Kitchen Appliances

Kitchen appliances make your life easier. Take a look inside the kitchen appliances you use all the time and learn how they work, from refrigerators to garbage disposals.

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The dishwasher uses much less water and energy than washing by hand. Here's why.

By Alia Hoyt

That fridge dispenser is supposed to make it easy to get a pure delicious-tasting glass of water. But often you taste something stale, metallic or foul. Why is that and how do you fix it?

By Nathan Chandler

A clean oven not only looks nice; it can also mean fewer harmful fumes in your kitchen. Here's how to do it easily.

By Jeremy Glass


It's not every day you spend $1,500 on a kitchen gadget, even one that bills itself as 22 appliances in one. So, is it worth the price? We decided to investigate.

By Dave Roos

The Lazy Susan is a circular tray that spins to make food service easier, but the origins of the name are a bit murky. What is a Lazy Susan, exactly, and why did it earn that disparaging name? Let's find out!

By Laurie L. Dove

The pressure cooker has been around for years, but its pride of place in the kitchen is being usurped by the new kid in town, the Instant Pot. So, what is the difference?

By Jeremy Glass

One study showed gas stoves had pollutant levels exceeding limits for outdoor pollution, so don't save the kitchen fan only for when you've let the bacon burn.

By Nathan Chandler


Sure you can shove your food on any shelf in the fridge it will fit on. But stacking it the right way will help the food last longer.

By Alia Hoyt

We can thank a woman named Josephine Cochrane for this timesaver.

By John Perritano

The microwave oven is a ubiquitous appliance in kitchens today, but don't we all have that one holdout friend who still refuses to own one?

By Jesslyn Shields

Good news: You don't have waste time pre-rinsing before you stack your dishes.

By Alia Hoyt


Lots of turkeys sold in the United States come with a cool little piece of technology — the pop-up timer. But how do they know when the turkey is done?

By Marshall Brain

Ever wish your fridge could give you suggestions on what to eat when you're indecisive or add a soundtrack to your breakfast? HowStuffWorks saw that and more at CES 2016.

By Jonathan Strickland

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

By Jane McGrath

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.

By Laurie L. Dove


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.

By Chris Opfer

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.

By Sara Elliott

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.

By Sara Elliott

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.

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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?

By Jill Jaracz

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

By Sarah Alban

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.

By Caitlin Uttley

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.

By Stefani Newman


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

By Danielle Fisher

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

By Debra Ronca