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Tag Archives: Appliances

Nostalgia Breakfast Station Does It All

Hot on the heels of the (admittedly still cooler) bacon toaster, the Nostalgia Retro Series 3-in-1 Family Size Breakfast Station still brings a bit of swag to your morning foodmaking activities. You can toast up to 4 slices of bread while simultaneously brewing 4 cups of coffee, and frying up some bacon n’ eggs on the large family-size non-stick griddle. Yes, you’ll be consuming a lot of power while doing so, but the appliance is rated at 1,500 Watts, so it should be able to handle the load just fine. The reviews on Amazon are pretty positive, so you’re likely to get quite a bit of bang for your $67. It comes in red and aqua.

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Alchemy Makes Cider Out Of Your Leftover Fruit

We’re a wasteful culture, always throwing things out when we shouldn’t. And while the Alchema Home Cider Making System isn’t designed for recycling, it’ll make it 100% more likely that you won’t simply throw out all the fruit your kids stubbornly refuse to eat. Instead, you can use them to make delicious homemade cider. The Alchema will sanitize your materials with medical grade UV-C LED light, and monitor the entire fermentation process as your fruit turn into hooch. The connected smartphone app can even suggest a recipe, so you can make something that tastes even better than whatever random collection of flavours you might’ve haphazardly thrown together. In 1-2 weeks, you’ll have up to 2.4L of tasty cider (about 3 wine bottles), made right at home. It’s $429 on pre-order, with shipping slated for fall 2017.

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Does Anyone Really Need A Keurig For Cookies?

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It’s pretty amazing how many appliances are starting to use the single-serve, pod-based, Keurig-like method of delivering their goods to your mouth. The latest one to come to our attention is the CHiP Cookie Oven, that uses raw cookie pods with a barcode; the device scans the code, then uploads baking information to the appliance through WiFi. It’ll know just what temperature to set itself to, and for how long to circulate its hot air over your snacks, which will be ready in roughly 10 minutes. The cookie pods will be sold to you through a subscription service, which, depending on the service level, will give you cookies ranging in price from 88 cents to $2. Full retail price is expected to be $249, but the current Kickstarter campaign will give Early Birds a CHiP Cookie Oven for as little as $99.

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Toasteroid Prints Custom Images On Your Bread

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We’ve seen toasters that can print a specific image onto your toast by using a custom shaped heating element. Heck, just last month we wrote about a Death Star Toaster that printed a TIE Fighter on your bread. The thing about these is that the image is fixed, and will always print the same thing. Toasteroid however is a “smart” toaster that connects to your smartphone through Bluetooth and is able to print just about anything by using a “high density micro-filament heating system”, a kind of dot matrix heating element. The app lets you create your image, and upload it to the toaster, which then just browns your bread and brands it with your creation. Precise browning control is a feature, as is optional synchronization to a weather forecast service that can print its output directly on your bread. The possibilities are endless and if you have children or loved ones (and who doesn’t), consider how fun you could make their mornings by printing custom notes for them on their food. Prices start at $79 for Early Birds, and goes up to $85 afterwards.

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The SOUP3RB Cook + Blend Blender Also Packs In Heating Element For Dual-Duty Use

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The SOUP3RB Cook + Blend Blender is a blender that can also make soup. The 800 Watt heating element in its base will turn your freshly blended ingredients into soups, intelligently varying the temperature to achieve your desired results. And it’s not limited to soups, since it can also churn out sauces and dressings.

In addition to soup, 3 Squares says the SOUP3RB can make meat sauce for pasta, baby food, organic homemade soy milk, guacamole, and sriracha. The blender has programmable cook functions for various types of heating, as well as an Auto Soup setting that will take contents to a boil, and then automatically reduce them to a simmer. The Auto Blend feature has 4 pre-programmed speeds to chop, blend, puree, or liquefy, as well as a special intelligent blending option for smoothies.

It’s a pretty neat blender and you’d expect it to be pretty expensive, but it isn’t at $70. Available now.

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A Death Star Toaster

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Has it been long enough since we posted about Star Wars merchandise? No? Well, too bad because look at this. It’s a toaster shaped like the Death Star. And (and!) it brands a TIE fighter on your bread while it toasts. There’s really not much more to say about it, I mean, it’s a toaster for crying out loud. But for those die-hard fans out there, it’s a fun, officially-licensed product that you can own for all of £49.99 (about $65USD). It’s on pre-order for the moment, with shipment in October.

