Kitchen & Bath Design News

APR 2019

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Fisher & Paykel's new black built-in 24" ovens feature a full glass front in pure black, and a black anodized aluminum dial, handle and trim. The oven features subtle, layered details, including brush- ing on the handle and control panel. Understated lighting illuminates when the oven is in use. Circle No. 167 on Product Card At 27" wide, the five-burner radiant cook- top from Summit Appliance provides 6600W of cooking capacity in a small counter space. The unit is made in the U.S. with a Schott ceramic glass surface avail- able in black or white, 304 grade stainless steel trim and E.G.O. burners, including a large 8" 1800W center element. Circle No. 168 on Product Card The single 30" wall oven from Elec- trolux features a 5.1-cu.-ft. capacity and includes Perfect Taste Advanced Con- vection, Air Sous Vide Setting and the Perfect Taste Temp Probe. No preheat is necessary, as the unit comes with IQ- Touch Controls that display all cooking modes at the touch of a button. Circle No. 169 on Product Card Sharp's new, built-in single electric wall oven showcases a sleek, edge-to-edge black glass and stainless steel design for a contemporary style. The oven boasts glass touch controls, large LCD display, interior halogen lighting and true European Convection for even cooking. Circle No. 170 on Product Card The Viking Virtuoso line from Viking Range includes transitionally designed appliances with stainless accent panels and stainless tubular handles for a clean look. Single and double electric built-in ovens feature digital touch controls, and can be installed flush to cabinets. Circle No. 171 on Product Card Signature Kitchen Suite delivers a 48" Dual-Fuel Pro Range with Sous Vide, with induction and gas. The range features four burners, as well as built-in sous vide and two-zone induction. Its 18" oven combines steam and convec- tion cooking, while the 30" oven fea- tures ProHeat convection technology. Circle No. 172 on Product Card Thermador's Pro Grand range has ex- panded options for its 30", 36", 48" and 60" sizes. The range combines Pedestal Star Burners with a griddle, grill or the new Liberty Induction Module, which features HeatShift technology that automatically adjusts the heat when a pot is moved. Circle No. 173 on Product Card Selected induction cooktops from Bosch now include the company's Home Connect, which allows users to sync their cooktop with the hood for automatic deployment when the cook- top is on. The app allows users to check if their cooktop is still on, and receive notifications when their meal is ready. Circle No. 174 on Product Card been standalone appliances into the range. "Launching in May of 2019, Frigidaire has taken one of the hottest trends in cooking and integrated it into its new Frigidaire Gallery Front Control Ranges. These ranges are the first on the market to include Air Fry – at the touch of a button," says Natalie Walsh, senior brand and product marketing manager for Electrolux Major Appliances North America based in Augusta, GA. CONNECTED IN THE KITCHEN Manufacturers say that technology, particularly the rise in connectivity, is increasingly important in cooking appliances just as with other facets of modern life. "Smart appliances have been steadily infiltrating the market over the past few years, with new technology, smartphone apps and Wi-Fi connec- tivity," Sandoval says. "As kitchens continue to evolve, connectivity in the kitchen is becoming more prevalent." Prescher agrees: "The connected home is continuing to emerge at the forefront of the home appliance industry. As such, the demand for cook- ing appliances that not only feature sleek and timeless design, but also offer efficient, convenient and easy-to-use operation is stronger than ever." Geoff Mitchell, senior product manager, North America at Fisher & Paykel says one of the noticeable trends at KBIS this year was appli- ances with apparent technological features. "The show allowed us to RISING TECHNIQUES While many options are available, there seems to be a growing demand for induction as well as cooking methods that make meal preparation healthier. "One type of technology that is continuing to increase in popularity is that of induction cooking. With faster and more precise heating, unpar- alleled power and standout simmering results, induction cooking is a method we can expect will continue to trend upward," says Sandoval. Sweet also sees a lot of excitement around induction, and expects in- duction to continue trending as homeowners gain a better understanding of the technology and how it works. Rockstroh says, "Induction continues to gain mindshare as well, and we expect it will become mainstream in the near future." He adds that people are beginning to explore steam cooking as well, which helps maintain nutritional value while sealing in flavor, but notes that it's not yet a top choice. Busy lives and a desire for healthier preparations also impact cooking methods. "People are creating kitchen environments that inspire them to make healthy, gourmet-style meals, but [they don't] always have a lot of time," says LaRon Doucet, national training manager for Fisher & Paykel based in Costa Mesa, CA. This desire for healthier meal preparation has inspired innovation in products, sometimes incorporating elements that have primarily 46 Kitchen & Bath Design News • April 2019 PRODUCT TREND REPORT

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