| June 4, 2011 | 2 comments
Part of PadGadget’s continuing series Get Cooking With iPad
Once you decide to bring your iPad into the kitchen, you are going to need a stand or mount to keep your tablet clear of whatever tasty meal you choose to prepare. What’s the best type of stand to use while you cook? Sure, you can go all the way, and custom mount your iPad inside a kitchen cabinet, as we previously reported
, but not all users are looking for such an extreme solution.
Since counter space is often at a premium in the kitchen, we recommend choosing a stand that has a small footprint, or removing the iPad from the counter all together. See a variety of options after the break.
1. The Padfoot is available for the original iPad and iPad 2. It’s small size makes it easy to store in a drawer. It will hold an iPad in its portrait or landscape configuration. Constructed by Shapeways, a manufacturing site that employs 3D printing. Shapeways allows users to upload designs, which are then manufactured on demand, a process the site refers to as “personal fabrication through 3D printing.” The Padfoot is available from Shapeways starting at $20.00 for the iPad 2 and $25.00 for the original iPad.
2.The Au Naturel, a small wooden stand from CaseCrown, could easily be stored in a drawer when not in use. Like the Padfoot, the Au Naturel can be set up quickly in a crowded kitchen, wherever it was needed most. It could also easily be moved from one part of the kitchen to the next. The stand will hold an iPad in its portrait or landscape configuration, and has pre-cut notches so as not to interfere with the iPad’s audio. It is currently available from Amazon (at 81% off!) for $11.21
3. The Wooden Desktop Cradle is a classic stand that will fit right in with your cutting boards. In a pinch, it could probably even double as a cutting board. The cradle has two notches, one cut at 18° for easy viewing, and another at 45°, for easy of use when reading recipes or setting timers. This sturdy wooden stand works in portrait or landscape, is easy to clean, and is definitely ready to stand up to heavy use. The cradle can accommodate the original iPad or iPad 2, is available from USB Fever for $17.99.
4. PadTab is a mounting system that can attach an iPad to any smooth, flat surface such as a kitchen cabinet or refrigerator door. The PadTab offers tremendous flexibility without sacrificing space. Because the bracket can hold up to 5 lbs, your iPad should be secure, easily visible, and safe from cooking splatters and spills. iPad 2 owners who don’t want to mount a bracket directly onto their tablets can order PadTab’s Clear Case, which accommodates Apple’s Smart Cover. Purchase the PadTab and Clear Case for iPad 2 from the company’s website for $29.95, or just PadTab for $19.95.
5. Griffin’s Cabinet Mount for iPad, as we have noted previously, is another option that frees up valuable counter space. Requiring only 14 inches of cabinet space, the brackets can be mounted underneath, on the side of, or on the front of a cabinet. The bracket swivels a full 360° and folds when not in use. This cabinet mount is likely to appeal to users who want to watch video in the kitchen as well as use the iPad to prepare meals, particularly in apartment kitchens, where most everything is always within arm’s reach. It is available in the Apple Store for $39.95
A final note: We’ve covered the Modulr system for the original iPad and iPad 2 already, but with both slim wall mount and fridge mount options, Modulr should be considered by any users looking for a flexible, but comprehensive iPad mounting solution.