If your kitchen doesn't have products like these, it should. They'll make your life so much easier.
Each Flex-It silicone bowl has a rim that forms a spout when squeezed, great for precise, easy pouring. The bowl's textured bottom grips the countertop. Microwavable and dishwasher-safe, red bowls ($49 for three) come in 1-, 2-, and 3-quart capacities. Williams-Sonoma; 877/812-6235; williams-sonoma.com
This 12-cup digital programmable coffeemaker boasts a 1,300-watt heater for fast brew time. The unit's oversize, French-press-style filter holds more grounds for richer flavor. Functions include pause-and-serve. GE's model 169209 sells for $39 at Walmart stores or walmart.com.
Home water coolers are now easy to use and easy on the eyes. Five bottom-loaded models mean no lifting and flipping of heavy bottles. Models range from $99-$200 for stainless-steel versions that match other appliances. Primo Water; 866/429-7566; primowater.com
Using a battery-powered sensor, this pump automatically dispenses soap or hand sanitizer, helping to prevent the spread of germs. Just place your hand underneath the spout. A volume dial controls flow. In black or white, it costs about $30. Simplehuman USA; 888/988-8880; simplehuman.com
Gel-filled anti-fatigue floor mats move from the restaurant kitchen to your kitchen. Especially comfortable on hard flooring such as tile, stone, or concrete, the mats relieve back pain, leg pain, and arthritis-related pain. Choose from several colors and styles in sizes from 20x36 inches to 36x144 inches, priced from about $150. GelPro; 866/435-6287; gelpro.com
Hands messy? With Touch2O, just tap anywhere on the spout or handle to turn water on or off. (It works manually, too.) The pull-down spray head clicks back in place automatically. The Pilar faucet costs $495-$547, depending on finish. Delta Faucet Co.; 800/345-3358; deltafaucet.com
Digital timers from Taylor are compact but sport extra-large 1.6-inch LCD readouts. Each counts up and down to 99 minutes, 59 seconds. Hang it with a built-in magnet or use the display stand. Available starting November 1, item 648774 comes in six colors and costs $10 each. Sur La Table; 800/243-0852; urlatable.com
This 6-quart digital slow cooker operates on 200 watts, so it's 25 percent more efficient than conventional models. Set the time and temperature or use one of eight cooking programs. A locking lid tops the nonstick, dishwasher-safe insert. GE's model 169200 sells for $39.88 at Walmart stores or at walmart.com.
Inspired by the shape of sake bottles, this set of Pourable Canisters (KTH-1246, about $40) includes 1.5-, 1.75-, and 2-quart sizes. The wide opening eases filling, and the snap-on cap helps you dispense with less mess. The see-through base lets you see when you're running low. Polder; 800/431-2133; polder.com
Now it's easy to see and reach your favorite dried herbs and spices. This epoxy-coated-steel rack (item #8020, about $13) installs on a wall cabinet shelf. Just pull it down while cooking. All mounting hardware included. Rubbermaid; 866/271-9249; rubbermaid.com
This recycling bin is stylish enough to leave in the center of your kitchen, where it will get the most use. The pedal-operated unit (about $180) holds two color-coded buckets and has a fingerprint-proof stainless-steel finish. Simplehuman USA; 888/988-8880; simplehuman.com
GripperBoards feature dozens of gripping feet on the underside to create a stable, nonslip food-prep area. The colorful polypropylene material is dishwasher-safe and won't absorb odors. The 11x14-inch boards sell for $15-$17. Architec Housewares; 800/659-9786; architecproducts.com
Make healthy, budget-friendly smoothies and shakes in this Single-Serve Blender with travel lid. Its 14-ounce container is made for quick and easy clean-up and fits most car cup holders. Available in January for $20, it comes in white, black, red, or stainless steel. Hamilton-Beach; 800/851-8900; hamiltonbeach.com