerful motor that allows the stainless steel blade to cut the coffee beans quickly and efficiently, resulting in flavorful ground coffee. The transparent lid allows users to see the coarseness of the coffee while grinding, as the longer the grinding time the finer the resultant ground coffee. Ideal for using in 60 second intervals, users can grind just enough coffee needed for brewing 8 cups in a BODUM press at the simple touch of a button. MSRP: $US29.95 USD
BISTRO Electric Citrus Juicer: This BISTRO Electric Citrus Juicer features a sleek modern design and powerful motor allowing users to quickly extract juice from their favourite citrus fruits. To use, simply press a halved orange, lemon, grapefruit or lime onto the top of the press and, in seconds, freshly squeezed juice pours out of the spout and into a glass or jug placed at the base of the unit. Easy to clean and compact enough to store on any countertop, the BISTRO Juicer is ideal for daily use! MSRP: $US99.95 USD
BISTRO Handheld Blender: For added convenience in the kitchen, the two-speed BISTRO Handheld Blender is ideal for pureeing soups, blending smoothies, mixing drinks and more! The unit's blending wand is perfect for reaching deep into bowls, pots and pitchers and the thumb-activated power and speed-setting buttons make it perfect for one- handed use. The BISTRO Handheld Blender features an elegantly contoured handle, reducing hand strain while using. Additional blades and blending beaker included. MSRP: $US49.95 USD
BISTRO Electric Water Kettle: The cordless, compact and streamlined BISTRO Electric Water Kettle is designed to rapidly boil water with energy-saving speed. Available in two sizes – 1.0 liter/34 oz. and 1.5 liters/51 oz. – this kettle is perfect for heating water for coffee, tea, instant soups and more. Special features include see-through, easy-to-read water level indicator and overheat control. MSRP: $US49.95 - $US69.95 USD
BISTRO Hand Mixer: The smartly designed and highly practical BISTRO Hand Mixer putsafreshspinonthetraditionalelectricmixer! Easilyconqueringanymixingtask–from beating egg whites into fluffy meringue to blending dense brownie batter – the BISTRO Hand Mixer glides easily within a bowl and its retro-styled handle allows for comfortable use for both right and left-handed users. Featuring five mixing speeds, the BISTRO hand mixer is sure to become the next kitchen essential! MSRP: $US59.95 USD
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ETTORE Electric Water Kettle: Last but not least, we flashback to the Eighties when BODUM was set to produce an electric kettle designed by the late Ettore Sottsass. The kettle was originally part of a great line of electrics, however, due to technical challenges at the time, the kettle was not able to be produced according to its intended design, until now. Sottsass was the initial co-founder of the furniture design group, Studio Alchimia, back in 1976 and later became the founder of the design cooperative, Memphis Group, whose legend and amusing style has become synonymous with Postmodernism Design. The Memphis Group not only experimented with the combination of various materials and shapes, but also with colours. They often worked with pastels and this is the reason why – in keeping with Sottsass' own wish before his death – BODUM has initially decided to launch ETTORE in 3 pastel colours – blue, green and yellow. The ETTORE Kettle will have a capacity of 1.7 litres along with all of the convenience associated with a high-quality electric kettle. For more complete details on the ETTORE Electric Kettle, please refer to the separate press release, to be available soon. MSRP: $US99.95 USD