Picking the 10 best products in a store is a tall order. There are tons of interesting and likable products.
When I originally wrote this in 2014, Sub-Zero upgraded their integrated refrigeration, Dacor launched their internet ready ovens and there were some very different BBQ's from Big Green Egg and Kalamazoo.
Looking forward through 2016 and beyond, there are some very different, interesting products like black stainless steel and heat pump technology in laundry.
The big winner is cooking products with Wolf, Miele, and Jenn-Air debuting their new products. We even have a talking grill on the list as well.
Let's take a look at some honorable mentions first.
Induction is the fastest and most responsive cooking available. It's even faster than gas cooking. This Miele at 7,700 watts is 50% faster than the previous fastest induction burner at 5,000 watts.
Whirlpool Smart Laundry with Phone App
It’s a cool idea, because it can alert you when the cycle is done. You still have to move the laundry from washer to dryer. Phone apps are becoming more popular in appliances. In my opinion, it makes the most sense in cooking.
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10 - Fisher & Paykel Integrated Refrigerator
An integrated refrigerator fits within a 24 inch deep cabinet, so the refrigerator is indistinguishable from the other cabinets. It is a popular trend and this Fisher & Paykel refrigerator is 50% less expensive than comparable brands.
9 - Heat Pump Dryers
LG Heat Pump Dryer
Heat Pump dryers have been around in AC/heater units for quite some time. Heat pumps are significantly more efficient than normal drying elements. The technology may not be there quite yet, but within 5 years heat pumps will be the dryer to consider.
8 - Steam Ovens
Miele Steam Oven
I had Buffalo wings cooked in a steam oven, yet they tasted fried. What you can do with steam is amazing. Steam cooking is the healthiest way to cook, because it doesn't bake out nutrients, and you don't need lots of fats for moisture.
7 - Black Stainless Steel Appliances
Samsung Black Stainless Steel Appliances
Everyone is looking for a different finish other than stainless steel, so why not a darker shade of steel. It is a rich, different finish, but there are issues.
6 - Gaggenau Appliances
Gaggenau's Bang & Olufsen modern designs sets their appliances apart
5 - Hubbardton Forge Lighting
Shopping for lighting can be somewhat boring, because most lighting is manufactured in the same five factories in China. Hubbardton Forge, however, is hand made in Vermont, USA. Their products span from traditional to contemporary style lighting.
4 - Visual Comfort Lighting
If you wonder why these lights look so good, actual lighting designers, engineer and built these lights. The detail work is pretty amazing as well.
3 - LED 1" Recessed Lighting
Our entire Framingham showroom is comprised of 1" and 3" LED recessed lights, the smallest ever made. They last 22 times longer than incandescent light bulbs and use about 5-8 times less energy. You should consider using LED in your home.
2 - Lynx Voice Activated Grill
You can ask the grill to cook your steak medium well or rare. It will tell you when to flip it and when to take it off the grill. This is the future of cooking.
1 - Wolf, Miele, and Jenn-Air Wall Ovens
New Jenn-Air Wall Oven with Nest Capability
These ovens will all figure out how to cook your food with a touch of a button, but all are different. Wolf has the new “VertiCross” blower convection system delivering heat faster. Miele has steam assist for breads and finishing foods. Jenn-Air has a great interface and can be controlled by your phone.
Later this year, Jenn-Air wall ovens will be integrated with your Nest thermostat. All three wall ovens are excellent.
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