Chambord Coffee Press by Bodum

Thermal Unit

A double wall of glass insulates coffee made in this classic French press, keeping it hot for up to two hours.

  • Chambord eight-cup coffee press by Bodum, $89.95
  • Bodum; 800-232-6386;
Artisan Series stand mixer

Stand and Deliver

KitchenAid mixers have been beating, kneading and whipping since 1919, and the new citron finish makes them as pretty as they are powerful.

  • Artisan Series stand mixer, $349.99
  • KitchenAid;
Sagaform juice press

Dream Lever

The stainless-steel and lacquer look is retro; the mechanics are simple and environmentally friendly; and with leverage on your side, a cup of fresh juice is just a few squeezes away.

  • Sagaform juice press, $49.95
  • Hall's Plaza; 800-624-4034
Good Grips Smooth Edge Can Opener

Lid Service

Remember when it hurt to open a can? OXO solved the problem by making comfortable handles and a side-wind knob that requires less force. Food safety is improved, too, with a cutting wheel that never touches the food, and built-in pliers that allow for no-touch lid removal.

  • Good Grips Smooth Edge can opener, $19.99
  • OXO; 800-545-4411;
Cupcake Courier

Bake and Take

Schlepping cupcakes to classrooms and birthday parties was an unwieldy enterprise until an ingenious mom came up with the Cupcake Courier, a plastic carrier with a built-in handle, locking sides, and stackable tiers that hold up to 36 cakes or muffins.

  • Cupcake Courier, $32.95
  • Jennifer Gunn Designs;
Nespresso Essenza

Credits: Photograph by Marko Metzinger; Styling by Stephanie Basralian

Hot Shots

In this one-cup espresso machine that uses tidy premeasured coffee capsules, the carefully calibrated water heater and pump deliver perfect espresso pulls every time.

  • Nespresso Essenza C90, $179
  • Nespresso; 800-562-1465;
Aquarius vacuum

Cheering Suction

This vacuum is so smart it could start its own Mensa chapter. The suction adjusts itself depending on the type of flooring, and automatic shutdown prevents overheating. A silent setting offers quiet operation, and an extra-long cord means less outlet switching. Makes you want to clean house. Almost.

  • S5580 Aquarius vacuum by Miele, $949
  • Miele; 800-843-7231;