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22 useful home and kitchen products that got their start on Kickstarter

Connie Chen   

22 useful home and kitchen products that got their start on Kickstarter

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  • Products like Blink security cameras and Gravity weighted blankets may be everywhere now, but once upon a time, they were just a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter.
  • They're among many other cool home and kitchen products that drew widespread attention and funding on Kickstarter.

If not for Kickstarter, we wouldn't be able to effortlessly grow our own herbs at home and use said herbs with a sous vide stick, nor would we be able enjoy better showers while saving water and stay cool as we sleep. Though the homes of the future increasingly harness the power of tech, sometimes simple products — like a supportive pillow or a cast iron pan — can improve our lives just as well.

All of the home and kitchen products below have found great success on Kickstarter, raising hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars. They're listed in ascending order by funding amount. Impressively, a recently funded project, the Terraplanter, raised more than $6 million in its campaign.

22 successful home and kitchen startups on Kickstarter:

Gravity Blanket — $4.73 million pledged by 23,805 backers

Gravity Blanket — $4.73 million pledged by 23,805 backers
Gravity

In 2017, Gravity arguably set off the weighted blanket craze with its premium, therapeutic blanket. Today, it's our favorite weighted blanket and it comes in four weights and three colors, along with new iterations like a travel blanket and a cooling blanket.

Casper Duvet — $352,000 pledged by 1,034 backers

Casper Duvet — $352,000 pledged by 1,034 backers
Kickstarter

Casper's team learned that humidity, not heat, is the main culprit of many sleepers' woes, which is why they included a layer of moisture-wicking merino wool in this down duvet.

Click & Grow — $626,000 pledged by 10,477 backers

Click & Grow — $626,000 pledged by 10,477 backers
Click and Grow

Thanks to a special soil that accelerates plant growth, an LED lighting system that automatically turns on and off, and a sizable water tank, Click & Grow is the easiest way to grow your own herbs at home.

Read our full review here.

Anova Sous Vide — $1.81 million pledged by 10,508 backers

Anova Sous Vide — $1.81 million pledged by 10,508 backers
Amazon

Anova's advanced precision cooker connects to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth so you can keep tabs on your meal as it cooks, without having to stand around in the kitchen.

eufyCam — $3.14 million pledged by 8,803 backers

eufyCam — $3.14 million pledged by 8,803 backers
eufy

Eufy's system, which is our pick for the best subscription-free home security camera, gives you clear 1080p full HD footage, plus features like smart image enhancement, instant alerts, real-time response, and military-grade encryption.

Purple Pillow — $2.64 million pledged by 17,733 backers

Purple Pillow — $2.64 million pledged by 17,733 backers
Purple/Instagram

The Purple Pillow, made from a patented Hyper-Elastic Polymer, calls itself "a bed for your head," and is always supportive and comfortable.

BioLite Firepit — $2.53 million pledged by 10,238 backers

BioLite Firepit — $2.53 million pledged by 10,238 backers
BioLite

The BioLite FirePit is a smokeless portable grill that's safer and more efficient than a traditional fire. There's even an app through which you can control the flames.

Terraplanter (pre-order) — $6.4 million pledged by 55,236 backers

Terraplanter (pre-order) — $6.4 million pledged by 55,236 backers
Kickstarter/Terraplanter

Instead of growing something inside a planter, Terraplanter lets you grow a beautiful plant on the exterior, resulting in a unique and beautiful look. The grid pattern slowly distributes water outwards from the center of the planter, which also means the roots will always have access to both water and air.

Stagg EKG — $447,000 pledged by 2,904 backers

Stagg EKG — $447,000 pledged by 2,904 backers
Amazon

This stylish matte kettle has several features to give you the perfect pour-over: a precision pour spout, counterbalanced handle, 1,200-watt quick heating element, and variable temperature control.

