Whether it is marked by the clanging of a steel bar against a metal triangle or a pinging of a kitchen timer, the call of "it's ready!" is one that is and will always be met with great anticipation. The instant satisfaction that you get from seeing a hot meal placed before you is one that is primal yet somehow tinged in sophistication -- especially when the meal is ready when you want it to be.
For those who have been patiently waiting for a sous vide cooker to come down to the realm of the everyday budget, a quickly funded Kickstarter project might just be the answer. The Sansaire is an affordable solution for those looking to dive into the relatively new method of sous vide cooking. Judging by the campaign reaching 4.5 times its funding goal only about halfway through the period, it's probably safe to say that many have been waiting for just this opportunity.
Kitchen appliances that overachieve are always welcome on the countertop. It hasn't quite gotten to the point where one appliance can cook absolutely anything and everything in any type of way (microwaves don't count), but when it comes time to properly prepare a meal, one can only ask for any particular appliance or gadget to do so much. And maybe perhaps a bit more.
The Cuisinart GR-150 Griddler Deluxe ($159) offers the ability to cook up a batch of practically anything. Building upon the popular Cuisinart Griddler name, the countertop appliance combines an indoor grill with a griddle … Read more
It's happening quickly; our in-hand homes are getting out of hand. The growing availability of connected appliances and gadgets may bring convenience that is always at our fingertips, but it also brings clutter. Not necessarily physical clutter, but the kind of clutter that dominates tablets and smartphones everywhere: app clutter.
Whether we're talking about entry systems, lighting, or thermostats, smart connected appliances require an app to control them. This of course is what makes them convenient; being able to control everything by tapping on a few icons has been a dream since at least the first remote control … Read more
Available today, the Belkin F7C030 WeMo Light Switch is another step forward into a well-lit future. The light switch allows users to control their home lighting from anywhere. The best part is that integrating the new light switch into the home requires nothing more than what users already have.
The light switch replaces the standard light switch found in the wall. DIYers can switch out the two easily. (Belkin produced a short YouTube video explaining how to install the WeMo Light Switch for those who are comfortable working with basic electrical wiring.) After the unit is installed, it can be … Read more
At first glance, the maroon Douwe Egberts coffee machine at the O.R. Tambo International Airport in South Africa looks pretty normal. On close inspection, it's missing something important. There's no place to put money. The only currency the machine deals in is yawns.
Facial-recognition software built into the machine looks for people standing in front of it. It maps their faces and waits for the telltale signs of a yawn. A yawn triggers a hot cup of coffee.… Read more
The trilogy that is the Panasonic Breakfast Collection is now complete. Joining the electric kettle and the coffeemaker is the Panasonic NT-ZP1V Stainless Steel and Glass Toaster. Initially back-ordered while the other two countertop appliances enjoyed their moments to shine, the toaster is now available at a price of $199.95 and ships in one to three business days.
This brings the curtain down on Panasonic's Breakfast Collection for the moment. The three matching appliances are available in violet or in a cool smoke finish. Decking out the kitchen with distinctive design does not come cheap, however; the three … Read more
There exists a balance in the kitchen. Actually, there exist many balances in the kitchen. Not only are food and cooking so often about finding the right balance of spices and ingredients, but there is also a necessary balance going on behind the scenes. Kitchen appliances come in all shapes and sizes, but that doesn't mean the kitchen has to spend any amount of time out of balance.
The GE Artistry Series is a new kitchen appliance line designed to combine style and affordability. The kitchen suite consists of a bottom-freezer refrigerator ($1,099), a top-control dishwasher ($499), an … Read more
Of all the kitchen appliances that make their home in the busiest room of the house, there is one that refuses to budge during mealtime. Sure, the refrigerator and the dishwasher aren't going anywhere anytime soon, but the big meal-maker is the oven, and it historically hasn't been very mobile. Unless, of course, you have a mobile phone.
Expanding the capabilities of its wall oven line, GE has introduced True European Convection with Direct Air. Available for 30-inch models, the addition of a top interior vent allows for better circulation of heated air in the oven cavity. The … Read more
Hot water has a way of transforming things; coffee, tea, and soup would all be very different without it. Like any transformative technology, it all has to start somewhere. Sitting on the kitchen countertop, electric teakettles are convenient devices that heat water quickly and efficiently. No matter what they look like on the outside.
The Panasonic NC-ZK1V Kettle with High Quality Stainless Steel and Violet Finish ($179.95; also available in a cool smoke finish) can become part of a kitchen's routine without blending in. The distinctive appliance, Panasonic's Breakfast Collection, is one way to deck out your … Read more