Signature Kitchen Suite, the new challenger brand in the luxury kitchen appliance market, showcased its lineup of smart-enabled products at the 2018 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS). At the forefront of the brand’s smart home display was the new proactive service offering featuring artificial intelligence (AI) technology that can detect potential performance issues before they even occur, alerting both the consumer and call center to help avoid a problem and delivering a greater level of service and convenience.
Signature Kitchen Suite also unveiled newly minted partnerships with leading food and recipe services to make U.S. consumers’ lives more effortless and convenient in the kitchen. The company will integrate leading food and recipe services, including Innit® and SideChef step-by-step instructions, with its Wi-Fi-enabled cooking appliances, providing home chefs of all skill levels the means to make daily meal preparation less complicated and time-consuming.
With Wi-Fi-enabled appliances, Signature Kitchen Suite is ushering in cutting-edge connectivity and convenience. Through the touch of a button on the Signature Kitchen Suite app for Android and iOS devices, consumers can enjoy the benefits of smart controls — whether it’s preheating the oven while stuck in traffic to get dinner ready on time, or asking the refrigerator to make more ice before a dinner party.
“Signature Kitchen Suite is embracing a new generation of forward-thinking cooks, combining their passion for food with their appreciation for innovation, and we’re committed to helping them preserve and prepare food in the best possible way,” said Zach Elkin, General Manager, Signature Kitchen Suite. “With an open platform strategy that enables us to partner with leading services such as Innit and SideChef, along with industry-first innovations such as the first-of-its-kind sous-vide range, we’re providing even more flexibility and convenience in the kitchen and delivering an unmatched culinary experience for consumers.”
Smart Gets Even Smarter with Proactive Service
Customers can now enjoy the benefits of Signature Kitchen Suite’s proactive service to help identify and troubleshoot potential service issues before they happen. With proactive service, Signature Kitchen Suite appliances are automatically connected to a call center with 24-hour monitoring to enable reporting of their condition and status on a real-time basis. Once an abnormal signal is detected — such as a refrigerator door being left open for an extended period, or even a loss of power in the home, specialists at the call center analyze the data and proactively reach out to the customer to alert them of the issue. In the event a repair is needed, the call center can offer instructions for self-repair or help dispatch a technician to the home. This ultimately helps consumers save time and money, making daily life smarter and ushering in a new dimension of consumer convenience.
A New Recipe for Convenience
Innit’s and SideChef’s automated expert cooking programs will work seamlessly with Signature Kitchen Suite connected ovens and ranges to help today’s home chefs create even the most complicated meal with step-by-step support — from selecting ingredients and video tutorials available in the Innit and SideChef apps, to sending automatically customized cooking programs straight to the oven for perfect results on time, every time.
Innit and SideChef will be available on select Signature Kitchen Suite ovens and ranges this year. Innit and SideChef are both available for iOS in the App store and for Android in Google Play.
For more information on Signature Kitchen Suite’s smart appliance offerings, visit www.signaturekitchensuite.com.
Hestan has announced its upcoming line of indoor kitchen appliances for home chefs. The line, which will include ranges, rangetops, cooktops, ovens, refrigeration, dishwashers and ventilation, will be available for purchase in the summer of 2018.
“We are very excited about our latest endeavor,” said company Founder Stanley Cheng. “Hestan products withstand the rigorous and precise demands of some of the most discerning Michelin-starred restaurants, including the kitchens of culinary legend, Chef Thomas Keller. Our engineers have parlayed this same level of quality and attention to detail to our new residential indoor line.”
Hestan launched its award-winning line of outdoor grills in 2016, marking the culinary innovator’s first foray into the residential arena. Today, Hestan Outdoor has been recognized for both functionality and design, winning the TWICE VIP Award, the Excellence in Design (EID) Gold Award (2017) and VESTA Awards for both best gas grill and best in show at the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Expo (2016).
Hestan Indoor products will be presented to dealers at the 2018 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), scheduled for January 9-11 in Orlando, Florida. Consumer availability is expected in the third quarter of 2018.
“Equipped with products that have been rigorously tested at our southern California facilities, Hestan promises to deliver the most reliable kitchens for discerning home chefs,” said Basil Larkin, Vice President of Sales. “While product details are tightly under wraps until KBIS, the market has expressed readiness for a player like Hestan to bring commercial quality and true innovation to home kitchens.”
KitchenAid is unveiling a new, three-door free standing refrigerator that is the largest capacity refrigerator in its class. Available in three models, the 72-inch Counter-Depth French Door Bottom Mount refrigerator features a slide-away split shelf that allows three quarters of the shelf to retract to accommodate taller items, up to 16.75 inches. The new addition will also include the first ever self-close freezer drawer in its class.
“In terms of performance, features and aesthetics, this is the finest freestanding refrigerator that KitchenAid has ever offered,” says Beth Robinson, Senior Manager of Brand Experience for KitchenAid. “From organizational versatility and ease of access, to efficiency and quiet performance, our engineers and designers went above and beyond to incorporate thoughtful features and elegant design.”
Additional internal features on select models include an under-shelf prep zone with removable oven safe pan ideal for setting dough or marinating meats. A Platinum interior design with premium wood accents is stain resistant and helps mask dirt while showcasing ingredients beautifully. External features include the brand’s PrintShield™ Finish that resists against smudges and fingerprints. The specialized coating for stainless steel is easy to clean with just water and a towel.
