7 Collapsible Kitchen Tools That Will Solve Your Storage Problems
These space-saving gadgets are the future of kitchen storage!
It’s safe to say that collapsible kitchenware is having a moment. From coffee cups and water bottles to mixing bowls and even colanders, it feels like all kitchen products are working to be more storage-friendly. This feels especially important for products that are designed for on-the-go drinking — who wants to lug around a heavy water bottle all day? To find out why this trend has become so prominent so quickly, we spoke with Que water bottle co-founder Jean Wu. While Wu acknowledges that part of the trend is due to millennials opting for city life (and the small living quarters that come with it!), she thinks there’s more to it than that.
“I think people are really hopping on the collapsible gadget train because they are extremely lightweight and flexible yet still durable,” says Wu. “Being eco-friendly is also another very important component.”
The fact that they are so environmentally friendly may just be the reason why these products are unlikely to go away any time soon. “Because collapsible gadgets are more lightweight and compact, they are easy to bring with and help eliminate the use of single-use plastic,” says Wu.
Whether you're tired of carrying around a large to-go coffee cup and water bottle or you're low on kitchen storage, collapsible kitchen products can make your life easier. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite space-saving products below.
Made from recyclable materials, this bottle holds 20 ounces and collapses to just over three inches in height — so you’ll seriously never have a problem storing your water bottle ever again. It has a leak-proof, screw-on cap, and the food-grade silicone makes it safe for any temperature liquid.
No matter the size of your kitchen, storing colanders in your cabinets can be a pain — especially if you only use them on occasion. This set comes with two colanders that completely flatten out. The company claims they are heat-resistant up to 230 degrees and are super durable.
Que water bottles have perhaps the coolest looking design out there. The bottles act as a spiral and wind down to four-inches tall. It has a stainless steel lid and can hold up to 20 ounces of liquid. It’s also super durable and lightweight (it only weighs five ounces!).
Not only are these Stojo coffee cups available in the most gorgeous colors, they collapse to under two inches in height. They are also made from silicone, so they're durable and easy to wash. It would be perfect for tossing in your purse so that you have it ready for a refill or a visit to your favorite coffee shop.
A vegetable spiralizer is one of those gadgets you might not have the kitchen space for, especially if you have a small kitchen. Luckily, this one folds up, making it a space-saving dream. It has three blades and can make spiral cuts, long ribbons or apple spirals.
Figuring out where in the world to dry your dishes in a small kitchen can be a real headache. Luckily, this little collapsible dryer makes it super easy. Lay it out on your counter top when you need, and fold it up nicely when you’re done to preserve your space.
This reusable popcorn popper can do more than you think. Add kernels, pop on the lid and stick it in the microwave to make your popcorn, or add in some veggies and water to quickly steam them in the microwave. When you’re done, it flattens out so that it’s super easy to store.