Product & Shopping Questions

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.


What’s the Difference Between a Gas Grill and a Charcoal Grill? — The Grill Guide

The battle of charcoal versus gas grills is one for the ages — and the grilling enthusiasts in your life are sure to have strong opinions. But if you're considering buying a grill for the first time or, perhaps thinking about making the switch from #teamgas to #teamcharcoal (or vice versa), what are the key factors you should consider? We've laid it all out here.


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.


Should You Get a Fridge with the Freezer on the Top or Bottom? — Side by Side: A Guide to Appliance Shopping

If you're considering a new refrigerator, chances are the first things you'll consider are price and size. These are critical! But, as you'll find out once you start to do some research, there are many (many) more factors to take into consideration. One of those is freezer placement. No, it's not sexy, but it is a question you should ask yourself: Do you want a freezer on the top or a freezer on the bottom? There are advantages (and disadvantages) to both. Here, we break them down.


This Is the Most Beautiful Play Kitchen of All Time — Kitchn Goes Shopping

(Image credit: Anchors & Honey)

Did you have a play kitchen when you were a kid? I did. Mine was made out of plastic and was Sesame Street-themed. It wasn't chic-looking, and it definitely didn't include a gold sink. The kitchen you see above is hands-down the most gorgeous play kitchen I've ever seen. The bright pink color, mixed with the gold and floral backsplash is a palette I'd want in my current adult kitchen.

Would you be surprised to learn that this play kitchen was originally a plain, white kitchen you'd find at IKEA? Now this is a before and after you have to witness.


What Can I Make in a Deep Fryer? — Good Questions

Q: My partner and I were given a deep fat fryer for Christmas. Having never owned one before, I'm stumped: What do I cook in it other than chips? Can anyone recommend a good recipe source?

Sent by Hannah Groves


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