Category: Appliances 101

How Does an Air Fryer Work?

Although you’re not technically frying, since that involves submerging something in oil, air frying is a great alternative to reducing fat. An air fryer actually works very similarly to a countertop convection oven in that it has a heating element with a fan to blow air around a cooking chamber. The difference is an air fryer swirls the air around very quickly in a circular fashion to reach all of

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Natural Gas vs. Liquid Propane: What You Should Know

If you’re in the market for a new range or cooktop you may come across some different fuel types. A gas range can often work with natural gas or liquid propane after a conversion process. You may wonder what the differences are between the two fuels and if one is better than the other. See our guide below on some of the differences you should know. Natural Gas. This gas

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How Frequently Should You Use Your Dishwasher

Contrary to popular belief, dishwashers are designed to be more efficient than hand-washing dishes. On average a person uses four gallons of water every two minutes washing at the sink where dishwashers use less than four gallons per cycle. In the long run a dishwasher could be more beneficial not only to your water bill but the environment. But there remains the question of how frequent a dishwasher should be

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The Oven Shopping Guide

A wall oven is a great alternative to a standard range oven. These ovens make it easier to place and remove heavy food items. Here’s everything you should know if you find yourself in the market for a wall oven. Price. The price of a wall oven can vary anywhere from $700 on an entry-level oven to $3,500 or more for a double wall oven with convection heating. Size. Wall

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What to Look for in a Microwave

Look no further for a complete rundown on microwaves and what to look for. Whether you’re shopping around for a new one or looking to replace your old one, here’s all the information you’ll need on making your next purchase. Types Microwaves come in three main types: countertop, over-the-range and built-in. Countertop microwaves are the most common for their affordability. These are great to simply take out of the box

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Range Hood 101: Your Complete Guide

One of our most popular and diverse product lines here at Cosmo are our range hoods. Range hood terms may seem confusing at first, but we’ve compiled a complete guide to master this appliance. These hoods can be a beautiful focal point in your kitchen that provide just as much functionality. Ventilation The main purpose of range hoods is to get odors, smoke and fumes away from your kitchen when

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Everything You Should Know About Replacing Appliances

Kitchen appliances will eventually have to be replaced. If you ever find yourself in the market again, we’ve compiled the tips and tricks you should know when replacing your next appliance. When to Buy You may come across some statistics that say appliances have a lifetime of 10 to 15 years, but this is actually based on when people replace their appliances and not how long they last. If your

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Cleaning Your Single Serve Coffee Makers

Our single serve coffee makers are often the key to success for an easy morning with immediate coffee. Although these convenient and quick machines may seem straightforward, they require maintenance just like any other appliance. Regular cleaning will ensure your coffee maker will provide optimal performance for years to come. Many single serve coffee makers utilize water reservoirs which can be a hotspot for mold and mineral deposits over time.

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Everything You Need to Know About Self-Cleaning Ovens

No need to strain yourself scrubbing away at these ovens. Self-cleaning ovens are an easy alternative to get a shiny interior all from the press of a button. Mistakes happen in the kitchen, learn everything you need to know about this function to save yourself from extra work next time. These ovens come in two types, high heat or steam cleaning. A high heat cleaning oven will greatly increase its

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What to Keep and Throw Out in Your Fridge After a Power Outage

You may live in an area that could have power outages from natural disasters such as thunderstorms, hurricanes or earthquakes. It’s important to understand the foods in your refrigerator or freezer, and how long you should keep them if you lose power. Follow this guide to stay prepared in case you find yourself without electricity. First, look to see the temperature in your refrigerator. This will be critical to monitor

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