What’s Cooking at CES 2022

LG’s new InstaView Double Oven Gas Slide-in Range and companion OTR microwave oven boast advanced features worthy of the world’s largest consumer tech show.

Samsung, LG bow new kitchen additions at this week’s tech show

By Alan Wolf, YSN

Time was the Consumer Electronics Show, since shortened to CES, was just that: a showing of consumer electronics.

But with the advent of high-tech home appliances and the emergence of LG and Samsung as CE and white-goods powerhouses, TVs now share the stage with refrigerators at the annual Las Vegas event.

And this year’s CES did not disappoint. Despite a last-minute switch to virtual presentations amid the resurgence of COVID, the Korean competitors unveiled a range of ranges and other kitchen fare at this week’s show. Here’s a sampling of the introductions:

Samsung

The manufacturer is building on its Bespoke line of modular-paneled appliances by adding a French door fridge and a laundry pair to the customizable collection.

Available in a choice of three-door, four-door and Family Hub models in both full and counter-depth designs, the new Bespoke French Door refrigerator offers 12 color panels in two finishes — glass and steel — that allow for thousands of color combinations, the company said. New glass colors include white, gray, pink, charcoal, morning blue, clementine, and sunrise yellow, while the new steel-finish colors encompass Tuscan, matte black, navy, emerald green and stainless steel.

Samsung has added a French door configuration and a laundry component to its Bespoke collection of customizable appliances.

Bespoke kitchen packages also include dishwashers, ranges and over-the-range (OTR) microwave ovens in white, navy or green, and Samsung has extended the franchise to the laundry room with a stackable, AI-infused washer and dryer pair featuring a flat front-load design in multiple color options including black and navy.

To top things off, Samsung is bringing last year’s Bespoke Jet cordless vacuum cleaner to global markets in 2022. The 210W stick vac automatically empties is dust bag and begins recharging after users dock it in its All-in-One Clean Station.

LG

The vendor unveiled two new cooking appliances intended to make “life in the kitchen easier than ever.”

The LG InstaView Double Oven Gas Slide-in Range most notably features the company’s illuminating see-through technology, first found in its Signature refrigerators, that lets home cooks see inside the oven by knocking twice on the glass door. The 6.9-cubic-foot-capacity unit also boasts multifunctional cooking with ProBake Convection, Air Fry and Air Sous Vide modes, plus UltraHeat Power Burner technology that allows for scorch-free simmering and super-fast boiling. And to help tidy up those inevitable food spills, the cooktop and oven cavity both feature EasyClean technology that requires only water, ten minutes, and a quick wipe to remove any leftover grime.

Meanwhile, a companion Over-the-Range (OTR) microwave oven employs Steam Cook technology for juicier, healthier and tastier meals and a Slide-out ExtendaVent to reduce smoke and lingering cooking odors. The 2.1-cubic-foot-capacity microwave oven also features an advanced interior coating that prevents food and grease from sticking and allows for easy cleanup with only a damp cloth.

Both products are plugged into LG’s ThinQ Recipe digital platform, which provides over 18,000 interactive smart recipes and over 10,000 shoppable recipes, whose ingredients can be ordered directly from Walmart or Amazon Fresh via the ThinQ app.