CHICAGO -- Cookware maker Oxo might be best known for its well-made roster of kitchen gadgets, but today at the IHS 2015 trade show the company announced a set of small appliances to add to its popular housewares portfolio.
Its brand new 'Oxo On' product line includes 12- and 9-cup coffee makers, a conical burr coffee grinder with a built-in scale, 4- and 2-slice toasters, an immersion blender, a hand mixer and a cord-free electric kettle.
The $300 Barista Brain 12-Cup Coffee Brewing System and its $200 9-cup Barista Brain counterpart feature microprocessors designed to get your brew just right. The 12-cup model has a removable glass kettle for making warm drinks like tea, while the 9-cup model claims to be suitable for single servings (as it's a 2-9 cup brewer, Oxo is probably referring to the larger "American cup" of coffee here).
The $200 Barista Brain Conical Burr Coffee Grinder with Integrated Scale is made of stainless steel and claims that its grinding functionality has "reduced coffee static" so you won't spend as much time prying stubborn grounds from the appliance. The included digital scale can be set to grams and cups to deliver you the exact quantity of coffee you crave.
Both the $160 4- and $100 2-slice Up to You Motorized Toasters claim to offer a quiet toast-making experience and a "Take-A-Peek" feature that lets you see the status of your toast with no interruption to the cycle. They also have removable crumb trays, wide openings for thicker bread and 9 different settings from barely toasted to full-on charred.
Oxo's $90 Illuminating Digital Immersion Blender and $80 Bright Illuminating Digital Hand Mixer each feature an LED "headlight" and a DC motor with six speed settings. The blender also comes with a 3-cup container with lid for streamlined serving and storing.
The $90 Clarity Cordless Glass Electric Kettle rounds out the new Oxo On line. It is made of borosilicate glass and claims to be able to boil as much as 1.75 liters of water (about half a gallon) more quickly than your microwave. Its LED-spotlit power button is supposed to switch off when the water has reached boiling, its stainless steel filter is removable and the kettle has measurement indicators as well as a "soft-open lid," which is supposed to keep spillage at bay.
Oxo On's suite of products are expected to launch in the US in the 4th quarter; international availability has not yet been announced.