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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.

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What natural gas home appliances are available?

Electricity may seem like the cheap, green way to go, but natural gas is also a popular choice for energizing many common indoor and outdoor appliances. This fossil fuel is efficient, reliable, economical and environmentally friendly.

Should all of my appliances come from the same manufacturer?

You want your new kitchen to look nice, but you also want it to do everything you need a kitchen to do quickly and easily. Would getting all of your appliances from the same manufacturer solve both problems?

Is stainless steel on its way out?

Long a staple of any modern kitchen, stainless steel has been cast off as old news by a vocal band of outliers. Is the ubiquitous appliance material a thing of the past?

How Self-cleaning Ovens Work

Getting your oven dirty is easy. Getting it clean again is another matter entirely. Self-cleaning ovens sound good, but do they really work as well as their makers promise?

Are retro kitchens making a comeback?

Despite the conveniences of modern kitchen appliances, some homeowners are opting for a more minimalist, retro style. Is mid-century back in fashion?

How can I get the most out of my kitchen appliances?

A toaster oven is just a toaster oven, right? When it comes to kitchen appliances, chances are you aren't using them to their full potential.

How All-in-one Food Processors Work

A lion in the kitchen, an all-in-one food processor does the job of several hands and utensils in a lot less time. Here's a quick guide to this powerful appliance.

5 Reasons to Look Inside an Oven Before You Buy It

Ovens have come a long way and can now do chores to make your life easier. But what to look for really depends on how you cook.

5 Features to Look for When You're Buying an Oven

Your oven is probably one of the most used appliances in your kitchen, and now, it can do so much more for you. So, if you're in the market, check out these features.

How Floor Buffers Work

A buffer can bring a beautiful shine to your floor. But using the wrong pad can do serious damage. What polishing tools are the right fit for your needs?

How Air Tubs Work

Lots of people like the relaxing massage they get from the water jets in a hot tub. But some people prefer a gentler touch. How are air tubs different from whirlpools?

5 Ways to Fill Your Freezer for Efficiency

Here are a few ideas to help you give your old wooden furniture a facelift. Learn more about these 5 ways to give your old wooden furniture a new life.

What to Do with a Broken Vacuum Cleaner

Throwing away a broken vacuum cleaner is bad for the environment. Learn more about what to do with a broken vacuum cleaner.

5 Electric Razor Maintenance Tips

5 Electric razor maintenance tips. Learn 5 tips on electric razor maintenance.

10 International Toilets

We all have the same bodily functions, but the way we handle them differs depending on the facilities you encounter around the world. What types of toilets might you see on your worldly travels?

Top 10 Appliances Most Americans No Longer Use

As people discover new technology, they replace old machines with newer, more efficient ones. What are some appliances that have fallen out of favor with the general public?

5 Benefits of Front-Load Washers and Dryers

Who knew that choosing a washer and dryer set could be such a difficult and involved decision? Keep reading to learn why the front-loading variety might be perfect for your family's laundering needs.

Dishwasher Sizes and Styles

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?

Refrigerator Dimensions and Counter Depth

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

5 Benefits of French Door Refrigerators

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.

How to Remove Scratches From Stainless Steel Appliances

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.

5 Useful Refrigerator Parts and Accessories

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

5 Reasons to Buy a Freezerless Refrigerator

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

How can portable dishwashers improve small kitchens?

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!

5 Creative Solutions in Hiding Your Dishwasher's Front Door

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.

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