A few of our Famous Tate team members got the opportunity to attend January’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Orlando. While there were many cabinetry, flooring, lighting & plumbing manufacturers represented from around the world, there were also some great appliance brands showcasing their latest innovations for designers, builders & remodelers. Here are just a few of the product highlights we are excited to share with our Tampa Bay area customers…
All Refrigerator with Glass Door for a built-in look
Frigidaire Professional Series All-Refrigerators & All-Freezers offer the integrated look of built-in models at 1/3 of the price and, until now, have only been available with solid stainless doors. This Fall, a glass-door All Refrigerator version will be introduced that provides the look of luxurious models costing thousands more. A built-in proximity sensor will automatically activate the interior lighting to highlight it’s contents, while the smoky gray glass remains opaque when the interior lighting is off. The All-Refrigerator & All Freezer models can be installed separately or together…while optional trim kits provide the built-in appearance.
New Black Slate Finish from GE Appliances
Black Stainless & dark gray finishes like Slate are quickly becoming the most popular alternative to stainless steel in today’s kitchens. The fingerprint resistant finish is a major benefit to this new color, but the design appeal has been one of the biggest drivers. GE Appliances has introduced a darker version of their Slate color called Black Slate, which will be exclusively featured in their Cafe Series models. This Black Slate color is designed to add distinction and durability to kitchens and is versatile enough to match nearly any decor…while still commanding just the right amount of attention. Currently offered in select built-in cooking models, this color will be expanded into other categories as the year progresses.
Jenn-Air Induction Downdraft Cooktop
Many of our customers are looking to create an open kitchen with an island for food prep, entertaining and, of course, cooking. Typically, if a cooktop is included in the island, an island hood is required to be installed over it and the open look is now obstructed. Downdraft cooktops allow you to eliminate the hood and recirculating kits from the Jenn-Air brand make it possible to install one in almost every home, which is especially useful for Florida remodeling. While downdraft cooktops have always been available in gas or electric versions, an induction model was recently introduced by Jenn-Air, which offers incredibly fast heating & the responsiveness of gas. While we already display this model in our South Tampa showroom, we wanted to highlight it again because of how perfect it is for the Florida market.
60″ Thermador Pro Grand Range
The ultimate entertainers center, period. For those whose culinary endeavors require the very best, Thermador offers the 60-Inch Pro Grand® Steam Range. It’s the only range available with a steam and convection combination oven plus a full-size convection oven, giving you the flavor & health benefits of steam with the browning capacity of convection. If there’s anything that can make this better, it’s probably the 1-2-Free offer from Thermador that gives you FREE Thermador appliances when you purchase cooking products!
Thermador Liberty Induction Cooktop
Another great innovation is this new induction cooktop that gives you incredible flexibility for cooking. This model will be priced just under the Freedom Series induction cooktop, but features 11 oval inductors divided into 3 cooking zones – each zone can accommodate pots and pans from 3” to 11” as well as teppanyaki grills that can measure up to 16”. It is equipped with an array of Thermador-exclusive features, such as HeatShift and MoveMode, which are unique to this cooking surface and empower cooks to move around their cookware during meal prep.
Built-in Refrigeration Columns
Over the last few years, built-in refrigeration options have grown to include column units that allow designers the flexibility to add refrigerators & freezers in various parts of the kitchen or home. With widths of 18″, 24″, 30″ and 36″, many different configurations can be used to create incredible layouts…concealing the units completely. Monogram is the latest to be introducing their column units, while brands like Sub-Zero, Thermador and others already have theirs on the market. You can seem them all here.
Our Tampa Bay area neighbors can stop in our showrooms to see the latest innovations in kitchen & laundry appliances. Our sales associates can help answer any questions and provide information on the great, money-saving incentives available on the great brands we carry! To start researching your options today, you are always welcome to visit our website and browse our wide selection.