Home Appliances

Home appliances make life easier, but what's really going on inside them? HowStuffWorks Home Appliances articles take a look inside common household appliances.


Most of us don't like washing dishes. Even if you're just rinsing them in preparation for the dishwasher, it can still be an annoying chore. But are there some machines that will do all the work for you?

Measuring for a refrigerator takes a little bit of skill and foresight. Lucky for you, we have all you need to know right here.

You've seen them on the TV cooking shows or in your chic friend's house, but the benefits of French Door Refrigerators go beyond just looks.

Stainless steel is one of the most popular appliance materials on the market thanks to its ease of care. But what happens if you accidentally scratch your appliance? Read on to learn what to do.

So your fridge keeps your food cold. Big deal. Add these five accessories to make it really work for you.

Need extra space to store all your farmer's market produce and endless cupcakes? Perhaps you should consider a freezerless fridge.

Dishwashers are great, but they take up a lot of space. Those with ultra-cramped kitchens shouldn't give up hope, however. Portable dishwashers can save room and clean your dishes, too!

Does your dishwasher stick out like a sore thumb? Well, it doesn't have to. Use one of these creative solutions to hide your kitchen's workhorse.

Mixers are time- and labor-saving tools for mixing batter, dough and whipped cream. But with attachments, they become powerful, multipurpose kitchen engines. See what accessories we've found to be indispensable.

You don't have to be limited to only one of an appliance. If it makes sense and you have room for it, go crazy and buy in multiples.

Refrigerators used to be split into two down the middle, but these days, many refrigerators keep the freezer on the bottom. What's the benefit?

Before you test out your favorite old cookie recipe in your new convection oven, you'll need to make a few adjustments to time and temperature. This chart will help you avoid the burns that come with switching oven types.

Double ovens double your cooking pleasure in ways you may not have considered. Let's look at the top five.

A lot of factors come into play when deciding how big your washer should be. But if you've got the space and the money, you should definitely go big. Here's why.

Induction cooking uses electromagnetism to heat pots and pans in a jiffy, avoiding wasted energy and allowing greater control over temperatures. So is it worth the price?

While the ease of washing clothes has gotten very high, so has the use of water and energy to get those clothes clean. How much water does washing one load of laundry use?

Vacuums have come a long way since they were first introduced, but the ones on the market today have really made some strides.

Most of us hate to iron, but it's a necessary evil. Or is it? There may be a new dryer on the market that can eliminate this thankless chore all together.

Front-load washers are all the rage right now, but high-efficiency top-load washers have five features that sill beat their shiny new counterparts.

You've been wondering how to test a blower motor. Learn how to test a blower motor in this article.

You finally bought that refrigerator with an automatic ice make and a cold water dispenser, and now you have to hook up a water line to the refrigerator. Learn how to hook up a waterline to a refrigerator in this article.

If you're planning to do renovations in your home, it's important that you know how to understand electrical outlets. This article will help you learn how to understand electrical outlets.

Your water heater isn't heating up the water properly, and you'd like to learn how to diagnose a water heater problem. Learn about how to diagnose a water heater problem in this article.

You installed a sump pump to save money, but now it's costing you even more. Learn about how to diagnose sump pump problems in this article.

Defrosting a freezer can give you more storage space and help the freezer run more efficiently. Learn about how to defrost a freezer in this article.