Neurio Home Intelligence is a technology that helps you understand your energy usage and automate your home appliances. It's like a Belkin WeMo Insight Switch for your entire home. It started as a university project, and led to the creation of Vancouver-based startup Energy Aware Technology Inc. Then the team took their concept to Kickstarter, launching a campaign on October 16. The funding period doesn't end until November 15, but backers have already pledged well over its original $95,000 (CAD) goal. So, with over $125,000 pledged thus far, I don't think we've heard the … Read more
Chefs have enjoyed induction appliances for years, but now the technology is showing up in homes with increased frequency. Dacor's recently introduced Renaissance 30-inch Induction Range is the first induction model for the brand and it offers four different trim styles and a bunch of neat features. That's a professional-grade range in your kitchen -- for $6,090. And, if you like what you see, it's available for purchase now at Dacor showrooms nationwide.
But first, the basics Price: $6,090 (for all four trims)
Dimensions (WxHxD): 29 15/16x35-37x23 3/8 inches
Electrical requirements: 240V, 50A… Read more
My knowledge of actual ninjas is limited to obscure pop-culture references, but I generally think of them as being two things: quiet and lethal. The Ninja Ultima BL810 blender is hardly quiet, but as far as the other goes, if "lethal" means "ridiculously effective" in blender-speak, the Ninja is aptly named. It was a consistent top performer and kept pace with its more expensive competitors like the Vitamix 7500 and Blendtec Designer Series WildSide Blender, for half the price.
I own the Ninja Kitchen System 1100, which retails for $159. The 1100 features different accessories than … Read more
The KitchenAid 5-Speed Diamond Blender is a reasonably-priced blender, especially when you consider all of the things it's capable of. With a generous, 60-ounce pitcher and elegant, vintage-looking design, the $149 KitchenAid offers high-quality performance with a wallet-friendly sticker-price. For all of its modest pricing and design, the KitchenAid would be a welcome addition to any small appliance lineup.
We reviewed seven blenders in what I've been calling the CNET Blender Bonanza. Some models cost upwards of $400 and feature higher-powered motors. I'd be lying if I told you that I began testing this product with high … Read more
At first it felt a bit unfair to compare the $454 Blendtec Designer Series WildSide Blender to other models. I mean, have you ever seen Blendtec's "Will it Blend?" videos? If not, I'll give you the short of it -- they attempt and succeed at grinding up things like iPads and laser pointers in their powerful blenders. Not just chunks of plastic and metal, mind you. I'm talking about powdery stuff that you'd never guess was once a living, breathing gadget. If they can do that to a tablet, just imagine what they can … Read more
LG must have had a lot of success with its current door-in-door refrigerator models, because the company just introduced three more to the lineup. If you don't already know, LG offers the door-in-door design on select French door models, and it's basically a special storage space contained within the right refrigerator door. This compartment is magnetically sealed and allows you to access that area with the push of a button without having to open the whole fridge. This easy-access design is ideal for your very favorite fridge items. And the good news is that all three of these … Read more
When you picture a blender, you probably imagine something that looks a lot like this:
That's the $39 Hamilton Beach Smoothie Smart Blender -- and it's an excellent option for all of your basic blending needs. More and more often, though, all kinds of fancy-pants blenders that boast ginormous capacities, powerful motors that sound like helicopters in flight, and special features like touch screens and single-serving attachments are popping up in stores.
So we tested this $39 model against the $149 KitchenAid 5-Speed Diamond Blender, the $199 Cuisinart PowerEdge 1000 Watt Blender, the $199 Breville Hemisphere Control Blender, … Read more
I have a Breville coffee grinder at home and in the CNET Appliance's Toaster Oven Extravaganza, the Breville Smart Oven was a top performer. As such, I had very high expectations for the $199 Breville Hemisphere Control Blender, expectations which were not ill-placed. It is a fantastic blender and went above and beyond in terms of performance.
We reviewed seven blenders in what I like to call the Great CNET Blender Bonanza. (Admit it. It's catchy.) Each model brought something to the table, some more than others. Even compared with the big guys like Ninja, Blendtec, and VitaMix, … Read more
With plant sensors like the Inolve Fliwer, it seems that the necessity of a green thumb is dying. An advanced sensor with both Wi-Fi connectivity and an app for iOS and Android, the Fliwer could be a real win for challenged gardeners like me.
I confessed my frequent, accidental plant murdering when I covered the Click & Grow Smart Flowerpot. Naturally, I am really excited about gardening technology where I am mostly, if not entirely, removed from the growing equation. I'm the problem, which is why this new gardening tech is so appealing. I'm hopeful that with products … Read more
Ah, the vacuum. That extremely useful hunk o' plastic that's relegated to a utility closet for most of its life. Yes, I admit it: I have a love-hate relationship with vacuums. Sure, they clean the floor, but these home appliances can also be guilty of a number of offenses that make even the most basic clean-ups a major pain. Some are noisy and heavy and have too few or too many accessories. Others come with bins that are a challenge to empty or bags with hard-to-find replacements -- you get the idea.
Basically, there are a lot of potential … Read more