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.
Available in a variety of finishes, the Whirlpool side-by-side refrigerator line (GSF26C4EX series) features worry-free shelving that helps to contain runaway spills. These MicroEtch spill control shelves keep spills under control with a microscopic etching around the perimeter of each shelf. Instead of spilled liquid dripping down throughout the whole refrigerator, the shelves reduce mess by allowing for one easy clean-up without the need to remove the shelving to get to hard-to-reach areas.
The 26-cubic-foot refrigerator also boasts a large capacity and energy efficient usage. Glass shelves extend the full length of the interior, allowing you to store items flush … Read more
Appliance manufacturer Whirlpool has received $19.3 million in U.S. Department of Energy funding as part of its Smart Grid Investment Grant program, the company announced Thursday.
Whirlpool, which markets appliances under the brand names Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, Jenn-Air, Amana, Brastemp, Consul, and Bauknecht, joins General Electric in what seems to be a quest for designing the most well-behaved appliances.
Similar to GE's smart-appliance ambitions, Whirlpool plans to develop home appliances that can connect and communicate with municipal smart grids. The machines will be able to receive signals from a smart grid, letting it know of off-peak hours, … Read more
Not everything we write about here is flashy and shiny. Sometimes, we've got to get down to the nitty-gritty. Sometimes, we've got to figure out just where that icky smell is coming from. The culprit? Most likely your garbage disposal or dishwasher, and the latest offering from Whirlpool can help.
The new Affresh dishwasher and disposal cleaner can help maintain your kitchen appliances and keep your kitchen smelling fresh and clean. Pop a tablet in your main dishwasher detergent tray; place a second in your prewash tray or in the bottom of the dishwasher. Run the machine on … Read more
I know I talk about laundry a lot, but let's face it: I do a lot of laundry. Probably close to 20 loads a week. So it's on my mind pretty much all the time. (Why, yes, I am a terribly fascinating person!) My children don't help to reduce the amount of laundry in the house--in fact, they add to it by leaving clean clothes crumpled in a heap on the floor. By the time I get to the pile, it's a wrinkled mess. So, to the machine it goes, even though it would ideally be … Read more
It's March Madness time again, and you know what that means: I'm spending a lot of time fighting for the right to watch a little "24" instead of basketball. But for those of you who actually care about the NCAA college basketball tournament, Whirlpool wants to make sure the only surprises are on the court--not in the kitchen.
You've seen the Amana Jot refrigerator, with its dry-erase finish on the door panel. Use the fridge to manage brackets, track game times, or display correct picks.
And even though the magic of DVRs lets you pause … Read more
If your microwave has been getting away with making popcorn and reheating leftovers, maybe it's time you showed it the door and ushered in a microwave that really knows how to cook.
Whirlpool has a new model that offers grilling. In a microwave.
To deliver, the GMH5184XV (catchy name, no?) uses a quartz heating element that alternates with microwave energy to grill and brown food. So, you can enjoy that barbecue without standing outside in the chill of winter or firing up the indoor cooktop and filling the house with smoke.
Whirlpool's microwave is a microwave-hood combination with … Read more
So you went out and got an HE washer because you love the environment and the energy savings. And you've been feeling pretty good about your choice--using less water and wasting less energy is a good thing, after all.
So where's that funky smell coming from?
Turns out that just like your fancy sports car needs regular oil changes, your high-end, high-efficiency washer needs a little TLC, too. And Whirlpool has come up with the tools to help you: the Affresh washer cleaning kit with Power Puck tablets and Grit Grabber cloths.
The system is fairly simple to … Read more