10 Bizarre But Useful Appliance Combinations

January 21, 2009 by Natalie  

In a world of high consumer demand and market competition, manufactures are constantly looking for ways to break the mold and create unique products that will appeal to buyers. Unfortunately, many of these mold-breaking creations end up as massive failures on a Most Useless Inventions list. The appliance industry, however, seems to have struck gold with a recent slew of strange appliances that are actually pretty handy. Say goodbye to the noodle hair guards and personal rain savers, and say to hello 10 bizarre but useful appliance combinations.

1.    Microwave Oven & Toaster

combo-1 10 Bizarre But Useful Appliance Combinations

It’s probably one of the most debated decisions during small appliance purchasing – microwave oven or toaster? Both have their own set of perks and a lot of people just end up buying both, but for a home that’s low on counter space or funds, you will ultimately have to decide which is more important. That was until LG decided to take the best from both worlds and develop a combination Microwave Oven & Toaster. Now families around the world can enjoy evenly toasted bagels and perfectly cooked pizza pops at the same time.

2.    Radio & Toaster

combo-2 10 Bizarre But Useful Appliance Combinations

Who doesn’t like to start the day with a slice of toast and the morning news? Well, thanks to Hammacher Schlemmer, you can now enjoy both AM pleasures with one energy-saving, space-saving appliance, the Radio Toaster. It comes with all the usual bells and whistles of both appliances but it’s all packed into one cool looking design. It guarantees perfectly toasted bread every time and even has a removable crumble tray for easy clean up. What more could you ask for?

3.    Coffee & Egg Toastenator

combo-41 10 Bizarre But Useful Appliance Combinations

How about an appliance that not only makes your toast, but brews your coffee and fries your egg too? You can thank the always-clever Japanese and their forward thinking for this ultimate three-in-one breakfast making machine. This little space-efficient wonder has a coffee machine on one side, a toaster oven on the other and a mini griddle on the top to help you save time and energy – both in high demand during the morning routine.

4.    In-sink Dishwasher

combo-3 10 Bizarre But Useful Appliance Combinations

Another perfect combination for those who don’t have a lot of room to spare is the In-Sink Dishwasher from KitchenAid. It’s the only one like it on the market and comes with a pretty hefty price tag - $1,800.00 - but for singles or couples living in tight quarters, this could be a practical addition. The racks are removable so you can still use the sink and it comes with a cutting board on top for even more space saving. But unless your hate for washing dishes by hand is worth $1,800, we suggest putting off purchasing one of these until the price drops a bit… or a lot.

5.    Refrigerator & Range

combo-5 10 Bizarre But Useful Appliance Combinations

Like light and dark or big and small, there are some things that just can’t be mixed together but thanks to Whirlpool, hot and cold are no longer one of those. The Whirlpool Gold Polara is a combination range and refrigerator that will keep your food fresh and cool all day long and then cook it to perfection just in time for supper. It comes with a fully functional cooktop and is ideal for busy families that don’t have time to thaw and cook meals.

6.    Refrigerator & Microwave

combo-6 10 Bizarre But Useful Appliance Combinations

Options for stacked, space-saving appliances are no longer limited to the washer and dryer. You can now purchase a Summit Refrigerator/Microwave combination to help save room with two home appliance necessities. Simply stacked with the refrigerator on the bottom and microwave on top, this is an exceptionally functional and affordable appliance combination.

7.    Pasta Maker Station

combo-7 10 Bizarre But Useful Appliance Combinations

Perfect for chefs or anyone who loves to cook and eat Italian food, the Zanussi Pasta Station is an all-in-one, buffet-style pasta makin’ station. It allows you to combine a variety of appliances such as pasta cookers, electric ranges, ovens, a Bain Marie (double boiler), storage cupboards and more into one unit for a professional cooking experience.

8.    Toilet & Washer

combo-8 10 Bizarre But Useful Appliance Combinations

Lovingly called the ‘Washup’, the combo appliance industry has entered a whole new frontier with this toilet-washer combo. After the initial ‘Ew’ factor wears off, the idea behind this appliance is actually very intelligent. The water used to wash your clothes is reused to flush the toilet. It’s sustainable, eco-friendly and because of its stacked design, space saving so it’s perfect for apartments or any home looking to ‘go green’ and save on their water bill.

