Kitchen technology is changing the way we approach design for the contemporary family and homeowner. Smart kitchens are lifestyle sensitive with appliances designed around the homeowners everyday living. To qualify for my list, the best appliances are user friendly and easy to understand, have energy saving features with the option to personalize, incorporate design trends that cater to current lifestyles and posses ageless design.
The U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study for 2017 states that kitchen renovations result in homeowners cooking and entertaining more at home, making healthier food and lifestyle choices. With nearly one in 10 homeowners spending more than $100k on a completed kitchen renovation appliances play a major role in the overall budget.
Stainless steel continues to be the most popular appliance finish although most high-end appliances are offered in slate, gray or black finishes. Dacor offers a color-match technology that lets you pick your exact range color.
As for appliance upgrade trends the dishwasher is the first choice for replacement followed by the refrigerator/freezer, microwave, range and range hood. For this article we will focus on dishwashers and refrigerators.
LG Dishwasher (LDF5545ST) earned the Best Affordable Dishwasher Ever Tested in the under $700 bracket. Its 9.4 score placed it better than 91% of dishwashers tested, better than 100% of dishwashers under $700 and better than 90% of the installed dishwashers, according to Reviewed.com.
Thermador Emerald Dishwasher (DWHD440MFM) delivers on such a quiet performance it beams a blue light on the floor during it running cycle. A worthy investment in quality, top-notch cleaning and style. MSRP $1299
Miele Dimension Series Dishwasher (G6365SCVISF) customizes its approach to cleaning by offering a built-in Intensive Mode that allows a heavy wash on the bottom level and a gentle top wash at the same time, Sensor Dry and 3D Cutlery tray. MSRP $1899 after rebates
Before we look at traditional refrigerator units I would strongly suggest that you consider incorporating undercounter refrigerator drawers in your kitchen design to enhance the function of your floorplan. They can be conveniently placed to fit the lifestyle of activities that take place in your kitchen. Learn more about under-counter refrigeration here.
German engineered Bosch 800 Series 33″ French Door with bottom freezer (B22FT80SNS) refrigerator boast a clean design with hidden hinges, spill proof glass shelves, large storage capacity and precise temperature management. MSRP $1999
GE Cafe Series Energy Star French Door refrigerator (CFE28TSHSS) is equipped with a hot water dispenser, touch screen controls and exceptional energy effieciency. MSRP $3099
Last but certainly not least, the Dacor Discovery 42” Side-by-Side offers high-end performance and high luxury whose energy star qualified features offer power cool, power freeze amenities, automatic door closure, LED lighting, WiFi connectivity on top of a sleek design that complements modern kitchen design. These units also come equipped with FlushFit technology for a seamless built-in appearance. Definitely worth the investment! MSRP $7779
Remember, an informed decision is a wise decision when it comes to purchasing your next kitchen appliance!