Kitchen & Bath Design News

OCT 2013

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Product Trend Report The dual-fuel Connoisseurian range from Capital Cooking Equipment, shown here in ruby red, ofers a choice of burner styles – open or sealed burner – and confgurations – with grill or griddle. Features include moist cooking and rotisserie. Circle No. 201 on Product Card Bertazzoni's new Professional Series 30" Single Stainless Steel Oven, part of the company's XV line of built-in ovens, features a dual diagonal convection system, fush stainless steel front, nine cooking modes and four heating elements. Easy-to-use control knobs operate digitally and set the cooking functions through the microprocessor, featuring 'Bertazzoni Assistant' manage-and-memory functions. The energy-conscious performance is enhanced by advanced insulating materials and doors with quadruple-glass insulation. Soft-motion door hinges keep the door open in any position. Circle No. 202 on Product Card The Best Sorpresa Cirrus is a ceiling-recessed range hood designed to allow for unobstructed views of the living space. The Cirrus now features the Best iQ Blower System, which is up to two times quieter, removes smoke and odors faster and is more energy efcient, according to the company. The hood also features a perimeter aspiration flter design that is easy to clean, and six energyefcient LED lamps. Circle No. 203 on Product Card The new line of Verona Electric Wall Ovens, available from EuroChef USA, includes a 30" self-cleaning option that features two European convection fans and a six-minute pre-heat. Other highlights include 12 cooking functions, electronic controls and telescopic oven racks. Other new additions include a 30" double oven, a 30"x24" option and 110V 24" and 30" wall ovens. Circle No. 208 on Product Card The Inca Pro Plus from Faber Range Hoods is a professional liner and hood with stainless steel design, dishwasher-safe bafe flters and two-level halogen lighting. Available in 36", 42" and 48" widths and 19" or 22" depths, the hood fts many designs. Blowers are ofered with 600 or 1200 CFM. Circle No. 209 on Product Card Steigmiller. "Consumers recognize that proper food storage can help preserve food quality, including nutrients, favor and texture." Liebherr's BioFresh drawers ofer long-term storage up to three times longer than a traditional refrigerator, he says. Henry says that convection is becoming the standard in most American ovens, and with the movement toward buying fresh and local, he believes the next big change will be an embracing of steam cooking. Elkin says that the popularity of steam cooking continues to grow as home cooks realize the health benefts, improved favor, look and texture of the food. Thermador ofers three steam oven products that combine the benefts of steam with the power of convection, he says. Crump has also seen a growing interest in the combination oven, which adds steam cooking to an oven or microwave. She attributes this to healthier eating considerations, and adds that, in the ultrapremium appliance category, customers are willing to spend more on their appliances, and are more aware of the various upgrades available. As the economy continues to rebound, kitchen remodels are once again on the rise. There has been a pent-up demand for kitchen renovations and appliance upgrades, say manufacturers, and consumers are ready to move forward. "Homeowners have been in a holding pattern for several years now and have decided to move forward with updating their kitchens. As the economy continues to improve we will see more consumers more willing to open their wallets," adds Ryan. Panus agrees. "Many customers who put projects on hold during the last several years have moved ahead with the improving economy," she says. "Although the housing market has improved somewhat, many customers have decided to stay in their existing homes and now want to dramatically improve their kitchens," she adds. Haber agrees, stating that they are seeing consumers splurge on appliances as well as doing full kitchen renovations rather than simple appliance replacements. "This all means that consumers are upgrading their appliances to bigger sizes, better quality and higher performance," she notes. "We are also seeing more upgrades in color and trim fnishes, handle upgrades, as well as interior oven upgrades such as glide racks and self-cleaning cavities," she states. Though appliance upgrades are on the rise, that doesn't mean consumers are buying blindly. They are still looking for high-quality products and good value, manufacturers say. "In today's economy, consumers are seeking quality and durabilit y more t ha n ever before," concludes Bedard. "Consumers invest in our products because they are getting a highquality product that will last for decades." Bosch has redesigned its dishwasher platform to meet the needs of the American market – with more capacity, more design options and more cycles. A V-shaped third rack adds The new Induction Free Standing Range from Electrolux Home Products features an induction cooktop and convection oven. The cooktop can boil water in APPLIANCE UPGRADES Liebherr's HCB 2060 refrigerator/freezer is available fully integrated and concealed behind cabinetry or in stainless steel. The 36" unit ofers almost 20 cu. ft. of capacity, and an interior with the company's patented BioFresh technology, which features separate compartments where temperatures are just above freezing – keeping fruits, vegetables, fsh and meats at optimum humidity levels. Circle No. 204 on Product Card 52 | Kitchen & Bath Design News October 2013 30% more loading area to the company's 800 Plus, as well as its 800 and 500 series dishwashers. The 800 Plus dishwasher now features signifcantly quieter operation at 38 dBA. In addition, the 800 Plus units sport an updated European design, with a full-sized stainless steel tub with larger racks and four handle design options. The dishwashers are ofered in stainless steel, white and black. Circle No. 205 on Product Card The 24" Energy Star Integrated Refrigerator from Fagor America includes template guides and sliding doors for ease of installation and assimilation into most kitchen cabinetry. The unit utilizes No Frost technology that keeps food fresh, in addition to an anti-bacterial cavity to maintain a cleaner food environment. The bottomfreezer appliance features bottle shelves, two bottle holders, adjustable glass shelving and adjustable vegetable drawers. Circle No. 206 on Product Card just 90 seconds using the Power Assist feature, and maintains a cool surface, transferring the heat directly to the cookware. The oven's Perfect Convect3 convection technology produces consistently even results and more baking options via a third convection element, notes the company. The Fresh Clean selfcleaning system cleans the oven with virtually no odor or smoke, the frm adds. Circle No. 207 on Product Card

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