To help keep produce at its peak of freshness, the full extension self-close FreshSeal™ crispers drawers maintain optimal humidity levels, with brightly lit drawers that open fully for easy viewing and access to all items within. In addition, a temperature controlled pantry features four pre-sets for customizing temperature for meat and fish, cold drinks, deli items and wine.
The KitchenAid brand’s Preserva® Food Care System provides the height of food preservation with independent cooling systems for the refrigerator and freezer plus a produce preserver to help keep fruits and vegetables at peak freshness. An advanced linear compressor offers minimal temperature variations and super efficient cooling, making this the brand’s quietest free standing refrigerator to date.
Scheduled for availability in August, the new three-door refrigerator will be offered in three models with varying features in stainless steel, PrintShield™, and the brand’s popular black stainless finish. Suggested retail prices will range from $3,999 to $4,399.
Now available in a complete suite of appliances, the black floating glass collection from Jenn-Air offers a sleek and equally versatile option to stainless steel appliances. The newly-available full collection includes built-in wall ovens in single, double and combination microwave/wall oven configurations; a cabinet-depth French door refrigerator; electric, gas, and duel-fuel 30-inch slide in ranges; and its high performance dishwashers. In addition, the brand’s collection of low profile canopy and pyramid style hoods feature black glass that pairs with both stainless steel and black floating glass.
LG Electronics USA today announced the nationwide retail availability of the latest additions to its LG Studio premium kitchen appliance suite.
The new Nate Berkus-inspired line of LG Studio appliances includes a counter-depth refrigerator, gas and electric slide-in ranges and an over-the-range microwave, all featuring a distinctive style palette aimed to complement any high-end kitchen design.
Renowned interior designer and LG Studio Artistic Advisor Nate Berkus advised on the design of the kitchen appliances, ensuring they embody a pro-style, sophisticated design. Berkus’ influence can be felt throughout the 2015 LG Studio line-up and is exhibited in the appliances’ premium, flat door design; beautiful and functional LED lighting; pro-style metal knobs, handles and control panels; and a premium, horizontally-brushed stainless steel finish.
“I’ve always believed that every kitchen should incorporate timeless elements that will make for a beautiful, well-functioning kitchen for years to come,” said Berkus. “The carefully crafted elements of the new LG Studio line that I advised on were developed with this in mind. From the sleek, flat-door design of the new refrigerator to the more distinctive, detailed elements and finishes of the ranges and microwave, these products are the perfect marriage of high function and high design that will deliver big for homeowners each and every day.”
Complementing Berkus’ design philosophy and evident in the new LG Studio suite of appliances are technological advances that bring a new level of convenience and functionality to the modern, premium kitchen:
- LG Studio Slide-in Ranges. These large-capacity pro-style slide-in ranges – available in both gas and electric configurations – feature flat-design control panels and robust, durable metal knobs. SmoothTouch™ glass controls allow the adjustment of settings with the touch of a finger. With a depth in line with any kitchen countertop, the ranges provide a streamlined, custom appearance reflective of a more pro-style, timeless feel. These units include LG’s ProBake™ Convection technology that delivers even cooking results on every rack. Inspired by professional ranges, LG moved the heating element from the bottom of the oven to the back wall to achieve optimal heating distribution and consistent browning on the top and bottom of every dish, from savory dinners to delectable desserts. The ranges also feature EasyClean®, the 10-minute, fastest oven cleaning feature on the market that offers easier, more convenient cleaning thanks to LG’s innovative oven enamel technology. The technology works in three simple steps: users simply spray water to the interior walls of the oven, start the EasyClean function to allow the oven to heat up, and after 10 quick minutes, the mess inside the wall can simply be wiped away. The simplified process is a result of LG’s innovative oven enamel technology, eliminating the need for chemicals of high heat to rid the oven of grime.
- LG Studio Counter-Depth Refrigerator. This three-door, 23.5-cubic-foot French Door refrigerator features a sleek flat door design, water dispenser with premium stainless steel finish, LED lighting and solid, distinctive door handles – all meticulously designed to enhance any kitchen décor. The unit’s cabinet-depth styling also ensures it can stand flush with any countertop for a sleek, seamless built-in look. LG’s flagship Door-in-Door® technology on this ENERGY STAR® certified refrigerator provides better organization and easy access to consumers’ favorite items. The refrigerator also includes LG’s Slim SpacePlus® Ice system, a streamlined ice-making system inside the door that allows users to still have usable door bins and an obstruction-free top shelf, further maximizing storage space. This model also features LG’s Smart Cooling Plus technology, which is designed to maintain optimal temperature conditions within the refrigerator. LG’s highly efficient Linear Compressor and Dual Evaporators react quickly to humidity and temperature levels to maintain foods’ freshness.
- LG Studio Over-the-Range Microwave Oven. This premium over-the-range microwave features a sleek flat door design, metal dial knob, glass touch controls, distinctive handles and a stainless steel finish. The unit is equipped with convection technology, which allows the microwave to serve as a second oven perfect for baking and roasting any favorite dish.
“The LG Studio line marries LG’s flagship technological advancements with a sophisticated, integrated design that inspires innovation in the heart of the home,” said David VanderWaal, Vice President of Marketing, LG Electronics USA. “The new Nate-inspired appliances are crafted from the highest-quality, premium materials and incorporate thoughtful, innovative features for a kitchen homeowners are proud to own, use and show off.”