Specialty Kitchen Appliances

If you spend a lot of time in the kitchen, a specialty appliance or two can be a great investment. From warming drawers to wine refrigerators, take a look at kitchen appliances that are both fun and functional.
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Fast and Ferrous

An induction cooker uses electricity to heat ferrous cooking vessels as opposed to generating heat in the burner itself. The result is a process that is fast, precise and energy efficient. Product shown: True Double-Burner Induction Cooktop

Full Steam Ahead

Relying upon only super-heated steam to cook foods, steam ovens require no additional fats, oils or other unhealthy additions for meal preparation. About the size of a microwave, these flexible appliances can steam fish and veggies, keep cooked foods warm and moist and even proof bread dough. Product shown: Miele DG4082 Convection Steam Oven

Slide-Out Convenience

With temperature settings that range from 90 to 250 degrees, warming drawers can be used to keep cooked foods warm, proof bread dough and warm plates and coffee cups. These appliances are priceless when entertaining a crowd, as they free up valuable space in the kitchen's main oven. Product shown: Dacor Millennia Warming Drawer

Vino, Vidi, Vici

With zones for both red and white wine, a dedicated wine fridge is designed to store your prized bottles at optimal conditions. Options run the gamut from freestanding units that hold a single case on up to built-in appliances capable of stowing 150 bottles and more. Product shown: Marvel Wine Refrigerator

Cold, Convenient Quenching

Unlike a wine fridge, a beverage center is a more family-friendly appliance, chilling cans and bottles of juice, soda, water and beer to desired drinking temps. Homeowners typically install these appliances close to -- or even inside -- the living room for convenience. Product shown: Viking Beverage Center

Built-In Barista

Installed in a cabinet wall, built-in coffee makers grind, brew and serve hot coffee or espresso with the touch of a button. Most also feature frothing systems for cappuccinos and dispense hot water for tea. Product shown: Bosch Benvenuto Built-in Coffee Machine

Fast Food

By combining convection and microwave technology in one appliance, speed ovens can drastically reduce cooking times and home energy consumption. While they may look like a conventional built-in microwave oven, they are far more versatile, able to bake, brown, grill and roast a meal to perfection. Product shown: GE Advantium Speedcooking Wall Oven

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