10 small specialty appliances for special occasions

10 small specialty appliances for special occasions

The race for space on your counter is on. Big brands like KitchenAid and Electrolux are launching lines of small appliances to complement their large ones. And both new and established brands are coming up with clever ways to help you prepare and cook tasty meals.  Consumer Reports has tested a variety of small specialty appliances to see which deserve a place on your counter and which don’t. Here’s the details.

KitchenAid Multi-Cooker

We paid $ 400 for the … (read more)

Is it wise to control appliances by smart phone?

Is it wise to control appliances by smart phone?

From cars to garage doors, the list of things you can control with your smart phone is growing fast. That list now includes more home generators and even the kitchen stove. We saw a bevy of smart appliances at Design & Construction Week in Las Vegas.

A new app lets you control Dacor’s Discovery iQ dual-fuel range and wall oven with a built-in wireless tablet or your own tablet or smart phone. The app sends you Wi-Fi product updates … (read more)

5 small appliances that make food prep a snap

5 small appliances that make food prep a snap

When Consumer Reports surveyed 3,435 of its subscribers about their experiences cooking weeknight meals, almost half said they wished the task took less time. So the experts in our labs got to work testing kitchen equipment with time-saving features. They found products (Speed cookers) and strategies (Save time in the kitchen) to help make meal prep less laborious. And they discovered five top-rated small appliances that can be big time-savers.

Panasonic FlashXpress NB-G110P toaster oven, $ 150. The … (read more)

Put your house on an energy diet

Put your house on an energy diet

January is the traditional time for belt-tightening and waist watching. To offset your holiday expenses, you may also want to take a look at ways to trim your bloated utility bill. Adjusting your home heating to your schedule is one way as is switching to more energy-efficient lightbulbs and appliances. Here are some tips from the experts at Consumer Reports and the Department of Energy.

Energy-saving thermostats
Programmable thermostats can trim about $ 180 a year from your energy bill by … (read more)

Best small appliances for the big holiday dinner

Best small appliances for the big holiday dinner

With a roast beast filling the oven and side dishes on every available burner, a holiday host can quickly run out of space to cook a meal and all the trimmings. But with some creative use of small countertop appliances, you can coordinate your dinner so that everything’s ready at the same time. Many of today’s microwaves and toaster ovens have improved cooking capabilities and warming trays have given way to induction burners that can be used to cook as well as … (read more)

The best countertop appliances for under the tree

The best countertop appliances for under the tree

Cookware and cutlery are popular holiday presents, but shiny things with a plug are much cooler gifts for the holidays, says Debra Mednick of the NPD Group, a marketing research company. “Giving a small appliance as a holiday gift doesn’t have the stigma it once did, and there’s a lot of cool stuff now.” We know. In Consumer Reports’ labs are some blenders, juicers, toaster ovens, and espresso and coffeemakers that have become just a few of our favorite shiny things with … (read more)

10 top-rated small appliances for $50 or less

10 top-rated small appliances for $ 50 or less

One-third of holiday shoppers are concerned about going over their budget, according to the latest Consumer Reports holiday poll. The good news is that with Christmas fast approaching, stores and online retailers are offering discounts and free shipping so there are still bargains to be found. Fortunately, the experts in our labs are on the lookout for good deals all year long and have found some top-performing small appliance that cost $ 50 or less. Here are 10 to consider.

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Gaggenau 200 Series built-in appliances

The Gaggenau built-in appliances from 200 Series can be combined and installed flush with your kitchen cabinets. Thanks to their straight lines and pure design, the ovens and espresso machines blend discreetly into any interior. They all come with the innovative control module that features TFT touch display for incredubly easy and intuitive operation.

Just like the Gaggenau 400 Series built-in appliances, the ovens of the 200 Series are designed to provide first grade cooking performance and functionality as well as satisfy various culinary styles and preferences. The Series consists of ovens, combi … (read more)