A touch of luxury
It’s completely normal to add a hint of luxury to a kitchen’s design. There are dozens and dozens of luxury appliances that you can incorporate into your kitchen that will make your life easier, or simply impress your guests. Of course, they may not be essentials in everyone’s list of must-haves but adding a luxury feature or two to your kitchen design will ensure you love it for years to come.
Coffee machines to satisfy those caffeine cravings
For many people, functioning without a coffee on a morning is out of the question – nearly impossible – which is why coffee machines are such a popular addition to many kitchens, especially If you’re not a fan of clutter on the worktops. Although they might seem pricey at first, many aren’t much more expensive than top-of-the range countertop models and think of all that money you’ll save not buying a coffee on your way to work every day. If you’re planning an appliance bank in your kitchen then it’s worth noting that most manufacturers are designing coffee machines to match their ovens and as a result a combination of three ovens and a coffee machine are becoming a popular configuration. Price points vary, from the very affordable semi-automatic models from Hotpoint to the pricier all-singing, all-dancing bean-to-cup coffee machine from AEG. If you can’t bear the thought of messy beans or grinds, then a Nespresso pod machine by Miele is a good option.
Wine coolers to keep your favourite tipple at optimum temperatures
For wine lovers, a wine cooler is a great luxury addition to your kitchen design. Whether you drink white, red, rose or sparkling, knowing your wine is always stored at the perfect preferred drinking temperature is a satisfying feeling. Whenever you reach for a glass of your favourite tipple, it’s ready to drink. Kitchens with zones for cooking, eating and especially entertaining are the perfect place for one of the latest luxury appliances – the wine cooler.
While there might not be space for a wine cellar, the latest wine coolers are very sophisticated machines that will ensure all wines – both red and white are kept in the optimum conditions. Undercounter models from companies such as Liebherr, Caple and CDA vary in size from space-saving single columns to those with room enough for up to 48 bottles and featuring several temperature zones for keeping reds and whites at exactly the right temperature. Perfect placed on the dining side of an island so that guests can help themselves while you cook, look for coolers that also include UV protection and anti-vibration – to keep harmful light and stop the disturbance of sediments – as they’re important features to keep your wine at its best for longer. Larger models look great in a bank of appliances and many, such as those from Miele have elegant wooden shelving, three temperature zones and even a sommelier unit for sampling your best vintages.
Domino hobs for the culinary experts
If you class your kitchen as your work space, a place where the ‘magic’ happens, when you design your kitchen, incorporating all the best cooking appliances will be high on your list of your priorities. A domino hob is likely to one of them. If you’ve been seduced by the undeniable benefits of induction but can’t prize yourself away from the brilliance of gas for preparing stir-fried food, then domino hobs might be the answer. These two-zone cooktops – usually measuring around 30 x 60cm come in a variety of different types. As well as gas and induction models, you can also buy charcoal-style grills for all-year-round barbecuing, steel tepanyaki plates for Japanese style griddle cooking and even fryers for perfect southern-style chicken. Whichever you choose it’s best to buy from the same manufacturer to keep the materials, design and size consistent. If you’d prefer to keep costs down with just one worktop cut, then AEG, Caple and CDA all have single glass topped hobs that include both a powerful gas burner and induction plates, proving that in some things, you really can have it all!