If left to their own devices, my husband and kids would put their dishes in the dishwasher with large chunks of food attached. Even after they attempt to scrape off the food, the odd noodle or fiber of meat remains. My old decrepit dishwasher can't handle this. In fact, our current dishwasher requires me to rinse everything thoroughly beforehand, which seems not only labor intensive, but awfully wasteful. A new dishwasher is clearly in order.
This week's Whirlpool event wowed with the latest washers and dryers, kitchen appliances and technologies from Amana, Jenn-Air, KitchenAid, Maytag, Gladiator and Whirlpool. In the kitchen and the laundry room, we were lucky to see the newest products to make cooking and laundry time easy, efficient and modern.
When we drew up plans for renovating the basement, I told our contractors I wanted to install a compact under-counter fridge in the basement's mini kitchen. I figured I could just shove in a standard compact dorm fridge, which can be found for as little as $150 new. I just wanted a fridge big enough to store basics for houseguests as well as water and fruit and milk for the kids while they hung out in the playroom. Boy was I in for a surprise…
The heat in my building hasn't switched on yet but we're already experiencing some chilly nights and early mornings. Time to reach for the space heater! But which one? I looked around the marketplace, and also back at some old Apartment Therapy posts, to find some of the best space heaters available.
Quite a few of my tech-loving, home-owning buddies have been raving mad about the Nest learning thermostat for awhile now (it proved so popular, they were harder to come by than iPhones!). Just announced, the 2nd generation Nest thermostat looks like it's thinned out in dimensions and bulked up in features, probably being the first thermostat product people will be eagerly awaiting for an upgrade for...
Walk into any big box home or electronics store and you'll find numerous options for heaters to combat the arrival of cooler autumn temperatures. But looking for a heater that looks good as much as it feels good can narrow down the options to almost nothing. Matti Walker's Anna Heater is the rare exception. And at a very reasonable $89-99 and capable of heating small rooms up to 250 sq. ft., it might make for an excellent gift for the Ms. or Mr. Shivers in your life.
Gone are the days when we only had off-white or gray washer and dryers to choose from. Just like many other home goods, such as KitchenAid mixers and Le Creuset pots, that come in a wide variety of classic and seasonal colors, washers and dryers are starting to appear in fun palettes, too. Since they're a necessity for most homes (and a luxury in small spaces), it's great to explore how they can add a nice pop of color as well.
Babies are such divas and can gaze at themselves for hours (or minutes, which are hours in baby time). These mirrors are soft for holding but also stand on their own. Not into the lamb? There's also a monkey and an owl.
You can forgive me for somehow missing the Haier MW-BQ8S Mini at CES 2012 earlier this year. The 26 x 28 x 38 cm compact washing machine is about the size of a medium sized kitchen waste bin (photo for size reference), so it's easy to mistake it for anything but a washing machine. Inside, the top loading MW-BQ8S washes smaller items with an "ozone sterilization" mode with three washing programs. No word yet whether this space saving, apartment dweller-compatible models will hit US soil, but you can import them for under $160 before shipping fees...tempting for an apartment dweller without laundry on the premises like myself!
Mention the word "spreadsheet" and my immediate response is first ,"YAWWWN", then "please get that away from me". For is there anything that induces instant gravitational downward force upon the eyelids than the typical Excel spreadsheet? App developer Josh Leong is looking to change the spreadsheet experience to something more intuitive...dare I say, even fun to use.