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Combination Convection Steam Ovens
Appliances are undoubtedly one of the most important elements in the kitchen functionally speaking.Over the years manufacturers have been tweaking, refining and completely reinventing a lot of appliances to make them work smarter and faster for your every day life. Whether you are building a house, making plans to renovate your existing space or simply scheming for the kitchen of your dreams do yourself a favor and really dig into the appliances on the market right now, there are a lot that you... will not want to miss! Join me as we discuss 8 appliances you should consider integrating into your kitchen.
First up....the Convection Steam Oven:
Steam is a hot trend in cooking technology. Many companies are stepping up to introduce steam as a healthier option to cook meats, veggies, pastries and casseroles.
While you may not want to dedicate a single oven just to steam, companies such as Jenn-Air, Miele, Wolf, Thermador, KitchenAid, Gaggenau and Sharp offer convection ovens with steam assistance technology. Basically, you have a convection oven with the option to deliver bursts of steam for moisture, nutrient retention and enhanced flavor.Continue to 2 of 8 below.
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Range With a Microwave
Sharp's Insight Series Slide-in Range with Microwave Drawer is a smart, space saving solution.
Sharp is well known for their innovative Microwave Drawer, this range just inserts that microwave drawer on top of a convection range. As you can see, there is no toekick, the oven door extends to the floor. Not the most ergonomic oven since it would require so much bending to access the oven. Nonetheless, a clever, multifunctional appliance.
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Under Sink Dishwasher
Yes, there is such a thing. The GE Spacesaver Under-The-Sink Dishwasher is available in Stainless, Black and White.
I can only imagine the dance steps one must use to transfer a dish from the sink to the dishwasher. I don't think I will ever be using one of these, but nonetheless, a multi-functional appliance that might make sense somewhere...
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In Sink Dishwasher
Is it a sink or is it a dishwasher? It's both!
The Briva In Sink Dishwasher from KitchenAid is the perfect addition to a bar area, butler's pantry, office lunch room or any space in need of doing small loads of dishes. The top lid of the dishwasher is also a drainboard, so when the dishwasher is not in use, you can air dry your dishes.
This is available in 36" or 42" models. It is an overmount sink, so you don't get the clean look of a nice undermount sink, however, it reduces... bending and saves space. A very intelligent design by KitchenAid.
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The Cool Drawer
The Fisher Paykel CoolDrawer is a multi-temperature drawer that has refrigeration and freezer capabilities. A wide 34", the CoolDrawer has a convenient drawer design, and the flexibility to accommodate different uses.
The CoolDrawer has 5 different settings, freezer, chill, refrigerator, pantry and wine.
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The Speed Oven is a combination of Convection and Microwave cooking.
The Speed Oven feature is convection cooking with additional microwave energy for reduced cooking time, 2-8 times faster than conventional ovens.
You can also use convection only or microwave only. It is truly a great addition to any kitchen and can either replace your microwave and oven, or supplement as a second oven and microwave. Many brands make speed oven models in single and double format (single oven below with... speed oven on top).
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Beverage Centers differ from wine or bar refrigerators because they have dual-zone capabilities. Most units have a wine shelf on top and beverage shelves below.
Many companies make beverage centers for undercounter, such as Sub-Zero, Perlick, U-Line, GE and more.
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Never again will you have to decide between cooking with Gas or Induction, or even Electric and Grill.
Now you can select which cooktop modules you want and put them together side by side.
Choose from Gas, Induction, Electric, Deep Fryer, Steamer, Grill, Griddle or Wok Ring. Companies with module offerings include Wolf, Miele, GE, Gaggenau and more.
Article updated by About.com's Kitchens Expert Courtney Shearer, an Atlanta based Kitchen and Bath Designer.