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New offerings save energy, space, and time with style. Welcome to tomorrow’s kitchen.



full-steam ahead

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For both cleaner dishes and a cleaner environment, LG’s new dishwasher uses steam, increasing energy and water efficiency. Plus, there’s plenty of vapor to go around, with accommodations for 14 place settings in a single load and a third rack for utensils and flatware. You’ll also appreciate the quiet wash cycle and a fully integrated LCD touch-control panel. Available at Village Appliance in Port Chester.  $1,599



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get a load of this

Among the quietest dishwashers you can find, Bosch Integra’s full-size 800 model saves on water through what Bosch calls ECOaction technology, which reduces energy consumption by up to 25 percent per cycle. The appliance can examine the soil level in the water with an infrared light beam and customize the wash cycle accordingly. A half-load feature lets you run a half-full dishwasher, and its speedy 30-minute QuickWash program offers an even shorter, energy-conscious cycle. Available at Berger Appliances in Hawthorne. 800 model  $1,599; 18-inch model (without ECOaction)  $729



luck of the drawer

Why cool a second storage fridge when a handy drawer might compactly handle the overflow? Ariston’s 36-inch double-drawer refrigerator is the roomiest undercounter model on the market today, offering six cubic feet of refrigeration that’s meant to be used to its fullest (no need to waste energy cooling empty shelves). The space inside is outfitted with two stainless-steel lidded containers, two sliding drawers for smaller items, a salad crisper, angled bottle racks, and a drop-down wine rack. To find a local retailer, call (800) 356-0766   $2,599





space age

Tired of backing up to accommodate a swinging microwave door? The latest space saver from LG is the Pull-Up Door Microwave, which features a garage-style door without sacrificing any room inside. In fact, with a 2.2 cubic-foot capacity, the brand-new stainless-steel model can accommodate those larger serving plates when company comes over. Available at Leiberts Royal Green Appliance Center in White Plains.  $849 



need a lift?

Gaggenau’s BL 253 Lift Oven frees up our limited counter space with its innovative technology. At the touch of a button, the base of the oven—
literally, a “food elevator”—lowers to the countertop so it’s a cinch to load or unload dishes. Since heat rises, the hot air stays in the oven’s cavity when the base lowers rather than drifting out the front of the oven into your kitchen. Convenience isn’t the only attractive feature: this Gaggenau oven offers 11 different methods for heating food, including convection cooking. Available at Albano Appliance & Service in Pound Ridge.  $3,399




small wonder

Mini dishwashers like the 18-inch built-in model from Haier take up little precious kitchen space, yet its capability is deceiving. It can hold eight place settings and, because of its small dimensions, uses less water than its full-sized counterparts. There’s also an 18-inch portable model that can accommodate six place settings and an even smaller four-place-setting tabletop/countertop version for limited loads—and less bending and back strain. Available at Leiberts Royal Green Appliance Center in White Plains. 18-inch Built-In dishwasher  $400; Portable Dishwasher  $300; and Countertop Dishwasher  $200



room, with a view

Installed right under the countertop, Sharp’s Microwave Drawer maximizes both space and accessibility, letting smaller members of the family reach without standing on chairs. With preprogrammed settings and automatic sensor settings, the drawer opens with a gentle pull of the handle, making it simple to check on and stir dishes. Available at Leiberts Royal Green Appliance Center in White Plains and National Radio Service in Yonkers or at www.sharpusa.com. 24-inch or 30-inch model   $799.99





comes with instructions

If you’re looking for warp speed, the High-Speed Convection Oven from Viking can get you from the kitchen to the dining room in no time. Viking’s Professional Model cooks up to 80 percent faster than a conventional oven with both manual- and automatic-speed cooking options. An added bonus: with 100 pre-programmed recipes, a built-in cookbook, and 17 microwave options, you can pretty much let the oven handle most of the workload. (Now, if it could only do the shopping…)  Available at Atlantic Appliance in Mount Kisco and Yorktown Heights   $3,409



instant gratification

Wolf’s latest round of induction cooktops, which use electricity to produce a magnetic field for cooking, heat up 50 percent faster than their gas or electric counterparts. Heating and adjusting temperature are immediate for better control and energy efficiency. Available at Atlantic Appliance in Mount Kisco and Yorktown Heights. 15-inch model  $1,996; 30-inch model   $3,276; and 36-inch model,    $4,188




well red

The InfraWave Speed Oven from Black & Decker is one technologically advanced kitchen appliance. Using infrared light waves, meals are baked, broiled, roasted, toasted, seared, browned, or reheated up to 50 percent faster than with conventional ovens, with no defrosting or pre-heating time necessary. And, not only does it uses less energy than a conventional oven, it keeps the kitchen cooler, to boot. Available at local Target, Kohl’s, and Wal-Mart stores and online at buyinfrawave.com. black  $109; stainless steel  $129



fast operator

As a true commercial dishwasher, Miele’s G 7856 boasts heavy-duty components designed to handle continuous use 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, providing fast “restaurant” cycles (10 minutes at its speediest), with quiet operation. And don’t let large parties give you pause, this baby can easily handle large loads—up to 62 glasses or 142 five-piece place settings at a time. Available at Albano Appliance in Pound Ridge.  $5,195



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