Often referred to as “the heart of the home”, your kitchen is an important source of food, family, and togetherness. It’s a comfortable place for spending time together, preparing meals, or simply reviewing our daily to-dos over our morning coffee.
Whether you love to cook or prefer to leave the meals to someone else, it is important to look at what your kitchen means to you and your family and how it can work more efficiently for your lifestyle. The latest appliance trends allow for connectivity as well as some alternative methods of cooking that may inspire creativity or a healthier way of eating. Style and technology are important, but equally or more important are products that allow for more productivity, function, and ease.
Let’s explore some of the top 2022 trends mapped out through the course of the day…
If you are like most, coffee is a necessity. A warm cup in hand seems to signal the start of a new day and get us moving.
The secret of exceptional coffee lies in the preparation. JURA has 100% perfected the espresso brewing process, to make specialty coffees of professional barista standard. The Jura E8 Automatic Espresso Machine allows you to make a whopping 17 different coffee specialties with the touch of a button – from an aromatic espresso to a trendy cortado. Those who like their coffee more intense can pep up their cappuccino, flat white or latte macchiato using the Extra Shot function.
A machine with these capabilities and coffee quality can easily eliminate your morning coffee run- saving you time and money each day. With more people working remotely it also enhances your day by having your favourite coffee pick-me-up at your fingertips.
Did you know our newest community Viva will offer an optional appliance package for coffee lovers?! Register to find out more.
Yes, something as simple as toast has even received an upgrade over recent years. Besides its designer look and feel, the Breville Toast Select Luxe has got the perfect toasting options covered. The Toast Select Luxe adjusts the toasting time for each type of bread, has a ‘Lift & Look’ feature to check if it’s done and a ‘A Bit More’ button to give it just that… a little bit more. You can also follow toasting progress with the LED countdown indicator so you always have perfect toast- the first time around.
Midday or late-night pizza at home without the wait or delivery fees? We won’t say no to that.
Enjoy brick oven style pizza (without the bricks) with this countertop pizza maker by Breville. The Crispy Crust™ pizza maker creates authentic 12” stone baked pizza in under 6 min. Choose thin to thick dough setting and watch through a viewing window as your creation comes alive. Delizioso!
The movement towards non-fossil fuel ranges has been trending for the last few years. Why the popularity? Induction cooktops are masters of the quick change—gentle enough to melt butter, but powerful enough to bring water to a boil in 3 minutes or less.
Induction stoves and cooktops are more energy efficient than electric or gas because heat isn’t lost in the transferring process. With gas and electric ranges, energy is lost to the air around the pots and pans. With induction, only the cookware heats, which ultimately translates to energy- and cost-savings (and, of course, faster cooking times).
This versatile induction range from Kitchen Aid also provides a Baking Drawer that adds more options to the oven. The separate compartment allows you to bake at a different temperature.
Overall, induction ranges will save you cleaning and cooking time, and are better for the environment. However, take note you may need new induction cookware to work with your new appliance.
Ranges: Steam or Air Fry Functions
Steam ovens and combo convection steam ovens add additional moisture to the inside of the oven, enhancing cooking results. While conventional ovens can dry out food, with steam ovens, moisture is never in short supply. This range from Kitchen Aid is one we offer at our projects, like Barra on Queen or our upcoming community near DTK, Viva. It produces flawless cooking results with Even-Heat™ True Convection and by using the KitchenAid™ app technology, you can automatically adjust conventional baking temperatures to their convection equivalents, making it effortless to use convection.
Cleaning is also a breeze with this model thanks to Aqualift technology, which cleans your oven in less than an hour without odors.
Air-fryers and multi-cookers have been all the rage for a couple years, but did you know many ovens now offer this technology directly inside? This eliminates the need for a separate counter appliance and gives you more cooking options.
Ranges like this with Air Fry Technology allow you to set to Air Fry Mode and create crispy chicken nuggets, wings, fries and more right in your oven. The Air Fry Mode circulates hot air around the air fry basket to cook fried food in a healthy way with less oil than traditional frying.
Want to make a perfect steak? How about a juicy, tender chicken breast? Once limited to the pros, sous vide (pronounced sue-veed) is a cooking technique that utilizes precise temperature control to deliver consistent, restaurant-quality results. The technique recently became popular for home cooks with the availability of affordable and easy-to-use sous vide precision cooking equipment like the Breville Joule Sous Vide Immersion Circulator.
This sous vide heats to the perfect temperature – no more, no less – which means that your proteins won’t overcook, ever. Joule works with iPhone or Android so you can connect with Bluetooth alone, or cook from anywhere with WiFi.
Joule is the smallest sous vide tool on the market, but it’s also the most powerful: The water heats up more quickly, so you get to cooking – and eating – sooner.
Firing up the grill for a summer cookout is a tradition for the ages, but not everyone has a sizeable backyard or patio to cook on. The Weber Q 2400 grill is fully featured, yet space-saving and portable – just the ticket for grillers living in condos or any residence where there are restrictions. Sear burgers, steaks and chops; grill chicken, fish, vegetables and fruit on the porcelain-enameled cast-iron grates just like you would on any grill. Always be sure to double check your city regulations and guidelines for your condo/apartment complex.
Our newest community Viva, will feature a common outdoor BBQ space where you can connect with your community.
We hope you liked learning more about these trends that can help save time and make our lives a little easier each day.
What new appliances or features would you love to have in your home? Let us know!
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