Tips for Designing a Traditional Kitchen with Modern Appliances

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Are you considering remodeling your kitchen? Maybe just thinking about making a few minor updates? You’re not alone. Whether you are an aspiring gourmet chef, a 30-minute meal enthusiast, or a takeout connoisseur, the kitchen is likely one of the most frequently used rooms in your home. So how can you make this space more inviting for possible guests or even just more enjoyable for your everyday use? The quickest and most effective way is to upgrade your appliances.

If done correctly, upgrading your kitchen appliances can give an outdated space a fresh new look. And adding some modern kitchen appliances to your home will get you excited about spending more time there. Here’s our wish list of “must-have” kitchen appliances to consider when upgrading your kitchen.

Modernize Your Kitchen with a Smart Refrigerator

The modern refrigerator can do a lot more than making ice. Smart Refrigerators come with a variety of features and options from which to choose. Here is a shortlist of the tasks that most modern smart refrigerators can accomplish:

  • Find a recipe
  • Create a grocery list that syncs with your smartphone
  • Notify you of upcoming food product expiration dates
  • Customize temperature by drawer or compartment
  • Alert you when water or filters need to be changed
  • Allow you to view the inside of the refrigerator from a smartphone to inventory items remotely.
  • Allow you to replace calendars, whiteboards, and physical notes by storing them all on a touchscreen.

Imagine never forgetting an item at the grocery store again, never sticking your nose in a jug of milk to the unpleasant surprise that it is past its expiration date, and never frantically looking for a pen and paper to write a note to your spouse or children as you run out the door. I think that these tiny luxuries can improve your daily life tenfold.

Need another reason to buy a smart refrigerator? They provide superior efficiency. A Forbes article highlighted the benefits of smart refrigerators, stating that they can save homeowners money and lessen the strain on community power grids.

Indulge Your Guilty Pleasures with an Air Fryer

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Do you love fried food? Most people do. Fried food is a tasty morsel of heaven that leaves you wanting more while simultaneously making you feel guilty and bloated. The air fryer is changing that.

For lovers of chicken tenders and onion rings, the air fryer provides the satisfaction of a deep-fried feast without the health risks of dipping it in a bath of hot oil. They consistently produce food that is perfectly crisp on the outside and tender on the inside. And the best part? Half the cleanup of a deep fryer.

A Convection Microwave Drawer  Oven is the Must-Have Modern Kitchen Appliance

The microwave was first introduced for in-home use in 1955, and more than 60 years later, it’s considered a necessity in a modern kitchen. Like with a smart refrigerator, the microwave is something you need, but it should also be something you want. It should do more than just heat food. It should make cooking easier, and of course, be simple-to-clean.

Sharp has modernized this “must-have” kitchen appliance by creating the world’s first Microwave Drawer Oven. The Sharp Smart Convection Microwave Drawer™ Oven (SMD2499FS) is the most eagerly anticipated kitchen innovation by Sharp. The speed of sensor microwave cooking, combined with the flexibility of convection cooking, makes the SMD2499FS the must-have luxury for your modern, smart home. The dual convection fans and dedicated heating elements in the SMD2499FS provide turntable-free baking, roasting, grilling, and air frying. Bring a meal to the table even faster with three Speed Cook modes that mix convection and microwave heating for delicious results in less time.

Need another reason that the Microwave Drawer Oven is the perfect kitchen appliance? It offers plenty of cooking space, with room enough for two 3-quart casserole dishes, 3 dinner plates, or a 20-oz. beverage from your favorite coffee shop.

The SMD2499FS 24″ Built-In Smart Convection Microwave Drawer Oven offers flexible placement options below an island, peninsula, or standard cabinetry, or can be installed below your wall oven. The built-in airflow control allows flush-mounting while safely redirecting the ventilation away from walls or cabinets. With all of this power and flexibility, the SMD2499FS simply plugs into a standard 120V/15 amp household outlet for a fast installation. This appliance will not only make your kitchen more fashionable; it will take your workspace more functional.