9.    Tea Maker & Life Line

combo-9 10 Bizarre But Useful Appliance Combinations

Give another nod to the innovative Japanese for this combination Tea Maker & Life Line. The weird mix may have you confused but like most Japanese inventions, the idea behind it is pretty smart. It was designed to give peace of mind to those worried about their (tea drinking) elderly parents who live alone by sending an alert via email or cellphone message when the tea maker is being used. It will let you know when it was turned on and how long it has been keeping warm, allowing you to know that your parents are safe and sound.

10.    Dishwasher & Oven/Cooktop

combo-10 10 Bizarre But Useful Appliance Combinations

Carad has developed the Frankenstein of all combination appliances - a fully functional three-in-one dishwasher, oven and cooktop for the really space-deficient home. Currently available for purchase, it has a dishwasher with a 27 cm dinner plate capacity on the bottom, an oven in the middle, and a hot plate cooktop on top. Pick up one of these with a refrigerator-microwave combo and your kitchen will be complete!

Related posts:
  1. The Armoire Kitchen Is All Your Kitchen Will Ever Need Manufacturers have been developing combo appliances and all-in-one kitchen units...
  2. Maximize Your Home’s Sale Price With Appliance Staging Appliances are typically one of the most expensive items to...
  3. Appliance Myths Busted Say the word ‘myth’ and most people think of the...
  4. That Appliance Is One Smart Cookie When most homeowners think of Smart Homes, they think high-tech...
  5. Your Toast Will Never Be The Same It’s simple, it’s quick, and it’s the perfect compliment to...


32 Responses to “10 Bizarre But Useful Appliance Combinations”

  1. meneame.net on January 21st, 2009 1:16 pm

    10 Bizarro Pero útiles Appliance Combinaciones…

    En un mundo de alta demanda de los consumidores y la competencia en el mercado, fabrica constantemente buscando la manera de romper el molde y crear productos únicos que atraerán a los compradores….

  2. Quitting Time » Archive » The Oasteridgerator is the future! - Updates on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on January 22nd, 2009 3:14 pm

    [...] will yet have their day… after all, they aren’t too much more bizarre than these 10 Bizarre but Useful Appliance Combinations that really do [...]

  3. Andrea Paulinelli on January 23rd, 2009 4:35 am

    Another great addition is the Caroma Profile Dual Flush toilet with integrated sink http://www.caromausa.com/Profile-Smart

  4. Squegie on January 23rd, 2009 2:48 pm

    The #3 Coffee & Egg Toaster beats this appliance, but I have wanted to get the TEM500 Egg poacher and toaster. The beauty of this over #3 is that you don’t have to flip it over (and break the yolk). You just put in the egg, the toast (or muffins) and press the button.


  5. fartknocker on January 23rd, 2009 7:54 pm

    I like the washer/toilet but, has anyone but me dropped stuff on the floor as they’re taking it out of the washer? Oops.. sorry honey I had to wash your socks twice, I kept dropping them in the toilet.

  6. LZOOO on January 23rd, 2009 9:02 pm

    Uhm. The microwave/fridge really is not that bizarre at all. They are offered on many, many college campuses as an option included in room and board. I have one myself =)

  7. Kevin on January 23rd, 2009 9:02 pm

    A bain marie isn’t a double boiler. Its a multi-use metal pot-type thing without handles.

  8. WHAT? on January 23rd, 2009 10:40 pm

    The one with the microwave on top of the fridge is completely retarded. The two aren’t even integrated, and you could do the same thing with any fridge and any microwave you wanted!

  9. Helena on January 24th, 2009 12:00 am

    Too much redundancy for my toast–er, taste–but still a nice list. ^_^

  10. andy on January 24th, 2009 2:00 am

    the washer-over-toilet is most definitely fake

  11. Jane on January 24th, 2009 1:52 pm

    I have the radio-toaster…..it works great!

  12. stooge on January 25th, 2009 4:28 am

    The microwave/toaster actually does only function at a time, but it still really good. I use mine all the time.

  13. avisioncame on January 25th, 2009 8:41 am

    Time to blow a fuse!

