There's no way around the fact the Vitamix is an expensive investment for serious kitchen activity. What it does, it does resoundingly well, earning a reputation for excellent performance and durability measured in decades. Consumer Reports recently tested an array of blenders available on the market, and perhaps not surprisingly, a premium Vitamix blender came out on top...but closely followed by a much more modestly priced 2nd place model.
KitchenAid mixers are one of those rare appliances people first long covet, eventually save up to purchase, then end up owning for years, a relationship often measured in decades. It's not an exaggeration to say people love these appliances like old friends.
The Dacor 30" Discovery IQ is definitely operating on a higher plane than the traditional kitchen oven in both features and price. Because inside the stainless steel 30” built-in wall convection oven's walls is a Samsung 1GHZ processor with 512MB DDR2 RAM, a PowerVR SGX 540 GPU, wi-fi chip, and 7” LCD glass touch screen panel up front...basically a PC hiding under kitchen appliance clothing. All that digital horsepower means the Android OS powered oven can download cooking apps from the Google Play Store, push notifications when a meal is finished cooking to connected mobile devices, offer the ability to browse/search online, and connect to a pre-programmed interactive cooking application and guide from smartphones or tablets. Will the Discovery IQ make you a better cook? Possibly. Will it wow your tech-loving friends? Certainly.
Miele updates their Combi-Steam oven, a dual steam and convection oven with pre-programmed auto cooking programs for roasts, ribs, fowl, and fish. A lift-up control panel reveals a dishwasher safe and condensation capture containers at a touch of a button.
If you're looking to make a style statement from your kitchen countertop while brewing a cup of Earl Grey, the Panasonic "Breakfast Collection" Electric Kettle might fit the bill. The striking kettle design looks like a 2D illustration extruded out into three dimensional form, and is especially eye-catching in the brilliant violet, transparent glass with stainless steel finish. Both versions hold 1.4 liters, with a blue LED indicator, limescale filtration, cool touch exterior, auto shut off, and water-level window.
Have you ever used an appliance like the oven, dishwasher or microwave as extra storage or a temporary hiding spot? One of our past reader surveys says quite a few of you do. Leaving clothes inside the dishwasher, however, can sometimes be a slippery slope leading to a soapy wet wardrobe. To evade disaster, consider these tips for employing appliances as extra storage safely.
Refrigerators have regularly been the subject of impressive DIY makeovers, whether it be with corkboard, chalkboard paint, or wallpaper. But what about the other major appliance sitting in your kitchen, the oft ignored and short statured dishwasher? Here's how one couple spruced up their worn down 18 year old kitchen appliance with an affordable cosmetic facelift...