Kitchen & Bath Design News

MAR 2017

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The 36" NEXT Dual Fuel range from Tecnogas Superiore freestand- ing unit has Panorama or Classic window, six gas burners with up to 18,000 BTUs and simmer at 750 BTUs, and an electric 6.7-cu.-ft. oven with four convection fans. The Home Chef software system allows users to customize cooking and operate the dual-fuel self-cleaning mode. Circle No. 176 on Product Card Sharp Electronics Marketing Com- pany of America's Black Stainless Steel Microwave Drawer Oven has a black stainless finish and a concealed control panel that opens to 45 degrees. The oven features the Easy Touch Automatic Drawer system, low sides and virtual carousel. There are customizable settings and built-in functions on the 1.2-cu.-ft. oven. Circle No. 179 on Product Card Designed by LG Studio's Artistic Advisor Nate Berkus, LG's new Black Stainless Steel gas slide-in range features a blue enamel inte- rior, SmoothTouch glass controls, metal knobs and a brass burner. With LG's ProBake Convection technology, the range delivers even cooking on every rack, notes the firm. Circle No. 175 on Product Card Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet's Smoker Cabinet has a stainless steel, under-counter cabinet design. The sealed charcoal system and insulated design deliver efficient heat. A single 7 lb. load of charcoal can maintain a 225-degree F smoking temperature for up to 16 hours. The Smoker Cab- inet comes in a freestanding version on wheels, and a built-in version. Circle No. 177 on Product Card Fisher & Paykel Built-in Ovens are designed for a range of cooking styles, and offer generous capacity, high performance and a full range of functions. The 30" oven comes in three single and two double models, with 4.1-cu.-ft. total capacity in each oven. The ovens offer from 9 to 11 functions, plus a self-cleaning mode and a catalytic smoke eliminator. Circle No. 181 on Product Card Dacor's black glass Discovery Touch- Top Induction Cooktop comes in 30" and 36" widths, includes five cooking zones and has a bridge that ties two cooking zones together. In addition to the Power Boost function for rapid boiling, the cooktop also has a pause button that allows users to pause and restart a zone to the power level at which it was operating when paused. Circle No. 180 on Product Card A new Matte collection of eight finishes is available for BlueStar's pro-style ranges, including Light Green, Light Pink, Matte Black, Red Orange, Sapphire Blue, Signal White, Wine Red and Matte Grey (shown). BlueStar offers 750 colors and trims, customizable cooking services, swing and French oven doors, and accesso- ries for personalization. Circle No. 182 on Product Card Big Chill has expanded its Retro line with its 30" induction cooktop fashioned from black ceramic glass. Offered in a choice of eight standard trim colors and 200 custom colors, the cooktop comes with nine heat- ing levels and large, 9" induction elements that provide up to 3,700 W of cooking power per zone. Circle No. 178 on Product Card Manufacturers are seeing a rise in the desire for connected cooking applianc- es that allow for some freedom from the kitchen. "Connected appliances allow home cooks to be aware of what is hap- pening inside the oven. This allows the home chef to have better results and more control, and enhances the overall cooking process," says Tyler. Halford believes a driving factor is the number of older millennials who are reaching their peak home-buying years. "These first-time home buyers have an interest in connected cooking appliances that offer the choice and convenience they're accustomed to as well as beautiful design," he notes. And manufacturers believe that the incorporation of smart technology into cooking appliances will continue to gain traction as long as it adds real value to the product in practical ways. "In order to create a single, holistic ecosystem of food preparation and storage, consumers want appliances that feature meaningful connectivi- ty – technologically advanced options between various cooking appliances that complement one another and sync with the owner's personal mobile devices," Nichols maintains. "With so much attention being paid to cooking apps, it will be important for appliance manufacturers to take advantage of new functionality that enhances the cooking experience and doesn't detract from it," he adds. "Beyond technologies like induction and steam cooking, the emergence of connectivity is a key advancement impacting cooking," Prescher concludes. ▪ method, and, with an increased awareness of healthy cooking, steam cooking is also becoming more prominent. "Steam offers more flavor, better texture and is a healthier style of cooking as food is prepared and flavored in its own natural juices rather than with additives such as oil or butter, also retaining more nutrients. Meanwhile, induction offers incredible innovation, performance and pow- er," Sandoval notes. "There is more awareness now about induction in the U.S. market. The technology is really taking off," states Haber. "Induction is not a new technol- ogy, but we can't forget it's new to many who are renovating now and are just learning about it. It's more affordable and more mainstream," she adds. "Induction cooking is an example of a technology that is simplifying consumers' lives in the kitchen," says Prescher. "Induction is an extremely energy-efficient cooking method, as no heat is wasted because energy is supplied directly to the cooking vessel," he states. A number of reasons account for the growth of the steam segment. "Steam cooking is also a growing trend because it allows food to be cooked quickly and kept warm until it's time to serve," Nichols points out. MAKING CONNECTIONS It's impossible to escape the demand for constant connection throughout the home, and it stands to reason that this would carry over into appliances. 56 Kitchen & Bath Design News • March 2017 PRODUCT TREND REPORT

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