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Mini Trumble Dryer Can Handle 3 Socks Or 2 Washcloths Or 1/6th A Pair Of Jeans

Mini Tumble Dryer (Image courtesy Buy as you fly)
By Andrew Liszewski

I understand the convenience of having an en suite washer and dryer, but is this Mini Tumble Dryer really a worthwhile compromise? Designed for those with extremely limited space, the dryer’s only 20x8x5 inches in size according to Buy as you fly, and has a capacity of just 2lbs! So it might come in handy if you’ve got half a towel to dry, or like to re-use Kleenex’s, but not if they’re wet. Most surprisingly though is the dryer’s $149 (£99.99) price tag, though I guess since it doesn’t come with any ventilation hookups, buying one is like getting a room humidifier for free!

[ Mini Tumble Dryer ] VIA [ The Red Ferret Journal ]

Miele Hybrid Battery-Powered Canister Vacuum

Miele Hybrid (Images courtesy Miele)
By Andrew Liszewski

The convenience of a handheld battery-powered vacuum like a Dustbuster is usually overshadowed by the fact that it doesn’t do a very good job at cleaning. And while it’s no where near as compact as a Dustbuster, we’d opt for this new lithium-ion battery powered Miele Hybrid canister vac any day.

Its 1,800 watt motor ensures the vacuum really sucks, in a good way, though it also means the rechargeable lithium-ion batteries are only good for about 20 minutes of cleaning. But the Hybrid can also be plugged into AC when the batteries are dead, and it takes about 3 hours to charge them up completely. At 14 pounds it’s definitely not the lightest cordless vac on the market either, but a set of casters makes it easy to wheel around. In fact the only real downside I can see is the expected $1,060+ (€ 770) price tag (it’s OK to gasp in shock) when it’s eventually available.

[ Miele Hybrid ] VIA [ Appliancist ]

Siemens’ Liftmatic Oven Gets A Facelift

Siemens Liftmatic Oven (Images courtesy Born Rich and Siemens)
By Andrew Liszewski

If I had $4,400 to blow on a new oven, you better believe the Liftmatic from Siemens would be at the top of my wish list. For those who haven’t seen it before (this is the latest model which recently received a slick facelift) the oven itself gets mounted to the wall of your kitchen, and instead of having to lift your food to get it inside, the floor of the oven drops down to counter level making it quite easy to load and unload. And as an added bonus, since heat rises, the hot air inside the oven doesn’t escape as quickly as it does when you open a conventional oven. The new Liftmatic’s also got a series of lovely MP3-player inspired push button controls, and features eleven different heating methods including defrost, top and bottom heating, convection grill and warming.

[ Siemens Liftmatic Oven (Translated) ] VIA [ Born Rich ]

Stylish Vera Kettles – Bugatti Design & Bugatti Pricing

Casa Bugatti Vera Kettle (Images courtesy
By Andrew Liszewski

Keeping up the theme of stylish kitchen appliances with a splash of color we have these new Vera electric kettles by Casa Bugatti. Now we’re no strangers to Bugatti’s efforts in the kitchen, having previously brought you their Vela 3-Speed Blender, but the Vera kettle goes one step beyond just a lovely design.

You see the handle on the Vera incorporates a screen that provides information about the temperature of the water boiling inside. The high-tech handle can also be used to set a specific temperature for the water (between 45 and 100°C) or you can set a timer to ensure you wake up in the morning to piping hot water ready for your coffee. The Vera Kettle is expected to be in stock at sometime in mid-September in a variety of colors, but it will set you back about $300. It is a Bugatti after all.

