We had the privilege of attending the 2018 KBIS conference in Orlando, FL and boy did we get to see a lot! We had a packed schedule with the many different appliance manufactures all showing us new products and features. In this article, I will go over a few of the stand out brands we experienced and what they have to offer customers in 2018.
To start, BSH went above and beyond this year. On the outside of their booth you see this beautiful mural of radishes and onions but upon closer look these were the all-new Thermador built-in refrigerators with the touch-to-open feature and door interiors that are customizable to you.
36” French Door Example
The Daily Chef
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4 Door Shelves
2 Delicate Produce Bins
Farmer’s Market Enthusiast
Stock up on locally grown ingredients with the ideal setup for fresh herbs, fruit, and vegetables, and keep your produce crisp all week long.
4 Fresh Produce Bins
2 Door Shelves
The perfect setup for homemade jams, jellies, and picked vegetables. Keep your creations fresh with plenty of door shelf space for finished jars.
6 Door Shelves
Once inside the booth the amazement continued with their new suite of luxury dishwashers loaded with a vast array of features. One of the main features is the exclusive Star Glow, which illuminates the dishwasher interior in a variety of different colors. Their two-step StarDry provides the ultimate drying capabilities so your dishes are ready to use after each cycle. Thermador also introduced their Entertainer Dishwasher which is designed specifically to accommodate all your glassware. The Entertainer comes equipped with a gentle cycle that won’t break or damage glasses, a no-slip, soft rubber lower rack and adjustable stands specifically designed to keep stems secure.
Their new Masterpiece Collection will blow you away with its modern, sleek and refined look. And the new Professional Series has a bold, standout design that now offers side swing ovens which is a feature we have only been able to get through their Bosch line until now.
Whirlpool is bringing a low-profile microwave hood combination to the market. This microwave will fit where only an undercabinet hood could and will provide better visibility to the cooktop and range controls. Along with the new microwave Whirlpool is also introducing Fingerprint Resistant Sunset Bronze appliances. With a brushed, stain finish and rose gold undertone, fingerprint resistant sunset bronze brings a subtle warmth that complements a variety of cabinet, countertop and flooring options.
The second-generation pizza oven is here and can still be installed into your kitchen but now it comes as a flush install. This allows your pizza oven to blend into your walls or cabinets instead of stick out. You will still get the same pizzeria-quality performance with its electric heating zones and the pizza oven comes with an integrated oven ventilation system.
Home Connect was a feature we heard amongst all the appliances manufactures and all have appliances coming out in 2018 that offer to some level home connect capabilities. A home connected appliance means you can operate it to some extent through your phone, tablet, smart speakers and more. With home connect you will be able to start your oven’s pre-heat before you’re even home from work, turn your coffee maker on before you are out of bed, see the inside of your refrigerator while at the grocery store and so much more. One feature you will like the most when it comes to home connect is its ability to communicate to you when you need service done on your appliance. With home connect, your appliance will be able to tell you or the service technician what the problem is before they even come to you home and if special parts need to be ordered. This will help make the technicians more efficient at their job and you don’t have to deal with multiple house calls to fix a problem.
It seemed like everywhere we went manufactures were eager to show off their black stainless suites. We have been hearing a lot of chatter about black stainless in the last year but now everyone has the product and is ready to sell full kitchens. Black stainless appliances put a new face on your appliance finish and give your kitchen subtle style with a big impact.
With these amazing products and so much more 2018 is going to be a great year to get your kitchen remodel done. If you have any questions please reach out to one of our knowledgeable sales representatives, they’re happy to help!