Covetable Kitchen Appliances

Discover top-of-the-line appliances that take your kitchen from typical to designer-worthy.
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November 25, 2014
By: Douglas Trattner

Photo By: Wolf

Photo By: La Cornue

Foodie's Dream

When it comes to lust-worthy appliances, few can top the ruggedly handsome Sub-Zero PRO 48, a four-foot bruiser with a glass door. "With this fridge, there's no need to add art to the kitchen," says designer Kathleen O'Neill, from The Design Within. "This is art!" The side-by-side refrigerator and freezer with glass door is a "foodie's dream," she adds, and, "just-harvested food from the local farmers' market looks beautiful behind the glass door." Photo courtesy of Sub-Zero

Ultra-Quiet Cleaning

This top-of-the-line model from Bosch is the company's quietest and most eco-friendly dishwasher. "This makes it ideal for homes where the sound of a dishwasher may be disruptive to sleeping children or adults who just want to forget the dishes are getting done," notes Cos Cob, Conn., designer Rebecca Karson. She adds that the "sleek design makes it ideal for modern kitchens." Photo courtesy of Bosch

Double the Love

"I love double wall ovens as nobody has to bend over or strain their backs," says Houston-based designer Donna Vining. Thanks to concealed bake and broil elements, this Dacor oven offers extra interior space that accommodates large meals and makes cleaning a snap. A fully flush handle and smooth stainless shell gives the oven a clean, contemporary look. Photo courtesy of Dacor

Beauty and Brawn

Wolf's distinctive red knobs have become something of a showpiece in today's pro-style kitchens. But there's more to this beast than mere beauty, says Libby Palmieri of Moreland Hills, Ohio, and regional winner of Sub-Zero/Wolf's Kitchen Design Contest. "A commanding presence, yes," she says, "but Wolf's appeal reaches far beyond its aesthetic flexibility." Dual fuel allows for precise gas stovetop cooking, while the electric-heated convection ovens ensure even baking temps and easy cleaning, adds Palmieri. Photo courtesy of Wolf

It's Happy Hour Somewhere

Now that kitchens have become the place not only to prepare food, but to also enjoy it with friends, wine storage is at the top of many a wish list, explains designer Kathleen O'Neill of The Design Within. "The Electrolux wine cooler stores wine at appropriate temperatures while freeing up space inside the refrigerator," notes O'Neill. And the hidden integrated control panel provides a "clean, uncluttered appearance," she adds. Photo courtesy of Electrolux

Old World Charm

When it comes to La Cornue ranges, there is no mincing words: "They are stunning showpieces and master culinary tools," declares Cos Cob, Conn., designer Rebecca Karson. Like a designer dress, each La Cornue range is handmade to order, with the client in total control of color, trim finishes and cooking elements. "The design of a hand-crafted La Cornue range lends Old World charm to a modern kitchen," adds Karson. Photo courtesy of La Cornue

Save Me a Plate

With temperature settings that range from 90 to 250 degrees F, warming drawers can proof bread dough or keep dinner piping hot. "Warming drawers are great on nights when the family is going in different directions," explains Pam Kolar of Westlake, Ohio-based Park Place Interiors. "They know that a warm plate of food will be there when they finally land at home." This Viking model is roomy enough to handle large platters. Photo courtesy of Viking

Good Life by the Slice

Admittedly, a built-in, wood-fired pizza oven is not for everybody. But for true pizza fans like chef Jay Jerrier, having one was not an option. "There is no comparison to a pizza made in a true wood-burning oven," says Jerrier, owner of the popular Dallas restaurant Cane Rosso. And lest one think this is a one-trick pony, the chef says he uses his pizza oven to bake bread, braise pork and even roast the Thanksgiving bird. Photo courtesy of Earthstone

One-Button Barista

Coffee aficionados will adore the one-touch brewing process that results in incredibly rich-tasting coffee. But as a designer, Libby Palmieri loves how the Bosch built-in coffeemaker "eliminates the unnecessary appliance clutter that litters kitchen work surfaces." The design is clean and unobtrusive, adds Palmieri, allowing for seamless integration into surrounding cabinets. "This appliance is a must for those designing a new kitchen or rehabbing an existing one." Photo courtesy of Bosch

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