RF Semiconductor Ovens Could Soon Replace Microwave Ovens

We have a pretty good idea of the cutting edge technology and advanced features found in today’s best microwaves. But what does the future of the microwave look like?

The basic premise hasn’t changed much in over 50 years: they’re boxes that sit on the counter or above the stove and heat stuff up via vibrating water molecules. Is that ever going to change in the future, or is the microwave going to stay basically the same?

Well, it’s starting to look like the microwave world is due for a shakeup, and that shakeup is probably going to come in the form of semiconductor ovens heating on a new radio wave frequency. After all, we use radio waves for just about everything else these days – why not tweak them and put them to work heating our food? Several popular brands, including Miele and Midea, are trying to do just that.

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What is a Vacuum Blender or Vacuum Blending? Here’s What You Need to Know

When covering the best consumer and professional blenders around, you don’t expect too many big changes in new models – the basic blender components tend to stay the same. But a new feature has sprung up in the blender market called “vacuum blending” and this trend deserves a closer look, because it really could change how you blend smoothies.

Vacuum blending refers to a blender that creates a particularly tight seal when creating smoothies, allowing users to activate a vacuum pump accessory (either hand pumped or electric, with some models including both options). The vacuum pump removes air from the blended mix, and then you pour it into a glass and drink as usual.

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Whirlpool’s Feature-Rich Smart Microwave Does It All

When looking for the best rated microwaves, you should take a look at Whirlpool’s latest over-range model WMH78019HV, which brings much-needed smart features into the kitchen.

In theory, the Whirlpool smart app is just what homeowners and chefs have been looking forward to: A way to connect larger appliances to a wireless network and control them using the latest smart features. But the reality has been a little disappointing. The Whirlpool app takes up another slot on the smartphone, but hasn’t offered much but the ability to control a couple appliances, like your washer and dryer, when you are away from home. That’s why it’s exciting to see Whirlpool bring smart options to a luxury microwave.

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The Best Toaster Oven For Any Budget

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The Cuisinart TOB-260N1 is our #1 pick.

After 20 hours of research, 40 hours of testing, and considering over 10 units, the best toaster oven for the money that provides the best all around cooking experience, fastest heat up time, with the most versatility, is the Cuisinart TOB-260N1.

It slightly edged out the Breville Smart Oven Pro, which also received top marks during our testing, but lost out as a result of not being able to fit a 9 x 13″ baking pan, its higher cost, and slightly slower preheat times.

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Breville BOV845BSS Smart Oven Pro Toaster Oven Review

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The Breville Smart Oven Pro easily ranks as one of the best toaster ovens that I’ve ever tested…but it isn’t without its flaws. Not only that, it also pushes the top end of the budget spectrum, costing $265 on Amazon which will likely cause many to consider cheaper options.

But as I see it, investing in the Breville Smart Oven Pro is worthwhile. Why so?  Well in short, it can replace your full size oven (and save you on energy costs in the meanwhile), functions like a high end appliance, has 1,800 watts of power, a whole mess of cooking options and fairly consistently toasted toast, browned food and more.

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GE Kitchen Hub – The Touchscreen You Mount Above Your Stove

Using the GE Kitchen Hub is like taking a trip back to the future. This smart GE touchscreen brings smart savvy to the heart of the home- your kitchen. Using U+ Connect platform, the Hub puts your smart home into one connected space.

The Smart Touchscreen – GE Kitchen Hub

GE’s over-the-range smart hood might just be smarter than your phone! You can snap photos of your culinary creations while you video chat with mom and adjust the air conditioning. If you have other GE Kitchen Hub capable devices, such as a GE refrigerator, you are able to operate them using this one location.

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Maytag Washer Reviews 2019 – The 4 Best Models

The new year is right around the corner, and that means major brands like Maytag have released their newest washers for 2019! We’ve chosen some of the best models with the most useful features to include in our Maytag washer reviews, so let’s take a look at what they offer.

Maytag Washer Reviews 2019

Whether you’re in the market for a new front-load or top-load washing machine, our Maytag washer reviews have got you covered. Whatever style you’re looking for, you’ll find the best Maytag washer 2019 model here.

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Whirlpool Washer With Built-In Water Faucet Review

When we heard that Whirlpool was releasing a new washer with a built-in faucet, we jumped for joy!

I mean, maybe this isn’t exciting news for those of you with a sink in your laundry room, but for the majority of us with small, simple laundry rooms this feature is a BIG deal.

Any parent with a messy toddler or active preteen will appreciate the ability to rinse off big spills before starting the load. And all of you active outdoors types will love how convenient it is to rinse and pre soak your stained sports uniforms and hiking gear.

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Must-Have Appliances in 2018

When the time comes for a new kitchen appliance, there are so many options that it can leave you wondering where to start. We start with the very best features!

A refrigerator with a built-in tablet.
A washer with a sidekick for delicates and small loads.
A dishwasher with a special rack for silverware!

Here are some of the must-have kitchen appliances in 2018…

Must-Have Appliances in 2018

Refrigerator: Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator

The Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator really does it all. This smart refrigerator is aptly named, as it is truly a “hub” for your kitchen. From the touch screen on the front of the unit, you can perform a wide number of functions including planning meals, coordinating family schedules, and entertaining the whole family.  You’re also able to sync it up to your smartphone see the inside of your refrigerator from anywhere.

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What Are Hybrid Heat Pump Dryers?

One of the greatest recent developments in dryer technology is the hybrid heat pump. This ingenious design maximizes energy efficiency for the benefit of both the owner and the environment. Hybrid heat pump dryers have been popular in Europe for years (due to the relatively high cost of electricity). Over the last couple years they have become increasingly popular in the United States as well.

How Does It Work?

A typical dryer circulates your wet laundry while heating air in a confined space. This causes the moisture in the fabric to evaporate, but then the water must be expelled as steam, which is released through a vent installed on the outer wall of the house. With hybrid heat pump technology, this moisture is collected and drained without expelling the hot air. Instead, this air is recycled and reheated. Reheating hot air uses far less energy than heating air at room temperature.

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