Kitchen appliance upgrades from LG and Samsung
New strategies for getting dishes clean and keeping food fresh are on display by appliance makers at the 2014 International CES. Samsung is featuring a souped-up dishwasher that can douse the dirtiest items with extra water and both LG and Samsung exhibited door-in-door refrigerators that prevent too much cool air from escaping when the door is repeatedly opened and closed.
Samsung showed new dishwasher features that will appear on at least three models, including the $ 1,599 Samsung DW80H9970. The first, … (read more)
This modern, industrial kitchen island has such style, such design, such simplicity. We love it. There’s a sense of sculptural motion – something you don’t often find with your kitchen counter! It’s the product of a high-design renovation of the Kessel-Lo house in Belgium, by NU Architectuuratelier. This kitchen really caught our eye. The island counter would be perfect in a loft, or even a country farmhouse — practically anywhere you have the room to extend your kitchen workspace. We can imagine a long bar done in this … (read more)
Save time in the kitchen with these speed cookers
Cooking appliances are the engine of any kitchen. Wimpy burners, a wonky oven, and a microwave with a mind of its own can get in the way of efficient meal prep. Our latest tests of kitchen appliances found plenty of first-rate models with true timesaving enhancements. That includes high-powered cooktops that will bring water for pasta to a rapid boil and double ovens that let you simultaneously prepare two dishes at different temperatures.
But not every speed claim from … (read more)
Save time in the kitchen
Five to 10 minutes might not sound like much, but when you’re racing to get dinner on the table, that can be the difference between a relaxing family meal and one gobbled down with hardly a “How was your day?” When we surveyed 3,435 Consumer Reports subscribers about their experiences cooking weeknight meals, almost half said they wished the task took less time. The average difference between actual time spent and what they desired: 8 minutes.
With that goal in mind, we set out to … (read more)
All for One and One for All.
This 4 in 1 living space combines kitchen, dining, entertaining, and sleeping all within one public area without compromising the overall design aesthetic of the home. The public zones are all allocated into three sections of the open concept living space with the living area double the size of the food zones while at the same time sharing its square footage with the exposed yet hidden sleeping zone. Disguised as an oversized ottoman the bed fits seamlessly into the overall furniture layout of the … (read more)
This Kitchen Oak Basin is such an innovative design – but would you expect less from the company that brought us the Mammat futuristic extractor hood? (Which we have covered recently, from the Mina Kitchen line.) Tinozza by Minacciolo comes in three vesrions: the simple version with a work surface, the cooking range (two burners) version and the sink version. It’s constructed of oak strips with steel bands – like wine barrels. A free standing piece, the sink comes with what amounts to a floor faucet (think floor lamp) … (read more)
The best kitchen gear for a breakfast of champions
Even though nine out of 10 people believe breakfast is the most important meal of the day, in our rush to get to work or school many of us skip it. Then along comes the weekend when life is more leisurely and you can take the time to make a restaurant-style breakfast or brunch at home. Whether you’re in a hurry or not, it helps to have the right kitchen gear. Here are four affordable small appliances and one frying pan … (read more)
Filo Young is a custom fitted kitchen designed by Marconato & Zappa for Italian manufacturer Comprex. The designers play with the de-structured character of the essential elements, which can be freely combined to suit a young and dynamic lifestyle. The contemporary design, neither dull nor in excess, aims to reach the right balance between style and function. The lines and surfaces are clean and elegant, and a lot of attention is paid to detail, and especially to materials and finishes. In terms of materials, the modules … (read more)