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From a 333-Year-Old German Company, New Cooking Tech

An oven with royal lineage has the latest in sous vide and steam.

The Gaggenau 400 Series Combi-Steam Oven Credit: BSH/Gaggenau

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Not many modern companies can trace their history directly back to a 17th century military ruler, but ultra-luxury home appliance manufacturer Gaggenau can.

Today at Design and Construction Week, the company is showing off two new products that blend the latest in cooking trends with a heritage that extends back 333 years.

We’d be willing to bet that no other home appliance company can claim it was founded by a military commander of the Holy Roman Empire and the godson of Louis XIV of France.

The first, the 400 Series Combi-Steam Oven, takes advantage of two technologies popular at the forefront of cooking: steam, and sous-vide. The built-in wall oven also claims to have the world’s first self-cleaning function.

400 Series Combi-Steam Oven
Credit: Gaggenau

The Gaggenau 400 Series Combi-Steam Oven can clean itself fully. It's also capable of steam cooking and sous-vide.

The second product is the AF210 range hood. Compatible with all Gaggenau cooktops, the visor-like hood automatically extends from beneath cabinetry to capture steam and odors.

Gaggenau AF210 range hood
Credit: Gaggenau

The Gaggenau AF210 range hood is compatible with any of the company's cooktops.

Both products bear the name of the Black Forest town where Ludwig Wilhelm, Margrave of Baden-Baden, established an iron works in 1683. We’d be willing to bet that no other home appliance company can claim it was founded by a military commander of the Holy Roman Empire and the godson of Louis XIV of France.

Ludwig Wilhelm, Margrave of Baden-Baden

Ludwig Wilhelm, Margrave of Baden-Baden, founded the company that would become Gaggenau in 1683.

Gaggenau eventually built bicycles, signs, and stoves through the 1930s, and in 1931, Gaggenau’s owner decided to focus on built-in appliances. The rest is modern history.

Today, Gaggenau sits at the peak of the high-end appliance market, manufacturing design-forward statement pieces in Germany. Forget your Wolf, Viking, and Thermador—this is such an exclusive brand that most folks haven’t even seen a kitchen outfitted with Gaggenau appliances—let alone cooked in one.

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