Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 Rice Cooker
Given everything going on right now, it’s totally understandable that Father’s Day is the last thing on your mind. The good news is that it’s a week later this year (it’s on the 21st). Not that it makes finding a gift any easier. Finding the perfect thing to celebrate your dad can be nigh-near impossible.
Either they’re hyper-collectors who have so many of an item it’s impossible to figure out what they would actually want or need (like me and my Transformers) or they’re frustratingly inscrutable, seemingly wanting or needing nothing (like my father who I can only hope uses the gift cards I get him for every occasion).
So let’s break it down, not by what your Dad needs this Father Day, but what these gadgets and devices can do for them.
Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 Rice Cooker Cleaner Hands
It goes without saying that, right now, everyone needs to be a little more cautious, a little cleaner. But carrying around a mini bottle of sanitizer in your pocket is less than convenient. That’s why this Sanitiser Holder from Orbitkey is perfect.
It comes in three styles, a lanyard, retractable cord, or carabiner, with a leather loop that fits around the neck of a reusable bottle (you’ll need to provide your own sanitizer). Attach it to your belt (or belt loop) and have it at the ready for regular sanitizing needs!
Orbitkey designed it specifically in response to the COVID-19 crisis to give to first responders, with 500 units already donated. Now they’re giving others the chance to purchase them, with 100% of the proceeds going to organizations like the CDC Foundation or Doctors Without Borders. Starting at $12, it’s a perfect way to do some good and give your Dad one less excuse not to keep his hands clean while he’s out and about.
While you’re there, grab one of their Key Organizers in Crazy-Horse leather. The latest color, obsidian black with red stitching, is particularly nice and will help Dad reduce the mass of jingling keys in his pocket. I have a multi-tool installed in mine and use it to press keypad buttons whenever I’m at a public terminal of any kind.
Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 Rice Cooker Help in the Kitchen
If your dad is the one responsible for the cooking (or just wants to be able to do more in the kitchen) and they don’t yet have a pressure cooker, I’ve got the perfect thing. The Chef IQ Smart Cooker is a WiFi-ready, app-enabled, multi function cooker that slow cooks, sears, pressure cooks, and more.
When you first turn it on, you’ll instantly notice that this is no standard multi-cooker. It has a similar layout, but instead of a row of buttons, there’s a capacitive touchscreen with several permanent buttons for selecting your cooking method. In the center is an LCD that you navigate with a large control knob. It feels decidedly modern.
You can control all of your cooking from the device itself, or pair it with the Chef IQ app to follow the guided recipes. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at the range in the app itself. There’s everything from molten lava cake to cacio de pepe.
Of course, you can just use the Chef IQ to do more traditional multi-cooker tasks like cook rice and other grains. My favorite is steel-cut oats. I’ll set the Chef IQ to sear and toast the oats with a little coconut oil, then select the steel-cut oats preset from the device menu. I tell the device how many cups of oats I’m cooking and it tells me how much water I need to add, then measures to make sure I get it right with the integrated scale. After 15 minutes or so, the pressure releases and it’s breakfast time.
In addition to oats, I’ve made rice, the aforementioned cacio de pepe, broccoli florets, and pho (from Alton Brown’s excellent recipe). I’ve found the integrated scale to be a lifesaver, helping me cook odd portions of grains and allowing me to perfectly cook sides that would usually draw attention away from the preparation of my main dish. When the food is ready the Chef IQ Smart Cooker carefully releases pressure over time (or all at once if you prefer).
Cleanup is easy, the parts are machine washable, and with a sleek black surface it fits nicely on your counter when not in use. If you leave it plugged in, it can also update itself over wifi. For $199 it’s worth the premium price. Find out more at the Chef IQ site.
Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 Rice Cooker Protected Gear
For the dad that already has every gadget imaginable, how about a little customization and protection? If they’re lucky enough to own a Nintendo Switch (or Switch Lite), then you’ll definitely want to get them the new appliqué from Toast. Made from real wood, the laser-cut cover adheres firmly and applies in just a few minutes. It takes a little bit of patience to get the rounded corners massaged into place, but the results are well worth it. Not only will their Switch look like nothing else out there, but it will be protected from bumps and scrapes. If they get tired of it, all it takes is a little bit of heat to peel the cover back off. Grab yours in a variety of wood colors from the Toast site starting at $39.
