'Media Range Hood' reinvents the TV dinner

A built-in LCD, DVD, CD--who has time to cook?


We hate to say this, but we fear that this whole multimedia-kitchen thing may be getting out of hand. As much as we appreciated the built-in LCDs, espresso makers and, of course, beer on tap (we're human, after all), those conveniences were restricted mostly to the refrigerator--where we spend most of hour waking hours anyway. But a range hood? That's a little sick, even for us.

Nevertheless, Siemens plans to introduce its "Media Range Hood" to North American markets sometime next year, Appliancist says. Based on the "AvantGarde MultiMedia Hood" that has been selling in Europe since 2004, the new model has a built-in 17-inch LCD TV, DVD player and remote, naturally. It also has a three-speed fan, if you ever get around to cooking anything.

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