Make some extra room in your kitchen by ditching pre-packaged sodas and picking up the Samsung SodaStream Refrigerator ($3,900). The first fridge to ship with a carbonated water option — powered by SodaStream tech — alongside a traditional water and ice dispenser, it also offers a kid-friendly, counter-height Flex Zone drawer, dual doors for the main compartment, and a freezer on the bottom. Other features include Twin Cooling Plus technology, LED lighting, and an ice maker capable of cranking out 10 lbs. of the frozen stuff per day. [via]
It doesn't matter if you're preparing an emergency kit or simply looking for a way to power your wilderness weekend getaway shack — the Goal Zero Yeti Solar Generator ($1,800) has you covered. This silent generator charges up its 1250 Watt Hour battery in just 24 hours using the dual included solar panels, which allows it to power critical appliances like refrigerators and AC units while also charging up your gadgets with three USB ports, all without the nasty fumes and miserable sound associated with traditional gas generators.
Whether you're planning a long trip or just looking for a way to keep perishables fresh while you flee your power-challenged area, the Basecamp Fridge/Freezer ($860) has you covered. Thanks to an advanced power system, it can run off your car's 12V DC power system on the road, and transition to standard AC power once you've arrived, and can run while your vehicle is turned off — but will turn itself off before you run your battery dry. Other features include a massive 63-quart capacity, a temperature range of 0º-45ºF, and a remote wireless readout to keep tabs on the temperature inside.
We're not saying you should buy a clothing-related appliance based on its tech credentials, but in the case of the Samsung F457 Front-Loading Washer ($TBA), it doesn't hurt. Packing Wi-Fi and the ability to be monitored and controlled via an app, the F457 also features a lot of high technology related to actually washing clothes, including industry-leading capacity, seven specialty cycles to handle even the most delicate loads, PowerFoam technology for deep stain fighting, steam cycles for wrinkle reduction, vibration reduction technology for quiet operation, an 8-inch LCD touch screen control panel, and SpeedSpray which delivers shots of water with dissolved detergent for cleansing, followed by a rinsing shot for shorter cycle times. The matching DV457 dryer completes the set.
As if you didn't have enough apps to deal with on your phone. These new Samsung Touchscreen Appified Refrigerators ($2,700-$3,500) bring the "app for that" craziness to the venerable ice box, with eight-inch touchscreens that let you check the weather, leave notes for other family members, browse recipes, jam out to Pandora, check your Twitter feed, and view photos, right from the kitchen. Oh, and we hear it does pretty well at keeping your food cold, too.
Need an oven that will be ready at a moment's notice and still look great next to your grand piano and guitar? Then you need an AGA Total Control Cooker ($TBA). This electric cooker is controlled by a touch screen panel hidden behind one of the four front doors, and lets you operate the boiling plate, simmering plate, roasting oven, baking oven, and simmering oven independently, saving you money and energy, all while keeping its old world cred.
What's better than having a brand-new, retro-style refrigerator? Having one with a beer tap built in. The Northstar Brew Master Refrigerator ($3,000-$5,300) comes in three styles — 1950, 1951, and 1952 — and arrives fresh from the factory with a through-the-door draught system pre-installed, including the tap dispenser, coupler, connections, CO2 cylinder, and drip tray. As a bonus, you can choose to have it set up for your preferred keg style, letting you decide how much usable refrigerator is left over.
Emphasis on the "slim." It might resemble an empty Christmas paper tube attached to a handheld garden sprinkler, but the Dyson DC35 Digital Slim Vacuum ($300) is anything but a hacked-together design. Powered by a Dyson digital motor and weighing under 10 pounds, the DC35 features Radix Cyclone technology, a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, and a motorized floor tool with carbon fiber brushes, it's ready to tackle even the dirtiest of floors without breaking your back. The one Dyson sent us has been sucking up everything from cat hair to drywall nails, and shows no sign of slowing down.
If you're sick of back-breaking broom and mop work, but still to need to get your floor clean before the parental units arrive for the holidays, get your hands on a Mint Robo Hard Floor Cleaner ($200). This minuscule, rectangular robotic helper can either mop or sweep your hardwood, tile, or laminate floors using microfiber cloths, and is small enough to fit underneath many pieces of furniture. It employs advanced NorthStar Navigation to learn the layout of the room, ensuring that it doesn't miss a single spot. We've been using one around the house for the last month, and it's saved us at least 3-4 hours of work — which is more time you can devote to important stuff like spending time with your family, fixing that leaky sink, or adjusting your fantasy football lineup.
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Make all the bacon-apple popsicles you want with the Zoku Quick Pop Maker ($50). The nonstick cast-aluminum molds use an internal space-age solution that gives you ready-to-eat popsicles in about 7 minutes with no electricity required. The Zoku comes with six reusable plastic sticks and six drip guards.
Grown tired of the lines at your local Starbucks, or simply tired of paying for it? Check out the Nespresso CitiZ ($350). For the cost of around 100 coffee shop mochas you can pick up this single serve, one-touch espresso machine. It features a 19 bar pressure pump, automatic volume control and cappuccino preparation, an integrated milk frothing device, folding cup support, and more.
Clean your car, stairs, and other hard-to-reach areas with the Eureka 71B Handheld Vacuum ($48). This 5.5 amp mini-vac features two motors — one for suction, one for the revolving brush — an onboard extending hose with crevice tool, a 20-foot cord which wraps for storage, and a Riser Visor cover that stays down for normal cleaning but flips up for vertical surfaces like stair fronts. It's the perfect complement to your full-size vacuum.