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#07 - Top Ten Kitchen Trends of 2017 - Kitchen Tune-up

#07 - Top Ten Kitchen Trends of 2017 - Kitchen Tune-up

#07 - Top Ten Kitchen Trends of 2017 - Kitchen Tune-up

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Induction cooktops and convection ovens are trending higher, and microwave drawers are 
outpacing freestanding or built-in microwaves. Steam ovens still represent a small segment 
of the market, but are also trending higher. 

Microwave drawers

  • Sharp is main manufacturer we have seen in the market. 
  • In pursuit of clean lines, microwave drawers are quickly outpacing free-standing or built-in microwaves.
  • Clears valuable countertop space or allows you to have a nice hood above your stove, which provides much better air escape than the built in vent on a MW
  • Consideration - likely will need to modify your cabinets to make space and support the MW drawer

Induction Cooktops

  • With products like a Jenn-Air induction downdraft cooktop that stands just 3mm high above the countertop or the powerful connected wall oven with the V2™ vertical dual-fan convection system, Jenn-Air continues to lead in these emerging trends.
  •  “While the induction cooktop technology has been around for many years, only recently has it really taken off. And why not? Induction cooktops offer so many advantages with almost no downside,” write the experts at  Haskell Interiors .  
  • “The induction cooktop always stays cool to the touch – not heating up your kitchen and providing an extra layer of safety that nothing else offers.
  • They are as good as or better than gas cooktops in their ability to offer precise and immediate control of temperature and to maintain a low heat level for hours. As for speed, you can go from cold to boiling water in a saucepan in about 90 seconds.
  • They are extremely energy efficient and the smooth surface is a breeze to clean with most brands having no knobs or buttons.”

Steam Ovens

  • Reference blog post:
  • Been around for centuries as far back as ancient china where cooks would place reed or bamboo baskets over water-filled hot woks.
  • In recent decades, restaurants have used steam cooking to cook food quickly and keep it warm until serving time. Currently, restaurants now use steam and water baths to cook foods using the “sous vide” method to a precise temperature. Several residential appliance brands produce steam ovens so you can now have access to this technology in your home.
  • Specifically, there has been a huge introduction of steam products into the affordable luxury market under the Bosch and Jenn-Air names in the last few years. Steam is now available at lower prices than ever before and is available in bigger sizes as well. Miele and Wolf make the largest 24’’ steam ovens in the industry (which can be outfitted with a trim kit to measure 30”). Although many brands still make steam (only) ovens, steam convection ovens are more popular for the added versatility.
How does it work?
When the oven is turned on, the oven heat turns water into steam. Many steam ovens have a removable reservoir that needs to be refilled when you use the oven; some high-end models are connected to a water line. The oven has a valve to release pressure of the steam similar to a pressure cooker or a tea kettle. Steaming works well for delicate foods such as custards and croissants. Many people also use steam to cook vegetables, fish, meats, and add moisture back into leftovers.What makes it great?
In recent years, appliance manufacturers have moved to steam ovens. Steam ovens have the same steaming capability, but are not built into your countertops. Some models are convertible to a regular oven as well so they have both steaming and browning capability. Some steam ovens are designed to sit on your countertops like a microwave but many of the higher end models are built into your cabinets like a wall oven.What is all the hype about?
  • Efficiency
  • Steam cooking is faster than a convection oven when it comes to cooking vegetables, small cuts of meat and fish. If you dislike when leftovers come out dry and flavorless from the microwave. Steam ovens solve this problem.  Steam restores the lost moisture into your meals so that they taste as good as they did when they were first cooked. Steam ovens also have the capability to reach high temperatures when on the convection setting.
  • Healthiest Cooking Technology

Steam cooking is the healthiest form of cooking. Today there is an enormous cultural emphasis on living a healthy lifestyle. Your overall health largely depends on how your food is prepared. Steam cooking retains more nutrients, vitamins and minerals than other forms of cooking so that your produce looks and tastes better, and is healthier. 
Steamed vegetables are moist rather than oily or mushy. My least favorite way to eat produce is when it is pan fried with butter or oil; I might as well have ordered French fries. With a steam cooking product I eat more healthy produce than I otherwise would because steam cooking is so easy and is not dependent on oils.Versatility
A great benefit to having a steam oven is that it can accommodate a greater food capacity than a countertop steamer. Steam ovens can be stove-sized or the size of a microwave. It can cook a wide variety of items. You can cook, bake, roast, grill, steam, defrost, and warm leftovers making these ovens some of the most versatile appliances in the industry. Although many people would be reluctant to do this, manufacturers claim that you could theoretically cook fish on one rack and muffins on another rack and your muffins will not taste like fish. For busy chefs who like to cook many dishes simultaneously, steam technology is projected to eliminate flavor transfer. The majority of steam ovens have very good temperature and humidity control as well.Cleanability
Everyone dislikes cleaning, especially cooking products. Steam ovens are the easiest appliances to clean because of the built in steam which helps lift food splatter from the oven surface. After you are finished cooking you should be able to wipe down the inside of the oven and any spills should come off relatively easily.Wicked Good Steam Ovens
These companies produce high quality appliances that last for several years; steam technology is now an emerging trend within the affordable luxury brands.

5.  Bosch Benchmark HSLP451UC  - $3,099

Bosch is one of our favorite affordable luxury brands due to a strong service history. Their Benchmark series products are their premium line. I really like this steam oven for the price point.

4.  Thermador PSO301M  - $3,999

Thermador is one of the most popular appliance. One of the benefits of choosing the Thermador steam convection oven is with qualifying Thermador cooking products and refrigeration the purchase of a steam oven will land you a free top-of-the-line Thermador dishwasher. Thermador also makes a 48’’ Dual-fuel range with a built in steam-convection oven also.     

3. Wolf M-Series CSO30TM/S/TH - $4,219

Wolf makes the largest steam oven in the industry right now. This steam oven also factors into the “Dream Kitchen Rebate” for qualifying Wolf/Sub Zero kitchens which makes it a popular choice. 

2. Miele DGC6800XL - $3,899

Miele makes a great steam oven for the price. It has the Masterchef control panel which takes the guesswork out of cooking with steam and a broil element for top heat. It is the only steam convection oven where you can customize exactly how much steam/ convection you want. This is a really popular steam oven choice for many of our customers.

1.  Gaggenau BS485610  - $7,999

This oven is the best because it is the most customizable. It is the only steam convection oven where you can customize exactly how much steam/ convection you want to use and where you want the heat to come from. I also love the fit and finish, the side-swing touch-to-open door is great and the hard plumbing takes the work out of having to fill a reservoir.