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OCT 2018

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The NXR Duro Corp. Entrée is a 48" Pro-Style stainless steel six-burner gas range with 7.2 cu. ft. convection oven and griddle. The range showcases single-stack burn- ers made in Germany, including high power 18,000 BTU and low power 6,000 BTU burners. Circle No. 168 on Product Card The Antiques appliance line from Elmira Stove Works borrows de- sign cues from 1850, but includes leading technology, performance and convenience. Product offer- ings include ranges, refrigerators, wall ovens, microwaves and dishwasher panels. Extensive color offerings are available for a custom look. Circle No. 167 on Product Card Scotsman Ice Systems provides ice machines for indoor and outdoor settings. The residential models are 15", and include the Brilliance Gourmet Cuber and the Brilliance Nugget Ice Machine. The Gourmet Cuber produces ice that prevents clumping and melts slowly, while the Nugget Ice Machine yields soft, compacted ice in nugget form. Circle No. 170 on Product Card Part of the Modernist Collection from Dacor, the 48" Gas Rangetop is offered in stainless steel and the new Graphite Stainless Steel. The cooktop features six dual-stacked sealed burners and electric griddle – including a 22,000 BTU burner and true simmer burners – along with continuous grates, Illumina knobs and ambient light. Circle No. 169 on Product Card Fisher & Paykel Built-in Ovens are designed for a range of cooking styles, and offer generous capacity, high performance and a full range of functions. The 30" oven comes in three single and two double models, with 4.1-cu.-ft. total capacity in each oven. The ovens offer from 9 to 11 functions, plus a self-cleaning mode and a catalytic smoke eliminator. Circle No. 172 on Product Card European designer pendant range hoods fashioned from ceramic are now available from Streamline Hoods. The hoods – available in a hand-painted version or in solid col- ors of white, black, copper or gold – include 400-650 CFM motors operated with a remote control. A round 20-watt LED illuminates the cooking surface. Circle No. 171 on Product Card Best's Potenza range hood show- cases a flush, built-in design that includes an integral liner to protect cabinets. It is powered by the iQ Blower System with GPS Technol- ogy, and the Heat Sentry detects excessive heat and adjusts blower speed. The Potenza SP5 Series offers hoods in a selection of widths and two depths. Circle No. 174 on Product Card Smeg's Built-in Steam Combination Oven sports True European Con- vection combinable with the steam oven, along with 10 cooking modes. Aesthetically, the oven includes a fingerprint-proof stainless steel finish, ergonomic control knobs, stainless steel cavity and a digital LED display. Steam stops when the oven door is open. Circle No. 173 on Product Card Sandoval, on the other hand, notes, "Smart appliances have been steadily infiltrating the market over the past few years, with new tech- nology, smartphone apps and WiFi connectivity. As kitchens continue to evolve, connectivity in the kitchen is becoming more prevalent." Prescher sees the connected home continuing to emerge at the fore- front of the home appliance industry. "At Bosch, we believe a connected home should not only enhance consumers' quality of life, but do so via easy-to-use, streamlined technology," she says. Haber, however, notes that EuroChef is updating the interiors of its ranges to make them larger and more energy efficient, rather than focusing on connectivity. "While these new technologies aren't as sexy as 'smart' or 'connected' technologies, the reality on the sales floor is size, savings and performance. No one is really asking to turn on their ranges from another room through an app. Customers are looking for simplicity in a cooking appliance – a break from technology." PERSONAL ARRANGEMENT With the plethora of appliance options available, consumers have more op- portunities to enjoy a kitchen that reflects their own personalities and needs. Jeannine Washkuhn, Wolf product marketing manager for Sub-Zero Group, Inc. says, "Homeowners are personalizing their appliances to give them exactly the solutions they desire. We're seeing custom size and cooking. With faster and more precise heating, unparalleled power and standout simmering results, induction cooking is a method we can expect will continue to trend upward." SMART CONNECTIONS In this age of internet and connectivity, it's no wonder that smart technology is finding its way into the kitchen – and into appliances. Manufacturers say that while there is interest in connected appliances, consumers also want to be sure there's real value in these features. "On the technology side, we continue to hear an interest in and curi- osity about how appliances might integrate with something like a smart home speaker," says Shead. "However, our customers still want to know first and foremost that they're not adding something to a major home appliance that will either break or become outdated. When they hope for 20 years of reliability from something like a True Refrigerator, the last thing they want is a screen or gimmick that will be completely outdated in three years." While smart integration may be a future demand rather than a curi- osity, Shead says they have not yet seen it reach that tipping point. "We're currently hearing more backlash against some of the poorly executed ex- amples of technology integration from some of the first entrants to smart appliances," he adds. 70 Kitchen & Bath Design News • October 2018 PRODUCT TREND REPORT

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