For years, modern kitchen appliances have been simplifying our various household chores and activities. And appliance manufacturers’ continued focus on improved design, sustainability, and energy efficiency, has resulted in increasingly effective and innovative technology. This means that many appliances are not only luxurious but now deemed a necessity by homeowners. There are thousands of kitchen appliances available today…but below you will find a few of LWK’s favourite, life-changing kitchen appliances: –
Technology Driven Appliances:
1. Multi-function Ovens
As the name suggests these ovens have highly advanced technology which allows them to function in a number of clever ways! For example, many of our clients fancy the Siemens iQ700 oven as it enables them to bake, roast, grill and defrost, all in one convenient appliance. The oven’s functions can be used simultaneously or individually, for optimum performance.
And what really sets these ovens apart is they can be operated manually as well as through a tablet or smartphone. Connecting via wireless software, you are able to monitor and control your oven remotely. This means you don’t even have to be home yet still enjoy peace of mind that your meal is cooking away to perfection! Worrying about overcooking is needless, as the oven will simply switch itself off when the meal is done. Pre-programed functions also enable you to pre-define and weigh your food; ensuring flawlessly cooked meals every single time.
Furthermore, whilst you might question, Does a self-cleaning oven really work?, we can attest that with activeClean® pyrolytic technology, your oven really is able to clean itself at just the mere touch of a button.
2. App Integrated Appliances
Becoming increasingly popular within every day homes, the Amazon Echo, is a handsfree speaker that aims to simplify life for the user through following voice-activated commands. App integrated in functionality, this product can answer questions, read audiobooks, provide weather and traffic updates and even find a recipe for you, such as on the Jamie Oliver App.
This appliance can also control lights, switches and thermostats. But more than this, you can connect the Amazon Echo to Bosch and Siemens appliances using Home Connect Technology. In turn, this will let you use voice commands to control your appliances, whether switching on your oven or washing machine, or else instructing your coffee maker to prepare you the perfect Mocha Chocca Latte!
3. Smart Fridges
The Siemens iQ500 (KG36NHI32) fulfils every need you have ever had for a fridge! For example, a built-in camera allows you to monitor your fridge’s contents via Wi-Fi, so you don’t even have to be at home to check what you’re running out of- you simply need your phone, tablet or laptop with you! This makes food shopping that much easier, and will save you accidently buying duplicate items because you think you’re running out.
With special drawers, dedicated to fruit and vegetables, and fish and meat respectively, this fridge stores foods at different temperatures to ensure maximum freshness. Special filters are also incorporated which reduce odour and eliminate bacteria.
Any humidity is diverted from the freezer department through a cleverly designed ventilation system which prevents frost from forming inside your fridge or on your food. Finally, even the exterior of the fridge is beneficial, as it is smudge-proof, meaning that fingerprints aren’t visible.
4. Boiling water Taps
Revolutionary in style, these appliances have changed the way we live our lives. Boiling water taps have eliminated the need for a kettle so you can make a cup of tea far more quickly. Likewise, cooking veggies, pasta or rice takes much less time than if waiting for the kettle to boil. Sleek in design, boiling water taps save on space and are also more energy efficient than kettles. So whilst more expensive for the initial cost, this sleek investment is cheaper to run and so over time will prove its worth, as reflected in your energy bills!
At, LWK Kitchens, we have found that the Hydrotap Range of taps, by Zip, is extremely popular due to the additional features that are available. For example, the Classic tap offers a choice of boiling, chilled or sparkling filtered water -or else you can combine these all in one! Modern game-changers, these taps improve overall water quality, and the variety you can offer when entertaining guests is also certain to impress!
5. Bean-to-cup Coffee Machines
If we take into consideration that 70 million cups of coffee is consumed per day in the UK, then it is easy to understand the need for the Siemens bean-to-cup coffee machine. Allowing you to save up to 8 personalised beverages, along with names, this appliance ensures you will make the perfect cup for your guests every time they visit. Wifi connectivity also allows control straight from your smartphone. So you don’t even need to be in the same room to start making your coffee. And what may be one of its best attributes, is a milk frother. This means that the perfect cappuccino is available at just the push of a button.
A fully automatic descaling and cleaning programme is integrated within this machine and early warnings will alert you to when your bean or water level is running low.
In short, making coffee has simply never ‘bean’ this easy!
6. Steam Ovens
Inspired by a healthier lifestyle, this appliance is used to cook almost any kind of food. Our health-conscious clients side with the Siemens iQ700 steam oven. Pressurised steam, generated by boiling water ensures the preparation of rice, pasta, vegetables, fish, and meat, to name a few…
Due to the moisturised cooking procedure, the food remains hydrated and flavourful. An additional health factor is the reduction in fat and oil intake. The need to cook with oil or fats is eliminated because the steam oven cooks with pressurised steam. This appliance is the ultimate lifestyle hack.
