Kitchen & Bath Design News

OCT 2018

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In its 36" induction range, Wolf pairs a powerful induction cooktop with its dual convection oven, which includes 10 automatic cooking modes. The induction cooktop is black ceramic glass and provides a flexible cooking surface that accommodates various pan sizes and dishes. Circle No. 176 on Product Card JennAir's Column refrigerators pro- vide more than 300 customizable combinations. Product highlights include Obsidian interiors, Ecliptic lighting, Trinity cooling, Divinity freezing and progressive smart- home integration. Limited edition burgundy interior Burlesque or Cuts leather Columns are available. Circle No. 175 on Product Card Vinotemp's 41-Bottle Outdoor Wine Cooler is engineered to perform in temperatures as high as 106°F. The unit features ample storage capacity, with adjustable shelving that allows for the proper storage of up to 41 bottles of 750ml Bordeaux-style wine bottles. A 31-degree temperature range pro- vides a customized storage climate. Circle No. 178 on Product Card An extra rack enhances cleaning capabilities in Whirlpool's Smart Energy Star Certified Dishwasher with Third Level Rack. The unit's Sensor cycle detects soils in the load to select the best wash and dry set- tings, and the TotalCoverage spray arm increases cleaning capabilities. Users can also get customized cycles via WiFi. Circle No. 177 on Product Card Hestan's Smart Induction Cooktop features a high-tech surface of Marquise Accented glass and embedded temperature sensors that automatically control cooking temperature. Smart cooking technology includes Bluetooth capability and video-guided recipes from award-winning chefs. Circle No. 180 on Product Card The KOBE Premium IN26 SQB- 1200-1 Series 36" insert range hood is handcrafted of 18-gauge stainless steel with satin finish. It comes with a 1200 CFM internal blower equipped with QuietMode, which operates from 1.6 to 8.0 sones. The hood also features six speeds, a three-minute delay shutoff and ECO Mode technology. Circle No. 179 on Product Card Donning the whimsy of Big Chill's Retro Collection, the Electric Wall Oven can be installed traditionally as a wall style or within kitchen islands for added convenience. The stainless steel body is made com- plete with authentic chrome trim and handles, and is available in nine pastel finishes. Over 200 custom color finishes are also available. Circle No. 182 on Product Card From Windcrest by CNP Industries comes this stainless-steel gas cook- top with sealed dual-port Culinary Precision burners that provide heat outputs ranging from a 140° simmer to a quick-searing 20,000 BTUs. A narrow box depth allows for a utensil drawer or oven underneath, while maximized grate spacing accommo- dates flexible pan use during cooking. Circle No. 181 on Product Card 30" integrated wine storage unit with a refrigerator drawer and freezer drawer. The unit is designed to offer three separate functions all within a 30" footprint." In addition, he says, homeowners are using more than one of the same appliances to serve different purposes – such as incorporat- ing an undercounter refrigerator drawer into the kitchen design to keep snacks in easy reach for children. Manufacturers see demand for both appliances that can take on many tasks, and those that serve a single function. "With the upward trend of technology in the home, it's no surprise we are also seeing a demand for appliances that provide multi-use functions, in addition to healthier, more versatile cooking options," says Prescher. "Consumers are looking for versatility and innovation in their appli- ances, and they're willing to pay a premium for it," notes Carr. "Multi- functional appliances are important, but these functions have to be things consumers will actually use on a daily basis, or they don't see the value in paying that higher price. In many luxury high-end kitchens, more than one refrigerator and dishwasher continues to be a trend." Haber adds, "More and more consumers are looking for appliances that multi-task – rather than sacrificing valuable cabinet space for multi- ple units that each perform one function. Homes are not getting larger and space is still at a premium in the kitchen. If a consumer buys a range design combinations, as well as interest in incorporating additional ame- nities, such as warming drawers." Carr agrees that the ability to customize the kitchen is a big driver when it comes to choosing appliances. "Personalization is key. Whether it's a custom color finish that makes a bold color statement, or concealed elements that blend into a sleek, minimalist design aesthetic, consumers want options to fit their preferences." "Increasingly, we are seeing people mixing and matching appliances to create an experience that fits their specific needs and lifestyle," says Muraro Gust. "For example, our customers are adding multiple points of refrigeration in the kitchen to keep perishable food and beverages where it's most convenient for them. A column refrigerator may act as the main food preservation center, while a dedicated undercounter refrigerator offers storage for catering trays; refrigerator drawers keep ingredients at the ready in the prep area, and a beverage center keeps wine, bottled and canned beverages out of the working area of the kitchen for easy, conve- nient access." Sweet says that while traditional standalone appliances continue to play a strong role in the kitchen, their form and function continue to evolve. "Homeowners are looking for appliances that offer a wide range of applications, from preservation to different cooking methods. We're seeing interest in multi-functional products like Sub-Zero's new October 2018 • 71

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