Home projects are like a roller coaster and kitchen projects are the more popular rides at the park. Who better to ride along with you than a friend who’s been on it before – someone who can guide you through to the end. That’s where team taste comes in. One of the twists in kitchen renovations can be deciding on the right appliances. With so many to choose from, it can be daunting.
We continually turn to our House of Taste partner, Gil’s Appliance for assistance in selection, design details and on-time installation. (And yes – today’s current lead time on appliances is challenging to say the least. But whatever the challenge, we’ve found Gil’s to be a trusted communicator with us and our clients. We appreciate their shared commitment to keep everyone informed, no matter what.)
Here are our top five appliances repeatedly on order to Gil’s for our client projects:
Let’s start with the largest appliance.
Refrigerator & Freezer Inspired by NASA
We love the SubZero 36” wide refrigerator and freezer with cabinetry panels & wi-fi connectivity to control settings remotely – if only we could find one that would make us breakfast. But we can’t complain when SubZero offers:
- A NASA-inspired air purification system fights spoilage & odors
- High-humidity, sealed crisper & deli drawers keep produce fresh
- Controls temperature within one degree of set point
We chose it for the client kitchen above because it centralizes all refrigeration and freezer space in one area and provides an end cap to the primary appliance wall.
Refrigerator Drawer Transforms Any Space
Sub Zero has developed the Anywhere Refrigerator Storage. The advent of their undercounter refrigerator suggests it should and can go almost anywhere. We couldn’t resist including the 36″ Designer Refrigerator Drawers on our list because it completely transforms an island into a sandwich making station or breakfast bar with deli meats, condiments, milk, cream, orange juice – all within reach.
Smart Design + Space Saver = The Perfect Range
The creme-de-la crème of our kitchen will be the Wolf 60″ Dual Fuel Range with six burners and an infrared dual griddle with their signature red knobs. Six dual-stacked burners produce up to 20,000 BTU for fast boils and intense sears and as low as 300 BTU for true simmers and worry-free melts. The built-in griddle range is a favorite for many of our clients who love the occasional, perfect grilled cheese sandwich or Sunday morning pancakes. Wolf’s Dual VertiCross™ convection system provides reliably even heat and enables consistent multi-rack cooking.
It features nearly 50 presets that automatically control the oven to ensure delicious results and ten cooking modes developed by Wolf chefs to maximize the performance of the oven. The range is aptly designed to include two full sized ovens underneath. As designers, we love providing our clients more storage within their cabinetry versus sacrificing the wall space for a double oven.
Host with the Most
For a crowd pleaser, we suggest the Subzero IW-30R 30” Designer Wine Storage, that holds.. wait for it.. 86 bottles. You can store reds and whites in separate temperature zones that maintain constant, moderate humidity with dual evaporators, so corks do not dry out. The UV-resistant glass door shields wine from aging. Wines can be selected easily without agitating others with textured roller-glide shelves that do not vibrate. This unit connects to your home security system for the most discerning wine collector.
And – we love that the beverage drawers below hold over 100 cans or bottles. Perfect for a large bar that needs to hold it all in one compact location. We chose it for our client’s bar for just that reason – the all-in-one unit allowed us to incorporate a dishwasher and liquor storage in other areas of the bar.
Knock, Knock – Who’s There?
Why it’s our coveted Miele G 7966 SCVi AutoDos dishwasher that opens automatically when you knock twice. “I love cleaning my kitchen and washing a ton of dishes,” says no one ever after a long day of work or a long evening entertaining guest. That’s why the German craftsman at Miele have followed their motto of “Immer Besser” (forever better) and incorporated innovative technology and thoughtful design into this dishwasher. So many of our clients love it because it flaunts wi-fi connectivity to control settings remotely and it offers adjustable options that create more space while optimizing loading for all types of dishware.
With your selections underway, we hope you can stay on track as you continue your exciting ride towards a dream kitchen. We know you’ll benefit from your new kitchen if you take the time to really address all your needs. It’s a process that can be fun, if you have a designer to guide you through to the end.