New & Noteworthy Kitchen Appliance Trends

Modern kitchen design with mirrored cabinets.

With every new year comes a new opportunity to remodel your kitchen to match your style and finally replace those twenty-something old kitchen appliances. It can be challenging to decide which appliances best fit your cooking needs and fit into your dream design. We are here to help with insight into the newest and most noteworthy major kitchen appliance trends in 2020.

A New Way of Cooking

For one, Steam Ovens are trending upward.  A favorite method of cooking overseas, steam ovens in the US had largely been the domain of restaurant kitchens in the form of free-standing combi-ovens as tall as your refrigerator and costing tens of thousands of dollars. Superheated steam ovens are remarkable.  You may not realize it at first, but it is very rare to find a whole new cooking method in an appliance.  More commonly, you find reboots:  countertop grills, versatile pressure cookers, multi-function blenders.  Painting a new, blue non-stick surface, or adding a rotisserie bar to a countertop toaster oven is not revolutionary.

Some built-in steam ovens have made their way to the home appliance arena, but only Sharp has the new, SuperSteam+TM that doesn’t just use steam, it is the only oven that uses purely super-heated steam up to 485°F.  That is hot enough to brown food, like crispy bacon and crunchy cookies.

The Sharp Superheated Steam Countertop Oven has special settings for pizza and toast.  It also has a large 12″x12″ cooking area for family-sized sheet pan meals. The holidays are when both ovens really shine.  Without microwaves, you can use half-size, aluminum catering trays that go straight from the oven to the buffet.  You can let the turkey cook in the big oven, while your superheated steam oven does the rest.

We introduced them as complimentary products to your regular oven, but anyone that owns one of them will tell you the same thing: The superheated steam oven quickly becomes the primary oven.  I use my Superheated Steam Countertop Oven every night, and my large oven stays clean and ready for special occasions!

Say Goodbye to Noticeable Knobs

Touch-Controls are trending in modern kitchens.  Knobs, switches and buttons are fading in exchange for controls that are sleek, responsive and easier to clean.  Sharp’s patented Microwave DrawerTM ovens feature hidden panels with responsive, touch-glass controls that simply wipe clean.

Our built in Convection Wall Ovens and Induction Cooktops eliminate knobs completely in favor of similar, touch-glass controls.  Going one step further, the latest Sharp Microwave DrawerTM trend is “Easy Wave Oven.”  So, you don’t even need to touch the oven to open the drawer!  Simply wave up-and-down near the motion sensor and Microwave DrawerTM will glide open. And the SMD2480CS Sharp Microwave DrawerTM stays closed when you walk by, so children and pets won’t accidentally open it.

Stainless Steel Appliances

While vibrant color and retro-design appliances find their way into design magazines and showroom floors, both retro and color are commitments most people aren’t willing to make.  What are you going to do when that limited-run “minty-aqua” counter-top microwave with TV knobs your purchased 10 years ago breaks?

Stainless Steel is king.  That isn’t changing any time soon.  Although color has had great success in countertop appliances, it is very restrictive in large, kitchen appliances.  Grey had a moment.  It may not have been exciting, but your entire look wouldn’t fall apart because your upgrade and replacement paths could be either stainless steel or black stainless.  The same would probably be true with the new, white appliances with stainless steel handles and trims… you could still retreat to the safety of stainless steel.

Black stainless still has seen a steady rise in popularity for its elegant contrast, bold statement and growing catalog.  Naturally, Stainless steel never goes out of style.  As your family’s needs change, your appliances will, too.

When you want to get the microwave off the counter-top and get a Microwave DrawerTM oven, Sharp has modern, elegant designs to match your stainless, black stainless and European black glass kitchen. Sticking with the classics means stress-free upgrades and replacements.

Sharp’s new, full kitchen appliance lineup embraces stainless steel appliances with edge-to-edge black glass.  Everything is built to match, and designed to stand out.

Off the Counter, Into the Cabinet

Finally, under-the-counter is seeing an upward trend.  The Sharp(R) Microwave DrawerTM oven is an obvious choice, but designers are constantly re-imagining the kitchen.  Both the Sharp built-in wall oven and the SuperSteam+TM IoT built-in oven can be installed under the counter – even beneath our induction cooktops.

Our new, innovative  dishwasher is another option that can be installed in a center island for whenever you need an extra hand.  If you are moving appliances around, you can choose our two-drawer, custom panel pedestal that holds a Microwave DrawerTM and slides right into a dishwasher cut-out for a quick installation without extra carpentry.

