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PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Customized Refrigeration Reaches New Heights

PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Customized Refrigeration Reaches New Heights

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PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Customized Refrigeration Reaches New Heights

Select the ideal temperature and food storage solutions with Fisher & Paykel’s latest technology & design

Fisher & Paykel launches a series of beautifully designed Integrated Column Refrigerators and Freezers worldwide, which provide customers true personalization through independent temperature zones as well as the ability to mix and match sizes.

The technology and design is the result of more than four years in development, offering consumers major changes that enhance food storage, access and visibility. At the heart of the new Integrated Columns Refrigeration is Fisher & Paykel’s Variable Temperature Zones. Each unique storage zone has its own bespoke temperature setting or food mode. Customers have a choice on how they want to store food in the freezer using three different temperature settings — Freeze, Soft Freeze and Deep Freeze and in the Refrigerator Zone, there are an additional three modes — Fridge, Pantry and Chill. The company’s ActiveSmart Foodcare technology is at the core of these products, no matter which of the six separate temperature modes you use, it works to adjust airflow and create a stable, even environment that helps keep food fresher longer.

Fisher & Paykel designers developed the Integrated Columns to allow storage flexibility inside a refrigerator. It’s true kitchen perfection from the moment you open the door. From the 15 separate lights inside each Fridge and Freezer that flood every space, through to the quality glass shelving and storage configuration options, Column Refrigerators deliver premium styling as well as the latest in food-care technology.

This line of Refrigerators and Freezers offers true design freedom with seamless kitchen integration options. Integrated Columns can be installed separately or paired to suit individual lifestyles and a specific kitchen design. They are designed to fit flush with custom cabinetry, with a minimal ¹/8″/3mm gap, or using the optional Fisher & Paykel stainless-steel door panels. A stainless-steel interior lining adds to the premium design and quality finish with soft-close, full-extension metal shelf runners; and robust glass shelves with metal trim.

“The design and durability of our Integrated Column Refrigeration comes after thousands of hours of rigorous testing and extensive research among U.S. designers and retailers,” says Shane Rehm, Fisher & Paykel’s chief group engineer for refrigeration product development. “We’ve found customers love the idea of independent compartments inside their refrigerator. We’ve designed products that can be installed individually or paired without the need now for an external heater to avoid condensation,” says Rehm.

Fisher & Paykel has identified a real opportunity in challenging the established built-in refrigeration category, says Fisher & Paykel CEO, Stuart Broadhurst. “Our focus was on designing an integrated refrigeration platform that delivers class-leading food care, high-quality design and reliability, and seamless kitchen integration for the global marketplace,” says Broadhurst.

Fisher & Paykel’s Integrated Columns are now available for presale in the North American market and are progressively launching in New Zealand, Australia, U.K. and China later this year.

For further information visit the website.

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KitchenAid releases three new kitchen appliances

KitchenAid releases three new kitchen appliances

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KitchenAid releases three new kitchen appliances

Home cooks will be inspired

The latest kitchen appliances from KitchenAid have been designed with features and performance to ignite and reimagine your culinary experience.

Refrigeration

Designed with the cook in mind, the KitchenAid counter-depth French door refrigerator has storage flexibility, premium finishes and stylish wood paneling with the added convenience of the FreshVue door-within-door.

Home chefs love the proximity lighting and door-within-door feature because they can quickly see and access their favourite fresh ingredients.

This refrigerator will be available in the summer in stainless steel, black stainless steel and PrintShield stainless steel exterior, which resists smudges to keep your working kitchen looking beautiful.

MRRP: $5,999 (KRFC804GSS), $6,099 (KRFC804GPS), $6,199 (KRFC804GBS)

Induction Range

The KitchenAid four-element induction convection front control range with baking drawer offers precision and control with quick, efficient response similar to gas burners. By using electromagnetic energy to generate instant heat directly to your cookware, you can rapidly boil water, giving the passionate home cooks more precise results.

The Even-Heat True Convection ensures consistent heat throughout the oven so it stays at the perfect temperature to achieve flawless cooking results every time, while the built-in steam rack offers the ability to provide additional moisture to the inside of the oven, enhancing cooking results.

This versatile range also provides a baking drawer, so you can bake at a different temperature while you’re cooking in the main compartment.

MSRP: $4,199 (KSIB900ESS)

Dishwasher

The KitchenAid fully integrated dishwasher with pocket handle is designed to blend seamlessly into any kitchen. It’s among the quietest on the market (39dba) and features a front status display to show where you are in the cycle.

