Are premium appliance brands worth the price? If you’re investing in top-of-the-line appliances for a high-end kitchen design or remodel, we think so. Your refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, and microwave are the workhorses of the kitchen, contributing to your daily comfort and well-being. Going the extra mile by investing in great appliances pays off in ways you may not have imagined. Here are just some of the hidden benefits high-end appliances can offer:
High-end appliances increase the overall value of your home.
The number one home improvement project for the kitchen is appliance upgrades– especially for those who plan to one day sell. According to real estate agent Eileen B. Hanford, who was quoted in The New York Times, high-end appliances typically elevate a buyers’ perception of the entire home, and quality appliances can help sell a home faster and at a higher price. Brands like Maytag, Thermador, and Bosch aren’t just about dropping names – they’re about making an investment.
With the growing popularity of open floor plans, kitchen appliances are now front and center, becoming part of the overall décor. While stainless steel is still prevalent, many well-known manufacturers are churning out appliances in a rainbow of colors that can help guide the style of your home. And since appliances should be seen and not heard, a high-end dishwasher, such as Electrolux, does its job silently, without disrupting the peace or interrupting a conversation.
Energy efficient appliances can help keep costs down, while making the planet a better place. For example, the Hybrid dishwasher by GE Appliances can clean a single rack of dishes at a time, which is a great way to save water. Kitchenaid’s Energy Star certified refrigerators use 20% less energy than non-certified models, resulting in a lower monthly bill, and more money to spend on other necessities, like wine and cheese.
Dishwashers can only kill germs if they reach a certain temperature, so models with sanitizing-wash programs are vital for loads that include things like baby bottles and cutting boards. Miele dishwashers take this into account, featuring a “CleanAir” drying system that is more sanitary. When it comes to refrigerators, Sub-Zero is the only one in the world with a dual refrigeration option. This allows for true independent temperature control for the refrigerator and freezer compartments. It also prevents food odors from being passed between compartments.
You get what you pay for, and with high-end appliances that translates into features and perks you won’t find anywhere else. Jenn-Air Pro Style Range have “smart stove” offerings, which include recipe memory and recall. Gaggenau and Thermador ranges offer full surface cooking and setting memory as you move your pots from one place to another. And Wolf’s famous six-burner gas range can be outfitted with a French top, infrared griddles, infrared char-broilers, or any combination unique to your individual needs.
At Kitchen and Bath Design Studio, we believe in quality, high-end appliances, and we’re fortunate in that our friends at Atlantic Appliance carry a great selection of these products, right next door. When we’re in need of a little extra inspiration, it’s as easy as walking through their showroom and basking in the beautiful appliances that fit beautifully in any Kitchen & Bath Design Studio kitchen.