Looking for a Proper Stand for Cooking iPads

Looking for a Proper Stand for Cooking iPads

Sonia Zjawinski
Sep 27, 2010

We use our iPad the most when we're in the kitchen. From pulling up online recipes to calculating quick volume conversions, we've found the Apple tablet to be one of the most useful chef assistants. Our one problem though, is finding a case that can properly prop up our sous chef in a way that's easy to read recipes when our hands are otherwise occupied.

Currently, our iPad is tucked into the basic $40 Case sold in the Apple store, but we're not sure if it's worth the $40 you'll pay for it.

While it's simple in design and looks pretty with its velvety microfiber cover, the material gets mucked up pretty easily. We take our iPad to the gym and to the kitchen, both of which are places filled with various fluids that can and do get splashed onto the case. As a result, we have stains splattered across the microfiber that make our iPad look more like a five and dime purchase rather than a $600 piece of gadgetry.

The other issue is that while the case allows us to stand up our iPad at a slight angle, it's a strange angle when cooking -- much too flat when placed horizontally and much too straight when placed vertically. So, we've been on the hunt for a case that will both protect our iPad and allow us to customize the angle our screen is at depending on whether we're preparing to fill up on calories or working to burn them off.

The Quirky Cloak seems like a step in the right direction. The case is constructed from sturdy, non-slip silicone. Durable plastic on the hinge mechanisms and a hard front cover further protect the iPad screen. The front cover opens up and features a "friction fit folding mechanism" to adjust the angle you see your screen when in landscape mode, a plastic support brace located on the inside cover, pops out when you want to angle your screen in portrait mode.

The Cloak can be found at the Quirky store for $55.

Images: Sonia Z and Quirky.

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