The fan-enabled ProDry system delivers the best drying performance without rinse aid while the third level rack adds space for cleaning long, flat cooking tools.

The Bottle Wash Option provides spray nozzles in the upper rack that can be placed deep inside tall or odd-shaped items like bottles, glasses and vases to thoroughly clean them. It’s available in black stainless and PrintShield stainless steel finish to resist smudges.

MSRP: $1,499 (KDPE334GPS), $1,699 (KDPE334GBS)

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Luxury Appliance Trends

Luxury Appliance Trends

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Luxury Appliance Trends

by Margaret Macdonald

With exceedingly busy lives, both style and convenience in appliances are becoming more paramount in today’s ever-changing world. Appliances, for example, have come a long way from the brash style of the 1970s harvest gold refrigerator and stove era. Technologically speaking, appliances have progressed light years from energy-wasting refrigerators and coil element stove tops.

The top three trends on the appliance market today are integrated refrigeration, induction cooking and convection steam cooking.

Subzero drawer refrigerator
Subzero drawer refrigerator

Integrated Refrigeration

Aesthetically, a huge trend in residential kitchens is that less is more. Minimalist design trends demand the need for fully integrated appliances with refrigeration seamlessly blending into the adjacent cabinets.

Fully integrated refrigerators are typically 24-inches deep and require a cabinet door front (panel ready) from the cabinetmaker to be installed directly on the appliance. These refrigerators can include full-height models as well as under-counter versions.

With so many options on the market, what is the right choice? Aside from functionality and performance, a big consideration would be the hinges: are they completely concealed and do they allow for a 3-mm to 6-mm reveal between the adjacent cabinetry? A minimal reveal will allow for the perfect alignment to match the cabinetry. Cabinets typically have a 3-mm reveal, which is the gap between cabinet doors and/or drawer fronts.

Another consideration would be the adjustment flexibility of the cabinet door front on the appliance (the adjustment capabilities are dictated by the appliance manufacturers specifications), allowing side-to-side, up-and-down and in-and-out adjustments of the panel, which guarantees a perfect fit. Integrated refrigerators have heights that can vary from brand to brand. Make sure you check specs carefully with the cabinetmaker.

Wolf induction cooktop
Wolf induction cooktop

Induction Cooking

One the best technological advances in the appliance industry, although often the most misunderstood, are induction cooktops and ranges. Induction cooktops offer a ceramic cooking surface which is great solution for today’s design trends. With decreased cooking times and superior ease of use, the benefits are almost limitless.

But what exactly is induction cooking? Electricity flows under the ceramic surface, which generates a magnetic field and in turn causes electrons to vibrate. This vibration causes the pan to heat up immediately. Because of the magnetic field, only magnetic cookware will work. Induction cookware is now very common and can be purchased everywhere cookware is available.

The cooking surface itself does not heat up – only the pan. This whole process can cut down on cooking time by up to 40 per cent compared to gas and standard electric cooking. Imagine boiling a pot of water in less than 60 seconds. Induction cooking also makes cleanup of the cooktop a breeze because the area outside of the cookware doesn’t heat up, hence no more scorched boil overs.

Convection Steam Cooking

Although convection steam cooking has been around for over 40 years, this cooking style has gained popularity in the last few years. Often when we imagine steam cooking, we think of food that is bland and void of flavour, colour and crispness. But this is not the case.

Convection steam ovens use both convection heat (air which is circulated in the oven for a more consistent heat and quicker cooking time) and steam (heat from the oven turns water into steam, which allows for the food to be moist and hold in more nutrients). Typically these two cooking methods can be used independently of each other or in tandem. From baking the most incredible loaves of bread with a beautifully browned, crisp crust and a fluffy, moist inside, or to baking the perfect pizza that you swear was cooked by your local pizzeria, convection steam ovens are the perfect addition to any kitchen.

You can also defrost in a convection steam oven – gone are the days of greyish, partially cooked meat from defrosting in a microwave. When defrosting frozen meat in the convection steam oven, the results are phenomenal. It’s as if you just picked up dinner at the local butcher.

MARGARET MACDONALD has been involved in kitchen design, both as an international designer and as A&D sales manager for luxury products for over 20 years.

Her vast wealth of experience in all areas pertaining to residential kitchen design has been invaluable in her current position as A&D, trade sales manager for Maroline Inc.



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