A Juicer Can Freshen Up Any Kitchen

Do you want to eat more mindfully? Consider purchasing a juicer.

According to an article by the University of Washington, eating five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day can decrease the risk of stroke by 26% and reduce the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease. A study performed by King County also suggests that the antioxidants in fruit and vegetable juices may play an important role in delaying the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

A juicer can help you create quick and easy, drinkable meals (or snacks) while also helping you increase the number of fruits and vegetables in your diet. It’s also an easy addition to any modern kitchen since it’s an appliance with a relatively small footprint. A juicer may seem like a luxury item that you want, but it’s actually something your body needs.

Modernize Your Cooking with a Steam Oven

It’s time to rethink how you are cooking your food. A conventional oven is pretty basic. You may find a few models with smart capabilities, but there’s only so much additional functionality you can build into an oven, unlike the refrigerator. It’s time to consider cooking with steam.

The Sharp Superheated Steam Countertop Oven is the perfect appliance for any modern kitchen. It can cook food at a higher temperature, provide a better cooking experience, and promotes a more mindful diet. Never wait for an oven to preheat again with the Superheated Steam Countertop Ovens “instant on” feature. Your food will be crispy on the outside while still moist and delicious on the inside.  This powerful yet low-profile oven provides users up to 60 minutes of steam cooking and has five versatile cooking modes.

Whether you are baking muffins for the school bake sale, making a casserole for the whole family to enjoy, or just popping in a pizza, your food will be cooked to your liking. And when you cook with superheated steam, cleanup is a breeze.

Complete Your Appliance Wish List with a Wine Refrigerator

Sommeliers and casual drinkers can agree that no modern kitchen is complete without a wine refrigerator. Why? Because wine is too important to be shoved to the back of the refrigerator behind the sports drinks and the leftovers.

Wine needs to be stored at a precise temperature, and that temperature varies depending on your preference of red or white. Storing wine at the correct temperature can elevate the taste and overall experience of even an $8 bottle. Did you ever wonder why wine cellars are always underground? That’s because natural light destroys the flavor. Wine refrigerators provide the perfect dark space to ensure rich flavor.

Have a small kitchen? Wine refrigerators come in all sizes so that everyone can enjoy this (must-have) luxury appliance. Finally, wine refrigerators are incredibly convenient. Once you’ve completed all your appliance upgrades and you’re in the kitchen admiring your work, you can reach into your wine refrigerator and pour yourself a delicious glass to celebrate.

Are You Ready to Modernize Your Kitchen?

Take the next step. The six items listed above are our idea of “must-have” modern kitchen appliances, but you may have something else in mind. If so, add those items to the list.

We recommend setting a realistic budget than creating a list of:

  1. All the appliances you need to replace to improve functionality.
  2. The appliances you want to replace to improve the overall look of the space.
  3. The appliances that would make you happy to own

Once you’ve completed your list, start price shopping (but keep in mind that the cheapest item may not be the best item). As soon as you’ve compiled all the prices and brands, you can make an educated decision on what appliances you can realistically upgrade.

We recommend putting the bulk of your budget toward replacing all the appliances that will improve functionality, and if there is a little money left over, treat yourself to an appliance that will improve the look of your space or an item that will make you happy to own such as a wine refrigerator.

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Sharp Superheated Steam Countertop Oven (SSC0586DS)

The Sharp(R) Superheated Steam Countertop Oven is the start of a cooking revolution. The innovation is simply that steam can be hotter, cook better, and promote healthy living. The combination of superheated steam and conventional, radiant heat in all cooking modes means that your food will be crispy and browned on the outside, moist and delicious on the inside.

The Sharp(R) Superheated Steam Countertop Oven is a powerful, low-profile, pizzeria-style oven. Roomy enough for a 12″ pizza or 9 slices of toast, the included Broiling Pan and Crisper Tray (12.5″x12.5″) give you more cooking area than a standard quarter-size sheet pan.

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