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Compact Sizes, One-Touch Settings for Dorm Appliances By Tatyana Sinioukov What do young people look for in home appliances they would use every day? First of all, the appliances should be small enough to fit a dorm room or any small living space, they've got to be affordable and they must look good. If it's a refrigerator, size really matters. That's why compact refrigerators are popular with students. If it's a microwave, size is important, too, but also ease of use and design. That's why more and more both OTR and countertop microwaves try to simplify cooking with auto controls and one-touch settings for snacks, frozen food

By Tatyana Sinioukov Specialty refrigeration is reaching a higher end, going places it's never gone before. Beverage coolers feature multi-zoned, state-of-the-art cooling systems and are moving out of the kitchen and into the bathroom. Wine coolers are getting bigger, and icemakers incorporate filters to make the American consumer a bit healthier. Although wine coolers still dominate among beverage chillers, the category now stretches to include milk, juice and soda chillers and even a beer-keg cooler that, when the keg kicks, doubles as a fridge. Amana redesigned its temperature-controlled beverage chiller. It is available on most Amana side-by-side refrigerator models but not on the Distinction Series. The new

By Janet Pinkerton Form will meet function at the 2000 International Housewares Show set for January 16-19 in Chicago. The iMac effect has hit even here—with more translucent colors, but in richer colors. Niche markets keep springing up—with planned introductions of compact microwave ovens, countertop glassware dishwashers and wine coolers bound for the mainstream. Here's a company-by-company preview of expected Housewares Show announcements. Avanti will take advantage of its larger Housewares Show booth to display its merchandising, in addition to its Teba convection ovens and new defroster compact refrigerators, including two-door models and a single-door model, and also wine coolers ranging in price

Eagerly leaving the heatwave behind this fall, Americans can make up for the lack of cooking during the summer months with a stream of innovative products arriving from the appliance manufacturers. Time-saving and convenience features, stylish and easy-clean finishes are all strong selling points for the cooking products hitting the market. Sticking to its innovation drive, Maytag is attempting to change the cooking landscape with its Gemini. Rollout of the double oven in a 30-inch, free-standing range footprint was "80 percent there" at press time, reported Maytag Vice President and General Manager of Cooking Mark Buss. "We're fully covered on all of our major accounts." By the

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