Technology & Performance Drive Appliance Trends

Technology and performance continue to be driving forces in cooking appliances, as technological innovations allow today's consumers to cook faster and better - all while saving energy. But while technology is hot, waste is not, with the most popular technological features ones that can provide true value and ease of use for users of all ages and abilities. Design wise, color is coming back, but the look is still clean and classic with simple lines or soft curves. Induction cooking remains a hot trend, along with flexible designs that give the designer the ability to create a beautiful and efficient kitchen in any size space.

Below are a few of the hottest trends in kitchen appliances right now.

--While technology and performance continue to drive the appliance industry, a more value-conscious consumer is looking for useful technology that improves the cooking experience and easy-to-use digital controls rather than trophy-style bells and whistles.

--Flexibility is important as smaller kitchens and a greater variety of family and space configurations require appliances that can be placed at the point of use, rather than in some outdated work triangle which may no longer be practical with fewer walls, more islands and Great Room layouts changing the kitchen landscape.

--Time-saving features -- from faster pre-heat to speed cooking -- are popular right now, along with cooking appliances that include technology to help the user cook better.

--Drawer appliances remain hot, both for their flexible design and accessibility to children, seniors, those with mobility concerns, etc.

--While stainless steel remains a timeless favorite, consumers seem less afraid to use color right now, and colored appliances - including white, black and midnight blue - are gaining ground. Still, design continues to favor simple clean lines, or soft, organic shapes that blend seamlessly into the design.

--Energy efficiency remains important to many consumers

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