Whether you’re planning a new kitchen or just looking for a few details to update your current kitchen, these appliances will make your kitchen as smart as you are.
When talking about “the best” of anything, there is a lot of room for discussion. We’ve put together a list of our top picks among dishwashers, ranges, smart faucets, and small appliances. Each of these items is not only regarded as among the best in their category and takes advantage of the latest kitchen technology, but they also feature truly beautiful design that will look great in your modern kitchen.
So whether you’re planning a complete kitchen makeover or just looking for a few small kitchen upgrades, you’ll want to consider these 10 items.
Bosch 800 Series Dishwasher
The Bosch 800 Series is Wired’s pick for best dishwasher and we have to agree. Not only does this dishwasher feature a third rack for cutlery, Bosch’s RackMatic function, which allows you to set your racks at different heights, heavy-duty and eco cycles, it’s incredibly quiet and also comes in a huge variety of exteriors, handles, and layouts making it easy to seamlessly integrate into the look of any kitchen.
Anova Precision Cooker
Sous vide is a method of cooking food in vacuum-sealed bags underwater. Why do you want to do this? Because no matter what you’re cooking, it will come out perfectly every time. Professional chefs have been cooking sous vide for decades, but it’s recently become a popular way of cooking at home thanks to a number of new immersion circulators designed for the home cook.
There are literally hundreds of sous vide immersion circulators on the market, but our pick is the Anova Precision Cooker. Anova’s first-generation immersion circulator was chosen as the best overall by Reviewd.com and TheSweetHome.com and we’re quite sure the redesigned version will be all that and more.
Miele Combi-Steam Oven
A steam oven is exactly what it sounds like: an oven that uses steam to cook food. The humidity of a steam oven not only helps to keep your food moist without adding fatty oils to your foods, but it also allows you to cook vegetables and rice in the oven and offers better reheating results than in the microwave.
The Miele Combi-Steam Oven can also cook with convection. It’s an elegant combination of modern minimalist design with a slew of high-tech features including WiFI connectivity, remote vision control, sous-vide cooking, touch controls, a wireless temperature probe, and MasterChef programming.
Dacor Heritage WineStation
Love trying new wines? Hate feeling forced to finish a bottle? The Dacor Heritage WineStation is just the answer. This built-in appliance serves up to four bottles of wine at once while keeping your favorite wine selections fresh for up to 60 days without loss of flavor or aroma. It’s fully automated and temperature controlled and dispenses just the right amount of wine—a taste, a half glass, or a full glass—with a quick touch of a button on the LCD control pad.
Sub-Zero Pro 48″
It’s always been difficult to compete with Sub-Zero when it comes to refrigerators, and the new Sub-Zero Pro 48″ Refrigerator/Freezer with Glass Door makes it even harder. WiFI is only the beginning—this refrigerator uses advanced air purification technology developed by NASA to scrub the interior air of ethylene, mold, viruses, and bacteria every 20 minutes.
Separate doors and drawers compartmentalize cooling capabilities and allow for custom settings. Sub-Zero refrigerators can be installed seamlessly with surrounding cabinetry. Smaller versions offer the same technology in sizes appropriate for more compact kitchens.
Jenn-Air Induction Cooktop
While we’ve always been a fan of the professional-grade gas range, the Jenn-Air 36” Induction Cooktop makes a compelling argument for modern induction technology. Available in two styles, black glass or “Euro-Style” stainless, this five-burner cooktop claims to heat up quicker than a traditional gas range, and we can’t argue with the sleek look of the Jenn-Air.
Grohe Blue Chilled & Sparkling
If you drink a lot of sparkling water, you’ve probably noticed the plastic and glass bottles piling up in your recycling bin, not to mention the time and energy it takes to ship that water from Italy. The Grohe Blue Chilled & Sparkling faucet has won taste tests against some of the top sparkling water brands, and it will save potentially tens of thousands of bottles of plastic waste and reduce energy consumption over its lifetime. With a twist of the wrist, you can choose between filtered and chilled still water, chilled medium sparkling water, or full sparkling water.
Wolf Cooktop Modules
Can’t decide between induction and gas? You don’t have to with Wolf’s cooktop modules. Built with the same trusted quality as their traditional ranges, Wolf offers 15″ gas, induction, grill, fryer, teppanyaki, steamer, and multifunction cooktop modules to create the perfect cooking suite for your family. Add the built-in vacuum seal drawer and you’ll even be able to cook sous vide!
Breville Juice Fountain Elite
We all know we should be eating more fruits and vegetables. To do so, many of us regularly consume a glass or several of juice per day. However, many bottled fruit juices and even vegetable juices contain a significant amount of added sugar, not to mention the nutrient loss by the pasteurization process. When you make juice at home, it’s essentially the same thing as eating the whole fruit, and an easy way to get your vitamins on the go.
The Breville Juice Fountain Elite is basically the king of juicers with a die-cast steel housing and titanium-plated cutting disk, 1000 watts of power and two-speed controls, and a “clean and green” juicer bag for easy cleanup. The Breville juicer can even juice a pineapple with the skin on, and the parts can be put in the dishwasher.
Dry Ager Meat Maturing Fridge
In our modern world, traditional food techniques are experiencing a renaissance. The Dry Ager Meat Maturing Fridge combines modern technology with traditional butchering techniques. While we realize most families won’t need to have their own meat drying fridge, this is a must-have for home chefs serious about steaks and barbeque. The fridge can also be used for making homemade charcuterie and storing cheese. Designed and built in Germany, the family-owned and operated company also offers a smaller version that fits under a standard countertop.