When designing a kitchen with luxury kitchen appliances, it’s important to do your research up front. While many stainless steel professional-style appliances may look alike, the engineering, construction quality and performance of Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances sets the standard for all others. And you may not want a kitchen that has stainless steel in every corner, so the ability of your appliances to accept custom cabinet panels will be key in your search. The look is extremely important, yet it’s what you don’t see that can make your life easier. The technology, benefits and performance are why you invest in luxury kitchen appliances, so make sure to start with “what would I like to my appliances to do for me?” as your first research question. The following appliances offer benefits that you may have never considered before. Which one will rise to the top of your “must-have” list?
When energy efficiency is your top priority…
For those who prize energy efficiency when designing a kitchen, Wolf’s Induction Cooktops are as good as it gets. They are 90-95% energy efficient and offer 40% faster temperature response than gas or electric alternatives. For faster, more controlled performance, Wolf is your best choice. Many visitors to Clarke, New England’s Official Sub-Zero, Wolf and Cove Showroom and Test Kitchen are delighted to see this luxury appliance in action; they are amazed to find that the Wolf Induction Cooktop doesn’t get hot like its electric counterparts. The inside of the cookware is hot when cooking, but the burner and cookware lid stay warm to the touch, eliminating the fear of burning your hand. The induction cooktop detects when cookware is removed and stops generating heat. Even if the cookware were to boil dry, the cooktop would stop generating heat by monitoring the voltage drop caused by resistance to the current. This makes induction cooking appliances safer for small children who might put their hands on the cooktop surface and for elderly cooks who may forget to turn the stove off or remove a pot. While their glass appearance looks daunting to care for, Wolf Induction Cooktops are easy to clean and are extremely resistant to scratching and staining.
If you like the idea of a range, but really want the efficiency of an induction cooktop, Wolf’s revolutionary Induction Range is the appliance you want to see in action!
Designers rave about this luxury kitchen appliance.
Want to know what luxury refrigeration is most often cited by designers as their favorite? Hands down, Sub-Zero Refrigerator Drawers are at the top of the list. Marie Kennedy of Metropolitan Cabinets, Peter Deane of DEANE Cabinets and Design, and Heather Kahler of Downsview Kitchens are among hundreds who love incorporating Sub-Zero refrigerator drawers into their designs. Available in 24”, 27”, 30” and 36” widths, these industry-leading refrigerator drawers come in stainless steel or are available “panel ready,” meaning you can clad them in cabinet panels to integrate (Sub-Zero’s word for “making your refrigerator disappear”) into your kitchen. Most are available in freezer drawers as well, and if you’d like to mix a refrigerator drawer atop a freezer drawer, that configuration is also available. Why are they so popular? One word: flexibility. You can tuck them into an island, place them in a mudroom for snacks and drinks (to keep kids out of the main kitchen traffic), or dedicate them to produce or meats near specific food prep areas.
Replace your idea of a double oven with these.
Many homeowners come to a Clarke Showroom expecting to have a traditional double oven in their new kitchen. Many change their minds when they learn about the newest oven technology. Yes, to the idea of two ovens, but you don’t want to buy two of the same oven when there are so many incredible options to match with your lifestyle. Wolf’s industry-leading Built-In Convection Ovens offer their state-of-the-art dual-verticross system, which means they have two fans circulating air to ensure even cooking and consistent overall browning. The M Series Ovens are exemplary of the ultimate luxury kitchen appliance: largest oven capacity, wi-fi enabled (you can change the temp on the oven from your phone while picking up the kids at school), faster pre-heat times and temperature probe. Plus, the pinnacle of luxury: chef-tested cooking modes including Gourmet Mode. You can prepare 50 popular dishes with Gourmet Mode by simply using the touchscreen to choose the food you are cooking, and the oven will automatically adjust the cook time and temperature and signal when it’s ready. Really!
Could you choose two M Series (or E Series) Convection Ovens? Sure, but pairing just one with either a Wolf Convection Steam Oven or a Wolf Speed Oven sends your culinary life into another realm.
Some say the Wolf Convection Steam Oven (CSO) is the most versatile appliance you’ll ever own. It’s like having three ovens in one. It can be used as a traditional convection oven, in which you can roast and brown meats and vegetables or bake desserts. It can also be used exclusively as a steam oven to steam vegetables, make rice, eggs and a myriad of other foods. Plus, it can be used as a combination steam/convection oven for the many times your food will be enhanced by the introduction of steam. What’s even more exciting is you’ll find 10 Gourmet Modes in the CSO to make your life easier and take all the guesswork out of creating flawless meals!
The Wolf Speed Oven takes a traditional microwave to a whole new level. This oven combines microwave, convection and broil technologies all in one. It provides more cooking power than a traditional microwave ad assures predictably delicious results with 10 microwave power levels, convenient quick-start modes and its own intuitive Gourmet mode.
In addition, all three ovens are available in several styles to complement your kitchen vibe perfectly. If you’d like to learn more, attend a complimentary in-person demonstration with a Clarke chef who will answer all your questions.
There are too many exciting luxury kitchen appliances for this one post.
We could go on to talk about several more Wolf appliances: Warming Drawers, Coffee Systems (be your own barista at home!), wine storage and options that enhance your life in your master suite, den or family room. So, if you believe in research (and we encourage you to do your appliance research before you start a kitchen design), the best way to get all your questions answered is to visit a Clarke Showroom in Boston’s Seaport, Milford, Massachusetts or South Norwalk, Connecticut. Here you can attend a Product Demonstration with a Clarke Chef, tour the showroom and ask all your questions of an award-winning consultant or take a Test Drive to try the appliances for yourself.
You’re about to make a serious investment in your kitchen, so you want it to be right. Clarke exists to help you make the right decisions for you and your family. When you’re ready, we’d love to know which Sub-Zero, Wolf and Cove appliances are your favorite!