A host of specialty appliances add value, luxury and one-of-a-kind appeal to today’s upscale kitchens.
Specialty Appliance Trends at a Glance
There is a definite increase in demand for specialty appliances by upscale consumers for use throughout the home, including wine chillers, built-in coffee makers, flexible dishwashers (such as countertop or in-sink models), and anything with drawers – warming drawers, refrigerator drawers, microwave drawers, etc.
Specialty appliances are not just about their functionality, designers believe, but also a way consumers make a lifestyle statement.
Specialty products are moving out of the kitchen and turning up all over the upscale consumer’s home – in morning kitchens, entertainment centers, home offices and wet bar areas.
Location flexibility in the kitchen and beyond is one key to the demand for specialty appliances.
Specialty products are proving to be versatile in order to accommodate a variety of demands in various locations.
The demand for specialty appliances as drawers is huge, as this offers both point-of-use functionality and design flexibility.
Built-in coffee makers are becoming very popular, with options that run the gamut from espresso to cappuccino to specialty coffee drinks involving multiple ingredients.
Specialty appliances are helping to “clean up” the kitchen visually by eliminating clutter.
Stainless steel and black are still popular color choices but manufacturers are seeing a small surge in the use of bold color as an added design statement