Bodum wouldn't dare call their upcoming Bistro line of appliances "rugged," but wrapped in rubber and dotted with grippy nubs, they feel like power tools re-imagined by a toy company. And I mean that in the best possible way.
Fondling Bodum's latest product line at the International Home+Housewares Show, I become enamored not just with the array of colors, but the hand feel of their kitchen appliances: Spongy but durable, cutesy but designed for people to actually use.
Bodum's Bistro line is a follow-up to their toaster from last year—a design I said left me with "an aftertaste of the 90s." But I've since changed my tune. In person, the colors pop just right. And, while I don't see the purpose of a rubber toaster, it makes complete sense in a hand blender. (Note: items like Bodum's new electric kettle keep the nubs but ditch the rubbery finish.)
Bodum's new Bistro products won't be available until Fall, but here's a complete price list for when they pop up later this year: