Smart Technology And Appliances

Over the last few years appliances have undergone a Smart revolution, and Smart technology is no longer considered a luxury, but an essential for kitchens. Manufacturers have fully embraced the need to be connected, ensuring that kitchen appliances can use you home wifi to connect to an app on your tablet or smartphone. This helps maximise flexibility, use and enjoyment of the kitchen at the mere touch of a button on a tablet or smartphone. In fact, you don’t even need to be home to switch on your oven or dishwasher! From self-cook ovens, voice-activated washing machines, or fridges that alert your phone to the foods you’re running low on and can connect to order replacements online…LWK Kitchens team of appliance experts can guide you through the plethora of options to find the Smart choice for you.

Here are some examples of LWK Kitchens Smart kitchen appliance offerings:

Kitchen Appliances: Ovens

An oven is integral to any kitchen and whilst for some of our clients, simplicity is paramount, others may be looking for an oven that incorporates the latest of technologies, bringing a wealth of new possibilities to the way that they cook. At LWK Kitchens we can talk you through the different types of oven available; this includes conventional fan, double, multi-functional cooking, and steam ovens, all of which provide essential functionality. We have ovens of varying capacities and available in a multitude of dimensions, offering flexibility in your choices, and especially useful if your kitchen is quite small. And if you are looking for added extras, we have pyrolytic self-cleaning ovens, ovens to cook your food in half the time, or smart features which let you turn on the oven and set the temperature via voice-activation or your smartphone. Integrated recipe functions will even calculate the right oven temperature and cook time, and switch itself off once finished; such Smart technology is the perfect solution if you lack confidence in cooking.

Siemens IQ700 oven and compact steam oven
Siemens IQ700 oven and compact steam oven

Kitchen Appliances: Hobs

LWK Kitchens can offer specialist advice on all available types of hobs and heat sources, and we display a wide range of hobs at our London Kitchen Showrooms.

Hobs are available in a range of sizes and styles with varying functionality and we can ensure compatibility with your other appliances, your current fuel source and your cookware.

If you are looking for a gas hob we can talk you though important considerations such as the possible size or number of burners, ease of cleaning as well as safety features such as flame failure shut-off. For those with an electric fuel supply we will discuss functions such as halogen zones which heat up and cool down quicker than standard methods. We can also explain the energy saving, increased speed and safety benefits offered by induction hobs. For greater flexibility, the domino hob allows you to tailor your cooking area to combine anything from a wok burner to a barbeque grill function, offering a truly bespoke solution.

Siemens induction hob
Siemens induction hob

Types of hob and hob Jargon

  • Gas Hob: Gas is the fuel source and must be directly supplied to the appliance. The installation requires certification provided by a Gas Safe competent installer (Successor to the CORGI register).
  • Halogen Hob: Halogen hobs utilise a red halogen lamp that operates at very high temperature to heat a glass ceramic plate. The cooking surface, (the glass ceramic plate) heats far faster than a conventional electric hob.
  • Induction Hob: The main difference between an induction hob and other types of hob is that the heat is produced from within the cooking pot or pan, and not transmitted to the pot or pan through the cooking surface. This is achieved using a magnetic field, and as such only works with ferrous pots and pans- not aluminium ones. Induction hobs are more energy efficient, heat faster, allow direct heat control and have the added benefit of a much cooler cooking surface once the pot has been removed. This is an extremely effective safety feature and makes induction hobs a popular options for families.
  • Domino hobs: Domino hobs are typically slimmer appliances that carry out one specific task but when joined in series allow a more flexible cooking solution. For example, 1 x 300 mm tepenyaki plate, 1 x 300 mm induction hob and 1 x 300 mm bbq grill can be combined to form a 900mm hob, which is an extremely versatile hob surface solution.
Siemens domino hob with gas burner and teppan yaki plate
Siemens domino hob with gas burner and teppan yaki plate

Kitchen Appliances: Cooling

Refrigerators and freezers play an important role in ensuring optimum food hygiene, but at LWK Kitchens London, our cooling appliances offer more than simple chilling/freezing capability. Clients can choose from a selection of integrated appliances which blend beautifully with the kitchen design whilst offering desirable functions such as chilled water, ice-making and frost-free cooling. For those with integrated ice-making you can easily change the settings from your smartphone or tablet. Similarly, integrated cameras mean you can check the contents of your fridge from your smartphone whilst out and about, and they will even connect online so you can reorder remotely. We also offer fridges with inbuilt hyperFresh systems which ensure optimal temperatures for storing different types of food, keeping it fresh for up to three times longer.

LWK Kitchens London can advise on the practical elements of cooling appliances, such as size and capacity, energy efficiency, as well as the frost-free features of our fridges, freezers and combined cooling appliances. Perhaps you need optimum storage for the fresh food in your fridge? Or maybe you feel tired of defrosting your existing freezer and are looking for a lower maintenance option? Our consultation process ensures we take all considerations into account when matching appliance products to your individual needs.

