This Mixer Could Have Originally Been an Industrial Factory Robot

Mixing and kneading dough for bread can be a back-breaking process. It's a chore best left to a grandparent who's been doing it all their life—or a machine like Bosch's new MaxxiMUM mixer, which actually looks like a robotic arm from an automotive factory that was laid off but has since found other work. » 9/10/14 9:54am 9/10/14 9:54am

Your Giant American Refrigerator Is Making You Fat And Poor

There is a fair chance that if you're reading this post, your fridge—the most-used and largest appliance in your house—is screwing you. The refrigerator is as potent a symbol of American consumerist culture as you're likely to find, which is to say, it only makes sense if you don't really look at it very hard. It is,… » 7/29/14 9:47am 7/29/14 9:47am

Borg Cube Mini-Fridge: Freezistance Is Futile

It's apparently taken some 27 years for a marketing genius at Paramount to realize that the cube-shaped Borg ship introduced in Star Trek: The Next Generation bears an uncanny resemblance to a mini fridge. But someone has finally put two and two together resulting in what's easily one of the best Star Trek-themed… » 7/28/14 2:57pm 7/28/14 2:57pm

Rotimatic Hands-On: Yep, The Roti-a-Minute Magic Machine Is Awesome

For about a billion people across the world, nothing is more fundamental to food than fresh, delicious roti. So it's unfortunate that a batch of five can take half an hour or more to make. But all that's about to be a thing of the past, thanks to the Rotimatic: The first fully-automated appliance that can churn out… » 7/10/14 4:00pm 7/10/14 4:00pm

This Compact Microwave Is a Must-Have For Your Car

Designer Jake Rich has come up with a better design for the microwave that no longer requires a permanent parking spot on your kitchen counter. His Mediumwave concept has a footprint about the size of a dinner plate, and the traditional metal box form factor of microwaves of old has been improved with a removable dome… » 7/08/14 12:40pm 7/08/14 12:40pm

A Genuinely Smarter Toaster That Guarantees Perfect Toast

You'd think by now, after at least 100 years of development, mankind would have perfected the toaster. Burnt bread is still an all too common problem, though, but maybe, just maybe, Dualit has finally found a solution with a new toaster that measures the room conditions to help ensure perfect browning. » 7/03/14 9:40am 7/03/14 9:40am

A Fridge That Gives You Retro Style Without the Giant Energy Bill

You might love the retro curves and contours of the old fridge you inherited from your grandmother, but that ancient appliance isn't doing your monthly electric bill any favors. With GE's new Artistry fridges you get the best of both worlds, though—modern and efficient refrigeration technology, plus subtle retro… » 6/24/14 12:40pm 6/24/14 12:40pm

A Keurig Machine For Tortillas. Repeat: A KEURIG MACHINE FOR TORTILLAS

The cup of joe you get from those pod-based instant coffee machines like the Keurig might not be the best you can find, but they sure are convenient. And while instant soup is a logical next step for pod-based dining, the makers of the Flatev have actually found a way to churn out fresh, warm tortillas from a machine… » 5/29/14 9:45am 5/29/14 9:45am

This Supercooling Fridge Chills Food To Sub-Zero Without Freezing It

The current trend in fridge innovation involves adding extra doors, built-in soda dispensers, and pointless touchscreens. So it's refreshing when a company like Mitsubishi brings a truly unique advancement to its new refrigerators in the form of a freezer drawer that chills food to three degrees below freezing,… » 5/28/14 3:40pm 5/28/14 3:40pm

What Will the Appliances of the Future Sound Like?

It's the year 2044—what does your kitchen sound like? What about your power supply? How about the laundry room, or even your new, high-tech burglar alarm? Disquiet, Gizmodo's subdomain of all things sonic and ambient, is challenging its readers to come up with a speculative soundtrack for the home of the future—or,… » 5/09/14 1:03pm 5/09/14 1:03pm

Appliances Chiseled From Marble Are Surprisingly Elegant

Marble isn't the first material you think of when it comes to home appliances. But the Milan-based design house Clique, which presented their its collection at its hometown's design week last month, have turned the staid material into something surprisingly pleasant. Take the Cimmy ultrasonic humidifier—it uses… » 5/05/14 5:20pm 5/05/14 5:20pm

We're Still Waiting On The Dishwasher Utopia

Today, roughly 75 percent of American households have a dishwasher. But this wonder of modern kitchen science still lags well behind refrigerators and microwaves — which are both over 95 percent. The automatic dishwasher was the high-tech promise of the 1920s. And the 1950s. And the 1970s. So why has the dishwasher… » 4/30/14 4:26pm 4/30/14 4:26pm

A Microwave That Promises To Fry Your Food Without a Drop of Oil

T-fal kicked off the whole "frying foods with minimal oil" trend with its Actifry machine, but who really has room for yet another appliance on their kitchen counter—even if it promises healthier fries and wings? That's why Samsung has introduced what it calls the Slim Fry feature on its microwaves, adding even more… » 4/21/14 12:20pm 4/21/14 12:20pm

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