By Rebecca Cahilly-Taranto
City & Shore Magazine
Christina (Chris) Chadwick is the sales manager for Coral Springs Appliance Center, a family-owned and operated company providing high-end kitchen appliances for the past 40 years. She is accustomed to working with design teams and customers on sourcing the perfect appliances for their kitchens. When a customer comes into the showroom, she says, all she needs are the dimensions, their cooking preferences and a budget range.
The days of bulky, stand-alone refrigerators that jut out past the countertop are gone, Chadwick says. Consider a built-in from SubZero, she advises, or a counter-depth refrigerator – you may lose some storage space, but you’ll have a nice flush look.
Most popular? The French door refrigerator with a pull-out freezer drawer on the bottom, offered by most manufacturers such as KitchenAid, GE, Sub-Zero, Thermador.
New and cool? GE offers French door refrigerators equipped with a Keurig K-cup brewing system for enjoying a single-serve coffee right from your refrigerator. Available through the Profile and Café lines.
Depending on your kitchen design, you can choose a wall oven with convection and a separate induction cooktop or a range with a convection oven combined with an induction cooking surface. Convection allows for multiple levels of baking. If space is limited, consider a slide-in range with a lower baking drawer and an over-the-range microwave. Many microwaves now come with a convection component, which allows the unit to act as yet another oven for baking. If Viking’s high-end offerings are over budget, GE’s Café series offers the commercial look without the price tag.
State-of-the-art stuff? Induction cooking. It’s like cooking on gas without having a gas flame, but you do need to have all stainless pots and pans. GE Profile offers one, as does Bosch.
Stainless steel remains the popular choice and Chadwick stresses the importance of fitting your kitchen out with the same brand to maintain a consistent look. She recommends Wolf, Sub-Zero, Miele and Viking on the high end or GE Profile, KitchenAid and Jenn-Air in the mid range. Make sure your brand offers a good warranty and service package, she adds.
Coral Springs Appliance Center: 3500 Coral Ridge Drive, Coral Springs, 954-752-3880, csappliances.com.
Photo: Viking induction cooktop