I’ll just lay it right out there. I hate cooking and cleaning. For one thing, the portal to hell swings open around 5:00 in my house and shrieking devils invade my childrens’ bodies. Add to that the fact that I am a stunningly mediocre cook, and the dinner hour can get a little dicey. As for dusting, vacuuming, and cleaning the bathroom, I sometimes long to live in a yurt in the backcountry so I could just move it when things got dirty.
But in the course of my job, I come across appliances that I feel would help me make big strides in my efforts at domestication. Here are the top five items I desperately wish I had at my house.
1. Induction cooking. Even if it’s just this Fagor portable single-burner. Induction uses the power of magnets to heat the food, leaving the burner itself cool to the touch. Much safer for sticky little helping hands. Plus, it’s faster. And I am all for anything that decreases the amount of time I have to spend cooking.
2. Two ovens in one. The GE PB970SPSS has it. The cute little upper oven is perfect for a pizza (a once-a-week staple in my house; no judging, we eat vegetables with it). That upper oven is also perfect for a second tray of cookies. Because while I dislike cooking immensely, baking is another story entirely…
3. A vacuum that dusts. Okay, so that doesn’t exist. But the Miele Jazz is pretty close. It has serious filtration, including a HEPA filter, so you don’t end up swishing dust all over the house when you vacuum. Plus, it’s quieter, so maybe my dog won’t have to cower in the corner when it’s running.
4. A dishwasher with muscle. We have a Bosch here at work for our break room (such as it is). I am convinced that sucker can chip mortar off brick. Dishes sit for days, then get piled into the Bosch and come out sparkling clean. We run our dishwasher at home slightly more often, but if I could eliminate that pre-rinse step, I’d be very happy.
5. Okay, I actually like doing laundry. There is visible evidence of progress. And I have a great front-loading laundry pair. But I got them before steam. I want steam, like in the GE WPDH8900JMV. It’s so much gentler on clothes, but it’s so effective at eliminating stains (abundant in a house with a 3-year-old boy and a 10-month-old baby who likes to be in charge of the spoon). Plus, a red washer/dryer pair would make me feel glamorous.