I guess it’s time to finally say something nice about a product, so here are two things that made a nice impression :).
Think of the following situation – while roasting some tasty chicken in the oven you decide to add some more spices. What do you do? Two options – open the oven, pull out the grate just enough so the whole thing doesn’t fall out or take it out completely (requires you to actually put on the oven mitts first). Well maybe this process could be optimized. This ancient stove you see here is made by Siemens. Here’s what happens – the whole tray comes out and you are free to do whatever you want (also you don’t have to ever stick your hands in the oven, so you can’t burn yourself).
The Siemens stove (yeah – I wasn’t roasting chicken, but you get my point 🙂 )
OK great! Now you’ve added the spices and closed the oven door. You suddenly feel thirsty and want a glass of tap water. Of course before pouring a glass you let the water flow for a second to be sure not to get the hot water that was waiting in the pipes. Well this tap here measures the water temperature and the built in color LEDs light up in blue (cold), green (just right) or red (hot). This way you know if the water is good for drinking and you don’t even need to turn on the light if it’s dark and all you need is a glass of water (imagine getting up in the middle of the night and trying to avoid turning on the light, cause you’ll be blinded).
Cold / Just right / Hot
Here’s what I came across – a tankless water heater. I guess those are getting more and more popular recently (just hope this particular model isn’t).
The horrible water heater
What do we see here?
- on/off button (that’s clear)
- knob with some red and blue markings on the bottom
What do I need to know when washing my hands?
- how to regulate the water temperature
- how to regulate the water flow
So how am I supposed to do both with that single knob? Here’s my mental model: turning the knob left/right would control the temperature and the more you turn the more water comes out… but wait – if I turn more to the left would that mean that it also gets hotter? Well I played around with it for quite some time and it turns out that the knob only controls the amount of water and the temperature always remains warm (never hot, never cold). I asked the person next to me (this water heater’s power user :D) how to set it to cold (I simply wanted to drink) and he replied that the only way to do this is to TURN IT OFF.
Well what’s the point of such a thing anyway. You can never drink from the tap and the temperature remains in a position preset by the manufacturer. What if it’s too cold/hot for me?
Let’s move to the kitchen. Take a look at this pot that I proudly own:
My cooking pot
Seems quite normal right? I also didn’t notice any problem when I bought it.
Now let me teach you how a pot is used – you put it on the stove, fill it with food and wait :D. Then you take it by the handles and move it somewhere… or at least you try to, ’cause the handles on mine are part of the body (entirely made of metal) and are hot as hell! Why should I be forced to use oven gloves every time?! Who designed this junk? How hard was it to put some plastic there like normal cooking pot designers do (no idea how these people are called, but I’m pretty sure someone decided how it should look like)?
It does the job (I’m not gonna starve or something), but it’s just annoying.