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Appliance Products and Trends for 2023: Good and Bad

February 3rd, 2023 | 4 min. read

By Steve Sheinkopf

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Appliance Products and Trends For 2023

I was at the KBIS show last weekend.

KBIS is where manufacturers display their latest designs and products.

You should know one key takeaway: Your kitchen and especially the laundry room will change soon.

Make that very soon.

But while some products are exciting. Some are not.

Below are the trends you will see in 6 months to 5 years maybe longer.

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Chinese Companies Will Have a Greater Presence

Chinese companies are already here. Haier owns GE, but the appliances are still made mostly in the US. The brand, Midea, is shown in a few stores.

However, smaller innovative companies will be exported soon as well.

Fotile reincarnated the in-sink dishwasher. KitchenAid had one for years before discontinuing it.

For apartments, a sink in the dishwasher is a space saver.

Fotile in-sink dishwasher

Robam features Smart technology with its 3D burner and Smart self-stirring pot.

robam 3D smart burner

To be transparent, the pot was not there, so the claim is at face value. Let's just say I am not placing orders just yet.

Their ventilation was interesting as well.

I thought the product was unique, but I want to test it in our service lab before selling it to you.

Robam ventilation hood

Ditto For Italian Companies

I have mixed feelings about Italian companies, specifically their ranges. You have a beautiful range lacking in output in features.

You have only 1 or 2 powerful burners out of 8 on a 48-inch range without a grill or decent griddle.

The ovens are typically smaller with about half the broiling output.

italian-style ranges

Still, they are inexpensive and good-looking, yet devoid of any control or performance.

Before you invest in a kitchen of unknown brands, you should see, touch and feel.

You have more choices for appliances than ever. That's good.

However, not all the choices may be what you want.

So be careful.

The Outside Is In

You can truly design anything for your outside kitchen.

My favorite booth was this Aura heater.

It projected tons of heat and was the only time I wasn’t freezing during the trip.

Aura patio heater

Blaze, Firemagic, and Twin Eagles all had huge displays.

Fire Magic had a grill with a window. I just wonder if you can see through all that smoke.

FireMagic bbq grill with window

Outside griddles are everywhere now. Griddles can cook anything.

When I was a kid at Yale, I watched the cook in the diner across the street cook omelets, hot dogs, hamburgers, eggs, and hash browns on a small griddle.

Twin Eagles outdoor griddle

Miele bought a grill company and now produces an outside salamander in addition to their grill. Salamanders are high-output infrared burners designed to sear steaks quickly.

Restaurants also use salamanders to sear the tops of foods like flan. The exposed infrared is more versatile than the infrared sear elements in the grills.

If you like pizza, you are in luck. You now have a number of companies offering elaborate pizza ovens.

Alfa outdoor pizza oven

How about your own crocodile-skinned bar? Perlick has one.

This fully stocked bar allows you to sauce up your party before saucing those ribs on a grill or in your new pizza oven.

Perlick outdoor drink bar with crocodile skin finish

Unique Colors

Remember when I said Green is never successful as a color? Manufacturers didn’t get the memo.

Green is the hot new color.

True showed their new finishes using a new process, so the refrigerator surface is shiny like a race car.

True Residential green finish

GE Profile showed a new charcoal finish and of course, green.

BlueStar, of course, has 1000 finishes and ten trim packages. They will even customize a color for you; yes, green is available.

BlueStar dual fuel pro range

However, you have plenty of choices for color in many brands. SMEG had the Peanuts theme and a bunch of interesting pastel colors.

Smeg refrigerator with Peanuts finish


I was walking by Samsung's booth. We don’t sell Samsung, but I admire their style.

The woman in the booth showed me their new Bespoke refrigerator. You can change colors with an app on the phone.

She then snapped a picture, and my face became the refrigerator front.

Samsung Bespoke refrigerator with digital frame doors

Then I went to LG with their new color-changing refrigerator. You change the colors with an app on your phone.

Both are interesting because no installation is required.

LG  MoodUP refrigerator with color changing refrigerator panels

True had their new built-in 30 and 36-inch refrigerators with or without glass fronts. BlueStar has its columns.

True Residential refrigerator and wine columns

You also can now buy a 48-inch French Door pro from SKS.


The new washers are the most interesting appliances at the show.

As any long-term blog readers know, combo washers and dryers are not my favorite appliances.

The current models cannot effectively remove lint, so it seizes the machine over time.

However, GE Profile has a new large combo with Microban anti-microbial surfaces and a large 4.8 capacity.

The heat pump dryer uses a compressor to store heat and dry more efficiently.

You can place this unit on an inside wall because it does not need to be vented. Best of all, it has a thick two-sided filter.

We will be testing it soon.

GE Profile combination washer and heat-pump dryer

Beko receives a special notation for sustainability.

The outer tub on the washers is made out of used plastic bottles.

Beko compact washer with sustainable drum

Whirlpool has its large-capacity heat pump combo as well.

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Key Takeaways

Hard to believe laundry was the most exciting. However, between GE Profile, LG, and Whirlpool, the day of transferring your clothes from the washer to the dryer may be over. One machine will be able to do both.

You can coordinate colors in your kitchen so much better now.

In the battle of the colorful refrigerators of LG and Samsung: Who will win?

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Steve Sheinkopf

Steve Sheinkopf is the third-generation CEO of Yale Appliance and a lifelong Bostonian. He has over 38 years of experience in the appliance industry, and he is a trusted source of information for consumers on how to buy and repair appliances.

Steve has also been featured in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Consumer Reports, The Boston Globe, Bloomberg Radio, the New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Entrepreneur, for his knowledge of how to buy appliances and appliance repair.

Steve is passionate about helping consumers find the best appliances for their needs, and he is always happy to answer questions and provide advice. He is a valuable resource for consumers who are looking for information on appliance buying, repair, and maintenance.

Despite being the worst goalie in history, Steve is a fan of the Bruins and college hockey, loves to read, and is a Peloton biker. The love of his life is his daughter, Sophie.

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