Refrigerators have long been thought of as the boxy, boring behemoths of the kitchen, and buying one used to be as simple as choosing between eggshell and off-white. But times have changed, with manufacturers increasingly thinking outside of the icebox to try to redefine what the modern refrigerator is really capable of. Today's shopper will find an ever-increasing range of color and style options, cleverly-designed units designed to disappear into your decor, and a wide variety of new smart features, including ones aimed at transforming your kitchen itself into an entertainment hub. It's enough to make you wonder … Read more
Maytag's Performance washers and dryers are known for the long list of standard features, but they're getting one more: a Fresh Hold Option. The new technology prevents clothes from smelling like mildew, even if they sit in the washer a little while between the end of the wash cycle and moving over to the dryer.
The new feature is based on dynamic venting: the washer uses a fan, combined with a tumble cycle, to eliminate moisture that would normally still be in the washer after the clothes were cleaned. It doesn't dry clothes, but it significantly reduces … Read more
It's March Madness time again, and you know what that means: I'm spending a lot of time fighting for the right to watch a little "24" instead of basketball. But for those of you who actually care about the NCAA college basketball tournament, Whirlpool wants to make sure the only surprises are on the court--not in the kitchen.
You've seen the Amana Jot refrigerator, with its dry-erase finish on the door panel. Use the fridge to manage brackets, track game times, or display correct picks.
And even though the magic of DVRs lets you pause … Read more
This full-size dryer from Maytag handles full loads with a large 7-cubic-foot capacity drum. Physically larger than similar models, the Bravos MED6300TQ has a width of 29 inches by a depth of just more than 30 inches. The height is almost 4 feet, measuring 42 inches, but considering similar smaller models offer height extenders or pedestals for their dryers to sit on, this might actually be an ideal height.
The control panel is situated toward the back of the machine, creating a nice durable porcelain-on-steel worktop to set a laundry basket upon. Anybody who has hairy pets running around the … Read more
This Energy Star-rated dishwasher from Maytag is a built-in model that fits a standard 24-inch opening. Featuring a white-on-white design that would perfectly match any kitchen design, the door style is seamless and frameless so as to also blend in with any existing cabinetry. The controls are located front and center and use a seven-button smooth touch panel.
There are a multitude of washing options supplied by the five-level, seven-tier JetClean II wash system. Normal, heavy, and light wash options exist along with a quick-rinse-only selection. Pots and pans can be cleaned using the Toughscrub option. Sensor washing is supplied … Read more
When I was first learning to cook, I left a dishtowel a little too close to a burner. At some point, partly through boiling water for spaghetti, the dishtowel caught fire. I've been party to enough similar incidents over the years that I can't help but think that cooktops using radiant heat are a great idea.
The Maytag Electric Cooktop, for instance, uses four of Maytag's Insta-Heat radiant heating elements to replace old fashioned gas and electric burners. The whole thing is one flat surface, and is easy to clean--no more taking half the range apart after … Read more