According to a 2016 homeowner survey, nine percent of kitchen remodels cost more than $100,000—up two percent from the year before.
Whether you’re planning your own high-end renovation or you’re just fantasizing about your dream kitchen on Pinterest, it’s important to pick the right appliances. You don’t want to get stuck with something that’s already outdated before your remodel is complete—so the experts at Reviewed.com talked with some of the best-known makers of upscale ranges, cooktops, fridges, and dishwashers to find out what fresh, must-have appliances are just around the corner.
These are the luxury appliances you absolutely need to know about before you start your renovation.
1. Dacor Modernist ranges, fridges, and cooktops have a whole new look
Up until last year, Dacor was known as a California-based manufacturer of staid, traditional cooking appliances—like the Renaissance and Distinctive series ovens.
Then, last August, electronics and appliance giant Samsung bought Dacor. The fruits of that partnership are already clear with a whole new series of appliances. The Dacor Modernist lineup features rectilinear handles, minimal embellishment, and your choice of either black stainless or traditional stainless exteriors. It’s a design truly unlike anything else in the high-end space.
While the traditional Dacor product lines will continue to be sold, we think the Modernist line—like the fridge and range shown above—will introduce the brand to a whole new generation of buyers. Many Dacor Modernist appliances are already available now.
2. Miele’s new EcoFlex dishwasher cleans faster than the competition
Today’s dishwashers are more efficient than ever. But they’re also slower than ever. That’s why German manufacturer Miele introduced an all-new lineup of dishwashers that promise to be as fast as they are frugal. For example, Miele says the QuickIntenseWash cycle can get dishes clean and dry in just 58 minutes. By comparison, many other modern dishwashers take up to three hours to clean.
The only catch is that users will have to use Miele-branded detergent to ensure proper cleaning and drying. EcoFlex will be available on Miele Futura Crystal, Diamond, Dimension, and Lumen dishwashers in Spring of 2017.
3. Drink espresso like the Italians do with this colorful coffeemaker from Smeg
What sets Smeg’s new espresso maker apart from all the others on the market? For one, it’s got a unique retro style inspired by 1950s-era Italian cars. It is also adjustable for coffee temperature and water hardness. Available now in four colors, you can live la dolce vita with an after dinner cappucino!
4. Sharp’s microwave drawer saves space—and comes in Black Stainless
Microwave drawers aren’t new, but this is the first model to come in black stainless steel. The popular new finish adds a modern touch, and Sharp’s take on it blends with what most major manufacturers already offer. It is available now.
5. Faber’s range hood hides away when it’s not in use
Who said range hoods have to look industrial, like the ones you’d find in a restaurant kitchen? The Vanilla range hood from Faber retracts into a light fixture when it’s not in use. It’s a perfect fit for a modern kitchen, and will be available in the U.S. later this year.
6. A colorful new Italian range from Ilve comes in either gas or induction
Italian manufacturer Ilve is best known for its customizable lineup of ranges, which are available in over 200 custom colors and finishes. Now, the company is offering 36- and 40-inch models with electric ovens and induction cooktops.
With soft-close doors, an included rotisserie, and two ovens (on the 40-inch model), these upscale ranges are a good way to mix high technology and high design. They’re expected to cost between $8,000 and $9,000, and will be available later in 2017.
7. Wolf now sells specialty cooktops so you can cook like a restaurant chef
Modular cooktops are already popular among Europe’s choosiest kitchen designers. Now, Wolf has a line of 15-inch cooking modules designed for custom cooktops.
They include a teppanyaki grill/plancha ($2,095), an induction burner ($1,325), a steamer module ($2,395), a gas grill ($1,685), and a fryer ($2,065). Pair the steamer with a built-in vacuum sealer, and you’ll even be able to cook sous vide.
The modular cooktops are currently available at all authorized Wolf dealers, while the vacuum sealer is coming later this year.
8. Best has a range hood that looks like a piece of art…
Sculptured like a massive, jet-age industrial component, the Puddy range hood from Italian manufacturer Best blends bright colors and scalloped stainless steel. Whether you love it or hate it—and enough people loved it to vote it their favorite range hood on display at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in January—you’ve gotta admit that it’s unlike anything else you can put in your kitchen.
9. …and another that blends in
The Hostaria range hood doesn’t look like a range hood at all. Instead, it looks like a stylish update on a schoolhouse-style pendant light—appropriate for retro and modern kitchens alike. Both the Hostaria and Puddy should be available in 2018.
10. The Miele XXL Combi-Steam oven wants to be your only oven
Steam ovens are taking off in Europe, where home chefs have learned that steam is the secret to thicker crust on homemade bread, juicier chicken, and even better reheated leftovers.
Miele’s newest steam oven can also cook with convection for more traditional baking. It’s also 41 percent larger than the company’s existing Combi-Steam oven, and can be plumbed or use a refillable water reservoir. It also comes with 100 pre-programmed recipes, so you don’t have to struggle to convert recipes.
11. Sub-Zero’s newest wine fridge has room for beer—and ice
A good host always has drinks on hand. That’s why the latest entertaining fridge from Sub-Zero is perfect for your next party. Up top, there’s a wine fridge with storage for your favorite reds, whites, and rosés. Below, there’s a drawer for beer—whether it’s Bud Light or Heady Topper. And if your guests want scotch on the rocks, there’s a freezer drawer, too.
12. The Smeg Portofino range adds color to a minimalist design
Italian appliance maker Smeg might be best known for its retro fridges and small appliances. But the new Portofino collection blends your choice of eight bright colors and streamlined looks—all with Italian flair. It comes in gas and induction
13. A 36-inch wall oven from Gaggenau is an icon reborn
Timelessness is a key ingredient of luxury. Gaggenau’s engineers and designers kept that in mind when they made a few modern concessions to the company’s well-known 36-inch wall oven. The new EB333—so named for the company’s 333rd anniversary—may have new digital controls, but it’s still handbuilt in Lipsheim, France, just as it has been for over 30 years.
Because the process of building an EB333 is so labor intensive, supply is always limited. So if you’re planning to put one in your new kitchen, contact your Gaggenau dealer well before construction begins.
14. A count-up timer? The Thermador Liberty cooktop has one and it’s genius.
There are a bunch of induction cooktops on the market, and all of them offer the same benefits: Quick heating and boiling, cool-to-the-touch burners, and control that’s more responsive than gas.
But the Thermador Liberty cooktop—available in flush-mount or with stainless trim—wows with even more features. You can set the full-length burner on the left side of the cooktop to heat at three different temperatures at once, and a count-up timer is perfect for keeping an eye on just how long you’ve been simmering that stock. The Thermador Liberty will go on sale in September.
15. Liebherr’s wine fridge can stand alone—or in your pantry
Most upscale wine fridges are designed to be built in, but this new model from Liebherr is meant to stand out. With room for up to 80 bottles in two zones depending on configuration, the 24-inch fridge is expected to retail for around $4,000 when it hits the market in September.