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APR 2019

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LG Electronics has expanded its portfo- lio of Wi-Fi enabled appliances with its smart combination double wall ovens. The upper LG TurboCook Speed Oven skips preheating with LG Infrared Heat- ing, while the lower LG True Convection Oven delivers precise heat for even cooking, the company notes. Circle No. 159 on Product Card Whirlpool offers its Smart Gas Range, which allows the user to send Yummly Guided Cooking instructions directly to the range. Scan-to-Cook technology enables users to start cooking frozen foods in the oven using a smart device. The range includes a 5.8-cu.-ft. oven and EZ-2-Lift Hinged Cast-iron grates. Circle No. 160 on Product Card The Midcentury Metro collection from Elmira Stove Works brings the styling of the midcentury modern era to the Northstar line of retro appliances. The new ranges are available in all-electric, all-gas or dual-fuel options, in nine colors, along with almost limitless custom colors. Circle No. 161 on Product Card The Model 60-PA(G)-HD hearth oven from Earthstone Ovens features a dual heating system to provide consistent high output production within a small footprint. The oven's interior is a solid refractory cement dome, and tempera- tures of 1,000°F can be achieved. Fuel options include wood and gas. Circle No. 162 on Product Card The 30" Front Control Gas Range, part of the Gallery line from Frigidaire, includes Air Fry. The oven features True Convection for faster, more even cook- ing, as well as a five-burner cooktop with 5,000, 10,000 and 18,000 BTU burners. The range is available in three finishes and in electric and induction. Circle No. 163 on Product Card Perlick's new line of appliances com- bines commercial-grade construction with restaurant-inspired technology. Features of the line include a turntable oven rack, native sous vide cooking mode and 30,000 BTU burners. Du- al-fuel ranges and slide-in gas range- tops are available in 30", 36" and 48". Circle No. 164 on Product Card Superiore's La Cucina Collection includes stainless steel ranges in 30" and 36" sizes, with the option of the classic oven door window or Panorama window. The worktop features five gas burners up to 18,000 BTUs and simmer at 750 BTUs, a gas convection oven with convection fan and infrared broiler. Circle No. 165 on Product Card Dacor's Modernist 36" Gas Pro Range features 116K total BTU cooktop, 18,000 BTU dual infrared broilers, Wi- Fi and a dual 3-Part Convection System. The Chef Mode programs guide the user with settings and recipes, while Bluetooth ConnectOn provides auto- matic ventilation. Circle No. 166 on Product Card "Today's homeowners expect their appliances to provide a flexible cooking experience," says Jeff Sweet, corporate product manager for Sub- Zero Group, Inc. in Madison, WI. "People still value performance and reliability most, but there is no longer a one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to cooking appliances." "Homeowners realize that it's impossible for one appliance to do everything, even though the majority of today's cooking appliances offer anywhere from five to 10 cooking applications," says Rockstroh. When including several appliances throughout the kitchen, he says, design harmony is a primary decision driver. "Coordinating appli- ance handles, interface logic and finishes or grades of stainless steel helps to create a comprehensive kitchen suite and remain relevant at all price points." "Consumers are looking for versatility and innovation in their appli- ances, and they're willing to pay a premium for it," says Larkin. "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." "With consumers leading hectic, busy lives, they have developed a strong appreciation for the details that can enhance their quality of life," adds Anja Prescher, director of brand marketing for Bosch at BSH Appliances. "When it comes to the cooking process, this means appliances that offer meaningful innovations and enable them to easily and efficiently prepare delicious and healthy meals for others." Tony Dowling, v.p., sales & marketing for Elmira Stove Works in Ontario, Canada, says there's a trend toward owning many specific-func- tion appliances including sous vide cookers, high-end beverage makers, pizza ovens, smokers and other specialty appliances for cooking ethnic foods. "We're not a meat-and-potatoes society anymore! We're enjoying a greater diversity of options when we dine out, and then we're bringing those styles of cuisine and cooking back to our own homes," he says. With people's increasingly busy lives, appliances that increase efficien- cy and convenience are in high demand. "People are strapped for time and looking for appliances that can perform multiple functions without compromising performance," Sweet says. Dowling sees trends toward both the "quick and easy" methods and leisurely methods meant to be a social occasion. "The huge success of the Instant Pot attests to the fact that many consumers want the ability to pre- pare a tasty and nutritious meal quickly and easily. At the other end of the spectrum we have 'slow cooking' – not the crock pot/slow cooker type, but the social occasion where friends get together and make the preparation of a larger meal a multi-hour social occasion. We can go from a 20-minute simple meal on a busy week night to a leisurely four-hour multi-course meal on a weekend," he states. April 2019 • 45

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