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New ranges, ovens, cooktops, and more make cooking a great experience for home chefs

Written by Sally Finder Weepie

Monogram is bringing homeowners the island of the future, where countertop versatility puts easy living—and everything else—in easy reach. The new Monogram Island concept is a meticulously crafted, multifunctional glass-ceramic surface for food preparation, cooking, traditional countertop usage, and mobile device charging, all in one elegant and expertly engineered unit. “It’s the ‘wow’ factor that really strikes you,” says Ed Mammorella, Monogram marketing manager. “For years, consumers have imagined an unassuming countertop that’s also a cooktop and more, but to actually bring this idea to life has been a remarkable undertaking for our engineers and inventors. We are redefining what the island can bring to our kitchens by bringing more to the island. We already use them to make spaces seem larger and let the room breathe, and by joining the countertop and cooktop with storage, seating, and other conveniences. It elevates this appliance category to new levels of elegance and enjoyment.” The first commercial units are set to arrive in the fall of 2018

Thermador is ushering in a new era with an unprecedented launch of more than 300 products, the most significant in the brand’s 102-year history. Thermador is raising the curtain on two distinct collections of products equipped with innovative features and beautiful, bold design. Completely redesigned, the sleek new Masterpiece and Professional Collections deliver a seamless culinary experience. In addition to the new appliances, Thermador also is introducing the Thermador Connected Experience by Home Connect, an app that connects homeowners to exclusive personalized content, unique partnerships, and customized product guidance. Through Home Connect, the Thermador Connected Experience empowers homeowners to get the most out of their Thermador suite.  

The new Signature Kitchen Suite offers a complete portfolio of ranges, wall ovens, cooktops, ventilation, refrigerators, microwaves, and dishwashers. A big highlight of the Signature Kitchen Suite range is a built-in sous vide, which gives homeowners the ultimate in precision cooking, featured directly on the cooktop and delivering professional-style results every time. In addition, two Ultra-Low burners on each range simmer down to maintain temperatures as low as 100° to prepare delicate sauces and sugary confections. True Combi-Steam, included in the 18-inch oven on the 48-inch Dual-Fuel Range, combines steam and convection cooking for gourmet results. All appliances also are Wi-Fi enabled for cutting-edge connectivity and convenience.

Two years ago, Bertazzoni, the 136-year-old, family-owned Italian manufacturer of kitchen appliances, complemented its cooking appliance heritage with the addition of refrigerators and dishwashers. Today, the company is debuting an expanded lineup of new refrigerators and dishwashers in numerous sizes and models. All are offered in three styles, adding depth to Bertazzoni’s full kitchen suite of appliances. New introductions to the Bertazzoni full kitchen suite include: 30- and 36-inch built-in refrigerators, available in either panel-ready or stainless panel installed versions, 24- and 31-inch freestanding bottom-mount refrigerators with stainless-steel door fronts, 18- and 24-inch dishwashers available in panel-ready installation applications, 24- and 30-inch visor hoods, and 30-, 36-, and 48-inch ranges based on an entirely new platform featuring all gas, dual-fuel, and induction models in both contemporary and traditional styles.

Vacuum sealing is a tried-and-true method of extending the storage life of food and of conveniently portioning larger quantities. Now Miele is giving home chefs the tools to match their culinary needs with a vacuum-sealing drawer that properly prepares food for sous-vide cooking. The drawer enables the user to control the sealing level and duration to adjust for delicate items such as fish or vegetables, or to give meat the benefit of locking in marinades or seasoning. This product will be available in the second half of 2018.