Gadget-savvy foodies have discovered iPads are the new quintessential kitchen tool. With the capability to keep an endless library of recipes, culinary apps, instructional videos, interactive reference materials and even access to cooking-related “hangouts,” tablets are revolutionizing the way novice and experienced chefs cook.
The challenges to adapting your iPad or iPad Mini to your kitchen space are numerous. Lack of counter space, liquids, heat and lighting all pose problems. Solutions are easily accessible, though, and we’ve found a few of the best fixes to help turn your kitchen into a tablet-friendly haven.
SANUS IPAD MOUNT
SANUS offers a variety of iPad mount assortments that provide flexible options and protection. Whether you choose to attach your iPad to the wall or under a cabinet, each mount comes with a specially engineered case, making it easy to take your iPad on the go.
Writer’s Notes: I’ve seen/handled multiple products in this category and SANUS stands out as a leader in innovation, durability, quality of materials, and flexible options. The iPad Mini Mount VTM11 I tested is a superior product, perfect for kitchen use.
Easy to assemble, this mult-purpose magnetic system can be mounted under-cabinet or on-wall, adjusted to use upright on surfaces such as kitchen counters, or secure by magnet to metal surfaces. With the VTM11, you can easily view your iPad mini at eye level in both portrait and landscape modes due to the tilt and swivel features. The unit also works with Apple Smart Covers.
Quite frankly, I couldn’t find anything not to like about the SANUS VTM11 other than the fact that I now want one for every room in my home.
The SANUS VTM11 iPad Mini Mount retails for $99.99 and may be purchased online and via local retailers nationwide. To find store locations near you, visit sanus.com
MOS (Magnetic Organization System)
The MOS is a cable organizer elegant enough that it actually belongs in plain view rather than being hidden away. Help you easily keep track of all of your laptop, iPhone, printer, and other cables, holding the cables in place, right where you need them.
Writer’s Notes: The best designs are sometimes the least complex and MOS illustrates this basic principle in an extraordinary way. The sleek base houses a power magnet that keeps cords from going astray. If the cord doesn’t have enough metal to stick, MOS has you covered with magnetic cable ties to wrap on the cord.
A micro-suction bottom and optional wall mount offers versatility in placement and use. While its original intent to to keep cords in place, MOS is also great for keeping track of items like keys and small tools. I found MOS incredibly handy for keeping track of chargers, an item I regularly misplace or have to retrieve from under chairs or counter tops.
MOS retails for $39.95 and may be purchased online and at select retailers nationwide. To find store locations near you, visit mosorganizer.com
Unlike other portable wireless speakers, JAMBOX is powered by a pair of proprietary, highly sophisticated acoustic drivers, unmatched in their ability to produce extreme high (tweeter) and low (woofer) frequencies from a single, ultra-small dome speaker. They work in concert with an innovative moving-wall passive bass radiator and airtight enclosure to deliver shimmering highs and thumping lows that you can literally feel — the richest sound all in the palm of your hand.
Writer’s Notes: Initially, a wireless speaker may seem like a frivolous purchase, but the ability to have advanced audio for instructional videos and the flexibility to place the speakers where they are best suited for playing music, is a huge plus. A speaker with a built-in microphone, like JAMBOX is also handy for using tools like Skype or for participating in “chef hangouts.” In the mid-price range for wireless speakers, JAMBOX stands out for durability, quality of sound and advanced features.
JAWBONE JAMBOX retails for $129.99 and may be purchased online and through select retailers nationwide. To find store locations near you, visit jawbone.com
On a related note, if you are worried about food particles getting in the crevices of your iPad, a simple solution is to temporarily case it with a sealed plastic storage bag. Save your money on more expensive options and pick up a box of quart or gallon size storage bags (ARV $2-$4.) We tested waterproof covers options for iPads and found that a reusable plastic storage bag worked just as well. If you need to charge the unit, simply place the seal side by the charger port and open up a small section for the cord.