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May 2, 2014

Most Popular & Innovative Kitchen Appliances of 2014

stove-topRemodeling a kitchen can be hard work, but finding the right appliances that fit your cooking needs can be life changing. Families spend the majority of their time in the kitchen; eating and preparing meals, gathering for conversation, and even enjoying an occasional midnight snack.

In 2014, there were many new features that manufacturers of major brand appliances were adding to their lineups. Don’t want all the flashy bells and whistles? Not willing to break the bank for a stove? Don’t worry, we have compiled some of the top choices, and thrown in the new innovations (for fun!) to demonstrate the most popular, medium-high end kitchen appliances of 2014.

Dishwasher

GE Profile Series Stainless Steel Interior Dishwasher with Hidden Controls PDT750SSFSS

Features: Full color LCD display on door, Last Cycle Memory, 100+ spray Jet Wash System, 7 cycles with delay start.
Pros: Can hold up to 16 place settings, stainless steel, multiple racks for extra storage, energy efficient and quiet.
Price: $1,299

Newest features from GE: Utensil racks are being added to this version to “ramp it up.” This convenient rack easily holds all those awkward utensils such as spatulas, measuring cups, and corkscrews that are often hard to find space for without them falling between the racks. Regular forks and knives can also go on these added racks for extra space in the utensil bin. Then you can get the ramped up version for just $300 more at $1,599: Profile Series Stainless Steel Interior Dishwasher with Hidden Controls PDT750SSFSS.

Good Housekeeping also did a rating for their best product choices. At the top of the list was the Kenmore Elite Ultra Wash Dishwasher 6651394. They rated it best for simplicity and ease of use, washing cycles, and energy efficiency.

Faucet

Kohler K-647-CP Simplice Pull-Down Kitchen Sink Faucet, Polished Chrome

Features: Style is easy to coordinate with various kitchen designs, 360 degree rotation of spout, three-function spray head.
Pros: Comes in various finishes, high quality, multi-use for various kitchen activities.
Price: $299 – $330

Newest Features: Touch-less systems are becoming more and more popular and increasing ease throughout the kitchen. MIT Media Lab reports that new innovative features for faucets might include lights for temperature indication, and sensors that can determine what is underneath the faucet and determine the proper temperature for the item (hands, vegetables etc.)
More information on new innovations in faucet design from This Old House.
Also, top 5 best faucet brands according to Squidoo.

Sink

Stainless Steel sinks are by far the most popular for kitchens in 2014. Both their design and finish make it easy to match various kitchen designs and pre-existing elements.
Features: Resistant to cracks and chipping, budget-friendly
Pros: Undermounting or drop in style
Price: Starting around $100
More information on choosing the right style sink at Faucet Depot.

Refrigerator

Samsung RSG309AARS

Features: Side-by-side doors, large storage capacity, wi-fi enabled touch screen controls and options.
Pros: Stylish, stainless steel finish, energy-efficient
Price: $1814
More refrigerator reviews from TopTen.

LG brings some new features to their designs as well, here’s the scoop.

Oven / Stove

Electrolux EW30EF65GS

Features: Electric range, standard size with two oven racks with multiple positions, touch screen controls, warming drawer, digital timer.
Pros: Safety features, stainless steel, smooth cooking surface
Price: $2,300
*Gas version is also available

Gas Range LG LRG3095ST
Features: Standard features (baking, broiling), cooking performance is very high
Pros: Maximum versatility with seven rack positions and large capacity. Stainless steel and black finishes
Price: $1499

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