About Us

A photo of Ana Stanar the founder of Kitchen Gearoid

Hi, I'm Ana Stanar, the founder of Kitchen Gearoid. I am also a full-time Art Teacher, a wife, and a mother of three wonderful kids. 

As an Art teacher, I spend most of my days teaching kids about colors, shapes, and textures. And there's your connection - food is all about the same features plus a few very important ones - the taste, the smell and the pleasure it brings to those who enjoy delicious meals! 

In January 2020, I decided to start Kitchen Gearoid. Why on earth would I add another time-consuming activity to my already busy daily schedule? Well, I wanted to create a space where I could share my passion for cooking with other people. I know that cooking can be a daunting task for some, but I believe that with the right tools and guidance, anyone can become a great cook. Even a professional chef eventually!

Being a busy mom of three, I don't have a lot of spare time on my hands, but I always make sure to carve out time to spend in the kitchen. Cooking is not just a hobby for me; it's also a very effective stress relief. There's something therapeutic about chopping vegetables or kneading dough. It allows me to unwind and focus on something other than the stresses of everyday life.

One of the things I love most about cooking is testing out new appliances. I'm always on the lookout for appliances that can save me time and money while allowing me to make delicious meals. For instance, my latest obsession is testing air fryers. 

My family at the table

Finding the right one is a game-changer when it comes to making crispy, flavorful dishes without all the oil and grease. But the same goes for sous vide cookers, food processors, microwaves - I just love them all!

Images of food I prepared

As a busy mom, I know how challenging it can be to find time to cook healthy, nutritious meals for your family. But with the right recipes, appliances and techniques, it's possible to make delicious meals that my family will love. That's why I'm so devoted to sharing my love of cooking with others and reviewing affordable but reliable kitchen appliances.

In addition to working on my website with my awesome team, I also offer cooking classes to teenagers in my community. I love seeing the joy on their faces as they create their own masterpieces in the kitchen. It's so rewarding to know that I'm helping to instill a love of cooking in the next generation, much the same as a love for art!

I truly believe that cooking is a form of art. Just like painting or sculpting, cooking requires creativity, talent, passion, and devotion. It's not just about following a recipe; it's about infusing your own personal touch and style into each dish you create. Cooking allows me to express myself in a way that's both satisfying and fulfilling. And yummy! 🙂

So, there you go! My life may be hectic, but I wouldn't have it any other way. I love being a teacher, a wife, and a mother, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to share my passion for cooking with others through my website and cooking classes.

How Kitchen Gearoid Came to Life

About 3 years ago my hubby and I moved to our new custom-built house which I had personally designed. As we are both foodies, we had paid particular attention to the kitchen design making sure we understand all the appliances and their placement right so we can allocate enough space. And enough sockets! 🙂

And that is where our research into kitchen appliances began. As we looked at each appliance, we ventured ever deeper into the minute details realizing that everything matters if you want delicious meals.

We had so many questions, unfortunately, there was no central authority where we could have those questions answered. So after countless hours and days of research, we did get to answer all our questions.

And then…we started this site.

Fresh food on the board

What Inspired Us?

We realized that we were not the only ones asking very specific questions regarding the home appliances. There were thousands of others.

Sure there are larger sites that offer single-page buying guides for various appliances, but none goes into their minutest of details. They offer a birds-eye view, we, on the other hand, tend to dissect each and every appliance and offer a microscopic view detailing each and every aspect.

Buying Appliances Can be Tedious!!!

It is not easy to purchase a kitchen appliance particularly when it is your first time buying a particular appliance. Each appliance has its own set of specifications, requirements (kitchen design, circuit etc), and use cases.

And the critical part to note here is that each and every specification of a certain appliance holds value.

The amp rating and its implication on the circuit, the size and the capacity of an appliance, the types of blades in a food processor and the uses of each, the sensors in a microwave and what they entail, the type of heating element in an oven, each and every specification matters.

Take the amp rating, for instance, I can’t tell you how many times I have had to deal with issues of overloading the circuits with clients just because they had too many large appliances connected at once. Pay attention to the ratings!

Similarly, someone had just asked if a trim kit of a certain built-in microwave can be used with another. The simple answer is NO!

The point is that there are a gazillion questions.

While most people just blindly go about purchasing an appliance not paying attention to its particular details, here we tend to break down each and every appliance to its finest details. Why? So that you make delicious dishes like these!

Images of various dishes from my kitchen

Our Goal

If you have followed our text above, you should have a strong idea about our goal with this site by now. But to reiterate here they:

  • Provide the most comprehensive guide for each and every appliance
  • No one-page appliance guide. Afterall, one-page guides cannot do justice to all the intricacies involved with a certain appliance.
  • Answer the nitty-gritty questions covering the minutest of details
  • Help you troubleshoot common appliance issues.
  • Ideas on placement and design. 

Why You Should Trust Us at Kitchen Gearoid

We are committed to our goals and in our efforts to providing comprehensive guides for various home appliances as well as to providing the best product reviews.

You can place your trust in us because: we have spent, and continue to spend, countless hours researching the right answers, products and ideas so that you don’t have to.

Our reviews tend to look at the product from various angles depending upon the demographics and the requirements of the end-user.

We actively look for tough topics and subjects that others avoid – and subsequently provide the answer in a manner that would make our readers more informed customers.

You will notice that we DO NOT generally rank the products here. Why? Well someone with a limited budget would have a different definition of the #1 product as compared to someone with no budget constraints. It is very easy to list the most expensive product as the best product in a given category and be done with it. It is an entirely different story when you are actually trying to gauge the performance/dollar value.

In the end we hope that you will enjoy Kitchen Gearoid and perhaps find it useful. We would like to thank you for visiting our website and also taking your time to read about our website. Now, join us and we'll have a lot of fun and hopefully learn something new together!

Ana Stanar
Kitchen Gearoid
[email protected]