Our freestanding appliances also offer much sought-after design features. From temperature and humidity controlled wine coolers to large capacity American style fridge/freezers, LWK kitchens supply an appealing collection of stylish cooling appliances that reflect the latest kitchen trends and technological developments.

Freestanding American fridge freezer
Freestanding American fridge freezer

Kitchen Appliances: Washing

When looking to buy a new washing or drying appliance, load type, capacity, style, effectiveness, and energy efficiency are all important factors that need consideration. At LWK Kitchens, our carefully chosen product range means that clients don’t have to compromise on any of these factors. Perhaps you have a big family, but are concerned about energy saving? We can advise on the perfect large capacity appliance with efficient spin speed, high class energy rating and minimal water consumption. And of course, you can now connect your washing machine to your phone through your wifi connection so you don’t need to be home to switch it on, pause it, or change the wash cycle’s setting. Apps will advise of any maintenance issues, alerting your phone of minor issues such as a blocked filter and how to try and fix it without calling out an engineer. Smart washing machines will also automate the correct dosage of detergent and fabric softener based on the load, and some machines can even now dry clean your clothes without the need of water or detergent.

LWK Kitchens can ensure your chosen washing machine, dryer, or washer/dryer can be easily installed in your home regardless of whether you choose an integrated, freestanding, top loading, or semi integrated machine. Even if you have very limited space or a complicated design problem, our team will work with you to find the most appropriate and convenient solution.

Many modern washing machine models are wifi compatable
Many modern washing machine models are wifi compatable

Kitchen Appliances: Dishwashers

If washing-up is your least favourite chore, dishwashers are an essential, and their cleaning capability is of primary importance. But do you need a full-sized machine or a sleek slim-line model? Would you prefer an integrated dishwasher, or would a freestanding model work best within your kitchen? Do you want an eye-level integrated dishwasher with easy access for loading/unloading and which works seamlessly with other eye-level appliances? The range of dishwashers available at LWK Kitchens includes models in a range of shapes and sizes, and with optimum cleaning capability and efficiency. There are also added design features such as moveable racks and baskets, additional safety devices, and a choice of intuitive washing programmes that automatically select the optimum programme according to the size of load. Your dishwasher can even alert your phone when the cycle is finished or to notify you that it’s run out of salt.

Modern dishwashers can connect to your tablet or Smartphone
Modern dishwashers can connect to your tablet or Smartphone

Kitchen Appliances: Extractors

A machine solely to extract cooking odours? Or a chance to make a bold design statement?

At LWK Kitchens London, we have chosen a selection of slim line, integrated, telescopic, chimney hood and down draft extractor models that are both highly functional, yet very sleek. To see these different types of extractor why not visit one of our London Kitchen Showrooms and judge first-hand the extraction power, style and quality of the different brands and methods of extraction available to you.

Externally vented or Recirculation?

Through the course of your design appointment, we will determine which type of extractor is right for your home, based on where it will be situated. Extraction systems remove moisture and odours via ducting to an outside wall, whereas re-circulation systems can be fitted anywhere. Our technical expertise enables us to fully explain the pros and cons of the different systems as well as the design choices available for each.

For an extraction system, we can offer advice on ducting kits and extraction rates. If you opt for a re-circulation system we can talk you through the filtration options and maintenance of your cooker hood. We also recognise that noise can be a nuisance, and particularly in open plan settings; in solution we have a select choice of models which are as quiet as possible, even when operating on high extraction rates.

Downdraft extractors are aesthetically appealing and highly functional

Kitchen Appliances: Sinks and taps

At LWK Kitchens, we have selected a range of sinks and taps that work in harmony with each other. Perhaps you are looking for a rinse spray tap? Or maybe you would like freshly-filtered or instant hot water? Boiling water taps used to be a luxury item but are now everyday essentials within modern busy homes. Visit one of our London Kitchen Showrooms and you will see a choice of taps ranging from the practical to the innovative, as well as a selection of sinks that work to complete the perfect partnership.

When advising on the most suitable sink for you, our technical experts will also take into consideration your work surface material, kitchen layout and design, and style preferences. Our range includes both under and over-mounted units, stainless steel or ceramic, and space saving solutions such as corner and inset sinks. We pride ourselves on working with clients to find the perfect product combination and package. We can even supply flush mounted sinks into laminate worktops; this is a very stylish and yet cost-effective design solution, with the machining of the work surface carried out by our German kitchen manufacturer to ensure the best possible water-proof seal between the sink and the laminate.

This black matt tap provides boiling, chilled and sparkling water
This black matt tap provides boiling, chilled and sparkling water

Visit Our Showroom

If you are unsure of which appliance would best suit your kitchen and your needs, why not visit one of our London Kitchen Showrooms so you can see the sizes and options available. At LWK kitchens, we make recommendations which combine both innovation and practicality. Whatever your circumstances might be, our specialist knowledge means we can cut through the maze of modern technology to support you in making an informed and suitable decision.