Tag: kitchen appliances

The Instant Pot: What’s all the hype about this hot kitchen gadget?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard about The Instant Pot. It even recently got coverage on NPR. (We knew you when, Instant Pot). But a lot of people don’t really know exactly what it does, and if they really truly need it in their kitchen. The TL;DR? It’s a bunch of your favorite kitchen gadgets, all in one. That means it takes the place of a pressure cooker, a rice cooker, a slow cooker… the list goes on. You can even sauté in it, which as you can guess, cuts out a whole lot of stovetop...

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8 cool gadgets to make your smart homes even smarter | CES 2017

We saw a ton of new smart home products launch last year, with offerings from Nest, WeMo, smart doorbells and much more. But wow, after walking the floors at the CES conference last week, it’s clear that 2017 will bring even more integration between products, along with smarter functions, remote access, and voice recognition. Let’s just say Alexa, the voice and software behind Amazon Echo, ruled. Here, 8 of the coolest (and craziest) smart home products I saw at the show that I think you will want to have on your radar, parents. Related: A smart WiFi Thermostat: Crazy or cool? LG Smart InstaView Fridge Bring on the...

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The ultimate indoor/outdoor grill for people who thought they could never have one. Tech to the rescue!

  Of course tech innovations are making their way to the traditional BBQ now too, and if you don’t have the space for an outdoor grill, I’ve found a solution in the Kenyon SilKEN Grill which keeps your grilling game on all year round. This portable electric grill is less than two feet wide and weighs a little more than 20 lbs, making it perfect for any countertop or outdoor space, no matter how compact. It’s even perfect for that yacht of yours docked in the marina!  (Seriously, the company made an appearance at the Dubai International Boat Show earlier this year.) What’s...

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The most technologically advanced blender we’ve ever seen, thanks to Panasonic. (Yes, Panasonic!)

I recently sat through a cooking demo press event at Panasonic HQ for the Panasonic High-Power ZX-1800 Blender, and was admittedly skeptical. (Hi, that’s me with my arms folded across my chest.) First of all, I do not tend to think of Panasonic as makers of top-of-the-line kitchen appliances. TVs, cameras and electric toothbrushes? Sure. A blender, not so much. And I’m super picky when it comes to my appliances in terms of both style and function. Well after tasting the most velvety butternut squash soup, chopped, pureed, blended and served hot all right from the blender, I was definitely intrigued if not totally convinced. That lead me to...

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The coolest new tech for parents this year: Best of CES 2016

At the recent CES 2016 show,  coverage, I was excited to see all the incredible tech designed just to help parents make our lives run a little smoother on a day-to-day basis. (No diaper changing robots yet, sorry.) From trusted brands showing off impressive new technologies for the home, to some remarkable new brands that are thrilling to get to know, I only wish I had a lot of these ten years ago when my own first child was born. More and more cool tech for parents will this year, but here are the nine items that really caught my attention and will surely make their mark...

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Piquing our Geek: The GE Cafe Series refrigerator now with a built-in Keurig brewer.

Even people who don’t love to cook seem to get excited about high-tech kitchen appliances. Combine that with people who love coffee, and I’m pretty sure that covers nearly the entire population. Or at least all of us geeks here. If you count yourself among us, you’ll be interested to know that GE and Keurig have teamed up to release a first-of-its-kind refrigerator with a single-serve brewing system built right into the door. Crazy, right? The new GE Cafe French door refrigerator is an evolution of a previous model with a hot water dispenser built in. I love the idea of being able to...

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The new Belkin WeMo Crockpot Smart Slo-Cooker: For home cooks who aren’t always home.

Earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, we saw a preview of the WeMo smart appliances by Belkin that will make our busy home lives a little easier to manage, even if we aren’t home. And I’m happy to report that the first of these, the Belkin Crockpot Smart Slo-Cooker with WeMo is just hitting virtual shelves today, and will be ready to help us all get dinner on the table, no matter what time that may be. The Belkin WeMo Crockpot operates very much like the basic, no-frills crockpot I already own: Stick a bunch of food inside and cook it for...

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An indoor herb garden inspired by NASA technology. Rocket science degree not required.

It’s officially spring and that means in-season veggies are back. I can’t wait to make that first batch of pasta with fresh basil leaves in it, but the thing is that requires an indoor herb garden right now. And every year I try to grow herbs indoors, is another year they die on me. (It might have something to do with the fact that I forget to water them, but I’m not one to point fingers.) That’s why I was so intrigued by the Click & Grow Smart Herb Garden which is inspired by, of all things, NASA technology. This has...

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Viking ranges go high tech, as if they weren’t already on every foodie’s covet list.

I’m really excited thinking about my future kitchen. It’ll have cool things like a smart refrigerator, Wi-Fi enabled appliances, and now, I’ve learned, a gorgeous Viking Professional 7 Series Range that will sync with my smartphone. A girl can dream, right? Thanks to a partnership with iDevices, Viking Series 7 ranges will be outfitted with a temperature-monitoring device that will sync directly to a mobile app for iOS and Android. Using a special temperature probe, you can check the temperature of food remotely through the app, which….just, wow. Imagine the possibilities for Thanksgiving turkeys. Also, you’ll get alerts when the...

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Belkin WeMo smart appliances mean soon you’ll be cooking dinner from your smartphone

I wasn’t able to attend last week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, but the word on the street (and from Liz, who was reporting from the scenes) is that household tech and smart appliances are blowing up in a big way. From app-controled appliances of all kinds to voice-controlled grills, to a refrigerator with built-in speakers, the kitchen of the future is very Jetsons-esque. And yet Belkin isn’t waiting for the future at all. In fact, they showcased some amazing appliances in its WeMo line that are going to make your kitchen a lot smarter in 2014.   Mr. Coffee Smart...

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