Unitasker Wednesday: Boil Buoy

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy!

Quirky is a website that features products when they’re barely more than an idea in an inventor’s mind, puts the products up for pre-sale, and then only manufactures the products that more than a set number of people commit to purchasing. In my opinion, it’s a great way to weed out unitaskers, because if the masses don’t believe the idea is helpful, the product is never manufactured.

Take for instance the Boil Buoy:

This idea is not doing very well on Quirky right now. Only 464 of a needed 2,000 people have committed to buying a plastic device that notifies them when their water is boiling. My friend who is blind said that water makes distinct sounds when it boils, so even she doesn’t have a deep need for this doodad. Apparently, the masses know it’s cheaper to look into a pot of boiling water to tell if it is boiling than buy a Boil Buoy to do the same thing.

If you’re looking for a fun diversion, check out more unitaskers, and some useful items, too, on Quirky.

10 Comments for “Unitasker Wednesday: Boil Buoy”

  1. posted by Meg on

    I use a penny. It’s very useful when I’m steaming something since it also stops rattling when the water is gone — my cue to hightail it to the kitchen and turn off the heat.

  2. posted by Robin on

    Ok, I have to say this is pretty ridiculous BUT my mother makes hard-boiled eggs every week or two. Invariably, she puts the eggs in the pot, turns on the heat, and promptly forgets about them so IF they get taken off the heat when, or shortly after, the water boils, it’s a miracle. I actually want to get her one of these as a gag gift!

  3. posted by Lindsay on

    I thought this might actually be useful because I don’t stand around in the kitchen waiting for water to boil, I wander around the house doing other stuff and I boil eggs almost every morning, and sometimes I come back to the stove and I’m not sure how long they’ve already been boiling. But they don’t say how loud it is, and I watched their video but it doesn’t play the sound. If it’s not loud enough for me to hear it at the other end of the house with the fan on above the oven, it’s useless.

  4. posted by Andrew on

    My stove has a timer on it. If im ever doing anything else while I have to stove on, I’ll set it to 10 min just to remind me that I have something cooking on the stove. After 10 min, the timer beeps really loudly, and then has reminder beeps until you actually hit the button to turn it off.

  5. posted by Jen on

    @Meg – finally someone came up with a use for a penny!

  6. posted by priest's wife on

    YIKES! How ridiculous- MORE plastic? I’m not that green (how can I be with 4 kids), but this is getting out of hand…

    Just in time for Christmas, I wrote a post on something the readers of unclutterer might be interested in: http://remnantofremnant.blogsp.....ights.html

  7. posted by Dennis on

    A unitasker, yes, but so is a stovetop kettle. This can take the place of having to store yet another pot-shaped object in my cupboard. Although I do like Meg’s penny idea…

  8. posted by Lisa on

    Everyone knows a watched pot never boils – so this would be great. Except – it takes less time to boil water if the cover is on the pot. What would Boil Buoy do then?

  9. posted by Jeanne B. on

    What I really need is a device that tells me when I’ve mistakenly left the stove on low, and the mac n cheese whose sauce was supposedly “thickening as it cooled” is now burnt into the bottom of the pan.

  10. posted by Laetitia in Australia on

    This is why I bought a whistling kettle when my electric one died.

    We had a ‘Homecare’ catalogue dropped in our mailbox the other day. It’s full of unitaskers, including many that have appeared on Unclutterer such as the assorted shaped ‘keepers’ for different food stuffs. I can understand the idea behind these (I have generic shaped Tupperware ones) but what happens if your banana is not bent ‘correctly’ or is too fat for the container? There are more banana varieties than Cavendish.

    However, my favourite thing in the catalogue is the blurb for one of the many, many cheese slicers that says, “You can carry on slicing right down to the end of the block, avoiding waste.”

    Gee, you mean that without one of these things I have to throw out the last bit of my cheese? Can’t I just, you know, chop it into cubes and um, eat it?

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