Bluetooth technology is revolutionizing the way we use kitchen appliances. GE’s version of Bluetooth, called ChefConnect™, allows its Profile Series range to speak to the microwave, synching up clock times and automatically turning on vents and lights when the cooktop is in use. According to Lou Lenzi, industrial design director for GE Appliances, GE is working on its next innovation, which aims to synchronize cooking times for the microwave, range and oven so that main dishes and sides all arrive at the finish line simultaneously — and perfectly cooked.
Should you track down a spare part to fix an appliance or bite the bullet and buy new? Visit RepairClinic.com to choose among common reasons why many household appliances stop working. Then, enter your appliance's model number to quickly diagnose whether you can repair the issue and if it's cost-effective. The website even has video how-to's to get the job done yourself.
Gray is holding strong as a trendy kitchen color, and it isn’t just about cabinets — you can take your appliances gray as an alternative to stainless steel. GE Appliances’ Slate collection has a dark brushed-metal finish that’s actually matte and fingerprint-resistant.
A stainless steel, pro-style convection oven is one of the top-notch appliances in this kitchen made for preparing chef-inspired meals at home. Three drawers below and a cabinet above the oven offer easy-access storage for cookie sheets and baking pans.
White is back — but it doesn’t mean you have to revisit the 1980s (whew). The modern take on white appliances is all about high-tech surfaces and innovative design touches. For example, Ice Collection appliances from Whirlpool have a glossy finish inspired by smartphones and include stainless steel handles for a fresh, clean look.
"People are having 'stainless steel fatigue' so we are paneling all of the appliances so they disappear and make the space look larger," says Christopher Grubb. Grubb predicts more wood tones and less gray and white for cabinetry over the next year.
The top-of-the-line stainless French-door refrigerator sits between a built-in coffee system and an integrated TV cabinet door above a stainless microwave drawer. The refrigerator is surrounded by drawers and upper cabinets that keep kitchen essentials organized and within easy reach.
The fully equipped kitchen includes a 36-inch six-burner stainless range with electric self-cleaning oven with nine functions, including convection, baking, roasting and warming. A stainless microwave drawer right next door makes it easy to warm up soups or a quick morning bowl of oatmeal.
Honey, I’m home! The Artistry Series, an appliance suite from GE, has a refreshingly analog feel. The industrial designer who created the stove, refrigerator and dishwasher eschews digital displays. Unlike old-fashioned iceboxes, though, these fridges are Energy Star-rated.
Cabinet door panels discreetly conceal some of the built-in appliances, keeping the warmth of the cabinetry as the main focal point of the room. Low storage innovations enable the child to access the kitchen items with ease and safety.
If you do lots of cooking at home, you need a look that wears well through heavy use, which is why the simple, rugged aesthetic of an industrial kitchen remains popular. Now, Big Chill has introduced the Classic Series, a professional stove and hood specially made for industrial-style kitchens. The set is constructed of heavy-duty stainless steel, comes in six colors, and is finished with mixed textured metals.