For some reason, most refrigerators have not been designed with these vertically challenged containers in mind, and when I run out of space in the door, I have to stuff bottles on their sides on the middle shelf in a pyramid of glass and plastic that takes up all of the room and often leaks … Read more
Manufactures have long been searching for the perfect combination appliance to appease consumers looking to save time and money. Centering around the refrigerator is always a popular target. As well it should be. More so than any other device, the fridge is central in our kitchens and our lives. Home to shopping lists, quick notes, and artistic masterpieces from children, refrigerator doors everywhere are adorned with this delicate mishmash of how we define ourselves. Such a centerpiece is natural to try to redefine.
It's summer time, and with the heat comes barbecues, pool parties, and last-minute trips to the store for ice. After all, there just isn't a way to get all those sodas in the fridge, let alone the keg you picked up. You better double check that you have the tap, just in case.
There is another option, though: the Frigidaire Beverage Center. In addition to having a built-in pressurized tap system, this baby can handle food or other drinks when you don't have a keg on hand. Additionally, there are wire shelves and door racks that can … Read more
When I read that Viking expanded its appliance color palate from 14 to 24 colors, I wanted to take a joyous ode-to-the-candy-apple-red leap.
This news provides a measure of relief to my growing ennui toward stainless steel.
I know, I know, stainless steel is a kitchen fashion statement that an increasing number of people are willing to shell out the extra $200 per appliance to have. It blends well, cleans up nicely (sometimes), looks sophisticated, and is supposed to last a long time.
LG's Panorama 20.5 Cu. Ft. side-by-side refrigerator is a veteran slick model with a digital control center and energy-saving features.
This stainless steel LG offers many bells and whistles, including a door alarm, tilting drawers, and temperature customizing options. Like all of LG's freestanding refrigerators, this model is Energy Star qualified and retails for about $3,500.
This model has French doors, which puts the refrigerator at eye level. Inside the refrigerator, "multi-airflow" cooling vents on each shelf provide even cooling, while five digital sensors ensure your food is kept at the proper temperature. LED … Read more
If you are like me, your patio has more in common with a dirty playground than the "indoor living room with complete kitchen amenities," that appliance maker Dacor envisions.
That's a nice vision. If it's your vision...and a big ol' cooler on the patio or porch doesn't cut it during backyard parties, and a full-size fridge is totally out of the question (next to the garden is rather excessive), this refrigerator from Dacor might be the thing for you.
Samsung is exploring the world of designer refrigerators. The company has enlisted the help of Jasper Morrison, a designer with a knack for slick modern tableware, electronics, lighting, and anything else he turns his mind to.
His work on the Samsung Side-By-Side refrigerator line has made for appliances that wouldn't look too out of place in a museum exhibit. Samsung will be selling them in a variety of finishes, but--based on the pictures on Morrison's site--the true design aficionado will want one in white.
Beyond the smooth, minimalistic appearance of the Samsung fridge, it offers plenty of … Read more
For buyers looking for something a bit more affordable than the higher-end Kenmore Elite refrigerator line, this Kenmore 25.4 cu ft. stainless steel side-by-side refrigerator (about $1,149.99) is a space-efficient option.
This model, like all side-by-sides, is a good pick for kitchens that can't accommodate a wide swinging door.But like all side-by-sides this model has narrower shelves than their top- or bottom-freezer counterparts, which makes it hard to store things like pizza boxes and big/awkward-size dishes.
Yet with a 15.4 cu. ft. refrigerator section, this Kenmore is pretty roomy for a side-by-side and … Read more
If bright and cheery retro is your kitchen style, check out some of Italy's latest offerings. They don't get any cooler or happier than these refrigerators we spotted recently on the Appliancist Web site.The front of several of these refrigerators, sold under the Ardo brand, which is owned by Antonio Merloni, one of Europe's largest appliance makers, (whose company's Web site is currently under construction) are gorgeous, featuring Van Gogh inspired sunflowers, the Italian flag, and a cluster of juicy tomatoes.
The Ardo custom line is available in Europe only, which is a shame as … Read more
If you dream of turning the front of your refrigerator into something other than a place to stash alphabet magnets and smudged Christmas photos, so does Whirlpool.
Whirlpool again is sharing a vision of a fridge-as-high-tech launchpad, which is not a new idea, as veteran industry reporter Julie Jacobson notes here. (Whirlpool, among others, has been touting ambitious visions of a connected kitchen for busy housewives and househusbands since 2000.)
Whirlpool's Centralpark refrigerator, announced last fall, uses a power outlet on the top of the freezer door.
Vendors are starting to offer devices that work with the outlet and … Read more