The 1930s Refrigerator-Radio Combo That Never Quite Took Off

By the late 1930s the vast majority of American households had a radio. So how were radio manufacturers supposed to expand their market? By insisting that the ideal American home has a radio in every room. Sometimes that meant putting radios in the latest appliances — like right inside every American's favorite new… » 9/22/14 3:14pm 9/22/14 3:14pm

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

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

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

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

This Fridge's Vacuum Sealed Drawer Puts Fresh Food Into Cryostasis

With its new Freshness Center refrigerator, Siemens wants you to get rid of that freezer bag sealing contraption on your counter. In addition to the standard fridge and freezer compartments, the KG38QAL30 has a third drawer with a section that vacuum seals itself, preserving fresh foods like vegetables and meats up to… » 9/06/13 6:20pm 9/06/13 6:20pm

How a Fridge Full of Beer That Only Unlocks for Canadians Gets Made

As part of a recent ad campaign, Canadian beer company Molson Candian took a fridge full of its special adult beverage all around Europe to share with the thirsty masses. But there was a catch—the only way to unlock the boozy treasure was by scanning a Canadian passport. And though you may have already seen the… » 6/27/13 9:59am 6/27/13 9:59am

Get the Most Out of Your Home Appliances (Without Taking Them Apart)

When was the last time you had to salt your perishables, got dishpan hands, or beat your laundry against a washboard? Chances are, not recently. Your home appliances do so much for you, shouldn't you return the love? Here's how to keep your domestic machine in peak condition without putting on a tool belt. » 6/17/13 4:00pm 6/17/13 4:00pm

Your Fridge Is a Sauna Compared to This Tiny Quantum Freezer

We've all got refrigerators to keep our leftovers not-rotten, but compared to National Institute of Standards and Technology's latest creation, our hulking cooling boxes hardly compare. This tiny quantum prototype, no bigger than a few inches, packs as much power as a window air conditioner the size of the Lincoln… » 3/17/13 10:10am 3/17/13 10:10am

The Best Mini Fridge

If you're in the market for a mini fridge, you've probably already realized that none of them can approach the quality and performance of a standard-sized refrigerator. That being said, mini fridges can have a wide range of applications-whether it's to chill beer in your man-cave, stash bagged lunches in the office,… » 10/11/12 4:00pm 10/11/12 4:00pm