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The Healthy, Sustainable Kitchen Is Here - Connected World


Builders Show) and KBIS (Kitchen and Bath Industry Show) was a bevy of announcements--everything from 3D printing to software to appliances. Parks Associates found steady purchase intentions for smart appliances and continued growth for smart energy and lighting products at the show. But here is what stood out to me: Roughly 25% of U.S. broadband households plan to buy a smart appliance in the next six months. I was able to see firsthand how new appliances are becoming greener and more ecofriendly. They are better for the world and save energy, while also lengthening the life of our food.

Whirlpool's new oven concept uses augmented reality to help you cook


These days, Whirlpool is more than just ovens and dishwashers. Over the years at CES, the appliance giant has proved it has some pretty serious tech chops as well. Earlier in the week, the company already announced that you can now control some appliances with a Wear OS device. Now, it's getting ready to unleash a slew of new and improved gadgets for the home. One of the most intriguing by far is a connected hub wall oven concept that apparently uses augmented reality to help you out in the kitchen.

Inside the Battle to Rule the Smart Kitchen of Tomorrow


Kitchen architect Johnny Grey gives smart, inspired speeches that could be TED Talks. He speaks about the things you'd expect from somebody dedicated to kitchen design, like light, and where you stand to cook. But he also introduces concepts like the physical invitation of a space and the allure of imperfection. A bit loopy, maybe, but he always bases his designs on how people work in and interact with a space, and with each other. The kitchen should be functional, of course, but it should be a social, inviting spot that revolves around people.

How to use a toaster oven


When it comes to kitchen appliances, few are as versatile and convenient as the toaster oven. These remarkable little appliances are often small and contained enough to go right on the countertop, despite being able to take some of the workloads off your oven. Most toaster ovens aren't large enough or powerful enough to entirely replace your full-sized oven. Still, you'd be surprised at how much you can do with these convenient appliances. From baking and broiling to roasting and reheating, toaster ovens have come a long way since their original inception.

The Instant Omni Pro convection oven has 14 functions -- and it's on sale


As of Feb. 8, the 14-in-1 Instant Omni Pro, an air fryer/toaster oven combo, is 33% off, bringing it back to its Black Friday price of $199.95. You're lucky if you make it through rental life without at least one apartment oven that seems to burn everything. If you're currently suffering from a terrible oven, a nice air frying oven is a good stopgap. A versatile one like the Instant Omni Pro can replace a few other appliances, too, and it's back to its Black Friday price of $199.95 at Amazon. The $100.04 discount makes the Pro and its 14 cooking functions a better deal than the 10-in-1 Omni Plus, which is $249.95.