Should you happen to be someone who enjoys a little more crisp to things, there is another solution which you might favour: A Siemens iQ700 steam combination oven. With all the function of a steam oven, this oven also has the ‘traditional hot-air’ cooking function. Allowing you to cook various meals simultaneously, this is great for crispy crusts and juicy roasts.
7. Warming Drawers
If you love entertaining you might want to consider the Siemens iQ700 warming drawer. Gone are the days of reheating prepared meals that have gone cold. Instead they are now being kept fresh and warm with specific serving temperatures as well as defrosting food. These temperatures can be changed according to your needs.
There is also no need to worry about a huge electricity bill as warming drawers are designed to produce and maintain heat with the lowest consumption properties. Switching between 30°C-80°C, warming drawers are also being used by many people, to warm plates prior to serving. With a weight capacity of 25kg, this drawer can accommodate up to 40 plates!
Electric dishwashers have been around since 1917, and will long continue as an appliance we largely depend on! A few of the reasons why they remain popular include bacteria and germ elimination, time efficiency, monthly savings, and of course not having to wash up by hand.
Modern dishwashers are also continuing to evolve to make our lives even easier. Many models are now easier to load, complete their cycles much faster, and can automatically calculate the time, temperature and volume of water required based on the load. A firm favourite among LWK’s clients is the fully integrated iQ700 dishwasher by Siemens.
The OpenAssist technology allows you to open the door of the dishwasher with just a slight touch of the hand, and an added feature accompanying this function is a convenient childlock.
Also, Wi-Fi controllable, this dishwasher allows you to access and control it no matter where you are. With extraordinary drying capabilities, washing and drying functions are increased by 66%, compared to other models.
Read more on: How to load a dishwasher… the right way!
9. Extractor Fans
During cooking, a lot of heat, smoke, steam, and odours are typically produced, and so a kitchen extractor fan is required to remove these. The most common types of extractors are Telescopic, chimney hood and wall mounted extractors. But some of the newer models include ceiling extractors such as the Siemens IQ700 Ceiling extractor. This has convertible air circulation which equips it for optimal hygiene control, whilst an intensive programmed setting increases the extraction rate. With soft push buttons; the ceiling extractor can be both electronically and remote controlled, whilst its grease filter cassettes allow it to be completely dishwasher safe.
Another stylish option is the Siemens IQ700 Downdraft extractor. Integrating seamlessly into your worktop, this 90cm extractor retracts out of sight when not in use. Popular for islands, the canopy is also touch controlled allowing excellent ease of usage.
10. Wine Coolers
Exceeding overall expectations, wine coolers have proven their worth in many homes. Not only are they highly functional but they serve a very important role. An increasing trend in purchasing behaviour has made the built-under Miele (KWT 6322 UG) a particular favourite. There is no surprise as to why…
Some of its key functions include:
- Secure storage of wine bottles with pull-out racks
- Special tinted UV filter glass door
- Wooden grid shelves that form part of a natural element
- Up to 3 different temperature zones for different types of wine
- Integrated charcoal filter for optimum filtration
Still not convinced? Find out more: What’s so cool about wine coolers?
11. Integrated Worktop Pop-up Sockets
Improving on the overall experience in the kitchen, pop-up sockets have opened a door for major change and convenience. There are integrated options for charging USB devices; but you can also play music through this motorised one-touch audio pop-up socket with Bluetooth wireless connectivity. Especially popular for kitchen islands and peninsulas, pop up sockets retract into the worktop when not in use, contributing to a streamlined, flush and minimalist finish.
12. Waste Disposal Units
For greater convenience in the kitchen, food waste disposal units mean no longer having to put food waste into your kitchen bin. Mounted beneath your sink, they can dispose of the majority of your food waste. A major benefit of this is the elimination of food waste smells. They are also very helpful if you don’t have much bin space within your kitchen.Waste disposers can be connected to any standard sink. However they do take up space beneath the sink so it is always advisable to check your dimensions and ensure it will fit before committing.
13. Indoor Herb Fridges
Futuristic in every way, you are now able to grow your own herbs and microgreens, all in the convenience of your very own kitchen. For those who aren’t particularly green-fingered the Urban Cultivator has transformed the strain of gardening into an easy, everyday task.
With no chemicals or sprays emitted onto your plants, this means you will have 100% organic, healthy vegetables, all year round, whilst your integrated ‘gardening-fridge’ will ensure constant growing support.
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