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APR 2019

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The NXR Duro Corp. Entrée is a 48" Pro-Style stainless steel six-burner gas range with a 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. 176 on Product Card The 48" Dual Fuel range from the Por- tofino series by SMEG comes with five sealed burners and electric griddle. It also features dual ovens, including a 4.5-cu.-ft. primary oven capacity and a 1.45-cu.-ft. secondary oven, true European triple convection, Even Clean Enamel, air-cooled triple-glazed removable door and 10 cooking modes including Pizza Function. Circle No. 175 on Product Card Caliber Appliances presents its new line of 72" Ultra-Customizable Indoor Professional Ranges, which includes a patent-pending 23,000 BTU solid brass CR6 open-top burner with Insta-Low setting. The range is completely customizable in color and trim finishes, including wood handles, designer colors and personalized trim upgrades. Circle No. 178 on Product Card Five burners and a removable griddle sit atop this 36" gas cooktop from KitchenAid. The cooktop includes a 20,000 BTU Professional Dual Ring Burner, and the Even- Heat Torch Burner provides even coverage to ensure proper heating without scorching, notes the firm. The scratch-resistant CookShield Finish helps protect against stains. Circle No. 177 on Product Card GE's 5-in-1 Wall Ovens unite con- vection cooking, warming/proofing oven, microwave, speed-cooking oven with Advantium Technology and toaster oven in a single 30" unit. Currently available in the compa- ny's Café line, the models are Wi- Fi-enabled and feature 7" full-color LCB touchscreen displays, European convection and steam cleaning. Circle No. 180 on Product Card The Pitt cooking assortment is com- posed from three different burners: a small burner, a medium burner and a combined wok/simmer burner (operated by one knob). The burner elements are made of heavy brass, and all have flame protection and automatic spark ignition. Circle No. 179 on Product Card The new full-surface induction cooktops from Gaggenau feature closely spaced micro-inductors that transform the entire cooktop into one large cooking area. Up to six pans can fit on the 36" version, and five pans on the 30" cooktop. The unit provides 17 heat levels, and is equipped with Home Connect for smart operation. Circle No. 182 on Product Card Thor Kitchen has debuted its pro-style Black Stainless Steel Kitchen Suite, which includes the 30" Professional Gas Range. The range includes a convection oven, heavy-duty continuous cast-iron cooking grates, four burners and a blue porcelain oven interior. The black stainless steel provides a sleek, modern and industrial look. Circle No. 181 on Product Card than ever. Whether a new take on a tried-and-true favorite, such as black stainless finishes, or a pop of intense color, new options emerge all the time. "Traditional stainless steel continues to dominate dealer showrooms and sales, but more colors are definitely appearing from more manufac- turers," says Dowling. "The colors range from subdued darker shades and pastels, to bright bold tones like Candy Red, Tropical Blue and Robin's Egg Blue." Elmira is receiving more calls for custom colors, he says, and has expanded its offering to the full range of 1064 automotive tones offered by Axalta coatings. "In the premium segment, we have seen the color trend grow each year," Larkin adds. "Even if consumers don't want to commit to a full colored kitchen, many are going with color for the heart of the kitchen – the range – a fun place to make a bold statement." Orange, red and blue finishes have been the most popular for Hestan, he adds. "Dramatic custom hoods are also a popular way to customize the cooking area and make it a focal point." "While kitchen design in general varies from a sleek, modern aesthetic to more traditional styles, stainless steel remains a highly popular finish for cooking appliances," Sandoval states. "In addition to stainless steel, metallic glass – with gray or silver finishes – and vibrant color displays are showing up more frequently in the latest cooking appliance innovations. demonstrate the functions, features and technologies for many of our next generation products," he maintains, including a smart new interface with capabilities to provide a guided cooking experience via automated functions and a library of recipes. Although Dowling agrees that smart appliances are a big trend, he's not sure consumers are really looking for this feature. "Do consumers really care if they can connect by Bluetooth so they can change their appliance settings without getting up from their favorite show? Do they want a fridge that can keep track of inventory and create a shopping list? Probably not, but if they do, it's available. They should keep in mind that the more technology they have, the more things they have to break down," he says. Larkin sees smart technology with Wi-Fi enabled products continuing to gain momentum in 2019, such as smart cooktops and tabletop guided technologies. But simply offering connectivity isn't enough. "Consumers want real technology they can use vs. gimmicks, and technology without support won't work," Larkin believes. COLOR CREEPS IN Stainless steel will always be in style, and many designers and consumers naturally gravitate toward the timeless finish. That said, manufacturers agree that color is beginning to show up in more lines 48 Kitchen & Bath Design News • April 2019 PRODUCT TREND REPORT

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