For their iPhone or Galaxy, grab the Lifeproof Wake case. Made from 85% recycled plastic, it’s one of the most environmentally friendly ways to protect your device. Lifeproof works with commercial fishermen to reclaim fishing nets at the end of their useful life. Usually these nets end up in landfills or worse, cut loose and drifting on the bottom of the ocean. Instead, Lifeproof breaks them down into black, dark green, or light green pellets, then turns that plastic into ultra-thin, drop-proof, one piece cases. There’s a nice wave design on the back of the case that makes it easy to grip as well. Even better, when the inevitable phone upgrade comes later this year, Dad can send the case back to Lifeproof so that they can recycle it and use it in a new case (they’re even working on accepting non-Wake cases). Pick yours up—they’ll donate a dollar to a water-focused charity with every purchase—from the Lifeproof site.
For their AirPods Pro, grab the Rugged Case for the AirPods Pro from Nomad. It’s microfiber-lined, leather adorned, and has a few extra touches that really push it from “nice” to “essential.” The case is made from black or brown Horween leather and develops a nice patina over time. There’s a polycarbonate bumper around the middle to absorb bumps and falls. The case is made up of two pieces, one for the main case and one for the lid, so there’s no extra hinge material flopping around when you pop the case open. And when you do open it, you’ll notice the LED is perfectly visible. Rather than cut a hole in the front of the case and call it a day, Nomad actually has light piping there so that the LED shines through without breaking the aesthetic. There’s also a soft spot in the back of the case so you can easily activate the pairing button. The case has a large cutout on the bottom to accomodate any size Lightning cable and it doesn’t interfere with wireless charging.
Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 Rice Cooker Faster Typing
Does Dad spend all their time at the keyboard? If so, they should have the best possible keyboard on the market. While mechanical keyboards are mostly known for being large and loud, and they certainly can be, the new Das Keyboard 4C TKL offers a more refined option for those who want mechanical keys, but don’t need to make their productivity space glow with LEDs or rattle with each keypress.
Originally released in 2015, the updated 4C TKL is a study in ten keyless refinement. Sporting Das Keyboard’s latest firmware for improved compatibility, it also has several advantages over its predecessor (and other mechanical keyboards).
You’ll notice right out of the box that the 4C TKL is much heavier than you’d expect from a compact keyboard. You could inflict some serious damage with this beast. With a black anodized aluminum top, the matte metal finish is a welcome break from a veritable sea of glossy black plastic keyboards.
The next thing you’ll notice are the new keycaps. The charcoal gray PBT keycaps resist wear and don’t pick up fingerprints and grease, keeping their out-of-the-box luster for as long as you have the keyboard.
And you’ll have it for a long time. The Cherry MX Brown Switches with gold contacts will last long after are rated for 50 million keystrokes. They’re tactile without being clicky, the large keys (like the space and enter keys) lubed at the factory to keep them quiet and increase their lifespan.
One thing to keep in mind, this keyboard isn’t for those who don’t perch their hands above the keyboard. There’s no wrist rest and the included footbar is a magnetically attached ruler that doesn’t actually raise the back of the keyboard as much as it makes it even with the front. If you’re used to letting your wrists droop while typing, the 4C TKL might demand more than you’re willing to give for a refined typing experience.
If you’re willing to take the plunge, though, you’ll be rewarded. Typing on the 4C TKL is a dream and for Windows and Linux users, you can enable N-key rollover to type even faster (the 4C TKL can be used on Mac, but doesn’t have NKRO support). Another nice addition to the 4C TKL is the 2-port USB 2.0 hub on the left side.
You can grab the keyboard from the Das Keyboard site for $139.
Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 Rice Cooker An Excuse To Cut the Cord
Dad’s been moaning about the cable bill for years, isn’t it time you gave him the tools he needs to do something about it?
Your first stop should be to Sling. Choose a package based on what channels Dad likes best, then add a few extras like Showtime and Starz so that he can indulge in movies and catch up on the series that he’s always talking about wanting to watch (but never actually seems to). Starting at $30 a month, it’s less expensive than a basic cable package and has the bonus of having nearly everything on demand. If you prepay for 2 months, you’ll also get a free HD antenna to grab local over-the-air HD channels so that Dad doesn’t miss a game.
Next, swing by the TiVo site and get a TiVo Stream 4K device. TiVo Stream 4K is an Android TV-powered dongle that connects to your TV via an HDMI cable. Like an Apple TV or Amazon Fire TV device, there’s no cable to plug in or cable card to install. Everything you need to stream your shows is right there on the box.
The adorable little device (that looks like a miniaturized TiVo Edge) serves up Dolby Atmos audio and Dolby Vision HDR video. TiVo has partnered with Sling TV, integrating their content into the Stream 4K’s guide and offering a 7-day trial for new Sling TV users (in case you don’t want to sign Dad up for Sling on your own). It also connects to your favorite streaming apps: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, HBO Max, YouTube, Disney+, and more (if it’s on Android TV, it’s on the TiVo Stream 4K).
