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OCT 2018

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The 36" French Door Built-In Refrigera- tor from BlueStar offers a large capac- ity in a smaller space. Features include a stainless steel interior, fully extending bottom shelf and extra-large, fully extending drawers with soft, self-close glides. More than 750 color choices, including Spelt, shown, are available. Circle No. 159 on Product Card The Vario 400 cooling series from Gaggenau is a modular system with re- frigerators, freezers and wine storage. The push-to-open design allows for a handleless aesthetic, paired with a dark anthracite anodized aluminum finish. A stainless steel, fully cladded interior is complemented by glass shelves. Circle No. 160 on Product Card The 7 Series built-in refrigeration line from Viking Range comes equipped with BlueZone Fresh Preservation Technology, which purifies the air inside the refrigerator. The units include the ProChill Temperature Management System, Spillproof Plus Shelves and Bluetooth connectivity. Circle No. 161 on Product Card Perlick's 24" column refrigerator is the centerpiece of its line of full-size, luxury residential appliances. The refrigerator features dual-chamber air filtration, humidity control, full-extension drawer bins and a proprietary preservation system, QuatroCool, that offers four separate zones of precision cooling. Circle No. 162 on Product Card RangeCraft Manufacturing's Standard Line of range hoods can be made to order in any metal combination, with powder coating in any color. The num- ber of bands, fan CFM strength, height of the trim and placement of rivets and buttons remains constant, in sizes 30", 36", 42", 48", 52" and 60". Circle No. 163 on Product Card Beko cooktops include gas with front knob control with illumination, auto-re- ignition and cast-iron pan support, and electric with front-touch control, radiant cooking zone and touch slider control. Induction cooktops feature front-touch control, LED display with slide control and nine cooking levels. Circle No. 164 on Product Card Sub-Zero/Wolf has launched the Cove connected dishwasher, which provides luxury performance in cleanliness, loading flexibility, drying quality and noise. Forty-three jets, three spray arms, a four-stage water filtration system and cycle options are included for cleaning. Circle No. 165 on Product Card The Epicurean Chimney Hood from Castlewood – made from hardwoods of alder, cherry, maple and red oak – fea- tures a sleek contoured design. The hood features a standard height of 42-½", and is available in widths from 36" to 54". Optional increased depths are available to accommodate larger ventilation units. Circle No. 166 on Product Card end of the market, larger wine refrigerators are allowing customers to skip the dedicated wine cellar and integrate their wine storage into more functional areas of the house," he says. Performance is key in appliance features, manufacturers agree. "Bells and whistles are not as important as the overall look and performance. Burners that go high and low and are sealed for easy cleaning are just some of the features that are still most requested," notes Melissa Haber, v.p. for EuroChef Appliances in Edgewood, NY. "Consumers are looking for cooking appliances that offer meaningful innovations, add true value to the home and simplify daily life through convenient and easy-to-use operation," states Anja Prescher, director of Brand Marketing for Bosch at BSH Appliances in Irvine, CA. "Appliance manufacturers are developing more innovative technolo- gies than ever before," adds Muraro Gust. At Perlick, she explains, that means developing technologies that enhance the performance of the appliances. "With consumers continuing to focus on farm-to-table fresh, the traditional 'cold' refrigerator won't cut it – preservation goes far beyond just temperature. Maintaining air quality, humidity control and customized conditions based on the type of food all play an important role in precise preservation of fresh ingredients. Perlick's new technologies incorporate those components to provide measurable performance that adds real value to our customers." Ellen Carr, director of marketing at Hestan Commercial Corp. in Anaheim, CA says innovative appliances that work smarter and more efficiently are important to consumers who are investing a sizable amount of money in their kitchens. "They want something easy to use that makes life simple, but they also want the ability to show off high-performance burners or a super-low simmer when the time calls for it," she adds. "Products that allow this level of customization, whether it's 11 different oven modes or the ability to transform the bottom drawer of a refrigerator to either freeze or refrigerate, are growing in demand." Features that help people manage their busy lives are also popular, Sappok adds. "People – now more than ever – live busier lives. They have been asking for more assistance in preparing meals. Therefore, technol- ogy has increased to offer the consumer more assistance in preparing healthy food options for an individual or family." According to Beatriz Sandoval, director of Brand Marketing for Thermador at BSH Appliances, "Consumers are looking for cooking appliances that are more responsive, flexible, intuitive to use and that produce chef-quality cooking results. As the Thermador consumer is especially ambitious both outside of and in the kitchen, our consumers are also looking for cooking appliances that allow for more space and flex- ibility in placing larger cookware on the surface. To that end, one type of technology that is continuing to increase in popularity is that of induction October 2018 • 69

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