[ Bugatti Vera Kettle ] VIA [ Apartment Therapy Unplugged ]

Colorful Bodum Bistro Toasters – Because There Is Such A Thing As Too Much Stainless Steel

Bodum Bistro Toaster (Images courtesy Sur La Table)
By Andrew Liszewski

The next time you go shopping for kitchen appliances you might want to consider a finish other than stainless steel, glossy black or chrome. Of course color can be a dangerous thing in the wrong hands, but the Bistro line of toasters from Bodum come in one of 8 different colors that manage to be bright and cheerful but not blindingly tacky. And it’s no slouch when it comes to being a toaster either with 900 watts of power to perfectly brown your bread or bagel, adjustable slots, a pop-up warming rack and a heat-resistant rubber exterior that stays cool to the touch and is easy to clean. $79.95 from Sur La Table.

[ Bodum Bistro 2-Slice Toaster ] VIA [ The Kitchen ]

A Toaster With A Rotating Basket

The Toaster Oven (Image courtesy Pro-Idee) By Andrew Liszewski

I’m usually not that interested in toasters, but if you’ve ever tried to heat up something like a bun with a conventional model you’ve probably found that it’s not only difficult, but also be a potential fire hazard. But that’s not the case with this model which features a rotating wire basket that not only prevents the buns from touching the heating elements, but also ensures they get evenly toasted on all sides.

Obviously the basket is useless for sliced bread or bagels, so the toaster also functions like a traditional pop-up model complete with extra wide slots for accommodating your Texas toast craving. There’s even a couple of heating drawers that will keep slices of toast crisp and warm until you’re ready to serve them. The toaster is available from Pro-Idee for about $94.

[ The First Toaster With Basket Cooking Rotary ] VIA [ Coolbuzz ]

Sqish Satellite Dish Sports Urban Camo

Sqish Dish

By Evan Ackerman

Nothing screams suburbia like an off-white satellite dish kludged to the side of your house, letting everyone know that you really don’t have anything better to do on weekends than watch American Idol reruns. If you’d prefer to keep your reality TV addiction more private, you could get yourself a Sqish.

So what’s a Sqish? According to the company, when a dish is not a dish, it’s a Sqish!™ Yay! But seriously folks, the Sqish is flat (7 cm deep) satellite dish that mounts just like a normal dish. Before you have the Sqish installed, just take a picture of the mounting location and send it in. You’ll get back a big sticker to paste on the front of your Sqish that will Sqishoflage (their word, not mine) it, rendering it nearly invisible from the front. See it from the side, after the jump.Continue Reading

Breville BKT500 Makes Tea And Toast For Two


By Evan Ackerman

Remember a few weeks ago when I commented that my fantasy is to have every appliance in my home capable of making toast? Well, the Breville BTK500 toaster with an integrated kettle gets me even closer to my dream. Breville bills it as a kettle with an integrated toaster, but they’re not fooling anyone: toasters always get top billing. The BKT500 features a 1 liter kettle with a fast boil concealed heating element, and an electronically controlled toaster with “extra wide and deep self centering toasting slots.” It also includes a brilliant little “A Bit More” button that you push when your toast pops up not quite done. All this convenience can be yours for only $130.

[ Breville ikon BTK500 ] VIA [ Likecool ]

Sunbeam Hot Iron Storage Case – What Manner Of Sorcery Is This?

Sunbeam Hot Iron Storage Case (Images courtesy Amazon & Sunbeam)
By Andrew Liszewski

Even if you’ve never used an iron in your life, you probably realize it’s a good idea to let it completely cool down before you put it back in the closet. But Sunbeam seems to be contradicting this simple piece of common sense with their Hot Iron Storage Case. It basically lets you put your iron away as soon as you’re done using it, without having to wait for it to cool off. The case is made from a durable heat-resistant plastic and features a locking lid to prevent other people or items from coming into contact with the heat. The iron itself actually sits on a set of silicon pads, while other items like the power cord or water cup accessory are stored in a separate compartment.

If I were the type who used an iron, I would still be leery about putting it away while it was still hot. But I have to assume that if any product in the Sunbeam line was thoroughly tested before it hit the consumer market, it would be this thing. You can get it directly from Sunbeam for $19.99. (Iron not included.)

[ Sunbeam Hot Iron Storage Case ] VIA [ Cribcandy ]