6 Kitchen Appliance Trends for Modern, High-Tech Kitchens
Modern innovations make everyday cooking and cleaning easy, efficient, and even fun. Here are six kitchen appliance trends for modern, high-tech kitchens.
Modern Kitchen Appliances
Modern innovations make everyday cooking and cleaning easier, more efficient, and maybe even a little more fun. I enjoyed researching kitchen appliances -- for this hub, and for my own kitchen.
My husband and I are house hunters who are ready to bid farewell to apartment living. When we find our dream home (or build it), we're likely to buy some new appliances.
Here are six kitchen appliance trends for modern, high-tech kitchens. I've included examples based on product information, best seller data, and customer reviews. Feel free to share your recommendations in the comments section.
1. Your Oven: Cook Up Convenience
With two separate ovens, this appliance lets you cook multiple dishes at different temperatures -- all at the same time. An infrared grill broiler allows you to grill foods year-round, and five radiant cooktops give you an everyday cooking option.
Large enough for family dinners and holiday meals (follow the link above for dimensions), this high-tech kitchen oven features conventional and convection oven settings, digital controls, and fun melodies. A bright blue coating makes the ovens easy to clean, and there are also self-cleaning options.
Customers call this LG double oven a "first rate kitchen must-have." Do you have a double oven in YOUR kitchen? Tell us about it in the comments section.
2. Your Fridge: Maximize Storage Capacity
Maximize the storage capacity in your refrigerator for quick and easy access to foods, beverages, and snacks. The LG French Door Refrigerator (shown here) has an ultra-large capacity of 28 cubic feet.
With Energy Star recognition from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) -- and generous 5-star customer ratings -- this appliance delivers what it promises. Just read the reviews.
From "superior product" and "excellent deal" to "big and quiet" and "love our fridge," customers like this LG model. They say it's the best fit for 24-inch cabinetry, but the appliance comes in other sizes, too.
Some of the high-tech perks include energy efficiency, ice and water dispenser light, a smart cooling system, multi-airflow and temperature sensors, and light-emitting diode (LED) electronic / digital displays.
3. Your Dishwasher: Customize Cleaning
For many people, dishwashers are timesavers. They are less common than other kitchen appliances -- for example, microwave ovens -- but they are still very popular in American homes.
Josephine Cochrane introduced the first mechanical dishwashing machine at the Chicago World's Fair in 1893. As the story goes, the wealthy woman invented it because the servants were chipping her fine china in the sink.
General use dishwashers started appearing in homes during the 1970s. If you're in the market for a new one, consider buying the Bosch Fully Integrated Dishwasher (shown here) with Energy Star recognition.
Size matters, so consider where your dishwasher will live. This best seller is a 24-inch model, but your home may require a more compact, 18-inch appliance.
Bosch is known as the quietest dishwasher brand, and this one has an InfoLight that shines on the floor to remind you that it's running. Easy touch control enables quick cycle programming.
The dishwasher has three height levels, nine potential rack positions, and a third rack for versatility. The Energy Star rating means it's energy-efficient, too.
4. Your Microwave: Optimize Efficiency
Modern microwave ovens prepare foods using electromagnetic radiation. They work quickly and efficiently to heat foods more evenly than other cooking methods.
Percy Spencer, an American inventor and engineer, created the first microwave oven shortly after World War II. It was called a "Radarange" after the radar technology that developed it.
The first home-use microwaves arrived during the mid-1950s, but they were too large and expensive for general use. In 1967, appliance companies introduced counter top microwaves, which were smaller and more affordable.
Today, 90 percent of American homes use microwave ovens to prepare meals or re-heat foods. Microwaves come in all sizes, but the (shown here) is a current best seller. LG Full-Size Microwave with True Cook Plus and EZ Clean Oven
This high-tech appliance "thinks" for you. Just enter the code labeled on your favorite packaged foods, and the machine takes care of the rest.
Sensors detect humidity levels and make the necessary adjustments. A round interior cavity accommodates large cookware on a 16-inch turntable, and the interior coating wipes clean after use.
5. Your Coffee Maker: Keep It Simple
Are you a coffee drinker? You're in good company. More than half of all American adults drink coffee every day, and the average coffee drinker has three cups.
While some people prefer black coffee, 65 percent add cream or sugar to their cups. Specialty beverages are popular, too. In fact, Americans spend $18 billion a year on specialty coffee.
Save time and money by making your coffee at home. High-tech home brewers let you enjoy a fresh cup in about a minute. Most coffee makers brew tea and hot chocolate, too.
The Keurig Home-Brewing System with Water Filter Kit (shown here) is a single-cup brewer that uses patented K-cups or refills. This best seller offers three brew-size options (a five brew-size model is available), and you can adjust the brew temperature.
This appliance has a one-touch, programmable control panel with a digital clock, blue-lit liquid crystal display (LCD), and removable, blue-lit water reservoir. A water filter kit ensures a great-tasting cup every time.
6. Your Air Purifier: Reduce Pollutants and Odors
Eliminate kitchen odors and indoor pollutants with a high-tech air purifier. Some models let you control air quality from an app on your mobile device.
Americans spend 90 percent of their time indoors, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). They spend $250 million a year to clean the air in their homes.
Some air purifiers are ineffective and others cause more harm than good, but the idea of cleaning the air has merit. Indoor air is generally dirtier than outdoor air.
Your home can be a source of many contaminants including dust, mold, bacteria, pet dander, and cigarette smoke toxins. Pollen and other outdoor allergens can blow inside through open windows and doors.
Air purifiers can reduce the level of contaminants in your home. The GermGuardian 3-in-1 Air Cleaning System (shown here) is a best seller. It's available in 22-inch and 28-inch models for small and large room sizes.
High-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filtration captures 99.97 percent of allergens including dust mites, plant pollen, and pet dander. An ultraviolet (UV) light works with the filter to kill airborne bacteria, viruses, and mold spores. Activated carbon reduces household odors from cooking, smoking, and pets. The manufacturer recommends replacing the filter every 6-8 months.
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