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Foldimate Folds Your Laundry For You

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Moved out on your own and now you have to do your own laundry? Yeah, it sucks, we know. But if you’ve got some cash, you’ll soon be able to skip on one of the more annoying parts of the process: the folding. Foldimate is a rather large appliance whose sole job it is to fold your clean laundry. You clip the garments to the front, and the device brings them inside, folds them, steams them, and even perfume, softens, and sanitizes them. You’re left with a neat pile of folded clothes that you can then easily place in your dresser. If it works as advertised, it looks like an amazing device, albeit an expensive luxury at $700-$800. And it’s not quite ready for prime-time, as you’ll only be able to start placing pre-orders in 2017.

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It’s Time To Think Smart: The Best Smart Appliances To Consider

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Nationwide provided me with information regarding its In The Nation blog post

We live in an age where it’s relatively trivial to include fairly high-tech sensors into common household objects.  Not only sensors, but Wifi and Bluetooth radios as well.  The added benefit of being able to do this is that formerly independent, non-connected devices can now be hooked up to the Internet, and to each other.  As a matter of fact, one of the biggest talking points at this year’s CES was the ‘Internet of Things’, and this simply refers to the idea that we are entering an age where everything around us can be controlled remotely, and interconnected in ways never seen before.  The age of the Smart Home is upon us.

As part of this trend, normal household appliances are quickly gaining features and abilities not normally associated with such items.  In this article we’re going to review some of the The Best Smart Appliances to Consider, from thermostats, to vacuum cleaners, to ovens and washing machines.

Smoke Alarms and Thermostats

One of the more famous entrants in this field is the Nest Thermostat and its sibling, the smoke detector Nest Protect. The thermostat is able to learn your living habits, and automatically adjust your home’s temperature to save energy, lowering heating when you’re away, for example. Nest Protect on the other hand can give you more detailed information about potential fires, telling you which room it’s detected something, and whether it’s CO2, or smoke.  You’ll even get a notification on your smartphone if this happens when you’re away.

Cookware

The Belkin WeMo Slow Cooker connects to your smartphone (and the Internet) to allow you to remotely control your dinnertime preparations.  You can adjust temperature and cooking times, and turn the appliance on or off from the comfort of wherever it is you are.

The June Intelligent Oven is able to identify the food you place inside, weigh it, and recommend cooking temperatures and times.  You can control everything through a tablet or smartphone, while simultaneously being able to monitor your food’s progress through the integrated camera.

Room Cleaners

One of the oldest characters in this field is the venerable Roomba.  But don’t let its ubiquity fool you; the company is constantly upgrading its lines and keeping up to date with all modern tech.  The latest, the Roomba 980 has more power, better battery life, and more efficient floor coverage algorithms that allow it to do more with less effort. Through your smartphone you’re even able to set cleaning schedules so it doesn’t get in your way while you’re home.

Washing Machines

Finally we take a look at washing machines.  LG is one of the front-runners in this category, and they’ve made an especially impressive product with the Smart ThinQ™ 4.7 cu. ft. Ultra Large Capacity High Efficiency Top Load SmartWasher.  It allows you to  “monitor your laundry remotely and download new and improved cycles. The Smart Grid Ready feature automatically runs the washer when electricity rates are lowest.”   Like many of the products featured here, all this is accessed and controlled through your mobile device.

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The Flatev Is Like A Keurig For Tortillas

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Keurig is probably having a fit at its brand name being used this way, but perhaps they should be happy that they’re now so closely associated with pod-based single-serve appliances. In this case however you won’t be brewing yourself a steaming mug of Joe, but a crispy tortilla instead. The Flatev uses pods, much like the Keurig, only these ones are filled with all the ingredients necessary to make a tasty, fresh tortilla at home. Pick your dough, and your crispiness level, press a button, and sit back as the machine does the rest. To get your own, you’ll have to pledge at least $239, but you get a batch of 48 pods to start with. We don’t know how much each pod will set you back but it’s not like this is meant to be the most cost-efficient cooking method.

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