The Legendary Allure of Britain’s AGA Stove

I had always assumed the origins of the AGA stove were uniquely British, but this stalwart appliance was actually created about a century ago by blind Swedish physicist Gustaf Dalén, a Nobel Laureate. It took Dalén and his company seven years of protot…

I had always assumed the origins of the AGA stove were uniquely British, but this stalwart appliance was actually created about a century ago by blind Swedish physicist Gustaf Dalén, a Nobel Laureate. It took Dalén and his company seven years of prototyping to develop the AGA, and it was purpose-built as a solution to his wife Elma’s frustration at having to constantly stoke their cookstove and closely watch over the food she prepared.

At first glance, the AGA, while not without its throwback charm, may look like a curious relic of a bygone era to the uninitiated eye—an intimidating enameled hunk of no-thank-you, salvaged from a locomotive museum. Or something passed on from an old house’s original tenants, left in place, too heavy to extract or dismantle. Certainly it’s not something one would intentionally purchase today, and have placed in their contemporary kitchen, right? Well, guess again. The desire and considerable expense put forth to own and install this venerable tool continues seemingly unabated to this day. Never mind that it also demands users recalibrate their preconceptions of everyday food preparation techniques.

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The Vitamix Is More Affordable Than It’ll Probably Ever Be

Let’s get one thing straight: All blenders are not born equal. Which is why I have coveted my sister’s Vitamix A2300 ever since she bought it a few years ago. Cherry red and shiny, it takes pride of place on her countertop and is easily the MVP of her …

Let's get one thing straight: All blenders are not born equal. Which is why I have coveted my sister’s Vitamix A2300 ever since she bought it a few years ago. Cherry red and shiny, it takes pride of place on her countertop and is easily the MVP of her kitchen—blending, fluffing, and whipping effortlessly, reliably, and stylishly.

The only thing coming between me and a Vitamix of my own was, well, a great big price tag. Until today.

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7 Top-Rated Microwaves, Because Sometimes You Just Need One

I don’t use my microwave every single day, but when I need it, I really need it: for heating up late-night leftovers, quickly melting a few tablespoons of butter, bringing lukewarm coffee back to life, and the list goes on. Sure, I could whip out a pan…

I don't use my microwave every single day, but when I need it, I really need it: for heating up late-night leftovers, quickly melting a few tablespoons of butter, bringing lukewarm coffee back to life, and the list goes on. Sure, I could whip out a pan and use the stovetop. But the microwave is fast, easy, and cuts down on unnecessary cleanup.

If you're in the market for a microwave—whether you've recently moved, need an upgrade, or are buying one for the first time—there are tons of options to choose from. Tons. So many, in fact, it can get a little overwhelming if you're not sure what to look for.

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This Is How Often You Should Be Cleaning Your Phone

Even though using my phone is more or less an all-day activity that involves direct contact with my hands or my face—or, let’s be honest, the sidewalk—my phone’s cleaning schedule has traditionally depended less on its actual need to be cleaned, and mo…

Even though using my phone is more or less an all-day activity that involves direct contact with my hands or my face—or, let's be honest, the sidewalk—my phone’s cleaning schedule has traditionally depended less on its actual need to be cleaned, and more on whether or not I’ve happened to acquire a free alcohol wipe recently. Plus, until recently, I genuinely had no idea how often I’m actually supposed to clean my phone.

However, if the last few months have taught me anything, it is that keeping your phone sanitized is a smart way to keep germs off your fingertips. I've learned that the average user touches their phone nearly 3,000 times a day—and that the heaviest users are up to 5,427 touches a day, according to a study by web research platform dscout. During a pandemic—but also otherwise—that's far from good news.

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10 Labor Day Deals That Are Actually Worth It

Almost everything about the transition from summer to fall makes me a little sad, but that’s just the way it goes. At the very least, it makes my annual autumn soundtrack—Joni Mitchell, Stevie Nicks, and pretty much the whole Practical Magic soundtrack…

Almost everything about the transition from summer to fall makes me a little sad, but that’s just the way it goes. At the very least, it makes my annual autumn soundtrack—Joni Mitchell, Stevie Nicks, and pretty much the whole Practical Magic soundtrack—all the more poignant.

Still, I think we can all agree that one one of the best things about fall is that the shopping gets better—it is the September issue of Vogue that matters, after all. But it’s not just the fashion that gets better.

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