  14. Daily Links | AndySowards.com :: Professional Web Design, Development, Programming, Hacks, Downloads, Math and being a Web 2.0 Hipster? on January 26th, 2009 5:11 pm

    [...] 10 Bizarre But Useful Appliance Combinations | My Bad Pad LOL Awesomely creative gadgets (tags: technology funny tech gadgets weird bizarre strange inventions appliances combos toaster microwave odd) [...]

  15. Yoda47 on January 30th, 2009 11:50 am

    My brother has a combination microwave and radio.

    He says the radio gets awful reception when the microwave is running.

  16. YO YO Dad on January 30th, 2009 1:22 pm

    These pictures are just spliced together.

  17. easthilllil on January 30th, 2009 2:50 pm

    i own the lg toaster microwave combo. i originally purchased it two years ago due to the fact that my kitchen is SMALL. i love it. works splendidly=)

  18. Rob Wallace on February 3rd, 2009 10:49 am

    Inventive and clever gadgets are very cool. I am always amazed how the brain works. You guy(s) are whacky, it’s great!

  19. Rush on February 3rd, 2009 2:48 pm

    Fifty years ago, Lustron Homes offered a device similar to #4 - a customized Thor Automagic combination dishwasher AND clothes washer!

  20. JorgonQ on March 2nd, 2009 12:52 pm

    I thought my problems were solved with #1, but then #2 comes along and screws it all up! Do I want toast and the news or toast and pizza pops?!?!?! *wilhelm scream*

  21. Sherry on March 17th, 2009 5:07 am

    Wouldn’t #10 be an electrocution hazard?

    I don’t know about these kitchen combos, but the electronic combos are great! TV+DVD+VCR, etc. That sort of thing!

  22. buzzup.com on March 28th, 2009 1:32 am

    10 Bizarre But Useful Appliance Combinations…

    In a world of high consumer demand and market competition, manufactures are constantly looking for ways to break the mold and create unique products that will appeal to buyers….

  23. Your Toast Will Never Be The Same | My Bad Pad on April 2nd, 2009 11:29 am

    [...] talked about some awesome toaster combinations before, but here are two unique toasters that will take your breakfast to the next [...]

  24. Lemur Droppings on 4/04/09 « Lemur King’s Folly on April 3rd, 2009 9:11 pm

    [...] A radio toaster?  A dishwasher/oven/cooktop? [...]

  25. wfd on April 5th, 2009 11:52 am

    My grandmother has an older version of #10. its brand name is Modern Maid. they made them like thirty years ago. hers is so old you can’t get parts for it anymore. oven on top with range in middle and dishwasher on the bottom

  26. kyle on April 11th, 2009 12:55 am

    I have the microwave/toaster. biggest piece of shit. my mom wanted it and its been a disaster since. no one over the age of 50 should be allowed to operate anything with more than 3 buttons on it

  27. The Armoire Kitchen Is All Your Kitchen Will Ever Need | My Bad Pad on April 14th, 2009 6:48 am

    [...] have been developing combo appliances and all-in-one kitchen units for years now and many homeowners have been thankful for the dual or [...]

  28. seabow on May 24th, 2009 12:51 am

    Years ago, in our small kitchen we had a single appliance which consisted of a stove top with an oven above and a dishwasher below. It worked fine for the several years we lived there, and was still working when we sold the house. I don’t understand why they weren’t more popular.

  29. saitokthx on July 25th, 2009 1:08 am

    wow… i like toasters :D

  30. LCP on August 16th, 2009 9:25 am

    Our kitchen had the appliance Seabow above spoke of, stove top with an oven above and a dishwasher below, when we bought the house. The problem is, one product dies, and you lose it all. We had to replace it with a regular range…oven and stove top. We have been living without a dishwasher for years. The kitchen is too small to put in a dishwasher anywhere without major remodeling. I would love it if the 3 appliance combo would come back on the market.

  31. The Advantages of Used Home Appliances | Inhomefix.com on August 17th, 2009 12:36 am

    [...] prefer to have these appliances discarded. There are many homeowners who find donating their used home appliances to charitable organizations a good way of disposing these appliances rather than selling them. [...]

  32. as_all_day on September 14th, 2009 9:39 am

    Hey, my Modern Maid eye-level oven/burners in the middle/dishwasher on the bottom had the bake element go kapoot. Any know any one else getting rid of their’s any time soon?

Leave a comment...
If you want a pic to show with your comment, go get a gravatar!