Here's What Happened To Kitchen Safe After Shark Tank

The investment show "Shark Tank" takes all sorts of products and businesses and showcases them, sometimes raising them from obscurity. We've seen many kitchen tools make it onto the show, from Scrub Daddy sponges, to Stasher storage bags, all the way to the Cupboard Pro cutting board.

Another innovative kitchen tool featured on "Shark Tank" is Kitchen Safe, which appeared in Season 6 in 2014. Kitchen Safe is a container that could be locked for a specific amount of time in order to keep snacks, phones, cigarettes, and other items safely stashed away.

Kitchen Safe was created by entrepreneurs David Krippendorf and Ryan Tseng. The duo asked for $100,000 for 5% equity in the company, but their main concern was getting their product into major retailers. Despite agreeing on $100,000 for 20% equity with sharks Lori Greiner and Nick Woodman, the deal was apparently later called off for undisclosed reasons. So, what is the story behind this device, and where is Kitchen Safe today?

Kitchen Safe becomes kSafe

David Krippendorf and Ryan Tseng created Kitchen Safe after Krippendorf wanted a way to keep himself from eating too many cookies. Hey, we've all been there, wanting just one more Oreo cookie. But Kitchen Safe isn't just for cookies and candy bars.

After developing the product, Krippendorf and Tseng realized that Kitchen Safe could be used for countless other items, including cell phones, game controllers, and cigarettes. For this very reason, guest shark Nick Woodman recommended the duo rename Kitchen Safe — and so kSafe was born. In a later kSafe blog post, Krippendorf confirmed that more than half of kSafe owners use the product for something other than food.

But how does kSafe work? First, place an item in the container, and close it. Once kSafe is closed, you can set the built-in timer for anywhere from one minute to 10 days. This timer cannot be overridden once set, so you definitely won't be getting at whatever's locked up inside. Even if the safe's battery dies, your items remained locked up tight until you replace the battery and the timer finishes counting down.

Kitchen Safe is as strong as ever

Shortly after appearing on "Shark Tank," kSafe sales skyrocketed, bringing the company's annual revenue up to about $5 million. Today, kSafe is sold on its own website, as well as on Amazon and in other retailers across the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia. 

The kSafe comes in three sizes — mini, medium, and XL — with several color options. You can also choose between a clear kSafe and an opaque kSafe. Out of sight, out of mind, right? Regardless of color, mini and medium kSafes sell for $59 apiece, while the XL sells for $69. However, as of 2023, certain sizes and colors are out of stock, so you may need to pre-order.

Not sure which size to buy? The mini works well for cell phones, money, and cigarettes. The medium works better for snacks and larger phones, and the XL can fit items as large as an iPad Mini. So whether you need to lock up a packet of M&Ms or a bottle of your favorite Kentucky bourbon, there's apparently a kSafe to fit it. The creators have hinted at developing a smartphone-compatible kSafe that will allow users to set goals and rewards.