Interior design trends are constantly changing throughout the year. It’s pretty much Springtime now. That means, we’ll be seeing a lot of pastel colours, geometric patterns and mixed metals across Pinterest and home magazines. And of course next season, there’ll be a whole host of different styles to stick your teeth into. However, if you want to ensure your home will stand the test of time it’s important to invest in good quality, practical appliances.
The right gadgets in each room will give your home a contemporary and welcoming feel, regardless of season or trend! Today, we want to look at the kitchen in particular. What are the latest ‘must-haves’ for the kitchen? How can you add extra functionality to your cooking hub without compromising on style?
Another collaboration with CB Homes…
We’ve teamed up Panorama Kitchens. They are the wonderful company who supply kitchens to our showhomes and any self-builders who choose to go down that particular route.
Based in Liverpool, Panorama really know their stuff when it comes to the design, practicality and domestic pleasure of a kitchen. That’s why when we asked them what they think the latest need-to-haves are, we really trusted their opinion!
Without further ado, let’s get right into it. Here are ten of the most sought-after kitchen appliances and features at the moment:
Latest must-haves in the kitchen
1. Slide and hide ovens by Neff
Slide and hide ovens, as seen on the Great British Bake Off, are exclusive and unique to Neff. According to the German appliances manufacturer, slide and hide will allow you to get ‘closer to your cooking’, ensuring that ‘nothing gets in the way’. But what exactly is a slide and hide oven? Well, it features an ergonomically designed revolution handle which allows you to maintain a comfortable grip when accessing the oven. The oven door slides underneath the cavity when it’s fully open, meaning you’ll save on space. Not only does it let you easily access the meal you’re cooking, but also makes a great focal point in your kitchen – and a great talking point at parties!
2. Steam ovens
There’s no such thing as your basic oven being enough anymore! There are lots of additional features you can find with contemporary ovens – including the slide and hide we mentioned above and some more concepts that we’ll discuss later.
In particular, steam ovens are really handy for those interested in healthier cooking. These contraptions feature a reservoir that must be filled with water for the oven to work properly. Then, heat from the oven turns the water into steam. Food cooked in steam retains moisture better than food cooked in a convection oven – we’re saying goodbye to dry turkey or chicken. Steamed food also tends to retain more vitamins and minerals than food that is boiled. Perfect for vegetable lovers!
3. Ovens with meat probe
Next up in the fancy ovens list, how about a built-in meat probe? The temperature probe lets you cook roasts and poultry to the exact internal temperature you want, taking the guesswork out of determining whether a piece of meat is done or not! And no more scrambling around in draws for a handheld probe… You can use the temperature probe with the oven set to Bake, Convection Bake, or Convection Roast. When you use the probe, the internal temperature is shown on the display when it reaches 100°F.
If you’ve got plenty of cupboard space but not sure how to arrange all your pots, pans and foodstuffs? This feature is probably for you. For an easy storage solution, it’s worth investing in pullouts. LeMans were pioneers in inventing corner units that utilise a lot of space for pots and pans storage. Their units offer a great solution with easy access as the pull out swings right across the front of the cupboard door.
5. Flex Induction hob
There’ll be no more messing around at the hob, trying to figure out the best place to place your pans. With FlexInduction, the cooking area can be tailored to your needs, enabling you to cook multiple dishes at once. Essentially, there is no set cooking zone, the hob adapts to your cookware and allows your dishes to be ‘evenly heated’. You can also move your pots and pans around, your hob will remember the individual temperatures of each dish. Using a FlexInduction hob may seem like a luxury to some but we think it’ll be a staple in kitchens of the future!
6. Hot water tap (Quooker)
The world’s first boiling water tap – say hello to Quooker. It speaks for itself – a tap that instantly dispenses boiling water. Quooker is constructed from a worktop tap and a tank underneath. Choose from either an individual boiling water tap which comes with a standard mixer tip or opt for the Quooker Flex or Fusion which combine all three – boiling, hot and cold water.
7. Quartz worktops
Taking over the granite trend, quartz has many more benefits as a worktop material. It is just as strong as granite but is actually more flexible. This means it is much easier to work with during installation. As well as this, quartz is a non-porous material which means it doesn’t require sealing and it’s pretty low maintenance. You won’t have to worry about spillages or damaging it.
A curved cupboard may not be a tech-savvy appliance or necessary function for a kitchen (although it can help you to save room), but it’s certainly a stylish addition. We absolutely love the look of curved kitchen cupboards and think they tie together any perfectly styled kitchen.
9. Self-cleaning ovens
Oh, what’s that? Another gimmick oven? No, this one is actually really useful and could benefit a lot of people especially the elderly or disabled who might struggle to achieve regular cleaning tasks. A self-cleaning oven is an oven which uses high temperatures (around 500 degrees C or 900 degrees F) to burn off leftovers from baking. And it does all of this without using any chemical agents.
10. Wine coolers
Was that the sound of every adult sighing at the thought of a lovely wine cooler? We have to admit, we may have saved the best till last. Although they aren’t the most groundbreaking or pioneering in kitchen appliances, they’re definitely becoming more common in contemporary homes. And they could be the perfect addition to your house as the weather starts to warm up!