The One Major Downside to Induction Stoves

There’s no doubt about it: Induction stove tops are convenient. They boil water faster than electric and gas stovetops, allow cooks to control heat quickly and precisely, AND they cool down almost immediately after cooking is done. But, before you replace your existing stovetop, there’s one downside you should consider. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

10 Clever DIY Projects to Hide Household Eyesores

Here’s the unfortunate truth about 99% of all living spaces: every house and apartment—large or small—likely has something that’s weird, oddly placed, or just plain ugly. These persistent little problems (cords, vents, pipes, outlets) might drive you nuts, but stay they must, especially if you are a renter. The only solution is to get creative…. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

Why I Sold Both of My Instant Pots (and What I Got Instead)

I admit it: I am a kitchen appliance junkie. I have been for more than a decade, since I fell in love with cooking. I want to buy nearly everything that comes on the market, but actually only buy the ones I know I will use on a regular basis. I make sure that the ones I do buy are the best value for the money no matter how inexpensive or expensive they may be. And then I love them to no end. I have a few high-speed blenders (because is one really enough?), one of the best food processors Read More

A Brief But Fascinating History of the Refrigerator

Once my friend Chad came to see me. Upon entering the house, the first thing he did was go to the refrigerator, open the door, and stick his head inside to check out the contents. “I want to see how you live,” he said. This may not be the accepted protocol for visiting a friend in their home, but I think Chad was on to something. What’s in our refrigerators says a lot about us. If we are what we eat, then the refrigerator has become a huge part of who we are. It’s become so common that we may Read More

The Best Blenders — The Guide 2018

Blenders are a way of life over here at Apartment Therapy and Kitchn. These kitchen staples have come a long way over the past fifty years, and they are now not only useful but beautiful enough to keep out on your counter. And we recommend that you have one that fits right into your kitchen. While they’re most well-known for creating delicious smoothies, these powerhouses can be used to make a variety of other foods—fun cocktails included. We rounded up our favorites from every price point, so you can get blending without the worry. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

SMEG Adds Even More Appliances That Are Actual Works of Art

It’s Design Week in Milan and SMEG and Dolce & Gabbana are back with even more appliances turned art. If you thought the fridges were extra, just wait until you have a hand painted oven and range hood to match. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

The Best Toasters — The Guide 2018

Toasters don’t have to be pretty to get the job done. But imagine how much more you’d like your countertop space if your toaster added to the decor rather than the clutter? Of course, there’s more to the appliance than looks — truly, it’s what’s on the inside that counts. Can it toast evenly? Is it easy to clean? How much guesswork is involved in getting the shade just right? When that’s wrong, then it doesn’t matter how attractive your toaster is — you just want your toast. We’ve rounded up our favorite toasters that strike that balance between good Read More

The Biggest Unsolved Mystery in the History of Kitchen Appliances

We’re living in a world where anything is possible. I can talk to my light bulbs. My plants water themselves. There’s an electric car floating out in space somewhere right at this very moment. The sky’s the lim— ok the sky isn’t even the limit anymore. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

Counter Eye Candy: Dolce & Gabbana x SMEG Appliances Are Available For Preorder

No basic black or white here: Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana and Italian appliance maker SMEG have released a line of small kitchen appliances emblazoned with colorful works from Sicilian artists. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

Well, Of Course, Ina Garten Has One of the World's Most Beautiful Ovens

I am an absolute sucker for a fancy-looking oven. I know, I know, ovens are tools and what really matters is how well they perform, not what they look like. But I can’t help myself; I just adore a beautiful range. Give me brass knobs, bars on the doors, and a range of colors that include options like “Provence blue.” Basically, give me Ina Garten’s kitchen, complete with her brand-new French range from Lacanche. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico