Cooking solutions also make dinner party preparation simpler. As the host, it can be very hard to time cooking so that all your food comes out at the same time and stays hot. Dual ovens make this task much easier. The GE Profile Double Oven Free-standing Range boasts 6.6 cubic feet of cooking space, the largest in its class. The bottom oven is large enough to accommodate a turkey, and the smaller top oven can hold small casseroles, cookie sheets and pizza pans. Yet, the overall unit size is only 30 inches wide, making it a choice for tight spaces as well.
The Fagor Black Art Refrigerator. Photo courtesy of Fagor America Inc.
Warming drawers are another great way to keep food from getting cold before you are ready to call everyone to dinner. The 24-inch Gaggenau Warming Drawer keeps food at 100 to 175 degrees—warm enough to keep it appetizing but not so hot that it will continue the cooking process. Its small width means it can fit into most cabinetry, which makes a warming drawer an option in even the smallest kitchens.
Once dinner is over, the clanging of a dishwasher shouldn’t provide the soundtrack for dessert. The KitchenAid Superba Series EQ Dishwasher has 13 sound-dampening points to ensure that the noise of motors and draining water won’t interfere with your conversations. This unit has the lowest sound level in the industry.
Black and White Grows in Popularity Stainless-steel appliances are losing some steam to the new sophisticated look delivered by black and white design says Mark Karas, president-elect of the National Kitchen and Bath Association, which runs the annual Kitchen and Bath Industry Show and Convention (K/BIS), the industry’s largest gathering of suppliers, designers and manufacturers.
“If you’re looking for your kitchen to blend and be soft and continuous, then pick an appliance that’s going to blend,” Karas says. “If you did a dark cherry cabinet and black appliances, the appliances will disappear versus jumping out and saying, ‘Here I am.’ ”
The Fagor Black Art Refrigerator accomplishes this goal by not just being black but being slim. At a mere 24 inches wide, you can squeeze one of these into a small kitchen or opt for two units and operate them as a side-by-side model. Even at the larger width, the black color and mirror finish ensure that it does not overpower the kitchen.
Induction cooktops don’t just boil water incredibly fast and save energy, they also do a great job of fading into the background. The Fagor Beveled Edge Cooktop is a sleek, shiny black ceramic heating element that fully integrates into your countertop. Controls are touch-operated, which means easy cleanup and ease of use. If your kitchen is small, the 30-inch cooktop is a smart option. There is also a five-burner, 36-inch model.