With 11.4-cubic-feet of cooking capacity, Beko’s new double wall oven may well be the industry’s largest.
Air frying remains a smoking hot feature
By Alan Wolf, YSN
The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), along with the concurrent International Builders’ Show (IBS), has returned in full force to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, following last year’s forced hiatus.
As per tradition, the white-goods industry is well represented at this week’s event, with appliances aplenty to suit every home cook’s needs.
Among the highlights is a major push by Monogram. GE Appliances’ luxury moniker is heating up the show floor with a 30-inch Smart Flush Hearth Oven; a Monogram Rotisserie Oven; a 30-inch Smart Electric Convection Single Oven; and a guest appearance by new brand ambassador Gwyneth Paltrow.
Among the former, the ventless, 30-inch all-electric Smart Flush Hearth Oven combines the 1,300-degree crisping performance of a traditional coal or wood-burning brick oven with the precision of a modern luxury appliance. Features include an integrated ventilation system with active smoke filtering; wireless connectivity with Alexa and Google Assistant integration; a 7-inch LCD touchscreen; and simple flush installation. Handcrafted in brushed stainless steel and available with Monogram’s signature brass finishes, the product carries a healthy $12,000 suggested retail.
Elsewhere, Electrolux has rolled out an updated Frigidaire Gallery collection of single and double wall ovens. The new wall ovens require no preheating and now feature air fry, steam bake, and slow cook settings for a total of more than 15 cooking modes. The ovens offer 5.3-cubic-feet of cooking capacity within, and touchscreen displays and tinted glass windows without, and have also been reengineered for easier installation. Available in smudge-proof stainless and black stainless finishes, the units carry suggested retail prices of $2,599 for the single oven and $3,599 for the double.
And speaking of double wall ovens, Beko, the U.S. subsidiary of Turkish appliance giant Arçelik, is introducing what it describes as the industry’s largest capacity model. With a record 11.4-cubic-feet of cooking space, the 30-inch oven is large enough to handle multiple turkeys, rib roasts, casserole dishes, and party platters, while new dual-fan and air-fry features provide faster oil-free meals. Its two convection fans blow in different directions for speedier pre-heating and 25 percent quicker cooking times in both cavities, while its all-black enamel interior, twin halogen lights and sleek panel exterior are a fit in any fashion-forward kitchen. The product is set to ship to dealers in April, although pricing was not announced.
Meanwhile, Whirlpool is making a major statement with its largest-ever KBIS booth, where it’s showcasing a new 30-inch induction cooktop and a 5.8-cubic-foot, 7-in-1 air fry gas oven. The latter boasts seven cooking modes including air fry, convect bake, convect broil, frozen bake, bake, broil, and keep warm cycles, while its SpeedHeat Burner mode generates the high heat needed to sear and boil quickly for home chefs on a schedule. Featuring fingerprint-resistant stainless steel outside and cast iron stove grates on top, the air fry gas oven is priced to hit a suggested retail of $1,999.