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Kitchen Cook and Clean Appliances

A closer look at a handful of 2012’s great kitchen appliances

By Hilary Daninhirsch

The rest of the world has gone high-tech—why not your kitchen? Today’s homeowners have a myriad of new and intuitive options to propel their kitchen appliances into the next generation of technology. Funky design, advanced function and energy efficiency are at the forefront. Whether it’s a dishwasher that is as silent as the night, a refrigerator that chills your drink in minutes or a stovetop that practically doubles as a personal chef, you can find it here. Whether your kitchen is your comfort zone or whether you want to minimize the time you spend there, these technologically advanced products from some of the world’s finest appliance manufacturers will make your life easier.

Dishwashers keep it clean

Bosch: Touting itself as the quietest brand of dishwasher in North America, the Bosch dishwasher sports sleek design and built-in hidden controls for a custom look; some feature recessed handles, others, a bar handle. Bosch received the Energy Star award this year for Sustained Excellence, reflecting its commitment to efficiency and green technology, including its optimum wash sensor and a concealed heating element. With such a large capacity, you can hold a dinner party for 14 and still fit all the dishes into one load.

Fisher & Paykel: Fisher & Paykel’s revolutionary Double Dish Drawer features a one touch operation, separate drawers, and allows for independent wash loads and multiple cycles. Additional features include a selection of water pressure variants with precise water temperature settings and a flow-through detergent dispenser.

GE: Though they offer a large variety of design and color choices, technology and energy efficiency are staples of a GE dishwasher. Some of GE’s dishwasher technologies include: Smart Dispense, which automatically dispenses the correct amount of detergent, the Angled Rack Dry System, which angles glasses at the right degree for easier water run-off, and the Single Rack Wash Selection, which allows you to run just the top rack to save water and energy.

Refrigerators keep it cool

Sub-Zero: The Pro 48 from this industry darling and pioneer of dual refrigeration helps consumers keep food fresher, longer. Says Michele Bedard, vice president of marketing, “All Sub-Zero PRO 48 models meet rigorous Department of Energy standards for residential use, consuming less energy than a 100-watt light bulb over the course of a year.” Bedard points out other features that make it stand out, such as full extension drawers, interchangeable refrigerator drawer dividers, and a pair of two-gallon stainless steel washable and oven-safe bins that fit under any refrigerator shelf to store smaller items. She added, “The PRO 48 contains two compressors that help maintain proper air conditions and prevent odor transfer between the refrigerator and freezer sections.”

Liebherr: German manufacturer Liebherr produces built-in, freestanding and fully integrated refrigerators. Some features of Liebherr fridges include: separate cooling circuits, reversible doors, LED lighting, a large storage capacity, a touch control system behind the door, BioFresh drawers on telescopic rails and a self-closing mechanism on freezer drawers.

LG: A refrigerator should have a high IQ, right? For 2012, LG has updated its line of Smart ThinQ appliances. The new LG Smart Refrigerator hooks up to your home network and communicates with your mobile devices and television for a total food management system. For example, LG’s Smart Manager’s Freshness Tracker will advise you as to when the food in your fridge is about to expire. And if the age-old question “what’s for dinner?” keeps you up at night, the LG technology can actually suggest dinner based on the ingredients on hand. Thirsty for a cold soda or beer? With the Blast Chiller feature, you only have to wait a couple of minutes for your drink to reach “ahhhh” proportions.

Cookware keeps it hot

Wolf: Michele Bedard says that Wolf’s brand new sleek, stainless steel convection steam oven is 25% larger than others of its kind in the market. “The external boiler heats water quickly and efficiently and can be refilled without interrupting the cooking process. The oven’s perfected precision technology senses the proper timing and allocation of steam, consistently creating ideal cooking environments for a broad range of foods and recipes.” And busy moms will appreciate the ability to decrease cooking time by up to 25%: “The Wolf Gourmet feature properly adjusts the time and temperature based on the amount and size of the food being prepared.”

Whirlpool: One of the largest capacity ovens on the market, the Aqualift Stove features an odor-free self-cleaning system, a temperature management system, and a timesaver convection cooking system.

Thermador: Techies, meet Thermador’s Freedom Induction Cooktop, which won accolades for its innovative full-surface induction stove. There are no traditional burners, so the touch-screen interface senses a pot’s shape and position as well as controls timing and intensity. Electromagnets are the technology behind induction cooking, and this cooktop uses 48 heating elements equipped with sensors

Bertazzoni: This Italian manufacturer offers numerous choices in cookware, including electric, gas, induction, convection, built-in or freestanding. Its Segmented Cooktop received the Best in Show award at this year’s Kitchen and Bath Industry Show. This unique 36-inch cooktop combines the power of gas, electric griddle and induction cooking in one package.

Miele: Gourmet cooks, and even not-so-gourmet cooks, will salivate over Miele’s innovative convection steam oven, available in a classic or Europa design. With over 140 settings, including some pre-programmed options, this oven will inject just the right amount of steam into your meals using the external steam generator. Rather than depleting the health benefits of your food, the steam will ensure that the nutrients, as well as flavor, are cooked right in. There is a built-in option for this oven.


Resources:

Bertazzoni Bertazzoni.com
Bosch Bosch-home.com
Fisher & Paykel Fisherpaykel.com
GE Geappliances.com
LG lg.com
Liebherr Liebherr-appliances.com
Miele Mieleusa.com
Sub-Zero and Wolf Subzero-wolf.com
Thermador Thermador.com
Whirlpool Whirlpool.com


Available locally at:

The Appliance Loft Theapplianceloft.com
Custom Distributors Customdistributors.com
Hagedorn Appliances Hagedornappliance.com


To see all appliance descriptions and photos, please see the
complete article in the Cincinnati digital edition, pages 40-47.


To see all appliance descriptions and photos, please see the
complete article in the Columbus digital edition, pages 54-61.


 

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