THE APPLIANCE TRENDS EVERY KITCHEN IS CRAVING THIS YEAR

BY CANADIAN LIVING X THE HOME DEPOT CANADA canadianliving.com June 22, 2018

Give your kitchen the upgrade it deserves with these ultra-innovative appliances.

The kitchen is where most of us spend the majority of our time at home, whether preparing dinner for the family, or enjoying a quiet moment of solitude with coffee in hand. So when our cooking quarters lack functionality, it hinders our ability to enjoy the space to its fullest. The solution? These six savvy appliance trends. Not only will they lessen the stress, but they will lend major style and value to your living space for years to come.

1. WiFi-Connected Smart Appliances
When life gets hectic, the idea of having a personal assistant to keep us organized is the ultimate dream. The next best thing? Innovative smart appliances, like Samsung's Family Hub refrigerator. Thanks to its built-in touchscreen, the forward-thinking fridge does it all, from syncing grocery lists and displaying what's inside remotely (thanks to interior cameras) to coordinating family schedules and ordering food with just one click. The brand new 3.0 model – now available at The Home Depot Canada - even recommends recipes based on the ingredients you have!

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2. Matte Black Stainless Steel
While you can't go wrong with traditional stainless steel, the signature material is getting a bold upgrade in the form of a sleek black finish. Black stainless offers the same timeless appeal as its mainstream counterpart, but with a more modern aesthetic to suit any kitchen design. What's more? It's practical, too, with many models, like the LG Black Stainless Steel Series, boasting a smudge- and fingerprint-resistant finish. Take note: Samsung's Family Hub 3.0 will also be offered in the hue.

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3. Induction Cooking
Crank up the heat this year and opt for an induction cooktop. Compared to electric or gas models, the cutting-edge technology generates heat faster, equating to more efficient cooking times. Models like the Kitchen Aid Four-Element Induction Convection Range are safer and more energy-efficient because there's no real flame, and induction cooking transfers energy to the cookware directly versus the cooktop. If you're looking to get a more in-depth understanding on induction cooking and the overall benefits and functions, we recommend going to your local Home Depot store and speaking with an orange apron associate. They have expert product knowledge to answer all your questions.

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4. Integrated Technology
Only the sleekest kitchens boast built-in appliances that are seamlessly integrated into the overall design of the space (goodbye, awkward gaps and corners). While this is a welcome upgrade on its own, many integrated appliances are now equipped with smart technology. Enter the Bosch Built-In Coffee Machine, which features a modern design and app-connectivity, allowing you to prepare coffee from the comfort of your own bed. How's that for form meets function.

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5. Touch-Free Control
We've all been hit with Sunday cleaning fatigue — those days when folding laundry and washing dishes suddenly feels far too cumbersome. Luckily, innovative new appliances are on our side, many of which specialize in touch-free technology. The Bosch Home Connect Dishwasher, for instance, features a smartphone app that conveniently lets you start a dishwashing cycle from anywhere. It also notifies you when it's time to replenish your detergent and when the cycle is complete.

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6. Double Ovens
Whether cooking for your family or a household full of guests, sometimes one oven just doesn't cut it. Cue the rise of the double-oven, a high-tech range that incorporates two ovens into one appliance, allowing for multiple meals to be prepared at once, at two different temperatures. The GE Freestanding Double Oven has a capacity of 6.8 cubic feet, easily accommodating multiple large dishes. The cutting-edge technology also manages oven temperatures to ensure a perfectly cooked (and delicious) meal every time.

4. Shelves & ledges
Shelves and ledges can be some of the hardest working pieces on your walls. They provide a backdrop for photographs, books, plants and more. All the elements you bring together help round out your wall and make your space feel like you.