The Armoire Kitchen Is All Your Kitchen Will Ever Need

Manufacturers have been developing combo appliances and all-in-one kitchen units for years now and many homeowners have been thankful for the dual or triple functions these space saving units can provide.

However, many of these units look cumbersome or awkward when actually placed in the kitchen. That was, until YesterTec developed the Armoire Kitchen.

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This seven feet tall by six feet wide maple cabinet appears to be just a beautiful storage piece, but when the doors are folded back, it reveals an entire kitchen unit. Complete with stainless steel sink, microwave with hood, 2 burner cooktop, refrigerator/freezer combo, dishwasher, and of course countertop space and shelving for any pantry items, this unit is an incredibly efficient, self-contained kitchen.

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The Armoire Kitchen is refreshingly simple and clean, and offers a wonderful way of saving space without compromising on features or functionality. The starting price for this cabinet is around $9,300.00, but considering how much each of these appliances would cost separately, it’s a pretty good price. Plus, it’s portable so if you need to move, you can take the Armoire Kitchen with you.

Home Repair Do and Don’t

March 20, 2009 by Natalie  
Filed under Fix It Up

This repair tip is definitely one of those “sounded good at the time” moments that you’ll immediately regret.

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If you’ve found yourself in desperate need of doing a load of dishes in your dishwasher but realized you forgot to pick up some dishwasher detergent with last week’s groceries, resist the urge to do what comes to mind.

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Repair Don’t: Do not substitute your regular dish detergent for your dishwasher detergent. On the surface, it makes sense – both products clean dishes so it seems reasonable to throw a tablespoon or two of regular dish detergent in your dishwasher and save you an extra run to the store.

Unfortunately, this will cause you a whole lot of trouble and a whole lot of extra mess.

Liquid dish detergents are not designed for use in a dishwasher and as a result, will bubble up too quickly and overflow on to your kitchen floor.

Repair Do: Only use ‘low-sud’ products in your dishwasher that are made specifically for dishwasher use.

Unfortunately the moral of this story is if you’ve unexpectedly run out of dishwasher detergent, your best bet is to run to the store and pick up some. You’ll be thankful you did.

10 Bizarre But Useful Appliance Combinations

January 21, 2009 by Natalie  
Filed under Fun Stuff, Gizmos & Gadgets

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

Appliance Myths Busted

December 26, 2008 by Natalie  
Filed under Fun Stuff

Say the word ‘myth’ and most people think of the classics like Bigfoot, the Abominable Snowman or UFOs. Surprisingly though, there are many myths circulating about the very appliances in our homes. Although these myths won’t make you scream in horror, knowing which ones are fake could save you time and money. And who doesn’t like that?

1. Appliances Don’t Use Power While In Stand-By Mode
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You’re not alone if you assume you’re appliance is off and not using power in ‘stand-by’ mode. As concern grows over wasting power, more and more people are learning that “sleeping” appliances consumer a lot of energy, and that goes for home electronics, too.

In some cases appliances can use as much as 15-30 watts per hour – that adds up week after week, month after month. If you want to lower your energy bill, simply make sure to completely power down your appliance or unplug it. Tip: If you turned it off but still see something glowing or blinking, it’s still using power.

2. Microwaves Emit Radiation That Can Harm Youmyth-2 Appliance Myths Busted

Hands down, this myth is the most popular among households, particularly moms. I’m sure we can all remember being scolded for standing too close to the microwave for fear radiation would melt us inside out.

Although microwaves do use radiation to cook food, the truth is, it’s only harmful if you actually got inside, shut the door, and nuked yourself. Microwaves are built to contain this sort of radiation and as long as your microwave doesn’t have any leaks, you’re safe and sound.


3. Dishwashers Completely Fill With Water When Operating

myth-3 Appliance Myths BustedThis one may sound funny, but you’d be surprised how many homeowners refuse to open their dishwasher during wash cycle for fear gallons of water will pour onto their kitchen floor.

This concept has plausibility, but again, it’s totally false. Dishwashers simply use a pump to push water through jets that spray all around the inside. If you open the dishwasher during a cycle, the jets stop spraying water so there’s no need to worry about flooding your kitchen.

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4. Washing Dishes By Hand Uses Less Water Than A Dishwasher

Many debates have been had over whether washing dishes by hand is better for the environment than using your dishwasher. A lot of people assume their helping conserve water and lowering their bill by washing dishes the old fashioned way, but nothing could be further from the truth.

On average, modern dishwashers use about 1-1.5 kilowatt hours of energy and 3.7 gallons of water, which is actually equal to one full kitchen sink. Now think about how many full sinks you use to wash your dishes and the water you use to rinse them after. Don’t forget that in general, a dishwasher runs every 2-3 days, whereas washing by hand is usually a daily chore. It’s pretty clear which one is less water-efficient.

5. Dishes Need To Be “Pre-Rinsed” Before Being Washed In A Dishwashermyth-5 Appliance Myths Busted

The last myth to be debunked today is a classic and although it sounds ridiculous, there are thousands of homeowners who insist on pre-rinsing dishes before they are put in the dishwasher… to be rinsed, again.

News flash, pre-rinsing does not help your dishwasher clean your dishes. In actuality, it can harm your dishes because the alkaline concentration of the dishwasher detergent will be higher than normal. Detergent needs food to clean and without it, the alkaline level goes up increasing the risk of scratched, etched or cloudy dishes.