Makeover Monday: Miele & Under Counter Appliances For Kitchen Islands

Steve Sheinkopf  |  June 30, 2014  |  3 Min. Read

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It's Makeover Monday: Every Monday we look at a professionally remodeled kitchen and/or bathroom and talk about what is good and sometimes not so good about that particular renovation. This article is designed to help you with your let's get to it.

About 15 years ago, the formal dining area and kitchen were merged becoming one great room. This idea changed our industry. It also popularized products like drawer refrigeration and beverage centers so kids would have easy access without opening the main refrigerator. Bar sinks and pot filling faucets became more popular as well.

The kitchen became bigger, so you needed secondary products in the more remote areas.

Kitchen Islands

Islands also created products like the microwave drawer. Your alternative before the drawer was to hang or build the microwave into a cabinet. Sharp introduced this product 5 or 6 years ago, and it can be placed waist high in the island itself.

As a FYI, all microwave drawers are manufactured by Sharp (except Miele) and just labeled differently. Aesthetically, look at the Thermador and Bosch because they can be mounted flush and not protrude from the cabinet.

However, of all the companies benefiting from this trend, Miele has the most to offer. European kitchens are smaller, so their products are designed to fit under a cabinet. Let's look at some installations.



The two hallmarks of Miele is ease of use and reliability. Along with Gaggenau, Miele is the least serviced brand in the appliance industry. With the MasterChef controls, you just type in the food, and the product calculates the time. It is incredibly simple to use.

Under Cabinet Products

  • Steam Oven: Product uses steam to cook. Steam is the healthiest way to cook and you can cook anything in steam.
  • Speed Oven: Speed ovens use a microwave assist to speed the cooking process without the rubbery microwave texture.
  • Wall Oven: Somewhat self explanatory, but Miele is not tall, so it does not interfere with your toe kicks.

Just remember, in an island installation you have plenty of options, from refrigeration to cooking.

Special thanks to Haddad Hakansson of Belmont, MA for the images. View them on Houzz here.

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Steve is the third-generation CEO of Yale and a lifelong Bostonian. He currently resides in Boston, one mile from where he was born. Despite being one of the worst goalies of all time, he is a huge hockey fan of college hockey and the Boston Bruins. The love of his life is his daughter Sophie.

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