The term “appliance” refers to a product designed to assist in performing domestic tasks, like cooking or cleaning. Also known as home, electric, or household appliances, you can typically find an appliance in the kitchen or laundry room. Appliances can range in type, from simple units designed to help with basic tasks to Wi-Fi enabled appliances designed with advanced features.
Kitchen appliances include equipment like the stove, coffee maker, oven, dishwasher, air fryer, and refrigerator. Smaller appliances, like an ice and water dispenser or air fryer, assist with more specific needs. Laundry appliances include the washer and dryer.
Most kitchens include refrigerator and freezer units, but a separate unit can further accommodate your needs. If you frequently have guests over, a beverage fridge provides storage space for drinks without taking up space in the main fridge. Beverage refrigerators bring easy access to the party outside of the kitchen. Some can even plug in outdoors! If you enjoy wine, wine coolers provide storage at the optimal temperature and let you showcase your collection.
If you want more frozen food, consider a separate freezer that can go into your garage or basement. Options include upright and chest freezers. Upright freezers offer easier access to the food, while chest freezers offer more cubic feet of storage. Combo units switch between refrigerator and freezer mode, perfect for either frozen or fresh food. Side by side models include the refrigerator and freezer unit right next to each other to store both types of food at the same time.
A humidor stores cigars at the right temperature and humidity for proper preservation while also providing a way to showcase cigars. Too much humidity and the cigars can grow moldy. Too little and they can dry up.
Humidors may range in size from a small desktop humidor all the way up to a large walk-in. They often feature Spanish cedar walls or shelves which holds in moisture better than most woods. Spanish cedar also deters pests and protects the contents of the unit from decaying.
While protecting cigars, a humidor can also serve as a stylish piece of furniture. Depending on the type of humidor, they may install built into the counter or free-standing. Some manufacturers also make travel or desktop options.
If your kitchen doesn’t include appliances such as a dishwasher or oven, or if you want to upgrade your current units, countertop appliances offer a portable and cost-effective upgrade. Countertop ovens offer a combination of many features all in one unit, which saves money otherwise spent on separate units. Using smaller units also improves energy efficiency. For example, if you have a small load of dishes, you can wash them in the countertop unit instead of running a full cycle on the main dishwasher. A countertop ice maker allows you to have ice anywhere you can plug it in. Some even include water tanks so they can make ice even without a water connection.
A countertop ice cream maker makes homemade ice cream and other desserts, and some can even make yogurt. This unit allows people with food allergies or intolerances to make healthy alternatives using custom ingredients.