GE’s new Cafe French door refrigerator dispenses hot water as well as cold.
The refrigerator’s door-mounted dispenser can supply 10 ounces of heated, filtered water in two to five minutes. You can program it for any temperature from 90 to 185 degrees Fahrenheit, or you can choose one of four pre-programmed settings: 90 degrees for warm water, 150 degrees for making cocoa, 170 degrees for making tea or 185 degrees for making soup.
The hot water dispenser requires the user to both push and turn a knob to safeguard against accidentally dispensing heated water.
Even with the added feature, the 29-cubic-foot refrigerator still meets Energy Star standards.
The refrigerator has an estimated retail price of $3,099.
ON THE SHELF
New gardeners are often counseled to start small. Janit Calvo helps gardeners start really, really small.
Calvo is the author of Gardening in Miniature: Create Your Own Tiny Living World (Timber Press, $19.95 in softcover).
It’s a guide to creating tiny gardens, either in containers or in the ground.
To Calvo, miniature gardening is a magical experience that evokes the joy of childhood play. It’s a cross between gardening and craft, an opportunity to set a scene you create in your imagination.
The book covers all the aspects of miniature gardening, from choosing containers, materials and plants to composing the garden and caring for it. Calvo includes how-tos for creating garden features, instructions for creating several miniature gardens and plenty of ideas for accessories.