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The Latest In Kitchen Appliances

by Allison E. Beatty
Kitchens and Cabinets Columnist
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Today's kitchen appliances have taken convenience to a new level. Not only can they store recipes and multi-task, but some even notify you when you've run out of milk. If you're planning a kitchen remodeling or just looking to change your appliances, take a look at all the fancy appliance features.

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Appliances Are Computer Literate

Many kitchen appliances are designed with computerized features that help them work more efficiently. The focus is on helping you make meals quicker, smarter and with less hassle. This means that a refrigerator might have a barcode scanner that keeps track of your groceries or a flat screen on the door that can connect to the Internet. These are made in standard sizes that can work into any kitchen remodeling plan.

Kitchen Appliances Have Sleek Look

These new age appliances also are designed to fit with current kitchen design trends. You'll see plenty of stainless steel that blends with the commercial kitchen design. Aside from shiny stainless steel, you'll find muted shades and those that have different gray tones. Also look for:
  • Ergonomically correct knobs for ease of use.
  • Stylish appliance door handles and burner knobs.

Try These Kitchen Appliances

For those who love to cook, consider some newer appliance features:


  • Higher BTUs for hotter cooking.
  • Multiple burners with different temperature ranges so you can cook different items at different temperatures
  • Broilers that can heat more quickly.
  • Voice-activated appliance controls.
  • Delay start cooking that heats food as dinnertime approaches.


  • Touch pad controls and recipes you can download from a company's website.
  • Memory features that recall your favorite recipes. The microwave then uses that information and sets cooking time, temperature, etc.


  • Quiet appliances that make dishwashing a serene experience.
  • Two dish drawers that can be stacked on each side of the sink as a space saving solution.
  • Sensors that change the wash cycle based on how dirty the dishes are.


  • Internet access through a screen on the door
  • Sensors that determine the best temperature for vegetables, meats, etc. and adjust the interior bins accordingly.
  • Appliances that can chill a bottle of wine in a short time.

As you shop for kitchen appliances, remember the big role that computers have in our lives. The benefit of all this technology is a wide selection of appliances that can make working in the kitchen much easier.

About the Author
Allison E. Beatty is a syndicated real estate writer who has been writing home improvement columns for 15 years.

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