When Shark Tank debuted in 2009, it introduced the world to business moguls like Daymond John, Robert Herjavec, Lori Greiner, and Kevin O'Leary (aka Mr. Wonderful). The reality show, in which entrepreneurs compete to have their fledgling companies funded by the Sharks, also brought to market a bunch of kitchen gadgets, gizmos, and doodads — many we now can't live without.
Here's a look at five of the best kitchen must-haves discovered on Shark Tank — and five others we can't believe actually became available for purchase.
The Best Kitchen Products Discovered on Shark Tank
1. Scrub Daddy, $4 at Bed Bath & Beyond
I obviously have to start with the Scrub Daddy. It's the show's breakout hit and can now be found in every Bed, Bath & Beyond … and beyond. Kitchn editors have already gone on and on about how much they love this scrubby sponge (see: The Cheesy Kitchen Cleaning Product I Can't Live Without) and we still stand by it.
If putting leftovers in food storage containers is an endless exercise in frustration, you'll be tickled by this Season 4 invention. These airtight lids vacuum seal onto any plate so tightly that platters are instantly turned into travel-safe containers. Plus, Plate Toppers are BPA-free, microwave-safe, top-shelf-dishwasher-safe, and freezer- and refrigerator-safe. It's an actual shame that they're currently sold out.
3. The Spatty, $6.50
Why didn't we think of this? This BPA-free mini spatula on a skinny extended wand is the ultimate tool for scraping the bottom of every frustrating condiment container in your fridge — including those super-annoying plastic ketchup bottles and mini marmalade jars you stole from a recent hotel stay. It also spreads, frosts, scrapes … but wait, there's more! Inventor Cheryl Rigdon also has versions for the garage and — hallelujah! — for your beauty drawer so your days of fighting for that last drop of $75 concealer are over.
4. Wild Squirrel Nut Butter, from $21 for three, 16-ounce jars
It's nuts to see the number of people who have entered the Tank pitching peanut butter, but the runaway success story has been Wild Squirrel Nut Butter, gourmet natural nut butters created by two college-aged besties. After an investment from Barbara Corcoran, Erika Welsh and Keeley Tillotson quit college, changed the name to Wild Friends, and have since turned the company into a million-dollar business. Because the stuff actually tastes good.
5. Grease Bags, $7
You know that coffee can in your kitchen that's full of used cooking grease? LaTangela Newsome developed re-sealable, compostable bags to replace that system. The bag absorbs and encapsulates the oil, making it possible to compost the whole thing (grease is typically not compostable). After a lot of confused faces from the Sharks, Corcoran came in with an offer. The company had some early distribution problems, but now these magic sacks are back in the green.
The Silliest Kitchen Products Discovered on Shark Tank
1. BevBuckle, $25
What to do with your drink when you're manning the grill? Apparently it's a question that's perplexed a number of cowboys. And so, Jay Kriner entered the Tank with the BevBuckle, a saucer-sized buckle that flips down to provide a shelf for your canned or bottled beverage. This whack-a-doodle accessory actually got offers from three Sharks, before Corcoran won the deal.
2. Freaker USA, from $10
Apparently, bottle sweat and subsequent moist handshakes were such a hindrance to Zach Crain's life that he just had to invent knit cozies for any canister. Not surprising, none of the Sharks bit, but cyberspace has and these grandma sweaters for your drinks are now available, featuring NFL superstuds, superheroes, flags, and pets. And the company has grown to include matching knee socks.
Fact: If we had the opportunity to run wild in the Gene Wilder-era Wonka factory, we would. Loliware brought us one sip closer with their edible drinking cups. A paper sleeve holds these BPA-free, non-GMO, all-natural glasses — which are made from seaweed, organic sweeteners and fruit-and-vegetable ingredients — then, what isn't eaten can be composted. Marc Cuban invested in Season 7, but other than for a one-time novelty factor, we're not going to flip on this cup. Good thing, because the cups are currently sold out and waiting for enough orders to make another run.
4. Chirps, from $13 for six, 5-ounce bags
These crunchy BBQ, cheddar, or sea salt chips are made from crickets. Chirps' site has a ton of touts on the snack's protein power and eco-friendliness, and stats like 80 percent of countries are already eating bugs. But unless there's a possibility of getting a giant check from Jeff Probst afterward, we're still not going to eat a bug on purpose.
5. Apollo Peak Dog Wine, $12
Gourmet dog food and cat cafes have led to the inevitable next step — beer and wine made especially for your pets. All natural and made from organic ingredients, these beverages come in snappy flavors like The Malbark, White Kittendel, and Mutt Lyte Dog Beer. That's all we're going say on that.
What other hits and misses have you seen on the show?