The microwave is a common fixture in today's kitchen. And while many models haven't advanced very far beyond the requisite popcorn setting, finding a replacement can still be a daunting task. Before making a purchase, consider the following: would you prefer a countertop or a built-in microwave? What size microwave do you want and can your kitchen accommodate it? And, of course, how much are you willing to spend on a new microwave? Prices can range from the most basic $40 model to extremely customized oven-microwave combos for $5,000. For more buying tips and information on microwaves … Read more
If you think that microwaves seem like an antiquated appliance category, you're only half wrong. It's true that microwaves, as a group, have not seen many of the smarter updates of other appliances. I'd love to see a touch-screen microwave, for example. No such luck. For now, we must be satisfied with modest updates in the way of sensors and enhanced cooking methods.
While lacking in most of those newer microwave features like convection or inverter cooking, the 1,200-watt Whirlpool WMC50522AS still rates as a high-quality appliance, performing well in all of our tests. Occasionally, it … Read more
The Whirlpool WDL785SAAM is the first and only dishwasher currently included in Whirlpool’s line of 6th Sense Live smart appliances. At $949, it sits in the upper mid portion of the dishwasher price spectrum. Unlike many other smart appliances we've seen so far, Whirlpool isn't wrapping the connected features in a luxury package. Instead, the company seems confident to let the practical connectivity features stand on their own.
At its core, the WDL785SAAM is a tall tub, built-in dishwasher with a stainless steel tub and two removable racks. Because it is a tall tub washer, it can … Read more
The Whirlpool WRL767SIAM Side-by-Side Refrigerator is the debut refrigerator in Whirlpool’s 6th Sense Live appliance line. At $1,999, the WRL767SIAM has a reasonable price tag, at least compared with smart fridges we've seen from LG and Samsung. If its performance and the utility of its smartphone and tablet app live up to Whirlpool’s promises, it may be hard to recommend those more expensive models.
The WRL767SIAM is a side-by-side refrigerator. Per the product page, it has a 16.6 cubic foot space for the fridge, and 9.9 cubic feet on the left half for the … Read more
Refrigerators have long been thought of as the boxy, boring behemoths of the kitchen, and buying one used to be as simple as choosing between eggshell and off-white. But times have changed, with manufacturers increasingly thinking outside of the icebox to try to redefine what the modern refrigerator is really capable of. Today's shopper will find an ever-increasing range of color and style options, cleverly-designed units designed to disappear into your decor, and a wide variety of new smart features, including ones aimed at transforming your kitchen itself into an entertainment hub. It's enough to make you wonder … Read more
Dryers have come a long way from the noisy, ugly, cubes of laundry days past. These days, you'll find bigger, bolder, more energy-efficient machines boasting game-changing smart features, entirely new levels of functionality, and designs so attractive, you'll feel guilty stashing them in the basement.
In other words, it's a great time to upgrade, or even purchase your very first dryer (I'm looking at you, laundromat junkies.) Armed with the right information, you'll be able to make a purchase that feels even better than putting on a pair of socks straight out of the high … Read more
The $1,699 Whirlpool Smart Front Load Electric Dryer with 6th Sense Live technology is one of four existing 6th Sense products announced earlier this year. There's also a refrigerator, a dishwasher, and the dryer's companion unit; a $1,699 Smart Front Load Washer. All of these appliances can connect to the Android or iOS My Smart Appliances app. This free, multitasking app was designed to help you stay more on top of your household chores. Did you shove your wet clothes in the dryer before leaving for work but forget to hit "start?" No worries, … Read more
January is a time of renewal. It also happens to be when appliance makers show off their visions of what is to come. The event is CES 2013 and this year, according to those that make kitchen gadgets and appliances, everything is going to be very, very smart. While we have been promised automated kitchens in one form or another since the time of the Jetsons, there is one important factor in the modern world that may see the smart kitchen finally grow up: mobility.
It is no secret that cooking and mood are closely related.
After a good meal it is hard not have a satisfied smile on the face. But how food makes us feel goes beyond the simple act of achieving the warm glow of sustenance. For some, pleasure is derived in cooking food; for others the reward can be found in the soil in helping fruits and vegetables to grow. And with all these good vibes associated with food, now an appliance wants to get in on the action.
Microwaves are anything but uncommon; the ubiquitous appliances have managed to work their way into practically every corner of our lives. As for actually being in the corner, the boxy shape has always been a hindrance, but sometimes the corner happens to be the best place in the kitchen to place it. So, it gets angled in, and we learn to live with the resulting wasted space. Or, one could pick up a microwave that happens to have a rounded back.