Sleek styling complements the latest high-tech advances in appliances. Glass and stainless steel are at the top of the hot list, but there's still room for touches of tradition.
Whirlpool. Space-saving design distinguishes the DesignerFit counter-depth refrigerator. Offered in 69- and 72-inch models, it is 6 inches shallower than standard-depth refrigerators, yet it offers a roomy 24½ cubic feet of interior space. Drop-down hidden control panels and an in-door ice dispensing system keep obstructions to a minimum inside, and the unit comes with a PUR water filtration system. 800.253.1301. www.whirlpool.com.
LG. The company's new dishwasher line features two fully integrated models that boast hidden controls and a digital display. A large tub capacity holds up to 16 place settings and the washer features removable tines, an adjustable lower rack, and three cutlery baskets. Offered in black, white, and stainless steel, the dishwasher is Energy Star rated with a highly efficient combined condensation and fan drying system. 800.243.0000. www.lgusa.com.
Vintage. The Radiant Warming Oven promises to heat up to 190 degrees in 10 minutes. It can be used both indoors and outdoors and has an array of panel options to complement various types of décor. Available in 27-, 30-, and 36-inch models, the oven combines convection with radiant heat and boasts touch controls with temperature increments of 5 degrees. 800.998.8966.
AGA. The Legacy Cathedral Door showcases a graceful arched window on the popular Legacy stove. Offered in cream, black, brick, or white, the door is an option on the 36-inch model as well as the 44-inch multifunction and convection ovens. The thermally insulated, tempered glass viewing window is 9 inches high at its peak and 12 inches wide. 800.633.9200. www.aga-ranges.com.
Jenn-Air. Moving forward from the stainless steel era, floating glass-panel appliances create a shiny kitchen. Smooth, opaque glass fronts make for a clean, glossy appearance on refrigerators, dishwashers, ovens, and other appliances. The glass panes come in black and white, and they extend past the face of the appliance to hide hinges. 800.536.6247. www.jennair.com.
Miele. Part of the Touchtronic washing machine series, the Honeycomb drum creates a precise combination of water temperature, detergent, time, and mechanical action to get clothes more thoroughly cleaned, the maker says. Users can select from up to 10 preset wash programs or customize their own. The Energy Star qualified machine is offered in white enamel and stainless steel. 888.346.4353. www.miele.com.
Maytag. The Neptune Front-Load washer and dryer promise the largest usable capacity in the industry at 3.81 cubic feet. The washer's Turbo Clean wash system protects clothes from wear while removing stains, the maker says, and the dryer's IntelliDry sensor dries clothes to a user-chosen level. All models are Energy Star qualified. www.maytag.com. 800.688.9900.
Sharp. The Insight Pro Microwave Drawer frees up counter and above-range space by offering alternative installation options. The drawer opens at the touch of a button on the top angled control panel, and cooks can check or stir dishes without having to remove them from the microwave. The drawer is available in black, white, and stainless steel. 866.726.4399. www.sharpusa.com.
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