10. The Refrigerator
This is possibly the most obvious choice, but for good reason. Nineteenth-century iceboxes were effective, but the modern refrigerator enabled households to store larger amounts of food reliably and conveniently for the first time. It was, arguably, the first step toward the modern kitchen. "There's no more important appliance to the household than the refrigerator," Broikos states. In a century of electric gadgets that moved society forward in small steps, the refrigerator represented no less than a leap.
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