We've touched down in Berlin for IFA 2013, Europe's largest consumer electronics and home appliance show. Every year, IFA (the Internationale Funkausstellung) brings out the latest and greatest—and prettiest—in home appliance technology and design. Here's a taste of what has us salivating this time around.
Miele and Bosch are the kings here at IFA, with two huge booths in prominent locations. For a sense of just how big they are, take a look at the looming display that greets visitors at the main South Hall entrance.
We expect both appliance giants to show off an array of new wares focusing on both striking design and increased efficiency. In fact, that's generally the name of the game here at IFA, where companies display beautiful, efficient appliances that will soon fill the homes of Europeans and taunt Americans with their unavailability.
One of the most heavily marketed appliances we'll be seeing in the days to come is the new Food ShowCase fridge, recently announced by Samsung. It's a design-centric door-in-door fridge that looks beautiful and gives you easy access to frequently used items.
This year will also mark the first IFA appearance for Swedish appliance manufacturer Asko, now under its new Slovenian parent company, Gorenje. We'll just have to wait and see whether Asko makes a splash with its big debut.
UK manufacturer Belling is also expected to show off some new induction technology, including an induction oven that has really piqued our interest. Induction has become commonplace for range tops, but transferring the technology to an oven cavity seems like a real technological marvel.
Speaking of ranges, IFA 2013 is expected to set new standards for kitchen design and aesthetics. European kitchens often place unusually high importance on the range hood, making it the centerpiece of the entire space. Every year, IFA delivers with a variety of visually striking, unusually engineered hoods that can really make a kitchen stand out.
The theme of high design is sure to extend to kettles, coffeemakers, and other specialty small appliances. More and more of these European novelties are making it to store shelves in the US, so we'll keep our eyes peeled for likely additions to your culinary routine.