Goat Mug — $458,000 pledged by 10,617 backers

Goat Mug — $458,000 pledged by 10,617 backers
Amazon

This uniquely shaped mug is easy to drink out of and clean, and the leather holder turns into mug stand so you can set it down. It also comes with two straps for easy carrying.

Onsen —$747,000 pledged by 6,209 backers

Onsen —$747,000 pledged by 6,209 backers
Amazon

These 100% Supima cotton towels are thinner and lighter than the bath towels you're probably used to, but they're also softer, more absorbent, and quick to dry.

Portal — $792,000 pledged by 4,562 backers

Portal — $792,000 pledged by 4,562 backers
Amazon

If you're constantly frustrated by slow Wi-Fi speeds at home, the Portal router will solve the problem by letting your Wi-Fi network operate in a special, uncrowded part of the radio spectrum. Portal also regularly monitors for congestion to put you in the fastest Wi-Fi "lane."

Norlan — $807,000 pledged by 10,926 backers

Norlan — $807,000 pledged by 10,926 backers
Norlan

Whiskey enthusiasts will love this thoughtfully designed glass that simultaneously emphasizes aeration, aroma, and aesthetic.

SnapPower Charger — $839,000 pledged by 18,604 backers

SnapPower Charger — $839,000 pledged by 18,604 backers
SnapPower

This easy-to-install outlet cover with a built-in USB charger eliminates the need for plug-in adapters and frees up space to charge your other devices simultaneously.

Almond+ — $856,000 pledged by 7,606 backers

Almond+ — $856,000 pledged by 7,606 backers
Amazon

Control your router and smart home devices from anywhere with this touchscreen router. You can even set parental controls like Wi-Fi curfews for selected devices.

Blink — $1.07 million pledged by 6,879 backers

Blink — $1.07 million pledged by 6,879 backers
Amazon

Before Blink became an Amazon company, it was a Kickstarter project. The home security systems are affordable and easy to set up.

Meater — $1.25 million pledged by 9,737 backers

Meater — $1.25 million pledged by 9,737 backers
Amazon

With its dual temperature sensors and guided cook system, the first truly wireless meat thermometer helps you cook the perfect steak and chicken every time.

LIFX — $1.31 million pledged by 9,236 backers

LIFX — $1.31 million pledged by 9,236 backers
Amazon

These Alexa, Apple HomeKit, and Google Assistant-compatible smart bulbs boast 16 million color options and an LED lifespan of 22 years.

The Field Skillet — $1.63 million pledged by 12,553 backers

The Field Skillet — $1.63 million pledged by 12,553 backers
Field Company

Many home cooks swear by the cast iron skillet because of its versatility and heat retention. Field Company's smooth, pre-seasoned skillet is remarkably light and reminiscent of vintage cast irons.

FinalStraw — $1.89 million pledged by $38.443 backers

FinalStraw — $1.89 million pledged by $38.443 backers
REI

Metal straws are having a moment as people realize the negative impact of plastic and some cities ban plastic straws altogether. But if you've ever tried a metal straw you know they're not perfect. FinalStraw fixes common problems by making a reusable, collapsible straw that's both easy to use and easy to store.

Misen Carbon Steel Pan (pre-order) — $2.1 million pledged by 21, 993 backers

Misen Carbon Steel Pan (pre-order) — $2.1 million pledged by 21, 993 backers
Kickstarter/Misen

Carbon steel is an underrated cooking material: it's lighter than and just as versatile as cast iron, but also as low-maintenance and easy to use as stainless steel. Best of all, Misen's version comes in at a very reasonable price.

Prepd Cheat Sheets (pre-order) — $2.25 million pledged by 26,644 backers

Prepd Cheat Sheets (pre-order) — $2.25 million pledged by 26,644 backers
Kickstarter/Prepd

Sheet pan cooking isn't always as easy as throwing all your ingredients into the oven. Since individual ingredients cook at different temperatures and durations, Prep designed modular silicone dividers so you can put in and take out ingredients at different times. This also keeps foods separate so their flavors won't mix and mingle.

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