You might think of redecorating the kitchen, so you take a peek at luxury kitchen furniture and appliances. Shocked by the prices you might encounter, you wonder if premium appliance brands are worth the dough out of your pocket. Are you ready to invest in top-of-the-line appliances to achieve that high-end kitchen design? Then our answer is yes.
Keep in mind that your stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, and microwave do all the work in the kitchen. Therefore, they should contribute to your daily well-being, and not cause more hassle. This article is meant to change the way you think about going the extra mile when it comes to kitchen appliances. You might realize the investment pays off in ways you never imagined.
High-end appliances step up the overall value of a house
Do you plan to sell your house one day? Then the number one home improvement project you need to set in motion is upgrading the kitchen appliances. But don’t trust us; trust real estate agent Eileen B. Hanford (quoted by The New York Times). She says “high-end appliances typically elevate a buyers’ perception of the entire home, and quality appliances can help sell a home faster and at a higher price.” Maytag, Thermador, and Bosch are among the top brands worthy of your investment.
Quality appliances increase the overall aesthetic of your home
Seeing that open floor plans have gained increasing popularity, kitchen appliances are stealing the show. They’re not just useful and necessary, but also an important part of the kitchen décor. Stainless steel is still the most popular, but many famous brands are also turning to various colors for appliances. Accent pieces can help you rebrand the style of your home. Look for appliances that look good and keep silent; they avoid interrupting conversations.
Spend now on energy-efficient appliances and save later
They might have a higher initial cost, but energy-efficient ovens and refrigerators help keep the bills down, while also keeping the planet greener. For example, you could invest in a Hybrid dishwasher by GE Appliances; it saves water by clean single racks of dishes at a time. Meanwhile, Kitchenaid’s refrigerators (the Energy Star certified models) use 20 percent less energy than non-certified models. The result is a lower monthly bill – which means more money to spend on other household necessities.
Extra spending might keep you healthy
Germs die in the dishwasher only at a certain temperature, so a model with a sanitizing-wash program is essential when it comes to washing cutting boards and baby bottles. That’s why the Miele dishwashers feature a “CleanAir” drying system; research showed they are more sanitary than regular dishwashers. In the refrigerator category, the Sub-Zero brand is the only including a dual refrigeration setting.
High-quality appliances have unbeatable perks
With top-of-the-line kitchen appliances, what you see is what you get. The high price translates into perks and features you won’t find in the mid-tier category. For example, Jenn-Air Pro Style Range has “smart stove” offerings like recipe memory and recall. Thermador and Gaggenau ranges provide full surface cooking and setting memory for when you have to move pots from one area to another.
Are you convinced? These benefits and perks are offered by most appliance brands that offer a high-end category. If you don’t want to scour the Internet – or brick-and-mortar stores – for the best luxury kitchen appliances available on the market, here are our top five picks.
1. Sub-Zero Refrigerator
Those who have done their homework are quite familiar with Sub-Zero – a brand that always pops up in discussions about luxury appliances. And if you’re looking for the best of the best in terms of residential refrigeration, a Sub-Zero refrigerator should be your top choice. Most Sub-Zero refrigerators are built-in, so the unit fits perfectly in line with your kitchen cabinets. You can even choose a panel-ready model for a seamless integration with the cabinetry. Sub-Zero makes several configurations for its refrigerators, so they fit in any kitchen design. The brand is all about providing the best product for the very best and modern kitchens.
2. Thermador Induction Cooktop
Professional chefs count among the fans of induction, a top-tier cooking technology that has replaced transferring heat via a flame by using magnets to heat pans directly. If you’re looking to create a streamlined, modern kitchen design, consider the built-in Thermador CIT304KB. With zero knobs and buttons, this is an unobtrusive cooktop option that looks eerily two-dimensional.
The minimalist design is so simple that it will keep its modern look at least for a few years. The Thermador has quite intuitive controls, featuring a touch-sensitive number-line (0-10), and a power boost feature for when you’re really in a hurry. You won’t miss the button control thanks to this induction’s quick response time.
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3. Miele Stainless Steel Dishwasher
The Miele is one of the highest praised German appliance brands. The G6410SC, for example, is among the top-of-the-range dishwashers. For freestanding versions, you can opt for white or stainless steel, but you can also invest in a semi-integrated version available (the Miele G410SCi) which comes in four different color fascia.
All of the models share the incredible quality build, a 5-year guarantee as standard, and a 14-place capacity. It’s an energy-efficient dishwasher that won’t disrupt your activities with annoying washing noise. The full sensor washing allows for perfectly clean dishes using a minimum of resources. An auto-open door accelerates drying, while the flexible loading space and the logical controls and make for a very convenient machine to use.
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4. Gaggenau Steam Oven
Gaggenau is on the cutting edge of technology and style, manufacturing some of the best appliances in the world. The German maker’s sleek appliances are perfect for a minimalist design, given that their ovens are cosmetically pleasing and nothing short of stunning. In addition, this steam oven blends in perfectly with various kitchen furniture styles (more about that below). The automatic touch opening door is great for when your hands are full. Also, the oven is very quiet in operation and does everything you could possibly think of.
You can use this appliance as a steam oven, a regular electric convection oven, or as a combination of convection and steam. The latter is ideal for when you need to restore moisture in the food. Convection in a steam oven is also great for preventing flavor transfer between various racks, which is highly convenient for a time-conscious cook.
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5. Wolf 36″ Induction Range
Last but not least, take a look at this beauty by Wolf (yet another top-of-the-line appliance brand). A go-to for professional chefs, any of the Wolf ranges are miracle workers – but they’re also great for the at-home gourmand. Durability, superior performance and an iconic design (culinary fans will recognize the red knobs) make you regret the price tag less. Induction is faster with the 36” induction range, and it’s the most child safe. It requires less venting than gas cooking while providing a better simmer.
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Now that you’ve caught a glimpse of what you could buy in terms of luxury kitchen appliances, let’s have a look at kitchen furniture – high-end, evidently. When it comes to kitchen cabinets, for example, a lot of homeowner turn straight to custom design. And we all know that custom design is all about the details, whether we’re talking about gorgeous crown moldings or creative storage solutions. Get inspired to personalize your kitchen with these 5 design ideas.
- Crown molding. Few features spell “designer” like crown molding does. It bridges the gap between your cabinets and the ceiling, creating a more seamless transition. The result is sleek lines that go perfectly with any cabinet style. For traditional kitchens, crown molding can be the final touch of designer detail.
- Decorative legs. From Mission style to chunky, table legs are always great eye-catchers. The best furniture feel is created by placing them at the ends of your island; you can also work them into your cabinet layout, if that’s a possibility for you. Usually, legs with detailing work best with rustic and traditional designs. Modern and contemporary designs require simple, straightforward legs.
- A splash of color. Most kitchen cabinets never stray from neutrals as the go-to hues, but you could always go for a stroke of blue or green as a bold design choice. Just make sure the risk you’re taking pays off. A shot of color in your kitchen’s design will also make your neutrals pop.
- Glass door fronts. Whatever you choose – frosted, transparent, or seeded – you must know that a glass door front to set the stage. It allows a glimpse of the fine dishware and the sparkling decor, especially if you also add lights. Glass displays make your kitchen more inviting and open, allowing your guests to feel right at home.
- Creative storage spaces. You shouldn’t settle for cookie-cutter storage designs if you can have something better. For instance, a custom wine rack drawer instantly gives your cabinets a designer touch. Spice rack drawers are quite popular, as well as tray dividers for baking sheets and peg pullouts for utensils.