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SMD2489ES
24 in. 1.2 cu. ft. 950W Sharp Stainless Steel IoT Easy Wave Open Microwave Drawer Oven (SMD2489ES)

The Sharp SMD2489ES is the first, built-in Microwave Drawer™ with wifi connectivity for seamless integration with your modern, smart home. Download the Sharp Kitchen app to enable the smart features. The SMD2489ES Sharp Microwave Drawer™ features Built-In Airflow venting. Now you can choose the traditional “proud mount” installation or flush mounting for a streamlined finish without additional trim-kits or vent deflectors.

With our Easy Wave Open feature for touchless operation, simply wave up-and-down near the motion sensor and the Microwave Drawer™ will glide open. With the touch of a button or a gentle nudge, our patented Easy Touch Automatic Drawer System smoothly closes the oven to avoid messy spills. The SMD2489ES Sharp® Microwave Drawer™ stays closed when you walk by, so children and pets won’t accidentally open it.

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SDH3042DB
30” Width Induction Cooktop, European Black Mirror Finish Made with Premium Schott ®Glass

The Sharp(R) SDH3042DB Induction Cooktop is a powerful, beautiful addition to your dream kitchen. The black mirror finish of the premium Schott(R) glass surface is a perfect match and can be combined with our Easy Wave Open Microwave DrawerTM and our European Convection Built-In Single Wall Oven.

The four cooking zones give you more flexibility to orchestrate even your most elaborate entertaining. The SDH3042DB features a variable-sized zone and a convenient cooling zone. More precise than gas, more efficient than electric, the Sharp Induction Cooktop is faster than either. There is a kitchen timer, and even a Power Boost for those times when you just need that pasta water to boil. The Simmer Enhancer option provides low, consistent cooking performance for your most delicate soups and sauces. Heat is generated directly into the cookware itself, so there is less wasted energy to heat up your kitchen. And without an open flame or radiant coil, spills and splatters are less likely to burn, and a breeze to clean up.

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SDH3652DB
36” WIDTH INDUCTION COOKTOP, EUROPEAN BLACK MIRROR FINISH MADE WITH PREMIUM SCHOTT ®GLASS

The Sharp(R) SDH3652DB Induction Cooktop is a powerful, beautiful addition to your dream kitchen. The black mirror finish of the premium Schott(R) glass surface is a perfect match and can be combined with our Easy Wave Open Microwave DrawerTM and our European Convection Built-In Single Wall Oven

The five cooking zones give you more flexibility to orchestrate even your most elaborate entertaining. The SDH3652DB features an extra powerful 3700 Watt variable-sized zone, and Power Boost in all cooking zones. More precise than gas, more efficient than electric, the Sharp Induction Cooktop is faster than either. There is a Kitchen Timer and even a Power Boost for those times when you just need that pasta water to boil. The Simmer Enhancer option provides low, consistent cooking performance for your most delicate soups and sauces. Heat is generated directly into the cookware itself, so there is less wasted energy to heat up your kitchen. And without an open flame or radiant coil, spills and splatters are less likely to burn, and a breeze to clean up.

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SSC3088AS
SUPERSTEAM+ OVEN SSC3088AS

The SuperSteam+TM combination steam and convection oven creates meals that no other oven can by cooking in ways that no other oven does. Only the SuperSteam+ oven uses purely Superheated steam (up to 485°F) to grill, sauté and roast your favorite meats and vegetables. Cooking with Superheated Steam means that dishes come out crispy on the outside, tender, juicy and flavorful on the inside – with all the benefits of cooking with steam.

The stylish, 1.1 cu ft built-in SuperSteam+ combination steam and convection oven is three ovens in one. You can cook with Superheated steam (up to 485°F) regular steam (212°F) and convection heating. A brilliant color LCD display with touch navigation makes SuperSteam+ easy to use. The oven’s interface gives you expert guidance and built-in recipes to make the healthy and delicious meals you love.

With approximately 2 million steam ovens sold, it’s easy to see why home cooks throughout the world trust Sharp.

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About Sharp Home Electronics Company of America (SHCA)

SHCA is the U.S. Consumer Products Group of Sharp Electronics Corporation, the U.S. sales subsidiary of Sharp Corporation, a worldwide developer and manufacturer of one-of-a-kind premium technology products. SHCA includes the manufacturing of certain Home Appliances in Memphis, TN, together with the sales & marketing and servicing of Home Electronics in the United States.  Leading products include Sharp Carousel(R), Microwave DrawerTM, SuperSteam+TM ovens, and Plasmacluster(R) Ion air purifiers. Sharp Corporation was named one of the 20 Most Loved Companies globally, received a 2018 Thomson Reuters TOP 100 Global Technology Leader Award, and appears on the Forbes America’s Best Employers 2017 list.1

Sharp, Carousel, Microwave Drawer, SuperSteam+, Plasmacluster, Healsio, and all related trademarks are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sharp Corporation and/or its affiliated companies. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

1 Sources: Buyology Inc., 2012; APCO Worldwide, 2013; Forbes, 2017; thomsonreuters.com

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