You’ll navigate the TiVo Stream 4K with an adorable little peanut remote (just like the big ones that come with TiVo’s DVRs). There are just enough buttons to navigate the new interface and quickly access all the commands you need. Though TiVo faithful will note that the venerable “Thumbs Up” and “Thumbs Down” buttons are a thing of the past. In this age of streaming TV, when our viewing is hyper-focused on exactly what we like, they’re superfluous. Besides, the Stream 4K’s algorithms are smart enough to make solid suggestions without extra input.
You don’t have to rely on the remote, if you don’t want to, however. A press of a button brings up the Google Assistant. Say what you’re looking for and TiVo will find it. With its focus on content, ability to pair with all of your streaming apps, and a guide to help you navigate the vast sea of content provided by Sling TV and TiVo+, the TiVo Stream 4K is the perfect cord cutting companion. It can find the shows and movies you like across every service you subscribe to, eliminating the need to hunt around, trying to find what content is streaming on which service. All of this comes free with the TiVo Stream 4K. Unlike TiVo’s traditional DVRs, there’s no monthly subscription service.
The TiVo Stream 4K is $49.99 right now for a limited time.
Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 Rice Cooker Charged Devices
Your dad might have every gadget under the sun, but chances are he’s got a sea of cords and chargers cluttering up his countertop or nightstand. We can do better. The latest Belkin 3-in-1 wireless charger has a special space for their iPhone, Apple Watch, and Airpods. Who needs Apple AirPower?
The phone charger offers 7.5 watts of power for fast charging, while the Apple Watch and Airpods spots charge at 5 watts. It works with cases up to 3mm thick (like the Lifeproof Wake case above).
The charger is solid, looks great on your nightstand in black or white, and has multiple LEDs to let you know everything’s charging so that you don’t have to guess if you’ve placed your device properly. Not that I’ve found that to be a problem. Unlike with other wireless chargers where you have to shift your phone around to find the sweet spot, the Belkin is very generous with phone placement.
You can grab it from Amazon (oddly, the Belkin site doesn’t have it listed yet). At $109, it’s a nice premium upgrade from the “random cords plugged in everywhere” setup that Dad’s using right now.
If Dad needs something a little more mobile, consider grabbing the powerstation wireless XL from mophie. It’s wireless charging-enabled, with 10,000mAh of power and a glossy finish that makes it stand out among the staid black bricks on the market. It also has a USB C port for 18w of direct charging.
Recharging the unit itself is simple as well. Use the lightning cable that came with your iPhone or drop it on another Qi wireless charger. It can even charge your phone while charging itself with passthrough charging capabilities. With a footprint that’s about as big as your phone (though it is quite a bit thicker), it’s easy to grab on your way out. Grab one from the mophie site for $99.
Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 Rice Cooker Peace and Quiet
The THX-certified Razer Opus catapults the company into the ANC headphones market and their first offering is a strong one.
The ANC is solid. Razer uses a hybrid system with feedforward and feedback mics that take measure of both external sounds and sounds reaching your ears and adjusting dynamically. In practice, I find that there’s a bit of a hiss and you still get a low hum of background noise, but to hear someone talking to you, you’ll need to press the ANC button to switch to Quick Attention mode.
The auto pause, auto play feature is especially handy. Whenever you take the headphones off your head, it automatically pauses whatever you’re listening to. Put them back on and playback resumes. It’s one of those little tricks that, once you see it in action, you wonder why everyone doesn’t do it this way.
The leatherette ear cushions are extremely comfortable (which makes sense, the leatherette wrist rest on their keyboards is among the best I’ve encountered). Even with glasses, you can wear them all day and not have any pinching or discomfort.
Speaking of all day wear, the battery life on the Opus is impressive. You can get up to 25 hours of use per charge. So when they say “all day” they really mean it. The Opus folds and fits into a hard case for transport. That’s also where you’ll keep the included 3.5 mm jack, charging cable, and plane adapter.
It also helps that the Razer Opus looks like nothing else that Razer has produced. There are no blinding LEDs, no aggressively textured designs. The smooth casing and crisp edges promise a more refined experience, something that the technology certainly delivers. Grab a pair for $199 from the Razer Opus site.
Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 Rice Cooker Less Time Doing Yardwork
Mowing might be Dad’s least favorite chore, but with the EGO Power+ 21” Select Cut mower, they can spend less time on the lawn and get back all the hours they spend fighting with lawn equipment.
EGO’s multi-cut blade is unique among battery-powered mowers. The two blades are attached on the same axis and work in tandem to give you ultra-fine fragments for bagging or mulching. It’s something that you usually only see on professional mowers. They make quick work of whatever you throw at them and leave less of a mess on the inside of the mower deck to clean up later.
