Kitchen & Bath Design News

APR 2019

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Dual 20,000 BTU burners sit atop Beko's 30" Pro-style Gas Range, while Surf Con- vection in the oven's cavity uses a heated fan system to distribute heat evenly for fast baking and broiling. Other features include large, illuminated knobs, a cool- touch door, cast-iron continuous grates and a full lower extension telescopic rack. Circle No. 155 on Product Card American Range's Performer Series 36" gas range, available from Almo Pre- mium Appliances, provides precision cooking with six lift-off burners that range from 12,000 to 25,000 BTU. The 5.3-cu.-ft. convection oven with infrared gas broiler includes a convection motor and fan for uniform heat distribution. Circle No. 156 on Product Card Winter Solstice is the second in the Savor the Seasons color collection curated by Eric Cohler for BlueStar ap- pliances. The collection includes Sage (shown), Grape, Cocoa Bean and Ice. The brand also offers more than 750 colors and finishes, metal trim options and customizable cooking surfaces. Circle No. 157 on Product Card Samsung's Chef Collection now includes the 36" Pro Range, which fea- tures cast iron grates and two 22,000 BTU dual-brass power burners. The Pro Range can be paired with the Chef Col- lection hood, which automatically turns on the fan and adjusts speed based on the heat coming from the cook surface. Circle No. 158 on Product Card commercially to be available residentially, like griddles, high-powered woks, French tops, sous vide and more. Consumers want the functionality to cook like their favorite chef. We are seeing more restaurant-style kitchens being designed that really encourage gourmet cooking," Larkin states. While performance is important, style is also a top consideration for cooking appliances. "Homeowners continue to seek a balance between form and function, with appliance power and performance driving func- tionality considerations, while flush and integrated models remain lead- ing style choices," says Michael Rockstroh, spokesperson for Bertazzoni, based in Guastalla, Italy. Other top trends for cooking appliances include products that add convenience and flexibility, a rise in connectivity, more use of color and personalization of both form and function. So say manufacturers recently surveyed by Kitchen & Bath Design News. VERSATILE AND CONVENIENT From induction to steam, convection to grilling, slow cooking to the Instant Pot, there's a method of cooking to suit anyone's lifestyle and preferences. And with so many options out there, designers and homeowners are look- ing for ways to incorporate multiple cooking styles into the kitchen space; this means both selecting appliances that offer many capabilities and find- ing creative ways to incorporate several appliances into the kitchen space. s more and more people tune in to the multitude of cooking shows that have aired in recent years, demand has exploded for appliances that allow them to cook in similar ways. Cooking appliances designed for the home chef must be user friendly and flexible, offering a range of possibilities that suit the user's lifestyle, family needs and personal style. That's a tall order to fill, but manufacturers are rising to the challenge with multi-functional, innovative products that meet any cooking needs. "Consumers are looking for cooking appliances that are more respon- sive, flexible, intuitive to use and that produce chefs' quality cooking re- sults," says Beatriz Sandoval, director of brand marketing for Thermador at BSH Appliances in Irvine, CA. Technology is becoming increasingly important, with demand for fea- tures that increase performance and convenience. "Combining design, func- tionality and innovative technology into appliances that [are] smarter and are more efficient is important to consumers," says Basil E. Larkin, v.p., sales at Anaheim, CA-based Hestan Commercial Corp. "They want to be able to show off high-performance burners coupled with superior design, but they also want something easy to use that makes their life easier and better." Appliances that offer a range of cooking methods, particularly those seen in commercial kitchens, are also in demand. "With all of the expo- sure of celebrity chef shows, consumers are looking for what is offered Cooking appliances for residential use mirror professional capabilities, with innovative options, adaptable functions and the ability to personalize for an individual sense of style. BY ELIZABETH RICHARDS Cooking Like a Pro A 44 Kitchen & Bath Design News • April 2019 PRODUCT TREND REPORT

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