Burning to upgrade your cooking space? Don't let these innovations escape your notice
Bigger, smaller, higher tech, lower profile—the choices in kitchen appliances are multiplying faster than the cooking and cleanup chores they're meant to simplify. Just in case you haven't wandered the appliance aisles in awhile, there's a whole raft of new problem-solvers out there. Here are some to be on the lookout for.
If you have: Custom food-storage requirements.
Consider: Modular fridge components, whether you need a drawer that adjusts from freezer to fridge temps to defrost your roast, like the one shown here by , or just want to customize the interior of your 48-inch fridge with—or—without—freezer and wine-cooler compartments, available from Appliances.
If you have: The urge for an appliance that's as sleekly designed as your iPod.
Consider: New single and double wall ovens from (shown) with lookalike "I-slide" controls set to hit stores in November.
If you have: Two holiday turkeys to cook.
Consider: The fuller-capacity 36-inch ranges, as more and more companies
tout their products as having the most cubic feet of interior oven space.
Options are available from (shown) and
, among others.
If you have: A home that's vulnerable to power outages—and has wireless Internet.
Consider: Waiting till early 2008, when debuts a new line of fridges (shown) equipped with "Remote Vision" hardware that will e-mail your local service center if it detects a fault (loss of power, water leakage), which in turn will call your cell phone.
If you have: A kitchen that's open to a great room.
Consider: One of the new low-profile induction cooktops with a smooth glass surface that fades into the background and is a snap to keep clean. Since it only conducts heat directly into the cookware, it won't warm up the kitchen like conventional burners. Coming in early 2008: a cooktop with gas burners
that lower out of sight when not in use from (shown).
If you have: An issue with range hoods that threaten to knock your noggin.
Consider: A height-adjustable vent hood. There are plenty of downdraft models that disappear into the island, but due in stores this winter: a ceiling-mounted hood that lowers for optimum suction, then raises up for maximum headspace from (shown).
If you have: Trouble finding a suitable counter spot for the TV.
Consider: An appliance with an LCD screen built right in, whether a two-door refrigerator (shown from ) or the new pro-style vent hood from debuting in 2008.
If you have: A kitchen that's a tight squeeze.
Consider: Creating a cooking center clustered with conventional, convection, speed-cook, and microwave ovens, and warming drawers, all in a space-saving 24-inch size, now available from a growing number of manufacturers.
Ariston offers a 24-inch convection oven (shown), as well as a 24-inch warming drawer and steam oven.
If you have: A hankering for the very latest pro-style add-on.
Consider: A restaurant-quality salamander broiler with an adjustable rack system, either built in or freestanding
If you have: The urge to color-match your appliances to your backsplash.
Consider: A pro-style range in one of 190 custom colors from or a vent hood that comes ready to receive your own tile, glass, plaster, or paint, like the one shown from .