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

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Woven Wicker Small Sofa and Armchairs by Dolcefarniente

Texture me a colour story through the embracing silhouette of the Giada series. Made from interlacing wicker, the easy chairs, ottomans and small sofa are a visceral treat of saturated colours, the only real choice being which colour to get. The soft, padded and form fitted cushions are just the perfect density for sitting on, while the continuous backrest / armrests are tightly formed to “hug” your body in a comforting embrace, making the Giada series, snuggable, huggable and definitely lovable.

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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)

Indoor Pool in Your Living Room!

We never would have thought you could get an indoor pool in a house this wide, but here it is. Courtesy of P8 Architects in Belgium, this young family has a pool off their living room. The folding glass walls offer multiple combinations – it can be an indoor pool, an outdoor pool or an indoor/outdoor pool! Opening onto a lovely patio with a bamboo forest really makes you feel you’re part of nature. Using a current/training stream (easily fits under the walkway/bridge), you can swim on the … (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)

Star Shaped Clothes Drying Rack for Small Spaces

This star shaped clothes drying rack is by London designer Aaron Dunkerton and is the perfect solution for small space living. It’s an expandable clothes air dryer (very environmentally friendly) that unfolds into a 12-point star. It kind of reminds us of a ferris wheel — for laundry. And it takes up very little space to store it when not in use! Lightweight (beach plywood strips), it’s extremely easy to fold and unfold. And with 36 drying arms – there’s lots of room to dry your clothes. When … (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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Small Loft designed for Big Impact

Located in Toronto, Canada, Loft 002 is a small one-bedroom apartment with wall-to-wall views of the trendy King West area down below. Rad Design’s brief was to add some of that “trendy” King West vibe into this small scale apartment and with not much floor space to accomplish the client’s design aesthetic, their approach was to select pieces that where necessary to day to day living while at the same time adding in the coveted “Wow” factor. The colour palette was kept mostly neutral, allowing the odd … (read more)