appliances

Whirlpool's New Dryer Recycles Hot Humid Air So It Doesn't Need A Vent

With a breakthrough that will no doubt be lauded by every apartment dweller who has to trudge to a laundromat to clean their clothes, Whirlpool’s new HybridCare Heat Pump dryer is actually able to recycle its own hot exhaust which not only makes it more energy-efficient, it also means it doesn’t need to vent all that humid air outside. In other words, you can install it pretty much anywhere.


You Can Almost Finally Buy That Keyboard-Shaped Waffle Maker

It first graced the Gizmodo front page way back in 2007, but finally, seven years after we all first really wanted one for ourselves, that keyboard-shaped waffle maker could really be yours. Assuming, of course, its creator’s $US50,000 Kickstarter campaign reaches its funding goal — so close, but yet still so far.


You Can Daisy-Chain These Crock Pots So You Only Need One Outlet

As you prepare an amazing feast, you’ll probably realise there’s something missing in your kitchen. But it’s not a key side dish you’ve forgotten — it’s enough power outlets to keep hot plates, slow cookers, coffee makers and all your other appliances running. The folks behind the Crock-Pot have got your back though, with a modular set of slow cookers that can be daisy-chained so they only need a single outlet.


Real Life Scientist Suing Over The Microwave Scene In American Hustle

Remember that scene in American Hustle when Jennifer Lawrence’s character sticks some metal in the microwave? It starts a fire and Lawrence’s character dismisses the entire technology, claiming that it zaps the nutrition out of food. She even has an article to back up her claim. Now the real life scientist who was quoted for that real life article is suing for $US1 million, claiming libel and defamation.


Fake LED Flames Indicate How Hot Samsung's New Induction Stove Gets

Induction stove tops might be more energy-efficient than electric or gas burners, but many chefs miss the obvious visual cues about what temperature they’re cooking at — a red-hot burner is hard to misinterpret. So for its new Chef Collection Induction Slide-in Range, Samsung is introducing a clever new feature that uses LEDs to project fake flickering flames onto the side of a pot.


There's A Smaller Vacuum Hiding In The Handle Of This Upright Vac

Instead of trying to make a compact handheld vacuum as powerful as a full-size vac like Dyson did with its cordless DC59, Samsung has decided to just cram a second smaller vacuum into its new VU7000 upright so you can easily suck dirt and dust off everything that’s not your floors.


A Lego-Like Kit For Building And Easily Repairing Household Appliances

If the motor burns out on a cheap desk fan, or the power switch breaks on a simple hand mixer, you’re not going to have them repaired. But just replacing cheap appliances is pretty wasteful, so using 3D-printing techniques and standard components, a group of designers have proposed a sort of building kit for creating useful household appliances instead of toys.


Serve An 8-Bit Breakfast With This Poke-A-Pixel Wafflemaker

Quirky’s approach of bringing user-submitted inventions to life pre-dates Kickstarter by quite a few years. And the company’s track record at successfully producing these often highly original creations means you can actually get excited about a wafflemaker that lets you create custom pixelated images every morning. What a time to be alive.


This Mixer Could Have Originally Been An Industrial Factory Robot

Mixing and kneading dough for bread can be a back-breaking process. It’s a chore best left to a grandparent who’s been doing it all their life — or a machine like Bosch’s new MaxxiMUM mixer, which actually looks like a robotic arm from an automotive factory that was laid off but has since found other work.


Borg Cube Mini-Fridge: Freezistance Is Futile

It’s apparently taken some 27 years for a marketing genius at Paramount to realise that the cube-shaped Borg ship introduced in Star Trek: The Next Generation bears an uncanny resemblance to a mini fridge. But someone has finally put two and two together resulting in what’s easily one of the best Star Trek-themed products of the past 20+ years.