The self-propelled system is fantastic. Instead of a lever on one side that you have to grip, there are two pads on the handle of the mower. As long as you’re pressing one of them, the mower moves. It’s nice for when you have to take a hand off the handle. The speed lever has been converted into a wheel in the middle of the handle as well. It’s much easier to access and almost impossible to change accidentally (something that often occurred with the previous mower). You can also adjust the mower’s height with a single lever. And there are two LED headlights on the front of the mower for those evening or early morning yard maintenance sessions.
One of my favorite things about electric mowers is that they don’t produce a bone-rattling thrum when you operate them and the Power+ is no different. It’s not silent, but the whir of the blades and the whine of the self-propel motor is quiet enough that I can easily hold a conversation while mowing. There are also no gas fumes, so don’t finish up mowing and feel like you’ve spent the past hour hanging out at a gas station.
The Power+ 21” Select Cut runs on a single 7.5 Ah lithium battery. I haven’t yet run out the battery while mowing once during my testing. Even with two weeks of growth on my lawn and it was soaking wet from an early morning rain shower, there was enough power left to use the same battery to manicure the lawn and blow the clippings off the driveway (the battery is compatible with other EGO tools).
When you’re done, just drop the battery on the rapid charger. It’ll be topped off and ready to go in 30 minutes or less. And don’t worry about having to reinvest in batteries each season, EGO batteries are the best I’ve encountered. Even after mowing thick Florida grass every weekend during the summer and fall (sometimes twice a week) last year, the batteries for my previous mower still had their full charge. They’re so good EGO guarantees them for 3 years.
Head to the EGO site to get started.
Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 Rice Cooker A Tidier House
With impressive suction, a low price, and standard features that are usually found on much more expensive bots, the Eufy RoboVac 11S is the perfect robovac for the Dad that hates to vacuum.
While other robot vacuums can be louder than traditional vacuum cleaners, the RoboVac 11S’s noise output is on par with an intense fan. It’s one of the only robot vacuums that you can have clean while you’re home without wanting to chuck it out the window. It’s also impressively short. At just over 2.5″ tall, it can get under all but the lowest of obstacles.
Instead of using an app, the RoboVac 11S comes packaged with a remote that you can use to program the bot or guide it directly. For those dads that aren’t thrilled with having to use their phone for everything, it’s a nice bonus.
Left to its own devices, the Eufy RoboVac 11S is a traditional bump-n-go vacuum with fairly randomized patterns. There’s no laser mapping of your room or LIDAR enabled guidance. If you don’t want it to go somewhere, you throw down a magnetic strip or use the remote. But for $220 (less on Amazon right now with the $40 coupon), that’s more than enough.
Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 Rice Cooker Colder Beer in a Galaxy Far, Far Away
IGLOO’s collaboration with Star Wars is absolutely perfect for any Star Wars-obsessed Dad. There’s a large number of coolers with classic Star Wars designs, but my favorite is the the “Star Wars Mint in Box” Stainless Steel Can Tumbler.
Featuring images of the original Kenner action figures, the tumbler holds 16oz of whatever you need kept cool. The double-wall vacuum insulated stainless steel maintains your beverages temperature for hours, even if you’re holding on to the outside (or it’s an especially hot day).
Despite looking like a drink can, the top of the tumbler is actually a lid, so it’s easy to remove for refilling and cleaning. Especially if your dad waxes poetic about how toys just aren’t the same as they were when they were a kid, it’s a great gift.
Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 Rice Cooker A Better Run
For the Dad that’s up early every morning, making sure they get in at least one mile, you’ll want to take a look at the On Cloudflow.
On Running has been my favorite shoe brand for years and I’m happy to see their Helion superfoam (which debuted last year in the Cloudswift) has now made it to other shoes in the line. The latest, the Cloudflow, is a light-weight trainer, perfect for the hot summer months.
Helion superfoam is built specifically to withstand extremes in temperature. From boiling road to freezing track, Helion retains its elasticity and continues to provide the push and support that you expect from a $139 pair of running shoes.
It’s also made for changing conditions. There’s a new rubber compound in an advanced traction pattern on the soles that improves your grip on wet surfaces (something that we’ll have a lot of as we head into the wet summer months).
The upper has zoned mesh ventilation, allowing it to breathe without constricting. The elastic laces stay out of your way. And the shoe, overall is ridiculously light. They’re so comfortable, you might be surprised when you take that first step and discover just how much spring and feedback the advanced sole provides. As an everyday trainer, there’s nothing better.
Plus, On has some of the most attractive colors of any performance shoe I’ve found. They’re eye catching and stylish. Dad can check them out for 30 days, risk free. Head to the On Running site to check them out.