ProBuilder Product Report: Kitchen Appliances

Kitchen appliances from Thermador, Perlick and more are really cookin'.
October 31, 2008

Strictly Professional

We’ve shown you the Professional Series ranges, now here are the wall ovens. Thermador’s Professional Series ovens offer homeowners the true look and feel of restaurant-style cooking, with an integrated chronometer and stainless steel knobs. The dishwasher-safe rotisserie can handle up to a 12-pound turkey and other large meats, and the 5,000-watt Max Broil element provides powerful broiling.

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Coffee, Stat

Only the coffee junkies need apply here. Water Inc.’s Brew Express is a built-in, fully plumbed coffee system that mounts within the wall atop a counter. Rather than monopolizing an electrical outlet, it actually adds two. Because the Brew Express is plumbed directly to a water supply (the company also has water filters) your homeowners won’t have to worry about filling up the carafe.

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Compact and Cool

Commercial-grade stainless steel interiors and a variable-speed compressor are the hallmarks of Perlick’s 15-inch Refrigerator Drawers. Refrigerator-only (15-inch) and other models are also available with customized overlay packages. The company’s Beverage Center, Wine Reserve and Beer Dispenser round out the 15-inch lineup.

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Gutentag, Herr Kitchen

The German-made 36-inch 2062 refrigerator Series from Liebherr has a French door configuration and is Energy Star-rated. Three versions are available: freestanding CS 2062 in stainless steel; fully integrated HC 2062 with custom finish; and fully integrated HCS 2062 in stainless steel. All models feature improved insulation and beefed-up ice makers.

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Cooking with Color

The new built-in gas wall oven by BlueStar is available in 24-, 30 and 36-inch sizes in up to 190 different colors, so you can say goodbye to stainless steel. Homeowners will love being able to pick the color. The 24-inch model features a standard left to right swing door, while the 30- and 36-inch ovens feature French doors. All sizes feature convection ovens and fully retractable racks.

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Pack It In

Broan’s Elite XE Trash Compactor helps to tighten the load on local landfills and keeps kitchens free from bad smells. The XE has a 6-to-1 compaction ratio thanks to a more powerful ¾-horsepower motor and 1-1/2-cubic feet of storage. Smell abatement is provided courtesy of Microban antimicrobial protection.

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More Room for Dessert

Sometimes the fridge just doesn’t have enough space for the deli trays and the two-liters. Whirlpool set out to remedy space concerns with the Gold External Ice & Water French Door Refrigerator. The model includes extra-tall, humidity-controlled crispers for unwieldy food trays (especially helpful around Thanksgiving), a caddy for tall bottles and a can pack keeper for bulk items.

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