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Which Ice Cream Maker Is Right for You? — Ice Cream for Everyone

Last week gave us a taste for just how hot summer can get. And when it's that hot outside, there's only one thing you can do: Eat ice cream.

Everyone knows the best stuff is the stuff you make yourself and if you scream for ice cream on a regular basis, a machine bought for your kitchen will pay for itself in no time flat. (Faster than you can say waffle cone, in fact.)

How to shop for one, though? Start by reading the rest of this story.

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Get Toasted with This 4-Slice Toaster on Sale Right Now — Amazon Deal of the Day

It's easy to think that you don't need to own a toaster. It takes up precious counter space, your oven toasts bread just fine, you're trying to eat less carbs anyway — the list goes on.

But here's the thing: Your oven doesn't really toast things the same way a toaster does, and certainly not as quickly. Our point? It's time to embrace the humble toaster — we'll even go as far to call it a kitchen necessity.

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Why Does Everyone Have a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker? — Ice Cream for Everybody

A recent poll of our food team revealed something surprising: Every single one of them has a Cuisinart ice cream maker. And almost everyone else we know has one of these things, too. This might not seem all that shocking, until you realize that an Amazon search for "ice cream makers" reveals 921 results made by several dozen brands. Plus, you guys, KitchenAid makes an ice cream attachment for its stand mixers.

What is so great about Cuisinart's ice cream makers? How have they managed to churn their way to the top? Here's what some of our staffers had to say.

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Should You Get a Microwave Drawer? — Side by Side: A Guide to Appliance Shopping

At Kitchn, we have a love-love relationship with our microwaves. Of course we love it for all the obvious reasons — like warming our coffee in the morning and delivering near-instant popcorn gratification on movie night — but also for mug cakes, single-girl suppers of mac-and-cheese, and the quickest and easiest answer to breakfast (eggs in the microwave!). We even lean on it when migraines strike.

It's an important appliance, and buying the right one matters. There are quite a few factors to take into consideration (like size, wattage, and special features), but today we're looking at a very specific question: Is it worth it to get a drawer microwave? Or should you opt for the regular countertop variety? To help you on your microwave-buying quest, we've broken down the pros and cons of each kind.

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5 Things to Know About Buying a Stand Mixer — Small Appliances, Sweet Love

So you decided you're going to buy a stand mixer? Yay! There are a few things to know before you run off to your nearest kitchen store. For starters, what size bowl will you need? (Will 3.5 quarts be big enough for your jobs? Do you need something that can hold 6 quarts?)

Keep reading to find out five more things you should know before buying a stand mixer.

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5 Signs You Need to Replace Your Microwave — The Smart Appliance Shopper

Of all the appliances (large or small) in your kitchen, the microwave tends to have the shortest lifespan — around nine years or so. The good news? The new ones on the market are relatively inexpensive and you can get a decent one for less than $100.

How will you know if it's time to get a new one? Look for any of these five signs.

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