By Robyn A. Friedman
City & Shore HOME issue
What’s in your kitchen?
The National Association of Home Builders recently looked into the preferences of today’s new-home buyers. It found that with respect to kitchens, the top five most-wanted features are a double sink, a walk-in pantry, table space for eating, a central island and drinking water filtration, all deemed to be essential or desirable by over 75 percent of today’s home buyers.
But what about appliances? Buyers – especially luxury homebuyers – want appliances that are more than functional. They want the latest, state-of-the-art, cool appliances sure to make their friends and neighbors envious.
“Luxury buyers want top-of-the-line everything to set their homes apart and stand out,” says Angel Nicolas, a real estate agent with Compass Florida in Coconut Grove. “These next-level appliances are showpieces that add an extra wow-factor, especially when entertaining.”
According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, 2022 brought several new design trends in kitchen appliances. Millennials in particular desire touchless fixtures, easy-to-clean surfaces and appliances that are app-controlled and allow for healthy cooking. Large convection ovens in contemporary styles that are combined with a microwave and either a gas or induction cooktop are also forecast to be popular over the next three years.
Here are five of the coolest appliances introduced this year at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, recently held in Orlando; and the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Samsung Bespoke French Door Refrigerators (main photo, courtesy)
Following the 2021 launch of Bespoke in the United States with the four-door Flex refrigerator, Samsung expanded its Bespoke kitchen lineup. This year, Bespoke customization is available in Samsung’s most popular refrigerator model, the French Door, in three- and four-door configurations. These fridges are available in 12 colors and two finishes (glass and metallic) and offer some of the most innovative features to date, including a beverage center, auto-fill water pitcher and dual icemaker. Pricing not available at press time; samsung.com.
Gaggenau 400 Series Combi-Steam Oven
A multi-function oven that combines the power and performance of a convection oven with a steam oven, this appliance, which was once only found in professional kitchens, allows home chefs to cook with varying humidity levels and temperatures. The Combi-Steam Oven is also high-tech, so owners can remotely connect and control the oven from a mobile device. And, to aid a home chef in mastering the capabilities of the Combi-Steam Oven, automatic chef assistance programs have been integrated into the appliance to provide step-by-step instructions for cooking everything from fish and vegetables to proofing bread dough. MSRP for the 24-inch Combi-Steam Oven is $9,899; gaggenau.com.
GE Profile Trattoria Pizza Oven
This oven was designed by GE to deliver restaurant-quality pizza at home. It heats twice as fast as a pizza steel, giving consumers pizza in half the time. The oven features a built-in rapid crisping plate and a broil amplifier capable of creating temperatures up to 550 degrees for a charred pizza crust in minutes. The oven also has different bake modes, including Artisan, New York, Frozen and Pan varieties. Suggested retail price is $2,999; geappliances.com.
LG InstaView Double Oven Range with Air Fry and Air Sous Vide
This range offers multifunctional cooking, with features like ProBake Convection, Air Fry and Air Sous Vide to help home cooks elevate their skills. LG’s InstaView technology allows cooks to see inside the oven by simply knocking twice (really!) on the glass door, which illuminates the interior without the need to open the door and let hot air escape. Convection provides shorter cooking times and is also the key ingredient in the oven’s Air Fry and Air Sous Vide modes. Available in August, the price for the gas oven is $3,199 and for the electric, $2,999; lg.com.
Miele Generation 7000 Combi-Steam Oven
Clearly, combi-steam ovens are all the rage this year. In fact, this oven by the German appliance manufacturer received the “Best of KBIS” Best in Show Award at the 2022 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show. The award-winning Generation 7000 ArtLine 30-inch Combi-Steam Oven showcases the brand’s graphite gray design and uses steam to seal in flavor and nutrients quickly while maintaining a uniform temperature and humidity throughout the oven. These ovens range from $4,099 to $7,099 and will be available nationwide starting in the second quarter of 2022; mieleusa.com.