appliances
This Slim Toaster Has Clever Heated Pockets To Keep Your Toast Warm

Here's the trade off: if you want a slim toaster that doesn't gobble up too much counter space, you're going to be limited to how much toast you can make. But the Easy Toaster from Russell Hobbs incorporates a nice workaround. You can only toast two slices of bread at one time, but a pair of pockets on the outside steal heat from the toaster's elements to keep your breakfast warm while more slices toast. Read More >>

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A Wi-Fi Kettle That Messages Instead of Whistling When It Boils

The crux of the kettle's capabilities is its ability to connect to your home's Wi-Fi network. This puts it in contact with an accompanying mobile app on your smartphone that gives you complete control over all of the kettle's functionality—including multiple temperature options for different hot beverages—from wherever you have access to your home's wireless network. Read More >>

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Other Kitchen Devices Can Harness Power from Your Microwave

When your microwave is sitting there glowing and spinning inside, do you ever wonder where all those stray rays of energy go? Turns out they usually just slip out the door, into thin air. But a Japanese scientist has found a way to harness that power and use it to juice your other appliances. Read More >>

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

With its new Freshness Centre 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 five times longer.
With the drawer closed, a simple button push sucks the oxygen out, reducing the air pressure by 300 millibars. So we're not talking the vacuum of space here, or enough to implode the fridge, but more than enough to discourage bacteria and other parasite growth. The Freshness Center is destined for a release in the Netherlands and Germany first, and if consumers are cool with the £1,300 price tag, Siemens might roll it out in other parts of the world later on. [Siemens via Gizmag] Read More >>

appliances
A Simple Knock Opens This Dishwasher, Keeping the Front Panel Clean

Everything inside your dishwasher might be sparkling and squeaky clean, but loading it with dishes and cutlery all day has probably left it a greasy mess on the outside. A disgusting downside that Miele intends to alleviate with automatic doors on its latest dishwashers—which open with a simple knock. Read More >>

appliances
A Physics-Defying Appliance That Bakes Up Hot Ice Cream (Say Wha?)

Most of us are happy to eat ice cream straight out of the container; even scooping it into a cone seems like too much of a hassle. But a restaurant in Spain called El Celler de Can Roca has come up with a novel way to serve the frozen treat—they bake it. Or, more specifically, they use a machine called the Oxymoron Maker II to entomb a scoop of ice cream inside a freshly baked brioche. Read More >>

design
A Beautiful Analogue Clock for Dummies Who Are Bad at Telling Time

I have a confession to make, and I'm sure I'm not alone: I'm really bad at reading analogue clocks. I learned how to when I was a kid, and I even wear an analogue watch today, but some 15 years of digital crutches in between has made reading old-school clocks kind of a drag. You too? Well here's a clock for the both of us. Read More >>

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Yes, You Can Mix Ingredients With This Working Lego Hand Mixer

Lego builder/Flickr user Hippotam has come up with what is possibly the greatest innovation in cooking appliances since the toaster met the oven. Dubbed the Hippmikser 2000, it's an actual functioning hand mixer made out of nothing but Lego. Read More >>

appliances
Reclaim Your Kitchen Counters With Philips' New HomeCooker

The various layers all serve different purposes depending on what you're cooking and how you want it prepared, and the base bot even includes an automated stirring arm that promises to keep things from burning or sticking. Also, goodbye gravy lumps. You can even specify an exact cooking temperature, and set a timer so that it shuts off before everything you're cooking is nuked. Read More >>

appliances
Send Your Bread Through This Tunnel of Toast In the Morning

Minmising the risk of burning your fingers on piping hot toast, Arzum's new Firrin features a slide-out tray instead of the more traditional pop-up design used on most toasters. The tray allows you to stop the toasting process almost instantly when it's completely removed, and it looks a lot more efficient at collecting bread crumbs for easy disposal. Read More >>

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Watch This Poor, Abused Washing Machine Go Completely Insane and Explode

Your washing machine is kind enough to handle your laundry without complaining. For that it deserves respect. Aussie50 has no such respect. Watch his poor washer tear itself asunder, powerless to prevent spectacular self-destruction at the hands of its own spin cycle. Watch as it tries to escape through sheer force of centrifugal will. Watch it fail. Read More >>

appliances
This Gorgeous Kettle Is How Iron Man Boils Water

It looks like KitchenAid has finally learned a trick from sportscar manufacturers like Ferrari, and even Iron Man. The company's newest addition to its Pro Line of appliances is this lustworthy electric kettle that comes with an optional candy apple red colour scheme that makes it look like it could boil water in three seconds. Read More >>

kitchen
Go From Zero To Caffeinated In No Time With a V12 Espresso Machine

Is it going to produce the best cup of espresso you've ever tasted? Probably not. But if you've got a thing for cars, or are on the hunt for an obscenely over-the-top coffee maker for your garage, Espresso Veloce's V12 will give you the hit of caffeine you're looking for, while gobbling up a huge chunk of counter space. Read More >>

design
Stay Cool But Lost With This Spherical Mapless Globe Fan

Idea International's new Aero Sphere isn't quite poised to shake up the fan industry like Dyson's bladeless offering did. But it still manages to stand out in a boring and crowded market with a spherical teardrop honeycomb design that's as functional as it is eye candy. Read More >>

appliances
Samsung's New Fridge Has a Built-In SodaStream Dispenser

Samsung deputed a ridiculous fridge with Evernote that no one needs at CES this year. We can all agree that's totally silly. Here's something awesome from Samsung you actually might want—a fridge with a built-in SodaStream. Read More >>

appliances
Is This a Gorgeous Range Hood Or a UFO Abduction Tube?

At some point over the past year appliance makers began a design war to see who could come up with the most innovative and original range hood designs. And with its new retractable Pareo hood, Italy's Faber has just made a strong push towards victory and bringing an end to that war of aesthetics. Read More >>

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