The kitchen is no longer hiding in the back of the house, it’s now a star. And anyone who’s seen a new or recently remodeled kitchen knows that home cooks are using appliances and equipment that used to be found only in high-end restaurants.
“Starting about 15 years ago manufacturers started introducing commercial- or professional-style appliances that fit into a residential atmosphere,” said Dave Murray, general manager of KAM Appliances in Hyannis, Nantucket and Hanover. “And it’s been growing ever since.”
Starting with the ubiquitous stainless steel look, home appliances now include commercial-style ovens with six or more burners, massive self-cleaning refrigerators, dish washers with hundreds of water jets, wine storage systems and more.
“Typically these features start in the luxury brands, then work their way into everyday brands, so things that for a long time were only for certain homeowners are now available to almost every homeowner,” Murray said.
Some of the newer trends in appliances include steam ovens – once only used in restaurants – now available from manufacturers including Wolf, Electrolux, Jenn-Air and more.
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“It’s the coolest thing in the universe,” Murray said. “The new steam ovens typically use a combination of steam, convection and thermal heat, injecting steam into what you are cooking to keep it juicy and then using the more traditional heating methods to brown.”
The results are perfect turkeys and roasts and even lobster, clams and shrimp.
Other kitchen trends include the return of black and white appliances – with stainless steel accents — pops of color on ovens, hoods and even refrigerators. (Sub-Zero makes a refrigerator that can be custom designed to match any color or cabinetry and can even be done up in chalkboard paint.)
Warming drawers that keep food warm without drying it out are becoming increasingly popular, Murray said.
“Anyone who entertains or has an active family or just needs to make a meal and keep it warm for a few hours will love one,” he said. “It can be an incredible time saver.”
Wine aficionados will love the new wine systems in the KAM showrooms. Choices include wine refrigerators, wine storage units and even a dispensing system that uses argon gas to keep an open bottle of wine fresh for up to 60 days.
“These systems were once a luxury item and are now more of a residential reality,” Murray said.
All of the latest products and designs are on display at the KAM Appliances showrooms in Hyannis, Nantucket and Hanover.
KAM Appliances showrooms are located at 201 Yarmouth Road in Hyannis, 54 Old South Road, Nantucket and 1176 Washington Street in Hanover. Go to kamonline.com for more information.