All-in-one washer/dryer

LG may have created the ultimate space saving laundry solution in the All-In-One Washer and Dryer. From LG’s site:

Perfect for people who want to do laundry at home but don’t have an external venting source which conventional dryers require. This unit runs on standard voltage electricity and is great for placement in closets; it’s also a good solution for apartments, businesses and vacation homes where there may be space constraints.

Since it doesn’t need to be vented and it washes and dries your clothes, it appears to be a great small-space appliance. I did a quick search of Amazon and there are a few similar options from other companies. Has anyone had the chance to do a load of laundry in one of these units? I’m interested in finding out how well it works. The load capacities seem ridiculously small, and I’m curious about its drying capabilities.

(via CNET’s Appliances & Kitchen Gadgets Blog)

Unitasker Wednesday: The Dough-Nu-Matic

Who doesn’t love a doughnut every once in a while? The fresher the doughnut the easier it is to become an addict. If you are addicted to freshly deep fried doughnuts, now you can have your cravings quelled by investing in the Dough-Nu-Matic. The freshly fried dough may scald you incredibly badly, but be patient and you can enjoy your very own doughy goodness.

Why stop by a Krispy Kreme or a Dunkin’ Donuts when you can prepare your very own before you leave for work in the morning?! This bad boy will only eat up 23″ x 7″ x 14″ of valuable counter space. The Dough-Nu-Matic shapes the doughnut, fries it, and dispenses it into the hopper in under a minute. Let them cool, and you can enjoy a fresh doughnut during your daily commute. Of course, you may be adding quite a bit of girth to your waistline if you are partaking in fresh doughnuts every morning, but I challenge you to pass up a fresh doughnut if you have the ability to make your own at the drop of a hat.

Take a look at this video and you may not be able to resist.

**Each week, the Unitasker Wednesday column humorously pokes fun at the unnecessary, single-use items that manage to find their way into our homes.

Unitasker Wednesday: Juicers

JuicerWhy would someone invest the money and space in their kitchen for an electric juicer? I know I felt the wrath of the ice cream maker owners back when I suggested that an ice cream maker was a unitasker, and I’ll probably hear from the pro-electric-juice-making contingency on this one, but I don’t understand sacrificing counter space when you don’t have to.

Yes, I’ve enjoyed freshly squeezed orange juice and I can say that it is better than anything store bought, but I’m not going to run out and purchase a dedicated electrical appliance for my juicing needs. Isn’t a space-saving, hand-held, non-electrical juicer just as effective? Do you really save that much time? Can you even throw the electrical one easily into the dishwasher? I can’t justify the storage space for something that I can easily purchase at the grocery store or make just as well with a small, hand-held device.

I’m also curious as to how many oranges it takes to make four eight ounce servings of juice? I really have no idea. I’m sure Jack Lalanne could tell me, and he would gladly take my $130 for one of his electric Power Juicer models, too.

Unitasker Wednesday: Double-Deck pizza oven

Double Deck Pizza OvenExcuse me if I’m a bit ignorant to the advantages of having a dedicated pizza oven in your kitchen, but this behemoth is a mystery to me. Measuring in at 16 3/4″ wide x 15 1/8″ deep x 16″ high, it is a space hog and it wouldn’t be the easiest appliance to store out of sight. What advantages does a dedicated pizza oven offer that a conventional oven doesn’t? I’m not entirely sure. Maybe an owner of the Double-Deck can let us in on the secret.

I read the four reviews of this oven on Brookstone and they all loved the “ease of use,” but one user left the following observation:

This product is a dissapointment. Cook your pizza in your regular oven, it’s far superior and doesn’t take up all the space this one does.

My thoughts exactly. Do your counter a favor and pass on this pizza oven overkill.

**Unitasker Wednesday posts humorously poke fun at the single-use items that manage to find their way into our homes.

Unitasker Wednesday: Personal microwave

Personal MicrowaveI never thought Sharper Image supplied consumers with practical goods until I came across the iwavecube Personal Microwave. Yes, it is about time we all had our own personal microwaves to carry with us. From Sharper Image:

How incredibly convenient — a personal, portable microwave! Forget all those trips to the kitchen or treks to the cafeteria — now you can reheat coffee right at your desk; or nuke some soup for your brown-bag lunch; or pop some `corn in the entertainment room.

While other suckers are walking all the way to the kitchen to nuke their soup in the microwave, you can hang out in your entertainment room while your soup gets nuked right next to your couch. Add this thing to a mini-fridge and you may never need to venture off to your kitchen again. More from Shaper Image:

Plug it in anyplace that’s handy — work or home office; home gym; family room; nursery; wet bar; dorm room; work bench; pool house, everywhere! The quiet, super-energy-efficient iwavecube measures just 10″ x 10.5″ x 12″ and weighs only 12 lbs. Features a built-in carry handle and view-through door.

The next time I’m rocking my daughter to sleep in the nursery, it will be great to have corn popping right next to us. That will certainly help her nod off to dream land. Less walking and more popping in 2008!

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Unitasker Wednesday: Electric garlic roaster

Garlic RoasterMy wife and I love garlic. We generally go overboard on our garlic intake, but we tend to have a hefty tolerance for each other’s garlic breath so it works out okay. Even with our mutual cravings for all things garlic, we find this Electric Garlic Roaster ridiculous.

Roasting garlic isn’t rocket science. You put it in a conventional oven wrapped in tin foil with a little olive oil. There is no need for another small appliance. Unless, of course, you are pulled in by this gadget’s cool garlic shape. I guess the shape will help you remember what it is for when you find it in the back of one of your cupboards in 10 years. So, I guess, that’s a good thing.

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Unitasker Wednesday: Drink-O-Matic

Drink-O-MaticAre you looking for a unitasker gift for the person who has everything? If you browse Sharper Image’s website in their section for Office Electronics and Gadgets, you’ll be blown away by all the unitasker possibilities!

I was most intrigued by the Drink-O-Matic 10-can dispensing machine. Yeah, that’s right, this thing can hold almost a complete 12-pack of your recipient’s favorite beverage.

Does your gift recipient enjoy road trips? Well, he or she can take the Drink-O-Matic with him because it plugs into a dashboard socket with an included DC adapter. With a size of 25 1/2″ x 16 1/2″ x 9″ and weighing in empty at 18 lbs., convenience has never been so miserable to lug around. Your gift recipient may have a mini-fridge already, but I bet it isn’t as heavy and impractical as the Drink-O-Matic!

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Unitasker Wednesday: Electric egg cooker

Egg CookerDid you ever boil some eggs in a pot and think to yourself, “There just has to be an easier way!?!” Well, the Electric Egg Cooker may not be much easier, but it sure is much more futuristic looking. The Electric Egg Cooker just may vault you into the future of egg preparation and make you the envy of all your egg-loving friends. From Williams-Sonoma:

The space-age look of this domed appliance belies its function of producing the simplest of foods perfectly—seven hard or soft-cooked eggs or four poached ones. Just place the eggs inside, add the required amount of water and set the switch. A buzzer alerts you when the eggs are done. The base is made of stainless steel.

The egg cooker measures in at 6 1/2″ x 6 1?4″ x 6 1/2″ high. In the size and scope of other Unitaskers, this thing isn’t a behemoth, but it sure isn’t small. So, if you are incapable of using a pot and boiling water on the stove top, this device that boils water on your counter could be for you!

**Unitasker Wednesday posts humorously poke fun at the single-use items that manage to find their way into our homes.