Gadgets: The Grab Opener, aka The GrOpener
Bottle openers have been around since our Cro-Magnon ancestors first encountered bottled beer. Okay, maybe not that long, but bottle openers have been around for a long time—you'd think we'd be done updating them by now.
Apparently, we are not: meet the latest bottle-related tool to hit the market, the GrOpener, short for Grab Opener ($16).
The unique thing about this opener is that it's designed for one-handed use, so it's ideal for folks who don't have full use of both hands, either because of physical limitations or because they're showing off by opening another bottle at the same time with the other hand.
A magnet on the underside of the opener grabs the cap and hangs onto it after the bottle is opened. It also lets you hang the opener on the refrigerator. And the other end of the opener neatly lifts the tab on beverage cans, a handy feature if you've got delicate fingernails.
While this opener has some useful features, like one-handed bottle opening, I think the real selling point for this is that it looks way cool.
About the author: Resident yeast whisperer and bread baking columnist Donna Currie also has a serious gadget habit. When her father-in-law heard about this column, he upgraded the nickname for her kitchen from "gadget world" to "gadget heaven." You can find her on her blog, Cookistry or follow her on Twitter at @dbcurrie.
Disclaimer: Testing samples were provided to Serious Eats.