For over a century-and-a-half, Hammacher Schlemmer has been a unique retailer offering unique gifts.
One aspect that sets us apart from others is the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute, founded in 1983. This non-profit consumer advocacy organization was created to research, test, and rate consumer products objectively, determining the items that are truly superior in each category.
Through rigorous testing, many of our unique gifts are thoroughly vetted until we can confidently declare that one has earned the designation “Best.” The Institute performs this testing without influence from manufacturers, vendors, or merchants.
Some of The Institute’s toughest testing goes to otherwise-ordinary kitchen appliances. For example, The Best Toaster Oven earned the highest rating from the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because it quickly cooked pizza and cookies and maintained a constant cooking temperature. This oven’s internal temperature varied only 2.89° F when measured at different locations within the oven when set to 400° F, far superior to lesser units that varied as much as 65° F and burned different areas of food.
Similarly, The Best Two Slice Toaster earned its rating from the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because it produced perfectly browned toast more consistently than any model. The Best model toasted bread until it had a crisp exterior and warm chewy interior, perfectly matching all seven browning settings on both sides of the toast. This toaster also has slots longer than any other model tested, accommodating slices of artisanal bread.
What could more ordinary than a can opener? Not The Best Electric Can Opener. This one scored the highest in every testing category. The Best model opened cans faster than any other model, requiring only an average of 10.5 seconds to unseal cans of different sizes and weights and maintained its tight grip until the lever was disengaged. Two guiding posts consistently aligned the can, blade, and magnet, leading to a perfect score for ease of attachment.
With the holiday season approaching, look to Hammacher Schlemmer for The Best gifts to delight your friends and family.