Badass Carmaker Local Motors Might Make Your Next Fridge

Crowdsourced carmaker Local Motors, makers of the 100 percent bonkers Rally Fighter you see above, just teamed up with GE Appliances, maker of... appliances. Clearly, your kitchen is about to get way more badass. » 3/20/14 10:03am 3/20/14 10:03am

Quirky's New A/C Unit Smartens Up Your Dumbest Energy Hog

This is Aros, a Wi-Fi connected air conditioner aimed at energy-conscious consumers that Quirky and GE are launching today. It's by far the biggest and most complicated product that Quirky has ever built, and it aims to help solve truly endemic problem: The window a/c unit, which has remained pretty much unchanged… » 3/19/14 9:00am 3/19/14 9:00am

G.E. Has Found a Way To Cool a Fridge With Magnets

At one time giant blocks of ice were the best solution we could come up with for keeping food cold. That primitive approach was eventually replaced by electric refrigerators using compressors and chemical coolants. Now, almost 100 years later, G.E. thinks it's found a better way to cool a fridge using a water-based… » 3/13/14 1:20pm 3/13/14 1:20pm

An Ultra-Flat Air Conditioner That Could Be Mistaken For Artwork

Those living in apartments or homes without central air have to come to terms with ugly, boxy air conditioners hanging out their windows. It's either that, or be roasted alive in the summer. But it doesn't have to be that way, not when LG is somehow packing air conditioners into these ultra-slim housings that hang on… » 3/12/14 5:00pm 3/12/14 5:00pm

The Perfect Microwave Listens to Popcorn Popping So It Never Burns

Tossing a bag of popcorn in the microwave is much easier than dragging out the hot air popper, except that you have to watch it like a hawk to make sure it doesn't burn. Alternatively, you can swap out your dated microwave for this new model from Whirlpool that actually listens to the popcorn as it pops to make sure… » 2/27/14 6:00pm 2/27/14 6:00pm

The Low-Oil Frying Machine Fits Even Better on Your Counter Now

Realizing that not everyone needs an appliance capable of frying up a family-sized portion of wings or french fries, Tefal has scaled back the capacity and size of its Actifry with a new Mini version that's roughly 21 percent smaller. Like its larger predecessors the Mini still needs just a spoonful oil to work its… » 1/31/14 9:46am 1/31/14 9:46am

A Toaster Oven With a Bread Slot For When Pizza's Not On the Menu

There are entire cookbooks dedicated to preparing meals using only a toaster oven, but most of us only ever use them for reheating pizza. So it seems like kind of a waste to have one sitting on the kitchen counter all the time. Unless it's the Toastation by Hamilton Beach, which adds traditional toaster functionality… » 1/22/14 5:20pm 1/22/14 5:20pm

This Smart Crock Pot Makes Using a Slow Cooker Even Lazier

Slow cookers are great because you can throw in your ingredients in the morning and by the time you get home from work dinner is done. But stuff happens, and sometimes you forget about that pot roast simmering away, and next thing you know you burn your meal and your house down. Enter the WeMo Smart Crock Pot to solve… » 1/05/14 8:05pm 1/05/14 8:05pm

A Toaster For a Single Slice of Bread Is Nothing To Be Sad About

Most people's first reaction to a toaster with just a single slot is to feel pity on the lonely soul who would need such a device. But that's the wrong reaction to have here. The pity part is ok—but not because the probable owner of this toaster must be single and lonely. It's more likely because they live in an… » 12/23/13 5:00pm 12/23/13 5:00pm

This Super Compact Toaster Oven Isn't Just For Bachelors

The toaster oven has far more uses than your average two-slot toaster, but it also requires a lot more counter space—which is problematic if you're stuck with a tiny kitchen. You can either go to the hassle of stashing it away inside a cupboard when it's not needed, or trade it in for Plus Minus Zero's wonderfully… » 12/20/13 5:20pm 12/20/13 5:20pm

A Full-Size Hybrid Vacuum You Can Use To Charge Your Phone

When you hear the words 'vacuum' and 'USB' used in the same sentence, you probably picture a tiny keyboard cleaning tool with barely enough power to suck up crumbs. But Panasonic's hybrid MC-HS700G—now available in Japan—is a full-sized vacuum cleaner strong enough to lift a bowling ball that can also be recharged and… » 12/09/13 1:40pm 12/09/13 1:40pm

A Woof-Activated Washing Machine Lets Support Dogs Run a Load

Ending the dogs vs. cats superiority debate once and for all, UK-based appliance maker JTM Service has developed a washing machine that can actually be operated by support dogs trained to assist those living with disabilities. The machines are even bark-activated, since dogs are notoriously bad at pushing buttons. » 11/26/13 10:40am 11/26/13 10:40am

The Gladiator Chillerator: A Fridge Specifically Designed For Garages

Usually if you're lucky enough to have a fridge in your garage, it means that there's a shiny new refrigerator in your kitchen, and you couldn't bring yourself to trashing the old one. But Whirlpool feels every garage, workshop, or industrial space deserves a special place to keep cold beverages. So as part of the… » 11/19/13 2:00pm 11/19/13 2:00pm

Roomba 880 Review: All Hail the Most Powerful Robot Vacuum Yet

You want a clean home? Sure, who doesn't. Too lazy to clean it yourself? Absolutely. iRobot's Roomba 880—the latest in its series of robot vacuum cleaners—was made for you. It's the Rolls-Royce of highly motivated cleaning appliances, and it can take care of some serious dinge. Although it'll cost you some serious… » 11/12/13 12:01am 11/12/13 12:01am

The Kitchen Gadgets Worth Your Money

In case you haven't noticed, we love gadgets around here. In fact, our list of our favorite kitchen gear quickly became far too long for a single article, so we're splitting it in half. We present to you our favorite Kitchen Gadgets, and stay tuned in the near future for our favorite Cooking Gear. As always, we can't… » 11/09/13 11:14am 11/09/13 11:14am

This Sleek Monolithic Microwave Keeps Buttons To a Minimum

Microwaves are rarely seen as the focal point of your kitchen, but maybe they should be? German appliance maker Caso sure thinks so. The company's new HCMG25 microwave features a giant black mirror glass front panel with a cleverly integrated red LED display that pushes all the buttons to the side to help preserve its… » 11/06/13 10:40am 11/06/13 10:40am

Forget a Bread Maker, This Machine Churns Out Fresh Roti Every Minute

Our beloved ChefStack automatic pancake machine will always have a place in our hearts, but there's a good chance this Rotimatic flat bread maker could earn a permanent spot on our kitchen counters. All it needs to churn out delicious piping hot roti is water, flour, oil, and about a minute of patient waiting. » 10/25/13 1:20pm 10/25/13 1:20pm