Appliances

The Problem with Frost-Free Freezers — Freezer Intelligence

If you've got an older freezer, you're probably familiar with freezer frost. And you know that defrosting said freezer is usually an annual event involving an ice pick and a hair dryer. But before you trade your old freezer for a new frost-free one, here's what you should know.

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From Fridges to Ovens, How to Choose the Right Appliances for You — Side By Side: A Guide to Appliance Shopping

Are you thinking about renovating your kitchen? Do you have a refrigerator that's way (way) past its expiration date? If you're just starting your search for a new appliance (or appliances!), you'll quickly find that there are a lot more factors to consider than you may have anticipated.

Is a top freezer or a bottom freezer better for the way you store your stuff? Is a counter-depth or a built-in fridge worth the extra expense? Should you get a convection oven, or maybe you should go for that vintage range you've been eyeing for years? And what about a microwave oven? Do you need one (we say yes!), and should you go for a countertop version or a microwave drawer?

Here are your top-asked questions answered.

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Should You Get a Vintage Range or a New One? — Side by Side: A Guide to Appliance Shopping

Some things just get better with age — a good bottle of red wine, a leather handbag, and that Chevy that your dad used to drive with such pride. When you're buying kitchen appliances, the general wisdom seems to be that newer is better, right?

Not always. Sure, there can be some "Can you believe it does this?" features in the newer models, but there's one appliance that can be just as functional if you buy it vintage. No, it's not an OG Smeg refrigerator — it's a range! Here's what to think about when you're considering a vintage version.

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High to Low: 10 Small, Cool Apartment-Sized Refrigerators — Fridge Fix-Up

We've been talking a lot about refrigerators lately. (For example, should you get one with French doors? Or is it worth it to splurge on a built-in fridge?) But a lot of you aren't looking for a 28-cubic-foot refrigerator: You need something small and slim for a city kitchen. Some of you may even want an ultra-compact under-counter fridge. Here's a look at some of the most widely available and popular options for small refrigerators.

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7 Things You Should Never Put in the Blender — Tips from the Kitchn

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Expanding the way you make use of the blender can be a game-changer. (Say goodbye to store-bought hummus!) However, while the powerful engine and blades of a blender can handle a lot of things, there are a few things that shouldn't make their way into this appliance. Here are seven items you shouldn't toss in your blender.

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Should You Pay Extra for a Counter-Depth Fridge? — Side by Side: A Guide to Appliance Shopping

When it's time to buy a new fridge, it can feel like there are about a thousand options — single door, French doors, freezer on the top, freezer on the bottom, stainless steel or not. The list goes on, but luckily we're here to break it all down for you, including one more feature you probably didn't even know existed before you started your refrigerator research.

Here's the question: Should you get a counter-depth or a standard-depth fridge? The answer, of course, is that it depends.

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