appliances
Nest Halts Sale of Protect Over Safety Concerns

In a letter from Nest CEO Tony Fadell yesterday, the company announced it would stop selling its Protect fire alarm while it reconsidered a key feature of the device: the ability to "wave to hush" a warning alarm about smoke. Read More >>

history
The Microwave: Invented by Mistake

Somehow the humble microwave oven always appears to be a device from the near future, but the truth is, it’s been irradiating our food into readiness for decades now. So long in fact, that if it were a person it would be pulling a pension already. We decided to take a look at the history of this device which changed kitchens forever despite being invented by my mistake. Read More >>

appliances
The New Click & Grow Herb Garden Does Everything but Harvest Itself

Click and Grow's second generation home hydroponic system launches today that, like its predecessor, provides urban gardeners an organic, pesticide-free, and nearly autonomous herb garden. Except the new Smart Herb Garden doesn't need a bright window spot—it includes its own miniature sun. Read More >>

appliances
A Pleated Filter Eliminates the Slow Drip of Purified Water

Camelbak has made a name for itself in the realms of hydration, at least when it comes to outdoor activities. But now the company has set its sights on your kitchen—and market-leader Brita—with its new Relay pitcher that uses an exposed dual-pleated filter that lets water flow 10x faster than what we're all probably used to. Read More >>

appliances
An Ultra-Flat Air Conditioner That You Can Hang Like a Work of Art

Those living in apartments or homes without central air have to come to terms with ugly, boxy air conditioners hanging out their windows. But it doesn't have to be that way, not when LG is somehow packing air conditioners into these ultra-slim housings that hang on your wall like artwork. Read More >>

appliances
The Low-Oil Chip Frying Machine Fits Even Better on Your Counter Now

Realising that not everyone needs an appliance capable of frying up a family-sized portion of wings or chips, Tefal has scaled back the capacity and size of its Actifry with a new Mini version that's roughly 21 per cent smaller. Like its larger predecessors the Mini still needs just a spoonful oil to work its magic, but is designed to serve up smaller portions while being slightly more portable. Read More >>

kitchen
A Toaster Oven With a Bread Slot for When Pizza isn't on the Menu

There are entire cookbooks dedicated to preparing meals using only a toaster oven, but most of us only ever use them for reheating pizza. So it seems like kind of a waste to have one sitting on the kitchen counter all the time. Unless it's the Toastation by Hamilton Beach, which adds traditional toaster functionality to a compact toaster oven, creating an appliance that's the best of both worlds. Read More >>

review
Nest Protect Review: Peace of Mind, For a Price

For as important a role as your fire and carbon monoxide detector plays in your life, you don't hear from it very often—and when you do, it's usually either annoying or terrifying. Protect, the new detector from Nest, is decidedly more talkative—a device that not only keeps you safe, but makes you feel safe. That matters more than you might think. Read More >>

robots
Why Mop When a Genius Robot Can Do it Better?

Name someone who likes to mop. You can't because no one does, so thankfully iRobot has a brand new mopping robot—the Scooba 450—to make your floors shine. Read More >>

appliances
LG Home Chat: One Service to Tell All Your Appliances What to Do

LG has a new messaging service that lets you tell all of your appliances—from washing machines to ovens—what you need them to do. Read More >>

desired
A Toaster For a Single Slice of Bread is Nothing to Be Sad About

Most people's first reaction to a toaster with just a single slot is to feel pity on the lonely soul who would need such a device. But that's the wrong reaction to have here. The pity part is ok—but not because the probable owner of this toaster must be single and lonely. It's more likely because they live in an incredibly cramped apartment with a kitchen no bigger than a closet. Read More >>

foodmodo
This Super Compact Toaster Oven Isn't Just For Bachelors

The toaster oven has far more uses than your average two-slot toaster, but it also requires a lot more counter space—which is problematic if you're stuck with a tiny kitchen. You can either go to the hassle of stashing it away inside a cupboard when it's not needed, or trade it in for Plus Minus Zero's wonderfully compact vertical toaster oven—which isn't too slim to accommodate your morning bagel. Read More >>

gadgets
A Full Size Hybrid Vacuum You Can Charge By USB

When you hear the words 'vacuum' and 'USB' used in the same sentence, you probably picture a tiny keyboard cleaning tool with barely enough power to suck up crumbs. But Panasonic's hybrid MC-HS700G, now available in Japan, is a full sized vacuum cleaner strong enough to lift a bowling ball that can also be charged from a USB port giving you up to 20 minutes of suction without a tether to a wall outlet. Read More >>

appliances
A Woof-Activated Washing Machine Lets Support Dogs Run a Load

Ending the dogs vs. cats superiority debate once and for all, UK-based appliance maker JTM Service has developed a washing machine that can actually be operated by support dogs trained to assist those living with disabilities. The machines are even bark-activated, since dogs are notoriously bad at pushing buttons. Read More >>

foodmodo
Forget a Bread Maker, This Machine Churns Out Fresh Roti Every Minute

Our beloved ChefStack automatic pancake machine will always have a place in our hearts, but there's a good chance this Rotimatic flat bread maker could earn a permanent spot on our kitchen counters. All it needs to churn out delicious piping hot roti is water, flour, oil, and about a minute of patient waiting. Read More >>

booze
Heineken's Countertop Sub Chills Beer Colder Than Your Fridge Can

Our kitchens have become a warzone for beverage makers battling to get their drink dispensing appliances on our counters. Pod-based coffeemakers and soda carbonators have taken an early lead, but now Heineken's decided to enter the fray with a sleek beer dispenser called The Sub that promises to chill your suds to two degrees celsius—or about four degrees colder than your fridge can. Read More >>

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