Gone are the days when every home had the same basic kitchen appliance lay outs; now that cultures have sprung up around certain kinds of diets (gluten-free, vegan, paleo, etc.) and lifestyles, the contemporary luxury kitchen is designed to cater to the specific needs of the kitchen owner, regardless of how wacky that appliance may be.
Not interested in the norm? Luckily for inventors, novelty-lovers and overall-unusual people, the start-up and crowd-funding boom have led all kinds of unique and downright strange niche appliances to pour into the market. Here’s a list of just a few interesting items for your consideration:
General Electric is among the most widely recognized and far-reaching appliance suppliers in the world. Read on to learn more about the history of the company that supplies us with some of our favorite appliances.
ARCA Recycling recently launched seven major appliance recycling programs with utilities. Despite the launch landing on April first, this unprecedentedly large recycling initiative is no joke.
ARCA, which stands for Appliance Recycling Centers of America, Inc., owns the subsidiary ARCA recycling. According to ARCA Recycling’s President Edward R. (Jack) Cameron, the release of the seven enormous programs marked a new high in the company’s history:
Gree Electric Appliances Inc., a China-based company with a sales division in California, has allegedly attempted to cover up a potentially lethal defect in its humidifiers and dehumidifiers. Models in question ares old in many popular American stores and are prone to randomly catching fire. The company has recently agreed to pay a record-setting $15.45 million civil penalty related to the dangerous and defective aspects of the machine, though the payment does not imply any admission on Gree Electric’ part regarding their manufacture of dangerous humidifiers.
They haven’t quite hit the mainstream, but outdoor kitchens truly do offer something special to the entertaining homeowner. Even if you’re not hosting guests, there’s nothing like cooking breakfast outside during a beautiful morning or mixing drinks at your backyard bar on a warm summer night.
That said, your outdoor kitchen has the potential to be a real headache if improperly installed. All the standard electrical and plumbing issues of an indoor kitchen can be exasperated by your set up’s exposure to the elements, so you want to make sure you use the right equipment and materials from the get go instead of paying for expensive repairs and replacements down the line. Here’s a few helpful tips for getting started:
The development of green technology and creative engineering initiatives like the “maker movement” are all indicators of our era’s melding of science with fields it has previously been thought to characteristically differ from: fields like ethics, philosophy, and art.
You’ve probably heard of Energy Star appliances, but what does that rating mean, and how does a washing machine, dish washer, refrigerator, etc. earn its status as an Energy Star appliance?
When an appliance breaks down, it’s normal to contemplate simply replacing it instead of getting it repaired. For most, it all comes down to that hypothetical price tag; if purchasing a new and inexpensive dishwasher won’t cost you much more than having your broken dishwasher repaired, why not splurge?
Home chefs and pizza enthusiasts know the struggle of searching for the right at-home pizza oven. There are outdoor pizza ovens, but those are inconvenient and only available to people with enough room in their backyard to put an entire outdoor kitchen appliance. Indoor pizza ovens pose the problem of being substantially ventilated and are generally difficult to integrate into an already existent kitchen design.