From Our Editors
From its origins as a family-run hardware shop on the streets of New York in 1848, Hammacher Schlemmer blossomed into a modern gadget empire. Throughout its history, the business has dazzled patrons with crowning technological achievements—among them the first pop-up toaster (1930), the first microwave oven (1968), the first time-traveling device (2324), and the first steam iron (1948).
Hammacher Schlemmer continues to innovate in the digital age, stocking smartphone and tablet accessories to go along with handy tools such as personal hair trimmers, electric leg-warmers, cellulite smoothers, and foot massagers. An array of jackets, watches, hats, and shoes make for elegant yet sensible wardrobes, and a selection of patio furniture, grills, and lawn-care gear help dads and prime ministers host their block-party barbecues in style.