In 1962, “The Jetsons” debuted on TV with a fascinating and fun view of the future, complete with smart technology in a city set above the clouds. I remember watching the cartoon imagining what the future may look like. Well, here we are many decades later and while we don’t have complete meals popping out of a computer just yet, we do have some pretty amazing appliances to get excited about!
With new technological trends growing and manufacturers offering a gamut of new options, home appliances are defined by their functionality, intelligence, technological integration, and minimalistic design. And as our lifestyles change, so do our kitchens.
Read on to learn how kitchen appliances have evolved for a healthier, more efficient, and comfortable lifestyle for 2022. And don’t stop short, we saved the most dramatic ones for last!
With ovens, cooking with steam is becoming a more mainstream choice for home chefs. Convection steam ovens easily combine the advantages of both wet and dry cooking to evenly distribute heat for nutrient-rich meals.
Virtually any dish prepared in a conventional oven, range, or microwave can now also be nutritiously prepared in a convection steam oven. It also gives you the ability to keep more nutrients and moisture in dishes without using oil or butter, which is especially key as we all cook more at home. You can bake, roast, steam, poach, defrost, proof, dehydrate, bake bread, make yogurt, reheat leftovers, and more, all in one appliance!
For example, the Wolf Convection Steam Oven boasts that no other oven has ever been so versatile, so intelligent. And the hype might just be right. 😉
Prepare almost any dish more deliciously and more nutritiously. Bake pastries, roast prime rib, or bring leftovers back to steamy and flavorful. But don’t take our word for it, attend a demonstration at your local Wolf showroom and taste for yourself. These chef-led demonstrations are a delicious opportunity to ask questions of the experts who use the appliances every day.
In stovetop news, induction cooktops and ranges are becoming an increasingly popular alternative to gas and electric tops, as their temperature controls help them heat up faster and more precisely. Plus, they’re often more energy-efficient than traditional electric ranges, not to mention being very easy to clean and maintain! It’s basically a no-brainer choice for fast, safe, and consistent cooking.
The new Bertazzoni ranges, for example, have an all-new induction range with five high-power heating zones, some of which can even be bridged to create a larger cooking area. They’re designed and engineered to bring harmonized style to your kitchen, while still maintaining high performance culinary results.
Imagine being able to start your oven or dishwasher right from your phone! It’s not just possible, it’s totally accessible with today’s smart appliances. Whether it’s using AI to help you become a better cook or keeping you organized with shopping lists and chore schedules, smart kitchen devices can be seriously useful. Not to mention, smart kitchen appliances help to save energy and have a lower environmental impact in our daily lives.
For example, today’s refrigerators now often have a main screen where family members can share messages and photos, keep an active calendar, and even remind you when you’re low on milk.
While Samsung leads the way in this arena, other brands are following suit. Samsung’s Family Hub refrigerator offers an HD touch screen, interior cameras, and Wi-Fi connectivity. This stainless-steel fridge can play music and videos, search recipes, and show you what’s in your fridge remotely. While bluetooth and WiFi technology are not new in the kitchen, as it gets less expensive, we’re seeing more and more offered in new models.
The Thermador Home Connect helps you control almost all your home appliances easily. Just think how convenient it would be to manage your oven, washing machine, coffee machine, or even vacuum from a single app! Even if you’re not at home, apps and updates like these will make the simple life simpler to achieve.
It’s not only important to consider the functionality and placement of the appliances in your kitchen, but do yourself a favor and research trending appliance colors and styles which could have a stunning impact on your design.
Stainless and white will always be classic appliances colors. However, with the use of bolder colors in the kitchen growing exponentially, manufacturers are following suit. Appliances can become a focal point in your kitchen or they can disappear into the background. If you want something that will stand out, go in for colors like red, chocolate brown, or truffle brown for your appliances. Aga offers colors ranging from pastels to darker richer tones, which can make for a stunning statement piece in the design.
If you don’t want your appliances to stand out, concealing them is another trend that is sure to continue into the future. Give your kitchen a sophisticated style by camouflaging appliances behind panels that match the surrounding cabinetry. Alternatively, purchasing ones that melt into the design. With black having a huge run, many manufacturers offer several options in black. The Ultra Matte Black by True gets my vote!
Keep your hats on because this spring BlueStar is taking the ability to customize to the next level. BlueStar® by Design is a new cutting-edge process allowing any image, text, print, pattern, or artwork to be applied to a range or refrigerator, making every piece a true original. This extraordinarily distinctive, very personalized approach to appliances will usher in the next generation of customized design.
Appliance trends in 2022 and beyond will be known for their functionality, design, remote control, and technological integration. Here at The Kitchen Studio, we love guiding each client through their remodeling project step by step and selecting appliances is part of that journey.
Personalization is at the heart of every project we take on. We want to make every room in your home feel uniquely yours, complete with touches you and your family will specifically appreciate.
Thanks to the trends we’ve looked into so far, such customizations are becoming easier and easier to achieve. New appliance upgrades are being released all the time, so 2022 is sure to be a year of discovery and excitement for homeowners. Contact us and we’ll be happy to answer all of your questions!