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Best New Appliances at the 2016 Architecture Digest Design Show

Steve Sheinkopf  |  March 23, 2016  |  3 Min. Read

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I have been traveling to new product shows for most of my 30 years at Yale. We are always looking for the best and newest products to market. Since we service these products, we want them to work first and be trendy second.

Until 5 years ago, the best show was the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas, but Architectural Digest has become the show of choice in New York. The appliance manufacturers are all there with their newest prototypes.

So, out of hundreds of options, I have boiled it down to 7 products to consider. Before we look, there are a couple of honorable mentions.

Honorable Mentions 


architectural digest home design show lighting

The lighting is pretty exquisite. However, much of it is designed for restaurants and commercial spaces. When you ask how much, the common answer seems to be $5,000. Hopefully, it becomes cheaper and commoditized in the next few years.



BlueStar is another solid, high powered professional range company. However, it is family owned and made in the U.S, so it pulls at my heart strings. They just introduced a refrigerator and have some unique products.

Best 7 Products at the 2016 Architectural Digest Design Show

7. Blomberg Front Control Gas Slide-In and Pro Ranges

blomberg ranges at architectural digest home design show

Blomberg is trying to become an actual mainstream brand. These ranges have decent specs, but are much less expensive than similar products.

6. Viking Carbon Fiber Pro Range

viking carbon fiber range architectural digest home design show

We do not carry Viking, but they have always had intriguing designs. 10 years ago, it was a range painted in graffiti, but this fiber is beautiful. Now, if the range would just work!

5. Caliber Grill

Caliber grill at architectural digest home design show

This grill has good power (as a grill should), but the cover completely recesses for entertaining. I love the hockey puck knobs.

4. True 48" Refrigerator

New True Residental Refrigerator architectural digest home design show

This product is solid with every part made of stainless steel. If you are looking for a commercial looking refrigerator, True may be the most authentic. The downside is the price tag. It is the only more expensive product than Sub-Zero. 

3. Thermador 60" Professional Range

new thermador 60 inch range at architectural digest home design show

This could be the most versatile product on the market. Then again, a 60" range should be pretty versatile. It has the largest cooktop at 36" versus 30" for the others, plus a steam oven and a warming drawer. The top is powerful with two 22,000 BTU burners and their ExtraLow simmer. 

2. Jenn-Air Nest Enabled Wall Oven

jenn air wall oven with Nest at architectural digest home design show

Jenn-Air and Dacor already have internet ready ovens with smartphone apps, but incorporation with Nest is just plain smart.

1. Wolf 36" Induction Range

wolf induction range at architectural digest home design show

wolf induction range at architectural digest home design show

Induction is faster, the most child safe, with a better simmer and less venting required than gas cooking. This range should dominate the professional gas range category. It also is risky, because people love their gas ranges.

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A few review sites have placed this at the bottom of their articles. So here is our take: Our mission is to find reliable products for you to buy. Other review sites may say this as well.

However, we don’t love every product. Quite frankly, it costs us way too much money in repair costs to support less reliable brands.

In fact, we sell fewer brands than most appliance stores. Here is why:

We feel it is our responsibility to repair your appliances after you buy them.

We now have 30 service technicians, each averaging 8-10 calls a day Monday through Friday, plus another 110 on Saturday. That's over 30,000 service calls logged in one year.

The labor rates of fixing an appliance do not come close to the true cost in any product’s warranty period.

That is why no major retailer has a service department. It costs too much labor, money and time.

Our Blog is a bit different than most others you will read. We cannot write glowing reviews of unreliable products.

Hopefully, the bloggers and organizations who write such glowing product reviews for every brand consider servicing these products first. Only then they will understand the consequences of their marketing.

Steve Sheinkopf

My goal has always been simple: I want Yale to be the best retail experience anywhere. I have tried to create a compelling environment for customers and employees alike.

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