frequently asked questions | The Kitchen Safe

The Kitchen Safe

frequently asked questions


Why do I need the Kitchen Safe?

Short Answer – Because it’s really cool! And, it’s been scientifically proven to increase your chances of reaching your goals.

Long Answer - The Kitchen Safe was developed based on research published by scientists at MIT, Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, and Yale. They discovered that pre-commitment can significantly increase our chances of achieving our goals. Pre-commitment is the notion of committing to a smart choice now, when you know you’ll be tempted by a bad choice later. We’ve taken years of inter-temporal and willpower research and reimagined it into a fun and effective product that helps people reach their goals. If you’re interested in this stuff, here is a great TED talk on the subject.

How does the Kitchen Safe work?

The Kitchen Safe is fun and easy to use:

  1. Place an item in the Kitchen Safe
  2. Rotate the button to set the timer
  3. Press the button to activate the lock

Once locked, the Kitchen Safe will not unlock until the timer reaches zero.

How big is the Kitchen Safe?

Here are the dimensions of the usable space inside the container (for full specs, scroll down to 'Product Specifications'):

Kitchen Safe: 5.5" tall x 5.5" wide x 5.5" long
Kitchen Safe XL: 10.4" tall x 5.5" wide x 5.5" long

Kitchen Safe can fit items such as a cookies and chips, cell phones, several packs of cigarettes, and video game controllers. 

Kitchen Safe XL has 80% more volume and can fit everything from TV remotes and iPads, to large bags of chips and cookies. 

Are there any built in overrides?

No. The Kitchen Safe was designed to only unlock once the timer reaches zero. No cheating!

How long can I lock the Kitchen Safe?

The Kitchen Safe can be locked for as short as one minute or as long as ten days.

Will my Kitchen Safe lid fit on a Kitchen Safe XL base?

Yes! They use the exact same lid.

What can I store in the Kitchen Safe?

Almost anything! The Kitchen Safe is designed for safely storing food and many other items.

Can I put the Kitchen Safe in the freezer or refrigerator?

The Kitchen Safe will work in the refrigerator but not the freezer. The condensation from the freezer may damage the electrical components and will void the warrantee.

How should I wash the Kitchen Safe?

The lid houses electronics so it is is best to wash the Kitchen Safe carefully by hand.

Is the Kitchen Safe BPA free?

Yes. The Kitchen Safe is safe to store food; it is made of BPA-free food grade plastics, the quality standard of the industry.

Do you have a user guide?

Yes! And it's filled with lots of useful information, check it out by clicking here.


How do I insert the batteries?

Please see the user guide or click here to see how it's done.

What if I accidentally set the wrong time?

Once you press the dial to activate the lock, you have five seconds to cancel. Simply press the dial a second time before the five-second timer reaches zero. This allows you to double check the timer before the lid locks.

What happens when the Kitchen Safe runs out of power when the lid is locked?

The lid will remain locked and the timer will pause. Once the batteries are replaced, it will continue counting down from where it left off.

Can I reset the timer by removing the batteries?

Nope! As long as the timer was initially set for more than five minutes, the timer will pause when the batteries are removed. While locked, the Kitchen Safe stores the remaining time in memory every five minutes.

My Kitchen Safe didn't lock all the way, what do I do?

Press and hold the button for five seconds and it will reattempt to lock.

My Kitchen Safe didn't unlock all the way, what do I do?

With the timer set to zero, press and hold the button for five seconds and it will reattempt to unlock.


What are the product specifications?

  • Kitchen Safe XL usable space inside container: 5.5" Width x 5.5" Length x 10.4" Height
  • Kitchen Safe XL outer dimensions: 6" Width x 6" Length x 12.3" Height
  • Kitchen Safe XL volume: 6.3 quarts
  • Kitchen Safe usable space inside container: 5.5" Width x 5.5" Length x 5.5" Height
  • Kitchen Safe outer dimensions: 6" Width x 6" Length x 7.4" Height
  • Kitchen Safe volume: 3.5 quarts
  • Timer Duration: 1 minute to 10 days
  • Battery Type: 2 x AA batteries
  • Battery Life: 6 months under normal use

Will my Kitchen Safe lid fit on a Kitchen Safe XL base?

Yes! They use the exact same lid.

What is the difference between the white and clear base?

The clear version allows you to see what's inside, a nice feature if you are using more than one. It also makes for a very clean look. The white version hides the contents. It helps keep things out of sight, out of mind. It also helps if you want to surprise someone with a gift.

Is the Kitchen Safe patented?

The Kitchen Safe has both utility and design patent pending, as well as trademark pending.


How do I purchase a Kitchen Safe?

You can order a Kitchen Safe by clicking here.

Can I purchase a replacement base?

Yes! You can order replacement bases by clicking here.

Do you ship internationally?

Yes! Just follow the checkout process carefully and we'll take care of the rest.

What is your return policy?

You can learn more about our return policy by clicking here.