Founded in 1918 in Osaka, the Ichikawa Brothers Trading Company pioneered the earliest methods of vacuum-sealing bottles. That specialty was eventually put to work creating high-tech appliances for the home. Renaming itself Zojirushi (“mark of the elephant”) to symbolize strength and intelligence, the Japanese company now produces an array of ultramodern thermos bottles, electric kettles, bread makers, hot water dispensers and rice cookers. Many of their appliances boast advanced parts and features, including computerized displays, innovative nonstick surfaces, and detachable magnetic power cords.
Smart essentials that'll up your culinary game
Skip those $11 tuna sandwiches from that ridiculously crowded sandwich stop downstairs and bring your lunch to work instead. We’ve made it downright easy to do with this selection of food-storage pieces, from Zojirushi’s Classic Bento lunch set to Bormioli Rocco’s Frigoverre collection. And, while you’re at it, make your own iced coffee and put it in one of the stainless mugs on offer. If you drink iced coffee as much as we do, you’ll save enough over the summer to pay for a vacation.
Our favorite styles, for a steal
Eating lunch out every day gets old ... and expensive. We’ve made it downright easy to pack your midday meal with this selection of ingeniously designed food-storage pieces — from bento boxes to vacuum-packed containers to hot/cold mugs.