Appliances

Nostalgia Electrics mini fridge for cold drinks on tap

No refrigerator is complete without beverages. Just think how deserted the inside of the fridge looks when that top shelf is empty. So sad. It could be filled up with beer, iced coffee, and iced tea, but instead there is nothing. Nothing but a wilted head of lettuce staring back forlornly. It is not pleasant imagery, but it doesn't have to be reality. Or does it?

The interior of the fridge could be a landscape of desolation and yet still be stocked with your favorite beverage of choice. "What sorcery is this?" the thirsty may ask. Luckily, … Read more

Your next refrigerator may run on magnets

Your current refrigerator is running on some pretty old technology. The compressor system inside has been the standard cooling force for around 100 years. It's about time for a change, and that change may be coming in the form of magnets.

Researchers at GE labs are showing off a prototype machine that runs a water-based fluid through a series of magnets. It's a new innovation that harnesses an old idea known as the magnetocaloric effect. The magnetocaloric effect describes what happens when certain kinds of metal alloys get hot when near magnets, and cool when pulled away.… Read more

Tefal ActiFry goes Mini for countertop convenience

What's better than a delicious fried meal? Two delicious fried meals, of course. Except that's not exactly true. In fact, anyone who has dove in too deep into super-size fries knows there is an inversely proportional relationship going on there; sometimes more is most definitely not better.

Bulky waistlines often go hand in hammy hand with bulky deep fryers. Since deep-fried foods happen to be delicious, modern technology strives to counter this effect by enabling cooks to use less oil. Tefal has done this with their ActiFry appliance. And now, they even made that smaller.

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Cook sous vide as simple as can be with Sousimple

The kitchen is made for tinkering in. Except unlike other tinkering areas like the garage or the back yard, one gets to eat the results when constructing in the kitchen. But as it turns out, there is more to do than just test recipes and food combinations.

The Sousimple sous vide kitchen controller is a Kickstarter project that takes an interesting approach to introducing kitchen tinkerers to the cooking method. Designed to be a bare-bones entry machine, the device keeps costs down by keeping things simple. Instead of a sous vide unit that requires an immersion circulator, precision control, and … Read more

Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet pizza oven cranks up the heat

I sure could go for a slice of pizza right now, how about you? Might as well get a whole pie, right? I mean, it holds up nicely in the fridge and then there will be leftovers; leftover pizza is always good to have around. What's that you say? You would rather have something fresh and homemade? Well sure, but you know the oven doesn't get hot enough. Look out back...? Oh, what's that?

That is the Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet Artisan Fire Pizza Oven and it wants to bake your pizza. Not only does the outdoor countertop … Read more

Beer and wine: Together at last in dual-zone fridge

Wine fridges have all the fun. They get to store wine, at a precisely controlled temperature, ready for consumption at a moment's notice. Better yet, they get to do all this while offering imbibers the freedom of choice of what wine they want at what temperature. But this doesn't mean a case of beer has to be left out in the warmth.

Wine fridges come in all shapes and sizes, yet all are designed to store wine at an ideal temperature depending on the wine. Many differentiate between red and white wines by offering dual temperature zones. The … Read more

Instant Pot 7-in-1 multicooker adds it all up

Kitchen appliances seem to add more functionality every time you turn around. In fact, considering the amount of connected appliances that keep appearing, one doesn't even have to turn around; your updates will appear in the notification panel. Having appliances that talk to each other (as well as to your smartphone) will continue to trend as evidenced by this year's crop of smart appliances at CES 2014. But sometimes, they up the ante the old-fashioned way -- by piling on more features.

This is the third-generation of the multicooker from Canadian company Double Insight Inc. The new device … Read more

Cuisinart Waffle and Pancake Maker solves the syrup conundrum

Weekend mornings staring at the syrup bottle have no need to be confusing. While one side of the equation may make perfect sense -- that being to serve something with syrup -- the other side can be as opaque as batter. For it may be that delicious syrup makes delicious breakfast even better, the fact remains a platform has to be chosen to pour it on to. The great eternal syrup question is of course: pancakes or waffles?

Unlike other breakfast conundrums, this one has no incorrect answers; both waffles and pancakes are delicious in their own ways. Yet just … Read more

Galanz microwave pops out with faceplates

There are lots of choices to make in the kitchen. It seems every move affects another aspect. This is a good thing; elements of personal creativity can manifest themselves in various ways. As our appetites for change increase, we can discover new things not only about our food, but also ourselves. And our appliances.

This Galanz Microwave ($119.95) can change to suit the mood. Featuring a set of interchangeable faceplates, the countertop appliance can go from festive (Purple Punch) to fiery (Red) faster than it takes to pop a bag of popcorn. For those subdued meals, the microwave comes … Read more

Light your tree with your phone

I will admit right at the top here that the following how-to is more fun than practical. You should try it anyway.

There's never been a high-tech distraction this inexplicably amusing to me since the invention of kittens and laser pointers (they really should come bundled).

This year, instead of plugging your holiday lights into your old, reliable socket timer, why not drop $80 on an Internet-connected power strip that you can control with your phone? That's what I did, and the novelty has yet to wear off. In fact, I'm going to take a break right … Read more